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    Yesterday, 09:01 PM
    5. The Democracy Myth Democracy is held up as the beacon of the free world - its badge of honour. Our politicians are more inclined to talk about the virtues of a democratic society, rather than a free one. It’s the new religion of the secular state. Democracy is not a means to any particular end, but an end in itself. But just what is democracy? It’s the idea that the majority is right. It’s the idea that morality can be decided by the counting of heads. It’s the idea that one man’s vote is as good as another’s. Historically, democracy is seen as a natural progression from Theocracy or Monarchy. Apart from the early democracy of Greece, human experience has largely be shaped by the rule of Church or King. So, shifting the balance of power to the ordinary person in the street was seen as a move in the right direction.
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    Yesterday, 09:00 PM
    Published by SovereignLife.com Disclosure: Unlike a typical "Manifesto", which is a statement of things to be"done", The Sovereign Manifesto is a statement of things to be "undone" - in particular, certain cultural myths that can lock individuals into a particular "slave mindset". Theideas contained in this report may be considered by many to be heretical, revolutionary,radical, or even dangerous - and certainly capable of changing the existing social orderas we know it. But like all ideas, their power is only realised when they are put intoaction - by individual people. The 8 Deadly Myths That Conspire to Enslave You Have you ever asked yourself the question: "Why are things the way they are?"Have you ever got angry at the status quo - the stupidity, the injustice and the inertia?More importantly, have you ever tried to take off your cultural spectacles and view theworld anew? Itís certainly hard to do, if not near impossible for most people. And thereís a goodreason why. Our view of the world, and our relationship to it, is shaped by the world as it is - not how it could be. It is shaped by our genes, our family environment, our education,and the culture we grow up within - whatever nation or ethnicity. We are the product ofthe given, the existent - the accepted norm. Our traditional thinking is therefore a product of our past.
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    02-16-2018, 05:52 PM
    Still with this ridiculously ignorant analogy?! lol. So, I guess your response would be to centrally-plan what people trade for because you know better than each individual what they should value? The truth is, in your faulty analogy, the person gained their wealth through trade and then squandered it. The trade wasn't the problem - it's what was done afterwards.
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    02-16-2018, 05:43 PM
    Tariffs are a pious government telling them that their terms aren't "fair" and one of them needs to pay more.
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    02-16-2018, 05:36 PM
    Ugh. It doesn't matter what you trade for. If it's more valuable to you than the FRN's you've given up to get it, you have increased your wealth. That's the point. With trade, you always get more than you give. That's kinda the whole point!
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    02-16-2018, 05:33 PM
    Very wise post. You'll never see the media going after psychotropic drugs - the manufacturers of these drugs are some of the media's biggest advertisers!
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    02-16-2018, 05:30 PM
    Dude, just give it up. You're out of your depth here. It would be wise to recognize it.
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    02-16-2018, 05:29 PM
    So, I think remedial economics is in order for you. You're crossing your wires trying to make this analogy. But in theory, if what you are getting is more valuable to you than your money, then yes! Because you'd have goods to sell for more money later. You only trade to INCREASE your wealth - not to decrease it. What you seem to be suggesting is that we are trading more dollars than the value we are getting in return - but that is obviously not true. If it were, the trade wouldn't happen.
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    02-16-2018, 05:05 PM
    Dammit, you all! Stop making me agree with Zippy!
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    02-16-2018, 05:03 PM
    Do you even econ, bro? There is not such thing as a trade deficit. When you trade, both side win. They may get a surplus of dollars, but we get a surplus of goods. Ron Paul has often said that we should just drop ALL of our barriers to trade, regardless of what other countries may or may not do. Tariffs are like cutting yourself to make your neighbor bleed.
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    02-16-2018, 04:50 PM
    Never let a tragedy go to waste. Democrats want to take away your guns, and Republicans want to increase the police state. greaaat. I wonder... A kid use a gun to take the lives of 17 people and we all call him a psychopath. But these guys use their tools (media, legislation, government edict) to steal the liberty of millions of Americans; what do we call them?!
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  • osan's Avatar
    02-16-2018, 12:41 PM
    Sorry, but you are mistaken. If you want to make a point, please do so explicitly so a meager intellect such as mine will comprehend. Or not. Your choice, of course. PS: I said no such thing. I wrote that your specific response was innuendo and that is was not explicit. It may be interpreted in several ways, meaning your response was, to use computer science parlance, "non-deterministic".
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  • osan's Avatar
    02-16-2018, 10:58 AM
    Actually no, you did not. It was innuendo.
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  • Ender's Avatar
    02-15-2018, 10:25 PM
    Agree- I can't rep him at the moment either.
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    02-15-2018, 10:15 PM
    Yep. I've worked with a lot of troubled youth and most of them just need to be loved & accepted. The answer to all this, IMHPOV, is: Get the government out of so-called "education". The gov indoctrination system is destroying kids. Quit drugging kids. Period.
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  • osan's Avatar
    02-15-2018, 08:31 PM
    If you have a point to make, why not do so explicitly?
