Tuesday, March 13, 2012

What Can We Do? My "Nuts and Bolts"

The longest, the rest, and the last of my story... or... how I make an end run around the socialist line...

I am not out to change the world or society. That is pretty much an exercise in futility. I seek only to sieze control of my little space in it. I seek only to own my own life, profiting from my good choices and accepting the consequences of those I've made that are... not so good... Demanding only my inviolate, non-negotiable Liberty.

What is it, in the end that they are after?

They don't give two hoots about you. They only want your assets, and to control your productivity. They want to control your labor and then have in place a myriad of mechanisms to siphon the assets produced by that creativity and productivity out of your pockets. Anything they do, they do, only, in the interest of improving your productivity intending to capture it for THEIR benefit.


So... where do we start? How do we build roadblocks that obstruct their ability to do what they do so well?

1. Structural changes in your perception of the world around you.
2. Basic reconfiguration of what you consider a "Living" to be and the Structural Reconstruction of your lifestyle
3. Basic reconfiguration of how you make your living


1. Stuctural changes in your perception of the world around you.
You must educate yourself as to who it is you are competing against. It takes litte effort to locate a myriad of sources from which you can learn to identify the socialists, often by their "Jargon". The buzz words and phrases that reaveal their true hearts. Knowing your enemy is the first step to defeating him. You need to learn how the wolf thinks, so that you can predict his actions. That way you know where he's going to be so you can either be somewhere else, or set your ambush.

Learn to trust your own intuition. Resist what "Hurts" you. Take care of YOU. If something angers you, there is rarely NOT a good reason, but of course you'll be conditioned and told there is not. You'll be told you're being selfish... Of course you will be told that... but understand this. Yes, YOU do come first. ALWAYS.

If you don't take care of yourself First... and your ambition is to take care of others, your family, your friends... None of that is going to happen... if you didn't FIRST, take care of yourself. Charity starts at Home! That reality is assaulted as selfish, when in reality it is intelligent, enlightened self-interest.

Second, you need to ensure, that you as a parent are educating and inculcating your children with the lust for Liberty. That is their greatest defense against Socialism. That, along with a solid and efficient BS Detector. I realize that many aren't going to have the time, they believe, to home school. I only homeschooled a single year. To make a long story short, after several years of clashes with horrendous "staff" in two public schools I pulled my daughter and we taught her at home for one year.

The result? She had left public school a low 'C' student. When she returned after a single year being taught reading, writing and arithmetic, along with "Critical Thinking" lessons being salted in, by a mountain cowboy, it took the public school two more years to catch up with her level! They didn't get to the material she was studying at the end of her home schooled year... for Two Years! and people... that was with (4) four hours a day, five days a week of school work at home... Kinda makes you wonder what the hell they ARE doing all those hours at school... Don't it?

From that point forward (7th Grade) she was a self disciplined 'A' student... with an Excellent BS and Socialism detector.

My point is, it is the responsibility of a parent to teach their children, NOT the state. Do not be surprised if after you have abrogated your responsibility, you find that the state has created another good little drone for the "treadmill farm".

I and my daughter, who went on to earn a marketing and design degree at Colorado State University, high in her class, and used to come home shaking her head in amazement at what she saw and what she heard there; are living proof that it doesn't take a state approved certificate to properly teach a child. That is state sponsered gibberish. It takes a parents love and commitment... and the simple wisdom Granted by the Boss... NOT the state.

My daughter missed the kids and so she returned... but I was committed to a close observation and much, much input to counter what she heard in "School". She was taught to think... By me... She was inculcated in socialism in school. Their main agenda. They failed... I won... HooYa!

Look at any Totalitarian regime. The schools are some of their first and major efforts. Few adults can be changed much. The children are like clay to be shaped and trained. Is yours going to be a drone of the State? or... a Free thinking Man or Woman... with their own minds and original thoughts? Make no mistake... Socialist society, ANY socialist societ... is a Totalitarian regime.

2. Basic reconfiguration of what you consider a "Living" to be and the Structural Reconstruction of your lifestyle
I'm not talking self flagellating austerity. I'm talking... backing away from "Property Gluttony". I'm sure you get what I'm talking about.

This is going to be a painful toughie for a lot of people though. We've grown accustomed to the "I want it right now", immediate gratification society that has festered into existence. The problem with it is... that society revolves around credit... right? Listen... I understand what I'm talking about. I promise. I'm a recovering credit "addict". But let me assure you, it is a poison that forms the greatest share of the economic chains used to bind you and I in servitude.

Do you really need six TV's, four cars, a closet the size of my fifth wheel, holding clothes you haven't worn in four years, twelve credit cards, in a 3500 square foot house? Honestly... how much of that house do you actually even use? I mean right down to the space within the rooms you do go in? I'll bet most people don't use nearly 2/3 of the space they think they "Occupy".  I'll bet most of your "Toys" also sit unused... 'cause you gotta go do some more work to make the payment! and you're too worn out when you do get home... even if you got home in time.

