The US election result is far from being finalized, the Electoral College of the United States will vote on December 14th.
Joe Biden is wrong to celebrate so quickly and president Trump is not a quitter.
The Biden’s campaign was utterly bereft of ideas and policy issues. He has been in politics for 47 years and I never heard of any of his achievements. I guess the biggest one is this - he woke up this morning.
Fyodor Dostoevsky, the writer, saw the behavior of Russia’s useless leftist class at the end of the 19th century as presaging a period of unrest.
The main character in his Notes From Underground carries the ideas of liberalism to their logical extreme. He is rational, he says that it is even impossible for an intelligent man to become anything, and only fools become something.
Whatever the results of the US election will be, the other side will not accept it, in the sense that the confidence in the government will not be the same. And confidence of the people is the key. In a marriage it is called love, in public life its confidence, this is what keeps the society together.
Example is – about 70% of dollars are circulating outside of the US, be it paper or electronic currency. And there is a reason for it – people have higher confidence in the US government that in any other on the planet, this may be in the process of changing.
We may be looking at a gradual switch from deflation to inflation, which means higher interest rates in societies that took on lots of debt. You can cancel the debt, of course, but there is always someone on the other side, the pension funds that bought it, for example.
The covid panic only accelerates change. Give you an example - for several years now there is a push for cashless society, all money would be electronic. There is a huge advantage in it for the government (ALL transactions will be visible and taxable, you won't be able to pay cash the guy who removes snow from your driveway, for example). With covid, most people will not touch banknotes that were touched by who knows who before. So there you go - bad idea made easy to implement.
There are more examples of how the covid panic increases the government control and more players in the game profit from it - just consider tech firms like PayPal or Apple looking at the increase of the number of transactions on their platform in the cashless environment.
It will cost us all another piece of freedom.
Consider this - in 1999 there were a million patents digitalized by IBM and this was when the patents on corona virus started showing up. In 2003 the Centre for Disease Control wanted to make sure that they control proprietary rights to the disease (patent US 7279327), the detection and all the measurement of it (patent US 7776521).
Now, nature is prohibited from being patented. Either corona virus was being manufactured, therefore meaning the patent on them legal, or it was nature, therefore making a patent on it illegal.
I wish to live in a place where media would ask this simple question.
I’m a square headed civil engineer, goddamn; my mind is into concrete and steel beams and its me who brings it up??
Well, I'm also into motorcycles - so into things that move extremely fast, or are solid and don't move at all.
I like the extremes, the middle is boring.
Tom Kubiak is the author of The Traveler