Monday, November 17, 2008


17 November 2008
Irrespective of our electing the first president of color in the person of Barack Obama, the United States of America has been and is the most consistently racist society in modern history. Our collective racism goes beyond Black and White. It extends to so-called "immigrants" and "illegal aliens." And, though it is only slightly different because the bigotry and discrimination is directed at a class of citizen, the treatment of homosexuals is essentially another manifestation of racism in America. Racism and racist behavior will not end or even necessarily diminish as a result of the election of Barack Obama.
In order to clearly understand how adopting Humanistic Equalism: Philosophy for Ethical Government as the underlying philosophical foundation for a new government will effect issues of race, immigration, bigotry and discrimination it is necessary to consider their source and purpose. By source I mean, where do these ideas originate; by purpose I mean why are these ideas employed, embellished, and perpetuated, by whom and for what benefit. Simply stated, the source is Christian orthodoxy and the purpose is to divide, conquer, and control.
As to the source, Christian orthodoxy. Admittedly there has been, and still are, many sincere and good self-proclaimed Christian believers, and various worthwhile organizations and groups affiliated with Christian denominations. This number, however, is a relatively small percentage when compared to the total number of so-called Christian believers. The point is that, yes, there are some Christians that have always tried to do the Human thing but, there have always been many more that do exactly as they believe the Bible commands them to do.
Throughout its history the Bible has been, and still is used to rationalize, justify, support and uphold the most cruel and inhumane treatment and conduct by humans upon others. Though there may be some argument on this point it cannot be denied. Christianity was adopted by "White" people and is still considered to be the "White man's religion." This fact alone is ample proof that Christian orthodoxy is the original source of the ideas, attitudes, and actions associated with race, racism, bigotry and discrimination.
I should state that, although in the United States Christian orthodoxy is the key source race, racism, bigotry and discrimination is common to and cultivated by all developed religions. In other words, racism is a product of all religion. Consequently, the degree of racist expression and conduct within a given society will will be directly proportionate to the extent that a society's primary religion influences it's government.
What is the purpose of racism, bigotry, and discrimination? What does racism achieve, and who benefits?
From its inception the primary purpose of racism and racist behavior has been to create the " other" - the "them" of "us and them." Once this potential threat to the well-being of the majority, or status quo, is in place the general population can then be further subdivided. By dividing the citizens into smaller factions, then playing them off each other, an elite ruling minority faction exerts authority. It is well known and well understood that a most effective means to quiet dissent, quash rebellion, and control the mass of citizens is to keep them divided and agitated against each other. The more divisions that can be created the easier to manipulate the individual factions.
When this has been accomplished and a nation's population is divided against itself that nation has, for all intents and purposes, been conquered. The obvious next step is to control that which has been conquered. Racism, bigotry, discrimination and racist conduct sanctioned or ignored by government has proven to be entirely sufficient to effect control and oppression. I am not revealing anything new, or that is not well known by most people and thoroughly understood by the ruling class.
Division and fear have been, and continue to be, the moving principles of every government that has existed in human history- including the United States of America. The premise of every government in human history has been a variety of things. Such as, absolute power, expansion, wealth, resources, and God to name a few. There has never been a notable system of government that existed solely for the progress. prosperity, and happiness of all citizens. There has never been a government in human history that had as its moving principle absolutely equal status, privileges, and rights for all citizens.
Humanistic Equalism: Philosophy for Ethical Government establishes a philosophical foundation for just such a government. Humanistic Equalism defines and describes a system and process by which such a government can be instituted and maintained. With the system and process provided by Humanistic Equalism: Philosophy for Ethical Government racism, racist behavior, bigotry and discrimination would be eliminated with regard to our federal government. In other words, all citizens recognized by our United States Constitution would be given and treated with absolutely equal status, privileges, and rights by the United States Government.
In concluding this discussion of race, racism, and racist behavior- what this is, where it came from, why it is used, and who benefits. I wish to make clear that I do firmly believe that our election of Barack Obama is both in act, and in fact, a tremendous and severe blow to the elite minority faction ruling status quo. I am also just as firmly convinced that for Barack Obama to do what his supporters believe that they elected him to do will require constant and unbearable pressure from average American citizens. In other words, unless we, the people, make Obama, make the House and Senate act differently- make the changes- they will not. Obama's campaign of change rests entirely with us.
This land is your land, this land is my land...Until next time, Give peace a chance.
James B. Tinsley, B.A.

Saturday, November 1, 2008


1 November 2008

In less than 72 hours on 4 November 2008 qualified citizens will have an opportunity to participate in the act that defines democracy. Americans will essentially vote for one of the two ruling parties candidates. Some that cannot bring themselves to vote for the "lesser of two evils" will vote for a third party candidate. We are told that every election is important, that every vote counts and that it is our duty. In the United States we cast our votes and hope that among those we elect there is someone with the answer, someone that can and will bring about real and lasting change. That hope is especially strong this year.

The election of 2008 is in fact truly special and historic. Yet, in spite of this, in spite of the overwhelming and undeniable desire among the majority of citizens for substantial even radical change of direction and priorities, purpose and policies our history and the evidence suggests that all our hope is futile. I submit that neither Democrats nor Republicans are willing or capable of resolving America's problems including the course of its decline. Our only genuine hope lies with people, not political parties.

The key element that makes this election potentially the most historic in our nation's history is race. It is very likely, and I believe almost certain that we will elect a man of color as our next president. Though Barack Obama is the product of a Caucasian woman and an African man, he is considered and has presented himself as the first "African-American" nominated by one of the ruling political parties. It is only fitting that I address the issue of race as it now is and how Humanistic Equalism: Philosophy of Ethical Government can eliminate the negative connotation of race within our racist nation.

I must start by admitting that discussing this topic is difficult for me. Though not for the reasons that may first come to mind. Ironically, the two biggest reasons would, at first glance, seem to be directly contrary to one another. The first most basic explanation as to why the racial point is perplexing for me is that I forget about it. I know that race and its product of racism is, quite frankly, bullshit!

Race, as we associate and define it today, is a malicious artificial construct . It is used as a means of dividing, manipulating, and dominating our citizens and policy. Because I have known this for years I do not play "skin-games."

For example, using the term "black" exclusively in relation to people of African heritage, and the term "white" exclusively in relation to Anglos and Europeans. I do not know the experience of anyone reading this but, although I do know some "black" people, I do not know any "white" people. I have seen pictures of people born with Albinism, but they are rare and certainly not the norm.

The vast overwhelming majority of human beings are neither black, nor white. Nearly all human beings are some different shade of brown –from pale beige to blue-black. Any time I fill out a form that inquires about race, I always check the "other" box and write in Caucasian; ‘cause I ain’t white.

I am, as they say, colorblind. When I observe another person I do not recognize any color. I see a human being first, then a male or female being. Any further refinement of my perception of this person will be determined by their actions and how they define themselves. In short, because there is only one species of human beings, race is irrelevant and immaterial.

The second reason it is difficult for me to engage the topic of race is the fact that race and racism distorts everything in America. This undeniable fact means that it cannot be ignored or tolerated. Race and diversity is at the core of our nation’s history. It is at once our greatest asset and the biggest source of national shame.

