The four types of people in the world

“The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it”. -Albert Einstein

The Authoritarian

This person may or may not work in law enforcement, follows the law because it is the law. Thinks big government will keep them safe. Watches CNN or equivalent for their news. Believes government propaganda.

“The receptivity of the masses is very limited, their intelligence is small, but their power of forgetting is enormous. In consequence of these facts, all effective propaganda must be limited to a very few points and must harp on these in slogans until the last member of the public understands what you want him to understand by your slogan.” ― Adolf Hitler

The “Apetheist”

This person does not care or does not want to know. Too lazy, apathetic, or preoccupied with trivia to pay attention or be concerned with world affairs. Is aware fast food makes them unhealthy. Eats it anyway.  Will rely on Libertarians to do their heavy lifting for them.

“Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all – the apathy of human beings.“- Helen Keller

The Libertarian

This person consumes a lot of alternate media. Is familiar with the lessons learned from Pol Pot, Hitler, Stalin, Mao, etc. Is wary of government. Will be first sector of society to be demonized by the Elite.

“When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty”. Thomas Jefferson

The Elitist

This person is familiar with the lessons learned from Pol Pot, Hitler, Stalin, Mao. Controls mainstream news. Hates the Libertarians. Relies on the Authoritarians to enforce the laws, and the Apetheists to be lazy and careless.

“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” –Winston Churchill

Advertisements

Morality, law, and the role of non-violent resistance

“The great divide between the legal Naturalists and Positivists stems from the supposed dichotomy of law and morality, with the Naturalists emphasizing the overlap thesis; that is to say there is a necessary connection between law and morality. The positivists take a completely different stance and insist on the separability thesis; that the two are mutually exclusive.”

“The doctrine meant that if a statute contravened the basic principle of morality, it was not a moral law but one as not having a legal character e.g. being legally invalid. Therefore, according to Gustav Radbruch, Nazi law would have been invalid. This approach was rejected by Professor Hart in his article ‘Positivism and Separation of Law and Morals’. His argument broadly stated that if the laws made in Nazi Germany, however oppressive or immoral, were in accordance with the rule of recognition, then it was valid law.”

commercial-litigation-lawyer law-books

Legal Persons: Natural and Fictitious

Whether or not you consider yourself a legal naturalist or positivist, civil disobedience (non-violent resistance) is our right as sovereign individuals.
Under the eyes of the law, I am natural person. A corporation is a legal person, (an artificial or fictitious person). A corporation and myself are both people. We both have rights and legal characters, although not identical.

What is the distinction with regard to jurisdiction? I am not an entity conceived in commerce, existing as ink on paper, or 0’s and 1’s digital. Common law is for natural people. Commercial law (maritime law) is for persona ficta. Why does a natural person need an IRD (tax) number? Is there a fictitious entity impersonating me, which is liable under commercial law, masquerading as the natural person? What legal chicanery is this? When was this creation made? Certainly not before I was conceived. It must be sometime after that. Was it when I was registered and issued a certificate? My birth certificate. Is that when my fictitious counterpart was created. My CAPITALIZED counterpart. Why would a natural person need an IRD number and bank account to perform labour and take hold of honest money. Where does my P.A.Y.E tax go? I am taxed before I receive the money. What is the “Crown” exactly?

jefferson-portrait

Legal Naturalism

In a nutshell, legal Naturalists strongly believe in the Latin legal proverb ‘Lex iniusta non est lex‘ (an unjust law is no law at all). Sure it could be considered that if a law has not been repealed, it is therefore just and moral. However, rarely is anything so black and white. Personally, I consider legal Naturalism to be concerned with the intrinsic relationship between law and morality, and that if a law is immoral, then it should not be considered relevant. To paraphrase Thomas Jefferson “If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obliged to do so“.

hitler460

Legal Positivism

Conversely, legal positivism does not consider law to be built upon the tenets of morality. Positivism does however require civil disobedience as a form of check and balance. Anything less would be short of tyranny. I do not blame legal positivism for Hitler. Although it may have provided the legal platform for his rise, it was the duty of the people to see through the propaganda, and to not be sucked into a vortex of blinding ethnic hatred.

