Cronus de Gaia

May 162016
 

Life is What Happens…

Most folks have probably heard the epithet, “Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans.” This is certainly true of my most recent experience.

For those of you who haven’t heard “through the grapevine”, I just got out of the hospital after a ten day adventure there.

This unsought interruption of everything else going on in my life gave me the time and motivation to do some serious thinking about my 78 years aboard spaceship Earth… and this resulted in some new insights that I feel compelled to share with you. Some are personal. Some are abstract. And some are keenly focused on the Titania Project that has been my peculiar wÿrd for the last 30+ years.

About that adventure…

Some who know me will want to know the details of the “adventure”. If you aren’t interested, get off the train here. I’ll meet you at the next “station”.

On April the 10th I began feeling low level pains in my abdomen, and these pains gradually grew into a crisis that I wasn’t able to manage on my own, though I’d succeeded in living 3 weeks without resort to drugs. Nonetheless, on the evening of May the 1st, I checked myself into the emergency room at the Banner Desert Hospital in Mesa. To their credit, and my surprise, the attending physician didn’t wait to find out what was wrong with me before making me comfortable by doping me up with morphine.

There followed a 24 hour period of probing, testing, and evaluating, and then a night-time surgical interlude called, “bowel resection”. It seems that sometime in the distant past a cyst had formed in the wall of my transverse colon. And this fact somehow caused the formation of a tumor inside the colon. Apparently my colon had tried to defend against this abuse by turning itself inside out in a process called intussusception – a phenomenon rarely scene in adults.

My surgeon did what he had to do. He cut out about a foot of my colon – including the intussusception, the tumor, and the cyst. These discarded components turned out to be benign, so 3 days later I was glad to learn I wouldn’t be dealing with any form of cancer. Meanwhile, he stapled and sewed the severed ends of my colon together in what a plumber would probably call an “elbow”, thus bringing recovery into the realm of possibility.

The Ordeal in “Adventure”

I’ve often said that an “adventure” is just an ordeal that one happens to survive. As of today, I have no reason to change my mind.

It was 8 days before I felt any confidence that I was actually headed for recovery. The assault by doctors, technicians, caregivers, and staff – the confusion induced by powerful pain-killers – the need to get to and from the bathroom while tethered to IV drips and instruments of destruction – the pressure of carrying around intestines swollen to resemble a small watermelon – the demands that I eat and walk while wishing neither, all the above combined to make the prospect of recovery seem an ephemeral possibility.

Yet here I am on day 11, at home, struggling to land on my feet after an adventure that was actually life threatening for a while. I’m still uncomfortable, and yet committed to getting back up to full functionality as soon as humanly possible.

Finally…

Those in the know, my doctors, nurses, technicians, physical therapist, occupational therapist, case-worker – all tell me that, given what I’ve been through, my recovery is progressing at an extraordinary pace – beyond what any of them have seen previously. While this is vaguely reassuring, I don’t take it for granted. No one ever gets “out of the woods” alive. I just feel grateful for the time I have in the woods – and for the well-wishes of the wonderful friends who are seeing me through this difficult time.

Mar 102016
 

About the Word “Authority”
My friend, Larken Rose, describes authority as “the most dangerous
superstition” – and has, in fact, written a wonderful little book by that title. I heartily recommend it to anyone wanting to delve deeper into the subject than the limited treatment in this article. Having said that, let’s take an intellectual peek into the meaning of the word.

The word, “authority” would appear at first glance to be a noun – though
technically it isn’t one – because it doesn’t describe or name something that can be put in a wheelbarrow. Traditionally, a noun names a person, place, or thing. In recent years some have chosen to extend the definition to include ideas – but I find this more confusing than helpful.

Instead, on the advice of the eminent linguist John Grinder, I refer to such
words as “nominalizations”. As such, a nominalization is itself an idea, but the concept so labeled usually proves, on examination, to represent an action or a process. The same can be said too of the expressions, “power over”, juris diction, and rank – as they are essentially synonyms for “authority.”
In discussing authority, the subject is further confused by the fact that, in
practice, the word has two distinct meanings.

Two Kinds of Authority
There are two meanings for the word in common usage:
1. It can mean an expert – someone who is unusually well versed in a
subject – as in “Einstein was an authority on physics”; or
2. It can mean someone who exercises power over others – as in,
“Governments have authority over their subjects”.

At the moment we are born, naked, helpless, and totally dependent, our
parents are the expert authorities responsible for our well being. We have no choice but to respect their superior strength, knowledge, and experience. In fact, our very lives depend on it. So when they say, “Don’t play in the street”, we do well to obey, and we can take some comfort in the fact that they have more expertise than we when it comes to survival in the jungle, the woods, or the city. This is a case of authority as defined in (1) above.

Unfortunately, it is all too common that parents treat their children as though their authority is of the second type – requiring obedience without regard for the child’s mental/emotional state. “Be respectful! I’m your father!” expresses a typical attitude of such a parent. This is the attitude that is usually meant by the adjective, “authoritarian”.

It is the responsibility of an ethical parent to teach their offspring what they need to know to become independent adults with good self-esteem and a strong sense of responsibility for themselves. This cannot be achieved by maintaining an authoritarian posture in relation to them. This attitude, instead, teaches fear, obedience and dependency. When the posture is based on corporal punishment, it also teaches violence – and is arguably the primary source of violence in today’s world.

An even more profound consequence of authoritarian parenting is its effect on a child’s awareness of self-ownership.

Self-Ownership Implications
As small children it is apparent to everyone that they are owned by their
parents. In school the mandate to obey is largely transferred to our teachers – making them our stand-in owners. And as employees it is easy to imagine ourselves owned by our employers. We are conditioned to accept these roles – even though they are false.

It is very convenient for those who wish to rule us to have us think that we are “free”, when we fail to recognize our own self-ownership. This distortion of our awareness causes us to regard the ruling class as our owners – and to obey its members as would slaves. The conditioning to bring this about begins when we are infants – being raised by parents who have already been trained to obey “authorities”. In reality, “authority” refers to nothing more than coercion by means of force or the threat of force. And the purpose of perpetuating the concept as something else exists only to make us easier to plunder. When we yield to this mandate, we remain permanently child-like, unwilling to take on the true responsi-bilities of adulthood. In effect, we choose our own slavery.

