Monthly Archives: November 2014

RIGHTS

ALICE:  Hatter, what is a RIGHT?
MAD HATTER: There are two answers; the Queen says she may tax workers to give others what they need.

ALICE: Who determines what folks need?
MAD HATTER: The Queen, or your government.

ALICE: Oh, that seems odd. What about the other definition?
MAD HATTER: A RIGHT is something the Queen may not legally intrude on.

ALICE: So the two choices are, either stuff the Queen takes from some to give to others, or, things the Queen is forbidden to do.
MAD HATTER: Correct.

ALICE: Hatter, why have so many words been changed to give the government more power?
MAD HATTER: Like greed, justice, and rights?

ALICE: Yes.
MAD HATTER: Any government or Queen will use power to get even more power.

ALICE: In other words, power corrupts?
MAD HATTER: Exactly so.

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TROPHIES

ALICE: Hatter, the White Rabbit said Participation Trophies are bad. What is wrong with making kids feel good?
MAD HATTER: Kids need to learn how to succeed. To be happy they need to find their natural skills.

ALICE: Won’t the trophy encourage them?
MAD HATTER: Well no, instead it satisfies them, letting them be happy in the absence of success.

ALICE: But kids need self-esteem, right?
MAD HATTER: Alice, self-esteem created without achievement promotes narcissism.

ALICE: What is narcissism?
MAD HATTER: Its when a person thinks so much of themselves they don’t much care about others.

ALICE: So… if I get a trophy for no real reason, then I think I’m simply so wonderful I don’t need to work?
MAD HATTER: Exactly.

ALICE: That makes sense, actually. Why would trained educators not understand this?
MAD HATTER: Most do, sadly. you see, people who don’t find their talents, and who expect gifts for no reason, they can be controlled.

ALICE: They will just show up and demand a trophy which means….
MAD HATTER: Which means scoundrels can then buy their votes…

ALICE: … using share-the-wealth, again!
MAD HATTER: Exactly- Folks who really deserve trophies because of what they do are taxed to buy the fake trophies for those who’ve been taught to just show up.

ALICE: Oh Hatter….
MAD HATTER: Have some more tea, because it gets worse…

PART II

ALICE: What is worse than participation trophies?
MAD HATTER: The kids who grow up and create successful businesses are told “You didn’t build that.”

ALICE: But… no one else built them, so how does that make sense?
MAD HATTER: Others invented the wheel, built the roads, made the laws, so nothing is made in a vacuum.

ALICE: So what, though? If I baked a cake then I baked a cake.
MAD HATTER: Of course, but logic is not the point of the argument.

ALICE: Go on.
MAD HATTER: The point is the politicians want to tax everything, so claiming you didn’t build it means you cannot complain no matter how much the government takes from your endeavor.

ALICE: So those who’ve earned only Participation Trophies feel like they are equals to those who actually make a big difference?
MAD HATTER: Exactly. Those people are groomed to demand their share, regardless of their contributions. It seems fair to them — they cannot see a difference!

ALICE: And so many people won’t even feel obligated to do their best.
MAD HATTER: This is literally a disease of the mind; it leads to both economic and spiritual poverty.

ALICE: And to think it all seemed almost harmless! I can see why you might be Mad!
MAD HATTER: Yes, educators harming children and society for political reasons should upset everyone.

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VICE

ALICE: Hatter, Something is bothering me. The Dormouse said I use so much sugar it is a crime. Is it true?
MAD HATTER: The answer is either NO, or MAYBE, depending on the type of law.

ALICE: How awkward, how can it be maybe?
MAD HATTER: The Queen’s law depends on Her mood. Any government’s laws can change.

ALICE: But she changes her mind all the time! How can the answer be NO, then?
MAD HATTER: Well, Natural Law never changes, because it is based on principle.

ALICE: Not changing sounds safer. How does it work?
MAD HATTER: In Natural Law, if there is no one who was tricked, bullied, or hurt – without their consent – there is no crime.

