Do Black Lives Actually Matter?

Black-Lives-matterLet me first say that it is not up to me to decide. There is an old joke where a guy walks into an auto parts store and asks, “do you have a set of spark plugs for a Red ford?” This is as  if the color of the car really has anything to do with the parts that go into it. That is the way I look at race and color.

After driving a taxi for twelve years where almost all of my colleagues were immigrants and passengers were of one race or another, usually different than my own, I kind of got used to dealing with everybody.  The common ground among cab drivers was always more pronounced than any commonality based on race. Drivers of all races had the same fear of working in rough neighborhoods. Robbers didn’t seem to care what race or nationality their victims were. All drivers were pretty much on the same page in this respect. White drivers were a minority but there was never a problem with that. I had personal friends from Mexico who were here illegally. I don’t mean a just few. To get a handle on what people are really like, it pays to work and associate with them in every day life.

I think a better question is what does any life matter? We don’t even know what life is.  So, “does any life matter?” is not that easy of a question to answer.  There are all kinds of lofty answers these kinds of questions. But, a quick glance at reality shows that our lives matter to ourselves, friends, family but not automatically to anyone else.

To others our lives are worth the utility we have to them. To a billionaire your life matters because you are a customer. To a politician your life matters because you are a potential voter.

Now, back to, “Do black lives actually matter?” In my opinion black lives matter a lot. There are lots of reasons. With respect to utility, blacks have taught me over half of what I know about music. Black economists like Thomas Sowell taught me things about economics I could not have learned anywhere else. Of  course I know a lot of blacks personally. Military graveyards are full of black soldiers who died for various national causes.

Personally I believe black lives matter immensely.  Black lives are of such high importance that I think it is an absurdity for them to put their lives in the hands of Hillary Clinton.



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James Quillian independent scholar,free market economist,and teacher of natural law. Who is James Quillian? Certainly I am nobody special, Just a tireless academic and deep thinker. Besides that, I have broken the code with respect to economics and political science. Credentials? Nothing you would be impressed with. I am not a household name. It is hard to become famous writing that virtually no one in the country is genuinely not in touch with reality. But, if I did not do that, there would be no point in my broking the broken the code. If you read the blog, it is easy to see that there are just a few charts, no math and no quantitative analysis. That is not by accident. Given what I know, those items are completely useless. I do turn out to be highly adept at applying natural law. Natural law has predominance over any principles the social science comes up. By virtue of understanding natural law, I can debunk, in just a few sentences , any theory that calls for intervention by a government. My taking the time to understand the ins and outs of Keynes General Theory is about like expecting a chemistry student to completely grasp all that the alchemists of the middle ages thought they understood in efforts to turn base metals into goal. Keynesian theory clearly calls for complete objectivity. Government can only make political decisions. Keynesian techniques call for economic decisions. So, why go any further with that? Fantasy Free Economics is in a sense a lot like technical analysis. Technical analysis began with the premise that it was impossible to gain enough information studying fundamentals to gain a trading advantage. Study the behavior of investors instead. Unlike technical analysis, I don't use technical charts. What I understand are the incentives of different people and entities active in the economics arena. For example, there is no such thing as an incentive to serve with life in the aggregate. In the aggregate, only self interest applies. It is routinely assumed otherwise. That is highly unappealing. But, I am sorry. That is the way it is. I can accept that because I am genuinely in touch with reality. Step one in using Fantasy Free Economics is for me to understand just how little I really know. A highly credentialed economist may know 100 times what I do based on the standard dogma. Compare the knowledge each of us has compared to all there is to know and we both look like we know nothing at all. There is always more than we don't know than what we do know. I am humble enough to present myself on that basis. Why? That is the way it is. I am not bad at math. I have taught math. What I understand is when to use it and when to rely on something else. Math is useless in natural law so I don't use it. While others look at numbers, I am busy understanding the forces in nature that makes their numbers what they are. That gives me a clear advantage.
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