Archive Page 2

01
Jan
09

When bad economics attack!

Well, my wife is out of a job. This is not a good thing. She has been the major bread winner in our home, and unemployment covers only a fraction of her previous income. While we have been diligent about getting out debt and simplifying our lives, this is a hit that we can’t, under our current plan, handle. If Ingrid can’t find work in the next few months, we are seriously looking looking at bankruptcy.

But what is interesting is that we are actually excited about the future. It is a new beginning. Once we learned not to attach our self-worth (which is a lie, by the way) to our bank account and credit score, life has become much easier and the future less fearful. Also, for right or for wrong, we have to remember not to take this personally. There are thousands of other families in the same boat right now, having the same discussions as we have, making the same choices. We will do what we can do: Talk to creditors, pay what we can, all that stuff. But if we have to file for bankruptcy, when it’s all said and done, I won’t lose sleep over it. It looks like the financial freedom we have been striving for may have been just forced upon us.

22
Dec
08

The reason for the season

One of the things that effects me the most about the Christmas story is how God chose to announce His arrival to a bunch of humble shepherds. A heavenly host appeared and sang of God’s holiness and glory, and proclaimed God’s goodwill to mankind.

It’s also amazing that the God most high would not only become flesh and walk among us, working and sweating, getting dirt beneath his finger nails, breathing our air…

and to be born in a dirty stable.

But even more amazing is that this God would desire to make his home in our hearts, which are far more filthy than any stable. He wants to take up residence, then goes about cleaning house.

10
Dec
08

There are times…

…I could be posting my deep thoughts on politics, social justice, intentional community and the like. Or, I could actually be doing something. Recently, I’ve been in the more ‘action’ phase of things: Community dinners, preparing our home to be more functional for hospitality, church government (funny being an anarchist and an elder at my church), preparing sermons, leading and supporting worship, initiating fellowship with in the community, helping out… And then there’s the improv and stand-up comedy stuff that I’m involved with.

I want to do more than postulate: I want to do. So if I’m not posting much, it’s because I’m doing.

01
Dec
08

Dictatorship in the wings?

I’m seriously not into conspiracy theories and the like, but I can read the writing on the wall. I know there’s folks who would disagree, but recent news worthy events point to a eventual dictatorship, or at least an (even more) oppressive government. Take this for example:

The U.S. military expects to have 20,000 uniformed troops inside the United States by 2011 trained to help state and local officials respond to a nuclear terrorist attack or other domestic catastrophe, according to Pentagon officials.

It looks innocent enough, all in the name of ‘national security’ and such, but there are already services established to do this kind of work. The real goal is to get people used to the idea of uniforms wondering around in public so it won’t be that much of a shock when the government finally assumes total control. States rights and local control will be gone.

So you take that and the way the government is buying into big businesses and propping them up while tapping the wallets of the average Joe and failing to do anything that helps local business… Freedom will be a concept that we talk about in past tense.

10
Nov
08

Watching A Documentary About WWII

This week end, I had a chance to watch some of the Ken Burns documentary “The War” on one of the local PBS stations. For the first time, I was struck by the annihilation we poured out on the people we were fighting. I was also struck by how commanders sitting in field tents or even comfy offices threw away life. They sent men rushing across open fields and running rivers into situation in which there was no cover. They constantly made decisions based on convenience rather than pragmatism. Life was cheap, regardless of which side you where on.

While I personally struggle with the concept of just warfare, believing somewhat that if we are to love our neighbors as ourselves and that we may have to use force to help protect them at times, I’m appalled at the devastation that full scale warfare wroughts. Not just the damage to property, but to lives. Schools and hospitals destroyed. Everything a person has ever owned, gone in a flash. It’s like watching hundreds of tornadoes sweep through a community, leaving nothing intact. I’ve left Iraq alone because I’m emotionally tangled up in it, knowing people who are there and all that, and having been such a supporter of the war at one time…but now? I don’t know. In many ways, I feel that all we did over there was open up the doors for Iraqis to kill each other more openly. Did bringing down Saddam really make things better, or did we clear the way for more violence by taking away their dictator. Not to mention the massive money pit it’s turned into.

You know, even looking out side of the military and the way those in power use the common soldier as a commodity, a thing to be used up and discarded when finished, we see the same type of attitude in those in power with in our political structure: The common man is just a resource to be used. Today I read in the news about how the government wants to throw more money at AIG, and the automakers are showing up at the capital with their hands out while politicians are lining up to dole out money. Where does that money come from? The taxes that “Middle America” pays. We are just a source of revenue for the government’s whims, reaping no benefit for our labor. Even as i sit home sick today, watching my wife work (She works for one of the big box retailers and has the benefit of telecommuting), it’s sad to that she has to work for the first 4 1/2 months of the year just pay her tax burden. Just another resource in the governments eyes.

And people wonder why I became an Anarchist.

10
Nov
08

Post Election Musings

Glad that’s over with.

04
Nov
08

So far, so good…

I haven’t voted today, and if this trend keeps up, it is doubtful I will. Interestingly enough, my wife is on her way to the polls. She doesn’t share my new found political freedom, and I don’t feel the need to try and dissuade her. In fact, a lot of my friends voted today, and though many of them think I’ve gone off the deep end, I don’t believe I have to defend myself. Or offend them, for that matter.

I’ll be glad when it’s al said and done so we can move on and TV will be safe again.

31
Oct
08

Non Voting Quote … err…something…

Most of us have heard the expression that goes something like: If you don’t vote, you have no right to be unhappy with the State, politics, or the political class. The logic is that if you don’t vote, you have already given up your right to complain about the effects.

The interesting point in this is that one, according to this logic, seems to earn a right to complain from the act of voting. Or, in other words, you earn a right to be dissatisfied with the people elected to rule you only if you have taken part in the electing! It is like saying you have to take the consequences of being in a game you never entered, but if you did enter the game, you have a right to complain about how the game is played – even though you knew the rules before entering.

Per Beylund

31
Oct
08

Don’t Vote Poster

This poster was produced in 1964 by the New York Committe, Anti-Vote Campaign. The Anti-Vote Campaign was an apolitical group made up of individuals, anarchists, radicals, and libertarians. The message is simple, but poignant: “direct action not politics!” Clearly, the intent of the declaration is to call on individuals to seek out “direct actionist” alternatives to voting in the 1964 elections. The anti-vote movement believed that the political rights and liberties which people enjoy today are the result of individuals’ strengths and actions — not of their governments, independent candidates, or party platforms.

29
Oct
08

(Non)Voting Quote VI

The “health, education, and welfare” section of government is another boondoggle. First we manufacture indigent and superfluous people by legal monopolies in land, money and idea patents, erecting tariff barriers to protect monopolies from foreign competition, and taxing laborers to subsidize rich farmers and privileged manufacturers. Then we create “social workers, ” etc., to care for them and thereby establish a self-aggravating and permanent institutionalized phenomenon …

Laurance Labadie, son of Joseph Labadie




Blog Stats

  • 5,840 hits