by Ken Bylund
September 15, 2010
Tycho Brahe vs. Johannes Kepler; an excellent example on how this works; Tycho, a Dane, spent his life studying the celestial bodies, stars, our sun and planets, to prove his Tychonic theory of a helio-geocentric universe. It seemed obvious [to him] the planets, with the exception of the earth, revolve/orbit around the sun, but that the sun with it's planets, and the stars, revolve around earth. To make a long story short, Johannes Kepler saw the flaw, embraced the Copernican heliocentric [sun centered] view of our solar system... and using his benefactor's data, added another brick to our wall of knowledge. [Ockham's razor]
The point? There is a weakness in human nature that works hard to bend the evidence to fit a flawed view of reality. We must use our own brain... look with our own eyes at the evidence, and not accept those trendy, sometimes popular views held by the news media wizards, political priests, and yes, movie stars.
Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary ISBN 0-87779-349-2
Communism; n. 1 a : a theory advocating elimination of private property b : a system in which goods are owned in common and are available to all as needed [and here is where communism gets its bad reputation] 2 a : a doctrine based on revolutionary Marxian socialism and Marxism - Leninism that it is the official ideology of the USSR b : a totalitarian system of government in which a single authoritarian party controls state owned means of production with the professed aim of establishing a stateless society c : a final stage of society in Marxist theory in which the state has withered away and economic goods are distributed equitably.
[Of course we've seen that this "final stage" never happens; the fiction of communism is that it never existed... anywhere. Marxism was tried and it always evolves into fascism;]
Fascism; n. 1 : a political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nation and race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition 2 : a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control.
Capitalism; n. 1 : an economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods, by investments that are determined by private decision rather than by state control, and by prices, production, and the distribution of goods that are determined mainly by competition in a free market.
So, where did Capitalism get the bad reputation? By those who want to rule... in perpetuity; dictators, bureaucrats who want to gain more prestige and power, not by their own value or genius. Those who want to take that shortcut to wealth, other people's wealth, other people's sweat and hard work. The enemy of capitalism is socialism, and when bribery buys the voters with their own money, fascism is stepping in... and we are all back to square one!
These definitions from the Webster's Dictionary, are clear, concise, and revealing. This is what Alaskans needs to bring to the voting booth; our 1/50 th leverage in the Senate and that lone Congressman... are important. We all need to think into the future; our very near future, and push back against an apathetic slide into rule by that sly, destructive, bureaucratic, government dictate... haven't we seen enough examples of oppressive rule around the world by now? [Ockham's razor?]
We must urge everyone to think about the evidence; do we believe in fairy tales? Should we value those simplistic views that promise Utopia and end with hardship and famine? PLEASE: On November 2, 2010... get out and vote.
Bending the evidence to support your theory... does not arrive at the optimum conclusion. This is that crossroad... time to justify your part in this great experiment! Your vote counts! What is your optimum conclusion, Alaskans?
Received September 15, 2010 - Published September 15, 2010
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