There is not a country in world history in which race and racism has been more important, for so long a time, as the United States. So, this topic is difficult for me because on a personal level I reject it. I do not acknowledge or empower it in any way. Yet, because race is so entangled with everything that happens in the United States. Because race and racism is in our nation's DNA, so to speak, it must be confronted. Unless there is a shift of power in the United States we will continue to be victimized by our own ignorance. My objective is to demonstrate that Humanistic Equalism government can and will redefine race and racism with regard to bureaucracy and its function.

Slavery has always existed in some form and still exists in our country and throughout the world. Slavery was not always connected to or associated with race or skin color. Slavery was an important element of exploration and colonial expansion beginning in the late 1400’s. By the mid-1600’s Africans were the hottest item and biggest seller on the slave market. Wealthy slave traders and their pious peers were quick to point out that Africans are sub-human heathens and Christian duty mandated that their souls should be saved.

The Bible and the Christian God dictated that the best way to save the black African and the American savage, to please the Lord, was to steal babes suckling at their mother’s breast, separate entire families, and then sell these godless savages to good Christians to be shackled, saved and subjected to subservience and abuse for the rest of their lives. Because of their obvious natural inferiority, apparent by their physical differences, Africans have a God-given suitability for slavery. At least that was, and in many cases still is the primary justification for bigotry and racism.

Physical features of different groups became the markers or symbols justifying their low position on the scale of social systems. Subsequent race ideology promoted the belief that the social, spiritual, moral, and intellectual inequality of different groups was, like other traits, natural, innate, inherited, and unalterable. This facilitated the creation of the only slave system in the world that became exclusively racial.
However, perpetual servitude was limited to Africans and their descendants. This means that blacks will remain at the bottom of the social hierarchy forever. Slavery and racism were sanctified by God and Christian creed then legitimized by our United States Constitution.

Segregating black Africans and native Americans from whites and outlawing marriage between whites and people of color ensured that the color of one's skin, the visible physical differences are the key indicator of unequal social status. Race as we know and define it today has, from its inception, been about separateness and inequality. The inferior status indicated by race was eventually applied to free blacks and others. Thus the autonomous new mechanism of social differentiation went beyond slavery and has persisted as the primary form of social and class identity.

The status quo and elite minority ruling faction depend on the division that race and racism produce to help them stay in power and control the average citizen. This condition of manipulation and oppression will continue to bring and keep our nation in shame unless it is stopped. And, even though many ignorant individuals in our society, especially orthodox Christians and fundamentalists, will always be bigoted against other races our government must not. We, the people, must revolt and demand a new system and process of government. A government of Humanistic Equalism that acts to guarantee absolutely equal status, privileges, and rights to every citizen treating none as special or different. Humanistic Equalism: Philosophy for Ethical Government is the best hope we have of creating a system and process of government capable of achieving this standard.

Next time I will conclude this discussion of race. Regardless of the fact that nothing substantial or truly radical will change as a result of this election, please please go out and vote. Exercise your right, live up to your responsibility, and fulfil your obligation as a citizen of the United States. Until we meet again, Give Peace a chance.
James B. Tinsley, B.A.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


15 October 2008

POVERTY: Tool of Oppression, Fruit of Dispassion
I am joining today with bloggers throughout the United States and around the world to address the issue of Poverty. This coordinated day of blog-posting is sponsored by Blogger's Unite.
Poverty-the idea of it, the concept and understanding of it, is generally thought to be rather straightforward and obvious. But I believe that poverty is multi-dimensional and much more complicated. I am quite certain that many people will devote more than enough space exploring economic inequities, the evils of capitalism, and a plethora of perfectly valid causes and reasons for poverty. Some people will attempt to demonstrate the correctness of their argument mathematically with numbers and statistics. These are all acceptable.
I will pursue a different tack. I have concluded that discussions and arguments such as those just noted are exactly what the purveyors of poverty wish us to focus on. They are a diversion and address only the symptoms and evidence that the condition of poverty exists. That is, they only prove the reality of poverty.
Observation and experience have led me to conclude something different. Poverty is not a product of nature. Poverty is an exclusive product created by some human beings to subjugate and oppress other human beings. Poverty is a human-made artificial construct, a tool or machine that enables a wealthy elite minority faction to exert control and maintain their position of power over average and common citizens.Poverty is manufactured from cupidity, rapine, and creed.
Cupidity is the unrestrained greed, especially for wealth or money. Rapine is unrestrained plundering of rights and property. Creed, that is to say religious orthodoxy, whether it is Christianity, Islam, Judaism or any religion is the fundamental means of subjugation. All religious orthodoxy is predicated on submission. Submission to a higher power. Religious orthodoxy provides the shackles and chains used by the elite ruling class that creates and institutes systems of government.
Religious dogma, doctrine and creed always serves in conjunction with the wealthiest and most powerful interests, regardless of the culture or society, to protect and perpetuate the Status Quo. Religious dogma, doctrine and creed are the lowest common denominator among people and are the most effective shortest route to controlling the greatest number. Both government and religion need and use poverty. In other words, poverty is a beneficial and necessary tool employed by government and religious authority. Poverty enhances the power of government.
Poverty breeds hopelessness, despair, and cruelty. Poverty is demoralizing, emotionally debilitating, and physically abusive. Poverty fosters fear, anger and division. Poverty denies liberty and demands subservience. Poverty is the betrayal of humanity. Poverty is the animalistic and savage expression of the powerful over the weak, the large over the small. Poverty is the opposite of equality.
There are many actions we can all take to combat poverty. There are various organizations we can support and contribute to that work tirelessly to alleviate poverty. There are lots of things we should do regarding the real and corrosive condition of poverty. In the end, however, I believe that absolutely equal status, privileges, and rights for EVERY citizen will prove to be the most natural and effective means to eliminate the circumstances that give rise to and perpetuate poverty.
Therefore, to bring an end to the substantive experience, the ongoing and excruciating human suffering of poverty we, the people, must rise up, exercise the full amount of our power, and demand that all government protect people before profit and property, before position and power. We must cause a shift of power that removes bad and corrupt government. And without compromise we, the governed, the source of all power, must exorcise and prohibit the entanglement of religion and government to institute new systems of government that treat all citizens, all people everywhere, with absolutely equal status, privileges, and rights. This is a government of Humanistic Equalism.
Next time I will examine Race and the issue of difference and how Humanistic Equalism: Philosophy for Ethical Government offers a viable and practicable solution. Until then, Give Peace a chance.
James B. Tinsley, B.A.

Friday, October 10, 2008


10 October 2008

"Only a crisis--real or perceived--produces real change. When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around. That, I believe, is our basic function: to develop alternatives to existing policies, to keep them alive and available until the politically impossible becomes politically inevitable."
(Words of the late economist Milton Friedman taken from The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, by Naomi Klein.)

Milton Friedman also said that "economic policies have consequences." I submit that history will eventually prove Milton Friedman and his so-called "free-market" or "fundamentalist" capitalism was the worlds most prolific and deadly terrorist in the latter half of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century. Friedman and his economic terrorist group, trained at the University of Chicago, have three trademark demands that have caused more suffering, conflict and death than any known terrorist in modern history.

These demands are: privatization, government deregulation, and deep cuts to social spending. Sounds familiar doesn't it? It should, our current economic impotence and devastation is the result of almost forty years of applied Friedman economics. These ideas are also intimately and directly connected to our nation's foreign policy. Contrary to myth and popular belief the United States economic structure and policy have never been genuinely "free."

