What is Reality?

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Who wants to know what reality is? Who wants to be in touch with reality? What if it turns out that reality is not all that pleasant to think about? If reality is not at all pleasant, it makes sense that most people replace it with fantasy. Is there any harm in that? Who is to say?

To appreciate the fantasy free approach to economics, political science or for that matter any discipline it is not necessary to be in touch with reality. To truly understand what is going on in the world it is absolutely critical. For the practice of self government to continue, at least some of a country’s population must be in touch with reality. As it is, in the United States, there are not enough to enable us to survive as a free society.

I have created a Youtube channel for the purpose of mainstreaming the fantasy free concept with the hopes of generating some interest in using the approach.  The Youtube Fantasy Free Economics channel begins with one video explaining just what reality is and what it means to be in touch with reality.

If all we do is live our lives and in the end face annihilation, what is the harm in numbing ourselves to harsh realities? Lives and choices are mostly lived with reality kept at a safe distance. I cannot guarantee that that is not the best choice. It is not my choice but still I cannot produce sound reasoning to show that staring reality in the face is a better choice.

Fantasy largely replaces reality in all but a few minds. It can be argued that an individual is better off being numbed to the raw harshness of existence.  However, society as a whole is better off when everyone faces life exactly as it presents itself.

It is my estimate, and no one else’s, that only 3 percent of any population stays in touch with reality. That is not a stable number. As the number gets closer to zero than to to 3%, progress of humanity goes into retrograde.

I have explained that nature provides only one universal incentive, self interest. Hardly a soul does not believe in the imaginary incentive to serve. It is comforting to believe others like politicians are overcome by a deep desire to serve, others who see themselves as special and deserving of service. This is all fantasy. This particular fantasy is completely destructive in a democratic system because there are no saintly people with a burning desire to serve other people.

It is normal to seek comfort by believing lies. It is highly dangerous when an entire population is indulging in that practice. That is the situation we are in in the united states today.

So, while I acknowledge that there is no way to prove the average person is better off staring reality in the face, there may be great negative consequences if a significant number of people don’t do just that. Just for now, I am making an effort to convince a few folks.

The truth is a hard sell. Fantasy Free Economics gains readers one at a time. Major search engines simply do not list blogs which disagree with their political agenda. As long as folks share the link to this blog and others speaking out against the grain, the truth will at least trickle into the public consciousness.

Fantasy Free Economics recommends the following blogs.

Woodpiler Report   Of Two Minds   Liberty Blitzkrieg   Mises Institute   Straight Line Logic Paul Craig Roberts

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Politics and Animal Behavior

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Human beings take pride in their sentient nature. Unfortunately when engaged in life’s most serious undertakings, thinking is dispensed with and decisions are made with the animal portion of the brain. This is all while professing the exact opposite.

How much thinking is used in making political decisions? Lets look at the evidence. When was the last time someone tried to change your mind with a well thought out intellectual argument? That is because politics is an animal brain activity. There actually is a huge reason for this. The popular notion is that government acts as an arbitrator of goodness and fairness. All people, even the brilliant and highly esteemed, are instinctively programmed to relate to government like a child relates to its parents. Mention this out loud and you will hear denial after denial. But it is true.

What is the purpose of government? The purpose of government doesn’t matter. What matters is what government is used for 365 days a year 24 hours a day.  Despite all of the lofty definitions and fancy explanations government is where people go to get what they want. When folks are doing nothing other than trying to get what they want, intellectual reasoning is a handicap. Communication in the political arena boils down to getting others to act now without thinking.  That is accomplished by appealing to the animal brain, which registers phenomenon as good, bad, dangerous etc. so that an animal can react without thinking.

The last thing someone with a political agenda wants is for folks to do any serious thinking before making a decision. Notice with the immigration issue, what you get amounts to, “Illegals bad!” or “Immigrants just like us, seeking better life……” A thinking type argument might question, how many migrants around the globe are misplaced because U.S. inspired bombings and warfare? With respect to Mexico, we might ask, how much of that immigration results from the U.S. war on drugs keeping illegal drug prices high for the drug cartels? What are the chances the Deep State is sponsoring immigration to the U.S. because those poor folks make better customers in a modern country than they do in a third world nation?

Those kinds of questions are never asked because they have no utility when the goal is to “get what I want as fast and as efficiently as possible.” In times of crisis, this changes a little. Remember how after 911, how thoughtfulness caught on for a short period of time? The thinking never lasts. During the financial crisis of 2008 the population became thoughtful briefly. Politicians rightly figured that whatever they did would be completely forgotten by the time the election rolled around. They were absolutely right. After just a few months animal behavior had completely taken over again.

