December 12th, 2012
Despite the length of the title, this is a tiny installment, barely lengthy enough to be considered episode 9 of the jkpod jkpodcast. This mini-episode (relative to the others), is comprised of a short stretch of conversation that hit a couple of interesting points. I couldn’t bring myself to leave these points behind.
The first relates to the fairly evident desire to help others exhibited by most people, and the upside down expectation that the government will reflect that desire in their budgetary allocation.
Kevin follows up on the theme of living outside of the commonly accepted narrative and how odd it is to find “Hope” as a legitimate and viable political offer from the supposed servant class to the citizenry.
Hang onto your hats, this one will be over before you know it.
Jad: Hello, and welcome to a tiny installment barely lengthy enough to be considered episode 9 of the JKPod JK Podcast. To further set appropriate expectations, this is a mini episode relative to the others, comprised of a short stretch of conversation that hit a couple of interesting points I couldn’t bring myself to leave behind.
The fist relates to the fairly evident desire to help others exhibited by most people, and the upside down expectation that the government will reflect that desire in their budgetary allocation. Kevin follows up on the theme of living outside of the commonly accepted narrative, and comments on the oddity of finding hope as a legitimate and viable political offer from the supposed servant class, to the citizenry. Hang on to your hat, this one will be over before you know it. We now tune in to the Jad of recorded past.
People do want to help, I mean that’s the reason why you can have 60% of people can say we need to maintain a social safety net, right – even if they’re 25 years old, there’s a good chance that they’ll think that we should have a social safety net because there’s a belief, like you were saying earlier, that if there’s someone who’s disadvantaged, our tendency is to want something good to happen to them, or want them to receive help one way or the other. But I think historically that help happened at a community level through churches, and friendly societies, and unions, and that sort of thing, that the responsibility for that has been taken over by the government system –
Jad: And now if that – when you have that native concern for the well being of mankind, or for some segment of people, you can just shut it off and then be like, “oh yeah, there’s a social program for that. I’ll make sure and vote for whoever’s going to bump that up”, and then you go about your day because there’s an illusion that that personal responsibility has been fulfilled, and your role as a voter/taxpayer.
Jad: The awful downside of course, is that what’s actually happening is the money that’s being taken from you is being used to put people in prison and drop bombs on them, and then you’re actually inflicting a great amount of harm with money that you insist everyone pays to this central organization.
Jad: Yeah, it’s really awful. Lately, I think Warren Buffet and somebody else just – in the last week or so was like – oh, Stephen King I think – was like, “oh, my taxes should be higher, we should raise more taxes”, and I’m like, really? You feel like there’s too many Muslims left on the planet? Do you really – I mean did you see a black man who wasn’t in prison and you really thought, “shit, we need to pay more because there’s at least some of them walking free.” I just don’t understand this – again, it really takes a mind boggling intellect to look at a single day of news about what the United States government is doing, and then at the end of the day to be like, “you know, there’s a lot of suffering in the world, so I need to empower this organization and get them more influence and money.”
Jad: I mean it’s just – it’s insane. It’s like literally the opposite conclusion of what the you know, the facts on the ground indicate should happen. It’s really strange.
Kevin: Sometimes I really feel like The Matrix is the perfect movie because I’m living in the Matrix, where I feel like somebody just gracefully unplugged me and I’m like, really? Surely you can see that this is happening. I’m not even getting to the conspiracy theory, I’m just only looking at what is happening day to day. I just – I can’t see how we think that this is a good thing. Of course if you talk with people more and more about it, of course every one of them is going to tell you the same thing, that – they’re like, “well, you know, we’re just hoping for the best that comes out of it.” I mean for God sakes, Obama ran on a campaign of hope, and I really tore that to pieces in 2008 to people.
I’m like – I mean, I get the whole marketing thing behind it, but I would tell people, I’m like, “don’t you find that a little strange that somebody running for the most powerful office in really the world, is running on a campaign of hope?” Like, you’re not supposed to hope that these people are good. Like, that’s why it’s a democratic process. I mean, they don’t have to hope for anything – you’re supposed to be able to get exactly what we should have. But clearly, that’s not how it works any longer. And maybe to
some of your elder points – or older points – it’s – maybe it’s never worked like that, I don’t know.
Kevin: So maybe I’m becoming even more disillusioned.
Jad: Boom, that was it. You’ll have to tune in next time to find out it Kevin becomes even more disillusioned. Thanks for giving it a listen, and please let us know if you have any questions, comments, or other feedback. If so, you can e-mail us at JKPod@JKPod.com, or visit either of our websites – Jad-Davis.com – that’s J-A-D dash D-A-V-I-S, or KevinLudlow.com. Thanks again for listening and until next time, take care.