Objectivism – Formula for Success?

As you probably know…Ayn Rand’s Objectivism has its ardent supporters and critics who hate her philosophical system. These two groups will never see eye to eye. Let’s get beyond the conflict and ask an important question. Is it possible Objectivism soars as a formula for success? Let’s find out.

Rational Selfishness

Here’s a definition of selfishness critics attach to Objectivism.

Devoted to or caring only for oneself; concerned primarily with one’s own interests, benefits, welfare, etc., regardless of others.”

Now we need to look at its supporters definition.

Rational Selfishness is the principle that an action is rational if and only if it maximizes one’s self-interest.”

Do you spot the problem? It’s the three words…regardless of others.

A true Objectivist believes in trading value for value. “A trader is a man who earns what he gets and does not give or take the undeserved. He does not treat men as masters or slaves, but as independent equals. He deals with men by means of a free, voluntary, unforced, uncoerced exchange—an exchange which benefits both parties by their own independent judgment. A trader does not expect to be paid for his defaults, only for his achievements. He does not switch to others the burden of his failures, and he does not mortgage his life into bondage to the failures of others.”

As you can see the critics of Objectivism completely miss the mark. Saying an Objectivist shows no regard for others is an illusion…a falsehood. A rational individual knows he prospers by satisfy people’s most urgent desires. Progressives hate Ayn Rand’s philosophy. What’s strange is…they support social and economic policies that encourage men and women to live off the productive labor of others. We just discovered who does what they please “regardless of others.”

Obviously, you succeed by satisfying the consumers’ most urgent desires. And who are these consumers? Men and women attempting to improve their situation.

Objectivism encourages you to be become the best you can be. You do this by developing value for value relationships. You improve your social skills…and you continue getting better and better. Imagine how rewarding it is to succeed in your endeavors.

We can conclude the critics of Rational Selfishness don’t know what they’re talking about…or as Soldiers of the Elite their motivation is to keep you stuck in the Hive Mind Mentality. You Master the Social Maze by seeing through illusion.

The Rationally Selfish Individual Discovers Enlightened Self-Interest
                          The Rationally Selfish Individual Discovers Enlightened Self-Interest

Laissez Faire Capitalism

Progressives express a deep hatred for capitalism. Objectivists support Laissez Faire Capitalism. As you will discover…critics certainly don’t refer to the capitalism Objectivism endorses.

The anti-capitalistic mentality makes the following false claims.

  • Recessions and depressions are the natural outcome of capitalism.
  • The rich get richer…the poor get power.
  • Greedy businessmen take advantage of consumers.
  • Capitalism spawns monopolies.
  • Capitalism exploits the masses.
  • People buy stuff they don’t need by going into debt.
  • Without minimum wage, overtime and child labor laws…people including children would slave away at least 56 hours 7 days per week.
  • And more nonsense too stupid too mention.

The above claims are nothing but hogwash…one lie after another. None of that is Laissez Faire Capitalism. They’re the result of government interventionism, central banking, socialism, cronyism and self-defeating social programs. And you wonder why hapless men and women are enslaved in the Hive Mind Mentality. In addition…you can see why critics attempt to confuse people on the real nature of capitalism.

Ayn Rand states “Laissez-faire capitalism is the only social system based on the recognition of individual rights and, therefore, the only system that bans force from social relationships. By the nature of its basic principles and interests, it is the only system fundamentally opposed to war.” We just discovered why war-mongering neo-conservatives pay only lip service to capitalism.

Ludwig von Mises says “Every step which leads from capitalism toward planning is necessarily a step nearer to absolutism and dictatorship.”

Apparently, the Elite and its Progressive Soldiers seek to enslave you with a New World Money – One World Government.

A person seeking outstanding success completely supports Laissez Faire Capitalism…the free enterprise system. He (she) knows this is a social system that brings out the best he can be. Also, he understands the progressive’s anti-capitalistic social schemes hinder his progress…and make it harder for him to achieve his goals and desires.

Once again…Objectivism carries the day as a formula for success.

If Only More People Understood the Marvels of Laissez Faire Capitalism
                         If Only More People Understood the Marvels of Laissez Faire Capitalism

Objectivist Ethics

Let’s look at Ayn Rand’s clear definition of ethics. “Ethics is a code of values to guide man’s choices and actions, the choices and actions that determine the purpose and the course of his life. Value is that which one acts to gain and/or keep.”

Amazing! In one sentence she delights our ambitions with the powerful words values, choices, actions and purpose…exactly what the individual needs to capture success.

Do you wonder why Progressives hate Objectivism…preferring you remain stuck in the Hive Mind Mentality? The four virtues just mentioned…means an honest man and woman doesn’t need or desire the State’s welfare schemes or transfer the wealth swindles. He or she disdains the poison that eats away at self-reliance. The productive person decides to Master the Social Maze.

Since Rand believes in trading value for value, you can see just how honest and sublime her definition is. It might suddenly occur to you that maybe the Objectivist philosophy has some validity after all. It’s a formula for success.

You might ask why someone needs a code of values. First, let me explain that an individual’s code of values must conform to reality…in tune with his best interests. Without this criteria his or her values are meaningless and (or) destructive to self and others.

How does a man or woman of integrity live? He or she lives by his or her values and beliefs without compromise. Ask yourself these questions. Do your values and beliefs correspond to reality? Do you live by your values and beliefs without compromise? The Rationally Selfish Individual lives by his code of values without compromise. Rational Selfishness is Enlightened Self-Interest.

The Individualist Achieves His Goals and Desires
                                               The Individualist Achieves His Goals and Desires

Individualism

Progressives expect you to act for the “good of society.” Let’s clear up this irresponsible nonsense now.

One of the Progressives’ favorite slogans is “This is for the good of society.” Have you ever asked yourself who this society character is? We hear about him, but we’ve never met him. Could society possibly be a woman? It sounds like a woman’s name. All kidding aside, I’m sure you get the point. There is no such thing as “society”. The term is a concept describing the combination of all individuals.

Here’s how the Progressive uses the term to violate your personal liberty and economic freedom. Certainly, he can’t be referring to all individuals. He advocates measures that keep some from enjoying freedom of choice. What he really crusades against is some of his fellow citizen’s choices…and he viciously violates their individual rights.

Do you want to have some fun? Challenge a Progressive or any other enemy of the individual with one request; ask “society” over for dinner. If he or she shows up, you will admit defeat.

Can you imagine this society character creating a formula for success? It’s absurd. Only individuals such as you and I act. Progressives use the “good of society” term as a politically correct weapon…to force you to succumb to their evil agenda of socialism and self-sacrifice. Instead of acting like a rational individual…you’re a selfless nothing. 

Ayn Rand firmly states “An individualist is a man (woman) who recognizes the inalienable individual rights of man—his own and those of others. He is a man who says: “I will not run anyone’s life—nor let anyone run mine. I will not rule nor be ruled. I will not be a master nor a slave. I will not sacrifice myself to anyone—nor sacrifice anyone to myself.”

Individualism means you take responsibility for your life. You take charge of your thoughts, feelings and actions. You live with definite purpose…always moving towards your goals and desires.

We can conclude…Objectivism soars as a formula for success.

RA Meyer – Master the Social Maze

Take Heart in the New Day

For me there is only the traveling on paths that have heart, on any path that may have heart, and the only worthwhile challenge is to traverse its full length–and there I travel looking, looking breathlessly.”
Carlos Castaneda, The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge

Does your path have heart? Are you able to take heart in the new day. If you can’t…your path is void of heart.

Have you thought about those unfortunate people who awaken in the morning…desperately hoping dreams of joy and happiness somehow renewed them. Much to their dismay, they unhappily discover their slumbers reinforced their misery?

Could that be a condition that currently haunts you? Do you sadly lament “My God, another day without hope, another day of suffering through the same old drudgery…without any prospects of pleasure or satisfaction.”

A suffocating feeling of despair causes the hopeless man or woman to wonder if anything will ever make a positive difference in the scheme of existence.

If you are one of those unfortunate souls, my heart goes out to you. I understand. I’ve been there. However, do you know it doesn’t have to be that way? It is possible for you to manifest a world that is vastly different from the one you unconsciously created.

