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Uncle Ben Franklin’s Lessons in Capitalism: The Best of Poor Richard’s Dictums

August 4, 2013

For one taking the first steps upon the long Capitalist road from penury to wealth, there are few more valuable guideposts of Reason than the observations and wisdom of “Uncle” Benjamin Franklin, who was the physical embodiment of the economic philosophy of America. In his Poor Richard’s wise sayings, we find the basic wisdom that guided the men of the 18th century in their economic thinking, and which undoubtedly reflected a general psychology that must have existed for centuries before Franklin wrote down these gems of wisdom. Some of them are not originally Franklin’s, but come to us from general sayings of the times, or from various specific cultures. But they all seem to reflect a basic wisdom and insight into universal human behaviour when it comes to economic matters, and we can easily recognize ourselves and our own past economic follies when we read them.

Silverwolf read these when he was a wage-slave, beginning the miserable process of accumulating Capital, a process in which the first hundred steps are the hardest, and which, the longer one works at it, becomes easier and easier. They provided inspiration and insight into the truths of Capitalism and general human economic psychology that were invaluable, not only in observing ones own economic behaviour, but also in observing the behaviour of others. Make a foolish mistake and learn from it, and one will be able to recognize that mistake in others.

Anyway, for what it is worth, Silverwolf gathered together all the dictums of Poor Richard, published by Franklin in the 1730s and 1740s, and selected those which he thought were the most relevent to the budding Capitalist in terms of economic behaviour, but also those that reflected wisely on the necessary psychological outlook of the would-be Free-Marketeer. And here they are:

Light purse, heavy heart.

When bread is wanting, all is to be sold.

Would you live with ease, do what you ought, and not what you please.

Hope of gain, lessens pain.

All things are easy to industry, difficult to sloth.

Necessity never made a good bargain.

Diligence is the mother of good luck.

Wealth is not his who has it, but his who enjoys it.

He that buys by the penny maintains not only himself, but other people.

The use of money is all the advantage in having money.

If you have time, don’t wait for time.

There are three faithful friends, an old wife, and old dog, and ready money.

At a great pennyworth, pause a while.

Industry need not wish.

If you’d be wealthy, think of saving more than getting.

Industry, perserverance, and frugality make fortune yield.

Sloth (like rust) consumes faster than labour wears; the used key is always bright.

Light gains, heavy purses.

He that resolves to mend hereafter, resolves not to mend now.

Want of care does us more damage than want of knowledge.

What maintains one vice would bring up two children.

Many have be ruined by buying good pennyworths.

Tis a well-spent penny that saves a groat.

Great estates may venture more; little boats must keep to shore.

Patience in market is worth pounds in the year.

Diligence overcomes difficulties; sloth makes them.

Sloth moves so slowly that Industry must run all day to catch up to it.

Get what you can, and what you get hold, Tis the stone that will turn all your lead into gold.

Diligence is the mother of good-luck.

Creditors have better memories than debtors.

If you desire many things, many things will seem but a few.

After crosses and losses, men grow humbler and wiser.

The creditors are a superstitious sect, great observers of set days and times.

Buy what thou hast no need of, and e’er long thou shall sell thy necessaries.

Lend money to an enemy and thou’lt gain him, to a friend, and thou’lt lose him.

Lying rides upon Debt’s back.

Well done, is twice done.

He that hath a trade, hath an estate.

He that speaks ill of the Mare, will buy her.

If you’d lose a troublesome visitor, lend him money.

He who multiplies Riches, multiplies Cares.

The second vice is lying; the first is running in debt.

Wise men learn by other’s harms; Fools by their own.

Drink does not drown care, but waters it, and makes it grow faster.

The busy man has few idle visitors; to the boiling pot the flies come not.

If you’d know the value of money, go and borrow some.

Beware of little Expenses, a small Leak will sink a great ship.

He who buys had need have 100 eyes, but one’s enough for him that sells the stuff.

When the Well’s dry, we know the Worth of Water.

The Borrower is a Slave to the Lender, the Security to both.

Spare and have is better than spend and crave.

The Art of getting Riches consists very much in THRIFT. All men are not equally qualified for getting Money, but it is in the Power of every one alike to practice this Virtue.

Well, there you have it. All the distilled wisdom you need to set the Capitalist world on fire with your activities in the Market. Just add in a reading of Professor Murray Rothbard’s “Man, State, and Economy”, along with its adjunct, “Power and Market”, and you’ve got all the basic true knowledge you need to be a Capitalist.

Hoooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwww! — Silverwolf

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The Paranoia of Absolute Power: From King John to Modern America

June 26, 2013

It seems that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Thomas Jefferson and James Madison were, unfortunately, dead right. ‘Twould be much better if absolute power made the Chief into a benevolent angel, using his power for moral ends, to better the lives of the people in one way or another, if only to get out of their way.

