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From Reagan to Obama: The Degeneration of the Human Mind

October 9, 2010

Silverwolf believes that, over the last 27 years, a great degeneration of the Human Mind, and the Human Being, has been taking place throughout the world. This degeneration has been driven by three main forces: the Socialist-Bureaucratic Collectivist State, the Womanization of Western educational culture and governmental bureaucracies, and the coming of the computer, along with its concurrent cyber-conditioning.

Silverwolf can recall reading “1984” in the early 60s, and wondering if it would really be like that come 1984. In 1984, he can recall looking down at a penny with that date on it, and thinking “we’ve made it, and bad though it be,  it doesn’t seem anywhere near as bad as “1984” depicts it” (i.e. it being society). This was right in the middle of  Reagan’s disasterous, spendthrift, Administrations.

But now Silverwolf thinks that perhaps Orwell hit the date on the nose, not for the kind of society he depicted in “1984”, but rather for the beginning of the process that is leading to that society. The Year 1984 marked the real beginning of the acceleration towards the Big Brother society, for that was the beginning of the decade that saw the computer go from a very primitive, limited, level, to one that was cunningly used to condition and program Human Beings in all kinds of ways.

The Philosophy was simple: human beings can be conditioned, we know, just like Pavlov’s dog, but we, the cyber experts, are going to use this computer to carry conditioning up to it’s most efficient level, well past what Madison Avenue was able to work out in the 30s-70s. They were working at a disadvantage, poor Seersucker saps, with paper and human brains, but now we have a new god, the computer brain, that is far more efficient, and can learn from its own mistakes in a never-ending feedback loop that makes it learn far quicker than any thick-headed human being, even among the brightest of that species. The tricks and ploys that Vance Packard exposed in “The Hidden Persuaders”, detailing the subtle subtrafuges used by the mega-corporations circa 1960 to separate the sleepwalkers from their nickels and dimes, have been supplanted by computer-driven brainwashings; only now they take $5 and $10 instead of nickels and dimes.

Silverwolf has discussed in many blogs the effect of the modern Collectivist State, and the Bureaucrats, on the Individual. In more Libertarian times, before the advent of so many of these government programs, and government bureaucracies, it was possible for a man to live a comparatively free life, if he were both very industrious and fairly lucky. Men could live in America as free Individuals on a far larger scale than in any European country, in the late 19th century. The lack of an income tax, the comparative cheapness and abundance of land, and the late adoption of the minimum wage, meant that for a very long time, from the 1880s to the inception of the income tax and the Federal Reserve, men could easily set up in business running a small store if they only had the Capital, or could hire help with complete Freedom to Contract, one of the basic Human Rights. The unneccesary dissipations of energy so fatal to so many business ventures in modern semi-Socialist America were not present in those more Libertarian times, and happy was the small entrepreneur who saw his dreams realized in a decade or less, versus the lifetime of drudgery for nothing he would have faced in Europe or modern America. It’s no wonder Americans grew patriotic and protective of their Republic, and loved the Libertarian Life, even as they overlooked the fact that its wealth was in part based on the stolen labour of the Southern slaves, and the theft of lands from the Indians, and from Mexico (who themselves had robbed it from the Indians). This was not brought up much, except by such “nuts” as Henry David Thoreau, the great Libertarian, Naturalist, and Abolitionist.

Needless to say, the modern Bureaucracies, whether in America, the U.K, Euroland, or Australia, make the Individual feel like a small cog in a vast machine, and one whose rules he has a “duty” to obey. The Ten Commandments have been replaced by the “proper and correct” way to fill out your 1040, or the paperwork in order to hire someone; reams and reams of regulations that must be memorized and complied with, or else you have a new hurdle to jump over if you don’t comply with them correctly. And so goes so much of the human energy of life that used to go into either making a living, or enjoying life, or just “sitting quietly, doing nothing”, like the cats. Now all that human energy is the property of the Bureaucrat and the Collectivist State.

A beautiful example of this Bureaucratically-induced hell recently occurred in England, a country that is always preening itself on how well it treats its elderly citizens. It was announced that, starting a few years hence, payments would no longer be allowed by check, but only by debit or credit card transactions, and people could verify their balances online; in other words, banking would be de facto online banking.

This proposal caused a storm of controversy in the elderly community, where many people  were used to paying by check as they had for decades, while the fact that in a few years, all these elderly people would not only have to acquire a computer, and pay the exorbitant fees for using an online internet service, but also learn how to operate a computer, or else they might have to impart their most intimate financial details to a virtual stranger if they enlisted the help of a library worker, or a volunteer. We can well imagine the anxiety engendered in an 87-year-old-widow, who has trouble remembering how to operate her VCR and TV controls, let alone learning the jillion and one details necessary to operate a computer, or to operate it in the most efficient manner, when she is told by some young governmental bureaucrat that, three years hence, she had better have darn-well learned how to operate a computer, and have one ready to go, or else she can forget about banking.

So, there is no need to rehash the Passive-ication and de-Individualisation of the Human Spirit by modern Bureaucracies, both governmental and corporate. Or their completely detached callousness as we see in the example above concerning the elderly.

Nor will we deny that there has been a further passive-ication of what once was a masculine-oriented society by the womanization of the West, mostly through the public educational system, where the vast majority of teachers are women, and also due to the large number of newly-minted women bureaucrats that came in with the mandates on quotas, meaning that not the best person necessarily got the job, but, in many cases, the only woman to apply got the job, or there were only a few women applicants to choose from. Federal and State statutes on hiring quotas must be obeyed, you know. A similar phenomenon occurred in private industry, where the hassles of getting labelled as discriminating against women (often enforced by women-harridan government bureaucrats, getting their first taste of Power in their lives) meant that companies would take on less marginally-productive workers if they happened to be women, just to comply with the new quota laws.

