"Don't hurt people and don't take their stuff" - Matt Kibbe

3/25/20

TP and Other Essentials


By Grant Davies

TP is in short supply because....idiots.

But when it comes to other essential things, very few are more essential than food. TP is essential to people who have not come to grips with what might happen if actual essentials, like food, stop being produced in sufficient quantity because the economy is shut down.

Pretty obvious stuff, you say. Yes. This site is all about fundamental things so let's explore why people are losing sight of this obvious stuff now that the virus panic is in full swing with our political "leaders."

I'm unqualified to understand everything going on much less explain it. But I am qualified to post a video of today's interview of Thomas Massie, a congressman from Kentucky, by Matt Kibbe. The questions it raises about the current virus and accompanying shutdown of the economy are fundamental.

I watched this live at 3:00 PM today, but you can watch it at your leisure. One thing for certain, if you are like me right now, you have the leisure time.

I suggest everyone watch it in its entirety and share it widely if possible. It may cause us to rethink some of the things we are watching unfold. At least I hope so.

3/24/20

Everything is Postponed


By Grant Davies

It seems like everything has been postponed in the last few weeks. Not the least of which are our relative safety and our ability to earn a living. Also a slew of minor stuff, like everything else.

You may remember a somewhat forgettable post I made here before all hell broke loose. It concerned the definition of politics and I promised to call everyone out about why they vote for parties that don't actually represent them anymore. You might also remember that I have not followed up on that yet.

Frankly, I'd be surprised if anyone noticed. Possibly, their interest was postponed.

The lack of followup wasn't a mistake or laziness although I am often mistake prone as well as lazy. 

So much has happened in the last month that no matter how I try to finish that three part post it just won't work right now. Writing about political loyalties seems a tad trivial at this point. We should be pulling together right now even if the politicians are not.

I will find some other fundamental issue to write about in the meantime. I've had a few ideas, but  I'm going to wait until the fog that hangs over the virus events has lifted somewhat. 

I'll finish the political rumination as we get closer to the elections. I bet you can't wait.


2/22/20

I'm Calling You Out - Pt 1



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 By Grant Davies

 I often say I spend very little time writing or even talking about politics. Obviously some of you find that unbelievable. In today's world it seems that almost everything is political so when I write about concepts and ideas it sure looks like politics.

It's all in how you define politics. Merriam-Webster has it this way:

a : the art or science of government
b : the art or science concerned with guiding or influencing governmental policy
c : the art or science concerned with winning and holding control over a government

There are more subsets of course, but almost all dictionaries talk about government.

The most accurate definition I know of distills it down to something like this; "The aggressive pursuit of power." I'm not sure if I remember where I first heard it, but even given its limitations, I've always bought into it

Because politics is practiced in the office, school, and elsewhere, my own definition is a tad more nuanced. I define it this way, "Politics is the non-violent pursuit of advancement or purpose by means of persuasion." It's a first cousin to the previous one, but either way it's about power of some sort.

By now anyone who is still reading this has a fairly high tolerance for boredom. But the table had to be set for the last definition. It's from Wikipedia and reads in part; "In modern nation-states, people often form political parties to represent their ideas."

Based on that, I'm calling you out. 

This will be a three part post to keep you from falling asleep. I know people need their rest but I don't want to take the place of your favorite sleep-aid. 

I'll begin with Democrats in the next post because I suspect that most of the readers of this blog are usually Republican voters. If I called them out first they might get pissed and "un-blog" me. 

Most Democrat voters never "blogged" me to begin with.


1/23/20

A Brief Beginning


 As I have hinted at in the past, I have decided to begin posting again on a more regular basis. I'm not sure what the frequency of posts will be.

The title of the blog has changed to "Fundamental Things." The focus is somewhat different and hopefully more interesting. 

As I think of topics or questions that can become clearer when distilled to the fundamental elements, I will post a short commentary pointing it out.

Obviously I do not have all (or maybe any) of the answers, so the commentary will often be in the form of a question, with no answers required. My observation has always been that the most thoughtful writers trust their readers to draw their own conclusions. I aspire to be a thoughtful writer.

The whole point is for all of us to become more thoughtful about how we regard our shared aspirations and problems. But also how we respectfully consider the thoughts of others about those things. Agreement is not necessary, or perhaps even desirable, but respect is essential.

With that preamble, I submit the following observation as a brief beginning:

 The most unfortunate fundamental notion, almost universally held, is that the use of force, or the threat thereof, is the best way to achieve social justice or societal goals.

Most of the problems we face are affected by the answer to that fundamental question. I wonder how many of us have allowed that to become the default belief.

I solicit  comments concerning the post and suggestions for future posts.Thanks for reading.


2/26/19

War is always the Answer

By Grant Davies
This will piss everyone off even though I'm not trying to do that.

The reason is that it is critical of GWB, BHO, and Trump. Something for everyone's tribe to be pissed about when you criticize their guy.

I don't care because I don't have a guy. I have an issue. Being involved in numerous wars for long periods that have nothing to do with our national security is one of my issues.

You can argue all you want about whether we should still be in Afghanistan or Iraq, but what about all these other wars?

If we are the worlds policeman, have we become part of the crime we are trying to solve?