Enya sings the following verse from the song “Once You Had Gold.”

What is the dark shadows around you;
Why not take heart in the new day?
Ever and always. Always and ever.
No-one can promise a dream for you.
Time gave both darkness and dreams to you”

Just the beauty of the song is enough to unleash a person’s most sublime feelings and emotions. The wisdom is timeless. Here it is if you want to listen to it.

The Dark Shadow

Tragically, many people live their lives with the ominous dark shadow as their constant companion. They unwittingly surround themselves with darkness…diminishing the brilliant light they shined forth during their fleeting days of happiness. The gloom generated by the shadow of despair now envelops their being. Somewhere along the path…they abandoned heart.

Has the dark shadow become your constant companion? If so, you no doubt suffer much pain and torment. Woe and sorrow will continue to stalk you if…you remain unaware of the morning sun that rises so gloriously in the east.

Have you asked yourself why it has to be this way…or are you too depressed to think about it? Maybe the pain from self-analysis or introspection outweighs any benefits you might gain. At least that’s what you believe. I can honestly state from my own experiences that much of what you think you know amounts to self-created illusions. Underneath your pain and suffering is a beautiful person, an enlightened soul who would love to soar to heights of greatness…a man or woman who can take heart in the new day.

If you are involved with a person who feels this way, it is quite frustrating and heartbreaking. You know if this precious individual would only open his (her) heart, mind and spirit…he would begin seeing through the illusions that control his life. Can you imagine what it would mean to someone…to release the blocks and obstacles to joy and happiness?

Carlos Castaneda saysA path is only a path, and there is no affront, to oneself or to others, in dropping it if that is what your heart tells you . . . Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary. Then ask yourself alone, one question . . . Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn’t it is of no use.”

Are you on a path with heart? Do you experience the joy of your existence? The Impeccable, Everyday Warrior experiences the pleasures of life.

Walk the Path with Heart
                                                                       Walk the Path with Heart

Take Heart In the New Day

If you can’t take heart in the new day, you cannot possibly hope for a day of joy, pleasure and ecstasy. Without heart, there is no hope and no chance for the feelings of fulfillment that result from a successful day.

Ask yourself these questions. When the alarm goes off in the morning do you automatically wish you could return to your slumbers and escape the stark reality of your meaningless life? Or do you happily think about your mission in life…bubbling with excitement about the steps you can take that moves you closer to your ultimate goals and desires? Are you able to joyously anticipate some of the pleasures you will indulge in today? Do you realize that even the little things in life are experiences you can delight in?

Do you know…it is possible to regain your power or to rediscover the power you thought was forever lost? You may believe others possess all the available power, since they seem so adept at using it against you. That’s an illusion irrationally selfish power-seekers and phony do-gooders (Soldiers of the Elite) want you to believe. The power you need to transform your life into your dreams, desires and fantasies is within you. You own it. Yeah, it’s likely you thoughtlessly extinguished its once dazzling fire of magnificence. Once you walk the path with heart…you re-ignite it. You take heart in the new day.

                                                    Walk the Path with Heart on the New Day

Creating Your Own Dream

Enya is correct. No one can promise a dream for you. You must create your own dream. You probably know what your fantasies, goals and desires are. It should be obvious…it’s up to you to manifest them. If you are waiting for a knight in shining armor or the manna from heaven to fall in your lap you will be sorely disappointed. You must realize most people have enough difficulty creating and manifesting their dreams. They certainly aren’t concerned about yours…unless, of course, yours and theirs are intertwined. If you want to attract rational, beautiful, spiritual people into your life you have to shine forth the beauty of your spirit…the beauty you nurture and cherish with all your heart.

You can create the life you desire. All you have to do is take heart in the new day…and the day may very well return the favor and supply you with your heart’s desires.

RA Meyer – Master the Social Maze

Self-Actualization – Conquering the Illusions of Progressives

Men and women pay lip service to personal liberty and economic freedom. How many actually capture them…reaching a state of self-actualization? The many illusions that permeate the Hive Mind Mentality guarantee enlightened self-interest remains a distant dream. In fact, it’s possible…most people remain unaware an accelerated state of awareness exists. The Everyday Warrior lives it most of his life.

My main purpose in unleashing Master the Social Maze is to demonstrate self-actualization isn’t just a state…advanced masters reach in their deepest meditations. It manifests as a way of life you can practice on a daily basis. The pleasures of the body, mind and spirit are yours for the taking.

Conquering the Illusions of Progressives – Social Altruism

Modern progressives act as if they exist as enlightened beings who can improve the world…if only more people would listen to them. These social meddlers live in a world of illusion. They wouldn’t recognize an Economic Law if it was in a first grade reader. Isn’t it obvious to you…their social and economic schemes threaten to bring the economic system to a final collapse.

I’m going to give it to you straight…whether you like it or not. Modern progressives and liberals use Social Altruism as a weapon against all that rises as beautiful and sublime. I supply you with the open paragraph of Chapter Two of the book 8 Dynamic Weapons for Conquering Life’s Illusions.

For a thought experiment I want you to consider the following: Social Altruism masquerades as a caring philosophy of selflessness and self-sacrifice. In addition, Social Altruists claim they are loving and giving and so is the philosophy they base their life around. Guess what? You just discovered an illusion. The reality of the matter is that Social Altruism exists as a cannibalistic philosophy of hate and plunder. It has been subverted and institutionalized by Governments as a means to confiscate the wealth of productive citizens. Few greater crimes are committed than those in the name of the common good. Avaricious politicians have resorted to it despite the fact that its malicious manifestation could destroy America systematically from the inside-out. For these reasons I surmise and believe that Social Altruism reigns over us as the philosophy of anti-life.”

As you can see…Social Altruism does not foster peace and goodwill among men and women. It results in the hate and confusion you see destroying the American way of life. 

Progressives Use Altruism to Violate Your Liberty and Freedom
                                Progressives Use Altruism to Violate Your Liberty and Freedom

Robert Ringer statesMembers of the Radical Left comprise an army of Lucifers who want elections overturned. They want the electoral college thrown out (unless they need it to win an election). They extol the virtues of employing violence to disrupt little things like the presidential inaugurations of their enemies (the latter known as “opponents” by normal people). They concoct wild tales about voter fraud (which they themselves are guilty of), and, above all, they are determined to silence any and all opposition to their crazy, malevolent, anti-freedom agenda.”

You might feel…that’s a rather harsh statement. Unfortunately, it’s true. Self-actualization requires seeing the facts of reality…clearly.

The Warrior’s Code

Let’s explore the foundations of self-actualization. I assume you want to enjoy personal liberty and economic freedom. The Impeccable Warrior takes charge of his thoughts, feelings and actions. He happily discovers cause and effect relationships in the sphere of human action. His sense of life allows him to experience the joy of his existence.

Self-Mastery means the individual knows he exists as a being who possesses power. It is possible to call him or her a warrior. In the classic book by Carlos Castaneda, Journey to Ixtlan don Juan says “A warrior calculates everything. That’s control. But once his calculations are over he acts. A warrior is not a leaf at the mercy of the wind. No one can push him; no one can make him do things against himself or against his better judgment. A warrior is tuned to survive, and he survives in the best of all possible fashions.”

Not only does the impeccable warrior tune himself to survive, he (she) thrives. He understands reality and he uses his knowledge to succeed in his endeavors.

That’s close to a perfect description of self-actualization.

You Make the Choice. Don't Allow Progressives to Choose for You.
                               You Make the Choice. Don’t Allow Progressives to Choose for You.

Enemy of Progressives – Laissez Faire Capitalism

Let’s continue seeing through illusion. And in order to do that…we must smack down the economic BS and politically correct nonsense of progressives. Has it occurred to you that a correct term for these deluded people is retrogressive. They believe in economic policies the classical liberals exploded in the 19th century. That’s not the way of an enlightened being…someone who has realized self-actualization.

