Nullius in verba

“on the word of no one” — Horace

This has always been my philosophy—the philosophy of most thinkers. Like Socrates, I am the gadfly of a deeper truth. I was born with an innate sense of curiosity. You telling me something doesn’t necessarily make it true. I accept no authority of information as THE authority. I am compelled to investigate. And vice-versa my researching something you’ve told me doesn’t mean I believe it to be untrue—it is simply the manner in which I operate intellectually. I have always and will always think for myself.

Moreover, I believe others should do so as well. A little thinking could go a long way to getting us out of the current economic situation we are finding ourselves. Why are we allowing the so-called experts tell us we are in an economic depression that we cannot escape? Was it not other so-called experts who watched idly as we got into this mess through artificial financial prosperity, the hay day for bankers, Wall Street and middle America alike? Why should we accept their predictions, their explanation of reality? Why should we not think for ourselves and improve our situation?

This is exactly what I have been doing. Thinking about what we can do. Here are some of the things I believe will help us get back on track as a nation:

  1. Tax according to our current laws — you will pay more than the next guy, if they you make more as you should.
  2. Place a tariff on all imports from other countries to encourage new industry within our own country and discourage cheap, disposable crap flooding in from other countries while displacing local workers and exploiting foreign children in unsafe work conditions. This will also create extra revenue which we could put back into the economy.
  3. Upgrade the power grids to be more efficient. This will save a gob of money and energy sources while preparing us for the needs of the technology of tomorrow.
  4. Invest heavily in science, technology and alternative energy. We should be able to compete in all these areas. The Chinese said they want to be the leader in electric cars within a year—why should we not give them a run for their money? We already have excellent technology and the capability to do this.
  5. Raise the standard of living in our own country. We as a society are only as good as the lowest rungs within. If the poor feel as if their well-being matters as much as the wealthiest than they will be willing and anxious to help improve our society.
  6. Each of us take what we need and put the rest back into our economy. This means reasonable wages, solid benefits for employees—healthy¬† less profits for corporations, less waste and mindful consumption all around. No more keeping up with the Jones, no more million dollar wages.
  7. Implement as severe punishments for white collar crimes as for other crimes. When someone robs a mini-mart and takes $250—they go to prison for multiple years. Yet, someone who embezzles 100’s of thousands often escape jail time or get reduced sentences. They should pay according to the crime.
  8. No more bonuses for failing companies. Period. No more bailouts. No more excuses. And the government should put regulations harshly punishing such policies. And if a company is deemed ‘too big to fail’ — it should be split up into smaller companies with new management.
  9. Reduce the number of HB-1 Visas. I know this will be controversial but we can train locally. There are thousands of displaced out-of-work technologically savvy people—why not put them to work?
  10. Accept responsibility but refuse to be the donkey to which all blame is pinned. Insist the rest of the world do their part as well. For example, countries like India and China can work on effective birth control to reduce their excessive population. You cannot expect to properly provide for your citizens if you lack the resources and yet you continue to overpopulate and expect the world to help you. Countries must be willing to help themselves as well. And if two countries are perpetually at war and do not wish to stop being at war, as long as they are not harming other countries, we should not interfere.

These are just some of the things I think about. I think if we did these ten things we could go a long ways towards ending this economic recession and improving quality of life globally. Mostly, I wish to encourage everyone worldwide to think for themselves—to find answers nullius in verba.

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4 Responses to “Nullius in verba”

  1. Terence Says:

    I love this post! Specifically the beginning where you talk about thinking for yourself. I don’t agree 100% with your ten steps. While I agree that we should ‘encourage new industry within our own country and discourage cheap, disposable crap flooding in from other countries while displacing local workers and exploiting foreign children in unsafe work conditions,’ I don’t feel that tarriffs are the answer. Or at least not the only answer. I also don’t feel that government should be able to regulate how a company pays it’s employees – presuming that it’s a company operating under normal capitalist perameters. If it’s been bailed out by the governement then all bets are off, the government should be able to run it as it sees fit. Whether that is eliminating bonuses, firing people, or anything else that business owners normally have the right to do.
    I had to look up what an HB-1 visa was. Even without knowing the specifics, I had a feeling I would have the same thoughts after reading it. I am not so sure I would go that route either.
    I support the globalization of economy, however it’s a process and I do not support any countries suffering during that process.

  2. Meg Says:

    Thanks. =) Tariffs are not the ONLY answer…but one of many. I do not think there is a magical cure but many steps that could work together. Tell me why you do not think tariffs are a good idea?

    I am all for globalization and foreigners moving to our country. After all, this is the melting pot right? I simply do not think there should be a “need-based” visa for non-US workers when there is very little, if any, jobs that we cannot learn here. There are other ways to train local workers efficiently. And other ways and reasons to come to the United States.

  3. Terence Says:

    If I remember my history right…and I may not, but I am pretty sure I do…raising tariffs generally leads to the effected countries raising their tariffs. Which leads to higher prices for the consumers all around, without a significant increase in quality to go along with the huge price tag.
    Also, while I do not want cheap, disposable products made with child labor coming into the USA I have no objection to inexpensive, quality products made by an adult laborer in a humane shop/factory being brought into the USA. Tariffs make no judgments on the quality of a product coming into the country, it is merely a big tax ‘hammer’ on everything from a particular country or set of countries.
    I would prefer making laws that punish the US corporation that chose to use such shoddy products as a deterrent to them buying and shipping them here. I do not like the idea of a blanket deterrent to a country or countries to ship any products to the US.

  4. Meg Says:

    I think it would make sense locally if we started to make what we need and can here and import what we cannot. Electronic stuff we can make here. Some crops we cannot or should not. LOL… depends. I think quality things can be made and sold rather than cheap crap from any country including ours.

    I want the tax hammer!!!! YES! Great analogy.

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