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We are told that we need to have the Safety Net in place and that we need to look at Income Inequality and the unfairness of it all. This is equated to morality. In fact, the Godless on the Left would dare invoke Jesus Christ to promote their Socialist ideas and dress it up in the name of Social Justice.
Do not be fooled. Jesus preached charity and generosity…but he also said that he who does not work shall not eat.
In this modern age, we have televisions, telephones, cell phones, cars, refrigerators, and a whole host of other things which are not necessary to life. Jesus may wish for us to feed the poor, but I doubt he would command us to buy them cell phones. In fact, he would probably chastise those who asked another to buy them cell phones. I would even argue that he would view the voting of politicians that would seek to take from one group to give to another as a form of legalized theft. Under no circumstance is Socialism in line with Christianity. The “charity” of government confiscation and redistribution has nothing to do with real charity and has all the effects of destroying charity in the hearts of their populace. If you don’t believe me, look at the rate of charitable givings from Europeans, those closest to our culture. It’s pitiful.
Socialism is merely a design of divide and conquer. Should you have the nerve and resilience to actually read the Communist Manifesto, you can see that all it amounts to is the typical brainwashing technique of demonizing. It is the preaching of the superiority of the working class. It is the proclamation that somehow the rich became rich by oppressing the much more numerous poor and tricking them into this schematic. Every society in history has been more or less triangular. There is a reason for this. The superior rise to the top. This is a mix of genetics, training, character, drive, skill, and a host of everything else (but mostly drive). As these exceptional individuals rise, they raise others with them. Imagine that there is a string attached to the middle of a thin rectangle representing the population as a whole. As that string is pulled, a triangle forms. As the triangle goes higher and higher, the base of the triangle becomes smaller and smaller. The higher the ultra-wealthy is in a country, the more middle class you have and the less poor you have. This is why America enjoyed prosperity like no other country has ever seen before. This is only the case where free enterprise exists. You see, when the ultra-rich are created using political power, no one is raised up with them. This is because the rich in those countries are not made by the sweat of the brow or by genius of thought. It is formed by confiscation of others, reducing all it touches. Likewise, those attempts that strive to bring down the ultra-rich out of some sense of “social justice” only accomplish to lower others as well, broadening the base of that triangle and driving more and more people into poverty. This effect is two fold in the case of socialism as rewarding those who do not work only encourages others not to work as well. As Benjamin Franklin said, if you make poverty easy, you will have a lot more of it.
Social Justice is just another name for coveting. It is the denial of immutable laws of right and wrong and serves to allow for theft by conscience. If a man runs a stop sign and hits a small child, that man is responsible. He should be the one to pay the costs for the child’s treatment. It doesn’t matter if the man is a father of five and lives in poverty and the child’s parents are millionaires. That being said, I am sure that Jesus would look kindly upon those parents if they allowed the other man to go free and covered the costs themselves, but this is an act of charity. The other is an act of law. Laws are about justice. Charity can only be given by those who are in the position to grant it. It cannot be taken by force from another. Laws are only useful if they are consistent. If they are not, then we are not a nation of laws but go groveling before every magistrate begging for their favor. It’s a type of tyranny. It is the tyranny of arbitration.
The Tenth Commandment is thou shalt not covet. When you are concerned about income inequality, you are coveting. You are justifying your legal theft, and why? Because someone has it better than you. You want what they have. Check out Envy with Jack Black and Ben Stiller. The middle class in America live better than at least 90% of the world’s population. Even our poor lives better than the vast majority of the world. I think we all want to ensure that people have food and shelter, but there are limits. It is one thing to advocate some sort of homeless shelter which is more like a barracks and soup kitchens. It is far different to advocate food stamps which can be used on sodas and processed foods and low income housing projects which gets more credits if it is made with niceties like hardwood floors, solar power, or other nifty things. This is no longer charity. This is legalized theft due to coveting while justified by the erroneous argument that it is charity.
This leads me to the safety net. Yes, we all want a safety net to be there. We would all like to know that we have a few weeks to find a different job if we lose our job. However, this is a safety net, not a Sterns and Fosters mattress. It should be terribly uncomfortable so that people would be motivated to find something better. I can agree with a little while to find a job. Six weeks maximum. After that, the benefits should continue to decrease, even if it means that you are forced out of your house and you end up living elsewhere. These apartments and food subsidies should be only what is required to preserve life and no more. The food should be nourishing but tasteless. The living quarters should be cramped without any way to watch television or other source of personal entertainment. I would argue that all electrical devices should be hard wired so that there are no power outlets where someone can hook up televisions and computers etc. If the safety net was structured in this format, no one would stay on assistance any longer than absolutely necessary.
And there you have it. Socialism on moral grounds is a lie.
Long Live the Constitution!
Editing is going well on the Scroll of Sonya Lee. I am debating on which to do next. I will either do a military story about loyalty and fate, or I am going to do a more religious novel in the tradition of Narnia. Both options are interesting to me, but the religious novel is going to take some rather meticulous planning to pull off correctly.
I’m happy to announce I’m finished with the rough draft. I’m very pleased with how the whole thing turned out. I think it will go far, but it’s time for the real work of revisions to start.
