"Active and tense competition permeates all human thoughts without opening a way to free spiritual development."
That and this are from Solzhenitsyn:
"Many of you have already found out and others will find out in the course of their lives that truth eludes us if we do not concentrate with total attention on its pursuit. And even while it eludes us, the illusion still lingers of knowing it and leads to many misunderstandings."
The first quote had to do with "The Welfare State" and an observation that suggested an abundance of all things that make people happy - given away for "free".
The second quote was made by Solzhenitsyn before he dove into the Welfare State criticism of the Western World.
A misunderstanding may be occurring in someone's mind when there is an idea or thought conjured up by the word competition.
I see two things when I see competition, which is my general practice, to see two competitive versions of the same thing, and typically there will be one version that appears to be higher in quality and lower in cost compared to another version and often there is a true version and a counterfeit version of the same things as such:
An animated contest among human beings who seek to find by trial and error an improved method by which to proceed toward higher quality and lower cost where each individual offers a competitive example to compare to each other during that contest or process.
"Contemplate the mangled bodies of your countrymen, and then say 'what should be the reward of such sacrifices?' Bid us and our posterity bow the knee, supplicate the friendship and plough, and sow, and reap, to glut the avarice of the men who have let loose on us the dogs of war to riot in our blood and hunt us from the face of the earth? If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animated contest of freedom - go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen!" - Speech at the State House, Philadelphia, August 1, 1776 Sam Adams
The animated contest of freedom is one version of competition, the true version, and the version that inspires human beings to adapt, to learn from error, to avoid repeating non-competitive errors, to reach for higher standards of living, by earning, and to reach lower costs of living by being better today than yesterday, providing posterity with an improved example.
The counterfeit version of competition is provided well by two sources for your consideration - please - but I will get the relevant quotes after my own short definition of the counterfeit version of competition:
Might makes Right, as individuals seek to gain at the expense of each other, resorting to deceit, resorting to threats of violence, and resorting to violence as a means of earning at the expense of their targeted supply of ready victims: do unto others before they have time to defend themselves effectively.
Before quoting from two sources as to the counterfeit version of Competition may it be known that Competition A will be defending against Competition B naturally, or as a matter of fact, as each human being will choose, from moment to moment, one or the other method or process by which happiness, or profits at the expense of victims, is the path taken at any given moment.
The Prince by Nicoli Machiavelli
"Machiavelli's outlook was darkly pessimistic; the one element of St Augustine's thought which he wholeheartedly endorsed was the idea of original sin. As he puts it starkly in the same chapter 18 of The Prince, men are bad. This means that to deal with them as if they were good, honourable or trustworthy is to court disaster. In the Discourses (I,3) the point is repeated: 'all men are bad and are ever ready to display their malignity'. This must be the initial premise of those who play to found a republic. The business of politics is to try and salvage something positive from this unpromising conglomerate, and the aim of the state is to check those anarchic drives which are a constant threat to the common good. This is where The Prince fits into the spectrum of his wider thought: while a republic may be his preferred form of social organization, the crucial business of founding or restoring a state can only be performed by one exceptional individual."
That is a self contained lie, of course, since two opposites cannot be true as such:
A. Men are Bad
B. One exceptional man can make men good
If men are bad then the last thing to do is make a bad man very powerful.
If only some men are very bad (competitively worse than lesser bad competitors at being bad) then it may be a good idea to stop making those bad ones very powerful.
The second source comes from a book written about an egregious example of power flowing to bad people in ways that exemplify a welfare state or a counterfeit version of competition. The Book title is The Crimes and Punishment of I.G. Farben which was a German Fascist Corporation being financed by an American Fascist Corporation and in fascism, as you well know, most of you perhaps, well know, that in a fascist state the largest flow of power flowing from those who earn that power competitively, stolen from them, flows to the largest welfare recipients known as Bankers and Corporations since fascism is a Corporate Welfare State.
"The construction of I.G. Auschwitz has assured I.G. a unique place in business history. By adopting the theory and practice of Nazi morality, it was able to depart from the conventional economics of slavery in which slaves are traditionally treated as capital equipment to be maintained and serviced for optimum use and depreciated over a normal life span. Instead, I.G. reduced slave labor to a consumable raw material, a human ore from which the mineral of life was systematically extracted. When no usable energy remained, the living dross was shipped to the gassing chambers and cremation furnaces of the extermination center at Birkenau, where the S.S. recycled it into the German war economy – gold teeth for the Reichsbank, hair for mattresses, and fat for soap. Even the moans of the doomed became a work incentive, exhorting the remaining inmates to greater effort."
