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Get Motivated to Pursue Passion

Get Motivated, Your Passion is Waiting

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article depicting one of my favorite local stores closing down and while greed, monopoly, and bureaucracy is certainly a cause, I have a passionate message for all the store’s employees and that’s to get motivated.

 

Let me repeat.

 
Get motivated.

 
The grocery store chain located in the spot previously saw many former store employees go on to work at the new store, the current chain, soon to close. This occurred in 2004.
I worked at the location from August 2011 to September 2012 and was fortunate enough to meet with and talk to many employees of the former location.

 
Their blame?

 
Corporate greed.

 
And yes, corporate greed and corporatism in general plays a major, crony capitalist part in this game, but the beauty of it is the crony part…crony capitalism isn’t capitalism.

 
So, what is capitalism?

 

 

Capitalism

It all begins with an idea. Someone has an idea. It can be any idea, to use as a service to provide for people.

 
The purest form of capitalism is free trade.

 
Say I have a pen and you have one dollar. I want to buy something that costs one more dollar and you want to write something down by hand. So, we engage in an exchange. I’ll be better off with the collar and you’ll be better off with the pen.

 
Now, say I have this bright idea where I create this pen company, again, it’s hypothetical. My pens contain twice the amount of ink as a normal pen and it’s the same size. Therefore, my idea would then sell.

 
The difference between capitalism and corporatism is say if someone comes by with a better idea, even if I’ve become established, they can take control of the market with a better product. Therefore, for me to stay in business, I would have to improve my existing product.

 
Corporatism involves bought politicians, government-company collusion, the works. Therefore, someone with a better idea may not even have a chance to enter the market due to barriers to entry, costs of production, and other barriers.

 

 

Single-Source Income

For many, the single-source income stream is the road taken more often. In fact, how many of us operate on a single source of income?

 

I’d say at least ninety-percent.

 
You have a job, earning good income, and before you know it, your income source is gone, especially the way the economy fluctuates these days.

 
So, what do you do if that single source of income is gone?

 
What are you good at?

 
What are you passionate about?

 

Now is the best time to pursue your passion.

 

Why not?

 

What do you have to lose?

 
These questions are how My Freedom Flame’s political avenues coincide with passion pursuit. Motivation is key in this field.

 

Let’s say you are working, but man, you don’t want to be in your current gig.

 

But you need the job.

 

But you can’t freaking stand it.

 

Oh, what to do?

 
Are you working forty to fifty hours, head home, relax, and watch TV?

 
What do you do on weekends?

 
See, as brutal as this sounds, those relying on one source of income are missing an opportunity. When their place of work closes, goes out of business or lays off workers, they’re quick to point the fingers at management, ownership, or in this case, landlords.

 

 

Society Based on Hate

Society has become based on Hate. Unfortunately, hate grasps society by the throat and never lets go, funneling its way into Marxism, eventually.

 

Yep, Karl Marx was a man full of hate. Check out Five Crazy Facts About Karl Marx.

 
We’re trained at a young age, in public schools, to learn that our labor is exploited by the upper, political class. And in many ways, they may be right, but what they don’t tell us is the collusion between corporations and government, or political entrepreneurs, which differs from market entrepreneurs.

 
Instead, we’re taught that programs that contributed to the New Deal or LBJ’s Great Society will provide a comfortable living to all Americans, and the rich will be the ones taxed the most so they’ll be forced to give back to all those people they exploited once upon a time.

 
However, it’s based on hate, envy, and want. To the point to where people believe they’ll entitled to the products of another’s labor.

 
And the free market is blamed.

 
But in America, politicians bought by corporations who are overseeing programs to benefit said corporations while making laws that prop up barriers to entry in a field. It’s the opposite of free markets.

 
And it’s fueled on hate and envy.

 

 

Solution

Look, perhaps you’re in a precarious situation, and you need income. I’m not saying fast income, because anything worth having will involve a struggle, it’ll involve you doubling your work week hours and working for free for a time.

