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By JOE BURTON
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For example, in a simple island-economy, imagine a man creates wealth by harvesting salt from seawater. He pulls large amounts of water from the ocean each day, and allows it to evaporate, leaving sea salt behind. The salt is new wealth that he has created and stored. If he eats all of the salt with his food, and urinates into the ocean, eventually the salt will be in back in its original form, dispersed in the water.
In this way we see that by creating wealth (the dry salt), the man has not destroyed anything in nature. He has only changed it to suit his needs. The dry salt is more valuable to him (and other humans) than raw seawater. The salt can be used to flavor and preserve food, and will eventually return to the sea. When it sits in his hut in dry form, it is wealth -- something he values a lot more than seawater. As he uses the salt, he "spends" the wealth he has created. Nothing is destroyed.
If the man plants a tomato seed, and it grows to bear fruit, the tomatoes are new wealth. The material for the plants is generated by sunlight and air; less than 1% of the plant material came from the ground. And when the man eats the tomatoes, the waste products from his body will find their way back into the soil once again. This is the entire nature of wealth. It does not depend on the destruction of anything -- only change. Was the seawater destroyed when it was pulled from the sea, and the salt harvested from it? Was the air destroyed when the tomato plant grew? A plant grows by using the sun's energy to break the air into its component pieces. The plant breaks the bonds in the carbon dioxide molecule, harvests the carbon atom from the CO2 (leaving pure oxygen as a waste product), and uses it as the raw material for 99% of its body, shaping the carbon into leaves and fruit and flowers. A tiny fraction of the plant material comes from the ground, and it is returned to the earth after the tomato is eaten.
Wealth creation is a circle of creation and destruction. Creating wealth is organizing our surroundings to suit human needs, and destroying wealth is the destruction of that organization. Air, dirt, and a seed are worth far less than a tomato plant to human beings. We cannot eat dirt or air. A tomato sustains our bodies, and keeps us alive and healthy. Transforming air and dirt into valuable tomatoes is a process of wealth creation. Even if all minerals were removed from the topsoil, we have the ability to grow tomatoes indoors using no soil at all. We know exactly what they need, and it is mostly light and carbon dioxide.
All wealth creation happens in this way. Nothing is destroyed. If I write a book on my computer, I have not destroyed anything at all. I have only rearranged the atoms in the computer's memory. Nothing left the computer and nothing entered it except human effort. No raw materials were consumed, only changed, and millions of books are created and sold each year -- all of those new books are just arrangements of materials that we like more than the previous arrangement. A computer with a book stored in its memory is more valuable to us than one without.
If I go into a forest and build a home from the trees, I have created wealth. The organization of the trees and rocks is more valuable to a human without a home. Nothing is destroyed. When the man leaves the house it will eventually rot and crumble back into the earth, and trees will grow again where they once stood. Wealth is temporary, and none of it lasts forever. A house built from bricks and rocks will last a long time, but without constant upkeep, it will eventually return to the earth, just as any other wealth on earth. Each year, when a man paints his house, he is creating wealth.
When oil is pulled from the ground and burned, eventually the carbon dioxide entering the atmosphere is consumed by plants, which are in turn consumed by animals, and when they die they will eventually turn back into oil. It is all temporary, and it is all a circle.
It is fundamentally important to understand that wealth is based not on the consumption of resources, but upon the changing of the world around us. Wealth creation does not destroy. It changes. As we create more and more wealth, and become richer and richer, it is because we are becoming better and better at changing the world around us to maker our lives better. To make things that we enjoy more than what was there before we changed it.
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Let's fast-forward to the modern version of the Honda Civic, and see just how stagnant the American middle class has become:
Power windows, remote entry with power locks, anti-lock brakes (ABS), six airbags and a five star crash test rating. Accelerates to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds with its 140 horsepower engine. Five speed transmission. CD player. Tire pressure monitors. Weighs 2600 lbs and gets 26/34mpg. This car is much safer, burns less fuel, pollutes much less, is about twice as fast, won't rust and its major parts are guaranteed for 60,000 miles. Today the average worker can purchase this car with 670 hours of labor, and its life expectancy is probably about double that of the first generation version with less maintenance and less repairs. A car that is much better all-around take less over 100 hours less labor to earn for the average modern American worker. In terms of automobiles, it seems that the middle class is doing much better than it was in 1978.
google blogger on Sunday, July 24, 2011
I don't think that military defense must be socialized any more than fire insurance on your house must be socialized. It could be argued that by insuring my house and paying the fire department to stop a fire in my own house, they would also put out a fire in yours, in order to stop your fire from hurting my house. I don't see any problem with that, and I don't think that accidental benefits of any action makes it necessary to socialize that action.
The same argument could be made regarding myriad businesses. Must healthcare be socialized because when I pay for antibiotics to cure an infection, I'm accidentally protecting my neighbors from the same infection? Shouldn't vaccinations be socialized for the same reason? If enough people are immune, the rest of the society doesn't have to pay to be vaccinated, because the disease no longer poses a threat.
If I keep my house in good order and make it prettier, and accidentally raise property values in the area, shouldn't home-restoration be socialized? After all, I can't make my house more attractive without helping my neighbors raise their property values too. In the same way, one cannot provide military protection for himself without accidentally providing protection for those around him, so I don't think that the "accidental benefit" argument for the socialization of military is any more valid than arguing that government must paint our houses.
Almost everything that we do to help ourselves ends up accidentally helping other people near us. It's the entire basis of individualism, objectivism, libertarianism, and free-market thought; that one cannot become wealthy without helping other people live a better life (without stealing or using force).
Ideally, if we are to imagine the most ideal situation for mankind and its organization, we would have no military at all, and the world would live in peace. But that isn't how human beings work. A certain percentage of human beings love to build armies and try to take over the world by force, and because of that we must have weapons to defend against those men and their armies.
If we were suddenly thrown into a world without government, we would quickly return to a world with powerful governments and powerful armies. In the ideal anarchist’s world with privatized everything, religious leaders would peacefully accumulate followers and weaponry until they became strong enough, and had a large enough army to steal from and enslave their neighbors. And this is what has happened over and over again, even in the recent past, and is ongoing in most of the world. The United States itself has within the last 200 years gone to war with multiple nations, including Mexico and Canada, and in each case was raiding a neighbor in an attempt to take over more land. The state of Texas was previously owned by Mexico. When it became a US territory in the mid-nineteenth century it was filled with native Mexicans. The United States itself is conquered land. The United States was at war with all Native American Nations and their primitive armies for hundreds of years, and the reservations we have today, scattered all across the country resemble prison camps more than anything else. The government controls every aspect of residents‘ lives, and they live in abject poverty. The Native American Nations simply lost the war, and their people were literally exterminated, with huge bounties paid by the US government for Native scalps ($5,000 per scalp or more). Millions of natives were killed in the war, and that war was no different than most other wars in the history of mankind. In each case a group of men with weapons attacks others and takes their land and anything of value they may have, and kills or enslaves them when they win.
The primitive tribes still in the world today are still doing this with spears and rocks, and even chimpanzees do it. Male raiding parties attack other groups of chimps in order to control their land. Victory means killing the men, taking the women as mates, and killing (and sometimes eating) the babies. Christianity was used to control huge armies that took over South America, killing millions of people and taking everything of value from them. I have little doubt that in a world without government, religion would easily be used to build armies and governments all over again, and anyone who wished to avoid having his wealth confiscated by the newly formed marauding armies would need a powerful army of his own, and any army powerful enough to defend you is powerful enough to enslave you.
I don’t see any way in which human beings can live in large groups without being enslaved to one army or another. Anyone trying to live outside the protection and enslavement of an army/government, even today, will eventually be forcefully enslaved or have his assets stolen by one of the existing powers. Libertarians have more than one occasion attempted to set up an ideal society on an island or boat, and as soon as they become rich enough are invariably invaded, taxed (enslaved), and controlled by the nearest government. In my view, the correct reason, and the only reason that we must have a socialized military is simply because none of us are free and it’s impossible to live without armies. The world we live in today is just a bunch of very powerful nations who have reached a cease-fire with each other. We are all slaves to one government or another, and that will be the way of the world until human beings stop trying to enslave one another and steal from each other. I think that day may not ever come, and the best we can do today is realize that if we must be a slave to an army and its leaders, we can at least convince our overlords that staying out of the private business affairs of their subjects is the best way to make everyone better off.
Imagining a society in which all men are free is an irrational fantasy. In order to avoid conquest by a neighboring army, we must have an army of our own, and again; if that army is so strong that it can defend us, it is also so strong that it owns us. We should strive not for absolute freedom, but to be enslaved by a benevolent and wise king who understands that meddling in the market is harmful to both him and his people.
google blogger on Monday, July 11, 2011
IP laws are a great example of something that looks good on paper, but in reality benefits the wealthy at the expense of the poor. The existing laws keep music distribution companies and publishers rolling in money and we have to pay for the courts that hear their cases. The people actually writing the books or making the music get a small portion of the income generated. In a world without IP laws, most of the money would go directly to the artist, and in the internet age, there is no longer a need for stamping records or printing books. Jonathan Coulton makes music at home and sells it on the internet. You can listen for free, and it costs 99 cents to download a song. He makes $500,000 per year. If he can do that, who are we to imagine that there is any need for intellectual property laws?
google blogger on Wednesday, July 6, 2011
- Identify your next career move. If you have been examining multiple career paths, now is the time to narrow down the choices and focus on one or two careers.
- Conduct detailed career research and gather information on the careers that most interest you.
- Pinpoint the qualifications you need to move to the next step in your career or to make the move to a new career path. If you’re not sure, search job postings and job ads, conduct informational interviews, research job descriptions.