But perhaps it was mostly felt in the halls of academia, where women moved into universities in large numbers, not only as professors, but also administrators, graduate students, teaching assistants, and library workers. This overtaking of what had, say under the British school system, been a male-dominated profession had a profound impact on the psychological development of young children, and its specific impact on boys led to a great change in the psychological make-up of society. No longer did the young boy spend the bulk of his days with his father, observing him, or helping him, at his work, or even spend it in the presence of men teachers. Now he spent virtually all day being conditioned by women teachers in the public schools, surrounded by other little women (girls), or with his mother until his father returned from an exhausting day at the office or the factory, in little mood to start playing the paternal role to one or several young boys.

This is not to say that this Womanization had a completely negative effect; far from it. In many ways, it ameliorated many of the horrible abuses and sadistic practices that were prevalent when men ruled academia, as witnessed in the sadistic floggings that used to take place at British boys school, or the sadistic segregation of boys from girls, at an age when their hormones are just starting to flow. It did produce a “kinder, gentler” educational experience for many students, and some children even enjoyed public schools, or large parts of the curriculum. Moreover, in certain administrative roles, women have done a much better job than men, depending solely on the qualities of the woman; for example, in running hospital wards, hotels, libraries, restaurants, etc.  However, the variance between an efficient administrator wielding power to run an bureaucracy, and what Silverwolf would call the largely natural tendencies in women towards families and interpersonal interests, and away from “career” as the primary definer of their role, seems to create a conflict of emotional variation in many women, in Silverwolf’s view. This problem, as was present to the Communists of the Soviet era, is well defined in a film like “Wings”, about a single Russian woman who is the principal of a mixed sex public school under the Soviets in the early 60s.

So we see that both the Collectivist State, and also the womanization of bureaucratic-academic culture, led to profound changes in the human psyche, making it both willing to subject itself to Big Government intrusions into its Liberties, which the Jeffersonian Bill of Rights was meant to prevent, but also to “get along and not show anger” when its Freedom was curtailed and assaulted, the result of womanization, since women tend to be much more socially lubricated than men, more rarely showing the fistacuffs aggression that many men feel towards other men when their Rights are stepped on. (The late, great CongressWoman, Bela Abzug, was a notable exception, despite her Social-Democratic outlook.)

Yet bureaucracies and women are factors in society that have been dealt with since time immemorial, from Babylon to Rome to modern-day USA, but it is the last factor, the computer and its concurrent cyber-conditioning, that is the key factor behind the Degeneration of the Human Being and the Human Brain.

With the computer and the robot came the freeing of man from much drudgery, but also the wiping out of Human Talent as a factor in many professions, trades, and Arts. And more ominously, it led to, and is continuing to lead to, more and more subtle forms of conditioning the Human Brain and the Human Mind, while concurrently the computer made that brain and that mind only duller by doing much of the drudgery work that used to force the brain to stay somewhat sharp. Instead of counting up a column of figures, or even doing it in ones head, one merely pumped it into the calculator, and had the result in a millisecond. It really was something to pump those numbers into that little handheld and behold the answer in a split second. How could it do the square root of that long fraction in a flash? One really had to smile in wonder at it. And recall, this was the first time in history that anyone had had that capacity. Think of the centuries of hundreds of thousands of lives of clerks, whose sole job was to count up numbers correctly, or calculate statistics. Now gone, never to return, thanks to the $3 handheld, with solar battery thrown in. Nowadays the handheld calculator seems a bit passe, when compared to pumping a few terms into google, and having it come up with thousands of valid references in a hundredth of a second.

Silverwolf wonders how many reference librarians have thrown themselves from rooftops annually since 1984?

But the end product of this 27-year-long process has been the complete mechanization of the Human Brain, at least in those unfortunates born under the sign of Reagan, in 1984, and afterwards. And it has affected most of those born before 1984 too. Only a few Amish and Mennonites, and Thoreau-type eremites, have been able to save themselves from the ubiquitous contagion.

And not only that. The Human Psyche is being conditioned by electronic biofeedback, by various subliminal messages that people are completely asleep to, and by the vast number of feel-good psychotropic drugs, supplied by the major pharmaceutical giants at taxpayer expense, that people who throw those who use cannabis in jail like to use. Children are being drugged in the public schools for made up diseases, when what they are expressing is the overwhelming boredom and lack of Freedom any sane child would feel in those monumentally boring and stupid psychological brainwashing centers, and many of the uppity children suffer from nothing except the ignorance of their junk-food-eating parents on what that junk-food is doing to their children’s brains.

All these digital and chemical techniques aim to change the Human Brain from the outside, but never from the inside. And thus, being mechanical and uninspired, they are doomed to failure.

At the same time as this triad of albatrosses, —the Collectivist State, the Womanization of Society, and the Computer Brain and the genetic engineering and biochemical conditioning, —are all deadening the Human Brain and making it completely mechanical, what is Society offering the Individual, whose brain and life have now been freed from many time-consuming busy-work chores of the pre-computer age, resulting in a vast amount of leisure time in comparison, say, to the 19th century worker or farmer?

Nothing but Entertainment.

The consumption of Entertainment has now become the main activity for probably billions of Human Beings on Earth. With the Human Brain deadened by the computer, and conditioned in myriad ways by the cyberconditioning techniques and the man-made psychotropic drugs, it must be filled up with something. And since, thanks to the computer, it has atrophied, and become completely bureaucratic and mechanical, that same Brain is easily satisfied as long as it is given a constant stream of new stimulation on which to mesmerize its attention. Films are the epitome of this mesmerization, completely absorbing the watcher’s attention for hours (if it is described as a “good” film; a “bad” film has come to mean one that does not achieved the requisite degree of viewer-hypnosis.) And one can easily see, from the press and from general conversation, how overwhelmingly important film, as an entertainment escape for modern man, has become.

