81. Final Thoughts – Self Introspection

It has been said that Benjamin Franklin use to take a little time out at the end of every day, when he could, and sit alone to think about what transpired during his day, asking himself such things as: what did he do right or wrong that day, what were his motivations behind his good or bad decisions and actions, were his thoughts rational or irrational, why did he do what he had done, and what could he do to change and improve upon those things he did not like about himself. Now, I am no psychologist, but I think that in a way, Mr. Franklin was engaging in what one might describe as a daily mental self-examination, or what is referred to as self introspection.

So, with this in mind, and now that you have read over my comparison between Capitalism and Statism, I challenge you to ask yourself which side of the “social-political-economic” fence do your ideas, your principles, your goals, your dreams, your private thoughts, your psychological state of mind, and your inner-self desires lie?

Go to your favorite private place where you like to be alone – whether it’s a favorite park bench, your car, your truck, your fishing boat, your home office, behind your CEO office desk, in front of your favorite mirror, your favorite easy chair in your den or personal library, your own recording studio, your own garden patio, your garage workshop, your favorite getaway vacation spot, your favorite beach, your favorite rose garden, your favorite tea house or coffee shop, your favorite restaurant, or wherever you choose – and ask yourself these questions:

Do you love and embrace life and freedom, and not only individual and economic freedom for yourself, but for all other individuals (meaning a society under Capitalism)? If so, why?
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Do you hate and fear life and freedom, especially the individual and economic freedom of all other individuals, and want control and force over everyone else (meaning a society under Statism)? If so, why?

Do you admire and appreciate the productive individual and the prosperous business? If so, why?
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Do you envy and hate the productive individual and the prosperous business? If so, why?

Do you desire “the pursuit of happiness” and self-responsibility, self-reliability, earning your own living, and creating and producing personal wealth? If so, why?
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Do you dread earning personal happiness, being responsible, being self-reliant, do you envy the strength and wealth of others, and want a statist-type government controlling and ruling your life, your children’s lives, your neighbors’ lives, and the lives of all and any other individuals, including the businesses they establish and produce? If so, why?

Are you a person who recognizes, accepts, respects, and defends the existence of naturally-based, inalienable individual rights, including property rights, and derivative freedoms, for all individuals (meaning all human beings), for all peoples on earth or anywhere in the universe? Are you a person who admires independence, self-reliance, productiveness, and wealth creation, and a person who wants only a constitutionally-limited government which recognizes, preserves, defends, and protects individual rights and freedom, including economic freedom, for all individuals and businesses? If so, why?
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Are you a person who despises and fears individual freedom, and the individual rights, property rights, the derivative freedoms, including business rights, of all other individuals? Are you a person who envies those who are independent, self-reliant, productive, and wealthy, and a person who wants a statist-type government regulating, controlling, and terrorizing the individual’s life in every way, including every move, every act, and every decision, personal and business? If so, why?

Are you a politician, government official, or government employee – from the local town council to the office of the U.S. President – with the courage and intellectual honesty to recognize the benefits of a small, constitutionally-limited government that recognizes, preserves, defends, and protects individual and economic freedom, individual rights, including property rights, and derivative freedoms – a government that has no welfare state, a government that does not interfere with, restrict, regulate, or control commerce and free trade, including banking and financial activities, and a government that does not regulate or control personal and/or business freedom? Do you have the courage and fortitude – as your job as a public servant requires – to properly stand up and recognize and protect individual and economic freedom, individual rights, property rights, and derivative freedoms for all individuals, including all businesses? If so, why?
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Are you a politician, government official, or government employee – from the local town council to the office of the U.S. President – that craves, and is obsessed with, political power and control over all individuals and businesses because you hate and fear not only your own empty inner-life, but also hate and fear the individual freedom, and economic freedom, of all others – do you want a government that interferes, restricts, regulates, violates, infringes upon, and controls individual and economic freedom, individual rights, property rights, derivative freedoms, as well as regulates and controls the economy? Do you want a large, devouring welfare state at all costs, destroying all private production, wealth production, and happiness? Do you demand the redistribution of wealth by government force because you envy those who are self-responsible, self-reliant, productive, and prosperous, because you can’t compete or won’t work to produce your own wealth? Do you want the government to regulate, intervene, mandate, and control all commerce and free trade, and a government that regulates and controls individual freedom and economic freedom? If so, why?

Do you desire a good standard of living, competitive material goods and services, prosperity, wealth production, and the availability of plentiful food for all human beings? If so, why?
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Do you crave destitution, poverty, misery, impoverishment, and starvation for all human beings? If so, why?

Do you personally desire freedom for all other individuals and businesses? If so, why?
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Do you personally crave political control over other individuals and businesses just to make yourself feel good, just to give yourself a false sense of self-worth? If so, why?

Do you enjoy seeing other people being free and pursuing their happiness without your interference? If so, why?
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Do you crave seeing other people enslaved, controlled, and miserable due to your interference? If so, why?

Do you strive, as an independent thinking and acting individual, for genuine self-worth, for genuine self-esteem, and for genuine self-acceptance based on your own decisions and actions through applying your own independence, independent thinking, and freedom? If so, why?
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Do you constantly, and desperately, seek out and crave approval and acceptance from other people, especially from people who think as you do, in order to feel any sense of self-worth or self-acceptance, even if it is a false sense? Do you seek your self-worth only through what other people think of you? Is your pseudo self-esteem based only on what your image is with other people? Are you constantly fixated on what others think of you? Do you seek and crave political control of other people just to try to fill that empty void you feel inside? Do you avoid independent thought and action, in order to seek social popularity and popular opinion at all costs, including the enslavement of an entire nation? If so, why?

Do you want to live under freedom, liberty, and peace (Capitalism)? If so, why?
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Do you want to live under force, enslavement, and war (Statism)? If so, why?

Do you want Capitalism and Freedom? If so, why?
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Do you want Statism and Force (Collective Slavery)? If so, why?

Do you want to be a Capitalist? Do you have a passion for True Individual Freedom? If so, why?
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Do you want to be a Statist? Do you have an obsession for Political Power? If so, why?

Do you want Freedom and Life? If so, why?
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Do you want Force and Death? If so, why?

The choice is yours. Which kind of a world and future do you want to live in? Which kind of world and future do you want for your family, friends and neighbors? Which kind of world and future do you want for your children and grandchildren? Which type of world do you want for the United States of America? Which type of world and future do you want for all of mankind?

Capitalism and Freedom represents LIFE, Statism and Force represents DEATH. Your choice.

Which type of life and future do you truly want, deep down in your inner most being?

Your only choice is either Capitalism and Freedom, OR Statism and Force, as your only real fundamental choice is either to think or not to think, as it is either LIFE or DEATH.

Answers to such questions are quite revealing to the inner-self. And only you, the reader, know the truth that lies within. You might be able to fool many people many times, but you can never fool your own inner-self. Never.

I ask all individuals worldwide to find the courage to throw off the shackles of Mysticism, Self-Sacrifice, Coercive Political Force, and Statism (Collectivism, Socialism, Marxism, Environmentalism, etc.), and instead choose Reason, Life, Freedom, and Laissez-faire Capitalism for all of humanity, for all individuals and businesses everywhere in the world and throughout the Universe. Civilization and the proper survival of the human race depend upon it.

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