Is the government really here to “help”? Or does it – do the people who constitute the government – operate out of self-interest, as everyone else does?
Of course it – they – do.
With one very important difference.
We – the individuals who aren’t the government – generally rely on persuasion and mutual self-interest to get what we each want (assuming neither party is dishonest) whereas the government – they – necessarily relies on force to get what it (what they) want.
Which is – in one form or another – always the same thing: Submission to its (to their) authority.
One can see this common thread running through everything the government does; the recent/current ugliness with regard to the ‘Rona being an obvious example. But there are many – because everything the government does relies on the common denominator of force – the threat of murderous violence, ultimately, if we do not obey. In order to have power over us.
That is what the government is interested in.
Which fact ought to call into question the notion that government is altruistic. Such questioning might lead to examination – and exposure – of the real motives behind recent government actions, such as the “locking down” of some businesses – the small, independently owned ones but not the big corporate ones, for instance.
What might be the self-interest of the government – of the people who constitute the government – in that case? It is doubtful it is to “stop the spread” – since it is probably true that a virus is more spreadable at large retail hubs, where many people congregate in close proximity. The real interest appears to be to conglomerate all commerce into a handful of corporate retail hubs, these being much easier to control as by setting forth common policies, which – absent the counterweight of small, independent retailers – there is no alternative to.
What do you suppose the government’s interest is in pressuring – if not outright requiring – 340 million Americans to submit to a “vaccine” that all of them arguably ought to avoid until it is known what is in the “vaccine” and what the “vaccine’s” effects will prove to be?
Could it be that the government – the people who hold government offices – are interested in carrying the water of the pharmaceutical cartels that stand to make enormous sums of money be injected 340 million Americans not just the once but ongoing? The people who hold government office being interested in receiving financial support from the pharmaceutical cartels, who invest heavily in their interests. And who also make a similarly large investment in opposing those who question the pressuring – if not outright requiring – of 340 million Americans to submit to this injection and thus injections, ongoing?
When there were journalists in this country, such interests would examined – and the interests juxtaposed with the claimed altruistic motive. A good example of this now-largely-unpracticed art is the way the interests of Bill Gates were examined back in the 1990s. It was discovered he was very interested in obtaining a monopoly over computers via claiming (if not actually stealing) rights to practically anything involved with them. His interests were exposed – and because of that, people were on alert about his altruistic protestations.
Then Gates invested in injections – under the guise of charities. Few questioned his interest in “charitable” acts, juxtaposed with his interest in effacing the SEC/DOJ and other investigations of his computer business interests.
Now he is very altruistically interested in seeing every man, woman and child vaccinated. Which ought to be a topic of great interest, given his interests.
The same goes for the interests of the corporations that have become synonymous with the government, the two now largely amounting to the same and being the same people, in many case.
You;d think people might be more interested.
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A young Someone in Calistan taking on the government. Great story.
“A god example of this now-largely-unpracticed art is the way the interests of Bill Gates were examined back in the 1990s…”
Gates didn’t actually steal any programming, he just applied for a patent on what was at the time open source. In other words, programming was given to him, and he claimed rights to it that prevented the party that gave it to him from ever selling it. Also, the profits he has gained from his “philanthropic” ventures far outweigh his investment made.
Not only is the government not altruistic, it’s incapable of being so. It is composed largely of sociopaths if not psychopaths. That’s not a disputable fact. They do not have the ordinary human virtues most of us have. The notion of sympathy, charity, empathy, remorse, guilt, etc. are beyond their comprehension. The only time they are the least bit concerned with our welfare is if it coincides with theirs. Rest assured, if it ever pretends to be altruistic, it’s preparing to abuse you under the cover of that “altruism”.
Sane people have no desire to hold a gun to their neighbor’s head and force them to do this or not do that, other than to protect themselves from their neighbor doing so to them. Which is why they aren’t politicians.
No government as we know it can exist without claiming the authority to kill you if you don’t comply with its wishes. We can govern ourselves, or be governed by monsters. Looks like we are sticking with the latter so far.
What actually happened with Bill Gates is that he purchased a non-exclusive license for 86-DOS (originally QDOS – “Quick and Dirty Operating System”) from Seattle Computer Products for $25.000 in December of 1980 after being approached by IBM to provide an operating system for their upcoming personal computer.