Other entertainments include the stupid fixation on sports, music, and religious entertainments like attending temples, mosques, churches, and synagogues, performing the same old rituals over and over for thousands of times. (Is this what G-d put you on Earth to spend your time doing, while millions starve or rot in jail for their political views, or for having a small quantity of some drug?) Books, the radio, gambling: anything to fill the empty boredom of a mind dulled by the Computer Brain. Or endless chitchat about nothing on the cellphones and chatrooms.

And so it goes until they keel over, those brain-deadened Human Beings who live outside of the forest.The Degeneration of  Human Beings continues apace.

Silverwolves shun them, to protect their still-feral Brains.

Hooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwww! — Silverwolf


The Internationalization of Language: Another InterNet Effect

April 6, 2010

One of the more profound effects of the internet on the world, and world history, an effect which Silverwolf things has not been noted with due importance, is what he would call the “internationalization of language”. This occurs when people of differing cultures and languages are forced, or rather, are forced by the force of their own personal choice, to learn the languages of others, usually for motives of profit or romance. With virtually instant translators, and translating pages, making the ancient art of live translation one reserved only for tour guides, and the Socialists and Racists of the UN, the necessity for spending several tedious hours with a foreign dictionary to decipher a missive has been snipped off with bypass loppers.

Perhaps the greatest aid to this spreading of the knowledge of foreign languages has been the posting of film clips on the net in foreign languages with subtitled translations. This excellent method of absorbing foreign languages is well illustrated by a film such as “Dersu Uzala” by Kurosawa, in which an ethnic Goldi, with strong Asian features, who speaks a very primitive Russian, meets a Russian team of surveyors in the wilderness. Though he knew perhaps 10 words in Russian beforehand, by the end of the film, Silverwolf had probably learned an equal amount of new words, as he heard Dersu use the same limited vocabulary, over and over, to convey his “primitive” ideas to the Russkies. As we Silverwolves say to guests traveling through the forest, “Moy dom, doy dom” (my house is your house).

Perhaps another force driving the learning of the international languages comes from reading the comments written in chat columns by humans under 20. One can quickly gain the “in” words and phrases used in current parlance through this procedure, though of course not until one has a primitive but broad comprehension of the language. A beginner could not do this, but a second term student could.

Of course, this phenomenon was started years ago, in Europe, when books began to be published showing the titles of photos or art exhibits in the four main Euro languages simultaneously. It’s easy to see why so many Europeans were fluent in several languages, a process which Silverwolf thinks has a very beneficent effect on the brain, forcing it to memorize, retain, compare, and instantly translate. This process had been completely absent in America, where students struggle for years to learn a foreign language that they may read, but will rarely speak, and so will tend to forget. However, the massive influx of Latinos into the Southwest has brought about a similar simultaneous translation of signs, instructions, tax forms, etc. which, through osmosis, has slightly exposed the Anglo-Euro culture in America to Spanish, while Spanish-speaking students, in Silverwolf’s opinion, have a great advantage over the Anglos since it is their brains which will benefit from the necessity to develop two sets of language to communicate in.

Silverwolf thinks it may well be that this “internationalization” of language will lead to new ways of expressing the thoughts that seem to run through the heads of those Human Beings we Wolves are forced to share our earth with, an Earth which the Big Guy Upstairs clearly meant should belong to us Wolves alone. In fact, Silverwolf thinks that in one- to three-thousand years from now, our language will be as unintelligible to future speakers as Beowulf is now unintelligible to modern American high school students. Words will be pilfered from every language, first here, first there, according to men’s tastes, and the composite gallimaufry stew of the international language will have all the flavours of Mankind.

And so, Silverwolf can envision a future, several thousand years from now, where someone might send a postcard written in “Earthlish” (or email by thought-projection by then?) to a friend, while on their summer vacation, that might run something like this:

“Dear Hans,

Ich wanted de ecrire a usted wegen los jeunes filles yo ha deckoed promenading aroom la place de la Concorde. Sono a bunch buenos kvinner la, blondines, rothpellos, schwarzhairs, et otras pretty flickas. Nemmen dein pick.  Ha redden con ein, and she ma dite “Flake off, dork.” Pero, el segundo me sprachen tres jolie, and nosotros “made nice”.

Si usted is ever a Paris, io recommendare a usted go therein, et check out the local talent. Molti molti foxy madchen la, encircare el statue de il molto famoso Libertarian of il 21st Century, Senator Lobo Silverwolf, el Senator desde the State de Nevada, il y a 2000 years ago. Cette statue famoso, rests sur ein plynth inscribe mit los argots qui form Silverwolf’s well-known motto , “Liberty, Equality, Frugality”.

Dein amico,                   Werewolf.”

Undoubtedly, men will talk like this in the far future.

Es certo. Silverwolf lo speculare!

Hooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwww! — Silverwolf

The Acid Machine of Music: Liberation Corelli

March 15, 2010

With what conceit modern man thinks his inventions and shortcuts the ultimate in levels of happiness. The invention and intervention of the internet into modern life has made many of its users regard the past hassles of doing without it as a kind of Dark Age, preceding the beginnings of decency. Life was never really worth living, or was insufficiently liberated, before the internet (or B.I. as the new dating system introduced by the World Government now classifies years), is the attitude unconsciously implanted in us by the net. No need to listen to 20 minutes of commercials to get to a weather report that was vital to you 15 minutes ago. Now you have it in advance, and your life is more commodious as a result.

But this conceit overlooks a psychological reality that few ever bother to contemplate, and that is that in previous times every liberating transformation of society, whether through technology or art, was viewed by its possessors as an equally liberating and equally significant event in Human History. Its aficionados were just as enthusiastic and eager about its liberating effects as we are about the internet, or the possibilities of influencing the world through blogging or other net activities. Yet, if they (or we) knew for certain what the next development would be, and could see it,  they and we would not be so currently enamoured with our current paramour.

