This is a call for help to all my friends in the beer, wine, and spirits industries. I’m reaching out today regarding a new 501(c)3 non-profit venture I’ve started. This has been driving all of my actions at some level over the past couple decades, including my recent short-lived venture into the weed world (long story)… that was simply an attempt to self-fund this thing.
I’ve decided to throw caution to the wind and go all in with it… and that’s where your help comes in. Rather than giving your money to Uncle Sam, who we all know will simply piss it away, give it to me. We are an IRS-approved non-profit where your donations are tax deductible.
The name of the organization is E.I.C. Enterprises, www.eicenterprises.org and we want to help change the trajectory of the world. I know, a big goal… it is a long journey and therefore the sooner we start the better ;-)
Our corporate goal is simple, to help germinate and spread a fact-based paradigm here and throughout the world.
Hundreds of years ago the scientific revolution drove one of the most profound paradigm shifts the world had ever seen. The hard sciences went from what could be called a belief-based paradigm (where what one believes “matters”) to a fact-based paradigm (where beliefs are irrelevant and only facts and fact-based thinking matter). And look at the results! Or as a sign at NASA headquarters notes, “In God we trust… all others bring data”.
Today we have remoted controlled robots operating on another planet. Medical wonders that were only dreams on a white board a decade ago are saving lives across the world. My wife and many more wouldn’t be alive without this.
Every day the scientific method is pulling back the curtains of ignorance to reveal the most fundamental aspects of reality. Yet we collectively continue to act as though politics is somehow beyond the realm of reality. Unlike the real world where all of us common schmucks reside, those in the political world caper about as though they are limited by no physical reality.
In fact, the continuation of our species and of life on Earth is put at jeopardy by these childish notions. Our species’ risk from manmade global warming is miniscule compared to the real and very immediate global threat — from acting as though economics and politics are malleable things which are immune from truth — to where spin is the only reality that matters.
We speak of having this or that political belief. Why do we think we have the almost god-like power to choose our “beliefs” in this one area of existence? Do we get to choose what mathematics we believe in? Do we get to choose what basic science we believe in?
In science some things simply work and others don’t. In human endeavors there is more leeway but it is still a fact that some things work better than others. If you are a farmer, planting your crops in the spring is far superior to planting them in winter. Politics is no exception.
Scientific truths build upon and support each other, creating the vast structure of knowledge which allows us to live in the incredible luxury the world enjoys. Our goal should be to discover these truths, not bray about our political beliefs. Can any honest observer state this is the case with either political party?
We have hundreds of years of political organization to examine and the results are quite clear — living in our natural state of freedom produces the best results for all. Like science, this fact is the basis of a coherent and cohesive worldview which is supported by a myriad of results and observations.
This thing we call government, which is simply various large, very powerful non-profit organizations, has no special abilities and has never created wealth. Rather swarm intelligence and self-organization has generated pretty much every advancement in our lives since the dawn of civilization.
Use just a little logic here. If government could create jobs, would there ever be unemployment anywhere on the planet? If government could create wealth, would there ever be any poor? Has redistributing wealth (itself based on the flawed concept that wealth just exists… it just is) ever lead to more prosperity for all? Has printing money ever created a wealthy country?
From a system wide perspective, destroying wealth cannot create wealth. Einstein once said God doesn’t play dice; he was wrong. Probabilities drive everything in the universe, starting at the quantum level. It is a statistical certainty that federalism and better yet, the marketplace will ALWAYS outperform the federal government. This is a scientific fact.
In a contest of 1 entity versus 50 independent entities, assuming the odds of being right are 50%, one of the 50 entities will win 99.99999999999999% of the time. The odds get even larger in a contest of one entity versus literally thousands of independent ones. No amount of political spin will change this reality.
Having government take over trillions of dollars of economic activity will eventually lead to catastrophe. In the 8 years of the Obama administration, at the federal level this country has racked up an additional 10 trillion dollars in debt. Few have any grasp on how large this number is. The universe itself is less than 14 billion years old… thus this 8 year debt increase is almost 3 orders of magnitude greater than the age of the universe in years. And what did we collectively get for this? Little to nothing. How long can this go on? What happens when it can no longer?
Having pension structures upon which millions and millions of people rely, but which at their base are fundamentally Ponzi schemes are certain to end badly for individuals, society, and perhaps the world.
This says nothing about the desirability of these pensions, just that the system they are built upon is fatally flawed. The time frames for these potential disasters might be a hundred years. Therefore prudence should be our guide.
We must discard our political beliefs and childish biases and instead search for the truth in our political and economic systems. For the sake of humanity, it is time for a Kuhnsian paradigm shift regarding politics and the role of government. We have no right to exist. It must be earned every day. We can either accept this reality or sooner or later our actions wills ensure the end of our collective existence. The choice is ours.
In about 1,000 words this is what E.I.C. Enterprises is all about. We plan to use the next 7 months of the political season to challenge the present childish belief-based paradigm and replace it with a fact-based worldview.
We need to quit fighting over this or that political philosophy (which at its core rests on the belief that we somehow have the power to determine reality) and instead simply search for the truth. That’s it. Nothing more. Nothing less.
Please join us… lend a hand. We need your money and we need your participation. As a country and a species we either come to terms with the reality that what we believe, what we desire doesn’t matter or we most assuredly will be the architects of our own demise.
Our efforts should rather be in attempting to discover the truth, not believing we have the power to somehow determine it.