Then in July of 1981, Microsoft bought all rights to that software from SCP for an additional $50,000. This was just prior to the launch of the IBM PC that August.
QDOS was written by a programmer named Tim Paterson at SCP who was subsequently hired by Microsoft to port the software to the then-new IBM PC. This provided the basis for MS-DOS and ultimately the Microsoft Evil Empire that we know today.
Dual floppy drives
10MB hard drive
Talk about the ultimate MISSED opportunity!
But whoda thunk it at the time? There were many OS about, with Apple, by virtue of being the best-known personal computer, being the dominant “system”, but as proprietary as it ever got. What’s amazing is not just how both Gates and IBM got the rights to what became MS-DOS for peanuts, but that IBM, thinking that their new PC lines was still a “toy” (the money was then in the “mini” computers), intended to recapture that IBM brand loyalty. For awhile, it worked, but someone in the legal department at “Big Blue” really screwed up, as it turned out that what they “bought” was the right to use the MS-DOS product as “PC DOS”. Microsoft could license the OS as ‘MS-DOS”, and the entire industry of “IBM clones” sprang up overnight. Now, it was true that these early “clones” weren’t “exact” (anyone remember the Sanyo MBC-550?), as at best you might get a floppy from an IBM PC or XT to boot on your “clone”, but eventually the working distinction between them was nebulous. As the prices of these “clones” went down, IBM didn’t bother to compete on price, figuring it was better to essentially abandon the cheap hardware market. They did try that ill-fated IBM PCjr in a last ditch attempt to be a player in the high end home market, but that was another early or mid 80s computer “abortion” (not unlike the Coleco Adam, which killed that company). For awhile, Compaq, Zenith, and Hewlett-Packard were the big players in the “clone” market, and then the Taiwan-made “cheapies” hit the market. And never mind, ca. 1991, the “Packard Bell”, which were inexpensive, though they had a spotty reliability (PB installed a lot of used and second-rate parts and just dealt with a very high product defect rate).
What’s amazing is how so many of the computer “mainstays” have either gone entirely or have faded away to but a wisp of a shell of their former selves…I still recall Tandem, Burroughs, Digital, Sperry, and Compaq. Even Commodore, which sold MILLIONS of their C-64, went “poof”! by 1995, and Atari, which lent the name to a tech-savvy politician (“Atari Democrat”), likewise, from once having its game system under almost every American household’s XMas tree, to being acquired by Hasbro to market their game lines.
And it’s not just tech where outfits we’d thought we’d always have can just disappear almost overnight. When the Star Trek: The Next Generation has its final episode of its spotty first season (which was almost its last), a group of Earth folks from the late 20th century, SOMEHOW found in a spacecraft floating out there in the Neutral Zone with the Romulan Star Empire for some 370 years (never mind that in the Star Trek verse, this is still about 70 years before the first warp drive, so HOW that ship got all the way out there is unexplained), with three survivors cryogenically frozen. One of them, a “good ole boy” C&W singer, inquires of LCDR Data if there’s any TV programming, particularly sports (he wants to see if his beloved Atlanta Braves were still finding ways to lose, this being before the franchise’s Atlanta heydey under Glavine and Maddux on the mound). Data replies that TV as a means of entertainment died out in the 2040s. At the time, that postulation seems incredible. Now, with the poor programming content, the frustrating amount of commercials, and on-demand online content readily available, now I wonder if it’s take some 20 more years to collapse; not that I’d miss NBC, CBS, or ABC.
This guy is pure evil. If there is one person that deserves a rope around his neck, it is him!
“We have seen too many examples of public officials retreating from public service due to the hateful online content targeted towards themselves”
And this is a bad thing, because….?
You got the phrase correct except for one 4 letter word.
I’m from the government and I’m here to _ _ _ _ you.
Ah-hem, imho, to be exact, “I’m here to _ _ _ _ you over.
Does anyone actually believe the government does anything because of altruism, challenged 8-year-olds notwithstanding? Some might say they do, though I think they know better. There is, perhaps a little Stockholm Syndrome now and then, but…
Then again, your average person will decry “conspiracy theories”, at the same time they admit most politicians to be pathological liars. All that is require for a conspiracy is for some group of people to plan/do something and lie about it.
