The Peripatetic School

Do as you are told, or else!

We that invest in precious metals—we who have withdrawn parts of our retirement accounts, or dedicated funds that we would have spent on consumer frivolities—we did not follow the rules. We have been critical thinkers, considering the reasons for our economic woes, concluding that the economy is not reparable under the current system.

Believing this now, we have taken action, investing in commodities that will survive an inevitable collapse so that we might be able to rebuild our lives in a new economy. But we did not follow the rules -- we did not spend more and go deeper in debt while our savings were tucked away on Wall Street in IRA accounts. So we have been “yellow-trucked!”

Bachelor of Science in Truth Studies

The good etymologists at OED help us to know ourselves: A conspiracy theory is 1) an explanatory proposition that 2) accuses two or more persons, a group, or an organization of having caused or covered up, 3) through secret planning and deliberate action, 4) an illegal or harmful event or situation.

I find this definition interesting because it aptly describes an historian, economist, or political scientist who proposes, in an academic journal, a theory that explains how a group or organization might cause or cover up, through secret planning and deliberate action, an illegal or harmful event or situation. We professors submit articles like this all the time. Isn’t that worth studying and debating?

Frankly, the term is a propaganda meme used to discredit anyone, anywhere, in quick blunt fashion.

From there to here.

Six years ago, I would have balked if you suggested that the Fed wants inflation, that the Fed was NOT part of the US Government. Today, I hold that the Fed was created by sociopathic, greedy, power-hungry people who want to control this nation and steal its wealth. Just last night I was thinking about the Fed, about how they promised to cut back on the Quantitative Easing and get our economy back to normal, and how what they really did was just give money to a mystery buyer in Belgium to keep up the QE Bond purchases. The Fed has lied to America and the world. The Fed's policies have destroyed our economy. The Fed creates inflation to steal the wealth of our nation. Worst of all, the Fed is not part of the American Government. So how did I get from ignorance to a modest understanding? Which tour guide opened my eyes? Can we learn anything useful about that journey that will help us enlighten our friends and relatives?

Which community do you prefer?

In the spring of 2002 I relocated my family moved from downtown into the country. It was a difficult move. My wife and I stumbled around in a daze for several days coming to terms with the differences. But let me back up a number of years and fill you in on how we got there. I can’t say that I have sage advice for all to follow. What I can do is tell our story, mistakes and all, then explain my reasoning for the move and let you glean what is useful.

The Valley of Alliswell

Waiting on the mountaintop can get lonely and cause you to question your deepest held beliefs. For a while, it is a great party, sitting there with your closest friends, closing 401K accounts, buying silver, telling stories, singing “Any Minute Now.”

But weeks, months, and now 3 years pass and the end doesn’t come. What now?

Trouble in River City

   The problems in education began with the rise of Empiricism (scientific method) to the top of the educational system. In today’s world, if you cannot prove it with empirical research studies and statistics, then it is just hearsay, myth, anecdotal evidence, and Empiricists reject it. Our degree programs emphasize the ability to do research—because that is all that most professors know how to do. 
     Then we claim we have taught our students “critical thinking.”
What we have cut out of the curriculum are the humanities—philosophy, art, rhetoric, history, language, literature, culture, the classics, etc.—the broad based education that many employers want to see. Here is where I argue the seat of critical thinking resides.

Community, Free Speech, & the Internet

John Milton wrote the “speech” Aeropagitica in 1644, as a revolution commenced, in response to a new law that all books had to be “licensed” before printing and circulation. This law did not intend to raise revenues, but sought the control of ideas and criticisms of local and national governments in Great Britain. The mass media was effectively controlled. Milton saw it more clearly than most and tried to do something about it at age 36.

Power & Moral relativity

Keynesian theory is a constructionist worldview applied to money. Austrian economics takes much more of an essentialist view. We gold bugs are essentialists when it comes to money, stubbornly clinging to the surety and scarcity of our barbarous relics. Keynes, Krugman & Bernanke teach that money is created—created by human will through their wise and benevolent leadership. But are they consciously duping us?

Wizardry of the MSM

JRR Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings during WWII, withholding publication until 1954-55, while he likely sharpened and edited the 2nd best selling novel in history. As with all great works of literature, they are a blend of divine inspiration and good old hard work and study on the part of the author. But what did Tolkein wish for his readers to learn? Was his novel simply for entertainment? Of all the truths Tolkein tried to communicate to his readers, one stands out as the most subtle, yet most critical—not the military power of the “forces of evil, but their power of propaganda.

Bug-out with the in-laws.

"Honey, can you fix that scraping sound when the car hits a bump?

"Sure," I say, "I’ll work on it next Saturday."

But when Saturday comes around I look out at the car and find some other important task to do, like cleaning my desk, so that I am busy and productive. But I suspect my wife knows that I am just procrastinating the fix on the car. I just don’t want to go start the job. My subconscious knows what is coming.

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