So Trump called Mapp, “President.” So fucking what. #USVI

I will take the contrarian view on Mr Trump’s reference to the chief executive officer of the USVI as “president.” So fucking what. Since the United States and its European precedents created the West Indies, Mr Trump, as chief executive of the U.S. can refer to the chief executive of the USVI by whatever title he wants.

No one who was born there or lives there now should be up in arms about a title they did not create. Unless the VI is an independent nation standing on par with other nations, the “USVI” should suck it up and take the description like so many rolls of paper towels thrown at our fellow subjugated, stateless citizens in Puerto Rico.

The butthurt over a meaningless title is amusing and demonstrates the powerlessness residents prefer to marinate in.

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#Politics uber #State

Politics is about the pursuit of your self-interest getting others to give you what you want when you want it; getting others to incur the negative externalities that result from the pursuit of your self-interests. Politics takes precedent over the State or government. The State is merely an instrumentality used by individual anarchists to keep potential tyranny by the masses in check. The rules of the State should only apply to the masses. It is the desire of the collective to intrude on the proprietary of the individual. The collective is always ready to use force to get the individual to do things against his or her self-interests.

The collective pursues this behavior from a place of fear with powerlessness being its fuel source. Its members bind themselves into groups to create a sense of security, but this security is short-lived because the individual or small groups of individuals entrusted by the collective to create protections instead establishes a monopoly on force and applies this force on the collective. Most members are willing to accept a position of submission out of fear of being ostracized. The few pushes back against this tyranny calling themselves anarchist.

The problem the anarchist fails to address is the resurgence of a strong man, no matter what form the strong man takes. The strong man will always exist because it is human nature that someone step up to assume control of the collective with personal power their main goal.

The best the anarchist can do is conduct his or her life as an individualist; living by their own personal rules, avoiding the strong man as much as they can, and keeping the collective sheep at bay. He will not destroy the State. The State always regenerates itself.

The anarchist should at a minimum avoid attachments to the State. These attachments include participation in elections, which validates the State’s monopoly on force; and ownership of property, which provides the State with an excuse to extract property taxes from households.

The anarchist should avoid the use of the State’s fiat currency.  Fiat currency holds no value other than the artificial value created by the State’s treasury and central bank. Since this value is backed by nothing but the State’s “full faith and credit”, fiat currency should be abandoned.

The anarchist should produce his own food, and produce his own energy. Food and energy are currently provided by corporate entities licensed by the State to exploit financial, human, and natural capital for the purpose of enriching the treasury and bond holders via taxation. By being self-sufficient, the anarchist destroys the platform upon which the State maintains control over the masses: a platform based on promises of justice and comfort, factors that the State has shown time and time again that it is incapable of delivering on.

The anarchist should then treat the State the way a fisherman or ocean scientist treats a shark. He should acknowledge the shark’s existence, acknowledge that he can’t rid the world of it, but can “swim” around it, or cause, ever so slightly, its misdirection. The anarchist can use the State’s rules against it, the way a martial artist uses an opponent’s weight against him.

This approach will take critical and strategic thinking versus the reactionary approach. I believe anarchists are prepared to do this.

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American “no-how” and the #USVI

The United States boasts about its control of the seas and its rapidly deployed navy, but uses the excuse that its overseas territory in the Caribbean is “a bunch of islands” hence the difficulty. Doesn’t spawn a lot of confidence in a government whose representatives boast of American innovation, high-tech, and can-do, gung-ho attitude. The Virgin Islands should be a piece of cake….

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Of markets, god, and scams

The stock market is a scam, a scheme developed by the corporatists element of the State to entice you to return what’s left of your disposable income to them in return for speculative and unpredictable capital gains that, if actualized, will be readily taxed by the State.

Rather than encourage you to turn inward to develop your economic value, they would have you place your “faith”; pursue economic “salvation” in an external entity called “the market.”

The market, to some, is “god” and your investments are its tithes and offerings received. It opens for services every day, Monday through Friday at 9:30 with mass ending at 4:00.

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Comfort in your own skin easier when you understand what America is

One of the biggest mistakes the African Diaspora from the Caribbean or the Continent can make is to assimilate into what has been marketed as American political thought. The marketed thought typically includes words like “diversity”, “equality”, or “freedom.” The marketing plan that enticed us, our parents, or grandparents to move to the United States leveraged the notion of opportunity against the poverty or lack of opportunity that pervades the Caribbean and much of the African continent.