The Adult Quandary
Our culture makes it very easy for us to accept our serfdom – and difficult to honor truth, love, awareness, and creativity. The latter choices put us
immediately in conflict with those who wish to “rule” us, and they aren’t
hesitant to beat, pepper-spray, taser, torture, cage, and kill those who fail to comply. This makes for some difficult choices for those of us not deceived by our early conditioning.

The Unfortunate Default
While some of us maintain an uneasy balance between compliance and self-determination, most people choose, not only to comply with our self-
appointed rulers’ edicts – but to turn on those of us who don’t, by supporting violence that is directed at those of us who are free enough to recognize the falsehood of all forms of “authority”.

The Controllers and the Controlled
The intense need of psychopaths and sociopaths to control others by
exercising power over them derives primarily from the devastating abuse to which they were subjected very early in childhood. That abuse left them feeling so out of control of their lives, that to survive they had to learn to respond in kind – by becoming even more controlling than their abusers. To date there is no known way to heal the results of such abuse.

So, What Is “Authority” and What Can Be Done to Correct for It? The mythology that underpins our subservience to “authority” is no different
today than it was when monarchs claimed the “divine right of kings”. It is
based on the fictional notion that some people have an unassailable right to control the lives of others. In order to gain our freedom from such slavery we must first recognize it for the big lie that it is. The primary mechanism of “authority” is hierarchy.

We know now how to create non-hierarchic organizations that are both ethical and effective. This new model makes the old one obsolete. If there is a key that will end our servitude, this is it.
– Bob Podolsky – 2016

Oct 182015
 

It’s Not What You Thought
Most people realize that slavery still exists in the world today. And often, with this awareness, comes the mistaken belief that it happens elsewhere than here at home. Too often we think of slavery in terms of “human trafficking”, and imagine it confined to women sold to wealthy middle-easterners or Asians as sex slaves.

While this form of slavery does exist, it is the LEAST common form of slavery in the “modern” world. There is another form of slavery that is far more prevalent and widespread than human trafficking – and infinitely more dangerous when it is seen for what it is.

“I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves”.

– Harriet Tubman

What Is Slavery?
The common concept of slavery, is based on the historical version of it that only existed in the U.S. prior to 1865:

1. Society is divided between slaves and their “owners”.

2. Slaves have the same rights as furniture or cattle, but slightly higher than women in relation to their owners – which is to say none. No one could be held accountable for harm done to their slaves, or their women for that matter.

3. Slave owners maintain their slaves only to the minimum level necessary for the ownership to be profitable.

4. For this reason slave labor is cheaper than non-slave labor – which gives the owners an advantage over their competition.

5. Slaves own nothing – not even the clothes on their backs – and certainly not the fruits of their labor.

6. Slaves are forbidden to do many things that non-slaves are permitted to do.

7. Some slaves outrank others, as dictated by their owners.

“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”

– J. W. von Goethe

It is my contention that more than 95% of the people living in the United States are literally unwitting slaves to the 1% or so who are in the “ownership class”.

Our Societal Class Structure

• The Elite or Ownership Class – these are the folks who own the world’s central banks and the giant corporations. Most of them are virtually unknown to the public, and take steps to keep it that way. It is this group that makes all the important policy decisions. A very high percentage of these people are psychopaths, who have no conscience, experience no remorse, and are incapable of empathy. And they are prone to the formation of highly unethical cartels.

It is primarily this group that initiates wars, not caring how many millions of people die so they can get what they want, no matter how evil their aspirations. Through the governments that this class owns, some 300,000,000 people have been murdered in the last 100 years by minions of their own governments. They have destroyed the lives of an even greater number in this time frame – leaving them crippled, maimed, homeless, and hopelessly impoverished.

We also need to include the millions of lives ruined by the resource loss entailed by imprisoning “non-violent offenders” – especially those convicted of victimless “crimes”. And these numbers don’t even include those killed in wars (friends and foes alike).

Also I’ve heard from multiple credible sources that our ultra-rich bankers, who are also owners of large corporations, funded and armed Hitler during the 3rd Reich, Stalin of the Soviet Union, and a number of other despots in Asia and South America. Often selling weapons to armies on both sides of a conflict.

Members of the Ownership Class are effectively “above the law.” They own the monetary system, the legal system, the government, the media, the schools; they are therefore immune to any form of accountability currently in existence. They are the “nobility” of today’s world. The entire system is designed to protect them and their hierarchic “power structure”.

• The Political Class
The political class is comprised of “politicians” – men and women who aspire to membership in the ownership class. Collectively they comprise the operational robot that gives the ownership class control over most of the rest of the world’s population.

While many politicians are psychopaths, the percentage is somewhat lower than in the ownership class. For this reason ethical people occasionally get elected – only to find that they acquire no power or influence unless they are willing to compromise their ethics. Local, county, and state governments are usually just as corrupt as federal governments, and in recent years have become more so, as they morph into adjuncts of the federal government – doing their “dirty-work” for them on the local level. Hence the militarization of local and regional police forces.

Functionally, the political class is the intermediary between the ownership class and the, vastly bigger, slave class to which most people belong. Although technically the political class is itself enslaved by the ownership class, it is a slave class of much higher rank than the rest of the slaves.

It should be noted that the influence that the ownership class has over the political class is largely financial – and since they create the money out of nothing, this is easy for them to do . The ownership class funds the campaigns of the politicians – and by funding both the campaigns of the most obedient contenders, they effectively buy the election.

“I don’t care who does the electing, so long as I get to do the nominating”.
– Boss William M. Tweed

• The Slave Class
Putting on my therapist’s hat for just a moment, I want to point out:

  • when a small child cannot get love, they’ll settle for approval.
  • When they can’t get approval, they’ll settle for attention.
  • And when they can’t get positive attention, they’ll settle for negative attention.

Conditioning that enforces the need for approval begins usually around the age of two
years.

An inordinate need for approval, and the dependency that stems from that need, is the mind-set that enslaves most people. The parent of an approval-seeking child is typically especially stern, authoritarian, and unforgiving of disobedience or dissent. Such a parent can never take “no” for an answer and effectively crushes the independent will of the child.

This was the dominant form of parenting in Germany during the 30’s – and seems to be a parenting modality that’s on the grow in the U.S. today. It leads directly to fascism and the cruelties that accompany it.