Such advances in technology can seem puerile now to the modern generation, but to those who lived through the reality of them, they did not seem so. Silverwolf was reminiscing with Blue Dog about the thrill we both experienced as cubs and pups when we acquired our first crystal radios, little diode jobs that you clipped onto a piece of metal, and listened to with one earpiece. In an age when you had to buy batteries to power the “new” 6 transistor radios (made in Japan), the idea of being able to listen to Thomas Cassidy’s incredible voice presenting the Gas Company’s Evening Concert for free, even under the covers if you clipped it to a house ground, was a thrill not incomparable to getting hooked up to hi-speed internet.

Likewise, earlier thrills must have been equally rushy or more so to the participants. A horseless carriage! Well, hoss, what will that lead to? An electric percolator? No need to build a stove fire on a sub-freezing morning to have a hot cup of wolfbane. An electric typewriter? Doubled the firm’s productivity in the first year. A chain saw? Hang up the “misery whip” pushed back and forth for an hour by two men in the fog. The wheel? Well, that sure makes things a lot easier, Pharaoh.

And the electric guitar and amplifier: now every teenage boy whose parents have a garage can sound not that far different from the 45rpm he just played on that newfangled phonograph that even has the speakers come off, so you can put them where ever you want, as long as it’s within three feet of the console.  A band that actually sounds like the band on the record, and without a whole lot of talent needed to do it. Wow! And then Stereo. Why, it sounds like it’s live, right in the room! Who needs a real band?

But Silverwolf thinks that one of the biggest explosions ever of what he wants to call “the acid machine” came with the liberation of music during the transition of Renaissance to Baroque music, under the aegis of the Italian composers like Vivaldi, Corelli, and Albinoni. But let him first explain what he means by “an acid machine”.

An “acid machine” is a social process, technological or artistic, that provides its enthusiasts with a mechanism with which they feel they can control or conquer either the world, or their own artistic aspirations, while eating away at all the restrictions that formerly hampered that art or technology. It usually feels like a revolution. The video recorder and VHS cassette are one example which those readers not yet gaga will still remember. Frailer minds may recall that in frailer times, in the kinematic arts, the same effect was accomplished by the 8mm and Super8 mediums, which gave the amateur a crack at duplicating the effects of the multimillion dollar feature film, for a fraction of the cost. As Jean Cocteau so rightly observed, film would never be liberated until it was as easy to make a film as it was to write a poem. 80 years later, the accurate predictions of that opium visionary have come true with the point and click video card camera.

So an acid machine can be the internet, a crystal set, a Fender amp or pickup, a bicycle, or an entirely new way of looking at an art that has slumbered for centuries and millenia in a comatose state of underdevelopment. Such was the state of Western European music going into the 1500s, and by the emergence of the 1700s it was as radically changed as is our internet world from the world of 1880.

And if you want to hear what this “acid machine” of music really meant to the composers of that time, listen to the works of Corelli, Albinoni, and Vivaldi, and hear for the first time a joy and energy that would have been impossible to express if not for the  advances of Monteverdi and Frescobaldi. In that ebullient euphoria of their music, you can hear the excitement of the men of that time as they discovered their “acid machine”.

787 years from now, Trina Sorensen will be sitting under the palm trees of the University of Uppsala in Sweden, working on her required paper on “early bloggers of the 21st century”. It will seem a bore, and she will wonder how they could get so excited over such a primitive technology as the internet. And she will hardly be able to wait to get home and explore the “acid machine” of her times.

What will it be then?

Hoooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwww! — Silverwolf

The Socialist Trap: Public Education

February 12, 2010

One of the many traps which this Behemoth called the State, or Collectivist government, sets for the unwary child is public education. It will probably seem at first glance that anyone advocating against public education must be a Neanderthal Wolf, not attaining to the sophistication of the modern Social wolf, with his massive State. Such an individual must be an anti-Social, who would send us back to the days of Dickens, where starving street urchins would roll in London filth, rather than being in a “decent” school.

Of course, this view greatly exaggerates the fallout from the instant closure of all public schools, and complete suspension of government subsidies to private schools. While it is true that there would be many cases of a negative impact, say on the rare child who is absolutely gaga in love with his school, loves all his teachers and every subject, and can’t wait to get on the schoolbus. However, for the vast majority of children, public schools are little more than boring prisons which get the child on the path to frustration and anti-social behaviour, and closing them would be greeted by whoops of joy from America’s children. After all, who wants to be locked up seven hours a day, when several if not all of those hours are spent in boredom, while the sun is shining, and outside the class window there is a lizard running up the oak, who is far more interesting than the boring teachers lecture on ” a citizens duty of obedience to the state”.

Do the adults of a society have the right to collectively imprison millions of children who have no voice in their imprisonment, or recourse through the law? Have we adults forgotten the child’s drive towards Freedom, as it attains first Consciousness of it’s powers as a Human Being? Liberals, who are de rigeur pro-public education as if it were Vitamin C, don’t seem to mind the great talents they suppress when they force a child into public education, while his parents are forced to pay taxes not only for public education, but also the hefty fees for private schools, if they don’t want him to be brainwashed beyond point of redemption into a passive robot, or a ball of frustrated fury.

Why should not a child work if he loves the thing he is doing, the desire to work is not only voluntary but begged for, and the child can make an income that would rival the upper 10% of the adult population? Should that child be forced into a prison camp for the best hours of his day and years of his early life (and with graduate school, that now extends to thirty), and be stuffed with information that he could get out of a book in a minute, or spend years couped up, when he could learn the “three Rs” at home from videos in a few weeks?

The Libertarian emphatically says “no”.

