(I apologize upfront for the grammar and typo issues that may exist; this needed to be released at the soonest without its usual polishing due to the situation on the Hill.  Please assist me in sending this far and wide with the spirit of urgency that this subject deserves.)

The war drums for the statist’s campaign continues to beat. This week’s battlefield: minimum wage hikes. The argument: “…tell [your Republican representative(s)] it’s time to give politics a rest for a while and do something to help working Americans.”[i] If we allow these feckless tyrants to have it their way, minimum wage would be indexed to inflation[ii] – at a minimum.

This plan sounds good if only first order consequences are considered – government forces companies to raise the limit on lowest wages, and those workers get paid more… period. It’s simple, elegant, and desirable but it’s also false[iii]. One can understand its appeal to childlike minds when exploring this fantasy with childlike forgiveness of inconvenient facts. If raising wages is the only effect, why not raise it? Is it the only effect over time though?

It’s easy to make arbitrary claims, which seem desirable. Not much more is required than a positive attitude. In addition, an estimable bonus goes to the proclaimer since their opponents are at an immediate disadvantage. Whether their opponents neglect to respond or address the issue, the statists have gained tempo.

If their opponents do not respond, the statists appear justified in claiming (to whoever will listen) that their opponents have no responds, which gives them a façade of being right. Uncritical constituents will be pressured to support the statist cause in the presence of the vacuum created by the nonexistent alternative.

If their opponents choose to respond, however, the opponent’s response would require more time and energy producing a lengthy – and if the statists are lucky, boring – response than what it took the statists to make your arbitrary claim (no thought, effort and hardly any time necessary exerted by the statists). This prevents their opponents from being on the offensive in advocating for their ideas, since they are now wasting time addressing mirages.

For the above reasons, I admit up front that I am at a disadvantage. At this point you and I have spent already 1600% more time/energy than the statists[iv] on this issue (and more to go), and I may have failed to make this paper interesting (hello? Are you still there? This is important to understand.). This disadvantage, however, is short-lived unless the statists pass a law before the truth has its day in the sun – this is precisely their Standard Operating Procedure.[v] Given time, the truth is impossible to conceal when readily available and when honest people like yourselves simply take appropriate steps to acquire it. As we will see, an honest attempt to ground the statists’ fantasy in reality shatters its chimera of good outcomes.

I intend to demonstrate that minimum wage is at best not beneficial, and at worse crippling. [vi] I will show: that minimum wage is a special case of general pricing, and therefore, falls under its economic laws; that minimum wage amounts to price fixing and that price fixing falls between the range of not beneficial and harmful.

To begin, I will assert that wage earners have customers. You might be asking who they might be. Perhaps this perspective is not yet sufficiently fashionable to gain popular support, but it is on all accounts accurate as best as I can judge – their customers are their employers.

Consider the general relationship between customers and businesses. Customers seek out desired services from businesses and exchange money for those services. Is this not what employers do when they post available jobs listings, interview candidates, and ultimately hire them? Also, businesses advertise their service(s) to attract customers and exchange services for money. Is this not what a resume, an interview, and accepting a job offer accomplish?

The many forms of employment share this essential relationship: the employee sells a service to their employer. The customer relationship between employee and employer, though a bit unusual in these terms, means that the price of the service in question falls under the province of the same economic law that determines the price of any service – supply and demand. This is evident in the fact that if the demand for a certain type of doctor is high, yet the supply is low, then their salary will be higher than other types of doctors[vii] – even though the duration of their education/training might be the same. Now consider low skilled minimum wage earners that have no chance to rise above that legal minimum. Might that have something to do with the oversupply of unemployed workers[viii] ready to jump into that job at the legal minimum? Wages, if left alone by the law makers, are controlled by supply and demand.

You might be wondering “what’s the big deal with setting a minimum wage” since wage minimums have existed for so long.[ix] Well, first and foremost, it is a form of price fixing and price fixing is harmful. Since wages are a type of pricing, then fixing it at the lower limit is fixing employee services at a lower price limit, is it not? The harmful results of price fixing is best understood by contrasting the complex chain of judgments, decisions and actions that ultimately determine the price of services within a free market, and the devastation that is created by short circuiting this process via price fixing.

Consider your favorite technological gadget for a moment, be it a computer, a smart phone, a movie-streaming device, or something else. What do you imagine went into its creation? How much effort and thought was necessary? How many trades occurred between the first purchases of raw materials (e.g., paying the workers to mine the metal used in your device) and the assembly of the item[x]; Or how many occurred between the purchase of raw materials and the fabrication the special tools necessary to assemble the item, before it was made available for your purchase?