 

Isn’t passion worth it?

 
Yes, it’s the price of pursuing passion. It’s the price of realizing the idea of your dreams is manageable and your little obstacle in the road may be the blessing in disguise.

 
I’m telling you, right now, to stop the hate, stop the envy, stop the self-entitlement you’ve been trained in public schools and by media to act as the exploited victim.

 

Perhaps some of it is true in the case of political entrepreneurs who use government to gain traction, but the only ones who are exploited for their labor are ones who choose to get exploited.

 

You don’t have to make such a choice.

 
Those who’ve worked for one single source of income all their lives and suddenly the source of income is gone have made the choice, and taken the risk, of assuming the one source of income would always be there.

 
And nothing, not even the greatest things, last forever.

 
Never, ever, ever, assume that the job you have now, working to make a lot of money for someone else, to help them or a company that doesn’t even know your name, to pursue their dreams, will be there for you.

 
Chances are, they won’t.

 
And it’s not an incentive for hate, playing the victim, and using it as a crutch for envy.
It’s an opportunity for you to utilize your skills, pursue your passion, think outside the box, challenge mainstream thought, and think beyond the status-quo.

 
You can do this.

 
Maybe not today, tomorrow, or even this year, but you can do this.

 
Your solution to the obstacle bestowed upon you is to take action, take control, take ownership of your life, and build something most dare not dream of. So, stop complaining, stop anger, stop envy, get motivated.

 
I’d like to thank all of my readers for coming across My Freedom Flame, please come back soon.

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Lord of Columbia’s Hidden Message

How I’m Looking to Go Head to Head with Rich Patriarchs

As stated before, Lord of Columbia is a Manifesto for a Libertarian Revolution, but it’s more than just that; it’s a manifesto for all of us to stand up to the rich and powerful who want nothing more than to curtail our liberties.

 
No, this definitely doesn’t have anything to do with Marxism, as Marxism simply puts power into the hands of the state…aka…the rich and powerful, who then will distribute remaining goods (after the rich and powerful have had their loot) to the masses. In other words, Marxism basically means we’re all going to be poor while the rich and powerful own and distribute the goods. You’ll end up with this: 1% filthy rich class and 99% dirt poor class.

 
What are the odds of ending up in the rich class in a Marxist society?

 
Slim to None and Slim just left town.

 
So, in addition, Lord of Columbia can be, in Marxist terms, a Capitalist Manifesto in addition to being a Manifesto for a Libertarian Revolution. So, when I say I’m looking to come face to face with rich patriarchs, such patriarchs display the following traits:

 
1. The own everything, from land, to industry, to buildings businesses rent out.

 
2. They’re either involved in politics or have bought politicians at both the local and state level.

 
By looking at the top two traits, it’s clear that their number one enemy is freedom and, gasp, Capitalism. See, these people are sick, dirty chess players. The difference between Capitalism and Corporatism is simple: With Capitalism, new ideas always emerge via pure competition. In Corporatism, Crony Capitalists will buy their politicians who will then make laws to ensure pure competition is curtailed, meaning the masses are going to be forced to do the following:

 
1. If they own a business, pay ridiculously high rent since only a hallowed few own such rent and lease space.

 
2. By owning such large spaces and charging high rents, these people can, and this happens often in Wintersville/Steubenville, these can run others out and create what I call duopolies, oligopolies, and monopolies. Basically meaning the masses in Wintersville/Steubenville will be forced to pay more for goods as stores and other providers can raise a price however high they’d like. And again, there is a lot of government involved here creating this, not simply one or two people buying all the land and developments.

 

Story of Riesbecks

Those of you who’ve been following my blog for a time should’ve come across my time working for Riesbecks Food Markets. Well, now that the landlord, who’s heavily involved in shaping public policy in the area, is now charging outrageous prices for rent, to the point Riesbecks is being forced to close its doors, leaving a duopoly of grocery stores in town.

 
Guys, people in the Wintersville/Steubenville area must prepare to see a massive increase in price, so long as they continue to eek out a profit.

 
And again, this isn’t capitalism; this is total corporatism and how it intertwines with public policy. The man in charge here, Mr. Patterson (I won’t release the real name due to legalities), owns several blocks in Wintersville, and many of such outlets are his own businesses.

 
Well, let me tell you a little about this dirty, dirty player: He’s one abysmal businessman.
Over the past ten years, and I’m not making this up, the following has occurred:

 
1. He’s closed or had been forced to sell off at least three businesses over the past three years.

 
2. His rent prices have forced flea markets, gyms, skating rinks, two grocery stores, two furniture stores, and other businesses to either relocate or close up shop over the past thirteen years.

 
3. He has a son who’s heavily involved in politics. Hmm, how about that?

 
4. Another son, who I actually based a character on in Lord of Columbia, many of whom are local who read my book will know exactly who I’m talking about here, manages their…third furniture store, after they were forced to close the previous two due to lack of businesses. Now, what’s funny about this is I have a lot of dirt on this cat, too, and that he’s a former drug dealer. Again, I’m not going to mention any names here, other than, well, former drug dealer who’d never been caught nor sent to jail. And if you know how bad the drug epidemic is in Steubenville, where a drug bust occurs literally once a week, if not more, and he’s never been caught raises my suspicions.

 

Private Property Rights

Now, some of you may argue and point to Mr. Patterson’s private property rights, but being that the man knows, buys, and influences local politicians, which I’m going to be conducting some investigative research on in my free time, now that Northern Knights has been launched, and dig up a little more history on the man.

 
I’m all for the right to private property, rest assured, and definitely for free competition, free trade, free everything…except using government meddling to get ahead of the game. But being that Mr. Patterson literally owns half the town and serves as the area’s unelected lawmaker, he’s anything but free market, and Lord of Columbia depicts Patterson’s dirty actions.

 
Thanks for reading.

 

Links to Northern Knights:

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Opinion: Why Can’t You Break into the Field of Dreams?

The Awesome Truth About the Free Market

Okay, so the basis of My Freedom Flame is all about pursuing passion, but something very few realize is if one wishes to pursue their field of dreams, they should have an understanding on how to break into the market.

Unfortunately, the free market is demonized for being the main reason for income inequality in America and that America has the largest gap of income inequality in the world. The above is a claim and since this is an opinion post, I’m not doing any sound research on this claim because if I did, people would just call me biased.

Okay, so the claim is America, the “free market” capital of the world, the World’s Largest Capitalist Country, and a place the rich expose the poor. Well, only one claim is true, and it’s the final claim. The rich do expose the poor, but it’s not how one would think.

Government Ties

I posted a nice article earlier today about reckless government spending and how it kills purchasing power, so here’s a link to it to help you understand this article more.

However, the free market is an innocent victim of Corporate America, which hates the free market. In fact, corporations hate what Karl Marx termed capitalism. Corporate entities and their higher-ups despise capitalism, because capitalism brings two things to the forefront which will threaten a corporation:

1) Competition

2) Innovation

So, socialists tend to be correct when they claim corporations own us, because they do, because they force us to buy and use inferior products, but where socialists go wrong is they blame this on the free market.

Uh, why not blame government?

Want to know how this works?

Quid-pro-quo.

You scratch my back, I’ll scratch your back.

Weapons manufacturers for the military-industrial complex: Buy our weapons, we’ll donate to your future campaigns to help keep you in office.

Lobbyists for corporations: Hey, pass these barriers to entry in our markets and we’ll donate to our campaigns.

Oh, and by the way, you’ll have a nice, cozy higher-up job once you retire from public office if you would like one.

Guys, government policies are orchestrated by corporations.

This isn’t capitalism. It’s not the free market.

Why Does the Free Market Work?