From the the time of our Constitutional Convention, since the United States Constitution was ratified and the first Congress called to order; throughout the course of our nation's history the economic policy and all that flows from it have been designed and implemented to benefit the wealthy elite minority faction. Everything about our country and government with regard to the accumulation of wealth and power has, and is, done to favor those that have the most. This fact is indisputable.

We, the people, have only one choice to make. We must stand up, stand together, and carry out a second Revolution in the name of citizens and absolute equality. It is the obligation and responsibility of our citizenship. It is not only our right but it is our duty to rise up and remove our bad government, to cause a shift of power. With our Constitution in tact, using the means it provides, citizens must institute a new government based on the system and process of Humanistic Equalism: Philosophy for Ethical Government.

The system and process arising from Humanistic Equalism: Philosophy for Ethical Government promotes and protects the value and dignity of citizens. Wealth, profit, position, and power are not the primary and overriding objective. Humanistic Equalism economic policy requires that all capitalist enterprise succeed or fail on its own merit and ability. Humanistic Equalism makes government a tool and a means for citizens benefit and, while vigorously encouraging entrepreneurship and the creation of wealth, Humanistic Equalism: Philosophy for Ethical Government does not act or function as the machinery of perverted American capitalism’s exploitation and greed.

The tax code will no longer be up for sale to the highest bidder. All business, public or private, charitable or philanthropic, religious or political; all business that owes taxes will pay taxes. Like all citizens, they will pay taxes for the privileges, and rights guaranteed by our Constitution; they will pay taxes for the opportunity and freedom to make as much money as can be made. Nothing in life is free including American citizenship and wealth.

With government based on Humanistic Equalism our civil and criminal code will no longer be for sale. Justice will no longer be a high priced commodity available only to the wealthy, powerful, and well connected. The executive branch of government will be taken off the auction block; while professional lobbyists, unscrupulous tax lawyers, and accountants, along with so-called health care insurance providers will all have to seek a new line of work. Because the system and process of Humanistic Equalism will eliminate any need for such vermin.

Because Humanistic Equalism forbids the interference of government into the affairs of free market enterprise, multi-national corporations and big business financiers that wish to protect operations located in other countries, or secure natural resources and open new markets will have to spend their own money, energy, and blood. America's military and foreign policy will no longer be for lease. The use of police, National Guard, or the United States military to oppress the needs and demands of labor or to overthrow uncooperative foreign governments to enhance corporate power and profit will no longer be an option.

Every citizen private and corporate will have absolutely equal status, privileges, and rights in regard and relation to our federal government. Yes, I know that most people read these things and immediately think, "This guy is either smoking something or living in fantasy land." The truth is, because that is exactly what most people will say is evidence and undeniable proof that we have been completely subjugated to defend and protect the status quo and elite minority faction; the wealthy pseudo-aristocracy that rules our country and controls every aspect of our lives. The ideas of Humanistic Equalism: Philosophy for Ethical Government are just as fantastic and impossible as the idea of independence was to the subjugated colonists that carried out our first Revolution. With one major exception, Christianity and religion are truly divorced from government and relegated to the free market of ideas and personal choice.

Humanistic Equalism is a system and process of humanity not money or "manifest destiny." As such, it postulates that if people are the primary focus and concern of bureaucracy, if our citizens, as well as governments of other nations, are treated with equality, respect, dignity, and honesty then there will be no reason for economic warfare or violence of any kind. The economic policies and machinery of Humanistic Equalism government will have a profound life-altering effect on all citizens. Especially average common working people and the traditionally poor.

The status quo approach to economics, while wildly effective and beneficial for an elite minority faction, is cruel, inhumane, and degrading to the overwhelming majority of common citizens. It generates huge profit and wealth for the few at the expense of the many. I believe it should be evident that America and its citizens will be tremendously and positively affected by government and economic policy emanating from the philosophy and principles of Humanistic Equalism: Philosophy for Ethical Government.

This concludes my initial in-depth examination regarding our traditional understanding and view of economics and how it will change with the implementation of a new government of Humanistic Equalism. Next, on 15 October 2008, I will join tens-of-thousands of bloggers from around the world to discuss the ever-widening and thoroughly demoralizing issue of poverty. I sincerely hope that you will think about the concepts and possibilities expressed here and contained within Humanistic Equalism: Philosophy for Ethical Government. Until next time, Give Peace a chance.
James B. Tinsley, B.A.

Friday, October 3, 2008


3 October 2008

Although the United States is celebrated as and thought to be the bastion of so-called "free market" capitalism, it should be glaringly obvious to anyone that does not live in a cave that it is not. Our current fear-driven financial and economic crises is just the most recent example of how our federal government is, and has been created and run to benefit the wealthy elite minority faction.

From its inception, the federal government of the United States of America has protected property and rights of the rich first, and common citizens sometime later, if at all. In his penultimate work, The Wealth of Nations, the godfather of American economic practices, Adam Smith, writes candidly on the class character of governments:

"Laws and government may be considered in this and indeed in every case as a combination of the rich to oppress the poor, and preserve to themselves the inequality of the goods which would otherwise be soon destroyed by the attacks of the poor, who if not hindered by the government would soon reduce the others to an equality with themselves by open violence."

At about the same time (the late 18th century), French philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau wrote about how government and laws came to exist. In his book, Discourse on the Origin of Inequality, Rousseau surmised that:

"Society and laws which gave new fetters to the weak and new forces to the rich, irretrievably destroyed natural liberty, established forever the law of property and of inequality, changed adroit usurpation into irrevocable right, and for the profit of a few ambitious men henceforth subjected the entire human race to labor, servitude, and misery."

In these two quotations it is easy to recognize the philosophy and foundation of our present economic status quo. These two statements epitomize exactly what our government through its policies, and many of our citizens by unconditionally supporting the status quo, are eager to spend trillions of dollars and countless numbers of lives to defend. I am fond of saying, "Stupidity strikes someone in America every two minutes!"

In order to redefine and reform America’s economic paradigm and our perverted application of capitalism it is necessary to close, ignore, and abandon the failed status quo exemplar. Our only best hope is in the system and process of Humanistic Equalism: Philosophy for Ethical Government of common sense, by common people, for common good instituted through a second American’s Revolution and a successful shift of power. How can this be accomplished?

First and most importantly by using our Constitution not violence to throw out bad government. Citizens must revolt and exercise their full power to establish and control a new one. Living people are inherently more valuable than property, profit, power, and position. Humanistic Equalism is the only means by which this kind of administrative system and process is currently possible.

Unlike anything in the past, or that is known today, Humanistic Equalism: Philosophy for Ethical
Government arises from an assumption that human beings are the source from which all life derives its value. In other words, without human beings nothing on this planet or in the entire universe would have any value whatsoever. It is only through human cognizance and intellectual development that nature acquires its meaning, purpose, and value. All that the human species is, and all that it is not, is the effect and consequence of human reasoning, human labor and human intellectual progress – or lack of it. No God no religion no creed or dogma has ever advanced civilization or the human condition.