Our economy is such a complex network of services and trade that I doubt any one person can possess all knowledge essential to the creation of such an intricate item, especially since that knowledge changes every minute of every day as the conditions of the market change. Suppose that a circuit company discontinues a component. Or suppose a new component is created that is cheaper (or costlier) and higher performing. Or suppose that any component changes within the chain of production for any production item. Wouldn’t that necessitate an adjustment down the line that reflects the change “upstream”? Many historical examples exist to show that it does, but for a present example, just watch the Wall Street ticker tape to see the “downstream” effect of “upstream” changes.

These constant changes are a life necessity. Life requires that the actions of a living organism produce more value (to life) than what is consumed during the process. Life requires profit. Any action that yields less value than what is consumed is a deadly process – over time only death (i.e., non-existence) with triumph. This principle applies from the simplest action to the most complex chains of interactions – no one part may operate at a loss (forever). The gives rise to a need to keep one’s ear to the ground and remain aware of changes that may affect profit.

It may seem overwhelming that so many lives rely on profit to be generated across the board throughout the economy. Not to worry though, no one person needs to perform the impossible and acquire all knowledge of the on goings. It is sufficient that at every stage, two living persons (at a minimum) are free to exchange money for services to mutual benefit, or walk. The potential for competitors prevents businesses from arbitrarily pricing services too high, and the potential for other customers prevent customers from arbitrarily setting prices too low. One simply needs, for any particular transaction, to be aware of their options (which always include no transaction).

If the price of a service would consistently cause one party on either end of the transaction to function at a loss, then the nature of existence does not permit the price to remain this way long term – either the service eventually stops or customers eventually disappear. Each member of a transaction is charged (by the nature of their being requiring profit) to protect themselves and at the same time to meet the other’s interest (by the nature of the other’s being requiring profit).

With this understanding of the complex chain of judgments and decisions that go into transactions, with each member performing a service for profit, one can appreciate the precariousness introduced when non-interested parties establishes laws not subject to (and contrary to) the laws of economics (and nature). The result is a short-circuiting of the living judgments, decisions and actions that existed prior to such a decree. Regardless of the reality of the situation, price fixing established by law ignores all living considerations related to what that price should be.[xi] The price is set even if it is contrary to the needs of life – i.e., contrary to profit.

The consequence of this short circuit depends on where the arbitrary price falls in relation to the price established by supply and demand – i.e., where it is in reference to the market price. If the arbitrary price of any service is lower than the market price, the service tends to disappear. If the arbitrary price is higher than the market price, the customer tend to thin out. If the arbitrary price is equivalent to the market price, there is no harm (for now), but there is also no benefit.

If people less likely to perform a service in producing an item due to price fixing too low, the observable effect is empty shelves within a store.[xii] Does this not make sense as the only logical outcome to low prices? It means someone (or some group) in the chain of production would have to function at a loss. Picture the extreme – forced to give away a service – to grasp that anywhere on this continuum tends toward empty shelves. It is difficult to say exactly who will bear the burden of this loss, but the burden will likely rest with the most desperate and/or unaware party. It is fairly easy, however, to determine who would benefit from paying less for an item – the customer. This combination between some party absorbing a loss and another receiving a greater value causes these items to be scarce.

If the number of customers diminishes due to price fixing too high, the observable effect would be fuller shelves within a store.10 Does this not make sense? The combination of benefiting and cost absorbing is different from price fixing too low, so the result is different. The customers avoid paying more than they would have otherwise and tend to buy other items, while businesses prefer to receive a higher than market value for their item, so they stock their shelves with items that customers are less willing to buy.

If the arbitrary price is somehow just right, the result will not differ from the results of market prices. The items on the shelves will be sufficient for regular commerce with no party assuming an undue loss or unnatural benefit. The result will be good, but not better than letting the market set the price. Since current market conditions are constantly a fleeting moment, price fixing has a major drawback. A stationary arbitrary price, which is correct today, will be wrong tomorrow (or eventually) due to the changes in market conditions, resulting in one of the above undesirable outcomes. The market reacts faster than law makers.

Minimum wage is slightly different in effect than ordinary price fixing, in the sense that it applies a fixed price within a limit and not the whole range.[xiii] In this sense, the minimum could be set to zero and essentially there would not be any fixed prices. If the minimum wage was too low, therefore, we would expect that the market would dictate the price of services that fall between that minimum and the maximum.[xiv] The only harm minimum wage could do, would be to be set higher than the lowest paid worker, which would cause those low skilled workers to tend remain on the “shelves,” which is essentially what we have today, is it not?