In the future perfect Capitalist society, where the industrious will happily work at their callings, and be materially rewarded for it, and those who wanted little but the freedom to wander, or write poetry, could go to voluntary welfare societies set up by Capitalists who believed in Socialism, — in that society there will be no coercion. One Capitalist may be greedy, but another Capitalist may be a Socialist who thinks that  everyone is entitled to the basics of food (vegan of course), clothing, and shelter. The Socialist-believing Capitalist could donate, or set up himself,  a charity, and set the rules according to his Moral Views. Such a man might agree with Erich Fromm”s argument for Socialism, once made in an interview with Los Angeles television reporter Jerry Dunphy,: “You don’t expect your dog to work. But you feed him. I think a man should be treated as well as a dog.”

Such an argument carries much weight with Silverwolf. But it presupposes and forgets two facts: Firstly, while I may feel compassionate enough to give a meal to a hungry man, the next fellow on the block may not feel the same way, and I don’t have the right to impose my moral beliefs on my neighbor. As a Libertarian, I am only concerned with his actions; and that those actions do not constitute a violation of the Libertarian non-aggression axiom: No man or group of men may aggress against the Person or Property of another man. Such an aggression is regarded by the Libertarian as “invasion”, and it is. Such an invasion is a Crime against the Property Rights of that Man, and since we own our bodies, an attack on our persons is also technically a violation of Property Rights.

Secondly, the Socialist argument above flounders in the face of the fact that by confiscating, or voting to confiscate from my neighbor, money or “taxes” to fund my own personal Socialistic moral views, I am committing an act of Violence against my neighbor, which in itself, is a form of treating a Man like a dog, the very argument used above to justify Socialism.

So, what are we to do in the face of this inconsistency between Capitalism and Socialism?

To Silverwolf the answer lies in a radically free-Capitalist free-market society, where 95% of all people had voluntarily, through no coercion, found something they loved or liked to do, and so there would be a vast Middle Class. Some people, who for their own personal reasons, wanted to accumulate truly vast amounts of Capital and Wealth, could go ahead and do so, but most people would be satisfied with a type of upper class-Middle Class life, choosing leisure and amusement over passion-driven, fanatical accumulation. Emelda Marcoses could accumulate 700 pairs of shoes if they liked, but most sane people would settle for three to seven. More than that would become encumberences to all but the collector.

In this Free-Market  prosperous Free Society, with Thomas Jefferson’s Bill of Rights rigorously enforced, a certain percentage of people would be inclined to give to charity, which would, in turn, support those who were completely physically disabled, like someone in an iron lung, or those who wanted to live completely outwardly indolent lives, but focus all their energy on the Inner Life. These would be called Philosophers and Poets, but the Philosophers and Poets would know that if the people ever became hardened enough, they might stop giving to charity, and then the Philosophers and Poets would have to deal with a precarious situation.

All these arguments are pretty academic now that we live in a world where, given the capacities of our factories, everyone could easily be given a daily ration of grains and beans, a few Mao Suits to wear during the year, and a tent that could easily be Solar Heated. Mist collectors, as we recently saw reported, can now collect and condense enough water out of the air that people can survive on it in very dry climates or areas without a well. (Just the thing you need next time you break both your ankles hiking in Chemehuevi Valley, and your car battery goes dead when you try to start it.) With such condensers,  many desert areas could become livable again. Composting toilets, and the sanitary advantages of the vegan diet, or even charity built septic systems, could serve individuals or tribes when it came to the unthinkables of these few Philosophical Indigents and Poets. (But who would read them, or join in their philosophical explorations? The rest of Mankind would be busily working away at their Callings, havin’ a great ol’ time.) Some Philosophers and Poets would even be so brilliant and engrossing that their productions of Thought and Word would sell on the open- and Free-market, and they’d grow wealthy. Look at the Stones. Jagger is a Damn Good Poet.

But say we didn’t live in such a world. Say that five or ten men owned all the land in America, that they could charge a grand-a-night rent for every man, woman, and child, and since they owned all the agricultural land, they could charge a $100/lb for cornmeal and oats, those delicacies of a vegan society. Obviously people would starve to death, and there would soon be five or ten men left, and their families, and maybe some favored buddies and their concubines.

 Such circumstances of material inequality, Professor Rothbard maintained, only exist where the Crime of Land Theft has taken place in the past, as in Central and South America, and, on a local scale, in parts of the Old American West. In other words, such inequality indicates a massive violation of the Libertarian non-aggression principle, and would have to be rectified.

But in a truly Free-Market Jeffersonian Bill of Rights Society, with a vast Middle Class, no such draconian inequality would be possible. Monopolies and Trusts, though they may exist in certain markets and local economies, soon break down, as happened over and over again to the various “Trusts” in America, because of the phenomenon of the “Price Buster”, the guy in the Monopoly or Trust who starts giving secret kickbacks to favored customers in order to take advantage of the absurd price rise the Trust has created. This happened in Sugar, Kerosene, Train Freight Charges — every kind of Trust. They always went Bust. That is, until they learned to have Government help them restrict competition, from FCC licenses to Teaching Credentials to Barbers Licenses to the Screen Actors Guild, to that crucifier of Youths, the Minimum Wage Law.

