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March 28, 2009

“Power is never granted, only taken”

Filed under: Systems — Tags: , , , — Jeff Fitzmyers @ 8:25 pm

To me, a “Right” is an aggrandized legal trinket. Granted, modified or revoked at whim on a moments notice. This shifting sand ENGENDERS a primal need to watch others for “safety”, for “Source”. Which immediately sets up a dichotomy between those supposedly with more power and those supposedly with less power.

A solid house can’t be built on that foundation. Getting “Mad As Hell” at “them” seemingly only reenforces that dichotomy — reenforces an illusion that source is outside ourselves and we need to beg, cheat, or beat “them” to get “source” to survive. (Sir! Yes, Sir!)

The only thing that can’t ever be messed with is where we choose to place, and keep our focus. That is the gift. Fighting over who gets to be “Leader” seems to abrogate the fact that we are responsible for our “own” lives, and instill that we are slaves since their is only one leader.

Do maple trees have a Master Leader? Even in social communities, the actual groups are generally small numbers: there is no President Prairie Dog. Although bees are very successful and run by a queen, the non-queens all have very specific roles. And there is no Queen of the Queens of Bees. Projecting power is very expensive.

Sending tea bags to leaders is fine, if that is something one finds fun and interesting. But what do “they” think, those who have learned to take power (inappropriately)? “Cool, not only can I can pillage with impunity, I don’t even need to buy my own tea! Now if they would just start sending some honey…”

Unless it is of personal interest, how long do we want to play the game of, “Pick The Least Worst Leader To FORCE Me To Do Stuff?” Why not play the game, “What Can I Do Today That Is Most Meaningful To Me” which leads to thriving. Yes you have to ‘pay’ enough attention to stay out of jail, but: “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.” “There is no spoon.”

This is not to say don’t get out in the streets — just not as a dumb mob. Be aware of how best to use your resources and interests. Then you come from a position of power, which is infinitely stronger than force.

“Power is never granted, only taken.” — Dr Will Joel Friedman

How do Natural Rights help me if a mob is chasing me down because I’m wearing a suit strolling down Wall Street after a market crash? What benefit are Natural Rights to the tens of thousands of children that go to bed hungry in the USA? 10,000,000 laws obviously don’t work.

I like how Richard Maybury defines the Rule Of Law, the bedrock of prosperity / capitalism:
– Do everything we say we will do.
– Do not encroach on other people or their property.

It’s simple:

“… And if you take one from three hundred and sixty-five what remains?”
“Three hundred and sixty-four, of course.”
Humpty Dumpty looked doubtful. “I’d rather see that done on paper,” he said.
Alice couldn’t help smiling as she took out her memorandum book, and worked the sum for him: 365 – 1 = 364. Humpty Dumpty took the book and looked at it carefully. “That seems to be done right –” he began.
“You’re holding it upside down!” Alice interrupted.
“To be sure I was!” Humpty Dumpty said gaily as she turned it round for him. “I thought it looked a little queer. As I was saying, that SEEMS to be done right — though I haven’t time to look it over thoroughly just now — and that shows that there are three hundred and sixty-four days when you might get un-birthday presents –”
“Certainly,” said Alice.
“And only ONE for birthday presents, you know. There’s glory for you!”
“I don’t know what you mean by ‘glory’,” Alice said.
“Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. “Of course you don’t — till I tell you. I meant ‘there’s a nice knock-down argument for you!'”
“But ‘glory’ doesn’t mean ‘a nice knock-down argument’,” Alice objected.
“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.”
“The question is,” said Alice, “whether you CAN make words mean so many different things.”
“The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be MASTER — that’s all.”

On Laws: My Business Law 101 teacher gave a simple assignment: Go to the county Library, ask for local law section. Pick a law and write down what it means. (Earlier she said in order for a law to be viable, it must be Knowable, Understandable and basically Just.) It produced an epiphany: There were row after row of dusty books (about 10,000?). Unless you happen to be a savant, it is impossible to know, or understand — let alone discern justness of all that stuff. Obviously, humanity makes it from day to day simply via more good will than ill will. It sure isn’t due to those laws!

And most egregious to a budding scientist: incredibly inefficient! That’s why I found Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash interesting and think we will head more to selecting and participating in smaller sovereign enclaves. It’s simple: “Yes, you meet our criteria to immigrate here. Here is the contract. We both follow this contract and it’s all good. If you beak the contract, you lose your deposit and get kicked out unless you pay a big fine. We break the contract and we pay a big fine to you, get fired, and lose our reputation. (Judged by a 3rd party, enforced by a 4th party)” That immigration contract is explicit and you can shop around (freedom). Currently the contract in the USA is implicit, forced, and heavily gamed (which is mostly WHY it is implicit / conflicting / confusing / confounding / selectively enforced). (I love the nuclear powered dog!)

Current events are just another step in our social evolution toward workable group decisions.


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