ALICE: Well it’s just me eating sugar, so who cares?
MAD HATTER: If the Queen pays your medical bills, then she can order you to do almost anything.

ALICE: Oh dear!
MAD HATTER: Ah, did you never wonder why the Queen would go to all that trouble?

ALICE: Oh dear oh dear!
MAD HATTER: Free medicine is quite “dear” indeed – it costs us in more ways than most people realize.

ALICE: I think there should be a law against Queen herself!
MAD HATTER: Naturally so.

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TAXES

Dorothy: I don’t understand taxes. Why are strangers taking the money I earned?
Wizard: You pay them to protect you.

Dorothy: But I don’t have a choice?
Wizard: People would not pay if they had a choice.

Dorothy: If I needed protection, I would be willing to pay.
Wizard: Trust me; you need protection — from those who collect the taxes.

Dorothy: If I don’t have a choice, then, isn’t it theft?
Wizard: Not according to the Judge.

Dorothy: Who is this Judge?
Wizard: A rich guy who is paid by your taxes.

Dorothy: I don’t like this, not one little bit.
Wizard: Try lying to yourself, it works for most people.

Taxes, Part II

Dorothy: Wizard, about taxes, there is more to it than just the Judge, isn’t there?
Wizard: Yes Dorothy. The Majority set up a system which let’s this happen.

Dorothy: Why does a group have the right to take what is mine, while I cannot take their stuff?
Wizard: Because they are stronger.

Dorothy: Might makes right, then?
Wizard: Only for the Government, who has a monopoly on legal aggressive force.

Dorothy: Wizard, you have explained the HOW, but not the WHY. By what RIGHT do they steal from me?
Wizard: I’ve studied this, and every attempted answer is a mere word salad of contradictions.

Dorothy: What other wretched things does the government let itself do to me?
Wizard: That totally depends on what the People will put up with.

Dorothy: This should be taught in our schools!
Wizard: In our government schools?

Dorothy: Oh, right.

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STUPID

ALICE: Hatter, everyone told stories about how stupid the government is yesterday. Is it true? Why?
MAD HATTER: It’s true. The reason is because there is no reason for it to be smart.

ALICE: But doesn’t government want to help people?
MAD HATTER: They claim that, but the results run to the contrary.

ALICE: But why? The politicians are usually very well educated.
MAD HATTER: There are no consequences for failing. In fact, politicians need problems – so they can promise to fix them.

ALICE: Voters would figure that out, though, right?
MAD HATTER: No. Politicians claim to be making progress, but they always need more time and money.

ALICE: Hmm…. That is what I’ve seen.
MAD HATTER: The government can have a monopoly when they wish; they can make their competition illegal, or, just create red tape which exempts the government itself.

ALICE: Monopolies are bad, though.
MAD HATTER: Indeed. And the Government has a monopoly on the worst thing in the world: Aggressive force.

ALICE: Because they have courts police, jails, and even the IRS.
MAD HATTER: Exactly so.

ALICE: How does this make them stupid?
MAD HATTER: They never need to make money, they just raise taxes. And, knowing they can use force to win, they never need to be clever.

ALICE: Bullies are usually a bit stupid.
MAD HATTER: Yes, but then, the voters have their own issues as well.

ALICE: It seems like the biggest issue is the government itself.
MAD HATTER: Would you care for some tea?

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JUSTICE

Alice: Hatter, what is Justice?
Mad Hatter: Do you mean Social Justice, or Original Justice?

Alice: Aren’t they related? They both say Justice.
Mad Hatter: Well no, they are exact opposites.

Alice: How so?
Mad Hatter: Original Justice means all the rules apply exactly the same to everyone, no matter who.

Alice: And Social Justice?
Mad Hatter: Social Justice makes us deliberately apply different rules to different types of people.

Alice: Do they both help make life more fair?
Mad Hatter: Does having different rules for different people sound fair to you?

Alice: I attend public schools.
Mad Hatter: I see.

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