I believe that morality and law are not synonymous; to put it simply, the quality of being legal does not intrinsically make it moral. In some cases, most notably and recently in Hitler’s Germany, moral behavior considered illegal was required in Germany to overthrow Hitler, however, immoral behavior that was legal propagated.

big-fish-little-fish

Civil disobedience, political awareness, and you


Regardless of your stance on the creation of law, we as the people, have a responsibility to ourselves and our children, to extinguish or enact any law we decide necessary. That is if we are to believe that we live in a free and just society. Recent news would indicate mankind whether willfully, or by coercion, is heading in the opposite direction. It appears individuals in nations historically the champions of freedom, willfully profligate their freedom (privacy) under the guise of security, while other nations new to the concept, are fighting and dying for it. There is a bizarre form of logic circulating currently, that would have you believe people don’t need rights, and that only criminals advocate privacy. If you believe this, I consider you to be an automaton. No more capable of creative independent critical thought than a string of binary zero’s and one’s.

John key, current prime minister of New Zealand, did not give the registered voters a chance to throw the scurrilous bills back in the face of the foreign special interest groups that were so obviously instrumental in their creation. The Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill was rushed through parliament. The GCSB amendment bill has met stiffer opposition and is currently being debated, but I fear the NZ public is too lazy, too preoccupied on trivial matters to really put the effort into repealing and blocking any laws that are contrary to their interests.

Should I blame the fox for attacking the hens, or the hens for leaving the door open?

Sovereignty, if not for individual and country, then not at all

“Must the citizen ever for a moment, or in the least degree, resign his conscience to the legislator? Why has every man a conscience then? I think that we should be men first, and subjects afterward.” Henry David Thoreau

Do you consider yourself to be a sovereign individual? Do you enjoy the right to own property? Do you abhor tyranny, war, and big government?

founding-fathersdestruction

Sovereignty

It is the year two thousand and thirteen, Anno Domini – I ask you, “Is sovereignty still intrinsic to a democracy, dictatorship, quasi-theocracy, or republic“? Do they not have in common the ever burning desire to be free from outside interference and subjugation at the international level, and do not the individuals yearn for freedom and self-ownership. I ask you, “What man or woman ever voted to give up self-ownership, and put that inalienable and intrinsic right into the hands of the collective?” Historically, the individual and by extension the country or nation state, have striven for self-determination and self-ownership, the United States of America being the most shining example in recent history. Never once has a voter pursued tyranny, with the hope of achieving freedom. For what man would willfully choose to abdicate his freedom, whether noble or peasant!

A great man once said “Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.”

globalaaWall-Street

Globalization

Yesterday, today, and tomorrow, globalization was, is, and will be, knocking at the figurative door with its quizzical agenda. Globalization, whether considered a zero or positive sum game, has created a new species of organization. A truly global corporation with a global perspective. The world is gravitating toward a single marketplace. As barriers to trade are reduced or dissolved in the name of free trade and economic growth, as we approach a singular marketplace, you might think mankind would stop and consider the relevance of sovereignty. Is it viewed as an archaic hangover from the past, impeding the road to a truly global world and its textbook theories, or is it a vital piece of ourselves and our respective homelands, that should never be ceded?

freefair

International Trade Agreements

International trade, in practice, not just in theory, has been proven to inspire innovation, enhance competition, reduce inefficiencies, and increase economic growth. These features are positive when viewed from an economic perspective, without bias favoring either consumer or producer. Legislation and behavior that impedes trade is counterproductive and undesirable, at least according to popular opinion among economists. Where it becomes murky, is when a trade agreement requires tearing off pieces of sovereignty, piece by piece, whether food sovereignty (the ability to choose whether you eat GMO, not whether Monsanto desires it to be), health sovereignty (freedom of choice to legally produce and consume natural alternatives to pharmaceuticals from major organizations such as Pfizer).

