AN ANTI AMERICAN RANT

Having had many US people stay in my home for a couple of days, I found them all agreeable people to host. Only Israeli visitors revealed an obnoxious side. But to me, the stay at home Americans seem to be; obese, ignorant, self-obsessed, intolerant, hyper-sensitive, selfish, fearful, vindictive loners.
Yet there are many of them who are great writers, scientist, engineers, and artists. They do not seem to have any diplomats any more as they are dominated by war, guns, and force so that they keep doing things that are known to fail. If Churchill was correct and they always do the right thing after trying everything else we still have a lot of waiting to do.
It means that Americans are different. So selfish in their nature that they cannot contemplate co-operation. They love guns and war. War on poverty. war on drugs, war on cancer, war on nature, war on ISIS, and a war on peace and co-operation.
On retirement President Eisenhower warned the Americans saying “We are compelled to create a permanent arms industry of vast proportions. … we must guard against the influence, whether sought or unsought, by the industrial military complex … The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes.”
The impulse for profit overrode any caution. Hence the constant involvement in wars and mass destruction. War crimes and torture are part of the modus operandi. They have a justice system that is corrupt and prone to injustices.
Now the USA is beholden to the money masters. The military costs the citizens so much in the search for ever more ways of killing. The government of the USA is not a democracy as the peoples will is never expressed in its activities. It is more of a plutocracy, theocracy, oligarchy, stratocracy, and chrysocracy. Yet they think they are promoting democracy when they bomb. The influence of lobbies is unmistakable. Many regulatory agencies such their EPA, FDA, and FAA have been captured and are subservient to business demands and avoid their regulatory function. Even prisoners are items to make profit from and the USA outdoes all other nations in the proportion of people in prisons. Some of them are in a form of slavery, working to help make profits for business.
After the second world war the USA hosted a conference and helped form the United Nations tasked with maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations, achieving international co-operation, and being a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations. A UN Charter was developed and agreed to. Its objectives include maintaining international peace and security, protecting human rights, delivering humanitarian aid, promoting sustainable development, and upholding international law. Now the USA undermines UN aims and reneges on the treaties and conventions to suit themselves rather than contribute to its effectiveness. There are many treaties and conventions that they have not signed up to and ignored.
The USA cannot be trusted therefore. Here is list of USA tergiversatory retreats.
Paris Climate Agreement.
Convention on the Rights of the Child.
International Convention on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights.
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights optional protocols.
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.
Convention Against Torture optional protocol.
International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families.
International Convention on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.
The Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities.
International Convention Against the Recruitment, Use, Financing, and Training of Mercenaries.
Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
Convention on the Non-Applicability of Statutory Limitations to War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity.
Principles of International Cooperation in the Detection, Arrest,Extradition, and Punishment of Persons Guilty of War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity.
Convention on Cluster Munitions.
Land Mines Convention.
Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
Proposed treaties banning the weaponization of space and banning cyber crimes.
The Amity Treaty with Iran (1955),
US Postal Treaty with China (144 years in effect),
Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (1987).
Already reneged on: Anti Ballistic Missiles Treaty in 2002 by President G W Bush.
It has withheld support the Law of The Sea, the International Criminal Court, the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty and other arms control agreements.
It has withdrawn from the UN Human Rights Council.
They are a bully unconstrained by a moral sense and do not conform to civilised national behaviour. The invasion of a foreign states embassy shows how little they think of international conventions.
Before the outbreak of Hitler’s war, there were many people, often in business that supported Hitler. Wiser people could see the dangers ahead and detached from Germany. There came a time to oppose the war mongers. The time has come to break from relations with the USA and keep out of its activities. They are an arrogant bully and dangerous.
I think that NZ should keep our distance and reduce our political connections with them.

SPACE DREAMS.

Science fiction aficionados and techno-freaks have deluded themselves into seeing a future in space travel for humans. Some see it as necessary for the survival of the human race. Disagreeing may seem to be a being a spoilsport but we should turn away from these unrealistic endeavours. We have to face the unpalatable fact that the Earth will become unlivable one day and our descendants will all die off. Each of us do die off even though we fantasize about living on somehow while our bodies fail to continue living. We will die. The earth will die too.