So the arguments Socialists always pull out, about how a free-Market would lead back to the poverty of the 19th century and the robber barons, is absurd, and obviously a lie to justify their religion. The Industrial Revolution, as harsh and brutal as it was, had led by the 1920s to the possibility of a comfortable, Middle Class society, although still in the 1920s, 90% of Americans were poor farmers. But the momentum of prosperity was clearly there, and now in 2013 we have an absolutely incredible technological society, so complex that no individual can hope to understand it all, unlike the American Indian and the Kalahari Bushman who could completely understand their environment. They knew Everthing they needed to survive, and were Masters at it. We know nothing, except perhaps our little niche.

For example, in the future, modern  factories could easily manufacture super suits of clothes that were especially perfect for each of the four seasons. Each citizen could buy, or would be given by the Socialist charities, one or four of these suits, and that is all the clothing they would need. The suits would last a few years or decades. But the suits would probably be boring and functional, like Mao suits, as sterile and heartless as the modern bureaucratic services one sees in Great Britain, Australia, and America Northern. Only those who worked would have the capital to obtain their clothing on the free market, where they could satisfy their personal predelictions, like the late Brian Jones, or the connoisseurs of Saville Row.

One thing the anti-Capitalists don’t like to admit is that as people as a whole get wealthier, and the Middle Class grows, the number of goods and services that people want increases, providing more work or jobs, in increasingly more specialized areas, thus creating an even more prosperous society. There would be no end to this in a truly Free-Market society. In a poor society, a hungry arthritic pensioner is not going to hire someone to walk their beloved dog; in an upper-Middle Class society it is possible, and so someone who is unemployed but loves both to walk and to be with dogs, may and probably will be able to earn a wage. In a wealthy Rich society, you might even have those who specialized in walking certain breeds, or had a magical rapport with such breeds, and their wealthy arthritic owners might pay through the nose to hire such people to walk their dogs. Such walkers might become wealthy and noted celebrities, (and then there would be the profits from their book sales when they retire: “Vicious Great Danes I Have Known and Loved”).

But all this wealth, Freedom, and non-coercion is only possible if that Free Society has the Jeffersonian Bill of Rights, and it is here that we see in the Modern World the greatest threat to that great Capitalist Libertarian Society.

Sadly, very sadly for America, the fact that the two most powerful other monolithic Powers in the Modern World. who are completely anti-Libertarian in their attitudes and rule (Russia and the Old Soviet Republics, and Fascist China) and ruled by Paranoid, self-delusional Powermongers, are now in the process of being joined by the one place in the world where there still seemed to be some remaining spark of Libertarian creativity and Freedom left: The United States of America.

That was solely due to the Bill of Rights, and the fact that a large part of her economy was still in the hands of private Capitalists (the Small Businessman and the Investor). But these two Siamese twins, the Bill of Rights and Free-Market Capitalism, were dependent on one clear inalienable Right: the Right of Privacy.

It seems that when the Paranoia of Absolute Power strikes, it strikes first at this sacred, Natural Right, the Right of Privacy, the Right to be left alone if one is not violating the Libertarian Non-Aggression Axiom. This is what that beautiful thinker, Jefferson, as well as Madison and many of the others, could see so clearly, and what the modern politicians are trying to overthrow: that Beautiful Fourth Amendment.

They’ve succeeded in that overthrow of Privacy in the Totalitarian Societies, like Fascist China, and all the dozens of other unspeakable dictatorships that curse this globe, be it North Korea or Zimbabwe.

And they’ve succeeded in the castrated Socialist societies like Australia, where the Australian Board of Statistics can throw you in jail and fine you $170/day if you do not answer questions about your sex life, as we recently saw on a report. And England and the EU, where the individual is tracked and kept track of, from Birth to Death. Never his own Man, but always a cog in the Socialist Machine.

And now, thanks to the Paranoiac in the White House, and the Politicians of both Parties, this violation of the Right of Privacy is coming to America.

Sir Richard Evans, in his brilliant series of lectures on Victorian England, pointed out that it was entirely possible for a man to go through life in Victorian England without ever once having had contact or engagement with Government or the State.

Not so in Modern America, with her dog-sniffing random searches of law-abiding motorists, or Socialist Australia, or Fascist China.

When the Lords put the squeeze on King John, he was forced to cede to them with Magna Carta, and Libertarian Freedom had its first Outbreak.

But when we come to the psycopathic Criminals and Mass Murderers, Hitler and Stalin, we can see what those who achieve absolute power, by absolutely destroying Privacy, are capable of doing. And the more power they have, the more paranoid and bloodthirsty they become. It’s almost like a Law of Nature, a Law that Thomas Jefferson well understood. Go read defecting former-KGB agent Oleg Gordievsky’s great “KGB: the Inside Story”, and you will see what Absolute Power does to the men at the top, as we are now seeing in America, as it becomes more and more a bureaucratic police state, that can harass anyone who criticizes it.

