GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING WEEK … (Politically Uncorrected)

From the week:

Inflation: No longer invisible (Report)

 Eviction protest in Detroit (Report) (A beginning?)

Texas: Another view of the power debacle (Article)

 U.S. Government: The high cost of using the minimum wage as a form of welfare (Article)

The U.S. economy: 92% of New York City restaurants couldn’t pay December rent (Report)

Government: Enlisting big tech companies to silence COVID-19 vaccine dissent (Report)

Censorship: Congress leans on Big Tech to increase web site censorship (Report)

Texas: A pro explains why so many froze (Article)

 New Uork City: Over 89% of shootings in 2020 by non-whites; city 33% white? (Report)

Government: Congressional Democrats target Fox News (Report)

Fragility of Tech: Fed system for interbank transfers went out of service (Report)(Murphy rules)

 Congress: New COVID bill pays federal employees with kids at home up to $21,000 (Report)

The U.S. financial system: The debt/deficits are beginning to dry up the lenders? (Article)

California: Collapsing? (Article)

The pandemic: The bankruptcies are piling up (Report)

The economy: Credit cards payment system outage problem (Report) (Risky fragility of high tech)

More economy: Nationwide eviction block ruled unconstitutional (Report)

Still more economy: Federal Reserve market manipulation is terminal (Article)

Cendorship: Re: Congressional Democrats pushing elimination of Fox News (Article)

Portland:  Police investigator working crime scene arrested for DUI when trying to leave (Report)

The war on the internet: Microsoft organizing authorship for all net information? (Report)

Restaurants: Kitchens going digital, replacing people (Report)

 The economy: Monetary inflation, the next step (Article) (Recommended for those interested in finance)

Chicago: 2 dead, 16 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

A naked man was arrested in a women’s restroom (Report)

That’s all, folks …

EDITORIAL:         A Simple Question

                                                What is the proper political term characterizing a government that:

  1. Requires citizens submission to police search and approval for travel,
  2.  Restricts/closes any business, school, church or any other operation at will,
  3. Restricts/forbids citizens gathering,
  4. Encourage political censorship upon information/communication media,
  5. Protect employers who discharge employees for their political/religious beliefs stated in conversations or on internet social media and
  6. Provide questioned election results while refusing t allow independent audits?

Another question: Do you think that this describes the kind of democratic republic envisioned by America’s founders?  

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GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING WEEK … (Politically Uncorrected)

From the week:                                 

Education: New public school programs mandate teaching far left programs (Report)

The climate: Environmentalist policies now freezing Texans? (Report)

More climate: Rolling blackouts from Midwest natural gas shortage? (Report)

The pandemic: 70% of Israelis vaccinated, daily case count still unchanged? (Report)

The U.S. economy: Food inflation deepens (Report)

Dorruption: Law firm hired to investigate Lincoln Project includes several of its donors? (Report)

Police surveillance” Florida woman’s late night police visit over Facebook post (Report)

The Capital riot: A noted liberal reporter fact checks the event, smirching the New York Times (Report)

The internet: Net inventor warns : New Australia law will render net unworkable (Report)

Politics are seeping into daily life and ruining everything (Article)

 Government: Shop owner fired into air, thwarted mugging; was arrested by Oakland police (Report)

Education: Standardized college admissions testing losing favor (Report)

Texas: Power outage followed by astronomical power bills (Report)

 Corruption: Biden brings back denial of banking to conservatives? (Report)

Maryland: First state to tax internet website advertising? (Report)

U.S. Education: An increasingly poor thing crumbling further under politicized racism (Article)

The world economy: Next up: Global depression (Article) (Recommended)

Pandemic aid: Sets new fraud records (Report)

Texas: Biden Admin. Blocked requested use of non-green energy sources as storm cane? (Report)

Chicago: 4 dead, 10 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

A naked woman was arrested shopping (Report)

That’s all …

EDITORIAL: Why capitalism is unsatisfactory and socialism is a delusion

                                While capitalism has remained far more productive than any other large scale human organization, it does not provide contentment. It is necessarily unsatisfactory for humans because human behavior is unsatisfactory, providing the need for government. The instability and inequality observed in capitalism are inherent in human behavior; the productivity of capitalism, like everything else in the universe, is not free. To beat its output however, will require altering innate human behavior and tinkering with human DNA at this stage is not recommended, though given human behavior, that will not stop everyone. For now, consider the lives of our primitive ancestors and be satisfied …

                Socialism requires a drastic change in human behavior and so must be imposed by government. Once imposed, continuation of the altered behavior must be compelled. Existing human behavior under such a regiment guarantees unhappiness. That discourages productivity and initiates poverty for all but the governors. Socialism is a scam for selling totalitarianism.                 In short, while capitalism does not provide happiness, it is even less available from government.  