If one starts with the presumption that human life, that is, citizens, are paramount and proceeds from there to organize government with all its attending institutions, powers, and authority it will lead to an entirely different set of economic objectives. As it stands now, government economic policy is crafted and carried out to protect the status quo minority faction and complete control by the ruling elite minority faction. The economic game has been, and is rigged from the get-go against average citizens. Profit and property rights take precedent over human and civil rights.

Capitalists and corporatists are completely dependent upon our United States government to remain viable and profitable. If business and corporate interests could not buy our tax code, use federal power and authority to enforce rules and regulations to their advantage a great portion would fail. This is the inequality of the status quo. It is free market feudalism, economic terrorism and indentured servitude sanctioned and perpetrated by our pseudo-aristocratic semi-elected representatives. There is, at this time, only one way to fix this oppressive regime and practice.

Next time I will conclude this initial look at economics and how our economic paradigm will change with implementation of Humanistic Equalism: Philosophy for Ethical Government. As congress prepares to subject average citizens, the poor, and those citizens living in poverty to even greater hardship I sincerely hope that readers will give some serious thought to the facts and issues, as well as the possibilities I have raised. On 15 October 2008 Bloggers Unite is sponsoring another "blog-in" for bloggers around the world to address the issue of POVERTY. An event that I will be participating in. Until we meet again Give Peace a chance.
James B. Tinsley, B.A.

Friday, September 26, 2008


26 September 2008

[Thomas] "Jefferson insisted that ‘every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another,’ and therefore in the United States, ‘the care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.’" (Larry J. Sabato, A More Perfect Constitution.)

America’s economic system is one of capitalism. What is ‘capitalism’? According to the American Heritage Dictionary (3rd edition), the general definition is an economic system in which the means of production and distribution are privately or corporately owned and development is proportionate to the accumulation and reinvestment of profits gained in the free market.

Adam Smith established the foundation of modern capitalism in his most notable work, The Wealth of Nations. Written in the same year British colonists living on the North American continent declared their independence, 1776. I believe and Humanistic Equalism: Philosophy for Ethical Government vigorously promotes the idea that capitalism is a solid proven economic system, perhaps the best ever organized for a free democracy or representative democracy.

Contemporary American capitalism, however, is an abomination. It is a misshapen and unnatural application of capitalism principles and theory aimed at achieving improper and immoral objectives. At the beginning of the 21st century the driving force of United States economic practice is not "free market" capitalism, but instead, it is "financial" capitalism and "disaster capitalism". What does that mean?

The over-simplified answer is that in a true "free market" capitalist economy profit and wealth are created and accumulated through one’s merit, creativity, and ability. While in a "financial" capitalist economy, profit and wealth are generated and accumulated by speculation and manipulation. "Disaster" capitalism is a historically and relatively recent wild-west bastardization of the free market profit paradigm that exploits instability, terror, terrorism and the subsequent demand for increased ‘security’. It is brilliant really. Brilliant, vulgar, cruel, and quite possibly the pinnacle of cynicism.

In the case of a true "free market" capitalist economy government assumes a very limited role in regulation and oversight. In our current "financial" capitalist economy government only gets involved when there is egregious malfeasance or wide spread harm caused by excessive greed and obviously unscrupulous behavior by financial speculators. Some examples include insider trading, fraudulent accounting practices, and inappropriate manipulation of stock prices.

As for "disaster" capitalism, government policy and agencies directly promote conditions favorable to what author Naomi Klein in her most recent work, "Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism," aptly redefines as "the disaster industrial complex". For example the Iraq war and our current financial meltdown. It is when the people of a nation are thrown into a state of extreme fear and shock that government can then institute policy changes that ultimately usurp the power of the people and increase the power of the elite ruling minority faction.

I am not an economist and it is not my intention to delve into or try to explain economic theory and principles. I have no intention of rehashing old debates that are no longer pertinent or relevant. My aim is to establish that Humanistic Equalism: Philosophy for Ethical Government economics is more like Adam Smith’s free market capitalism and is not, as many will claim, about the redistribution of wealth. Humanistic Equalism economic policy is quite simple.

Government establishes the parameters and clearly defines the terms, conditions and rules regarding the conduct of business and the market. Government defends the lives and conditions of American citizens first, and then public and private property. All government activities and functions with regard to the workings of free markets will be based on serving the interests and needs required to provide all citizens equal access, opportunity, health, and safety. In other words, the well-being and benefit of average citizens-the people-are considered more important than profit, property, power and position.

There are basically two principles underlying our nations so-called "conservative" political doctrine. First, the smallest sized government possible and very little, if any, interference or regulation by government. From the Founding Fathers through the Whigs of the 19th century to the contemporary Republican Party, less government and less regulation has been the mantra. The caveat is that whatever oversight, regulation and government involvement that is absolutely necessary must exist to support, promote, and insure "free" markets and capitalist profit.

Second, government and law must be organized in such manner that the rich can depend on it to protect their profit and property regardless of the effect on citizens. Why is it governments business to get involved beyond the rules and regulations of conducting business that apply to all in order to provide something extra for the wealthy elite? I will tell you why. Because the rich could not remain rich and the powerful could not remain powerful without government support and protection.

As we watch the current economic crisis unfold I will ask you to think about this: What our president, congress and presidential candidates are doing is exhibiting the actions and attitude of aristocracy. That is to say, while they continue to tell citizens that they need to act in order to protect "main street" their actions are designed to do nothing more than maintain the status quo. Or, as long as the rich are allowed to remain rich and the powerful are allowed to keep their power the rest of us will be protected.

I will delve deeper into the difference between what our so-called "leaders" are trying to preserve and how Humanistic Equalism: Philosophy for Ethical Government economics will change our nation for the better next time. Until then Give Peace a chance.
James B. Tinsley, B.A.

Friday, September 19, 2008


19 September 2008

Maintaining the status quo,that is, continuing the same actions based on flawed reasoning to achieve misguided ends, will only bring the same results we are experiencing today. Violence and war cannot resolve any issue, nor can they establish peace. The United States of America was born in blood, expanded by blood, industrialized and made wealthy with the blood of the poor, with that of slaves, women, immigrants and the weak. America’s traditional philosophy of government is the same as every empire that ever was. Consequently, the results have been, and will be, the same as that of empires past. As long as our government makes law and conducts policy that value’s property over citizens our future will be as violent and bloody and divided as our past. The cycle of momentary success followed by failure and violence will continue until the United States, as we now know it, is no more.

Many people argue with me about that statement, but they are wrong and the statement is true. Since becoming a legally established country in 1789 America has taken what it wanted by force. Our actions may be justified and rationalized, one can proclaim ‘manifest destiny’ and insist that what America has created, invented and given to the world far outweighs any of its minor indiscretions. Indeed, those protestations and claims might sustain that argument for a moment or two. However, if the quality of an action is determined by its consequences, I believe the historical and current evidence leaves no doubt that the status quo is a decisive failure. Is there any valid logic, reason or common sense in fighting so hard to keep doing something that always fails?

If the purpose of our government is to insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, and promote the general welfare, I ask, is our government doing it? Anyone that says yes, is, whether by nature, nurture or choice, cognitively disabled (retarded). Either that, or they are a bold-faced liar.

I ask, if our government is supposed to provide security to enable all citizens to pursue life, happiness, and property in a state of liberty, is it; has it ever done so? If one answers yes they must be brain dead, extremely wealthy, or they are a bold-faced liar.