It’s time to hit you with the way it is. Only Laissez Faire Capitalism and individualism brings the harmonious, peaceful, prosperous conditions we desire. Let me warn you…Laissez Faire isn’t the corrupt, crummy system of crony capitalism you see now. Of course progressives would like you to believe that’s the Real McCoy…so you fall into their socialistic, politically correct cesspool…which is full of you know what. You must understand they are intellectually dishonest. They’re too encased in their ivory towers to discover the laws of human action. They’ve suffer a complete disconnect from reality.

Tragically, the propaganda machine of the Elite influences the masses more than virtues of Laissez Faire (unhampered) capitalism and individualism. You can see how these Soldiers of the Elite keep men and women stuck in the Hive Mind Mentality.

Progressives and their Keynesian economists support one economic illusion after another. Let’s give them a dose of reality straight from the book 7 Destructive Economic Illusions Conquered.

Reality One: Government interventionism completely disrupts the smooth functioning of the marketplace resulting in permanent economic decline.

Reality Two: Federal Reserve policy of artificially lowering interest rates and increasing the money supply to “stimulate” the economy causes boom and bust cycles resulting in economic recessions and depressions.

The dishonesty of politicians knows no bounds. Lie, cheat and steal reigns supreme as the rule of the political game. By blaming capitalism for causing economic crisis, they engage in what I call the “BIG LIE” Unless our “beloved” leaders are intellectually dishonest or just plain ignorant, they know damn well their own destructive policies cause our economic woes.”

We can conclude…governments never follow sound economic principles. Instead, they tamper with the marketplace, hampering its efficiency and destroying its smooth functioning.

Wisdom that Progressives Ignore
                                                                Wisdom that Progressives Ignore

Another Enemy of Progressives – Warrior for Liberty and Freedom

Do you know why progressives spout on about the “merits” of selflessness, self-sacrifice and social altruism? Let’s discover the answer by understanding Enlightened Self-Interest…or what is also known as Rational Selfishness.

Here’s what this type of individual thinks about the progressives economic and social policies…quoted from the book 8 Dynamic Weapons for Conquering Life’s Illusions. “The Rationally Selfish Individual would never support predatory, exclusive, and extractive economic policies. He (she) recognizes that those systems bring short-term benefits by bleeding real wealth from the economy. In the end, an exclusive class (that grows deadly and more compact day by day) enjoys their spoils in an ivory tower built with the blood and bones of the average citizen.”

Has it occurred to you…progressives are Soldiers of the Elite? And to think these social altruists pretend they support the average citizen. Yeah, sure. If anything, they continue to destroy the middle class with their crazy social and economic policies. Self-actualization means you see through their BS.

Pure fact from the above mentioned book. “Let’s present you some information you will find difficult to swallow. Some Social Altruists purposely attack your individual rights. Yes, that’s right. They foster failure in order to accumulate power at your expense. These creators of human misery toss you bait in the form of social schemes, claiming they’re for the “good of society.” Once hapless citizens take the bait, they become hopelessly aligned with economic situations that include inflation, crippling government regulations, debilitating wars, confiscation of savings, violations of personal liberty and freedom, etc. etc. When you’re hooked, you suffer through a vicious cycle of seeing your values vanish into nothingness. Actually many of your dreams and desires end up in the possession of members of the political and financial establishment. Now you can see the importance of your Dynamic Anti-Social Altruism Weapon.”

All social altruists are progressives. These parasites have a vested interest keeping you stuck in the Hive Mind Mentality. The Everyday Warrior, the individualist does everything possible to eliminate them from his life. He (she) achieves self-actualization…the happy state of mind known as enlightened self-interest.

Conclusion

The goal of Master the Social Maze is to free individuals mentally, emotionally and spiritually from the restraints of the Hive Mind Mentality. You do not have to suffer a life that is less than it could be.

The Everyday Warrior exists as a free thinker. He believe in the efficacy of logic and reason. In addition, he meditates in order to tap his intuitive powers.

Enlightened Self-Interest means you develop your ability to adapt to change. You realize those who anticipate future change profit from their foresight. It’s reaction and adaptation, not comfort zones that moves you forward. It’s nice to feel comfortable, but don’t allow your comfort zone to enslave you to a life of quiet desperation. Joyfully look forward to a future that offers you happiness and success.

If you desire self-actualization…you must take charge of your thoughts, feelings and emotions. You act from Rational Self-Interest…and conquer the illusions of progressives.

RA Meyer – Master the Social Maze

Speak Your Mind – Even if Nobody Likes It

Are you afraid you will offend people if you speak your mind? Does that cause you to keep your opinions to yourself?

Of course, there are times when it’s best to remain silent. An intelligent person recognizes the power of silence. You don’t want to spout off opinions that have no substance. You want your words to resonate with power and authority. A Master Sales Pro knows listening gets more results than talking.

President-Elect Donald Trump speaks his mind…whether anyone likes it or not. And people criticize him for it. Regardless, he won the election over that “outstanding” candidate Hillary Clinton. Makes you wonder why Hillary didn’t receive more flak. She’s always willing to speak her mind…even when she’s telling an obvious lie.

Political forces such as Nancy Pelosi, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and John McCain freely live by the principle speak your mind. And these luminaries seldom make sense.

Remember when Trump stirred things up…and created headlines when when he accused the Mexican government of sending its criminals to the US. The Washington Post claims his assertions are untrue. HISPOLITICA states Trump is right.

He even attacked John McCain’s war record. Now it’s true we might have a border problem. We can definitely slam McCain for his warmongering ways and lousy record on economic issues. However, Trump displays no mercy when he attacks something he doesn’t like. Well, we can admire him because he’s ready to speak his mind. When I think about it I almost envy him.

Donald Trump Speaking His Mind
                                                            Donald Trump Speaking His Mind

Speak My Mind – Date Walks Out

Do you ever feel when you speak your mind…people wish you would just shut up? I understand…because when I speak my mind I seldom receive any praise. Instead I invite criticism. That’s one reason I began writing.

Here’s a perfect example. One of my girlfriends told me she didn’t want to hear any of my views on economics or politics—ever. Our final date became the sounds of silence…although she did mention that I was a much nicer fellow when I kept my mouth shut. Yeah, it was definitely our last date when I sopped down 3 double shots of Wild Turkey 101 and finally told her what I thought. I said goodbye to love, if that’s what you can call it. I wonder if she misses me.

It occurred to me that if I possessed the wealth the “The Donald” or Mark Cuban possesses…she probably would have smiled like the Mona Lisa at anything I said.

Girlfriend Smiling Like the Mona Lisa
                                                         Girlfriend Smiling Like the Mona Lisa

Are you good at small talk? Personally, I don’t like it too much. While we were at a popular Mexican restaurant another girlfriend told me I was terrible at small talk. Really, why would I want to discuss the latest gossip and look at pictures of “Grumpy Cat” all night.

Here’s what happened. I tried to tell her it’s possible we are all freakin’ doomed. That’s at least what the Mogambo Guru claims. I ranted and raved about the evil Federal Reserve System…and expressed my sentiments about run away government spending. I went on and on about the massive liberty violations committed by the violent compulsion and coercion of our police state. And this was before, I had my first drink. It’s a shame I never got to order our margaritas. She walked out the restaurant and my life. It’s sure costly to speak your mind.

The Consequences

Whether you agree or disagree with Donald Trump, you have to admire the fact he is willing to speak his mind. I guess he possesses the power to say anything he wants. It must me nice to become more popular when you speak your mind. Of course, liberals hate him. To please a modern progressive you have indulge in doublespeak, the politically correct. Maybe that’s why I’m never invited to any parties. None of these socialists or big government types want to hear me speak my mind. It certainly can’t have anything to do with my ranting and raving about our abusive government and the evil Federal Reserve System…especially after a few drinks have loosened me up. Now that I think about it, I haven’t been invited to any tee-teetotaler’s recreational events.

Faces that Cause You to Talk Like a Raving Maniac.
                                         Faces that Cause You to Talk Like a Raving Maniac.

Power of Silence

I’m sure you realize spouting off unwelcome opinions hurts your credibility. Do you realize how much the overly talkative person depletes his positive energy. The Everyday Warrior masters the power of silence, because he knows his words contain power. The intelligent individual treats his words like scarce resources. When he speaks, he imparts great meaning in what he says. By the way, the less you say, the more you surround your being with an aura of mystery.