Statistics show the plan has worked. Of the 42.4 million immigrants that call the United States home, four million are from the Caribbean.  Since the early 20th century, Caribbean immigrants have entered the U.S. in search of either work or political sanctuary. My father and my aunt were among the wave of immigrants entering the United States; my father via the U.S. Virgin Islands in the late 1950s , and my aunt moving to New York in the early 1960s.

Both had no delusions as to why they moved to the U.S. and from conversations with them I gathered that both were ready to return home upon retirement. My aunt frequently visited the Caribbean, returning to her native Nevis and visiting us often when my family and I resided in St.Thomas.

For first generation offspring, maintaining Caribbean-ness is tougher. Granted, the occasional trip home may keep the Caribbean flame alive but we are still subject to the marketing of America. We have a lower buffer against the more insidious portion of American marketing; the materialism, the consumerism, and the jingoism and nationalism that Madison Avenue, K Street, and Pennsylvania Avenue conspire to put on Americans.

And for those of us who share the same skin color as black Americans, it is easier for us to be drawn into the most insidious of American marketing tools, the civil rights movement and its philosophy of “turn the other cheek, take the scraps, and be patient because the good stuff, i.e. jobs, equality, etc., are right around the corner.” The philosophy is a weak one, running totally opposite of the self-reliance philosophy that our parents and grandparents moved to the United States with.

I am afraid that for younger Americans the bling of consumerism has been mistaken for the beacon of opportunity that our elders saw. For them, particularly my great uncle on my mother’s side, Joseph Boston who was a migrant farmer in south Florida, the States was a place you went to work not to worship.

I have never viewed the United States as a “land of opportunity” although I can understand why a significant number of people do. It is the world’s largest market. It’s educational and research institutions have generated technological innovation used the world over.  Hell. The U.S. gave us “Star Trek” for Pete’s sake.

In reality, the United States is a tax and customs jurisdiction, nothing else. Re-read its history and you find that it was never designed to be “fair and equitable.” It’s investors and its strongmen set out to wrangle as much out of its human and natural resources and convert its returns into gold. The “country” wasn’t designed to give love. Such talk is a distraction, one that black Americans in particular have fallen for. It is why, after eight years of sweet nothings whispered into their ears by Barack Obama that the New York harshness of Donald Trump seems so off-putting.

The Caribbean, due to its comparative lack of resources, has historically produced men and women that take a business approach to hardship. We don’t rely on government-sponsored social welfare aid. While justice is a concern world-wide no matter which country you live in, rallying cries around social justice and expectations of social fairness are not at the top of our lists. Granted, while the history of race violence in America is real and has left van emotional legacy, it is offset by a history of slave rebellion and petitions for independence in the Caribbean. That history has kept my people resilient.

I am afraid that the younger generation of Caribbean descendants have lost a bit of that resiliency. Absorbing too much American culture in general and black American culture in particular has fueled the weakness. It is not too late to reverse the ravages of the disease.

One first step toward recovery is remembering why men like my great-uncle survived the pain while cutting sugar cane and picking oranges in Florida. Putting you, your family, and your people first before energy and dignity zapping philosophy that would have you “wait your turn” is the Caribbean way, the African way.

The second step is remembering that America is not your savior. It is a pool of resources that you should set out to exploit for the betterment of you, your family, and your people. Making America your savior is the same as you making yourself its slave, a slave to philosophies and mindsets that will make you weak.

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When it comes to gun violence, Americans simply can’t go against their nature

In the wake of the Las Vegas shootings last Sunday, Progressives are on the warpath calling for reforms to gun control laws. This has been happening since Bobby Kennedy got whacked back in June 1968 and liberals have not been able to get over the butthurt ever since.

The energy spent on calls for more regulations of guns is a waste because without addressing the cause, mass killings will continue here in the U.S. The reason that mass killings will never cease in America is two-fold. First, mass murder is in the American DNA. While the Irish will argue they built railroads and shipping and blacks will argue that the economy was built on their backs while slaves, truth of the matter is that America was built on violence. Irish and blacks couldn’t claim any major contribution to the American political economy were it not for a philosophy, a “manifest destiny” that advocated for clearing out indigenous people from the lands they lived and hunted on centuries before the European showed up.

