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Monday, November 21, 2022

Musk, Trump and the capitalist revolution

The left loves billionaires the way Li'l Orphan Annie loved Daddy Warbucks and for the same reason. Money. George Soros, Bill Gates and others are pipelines of money who make socialism possible. 

Sam Bankman-Fried -- the crook who created a crypto currency bank only to drain it dry -- figured out  how to get away with his outrageously large Ponzi Scheme. He paid off Democrats (and Kevin McCarthy) and mouthed whatever the ridiculous social justice line was that day. 

Had Ticketmaster given 10% to the Big Guy, the Department of Justice would not be investigating it over a ruined Taylor Swift concert.

The only billionaires the left hates are Elon Musk and Donald Trump.

Both men played the liberal game. Both men got out when the biggest threat to America is creeping socialists and the creeps who run it. To make America great again, you must realize what made America great.

Capitalism.

Slavery was an old world loser because "free labor" is quite expensive. You never quite know when the slave will slit your throat while you sleep. Plus, slaves have no motivation to work. You don't have those worries with a John Deere.

The North dumped slavery around 50 years before the South did. The result was a thriving industrial economy north of the Mason-Dixon line and a cotton-dependent economy south of that border.

Capitalism won World War II. Our automobile factories built what FDR called the arsenal of democracy by producing planes, tanks and Jeeps. Singer Sewing's plant switched to making pistols that nearly a century later are praised as the best .45s ever made.

Capitalism built the greatest economy ever as America became home to the largest middle class ever in the 1950s and the 1960s.

Then came LBJ who in the name of social justice created the Great Society programs that would begin the slow descent into the hellhole of socialism.

Education was the first to go. Adjusted for inflation, education spending doubled. Teacher salaries went up only 5% above inflation as school boards and universities stacked the administrative staff with a bureaucracy that exists to do two things: raise money and regulate education to the point where not only can't Johnny read, he no longer knows if he is a boy or a girl.

Reagan tried to stop this. Bush 41 stopped him. From 1989 to 2016 we had a string of presidents who were either deferential to the mushrooming bureaucracy (Bush and son) or active promoters of this rising class of credentialed experts whose only expertise is in pushing papers (Clinton and Obama).

Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis warned us in their script for Ghostbusters. Their character, Walter Peck of the EPA, was far more evil than Zuul because Peck had the power to shut down the Ghostbusters and the ignorance to do so.

As the government grew, our rights shrank and America was no longer great.

Trump saw this from his three-story penthouse atop Trump Tower and swooped in like a bald eagle to take the establishment on.

Glenn Harlan Reynolds saw the evil of the federal government as part of a greater evil.

He wrote on January 15, 2019, "The postwar era saw the creation of international institutions ranging from NATO to the United Nations to the World Bank, along with a proliferation of think tanks and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to accompany them. It saw the vast expansion of higher education in the United States, and the transformation of academic degrees into something close to must-haves for the upper-middle class. It saw a great expansion of power on the part of media organizations, and on the part of government bureaucrats and lobbyists, both of whose numbers increased enormously.

"But after the turn of the millennium, other Americans, much like the workers and peasants in the old Soviet Union, started to notice that while the New Class was doing quite well (America’s richest counties now surround Washington, D.C.), things weren’t going so well for them. And what made it more upsetting was that — while the Soviet Union’s apparatchiks at least pretended to like the workers and peasants — members of America’s ruling class seemed to view ordinary Americans with something like contempt, using terms such as bitter clingers, deplorables and flyover people."

Trump led the revolution against this machine only to run into Red China's covid. Fauci and the rest of the credentialed-but-ignorant class of experts did him in while the Republican Party sat on its hands, cashing the contribution checks he drew.

But it is not over until we say it is over, to quote another movie co-written by Harold Ramis.

Salena Zito observed last week, "Trump was always the result of the conservative populist coalition, not the cause."

That does not diminish him. Indeed, it enlarges his legend because we know he did not have to champion our cause. He could have been Warren Buffett sitting on the sidelines. He got into the arena anyway. Playing it safe is not Trump's style.

Zito, however, believes conservatives will move on. I thought so too but there is the trust issue. I know Trump is not in it for the money, which is good when you are picking someone to lead your government.

Musk is another matter. He bought Twitter to make money. He knows engineers. He saw a money-bleeding operation heavy on the bureaucracy and bought it. He stripped it down to size and likely will figure out how to use his Star Link to make it worth far more than the $44 billion he and his investors paid for it.

I have no idea what Matt Wensing is talking about but I know what it means. Their workers have been freed from their politically correct, woke, untalented but credentialed masters. Wensing is getting to do what he loves without meetings about white privilege and adding flare to his uniform.

Musk offers his engineers freedom to do what they set out to do when they went to work for Twitter.

I wish him success -- lots of it -- because that will show people that you don't have to buy off the government to get ahead. 

The tech industry is in for a walloping because it became too fat and lazy. 

Just like our country did.

But capitalism and the Lord will save us, just as they have in the past. Vote and pray.

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My Substack column this week is "Thank the Lord for the Pilgrims."

https://donsurber.substack.com

33 comments:

  1. Watt and Wilkinson collaborated to create an efficient steam engine and within a century, slavery, which had existed for millennia, was obsolete.

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  2. 1. The left loves billionaires until they hate them.
    2. The left vs. Twitter is a test run for the next two years of GOPe/the left vs. MAGA .
    3. Dream Team: Trump-Musk 2024

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    1. Can’t. Musk wasn’t born as a US citizen, which disqualifies him from the presidency or vice-presidency.