Our government, the purveyor and symbol of the status quo, is incapable of securing anything except its own power and position. It does this by fomenting fear. Through propaganda we are convinced of a monstrous ‘new’ enemy. We imagine just who they might be, what they might do, and where they might strike. Citizens are constantly demoralized and terrorized by our government and Christian orthodoxy. Everyone foreign or with different convictions is a suspect. The status quo is thoroughly corrupt, its objectives amoral, and its power is held on to through intimidation, secret spying and by applying all the force and resources of state and federal police agencies against citizens in the name of protecting citizens.

Guardians of the status quo know full well that they cannot defeat so-called terrorism, they know that our citizens can never be safe. Ask yourself one question: "Who or what was really protected or profited by the more than one Trillion dollars spent by the United States government in FY2007?" Did you, your family or business become more wealthy or better off?

Terror and terrorism cannot now, nor will it ever, be defeated by any amount of force or money employed by the status quo. Why? Terrorism is a means driven by an idea to resolve an untenable condition. It is generally known and widely accepted that an idea can never be eliminated or beaten by oppression, faith, opposition or force. Terror and terrorism can be fought openly as with warfare, or covertly under cover of secrecy and blackness. Agents of terrorism can be bought or bribed. They can be cajoled, placated, even negotiated with. Terrorism can be supported if it serves our purpose, and denounced to establish our credibility or to gain an advantage.

Those among the status quo concerned with such matters know very well that terrorism and terror will, in the end, always win simply because it cannot be ignored. The status quo have accepted this reality and are now actively seeking avenues and opportunities to make terrorism and terror a profitable wealth generating multinational enterprise.

In practical terms this means that instead of attempting to establish genuine security for America and Americans, the machinery of the status quo has adopted the persistent nature and reality of terror and terrorism as a business model and marketing tool for a wide range of "security products". This is yet another exhibit in the already overwhelming mountain of evidence that our pseudo-aristocratic government, on behalf of elite minority faction rule, believes it is supported by a divinely inspired and therefore protected philosophy. It is a philosophy operating on principles of piety, profit, power, and with supreme control that places the highest and most desirable value on property, position, and wealth, while regarding human life as either a cheap commodity to be exploited or as a disposable tool.

Humanistic Equalism: Philosophy for Ethical Government appreciates the momentary pleasure and motivational value of personal achievement. It has great respect for creating wealth and actively encourages success, profit, power and position. There is no question that these are important goals and desires natural to human beings and the advance of civilization. However, Humanistic Equalism ultimately regards these and all exclusively self-aggrandizing materially motivated pursuits as secondary and subservient to the progress, happiness, and improved conditions in which all our citizens, and indeed all people everywhere should live and function.

Wealth, position, profit, and power in their proper context with relation to government and society are interim and immediate results that should serve as an additional means to loftier ends. Ends such as leading all citizens toward the long held commonly desired goal of accelerating human progress, happiness,prosperity and advancing civilization. Wealth, position, profit, and power should not be governments motivating purpose or function. The purpose and function of government is to guarantee equal access, equal opportunity, and equal consideration by hearing all and favoring none. Government must clearly define the rules and parameters regarding the products and wealth our citizens create and produce. The benefits of human ingenuity and labor are a society's common product resulting from common sense for the common good; they are not the property and machinery of an elite minority faction.

The point is that if wealth, position, profit, and power are prioritized properly and governed by a humane rather than ordained political philosophy, all citizens will have an equal shot at the brass ring. Those that start at birth in fortunate material circumstances will be able to achieve even greater heights. While those born with nothing more than a strong heart, strong intellect, and strong back will have just as much opportunity to accomplish something and rise above the circumstance of their birth. After all, is this not the American Dream?

The next natural evolution of political philosophy and systems of government can only be one where the entire reason for a government to exist is to make sure the playing field of public business and public interactivity is level and the rules apply equally to all citizens at all times. To make sure that no citizen is penalized for the course of their life by the circumstance of birth. In practical terms this means that no citizen should ever be kept down burdened with poor health, insufficient inadequate education, hunger or lack of shelter as a result of to whom and in what circumstance they were born.

I do not understand when anyone tries to argue that there is any other reason for government power than to defend and secure the basic necessities of life. In previous times that meant defense from invasion, food, clothing and shelter. In the 21st century it means good health, unlimited education, reasonably priced healthy food, and equal treatment by authority. It means equal access to process, equal opportunity with equal enforcement and equal justice. Government, though it is of society, cannot function or act like it. Society is brutal. Society is a buyer beware, every person for him or her self, I'm gonna get mine jungle; it is neither fair nor equal. And why should it be? Individuals make up a society and their primary concern is their own well being.

Government, on the other hand, must be the controlling authority and force of consistency guaranteeing every citizen absolutely equal status, privileges, and rights by the impartial and ethical conduct of all its action, function, and responsibility. Government must be the home-plate umpire calling balls and strikes, fouls and outs; a neutral objective third party whose only function is to enforce the rules that have been approved by all, for all.

There is no doubt or argument that government must assume the primary responsibility of defining and enforcing the law of contracts and use its full force and authority to protect private and personal property. Government must also define, enact, and enforce a civil and criminal code of laws; and it should be entrusted with all necessary power and authority to keep order through justice. But since all of these matters concern the affairs and effect the lives of all the people, it is they, and not property or other things, about which contracts are entered into, which are of the greatest value.

Government, first and foremost, must be base its action and function on human beings, their needs and progress. The proposed Humanistic Equalism system and process of government controlled by the objectively neutral Three-question Test process will accomplish something never before done by the status quo or any government thus far in history.

Humanistic Equalism: Philosophy for Ethical Government adopted as our government system and process will translate into real and substantial security for all America’s citizens, for our homeland, and for our foreign interests by establishing absolutely equal status, privileges, and rights for every citizen in all matters by its ethical conduct of equal consideration and treatment. When United States citizens, and those of other nations are treated equally, with dignity, with respect and with consideration of their needs and progress; only then will security, prosperity, and hope prevail. Only then will human civilization advance beyond its historical and present condition of misery, decay, and terror.

In the case of continuing to uphold and support the institution and tradition of the status quo versus a second American’s Revolution and shift of power to a government of Humanistic Equalism. I believe that I have presented sufficient evidence for a decision and ruling in favor of Humanistic Equalism: Philosophy for Ethical Government and radical change. If my fellow citizens will consider the testable and factual evidence on the merits and not whether this new philosophy and system of government will rock the boat, stir things up, or cause them to be uncomfortable and inconvenienced, there can only be one logical outcome.

If Humanistic Equalism is considered with intellectual and personal honesty, unfettered by shackles of dogma and creed, failed political ideology or the fraudulent prestidigitation of miracle our course of action is clear. One must consider the facts and evidence as a United States citizen by rising above petty selfish affection and attachment to inherited personal beliefs. When the evidence is weighed based only on that which is knowable and true, a citizen must decide in favor of Revolution, in favor of overthrowing the status quo.