I believe we are on the cusp of another crisis. What will the reaction be? That depends on the level of suffering and which socioeconomics groups are most afflicted. When suffering continues long enough actual thinking can continue for years. Remember the Vietnam War era? That was a time when thousands of family members were being killed in an unpopular war. The average person had skin in the game.

When the next crisis occurs, my guess is that there will be perhaps a four to five month period where minds are open. What we know for sure is that the public is worth far more to the politically powerful when everyone is warm, entertained, comfortable and is completely oblivious as to how what goes on in Washington is effecting their lives.

The truth is a hard sell. Fantasy Free Economics gains readers one at a time. Major search engines simply do not list blogs which disagree with their political agenda. As long as folks share the link to this blog and others speaking out against the grain, the truth will at least trickle into the public consciousness. Fantasy Free Economics recommends the following blogs. Woodpiler Report Of Two Minds Liberty Blitzkrieg Mises Institute Straight Line Logic Paul Craig Roberts  

 

 

 

 

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Permanent Lies

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Some lies that are universally believed are so deeply and securely embedded in the human psyche that they are clearly instinctive in nature. We are told by evolutionary psychologists that the brain has us do the things that optimize the chances that our genes will be passed to the next generation. When the larger thinking brains of a few humanoids come up with more efficient ways of looking at things, the animal brain which is governed by instinct, has us do the things that have promoted our survival for millions of years. Those things can be outdated. Continue reading

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A Yikes Moment is a Possibility

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Predicting one day crashes is hazardous. We do know they occur on rare occasions given the right conditions. It just so happens we have the right conditions. While rare crashes can be devastating. People buy insurance on their houses to protect them in unlikely cases their houses burn down. Thinking about what to do in the case of a stock market crash is not at all imprudent, even though odds are against it.

Stock Market Crash What to Expect (from earlier this year)

I have been unmasking the Deep State as a huge criminal enterprise. Continue reading

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Truth About SEO

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SEO for anyone who doesn’t know is the acronym for Search Engine Optimization.

SEO stands for “search engine optimization.” It is the process of getting traffic from the “free,” “organic,” “editorial” or “natural” search results on search engines. _Search Engine Land

Suppose you have a web site and you want it to appear predominately on search engines like Google.

You might pay someone to search engine optimize your sight so that it shows up very high in Google’s search results. You might rearrange your site yourself, even altering content to have your site get a better showing. Continue reading

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The Deep State Exposed

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First understand that the Deep State is not a political or philosophical movement. The Deep State is history’s largest and most prolific crime syndicate. Is that clear enough?

The Deep State controls governments and elected officials for the purpose of generating profits for its members. The Deep State’s focus is on the United States because that is still where most of the world’s money is. Today each bill which congress passes is filled with skimming arrangements. Bills like the Affordable Care Act are really nothing but a system of distributing skimming arrangements to those deemed worthy of participating. Continue reading

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The Truth About Reality

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We know very little about truth and reality. We know we are alive and we know we will eventually die. But, no one knows what life is. No one knows what death is. We know we are conscious but we don’t know what consciousness is. Is life itself consciousness or is consciousness independent of life and present in or around living things? No one can answer these questions, not a soul. Life is often said to be a gift and a privilege but is that so? Clearly it is not a choice. It may be a wonderful thing but as far as we can tell no one or anything ever volunteered to be alive. Continue reading

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Your Punishment For Believing Lies

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I have a saying. When a lie is told, there are two guilty parties. There is the liar of course. Then there is the party for whom the truth is not good enough.  Without that arrangement few lies would be told.

The punishment for believing lies is suffering.  Continue reading

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The Cholesterol of Democracy

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Virtue signaling is to democracy as cholesterol is to arteries. Are you familiar with the term?

The Cambridge Dictionary defines it this way. “an attempt to show other people that you are a good person, for example by expressing opinions that will be acceptable to them, especially on social media:”

It is my observation that people on the right are more prolific virtue signalers than those on the left. Continue reading

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Evolutionary Psychology

I highly recommend becoming familiar with a few principles of evolutionary psychology. These folks are getting it right with respect to why we do what we do. This is a very short explanation and it is very much worth spending the less than five minutes it takes to watch it.

The truth is a hard sell. Fantasy Free Economics gains readers one at a time. Major search engines simply do not list blogs which disagree with their political agenda. As long as folks share the link to this blog and others speaking out against the grain, the truth will at least trickle into the public consciousness.

Fantasy Free Economics recommends the following blogs.

Of Two Minds Liberty Blitzkrieg Mises Institute Straight Line Logic Paul Craig Roberts

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