Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Episode 155, How Much Should Health Care Cost in America?

It’s actually a good question: How much should health care cost in America? At the rate we’re going, we’ll never know.

Few Americans actually know what health care costs them, because they don’t pay for health care in the same way that they pay for food or other things they need.

Health care in America has been heavily distorted for years by government intervention.

Another problem is the way health insurance is used. Insurance is a risk management tool to guard against rare but expensive events. But health insurance policies generally cover routine care and medicine. That’s like using car insurance to pay for oil changes and gasoline.

The end result is that the healthcare "marketplace" is not a marketplace. Health care does not operate at all like a free market, so supply and demand, and their relationship to price, don't follow normal economic rules.

Health care should cost a lot less than it does in America. With a free marketplace, it would.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Episode 154, Odds of Another American Revolution, Part 2

Part 2 of a two-part show speculating on the next American revolution.

Who would fight on the side of "the crown", the central government? Who would fight on the side of the resistance, the Patriots? What events would produce the numbers of Patriots willing to resist the central government to the point that a revolution would even get started?

Would secession of one or more states be the means by which a revolution would start? If so, how would that unfold? Alternatively, how would a revolution start without a secession?

What role would the military play? How would each side use propaganda, intelligence, and espionage?  Would a modern revolution in America resemble the Civil War, using the weapons and techniques of today? What new weapon emerging today could prove decisive? Would nuclear weapons be used?

In my discussion of the prospects for another revolution, I cite the writings of Tom Baugh, specifically this series of essays, which I find to be insightful, indispensable, and quite possibly definitive when it comes to the topic of another American revolution.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Episode 153, Odds of Another American Revolution

What are the odds of another revolution in America?

Thomas Jefferson asked long ago: "What country ever existed a century and a half without a rebellion?"

He followed that question with another: "What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?"

Although Jefferson believed that "a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical", we certainly haven't had any lately. It's been a century and a half since the Civil War, the last internal conflict in America that could qualify as a revolution.

In this show, I discuss the potential for another American Revolution. What would it take for revolutionary thoughts to become action? Who would participate? Who would oppose the revolutionaries? Today, millions of Americans hold the federal government in contempt, yet they tolerate it, for fear of the consequences. What forces or events would tip enough of them from passive contempt to active resistance and allow a revolution to begin? And what would happen once a revolution got underway?

Too big a subject for one show--one hour is only enough to get us started. Be sure to come back for Part 2.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Episode 152, Update on The Collapse


It's been a while since I've talked about The Collapse. In this show I:
  • Define exactly what I mean when I say, "The Collapse"
  • Describe how The Collapse will be a process rather than an event
  • Discuss why The Collapse hasn't happened yet
  • Give the likely cause of The Collapse when it does happen, and
  • Talk about what you should be doing between now and whenever The Collapse finally arrives.
Plenty of doom and gloom in this show, folks.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Episode 151, Living With Chickens on Liberty Ridge

We took delivery of a small flock of chicks in February 2013 and have been living with them ever since here on Liberty Ridge.

Now's as good a time as ever to talk about our experiences with them, almost all of them positive.

Key points:
  • Chickens are easy.
  • Chickens are noisy.
  • Chickens aren't smelly (they don't have to be).
  • Chickens can fly.
  • Chickens have sex (and it isn't consensual).
  • Chickens attract predators.
  • Chickens are productive--at least ours have been.
  • Fresh eggs from home-raised chickens are delicious.
(By the way, I forgot to mention on the podcast, but you don't need a rooster in order to get eggs. To get baby chicks, yes, but not eggs. We have a rooster because of what he adds to the flock--he watches over them, and provides the possibility of new chicks, if we end up wanting or needing those.)

Net-net: Chickens are great! If you can, you should give them a try!





Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Episode 150, Time to Vote Again?

Well, it's midterm election time again.  Oh, the pagentry, the drama. Democracy in action. Exercise your franchise. Vote or die! (Insert raspberry sound here.)

Should you vote?  I say no, for reasons I expand upon in this podcast.
  • Voting in a democracy such as we have today is indistinguishable from mob rule.
  • Voting gives sanction to otherwise illegitimate organizations and their actions.
  • Your vote makes no material difference.
How about local elections? Maybe a bit more legit, but be careful, there's plenty of bad stuff going on here too.

They say "If you don't vote, you can't complain about the outcome".  That's BS. You have a legitimate complaint only if you DON'T vote.

Democracy is an illegitimate religion, and voting is the sacrament. Don't fall for it.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Episode 149, Raised Bed Gardening at Liberty Ridge

The first summer/fall growing season is coming to an end at Liberty Ridge. Time to assess what we did, how things turned out, and what we would do differently.

The short story is that we had a lot of success given that it was our first growing season in a new area, using techniques mostly new to us. And although we had success, we made a couple of missteps, which we will be correcting before spring comes.

On the side of success, most notable was the tomato bonanza we enjoyed (a small sample visible in the photo) from two 4' by 20' raised beds. We ate a lot of tomato salads, conducted three canning sessions for the pantry, and still had enough left over to trade away plenty more to neighbors and friends.

If you don't have a garden yet, just give it a try. You can do a lot even in a small space.  It's fun and delicious!