Of course, this is not true, even for households. Now, for governments that issue currency, things get even trickier: they're the sole source of permanent currency. So, unless you LIKE deflation (and who does? It's worse in some ways than inflation, but even so, it's still occasionally of benefit) then you're logically obligated to understand that currency issuing governments are nearly ALWAYS required to run deficits (the exception is for countries that are net exporters). The US is NOT a net exporter, and hasn't been for a long time. It IS, however, the owner of the world's reserve currency, which is even better.
So, here's the breakdown of WHY the US MUST run a deficit:
1. The US is the sole source of permanent dollars.
2. Trade creates wealth, but it does not create dollars. (think about it: if you buy an investment item like a ceiling fan for your home, do you create money for it? No. But you are wealthier, and so is the seller - trade is a net positive for BOTH parties, but there's no increase in the supply of currency, meaning that wealth is created but currency is not.)
3. Handing out dollars puts a negative balance on the government's balance sheets.
4. Therefore, unless you want DEFLATION because there are more and more Real Goods chasing the same amount of dollars (and why would you? That's a REALLY REALLY bad idea), you are FORCED to accept that the government will be forever printing more money than it takes in.
I was emphasizing that unless you think deflation is a good (which it sometimes is), you are obligated to the idea that inflation is a good (which it usually is, in small amounts)
A logical consequence is neither good nor bad.
And Corey Robin is at the top of that list. Everything he writes on the subject is worth reading.
So, rather than spend thousands on replacement hybrid batteries, I traded it in and bought a Kia Optima Hybrid.
OMG this thing is amazing. Build in phone/audio, sat radio, dual climate, backup camera, beautiful design, onboard HD for music, huge leg room in the back even with me sitting up front (6'4" and 290#+). It gets 40MPG.
And it's STILL surprising me with little touches: the trunk unlocks when you bring the key fob near it. The interior lights go on when you get within 2 feet of the door, the headlights go OFF at night when you exceed 2 feet from the door. You earn points in the simple ECO game for driving with a light touch on the gas pedal...
I'd say this car does everything but the dishes, but she's too pretty to ask to do the dishes.
If I have to point out a flaw in an argument, that counts as an unrefuted counter-argument, but that's not what's happening. I'm not making a counter-argument, I'm ending a bad line of thought, not arguing FOR the other side.
Pretty much chains both FSoG and late capitalism to the wall and whips them good.
Soon the numbing parade of luxe brands—Cartier, Cristal, Omega, iPad, iPod, Audi, Gucci—takes on the same dulled impact as endlessly tweaked nipples and repeatedly bound wrists. Curiously (but perhaps not surprisingly), our heroine’s responses to these artifacts of her ascendance are eerily similar to her sexual responses: “Oh, my!” “Yes.” “Holy shit!” After that, the superior quality and enormous cost of each item are mulled in excruciating detail.
Figured I'd jumpstart some participation here.
So, the Right owes a huge debt to Nietzsche. Discuss.
Question, has anyone discovered a hex and counter style war game that can handle Traveller tech levels?
I know it's possible with minis-based games like Dirtside or Stargrunt, but minis games don't scale well, they're bulky and I find pushing chits around a hex grid much more satisfying.
I'd like to run a Traveller mercenary game and use an ASL style wargame to handle the combats the unit engages in, but obviously ASL is tuned for WWII combat and can't handle grav-tanks and power armor very well.
Grav Armor by Dwarfstar Games had a bit of the high TL flavour. You can download it for free from the web.
Beginning where I left off, in Chapter III, Locke makes an interesting argument:
It has three introductions and one finale. It also provides a rationale little used any more for being in society. Now, that might be because Natural Rights talk is easily dismissed through a 'rights are a relation' argument, but it should be pretty easy to bring back the argument from a relational point of view.
Anyways, here's the argument:
But when the actual force is over, the state of war ceases between those that are in society, and are equally on both sides subjected to the fair determination of the law...
but where no such appeal is, as in the state of nature, for want of positive laws, and judges with authority to appeal to, the state of war once begun, continues, with a right to the innocent party to destroy the other whenever he can, until the aggressor offers peace
CAVEAT CORRUPTOR (horray fake latin!):
where an appeal to the law, and constituted judges, lies open, but the remedy is denied by a manifest perverting of justice, and a barefaced wresting of th laws to protect or indemnify the violence or injuries of some men, or party of men, there it is hard to imagine any thing but a state of war:
_To avoid this state of war... is one great reason of men's putting themselves into society, and quitting the state of nature; for where there is an authority, a power on earth, from which relief can be had by appeal, there the continuance of the state of war is EXCLUDED.
Broken down and modernized, it goes as follows:
FIRST: In society, it's OK to defend yourself, but when hostilities end, there the law takes over.
SECOND: Outside of society there is no redress to the law, so hostilities only end when the aggressor concedes.
BUT, where there is possibility of redress, but this redress is denied, it is as if society didn't exist at all.
HOWEVER, avoiding this perpetual state of war is the benefit of living in society. You just have to watch out for corruption.
Before my recent move to the fine state of Maryland:
I am late of the Board of NARAL Pro-Choice VA
I am a former Director of Communications of Progressive Democrats of America NoVA Chapter
I was the Co-President for the Presence Committee for the Loudoun County Democratic Committee
When I have a few seconds spare time, I like to play OSR style D&D and Munchkin.
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