This concludes our initial examination of the broad subject of "Security." On 15 October 2008 Blogger's Unite will sponsor another "blog-in." This time bloggers around the globe will be coming together to address the subject of poverty. I will be among those blogging about this egregious condition plaguing America and the world. So, in preparation for, and leading up to 15 October 2008 I will be discussing on this blog site economics as it is and as it could be under a government of Humanistic Equalism. Please come back soon and Give Peace a chance.
James B. Tinsley, B.A.

Friday, September 12, 2008


12 September 2008

Because of the horrendous events of 11 September 2001
the United States is now spending nearly half its annual federal budget – more than one Trillion tax dollars – to manufacture and sustain a delusion of so-called National and Homeland Security. The status quo, in full support of the elite minority faction, keep telling us we can even more get security by invading and occupying some nations and threatening others. Pretending that America is safe and citizens are free, we are neither.

There is more than a general consensus in 2008 that real security in the United States is doubtful. In spite of all the borrowing and spending by congress and the executive, in spite of the U.S.A. Patriot Act, war, torture, degenerating civil rights and liberty. In spite of a vengeful fundamentalist unitary executive who acts like a king issuing decree by executive order and legislative signing statement, the United States is impotent against terrorists and terrorism.

The inadequacy and failure of the status quo model and minority faction rule is now being exposed. If we, as a nation, choose to pass up a rare historical opportunity to carry out another American’s Revolution, make a new system of government, and cause an irreversible shift of power, the current status quo will be the condition and position of America until its demise. To establish what most citizens imagine and think about when discussing security terms must be redefined and our nation's means and objectives re-framed. Humanistic Equalism: Philosophy for Ethical Government is, for the moment, the only viable solution.

In his essay "The Ultimate Power," found in Passionate Declarations, Professor Howard Zinn discusses redefining terms and changing the framework of our objectives writing:

Statistics indicate that, of the industrialized nations, those that spend the least for military purposes show the greatest economic progress. … [The] habits of governments [are] so deeply dug into old policies of militarism and war … if a great popular movement should develop to insist on change, … if it became large enough to threaten the political power of government …[it] must be driven by a vision. … The vision in this case, for people all over the world, is the most inspiring of all, that of a world without war, without police states, … and with immense resources now free to be used for human needs. …It is, of course, an enormous job to be done. But never in history has there been one more worthwhile. … All we need to do is make the first moves, speak the first words.
…The conversion of resources requires a conversion of language. New definitions of old terms could become a part of the common vocabulary. The old definitions have misled us and caused monstrous harm.
The word for security, for instance, would take on a new meaning: the health and well being of people, which is the greatest strength and the most lasting security a nation can have. (A simple parable makes this clear: Would a family living in a high crime city feel more "secure" if it put machine guns in its windows, dynamite charges in the yard, and tripwires all around the house, at the cost of half the family income and less food for the children?) The analogy is not far fetched. It is an understatement of what nations do today.

Following up on Professor Zinn’s ideas keep in mind that our nation is now spending more than one Trillion dollars annually to produce nothing more than the illusion and delusion of national and homeland security. Future spending is projected to be even higher. Citizens must ask and answer some simple but very serious questions.

Would we not in fact be substantially and measurably more secure if every citizen were guaranteed the best basic medical care from conception to coffin? Would we not be more secure if every citizen were guaranteed the best education and training throughout the course of their life? Would our discernible security not be more reliable if every citizen actively and willingly contributed to the nation through a brief period of useful work on its behalf? Would citizens not be more united and devoted to each other and America at large if every person, every business and every corporation that should pay taxes actually paid them? If all citizens had an opportunity to exercise authentic material control over government actions and spending would we not substantially increase the meaning and degree of national and domestic security? And finally, is it not undeniably obvious that America and American citizens would be infinitely more secure if every citizen were guaranteed that our United States government treats all living citizens in a truly equal way by establishing and maintaining absolutely equal status, privilege, and rights, and conducting its business in a consummate ethical manner?

As for national security with regard to foreign affairs, is it not reasonable to believe American security is more likely if our government does not invade and occupy other countries, or engage in constant bullying by threatening others? If leaders used our know-how and influence to aid and support those around the world that are struggling against totalitarian rulers, tyranny, ethnic cleansing, or religious genocide because it is the right and humane thing to do and without expecting anything in return, would we not be infinitely more secure? For example would we not be better off supporting Venezuela rather than Israel or Saudi Arabia?

If, instead of flouting our alleged superiority and very real military arsenal to force untenable Milton Friedman wild west capitalist economic terrorism and social changes upon places where they are unwelcome, unwarranted, and unwanted, would we not enhance our own reputation and thus our security? If we employed our ingenuity, technology, and authority exclusively to help others less fortunate, those mired in devastating poverty or oppression? If America helped them to rise up and determine their own destiny, while allowing them to remain true to their traditional beliefs and culture, instead of trying to make them more like Americans. If, instead "giving" Democracy to those that do not necessarily want it at gunpoint, or forcing the American way of life upon other cultures, the United States lived up to its own ideals, would we not find ourselves with greater demonstrable security?

America has always claimed and, until recently, always been believed by other nations to be the world's first and strongest protector of basic Human Rights. I ask, if our foreign policy were to be equal to our marketing and mythology what nation, what group or cause, what ideology or terrorist would have reason or grievance to attack the United States or any of its interests, facilities or territory? Honestly? Really think about the implications. Our hubris, ignorance, and cupidity – our hypocrisy – is the source and cause of any terrorism, any attack or disruption we are now experiencing or will face in the future.

If our nation acted as it spoke, practiced what it preaches, or did unto others, as it would have them do unto America, we would have no enemy. Only when someone is wronged, intentionally or otherwise, will they become an enemy.

Generally, people treated with common courtesy, respect, honesty and without deception will not and cannot become an enemy. They may still hurt you, but any such action would be motivated by something else; like greed or a need to dominate, something emotional or psychological but not the venom and vitriol that inspires terrorism and real enemies.

Imagine the United States being a humanitarian super power rather than a military super power. Imagine America being a facilitator and supporter of people and nations rather than an invader and occupier. Imagine being the world's healer and the planets’ supreme protector rather than its interrogator, torturer and plunderer. Imagine if the United States government, its citizens and its corporations, were focused on and dedicated to improving human living conditions for all people around the world rather than increasing the wealth, position, and power of an elite minority faction. Imagine that human progress, happiness, good health, unlimited education, opportunity and absolute equality of status, privileges, rights and ethical conduct by government is the most important objective of United States citizens and government. More important than profit, wealth, conquest, oil, or even image and prestige; imagine that people are more valuable than anything of or beyond this world. If you can imagine these things, then you can imagine the true spirit and purpose of the United States of America and its aspiration as expressed in Declaration of Independence. Humanistic Equalism: Philosophy for Ethical Government will make it possible.

Can you imagine the United States of America being this kind of nation? Certainly the two major presidential candidates and the two ruling political parties do not and cannot inspire such high minded thoughts. Until we, the people, carry out another Revolution throwing out our bad government and instituting a new one based on Humanistic Equalism: Philosophy for Ethical Government our security and safety will remain as a source of fear, oppression, and profit.

Next time I will conclude my examination of security with an in depth look at terror and terrorism. Until then, Give Peace a chance.
James B. Tinsley, B.A.

Friday, September 5, 2008


5 September 2008

Our in depth examination and discussion about the fallacy of security in the United States of America continues.

