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Please See Through The Politicization Of Every “Serious Crisis”

June 14, 2017

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Every time there is a shooting, one of my articles titled; “You Never Let A Serious Crisis Go To Waste”, gets a lot of views.  The post talked about the politicization of the Sandy Hook shootings by President Obama just 6 hours after the shootings.

The shootings by an individual at an early morning baseball practice today of House and Senate Republicans who were preparing for tomorrows charity game against House and Senate Democrats, brought out some of the usual suspects who were trying to make political hay out of a crisis. Here is what the Governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, had to say about the situation. It took him less than a minute to ‘never let a serious crisis go to waste’.

Here is an excerpt from the video: “……let me say this; I think we need to do more to protect all of our citizens. I have long advocated, this is not what today is about, but there are too many guns on the street. We loose 93  million Americans a day to gun violence and I’ve long talked about this. Back ground checks, shutting down gun show loop holes, that’s not for today’s discussion. But it’s not just about politicians, we worry about this every day for all of our citizens.”

A reporter then asked a great question; But if it’s not the day for it, why are you bringing it up at this time?”

A reporter then asked what I thought would be an obvious question; “….sir did you say 93 million, that’s a big number?”  McAuliffe corrected his “obvious mistake” about the number of Americans “lost a day to gun violence” from 93 million to just 93 individuals a day.


McAuliffe made a subjective decision that his political agenda concerning gun control was more important than anything else he could have talked about when questioned after the situation. At that moment in time he decided his best course of action was to say what he said. His action tells us all we need to know about him. His subjective decision allowes us to judge him objectively.

Here is an excerpt from my article; “You Never Let A Serious Crisis Go To Waste”.

“The full quote, “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” is by Rahm Emanuel, former White House Chief of Staff under President Obama. This reflects the thinking of Saul Alinsky, who wrote “Rules for Radicals.” “Rules for Radicals” is the default position the President, and Emanuel operate under. If you understand this, it will be easier to analyse everything they say and do.”

“Here is the template. 1) Use a tragedy as a crisis, or create a crisis where none exists. 2) Paint the crisis with as much emotion as possible, and throw logical analysis out the window. 3) Propose the one and only solution to the problem, which just happens to coincide with what you’ve wanted to implement for many years. 4) Paint anyone who opposes your one and only solution as evil, uncaring, not smart enough to understand the nuanced brilliance of your solution, or in the pockets of …. you pick the evil entity. 5) Force the solution on the people by any means, whether legislatively, by executive order, or through the legal system. 6) When the unintended consequences of your solution rear their ugly head, use them as a reason for more brilliant solutions to made up crises.”

“Forgive my cynicism, but, when I heard the President’s emotional address on the radio about six hours after the shootings in Connecticut, I thought about the “Rules for Radicals” template. “You never let a serious crisis go to waste” is in full operation, because this is who politicians are in general, and who the President is in particular. Politics is the world in which they operate, and the lens through which they view everything. Because of this underlying reality, and because they have the power of Government behind them enforcing their edicts, you should never trust what they say or do, and always question their motives.”


Politics is going to be played on both sides of this “crisis”. We have to be smart enough to see through the political BS. I just want to point out that this political game we have been dragged into is a losers game for us. Politicians are the only ones who win when we allow them to split us up into groups, and then pit these groups against each other. Groups don’t act. Only individuals can act. Is there pattern prediction of individuals belonging to certain groups? Yes. But this particular individual shooter is probably an outlier and not part of any group pattern. At least let’s hope so!


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Must Reads For The Week 7/9/16

July 9, 2016

We Will Comment On Hillary and The Shootings In Dallas In A Few Days

Thinking Beyond Stage One, by Walter E. Williams, at The unintended consequences of tariffs and trade restrictions (please read this Mr. Trump). Excerpt from the article: The question that should be put to those calling for restrictions on imports is: In an effort to save jobs in one industry, do you care about or even know of its cost and disastrous effects in other industries? When Congress enacts a miracle for one group of Americans, such as steel producers, it creates a non-miracle for another group, such as steel- using producers.