In addition, in most cases…it’s best to keep your plans and strategies to yourself.

When you carelessly reveal these, you risk envious people attempting to sabotage you with their thoughts and actions. Sadly, he or she wishes to see you fall flat on your face. Anyway, you don’t want other people stealing your ideas. You should know that successful actions say much more than unrealized talk.

Who needs the embarrassment of people laughing at his or her’s unsubstantiated claims when they fail to materialize.

You silently make your plans and put them into action. If you succeed, the world will know soon enough.

Conclusion

You have every right to speak your mind. However, a person who possesses wisdom knows there’s a time to speak and time for silence. Certainly, you want your words to possess power.

RA Meyer – Master the Social Maze

‘Tis the Season to Overcome Hopelessness

Because it’s the holiday season, we offer you something special. Here it is. ‘Tis the season to overcome hopelessness.

Maybe when you look at our social and economic woes…you wonder if there’s any hope for the future. Sure, it appears that the economy could be recovering, but you realize what you see may be an illusion. After all, the Elite and their Soldiers dedicate their efforts to cannibalizing the system to accomplish their evil aspirations. We suffer from Federal Reserve scams such as Quantitative Easing (QE) and Zero Interest Rate Policy. It’s possible a tiny increase in the rate of interest could shake the economic foundation to the point of eventually collapsing. Government spending spirals out of control. The National Debt will soon cause Atlas to Shrug. On top of those beatings…you may be suffering from personal difficulties.

During moments of weakness, you might conclude…it’s all hopelessness. After all, what other conclusion could you possibly draw? If your personal life continually deals you pain and sorrow, you cry in despair “Oh God, why must I suffer? Why does life treat me so cruelly? Why does the holiday season make it worse? I can’t take it anymore. Even though the changing seasons promise a new birth and renewal of spirit…I sense that my spirit dies a little more each day. Hopelessness and despair makes me believe…only my total demise will bring me the relief I so much desire.”

The Illusion of a Hopelessness

Maybe you wish you could enjoy a carefree life without troubles, without worries…something at least close to a heavenly paradise. Obviously, you already know…nobody can offer you that. World-improvers, do-gooders and social altruists have attempted to create the utopias they envisioned in their deepest dreams and desires…only to manifest an environment similar to hell. When you read the pages of history…the tragic stories of misery and degradation demonstrates the illusions of these reality evaders. An Everyday Warrior begins seeing through illusion.

Does hopelessness really reign as the human condition…or is it an illusion of limited consciousness. If it is the way of reality…where do we gain the strength to do anything at all?

Let’s find out why permanent hopelessness is an illusion.

Take some time and absorb the following. The world is a marvelous place, filled with magic…with the joy of existence. However, you must realize and accept some facts of the universe. Cycles go up and down. You go in and you go out. If feel hot, you can feel cold. You couldn’t know pleasure without pain. Joy and unhappiness vibrate as two strings on a violin. You so fervently yearn for love because of the hate that surrounds you.

Do you always root for white…hoping it defeats black? Black and white co-exist. When you allow yourself to become attached to the belief white must always win…at least half of your life will invite suffering.

Harmony Between Black and White
                                                                Harmony Between Black and White

Has it occurred to you…there’s a happy conclusion to the above? Well, here it is. Hopelessness means hope also resides in your body and mind. Yes, when you unleash your spirit…hope soars with it.

Imagine turning hopelessness upside down. When you do that…hope stands tall. Do you realize…it is exactly the moment when there doesn’t seem to be any hope, that we are closest to embracing it?

Seasons of Hopelessness

You may be asking “If hope exists, where do I find it.?” Well, you won’t discover it outside of who you are…so don’t try searching for it in the material world. You must possess it before the world reveals it many wonders. Do you understand you create your reality…it manifests from your deepest thoughts and beliefs. Yes, you possess the “Holy Grail” of hope right now, whether you realize it or not.

Perhaps you feel your pain and suffering is forevermore. Maybe you suddenly realized how dire you’re financial situation was on a brisk, sunny November day…a time that was supposed to be a celebration of Thanksgiving.

Possibly, you suffer from the bittersweet memory of driving around one special evening during the holiday season with your beloved spouse…the love of your life who passed on, to a place we must all go. Tears fall freely when you remember getting lost in hopelessness… only to discover a neighborhood that displays the most brilliant of all Christmas scenes. You were suddenly saturated with colorful visions of red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet.

Colors of Christmas
                                                                              Colors of Christmas

Drift back…to once upon a time. It’s mid June. You close your eyes and hear the gentle breeze sigh as it moves softly through lush green leaves. The delightful day penetrates your being…as you completely experience the melodious songs of chirping birds, the sweet fragrance of colorful flowers and the rich green of the rolling landscape. What a trip of pure joy.

Sadly, the journey tortures some men and women with the heartbreaking memory of love, a love lost to a rival or unseen circumstances. The rich life of the coming summer causes the denied people heartache. As disappointed lovers often do…they bring sorrow and heartbreak back to present…spawning more hopelessness.

Overcoming Hopeless by Capturing Happiness and Success

Just suppose…there is always hope for a new day of happiness and success. Let’s overcome hopeless by capturing the joy of hope.

Do you know the dawning of a new day has only one simple requirement? Now, I can’t guarantee the requirement erases all of your pain and suffering. However, you can definitely discover the sweetness of hope from within. The “Holy Grail” of hope is purpose in life. You find it by exploring your mind, heart and spirit. Even during days of darkness, purpose in life moves you happily in the right direction. Your beloved companion of hope walks closely by your side…carrying you if necessary.

When You Live with Purpose...You Live with Hope.
                                              When You Live with Purpose…You Live with Hope.

Don’t think your definite purpose has to be life shattering…although that’s a possibility. It could be something as simple as a passion for poetry or a love of music. It could be fervently enjoying evenings of bingo or karaoke.

Ask yourself these questions. What brings you pleasure and satisfaction in life? What do you enjoy? I’m sure something gives you pleasure, satisfaction and joy. Do you know most people succeed by indulging in an activity that supplies them extreme pleasure?

If you are so depressed you can’t think of anything that could possibly have any purpose…try to remember what once brought you joy and satisfaction. Meditate on it. I’m sure something in the distant past made your life worthwhile. Maybe, it’s an “oldie” you can retrieve or a memory that sparks your creativity. Can you make it part of your now and future? Can your create a new present moment?

Purpose in life is a prerequisite for success and happiness. Go ahead and discover your purpose. Imagine waking up every morning with hope and enthusiasm. Visualize having something marvelous to look forward to. If you possess purpose, you possess happiness. If you possess happiness, I know you possess purpose in life.

You think and plan; but the passion you need comes from within…from the heart and spirit. By choosing and embarking on a path with heart, your cup of wonder overflows with love, happiness, fulfillment, laughter and peace of mind. Yes, ’tis the season to overcome hopelessness.

RA Meyer – Master the Social Maze

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Money Tree, Gold and One World Money

Do you ever dream about coming across a money tree? Well, I’m going to have to bust your bubble. Damn…I can’t do that either. The Fed owns the only money tree and the largest monetary bubble. Unfortunately, for many people…one day the Fed’s tree will go bare and the bubble will burst. When, where and how…nobody knows.

Easy Money Addicts, the Money Tree and the Mogambo Guru

I was feeling particularly low, having sunk into a sloppy, self-pitying, tequila-fueled, drunken introspection after (again) failing to achieve blissful Nirvana, this time per my wonderful new (“Why didn’t I think of it before?”) theory, which is to finally attain true transcendence through sheer, strict gluttony.

Let’s find out what caused the Mogambo Guru to reach such a state of despair. Does he pick himself up with new insights?

Let’s begin with my take on the situation.

People must love bubbles, balloons and the money tree. How else can you explain their addictions to monetary and economic policies that defy all reason and rationality. On the street you can buy some nasty sh-t know as Meth. That’s kid’s stuff compared to the high people receive from the Fed’s easy money schemes. Need a dream house, a car that’s on your wish list, a exotic vacation…just pray for interest rates that sink lower and lower.