The road from The Lords of England’s victory over King John with Magna Carta, to the Libertarian Jefferson’s victory over King George III with the Bill of Rights, was a long one.

The degeneration from Hitler and Stalin until today is a short one, made all the more sinister by the perversions of modern science and technology. And the Politicians are exploiting that technology to overthrow the Bill of Rights, a Bill that doesn’t talk of “balance” when it comes to Natural Rights, but “Inalienable Rights”, Rights that can never be taken away from any Human Being without violence being perpetrated.

Is Mankind to go forward into a bright upland of Prosperity, non-coercion, and Privacy, or is he to be the plaything of Socialists and Fascists like the head of Fascist China, or the sexually-prying questions of a perverted Hag like Australia’s PM, Julia Gillard?

Strangely enough, Silverwolf believes that Libertarian Man will eventually Prevail over the Fascism and Socialism of the modern Politicians at the top.

Hoooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwww! — Silverwolf

Cyberlithicum’s New Man: 10 Negative Characteristics of the Computer Human Being

June 6, 2013

Silverwolf recently mentioned a site which had cottoned on to his post “From Reagan to Obama: The Degeneration of the Human Mind”, but he could not recall its exact name. That site had given Silverwolf several referred hits, so he thought it only gentlewolfmanly to look at their blog. It was a very interesting site, dealing with the conditioning effects of the computer on the human mind, especially on the generations that have only known these technologies since their youth — what Silverwolf would call the post-book generation —and more specifically the smartphone’s and related mobile paraphernalia’s effect on their minds.

The authors seemed to share Silverwolf’s feelings about the subtle conditionings these gadgets are implanting in Humans, and even listed ten negative characteristics of this new “Cyberlithic Man” (Girls included of course).

Now Silverwolf had named three of those ten characteristics in his post on the Dumbing-Down of Harvard — the ones that impressed him the most. But now, thanks to a new referral, he was able to relocate the site name, and will forthwith give it to you, along with the complete list of their ten negative characteristics of this new “Cyberlithic Man” (in Silverwolf’s own words, with original commentary if any available to his mind).

The site is cyberlithicum.org, which says we are in a new age, comparable to the Cavemen when they discovered polished stone tools — a huge technological breakthrough at the time, as I’m sure the reader well recalls from the days of his youth. Cyberlithicum.org views the smartphone as a new shamanistic talisman in the eyes of its users, through which the user’s life must flow, or else they are  outside the network of reality, which for them has become cyberspace.

They also warned of the dangers of almost all knowledge being found on wikipedia and google, and anything outside of these two vehicles will cease to exist as part of reality. The possibilities of sidelining really important human knowledge, and achieving a de facto form of censorship, without having to actually violate the First Amendment, are extremely dangerous. The threat of burying in obscurity valid criticisms and exposures of Governmental and Corporate Malfeasance, and the documentation of genocide and other Human Rights crimes, is obvious.

The Ten Negative Characteristics of the Cyberlithic New Man, according to Cyberlithicum are:

1) Loss of individual cultural identity.

Silverwolf can see this now in the monotonous sameness of clothing around the world versus the Old World where people characteristically dressed in a certain manner in various countries. Frenchmen wore berets, and Dutchmen wooden clogs (these were to help them float on water in case the dykes burst). Internet videos show that architecture around the world in the big metropolii is acquiring a soulless sameness. (Silverwolf believes that the Victorian Gothic style in architecture should beome the world’s standard, but it doesn’t seem to be catching on yet. Give it another 300 years, or so.)

2) No deeper understanding of the terms “education, responsibility, and ethics”

This makes sense, because a mind that is constantly being fractured and interrupted by the constantly changing barrage of sensations delivered by the smartphone can never concentrate on one topic for very long, or go into it in depth. The constant stream of sensations mesmerize the brain. And say that brain was first mesmerized at age eight by computer games, and has hardly ever had a day when it has not been on the internet — how is that brain to explore a topic like “ethics’?

3) Loss of concentration.

Same comment as for Number 2.

4) Loss of the ability to solve conflicts verbally.

5) Lowered ability to talk and write in complete sentences.

Well, anyone who has listened to modern teenagers and anyone up to the age of forty, and indeed anyone who has attended government schools since the widespread introduction of the personal computer-cum-internet, will know what Cyberlithicum means. Listen to the athletes on Radio Australia trying to explain how the game went, if you want to hear what the legacy of  British Commonwealth education has come to.

6) Loss of the ability to handwrite a text.

Soon only over-50s will know how to write a bad check.

7) Use of the thumb instead of the index finger to press buttons.

Pretty soon, most irate motorists will start “giving the thumb”. Don’t do it to a cop.

8) Loss of the ability to put oneself in the place of others.

While this has always been a problem in society, it’s probably worse now than at any time. However, callous indifference to the suffering of other Human Beings or Animals seems to have been a characteristic of Man since time immemorial. But we do not believe this has to be so. Yet the current trend is against empathy and compassion, and a materialistic socialistic bureaucratic society only makes it worse.