You're damn sure paying for 'em though, aren't you? When you tally up all the hours you work for the sole purpose of paying for those things you "have" but seldom if ever use... That is LIFE you can never get back. You are conditioned from birth to do that. But, it is slaving for all those things... and then turning your productivity back to the "Farmer" that enriches him and bleeds you white!

What if your "space" was that 2/3 smaller? or however much you can pare it. At $200 bucks a square foot give or take depending on where you're talking... reduce that by 1/2... or the whole, take it to the limt, 2/3. (1166 square feet is 1/3 of the 3500 house) how much of your "wages" would suddenly become available... to play with your toys? What affect would THAT have on your life?

I'm not talking a tent people, or even an RV like me... I'm talking what you need for decent shelter, not the McMansions they've trained you to believe is the "Measure" of your success.

Can't imagine living in that such a small space? Do a quick lil' google and find the average size of a family house in 1952... How did they live? Having been there done that I can say... Just fine! We all were pretty much taking vacations and living better than most folks are now... much less stress... and Most families were arranged so that it only took one paycheck to pay the bills... which left one of the pair to take care of the family... another HUGE plus... and let me tell you... having been Mr. Mom for several years. That is WORK... and a fabulous life! :) I never wanted to go back to the "Normal" life.

In that much smaller abode, how much property tax would now NOT go to the socialist master? and remain in YOUR pocket. How much could you save if you now waited to save the cash for that ATV... and maybe bought used... and DIDN'T pay 18% interest? that goes directly to the socialist master?

There are many more examples to be told but you get the idea. You don't have to do without... Put your lifestyle in some sort of a reasonable balance. You'll get a more harmonious outcome!

Be more patient, more ingenious, and more deliberate in how you achieve the things that shine up your life... as well as learning to steer yourself away from "Property Gluttony".

3. Basic reconfiguration of how you make your living
This is a BIGGIE. Maybe THE biggie. The reason is... it is the source of your cash, your beans...You're LIVING. It is THE way they capture the best of your productivity. They employ you on their "Farm".

 Working for the man ensures that you always have that time clock and that boss "owning" a huge chunk of your life. The threat of losing the source of your beans is the club the system beats you into line with. It never misses a chance to remind you of that fact, and prefers to keep you in a state of anxiety over it so you can never get your feet set to resist when they come at you with another demand.

Prying the bosses fingers from around that club... deprives the beast of  a HUGE weapon, and hands it to You!

When you are sitting quiet considering this idea, consider the words of another Cowboy Philosopher, Will Sturgeon, who left them with us just yesterday!

"Men have lost their focus on the true currency of Life. Time is a more precious commodity than money. Life is measured in hours and minutes, not dollars and cents. When you're out of money, you're just broke. When you're out of time, you're dead!"

Find a way to take yourself to the world of self employment. I mean it. No Excuses. I won't listen.

If a puss gut bald headed old fart of a cowboy biker can do it... you can. I've started leather shops, wood shops, built landscape maintenance businesses, playground installation outfits and done horse training. I've rustled railroad ties and mustangs. I've traded hay and traded horses. The only problem I've had was a short attention span. I see something new that captures my imagination and I'm off to try it out, from pure unrestrainable curiosity. I've lost count of the profitable enterprises I've been engaged in one time or another.

Virtually all my income, meager as it is, now comes from one self employed enterprise or another. From that income is deducted all the legal and appropriate operating expenses I can find. Truth is, I don't claim them all on the tax man's extortion forms. If I was to ever be audited, and he disallows this ten bucks or that twenty, I'll just pull out another hundred of legitimate, documented operating expenses. Likely he'll look at the the
minimal income we're talking about in the first place, realize he's engaged in an enterprise of diminishing returns and wander off loosing weight and looking for easier pickings. :)

"I don't have any talent to do that." I hear people say. Aw bull farkles! That's the man talking that don't want you to cut loose. He wants to keep you "On the farm" digging holes for him. You were ... Born... with all the talent you need.

To not go this route is a choice. You are well within your rights to make that choice but it is a choice. There are no disabilities that keep you from this. If you don't want the burden of being totally responsible for your own life, not a problem. The "Farmer" who's been milking you for a hell of a lot of years is perfectly willing to let you keep blessing him with the lions share of YOUR productivity.

Something you need to know and remember is that tripe about being talentless is just that, tripe. The greatest majority of talent is measured in sweat and perseverance. Now, if you're lazy, I can't help you. But the other is simply a matter of set your goal, figure out what you need to learn, what tools you need and go get it done.

OK... if you're gonna go into business running a bus route to Hawaii... yes, you've picked a tough start up ;) You'll want to invest in some pretty good flotation tires... and don't go claiming that "Education" excuse either. Steve Jobs proved clear and plain... you can achieve anything and you can educate yourself far better than the state ever will. It don't take no fancy certificate hanging in a walmart frame on the wall. It takes exercisin' that thing you keep your ears appart with.

As long as you make some sort of a reasonable choice... it's maybe 75% effort, 20% stubborness, 3% good luck and 2% talent.

