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Don’t we have better things to do than to proclaim our devout following to a political ideology?
10-Day Political Challenge… in 1 day.
Day 1: Who the hell are you? Tell us how you came to the ideology you hold now; or tell us about the first time you really started to question your previously held beliefs and why.
SS: I’m Shahe, I believe in free markets, spontaneous order and voluntary associations. I’ve been into this ideology as far back as i can remember. My dad is a free-market libertarian and his father was a revolutionary intellectual who spent 11 years in a Siberian prison from trying to ignite a revolution in USSR controlled Armenia in 1947.
Day 2: Your favorite politically-related quote in this font type. #stopprism
Day 3: Top 5 inspirational people for you and why.
SS: In no particular order:
1. Nikola Tesla - Not sure if he’s “inspirational”, but I’d love to have met him and picked his brain. Most scientists think well above and beyond the capabilities of the average human. This man was well above and beyond the top scientist that have ever existed. Think about that.
2. Claude Frédéric Bastiat - There isn’t a word that this man wrote that isn’t timeless, universally applicable and intellectually profound. He’s the Shakespeare of economic & political philosophy. His work transcends time because his ideas are cemented in logic and reason. I said there’s no real order to this list, but Bastiat is one of the top historical figures that I’d love to meet.
3. Milton Friedman & David Friedman - Milton was exactly what the free market movement is missing today, a salesperson. We lack a character that the people can turn to. David Friedman is on here because his ideas and theories are exponentially better than his father’s. Milton was fantastic, but he wasn’t completely free market, David is.
4. Elon Musk, Peter Thiel & the PayPal Mafia - Musk is my favorite CEO at the moment. Between private space, solar tech and changing everything about transportation down to his Hey-Don’t-Fuck-With-Me attitude towards naysayers. The man is more or less my spirit animal. Even if he’s just a showboating sales person that doesn’t change the world, he’s already changed how we look and think about it.
Thiel is another interesting CEO who supports, along with Google’s Larry Page, Seasteading and Free Economic Zones for social, political and economic experimentation to help guide society in building a better world. Even if you don’t care that he was one of Ron Paul’s biggest financial backers, you got to love his support of free markets.
5. Whoever built the Great Sphinx of Giza - That thing is a mystery that no one has solved. Being, supposedly, one of the oldest man-made structures on the planet, it’s mind-boggling that half of the world’s archaeologists aren’t working on unlocking it’s secrets. (Like if there’s a hidden chamber of records inside of it!) I’ve always wanted to become an archaeologists when I retire just to explore this mythical beast.
I cheated, that’s 6 people. Lysander Spooner probably deserved a mention in here.
Day 4: Make a Bradley Manning post and post it/submit it. All of these will get reblogged by me if they are tagged.
SS: I actually don’t care to do so. I don’t know why, but I don’t like these “I Am [fill in a name” Campaigns. I feel like it takes away from the individuals who are in actual danger and sort of discredits them.
None of us are Bradley Manning because none of us are on trail and possibly facing death.
I’d much rather post a picture of Bradley Manning.
That’s the man that our near-2-trillion-dollar-a-year military fears more than all the world’s ‘terrorists’ combined.
You know what this tells me? That our dirty little secrets are more damaging to us than any hijacked airplane crashing into a building will ever be.
Tell me, what does that say about the ‘Defense’ arm of this country and their practices?
Day 5: Photo of your favorite political book. Share the best thing it taught you.
SS: Too many to name but here’s a list of some of my favorites that I always recommend to people:
- 'Confessions of an Economic Hitman' by Perkins
- 'Economics in One Lesson' by Hazlitt
- 'The Law' by Bastiat
- 'Vices Are Not Crimes' & 'No Treason' both by Spooner
- 'Guns Germs, & Steel' by Diamond
Other authors that you should read from: Rothbard, Ron Paul, Mises and Hayek.
Read all of Hayek in order of publication and see how he evolves into an anarchist.
Day 6: Donate to a Kickstarter or Kiva Loan project. (Even $10 counts! Come on, you would spend that at Chipotle tomorrow anyway.) Share the one you chose and why. I love these sites because they show we can help others, fight poverty, stimulate the economy, create jobs and self-reliant communities, etc. etc. and all without the government. If you absolutely cannot spare $10 to help someone out, just share one or more of the projects you think really deserve funding. All of the financially backed posts that are tagged will be reblogged.
SS: I’ve done a bunch of Kickstarters and a few microloans but my favorite recent Kickstarter was the ARKYD public space telescope from Planetary Resources (Add Dr. Peter Diamandis to my list of awesome CEOs)
Day 7: If you could get rid of/make/change one law, what would it be?
SS: I’d ditch the two-party voting system that is the root of all evil. It creates lobbyists, huge donors, stupid laws, special interest legislation, loopholes, exemptions, and all the other things that are fucked with this country, including the War on Drugs, the War on Terror, and the military industrial complex. All of it is possible because legislators are bought and sold by a few dozen corrupt individuals with money and influence in politics.
Check out the Lawrence Lessig’s TED Talk or read his book ‘Republic, Lost’ to find out just how bad the system is and how we can fix it.
Day 8: If you own a flag, pin, shirt, poster, artwork, etc. that says or expresses something political, now is the day to share it! Street art you’ve seen counts too! Automatic reblog/badass status for tattoos.
SS: At first I was going to respond by saying, ‘I don’t really own anything ‘political” but then I realized that I have a great picture that I can post…
That’s a picture of just a fraction of our sky. In it you can see hundreds, if not thousands of galaxies. Each of those galaxies have millions to billions of stars and just as many planets revolving around those stars. If there is life out there, and it’s improbable that there isn’t, we’re probably looking at it. And, again, this is just a close up of a infinitesimal fraction of our visible sky. In reality, this small square contains more galaxies, stars and planets than we see here, but given the nature of how light travels, we can’t see them with our current resources.
How is this political?
Look at that picture and tell me which of those galaxies is Republican and which is Democrat. Point out the so-called Right and the Left. Show me where I can find a political debate or a voting booth.
You can’t, because our Universe, our star system, our galaxy, our solar system, our planet, none of these things are political in nature. Humans aren’t even political in nature. If you don’t believe me, just look at home many people vote. Most people don’t care about politics.
Politics is a facade created by the very few who wish to control the masses.
I ask you to look at the sky, at this photo of countless galaxies, and you’ll understand why I reiterate my support for anarchy.
Day 9: Post a song, poem, or movie scene with political themes that inspires you.
SS: Satans-Advocate had posted this, but it’s from one of my favorite movies, Kingdom of Heaven (Yes, I like a religious movie despite not believing in religion…) (#2, if you haven’t see this movie on Blu-Ray, do yourself a favor).
“A king may move a man, a father may claim a son, but that man can also move himself, and only then does that man truly begin his own game. Remember that howsoever you are played or by whom, your soul is in your keeping alone, even though those who presume to play you be kings or men of power. When you stand before God, you cannot say, “But I was told by others to do thus,” or that virtue was not convenient at the time. This will not suffice.”
SS: The Dead Fed
(Day 11: Congratulate yourself for completing this. Splurge on pie or beer or mexican food or guns or something.)
That was exhausting. Someone hand me a Torta and an extra large cup of Orange Bang.