29 votes

Happy Festivus to the DailyPaul Community!

Ahh, fellow Dailypaulers.

It's that time of the year again. Yes, Festivus. It is upon us. That means The Airing of Greviances.

As much as it pains me to do this, I must confront you with the many problems I have with you all. And they are numerous and manifold.

Have a drink, this is going to be rough.

***

First, I just want to say I love you all, I love you as individuals each in your own unique way. And I love the bunch of you. My life would be incomplete without you.

However, I have to confront you with some of those things that have been grating on my conscience over the past year, and let you know just where and why our relationship isn't working.

First, many of you are just insane. You have latched onto the Ron Paul movement to vent your personal spleen against society in general. You aren't a large portion of our group, perhaps 10%. You are perennial malcontents; you will be dissatisfied and unhappy in any circumstances, any possible world, and you hitch your wagon to the star of any movement or phenomenon which opposes in word or deed the majority, or the general institutions of society. You know who you are, so we will leave it at that.

Secondly, you idealists. No truth is too foolish for you as long as it is beautiful. You have a conception of human nature and of humanity that is so ridiculous as to be funny. In your world, teh people of the world would unite and live in non-coercive free market harmony, but for a nefarious conspiracy that holds them in intellectual bondage. Your ideology borders on dogma and blinds you to even the most basic realities of human nature that have been known for centuries to even the simplest children and schoolgirls.

Thirdly, you democrats. Note that's a small d. You still believe, against all experience, reason, and data, in the sacredness of the will of the people, of the voter. You project upon the masses and the voters your own profile of priorities and interests. You still believe, against all evidence and experience, in a humanity with uniform cognitive ability and behavior. You imagine that if you can just persuade and argue with enough people, you will be triumphant by sheer force of logic.

You see yourselves in a grand struggle of ideas with a humanity you've created in your own image; you are oblivious to the fact that the things you believe in and value hold no personal interest to 75% of people and no ideological interest to 97% of people. You presume that what drives and energizes you is the beating heart of humanity.

Fourth, you individualists. You special little snowflakes. Give yourselves a hug. Your ideology is so beautiful, your utopia as seductive as any yet devised by man or philosopher. You refuse to see groups, interests, or other facts. Yours is a noble pursuit, rife with possibilities for the historian or humorist.

Your sterile devotion to yourselves alone and your airy ideological castles is charming enough. Nothing beyond the individual offers anything to your palette. It does not stroke your ego. Nothing beyond your own ideas, be the right or wrong, titillates you or tugs at your heartstrings.

Devoid of interests, emotion, or attachments, you conceive of people and politics as a great debating society, or even a cocktail party, in which numberless Socratic clones debate contentedly the miniscule nuances of every logical lane and corridor, never raising a hand against another or considering something as crass as their interests or identity in spinning their webs. This blissful world is never disturbed by violence or marred by blood, and is thus very appealing to you.

In such indulgence, you fail utterly to conceive of yourselves in the proper, real context. What is that context?

It is the only real political context. You all, by virtue of your intellect and energies, are an elite or potential elite, in conflict with other elites. You are competing in a political arena with cliques and groups of elites, driven by both interest, and ideology.

In and of itself, the ideology hardly matters. No ideology was ever too insane to win the hearts and minds of a majority if it was championed and shouted from the rooftops by the right men at the right time.

Voting majorities and contentious debates are not what took your country from you, or drove your ideas into the underground. It was organized, well funded groups; elites, ideologues, cliques, et al., engaged in campaigns of propaganda and in the joyous pursuit of elbowing out their competitors in key positions of influence within society. The media, academia, and so on.

You did not lose the battle in the voting booth and you surely will not win it there.

The battleground is the institutions and machinery that tell people what to believe, how to think, how to vote, and what ideas to parrot.

Your failure to recognize this is a severe handicap on your ability to compete!

Your refusal to engage in those methods and behaviors that actually work on the political stage make you objects of mere curiosity and humor for the chattering classes and power brokers. Is that all you want to be?