You’re probably wondering how the rates could go any lower. It’s just possible the Fed unleashes a new monetary monster known as NIRP…Negative Interest Rate Policy. Instead of the bank paying you interest on your savings…the Banksters charge you interest. What a nightmare.

I can read your mind now. You’re thinking what’s the point of saving money. And that’s exactly what the Elite and its soldiers want you to think. You deplete your savings as fast of possible…and spend new earnings immediately. You do realize…it’s patriotic to embrace rabid consumerism.

Banking Bankster Style
                                                                          Banking Bankster Style

The Easy Money Addict

I asked an easy money addict about saving money. He blasted me by mentioning that he only receives a stinking 0.00666% on his savings account. Anyway, isn’t it unpatriotic to save, I mean hoard money. He told me that he’s living for today. He almost convinced me to partake in the toxic punch bowl he was drinking from.

My god, doesn’t he realize…we could be accelerating towards a crack up boom. On second thought maybe that’s why he adamant on living for now.

Let’s allow the Mogambo Guru to set us straight…that is if we can get him away from his tequila, gold, silver and fortune cookie. Right now he’s raving on about Keynesian econometric gibberish. Let’s listen in on his tirade.

Peak bond prices so high that interest rates are almost literally zero! The S&P 500 peaking at a P/E ratio so high that it is in the “historically high” range! Housing prices that cost an incredible four times the average income! An $18 trillion national debt, more than 100% of GDP! Total (government, business and personal) debt of an astonishing $60 trillion, against an entire GDP of only $17 trillion!

Government spending (federal, state and local), school systems and myriad taxing authorities together spend about 40% of GDP!”

And it’s getting worse. No wonder he’s sopping down the tequila. I wonder if his fortune cookie says anything about investing in precious metals.

The Money Tree

By the way, we have found the money tree. It resides in the luxury garden of the Federal Reserve System.

The Fed's Money Tree
                                                                       The Fed’s Money Tree

I discovered you must possess a membership card to access it. I think I will ask the easy money addict how to get one of these cards. He seems to be awash with easy money. Happy days are here again, it’s back to easy living again.

Well, I just received a photocopy of our addict’s membership card. Here’s the image that’s on it.

Citizen's Money Tree
                                                                         Citizen’s Money Tree

P.S. Nothing sabotages the Mogambo Guru’s reasoning ability. He’s as sharp as ever.

New World Currency Backed by Gold

How about a new world currency backed by gold? After all, sound money advocates usually recommend the gold standard.

According to Jim Rickards it would be a gold-backed SDR. He has indicated that a 50% backing would be enough to make it an effective, viable currency. We believe this shows some promise. However, we do have some reservations. In fact, since the IMF is involved…it’s downright scary.

We generally support the monetary discoveries of the Austrian School of Economics. Austrians prefer the Classical Gold Standard in which money is not “fixed” to a particular price of gold but defined as a specific weight of gold…and the price floats. Most Austrians oppose having a monetary authority or central bank issue monetary instruments…and instead favor leaving that to private banks. It’s doubtful that members of this school of economics would accept a gold-backed SDR (Special Drawing Rights) which is a currency created by the IMF (International Monetary Fund). The fact it may not have a 100% gold-backing probably dampens their enthusiasm.

According to WikipediaThe International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an international organization headquartered in Washington D. C., of 188 countries working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world.”

One quick glance a world monetary events makes us skeptical of the effectiveness of this organization. And that brings us to our next concern.

Conspiracy theorists warn us about the threat of a totalitarian one-world government. You’ve probably heard of the Trilateral Commission or Council on Foreign Relations. Talks of an international currency no doubt causes them to see red flags everywhere. You know, they have a point. Most Americans like their autonomy, although the political and financial establishment continues to destroy it. We may crumble from within before outside sources topple us.

In the article New World Money – One World Government I stated “Here’s the real kicker…or maybe I should say “kick in the rear.” You and I cannot officially buy SDR’s. The IMF (International Monetary Fund) is the only institution that can print and distribute the New World Money.

Do you want to guess what that means? It has what is called an Elite “basket.” Only member states that are within the privileged can freely exchange SDR as currency. SDR’s are used to take loans or make repayments made by the IMF.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you and I could get our hands on some of that New World Money to pay our debts? Of course, we’re excluded as hapless prisoners of the Hive Mind Mentality…even though some of us escaped.

In addition, member banks can sell them during times of economic crisis. What does this accomplish? It props up their currency reserves. The Everyday Warrior realizes this amounts to paper illusions on top of paper illusions….even though the SDR will become the New World Money.”

The Gold Manipulation Scam
                                                                  The Gold Manipulation Scam

I wonder if the Elite and its Soldiers want to get their filthy paws on our gold and silver. Remember what FDR pulled during the Great Depression. That was the “Big Gold Confiscation Scam.” This is all rather disturbing. Damn those Keynesian swindlers. Maybe a deep meditation will restore my peace of mind. On second thought…I’m sure glad I have a bottle of Extra Smooth Brandy on my desk.

RA Meyer – Master the Social Maze

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Trump’s Scam or Dealmaking Ability

You might wonder what’s going on with Donald Trump. He appears to be backtracking on some of his campaign promises. Did he run a scam on the voters…or is he tuning up his dealmaking ability.

Robert Ringer states “He (Trump) instinctually adapts to changing circumstances as he goes along, because his focus is on results rather than the petty little stuff that the media gets so twitterpated about. With that in mind, perhaps he’s just humoring the Radical Left and all this is nothing more than an “Art of the Deal” head-fake strategy. So, at least for now, let’s give him the benefit of the doubt.”

Well, let’s see if we should give him the benefit of the doubt.

Prosecuting Hillary Clinton

President-Elect Trump said he has no interest in prosecuting Hillary Clinton. You might think that’s enough to piss off some of his supporters. Let’s look at it from his possible point of view.

Trump could think Hillary’s reputation is damaged beyond repair. Why give her more press time. In fact, what’s the point of wasting any time on such a tragic figure. In addition, there’s more important issues to concentrate on. He needs to challenge the Federal Reserve System, tackle the immigration problem, form a solid understanding of the enemies of personal liberty and economic freedom…and most of all repel the assaults of the Elite and its Soldiers.

Do you know once you defeat someone who is hopelessly down in the dumps…you gain power by ignoring them. Here are the reasons why.

Hillary Down in the Dumps
                                                                     Hillary Down in the Dumps

The Power of Ignoring

Most celebrities prefer that reporters handle news stories concerning them in the following order.

First Choice: Present the celebrity in a favorable light. Most celebrities enjoy someone elevating their ego. It is human nature to prefer to be the recipient of adulation and positive statements. When you possess the overwhelming support of the press, life can seem quite blissful. You know Hillary loves praise and adulation.

Second Choice: The press presents the celebrity in an unfavorable light by reporting scandalous stories concerning the celebrity’s behavior and actions. The stories may be true, they may be half-truths or downright lies. His or her reputation is on the line. All of this negative attention probably dismays the celebrity…but it is far preferable to the death sentence of the third alternative. This alternative gives Hillary the chance to defend herself…and possibly gain benefits if Trump begins to stumble.

Please Not This Choice: The press ignores the celebrity. What could possibly be worse for a celebrity than to be ignored. When the buying public banishes a celebrity to the graveyard of has-beens, his career is all but over. The press follows suit by ignoring him. The end of Hillary Clinton’s career gives you a nice, pleasurable feeling. If she persists in regaining power, she risks becoming a victim of Trump’s dealmaking ability.

We can only hope the Elite hasn’t already gotten to Trump. It’s also possible he wants to join it.

Trump Names Enemy as United Nations Ambassador

President-elect Donald J. Trump named Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina as his choice to become ambassador to the United Nations. As you might know…she was a frequent critic of him and his proposed policies.

The Mainstream establishment newspaper New York Times quotes Gov. HaleySome people think that you have to be the loudest voice in the room to make a difference,” Ms. Haley said in the State of the Union rebuttal. “That is just not true. Often, the best thing we can do is turn down the volume.”

In a follow-up interview on the “Today” show on NBC, Ms. Haley — the daughter of immigrants from India — said, “Mr. Trump has definitely contributed to what I think is just irresponsible talk.”