9) Loss of the ability to tell important from unimportant, relevant from non-relevant.

Never pondering over what is really important to the individual, the young mind is easily captured by the stream of sensations. One engrossment is just the same as another to it, as long as the brain is occupied. However, reading Schopenhauer may be far more fruitful for the brain and the person than watching a violent movie or watching a fast-edited music video.

Of course, much of this boredom-induced constant demand for new cyber-sensations comes about because minimum wage laws effectively keep teenagers out of gainful employment — and thus out of pocketmoney and experience — and thus with no prospect of engagement except escaping into the world of cyber-sensation.

10) Social isolation

Take the smartphone and the internet away from the Cyberlithic Man for 30 days, and he will go bananas.

Finally, Cyberlithicum lists the positive effects on Cyberlithic Man. The list is blank.

No, Cyberlithicum really has got onto something here, and it behooves the pondering modern observer of Man to chew over Cyberlithicum’s insights.

Man’s brain is being permanently altered, and there seems to be nothing we can do about it.

Hoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwww — Silverwolf

Libertarianism and the Dumbing-Down of Harvard

May 10, 2013

Silverwolf was actually astonished and flabbergasted today when he stumbled across a youtube video entitled “Harvard Lecture on Libertarianism”. Astonished and flabbergasted, not because of any especial brilliance of the lecture, although it was interesting and touched on many relevent Libertarian principles, but because of the virtually-complete inanity and inarticulateness of the students when asked to argue first the con- and then the pro- sides of Libertarianism. Though these were Harvard students, supposedly amongst the brightest in the nation, virtually every student who spoke could not speak in complete sentences, seemed to wander vaguely in their answers, and could not help polluting their rhetoric with a constant dribble of “you know”s, “I mean”s, verbal pauses, and unconnected phrases.

What first astonished Silverwolf was the fact that the uploader completely failed to mention the lecturer’s name, which seems like an incredible oversight. And even more incredibly, not one of the commenters mentioned his name, nor asked who he was. That’s unbelievably negligent.

The lecturer did, however, speak in complete, holistic sentences, since he had obviously come of age before the computer, and still spoke like a Human Being. His lecture was very good, but it too was amazing and astonishing in that no where in the lecture did he mention the founder of the American Libertarian Party, Professor Murray Rothbard, nor any of the prominent Free-Market Capitalist Economists on which modern Libertarianism is based: Bohm-Bawerk, Mises, and Hayek. Neither did his lecture forcefully stress the intimate and necessary connection between Libertarianism and free-markets, though free-markets were mentioned numerous times.

The lecturer also simplistically defined Libertarianism as “self-possession” or “self-ownership”, but he never once articulated the core Libertarian axiom, which states that “no man or group of men may aggress against the person or property of any individual man.”

Finally he slipped the traditional piece of mainstream propaganda into the lecture by mentioning the “Libertarian economist”, Milton Friedman. As we demonstrated in our blog post “Ron Paul and Murray Rothbard vs. Milton Friedman and the Collectivists”, Murray Rothbard, in a 1971 interview with The Banner, clearly argues and proves that Friedman was no Libertarian, but actually a Statist, although on certain points he took a Libertarian position. And certainly, in comparison to the prevailing philosophy of big government of his time, Friedman was much more Libertarian and pro-free markets than virtually all well-known economists. He was a comparative Libertarian in a Statist age, but not a real one.

And the fact that “The Austrian School of Economics”, the backbone of modern Libertarianism, was not mentioned even once in the lecture, despite Hayek having been awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics, is scandalous. But it shows how even Harvard tries to mold the brains of the young.

In listening to the inarticulate students trying to explain why overthrowing property rights was OK if it “helped the poor”, and to the girl who was an outright collectivist who said that we didn’t have self-ownership, that we belonged to the society and so have to “give up” our rights, and so government could tell us what to do and extract labor from us, Silverwolf could see how Socialist propaganda has been fed to these students throughout their earlier school days, where they were probably told that “it takes a village”.

And in one sense, it does: A village of Libertarians.

For example, anti-Libertarian Raoul spouted that “we get our rights from the government”, evidently disagreeing with Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence of the United States, that we are endowed by our creator with certain “unalienable” rights, which means they can never be taken away. Raoul seemed to think though that the government gave us our rights, and so if the democratic majority makes a rule, even if it violates our rights, then everyone must obey, and if you don’t like it, you’re free to emigrate.

Neither the Prof, nor the three students arguing the pro-Libertarian position, seemed to catch Raoul’s initial falsehood that “we get our rights from the government”. And later, when students brought up the old Liberal illusion that “society has given you these things and so you owe back to society the taxes you pay”, the pro-Libertarians never called into question whether this fictional “society” even exists.