Many of your ideas are indeed true, and are worthy of consideration and worthy foremost of a capable, serious advocacy.

You are so full of potential, energy, and many noble goals. A little realism and confidence in yourselves, a belief in yourselves, and you could well bring justice and sanity to a fallen world. It is not written in stone that criminals and sociopaths should always be on top.

I pat you all on your collective back for your efforts, your accomplishments, your enthusiasm, you sense of community, your devotion, and your love, this year.

You have stuck your foot in a very big door and made a mild tremor in a giant, rotten applecart.

If you will continue on your pursuit of truth, even ugly truths, and embrace all of them, and learn to love their taste, you will soon come to see yourselves as a real potential force to be reckoned with.

When that day comes, many people and institutions will tremble.

I wish you all a happy Festivus, albeit a bit early,

Your compatriot BILL3



Trending on the Web

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
metalhed19's picture

Bill3 Strikes again....Nice.

Bill3 Strikes again....Nice. My favorite Line...."You have stuck your foot in a very big door and made a mild tremor in a giant, rotten applecart."

*Wisconsin Constitution* Article I, Section 25 "The people have the right to keep and bear arms for security,defense,hunting,recreation or any other law-abiding purpose"

Even I, an erstwhile mere schoolgirl

understood those most basic of realities concerning human nature! Now that I'm all grown up into a big girl, no pie-in-the-sky idealist would this Daily Paul user turn into. No, no! At least not concerning free markets! But the elimination of that cause for you to grieve notwithstanding, I'm sure I'd still "grate on your conscience." That's as you put it, not me. If the truth be told, it doesn't make sense to me that what you view as character flaws in others should grate on your own conscience. Freudian slip? (You've chosen not to divulge the findings of any exploration into your own soul but only ours, though I do understand that that would be uncharacteristic of the holiday, though I recommend it, nonetheless, as a friend who loves you I'm sure as much as you love me, not per se but among the many others you feel aren't, though could be, but for our myopic views, a real force to be reckoned with! And btw, BILL3, just know I think you have great potential, too! Cross my heart and hope to die!) I'd love to expound on how you would surely categorize me and others like me, but it's my doll's birthday and I'm having a party. She invited the teddy bear and the dog. A real dog, not a toy, silly!

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

the lady doth protest too

the lady doth protest too much

eccentric individualist here

... ferociously seeking deeper truths, and demanding justice for massive scale frauds and other macro-crimes. New investigation of the JFK CIA-sponsored assassination for example...
Rejecting the two-party charade altogether from this point forward, working against both of them while building the new Liberty Party ( a non-organization with no membership lists or centralized planning of any kind )

It's a Festivus MIRACLE!

!

"I am Troll fighter, number one"

-Ernest

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxWb-ViejPg

Blue Ribbon Post

You [...] are [...] potential elite, in conflict with other elites. You are competing in a political arena with cliques and groups of elites, driven by [...] interest[s]...

...organized, well funded groups; elites, ideologues, cliques, et al., engaged in [...] positions of influence within society. The media, academia, and so on.

Your failure to recognize this is [methods and behaviors that actually work]... Your refusal to engage in those methods and behaviors... a severe handicap on your ability to compete!

...engage in those methods and behaviors that actually work on the political stage make you [...] the chattering classes and power brokers.

Just when I was losing hope anyone on this forum was ever going to learn how the game is played, BILL3 gives me a glimmer in knowing maybe the dots are connecting for at least some. If I could I'd give you a blue ribbon for this post, BILL3.

u redeem my faith in

u redeem my faith in humanity, altho i have no such faith

BILL3

bill u insane u stewpid crazy. not one mention of the str8 gangsta category i fall into.

editorial oversight

editorial oversight

These COMMENTS are making me

These COMMENTS are making me THIRSTY !!

lolol

lolol

I enjoyed the read.