22roi-img-tmagArticle

Legislation

It’s all about the fine print people. I will use the lobbyist model for legislation enactment in this example. Not only specific for the USA, lobbyists, front-men for the guild of special interest groups, are paid to present and offer financial incentives to influence congress to have laws enacted, laws which are obviously drafted by corporations and special interest groups. In my country, major laws are either forced upon us via political strong arming, in which we usually acquiesce, and rarely ever by referendum. Political hot potatoes are rushed through late at night, not dissimilar to the method by which the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 was enacted late that fateful night of December 23rd. Woodrow Wilson, current president at the time, later rued the decision, quote “I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the civilized world no longer a Government by free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men.”

due-diligence-glass_thumb[3]dueddd

Conclusion

Take an active role in your district, support good men and women. Familiarize yourself with important laws, such as the Federal Reserve Act of 1913, the Patriot Act, etc. It is up to you to be wise and knowledgeable. Nobody will take your freedom more seriously than you.

If you’d be so kind to share my blog, whether on your Facebook page or twitter, I’d be grateful. Feel free to leave any comments you may have…

Gaming, like the mythical Phoenix, is being reborn. How ?

Image

“The worst thing a kid can say about homework is that it is too hard. The worst thing a kid can say about a game is it’s too easy.”
― Henry Jenkins

CROWDFUNDING

Consumers can now directly influence the development of games. They need no longer wait passively in the background for organizations so greedy, so out-of-touch, so myopically focused on quarterly profit projections, so few CEO/executive management positions occupied by software engineers and developers, so many finance educated managers, sooooo…… disappointing!!

THE WAIT IS OVER

Potentially, with a good idea you could have a game developed with nothing more than your idea, and the trust in which you inspire. If you haven’t visited kickstarter (an American-based private for-profit company founded in 2009 that provides tools to raise funds for creative projects via crowd funding through its website), you need to.

The concept is simple. An organization or individual creates an account on kickstarter or an equivalent, inputs various data elaborating on the idea, adds rich media to sex it up and you’re done. Once the project has been given the official green light, it will be created. Once it is underway, it is then up to the consumer(s). If the project fails to achieve minimum funding, no funds are debited from credit cards. From the start, the creator(s) can then keep in touch with their pledge-es (pledgers, who knows) via their forum, as the countdown begins. Typically, a project has a month to reach its goal. It can be anywhere between 1-60 days, however, it is recommended to be below 30 days. Usually their is a pledge tier that is just for donations, say $5, which will directly contribute to the project, but without any reward other than the feeling of generosity. Other tiers exist that offer a higher reward. This could involve any manner of things, usually for games this is a digital copy, and it goes up from there. As an example, Satellite Reign, the spiritual successor to the infamous Syndicate and Syndicate Wars titles, had a tier of $7801 at the very top of its pledge hierarchy. This enabled the pledger to have his own likeness infused into the evil CEO character of the game. Anything is possible.

SATELLITE REIGN

Speaking of Syndicate, Satellite Reign, the official spiritual successor, has reached intial funding. I have created a facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ZealotsofSOSR dedicated to help raise additional money for 5lives studios. Any donation made from my FB page will go toward advertisements on FB. The minimum ad costs $5 per day, and then on a per click/impression basis. Official funding opportunities will continue to July 2014, as Paypal is now the medium of exchange, and is run from 5lives’ website. This is common once the initial Kickstarter funding window has closed. Satellite Reign exceeded initial funding goals, and is now working on achieving its stretch goals. If you like real-time strategy, cyberpunk/dystopian megacities, futuristic cyborg agents, the ability to simultaneously or sequentially manage your agents (you have 4 in total, an Assassin, Soldier, Hacker, Support), destructible environments, a powerful arsenal of weapons, dynamic game-play, then get your pledge on today. All pledges via paypal have the original rewards associated to it…