                    Governor Nikki Haley Could Be a Good Choice for United Nations Ambassador

Has Trump surrendered to his enemies…or does he possess another motive? Maybe he’s an adept at disarming his enemies. Obviously, if she wins confirmation, the criticism stops. That’s a victory for Donald Trump. We can assume he hasn’t abandoned his dealmaking skills.

In addition…Gov. Haley could stand out as an asset in opposing the United Nations One World Socialistic Schemes. Now that’s a happy thought.

Backsliding on Immigration

Once again we turn to the Mainstream left-wing newspaper New York Times “Mr. Trump said that undocumented immigrants who are not criminals are “terrific people,” and that he would decide how to handle them after the border is secure. The House speaker, Paul D. Ryan, echoed the president-elect, saying on Sunday that there would be no deportation force, something Mr. Trump had promised to create early in his campaign.

It might seem strange to you that a vociferous opponent suddenly begins backing Trump. Ryan probably seeks to cement his power. In addition, if Trump wants to get anything done…he needs Ryan’s support.

It might have occurred to you that attempting to deport an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants remains impossible to accomplish. The cost plus the political opposition would sap Trump’s energy and effectiveness. Also, the notion smacks of xenophobia. Claiming he only wants to deport criminals makes his immigration policy more acceptable.

Of course, Trump could go back to his original demands in order to get a better deal. We don’t want to underestimate his dealmaking ability.

Trump Seeks Obama’s Advice

Robert Ringer says “In less than two weeks, Trump managed to raise the eyebrows of his most ardent backers with such gems as: Referring to Barack Obama as “a very good man” and saying that he would seek his advice.”

As much as I like Robert Ringer’s books and articles…I don’t see this as a problem. It only makes sense…he would seek the advice of someone who resided in the White House for 8 years. Learning everything he can about his new position enhances his dealmaking ability.

The Wisdom of Robert Ringer
                                                              The Wisdom of Robert Ringer

Whether Obama is a very good man or a bad man is irrelevant. Personally, I thought his politics sucked. Although his basic philosophy remains socialism…he played footsies with the fascist variety of it. He knew without the support of the Elite and their Soldiers his job would turn into a nightmare. President Trump faces the same pressures.

The defeat of Hillary Clinton was a repudiation of the evil social, economic and political agendas of the Elite. These promoters of a New World Money and a One World Government won’t give up the fight. They know you’re bound to lose a few battles. All that matters is…winning the war.

Conclusion:

Are we witnessing Trump’s scam, his dealmaking ability…or a combination of the two. It’s too early to tell. Unfortunately, he will have to face the realities of the rotten political game. Members of the Elite will be after him to promote their agenda of One World domination. Donald needs to get his dealmaking skills in top shape.

RA Meyer – Master the Social Maze

Donald Trump – Enemy of the Fed?

Mastering the Social Maze means you understand the Fed attempts to block you from achieving financial independence. It exists to feed the greedy aspirations of the Elite and its Soldiers…at your expense.

Here’s Ron Paul reporting from Laissez Faire Today “President-elect Donald Trump has acknowledged that, while his business benefits from lower interest rates, the Fed’s policies hurt most Americans.

During the campaign, Mr. Trump also promised to make audit the fed part of his first 100 days agenda. Unfortunately, since the election, President-elect Trump has not made any statements regarding monetary policy or the audit the fed legislation.”

As you read this short report…you will learn just how the Fed pulls its swindle. In addition, we’ll speculate on how Donald Trump plans to castrate the Fed..or if he’s all talk.

Interest Rate Manipulation

Just think about it. The Fed’s manipulation of interest rates completely denies reality. The natural rate of interest is just that…natural. It’s the result of the interplay of market forces. People in their buying and selling determine prices, wages and interest rates. Only a psychopath or a sociopath could believe he or she knows exactly what the rate should be. I guess that tells you…what kind of people the Elite and its Soldiers are.

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  President Woodrow Wilson Enacts The Elite’s Swindle. Notice the price of the newspaper…2 cents.

You might wonder what all goes into the rate of interest. Well, here the facts.. straight from the book 7 Destructive Economic Illusions Conquered.

“Reality: The market rate of interest consists of three components that correspond to the actual state of reality.

The three components are:

  1. Time Component
  2. Risk Component
  3. Inflation Component (Inflation Premium)

Let’s discover why the Fed denies reality.

First of all, the time component gives information on how people weigh the future against the present. If they prefer to delay consumption and save for the future, the rate of interest tends to fall. If they prefer immediate consumption at the expense of future savings, the rate tends to rise.

The risk component is just that—how risky a loan is. The riskier the loan is, the higher the rate of interest. A relatively safe loan tends to have a low or negligible rate of interest included in its final rate.

An inflation premium is included if lenders and borrowers expect prices to rise. The more they expect prices to increase, the higher the rate of interest. The final rate includes all three components.”

Here’s a question for you. Where are those components located in a rate of interest close to zero?

Are you beginning to see how members of the Elite resort to monetary policies such as Quantitative Easing (QE), Zero Interest Rate Policy (ZIRP) and Negative Interest Rate Policy (NIRP)…to screw you out of your wealth and hard-earned money? These parasites receive the inflationary money first…placing into profitable, unsavory “investments”…leaving you the short-end of the stick.

David Stockman explains “This giant $95 trillion pool is where honest savings from the household and business sectors go to be scalped, appropriated and stolen by the hedge funds, dealers, financial engineers and gamblers which populate the casino. It is the excess girth of it that does the damage, magnifying the rent extraction and dead weight economic costs by orders of magnitude.”

Anti-Life Philosophy of the Elite
                            Anti-Life Philosophy of the Elite…Courtesy Mike Luckovich

As you can see, Fed policy of lowering the rate of interest to practically 0% is absurd. 

Donald Trump on the Fed Policy of ZIRP

They’re keeping the rates down so that everything else doesn’t go down,” Trump said in response to a reporter’s request to address a potential rate hike by the Federal Reserve in September. “We have a very false economy,” he said.

At some point the rates are going to have to change. The only thing that is strong is the artificial stock market.”

President-Elect Trump is absolutely right. Does he have the guts to stand up to the Elite’s favorite weapon…the evil, destructive Fed?

Understanding the true definition of inflation explains why we have a false economy…and it’s not an increase in prices. Price inflation results from true inflation.

Inflation is an increase in the quantity of money (money supply)…which results in a drop in the purchasing power of the monetary unit. You receive less for your money. As with deflation, economic calculation is impaired, diminishing the ability of entrepreneurs and capitalists to appraise profits and losses. The larger the increase in the quantity of money, the more it disturbs consumption, investment and production patterns. Inflationary money often tricks entrepreneurs and capitalists into embarking on ventures the marketplace eventually exposes as malinvestments.

Much of the inflationary money found its way into the stock market. How high the Dow Jones, S&P and NASDAQ can go no one knows. We do know all monetary bubbles become overblown…and burst. That’s called the boom-bust cycle of the Fed’s inflationary monetary policy.

Trump Fires Fed Chief Janet Yellen and Vice Chair Stanley Fischer

David Stockman explains how Trump can make a clear demand…that cements his anti-Fed stance.

It would not be hard to lance the boil and launch on a new path back to capitalist prosperity and economic liberty. President-elect Trump only needs to demand that Janet Yellen and Stanley Fischer, chair and vice chair of the Fed, respectively, have their resignations on his desk by Inauguration Day.”

Step number one requires cleaning out the Fed of all Keynesian economists. Here’s why.

Common sense should tell you that a healthy, growing economy requires more savings and investment per capita. Do you honestly believe an interest rate near 0% encourages people to save money? Unfortunately, a ridiculously low interest rate makes it more attractive for consumers to accelerate consumption at the expense of savings. In addition, we have the spectacle of a Federal Reserve created stock market boom. Of course, Keynesian quackery urges consumers to spend all their money plus money they haven’t earned. And you wonder why the National Debt, including unfunded liabilities, soars every second of the day and now “sits” at over $100 trillion dollars.