If you say; "I can't", I expect you'll meet your expectations.

Pay close attention to what Will told us in his comment. Don't pick an occupation to only make money. Set something up to Build your LIFE. Something to feed your soul as well. Understand? Don't just set yourself in another "Job"... find something to do with your LIFE, that has you beating the alarm clock up 'cause you can't wait to get back at what is your life.

The thing that truly makes it a weapon for you is that now you control your TIME. You find that you also control a lot more of your cash currency as well. You lay every operating expense on there that you can. You guard the currency of your life like a Gladiator. You barter and trade and structure everything you do within the "rules" to treat your life like you were living in Bear Country.

Huh? What's bears got to do with this?

In camp, on the Alcan... I carried my groceries and any other things that might could attract a bear to my camp in a small bag. At night that bag was pulled up in a tree a couple of hundred feet from my tent. Out of reach of the bears... if one showed up. That's how you run a business. It's what you cannot do as an employee. You arrange everything, within the rules to separate as much as you can from the reach of the socialists.

If you can't see the analogy here and apply it to your own life... I don't know what to tell you. Think on it some. In time you might come to understand.

The main thing here is... With a marketable skill, product, service... whatever... You are the master of your future and off the grinding coercion of the treadmill. With that new Freedom in your eyes... you'll be amazed at the new Vistas that open up to you.

And that boys and girls... means I'm finally done!... for now anyway! ;)

"That's all I have to say about that!" - Forrest
Brian

12 comments:

Suzan said...

Great post, thanks.

Ed said...

I'll only add one thing to your great post. If you need a "job" while you find a way to take yourself to the world of self employment never accept one that you are not ready to quit.

bill said...

Briasn,
Your last several posts have spelled out what is wrong with the country and the leadership.
Right on the money.
Bill

Brian said...

Thank You all, and Ed, exactly. You blunt their power if you keep yourself in a position where you can walk away with your self respect in tact.

oneeyesquare said...

Yup, time. Can't get it back. Got off the the treadmill in '09. Haven't recovered monetarily, but I've spent oodles of time with Mama and the boys. Would't trade it.
Have absolutely loved the bold cowboy philosophizin', re:socialism, Brian. I always read your posts immediately! You never disappoint...

Joe said...

Well Brian! For better or worse, this is what we're doing. We have NO debt no house and no ties. I gave my notice to my job ( a good job) last month. I am tired of the, go to work and come home just to get up and do it all over again. Great post. You have inspired me in a lot of ways. And don't worry, if I flop, you will get none of the blame! I'll just get up and try it again in another way!

Anonymous said...

Was hoping you're ready to change the subject! Politics, Ron Paul, now that's a good place to go now so we could get rid of what we've been putting up with the last few years. After working with my hands for the people you've been talking about, notice I said with my hands (auto assembler, farmer, truck mechanic, welder) I retired in 1983 and am now 86 years old, having lived a good life, and have enjoyed my RV as much or more than you do with yours, I somewhat agree with your "rant" wondering if we had Ron in there if things might change for the better! One last thing--------I credit Allmighty God for my success in life!!!!!!!!! ===Fred===

BamaGurl said...

Now THIS was worth waiting for!!! U my friend have nailed it with perfection! We need u in the Whitehouse but of course that will never happen because someone honest could never make it past all the BS it takes to get there. Still, it's a pleasure to see that I'm not alone in my thinking. I'm not eloquent as u...so I enjoyed every word. Now if we could only get it into the head of every American.....but it requires some work which seems to be a foreign word these days.
I'm going back to read ur posts from the beginning. So good to find someone who has what the world seems to be lacking.....COMMON SENSE! Thanks again!

BamaGurl said...

Now THIS was worth waiting for!!! U my friend have nailed it with perfection! We need u in the Whitehouse but of course that will never happen because someone honest could never make it past all the BS it takes to get there. Still, it's a pleasure to see that I'm not alone in my thinking. I'm not eloquent as u...so I enjoyed every word. Now if we could only get it into the head of every American.....but it requires some work which seems to be a foreign word these days.
I'm going back to read ur posts from the beginning. So good to find someone who has what the world seems to be lacking.....COMMON SENSE! Thanks again!

BamaGurl said...

Now THIS was worth waiting for!!! U my friend have nailed it with perfection! We need u in the Whitehouse but of course that will never happen because someone honest could never make it past all the BS it takes to get there. Still, it's a pleasure to see that I'm not alone in my thinking. I'm not eloquent as u...so I enjoyed every word. Now if we could only get it into the head of every American.....but it requires some work which seems to be a foreign word these days.
I'm going back to read ur posts from the beginning. So good to find someone who has what the world seems to be lacking.....COMMON SENSE! Thanks again!

Brian said...

And he will credit you Fred! He provided the tools and materials you kicked in the sweat and faith. Seems like kind of a partnership.

Anonymous said...

Enjoy Social Security...err..."socialism,"dude...not to mention Medicare as you totter into that inevitable brain-damaging motorcycle crash. Oh, my.