And, of course, we have not mentioned the very Libertarianly important factor of the Rights of the Parents. Say they perceive a very great talent in the child, peradventure for painting, music, daytrading soybean futures, or animal caregiving, and the child wants to pursue these ventures, should they and the child be denied the Right to “the pursuit of happiness”? Clearly the modern purveyors of public education are actually State-bully Fascists who want to make sure they continue to get those publicly-generated taxpayer-mulcted salaries and perks, and not the high-minded humanitarians they always claim to be, so deep does their brainwashing go.

And what would happen if we closed the public schools as Silverwolf suggests? Well, when there is a crying need the Market always seems to come in quickly and provide an efficient, in the short term, solution, and since it would suddenly fall on the parents and the community at large to educate the children if they felt that was of crying importance, then they would do something about it. They would determine what was relevant to their children’s education, and set about finding and hiring those competent by reputation, and not just through some bureaucratic credentialing regime, which is merely a testament to how much boring pablum a person will sit through before they are permitted the “license” to teach in the public schools, or even the private ones now.

While millions of public school teachers would be thrown out of work, tens of millions of Americans with skills ranging from changing washers or installing wells, to sewing quilts and stump removal, would be able to earn a livelihood by sharing their skills in exchange for monetary remuneration. Nor would they have to go through the thousand and one vetting loopholes that teacher’s unions use to protect their eggregious salaries, and obscene retirement packages. And all this mulcted at the public trough, from producing Capitalists in the private sector, who provide a steady gravy train of produce to be consumed by the parasitical teachers unions.

But what would happen to those wonderful and dedicated public school teachers, the kind we did find in many well-financed school districts in the 50s and 60s? Well, in a free market, obviously the good teachers would quickly be rehired, perhaps even at a higher salary, though probably with lower, or no, retirement benefits. But that would mean private schools would have no retirement payment worries, and could instead put all their capital towards hiring the best teachers, in their view, and capital improvements on their schools. The variety of different schools, and the quality of schools, which would soon become general knowledge once consumers had had some experience with the various institutions, would be a matter for the consumer to judge. Without the constant flow of funds steadily driving education costs through the roof for the last two score years, the competition over the scarcer education dollars would bring the cost of higher education down for everybody, and not just make it a province for the children of affluent Liberal Democrats and old-money Republicans. People, and children, could study what they wanted, where they wanted, when they wanted, and the only access factor would be cost.  There would be a small percentage of those who would be worse off under the abolition of public education, probably under five per cent we’d guess, but the benefits would accrue to the other 95% of children, who would be freed from years of bondage and boredom, which is leading to a more and more violent society, as the natural Libertarian impulses of Human Beings are being constantly thwarted by the bureaucratic red tape and obstacle courses of the modern Behemoth State.

And the public school pushers also conveniently forget that the child is learning from adults all the time, whether at school or at home. How many experiences and how much learning does a child miss because he doesn’t spend a few days watching his father or grandfather work, or sits listening to his grandmother reminisce about the way things used to work, way back before he was born. The Leftist-Collectivist-Liberal-Pietist coalition always leave out the damage which their do-gooding projects, which seem to always end up destroying Human Liberty, cause to millions. After all, the damage is always unseen. Who knows what valuable lesson that child might have learned from his grandfather, or the milkman, during the hours he was getting trigonometry drummed into a head that just as quickly drummed it out, and with the good common sense of the child too over the vapid stupidity of so many public school teachers.

Let’s end this now-unnecessary violation of Human Rights, which is helping to so badly degenerate our society into a mass of collectivist jelly, instead of an interaction of Individual Freedoms. Let’s close the public schools.

Socrates never needed to get “licensed by the State”.

Hoooooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwww — Silverwolf

There Is a Free Lunch at The Mises Diner

February 3, 2010

One of the most common dictums thrown at one in America when one is growing from pupdom to wolfdom is “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” You hear this not only from cynical socialists, who feel that no Capitalist would ever give away anything for free unless he expected a higher return by the action, but also from hardboiled business types, who think that if a deal sounds too good, there’s always a catch in it, and who think that all other businessmen think exactly as they do.

But this duo of sceptics would be contradicted not by any swindling capitalist or even greater swindling socialist, but by the most pro-Capitalist, pro-free-market outfit in America: the Mises Institute; for what the Institute has done is not only made available copies of many of the classics of the Libertarian-Austrian School of Economics philosophical-economic outlook for free, but now, in the last few weeks, added a whole new raft of recordings to be inspected with a circumspect ear (to mix metaphors). These latest jewels of scholarship include two series of lectures delivered by Professor Murray N. Rothbard at the NY Polytechnic Institute in 1986, an excellent reading of A. J. Nock’s “Our Enemy, the State” by Jock Coats of Oxford, essays of Herbie Spencer, as well as readings by Jeff Riggenbach, who is also an excellent reader with a rich, resonant voice. (Herbie Spencer, known as Herbert to his friends, was a late 19th century British Libertarian-leaning essayist, who, according to Rothbard, became more statist as he aged. You can see this in the upper half of his face, which became like a human being later in life, while the lower half retained its wolf-like hirsuteness.) And the cherry is a brief, crisp recording of a short lecture Mises gave during an interlude in the US Steel corporation’s program in 1962, in which he explains why the free-market is so different from the old monarchies and church-dominated societies. (The reason is, if you’re curious to know, because instead of expropriating wealth by looting or taxation, which the king or church-priesthood had done is olden times, the free-market requires that a man serve his fellow men in some useful capacity by expending energy, and he will only be able to garner a living if he can fulfill some useful need. Therefore, his wealth is dependent on the consumer, not on legalized looting, and each consumer must, in turn, find something to turn his hand to so that he may procure the wherewithal to secure those commodities he needs for survival, or wants as fripperies. Thus the consumers, and not the kings, priesthood, or even the businessmen, are the real kings in a true free-market economy.Like Rothbard, Mises could make pellucid murky economic problems with a comparatively short, understandable explanation.)