And the coup de grace from the same source:
"Conditions were such that sickness was a pervasive fact of life among the inhabitants of Monowitz. The hospital wards built by I.G. were so inadequate that even the S.S. suggested additional wards be built. I.G. refused because of the cost."
The people running legal fictions known as corporations tend to be the worst type of people anyone should ever contemplate as "needing" a hand out, or a continuous flow of "charity" or "welfare" flowing to them since they tend to use that "corporate welfare" in ways that make them very happy, in ways that make their victims terrified, tortured, and piled high in mass graves or left out in the open to rot, stinking to high heaven.
Back to Solzhenitsyn concerning competition:
Tense competition my be exemplified by the corporate ladder as a sycophantic minion may be fawning over the bosses latest attire (a naked emperor), seeking favor, trying not to be crushed if the boss perceives the slightest threat from below, while, at the same time, the sycophantic minion turns on his inferiors, ever ready to stab those above in the back, while being ever ready to defend against those below stabbing from behind. The corporate knife is a handle in the middle with blades protruding out each end, thrust forward to stab those above in the back, and thrust backward to stab those below who are also armed, dangerous, and stabbing in this counterfeit form of competition where crime is made legal, on purpose, for profits of a few, at the expense of the many.
A sycophantic minion flush with free Bonus Money from The Federal Reserve Bosses, may pollute the halls of a former Republic (or Confederation) seeking to crush the competition seeking access to a Senator or Congressmen willing to take the bribe and look the other way when the stolen loot is spent slaughtering natives in the Banana "Republic" or Regime Change a Democratically Elected President of Iran, or sign the order to make it so, on our dime, in our names.
Welfare States, with Fascism as the shining example, where people capable of producing an abundant supply of goods and services, of the highest competitive quality, at the lowest competitive costs, where those honest productive people are so damn productive, so damn generous, as to be able to afford such massive charity to Corporate People, to such a high degree of competition, the greatest, highest, flow of wealth ever, in human history, flowing from those extremely productive people to those extremely evil people as never before in the history of mankind:
Corporate Welfare State Counterfeit Competition
That is the polar opposite of the animated contest of freedom, as Alexander I. Solzhenitsyn aught to know better than to confuse one with the other. Readers can also know better - it seems to me.
"People in the West have acquired considerable skill in using, interpreting and manipulating law, even though laws tend to be too complicated for an average person to understand without the help of an expert. Any conflict is solved according to the letter of the law and this is considered to be the supreme solution."
A Spiritual connection may be the highest quality and lowest cost connection from individual to individual, making happiness more affordable, as compared to a goal of reaching political or economic power over other people, sure, even granted, but the reference to Western society is misunderstood from a person who spent his life where crime was made legal to an extreme (competitive) level of evil.
What may be missing in Solzhenitsyn's viewpoint can be offered, competitively, by Lysander Spooner in his Essay on Trial by Jury.
I won't link the essay or quote from it, instead, competitively, I can offer my understanding of it.
In England a process was borrowed from the East, which was Germany, whereby each individual person claimed authority over law, in the form of Trial by Jury. Each individual person secured for exclusive power a power of nullification on any law in any case whatsoever. King John, at the time, in England, didn't like the idea, since his power was thereby diluted, divided, competitively, among every free man in the Kingdom.
Americans borrowed that process, to some extent, but the power of it was not as competitive as the original version, since the original version of Trial by Jury was absolute power held by each individual juror, again: exclusive power of nullification. Any juror took command of the power to judge any law, any meaning of any law, any interpretation of any law, without requirement to be authorized to know the meaning of any law, and therefore any law had better be written well enough to be understood by any free man in England.
Returning instead to Patrick Henry in his speech against Ratification of a Consolidated Government Constitution, where Patrick Henry astutely smelled a rat, we can see his perspective on Trial by Jury:
Against Legal Crime
"How does your trial by jury stand? In civil cases gone—not sufficiently secured in criminal—this best privilege is gone. But we are told that we need not fear; because those in power, being our representatives, will not abuse the power we put in their hands."