When statists determine the minimum wage, they are essentially claiming to know better than the millions of people that judge, decide and act in a free market. We see that this is a form of price fixing, and we see that price fixing can only be harmful in the long run and only not beneficial in the short run. Why maintain a minimum wage? Why not abolish it, and any other form of price fixing statists choose to establish? How much more harm are we each willing to take and remain blind to? Isn’t time past due for us to break their drum sticks and send them home?

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[i] President Barak Hussein Obama, Quoted in Monday April 28, 2014 WSJ article, Wage Boost Seen as Wedge Issue in November

[ii] Plan expected to be voted on in the Senate Wednesday April 30, 2014, set up by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev)

[iii] Fallacy of context dropping

[iv] We are at sentence 16 and Statists use one sentence to say “raising minimum wage puts more money in American’s pockets”

[v] Remember Obamacare (AKA Unaffordable Care Act)

 

[vii] Assuming a law doesn’t exist barring the free exchange in this regard

[viii] The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that the unemployment rate will remain above 8 percent until 2014 (cbo.gov). Estimating 230.4 million working age Americans (census.gov) in 2010, that makes 18.4 million competitors throughout the US.

[ix] “…a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right…” – Thomas Paine

[x] To include hiring employees throughout the production chain, the agreements between subcontractors to perform special tasks, and everything in-between

[xi] Refer back to the number of judgments and decisions going into the production of an item, and at every stage, the life of the members are taken into account (so the life of all its members are taken into account), so just imagine what would happen if one member acted towards loss and death

[xii] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWTGsUyv8IE, Observe the comparison on how some shelves are empty while others have a castle of boxes in stock

[xiii] Not considering progressive taxes for a mement

[xiv] All else being equal, but the effects are known to propagate and not to anyone’s benefit – as the cost of the simplest services rise with the minimum wage, so does the cost of the simplest items, which just changed the condition of the market and affects every “downstream” service

This is from the opening sentence in an email I recieved today from the office of Ted Cruiz:

“One question is on the mind of all Americans: can we trust the Obama administration to keep its promises, protect individuals’ rights, and uphold the law?” — Ted Cruz

You can’t make this stuff up. This was and is certainly not on my mind. The question on my mind is does the office of Ted Cruz think we’re all idiots (I’m giving Ted the benefit of the doubt here). I like Ted Cruiz, but he’s got to keep a tighter muzzle on some of the dumber things coming out of his office. I’ve never heard of the name for the concept I was thinking about when I first read that opening sentence, so I had to look it up. It’s not official, but it fits: triple contradiction.

How can one person (let alone all Americans), who understands what he is asking, trust another to achieve the impossible by bringing a contradiction (let alone a triple contradiction) into physical existence?

Let me explain the triple contradiction here, in case you’re not already with me. It is expected from the Cruz office that we weigh our trust for Obama to keep his promises, secure our rights, and uphold the law. Each of these three requirements contradict one another.

If Obama keeps his promises, our rights and the law will be violated. If Obama secures our rights, existing laws will not be upheld and his promises will continue unfulfilled. If he upholds the law, rights will be violated and his promises will continue unfulfilled.

Obama has demonstrated, that if we let him, he would rather choose to keep his promises over the other two options. This brings me to his infamous quote, “We can’t wait for Congress to do its job, so where they won’t act, I will.” — Obama (http://www.newsday.com/news/nation/obam … -1.3287261).

Need I remind you this is in complete contradiction to the supreme law of the land — our Constitution? Executive fiat — excuse me, executive orders — that bypasses the legislative branch is a massive breach of separated powers designed into the Constitution. If these orders are not a breach of powers, then why go to Congress in the first place? Well, Mr. Criminal-in-Chief? Many examples exist where Congress did not take any action on Obama’s promised agenda, so he took it (http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/201 … +News+Blog))

Many more promises still are outstanding, and how many do you think Congress will act on? All of them? (http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter … er/browse/)

If the president keeps his promises without Congress, which is certain given the recent history, he will violate the law.

Many, if not all, of his promises would violate individual rights, if kept. If he keeps his promise to say, double the federal cancer research funding for example (http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter … -research/), he will violate individual rights. The government must first take before it can fund anything, and calling it taxes or claiming a good cause doesn’t change the nature of the violation of property rights involved — forced expropriation is forced expropriation whether a burglar or a government does it. Keep in mind that we didn’t always have an income tax in this country (for a reason).