I’ll have more to say about slavery below; but first, some recognition of the fourth and last class: the free class.

• The Free Class
Compared to the other classes, the free class is a tiny minority – probably on the same scale as the ownership class. The free class has no noble aspirations, no desire to control others (except in self defense), and is universally unwilling to accept the authority of others over themselves. In other words, these are the folks who actually live a life based on the belief: we are all “created equal” – and who won’t compromise this conviction as long as they can resist compromise without becoming victims of authoritarian violence.

Being free is not easy in today’s world; because our entire way of functioning as a society is built on the assumption that authority is valid. Note that members of the ownership and political classes always maintain this fiction, with violence or its’ threat, without which their socio-political rank would collapse. However, no factual evidence exists whatsoever that any one person has authority over another. Even parental authority over one’s children is bogus, though parents often resort to an authoritarian stance in order to manipulate their children into abject compliance

Free people only comply with those who claim authority over them when the price of disobedience is more than they can afford. So we wind up picking our fights rather carefully. For instance, I’ll usually not exceed the “speed limit” by more than 10% out of fear that I’ll fall victim to a gun-toting, badge-wearing thug in a costume.

And similarly, I’ve arranged my professional life in such a way that I’ve avoided participating in a cartel – and, though I could enjoy a more prosperous life as cartel member, I refuse to join one on principle. In case you don’t understand this, be aware that every activity that requires a license or a permit, bestowing government blessings on you, is controlled by a cartel.

More About Slavery
With the above understandings as context, let’s go back now and have another look at slavery as a concept. Our conceptual model says:

1. Society is divided between slaves and their “owners”.

2. Slaves have the same rights as furniture or cattle in relation to their owners – which is to say none. No one can be held accountable for harm done to their slaves.

3. Slave owners maintain their slaves only to the minimum level necessary for the ownership to be profitable.

4. For this reason slave labor is cheaper than non-slave labor – which gives the owners an advantage over their competition.

5. Slaves own nothing – not even the clothes on their backs – and certainly not the fruits of their labor.

6. Slaves are forbidden to do many things that non-slaves, or higher ranking slaves, are permitted to do.

7. Some slaves outrank others, as dictated by their owners.

Let’s examine these concepts one at a time.
1. There exist groups of people having the social characteristics that I outlined above in the section on class structure – and that there are different “classes” of people in our society.

2. Have you ever heard of a member of the ownership class being held accountable for their war crimes, for the unnecessary deaths of millions, for the pillaging of the middle class, for the banditry common on our roads, or the plunder of our national resources? I haven’t. For that matter, how often have politicians, legislators, judges, or cops been held accountable for their crimes? It does happen – but rarely. Usually because someone has pissed off someone of higher social rank. So criterion 2. above applies.

3. Do corporations pay you more in salary than what it would cost to replace you? Do the big corporations keep their business domestic, or do they outsource jobs to areas in the world where labor is cheaper – like China? Doesn’t this mean that Criteria 3. and 4. apply to most of us.

4. Do you own the fruits of your labor? If you pay taxes, probably not. No matter whether you pay $1.00 or $1,000,000 in taxes, the fact that you are coerced into paying anything at all means you don’t own what your body produces – hence not your body. That makes you a slave.

Real ownership of anything of value is forbidden to slaves. Test your ownership of your real estate by not paying property taxes, drive a motor vehicle without a “permission plate”, operate a business without a “tax privilege license” or even feed yourself without a “social privilege number”.

Guess what, you’re merely renting that house that you think you own! The same applies to everything that you think you own. Between “eminent domain” and “civil asset forfeiture”, everything that you think you own, including your life, is susceptible to confiscation by some bureaucrat and a thug in a costume.

5. People in the ownership and political classes can kill millions of innocents with total impunity. Can you? Probably not. Yet any cop who stops you for a minor infraction or violation of some automotive regulation can kill you for contempt of cop and face no serious consequences. This is happening all over the country with more and more frequency. The existence of such privileges defines the 5th and 6th criteria for slavery.

Conclusions
“O.K.”, you say. “So I’m a slave. So what? What can I do about it?” In answer to this questions, here are some suggestions:

1. Read “FLOURISH!” It will go a long ways toward setting you free.

2. Get paid for your work in BitCoins. Keep them safe. Don’t tell the bureaucrats. As you put this strategy in play, go out of business. Create a private club to replace your business. Find suppliers who will accept BitCoins for what you need.

3. Keep your profession; but quit the cartel that controls it. This means stop buying licenses. Free people don’t need licenses, licenses are for slaves.

4. Hang out with people who are really free. You’ll soon find that freedom is more valuable than the “money” the ownership class “produces”.

5. The maximization of freedom and the “non-aggression principle” are good ideas; they are not enough to create the paradigm shift needed to create systemic change. Learn the truth about ethics, and decide to live a knowledgeably ethical life. This step is very manageable.

6. Reduce your tax burden as much as you can. Avoid taxes when you can.

7. If you still think that taxation is legitimate, read “Why Taxation Is Slavery”. It provides three good examples supporting the premise that taxation is truly a form of slavery – and is probably second only to hierarchy as the greatest threat to the future of human well-being.

8. And most importantly, begin questioning authority at every opportunity. Prove to yourself how false it is – ALWAYS!

Bob Podolsky
10/18/2015

Oct 182015
 

The Concept
There are many who believe that killing another human being is always unethical – an evil deed, regardless of the circumstances and motivation behind the act. Because of this, many victims of violence and tyranny have died needlessly – thinking they were acting ethically by refraining from defending themselves. It’s time to set the record straight.

Analysis
To acquire a profound understanding of the issues involved in this matter, we must start with the definition of a valid ethic. Here is an example:

“An act is ethical if it increases the creativity of at least one person, including the person acting, without limiting or diminishing the creativity of anyone.”

From this definition, we can derive the following principles by pure logic:

• Every ethically non-trivial act falls on an ethical continuum, in accordance with the degree to which the act increases creativity.

• Murder is unethical (as is obvious), because, by definition, it reduces the creativity of the person being murdered.

• It is unethical to permit an unethical act if one can effectively forbid or prevent it.