The reason why Patrick Henry astutely claims that Trial by Jury is "our best [legal] privilege" is well elucidated in the work done by Lysander Spooner in his essay titled Trial by Jury.
When Trial by Jury worked as designed originally the power to enforce law is taken away from despots and that power to enforce law is retained by The People: each individual in fact, or in practice. Any law written to be too complicated for a Juror to understand is no longer a competitive law, no longer useful to anyone, since any juror on any jury can merely acquit anyone being claimed to be guilty of a law that has been written in "legalese" or written so as to confuse anyone on purpose.
Contracts in particular had better be written without ambiguity or having failed to avoid such deceitful things: each signer of the contract would discount their power to enforce their side of the contract in front of a jury where the jurors held the power to convict the accused of wrongdoing. A juror would demand to know precisely what was mean with any arrangements of words of any kind, and if the effort to know better was met with even more lies, even more ambiguity, the juror, not wanting to waste any more time, would form the obvious opinion: the wording was meant to confuse someone on purpose, the wording was as far from honest as can be, so the "word smith" not the accused was at fault.
"Thus mediocrity triumphs with the excuse of restrictions imposed by democracy."
When crime is made legal there is a subsidy flowing to liars, a charity, a reward for better liars, and this may be something missed by Solzhenitsyn whose authority has to do with just how bad legal crime can get as his authority is derived from personal experience.
An enforcement mechanism is demanded, in any case, and there are competitive examples of such things, one being Dictatorship (Crime made Legal) and another being that example provided in history known as Magna Carte with a working Trial by Jury, and another being a Confederation in Holland, and another being a Republic in Switzerland, and closer to home in America there was that period between 1776 and 1788 where a Democratic Federated Republic worked as it did work, competitively, for anyone to see, if anyone cared to see how one enforcement mechanism compared competitively one against another.
The Legal Crime version supplied by The British with their aggressive occupying war for profit was compared with the Separate Sovereign State Voluntary Competitive Union or Confederation and an all volunteer defensive army (even if it was led by a practicing despot) competed, and one won, the other lost, in one example of one animated contest where the competition left behind the moral boundaries as dictated by the aggressive dictators - the defenders and morality be damned.
Then there was the time after the British were thrown out and before the Consolidated Dictatorial Regime Change occurred, again that time between 1776 to 1788 when a supply of an enforcement mechanism was supplied to meet that demand competitively - including a still working Trial by Jury.
"The defense of individual rights has reached such extremes as to make society as a whole defenseless against certain individuals."
Solzhenitsyn speaking critically of the West, again, but speaking about a Nation State or Consolidated Government which was what Patrick Henry astutely described it would become at the time it was not yet the non-competitive enforcement mechanism of choice, chosen by Legal Criminals seeking to make crime legal - Alexander Hamilton in particular.
"There is yet another surprise for someone coming from the East where the press is rigorously unified: one gradually discovers a common trend of preferences within the Western press as a whole. It is a fashion; there are generally accepted patterns of judgment and there may be common corporate interests, the sum effect being not competition but unification. Enormous freedom exists for the press, but not for the readership because newspapers mostly give enough stress and emphasis to those opinions which do not too openly contradict their own and the general trend."
Solzhenitsyn employing the non-criminal version of competition which is in competition with the criminal version of competition wherein cases exist as one speaker, informer, or source of information employs deceit, threats of violence, and acts of violence to silence competitive viewpoints.
My own recent experience in the Chat Room exemplifies this Gag order.
The deceit is made obvious when comparing the advertized welcome to any "free thinking" individuals in support of Liberty and then that actual practice of silencing anyone who dares to repeat words that report on how history provides examples of Liberty minded people regaining control over criminal governments by armed rebellion, even non-violent armed rebellion, merely defensive deterrence.
Note the wisdom of Solzhenitsyn on the point of identifying the force involved, which is custom, or fashion, or peer pressure, or merely the effects of brain washing, behavioral modification, response conditioning, manufactured consent, or other powers infecting each individual from external sources: the connecting mediums compete as such:
One way connecting mediums such as Television (or the press)
Chat Rooms and Forums
A Spiritual Connection
Which one is the most dictatorial in nature, which one is a method by one person, or one small group, to alter the behavior of targeted victims?
