"History teaches us that history teaches us nothing."
So far, Hegel seems to be right. Cycles come and cycles go — especially in terms of economics and liberty. Those who observe and remember, can discover, analyze, and predict the next cycle while the majority of the people remain in the dark, repeatedly surprised by avoidable calamities.
Jefferson killed a bank. Jackson killed a bank. Now it's our responsibility to untold generations to stand up and throw off the shackles of yet another criminal syndicate with the respectable sounding name: "Federal Reserve Bank."
…and what he would prescribe
"Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard." ~ H.L. Mencken
America is a majority being ruled by a corrupt venal minority. We may have been taught that we are under a government "of the people, by the people, for the people." But our original Republican principles and laws are straining to keep us from careening toward the precipice of Absolute Democracy.
What happens when the Common Man meets Sam Adams?
If you were to Google "Sam Adams" you might get the impression that America is a little more interested in beer than liberty — at least by one level in the search results. The original Sam Adams was not a tea teetotaler. George Washington was a purveyor of fine rye whiskey. Yet, one came to be recognized as the Father of the American Revolution and the other the Father of his country. Neither was a common man per se. But both believed with every fiber of their being that the common man should live in freedom — enough to risk being hung by George III.
I have been accused of hyperbole [of all things!?] — and of calling a couple of our Commanders in Chief by labels that are disagreeable to their courtesans, serfs, jesters, sycophants and ghost writers. After writing "National Socialist Fascist Communist Healthcare," I received a few interesting emails, one of which attempted to show me how the use of the word "fascist" might not be appropriate in that title since he maintained there is no universally accepted definition of fascism. The next article, "Euthanize ObamaCare" elicited one very special response: "Euthanize You!" she said. She also demanded to be removed from my opt-in email list. You think you know a person!?
Now what will you do Mr. Gore?
As Al Gore continues to put his mouth where his money is...
It is widely known that Al Gore stands to make billions on this ruse. While we thought of him as a stick in the mud, barely able to Macarena, socially speaking, he has drawn quite a crowd to his big faux green kiosk. And if you don't believe people are willing to buy useless junk, just scope out a few late night infomercials, or, for that matter, pharmaceutical ads. An Academy Award usually goes to the creator or an actor involved in a work of fiction. "An Inconvenient Truth" is looking more and more like extremely convenient fiction. Politicians occasionally lie to get elected. Scientists occasionally lie to acquire or retain grant money. We don't know all of the pathology of Al Gore's fantasies. But we can already see the pain train coming.