Back atcha... I'll pass one of my favorite lectures of similar subject back to you. It's longer than your piece, and the lecturer is not the best speaker on the planet, but his insight on the subject is as interesting as he is spot on. He turns out to be much more than just a biographer of Robert Nisbet...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RDoYeXCoSE

Serenity now

Serenity NOW!

Patriot Cell #345,168
I don't respond to emails or pm's.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=qo8CmO...
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution, inevitable.

I'm trying to figure out which category I fall in to.

hmmm....

it's certainly worth a ponder...

but not worrying about a conclusion :)

...

...

A festivus

for the rest-of-us!

Firstly...

...I love this post, practically zerohedgean (bi#chez). Now let me comment on your grievances and air mine. I want you to know, this is going to take a while...

First, many of you are just insane. You have latched onto the Ron Paul movement to vent your personal spleen against society in general.

That's right. I'd throw another group into this category (the insane). It's not just the perma-cynics, it's the conspiracy theorists. Now wait, hold on a minute. Don't misunderestimate me. :-) I myself would be described by most "normal" persons as a conspiracy theorist. Rockefeller, Jekyll Island, Council on Foreign Relations, Roundtable Groups, etc, etc. I don't mean those people. They are more properly named "realists" than "conspiracy theorists." They simply understand the nature of the State. I'm talking about the "vote flippers," the "everyone in the Ron Paul campaign except Ron Paul is a paid agent of Reince Priebus" people, the "the Illuminati stole my cheerios" people; the tragic refugees from the Alex Jones universe; the people for whom the invention of the internet caused an information overload and destroyed their ability to distinguish between fact and nonsensical bull##it. You know the type, they are the ones who ironically instantiate the stereotypical "conspiracy theorist" caricature promoted by the MSM they (rightly) despise: since one conspiracy theory is true, therefore all are true.

Secondly, you idealists. No truth is too foolish for you as long as it is beautiful. You have a conception of human nature and of humanity that is so ridiculous as to be funny. In your world, teh people of the world would unite and live in non-coercive free market harmony

It depends on what you mean. If you mean the people who believe in the Rothbardian anarcho-capitalism of competing DROs, yes, that's a pipe-dream. Though not so much because of human nature (the Rothbardians don't assume a New Libertarian Man), but because of the inherent nature of law. Many ancaps learn about the deleterious consequences of State intervention in any ordinary field of economic activity (food, medicine, manufacturing), and extend that analysis unthinkingly into dispute resolution/law. That is their error. I won't get into the details, this excited rant is not the place. But I'll provide the unsupported conclusion at the end of my reasoning: stateless dispute resolution (law enforcement) is possible, but not a competitive industry in dispute resolution services (DRS). Natural monopoly in DRS is inevitable and not undesirable. The goal of such libertarians as understand the issue in full and have jettisoned minarchism is to design a natural monopolist DRO which is structured in such as away as to be unlikely to become a State over time. For 95% of you, this means nothing at all; carry on, we are friends and allies. For the 5% of you who have any idea what I'm talking about, ask me for details sometime and I'll explain my position further. Moving on...

Thirdly, you democrats. Note that's a small d. You still believe, against all experience, reason, and data, in the sacredness of the will of the people, of the voter. You project upon the masses and the voters your own profile of priorities and interests.

I cringe every time I read a post/thread with a title like "GOP ignores will of the people," or "democracy is under attack!" I am not a democrat. The masses are and always have been and always will be fools incapable of rational politics. The basic premise of liberalism (in the original meaning of that term) is that society sans the State manages itself, and that individuals are capable of handling their own lives without State or other supervision. This competence does not, however, extend into politics. Most people are not interested in or capable of abstract reasoning, which means they use a crude empirical method (this worked, that didn't) to evaluate State policies. Democracy is not the rule of the people, it is the rule of the cleverest used car salesman. Death to democracy!

Fourth, you individualists. You special little snowflakes. Give yourselves a hug. Your ideology is so beautiful, your utopia as seductive as any yet devised by man or philosopher. You refuse to see groups, interests, or other facts. Yours is a noble pursuit, rife with possibilities for the historian or humorist.