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    2. what do you mean "can't" we have on former president that did just that.

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    3. All right, fair enough, get him a Hawaiian birth certificate and we’ll see.

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    4. Bob says—just let him run Twitter. Helping to save free speech is going to make him a hero.

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    5. Sorry I'll take DeSantis over Musk even if Musk was eligible. This is just more drivel from Trump cultist
      DeSantis took the Left head on at the Miami Dade school boared.






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  3. For sure Vote and Pray. But God helps those who help themselves. So Vote, Pray and be ready. After all, we are on the side of the angels.

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    1. https://www.christianity.com/wiki/christian-life/why-god-helps-those-who-help-themselves-is-presumed-to-be-biblical.html

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    2. Bob says—
      Adding to Anonymous- “and is not biblical.”

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  4. Good smack on warren buffet. Here in Nebraskaland the media treats him as some great guru who when speaks, everyone must turn an ear and bow down. As you said, he chose to sit or stand on the sidelines when donating hundreds of thousands to Hillary, while America spins around the corruption drain counting his money,. He's got his billions, hell with everyone else.

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    1. Buffass and Obamao shutdown the Keystone pipeline so that the oil producers would have to keep shipping the oil on Buffass's trains. Drives up the price of oil, but he makes more billions. Both are lying, evil demons.
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    2. Warren Buffett owns Burlington northern, which hauls the gas and oil that was supposed to go thru the keystone pipeline.
      Shocking.
      He also owns 80-100 insurance companies, like Geico, which provide giant parking lots(reserves) for monster amounts of coke cola, cap cities, Disney, wapo, etc.
      Shocking.

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  5. I love that tweet by Wensing... we have so many brilliant and talented people in this country... turn them loose! We have to get the dead weight out of the way!

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    1. Who decides who is dead weight?

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    2. How bout Surber? Dead Weight Decider...2024

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    3. American Darwins.

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    4. Who decides the dead weight? A free market does a great job. However we need to get back to that; customers deciding what they want, merchants producing such, rather than government & oligarchs deciding and we the buyers have no choice.

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  6. The problem with capitalism is that you need a neutral official who knows when to break up the inevitable monopolies that arise. The government used to play that role but they've joined Team Wall Street. Now capitalism is about multinational corporations exploiting nations for cheap labor and cheap resources while colluding with government to prevent competition. There is no "free market" or "fair competition" anymore.

    Coincidentally, Sundance has an article explaining how MAGA means an economy that benefits Main Street not Wall Street. Its a good accompanying piece to Don's. Almost like they coordinated.

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  7. We when we, the American people, embrace socialism espoused by Democrats and Rinos, rather than the America First movement, it is an act of self-hate.

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    1. It is an act of stupidity ingrained by attending public schools, universities and watching TV.

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  8. The Bankman-Fried extended family is the quintessence of Woke aristocracy. Dad Joe Bankman and mom Barbara Fried are both law professors at Stanford. She also acted as a money-bundler for the Democratic Party and ran two non-profit “voter registration” orgs (against the IRS laws which only permit non-partisan organized voter registration). Brother Gabe Bankman-Fried headed a non-profit named Guarding Against Pandemics (funded by Sam), which lobbies Congress to construct new platforms for medical tyranny. Aunt Linda Fried is Dean of Columbia U’s Public Health school, and is associated with Johns Hopkins, which ran the October 2019 Event 201 pandemic drill (sponsored by the Gates Foundation) months before the Covid-19 outbreak.

    Sam’s girlfriend, Caroline Ellison, ran the Alameda Investments arm of the FTX empire (that is, FTX’s own money laundromat). Her dad, Glenn Ellison, is chair of MIT’s Econ School. His former colleague on the MIT Econ faculty, Gary Gensler, who specialized in blockchains there, is now head of the Securities and Exchange Commission, an agency that Sam Bankman-Fried was attempting to rope into a regulation scheme to eliminate FTX’s crypto-currency competitors. Caroline’s mom, Sara Fisher Ellison, is an MIT econ prof specializing in the pharmaceutical industry (fancy that!). Caroline Ellison is currently on-the-run.
    https://www.lewrockwell.com/2022/11/james-howard-kunstler/a-smoldering-fuse/

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  9. I’m MAGA all the way. Love Adam Smith and the invisible hand, Bastiat, Austrian school of economics, Milton Friedman and Thomas Sowell.

    Freidman’s tv series “Free to Choose” is available on some of the on-demand platforms. Today’s know it all college students, liberals and RINOs would do themselves some good by watching the series.

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    1. A book worth your attention mr sl
      The true believer; thoughts on the nature of mass movements.
      By Eric Hoffer

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  10. I inherited a 1943 Remington Rand .45. They temporarily switched from making typewriters.

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  11. Luv ya Don but gotta correct the asumption that the Northern States eschewed slavery and industrialized. There was always a cottage industry that would evolve into an increasing modern industry utilizing raw materials often from the Southern States. There was no large scale agriculture in the North that could utilize slaves efficiently like cotton and tobacco in the South and indentured servants from Europe were more economically vilable than domestic slaves. Yankee virtue signaling is just so much verbiage.

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  13. Let's not get overly proud of the North ending slavery 50 years ahead of the South. The North had wage slaves that oftentimes lived in far worse conditions than the slaves. Where do think the company store came from? Or Irish need not apply? Furthermore that wage slavery continued well into the 20th century that lead to the door opening wide for communism.

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