Don’t Just Take My Word For It: Counter-Economics

I enjoy when like-minded humans echo my principles. I enjoy it even more when their writing is much better than mine, which is the case with this fantastic essay on counter-economics by Bryan Hyde (@youcancallmebry).

Take :05 and read Bryan’s thoughts. They are 100% on point and they briefly yet efficiently get a major point across: we don’t need government interference in every aspect of life. In fact, there are very few areas where the government should truly have a say, yet as Bryan states most people are caught “in the thralls of Stockholm Syndrome toward our government” so most people blindly accept government interference because that’s the way’s it’s been.

If you agree with government interference, take a step back for a moment.

Allow yourself to have an open mind. Try to truly understand how free market counter-economics benefits all groups, making the world better for all.

Consider Bryan’s points on the simplest level: Do you really need a third-party (government) involved when you grow some corn and another “free” human wants to purchase or trade for it?

Of course not.

Yet it’s as simple as that. The government has inserted themselves in so many “corns” in our lives that we fail to stop and say, “Enough is enough. This is ridiculous.” At worst, people blindly accept and even argue for the government while at best they acquiesce in the face of immoral and unfair taxes & regulations.

This is not how truly free people should be treated! No one but you should have a say in any matter of yours that does not negatively affect another! #butfreedom

Thanks to Bryan for his important and helpful writing that also taught me two new words…true story. I had to look up subversive and Agorism. It’s hard to believe I hadn’t heard of Agorism until now. I certainly won’t forget it.

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Amazon.com To Purchase the United States Post Office

amazon logo“Amazon.com To Purchase the United States Post Office” is near the top of the list of my dream headlines.

How the USPS is still a thing is mind-boggling. They historically lose money, they are not efficient or competitive in the free market and they are not run like a free market for-profit business. And, it recently took them 10 days to deliver numerous pieces of mail for me < 10 miles.

Amazon.com is a forward-thinking genius of a company. They are the best in logistics that I’ve ever seen and many experts agree. It seems like a match made in heaven for free market behemoth Amazon to acquire the USPS and turn it into the well oiled machine it could be. This would also make the government smaller, leaner and more efficient. This is a good thing. We do not need government sponsored delivery in 2016 just because that’s the way it’s been. The free market can and will easily adapt to provide humans the delivery service they crave.

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Coach Meyer & I Speak Out On Mental Health

If you have not yet read the exquisite piece by Brandon Sneed in Bleacher Report, take some time to enjoy it now. I have previously written about the importance of mental health, but Brandon and Coach Urban Meyer really highlight the issue and how help is available. Mental health is arguably more important than physical health and no one should be shy about speaking up or reaching out.

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Schumacher Place Civic Assocation

schumacher-placeAfter attending tonight’s Schumacher Place Civic Association meeting I am not hopeful for humanity. There was so much selfish, divisive, borderline hateful behavior by people who feel they are entitled to everything from personal parking spaces on the street to having a say in how other people’s land is developed. These same people use words like “law” and “freedom” but then have the audacity to force their will on to someone else’s property.

Shame on you. Whether you realize it or not, you are being very hateful and hurtful. Your attitude is the equivalent of building a wall to keep “outsiders” away. Many people had their own arbitrary opinion on how many units was too many, not realizing that by being arbitrary they are defeating their own argument.

Many others simply fear change and truly (and incorrectly) believe that development is bad for any number of reasons (too many people, too little parking, too much trash, too much commotion, historic changes, etc). This is naive. These people do not realize that they are changing the world…for the worse. Their divisive thoughts spiral out of control and spread to others who don’t take the time to think for themselves. People simply jump on the “development is bad” bandwagon and next thing you know, development is crushed and the lots remain dilapidated and perfect for the drug deals and prostitutes that frequent them. Great job. #butfreedom?

Even worse, no one seems to realize that real people are behind these developments. Real men and real women. Real moms and dads, taking risks, trying to improve the world. Will they make a profit in doing so? Maybe. Hell, hopefully. Profits are what has driven humanity to where it is today. Like it or not, if man wasn’t striving to build a better mouse trap we’d all be lucky to be riding around on horseback.

I urge everyone to take a step back and ask yourself the following questions. Really think about your answers.

Am I being rational or emotional? Am I being selfish? Should I even have a say in this? Would I want someone else telling me what I can and can not do with my land?

BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF.

Honesty is something Dale Carnegie teaches us you won’t do. He also teaches that right now, you’re probably not opening up to the thought of being in the wrong. Instead you’re getting fired up, ready to defend your points & to justify and rationalize your beliefs. Sound familiar? I urge you to  take the gloves off, calm down, and stop taking it personally.

Then, read up.

“How To Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie is amongst the best books ever written. Read or listen to it ASAP. If you truly want to be a better human being you should be perking up right about now.

More info on Dale here.

More on the Schumacher Place Civic Association here.