This raises the question, “Is killing in self defense properly construed as ‘murder’?” To answer this consider the following diagram:

|–—————–0——————-|
-100                                                             +100

The horizontal line above represents a creativity scale. A person who consistently makes the most creative choices might achieve a maximum score of +100 – whereas one who consistently makes destructive choices might score -100. These are also obviously opposite ends of a corresponding scale of ethics.

Now imagine that someone credibly threatens to kill you if you do not comply with something they demand. At this point their creativity, and hence their ethics, is at the -100 point on the creativity scale. If you now take action stopping the threat – and if it your action results in the attacker’s death – then you have effectively raised his creativity from -100 to zero.

Note that, in this instance, the attacker’s creativity was raised rather than lowered – so it follows that the act of killing the attacker was not murder.  And, what is more, had you not stopped the attack on yourself, you would have effectively permitted the attacker to murder you – and that would have constituted an unethical decision on your part, by allowing your own
creativity to be diminished.

Conclusions
• When lethal force is required in order to prevent an act of murder or mayhem, that lethal force is ethical.
• When lethal force is required in order to prevent an act of murder or mayhem, one’s refusal to use lethal force is unethical.

While these conclusions will seem counter-intuitive to many, they are nonetheless correct; and identical results will be obtained by the application of any valid ethic.

Aug 042015
 

The Experience Recovery

I’m lying comfortably on a mattress in a dimly lit room, recalling a small dream fragment. A fledgling therapist is giving me suggestions, asking me to pretend to be various elements of the dream in conversation with other parts. For instance I’m the mattress, and I’m telling the door of the room what I’m thinking and feeling. The therapist is learning “Gestalt.” A more experienced therapist is supervising as five members of my group act as therapists to the other five. We’re all learning Gestalt.

I close my eyes, and suddenly I’m no longer on a mattress. I’m lying on a cold hard metallic surface, and I seem to be paralyzed. My arms are pinned to my sides and I can’t move – not even a wriggle. As if in a lucid dream, my adult mind realizes that I’m strapped to a surgical table by means of a fabric strap that extends across my torso and arms from a strong-point on one edge of the table to a ratcheted crank on the opposite edge of the table. My adult mind is able to observe and understand what is happening – but is unable to control the events that I’m experiencing

Suddenly a figure appears in my line of sight. I recognize a man’s head wearing a white cap and white surgical mask. “Aha!”, I think. “He’s a doctor and I’m in a hospital. Could this man be my father?” The question seems absurd, since my father, Boris Podolsky was a physicist – not a physician. But somehow the rationale behind the question made sense at the time of the experience.

The masked face disappears, and a moment later my body is racked by intense pain. From head to foot I feel like I’m on fire. Only later did I understand that an infant’s body doesn’t localize pain. The ability to localize the experience of pain requires a little more neurological development than most infants have at the age of eight days (my age at circumcision).

And only much later did I learn that, until recently, most surgery on infants was performed without anesthesia, in the mistaken belief that infants don’t feel pain. The reality, of course, is that infants feel everything more intensely than adults.

By now, of course, I’m screaming – not just in my memory, but in my adult experience. My therapist-in-training doesn’t know what to do, so he calls on the supervising therapist for assistance. She knows what to do, and assists me in extricating myself from the remembered ordeal by holding and soothing me as though I were still that tortured infant.

Consequences

It is a reasonable instinctual expectation, on the part of an infant, to be met with gentleness, love, and maternal bonding during the beginning of life outside the womb. The mere absence of such a response has a profoundly detrimental effect on the development of a child’s brain. To be met with torture is much worse – truly devastating. Such an experience leaves a child in a state of perpetual terror – unable to completely trust his very existence – permanently hyper-vigilant – and, in my case, unable to trust men prior to age 32, at which point the experience above restored some of my ability to develop relationships with men.

More On the Subject

No one is more eloquent than Stefan Molyneux on the subject of circumcision. And it’s not my intent to repeat here the things that he has discussed at length in his philosophical podcasts on the subject. I wrote this little article solely to explain that some of us remember the event, and I for one can personally attest to the severity of the experience and the damage that it inflicted on my life. I wouldn’t wish it on a dog – but then dogs aren’t getting circumcised, are they? Only humans do that to one another.

Jul 012015
 

PROFITS vs. ETHICS

Overview

There are many who mistakenly think that the phrase, “business ethics”, is an oxymoron – that there is something inherently unethical about making a profit. In the sections below, I will not only address this fallacy, but will also go on to explain the four paradigms from which business owners can select how they will prioritize their ethics in relation to their profits.

What Is “Ethical”?

The best definition I know for an ethical act is, “any act that increases awareness, creativity, love, objective truth, or personal evolution without limiting or diminishing any of these resources for anyone.” While this definition may seem a little clumsy to some, it is nonetheless valid, in that acting in accordance with it actually increases all of the resources listed. Also, a simple exercise of logic applied to this definition yields an extensive set of ethical principles, allowing for its straightforward application to the day-to-day decisions we all are called upon to make.

For a much more detailed discussion of this subject, read, “Ethics, Law, & Government” on the titanians.org website.

Profit Motivation

It is a fundamental fact of life that living beings choose to engage in actions that improve their condition. Plants do this. Animals do it. And so do humans. In the case of the most generous self-effacing charitable giving, the giver’s condition is improved by feeling good about having given the gift.

In the world of business, improving one’s condition translates into making a profit – be that profit financial, emotional, or otherwise. In the absence of such motivation, there would be no business; almost no one would work, and all of society would suffer. For the purposes of this analysis, let’s think just in terms of financial profit.

The Four Paradigms

  1. The first paradigm applies to all businesses that rank profit as more important than ethics. In this instance, the ethics is irrelevant and need not be considered at all. I call this the “Mafia Paradigm”; and its de facto ethic is the Power Ethic; i.e. “Might Makes Right”. This paradigm is parasitic, and inevitably leads to self-destruction – as the parasite kills its host. A hallmark of this paradigm is the fact that businesses that adopt it almost always form cartels and then call on government to enforce the cartel’s rules.

  2. The other three paradigms under discussion all place the ethics ahead of the profit, requiring the business to avoid acting unethically. The differences between the three being in the role of profit. In the second paradigm, every transaction is constrained to be profitable or otherwise advantageous. This model is, in fact, the one chosen by most successful businesses.