What The World Looks To Someone Who Doesn’t Understand Economics, at Here are some excerpts from the article: “.….defense of the minimum wage is strong evidence that the world does indeed include people who really do believe that government-officials’ stated intentions determine the outcomes of government actions.” Always remember the limiting factor of any central planning by government, the amount of knowledge the bureaucrats can bring to bear on any situation isn’t even one tenth of the knowledge brought to bear by millions of individuals competing in the free market.

Smashing The Minimum Wage: robot Made Burgers Coming To San Francisco, at When the cost of labor is mandated to be higher than it would be under normal market conditions, Employers (economic forces) try to correct the intervention in a couple of ways. Since they have to pay more, why not pay even more to a person who can produce as much as two people. Another is to use automation to replace the now too expensive employee. Mandates don’t happen in a vacuum. Two Of The Worlds Largest Employers Are Replacing Workers With Robots.

But Why Aren’t People Buying Electric Cars? at theburning The auto industry can’t figure out why ‘stupid’ consumers won’t buy electric cars. Could it be because the cost of owning and operating an electric car (even with all the Gov. subsidies) is higher than owning and operating a gasoline powered car? Maybe the consumer is smarter than people think. Read – Electric Car Sales Crash Into Economic Reality.

Brexit Shows Why Central Planning Won’t Work, by Jason Morgan, at Excerpt from the article: “As Ludwig von Mises demonstrated in Human Action, it isn’t that economic interventionism and central planning might not work, it’s that they cannot work. Why? Because we simply do not have the ability to predict human action in the future, either in the immediate future, or in a more intermediate future.” Unfortunately for us the solution to the failure of these tyrants politicians and bureaucrats plans is more of the same thing that failed.

Here We Go Again: An August 2007 Redux, by David Stockman, at When central banks try to stop market corrections by printing money via credit expansion, they end up creating bubbles that will eventually have to be liquidated. Of course they will try to stop the market correction that was a result of their attempt to stop the first market correction. The dog chasing it’s tail.

Murray Rothbard vs. EU 1989, at


Americas Radical Revolution, by Murray Rothbard, at Rothbards take on the American Revolution.

This Is A Toilet” US Rowing To Use Sewage Proof Suits At Rio Olympics, at People have asked me why the Olympic committee would have the games at a place like this. Why? Because the Olympic committee is probably just as corrupt as FIFA was with the world cup. The pollution at the Beijing Olympics four years ago was probably just as bad.

Sharp Shooting Army Vet Saves Bald Eagle Stuck Upside Down In A Tree, at A young eagle was caught in a rope dangling from a tree. An army vet shot the rope and freed the eagle. The army vet was initially worried he might get in trouble for shooting at an eagle if he attempted to shoot the rope. With the way the legal system is today, I think his fears were justified.

“Human Action” Helps Us Understand Mrs. Rice’s Instagram, and Obama’s Iraq Speech

September 12, 2014


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How can these seemingly unrelated stories have anything in common? They are not related in any way, unless you understand the concept of human action as explained by Ludwig von Mises in his tome “Human Action: A Treatise On Economics”. Human action has nothing to do with the psychological reasons or the internal forces that result in a particular action. Trying to figure out these reasons would be guesses by anyone who is not a psychiatrist, and educated guesses by professional psychiatrists. Human action is purposeful behavior and as such can be meaningfully interpreted. The end man seeks with his action is his motive for acting. Why he is motivated to attain this end has nothing to do with human action. Human action doesn’t care about the psychological reason compelling a person to act, it only cares about the action itself. When a person acts he is not simply giving preference among many alternatives, he is displaying what he prefers at that particular moment.

In summary. A person purposefully acts using available means, to reach a particular end, an end which he thinks will bring about a more satisfactory state of affairs than the state of affairs that existed before he decided to act. A person makes a particular choice,  between many competing ends, at a particular time. His choice reveals his most valued end that particular moment. The correctness or incorrectness of the action chosen will be revealed at some point in the future.

Now lets analyze these two stories.


Ray Rice hit and knocked out his then fiancée Janay Palmer in February of 2014. On March 27th a grand jury indicted Ray Rice on aggravated assault charges, and dropped simple assault charges on Janay Palmer. On March 28th Rice and Palmer were married. On May 1st Rice rejected a plea deal and applies for pretrial intervention program which accepted him allowing him to avoid a trial. Rice is suspended in July for the first two games of the year. The video of Rice punching his then fiancée surfaces on September 8th, and later that day the Ravens terminate his contract, worth $4 million this year, and the NFL  suspends him indefinitely.