The two Rothbard series of lectures feature one on a history of America from 1870 through King Roosevelt II from an Austrian School economic perspective, and several on the basics of economics like Value, and the Determination of Prices. These constitute the brown rice and beans (bread and butter for you junkfooders) of economic understanding, which can then be applied to the gallimaufry of American political history. Rothbard’s technique of historical analysis, which always asks “Qui bono?”, who benefits from a specific piece of legislation?, is one that logically explains not only the vast giveaways of the public’s wealth that were doled out to corporations during the 19th and 20th centuries, but the current massive giveaways by Obama, Geithner, Pelosi, Reid, Schumer, Frank, and that whole gang of “experts”, well paid at the public university’s feeding troughs, who said that the sky would fall if we didn’t bail out the megabanks, AIG, and Detroit. The same lies, the same “sky is falling” arguments, and it’s a hundred and forty years later. The same liers; the same gullible public quickly gulled, like the flocks at the seashore, with a few crumbs of bread that will be piled on the backs of the unborn. Socialists don’t give a damn about the unborn slaves that will have to slog for years to pay off the debt that they are building up right now so that those corporations they say are too big to fail can continue to give their enormous bonuses. They are the sadistic torturers of the unborn.

But the new items on the menu should not blind one to the solid, staple fare that Mises has in the pantry of its archives. There, for example, is Rothbard’s “For a New Liberty”, perhaps the first book any would-be neophyte Libertarian should read, perused aloud in excellent rendition by Jeff Riggenbach. No need to strain the eyes now, you can listen to it while taking the (subsidized) public transport, or while waiting to have your genitalia examined by a lusty Brunehilde at the airport. Thank goodness we Americans still have a “Right to Privacy”, eh what?

Anyway, there is plenty of “free lunch” for us Capitalists to stuff our brains with until bursting at the Mises Diner. Fortunately, unlike the fare at many other Brain Diners, there are no brain-clogging cholesterols of lies, no mind-hardening triglycerides of Leftist propaganda, no simplistic schemes like the money crank’s idea of printing up money and handing it out as a solution to shortages, or the Georgeist’s taxing land only. There is only economic truth, amazing in its simplicity after baffling economist theoreticians for over 2000 years, explained in the Woody Allenesque, quickfire, pace of Professor Rothbard, and always sprinkled with lots of humourous quips which usually are pretty good.

So don’t let the cynics give you any of their guff. At the Mises Diner, there is such a thing as a free lunch.

Hooooooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwww! — Silverwolf

Silverwolf Officially Declares the ‘Eldritch Project’ “A Failure”

January 21, 2010

Silverwolf’s muzzle is truly drenched today as he comes to the sad and long-procrastinated realization that his famous “Eldritch Project”, which he initiated two and a half years ago with such gusto, has come to a crashing halt. It is, Silverwolf must admit, a failure.

We all know with what high hopes Silverwolf attempted to modify the English language, while at the same time seeing if the power of the internet was so great that it could alter the common use of English heard around the world. This was the aim of the Eldritch Project, an attempt to introduce the rather obscure word “eldritch”, meaning “weird”, as a frequently used term in both worldwide spoken English, and international internet usage. This jolly old adjective, probably of Scottish origination, was employed by Robert Louis Stevenson, amongst others, in his “Master of Ballantrae”, and Silverwolf, for some unknown and still unexplained reason,  was seized with a frenzy of fervour to bring this word to the attention of the world internet consistory.

But today, Silverwolf must admit that the project is a dismal failure, an utter repudiation of his vainglorious and rather pompous dreams of affecting worldwide English by effecting a change in parlance. But no go. Not even a “close but no cigar”.

Therefore, Silverwolf, with dewdrops streaming from the lachrymal glands, sadly closes the books on the “Eldritch Project”. Our thanks to all the half-dozens that participated. At least we tried to graft some life onto the moribund  world literary grapevine.

Well, there’s always “slubber”.

Hoooooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwww! — Silverwolf

Socialism Hits Home: The UCLA Student Tuition Riots

November 20, 2009

So the bubble finally burst. The Keynesian Socialism which has run California as a Progressive-Liberal State since the days of Edmund G. “Pat”, has finally spent itself into its inevitable oblivion, and now the populace must pay the Austrian School Piper.

For years Californians have passively paid their very high income taxes on top of an immorally large sales tax in order to jail tens of thousands of innocents on Cannabis charges, and pay the salaries of the Prison Guard industry which benefits so lucridly from these immoral incarcerations. They have paid for the bloated salaries of countless state commission boards, whose members earn in a year multiples of what the average Americans AGI is, while only having to attend a handful of meetings. They have wasted it on their profligate State pension schemes, which delivers to state workers a pension equal to the income of a retired multimillionaire after only a score of years on the job. They have wasted it on the exorbitant salaries of the Chancellors of the University of California who salaries are in the multiple hundreds of thousands of dollars (not including benefits, pension, and residence in something more than a dorm room), and the thousands of administrators and bureaucrats who run not only the University, but all the other countless branches of California government. And the students have not cared, just as the pensioners and medicaid receivers never cared, as long as the Socialist gravy train kept a-comin.

And now they have butted their heads up against the many-pronged horns of economic reality, and the reality is that California is the shining example of the failed welfare-Keynesian State, with welfare for the triumvirate of some of the poor, the corporations, and the state bureaucrats and pension-grabbers. And the students are angry.

Well, we’re sorry, kids, but the 32% tuition increase you are getting is just what you deserve for ignoring all the fiscal injustices that we listed above, and not voting for Libertarian politicians. And still the ignoramus Liberals calling in to John Rothmann’s talk show demand more taxes on the rich. Yes, drive even more of the affluent out of your state, so that you can shift the “fair share” of your welfare to the working youth and the students. After all the students have their whole life — and forty years of drudgery paying for your pensions and welfare — ahead of them, so let’s throw part of the burden on their backs.

