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Doug Casey on the Importance of Ethics Amid the COVID Hysteria…

Ethics will not only help you deal with Covid bullshit, they are absolutely essential for a rewarding life. From Doug Casey at internationalman.com:

Importance of Ethics

International Man: Over the last few years, the global hysteria has shined a light on the morality of most people and their personal ethics. It has been eye-opening, to say the least.

Let’s discuss the meaning of ethics and what it means to live by them.

Webster’s Dictionary defines ethics as:

  1. the discipline dealing with what is good and bad and with moral duty and obligation
  2. a set of moral principles: a theory or system of moral values
  3. a set of moral issues or aspects (such as rightness)

What do you think about the average person’s ethics? And which ethics do you live by?

Doug Casey: These are all workable definitions, depending on the context. Now, there are clearly some people who have no ethics at all, which is to say no principles. They act on the spur of the moment, just doing whatever seems like a good idea at the time. Then there are other people who have flawed principles that will consistently send them in the wrong direction.

My own set of principles can be summed up in two statements:

1: Do all that you say you’re going to do.

2: Don’t aggress against other people or their property.

There are endless corollaries you can derive from these two principles.

It’s also important to distinguish between ethics, an individual’s own guiding principles, and morality, which is a set of community standards.

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The Kinship of Producers, by Paul Rosenberg

There is indeed a kinship of producers, a kinship of people who create, recognize, and trade value. From Paul Rosenberg at freemansperspective.com:

There is a kinship between productive human beings; one that spreads all across this planet. It may be invisible to power and hierarchy, but we productive people recognize it. When we drive into a new town, we know, almost by instinct, that we can trust the hard-working carpenter further than someone permanently on the dole. It’s possible that the guy on the dole is a saint, but the hardworking man shares our specific ethics, and we are tuned to them. Even if this carpenter is a negative exception, we’ll be able to tell.

I’ve felt this kinship on multiple continents and among people of many flavors; not just on construction sites, but in truck stops, offices, grocery stores and trains. Productive people bear a specific ethic, and it’s consistent not only over distance, but over time. If you were somehow dropped into ancient Rome, the people you’d want to join wouldn’t be the Senators or the people in bread lines, but the people who build and maintain the aqueducts.

Even the old man, recounting his days of building, repairing and creating… He’s not just saying, “I was once strong,” he’s saying, “I am a producer. And even if I’m too old to work, I remain what I was.”

Ethics Born of Work

The ethics I’m referring to are those which are spawned by work… by productive, dedicated, creative work. And yes, even sweeping a floor becomes creative if you take it seriously and do it well. A shop floor is complex, and complexity must be overcome with on-the-fly creativity.

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Dystopian Societies Derive From Displaced Ethics and Values, by Doug “Uncola” Lynn

We are a society with very little logic or morality. From Doug “Uncola” Lynn at theburningplatform.com:

On April Fool’s Day of this year, I posted an article on how Coronavirus® has hastened the “old collectivism”.  That piece discussed Saul Alinsky’s tactics and how the current COVID hysteria is being manipulated by the Political Left.  My last post discussed how COVID-mania was successfully translated into Marxist hysteria following the death of George Floyd.

Certainly, America is under attack and what we are witnessing today serves as the mere preview for the main attraction that will commence on November 3, 2020 – if not before. The ongoing warfare is, of course, between those upholding the last remaining shreds of the U.S. Constitution against those who desire to raise the rainbow flag of globalism above the New World Order.

Whether history rhymes or repeats, it does so in cycles.  And nothing is new under the sun. Mankind’s desire to unite the world is said by some to have begun six millennia ago on the plains of Shinar, starting at the Tower of Babel.

In recent decades, especially, the birth pains of conflict were combined with the labor-inducing corollary of technological innovation and these have delivered new creations of collective centralization; to wit, the emergence of the League of Nations after World War I and the United Nations after World War II. And, surely, America’s current birth pains are about to deliver another new order.

Artificial Intelligence Will Kill Us All. Unless… by John Hunt, M.D.

Whether AI is a force for evil or good will depend on who’s teaching it. From John Hunt, M.D., at international man.com:

The usual suspects are demanding government regulation of AI. They say that government must defend us all from the misuse of AI by the profit-seekers.

In my view, however, the only thing worse than the government sticking its nose into AI is if we have AI learn by mimicking the behavior of serial killers.

Although most known for their #1 best-selling book, Life Extension: A Practical Scientific Approach, Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw are the two most broadly intelligent and well-informed people I have encountered in my life. They are rocket scientists (Durk literally is). This is what I learned from Durk and Sandy about AI:

AI learns by watching and mimicking people.

An AI will be extremely effective at whatever it learns. If it observes and mimics good people—ethical people—an AI will be really good. If it learns from bad people—by mimicking unethical people—an AI will be unconscionably evil.

If we allow government (politicians and bureaucrats) to regulate AI, then who will AI be exposed to and learn to emulate? The answer is: politicians and bureaucrats.

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In the Random Universe: Let Justice Be Done though the Heavens Fall, by Doug “Uncola” Lynn

Perhaps the hardest thing is to consistently do the right thing and let the chips fall where they may. From Doug “Uncola” Lynn at theburningplatform.com:

It’s always fun to see what new internet sensation will next captivate and surprise the blogosphere everywhere and all at once.  The most recent phenomenon to take the media-bubble by storm occurred last week by means of the Laurel or Yanny debate.  In the event the reader has been living under a rock, or in a cave, over the last several days it all started when someone on reddit posted a short audio clip of a computer pronouncing the word “laurel”.  Of course nothing would have come from it, except that other people who heard the clip swore they heard a word similar to “yanny” being pronounced instead.

As the debate went viral across all media platforms, Team Trump even Twittered on the matter from the White House.

At first, I thought it may have been an acoustic hoax whereby two separate recordings were alternating, but that was not the case.  When I, personally, played the clip to people in the same room, at the same time, they heard either “laurel” or “yanny”; as did I.  We were confounded at how we heard completely different sounds from the same recording.

Obviously, there was a scientific explanation and the mystery was solved according to the frequency by which people processed the audio.

This also called to mind an internet sensation from three years ago known as “The Dress”.  It was another ethernetic spectacle, except one which began on Tumblr when a user posted a photo of a striped frock along with the caption:


“guys please help me – is this dress white and gold, or blue and black? Me and my friends can’t agree and we are freaking the f–k out.”


Evidently, in viewing photos of the woman’s dress for sale, neural connections to the visual cortex caused some to see the garment as blue with black lace fringe, whereas others could see it only as white with gold lace fringe.


In pondering both of these viral online and media curiosities by which people listened to, and viewed, the same things – yet heard, and saw, them in such diverse ways, I began to wonder if similar anomalies could be occurring within partisan politics today; and if these might not even be anomalies at all.

To continue reading: In the Random Universe: Let Justice Be Done though the Heavens Fall