The deception of America’s security begins in the words of the Declaration of Independence with the suggestion that "all are…equal." Recall Thomas Jefferson’s meaning that all are equal in rights and not necessarily in abilities. Although this myth of equality was vital when instigating rebellion it was not considered important enough to be explicitly included as part of our Constitution. In the Preamble ‘equality’ is overtly implicit as a sub-text lending support to American security mythology.

The Preamble is unambiguous in its assertion that we, the people, did ordain and establish our constitutional framework. Principally for the purposes of organizing a system and process of government to provide security for life, liberty, and property. It is a legal and binding social contract. The framers agreed that the ends of government are to establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, and promote the general welfare. All of which are aspects of either domestic or national security. They also pledged to devote resources to creating a more perfect union and ensuring liberty’s blessings.

Citizens first learn about the American Revolution and the writing of the Constitution in school. This process generally includes memorizing the Preamble. As a result, the natural and logical inference one draws is that all this security, protection, justice, and the supposed blessings secured by government are for every member of the group. That is to say, Americans believe this Constitutional contract must apply equally to all citizens, private and corporate. Therein one discovers the fraud, the deception and ultimately, the myth.

The plain unvarnished non-mythologized truth is that our independence was declared, our Revolution instigated, and our United States Constitution was constructed and ratified by and for the benefit and protection of the property and interests of an elite wealthy minority faction; not for ALL. The only role common citizens and poor farmers had in establishing this nation was the actual fighting and winning of the Revolutionary War.

In Passionate Declarations, re-titled and re-published in 2003 by Perennial, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers, Inc., New York, historian, activist, and author, Dr. Howard Zinn, discussing the opening phrase of our Constitution’s Preamble writes:
"The Constitution thus looked as if it were written by all the people, representing their interests. … In fact, the Constitution was drawn up by fifty-five men, all white and mostly rich, who represented a certain elite group in the new nation."

Dr. Zinn also writes about this extensively in A People’s History of the United States, first published in 1980 by Harper Collins Publishers, Inc., New York, and revised most recently in 2003. He notes that, "In Federalist Paper #10, James Madison argued that representative government was needed to maintain peace in a society ridden by factional disputes." Disputes caused from, as Madison says, "the various and unequal distribution of property."

According to Zinn, Madison saw the real problem threatening survival of the United States going forward as one of "minority faction." The solution offered by the Constitution was a large republic ranging over thirteen states. Madison then says: " It will be more difficult for all who feel it to discover their own strength, and to act in unison with each other… The influence of factious leaders may kindle a flame within their particular States, but [it] will be unable to spread a general conflagration through the other States." Madison reasoned that, any rabble-rousers, or even someone with a legitimate cause, if separated – isolated, could be controlled and ultimately shut down. Thereby keeping the peace and security for those with wealth and property.

But Professor Zinn asks, "[Is] it the aim of government simply to maintain order…? Or is it that government has some special interest in maintaining a certain kind of order, a certain distribution of power and wealth, a distribution in which government officials are not neutral… but participants?"
In Federalist #10, James Madison is direct about whose peace he supports. He remarks: "A rage for paper money, for an abolition of debts, for an equal division of property, or for any other improper or wicked project, will be less apt to pervade the whole body of the Union than a particular member of it." [Emphasis added.] James Madison impugns common citizens’ redress for economic stimulus, for relief that had been assured, and a demand to have equal access, opportunity, and protection by designating our purported inalienable rights of citizenship to be both improper and wicked. This act exposes his true aristocratic nature and loyalty to the powerful status quo.

Madison was a member of the original American pseudo-aristocratic class that also included Hamilton, John Adams, Jefferson, and Washington. Most of our constitutional framers were an elite cohort of men that were already established in positions of wealth and power. The group also included lawyers, shipping tycoons, slave traders, speculators and moneychangers. This minority faction instigated rebellion and revolution for less than altruistic or compassionate ends. Upon attaining victory this minority acted to institutionalize its position, power, and priority interests as synonymous with our new nation’s objectives by assigning exclusive authority and privilege to themselves and the minority faction they represented at the Constitutional Convention.

In A People’s History of the United States, Professor Zinn refers to historian Charles Beard’s early twentieth century book, An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution, in which Beard points out that, "for their own interest, the rich either have to directly control the government or the laws by which government operates." By studying the political ideas and economic backgrounds of the fifty-five men who assembled the Constitution, Charles Beard discovered that most of them were wealthy, and that most had some direct economic interest in establishing a strong federal government.

Mr. Beard also noted that four groups were not represented in the Constitutional Convention: slaves, indentured servants, women, and men without property. I would add native people to the list. Because those groups were not represented, the Constitution did not reflect their interests. But, according to Zinn, Beard wanted to make it clear that, "he [Beard] did not think the Constitution was written merely to benefit the Founding Fathers personally. Rather, it was to benefit the groups the Founders represented, the ‘economic interests they understood and felt in concrete, definite form through their own personal experience.’" Charles Beard also warns us that government, including our own, is not neutral.Government always represents the dominant economic [and I would add religious] interests and shapes their constitutions to serve these interests.

By examining the political clauses of our Constitution and the economic interests that created them, it is very easy to recognize it for what it is. The United States Constitution is not the work of wise men simply trying to establish the security of a decent and orderly nation. The final draft language clearly demonstrates that certain parts of society arranged things for their security in order to hold on to their established privileges, power and wealth, while, as Dr. Zinn says, "giving just enough rights and liberties to enough of the people to ensure popular support." From the very beginning of our nation the government has been arranged to divide and control.

That ours is a nation dedicated to providing justice, domestic tranquility, common defense and general welfare for all citizens is the myth of America’s security. The truth is that ‘All’ is narrowly defined and includes primarily wealthy and powerful religious, political, and corporate interests. The remaining 90%-plus of citizens must be content to rely on our rugged individualism and, in deference to our pseudo-aristocratic government and the wealthy donor-class, we should be grateful to live in the greatest, most powerful, most secure and free nation in the history of the world. The security objective of the elite status quo is to protect its own position, power and profit, not all the citizens of the United States.

This process of securing the wealth, powers and position of the American Ruling Class is maintained by granting – usually after much resistance – some number of limited, tightly restricted and controlled civil rights and liberties. All of which continually undergo further limitation and qualification upon review by the courts and legislative amendment. It is unpatriotic to complain about this because every citizen should know by now that, Freedom ain’t Free.

We have traded our liberties for lawyers and our integrity for the myth of security. The illusion and structure of America’s traditional Homeland and National Security model protected and defended thus far by the status quo offers some insight into the deleterious stupor of credulity and cupidity infecting the spirit and character of United States citizens.

Something for readers to consider. More to follow in my next posting. Until then...Give Peace a chance.

James B. Tinsley, B.A.

Thursday, August 28, 2008


28 August 2008

To believe without evidence or proof is an act of ignorance and folly. The credulous man loses himself in a labyrinth of contradictions; the man of sense examines and discusses that he may be consistent in his opinions. The honest man will bear contradiction because it gives rise to evidence. Violence is the argument of falsehood and to impose a creed by authority is the act and indication of a tyrant.
(C. F. Volney, The Ruins of Empires, 1792)

Beginning with my last posting on 22 August 2008 I am now going to undertake a extensive discussion about "security"- national, homeland, and personal.