Notice how easily so many people accept the fictions of “society”, ” the People”, “the Nation”, when in reality there are only Individuals, with Individual Rights. This is one of the key insights of Libertarianism, and one of the reasons why the anti-Libertarian ideologues get so confused. “Society” does not exist; only you and the other individuals exists, each one, simultaneously, and it is the interactions and relationships between all these individuals that make up society. The Democrats and Republicans who believe in the income tax, or other taxes to fund programs other than the defense of persons and property (i.e. the police and courts, and the military), have had to invent this fictional idea of “society” or the Nation. But Society does not exist; only Individual lives exist.

So, the defenses of the Libertarians to these attacks seemed to constantly miss the key philosophical reason which would have clearly defended their position. That such shoddy thinking could emerge from so many students. who are supposedly top-notch intellectually, was indeed chilling. If these are the best and the brightest of this country, America is in big trouble.

These inarticulate students also seemed to conform to many of the characteristics that we read of recently on a website which responded to our discussion of the computer, and its effect on the degeneration of the Human Mind. We posited in that post that computers were subtly reconditioning the way the Human Mind functioned, and that the young who were growing up with computers were completely conditioned by this upbringing in a way which those who grew up in the pre-computer days were free of. (A computer glitch having wiped out that week’s browsing history, we are unfortunately unable to give the name of that website. which was in both English and German.)

That website discussed an article which listed 10 characteristics of these new cyber-conditioned children. For example, they pressed buttons with their thumbs instead of their index fingers. They had trouble concentrating. They couldn’t talk in complete sentences. They showed a lack of consideration of the consequences of their actions on others. It was a drearily accurate picture of the youth Silverwolf has observed being completely taken over by the computer during the past decade, so that silence, and silent meditation or long periods of sustained cogitation on one topic, become impossible for such a conditioned brain. The Harvard student’s lack of insight and inability to think in complete sentences seemed universal. Silverwolf used to hear more cogent discussions in High School.

After hearing the unthoughout blatherings of these inarticulate students at Harvard, Silverwolf is more convinced than ever that a new Human Mind is emerging which is so heavily cyber-conditioned that it is completely unaware of the way in which it has been thus conditioned, and so is virtually unable to break out of this syndrome and de-condition itself.

Can Libertarianism, the Philosophy of Natural Rights, overcome this brainwashing of the mass of young people, even the so-called brightest? We doubt it, but it had better do so or we’re doomed.

Hoooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwww! — Silverwolf

Technology, Socialism, and the Human Mind

February 26, 2013

In the last thirty years, under the Western Socialist Democracies like the U.S. and Europe, and especially under the Asian economies, like India and Japan, we have seen a huge amount of human energy put into the development of technology, while at the same time these societies have become more and more bureaucratic. What has been the effect of these two simultaneous developments on the brain of the Human Being?

The development of the computer, and the multitude of gadgets that now incorporate computers within themselves, has meant that the Human Brain and Human Thought have become more and more mechanical. It now requires a mechanical brain to successfully negotiate with the world, while previously it required an intelligent, energetic brain, that was not conditioned by the step one, step two, step three, mechanical necessities of the computer. The politicians have even touted computers in the classroom, and we now are developing generations of humans who have been conditioned since childhood in a completely mechanical way, so that anyone of thirty or under has now probably had their brains deeply conditioned since childhood by this new necessary way of thinking, while those over thirty did not have such conditionings in their early childhood, but have been forced to think in that mechanical way later in life.

What is going to be the longterm effect of this mechanical technology on the Human Brain and the way man thinks?

After all, man has had to rely on his memory and experience for survival since time immemorial, but now, with the computer, a vast number of facts that used to be held in the head of the expert, can now be held in the head of the computer discs, so what need is there for the memory expert, or the masterful reference librarians of the past, who displayed the art of memory, association, and linkage with what was in the library’s collection? Google wiped them out.

So, a vast amount of mental energy, that used to be used in a non-linear way, is now exclusively channeled into mechanical, procedural, step-by-step processes, that make the mind dull and repetitive.

Perhaps in this fact lies the appalling shallowness and superficiality of modern art forms, such as pop music or cinema. These art forms blossomed in the pre-computer age, but now they are moribund and superficial.

So one asks, if the human mind has been made both redundant and second-class by the computer when it comes to calculation and memory, what is the function of the human mind, and what will be its function in the future? Moreover, can a brain which is so heavily conditioned from childhood in the mode of mechanical thinking ever brake out of the patterns it has been put through for years in our horrendous public schools, which merely develop children to be fodder for the corporations?

One might well ask, why haven’t things gone the other way? Why, with such a rich earth that could easily provide all the basic necessities for everyone, haven’t we put all the vast energy we have put into technology and armaments into freeing the human mind from conditioning, instead of reinforcing that conditioning through technology? Say all that energy had been put into philosophy, into understanding why mankind lives such a disordered, problematic life. Perhaps we would now have an orderly, non-violent world, where children were encouraged to think out the problems that will confront them as people — not just as wage-earners.  But mankind seems only fascinated by the latest technological gadget. The problems that occupied the Greek Philosophers, the Buddhists and Hindus, the Rabbis and Church Fathers — all these have very little interest for modern man.

