View from the Mount

View from the Mount
Sober Thought Provoking Archive Essays by SARTRE from BREAKING ALL THE RULES

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Who is Will Durant?

You must know of William “Billy” Durant, the founder of General Motors; but have you ever heard of Will Durant? In case you haven’t, his contribution to the understanding of the great legacy of Western Civilization, runs just as smoothly down the road of knowledge as any roadster built during the golden era of autocars. He was a soft spoken man, associated with the Ferrer Modern School an experiment in libertarian education. Durant abandoned his studies in the seminary and viewed himself to be a Socialist at one point an atheist and later an agnostic. He was influenced by Spinoza's Ethics Geometrically Demonstrated - but, above all, in his personality it revealed a philosopher actually living his philosophy, merging practice and precept, and dedicating himself, in poverty, simplicity and sincerity, to an attempt to understand the world. 

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

WAR without end !

As the Middle East stands on the verge of a new round of upheaval, can anyone learn from all the centuries of failed relations? It’s almost impossible to conceive that discourse can replace the dread that seems to be the permanent condition for that region. Blame substitutes for shame, hatred impels frenzy and reflection avoids remorse. Regret or goodwill are unfamiliar concepts, as hopelessness and despair replace confidence in a future worth living. Can this tragic cycle be broken, or is the world doomed to an apocalyptic ending that is inevitable? 

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Monday, April 21, 2014

The Economic Dilemma

Most people are simply put off with politics. Even for those who have a passing interest, many conclude that nothing can be done to make any changes. Then there are those who are relatively content with society, how it works and their place within it. Finally, there are folks who are totally disgusted with government and are engaged in politics to alter the system. All have one thing in common. Money bonds everyone together, even those unwilling to function in society, are moved to bow to its reality. Traditionally, money is any asset which gains general acceptability in performing the "functions of money". The functions of money are: 

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Friday, April 18, 2014

The Draft is Slavery

The recent announcement of Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y. that he will submit a bill in the next congressional session to make military service mandatory, should send shivers up your spine. Here are his own words: "I'm going to introduce legislation to have universal military service to let everyone have an opportunity to defend the Free World against the threats coming to us." For those who can no longer recall the history of the Viet Nam period, it would be simple to repeat the arguments that were used to discredit the nature of a military draft. While those condemnations were valid and remain so today, they often missed the most fundamental reason to oppose universal service to the State. 

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Articles of Confederation was Preferable

Once upon a time there was a country that believed in Liberty. The people of this fair land fought a revolution to free themselves from the tyranny of a foreign king. It was called the “shot heard round the world”. The purpose for all the sacrifices, risks and sufferings was the goal of establishing a nation, where free men could create a government that rested upon the consent of the people. How very long ago that was. So many people have forgotten - about themselves, their heritage and the very purpose, their government was intended to render. 

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Ministers, Priests and Clergy Mendacity

As a Christian Existentialist, who accepts the words of Jesus as divine, one might think that it would be befitting to worship in an assemblage with other believers. Christ in the Sermon on the Mount, taught the “Golden Rule”. Other religions and traditions spoke about proper behavior, but Jesus' "rule" requires you to do something favorably to others, while the others only prohibit you from doing something unfavorably to others! Jesus did not come to "destroy" the Law, but to fulfill it in every way. Now, if the Law has been fulfilled, it would seem judicious to understand the meaning of the “Temple Veil”. Jehovah allowed Solomon to build a temple. 

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Scalawag Culture Preserves Scoundrels

With the firing of Paul O’Neill, you get another clear signal that the Bush crowd is no different from all the rest of the political hacks. The real issue in not about one man, the performance of markets or prospects for poll ratings in the next election. No, it is about the struggle over economic policy. The enhanced interests of Wall Street usually comes at the expense of main street. If people are confused about the reasons for the lack of free enterprise, within and among the corridors and comptrollers of capital, they will never understand the nature of the clash of cultures. 