I like the term “conspiracy denier” – it is so much closer to the truth these days, and very effective at silencing the CT shouters.
Labelling a dissent or unpopular notion as “Denial” is a trigger word. It has almost the context of religious HERESY. Just as for awhile we had “Holocaust deniers”, now we have “COVID deniers”. And a useful phrase it becomes, to dismiss dissent or have an excuse to PERSECUTE for failing to “go along”.
That’s why I turn the tables and call THEM “conspiracy deniers.”
There is no logical reason to dismiss a “conspiracy theory”. How would you ever discover one without first having a theory? “The way the buildings collapsed on 9/11 is suspicious. I theorize that their collapse may not have been caused by airplanes running into them” is a conspiracy theory. There is nothing inherently evil or misleading in such a theory. Only the suggestion of an avenue of investigation.
Ah, but even postulating a THEORY, even with the admission that you may never have the ability to prove it, is enough of a THREAT to the PTB. They’re threatened simply b/c you’re not allowing yourself to be force-bed their mental Pablum. Part of the “conspiracy” is to CRUSH dissension and independent thinking.
The problem with all conspiracy theories is this simple fact. Human beings are very bad at keeping secrets.
But if a secret is lucrative enough, the ones who are can be very efficient at eliminating the other ones who are not.
Epstein is far from the only person who did not kill himself.
Indeed. One of Stalin’s memorable sayings was: “Death solves all problems. No man, no problem.”
It’s widely believed that fellow Georgian Laurenty Beria, head of the dreaded NKVD (predecessor to the KGB), aka the “blue caps”, took Stalin’s advice to heart. The movie “Death of Stalin” depicts him taunting the dying dictator as he struggled for breath and pissed him on the floor of his office in his dacha. Presumably Stalin was poisoned, but he had suffered from hypertension and “TIAA’s” which are considered indicative of an impeding and likely fatal stroke. His personal physician, a Dr. Vinogradov. who advised Stalin to step aside from his duties of office and rest, was instead arrested and implicated in the “Doctor’s Plot” (most of the “doctors” were Jewish, as it was Stalin’s fear that Zionist Jews were out to get him). Indeed, many had an incentive to knock off the old boy!
Of course, Beria himself is famed for the phrase, “Show me the MAN, and I’ll show you the CRIME!” Being perceived as an enemy of the State, which is to say an enemy of Stalin, was enough to get someone killed, and the justifications were often very creative. You have to hand it to Khrushchev, although he too was quite ruthless in dealing with rivals, after he’d gotten rid of Beria, his method of dealing with political rivals was more or less to “damn with FAINT praise” or simply pension them off; with the assurance that they and their families would be left in peace as long as they didn’t make trouble. And largely, this did away with most of the “terror” in the Soviet Union, however, it also emboldened rivals to form a faction that eventually made it move after two huge embarrassments; the botched Cuban Missile Crisis, which the military freaked out over how ol’ Nikita nearly blundered his way into WWIII, and a huge grain crops failure the following year, brought on in no small part by Khrushchev’s insistence on growing corn in the Ukraine…which HAD been tried after Peter the Great learned of “maize” from trading with the French and the English in the late 17th century, with similarly unsatisfactory results. The Soviet Union was direly short of hard red winter wheat, essential for making the black bread that is the staple of the Russian and Ukrainian diets. As quite a few Soviet specialists had observed, the typical Soviet factory worker or peasant farmer will put up with a lot of “shit”, but if he doesn’t get his black bread, he will RIOT, which had happened in 1917, and had JFK not made sure a huge shipment of American wheat was delivered to the Soviets (he’d also arranged financing and trade in kind for some strategic metals, including about 200K tons of ore suitable to make Titanium, essential for high-performance aircraft like the then-new SR-71), there’d likely have been another revolution in the Soviet Union in 1963!
“Keeping secrets” is not at all necessary to discredit alternate theories of events. All that is necessary is to discredit the people advancing those theories. “Conspiracies” are not contained by a wall of silence, they are contained by character assassination and cognitive bias.
