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  • Predicting the future, Part 2

    The popular press (and “settled” science) has made us all chemists with the increasing contemporary discussions of carbon dioxide. Well, we are only sort of chemists.
  • Predicting the future
    Modern predictions are draped in mathematics. Yet, mathematics cannot predict what humans are going to do. Mathematics cannot predict humankind’s inventiveness or the courses of action humans will take in response to events around them.
  • It started in the dark
    Ezekiel (not his real name, but one you might hear in this venue) told me to be ready by 6:15 a.m. (7:15 a.m. EDT – the Mennonites do not use Daylight Saving Time). When I had gone to bed the night before, I had asked to be awakened by at least six. I needed to ask because my Apple watch, along with my iPhone, computer and other electronic gear were locked in my car. I turn off all modern devices when visiting.
  • Narrow perspectives and low expectations, Part 4
    How many times have you heard someone say, “But I can’t?” Most “I can’t” statements are not that a person really can’t, but something is holding them back. Lack of confidence, clinging to traditions or many other things.
  • Narrow perspectives and low expectations, Part 3
    I recall a story from the 1972 presidential election – which Richard Nixon won by a landslide with 520 electoral votes. Upon hearing this, reportedly a matron of the anointed class in New York said, “I don’t understand it, I don’t know anyone who voted for Nixon.” This person obviously had a very narrow perspective of the world, at least on this subject.
  • Narrow perspectives and low expectations, Part 2
    I have no problems with airplanes at 44,000 feet. I can look out the windows with ease. But climbing a few hundred feet off terra firma, I can’t do it no matter how hard I try. You may have similar distances you can’t travel. There is another distance you may have trouble traveling, but that I would urge you to try. It is the distance to that family member or former friend with whom you have had a falling out.
  • Narrow perspectives and low expectations, Part 1
    It is the crime of the century, the dumbing down and demotivation of America. Let’s see if we can do something about it here. Adults, let’s resolve to all become Mr. Wisecups and encourage young people to be all that they can and should be.
  • Socialism - the pitch and the purpose, Part 10
    You absolutely can’t voluntarily give to others without love. It is impossible. Do you give Christmas or birthday presents to people you don’t love? Of course not. Therefore, the isms have to use the threat of incarceration or worse.
  • Socialism – the pitch and the purpose, Part 9
    Well, we finally get to the purpose. What is the purpose of socialism? This breaks into two pieces.
  • Socialism – the pitch and the purpose, Part 8
    For all its flaws, the United States is still the most successful country in the history of the world. The Constitution and capitalism have lifted more people out of poverty than any other government at any other time in any other place in the history of the world.
  • Socialism – the pitch and the purpose, Part 7
    When a government gives you money or goods or services, their side has the same implicit expectation. The government expects you to perform in a certain way in exchange for the money they gave you.
  • Socialism – the pitch and the purpose, Part 6
    The key human emotions in our narrative are, in no particular order: greed, ambition, fear, compassion, lust, charity, love, hate, concern and jealousy.
  • Socialism – the pitch and the purpose, Part 5
    Our final group of major players I will call chameleons. Chameleons move from the anointed to the useful idiots, subcategory, victims, as circumstances develop and according to what they perceive as the most advantageous posture for themselves. Their motivation is almost purely driven by money.
  • Socialism – the pitch and the purpose, Part 4
    Unlike the anointed, those who think they have answers to all issues, we in the flyover country can be genuine experts on one topic and completely ignorant on another – but know the difference within ourselves.
  • Socialism – the pitch and the purpose, Part 3
    The world is full of the anointed who can usually garner many followers and whose followers often only superficially, e.g., in the case of Che Guevara, examine their bona fides.
  • Socialism – the pitch and the purpose, Part 2
    Let’s just marinate on the idea that Marx never lived under Marxism, but instead enjoyed the genteel and well-fed life provided by capitalism, much like the headlining communists and socialists treading the stage today.
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