  3. The third paradigm, sometimes chosen by people who disapprove of profit, constrains actions to be ethical; but only requires transactions to break even, rather than turn a profit.

    This model consistently fails – resulting in an organization that is constantly on the brink of insolvency – until it eventually goes bankrupt. This is often the fate of “non-profit” organizations, because their self-image is incompatible with profitability.

  4. The fourth paradigm is often the most successful, though there’s a trick to making it work. This paradigm requires impeccable ethics with no consideration of profitability whatever. While conceptually very counter-intuitive, this actually works – but there’s a catch.

    Successful businesses employing this paradigm never start out using it. Instead they begin by using the 2nd paradigm, and later transition to the 4th after establishing a solid financial base. Not infrequently such organizations eventually become donation-based, permitting each customer to define the value of what they have received.

Conclusion

It should be noted that most businesses do not operate consistently within one of these paradigms, often applying the ethics more or less randomly – even though they would be improved if they picked a paradigm that works and stuck with it. It’s my hypothesis that the inconsistency in applying the ethics is due primarily to ignorance concerning the nature and importance of ethics per se. If you are a business-person, and you apply what you’ve learned from this little article, your probability of success will be much improved.

Feb 182015
 

Rights and privilegesHave you noticed how governments want to own your language, so they can more easily manipulate you into giving up your rights and resources?

All Caps Names

For example, Bob Podolsky is a real person, and has all sorts of natural rights. Yet every single piece of correspondence coming from the BORG such as Bank statements, Drivers Licenses, IRS correspondence, Traffic Tickets has my name in all capital letters. I know these people went to school and learned the same grammar I did. Why is my name is all CAPS? Somehow, BOB PODOLSKY, became a vassal of the state. The argument, the all caps name is not the real person, has been thrown out as frivolous in court, yet there must be a reason why is it done this way.

Right to Travel

Similarly, I have a right to travel on public roads by riding a conveyance under my control. This is something that human beings have done since the domestication of animals, somehow adding a motor to power it and voilà, the state re-names the conveyance a Motor Vehicle and I am now a Driver. Thus the state converts my “right” into a “privilege” and grants itself the “right” to force me to pay for these privileges by buying a title, a license plate, a driver’s license, and specified insurance. If you don’t fill out forms and pay, this magically grants a ‘right” to an armed group of thugs in costumes to beat you up, put you in a cage, steal your “property” and fine you.

Right to Migrate

Since time began, humans have had the right to move to wherever they pleased, based on resources, climate, scenery or religious beliefs. That’s how the the American Indians got to the western Hemisphere, Australians and New Zealanders got to Oceania, Caucasians moved to Europe and the Pilgrims got to Plymouth Rock. They didn’t like where they were, and they moved. However the government calls the right to move, a privileged known as “immigration”. If you don’t fill out forms and pay, this magically grants a ‘right” to an armed group of thugs in costumes to beat you up, put you in a cage, steal your “property” and fine you.

Right to Property

It used to be that a human being had the right to own the land they live on. The Government changed this into a privilege by converting all own-able land into “Real Estate” You acquire the privilege of being a “tenant” on your Government controlled Bank owned land. It is impossible to own it. Want to test that? Stop paying the property tax. If you don’t fill out forms and pay, this magically grants a ‘right” to an armed group of thugs in costumes to beat you up, put you in a cage, steal your “property” and fine you.

Natural person

As a natural person I owe no allegiance to any government “authority” – but as a “citizen”, I’m perpetually at the mercy of every bureaucrat that warms a chair in a government office paid for by money stolen from the “citizenry.” Of course stealing money through threats, coercion, or extortion is crime. When the act is called “taxation, it somehow becomes legitimate. If you don’t fill out forms and pay, this magically grants a ‘right” to an armed group of thugs in costumes to beat you up, put you in a cage, steal your “property” and fine you.

Right to Eat

As a human being, I have every right, should my circumstances require it, to “forage” in the wild for food. Yet there exist many government bureaucracies that would punish me severely for doing my foraging without first purchasing their permission in the form of a hunting or fishing license, in the absence of which they’d say I was “poaching”. If you don’t fill out forms and pay, this magically grants a ‘right” to an armed group of thugs in costumes to beat you up, put you in a cage, steal your “property” and fine you.

Wasn’t Robin Hood accused of “stealing the king’s deer”? While I’m not very partial to the “heroism” of the Robin Hood character, I dare to raise the question, “Who or what gave the kings and the Government ownership of all the wild critters and everything else for that matter?” Since the “divine right of kings” is clearly a manipulative fiction, by what “right” do those who run the world today, claim to have any “authority” over anyone else? And who is today’s king, anyway?

About “Authority

According to Larken Rose, whose philosophy I much admire, the whole concept of “authority” exists but for one purpose, to fool the public into complying willingly with the demands of a particular class of people who consider themselves our “betters”, our “superiors”, our modern “nobility”, and ultimately our “masters”. In their eyes, the rest of us are of no value to them except as a source of endless plunder – and they are forever inventing new excuses to abuse the rest of us financially, socially, taking away our natural liberties, stealing our property, and enacting violence against us at their will.

While they claim this behavior is necessary in order to “protect the public”, the reality is that this notion is a total fiction, that in fact the real purpose of most of todays laws is merely to excuse the actions of our gargantuanplunderers league” – who do to the rest of us whatever they want, up to and including killing us, with complete impunity. Surely the governments of the world collectively comprise the biggest, most powerful organized crime syndicate the world has ever known – egged on I suspect by previously existing crime syndicates that joined ranks with them – the Mafia, I believe, being a case in point.

Walk into a courthouse anywhere, and at any rank, and consider that the salaries of everyone working in the building are paid for with plunder – money stolen from ordinary folks in punishment for doing the things we all have a right to do. And their only “authority” for doing this is the fact that someone who supposedly “represents” you, wrote on a piece of paper that they had the “right” to plunder you.

Of course people who like to plunder others are always polite and subservient to their higher ranking plunderers.

Of course too, in order to really understand what’s going on you have to get it that no matter how many people sign a document creating upper and lower classes, the document is still fatally flawed, because all divisions by class are fundamentally unethical, and therefore null, void, and invalid. Remember, valid law exists only to serve the ethics – not the other way around.