Okay, so imagine if government didn’t interfere, as it’s not obliged to, in the market. The following would happen:

1) Fair wages would exist: Employers want to keep their employees happy, especially when these employees are productive. Why would they pay them less, only to see them go somewhere else?

2) Corporations can’t own anyone: Regulations are gone, so corporations have to continue innovating with the latest product or they’d be out of business. With fewer regulations, cost of production is cheaper, which will allow companies to produce more, consumers can consume more, and jobs remain at home in the US.

3) I know we’re conditioned to believe in regulations, typically environmental. Guess what? I’m an environmentalist who hates government regulation. Why? Because government, like grease, will slowly kill the environment. What makes sense, then? Well, if someone is profiting off the land, wouldn’t they continue to grow what they’re profiting? Perhaps, if in the case of deforestation, why not continually plant new trees? Many will argue these companies would just buy more land. Okay, but why would they hold deforested land? They can’t profit off it anymore. Therefore, to continue profiting, they’d sell it to someone else. Perhaps an environmentalist?

4) So, what if people are being poisoned by fumes due to zero regulation? Well, since government is taken out of the equation, it lands with the judicial branch, and all people of certain towns or cities need is evidence. And for corporations releasing fumes into the air, it’d be pretty tough to hide. Therefore, it’s hazardous to one’s health, which a plaintiff can use in the courts.

5) Barriers to entry cease, because again, the free market encourages innovation. So, people who are constantly improving an existing product or inventing a new one will be able to do so.

6) What about pricing? So many say the capitalists make things cost a fortune. That’s a monopoly, folks, and the biggest monopoly today is the federal government and all their branches. If one enters the market with an idea, their goal is to profit. With high prices, profiting isn’t easy.

7) Well, capitalists are greedy? Well, not really. People colluding with government are, and since government has been responsible for creating the Federal Reserve Bank and the warfare-welfare state while colluding with “evil” capitalists so each can profit off the middle-class’s tax dollars, I think the socialists are greedy.

8) But, everyone gets a fair shake in socialism. No, a small minority elite gets to keep the loot and pass the remainder to everyone else. In socialism, the means of production is distributed equally, and in a country of 330 million people, the resources are too scarce. Also, government doesn’t produce. It’s never produced anything but a currency that’s getting weaker year after year.

9) If you’re a writer, painter, sculptor, singer, or anything related, you’re an entrepreneur, and the only place entrepreneurs truly succeed is in the free market, because the free market is run by the people. If the people like the product, they’ll buy the product and said product increases in market value.

10) What if a business gets too powerful in a free society? Stop shopping there. People point to Wal-Mart. Look, where my parents live, there’s Wal-Mart, Kroger, and Riesbecks. Riesbecks is the small chain. Guess where those supporting small business shop? Where you shop is where you support.

11) But, capitalists expose the working class! Well, no, that goes back to government regulation, which increases costs of production. It also goes back to people, and I preach this often, getting conditioned to be lenient on corporations and government. As a society, we’ve forgotten about self-reliance and living within one’s own means. If you’re looking to create and innovate, you’re a capitalist.

12) But, they still expose the workers! Look, in a free market society, workers have the power to innovate and create. Remember, I always preach about working a job while pursuing passion. If you’re following my blog and are a socialist, but have been agreeing with me until now, I’ve been preaching capitalism since the first article.

Conclusion

Capitalism, or as I call it, free market economics, isn’t the bad guy. In fact, it’s the good guy. It all comes down to what one wishes to pursue in life. In America, we have a lot of government intervention, and it never does well. I see the Fight for Fifteen mantra everywhere, but no one realizes this would further devalue the dollar, raise prices because cost of production would rise, and it would lead to job cuts and unemployment would skyrocket.

Many point to places like Europe where they see low unemployment rates with higher minimum wages. However, we need to realize unemployment is only measured if one is unemployed and in the work force. If they’re not actively looking for work, they’re not considered unemployed. This totally thwarts the unemployment percentage both at home and abroad.

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