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GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING WEEK … (Politically Uncorrected)

From the week:

The Capitol riot: List of 20 participants tied to Antifa/Black Lives Matter ignored by investigators (Report)

The recent election: Video of illegal vote deliveries late at night (Report)

Science: Soybean oil causes genetic changes in the brain? (Report)

Investment: Monetary policy pushes Americans up the risk curve (Article)

The pandemic: Vaccine uncertainty (Report)

Defense: Europe updte  (Report) (Hope they needn’t fight)

The pandemic: Four things to know (Report)

The recent election: Election fraud continues to play out in Arizona? (Report)

The Capitol riot: President repeatedly offered extra security, was refused (Report)

Censorship: Twitter permanently bans Trump (Report) (What if Trump was black?)

Corruption: Police officer who died after the Capitol riot was not injured there? (Report)

More corruption: Further Biden family connections profit from pandemic? (Report)

Education: San Francisco ends merit based admissions to its top high school (Report) (Too many Asians?)

City street lights: Going multi-purpose, high tech? (Report)

The recent U.S. election: Dominion voting machines switched 6% of GOP votes to Democrat? (Report)

Phones/Computers provide your data to many watchers? (Report)

Corruption: Banks refusing service to politically unpopular businesses? (Report)

 The U.S. economy: Gas/electricity prices out of control (Report)

Science: Drug for treating obesity? (Report)

Energy: The models go wrong (Article)

U.S. election: Supreme Court to hear fraud cases from 3 states (Report)

Chicago: 4 dead, 29 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

A naked man was removed from a stranger’s roof by police (Report)

Y son bastante …

EDITORIAL:         Musing on Trump’s Congressional Lynching

After four years of a juvenile, largely baseless demonizing of the President by every means available to them and their allied “news” media, the Congressfolk produced another political theater piece with a second failed impeachment case. Its expansion by calling witnesses was quickly scotched at the news that House Speaker Pelosi wpid be called as a witness. That door shut, the action is now to erect a bar to any future Trump repeat candidacy through use of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution while pursuing Trump personally through prosecution/lawsuits in the courts.

Wondering why the Prez hasn’t just been shot down like Presidents Kennedy and Reagan, we suppose that he is somewhat protected by his persecutors’ need to show him destroyed by their system rather than by some nutcase. His very special, unforgivable crime seems: having foisted himself upon the system rather than being groomed and selected by it with the approval of the voters. That is not allowed; he must be visibly demolished and the system must be seen to do it. Without that, someone else might start thinking that the people select their President ….

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GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING WEEK … (Politically Uncorrected)

Fron the week:

Wall Street: The GameStop mobbing explained (Article)

Iran: Dismal economic report (Article)

The U.S. economy: A terminal victim of political fraud? (Article) (Recommended)

Religion: China increasing repression (Report) (U.S. blames COVID)

The pandemic: U.S. funded Chinese development of the COVID – 19 virus? (Report)

More pandemic: The U.S.  C.D.C. now demands double layer masking for U.S. travelers? (Report) More details (Report)

Corruption: Rising in the U.S. (Report)

Sweden: Rearming in fear of Russia – again (Report)

The pandemic: CDC hugely inflated numbers during election? (Report)

The stock market: GameStop whipsaw overtaken by silver? (Article)

Censorship: Twitter suspends Christian group for revealing biological gender of Biden appointee (Report)

Australia: Political censorship thrives? (Report)

Censorship: Is the anti-conservative attack being extended to Catholicism? (Report)

Immigration: Biden administration opening COVID vaccination sites for illegal immigrants (Report)

Corruption: Hunter Biden lawyer’s partner now heads Dept. of Justice prosecution decisions? (Report)

Government: Users of all forms of public transport are now subject to Federal mask enforcement (Report)

More government: Crackdown on Proud Boys  (Report) (A pass for Antifa?)