Yes,but the problem is that even when the “secret” gets out, many will regard it as a “conspiracy” until CNN tells them it isn’t.
Which is one of the major problems we have. Only the stupid would regard CNN as a reliable source. And as Ron White so eloquently put it, “you can’t fix stupid”. But you can most certainly teach it, which is the prime directive of public schools.
The irony is, that protests don’t get freedoms back. They may help people to feel better that they “did something” – and it is certainly an encouraging sight for the rest of us to see a large protest and/or be a part of it. But they also allow people like this creature to whine and draw on sympathy, however undeserved.
The best way to take back our freedoms is to IGNORE the edicts, RESIST the tyranny, and PERSIST.
this was intended in response to Anon, below.
yeesh, you Anon people should consider spending just one lick of time and come up with a thought-provoking nic. jmho.
Perhaps the early 1700’s phampleteers could be some inspiration? They had some good ones.
That said,… carry on.
Yes. And protests serve a role in the whole thing. To keep it in the public eye. I will say, though, the only time I saw the US population get some of its freedom back was on December 8, 1995 when the repeal of the 55 mph speed limit took effect. That’s the only time I ever saw that in my 56 year lifespan.
We’re getting Constitutional Carry in our state this year. Others have too in the last few years. Then there’s decriminalized weed. Do you suppose that’s, the US population get some of its freedom back?
Idk, it’s possibly just a bit of ‘mothering’, lots of that going round.
One other thought, when you wrote, ‘er typed, “when the repeal of the 55 mph speed limit took effect” …
I briefly thought of the Autobahn,… and no speed ‘limits’. We have that sometimes, no limits, when no one is around… it’s glorious. But then, I Do have a self-imposed limit. So far it’s 125 m.p.h.. And, it. is. still. – glorious.
Well there was that deal that “allowed” buying gold.
Oh, yeah, forgot about that one. Certainly better than going faster.
1975 Americans could again freely own and trade gold
Yes, we were handed back a pittance of liberty. However, please note that the state did not surrender its power to take that liberty back at its pleasure.
Tyranny is often VOTED in, but almost always SHOT out of. Just ask Mr. and Mrs. Nicolai Ceausescu…oh wait, you CAN’T, because they were overthrown and EXCECUTED on Christmas Day, 1989!
It is just so awful (for her and her like) that people are upset. Just unnaceptable that they would express themeselves.
That was considered newsworthy by the CBC. Nothing about the situation except about how terrible it is to have to be confronted by the people who are affected by the rules. Rules these pricks quietly ignore or blatantly say they are exempt from.
And sure enough,
‘Federal internet censors should target hurtful words against politicians, says Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault. The Minister added pending regulations may include an internet kill switch to block websites deemed hurtful, but called it a “nuclear” option.
“We have seen too many examples of public officials retreating from public service due to the hateful online content targeted towards themselves or even their families,” said Guilbeault. “I have seen firsthand alongside other Canadians the damaging effects harmful content has on our families, our values and our institutions. As a dad and a stepdad to six kids, I know more can and should be done to create a safer online environment.”
Guilbeault made his remarks in a podcast sponsored by Canada 2020, an Ottawa think tank affiliated with the Liberal Party. Legislation to censor internet content will be introduced shortly, he said.
“I am confident we can get this adopted,” said Guilbeault. “Once the legislation is adopted, clearly creating a new body, a new regulator like that in Canada, would take some time.”’
Truth can easily withstand any scrutiny, criticism, or argument. It neither needs, desires, nor requires protection by censorship. LIES DO!!!!!!!!
The only possibly good thing is that history shows that eventually, the people that have slept throught the creeping tyrrany eventually wake up, and start getting neck choppy with pols.
I am not sure that it will happen again though. I just can’t see the Karens, manbuns and transgenderds leaving their safe spaces (and masks) and storming the Bastille.
It usually takes a bit of famine to get such going. Not too sure Karen and the Trans will hold up well under that.
No revolution was ever started by fat people. Hungry people, on the other hand, tend to get out pitchforks, and build gallows and guillotines, and use them. With the free money for everybody, perhaps we’re in the “let them eat cake” phase. Or it could be just a bribe to keep us from such worthwhile construction projects.