We have to recognise that we are consuming the resources of the earth at an unsustainable rate as if we occupy multiple worlds. The pollution of our atmosphere is seen as the most immediate threat because our polluting gases will lead to an unlivable climate and sea level rise will consume most of our capital infrastructure. If we are going to delay our demise we must stop the pollution of our atmosphere with gases that reduce the emissivity of our planet which leads to global unlivable climate change. The plans for rocketing people to the Moon to prepare a base, continuing to Mars, and one day voyaging out to find another habitable planet (not yet discovered) are grandiose and counter our immediate survival needs. There is a need to do the arithmetic on the engineering and victualing of such a plan. The idea of engineering Mars to suit us is refuted by those who would see the need to make the Earth habitable instead.

The scale of rocketry for these ideas requires an enormous collection of energy fuels for this plan. This requirement for energy must involve the production of an excessive amount of greenhouse gases. We need to quantify this to grasp the enormity of this mis-allocation of our depleting resources. The materials required for the rockets and the rocket fuels necessary imply such large enterprise must automatically mean too much consequential polluting byproducts.

Human physiology is not suited for space travel. We have an inbuilt need to learn about our cosmos but we now have the ability to use robots to do that work much more efficiently. There is no need to send scientists into space when robotic technology can do a much better and more efficient job.

The scientist, engineers, and technicians working on this space nonsense must be diverted to attack the problems facing us with the continuance of consumptive polluting activities. I have a thought that this would be a better path to our limited future.

Christchurch Mosque Killings

With the killing of many Muslims at mosques in Christchurch it is necessary to ask, how has this Islamophobia come about? It can be recognised that this followed the demolition of the three World Trade towers in New York in September 2001. This resulted in the attacks on Iraq and Afghanistan. These were based on lies. No cave hideout bases or weapons of mass destruction were discovered to justify the rhetoric. Before the day was done in the demolitions, an Israeli official was pointing his finger at Osama bin Laden and a group of Muslims. How could he possibly know so soon when US was caught so flat footed? This quickness of explanation is a sure sign of a false flag operation. An observer overlooking Liberty Park saw people cheering, photographing and flicking a lighter in celebration. These people were caught and they turned out to be Mossad agents. When caught they blamed Muslims. After being released and returning to Israel they, in an interview, said they were there to document the event. This makes it more likely to be an Israeli operation than a Muslim one. Osama bin Laden made clear his denial and abhorrence of the demolitions.
The official explanations are clearly defective. The site was not declared a crime scene and an true thorough investigation made. The third tower, WTC7, was not hit by an aircraft and was from the various films, obviously a professional demolition job. This cannot be denied in spite of erroneous official explanations. Several thousand architects and engineers has organised and shown that the demolition of WTC1 and WTC2 were most likely professional demolitions too. With damage by the aircraft to the building sides we should expect an asymmetric collapse in that direction but films show they were symmetrical collapses.
The 25th March 2019 has seen a legal process by the architects and engineers organisation against the FBI failure filed in Court.
The accusations and military actions has resulted in a backlash (also called a blowback) by Muslims. Thus further producing a demonisation of Muslims and Islamophobia.
If the reviewing of all the evidence points to a false flag operation by Israel, there will be a crisis in the deluded US position.

THE USA IN THE LETTER V

Individual Americans met here in NZ are virtuous, but the country as a whole isn’t. They are voracious in the way they vastly consume and pollute beyond their share. They are violent; with any reflection vitiate all around them, they construct a war, war on poverty, cancer, drugs, terrorism, to no effect. They are vain, ventose, and vacuous in their belief that they are ‘special’ while revealing their stupidity and ignorance. Their business model is based on vice and corruption being vital for the rich because for them, money is all. They are vandals because they use bombs and violence before diplomacy. When countries are victorious over US invasions and domination they are vindictive, vengeful, and will pursue a vendetta for ever. In their way of communicating they are vulgar and vitriolic. Their use of torture is vile. They are venal in the way they do not keep promises and treaties. They would rather pay more for private business services than vindicate a public service available to all. We must avoid being a vassal and give them a valediction and go our own way with independent valour.

Enforcing business responsibility.

In the ideology of capitalism and the free market idea, it is seen as economically justified and efficient provided that external costs be absent or made an internalised cost on the enterprise. There must be no externalities. The externalised costs of the small tinkers, tailors, cobblers, etc were never great. A bit of local social pressure could take care of it. But nowadays the externalised costs on the public who are not benefitting from the industry can be enormous. This is so when we have such large and remote corporations having such a large influence on economics. We only have to think of the Bhopal disaster and the evasion of responsibility to recognise this. In obvious doubtful situations we are encouraged to take a precautionary approach. I see a need for the public that might be on the receiving end of significant externalities to have some influence in avoiding it. I conceive of an option a bit like legal injunctions but without the high legal cost. People should be able to put the business that is seen to avoid taking care of such externality on a formal notice that they are responsible for the foreseen problem. Then the managers will not be able to avoid being labeled as reckless and be individually responsible for damaging consequences. There should then be no escape for being responsible for the consequences.