 Corruption: Tainted Treasury Secretary to lead stock market inquiry? (Report)

 Racism: Anti-white/Asian discrimination suit dropped by Biden Department of Justice (Report)

The environment: Growing use of solar/wind power threaten stability of grid (Report)

 Government: Biden order allows biological males to compete in women’s athletics? (Report)

Corruption: Current $1.9 T COVID bill cover for non-COVID spending? (Report)

The U.S. economy: Chinese report that U.S. officially in recession as of Biden’s 8th day? (Report)

The U.S. election: Precinct level investigation by noted mathematician found result “impossible”(Report)

Politics: Antifa damage to Oregon Federal property $2.3 M; (Report) (Does anyone care?)

 Corruption: Illinois pushing political litmus test for K12 teachers? (Report)

Corruption: Details from the recent vote count negate democracy (Report) (Recommended, long)

More corruption: Time magazine says Trump was right; there was a conspiracy (Report)

 Still more corruption: Bank of America provides customer data to government without consent (Report)

The pandemic: Post infection immunity research results promising (Report)

Government to purge military of right wing troops (Report)

Congress: Democrats and some Republicans stripped Rep. M.T. Green of all committees (Report) (So now They decide on who represents people?)

 More government: California COVID law screws landlords (Report)

Education: North Carolina passes social studies standards focusing on race (Report)

The pandemic: Another report links U.S. government to development of COVID in China? (Report)

Corruption: Ilhan Omar paid her husbands’ firm @.9 M during the recent election cycle? (Report)

The pandemic: Another (interesting) take on pandemic policy (Article) (From a censored commentator?)

U.S. Supreme Court kills California pandemic church closing (Report)

The world economy: All hail the conquering central bankers – or else (Article)

The American condition: Clarity after Trump (Long Article) (Highly recommended!)

Chicago: 4 dead, 18 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

 A naked woman was arrested after stopping power at hotel/casino (Report)

The end

EDITORIAL:         U.S. Representative Marjorie Taylor Green (R Georgia)

                                House Democrats removed all of her committee assignments in response to their disapproval of some of her statements while ignoring Representative Maxine Waters (D California) demands that Donald Trump be prosecuted for premeditated murder.

                Evidently today’s Democrats believe that they, not Georgia voters, have final approval of the State’s Cogressfolk?  

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GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING WEEK … (Politically Uncorrected)

From the week:

Education: Chicago teachers’ union votes to strike (Report)

The pandemic: Netherlands rising violence proteting restrictions (Video)

Portland: Continuing violence (Report)

The internet: Facebook providing FBI user data/messages from Trump supporters? (Report)

Healthcare: 897 rural U.S. hospitals at risk of closing? (Article)

World economy: Current job loss 4 times worse than 2008 recession (Report)

Somalia: Status unchanged (Article)

The Internet: Massive U.S. east coast outage from cable cut in Brooklyn (Report) (Murphy’s Law)

The U.S. economy: Over 8 M Americans have fallen into poverty as COVID benefits expire (Report)

The U.S. – Who’s Really In Charge? (Oligarchs?) (Article)

U.S. Congress: Democrats started House/Senate bills to make Washington D.C; a state (Report)

Censorship: Twitter troll arrested for election “disinformation” (Report) Democrat duplicate ignored? (Report)

The pandemic: Immunity in recovered patients lasts longer, strengthens (Report)

Censorship: Shutting down live news (Article)

The Federal Reserve is completely clueless (Article) (Recommended)

 The media fail to notice ongoing Antifa attcks in Portland (Report)

The pandemic: Vaccines proving les effective than hoped? (Report)

Chicago: 7 dead, 23 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

A naked man was arrested skateboarding (Report)

EDITORIAL:         The Corruption of Internet Search

                                It is obvious now that major internet communication providers censor their users, most notably for political reasons. The propriety of this is much debated: If these services are analogs of telephone or postal services, such censorship is clearly wrong and should be illegal. If they are merely private operations offering proprietary services, they can do as they may wish. That is an ongoing debate in need of resolution.

                But internet search is a different beast. If it is perceived as a mixture of truth and falsehoods, it loses most of its utility; it is devalued. A search engine is essentially a combination of a dictionary and an encyclopedia and has proven a mighty tool for the advancement of science and civilization. That is what is lost by prostituting such services with political, religious, commercial or any other bias; it is a grievous loss. Of what use is a dictionary or an encyclopedia known to provide unreliable information? It is deliberate corruption.  

