Saturday, November 10, 2012

Theft is the way it has always been.

Man has not changed much since he stumbled out of the cave. His beliefs have changed, largely through an expansion of his knowledge, but his nature remains firmly unchanged. Static. We are still these primitive humans in "Quest for Fire", albeit with a better sense of fashion.


At the beginning of this video, the commenter states that early man did not know how to MAKE fire, but could only steal it. This observation stood out for me. AH! This is the nature of man. This is his historical and political and social common denominator. Theft.

In the need for survival, in the quest for protection, man's first and most intractable impulse is to simply steal -- from nature or from others. All animals steal or kill to survive. As we became more "civilized", it was this primitive, animal impulse to steal that was recognized and around which our laws were developed, not just because this granted immense power to a few, but because these few, in turn, acted to control this impulse in society. Only they were allowed to steal. This insured order. In turn, they distributed enough of the loot to maintain order and continued cooperation. Or, of course, they killed those who didn't cooperate. The tribal leaders stole from the members of the tribe, the king stole from the serfs, or the Pope stole from the converts, wars were fought to steal from others. Finally, the modern state arose to steal from everyone.


There are only two ways in which to experience prosperity and therefore insure survival through the security of accumulated wealth, be it a home, or stored food, or extra clothing. You can either make it or take it. Only man is capable of making wealth. But the idea of making wealth is relatively new in man's evolution, while the idea of taking it has been with us since the beginning. And taking it is so very much easier. It is also irreducibly simple. Everyone can understand it. Everyone can benefit from it immediately, if only to meet the smallest needs of gas in your car or a new phone.

The creation of wealth, by contrast, must first begin as an abstract idea for the wealth doesn't yet exist in physical reality. It requires mental discipline, knowledge, and often great effort. This is hard. And it does not happen for everyone.

Everyone can steal. Not everyone can create.

This is one of the greatest differences between the right and the left. The right understands and values the process of discovery and creation, the MAKING of wealth. The left is only interested in stealing it.


Over two hundred years ago America said that if you make it, you get to keep it. Only in America did this radical idea take hold -- the idea that man should not be enslaved to the strong, dutifully offering up his life and efforts for the promise that power would protect him from the impulse to steal in others. This idea changed man's historical trajectory. Our Founding Fathers placed what had always been the privilege of power in the binding chains of the Constitution, written so that such power could only be applied EQUALLY to protect, not preferentially to enrich, freeing men from the constant threat of theft and releasing the economic engine of creation and discovery. At last! Political recognition that both your physical body and your mind  belonged to you, and therefore, no man, no matter his power or his "need" could take from you what you had created. This was truly a radical idea, and remains so to this day.

But on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, we rejected that radical idea to go back to the old ways of theft.


At the heart of this telling phrase from our Beloved Leader is this idea that theft is still the most legitimate economic activity among men. "You didn't build that" perfectly reflects the idea that nothing belongs to you. That others with needs, or jealousies, or simply more power, can take it from you.

Whenever any society becomes more concerned with the transfer of wealth than with the creation of it, it is doomed to fall back to poverty, brutality, and the primitive impulse of the caveman.
Tuesday's election showed there is still the caveman in all of us - and a majority of us gave in to him.


  1. Thought provoking, Buttercup. I'm 64 years old. I figure they can't screw it up that much in the 16 years or so I've got left. So, how much do I care? But then, on the other hand, today's the World's Most Advanced Grandchild's 5th birthday. He's got 75 years plus or minus to deal with this. I'm saddened that my Boomer generation has left him with a country that's fundamentally broken. That's my motivation to support those who try to fix, not break this unique and wonderful country. I gotta go. I gotta put the dogs in the kennel. There's going to be a herd of 5-year olds descending upon us shortly.

  2. Not in ALL of us, technically. Only in necessary majority to elect the Thieving Commander-in-Chief.

    1. You are right. I am sorry if I painted with too broad a brush. But far too many of our fellow countrymen have willingly regressed back to the days of looting and thieving, all very legal, of course.

  3. A very well done essay Buttercup.It encapsulates so much of what I'm thinking when I say it's a wonder we're not worshiping fire nowadays.

    1. I wonder how many people on Long Island would worship a little fire nowadays.…

    2. Yes. Being reduced to worshiping and BEGGING for the basic needs of life is part of the "give your life to government" schtick. It's a package deal.

      Sucks. But there it is.

      You did hear that they wouldn't let men from other states help with bringing back electricity if they were non-union, didn't you? That's how much "compassion" the Democrats have. Lovely.

      I know I feel better.

  4. Sigh. So depressing. I am so sad about the current state--and future--of our precious nation.

    Just stumbled into your blog today, but I plan to visit again!

    1. Thanks, Debbi. Do stop by when you get a chance. There are a number of really smart commenters here. I'm very lucky. Between Rachel Lucas's blog, Joan at Primordial Slack, and IMAO, I've got some commenters with really great input.