- Compare your current profile with the qualifications developed in step 3. How far apart are the two profiles? If fairly well-matched, it may be time to switch to a job-search. If fairly far apart, can you realistically achieve the qualifications in the short-term? If yes, move to the next step; if no, consider returning to the first step.
- Develop a plan to get qualified. Make a list of the types of qualifications you need to enhance your standing for your next career move, such as receiving additional training, certification, or experience. Develop a timeline and action plans for achieving each type, being sure to set specific goals and priorities.
google blogger on Tuesday, July 5, 2011
The question about what success comes from has been so much debated in our society. Some may think that careful planning contributes to success. Traditionally, young people turn to the successful people for guidance because young people believe that they can make excellent achievements through careful planning. Today, this view might be reversed. More and more people are taking a fresh look at it. Based on hardworking, they prefer taking risks rather than simply careful planning."If you talk or say somethingafter you think about itthis is not a success.If you think and talk or say somethingthis is you success of your life."
The most persuasive argument is that people taking risks or chances are more likely to succeed than the others. Risks or chances are not questions that people who disagree the point can shrug off lightly. With the advent of advanced international communication, a great number of opportunities you will face to by which the traditional careful planning is threatened. The difference between the two opinions is courage to challenge yourself. Actually, the only one step in the gap is not boundly conquered at all, in most cases, which prevent too many cowards from succeeding at last. People being short of bravery---if they are prepared to admit it---could learn one or two from the brave ones who actually not only have courage but also are wise and confident. One of the biggest lessons they should learn is that how to plunk up your courage.
The resource from which courage comes is nothing more than experience. It is hardly possible to decide whether to take a risk in front of some important affairs without any experience. To gain experience, one of the most necessary approaches for you is to learn how to analyze and sum up what you have done no matter you won or lost. As an old saying goes “Failures teach success.” Confidence is the basis to your goal. Never give up solid aims in life and encourage yourself from time to time as Abraham Lincoln once said, “ I will prepare and some day my chance will come.”Finally, taking risks or chances can be regarded as a break with the tradition. The emphasis on the challenge has been exactly expected because that it is surely help people succeed avoiding wasting time. No other reasonable solution in intensive completion provides many opportunities to accomplish your object in life .
From the above what I have discussed, we can draw a conclusion that superficially, the careful planning is a sound solution, but when we weighting in mind attentively, we find that taking risks or chances is more necessary to success.
TOP 10 KEYS TO SUCCESS:
1. Optimism. Think positive.
2. Faith. Believe in yourself, God and your country.
3. Planning. Know what’s important each day; set your priorities accordingly.
4. Determination. Have the courage to stand alone when taking the big risks in life.
5. Vision. Think big, dream big, keep success in your mind.
6. Attitude. If you think you can’t, you’re right. Winners have positive attitudes.
7. Goals. Set goals. Plan how to achieve them.
8. Perseverance. Try and try again until the goal is achieved. Never give up.
9. Knowledge. Learn to accept your mistakes, but make them only once.
10. Enthusiasm. Choose work you like. Enjoy the challenges.
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“The aim of life is self-development.
To realize one’s nature perfectly-
that is wht each of us is here for.”
- Oscar Wilde
Aim or setting goal is important for every person because without aim man is directionless. Aim in life gives meaning to life.Person is incomplete without a aim in life. It is very important that a aim is formulated and efforts are put in to achieve that aim. The following question should stimulate your thinking: Where will you be and what will you be doing ten years from today if you keep doing what you are doing now? You have to be bold enough to ask of life more than you may, right now, feel you are worth because it is an observable fact that people tend to rise to meet demands that are put upon them.
1. Set your goals short term and long term and then time required for its achievement.
2. Determine how you spend your time for this you have to follow schedule. The schedule can be weekly, forthnightly, monthly or yearly.
For Setting your Goals
There are four important things to keep in mind.
(a) Write down your goal. You will then begin to crystallize your thinking. The very act of thinking as you write will have a tendency to create an indelible impression in your memory.
(b) Give yourself a deadline. Specify a time for achieving your objective. This is important in motivating you: set out in the direction of your goal and keep moving towards it.
(c) Set your standards high. Now there seems to be a direct relationship between ease in achieving a goal and the strength of your motives. And the higher you set your major goal, generally speaking, the more concentrated will be the effort you make to achieve it. The reason: logic will make it mandatory that you at least aim at an intermediate objective as well as an immediate one. So aim higher. And then have immediate and intermediate steps leading towards its achievement. The following question should stimulate your thinking: where will you be and what will you be doing ten years from today if you keep doing what you are doing now?
(d) Aim high. It is a peculiar thing that no more effort is required to aim high in life, to demand prosperity and abundance, than is required to accept misery and poverty.
Evaluate Your Time Management:
- How much time have you set aside to meet your goals (above)?
- Does your time allocation reflect the priority of your goals?
- Can your uncommitted hours be reallocated to meet your priorities
- List four activities that you will like to do in your uncommitted time