I got my first negative review of 2084. Of course, this was expected. When you write a political book, it is expected that at least half of the readers are going to HATE your book. Of course, I disagree with his assessment. First of all, I would like to deal with his “political doctrine piece,” comment. Duh! Yeah, it is political doctrine. Dippy. That’s the whole point of the novel. I wrote this book to show how freedom can be destroyed by a death of a thousand paper cuts. The other comment is about using a future encyclopedia blah blah blah. I used a separate literary device. You see, there are two major arcs of 2084, and both are equally important. The Moses arc shows how the government will use the plea of “necessity” to rob us of our freedoms one freedom at a time. As Adams said, “Freedom once lost is lost forever.” The other is the George Washington arc which is meant to show how the human soul demands freedom and how we all need love, hope, and faith. I should imagine that this particular reader is a “socialist commie” himself. Finally, dude, you read 18%. You can’t dis something you didn’t read. The Communist Manifesto is the most inane drivel I have ever read in my life, but I still finished it before I trashed it. Regardless, the book accomplishes exactly what I want it to. I can only hope that I will one day have thousands of positive review and thousands of hate reviews too, for that is what I can look forward to.
Long Live the Constitution!
CampfireDan “Dan” said
There is a technique in future world science fiction stories for giving the reader a quick way to understand the background of the setting. That is to use a future encyclopedia excerpt or similar narrative about the events leading up to the future world. When done well it is usually a short, one or two paragraph, narrative that explains a few developments that may not be easily referenced in the story line. This novel, however, goes to excruciating extremes with its narrative side-lines to the point of making it as much, or more, a political doctrine piece than a science fiction novel. That said, if you are one of the folks who find conspiracies behind passage of every law or regulation you may still like it for the “yeah, take that you commie socialist” effect. But if you are actually looking for a science fiction story rather than political rant you will likely be as bored with this as I was. I made it to about 18% before I gave up on it as a sf novel and removed it from my Kindle. With some very rigid editing it might be saved as a short story but, to the extent I got in it, it rather seems more a short story with a lot of boring narrative fluffing it up to novel length. Two stars because some might like its political perspective – I would give it just one if not for that. Even so – I think a lot of all the side-line political narrative could have been easily worked into the plot if the author hadn’t been more interested in using the narrative to expound on his personal dislike of many current political issues than in using it for setting the action in a realistic world.
I got a pleasant treat when I was flipping around on the radio and heard you mention my work. I am glad that you enjoy my writings and find them enlightening. The only thing that would have made the mention any sweeter would have been if you mentioned the title of my book. I hope you enjoyed the novel and all the blog points. Check out the vblog on youtube.com. Just type in Troy Newham Message from Moses to see all my works.
Long Live the Constitution!
The promotion of my books is going great. The average book is only read by about 100 people (making publishing a real hit or miss business). However, my books are now in the hands of over 500 people. Currently, it has been very well. It is obvious that word of mouth is starting to spread (particularly with 2084). I hope that my goal of raising awareness about the dangers of leftist philosophy are realized.
Long Live the Constitution!
I’m happy to announce that I have someone who is willing to promote my book for me in Pittsburgh, so hooray there. Nice to know that I am spreading word around about my book.
Sometimes, I read old novels, and I marvel at the craftsmanship that went into it. Sometimes I wonder if the advent of the typewriter and computer has degenerated the art. The length of time necessary to write a novel by typing is incredible. I couldn’t imagine if I had to write each word out. Editing would take even longer. I should imagine that novels were only undertaken by people of massive talent and vision. Now, however, anyone can type out a novel. Using self-publishing options such as createspace and Kindle, anyone can have a book to sell. Now it feels like most books are either self-indulgent or operating on a formula out of a “You can write too!” book.
Geraldo Rivera has come under fire for saying that Trayvon Martin’s hoodie is partly to blame for his unfortunate death. This goes back to what I have always said. We are culturists, not racist.
If you see a man coming down the road in a white hood and gown, you are going to assume that he is a member of the KKK. For all you know, perhaps he is an actor going to a gig where he is playing a KKK member, but you are going to assume that he is a KKK member for a couple of reasons: 1) Why would he dress up in such a fashion to say to all the world that he has ill intent if it were not true? and 2) It is far safer to assume that he is a KKK member. The same would fall true for a white guy wearing a swastika or carrying the Confederate flag. Living in the South, I know many people who are proud of being from the South and like the Confederate flag who do not strive to lynch any blacks on the weekends. So that brings us to the question of the hoodie.
Hoodies are a convenient, warm garment. You can quickly cover your head and help keep yourself nice and warm while outside, and, upon entering a warm building, remove the hood so that others can see your face. Unfortunately, gang members and other criminals have also figured out that it is a quick disguise and very legal to wear. As such, when they are about to rob a store, all they have to do is pull up their hoodie, and most of their face and hair is instantly hidden. If coupled with a bandanna around the neck (to lift and cover the mouth and nose), a near perfect disguise is in effect. This concept has been conveyed in the nightly news and movies. As such, when people see someone in a hoodie, they assume they are up to no good.
If Trayvon had been wearing a suit, would Zimmerman felt the least bit threatened? What about a nice polo and khakis? As I mentioned before, no white guy in his right mind would ever consider wearing a KKK outfit, even in jest. So why is it that black youths do not understand that how they dress affects people’s perception of them? That is to say, if you dress like a thug, people will assume you’re a thug. This argument offends people, right up there with saying that a rape victim invited trouble by the way she was dressed. People should be free to dress how they like and say whatever they like and be friends with whoever they like without people rushing to judgement, but the fact of the matter is that they will be judged. This is one of those cases where ideology does not match with reality. For once, I agree with Geraldo, and I applaud his guts to say something so unpopular as the truth. As my dad told me, telling people the truth will never make you popular.
People are much more afraid of the clothes you wear than the color of your skin. If Trayvon had been wearing a polo and khakis, he’d still be alive. It may be tragic, it may be unfair, but it’s true.