Friday, January 22, 2016

BU2B, 2nd Edition

Introduction to the 2nd Edition

This post was originally published in August, 2014.  With this new post I have added several items and have updated various links.


All is for the best
Believe in what we’re told
Blind men in the market
Buying what we’re sold
-        Neil Peart, Rush

…history is a constant progression – onward and upward.

…the Dark Ages were…dark and technologically backward.

…the Middle Ages offered lawlessness and barbarity.

…the Catholic Church ruined western civilization.

…the Renaissance was a renaissance.

…King George was a tyrant.

…Americans won their independence.

…the founding fathers were selfless.

…the time during the Articles of Confederation was chaotic.

…a written constitution is a check on government expansion.

…the Constitution protects my rights.

…America was never about Empire.

…Lincoln saved the Union.

…Lincoln was honest.

…the West was wild.

…war was always hell.

…Japan’s aggression in Asia was a shock to the US government.

…democracy represents the best form of government.

…democracies are reluctant to go to war.

…laissez-faire capitalism caused the great depression.

…Hoover was a do-nothing president.

…the modern nation-state is the best protector of person and property.

…there was no famine in Ukraine.

…Stalin was not as bad as Hitler.

…Stalin was a victim of Hitler’s aggression.

…National Socialism was contrary to all western values.

US sympathy for China was a major reason for entering the Pacific war.

…Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise.

…World War II ended the depression.

…World War II was the good war.

…World War II was fought by the greatest generation.

...Germany was the only combatant to commit atrocities in Europe.

…the west never commits acts of terrorism.

…the atomic bombs ended the war.

…the atomic bombs saved one million lives.

…the Nuremberg Trials were the epitome of justice.

…the US government would stand against world government.

…the US military fights for my freedom.

…the US military fights for the freedom of other, less fortunate, people.

…the global presence of the US military is an unwanted burden.

…foreign wars are almost…romantic.

…JFK was shot by a lone nut.

…by saving and working hard, you will retire into the American dream.

…money and banking must be managed by the state.

…central bankers are servants of the people.

…monetary policy can be neutral.

…the United States is a nation of laws, not men.

…there is a meaningful difference between democrats and republicans.

…a third party would provide the solution.

…CATO is a friend of liberty.

…Milton Friedman was a free-market economist.

…central banking is not central planning.

…central banks are necessary to regulate markets.

…nineteen men could bring down three towers with two planes.

…they hate us for our freedom.

…the modern west offers the pinnacle of culture and civilization.

…a police officer’s job is to protect and to serve.

…the US is fighting ISIS in Iraq.

…there would always be another RUSH concert….


  1. "…the Constitution protects my rights."

    See:"The Bill of Rights Scam - [aka The 1789 Judiciary Act Scam]" :

    …JFK was shot by a lone nut."

    See: "The Fake Zapruder Film ":

    Regards, onebornfree.

  2. Oh,The Collective American mind. The propaganda of the Bureaucracy has been very successful as most everyone believes those same lies. Alas nothing is forever nor as it seems, not even Rush.

  3. i, too, was brought up to believe.

    betrayal begets anger.

    enlightenment allows one to realize it never was as one was brought up to believe, facilitating a move away from anger. it is up to the individual to determine what then follows.

  4. Alex Cockburn has a series at CounterPunch takes on the claims of the truthers. Thought it would interest you. - James Waldrop

  5. You might want to add to this list:

    I was brought up to believe…

    That during WW II, Germany set up 4 so-called "pure extermination centers" in which 2 million jews were murdered.


    Signed - Greg Gerdes

  6. "If any question why we died,
    Tell them, because our fathers lied"

    - Rudyard Kipling

  7. Thanks for putting these pieces together.
    I have more to try and educate dumb ass friends.

    Which is a exercise in futility?!

    Now if I could only convince them. That God is not
    going to come down and make it all better at the 11th hour

  8. The entire article is set up to contest the idea of a strong federal government. While a respectable viewpoint, the key part about the difference between northern businessmen and southern farmers highlights the reason everything settled as it did. Stronger governments are a natural result of more advanced and developed societies. Weaker governments only work for areas of low population and simple economics.

    The entire argument is an idealistic view of how things ought to be, but omits the realities that resolving more complicated disputes is not a simple process. In the absence of a strong state, a state-like entity will arise and it may not be very kind. Examples: Mafia, Triad, Yakuza, drug cartels, or even 'legal' crime syndicates like price fixing oligopolies.

    1. If they have to lie so much to make it stick, then the truth is a "strong government" really must not be necessary in order to solve "complicated disputes."

    2. No........The article is the omited reality.


      The "Truth"is the essence of finding out what the "process"
      ought to be.

      Who supported ,fostered ,made up the:

      "Mafia, Triad, Yakuza, drug cartels, or even 'legal' crime syndicates like price fixing oligopolies"

    3. bm,

      How true. Interesting how simple logic displays the fallacy.

    4. @Mylon

      What you fail to realize is that those "examples" you use are in fact a direct response to state intervention within the economy and not due to a stateless society as you try to imply.