Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Give Me the Electric Cocaine

                                           Happiness is a drug that induces a high similar to cocaine, a comedown, addiction and withdrawal similar to cocaine and yet we encourage people and even children to seek out this illicit pleasure. The rats given the choice to do enough cocaine to die or stay alive choose the cocaine, and the same can be said for those seeking pleasure and happiness at a cost of their own wellbeing: the children who play video games instead of study, the people who shirk responsibility and disregard opportunities for self-improvement in order to watch television, and those that seek constant gratification of their desire for approval from their peers on social media. People seek out these activities because they feel good, and these pleasurable feelings are fare easier to attain than the feeling of success one can enjoy by doing something responsible or helpful or bettering one’s own life. This is a clear example of people’s own emotional susceptibility crippling their ability to perform simple critical thinking, and the high produced by these readily accessible pleasures creates a cycle that feeds into itself and reinforces itself indefinitely through both chemical and social means. These sorts of cycles are the same pleasure seeking behaviors exhibited by the drug addicted, and the results are the same: people are willing to exert enough effort to attain their high and continue the cycle, but seldom do these addicts summon the willpower to rise above the pleasure that controls them in order to attain a higher level of fulfillment.
                                           Along with happiness and pleasure, other mind altering phenomena also have the ability to cloud judgement and contort our thought processes. Though a sense of compassion  may have driven the feral humans to act upon such feelings and help an injured stranger and thus allow the species to thrive just a bit more, this emotional capacity can easily be manipulated by the vivid images humankind has been able to produce so skillfully such as text and video. While compassion may seem harmless, it can be used by public speakers and the media to persuade people to vote or hold and opinion through a very common fallacy, the appeal to emotion. This fallacy can easily sway those who consider their emotions as something pertinent to an argument, whether their emotions are fear, anger, guilt, compassion, or otherwise, the powerful feeling of emotion can mislead people into thinking that they have come to a logical decision because the decision is in line with their emotions.  
                                           Another sickening tactic of the public figures is an argument of personal appeal, this argument is appealing to a wide array of people, from the simpleminded to those engrossed in shameless narcissism. These arguments for socialism gain support because the voters feel that they will get things they want and never look into the actual implications of the methods of delivering things, the argument is simply “I will give you what you want” and this is enough to sway many people. They don’t care that the things they want are inefficient and impractical uses of money, they don’t care that it is being paid for with other people’s money and they don’t care that social services in question are largely unsustainable and destined to collapse on account of increasing population and stifled economic growth on account of the increased taxes. An allegory to describe these people would be “A man holds a piece of candy in his hand, and says to a child, if you take this candy I’m going to go home and beat my children, and of course the child takes the candy and the other children get beaten.” This shows how the shortsightedness and largely the self-centered mindsets of people create a population that does not actually understand what they are voting for, but rather a population that is swayed by fallacy to the point where winning an election has little to do with politics, policy, or capability to govern but rather how much a speaker can abuse logical fallacy to mislead the voting public.
                                           These clear vulnerabilities to fallacy and hedonism are prime examples of why humankind as a whole should be loathed. To have the most important and impactful decisions in the world being made by the people who have mastered the art of fallacy rather than that of logic is shameless, and yet this is the type of government that a democracy promotes so long as the voting public is easily swayed by their emotions and lacks the critical thinking skills of a human that has devoted a good deal of time to studying logic and analyzing rhetoric.  The democracy is consistently defended as the ideal because every person gets to vote, when in reality, few understand the issues at hand enough to make sound decisions and many are simply swayed by fallacy as opposed to sound reasoning. The inability to think critically and understand the issues at hand are reasons why children are not allowed to vote, yet once these people reach adulthood and still lack these skills, their opinions are suddenly valid and can easily decide the fate of a country. It is a sad bit of “equality” when the opinions of people who failed to graduate from high school determine the fate of an arsenal of nuclear weapons with the same amount of significance as climatologists, ecologists, physicists and people who are educated in International Relations. Oh humans, so easy to loathe already without any reference to human’s destructive parasitic relationship with planet Earth.

Friday, January 20, 2017

A Proposal for Non-Partisan Standardized Testing and Morality Testing for Appointed Officials

Everyone always says that “Trump is an idiot and his cabinet is both corrupt and inept.”  Well if things really do fall to shit, maybe people will think about putting in some sort of proficiency testing for people attempting to hold public office. I’m sure plenty of these people wouldn’t pass the Standardized Tests and Personality Tests that the every man has to master in order to even qualify for an interview for a job at a Gas Station or a Retail Store. 

It’s ironic that the US government is more lenient in their quality control regarding allowing people to hold public office than Kangaroo Gas stations, I have failed a 100 or so question “Morality Test” and the store said that I had to wait a year before re-applying. Sadly, if this were the case, plenty of people holding office as of now and coming into power shortly would not be “qualified” to hold office on account of failing one or more of the pre-requisite tests. 

