Thursday, September 13, 2012

Get Ready For Hyperinflation And Minimize Its Impact.

One of the most important services that can be rendered in the immediate future - and therefore a great opportunity for a successful business - is orchestrating a network that provides services that operate reciprocally throughout the community. This reciprocity in this context seems to imply some sort of barter.

If left in the condition of barter the economy will be stark and inefficient and unable to satisfy most people. Those entrepreneurs who recognize the inefficiencies of barter and who can devise ways to use money substitutes which are valued independently from the depreciating dollar will find  customers coming out of the woodwork to escape the destructiveness of hyperinflation.

Not only will such an entrepreneur be successful during the worst of economic conditions but he (she) will tremendously ease the economic pain suffered by so many others and at the same time be a catalyst for community building that will be in place for the future when a new approach is applied. Having this knowledge - that social cooperation is the best means to achieve the ends of peace and prosperity - will influence how civilization is carried forward.

Every village and town and city needs this kind of business enterprise to be able to weather the economic turmoil that is fast approaching.

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Declare Private Education Within City Limits Tax-Free!

To some extent it seems a little overwhelming to radically change the structure of the local governing practices to one that is wholly compatible with classical liberalism. For example the idea that a significant segment of a city - like the downtown area - can completely change into a tax-free commerce zone may sound good but it may also sound too idealistic and will face resistance from the 'pragmatists.'

I have found the perfect first step towards a systematic change to a classical liberalism city. Stated simply: the city can declare that, within its jurisdiction, all private schools will be tax exempt!

First of all this incentive will greatly stimulate education among its citizens. It will also make the playing field more even since private education and private schooling of all types will no longer be taxed to help subsidize competing public schools.

Within a very short period of time this city will earn the reputation of a premier place to live because of its high degree of education. Migration into the city of people who value education will be certain. Relatively speaking, this city will have better educated citizens and because they are better educated they will find better ways to do things and consequently the whole area will show a much greater prosperity than other cities that are still shackled by relatively more oppressive tax systems.

The realistic hope is that other cities will then see the positive effects of encouraging private education and seek to emulate this wise city policy. Civilization will advance within the city and then among the other cities within the region.

Who are the far-sighted city leaders who will begin this process? It is time to begin!

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Friday, December 25, 2009

How Best To Deal With Hyperinflation.

Well, we are social beings so we need to begin developing our social network of persons who are free from religious prejudice and who recognize the beauty of classical liberalism.

It is these cells of unity and justice that will protect private property rights, identify and use a commodity money, educate one another, and assist one another.

These cells are the nuclei of the future diverse classical liberalism societies that will compose the peaceful and prosperous worldwide classical liberalism civilization.

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Alertness And Responsiveness Give Cities Great Potential.

The interesting aspect of all of this is the potential flexibility of these smaller 'units.' Imagine if you would a scenario where local officials begin to talk among themselves about the merits of classical liberalism. Imagine that they actually come to the realization that prosperity would come to them magnetically if all the disincentives of interventionism were abolished. Imagine if they actually realized that being a statesman is far more glorious than being an ego-driven interventionist and that the moral and ethical thing to do is to preserve and protect property rights.

As a consequence of free trade and commerce and the justice of a contractual society, the flow of goods and services and the engendering of happy people would quickly transform the previously wasted and lethargic resources into an engine of prosperity.

Now back to the initial point. This potential is very near the surface in cities of all sizes. In cities, if the elected local representatives are respected because they possess qualities of character, but like most they are indoctrinated by the propaganda of the government about 'democracy,' and then they have the good fortune to find the logic and ethics of classical liberalism there is a real chance that they can easily gain the consent of the local people to make the change.

Who would object to no taxes, and a prosperous environment for businesses, and protection of property rights?

All of us, therefore, have the honor and responsibility to perservere and to try to educate the people in our communities who are serving in leadership capacities about the principles of classical liberalism.

Is it secession or self-preservation at this point? The parasitic leviathan steeped in socialism and fascism will kill the cities to save its wretched self otherwise!

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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Private Streets And Infrastructure!

I classify the whole issue of 'public goods' and eminent domain under a term called 'Forced Development.' This macro approach is just as arbitrary as price regulation.

Whose vision for development is being 'forced' on people? What would happen if there was no arbitrary development forced on people?

In a classical liberalism society people who want to have 'infrastructure' will migrate to places that have contractual relationships in place that foster that type of 'development.' If that is indeed a good thing then it will be a very prosperous place and other places will then emulate it and civilization will advance in that way.

At the same time, those people who want less 'development' can choose to live in places that have contractual relationships that preserve those type of conditions. Over time they will still evolve along with and parallel to the ever-advancing civilization because the people living in these places will have children and their idealism will have an influence over the long run. Prosperity is very attractive to most people.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Ignorance About Classical Liberalism Is To Blame!