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GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING WEEK … (Politically Uncorrected)

From the week:

 The war on the internet: List of alternatives to censored sites (Article)

 The pandemic: People will start dying some time after the vaccination? (Video)

Censorship: Twitter exec unknowingly reveals plans for expanded political censorship (Report)

The climate: Supreme Court to hear oil companies re city/state lawsuits demanding payment for climate change (Report)

Space: The world satellite business  update (Article)

Corruption: Senator Mitch McConnell’s financial thes to Chinese government (Report)

Censorship: Tennesee high school principal put on leave after criticizing Big Tech censorship (Report)

More corruption: Nurse attacked, fired as Trump supporter? (Report)

The pandemic: Pfizer vaccine less effective than hoped? (Report)

North Korea: Update (Article)

Censorship: House committee chair requests FBI probe of Parlor

The Pandemic: California keeps data from public (Report)

China: Strategic update (Article)

Iran: Current political description (Article)

Politics: Black Lives Matter/Antifa riots proceed in Seattle, Portland, Denver despite Biden inauguration (Report)

Politics: How the U.S. Senate works with the 50/50 tie (Article)

The U.S. economy: Realities the media aren’t mentioning (Article)

Surveillance: Cell phones monitored by military intelligence without warrant (Report)

U.S. population declines in 16 states (Report)

Chicago: 6 dead, 18 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

A naked man was arrested after breaking into up to 3 apartments (Report

That’s all …)

EDITO’RIAL:        Free Speech, Protests and the U.S. Constitution

The Constitution’s Bill of Rights says: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”. That limits the Federal Government but says nothing about your censor ship of your kids or your boss setting standards for the workplace. Nor apparently, about Facebook and Twitter. Maybe though, they are public utilities resembling telephone companies subject to regulation. Silicon Valley is said to want that. Probably beats open competition in their eyes; might be worth giving up censorship?.  Or would regulation just entrench it? How it plays out might tell us a lot about political reality outide the public conversation …

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From the week:

Censorship: Delta Airlines removed from flight two women after they pribately extolled Trump? (Report) (Possible; seems unlikely)

Food price inflation: Accelerating? (Article)

U.S. Politics: The liberal Left has repudiated liberalism (Article)

 More U.S. politics: ABC calls for cleansing of Trump supporters (Report)

The U.S. media are revising history, leading newsman laments (Article)

The economy: Bitcoin is a bubble … But the global fiat system is a bigger bubble (Article)

Censorship: Talk radio network orders conservative hosts off election fraud or be terminate (Report)

Wall St. banks threatening finances of pro-Trump politicians? (Report)

Philippines: Terrorism status )Articl)

Washington D.C. riot was a false flag failure meant to have been much larger? (Report) More)

U.S. Government: The boondoggle in “Food Insecurity” (Article)

 U.S. Government: Places itself at table for artificial intelligence research (Report) (!)

Censorship: The great social silencing (Article) (Recommended)

Yemen: Update (Article)

Censorship: The largest U.S. real estate organization bans public/private “hate speech”, with punishments (Article)

The pandemic: What they said about lockdowns before 2020 (Report)

More pandemic: New Stanford international study questions lockdowns effectiveness (Report)

Censorship: Twitter CEO on undercover video re expanding silencing of the right (Report)

Capitol riot: Antifa leader brags about breaking Capitol window posing as Trump supporter (Video)

Autos: Electrics to replace gasoline whether public agrees or not (Article)

Censorship:  A list of alternatives for Twitter, Facebook etc. (Article)

Computers: Windows 10 vulnerability remains unfixed (Report)

New Jersey: Seized assets including bank account of gym that opened under lockdown (Report)

U.S. Airspace: FAA approves fully automate commercial drones (Article)

Education: California school teaching 3rd graders toxic whiteness (Article)

Chicago: 5 dead, 28 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

A naked woman had a man arrested (Report)

That’s all.

EDITORIAL:         Getting Tired of Politicized U.S. “Racism”?

If it seems telling that the media and politicians spend so much time and the government so much money on a minority comprising some 13% of the U.S. population, it is. The imported Chinese laborers who built the railroads were treated arguably worse than the freed slaves and immigration from China was barred by the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act more than 30 years after the black slaves were freed. Those conditions underlie the rise of the Chinese ghettos often called Chinatowns. But the resident and eventually, immigrant Chinese have not dropped out of U.S. high schools and filled its prisons; they are instead increasingly subject to racial discrimination with the whites in order to offer preferences to blacks. Governments punish success, reward failure? That seems wrong; it is no less racial discrimination than a “Whites Only” sign. Nor has it led the African immigrants to equality with their Asian fellows. Worse, it is done by government in the name of equality, hypocrisy on steroids. Finally, it clearly doesn’t work. If the idea is to treat blacks like everyone else, then government has to exemplify treating them so, not simply reversing the direction of discrimination with Black Lives Matter/Antifa trashing and burning U.S. cities with tacit political pproval..     

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GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING WEEK … (Politically Uncorrected)

From the week:

Israel: Jewish population drops below 74% , a first (Report) (Demographics are destiny …)

Vote fraud New Georgia testimony, more problems reported (Report)

Significant armed conflicts around the world: Update (Long Article)

 Censorship: Wikileaks’ Julian Asange U.S. extradition quashed in Britain (Report)(But he’s still jailed)

Healthcare: California requires insurers pay for mastectomies of gender switching teen girls (Report)

The pandemic: Vaccine adverse reactions raising concerns? (Article)

Bankruptcies of large firms rising toward 2009 levels (Report)

Iran: Update (Long Article)

Immigration: Half of southern migrants since 2014 still in U.S.? (Report)

 Drones: Largest autonomous submarine pursued by U.S. Navy (Report)

The pandemic: Actual CDC overall death rates including COVID little changed from years past? (Report)

Workers’ union forms at Google(Article)

The U.S. economu: A new tre Great Depression coming in 2021? (Article)

Libya: Update (Long Article)

Why were leftists inside the Capitol filming the pro- Trump protest as police shot an unarmed protester as she climbed through a window?  (Article)

China: The Largely Lethal Long View (Long Article)

China: A little problem with corruption (‘article)

Oil: Russia taking over from the Saudis; the dollar will pay (Article)

The U.S. economy: Politicized, unaffordable embedded costs are terminal (Article) (Recommended)

Racism: Parents sue school for anti-white discrimination (Report)

That’s all …

EDITORIAL:         Two Unreal Theories Now Becoming Policy

                                CRITICAL RACE THEORY  now turning up in schools, holds that race is not a biological reality; it is only a socio-legal construct created by white people to suppress everybody else. Apparently, mandated equality isn’t enough; whites must be demonized to justify revenge …

                And never mind the very prominent racism exhibited by Han Chinese and black South Africans, to cite two of many. Best watch that public school Common Core curriculum …           

                MODERN MONETARY THEORY is even more unreal and a lot more imminent. It basically assigns government control and management of the economy, using the money as a primary tool. Sort of the present on steroids, the ultimate manipulation of fiat money. And concomitantly, the antithesis of a free market. The economists selling this one seem to depend upon economies that, unlike real ones, are free of prostituting politics for their illustrations. They’ll love eliminating cash!                    We might want to consider the nature of the reality that will be delivered under such sales pitches since we will have to live in it …           

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GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING WEEK … (Politically Uncorrected)

From the week:

 Drones: Federal rules to expand business, government (and nefarious?) use nearly everywhere? (Report)

Central Africa: Update (Article)

The pandemic: Unexplained allergic reactions reduce European willingness for vaccination (Article)

More pandemic: 12,000 New York City students banned from school for failing to approve random testing (Article)

Still more Pandemic: Police send SWAT team raid to close hair salon (Report)

Corruption: Ukraine press conference details Biden activities (Article)

 The pandemic: A political tool forwarding The Great Reset for many leaders/political operators (Article)

More pandemic: The origin investigation currently: Update (Article)

 The economy: Asia to U.S. freight sharply higher as volume strains system (Article)

Twenty numbers from 2020 that are almost too crazy to believe? (Article)

U.S. unemployment: 2020 ends with ten times more jobless (Article)

U.S. Guaranteed minimum income is inevitable? (Article)

Iran: President pronounces Trump’s death imminent (Report)

COVID vaccine: Many health care workers refusing  (Report)

Science: A desalination breakthrough to reduce cost of clean water (Report)

Education Quantum technology needs expanding in school curriculums (Article)

Chicago: Over 4,100 people shot in 2020 (Report)

A naked woman was mistakenly arrested by police breaking into the wrong address (Report)

That’s all …

EDITORIAL:         Now That It’s 2021 …

                       Looking ahead, it seems worth noting by U.S. citizens that:

  1. The average U.S. taxpayer share of the national debt exceeds $220,000.
  2. The Federal Government is insolvent and running on credit.
  3. Many U.S. cities and states were financially unsound before COVID.
  4. There is evidence that the U.S. election system is compromised.
  5. Unemployment, reflecting government pandemic policy, remains severe.
  6. Business bankruptcies are rising with pandemic lockdowns.
  7. Violent street “protests” are becoming a standard progressive political tool.
  8. The major “nrws” media have degenerated into propagandists.
  9. The currently inconsistent modifications and closings of businesses, churches, schools etc. do not seem to rest upon the “due process of law” and are not giving rise to the “just compensation” contemplated in the 5th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
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General human behavior is biologically determined; it is implicit in human DNA. Individuals’ DNA varies considerably and therefore, so does individual behavior. Further, individual’s behaviors are subject to varying modifications through differing experiences. In a universe manifesting risk and economic scarcity, individual maximization is stochastically distributed: forget wealth equality, the design does not allow that any more than it provides equality of life spans.

An aspect of human DNA inclines individuals toward grouping; human groups both reduce risk and can be exponentially productive. However, significantly varying humans with a significantly less varied drive toward individual maximization must restrain such behaviors to permit cooperation in groups; that ability varies too. As groups enlarge, these variances produce behaviors that threaten the group; large groups form specialized subgroups – governments – to cope with these.  But individuals within these subgroups desire to maximize their own and their subgroup’s power; resulting conflicts are an inherent instability generously exemplified in history. This instability in human governments may be necessary for the species’ progress; human governments display a tendency toward imposition of stasis, seeing significant change as a threat.  To permit progress, this restraint must be limited.

Given human behavior, much thought has gone into optimizing government, not so much into maximizing outcomes for the governed. The primary determinant for a government seems to be its size compared to the number governed; next is whether the governed hold significant formal power over the governors. Government growth magnifies both the resources it extracts from the productive economy and the level of detail to which it can control the economy and the lives of citizens. Government control follows Murphy: What can happen, will happen. The only variable is time required.     Control is after all, the explicit purpose of government and an implicit measure of its success. Note too that human groups seem invariably to contain individuals gratified to give orders, additional confirmation that human government lies buried in our genes …

It must be noted that humans submit themselves to two forms of governing authority: physical and moral. The first is a monopoly of the legitimate government; the second, awarded by social acclaim, is held in various hands, particularly parents and  in the Western tradition, churches. That underlies the tendency of powerful rulers to combine church and state. It equally explains the divorce of the two in the U.S. Constitution. The emperor Napoleon said that the people must have religion and that religion must be in the hands of the government. He knew his business; so did America’s founders know theirs.   

America’s churches were singled out to bulwark the people as the seat of sovereignty, outside the government. That was conferred upon them by God, its sole source. Government was the people’s servant, not their master. But inevitably given human behavior, U.S. citizens have sold their independence and wealth to government in exchange for the illusory security of dependence upon much enlarged government. With that enlargement, the interests of the government naturally displaced those of the governed. .. A dependent cannot say “No”. Citizen concerns have been washed away with an ever-increasing stream of government subsidies. Ambitious politicians are pleased to buy votes with other people’s money, another exhibition of classic human behavior.  That also illuminates the overspending so common among politicians whose reality extends only to the next election; it may even explain the disappearance of the fable of “The Grasshopper and the Ant” from U.S. public education.  

The greatest hoax ever perpetrated on an unsuspecting public is not as recently claimed, the government handling of the current COVID-19 epidemic; it is rather the idea that altering the form of human government can somehow alter human behavior in a way that will convert present reality into utopia. Changing human behavior will follow only alteration of human DNA, risking the future of the species. Rearranging the governors cannot change their innate behavior; such a claim is an unscientific and rather crude swindle, nothing more. Nevertheless, ridiculous though it is, it is the great swindle of our age, riding on another classic human behavior: Believing that reality may succumb to desire and just pressing (1) will bring a valuable, free gift.

Such naivete may endure in the species for a reason; the price of human progress has not been paid by pessimists, nor in a universe of scarcity will it ever. A really savvy species might not consider the game worth the candle.  Again, the design seems well tailored to the circumstances. Standing back a bit, the human tendency toward self-importance clearly fulfills a need; from farther back still, it may suggest that our species’ anthem should be: “Send In The Clowns.”

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