Friday, March 16, 2018

The Evolution of Devolution

Judging from the cornucopia of commentary abroad in the land since the Parkland, FL shooting, there is a sudden and urgent concern for the status of our "society"; specifically "how the hell did we get here?" Responses have ranged from Woodstock to CNN, marijuana to internet porn, public schools to the NRA, NFL Instant Replay to Harvey Weinstein. While one might contend the above are inextricably connected in ways that could only thrill reclusive sociologists and myopic data miners, the answer and cure may have a common point of origin. Put another way: "chicken" or the "egg" is immaterial; the two may be synonymous!

The Evolution...

Toward the end of the Baby Boomer generation and beginning of Gen X (1965-1985 approx), new consumer toys began hitting the market. "Pong" appeared in 1972. The new shooter game "Space Invaders" invaded circa 1978. With its overwhelming success, the floodgates were opened. Arcades with similar but more graphically sophisticated war-like games appeared in shopping malls around the country. In-home "play stations" followed by more interactive games and uglier themes. Today, hand-held Smart Phones and Tablets provide everything now-extinct Mall Arcades did while home "gaming" has reached professional proportions. Following in the innovative footsteps of Radio and then TV, the Techno-Monster was born! Its first tentacle wrapped around otherwise imaginative, physically active, family immersed children. Initially, parents were just happy with a new rainy-day distraction.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Another FB Encounter

Commenting on the "national discussion" on guns...

Poster: There is a lack of civility between Left and Right participants. The Right thinks we're "evil" with bad motives…

LMP: The question of extending "civility" is antecedent to real or proposed actions of aggression and, ultimately, the violation of rights and subjugation of Freedom. Summarizing the Right's position: You can't hit people and you can't take their stuff. All other freely entered transactions are negotiable. Summarizing the Left's position: We will use whatever Force necessary to accomplish our goals because we know better what is best for the "common good". Initiating Force against another is immoral and illegal whenever done, especially by Government. One could logically conclude that any proclaimed Leftist, by definition supports Leftist policies and goals, including the use of Government Force to violate my rights. there is no reason or history arguing the Left is open to a conversion of principle in support of Individual Freedom, but only in the ultimate subjection of the Right. Most often, that attitude seethes into public discourse, smothering serious consideration of extending "civility" to some movement, philosophy or individual whose goal is to destroy your Freedom.Only practicing Christians may be comfortable taking exception to this with their "other cheek". Politically, that rarely ends well.

Poster: We don’t necessarily have to agree but we should be talking and listening a bit more to each other

LMP: "Talking/Listening to a bit more to each other"…to what end? If the point isn't to reach an agreement, why waste the time? The basic paradigm is: The Right wants to pursue Life, Liberty, Happiness and honestly acquired property without coercion. The Left wants a gang of men with guns to run everyone's life, steal their stuff to fund the effort and severely punish anyone who resists. At bottom, that is the essence of every government program, no matter how beneficent or benign it may be "discussed" when presented. Because the only way Govt programs are implemented is thru Force. "Voluntary cooperation" is a sham, accomplished by instilling fear penalties via government force. Voluntary mutual cooperation is the only peaceful means of accomplishing altruistic goals - which the Left allegedly supports. Disagree with them and uncivil conversation becomes men with guns to enforce such altruism – which, by use of Force, morphs into immoral coercion, the exact antithesis of Freedom. 

Monday, March 12, 2018

Deep Swamp

These daze, if ya really wanna see the Big Picture, you gotta change your perspective. It's not gonna leap out your flat screen and smack you up 'longside your punkin' haid!

Put another way: it's all out there. You just have to go find it. Here's an excellent example you probably didn't see but should have....

"Gotta hand it to Special Counsel Robert Mueller: He knows how to set off a stick of dynamite. I refer, of course, to his office’s recent indictment of thirteen Russians in Russia, which we are now to chase after, yelling “Pearl Harbor!” on the Left and “No collusion!” on the Right, forgetting all about the coalescing revelations of corruption and conspiracy and, yes, Russian influence, to elect Hillary Clinton in 2016, and, failing that, to destroy the Trump presidency."