Last month was Black History Month. One of the things it has done is permitted the lost contributions of people who had been excluded from history to be rediscovered. Now an even more important American tradition needs to be rediscovered and that is classical liberalism. Most people do not know that the inspiration for our Constitutional Republic was the classical liberalism philosophy extant in Europe at the time.

Why do people not know this? Because the education system that is controlled by the government does not teach about classical liberalism. Why does it not teach about classical liberalism? Because classical liberalism identifies the government as an extractor of wealth and as the source of corruption and oppression. This is what the U.S. Constitution was designed to protect us against but now the government controls every aspect of our lives and makes darn sure that people are not educated about classical liberalism.

That is why it sounds so odd and strange when liberty, and sound money, and peaceful relationships with all other nations, are put out there for consideration!

On March 4th the Gazette headline was ‘Human factor lifts sales tax’ as if those who are compassionate wanted higher taxes! A sales tax is the most regressive of all taxes which means that it is most painful for the poor and those with lower incomes! So if it wasn’t the compassionate human factor then what was it that won? Bigger government because people are not aware of their classical liberalism heritage!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Economic Ignorance Undermines Prosperity.

On October 18th the headline on the first page of the Gazette was “Big money from FEMA.” This is what the politicians have all proclaimed as a good thing, as part of the charade to make it appear that they are being productive.

When the ‘Big money’ flows into the area what will happen? With regards production - more units of goods cannot be squeezed out of what is physically available, so in essence there are the same number of goods but there are more dollars chasing those same goods. Demand increases while supply is fixed which means prices will go up! Our thanks goes to the politicians who add nothing to production but who intensify inflation.

Additionally FEMA gets its money from the federal government - the biggest debtor in the history of the world. Where does it get its money? The Federal Reserve prints it up and the effect is the exactly the same as counterfeiting. Printing up dollars out of thin air makes the dollar worth less which means its purchasing power diminishes which is the definition of inflation. Who is vigorously bringing this funny money into our area thereby intensifying inflation? The politicians who are trying to make a name for themselves at our expense.

It is a shame that the U.S. political system simply generates politicians who know only socialism and fascism and pretend that it is economics. For example, every single representative from Iowa voted to bail out Wall Street.

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Sunday, July 27, 2008

The Magnetism of the Model Classical Liberalism City.

As I mentioned in my last blog entry it is the Association of the private owners of property in the model classical liberalism city that ‘acts to attract capital by making the City a place where people want to come to visit, and shop, and do business and leisure.’ There are no artificial boundaries necessary since all property rights and human rights are protected by clear definitions, ones that are continually refined to keep up with changes in technology.

Once these artificial boundaries are discarded the concept of world citizenship and international free trade become clearly relevant to a City that wants to be a place where people want to come to visit, and shop, and to do business and leisure. All the benefits from the international division of labor around the world find welcoming arms in a City earnestly seeking ways to bring sustainable prosperity to the property owners.

There are no reasons to construct trade barriers since the Association covenant defines the requirements necessary to protect the integrity and aesthetics of the activities in the City. As a result this City quickly becomes recognized as a free trade zone with reasonable customs to be respected (the covenant).

The owners of property in the model classical liberalism city benefit directly from the flow of people and capital that migrate to this haven of non-coercive economics. There is no limit to the amount of prosperity that will continually flow from the laissez-faire approach implemented by the Association and wholeheartedly desired by the property owners.

At some point the City will have to do one of two things to overcome the physical limitations of its original boundary. More property lying outside the original privately owned City can be purchased and the City can expand its boundary in that way.

Or nearby cities can decide to emulate this model classical liberalism city and gradually restructure themselves so that they are completely private. Then the flow or overflow (maybe a more accurate description) of prosperous activity can continue in that same region and take advantage of the infrastructure already being used in and around the model classical liberalism city. That model city can be Cedar Rapids if the socialistic tendencies resulting from improper education can be overcome!

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Sunday, July 20, 2008

The Covenant of the Model Classical Liberalism City.

In my last blog on this topic I said this:
‘Now we begin to get a picture of who will compose the owners of the downtown properties and some of the basic elements of commerce. These property owners are the ones who will become a community, with a common interest in a prosperous city. In a later blog I will discuss the organization of the Association.’

For the lack of a better term we will call this group of owners an Association. There is much to be done by the Association and so membership needs to be quickly defined. All owners of private property in the designated downtown area which demarcates the tax-free zone are members. If there is any property which for the time being is considered ‘public’ lying within this boundary that entity does not have any membership rights.

Private ownership of property is the membership requirement.

This is where the philosophy of classical liberalism becomes extremely important since the next two steps are foundational. A covenant needs to be developed that honors liberty, justice and prosperity. And a governing body needs to be instituted, one that forbids economic interventionism.

