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.

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