Add in Unfunded Liabilities...It Soars to  Around $319,000 per Person
                              Add in Unfunded Liabilities…It Soars to Around $319,000 per Person

Do you see how the application of the monetary theories of John Maynard Keynes proved to be a complete disaster for our economy…and the economy of any nation that practices this quackery.

Fact: Fed Chief Janet Yellen supports hard-core Keynesian solutions to our economic problems. Stanley Fischer has written some intelligent papers…however, he often swims in the Keynesian swamp of illusions.

Possible Solutions to Fed Power

Trump needs to fill the four Fed vacancies with anti-Keynesian advocates of free market finance.

David Stockman statesAmerica’s most insightful and erudite financial intellectual, Jim Grant, 33-year proprietor of Grant’s Interest Rate Observer, would be at the top of the list. His historically rooted understanding of sound money and honest financial markets is emblematic of what we have in mind.”

Well, there’s one sound suggestion for President-Elect Trump. Let’s enthusiastically say “Bye, bye Keynesians…Hello free market supporters.

Let’s reveal the best solution…End the Fed.

“One only needs to reflect on the dramatic decline in the value of the dollar that has taken place since the Fed was established in 1913. The goods and services you could buy for $1.00 in 1913 now cost nearly $21.00. Another way to look at this is from the perspective of the purchasing power of the dollar itself. It has fallen to less than $0.05 of its 1913 value. We might say that the government and its banking cartel have together stolen $0.95 of every dollar as they have pursued a relentlessly inflationary policy.” Ron Paul, End the Fed.

Given these facts…we can see how the Fed creates one economic disaster after another. It’s time to get rid of the Federal Reserve System…permanently. Does Donald Trump have what it takes to pursue the best course of action? If not…he will end up as a tool of the Elite.

RA Meyer – Master the Social Maze

Ayn Rand Unleashed – A Critique

An Objectivist who goes by John Jr. believes a strict view of the teachings of Ayn Rand…remains necessary to fully understand Objectivist Ethics. Because of this…he took issue with my analysis of Objectivism. Here he is unleashed. I did some formatting for easier reading and SEO purposes. For the original format click here.

The Critique

Concerning your blog posts on Objectivist Ethics: Note: I’ve also written articles on other blogs using the first name Robert.

Hi, Robert, I’ll get right to the point: First, while you seem to have a decent grasp of economics and politics (government) from an Objectivist perspective, you also appear to have some very odd notions about the more fundamental, foundational and logically prior aspects of Objectivism. I’ll begin with two quotes:

“In any hour or issue of his life, Man is free to think or to evade that effort.” [Ayn Rand. “The Virtue of Selfishness,” 20.]

and…

“The alternative to reason is some form of mysticism or skepticism.” [Leonard Peikoff. “The Ominous Parallels,” 305.]

Ayn Rand Influenced Leonard Peikoff
                                                            Ayn Rand Influenced Leonard Peikoff

Objectivism’s Chain of Reasoning

I gather from your blog that you may not be aware that Objectivism’s politics and economics are not primaries, but consequences of a long chain of reasoning, reason being the “objective” focus of Rand’s philosophy, which philosophy is an integrated whole…a “ladder” of reasoning on which each higher rung is dependent, objectively, upon the truth-value of all of the rungs below it. If one rung is flawed, broken or missing, all the rungs above it are almost certainly flawed also (the one rare exception being that, even a conclusion based upon flawed premises and faulty reasoning can…purely accidentally…turn out to be true) and one’s progress is necessarily stopped at that point on the ladder until the error has been corrected.

As a comprehensive, integrated, hierarchical philosophical system, Objectivism does not permit one (logically) to mentally leap over or ignore a rung that one disagrees with without being able to rationally refute it (and “show one’s work,” i.e., one’s evidence and reasoning), not, at least, with intellectual impunity. One either accepts every link in a valid chain of reasoning or one is logically obligated to demonstrate…rationally…that an error in reasoning (facts and/or logic) has occurred at that point, which, when proven, would invalidate all of the reasoning in the chain beyond (or above, in the case of the ladder analogy) that point. That is how a fully rational, OBJECTIVE epistemology must proceed. One may not arbitrarily skip a rung on the ladder of reason…no matter how many years one has “meditated” upon it (meditation being the emptying of the mind of concepts and, therefore, of reason).

Primacy of Reason

You see, Robert, Ayn Rand did NOT begin with political and economic liberty (i.e., capitalism) and then proceed to create a philosophy which supported that notion. Rather, she began with the primacy of existence, and with reason as Man’s only means of gaining reliable and accurate knowledge about the world. Rand began with the axioms “existence exists” (the primacy of existence) plus, “I am aware of it” (the axiom of consciousness), and with reason (and its tool, logic) as man’s only means of knowledge. Said Rand herself:

“I am not primarily an advocate of capitalism, but of egoism, and I am not primarily an advocate of egoism, but of reason. If one recognizes the supremacy of reason and applies it consistently, all the rest follows.” [“the Objectivist,” September, 1971; 1.]

With that background, I can now address the few issues I have with your article. I will take them one at a time for clarity. First up: The end of your 3rd paragraph in part one (Selfishness Unleashed – restated in Objectivist Ethics – Reality or Illusion ), wherein you speak about, “irrationally selfish behavior.” Without going into too many details of my argument against that notion though (for, depending upon your response, it may not be necessary) I will simply state my conclusion and await your reply.

Critique of Irrational Selfishness

It is my contention that there is no such thing as “irrational selfishness” and that your use of that phrase may bely a fundamental misunderstanding on your part of what Rand meant by rational self-interest or rational selfishness.

For Ayn Rand, what is truly in one’s self-interest (i.e., what is really selfish) is always rational, and…more importantly…never irrational. Genuinely selfish behavior is that behavior which is really, OBJECTIVELY, good for an individual. That is, that which enhances his or her rational goals and genuinely contributes to earned/deserved self-esteem and happiness.

Defining and discovering what those sorts of things are is the province of a rational, objective, morality and ethics, not the irrational whims or wishes of a given individual. Ayn Rand gives her readers the “dictionary definition” of selfishness as: “concern with one’s own interests.” says Rand:

“This concept [(“concern with one’s own interests”)] does not include a moral evaluation; it does not tell us whether concern with one’s own interests is good or evil, nor does it tell us what constitutes Man’s actual interests. It is the task of ethics to answer that question.” [“The Virtue of Selfishness,” vii.]

Objectivist Ethics

It is important to note here that Ayn Rand’s ethics are OBJECTIVE, i.e., they are derived logically from the correct application of reason to experience exclusively, and are not gleaned by any other method…including “intuition.” (This will come up later, if and when we get to it.) In other words, for Rand and Objectivists, an action is truly “selfish” only if it is genuinely, OBJECTIVELY good for the actor, i.e., only if it is rational. The notion of an “irrationally selfish” act is a contradiction to which Rand always and strenuously objected… rationally so. An action that is not genuinely, OBJECTIVELY good for an individual is not rational and cannot, therefore, be “selfish,” in any sense that Rand and Objectivists define and use that term.

That will do it for now, Robert. I look forward to your reply. Regards, “John Jr.”

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RA Meyer Responds

First, I must state that although Objectivism is my favorite philosophical system, I’m not a pure Objectivist. I disagree with her some of her assertions about art, music and literature. I endorse Mises’ theory of subjective value.

I understand the part about integrating concepts and concept building. Before I discovered Objectivism, I was highly influenced by Mises’ system of Praxeology. In economics, I reason from a priori concepts. Of course, I also believe in Rand’s demonstration of axiomatic concepts.

My system integrates Objectivism and Praxeology (Human Action) which invited some criticism from hardcore Objectivists and Praxeologists. I realize that Ayn Rand had some problems with Ludwig von Mises view of epistemology . However, I have to agree with “reason being the “objective” of Rand’s philosophy.

Although Rand supports capitalism from an objective point of view, I believe the efficacy of capitalism is proved with praxeological principals…especially the category of causality.

Wisdom of Ludwig von Mises
                                                                Wisdom of Ludwig von Mises

Benefits and Traps of Meditation

I disagree with the 2nd part of the following statement. “One may not arbitrarily skip a rung on the ladder of reason — no matter how many years one has “meditated” upon it (meditation being the emptying of the mind of concepts and, therefore, of reason).”

