Shrugging

Before I moved here, I saved every penny I could. I didn’t take the bus home, or buy a car. I walked 4 miles home every day. Part of my reason was because I was upset at how expensive the government had made buying a car and getting a license and insurance. I didn’t want to be ‘nudged’ into taking public transport. My small paychecks, were already taxed higher than I thought necessary. In a way I ‘shrugged‘ from the world, in the best way that I could. I managed to save up a substantial amount of money, while working hard at my simple job, and providing very little in tax revenue to the overbearing government.

Whenever someone tells me something is too hard, or they can’t save enough money, I ask them why they don’t give up some of their luxuries. You can buy anything you want, as equally as you can create anything you want, if you put your mind to it.

With the rising cost of gasoline and the costs of maintaining my vehicles. The thought has crossed my mind about getting out of distribution and just working at a store close to my house. I could simply walk there, and the transportation savings would offset the pay decrease. You see, the government thinks it can simply grow taxes at a never ending rate, and not expect repercussions. Not only does an economy slow down during tax rises and red tape increases, but productive people like myself begin to shrug, because we do not see the point in working if most of it is immediately taken away from us. During ‘the fountainhead‘ Howard Roark goes to the granite quarry for similar reasons. I refuse to lend my time, body and mind to looters. My mind, body and time is my own. So long as I can keep a roof over my head, and food in my wife and I’s stomachs, and keep her happy, I really don’t need anything else. I’ve taken her on trips which spare no expense,  but we’ve also been on cheap camping trips and had just as much fun.

It is not up to governments and corrupt corporations to set the tone for this nation or to leech us at every turn. There are things we can do to limit their looting capabilities, and get the most out of life for ourselves.

We really do have ‘people power’ and it starts with the individual. If you personally make a commitment to cut back your spending, and enjoy the fruits of life. You will starve out the looters, while enriching your own life.

Other nations are getting ready for this. The dollar is collapsing, and other nations are creating bomb shelters, and storing up gold. They are getting ready for the fall out. Are you ready? Atlas is shrugging, and time is running out to flush out the looters.

I believe in happiness, in creating a world for myself as I see fit, without pulling the rug out from under others, without leeching off their success. I will build my own success, but I will not fund others dreams of sacrificing me as a victim so that they may profit from my knowledge and hard work.

Anything is possible if you put your mind to it, you can save and buy anything you want, you can work your way toward any job or position in life, and you can pull the rug out from under the looters by stepping down and enjoying the simplicities of life, while fighting the leeches with your mind and reasoning.

I believe this will be the first country in history to turn away from self destruction. But only if enough people stand up and speak out, and stop funding the looters.

A return to values

Our Societies are made and broken on a system of values. If our values are strong and rooted in a common cause for freedom, we will be strong. If our values are rooted in a common cause for collective salvation, our nation will become weak and perish.

My values of freedom, independence and limited government, mean that my political views do not fall into the category of Conservative or Liberal

My views are strictly libertarian in nature, and I follow the constitution of the United States since it embodies many libertarian values.

Libertarianism is a political philosophy that upholds individual liberty, especially freedom of expression and action.

The largest growth of freedom and industry in history can be traced to laissez-fair capitalism and libertarian systems of government.

Pax Britannica (Latin for “the British Peace”, modelled after Pax Romana) was the period of relative peace in Europe (1815–1914) during which the British Empire controlled most of the key maritime trade routes and enjoyed unchallenged sea power.

Although Great Britain did create the largest Empire in history, it was mostly done through exploration and peaceful trade agreements. Some skirmishes did happen, but the Empire was not constantly at war, and ruled over its territories with very few people, and lax rules. Peace and Prosperity, laissez-faire capitalism and libertarian values allowed the expansion of the British Empire through trade. This was also a period of great industrial growth and led to the industrial revolution.

Many of the current political establishments throughout the world today, seek to divide and conquer us with the game of Left vs. Right or conservative vs. liberal. While many do have more conservative or liberal opinions, I believe the Overton Window has shifted so that we are all now ‘progressives’. If you support a progressive candidate on either the left or the right, you are essentially a progressive by aiding their agenda.

However there is a third option; we can go back to constitutional values, and start voting for candidates who espouse these values.

Do not vote for a progressive on either side, even if this allows ‘the other side’ to win. In reality the only side is your side. The individuals side. If you cannot win, then don’t play. Stick to local issues, and talk to as many people as you can about national issues when there is someone who actually sticks to the constitution.

When I see President Barack Obama, I see the communist values of Joseph Stalin, and when I look at Newt Gingrich or Mitt Romney I see the fascist values of Adolf Hitler. Neither sides stick to what they say, and both have pro-government agendas with the expansion of government interference in our daily lives and the destruction of our personal freedoms.

While capitalism and a free society with libertarian values are important, peace is the third key to prosperity. We must not engage in unnecessary warfare.

The great seal of the United States embodies the will of the country.

The bald eagle grips an oak branch and 13 arrows. This symbolizes  “a strong desire for peace, but will always be ready for war.”

Our current situation, mirroring the downfall of the Roman Empire by taking over countries, is unsustainable, and should be avoided. See my article WWIII, a great depression or liberty to see why another war will ruin us.

‘there is no instance of any country having benefited from prolonged warfare’ – Sun Tzu

We should be peaceful with other countries, and engage in trade. More money and prosperity can be made in peace time than in war time, and more technologies can be invented when there is peace at home to do so to.

There will always be threats to us, and we will confront them, but we cannot continue to create preemptive attacks on other countries simply because we fear them producing a weapon that we already have thousands of ourselves.

We do not have the right to police the world, but we do have a right to protect ourselves, and protect ourselves we shall. We must get back to our roots and become a leader in the world again, a leader for peace and prosperity through freedom, free trade, laissez-faire capitalism and libertarian values. Once we do this, the world will be a better place.

Empires rise and fall, countries rise and fall, and all of this is because the people of the nations allow it to fall to by becoming apathetic. This nation is founded upon the principles of freedom, and thus has the most potential to save itself. A return to values is far more important than any one party, and a return to peace will ensure our survival, and allow our country to thrive once more.