Sunday, May 13, 2018

2 Paragraphs 4 Liberty: #159 “Liberty And The Free Market”

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image                There is a store in Westminster, California that provides really good hour-long massages for $25.  But for many years I have purchased from them a book of coupons for ten massages for the price of nine.  Here, of course, the buyer and seller have the Liberty to make this deal or not.  So let’s ask some questions about why both of us would benefit from this deal in which I am paying and they are receiving $2.50 less for each massage.

Here are the questions :
* Why would I want to continue to make this deal?
* Lower price for each massage; and I’m getting a deal so I will probably get to enjoy more massages.
* Why would the store want to continue this deal?
* They receive my money up front, so they will have the use of my money earlier;
* They will most likely sell more massages, thus generating greater revenue;
* Logically some coupons will never be redeemed, thus providing them free money; and it is likely that this deal will generate more favorable “word of mouth” advertising.
* How do we know that this deal is working for all involved? Because if it didn’t work, the parties would exercise their Liberty to discontinue the practice.
* Do you believe that your children and grandchildren understand this fundamental lesson in Free Market consensual transactions? If they don’t, are you going to fix the problem?

Judge Jim Gray (Ret.)
2012 Libertarian candidate for Vice President,
along with Governor Gary Johnson as the candidate for President

** Here is a quote from the late actress Zsa Zsa Gabon in regards to the question:
“What is your profession?” to which she replied “Housekeeper. I have been married and divorced seven times, and after each time I have kept the house.”

 

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2 Paragraphs 4 Liberty: #158 “Discover And Live in New Worlds”

jimg                Among the most broadening things a person can do is to read and to travel.  Reading allows the reader to be anyone, experience anything, and go anywhere at any time – past, present or future.  Traveling shows that everywhere is not planned like the City of Irvine but, nevertheless, people can be happy in other places.  And, conversely, it can make the travelers appreciate the places that they live much more.  But why stop there?  We can learn about and even visit totally different and exciting places, such as the world underwater, crystals and microscopic life and astronomy.  The list of exciting subjects is endless.  So don’t sit back and wait until you “have the money” or “have the time,” do it now!  And show this by example to your children and grandchildren – or, better yet, take them with you!

Of course, it is true that one of the biggest revolutions in history is the creation of the Internet, and we can explore and learn a great deal from it.  In fact, one of my favorite cartoons shows a 1 year-old boy in diapers and in explosive tears while on the telephone saying “No Grandma, you push F8!”  But often the electronic gadgets are being vastly overdone by our younger generations – and they don’t have the intimacy of reading or traveling.  All of us have the Liberty to choose what we do in our spare time, but my vote is reading and traveling.  And family trips and explorations can be life events and engender a great deal of bonding and fun along the way.

Judge Jim Gray (Ret.)
2012 Libertarian candidate for Vice President,
along with Governor Gary Johnson as the candidate for President

 

** Here is my favorite quote from that great philosopher Yogi Berra, which is:
“We’re lost, but we’re making good time.”

 

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2 Paragraphs 4 Liberty: #157 “Hire For Ability, Fire For Attitude”

ec58c5_c832d34cd58b4004a202d97f51715f74                Liberty means that we have choices.  In fact, in our great country it is enshrined in our Declaration of Independence that we have the ability to pursue happiness but, as Benjamin Franklin famously said, we have to catch it on our own.  And this same reality exists regarding one’s belief in fate, which can lead to feelings of entitlement and defeat, as opposed to choices, hard work and sacrifice, which can lead to gratification and victory.  (Remember that Hitler lost a “gimmie” of European domination because he believed he was fated to set up a Thousand-Year Reich, whereas Churchill saved the world with his positive attitude of Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat – and Victory!)

This outcome is true at many levels of our own individual lives as well.  A positive attitude often triumphs, where a belief in fate often turns into despair, victimization and failure.  For example, many employers will tell anyone who cares that they hire people based upon their ability, but fire them for their attitude.   A person who is a team player, reliable and has a can-do attitude will almost always outperform and outlast others who possess greater abilities but lack those traits.   Our attitude is our choice.  And life goes the same way.  Fate certainly can deal us all some bad blows, many beyond our control.  But we have the Liberty to choose how to respond to those adversities, and we thus can become victims or victors.

Judge Jim Gray (Ret.)
2012 Libertarian candidate for Vice President,
along with Governor Gary Johnson as the candidate for President

 

**Here is an additional thought for the week from Dr. Milton Friedman:
“We should judge programs by their results instead of their good intentions.”

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