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TDV Week in Review January 20th, 2013
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The comments just keep on rolling in for the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator article I wrote earlier in the week! We're up to over 200 comments last I checked...and I keep getting notifications of more comments every half hour or so. And not surprisingly, most of the people who chimed in after I offered up a tally on Friday have been Rationals (Intuitive Thinking group). I think we're onto something here.
Someone accused us of acting as if the Rational NT's were some "superior" race that could grasp "The Truth" better than the other groups. Well, I wouldn't have put it exactly like that. I would have just pointed out that the smarter protohumans who could craft superior tools outcompeted and outbred their physically more robust cousins. Those who can grasp that the state's gotta go in order for the world to keep enjoying progress will be more likely to outperform those who cling to the outmoded violent ways. (Just like those with an Austrian understanding of the economy are more likely to give the sort of valuable financial advice that will make you rich!). If the overwhelming majority of those fit to build and thrive in the coming world are Rationals...well, that's just the way it is!
Otherwise it's been a very eventful past few days for your Homegrown editor here in the heartland of the Homeland. I saw a very good play at a famous theatre and celebrated my 37th birthday with friends who surprised me with a dinner party. Early that day I also slightly strained the muscles in my lower back going for a personal record on the standing press. It's as if my body was making it a point to remind me on my birthday that it will contine to work less well as time passes.
Aside from that minor injury it's been such a wonderful few days in this little life I've carved out for myself that I could barely bring myself to pay attention to the mainstream news. I didn't want to be reminded of just how deeply gone this country is. The sheep are atwitter with discussions about how much more centralized political control of their lives is "reasonable." I saw a Facebook meme from ProudToBeLiberal.com (or something like that, and I didn't want to sully these pages with the actual image) that said with all this talk of mental illness being the root of gun violence and not the guns themselves, the conservatives should recognize the delusion of fighting off a tyrannical government with their pistols is itself a mental illness.
I've had about enough of these state-worshipers and their nonsense right now. Their own mental illness has them believing that good things come from the monopoly on violence known as the state. They love guns! ...As long as those guns are in the hands or police and soldiers. They mock liberty and gun-loving types as gun fetishists, but I suspect these supposed gun-haters actually orgasm slightly when they think of the guns in the hands of men in uniforms of any kind. But this isn't just about staying armed to keep the government in check. It's about basic liberty and self-ownership. And these people simply can't think in those terms. They are by their very natures collectivist. They see the entire species as the real organism and any individual as a disposable cell. They long to lose themselves in the group, to maintain just enough individuality to offer praise to the collective. Individual achievement or freedom or happiness mean little to nothing to them. They literally have a lack of mental acuity so that they can only see the forest and might actually want to have you killed if you suggest that there might be individual trees.
They are missing some basic wiring that more individualistic types have. This brings me back around to the MBTI. Among the responses on the comments page there was a sprinkling of other types whom I had claimed were all more likely to be collectivists either of the fascist/Republican or communist/Democratic variety. I readily admit that the evidence clearly shows that voluntaryist market anarchism is not the exclusive domain of the Rationals. At the same time I can't help but believe that some people simply cannot be helped, especially those in the "improve the world at gunpoint" crowd that is chock full of those from the Idealist group. Good lord, save us from these idiots. They will never understand the near-magic of free human interaction. They will always, always think that a small group of supposedly enlightened thugs has to point guns at everyone else and tell them what they can buy, sell or ingest, how to tie their shoes and when to cross the street.
Maybe it's the painful Minnesota cold. Maybe it's the pain in my back. Maybe it's the disagreeableness of a midlife birthday reminding me of my ever-shortening march to oblivion. But right now I'm just sick to death of these people and wish they would all drop dead. I am morally opposed to initiating violence, but I wish these people would just go away somehow. If that leaves us with a world with a lot fewer Idealists or Guardians, then so be it. But the sad reality is that we're stuck with these people and their irrational nanny state worship for several more decades or centuries. They're not going anywhere. If you want a break from them, it will be you who has to leave. Luckily, there are a couple places you can go to get away permanently without leaving the planet (here's one).
Editor, The Dollar Vigilante
Welcome back, dear TDVers. We trust you had a good week, out there amongst the sheeple. As 2013 gathers steam, it’s more important than ever to visit TDV for insight and opinion you can’t find anywhere else. So sit back, settle in, and see what we wrote about this week…
MONDAY, January 14
Wendy McElroy considers the roots of citizen-based taxation, and its reach to expats.
“No Americans renounced their citizenship over the double taxation. There was a simple reason for this. From its creation, America implicitly adopted the common law tradition of perpetual allegiance by which renunciation was not an option. This was high irony since America had been founded by people who violently expatriated themselves from Britain. Moreover the Declaration of Independence reads like a proclamation of expatriation. It opens, ‘When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another...a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.’”
TUESDAY, January 15
TDV Editor, Gary Gibson, investigates the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, and where libertarians fit into the Jungian-based personality test.
“Myers-Briggs is a very handy way to categorize personalities and I strongly encourage you to read up more on the theory since this article will only look at the theory very narrowly. Here we use the MBTI to explore why so many people hate liberty and love the state monopoly on violence while so very, very few are prone to be Objectivists, libertarians or individualist anarchists who appreciate the morality and benefits of peace and freedom. Stay tuned because there will be a test at the end to see where you fit in.”
WEDNESDAY, January 16
Gary Gibson on Obama’s gun control efforts.
“People call Obama a hypocrite, but he's been pretty consistent on this: he wants to keep American kids safe. Kids in the countries he wants to drone bomb can go to Hell. If you're going to call Obama a hypocrite on anything, you could do what the NRA has. The NRA has pointed out in a "controversial" ad that the president thinks armed guards at schools make complete sense IF it's the school where his own precious daughters are. Armed guards at commoner schools? Ha! Don't make your elitist hypocrite political masters laugh!”
THURSDAY, January 17
TDV Editor-in-Chief Jeff Berwick previews market’s coming year.
“Worse than that though is that most of the actual money owed by the US government is not properly accounted for. As just one example, Socialist Insecurity extortion payments are taken off of US subject’s cheques and included as income of the US government. Then, part of that money is paid out to current pensioners and the surplus is immediately absconded and spent on other things with an IOU left in the Socialist Insecurity dropbox. Besides being a Ponzi scheme, this, obviously, if done by any private company would be obviously fraudulent. Taking money from employees, telling them it is for their retirement, including that income as revenue and profit on your financial statements and spending it all on other things would be the height of fraud.”
FRIDAY, January 18
In this week’s Feedback Friday, questions on Myers-Briggs, affirmative action, Africa, and more.
SATURDAY, January 19
Jeff Berwick checks in from Vankouver, Kanada while attending the Vancouver Resource Investment Conference, and discusses guns, the failure that is the northern two-thirds of North America, TDV groups, and more.
The featured video this week finds Jeff Berwick on Jay Taylor's Turning Hard Times into Good Times. Have a look at our wide array of informative videos featuring interviews, opinions, and analysis on TDV’s media page.
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