Which one reaches closer to a connection that manages to reach the goal of everyone knowing better soon enough to avert becoming victim to crime made legal?
"At present, some Western voices already have spoken of obtaining protection from a third power against aggression in the next world conflict, if there is one; in this case the shield would be China. But I would not wish such an outcome to any country in the world. First of all, it is again a doomed alliance with Evil; also, it would grant the United States a respite, but when at a later date China with its billion people would turn around armed with American weapons, America itself would fall prey to a genocide similar to the one perpetrated in Cambodia in our days."
The honest earning producers in each country, any country, are armed by each other, and then set against each other, by the same Legal Crime Class, or Cabal, which is made powerful through the ONE MONEY FRAUD routine.
That quote on China was written in 1978, how much power has transferred from both sets of producers, producers in America, and producers in China, to Legal Criminals in each place, and then that power is used to build up a new World War, how much power has transferred exactly that way, leaving a very precise money trail, since 1978?
A recent story covered by Mass Media (corporate welfare media) involved computer parts Made in China which are vital for The War on Terror, War on Drugs, etc. according to the "reporters" reporting on that flow of power flowing in that specific way - incontrovertibly.
Chinese people who honestly produce an earned income are having their futures stolen from them too, as their "leaders" loan their earnings to "our leaders" so that "our leaders" can keep their Perpetual Wars for Perpetual Peace going on, and on, and on, until Kingdom Come, or at least until China arms up enough to win World War III as planned, so as to move World Reserve Currency Headquarters from U.S.A. Inc. (LLC) The Dollar Hegemony to China or wherever the new Corporate Welfare Central Bank will occupy.
Who do you think will be behind the supposed need to pay off all that supposed LEGAL MONOPOLY MONEY DEBT?
If the actual fighting, and not just the fallout, reaches into these Disunited States, which companies do you think will get the no bid contracts to rebuild our crushed competitive cities once World Reserve Currency Status, backed by all the Gold stolen out of Fort Knox, moves to wherever that capital fight has flown?
Regime Change is afoot, people, and this isn't news.
And yet -- no weapons, no matter how powerful, can help the West until it overcomes its loss of willpower. In a state of psychological weakness, weapons become a burden for the capitulating side. To defend oneself, one must also be ready to die; there is little such readiness in a society raised in the cult of material well-being. Nothing is left, then, but concessions, attempts to gain time and betrayal. Thus at the shameful Belgrade conference free Western diplomats in their weakness surrendered the line where enslaved members of Helsinki Watchgroups are sacrificing their lives.
Western thinking has become conservative: the world situation should stay as it is at any cost, there should be no changes. This debilitating dream of a status quo is the symptom of a society which has come to the end of its development. But one must be blind in order not to see that oceans no longer belong to the West, while land under its domination keeps shrinking. The two so-called world wars (they were by far not on a world scale, not yet) have meant internal self-destruction of the small, progressive West which has thus prepared its own end. The next war (which does not have to be an atomic one and I do not believe it will) may well bury Western civilization forever.
Facing such a danger, with such historical values in your past, at such a high level of realization of freedom and apparently of devotion to freedom, how is it possible to lose to such an extent the will to defend oneself?
Taking a Dive for Conservatism?
Does that sound at all familiar?
I am going to end my responses right here with a claim that you can take to any competitive bank, but don't bother taking my claim to a Central Bank, they won't credit it.
Elect me, or someone at least as competitive as me, into the office of the President, and get at least three things done by July 4th 2013.
1. End the FED
Stop enforcing money competition (return to steady improvement in the quality of money and steady reduction of the cost of money)
2. End IRS
Stop enforcing a Direct Tax upon The People from a Consolidated Nation State (return to a Confederation or Republic form of competitive government and return to a steady improvement of the quality of defensive government while steadily reducing the cost of defensive government)
3. Bring the Troops Home
Order all the Cannon Fodder HOME (be prepared to defend against any power that has just lost US as their victims as they may want to get that power back once we no longer volunteer to be victims any more)
If Ron Paul won't do it, I will, and if no one does it, we get what we pay for, see you all in hell.
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