Ah yes, you "la la la I can't hear you" it doesn't matter whether my actions are rational or productive so long as I keep my self-ascribed integrity, make myself feel good, can sleep at night crowd; you poor casualties of the love generation, or child worship, or last winners and trophies for participation. No, failure is not acceptable. No, your feelings are irrelevant, at least to everyone but you.

You all, by virtue of your intellect and energies, are an elite or potential elite, in conflict with other elites...The battleground is the institutions and machinery that tell people what to believe, how to think, how to vote, and what ideas to parrot. Your failure to recognize this is a severe handicap on your ability to compete!

As I said, democracy (what exists now in these United States) is the rule of the best used car salesman. Ultimately, truth has nothing to do with the issue, provided the players involved can fashion lies well enough. Should we lie? If that's what's necessary. Should we propagate bul##hit? Is it bull##it that advances our cause? The masses don't want to hear your truths. The minority who can/will hear the truth are largely awake, and those who aren't will wake themselves if the information is available, which it is. The existence of the LvMI alone assures that. As for the remainder, the ignorant, lazy, unthinking masses: propaganda for them. Propaganda which might be incomplete or even false in detail, but correct in its prescriptions, promulgated by people who understand why it's correct, because the masses never will - though they can be made to believe that it's correct.

Phew...alright George, wrestle your father.

"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."

shoot me an email

shamus_mcmises@yahoo.com

your ideas on dispute resolution seem contradictory, but I am admittedly ignorant on the subject of privatization of law enforcement. If you have time and have a position piece written on the subject I wouldn't mind taking a look.

Thanks for the interest...

...when I have a chance, I'll work up a summary of my argument and email it to you.

"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."

I'd appreciate that

Not just blowing smoke up your ass either. Does Rothbard make a case for private law enforcement? I wouldnt mind taking a look at that as well.

a search reveals...

"Charlotte NC June 12 2012 Private security is big business. Estimates suggest that private security guards outnumber police in the US by a 5:1 ratio. The Department of Justice believes that “at least two million persons are ... employed in private security in the United States.” In the United States alone, customers spend nearly $35 billion each year on private security services. Globally, the numbers are staggering, approaching nearly $100 billion annually."

It goes on to say that FedEx has a police department.

"One example is the FedEx Police, recognized by the State of Tennessee as sworn law enforcement personnel. Though they are not uniformed, they apparently have full police powers, work closely with the FBI, and even have a seat on a regional terrorism task force."

Read More...
http://privateofficerbreakingnews.blogspot.com/2012/06/priva...

I use Blue Wave, but don't expect one of THEIR silly taglines.

By the way, Bill...

...NO SOUP FOR YOU! NEXT! ;)

I would like to add

In the spirit and semantics of the poster, I would like to add that you sheep nubbles need to rethink your devotion to brocoli and socks and at the same time renew your blood devotion to visualizing badger love. You do not need to tip the apple cart before you float a witch, nor do you have any concept of evil clowns in an Easter parade.

"In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot."--Mark Twain

Furthermore

‘Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing.’ - Joseph Delteil

‘No sooner had I summoned the marble-admiral than he pirouetted on his heels like a horse rearing at the pole star and showed me in the plane of his bicorn hat a region where I ought to spend my life.’ - Roger Vitrac

‘It is an old tale I recount, a famous poem I re-read: I am leaning against a wall, with greening ears and scorched lips.’ -Paul Éluard

...don't you know that poetry is lamb dust?

"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."

Awesome.

I am going to dig up my copy of The Bald Soprano tomorrow.

"In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot."--Mark Twain

Don't know anything about Festivus, but

That is a great essay/lecture, Bill. It is all accurate. But people don't want to be talked to like they're in some kind of boy scout camp. Oh, wait...

What about

the feats of strength?

"I am Troll fighter, number one"

-Ernest

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxWb-ViejPg