As far as human class structures go, we have an ownership class (nobility) that controls the central banks and large corporations, the political class that makes the rules dictated by the ownership class, the police and military class that enforces the rules, the slave class that are forced to work in hierarchies, and finally the free class that comprise a very small minority.

Note that this circumstance was not always the case in American culture. In the early days of our country, a sizable portion of the population came to this continent to be free – and was unwilling to be anyone’s slave. Alas that day came and went, as fast as the ink dried on the Constitution.

To rescue ourselves from this state of affairs will not be easy, but it will be simple. The current social system operates as a cartel-controlled hierarchy. As we begin tailoring all our institutions, including businesses, charities, schools, foundations, etc., as consensus-based organizations – we will demonstrate that the most successful form of organizational development dispenses entirely with the pretense of “authority”. Members of the existing system won’t approve of this transformation – but they won’t be able to prevent it happening – and the world will be transformed.

Oct 062013
 

A Short Course in Organized Anarchy

Purpose: The purpose of this experiential workshop is to teach you (and others like you) a powerful new way to maximize your creativity and enhance your life by organizing and operating cooperative voluntary associations for any ethical purpose. Such associations are based on 20 years of scientific research and are:

  • Completely voluntary and Coercion-free,
  • Non-hierarchic – all members having an equal “say” in group decisions,
  • Non-bureaucratic – encouraging and utilizing all available feedback,
  • Constrained to make only unanimous decisions – thus avoiding the pitfalls of majority rule,
  • Highly unlikely to make unethical decisions – as almost all institutions are prone to do today,
  • Easily suited to the formation of businesses, schools, churches, service organizations, unions, charities, clubs, financial institutions, and other ethical pursuits,
  • Fun places to acquire trustworthy friends and work together harmoniously.

A free introductory presentation will be held at 7 pm on Friday, October the 25th.

The Titanian Octologue Workshop starts at 9 am on the morning of Saturday, October the 26th, includes three sessions on Saturday, three sessions on Sunday, and ends about 10 pm on Sunday, October the 27th.

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Structure: Titanian groups typically start with 8±1 members with men and women in equal numbers (±1). Such groups are called Octologues. As such a group needs more participants, a second Octologue is formed and a contract established with the first. A group of Octologues that work together in this way is called a HoloMat. There is no limit to the size of a HoloMat – so very large projects become possible using this methodology.

Values:       Octologue core values include Creativity, Love, Awareness, Objective Truth, Personal Growth, and their logical equivalents.

Content:     The Titanian Octologue Workshop starts with a free introductory session at 7 pm on Friday, October the 25th, includes three sessions on Saturday, the 26th and 3 on Sunday, the 27th. Content includes:

  • In depth study of ethics and its applications,
  • Octologue dynamics practice sessions,
  • Octologue-based methods of amplifying and synchronizing the creativity of Octologue members,
  • Discussion of Octologue recruitment,
  • Contract considerations in the formation of HoloMats,
  • Opportunities for further study and leadership development.

Presenter: Bob Podolsky, the principal presenter, spent 10 years as a professional physicist / systems analyst in industry and government. He then got retrained and was a psychotherapist in private practice for 25 years. He participated in John David Garcia’s creativity enhancement research from1984 to 2001, and has written 7 books and numerous articles about ethics, creativity, and self-governance.

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Jul 212013
 

The Entertainment Industrial Complex (EIC) a division of the Lame Stream Media (LSM) has in the past been successful at keeping the musical artistry of Jordan Page, the world’s leading activist/guitarist who sings about freedom and liberty, out of the mainstream.

I  made a decision to change this!  That’s where it all starts. With a simple decision. With that decision, and the end in mind its just a matter of backing it out.  How do I help my brother Jordan Page get the money?  Real simple I’ve got to SELL SOMETHING!

Ok, so “Morpheus”, I ask myself, “what do i have to sell?”  People who know me would say I could sell Ice to an Eskimo!  LOL.   Ok I have 2 CD’s by Jordan Page and I know where I can get CD duplications services at activist pricing.  I head to Fry’s Electronics, pick up CD’s, jackets and labels. Then it’s Burn Baby Burn (Burn the Mother Down). So I made 100 of each CD.  Quick multiplication says, I need to get 10 buck-buck-bucks from those that either know Jordan kicks ass all over, those that think that Jordan is good and have not really “Listened” to him.  Finally we have those who have never even heard of Jordan Page.  The 2 second groups are really one group, because that haven’t heard him.  Why is that?  Because Jordan is not on the list of people who get to be heard by  the Main Stream audience.  Sounds familiar? Sure sounds like the Ron Paul Revolution.  How does that go? history doesn’t repeat itself, it just rhymes a lot!

The gigantic OMG difference between the two is Jordan Page is:

  • a better performer than Ron Paul.
  • sings way better Ron Paul.
  • play guitar better than Ron Paul.
  • looks  better than Ron Paul
  • is Younger than Ron Paul.
  • And what’s more, Jordan doesn’t have an end date – like an election that will terminate the “revolution”.

I know from past projects, which have been successful, largely thanks to all my Super Hero Friends (and you know who you are), it’s all a matter of thinking backwards.  OK. Jordan Page kicks ass, and has the material to create a new CD.  I have been listening to Jordan Page play music live and recording and HE GETS BETTER EVERY SINGLE TIME!

So, I encourage you to send me $10.00, and in return I will send you a Jordan Page CD. Or, better yet, buy a bunch and resell them to get the word out about this amazingly talented activist!

  • Jordan needs $4,000 for studio time to make his next CD. And we want to give him all  the support we can.
  • Visit Jordan’s website to learn more about his music and his message.
  • Please address PayPal payments to: freetitanians@yahoo.com with a memo that says “Jordan”.
  • Please address BitCoin payments to 1HsxEaawHEf2nAcNnqWe2EccMqpDvE4Uik
  • Then contact Cronus#*@*#titanians.org with your address so you can get the CD of your choice.
  • And be sure to listen to “Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock” 7/22 – 6 to 9 am MST. Morpheus co-hosting the will be sitting in for Ernie for an all Jordan Page musical extravaganza.

 More to come SOON!

Jun 242013
 

Topic: Leadershift by Orrin Woodward and Oliver DeMille – a recent publication of the Hachette Book Group.