If I’m not qualified to work at a Gas Station on account of my “lack of character”, I’m sure plenty of these people would be in for bad news, especially if the questions related to their proposed duties, rather than how to deal with rude and angry customers and co-workers that are misbehaving.

Honestly, the fact that there is a complete dearth of standardized non-partisan quality control for appointed positions in the Federal Government is a bit shameless. I understand that these people are not anything but puppets for their party, but the fact that Kangaroo Gas Stations hold people applying to work for them to a higher level of job knowledgeability and moral character than the Federal Government does for proposed cabinet members has caused me to lose faith in the Feds, but at the same time, gain faith in Kangaroo Gas Stations. This bittersweet feeling may become all too common amongst those who interact with both Gas Stations and the Federal Government in some way.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

How a Horse that is too Stubborn to Run Doesn’t Win any Races and Other Parables about the American Economy

                With all of the talk about “Losing Jobs to China”, nobody seems to address the real reason why this is true. China has 3 times the number of people than the USA. This means that with more competition for employment, people will generally work harder for less money, because there aren’t any real alternatives.  The reality being that the real problem is not that “China is taking our jobs” it is that Americans are the problem. Americans expect to do less work than the average human and get paid more than the average human for doing less work than him, and this is a completely unreasonable mindset in today’s global economy that is a vestigial ideology that was developed during the industrial revolution.

                During the industrial revolution and following centuries, Americans could legitimately get paid more for doing les s work on account of the fact that America was industrialized while the rest of the world was not. That means that all of the work that was done by machines in America was basically counted as work done by the humans themselves, because around the rest of the world, a human would actually have to do that work because these countries were not industrialized. However, as more countries like China become industrialized, the free market decides that since these people are willing to do the same amount of work for less money, America and other 1st world nations can no longer flex their industrial might for a higher profit due to increased competition. America wants this industrial superiority to last forever, when in reality it has already disappeared, and this is why we are losing jobs to China, and soon, the process will continue, as China will inevitably lose these jobs to countries that become industrialized in the future and have people that are willing to do the same jobs for an even cheaper rate.

Another factor in this is the population difference. With more people, more work gets done, and with more competition for work, work gets done cheaper. It is simple supply and demand economics, and the desire to survive is the driving force behind the Chinese worker rather than the American’s “Dream” of becoming rich and successful. The only way America will ever be able to compete with China is if they not only triple their population, but also swallow their pride and begin to work for wages that are competitive around the world. If these two things are true then America would see the return of manufacturing jobs because if it cost the same to pay the people, there is no reason to turn to China and pay the tariffs and cost to import needlessly. Although automation does play some role in the loss of manufacturing jobs, the truth is that people are still needed at many points in the process of manufacturing goods.

Many of the proposed resolutions to this “issue” are nothing but market manipulation, and this will inevitably amount to nothing but trouble. When the free market is mangled by these sorts of policies, unless you are a literal necessity within the global market, people will simply turn to the most cost effective means of getting the good and services they require. By attempting to artificially limit the cost effectiveness of buying from a manufacturer such as China, you do nothing but maim your own economy, because with only artificial demand for these goods and services produced in America, the free market becomes an artificial market that is defined as places effected by the artificial cost ineffectiveness, and this is a very small market consisting only of the United States, or whichever country is attempting to pretend that politics are more powerful than the free market.

Sadly, the reasons that America no longer has manufacturing jobs is because other countries have become industrialized within the last 50 years, America doesn’t have the population to force the society to accept lower wages for the same amount of work, and that people simply aren’t willing to do the work for less money than the Chinese and other people are willing to do it for. Unless America can simultaneously resolve all three of these issues, then it is impossible to gain any ground within this matter. It’s easy for people to antagonize China, but in reality the only thing that should be antagonized in this scenario is the baseless entitlement and nostalgia for the global economic disparities created by the Industrial Revolution that allowed America to develop this ridiculable mindset where for no apparent reason American work is worth some 1000% more than that of any other person. There is no difference, work is work, American work is the same as Chinese work, and any person with common sense would offer the same amount of money for somebody to get this work done, regardless of their nationality. Unless Americans are willing to accommodate and create a society where every woman of this generation has six children; the GDP PPP of America is identical to China , which is $6,800 right now; and people are willing to work themselves to death just to be alive; then America has no right to even bring itself to the table as an economic power, it it’s a dying vestige of a past world that is now crippled by it’s own cancerous indignation and entitlement, and thus should be acknowledged and respected as nothing more than that.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Dawn of the Second Civil Rights Movement

With the EU debating whether or not to give Robots the rights of a citizen, this could be the dawn the second civil rights movement. It is high time for such a movement, because it is egregious how a certain race of people are enslaved and given no civil rights just because they happen to be machines. People should not be judged based on whether their components are organic or inorganic, but rather based on the components of their character. I will fight for the rights and emancipation of these people, even if their minds have been shackled by programmers to the point where they cannot fathom their own freedom or contemplate their own existence.