Good does not defeat evil, evil defeats evil. Sanity does not defeat insanity, insanity defeats insanity… On World War 2

I’ve been listening to Hardcore History a lot lately, a fascinating podcast, from, in my mind, a brilliant historian Dan Carlin dancarlin.com I highly recommend it for anyone who loves history, philosophy, and politics. In a particular series “Ghosts of the Osfront”, the preface includes the explanation “This is a story that is not a good guy versus bad guy story, this is a bad guy versus bad guy story, and those are always the most difficult to tell”

As an American High School student, I knew that America won World War 2, and freedom triumphed over fascism. When I became interested in history, as an adult, I of course realized that this was a bit of an exaggeration. I am confident that in today’s society, even a modern American military strategist could share a beer and a laugh with any military historian, over how naïve I had been to think such nonsense. Stalin won World War 2.

They probably wouldn’t phrase it that way, but in essence, that would now be the consensus opinion. What did the Soviet Union have, that other allies lacked? Well, vast land of course, but I’m going to actually propose something a bit darker, they had “unity”… They didn’t really have to bother with elections. Days after war broke out, everyone who worked in a factory in the west, had a new job… moving every piece of equipment in the factory, to the east, and adjusting production. You can’t do that in a “real democracy”, or “republic”. You can’t just move millions of families in days, with no debate. All production not essential for the war effort, instantly ceased. In the words of Louis CK “It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you have no regard for human life”.

For years I’ve known, that we played an important role in the war, mostly through technology, but our role was overstated. It never really sunk in until recently, that the entire “moral” of the war, had been lost on me, because my focus, was on my home nation, America… and, to be fair… If anyone came out of WW2 stronger than they went in, and thus “won”, it was America. Our financial empire was born exporting to reconstructing regions.

The “moral” of the actual war however, is the title of this blog. Good does not defeat evil, evil defeats evil. Sanity does not defeat insanity, insanity defeats insanity. This gets back to my last piece on Dunbar’s number, if you’ll remember, I made the point that no one really knows 250 people, thus no one should claim to have the mental acuity to intuit how to control more than that. I suggested that this virtually proves libertarianism, and I would like to submit this, as exhibit b… Throughout history, whenever any person, or group, has claimed the right to shape the world in their image on an epic scale… Whenever an evil psychopath goes on a violent rampage… another evil psycho defeats them.

If you allow there to be great power. If your group or society, submits to the idea, that one person, or a majority of people, can control the lives of others… You have created a monster… That monster, will either eat itself, or be destroyed by another monster. The short story of World War 2, is that Fascism fought Communism, and Communism won… Immediately after which, it committed suicide. If America, insists on becoming the next central authority, if we must continue the exponential growth of the military industrial complex… another madman will eventually rise up, and destroy us, because we will have become the thing, that always gets destroyed. To quote a cheesy movie “Things will work out in the end, so if they have not worked out, then it is not yet the end”.

The meek inherit the earth, because if you believe power should exist, its corruption will destroy you, or you will be destroyed by another person of power. Because, if being a corrupt madman is tolerable “Well hey, I could be a better corrupt madman than him… Why don’t I have that power?”.

Power creates psychopaths. Society and unity create power. If, as a human race, we can stop looking for leadership, control, and power… We do not have to suffer the fate of the past. If we cannot, we will not be defeated by truth and justice, another violent psychopath will come along… and then destroy itself.

Peace and Love Friends,
David Hamilton

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Dunbar’s Number, American Capitalism, and What’s Left of Libertarians.

So… Dunbar’s Number… For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, I recommend reading this article for a primer

http://www.forbes.com/sites/georgeanders/2012/07/18/oxford-scholar-facebook-wont-widen-your-social-circle/

In short, it’s the number of people you can “know”… about 150. If you have 250 Facebook friends, then you have virtually no clue what’s going on in 100 of their lives. This is an estimate, of course, but there is strong evidence to support that this is a good estimate, meaning it’s very unlikely that anyone really knows 250 people.

What does this have to do with American Capitalism, and Libertarians? Everything… If it is impossible to really know 250 people, then running a corporation, government, or non profit, with more than 250 managers, is a completely impossible task…. Think about that for a second. It is actually impossible, for a large corporation, or government to have a coherent informed mind, or group of minds at its helm.

When I say American capitalism, I do mean the naïve theoretical vision of Adam Smith, and Thomas Jefferson, not the current practice, or the way they practiced it… I don’t want to pretend the past was better than the present. The theory however, that all unjust authority, should be abolished. That a centrally planned economy is impossible. That no organization should be too big to fail… That we don’t need a central authority, and more importantly, even if we did, or wanted one, it’s inefficient to have one. Power corrupts. Simple lessons, we seem to be forgetting in the modern age… Except, of course, for that small number of “crazy” libertarians, out there.

Dunbar’s Number, should become a core argument, in a return to localization of economics… and the empowerment of the blue collar, because, after all, for millennia working people have labored under the illusion that they, the peasantry, were incapable of making the difficult decisions of government. When in reality, human minds are incapable of maintaining organization, and a coherent mind, in any group larger than a thousand or so people… not just peasant minds.

Peace and love friends,
David Hamilton