Everyone from reporters, commentators, spokesmen for women’s groups, politicians, et al, have an opinion on why she would marry the guy who knocked her out. Here is how human action helps us understand this. It doesn’t matter what motivated her to marry him. Her choice reveals that she thinks being married to him is a better state of affairs than not being married to him. Trying to figure out why, assumes a level of knowledge that no one, outside of Ray and Janay, has access to. The correctness of her action will be revealed at some point in the future. The statement in her instagram message (here), “…THIS IS OUR LIFE!”, means butt out it is none of your business.

One more comment. What is the preferred end, the Ravens, the NFL, reporters, commentators, spokesman for women’s groups, and politicians think they will achieve by the actions they have taken in this case? No matter what the preferred end is, they obviously think the actions they have taken will bring about a better state of affairs, for themselves.


Lets start with a little background. In 08 the President campaigned  on getting out of Iraq. After he got elected he set a date for withdrawal which allowed the enemy to lay low and rearm. He withdraws our troops without leaving enough of them to keep the enemy in check and help support the new Government.

If there is one thing we can be 99% sure of concerning every politician its this: the end sought in every action is to gain political power, especially when these actions happen closer to an election. This is why in the last few weeks, the President has talked about corporations using “unpatriotic tax loopholes” to pay less in taxes, and why the minimum wage should be raised. The speech about Iraq is purposeful action taken for the achievement of an end that will be preferable to the present state of affairs. Now here is the 64,000 dollar question: is this preferable state of affairs to make the Iraq situation stable, or is it to help the Presidents political situation before the November elections? Either way we will know the answer to this question at some point in the future.

The biggest difference in these two cases is, 1) In the Rice situation, Ray and Janay suffer the consequences of their actions. 2) In the Iraq situation, all of us will suffer the consequences of the actions of the President. So why are more people talking about the situation that doesn’t affect them, instead of talking about the one that does affect them?


Human Action Reveals The Reality About Political Decisions.

May 1, 2013
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The book  Human Action (link here), by Ludwig von Mises is full of great insights into how the world works. These insights are very helpful in understanding what happens in the world of Government and politics. The books starting point for analysis is this: man acts because of the mere fact of his existence. Human action is purposeful behavior. Action is not verbal preference, it is an individual choosing, and acting, to reach a particular end. Man acts to substitute what he thinks will be a more satisfactory state of affairs for a less satisfactory state. He wouldn’t want to change his existing state of affairs, if he didn’t think his action would bring about a better state. His actions will reveal the correctness of his thinking. Action is a tangible thing and cannot be confused with wishes or hopes. Both the material and the ideal are valued differently by each individual, and what each individual values changes in time and place. What a man values the highest drives his actions. He uses available means to achieve his most highly valued ends, and his action toward his most valued end, takes place in a world of imperfection and constant change. So to summarize: (more…)

Mises’ “Human Action” Explains Lies About Libya.

October 25, 2012

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The way last month’s attack in Libya, resulting in the deaths of Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans including two former SEALs,  has been used by politicians and the media is why I loathe politics. I linked to articles on which were written one day after the attack which said this was a “planned and coordinated para-military attack”. They are in a post from this site on September 14. As I stated in that post SOFREP  stands for Special Operations Forces Situational Report and is run by former SEAL Brandon Webb. One of the contributors was former SEAL Glen Doherty who was killed in the Benghazi attack read more here. This site has insight and information about military operations, rules of engagement, foreign policy, and much more. It should be the first place you go to get the unvarnished truth. Their allegiance is to their brothers in the military, not to any politicians. Read October 31 2012 post Mind-Melting Breakdown of the Benghazei Attack Build Up.

Here is how “Human Action” by Ludwig von Mises helps us analyze the Libyan situation. Human action is purposeful behavior. Action is not simply verbal preference, it is the individual choosing and acting to reach a particular end. Action is a tangible thing and cannot be confused with wishes or hopes or after the fact quarterbacking. Men act to substitute what they think will be a more satisfactory state of affairs for a less satisfactory state. We wouldn’t want to change our existing state of affairs if we didn’t think the result would be better. Our action reveals the correctness of our thinking. When a baseball manager makes a decision during a game (more…)