And, added to the deadening of the Human Mind by the repetitive, mechanical technologies, are the Socialist Bureaucracies and Corporate Destuctiveness that is pervasive throughout the so-called Western Democracies. Socialist societies suck up more and more energy from the individual (at least the one not on a pension or some form of welfare), as they make more and more demands on him, and create more and more economic inflation. The Obama medical insurance mandate, his zwang-arbeit “national service” plan, which in Jefferson’s day was called “slavery”, his constant inflation of the currency to bail out the banking interests he represents and takes huge sums from in his campaigns, and the raising of tax rates — all these are examples of this sucking away the life energy of the individual by the Socialist State. The pattern is virtually identical in other socialist democracies like Canada, the Eurozone, Great Britain, Australia, Japan and Israel.

Any individual who manages to survive on their own in these socialist bureaucratic societies, and haa some energy left over for philosophical examination of his own psyche and behavior, will soon find that energy submerged by the mechanical demands of either the computer, or some other gadget, like the new computerized cars. Modern life has become far more complex than any previous age in this mechanical aspect, as well as its governmental-bureaucratic aspects.

So between the mechanical technologies, and the demands on the individuals freedom and energy by the socialist societies, the Human Being is being destroyed, and completely transformed into a mechanically-brained robot, whose mind is incapable of breaking out of its conditioned pattern. The vital energy he needs to wholly confront life, as the Indian did, is now broken up and fragmented into a thousand unintegrated actions, thanks to the computer and the Socialist. His only outlets are amusement and entertainment, which is why television and video media have become so important in modern life. Entertainment is what most people seek in the modern world, not Philosophy or Truth, or transforming this rotten world society.

The Libertarian Philosophy, or Classical Liberalism, is the only response we see in society to this all-pervasive bureaucratic mechanicalism, for it is the only political movement based on a philosophy of Natural Rights, and not merely politics. But in a world so heavily ruled by the socialist’s governments, and the gadgets, Libertarianism has very little chance of breaking through. In the last American election, it garnered only one percent of the vote, which is probably about the percentage of people remaining who have not been completely conditioned by the mechanical world, or brainwashed into the various political ideologies, Left, Center, and Right. Libertarianism is far beyond these mere political ideologies, for it is the only political movement with only one goal: the mental and physical Liberty and Freedom of Humankind.

The Human Mind is dying out thanks to the machine and the government socialist, and only the Libertarian Philosophy of Natural Rights stands in the way.

Hooooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwww—Silverwolf

Aspects of the Meaning of Meaning

August 20, 2012

Two men meet on a desert trail. One is a Trobriand Islander; the other a Roumanian. They wish to barter water for cash with each other, but neither can make himself intelligible to his interlocutor. In this case, the meaning of words and sounds cannot be established without several months or years of intense study. Thus, there is no transaction, and a certain thirsty death for one of the pair, while the other misses a commercial profit he needed to pay off his hernia surgery. Does the lack of meaning of their words mean that an unnecessary tragedy has occurred, and does that tragedy in itself give the situation meaning?

(Here, it should be added, for documentary reasons, that, in the aforementioned case, the Trobriand Islander had been kidnapped as a baby by a troupe of roving Roumanian musicians, which had been touring the South Seas, and he’d been raised in the suburbs of Bucharest, so that he spoke only pure Roumanian, while the Roumanian had emigrated to the Trobriand Islands at the age of 21, and there been almost struck by a bolt of lighting which, landing but a few feet from him, had caused such an electrical shock to his system, that his entire previous life, including his years in Roumania and his encyclopedic knowledge of the Roumanian language and its syntax, were completely wiped out from his memory, so that he was left with only the ability to speak the lip of the Trobriand Islanders. Please never assume!)

Then there is the case of two men who speak the same language and are discussing some vitally important philosophical or personal problem. They exchange many words, which they both understand, and finally arrive at some insight which clarifies the philosophical issue or solves the personal problem in a great psychological catharsis for one or both of the interlocutors. Words have made things pellucidly clear, and the two men feel happy, whereas when they began the dialogue, one or both were in a state of mental turmoil. In this case, meaning between two brains has been established, with positive outcome, unlike the first case.

But standing back from these two men, what does the situation of two men communicating or communing in a philosophical dialogue mean when looked at as an objective act on the earth? Standing back from that dialogue, perhaps observing the whole scene with the eye of Nature which does not understand these men’s language, one can ask, “What is the meaning of that event?” Obviously, from the standpoint of Nature, that event of two men babbling to each other and understanding their words to their philosophical and psychological benefit has just as little meaning as the first case where the two men did not understand each other and suffered tragedy.

