If not for the Industrial Revolution and Free Market Capitalism, what would our World look like?
A host of 20th and 21st Century movies, (like the Terminator movies,) depict future worlds where intelligent machines outwit and destroy human beings. Although science fiction has a basis in reality, it is often reality, which outperforms science fiction. At one time in the history of mankind events of momentous change did occur based upon the development and prevalence of machines.
The Founders who created the documents that define our nation lived in one of the most significant periods in human history. It was a period that increased productivity so much, using but a fraction of the physical labor previously required, that not only did our numbers increase but so did our per capita prosperity. It was the opposite of the perfect storm. It represented the perfect combination of law, capitalism, free markets, the development of innovative machines and the abundant availability of the cheap energy used to power them.
What would our world look like if it were not for the Industrial Revolution and the machines that defined it? For as much as the period was a product of social contracts, the freedom to pursue happiness and the development of those machines it would never have occurred had it not been for the coal that powered the machines to produce the steam than operated the pistons to do the work that formerly required multitudes of human beings to accomplish. We have gone far beyond those days in a relatively short period of time considering our very long history and we have done so because nature has provided us with coal, oil and natural gas. It was almost as those an intelligent benefactor left them available so that we could one day discover and use them. It probably was.
The belief in an intelligent design of our World seems quite reasonable when you consider just how difficult it would have been to evolve into the 20th Century had there been an absence of coal and oil. There could never be enough waterpower, and trees that produce wood to give us the quantity of energy to provide the lifestyles that we today enjoy.
Coal and oil are so essential to what we have become and how we live that if they were abruptly removed we would virtually cease to exist within a very short period of time. Substitutes exist, but wind and sun, at best, even if they were affordable, could never compete with the densely packed amount of energy provided within these substances.
Early in the 20th Century, John Rockefeller helped contribute to the availability of the oil that powers the combustion engines that represented the next level of our industrial advancement. In as much as he made such a wonderful product available, his attempts to control the price failed (only government can do that). Competition made it cheaper and cheaper. As with all free market enterprises price is related to availability and competition and ultimately more is generally provided for less. The availability is a function of innumerable factors but the most significant factor, today, is government hindrance. Speculation is based upon perception of availability. The more effort that we put into subsidizing wind and power and the more we wait before we permit energy companies to do what the American people need and want the longer the cost of energy will remain internationally artificially high.
Someday we will look back upon the use of water, coal, oil, gas and even nuclear energy as power sources, the way we look back on horses and carriages as a means of transportation. Fusion, anti-matter, thermal conversion, wireless transmission of space solar power and methods not even yet dreamed about will become the norm. However, we can never forget that without coal and oil we would have never gotten to the point where anything else would ever have become possible. And as for this moment in time, we need coal, oil, gas and nuclear more so than we ever have. The day we don’t will be the day competition, free markets and capitalism once again come together to give us the future choices yet to be dreamed about. Dreamt by unborn people in towns far distant from Washington D.C. where bureaucrats with a political agenda, tell the rest of us how, in a manner reminiscent of despots, they think we should live and die totally ignorant of the fact that we are a free people designed by the Laws of God and Nature to determine, for ourselves, what is ultimately best for our happiness and survival.
My TweetsUTPW Presented by image consultant los angeles
Mark Levin Gives Unvarnished Truth
MARK LEVIN: We conservatives, we do not accept bipartisanship in the pursuit of tyranny. Period. We will not negotiate the terms of our economic and political servitude. Period. We will not abandon our child to a dark and bleak future. We will not accept a fate that is alien to the legacy we inherited from every single future generation in this country. We will not accept social engineering by politicians and bureaucrats who treat us like lab rats, rather than self-sufficient human beings. There are those in this country who choose tyranny over liberty. They do not speak for us, 57 million of us who voted against this yesterday, and they do not get to dictate to us under our Constitution.
We are the alternative. We will resist. We're not going to surrender to this. We will not be passive, we will not be compliant in our demise. We're not good losers, you better believe we're sore losers! A good loser is a loser forever. Now I hear we're called 'purists.' Conservatives are called purists. The very people who keep nominating moderates, now call us purists the way the left calls us purists. Yeah, things like liberty, and property rights, individual sovereignty, and the Constitution, and capitalism. We're purists now. And we have to hear this crap from conservatives, or pseudo-conservatives, Republicans."It always amazes me the sheer number of women who defend abortion. Legal abortion has killed 52 million innocents since '73, that means 26 million roughly, were women. Sick." -Jen KuznickiAny woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country. -Margaret ThatcherEntrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States. -Ronald ReaganI am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end. -Margaret ThatcherBroadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all. -Winston ChurchillCriticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things. -Winston Churchill
I Don’t Deny Global Warming ExistsI don't deny that global warming exists. It does not exist. There is not a pink elephant in my kitchen. I'm not denying it. It is not there. If I denied that there was a pink elephant in my kitchen, it would have to be there, but I would be lying to myself and everyone and walk around it to cook. But it is not there, therefore, I am not denying that it is.
Snyder said Wednesday that he unconditionally supports expanding the state's Medicaid rolls by roughly 470,000 people. There are 1.9 million people receiving benefits now.
"We're all here to support expanding Medicaid," Snyder said at a news conference called by a large coalition of groups that support the expansion. "We're moving forward with care for people who need it."
The ever-illogical argument that insuring more people will actually cost less. "But health care providers and advocates for the uninsured argue that the state will actually save money -- as much as $1 billion in the first decade -- if fewer residents have to rely on expensive emergency room facilities to address non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries."
Susan Dumass is really quite pedestrian. "The only thing standing in between 450,000 low-income Michiganders and health insurance is Tea Party Republicans' deep-seated hatred of Obamacare."
This week, Michigan’s Rick Snyder became the sixth GOP governor to propose expanding his state’s health insurance program to cover more low-income residents, in line with the Democratic administration’s strong recommendation.
Now that he's made the decision, Snyder must sell the plan to the state legislature, where some members of his own party have repeatedly attempted to distance themselves from the faintest whiff of "Obamacare."
- I can find neither solace or comfort in government. I cannot find hope nor light among those pretending to take my best interest to heart. I cannot worship or revere another human being because there are none alive that can instill my faith. Give me the One God; the One Who had created the heavens and earth and had purposefully breathed life into me. The One Who dwells in the secret place and watches over me and always keeps me company when all others abandoned me. But for Him I would have no purpose in this life; thank you Dear God.