Certain laws currently violate individual rights too. For example, Obamacare. Need I say more? So, if Obama upholds that law he will continue to violate our rights. Don’t forget that if he upholds the supreme law of the land, many of his promises will continue unfulfilled as Congress continues to take no action.

There you have it: the triple contradiction. How can we trust anyone to actually achieve it, if we actually understand what that means? And more importantly to me is why does the office of Ted Cruz think I’m stupid enough to think of such a thing? Do I have idiot printed on my forehead inlarge bold letters? Come on, Ted, clean up your act!

The Statists (on both sides of the aisle) have unintentionally awakened a sleeping Hero.  For quite some time, this dormant Hero has misidentified Statists as the caretakers of society (self proclaimed of course).  Statists, after all, claim to be the providers of jobs, health insurance, and general prosperity.  But Statists have recently allowed their proper identification to once again be exposed and discovered by part of the population that was formerly in the deep slumber of their busy, productive lives.

This sect of the population has become aware of an essential fact pertaining to any Statists’ “good” deeds: their deeds, good or otherwise, cannot be accomplished without yoking productive Americans — i.e., without yoking themselves.  For what products can statists redistribute if productive Americans do not produce them?  Yet even in the face of this question Statists are keeping to their mode of existence: throttling the goose to continue to lay golden eggs so they can dolled them out in exchange for gratitude, which may translate into votes come the next election cycle.

While productive Americans, these Heroes, are becoming aware of the game they are involved in, they simply wish to act to secure their right to life, liberty, and property, and live their precious lives.  Statists reject such notions as the existence of any rights (except for those they grant or allow) and proceed to violate them in order to carry out their “good” deeds, and proceed to assume all of the credit.

Let’s give credit where credit is due.  Deed after deed has required more effort from productive Americans in the form of taxes (or debt to eventually be paid for later by taxes) — good job Statists, that credit is rightfully yours.  Way to fleece productive Americans and redistribute it (inefficiently I might add).  The source of the wealth you are dolling out, however, comes from productive Americans and they are becoming tired of their role.

What we have here is a clash of worldviews.  While Statists need to resort to force in order to carry out their political vision, productive Americans simply need to refuse to be their victims to carry our their vision.

The foundation of the Statists worldview depends on it being an injustice for the needs of the needy to go unsatisfied.  They insist and continue to remind us that someone has to fill that void.  It has to be either those who cannot carry anyone’s extra weight let alone their own (the needy) or those who can (the productive).

The Statists’ vision is clear: it is analogous to an expansive world that we are all born into and it is completely flooded.  This world is populated with those who swim and those who drown without help — i.e., producers and moochers/looters.  Their solution to what they see is to chain everyone together in the attempt to force the swimmers to keep everyone else afloat.  (The flood represents obstacles to the existence of life and swimming representing the actions necessary to overcome them).  An observant man would rarely fail to notice that those, who are struggling to barely tread water, would be dragged under by the chains connected to less able.  They then put more pressure on the next ablest who is now dragged under by even more weight from the same chains, who then puts more pressure on the next ablest and so on to the end of the chain.  Anyone with sense realizes that if all are chained, all will drown — the necessary result of egalitarianism.

The foundation of the productive Americans’ world view is that their life is precious to them and the needs of some (or many) does not justify the chains they are forced to bear — those chains are the injustice not the needs of the needy.

Productive Americans have a similar vision and it may also be described as analogous to a flooded expanse populated with those who swim and those who drown without help, except they have a different solution: allow them to be free and productive for the sake of their own lives.  The flood is not their fault; it is the default and nature of life.

Who is right?  Statists offer chain gangs on a course certain to lead towards destruction.  What is it that productive Americans offer?   Not much; only voluntary trade of services to mutual benefit.  This process, however, allows productive Americans to continue to innovate and compete to bring the best products at the best prices to the market place, and consequently continuously raise everyone’s standard of living in the process.  Raising the standard of living reduces the obstacles to life.  This in a sense will allow those who were barely drowning in our previous analogy to now be able to tread water, does it not?  If this process continues, over time more people, who would have drowned otherwise, will be able to tread water.

So, in either case, need, will always exist — that obstacle to life is always present.  However, in the first case you have mutual and equal demise as that obstacle becomes increasingly overbearing even for the ablest, and in the other you have progress that continues to raise everyone up and over that obstacle over time.  You be the judge for which sounds better for your own existence.