Thoughts on Capitalism.

Most teachers of economics only concern themselves with capitalism as the economic model of interest. They support with enthusiasm the form generally known as neo-liberal economics. The features include the worship of what they call the free market. It includes the idea that in the name of freedom there should be minimalist government and deregulation. The privatisation of government assets is the most important way of making progress because the belief that free markets always result in more efficiency in business than state run activities.

Economists consider themselves as scientists, but that is false. They do not use data that they ought to establish, but depend on assumptions and assertions. The idea of markets that reach an equilibrium where supply and demand naturally meet, is claimed to give economic stability, yet the experience of booms and bust belie that prediction. This economic hypothesis is falsified convincingly by recent experience. The orthodox economists did not foresee the global financial crisis of 2008.

The ideology that desires minimum government demands tax cuts so the state is forced to reduce social support. The propaganda that the retention of money by capitalists will mean that they will create jobs so that wealth will trickle down to the working non-capitalists. This has not happened, falsifying that hypothesis. The ability of capital to borrow more capital is a positive feedback mechanism that causes inequality to grow in favour of those who have capital. Mathematically, the most efficient distribution of wealth and income is an egalitarian one.

That de-regulation is the harbinger of freedom is a noxious idea. Time and again de-regulation has resulted in deaths and injury to workers and the decrease in financial ethics. This is another falsification for those who think scientifically.

The idea that privatisation will bring efficiency to industrial and social activities is another hypothesis that is falsified. Many times the state must intervene in some way from failures of this hypothesis.

There is a significant faith in the idea that by businesses acting selfishly all will benefit (the trickle down idiocy again). Time and again the selfish actions harm others. The adulteration of food and the production shortcuts have not benefitted the consumer with safety and product reliability. Where public assets are used for profit, then the assets are over-exploited and everyone loses (the Tragedy of the Commons).

Humans are naturally social beings. By working together for a common outcome, advantages for everyone accrue. Competition as seen as good ignoring that it tends to produce more losers than beneficiaries. The goal of competition is to win by taking over the losers to create a monopoly and have a free rain to exploit that position. Co-operation bypasses the need to create losers. True co-operation benefits all.

Many activities of the state have a social purpose. The direction of these activities on a commercial basis has proven many failures. Rather than put business graduates in charge of these operations, we need people whose careers have been in progressing the social intentions to advance into leadership. It is nonsense to put some fancy economist in charge of education for instance.

Economics Reverse Engineered.

Economics theory in textbooks is conducted on the basis of nice graphs. They are usually not given quantity graduation on the axes. Often a table of economic relations is used which are not based on actual measurements but imagined up to show a theoretical point. The supply ‘curve’ is an example. Often a nice straight line that sometimes intersects the origin of the graph and even occasionally indicates a quantity of supply when the price is zero. The graph shows a relation that the price is determined by a fixed amount plus a factor multiplied by the quantity of supply. Reverse engineering this, the total cost of production is based on the price multiplied by the quantity of production so it becomes the sum of the fixed amount multiplied by the quantity of supply and the production factor multiplied by the square of the quantity of supply. That the cost of supply depends on the square of the supply quantity seems nonsensical.

A different graph is presented in the chapters on marginal costing in competitive markets with a curve that is close to a parabola of average costs price against quantity. When I reverse engineer to get the total cost of production the first part of the downward part of the curve gives a cost curve close to reality with the cost being the sum of a fixed cost and a variable cost multiplied by the quantity of production. But then reverse engineering the rest of the upward trending curve gives a sharply rising variable cost. One graph I have just reverse engineered shows the variable cost rising to about eight times the initial variable cost. As the material resource and services cost part of the variable costs should not change, there is an exaggeration of the labour part of the variable costs. Economic textbooks depend on believing that the productivity of labour declines at scale but surely not by a factor over eight.
The cost structure of producers is something that a scientist could obtain but economists depend on assumptions rather than a scientific approach.

I have a thought that economics is more like a religion than a science.