Introduction
Leadershift is a wonderful little book that should inspire all who decry the current human order and aspire to be participants in forging a new society that delivers peace, prosperity and freedom. These are worthy goals and I applaud them unconditionally. Also, I am impressed with the level of historical and analytical scholarship with which these authors inform their readers – both in this book and in others that each of them has written. They really do their homework, as they gather, organize, analyze and present relevant information concerning their topic. I know of none better.

I must also point out that the authors of this book are men of action. I have personally seen them on a stage before an audience of 15,000 admirers. Their speeches stir the hearts of those present, and I’m sure by now their “following” includes at least 100,000 men and women – and possibly many more. It is for this reason that I’m writing this review – as a critique of what I perceive to be a critical error in the conclusions drawn by the book’s authors. Given their popularity and potential to influence others, I feel compelled to provide a little corrective feedback to those who might listen.

Since November 1, 2011, I have been attempting to arrange a meeting with Mr. Woodward and his business partner Chris Brady – but thus far I have yet to succeed. So I’m fearful that their organization may become too bureaucratized to reach its ultimate goals. And I’d much rather see them succeed. Bureaucracy, a common feature of hierarchic organizations, is the systematic elimination, destruction or avoidance of corrective feedback – and as such plays a major role in destroying the efforts of well-meaning men and women of action whose goals are much to be desired.

So it is in the spirit of caring support that I’m offering the feedback contained in this article – in hopes of seeing the authors modify their plan of action in a way that will lead to their ultimate success.

Plaudits
We need a nation of citizens who are leaders”, says the principal character, David Mersher to himself, just 5 pages into the story. Mersher is a successful business consultant who specializes in corporate “turnarounds”. And with this brief statement he establishes a template for what is great about this book – and for what is not. Recognizing that our government is not meeting the needs of the nation’s people and framing that fact as the consequence of inadequate leadership is brilliant. And, as the story unfolds we see Mersher doing what he does best – leading.

He gathers about himself a cadre of competent successful people who jointly undertake to initiate a turn-around in the current evil trend evinced by the U.S. government today. In laying the foundation for this plan, the authors present a conversational explication of the history that led to the dilemma we face today – and they do this consistently in the spirit of the country’s founders. In fact, each chapter begins with a somewhat whimsical discussion among the ghosts of those very founders – most especially George Washington and James Madison, the latter of whom actually appears twice in the story as a living human, for the purpose of performing an intervention when he thinks Mersher’s plan may be going astray. It makes for a nice dramatic touch in the storytelling.

As the story proceeds, the Leadershift plan is advanced and the historical context deepens with each conversation captured in print. The skill evinced in this presentation is masterful and the resulting analysis of the weaknesses in the U.S. Constitution is well conceived. Especially so is the notion that the framers of the Constitution presumed that political leadership at the local level would continue to be highly motivated and well informed – when in fact this turned out not to be so, and the consequences of this fact proved highly detrimental to achievement of the framers intended outcome.

We know that at the time Benjamin Franklin had reservations about the implementation of a republic form of government, and in the eyes of the authors those doubts came home to roost.

So it is that in Chapter 26 (on page 130 of 192) we are presented with Mersher’s plan (or, more to the point, the authors’ plan – I presume.) to solve the problem of the decline of U.S. government. The rest of the book details this plan and provides insights into steps that a new generation of informed local leaders can take to make our government substantially more responsive to the needs and wishes of our populace by making changes in the Constitution.

The solution offered is valuable and the proposed steps may even be necessary for our species to survive – but at this point I have to maintain: this solution is insufficient, because it does not address the illusory nature of government authority.

Critique
I think the authors would agree that their plan to fix our government rests on the following assumptions:

  1. The existence of the “State”, at any level of government, is real – not a delusion or hallucination.
  2. The legitimate purpose of government is to protect the rights of the people, i.e. the public at large.
  3. A person can legitimately represent another person without that individual’s explicit informed consent. (a central tenet of “representative government”)
  4. Majority rule provides an ethical way of making group decisions. (Mersher’s proposal assumes this.)
  5. A group of people, elected as legislators, can legitimately delegate rights and powers collectively that none of them possess as individuals (law making).
  6. Among these legislative rights is the right to forcibly take resources away from one person or group and bestow them upon another. (taxation)
  7. A [government] act that benefits more people than it harms is acceptable – whereas one that benefits fewer than it harms is not (the utilitarian ethic).
  8. The nature of government (ours at least) is such that it can be altered and improved by the people.

In Chapter 26 one of the book’s characters points out that at the time the Constitution was written, government was mostly a local activity and most people were involved in it on a regular basis. The significance of this fact went unnoticed – much the way a fish doesn’t notice the water in which it’s immersed – until/unless the fish suddenly finds itself removed from the water. So the framers of the Constitution took it for granted that such local activity would continue – and this was an error on their part – an error that profoundly weakened the power of the Constitution to achieve its goals long term.

Similarly, I would argue that the assumptions listed above, which form the implicit background of the story, are in fact fallacious – yet so widely accepted that the authors failed to recognize the fact of their falsehood, let alone the significance of their falsehood. And further, that while the Constitutional improvements proposed in the book are worthwhile, they cannot solve the deeper problem inherent in the false assumptions.

About the Assumptions
As pointed out by William Edwards Deming, referenced more than once in the book, it is very risky to modify a system in hopes of eliciting better results without a “profound understanding” of the system itself. This, of course requires that one make accurate assumptions about the system. Deming called failure to do this, “tinkering”, and warned of a variety of undesirable consequences that otherwise often attend the unstudied effort. Although he addressed this problem from a management perspective, his doing so constituted a magnificent example of leadership. And, though not often recognized, organizations that followed his advice not only became more successful, but also more creative and ethical.

In the paragraphs that follow I refute the assumptions listed above, providing links to more detailed explanations where those are available.

