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  1. This is my official investment strategy, based on my view of the world. It has a macroeconomic theme. The US government is the biggest debtor nation in the history of the world and has horrible fundamentals, and is deficit spending and printing money like crazy to pander to the masses creating horrible distortions, bubbles that will lead to crashes, and inflation. The world still thinks the USD is a sound currency, but it isn't, and more people are realizing this. All governments are printing money, but the USD has more to lose because it's more overvalued. Neither I nor any of the people I li
  2. I have no idea how this is going to end, and am heavily invested in gold and not at all in bitcoin. I'm enjoying the debate between Peter Schiff and his son, Spencer, a bitcoin fan, on this. The son reduces it to the false alternative of "intrinsic" vs. "subjective" value, so I think he's the one that's wrong. I don't understand the technology behind bitcoin, and I'm inclined to think it's merely a digital for of fiat captivating irrational people in an nutty society. However, I do grant the possibility that there could be some property or fact of the digital transaction system—the ability to
  3. I can appreciate that angle, but also fear the possibility that masses of militant non-thinkers would organize on the grounds that the right-respecting government was violating their god-given right to vote.
  4. I'm far from an expert on this but it seems to me that this situation would be highly unstable. If non-voters came to vastly outnumber Objectivist "citizens," they could revolt and overwhelm the pro-rights government.
  5. I have no "issues" with Objectivism. I use the philosophy to lead the best life possible in an irrational society. I may be an outlier, but I'm better off knowing and acting on the truth than I would be if I were to invest in a bad cultural movement. I focus on tings I can control and enjoy, and limit my exposure to politics except to the extent that I enjoy crafting arguments on issues I'm passionate about as an end in itself, regardless of the likelihood that my views will prevail in my lifetime. I enjoy going online and saying things that are on a totally different wavelength than the mains
  6. I am considering a choice for medical treatment. This is a self-driven choice; there is no one who can serve as a guide. I have written about this before, but will restate the basic facts here. The ailment: I have degenerative joint disease and degenerative disc disease, in many joints and many intervertebral discs. There is a novel type of treatment in existence called orthobiologics, which involves the use of the body's endogenous healing agents to treat orthopedic disorders. As they are currently considered "investigational," the procedures are cash-based. While some variants of t
  7. I'm nowhere near his match, but I’d like to be the Alex Epstein of abolishing the FDA when I grow up. I like the way he attacks along epistemological lines, which are the enemy's true vulnerability. I've been thinking about how to wage the ultimate existential attack on the FDA. It would champion the pro-reason concept of science and attack the mystical authoritarianism the FDA peddles. Since the base of science is reason, the side claiming to represent "science" must prove its claims. The claim that the FDA improves the individual’s or “public’s” health requires proof, of which there is none,
  8. I’ve distanced myself from former friends who are hardcore outspoken leftists, including a very old friend who married a socialist who never shuts up about politics. They might not be totally despicable people, might be nice and have redeeming qualities, but they make me uncomfortable. I have always self-censored my politics, so no one knows I’m an Objectivist. Maybe that’s been a mistake, and I should be more assertive and let others decide whether they want to hate me, but the differences still go too deep for me. Another longtime friend who is a successful insurance salesman, whom I mostly
  9. I don’t necessarily like the particular summary I originally quoted—I’m not going to go back and read it now, but I remember it having an immature, cynical tone—but the red pill (TRP) philosophy emphatically does not in any way endorse “blaming” the opposite sex for your frustration in your sex life; just the opposite, it teaches you NOT to get mad at women for being women, and how to exploit an understanding of your place in the the sexual marketplace to get un-frustrated. It teaches that women who reject you are irrelevant to your life and to be politely indifferent to them. Not just feign i
  10. I’m not thinking TEOTWAKI. The question of economic collapse is always a question of degree. I don’t know what the future looks like, but I’m not optimistic. As stated in the thread title, my two great concerns are a large market correction and inflation. Since the government/Fed prints money to prop up the markets, are these opposite probabilities? And does this long term trajectory eventually end with both happening when the market rejects this mechanism?
  11. If you have a significant amount of money you want to protect against societal insanity, we’re so you put it?
  12. Anarchy ignores the concept of government—a monopoly on the use of physical force. Whoever is an a position to weild physical force autonomously IS the governor. The “private physical force entity” in the anarchist thought experiment IS a government.
  13. I haven't used Parler much. Is it dominantly "Donald Trump supporters, conservatives, conspiracy theorists, and right-wing extremists," as Wikipedia says? Do pro-liberty types find a home there?
  14. Are all the collectivist “isms”—socialism, communism, fascism—really just variants of feudalism applied to modern states? I don’t exactly understand how the feudal system of medieval Europe worked, especially in terms of what the unit of political sovereignty was, but my understanding is that there were multiple political entities within a given region that each claimed sovereignty, and these entities fought amongst themselves territory, but each operated as a de-facto communist state, with the lower castes of society being enslaved to the higher ones, who controlled the use of physical f
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