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    02-15-2018, 04:17 PM
    Trump has done some good things - or at least better than might otherwise have been done. If I dare assume he is not a knowing and willing part of a grand smoke and mirrors campaign, then I will equally dare assume he genuinely cares about this nation and its people. He is a pretty savvy negotiator, in spite of and perhaps because of the failures he has endured to which his detractors so piously devote their wild and ranting tirades. In spite of an endlessly hostile Congress, he has managed to nudge this monster called the "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" in a direction that at least appears to improve upon that on which it had been previously charted. That said, in some of the most important ways he appears to be a conventional thinker. This should come as no surprise to anyone with a brain worth mentioning and whose switch is not in the "off" position. He espouses not only military might, but its positive and proactive use as an instrument of foreign policy. He has yet to publicly question some of the most fundamental and deeply tacit assumptions upon which the administration of American governance is based - taxation, prohibition, and so forth. Perhaps he cannot see beyond those assumptions - after all, have they not served him well in at least some cases? Perhaps he will not. I cannot know with perfection what goes on in the head of another man. We still have much of which to remain skeptical where Trump is concerned, but let us keep a tally of the better (v. "good") and the bad, remembering to temper our expectations based on these known and likely limitations. He may not be a boogie man, but we pretty well know he is not the one to deliver us from the evil of tyranny. But we can be thankful for any small blessings that come our way via the good intentions of a man whose apparent world view is not based on a set of assumptions so completely failed as those of the progressives. He's not perfect; far from it, in fact - but for pity's sake take the small and incremental improvements for what they are: good to have, if insufficient in the broader view. Nonetheless, it is better to improve in fits and starts, than decay further. It's only been a year. Lets see where the coming twelve months leads. Rinse and repeat in piecemeal fashion. That is how the "left" has done it and thus far it has proven a valid strategy. It is the strategy taught by the Gracies in their so-called "jujutsu": never relinquish an advantage, save that it be exchanged for one of greater value; take your gains as they come, and be patient to hold a given position all day long, if that is what is needed.
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  • Ender's Avatar
    02-15-2018, 09:06 AM
    ^^^Absolute truth! ^^^^ From Wayne's Word: "I thought I had mono once for an entire year. It turned out I was just really bored"
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  • Ender's Avatar
    02-15-2018, 08:50 AM
    AMEN. And I'd +rep you again, if I could.
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    02-14-2018, 11:52 PM
    I'm a Christian Minister under a Vow of Poverty. I have stated that many times and again, my main concern about Trump's remarks is the danger to all religions. Nothing in your above post has an ounce of truth to it. YOU brought all this carpe back up so STOP.
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  • Ender's Avatar
    02-14-2018, 11:21 PM
    Obviously. /sarc All these shootings are in gun-free zones and my bet is that the shooters are drugged to the max. Also, possible handlers involved. Always seems suspicious.
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  • Ender's Avatar
    02-14-2018, 11:15 PM
    You brought it up, not me. My part of the discussion was totally about the 1st Amendment. I saw it as a clear & present danger for all religions and something that needed to be stopped. As far as Muslim terrorist cells, I would suggest we stop funding them, get our troops out of the ME and try some peace. You know, Ron Paul's plan.
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  • Ender's Avatar
    02-14-2018, 11:00 PM
    You called me a Muslim because I was defending the 1st Amendment- NOT all sorts of Muslim immigration- I do not believe you will find post after post.
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  • Ender's Avatar
    02-14-2018, 10:57 PM
    I didn't "edit" anything and YOU were bombasting a post I wrote 1 & 1/2 years ago when Trump was discussing the registration of Muslims. Get over it.
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  • Ender's Avatar
    02-14-2018, 10:51 PM
    Of course, and I'll bet most guys on the forum are circumcised. Besides sarcasm, my point is that Sharia Law is not a major happening in the US and what breaks US law can be punished.
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  • osan's Avatar
    02-14-2018, 09:18 PM
    Oh no... the Eville Debt(tm)... I say crank that bitch WAY up. Lets see the debt rocket into the quadrillions and quintillions. If you're going to go down that road, I say go all the way to the end and dispense with this candy-assed half-measures nonsense and the gratuitous hand-wringing. There is no real debt because a dollar is not money. People are falling for one of the oldest tricks in the book: buying into a lie and then fretting about the manipulations based on it. Come on. The "money" is a lie. The debt based on that money is a lie. Therefore, I say put the pedal to the metal and let 'er rip for all it's worth. The "debt" doesn't worry me in the least. What does worry me are all the nitwits who buy into this and who will doubtlessly buy into the lies attached to the deeper lie.
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    02-14-2018, 06:45 PM
    I’m sorry, but I think you guys are succumbing to your fears. Human wants are unlimited and resources are limited. Until technology can change that calculus, your worries are unfounded. And technology will NEVER change that truth. Sure, there will be adjustments, but your fears indicate a basic misunderstanding of human nature. We will never be satisfied. Therefore, any efficiencies we gain will be applied to other areas of interest. If you can’t trust in this, then why even fight for freedom?!
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    02-14-2018, 06:35 PM
    All else equal, yes.
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