SENSE OF ENTITLEMENT
Before we start today, a general word or two on the loyal minions comments ( and no, sorry, you don’t get to pick you term of endearment, I do. If it offends you, you are directed to the other two long standing prepper blogs that take great care to offend nobody ) that I “am full of myself”. Now, I do believe that I take some pains to humble myself. I try to fess up when I do something stupid. And I try to retain a sense of the absurd. But let’s just say that I am an egomaniac. I grant you it is possible ( sometimes its hard to analyze yourself ). Now ask yourself this. Who else, other than someone quite pleased with their powers of observation, is going to consistently, year after year, fight against the consensus of his field of study? I have to present the case against 99% of the logic out there. Most of it isn’t even logic but a bad job of parroting regurgitated premises. Let’s take Greer, the Druid Dude. That boy can spin the prettiest argument ( and that is meant as a compliment ). In fact, he does such a good job that I use him to question a lot of my own conclusions. In this weeks article he made the case for long term decline rather than collapse. And it would be easy to buy into except for one or two minor details. Such as The Bigger Straw Fallacy. Greer seems to understand that we are running out of oil. Granted. But how does running out of oil mean slow decline? We have roughly six billion too many people on this mudball, and they are all mostly fed off of petroleum. Does he envision the oil will decline at the same rate as the population in a decline rather than collapse pace? But more importantly, you must factor in the Bigger Straw. An oil field has X amount of dinosaur juice. If new technology such as fracking comes along to get oil out that was left behind by conventional methods, you certainly have bought yourself a lot more time. But you are using exponentially more oil now than when that field was originally pumped. You pump it out as quick as possible because the demand has grown for more oil. I might be off a bit, but if I’m not mistaken fifty years ago we were using under twenty million barrels of oil a day globally. Today it is four times as much. We have a lot less to draw from and much more demand. And only some of that is optional use. A lot just keeps folks alive.
Let’s try to psychoanalyze the mass of idiots living in the US. I’m sure a foreigner could do a much better job, but you are stuck with me. In the beginning, here was a huge continent that a few pesky injuns were squatting on. A damn shame, they weren’t utilizing the land to its full potential. Damn heathens were just living sustainably rather than stripping the surface and underground resources to become filthy rich. The same problem they had down in central and southern parts of the same area. But Spain was run by a bunch of greedy royalty who didn’t want to share the wealth. They limited their official work force to Spaniards and enslaved all the indigs. Well, of course once those poor bastards were all dead productivity went to crap. The French never entered that area but eventually got a good director for colonization and started treating the tribes decently and had a great time thereafter. But really, they didn’t do much better than skimming rather than mining the riches. The British screwed up down south but actually got it right in the future US. Send your desperate and discontents over and give them a percentage to exploit the place. Rather than being directed centrally, this had great growth potential for being organic and free flowing. More and more malcontents moved over there, they and those already there had more kids, the numbers exploded and exploitation was successful ( Russian used the same strategy going east of Moscow but in the end never allowed the peasants to retain much of the wealth ). Of course, the strategy backfired as the Colonists realized the prize was worth trying to steal from the Crown. And that prize was great enough BEFORE all that petroleum was found.
Please support Bison by buying through the Amazon graphics above and to the right of each article. Or, visit
You can purchase anything, not just the linked item. Enter Amazon through my item link and then go to whatever other item you desire. As long as you don’t leave Amazon until after the order is placed, I get credit for your purchase. Thank you.
Now, I grant you that killing Indians is risky work ( and you can’t deny they did deserve it. Tribe A killed off tribe B, and B was killed by the white boys. Live by the sword, die by it ). And tilling fields and whatnot while trying to not be killed by Indians ain’t no picnic. Our forefathers worked their asses off for their wealth. It wasn’t gold nuggets on the roads ready to be picked up. For the longest time, we were very hard workers. And doubtless most of us still are. I make fun of the lazy and luxury grabbers, but most often the conveniences are there because we spend all our time working. But while working hard, we started to get expectations that our pay was to grow and grow. Our standards of reward increased. We still worked hard, but expected more and more for it. And I think that is where our Achilles Heel is. A few folks are just trailer trash, ghetto dwelling welfare trash, but the vast majority are hard workers with a really screwed up sense of what their compensation should be. When our oil wealth started to flow throughout society, that sense of entitlement just exploded. And our government saw little reason to do anything other than exploit that to the fullest. While fulfilling one groups expectations of their just reward for hard work, they made sure another group perceived that as a unjustifiable entitlement. In fact, I’d wager that the conservative and liberal hatred is nothing more than one group of folks thinking they are harder workers than the other. Used by full advantage by our banker elite controlled federal government.
Now, add in a few hundred million firearms. A dash of economic decline and a dollop of wealth loss to the majority. I don’t know if we will actually have class warfare, but the ingredients are surely there. Everyone thinks they are the only ones working hard and the other group is stealing it with help from the government. And why not believe? It certainly seems so. No one blames the man behind the curtain, there are so many scapegoats handy.
The Official Bison Web Site http://www.bisonpress.com/
My e-mail is email@example.com
Anyone can submit a guest article. No minimum word length, no writing skill necessary ( just get the idea across ). You retain copyright ( this must be your original writing ) and I’ll just use the once. I’ve yet to turn down an article, just don’t use the N Bomb or libel another that can sue me. Send by e-mail ( please, label as “guest article” so I can find it easily later ). Payment will be your removal from my enemies list.
By the by, all my writing is copyrighted. For the obtuse out there