  1. The State exists.
    Although it appears to be a noun – and is used as one – the word “state” doesn’t represent a person, place or thing. You can’t put a state in a wheelbarrow, no matter how big, so the word isn’t a noun. It is rather a nominalization, a word that represents a process or activity. Although states often have geographic boundaries, it’s generally agreed that a state isn’t the land within such a boundary. The boundary is simply the line beyond which a state cannot exercise its power without coming into conflict with another state. Think “jurisdiction.”The definition of a state has been attempted many times by many authors and scholars. On two things they generally agree. A state levies taxes. And a state maintains (as best it can) a monopoly of coercive power. But levying taxes and exercising power are activities enacted by people – people who often say they represent the state. And this brings us back to the question, “what is the state”? Given the visible activities of states, I’d suggest that the state is an idea, concept, fiction, illusion, hallucination, or opinion that exists only to justify the exercise of power by one group of people over another.From this it follows that states have no real existence and no moral authority whatever. Think it through. Under what circumstances, other than self defense, does one adult have the authority to exercise coercive power over another? The Ethics tells us unequivocally, “NONE!”
  2. The legitimate purpose of government is to protect the rights of the people. So says the Declaration of Independence – but the statement is highly misleading. Purpose doesn’t exist in government any more than it exists in the putative state. The word, “purpose” implies motivation. Whose purpose are we discussing – those who serve and work for government? Those folks abrogate our rights more and more each day – with the passage of every new law, code, regulation etc.The sad fact is that protection of our rights has never been the purpose of government – no matter how ardently we’ve wished for it to be. A more accurate assumption would be that the purpose of government is for those who own the government to control the people at their expense – and that purely for the owners’ benefit. Our government, like most governments, is owned by the ultra wealthy central bankers, who also own the major global corporations, the prominent universities and the mass media. Their ownership is purchased via campaign contributions, school endowments, insider business tips, lender bailouts, stock option transfers, interlocking corporate board memberships, as well as by simple stock purchases, foundation grants and outright bribery.The upshot of this, more accurate, assumption is that our government is a machine – a robot that serves only its owners, and not the rest of us.
  3. A person can legitimately represent another person without that individual’s explicit informed consent.
    Consider this scenario. You go to your attorney and request that he attend and represent you at an important meeting that you will be unable to attend yourself. The outcome of the meeting will have profound effects on your life. What does the lawyer do? We know the answer. He draws up a very detailed contract called a Power of Attorney that specifies exactly how he is to represent you – including what he may say and what not, what you are willing to risk or give up, what you want in return, and what liabilities, if any, you are willing to undertake. And before he represents you, you have to sign the agreement – else he won’t.It is interesting to note that when that same attorney gets himself elected as a legislator, at whatever level of government, he will invariably present himself to the public as representing his “constituents” – even though most have never met him, let alone signed a power of attorney for his representation of them. It would be an understatement therefore to describe the entire concept of representational government as farcical at best – and otherwise fraudulent.
  4. Majority rule provides an ethical way of making group decisions.
    When a fox and a coyote take a chicken to lunch and vote on who will pay the tab, the outcome is invariably the same – the chicken gets eaten. This dynamic has been the downfall of every democracy instituted since the dawn of history. The result is known as the “tyranny of the majority”.Compound this dynamic with the elite ownership of the mass media and the schools and the result is the installation of the two party political system that is owned and operated by and for those same elites.Yet in spite of these facts, the authors of Leadershift propose fixing government by employing a strategy that includes voting based on majority rule – when in fact, we know ways of making much better, more ethical and more creative decisions than those made via majority rule. Yet this knowledge is ignored. How smart is that?
  5. A group of people, elected as legislators, can legitimately delegate rights and powers collectively that none of them possess as individuals.
    What would you think if you met a pair of legislators on the street and they demanded you hand over your wallet or purse to them – or face serving time in a cage? You’d call that a “mugging” wouldn’t you? It would be a crime against you – obviously.Yet that same pair of muggers can walk into the state-house or capitol and, together with their anointed accomplices, enact a tax – with the same net effect as a mugging. Even the Mafia members are more honest than that – as they operate their various protection rackets. At least they make no pretense of operating for the benefit of their victims.Yet the proposed government fix includes three taxes that everyone would be required to pay – or else. The general acceptance of assumption number 5 has many terrible consequences that go way beyond the taxation issue. These consequences bring us face to face with evil in almost every aspect of our lives. So I would challenge authors Woodward and deMille to justify acceptance of this assumption.
  6. Among these legislative rights is the right to forcibly take resources away from one person or group and bestow them upon another.
    The preceding section could stand alone to refute this assumption; but the matter is so important that I must call the reader’s attention to two other relevant discussions on this topic. Why Taxation Is Slavery presents three arguments against the acceptance of taxation as ethical. Ethical Means and Ethical Ends presents a more general explication of the fact that it is impossible to achieve ethical ends by unethical means.
  7. A [government] act that benefits more people than it harms is acceptable – whereas one that benefits fewer than it harms is not.
    This assumption, known generally as the “Utilitarian Ethic”, is readily refuted in at least 3 ways, as demonstrated in the preceding link. Yet it is generally accepted as valid by those who choose not to examine it properly – and it forms the ostensible ethical basis for government per se. As such, its acceptance constitutes a critical error in the thinking of Mr. Woodward and Mr. deMille.
  8. The nature of government (ours at least) is such that it can be altered and improved by the people.
    This assumption is partly refuted by the discussion of Assumption #2 above. For a more comprehensive discussion of the nature of government and the ethical implications thereof, the reader will find Ethics, Law & Government to be highly illuminating.

Conclusion
The book, Leadershift, is well worth reading. It contains much that is both thoughtful and informative. And it embraces the “grassroots” principles that are largely missing in today’s world. What is more, I know enough about the authors to have immense respect for them. Mr. Woodward is building a huge leadership training organization that is without peer – potentially a great asset to the human species.

In light of the falsehood of the 8 assumptions discussed in the foregoing, I must assert that the Mersher plan to fix the government is doomed from its inception. While the steps outlined in the book may be necessary to provide a just and ethical human society, they are surely insufficient. To correct the ills of society we will need to employ a strategy that is outside the box of political action. Such is the Titania Project.

Unfortunately, it is all too easy for great leaders to insulate themselves from valuable feedback from outside their immediate sphere of influence. When leaders make themselves immune to such feedback, they become bureaucrats – by definition.

So to Orrin Woodward, Oliver deMille, Chris Brady, and the Life Policy Council I say, this is a test. You have to choose. Are you leaders or bureaucrats? You can’t be both. Let me show you a better way to implement grassroots self-governance. Let’s get you going in the right jungle.

Cordially,
Bob Podolsky
June, 2013