UCLA students, you have only yourselves and your fellow Californians to blame for the 32% increase in tuition, because you failed to understand Capitalist Economics. You were very easily suckered into the Keynesian lies, that money doesn’t need a commodity backing, and that a benevolent central bank will always do what is best for the nation, not best for the corporations and their close associates. One reason your costs are going up is because the dollar is being undermined by the Obama-Pelosi-Bush-McConnell collectivists, and their minions at the FED,  who want their warfare-welfare state as planned, no matter what the sincere voters may believe, by spreading their propaganda messages of “change”. Ha, they have left you with small change, and only a year into their regime.

But actually, students,  you individually are to blame if you didn’t vote for Ron Paul for president in the primaries, or later Bob Barr of the Libertarian Party. If you voted for Obama or McCain, you voted for massive inflation and a continuation of the warfare-welfare state, and you’re getting exactly what you voted for. And there is a certain justice in that.

If you didn’t vote for Ron Paul, then don’t get mad at the cops; get mad at the face staring back at you from the mirror.

Enjoy your poverty, socialists. You voted it on yourselves.

Hooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwww! — Silverwolf

“The Freeman” For Free, Man: A Libertarian’s Dream

July 16, 2009

Silverwolf has been exposing his brain neurons to a new set of those black little smudges, arranged in conventionally fixed orders, that the humans call “words”. These words make up back-issues of “The Freeman”, a Libertarian periodical that published from the mid-50s to the early 60s which the Mises Institute has just put online for the public’s perusal. It was incredible to read the criticisms of President Eisenhower, as a born-again New Dealer, and the Republican Party as not an opposite to the Democratic big-government statists, but a collaboration outfit. It reminded one exactly of the criticisms Presidential-candidate Ron Paul made of his own party during the campaign of ’08. (That’s 2008, for those of you reading this post centuries and millenia from now.) Many were the writers bemoaning the demise of Capitalism before the onslaught of the growing Socialist State, and a few months after Eisenhower’s inauguration, that were already saying that this was just a Truman dressed as General Eisenhower. Many more predicted an inevitable collapse of America now that Socialism has been institutionalized, not only in government, but in the mindset of the masses of Americans. Thoroughly brainwashed, they maintained, the vast majority took without critical thought the axioms of the New Dealers. One finds the exact same mentality today, methinks.

Did those early anti-Statist haters of Communism and Nazism think that it would take 54 years for their prognostications to come true? Methinks not. But now, before our eyes, we are watching the de-rollment of that final descent into the chaos of Socialism, and unfortunately we have a very charismatic President who, knowing he is bright, thinks he is always right, and who has mainly made a living from the public coffers, teaching law and serving in Congress. Unfortunate America probably needs a small businessman as President, as broadly read and charismatic as Obama, but solidly in the tradition of Austrian Economics, amalgamated to the Old Right’s love of the Jeffersonian Bill of Rights and Individualism,  so she can be lead by someone who has had to earn every penny they have through the Free Market, and that after surviving income taxes reaping 25-50% of the fruits of their labor. But college professors at public universities, who know that their bread is buttered by the coercive confiscation of somebody elses wealth, because someone decides that “public universities” are a right and a good, have never had to survive in a Capitalist market from day to day. Once they have tenure, they are on easy street, as long as they show up every day, smile, and don’t get angry at anyone in public. And this, despite centuries of having multitudes of private universities and colleges, who must compete with one another for the fees, and pay their professors according to the quality of their work, depending on how much revenue their lecturing can willingly bring in.  There is no need for “public universities”, because without regulation, private schools will come about when those who have a passion for it, and see a profit in it at the same time, set them up. (However, Silverwolf would agree with Jefferson that their might be a place for government’s trying to non-coercively insure that every citizen of the Republic learn how to read, so that at least they can read the Constitution and Bill of Rights. But nowadays, this could more easily be done through the internet, instead of setting up this abhorrent Behemoth of public schools, that provides welfare jobs to the mostly mediocre teachers and staff, while stifling and boring to death the youth of America as they are brainwashed into group-think, and while taxing local property owners, many retirees living on pensions, outrageously.)

Yes, it’s a shame that this highly read, polished, and charismatic President should have and believe incorrect principles of economics. But the Public University does that to the mind because, if its “raison d’etre” were to be examined, it would have to dissolve itself immediately on the grounds of immorality. Yet it purports to exist based on principles of morality. And here we have the essence of its hypocrisy.

The President really needs to take a weekend off from stewarding America and hit the books, like Hayek’s “Road to Serfdom” or Mises’ “Interventionism”. Perhaps it will hit him what he is doing wrong. But that would necessitate his repudiating the way he made a living for years, before becoming President. Yet without the experience of being a wage slave or a small businessman in America, having to cope with all the problems thrown at you by Big Government that dissipate so much of the life energy of Americans, Silverwolf doesn’t think these books would get through to him. Many who have had their Rights trampled on by racists and group-image perpetuators, seem to forget that immoral economics also violates the Rights of everyone. Rosa Parks and the American small Capitalist have a lot more in common than President Obama seems to realise.

But for those of us sick of the maudlin group-speak of the mainstream media, brainwashing the public 24-hours-a-day through commercials and news reports, the ragings of the writers at “The Freeman” penned 55 years ago, are as fresh as this morning’s forest air, at least to us Libertarian wolves.

Hooooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwww! — Silverwolf

Massa Obama’s Universal Voluntary Slavery Program

February 28, 2009

One of the most insidious and vicious of our Collectivist President’s new proposals is that of his “universal voluntary service” plan, which would require “volunteering” for many hours from high school and college students each year. This proposal of the President’s is a Fascist attempt to overthrow the Jeffersonian spirit of the Bill of Rights and the 13th Amendment, which prohibits involuntary servitude. Perhaps the President, who is said to have taught Constitutional Law, might remember than the 13th Amendment outlawed human slavery within America. Perhaps someone should inform him of the Amendment.

But we can smell the odour of the religinous Collectivist in this “universal voluntary” service. It reminds Silverwolf of that scene from the classic British comedy, “I’m Alright, Jack” in which Stanley Windrush, new worker at a factory, is told by the shop stewards that he’d better join the Union. “It’s voluntary”, he’s told, “only you got to join, you see.” “Oh, well, if it’s voluntary, of course I’ll join”, he offers.

That is exactly the kowtow mentality that Collectivists like Obama and Mrs. The-World-Is-A-Village Clinton want to impose on the Individual, with her Methodist world vision, like Woodrow Wilson, that wants to ram that vision down the throats of every other person and denomination, irregardless of what they might think the world is. I might think the world is a village, but if my neighbor chooses to live as a recluse, that’s his business, and I certainly don’t hold it against him. As a Jeffersonian, I respect his right to live the way he chooses, as long as he doesn’t violate my property rights, i.e. step on my toes. “Live and let live” used to be the American motto until the religinous Collectivists took over.

So, just as the Collectivists think they can trample over the ancient Principles of Economics with their insane Stimulus Bills and Bank giveaways, so likewise they think they can trample over the safeguards that Jefferson gave to American as a legacy of Liberty, as embodied in that magnificent Bill of Rights, and that Declaration he composed, and the Constitution he helped deliberate over. Spitting in the eye of the Collectivist for all time, unto eternity, and for ever and ever after that. The Human Being now knows the true principles necessary for a Republic, and the guarantees axiomatic to protecting  Himself against attempts that folks like President Obama and his party hacks, along with  his collaborators in the so-called Republican Party, would inevitably make on the Liberties of the Individual, and the Rights of Man, the only Human Rights we all need.

The Youth of America should not be cowed and coerced into the Double Speak lie of “Universal Voluntary” Servitude, or in other words, Human Slavery. You owe nothing to anybody; if anything, it is the elders of the tribe who owe you, the Youth of the World, because they have created the mess that you are forced to endure.

Hopefully, in America there is a youth with enough “huevos rancheros”  to resist this Unconsitutional claim on their lives. Let the best minds of the legal profession snap to attention, and offer their services in defence of any such Patriot. Let the Public, and the Bloggers publicize their cause. For the cause is for all of us, to end the Draft, and all forms of involuntary servitude, including mandatory attendance at a public school. A child genius, who could be earning a million dollars a year, should not have his income curtailed because a few mediocrities of bureaucrats decree that he must be locked up daily from 8 to 3, for years, and hear the drivel of a bunch of mediocre “teachers”: a clear violation of the kid’s Capitalist Rights, just as are child labor laws. If a kid just loves to spend a lot of his leisure time working at something for money, why should his Right be curtailed? Probably out of envy, and pressure from the overpaid Unions, who don’t want the labor competition, although the “Progressives” will always say it is for the good of the child. Oh, they know everything, don’t they.

“Universal Voluntary Service”. Just one more Orwellian piece of Newspeak from our Collectivist new President.

Hoooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! — Silverwolf

Silverwolf Apologises to the Hindu-American Community

December 10, 2008

Silverwolf feels driven, in this blog, to apologise deeply to the Hindu Community in America for the behavior of his fellow Americans, who force that Community to pay taxes both towards the local school system, which serves meat, and the Federal system, which permits people to buy meat on the Food Stamp Program. Hindu’s are also forced to pay state income taxes, which support prisons that serve meat, as well as the U.S. military, which, surprisingly, also serves meat. Silverwolf is outraged that Hindu-Americans (or American Hindus — there are some converts) are forced to pay taxes in order to support activities and purchases which they find deeply offensive and immoral. It is moral heresy to force these Individuals to have to pay taxes towards all these institutions and programs, including the costs of Federal meat inspections, because of their deep moral repugnance towards them, and they should be given an immediate exemption from  having to pay such taxes which purchase meat products, as should all Vegan and Vegetarian Americans. And, should Silverwolf’s idea for a tax exemption come to fruition, he believes Americans would find there were many more Vegetarians in America than was heretofore estimated.

Notwithstanding his disagreement with certain aspects of Hinduism, and his general discomfiture with organized religions, Silverwolf  must state his admiration for the rich philosophic process in Hinduism which led to the insight that Vegetarianism was the true dietary way of Mankind. Not all great religions have found their way to this insight, though Silverwolf believes Genesis 1:29 gives a Vegan basis to all of the major Middle Eastern Religions, and Buddhism has many Vegetarian adherents also. But Hinduism is the only major Religion to champion Vegetarianism, and in that its adherents should be very glad.

Also, those in the anti-abortion movement, who object strenuously to their taxes being used to federally fund abortions, should cast a thought to the Hindus and Vegans in America, who are forced into the same moral dilemma: either risk a huge brouhaha with the government which would probably end you in prison, or quietly comply with a tax which violates your deepest religious convictions. It is a dilemma that should not be forced on the innocent, law-abiding, citizen, but it is forced on him by Government, the Leviathan State, and in that is a great moral tragedy. How many family men are willing to pursue the path of Gandhi, and go to jail on a principle, when it would mean destitution for their wife and children? Not many. And in this injustice, it is the Vegetarian and Hindu-American communities that bear the brunt.

All Silverwolf can say to the Hindu-American Community regarding his fellow American meateaters, who force them to pay these taxes, is this, “Forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

Well, maybe.

Hoooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! — Silverwolf