Please understand, it’s ok to not a like a project. You can not like it while still not trying to derail it. Derailing the project = divisive and hateful. If it’s not your land, your home, your body, you should have no say in the outcome. I don’t want to have a say in you or your family or your home. Why should you want a say in mine?

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If You Still Believe In Race…FYI, You’re Wrong

Race does not exist. Despite what you think you know, it doesn’t. It’s fake. Made up by man for this reason or that. I’ve talked about this sad and divisive truth before and now I am excited to have found someone who says the same thing, only in a much better way.

Take :04 to watch and listen to the video above. Prince Ea (pronounced Prince E) is a smart man, way ahead of his time. His take on life can and will have a profound impact on you if you are willing to accept his help.

Here is a link to more of his videos. You don’t have to listen to all of them right now. Rather just pick one and soak it in. Bookmark the link or subscribe to his channel so you are never too far from an inspiring mental pick me up. Don’t hold on to your stale (and incorrect) take on life just because that’s the way it’s been. It’s NEVER to late to make a change!

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Prince Ea: Row YOUR Boat

Take :03 to watch and listen to the video above. Prince Ea (pronounced Prince E) is a smart man, way ahead of his time. His take on life can and will have a profound impact on you if you are willing to accept his help.

Here is a link to more of his videos. You don’t have to listen to all of them right now. Rather just pick one and soak it in. Bookmark the link or subscribe to his channel so you are never too far from an inspiring mental pick me up.

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Remove Doubt

I enjoy listening to the Sirius XM PGA Tour Radio channel (I know, I’m a golf nerd) to improve my game. The plethora of shows offer me a way to work on my game from behind a desk or in my car or while doing work in my yard.

On more than one occasion I’ve taken the advice meant for the golf course and used it in my everyday life. One of my favorite tidbits is to remove doubt.

Looking back down #5 at Muirfield Village Golf Club

Looking back down #5 at Muirfield Village Golf Club

Regarding golf this advice was meant for shot making. Choose a club, picture a shot, and then proceed with 110% confidence when attempting the shot. Remove all doubt (is this the right club? is the wind too strong? is there a better target?) after making your decision. Proceed (quickly) and confidently.

In life this same advice applies to pretty much everything. Just like on the golf course, this doesn’t mean to rush into a decision without giving it careful consideration. Rather this means that after analyzing a situation we should be confident in our decision and proceed confidently with expectations of success. Will we fail some of the time? Sure. No one is infallible. But we will fail much more often if we have doubt in our minds. Be confident. Remove doubt.

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We Could Be Heroes

The best drop in EDM.

TURN YOUR SPEAKERS TO 11.

Having a down day? Having a GREAT day? Are you alive and able to click the play button? If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions you will benefit from taking a few minutes out of your day, cranking up your speakers and letting Alesso put you in the right state of mind. This is my go-to song for anything from needing to get jacked up for a round of golf to curing a mid-day downer moment. Enjoy!

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It’s 2016. How Does Ticketmaster Still Exist?

Do I actually need to write more? What is the purpose of Ticketmaster besides an unneeded and unwanted middle man who is forced upon us and as a result charges egregious fees?

I can reflect (fondly, may I add) to a time when Ticketmaster was the most efficient way to score great concert tickets, and for that efficiency I was willing to pay Ticketmaster their fee.

But now?        Now?

Now it’s LAUGHABLE to think I need to give Ticketmaster eight bucks to buy a $25 concert ticket when the promoter could just as easily sell to me direct (no hyperbole, that is exactly what I was charged to see Grouplove in Columbus.)

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Type
Ticketmaster Presale
 
Price
US $25.00 x 4
 
Service Fee
US $8.85 x 4
Perhaps back in the day it didn’t make sense for each promoter to try to sell direct. After all, before the Internet it was very hard to self directly to the masses.
However as I write this is it is 2016, nearly 50 years after you want me to believe that man walked on the moon. I believe there is a better way to buy tickets that is a win-win-win for the artist, the promoter and the fan. The “way it’s been” ticket buying industry is ripe for a shake up and I’ll be happy to watch it unfold.
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Pelotonia 2016: YOU Are Needed!

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Pelotonia is the grass-roots, Columbus based bike ride that raises millions to fight cancer. Thanks to the generous sponsors, 100% of each dollar raised goes directly toward ending cancer as we know it. Read more in my previous posts here and learn about joining the cause as a rider, volunteer or virtual rider here.

Pelotonia 2015 was another success in the battle against cancer as it brought our seven-year total raised to over $100,000,000!!! This would not have been possible if not for thousands of riders, volunteers, organizers, sponsors and benefactors!

We return for Pelotonia 2016 from August 5th – August 7th, riding for one goal…to END CANCER! We need your help!! Anyone can join the cause at any time (our peloton accepts new riders all the way through the opening ceremonies!) and donations are accepted through October. Please consider getting involved in any way!

Click here to donate to my campaign. Every dollar helps and no amount is too small. Many give $50 or $75 and some $5 or $10. If you can help in any way it will not go to waste. Thank you for your consideration!!image

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