Closely related is our human nature. Unlike higher life forms i.e. birds, whales, frogs, and every other mammal, amphibian, and reptile you can think of, humans have the unnerving and unapologetic knack of killing each other en mass. It is such an important part of their DNA that they have sectors of their economies totally devoted to the obliteration of masses of fellow humans. Humans may pitch around euphemisms like “war” or “conflict”, but it is all the same: premeditated killing.

Progressives will continue to pursue the political brownie points that are garnered from the yackety-yack of gun control while appearing to enjoy the preference of living in a bubble. No changes will be made. The benefits to humans from violence will maintain mass murder for centuries to come.

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My take on the GOP’s tax plan

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Shorter Yellen

Janet Yellen is speaking to the National Association of Business Economists. I will summarize her remarks thus sparing you an onset of ennui. In short:

People who own capital will have to seek out riskier investments in order to see higher returns. If you own no substantial capital, you need not worry about the economy. It was not designed for you anyway.

Unemployment is such that if you don’t have a job, it is because you don’t want one or don’t have the high tech skill levels of foreign workers Silicon Valley desperately wants to import.

If you are simply a wage-slave consumer, expect modest increases in consumer prices. Also, your productivity is sub-par, so get ready to see capital abandon you by changing business models, replacing you with wage-slaves located in Asia, or replacing you with robots.

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Cheetos Man, Rocket Man, and bond issues

So Cheetos Man delivered a clear message to his supporters that he will flex his dick at North Korea. This faux machismo rhetoric is designed to keep his supporters in the flyover states and the military pension types happy. In actuality, Rocket Man is following his daddy and granddad’s playbook for extorting more cash out of the U.S. Right now the U.S. Treasury is cutting the check while the Federal Reserve Bank in New York is preparing a bond issue in order to cover the cost. Good thing the debt ceiling was raised so that more tax dollars can be stolen in order to pay for it. (Sips a little tea and munches on the popcorn).

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Eroding the State means eroding each individual’s fear

In Murray Rothbard’s “Anatomy of the State“, he describes how the State came into being and how it maintains its control over its citizens. The State does a great head job on its subjects. For an example of how effective the State is at garnering loyalty, all one need do is look in their Facebook timeline and see how often the word “we’ is used during a political crisis; from a potential military conflict with North Korea to getting rid of Obamacare, citizens express the belief that they have skin in the political game.

According to Rothbard, the notion of “we” is fallacious. We are not the State. If so, “we” would be on the hook, for example, for the death of every young black male killed by police fire. “We” would be on the hook for burdensome taxes and unfair civil asset forfeiture carried out by government. “We” would also be on the hook for collateral damage from drone attacks in Pakistan, Afghanistan, or Iraq, even though almost no Americans had a personal relationship or gripe with any of the civilian victims.

Why do the masses fall into the “we” box? The short answer is fear. Fear drives the need for people to follow the State, no matter what form the State takes. Whether it is tyranny by the masses (democracy) or tyranny by a monarch or autocrat, it simply boils down to how the State manipulates fear in order to carry out predatory activity. People follow the State for a number of reasons.

People may be swayed by a need for belonging. Where the State can create a “national consciousness” narrative, people will follow it. People may also assume that the State has their best interest at heart. “We are here to save and protect you from the dangers that lurk out there, just like your parents protected you.” Thing is, for most of us, our parents weren’t the cause of the dangers that are lurking to destroy us. For example, stupid assumptions about communism sweeping through Asia and the impact that it would have on the West is what caused the rift between North Korea and the United States. Policy makers, however, take no account for this and rather hold themselves out as protecting Americans from “Rocket Man.”

People may be swayed by the “muscularity” of the State. Who would not want to pay allegiance to a nation-state with the world’s biggest consumer market or strongest military or persuasive narrative on freedom?

Rothbard points out that the State’s expertise in science is used to hold the allegiance of its citizens. For citizens already predisposed to admiration of this attribute, they may fear being excluded from the benefits of the State’s expertise.

I think anarchists underestimate the emotional place that sources the allegiance most people have for the State. I believe the emotional yearning for something bigger than themselves that plays savior in their lives is a barrier that anarchists will not crack with mere rants about how bad the State is.

A better approach is to persuade individuals to take a self-actualization approach to their fears; asking individuals to address the emotional filter that creates that delusion that the State has a monopoly on curing their fears. This will take a persistent education initiative in order to create and environment of real freedom from State tyranny. Fear as the battery of tyranny has to be squelched.

Anarchists are so far doing a poor job of shaking the veneer of fear that has been thrown on us. We have poor public relations.

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