Unless you’re a hopeless mystic…meditation means emptying the mind of illusions, not purging it of reason and awareness. Of course, some men and women exist in airy-fairy land…which doesn’t help them increase awareness…and reason more effectively.

You probably realize…some mystics use meditation for anti-life purposes, such as practicing social altruism. A social system run on the illusions of altruists…quickly descends into the abyss of government interventionism and eventually socialism.

I can also state that meditation enhances my sensitivity to music, art and nature…and other pleasures.

Rational and Irrational Selfishness

I felt I had to distinguish between acting in what is truly in one’s self-interest and what isn’t. So, I created the opposite term irrational selfishness. Now here’s where I parted with Mises. He claimed all purposeful behavior is rational, even when it clearly doesn’t accomplish the desired end. He even defined self-defeating behavior as rational. Since, I am well versed in psychology, studied Freud, Jung and Maslow, I sometimes think from means and ends in personal relationships. Still, I agree with Rand’s definition of rational selfishness. I can see where there might be a problem using the term selfishness with irrational. You might consider that distinguishing between rational selfishness and irrational selfishness could clarify things for many readers.

John Jr. I appreciate your thoughtful comments. If you have any more insights we look forward to hearing from you. You are a true Objectivist…and we are happy to see you unleash the philosophy of Ayn Rand.

RA Meyer – Master the Social Maze

Objectivist Ethics – Reality or Illusion

Ayn Rand opened up her thought provoking book The Virtue of Selfishness, a primer on Objectivist ethics, with a question people sometimes asked her. Why do you use the word selfishness to denote virtuous qualities of character, when the word antagonizes so many people to whom it does not mean the things you mean?

She said for the reason that makes you afraid of it, which is obviously a bold statement. Of course, we need to understand that she was referring to rational selfishness, not the irrationality people normally associate with selfishness.

I’m sure you realize…the Everyday, Impeccable Warrior prefers peace and harmony over antagonism and conflict. However, he understands where she’s coming from. Although he used the term rational selfishness in some of his writings…he now leans towards the use of Enlightened Self-Interest to convey his philosophy of life. He knows the two are interchangeable. Since the article refers to Objectivism…we will use Ayn Rand’s wording.

Let’s discover if the Objectivist ethics are reality or illusion.

What is Rational Selfishness?

We define selfishness as a concern with one’s own interests. Now a person might act in ways that allow him to effectively achieve his goals and desires…or he may act in self-defeating ways that completely sabotage his efforts. Using the power of your mind to accomplish your aspirations is rational selfishness. Indulging in mind numbing activities such as drug abuse, drunkenness, excessive TV viewing, overeating, laziness etc. amounts to irrationally selfish behavior.

Note: Some Objectivists criticize me for referring to irrational selfishness. I will go over the objection in Friday’s article.

One moral principle Rand firmly believed in is…the sanctity of an individual’s life, liberty and property. She uncompromisingly supported the social system of unhampered capitalism. Obviously, Rand’s selfishness disdains stomping on individual rights.

Objectivist Ethics Support Unhampered Capitalism
                                          Objectivist Ethics Support Unhampered Capitalism

Here’s a question for you. Do you you support minority rights? If you do…you must realize the smallest minority on earth is the individual.

An aspect of Rand’s Objectivist philosophy people completely misunderstand is her antipathy towards altruism. In light of the fact… she believed individuals should deal with each other by trading value for value, it’s easy to understand why she felt that way.

Altruists would have you believe social altruism reigns as a giving, loving philosophy…when in fact it manifests as an anti-life philosophy of self-sacrifice. Of course, helping someone on an individual level can be pleasurable and rewarding. However, once do-gooders, world-improvers and social altruists institutionalize altruism…you end up with the monstrosity of big government interventionism.

Can you see the life being sucked out of the productive members of society? Our economic system slowly but surely sinks in the abyss of establishment selfishness. That’s exactly what the Elite and its Soldiers desire.

You may wonder what their purpose is. Well, these parasites seek a New World Money and a One World Government.

The Fatal Flaw of Objectivist Ethics?

Many people associate ethics with spiritual or religious beliefs. Ayn Rand didn’t approve of religions; in fact, she was a professed atheist…which caused some inner conflict for the spiritual person who otherwise found the Objectivist philosophy attractive.

Critics claim Objectivism manifests as a religion, pointing out the cult following she achieved. Unfortunately, some of most her ardent followers reached an almost religious devotion towards her.

Let’s put Objectivism and spiritual beliefs into perspective. You can accept most of Rand’s political, economic and philosophical beliefs and still practice a spiritual discipline. Acting as if she possessed godly powers…thinking you have to either accept Objectivism 100% or reject it is unrealistic. Anyway, Quantum Physics seems to be revealing truths that mystics have seen in their prayers and meditations for centuries. Even though, I endorse Objectivism…I also meditate and strive to find the peace that comes from the Zen State of Mind. The Everyday Warrior doesn’t allow himself to become a slave to any philosophical system…no matter how beneficial it is.

Here two closest associates were Nathaniel and Barbara Branden. Nathaniel’s book “My Years with Ayn Rand” and Barbara’s book “The Passion of Ayn Rand” highlight the highs and lows of the Objectivist movement.

The Wonders of Atlas Shrugged

When Atlas Shrugged was published in 1957, the establishment ridiculed Ayn Rand’s masterpiece as cartoonish and unrealistic. You know, clear-cut heroes and villains. How rude of her to distinguish the difference between good and evil.

You do know…we live in a morally hazy environment of government interventionism where anything goes. Atlas Shrugged scared “the you know what” out of the Soldiers of the Elite. That’s why their attitude is understandable.

Enemies of life, liberty and property rights certainly prefer that nothing should be pure, clear-cut or honest. I guess these parasites don’t believe they indulge in selfishness. After all, aren’t social altruists loving, giving people. Yeah, but only if they can confiscate the love and giving from someone else.

The Wisdom of John Galt
                                                                          The Wisdom of John Galt

The weakness of Atlas Shrugged seems to be its indifference to middle class people of average skills and abilities. In his masterpiece Human Action, the great economist Ludwig von Mises conclusively demonstrated…value is subjective. It’s not our place to tell someone what he should or should not like. Still, Rand’s glorification of the best men and women can be remains unsurpassed. The productive individual gains and keeps values.

Anyway, here it is 59 years later …and Ayn Rand looks like a prophet and Atlas Shrugged her prophecy. I’m sure this undeniable fact drives her critics up a wall. Certainly, they attempt to remain in denial as witnessed by their absurd economics policies…policies that destroy the delicate fabric of Western Civilization. That’s what you call living in a world of illusion.

Defining Your Terms the Objectivist Way

Rand believed in defining her terms…something members of the political and financial establishment find distasteful. It’s obvious these purveyors of human misery define morality or ethics as anything they decide it is. Massive bailouts that benefited the Elite designers of economic mayhem are a perfect example of the unspoken definition. It appears her critics find no fault in that type of selfishness. Of course, what can you expect from professional hypocrites and Soldiers of the Elite.

Are you ready for some clarity? Here’s Rand’s clear definition of ethics. “Ethics is a code of values to guide man’s choices and actions, the choices and actions that determine the purpose and the course of his life. Value is that which one acts to gain and/or keep.” Since Rand believes in trading value for value…you can see just how honest and sublime her definition is. It might suddenly occur to you that maybe the Objectivist philosophy has some validity after all…because it corresponds to reality.

The Reality of Objectivist Ethics
                                                             The Reality of Objectivist Ethics

Your Code of Values

You might ask why someone needs a code of values. First, let me explain that an individual’s code of values must conform to reality…and be in tune with his best interests. Without this criteria his or her values are meaningless and (or) destructive to self and others.

How does a man or woman of integrity live? He or she lives by his or her values and beliefs without compromise. Ask yourself these questions. Do your values and beliefs correspond to reality? Do you live by your values and beliefs without compromise? The rationally selfish individual lives by his code of values without compromise…which helps him Master the Social Maze.

RA Meyer – Master the Social Maze