America’s probable future with Humanistic Equalism: Philosophy for Ethical Government will be drastically different and greatly improved compared to the discomfort, division, and inevitable decline anticipated by the continuation of our conditioned reflexive habit of opposing extreme and fundamental change. The human tendency toward ‘habit’ is, I believe, as instinctive and natural as our fear of the unknown or always seeking the path of least resistance. It is reasonable to conclude that the human proclivity to ‘habit’ is related to self-preservation, the survival instinct. Therefore logic dictates that on some level within the human psyche habit equates with security.

What exactly is ‘security’? Is security a feeling? Is security tangible, verifiable? Can one buy security, or guarantee it? How much might security cost? Who or where would one pay? Is it a concept, a principle, a condition? From what does security arise? Is it an end or a means? Is the argument or question of security with regard to the United States actually about security? Is there a difference between personal security and national security? Is national security even possible? For that matter, is personal security possible? If asked, "Are you secure?" or, "Is the experience of your daily life one of security?" What conditions would have to exist and what process would be used to enable one to respond, "Yes"? What is security?

I submit that ‘security’ in America is a fallacy; that is, a false notion with the quality of being deceptive. Consulting the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 3rd Edition, ‘security’ is defined in a number of ways relevant to the context of this examination.

For example, one definition of security is ‘freedom from risk or danger." A person or nation can never achieve freedom from risk or danger. Another definition is "freedom from doubt, anxiety, or fear." This too, is unattainable. Other definitions state that security is "something that gives or assures safety; such as building or body guards, measures adopted by government to prevent espionage, sabotage, or attack; and finally,security is defined as measures adopted by businesses or homeowners to prevent a crime such as burglary or assault."

Neither guards nor measures or laws are capable of providing or assuring safety to individual persons or a nation. At the very most ‘security’ is a desire, a goal, like perfection, to be striven for but ultimately never achieved. Therefore, within the context of this inquiry and analysis, ‘security’ is a fallacy. Security is false because it is always something "we need." It is deceptive because it can never be shown to exist, it cannot be accurately verified or measured. Think about that. Look back through our history. You will find that defense and security is always something we need more of. Ironically, we always need more precisely because how much we have (or do not have) cannot be demonstrated. So, the power of the idea of security to manipulate populations of citizens arises out of the fact it is unknown and unknowable, a condition rife with fear.

Security is a fallacy with primordial power. It is the kind of self-interested and manipulative notion that is perfect for inclusion in American mythology and exploitation by machinery of the elite Status Quo minority faction – America’s ruling class. The most obvious purpose of security is to safeguard and sustain control of wealth and power. Security, especially ‘national security’, is the language of domination and subjugation, of capitalists and corporatists, and of aristocracy and privilege. If this seems incredible, start listening, look back through history; security is always the purview of wealth, power, and authority. And it is always the poor and common people that pay for it and die for it.

Cultivating the myth of security in America is the means to command, to control, and to profit. Defenders of the Status Quo insist that they are the main source responsible for our nation’s mythological quest for security. A closer reading of America’s traditional historical myth regarding its actual security achievements is instructive. It reveals the fallacious and deceptive nature of security for the protection and purpose of special interest. Our security is perpetrated and inflicted by government agencies upon citizens, rather than safety and protection that is actually provided for the people. Security predicated on Humanistic Equalism: Philosophy for Ethical Government is far superior to the current model.

Our examination of "security" will continue next time. Make a comment if you like and please tell others about this blog. Give Peace a chance.
James B. Tinsley, B.A.

Friday, August 22, 2008

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21 August 2008

What is the case for citizens of the United States rufusing to accept chang and fighting with all their might to keep the Status Quo in place: because it is familiar and convenient; because it will be really hard, confusing, and scary to act otherwise. To challenge the power structure of the Status Quo would interfere with our comfort. Rather than only being concerned about some selfish special interest, getting what we want when we want it like spoiled children, citizens will have to think of our nation and act like mature adults. Citizens believe, for the most part, they must not upset the Status Quo, but instead manage it with compromise so as to protect the property, profit, power, and position currently held and manipulated by the elite minority faction. I have also presented the basic philosophy, system, principles and process of Humanistic Equalism: Philosophy for Ethical Government, its desired ends and the means to achieve them. Do we choose people and progress, or the Status Quo in order to achieve the greatest degree of security for our nation and ourselves?

“National Security” by the Status Quo only exists as statistics and delusion. It is a conceptual or virtual product. The need or demand for national security is stimulated among citizens by the president, congress, and media, which use fear and terror as the core of its marketing strategy. By continually terrorizing America’s general population and creating a demand, our Status Quo government is free to divert an endless flow of taxpayer dollars and public wealth to private sector corporatists and disaster complex capitalists.

To be sure there is lots of flash and bang and bodies contained in the security product manufactured by government, media and capitalist interests but it is nothing more than propaganda and show. As a tangible measurable and verifiable substance security in America is not apparent, and it cannot be demonstrated to exist. The entire national security manufacturing procedure, from creating the demand to selling the conceptual product to citizens, is just another method of protecting and sustaining the position and domination of the super rich and religiously influential; the Status Quo.

The United States is now spending nearly half its annual federal budget – more than one Trillion tax dollars – to manufacture and sustain this delusion of so-called National and Homeland Security. The Status Quo, in full support of the elite minority faction, keep telling us we can get even more security by invading and occupying some nations and by threatening others. Pretending that America is safe and citizens are free, we are neither.

It is more than a general consensus in 2008 that security in the United States is doubtful. In spite of all the borrowing and spending by congress and the executive, in spite of the U.S.A. Patriot Act, war, torture, degenerating civil rights and liberty. In spite of a vengeful fundamentalist unitary executive who acts like a king, issuing decree by executive order and legislative signing statement, the United States is impotent against terrorists and terrorism.

Not even by eliminating due process, habeas corpus and keeping people imprisoned for years without justification or charges, or funding American companies to create mercenary security forces that oversee a growing franchise of torture facilities around the world is able to make us truly secure. Nothing being done or supported by the existing power structure is making the United States, its citizens and its interests, any safer today than we were on 10 September 2001. In fact there is every indication that our nation is more vulnerable and likely to be attacked now because the only thing about security the Status Quo is interested in is its earnings and profits.

Based on the evidence and our experience thus far, it must be concluded that there is not and cannot be any security by keeping the Status Quo. America’s future security, if left to the Status Quo, will not improve or, for that matter, change. It will remain as it is; the Status Quo. Our nation’s ominous security outlook was captured earlier in the 2008 presidential campaign. One of the candidates was fond of saying that the security challenge for the United States in the foreseeable future is a transcendental one; it is the very real and serious danger posed by radical Islamo-fascists.

Nearly all the presidential candidates of both major parties, to some degree or other, expressed a belief that our future security at home and abroad is threatened by this fundamentalist element. Simply stated, this is the position of those that support and defend the Status Quo. Our biggest and most serious security challenge is not transcendental, nor is it radical Islam or terrorism. The obstacle to real security and peace is American citizens refusing to demand that the forces of government and institutions of authority make progress, prosperity, and the condition of citizens lives the focus and objective of all government action and function. Our only real obstacle is American hubris, ignorance and cupidity.

More soon. Give Peace a chance.
James B. Tinsley,B.A.