An analogy will help here. If a weed seed is planted it will germinate and may very well grow very rapidly but it is ultimately undesirable. If the seed planted is classical liberalism then the fruits of liberty, justice and prosperity will nourish everyone from then on as soon as it attains maturity.

The essence of the covenant is the recognition that property rights are human rights. It is the covenant, then, that establishes and defines property rights and implements a process that allows for a constant refining of property rights so that those areas which are currently cloudy become more clear. Then protecting people and property from violence and fraud - which is the responsibility of government - can be accomplished without arbitrariness.

The Association necessarily has structure and it functions to serve the members and to represent well the City to the visitors. Removal of the possibility of ego-driven interventionism is one of the reasons the Association will not take on powers that are not given to it.

From among the members individuals will be nominated based on their service within the community (their virtuous deeds), again not because they have ego-driven schemes in mind. Initially the Association will have to decide how to allocate its representation. Do corporations have the same voting power as an individual? Do residents have the same voting power as businesses?

One good first step is to make electioneering a reason for disqualification. Those who serve on the Association will be the ones who are already serving in the community and are nominated because others recognize their deeds.

The Association is the steward of private ownership and it acts to attract capital by making the City a place where people want to come to visit, and shop, and do business and leisure. If Cedar Rapids is alert to the opportunity at its door to become a model classical liberalism city then those who stand at this juncture in history will be praised for their foresight.

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

The Capital Fund For The Model Classical Liberalism City.

Cedar Rapids is a good place to begin a classical liberalism city in this ‘modern’ era of skepticism. I will address this skepticism a little later in this blog entry. Cedar Rapids is being forced to begin from scratch because the entire downtown area was flooded to unprecedented levels. In general all of the downtown area was submerged to the depth of 8 feet of rapidly moving river water.

Every owner of property in the downtown area currently is unsure about the next step. Some will leave, some will stay. Will there be buyers? One thing is for sure, there will be property available for purchase.

As I mentioned in an earlier blog Cedar Rapids needs to be made into a tax free zone. This will provide an extra incentive for property owners to stay and this will attract new property owners. Also providers of services who will replace the ‘public service providers’ will see an opportunity to minimize some of their costs by locating close to their downtown clientele.

Now we begin to get a picture of who will compose the owners of the downtown properties and some of the basic elements of commerce. These property owners are the ones who will become a community, with a common interest in a prosperous city. In a later blog I will discuss the organization of the Association.

The owners of the entire downtown area, including the streets and bridges, will recognize that there will be a need for a capital fund. This capital fund will serve as a resource in case of large expenditures but also as an equity fund. The immediate goal will be to determine its necessary size and find ways to accomplish the establishment of this capital fund. One important beginning point is attaching a percentage on all new sales of property in the downtown area to go directly into the capital fund without discouraging any sales. Eventually fundraising efforts will be an important contributor to the health of the capital fund.

The Association will be able to identify which services are most efficiently provided to all property owners, especially to guarantee that the aesthetic and safety standards established as part of the Association covenant are maintained. These ‘common’ services will be paid for by assessments, probably monthly. A monthly accrual from all owners towards the capital fund will be another source of capital fund growth.

What starts to take shape is a financially sound private city with a valuable and working covenant that makes the city very desirable to visit and to live in and within which to engage in commerce.

Now what is the skepticism of this ‘modern’ era that gets in the way of this way of thinking? It is the socialistic education promulgated by public education. The government funds the education and has a vested interest in telling the children that government is needed and has done this for numerous generations which is why you are probably a skeptic. Write to me if you are wondering if it is possible to discard this debilitating skepticism.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

A Classical Liberalism Society Is A Contractual Society.

In a contractual society people simply interact with each other and when they exchange goods or services they do so voluntarily. The voluntary nature of the exchange is evidence that both parties believe that they will be better off afterwards, otherwise there would be no reason for the exchange.

This voluntary agreement is a form of contract. Some exchanges are more complex and as such require a more formal contract. All contracts reinforce trustworthiness and protect property rights. This contractual relationship taking place between the people in society acts naturally to foster respect and to stimulate further refinement of property rights.

These are exactly the things that are missing in decadent societies.

It is this valuable contribution of contractual relationships that makes a classical liberalism society free and prosperous. What I mean by free is that there is no intervention, no intervening parties creating a barrier to the voluntary exchange. Without this stifling effect there is significantly more prosperity both in terms of the total and in distribution. No longer is the prosperity partially distributed to intervening parties, which means that this type of political corruption is eliminated - thank God - in a classical liberalism society.

Here is where government has a role: its role is confined to protecting persons and property from violence and fraud. The contracts represent claims and if those claims can be verified then it is easy to see if the contract is being upheld. If the contract is not being upheld then taboos or penalties are assigned to the negligent party and then enforced by the government.