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Monday, April 14, 2014

It’s a Matter of Trust

We live in an age of continuous government investigations. It has brought little comfort or meaningful reform. Each succeeding report issued by the newest panel of recognizable faces, seldom brings confidence that “We the People” are being told the truth. Complexity in details are explained away as mere random chance, while flaws in logic and conclusions are dismissed as irrelevant considerations. We then are told an official version to believe, what allowed accounts to accept and a recognized history to support the next investigation. All the time the issue of official TRUST remains unjustified. 

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Friday, April 11, 2014

The Eye Sees YOU

When will the policy makers step forward and establish an agency for LIBERTY? Well, as any sincere observer of public affairs knows, government doesn’t have the ability to give you what you already possess - your natural rights. Their function is always to strip you from the means to effectively guard and easily exercise your freedoms. The latest, and surely not the last attempt to regiment society under the dominion of the all seeing eye, is exactly what we have in the Information Awareness Office. 

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

America First is Populism in action

Most people associate the term America First with foreign policy. While the implication speaks loudly for a pro national stand, most ignore the tradition that Populism is at the core of the movement. In order to understand the heritage, one should examine the most overt aspects of this tradition. Professor Ralph Raico, states  the case for an American First foreign policy in his book - The Failure of America’s Foreign Wars. He refers to the following motto used by Richard Cobden, the libertarian theorist of international relations: 
“The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is — in extending our commercial relations — to have with them as little political connection as possible.”

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

In Search of James Mattoon Scott

Now that Veterans’ Day has been celebrated, the election is behind us and the government is secure with a one party administration, we can all sleep in peace. Don’t be confused that this one party is equated with just Republicans. It’s time to look squarely into the eyes of the beast and admit that rule with one voice is the reality.  The course for war is set and King George will lead the crusade. He will send in the troops, execute the plan and give the generals their marching orders. Little has changed over the millenniums. So where is James Mattoon Scott? 

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Elections bring out the worse in citizens

Words or phrases like democracy, self determination and the “will of the people” have a ring about them that appeal to the emotions of much of the electorate. How nice it would be to think that your one vote has meaning. When you cast your ballot, we are told, you are a responsible citizen. Well, is this a factual reality or is this nothing more than a fairy tale? Doesn’t the entire argument for legitimacy rest upon the claim that State authority is created through the consent of the voter? Forget about policy differences, for the moment. What matters is that government officials are bestowed authority because YOU give them that privilege. This concept is more than just a theory, it is the central maxim that underpins the entire legitimate rule of any government. 

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Wrong Solutions form the Left

While many Republican moderates and some conservatives support the Bush administration, most of them agree that those from the Left are plain dead wrong on their opposition. How nice it would be if it was that simple! The fools game of believing that political rhetoric is consistent with actual policy action is the one factor that can be countered upon to win every election. If Republicans really stood for limited government, we would support them at every turn. But we all know better or at least we should understand the real record doesn’t support the discourse. When it comes to those from the broadest definition of leftist orientation, what possible common similarities could philosophically conservative Americans have with the Liberal cause? Few is the most appropriate reply, but if you dig deeper you might uncover the true Achilles heel of the Left. 

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Friday, April 4, 2014

What Does Murder Really Mean?

The unadorned answer is that a murder results in the death of a human being. The most central of all principles is that life is valuable. If you agree and accept this axiom, it must follow that ALL life has worth and that EVERY person deserves the same respect. Our entire civilization has rested upon the wisdom and truth that is codified in the Ten Commandments. “Thou shalt not kill”  is stated clearly in the King James Bible“Thou shalt not murder” is the pronouncement from Deuteronomy 5 in the Mechon Mamre Hebrew Bible in English. 

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Color of Money

During another national campaign, we are exposed to issues and slogans that miss the mark. The question of impending war does not affect most citizens - they won't be doing the fighting. The issue of unchecked immigration does not concern most voters - they live in safe neighborhoods. And the loss of individual Liberties does not concern most people - they never understood the nature of their own rights. 

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