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December 22, 2010 – Comments (15)

It is easy to get discouraged at the empty headed decisions of politicians, to look around and see that few important things ever really change. It's easy to see a world of unsound money and creeping fascism, then determine there is little-to-no-chance that anything will ever change.

Don't be a fool.

"Though the man of action , the politician, may sometimes pay no attention to the results of [scientific] examination, the man of thought will never cease to inquire into all things accessible to human intelligence. And in the long run thought must determine action." - Ludwig Von Mises, Socialism, p. 21.

Mises is, of course, correct. It was the intellectuals that brought socialism into our lives. They shaped the culture of ideas and the politicians, without the need for scientific inquiry, acted upon the popular dogma.

The point is that to reverse any of these evils and to bring about any hope for the future of liberty, one need not worry about the ineptitude of the politicians. They are impotent in the face of the onslaught of human thought and will merely rubber stamp our victory. The victory will occur well before the policies are implemented. Implementation will be a formality.

David in Qatar

15 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On December 22, 2010 at 12:49 AM, ChrisGraley (29.86) wrote:

thought / action / approval

I wasn't born a man, but I was a better man at 12 than most men that I meet today.

Thought

Don't listen to the people that tell you that it's too late for your thought because they all agreed before you showed up.

Action

When someone tells you that your action won't make a difference, it's because they are afraid that your action will make a difference.

Approval

If you seek approval, you're looking for someone else to control your thoughts and actions. Is it really what you get recognition for, or is it what you think and do.

Last but not least....

Crazy

When everybody else tells you that you are crazy, you might be on to something.

 

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#2) On December 22, 2010 at 12:57 AM, catoismymotor (< 20) wrote:

When someone tells you that your action won't make a difference, it's because they are afraid that your action will make a difference.

 

Agreed. I've had more people try to rob me of my opinions and vision purely because they let themselves be robbed of such. Misery loves company.

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#3) On December 22, 2010 at 12:59 AM, catoismymotor (< 20) wrote:

+1 Rec

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#4) On December 22, 2010 at 1:12 AM, ChrisGraley (29.86) wrote:

Cato!

Good to see you buddy!

How are you and the wife?

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#5) On December 22, 2010 at 1:26 AM, catoismymotor (< 20) wrote:

Chris,

We are well, thank you. I've been helping my wife get her new business off the ground. She's excited about it, has the potential of evolving into a full time occupation. She would like nothing more than to transition out of her current place of employment.

How are you and the family? I trust you are well and looking forward to the start of a new year.

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#6) On December 22, 2010 at 2:42 AM, checklist34 (99.72) wrote:

rec. 

socialism skeers me alot.  it fascinates me to no end that liberals fancy themselves intellectuals, yet they spit so blatantly in the face of darwinism.  And no living population, ever, can escape that, anymore than they can escape time.

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#7) On December 22, 2010 at 7:26 AM, brizzlekizzle (37.21) wrote:

We all need to find joy in life in these times, and learn to value human life and liberty over money, and these times are full of speculation anyway, so dont get too down friends.

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#8) On December 22, 2010 at 10:02 AM, mtf00l (46.45) wrote:

Seeking MMT Part 2...

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#9) On December 22, 2010 at 10:10 AM, whereaminow (24.58) wrote:

mtf00l,

=D. Coming, but it might have to wait until after the Holidays.

David in Qatar 

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#10) On December 22, 2010 at 10:40 AM, zCreator (95.00) wrote:

Good stuff.

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#11) On December 22, 2010 at 12:46 PM, ChrisGraley (29.86) wrote:

Cato, 

Everyone is good. I'm hoping for a break in the cold weather, but I can't complain.

LOL, sorry to have a sidebar in your blog David.

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#12) On December 22, 2010 at 1:20 PM, rfaramir (29.31) wrote:

Back to the blog... ;-)

 

The good news is that we just have to win the war of ideas, which we are. Don't get depressed when yet another boneheaded, statist law gets passed in a lame duck session. Remember that they are lame ducks for a reason: they are losing! They are desperate. As power slips from their grasp they thrash around to do as much damage as they can while they can.

We *are* shaping the culture of ideas, and the politicians are beginning to follow. Maybe too early to call a bottom in the descent into totalitarian statism, but I think we're past the inflection point at least.

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#13) On December 23, 2010 at 2:25 AM, FleaBagger (28.85) wrote:

David - I want to remind you that I read and enjoy your blogs, even if I don't always comment on them. 

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#14) On December 23, 2010 at 7:33 AM, whereaminow (24.58) wrote:

Chris & Cato,

If you guys start swapping spit in the shower, I'm gonna have to ask you to move on.  Other than that, feel free to whisper sweet nothings to each other on my blog for as often as you like.

rfaramir,

Maybe too early to call a bottom in the descent into totalitarian statism, but I think we're past the inflection point at least.

I hadn't thought about that. It's hard to say but there's alot of good people out there, so maybe you're right!

FleaBagger,

Thanks buddy! 

David in Qatar

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#15) On December 26, 2010 at 12:22 AM, FleaBagger (28.85) wrote:

You're welcome, and thanks for that mental image with Chris and Cato. (Chris is a fat guy in my mind, because of the avatar that he used to have. And, well, just eww...)

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