And on a larger scale, what would be the meaning of creating an Earth that functioned beautifully, with no violence at all and a pristine environment, all achieved after centuries and millenia of travail and sorrow? Would it have any extraneous meaning to anything if, only a day after achieving this state of global nirvana, the Earth were swallowed in a black hole, and all existence as we know it on this planet were to be sucked away in an instant? What would be the meaning of all that Human effort at reform, destroyed instantaneously by a laughingly meaningless Cosmos?

Y’all understand my meaning?

Hooooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! — Silverwolf

Janet Napolitano’s Hobson’s Choice and the Russell-Huxley Dilemma

December 15, 2010

We hear that 39 people have been murdered by a suicide bomber in a Shiite Mosque in southern Iran, on one of the holiest days for Shia Muslims. Evidently there is terrorism in the world.

Janet Napolitano and the Leviathan State Democrats, who were preceded by Leviathan State Republicans, have given the public a Hobson’s choice: either consent to having your nude photo taken and ogled, plus a dose of radiation thrown in for free, or else submit to a groping of one’s genitals and breasts. This is the choice given the public by Barack Obama and his administration, and Janet Napolitano. It is the violation of the Jeffersonian principle of unreasonable search and seizure, the right to privacy, and the right to be left alone by law enforcement unless there is a “probable cause” that one has committed some infraction. They have destroyed the right of privacy, and the Rights of Man that were so fiercely championed by Jefferson and Madison, the French Revolution, and the British Old Liberals who supported both. 200 years of Civil Rights progress, flushed down the toilet in a few short years by the bipartisans. And their excuse is “Terrorism”.

This is the same excuse that has caused Britain to install thousands of cameras on the streets, watching for “suspicious” behavior. And that in the country that produced Orwell’s “1984”, the writings of Lord Bertrand Russell, and such anti-totalitarians as the novelist and philosopher, Aldous Huxley.

The dilemma is this: on the one side, we have the destruction of human privacy, the dehumanization of the innocent citizen into a puppet whose most intimate regions and most personal business suddenly becomes the business of the government, or any Nosey Parker, or blackmailer, in the government; and also the symbolic castration of the last vestiges of masculinity in a society by ordering a virtual strip search of any citizen. Notice this applies to planes, but does not apply to buses, subways, trains, etc. At least, not yet. Nor does it apply to Congressmen entering the Capitol Dome, although obviously if one of the Congressman became a fanatic and suicide bomber, he could wreck the whole structure of the U.S. Government. If people are going to be strip-searched to get on a plane, then the Congressmen should be strip-searched, or groped, every time they enter the halls of Congress. National Security demands it!

But on the other horn of the dilemma is the problem which both Bertrand Russell and Aldous Huxley pointed out in their writings. This problem, which Russell mentions early on in his writings, probably in the 1920s,  is, simply put, that technology will boldly advance while religious and nationalistic fanaticism will remain at its old Dark Ages level, and when those fanatics get their hands on the more modern technology, it will be a wet and windy day for Humanity. Sadly, technology will enable the terrorists, while Aldous Huxley, and to some extent Orwell in “1984”, pointed out that that same technology will also be used by some future Leviathan State to condition and control its citizens.

With the coming of the Obama-Clinton-Napolitano strip searches of the Citizenry, that technological control has been achieved by the Leviathan state. And as we heard early this morning from Iran of yet another suicide bomber (and there were now thought to be two in the crowd), terrorists continue to use the latest in technology to butcher other Human Beings with a pathological callousness that is the product of religious (or nationalistic) fanaticism.

The terrorism will continue, and the restrictions on Jeffersonian Freedoms will continue, unless the public stands up for the Bill of Rights, which it won’t.

Religious and nationalistic fanaticism must be dissolved, and Jeffersonian and Randian Individualism can cure that to a large extent. But the technologies race ahead much faster than any improvement in the Human Psyche, while at the same time, the propagandic forces of corporate advertising, melded with government support for their favorite corporations in America, have so heavily brainwashed and conditioned the individual in Western society, that the only de-conditioning agents most people can find are drugs, which is why the use of self-destroying drugs like alcohol, tobacco, and amphetamine is so widespread throughout America and Europe.

Yet, as technology advances, and government bureaucrats get dumber and more mediocre, there are huge gaps where something like the Wikileaks leaks can break out of the mold, and throw the Leviathan statists on their elbows. They cannot control the technology they create, and creative and nefarious brains can usually think up all sorts of ways in which this technology can be used, to which the creators, and the government bureaucrats, are always late to react, and usually do so by trying to implement “reforms” which only dissipate more human energy in compliance, and which inevitably lead to further loopholes.

Recall that Frederich Hayek pointed out that in government bureaucracies, the mediocre always rise to the top. That is certainly the case in both the American Federal Government, and also the State and local governments. At the lower echelons you may find bright and dedicated people, but the supervisors and administrators… hopeless.

So the world has terrorism, and the world has Leviathan States that more and more control and hem in the Individual. It is the Individual who is perceived as the enemy by both, and whether he can survive the dual assaults of Janet Napolitano on one hand, and the terrorists on the other, is in grave doubt.

Hooooooooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwww! — Silverwolf

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