I don’t know if they have read my book or not, but it looks like there are people practicing MicroSecession principles in math and science related to the big publishing names.
One of the goals of MicroSecession is to remove the political angst that has overtaken our country. I feel that there are a lot of people like me – they feel that the country needs better, but are tired of fighting the fights for no progress. In fact, fighting the fights might be actually fueling our decline.
Therefore, in MicroSecession, the goal is not to gain power by force or even by election, but to change our own habits and our own lifestyle so that our lives are less affected by whatever stupidity happens to be residing in D.C. at the moment.
MicroSecession is about identifying the locations where the government exercises its power and removing it from the equation by choosing to participate elsewhere. It is about choosing to do for yourselves what the government wants to do for you, so that you aren’t beholden to their awful ideas. It is about freeing yourself, not hoping that some future election will free you.
If you are tired of politics, elections, and everybody worrying about who is going to win, you should give MicroSecession a try.
I find the left’s outrage with Trump quite interesting. I see in Trump exactly what I saw in Obama – a candidate whose primary virtue was stirring up distrust of the existing system for their own gain. The fervor over Trump reminds me a lot of the fervor over Obama in his first campaign. And both candidates played on those emotions to make their win.
I also find it interesting that those who complain most about Republicans not working with those across the aisle complain most bitterly about the candidates who do. The president who did the most to build bridges in governance in my lifetime was W. He was hated for it, and his worst acts of legislation were the bipartisan ones. Likewise, Trump is the most left-leaning of the candidates. He *is* the candidate that is most like the left.
Anyway, I don’t mind so much that Trump is winning, simply because we have endured 8 years of Obama, 4 more of essentially the same attitude won’t kill us any worse.
Also interesting is the fact that the people who complain most bitterly about the Republicans being theocrats hate Trump the most, who is the least Christian candidate.
All this leads to one conclusion – the hatred of Trump from the right is because the right doesn’t like Trump’s principles. The hatred of Trump from the left is because they don’t like the fact that their nice, contained political hegemony may soon be shifted into the arms of someone else promising them the moon.
As every issue in society becomes increasingly politicized, the need to get away from the political animal altogether increases. Therefore, I have decided to release a Kindle edition of MicroSecession to make the book more widely available and accessible to more people.
I get upset whenever someone says they are going to “beat the market”. The market isn’t a video game. Outsmarting other people isn’t the goal.
Anyone who approaches the market with the intent of “beating” it has already lost. Sure, it’s possible to gain money on the stock market, and it is also possible to get more money than the next guy in the stock market. The same thing is true of gambling. Unless you view the market as merely a high-class casino, “beating the market” is one of the worst analogies.
If everyone lost all of their income, and you only lost half, would you be excited that you “beat the market”? What if you became rich by suckering everyone else out of their money? Is that something to be proud of? No, and those are two of the reasons why “beating the market” is a ridiculous goal.
The goal of investment in a market is to build value, period. If your goal is something else, you should get out, because you are not only likely to lose your shirt, you are likely to hurt others in the process.
The market is not a list of numbers, it is a list of companies. Buying a stock is not betting on a horse, it is investing in what a company does on a daily basis. The goal of an investment is to either (a) help capitalize an operation that you believe has future potential, or (b) provide early compensation for others who capitalized the operation earlier by purchasing for a fixed price a future revenue stream. If your goal is to just hang on until you find someone stupider than yourself to sell it to, then you are doing it wrong.
Now, by this notion, it might be that there are *no* companies worth investing in. That’s certainly a possibility. What then? I can see two clear choices: either (a) save your money (that’s what cash and precious metals are for), or (b) start your own company or help out someone who is not listed start theirs.
Your money has so much better uses than just to gamble it away. Instead, find a productive way to invest your money.
Our current economic debacle comes from having so many people focused on “playing the market” rather than actually creating value. Therefore, the gains are all fake. Because so many people “play the market” or “provide liquidity”, no one is “providing value”. This is what causes a market crash. Eventually, the market returns to the value. If no one is producing, then there is no value.
If value is being created, the actual numbers behind your wealth are much less important. Real capitalization is deflationary. Imagine this – let’s say you go to the store and buy 100 apples for $2 each. You now have $200 worth of apples, and you eat them all year. Now let’s say you buy an apple tree. Now you can, from now on, have $200 worth of apples without spending money. You might even wind up with enough to sell (which will lower the market price), or have such an abundance you give them away just to keep from having to clean them up!
All of these operations lower the value of your 100 apples. But do you care? Wouldn’t you rather have food in such abundance that you had to give it away rather than have to spend $200 each year? But for those who keep score with dollar signs, who want to do “better than you” rather than “well”, they would rather have apples become scarce, and their $200 worth of apples become worth $600. They would plow up an entire forest of apple trees to make their apples worth more. When they are starving in the street because they killed their own source of food, they will say, “I won – my assets are worth more dollars than anyone else’s”.
Which person in these stories was actually wealthier? The one with dollars, or the one with actual productive capital assets?
If you think you can successfully invest in the market, and in doing so improve the market itself, by all means be my guest. But if you want to play the market or beat the market, then for the good of yourself and others, please don’t.
Two supreme court rulings which had the same exact content: words don’t matter, the democratic process is meaningless, and the only thing that matters is how connected you are to the political power structure. As an added bonus, it seems that America is now at war with reality. But that’s okay, because the US fed has been gradually implementing that same reality denialism with our money for the past decade, so we are well-practiced.
Some people have expressed that they do not wish to do business with Amazon, which especially seems reasonable with the concept of MicroSecession. Therefore, if you wish to order direct, you can use the button below to purchase:
I would like to say more about these, but for now I will just post some links: