The Propensity to Worship

handsI am right where other economists are wrong for a simple reason. My mind is euphemism free. And, what is a euphemism exactly? It is a substitute for reality. Euphemisms are to humans what sand is to an ostrich. Fill your mind with euphemisms, accept them as true and you have no chance of understanding the world and its events. The average economist applies what I call the “little God” definition to individual humans. Human beings don’t even think independently of one another, especially in politics. Certainly they are not autonomous as they are assumed to be in mainstream economics.00_elections

For all but the last several hundred years, citizens worshiped their leaders and served them as slaves. Group behavior, like the physical animal evolves over time. When new ideas like “freedom for everyone” show up  as they did in Europe and the united states during the 1700s, it takes centuries to change the various instinctive propensities they posses. People understand more intellectually than they are able to put into practice in their lives.

Today in the United States, citizens are technically in charge of government but they are so prone to worship leaders that they still end up serving their leaders. Our history is peppered with leaders who are remembered as being something other than who they were. Two good examples are Franklin D. Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan. For decades Roosevelt was celebrated as having save the country during the Great Depression. The facts show that he did nothing but make the economy worse. Ronald Reagan is considered the conservative icon of all time. The facts show that he started and normalized intense central economic planning as a function of government. Reagan set all kinds or spending records.  American citizens do not rein in government and that is their job. They worship their leaders instead.

Do not expect American citizens to hold politician’s feet to the fire. They are programmed instinctively to do just the opposite. It doesn’t have to be that way. Hardly a soul is aware of this. Instinctive behavior is a path of least resistance but it can be overridden.

Unfortunately human to human worship is encouraged from birth throughout live. At extremely young ages, children are taught to establish arbitrary loyalties. Students are expected to be loyal to their school, support the home team and have school spirit. Children form clicks and all want to be like the ones who are deemed cool. What are they doing? They are worship one another. What is a role model? A role model is someone adults want their children to worship. Of course, children should be their own role model. Everyone has an inner compass.

Here is a common definition, “Reverent honor and homage paid to God or a sacred or to any object regarded as sacred.” When human beings place faith in one another they are performing an act of worship.

This is the biggest hindrance we face in picking a president in 2016. The various candidates are looking for worshippers and voters  are looking for a messiah. Politicians and voters do have at least two things in common. Both are guided by self interest and both act in keeping with the principles of dominance and subservience.

Who do you suppose comes out ahead in this transaction?

Take note: Free your mind from euphemisms and observe people worshipping one another. Bring it so someone’s attention and notice the reaction you get.  One aspect of the euphemism filled mind is that it cannot observe itself. But, try anyway. It is worth the effort.
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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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