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The Root of Government

April 1st, 2007

A lot of people think that the root of government is freedom. But if this is true (which it is not), many people have forgotten their high-school math, because the complete answer would be:

?G = +/- Freedom

From the law of identity, we know that A is A. It cannot be both A and –A at the same time. Therefore, ?G cannot be equal to both Freedom, and the Opposite of Freedom. This would be problematic because of the +/- operator alone; we cannot definitively show that ?G = either Freedom, or –Freedom. Furthermore:

1. Given that: “Government is the negation of liberty” –or– [G = -L]
2. And that: liberty = freedom
3. It follows that: Government = -(Freedom)
4. Therefore: ?G = ?(-Freedom)

If we substitute either F or -F into our original equation, and do a little algebra; we are left with:
Freedom = Freedom*Freedom or -Freedom = Freedom*Freedom

So the “root of government is freedom” hypothesis is exploded, once and for all, because neither of these make any sense. But then what is the root of government?

Start from step 4 above and you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Given: ?G = ?-(Freedom)

We know that the root of a negative number is imaginary. From whence it follows that whatever root we may suppose Government to have, it is purely imaginary, and useful only in making pretty fractals on supercomputers.


New Domain, New Blog, Same Kickass Content.

March 30th, 2007

Hello All:

It is likely that I will no longer be blogging here, or at the old, either. I have registered a handful of domains, and I’m currently figuring out what to do with them, although it will involve WordPress.

I have not decided whether I will be migrating all or any of my previous posts to the new domain – it is not cumbersome to move them all, but I don’t think I need them all. It may be more trouble than it’s worth to move some, so I may migrate none, etc.

Blogging has resumed at my new domain – please update your links, bookmarks, aggregators, etc.

The new URL is:

High Prices, Higher Taxes

March 29th, 2007

The best indicator of wealth in society is an abundance of goods and services. On the contrary, high prices are definitively not an indicator of wealth. That settled, raising prices will not increase wealth. Furthermore, no government ever taxed itself or its people into prosperity.

The Detroit Free Press reports that Michigan is trying to do just that:

In return for the [State’s two largest elctric companies] agreeing to the tax, [Michigan] would change the law to effectively eliminate competition for the two major utilities — DTE and Consumers Energy — to encourage them to build new power plants, said people familiar with the plan who spoke on condition of anonymity. One expert said the utilities would expect to pass the tax cost along to customers.

One expert? How about anyone who’s taken an intermediate course in microeconomics?

I will scream until my lungs are sore: “Businesses do not pay taxes!” Sometimes, through an accounting identity, it looks like they are paying taxes. They sell goods and services to consumers, individuals, who pay the taxes. Businesses collect taxes on goods & services they sell. And they sell their goods and services to consumers – individuals like you or me – who pay a price that includes the tax. A tax, “paid” by businesses is an absolute fiction. Make no mistake: this is a $1 Billion tax on the citizens of the shittiest economy in the union.

But the grant of pseudo-monopolistic privilege is what really gets me hot. It is well-settled that under monopoly, all else being equal, service and quality will be poorer, and prices will be higher. So the legislature is not only asking taxpayers to take it in the rear to the tune of $1B – they’re also asking us to settle for crappy service and prices that are higher than they ought to be.

This isn’t a mere change of the rules, midway through the game. This is changing the game itself:

The concept is certain to be opposed by smaller companies that built power plants since a 2000 law opened the state’s electricity markets to competition. Other Midwest states with so-called energy-choice laws are Illinois and Ohio.

In an economy struggling as much as Michigan’s is, well, I just can’t imagine how this idea could even get past the drawing board – we’re not exactly clipping along at full employment, and most real-estate markets have seen marked declines in average sales and volume. Has the Legislature considered what will happen to the jobs of the employees at these smaller companies? Blank-out.

“Shutting down the government is not even an option,” said Sen. Michelle McManus, R-Lake Leelanau.

Maybe it ought to be.

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