If the contract is not formal and not easily verified and yet claimed to be violated then it may merely be that it is chocked up as a mistake; we all make them. In a contractual society it is very important to have a good reputation so if someone acts in an untrustworthy manner then very quickly the well will run dry! Notice that this rectification needs no government action.

For Cedar Rapids to become a contractual society and a model classical liberalism city there has to be a laissez-faire environment. That means no intervention in the economic affairs of the community! Let the voluntary exchanges flourish and watch as contracts of all types form, as respectfulness and trustworthiness grow, as property rights become more and more refined, and as prosperity finds Cedar Rapids to be a welcoming city.

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Friday, July 4, 2008

It Must Begin With Trust In God.

This condition - trust in God - is important and enriching both in good times and bad. But what has happened is the substitution of a false belief in place of the trust in God. That false belief is reliance and dependence on government.

And so creating a classical liberalism city is a major step in the right direction since the classical liberalism philosophy already recognizes the virtues of limited government. Rightfully, government is restricted to protecting persons and property from violence and fraud. It has no role in the economy.

Trust in God is the fabric that holds everything together in good times. Once it becomes replaced with dependence on government the system deteriorates into a two-class system; the politically connected and the politically unconnected.

In bad times it is the trust in God that causes all the random acts of kindness which amaze and inspire everyone. This is the source of unlimited sustenance. When trust in God becomes secondary to reliance on government it comes with a big price. All of the sudden there are limitations in many forms and people begin to vie with each other.

The message here is that classical liberalism allows freedom and prosperity without some parasitic class siphoning off increasing portions of wealth to grow the tumor of socialism.

The message here is that all wounds heal and that trust in God is the most potent healer. It cannot be replaced with the bandages of favoritism, nepotism, political showmanship, or ego-driven interventionism. Disunity and paternalistic regulation hamper the recovery.

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Private Ownership of Streets and Bridges in Cedar Rapids.

As part of making Cedar Rapids a model classical liberalism city all property within the tax-free zone will be designated as private property. The streets and bridges belong to the covenanted community of property owners and they will take care of them.

Two more elements for consideration emerge: a capital fund and the ‘association.’ I will go into more detail about these in future blog entries. Suffice it to say that these private owners of the streets and bridges understand how vital both are to a vibrant and prosperous local economy.

Again, these businesses and residents of the tax-free zone can hire whoever they want, to provide the necessary services. A distinguishing characteristic is that services are only paid for once. There are no fees extracted to subsidize public works. If the owners choose the services of the public works office then they will be paid for their work. If their work is substandard or if it is behind the scheduled completion date they will be treated the same as comparable private firms. Ultimately only the best means for achieving the desired ends will eventually win out.

This degree of efficiency will guarantee that the city remains progressive, attracting capital! Did you see what I just announced? ATTRACTING CAPITAL!

In case you do not know this yet: capital is the most limiting factor in the economy, without any doubt and without any other factor even close to being as important! And what we see is that private ownership of streets and bridges and their efficient caretaking attracts capital.

No certain type of bureaucracy, no special type of government can do anything comparable to private ownership. Capital flows in freely, without gimmicks or redistribution of wealth schemes.

I hope the light bulb has gone on in your mind!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

A Tax Free Cedar Rapids!

All property within the flood affected area needs to be proclaimed to be tax-free! Implied in this decree is that all property will be designated as private property. There are buildings and property that currently are regarded as public property belonging to the City, the County, and Federal. These can, for the time being, remain public but may return to private hands when the private services out-compete the public services. This is a certainty since there will no longer be services that are subsidized by tax revenues; unfairly competing with private services.

All businesses and residents in the tax-free zone (which eventually can easily be expanded beyond the flooded area to encompass all of the city of Cedar Rapids) will have the option of choosing private services instead of public services. Either way there will be fees charged by private businesses or by the public works office for those services. Those who choose private services will not have to pay any amount at all towards those particular public works services. Then only the best means for achieving the desired ends will eventually win out.

As part of the covenant to set up the tax-free zone all property owners will be required to abide by standards of conduct that pertain to a healthy and aesthetic environment. Property owners can hire private services or public services to assure that the standards set for the tax-free zone are met.

The next entry will look into private ownership of the streets and bridges.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Cedar Rapids, Iowa Is Ready For Change!

The alternatives are threefold:

1. Massive dependence on money created out of thin air by the Federal government with all the strings attached so the 'social engineers' can make Cedar Rapids into their 'Sims City.'

2. A mixed economy with local government interventionists salivating over the prospect of a 'justified' flood of expanded government intervention requiring increased tax revenues to come from those who were unflooded, to 'rebuild our city.'

3. Create a model classical liberalism city by making Cedar Rapids tax free as the first step. It will be set up as an association and all property will be privately owned.

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