Productive Americans’ are beginning to realize their solution to life’s obstacle requires the security of individual rights first and foremost regardless of need.  The moralists within the Statists’ ranks attempt to keep them in check by reminding productive Americans that they should love their fellow man and should be thy brother’s keeper.  The proper response to these moralists is to ask, “What respect or love can men have for one another when their lives are chained and meeting one man’s need necessarily means another must suffer?  How can they not come to hate one another in this environment? Indeed, doesn’t this environment necessarily breed hatred?”

What Statists conveniently overlook time and again is that the cognizance of the need of others has not and will never disappear; it simply must take a back seat to securing individual rights in every corner of the political arena.  What they have not failed to overlooked, however, is that the act of asserting individual rights in this arena threatens their mode of existence and succeeding to secure them will unravel their whole rotten racket of rusted chains; and that is a large source of their fear.  That is the motivation for some of them to continue to rationalize their continued actions.

Of course Statists are not this honest with us, or even necessarily with themselves about the nature of their fears and their mode of existence.  Observe that when one’s mode of existence relies on productive Americans acting against their self-interest, or on them passively accepting others who act to throttle them, deceit becomes an important ally while clarity and transparency become a liability.  Statists don’t necessarily want their victims to become aware of what’s going on.

If you get a chance, ask them, “What right does the needy give you to throttle my life”?  Then observe the sorts of contorted pretzels they twist themselves into to evade this crucial connection: their methods require you to wear chains.

Well, productive Americans are now getting wise to the Statists’ ways and are becoming less interested in the “goods” they’re peddling — their inner Hero has awaken.  A group of people, and productive American’s especially, can only be duped for so long by the same warn out gimmick.

Statists, your game is up!  The era of Heroes, who act to secure their rights, has returned!

This topic is difficult to discuss for many reasons.  The position I represent is not a mainstream idea.  It’s unpopular to most established political figures and news outlets.  In addition, hardly anyone is intimately familiar with this perspective, and most are unaware that it even exists.  My goal here today: to introduce you to the existence of ideas that I believe are necessary to win this unwinnable war.  You be the judge for yourself.

I say unwinnable because that is how this war on terror is approached in action, but not in words.  In words we have redefined winning to the point where one has to take pause and wonder: Winning?  By what standard?

We have established “pro-western” governments in Iraq and Afghanistan at a — and it’s impossible not to under state this — at a colossal expense to ourselves.  Sit down some afternoon and attempt to look-up and measure the total expense in lives and treasure, and the individual rights we’ve agreed to violate here for the sake of these “pro-western” governments.  Anyway, is succeeding in bringing about changes in these countries winning this war on “terror”?

History is helpful in answering this question because of the many cases it offers.  Let’s look at the last American war that resulted in our uncontested victory: WWII.

During this war, were internal security and other inconveniences raised?  They were, remember the Japanese camps here in the US and the rationing for the sake of this war.  Did it stay that way?  No, things returned to normal – and, by that I mean returning to conditions that existed pre-WWII.

During this war the enemy, both the Japanese Imperialists and Nazis, wanted to kill us.  The end of this war was marked by their abandonment of their cause as hopeless — and this is the critical part — this was done in four years counting Pearl Harbor as day one.  This is the only measure of victory that mattered, and only then did things return to normal.

How about today in our current war on “terror”?  If you haven’t considered the parallels between the two wars, let’s do so now.

Were our internal security and other inconveniences raised since 911?  The creation of the Patriot Act, TSA and its policies, and the largest department ever created DHS comes to mind.  The continuing increases in security as terrorist discover ways to circumvent our efforts also comes to mind.  So the answer is obvious, yes.  And by all accounts these security actions are here to stay for our inconvenience, our violated rights, and our security.  Forget about going back to normal.  If you have been paying attention you would have noticed that we are constantly reminded by political figures and news outlets that this is the new normal.

Does our enemy today want to kill us?  I think the answer to this question is equally as obvious, and our enemy shows no sign of getting tired.  They see their cause — and rightfully so up to this point — as achievable.  They have no reason to think their cause is hopeless, so why would they abandon it?  Their cause is as alive today, if not even more so, than it was at 911.

The group that continues to harm us is a speck of dust compared to the two world powers we were facing during WWII.  And just as significant to this equation is the fact that we are more powerful by an immeasurable magnitude than we were during WWII.

So I ask again: by what standard are we winning this war on “terror”?  Certainly not by the standard that brought us victory during WWII.  And that is part of the problem; we have no clear meaningful standard of victory.  We are continuously told that these two wars are so essentially different that you cannot measure them both by the same standard.  I challenge this ridiculous notion and you should too.  If that notion were true then the comparison I just made couldn’t have been made.  But I did make the comparison, which ought to be enough for you to wonder about the validity of that notion.

I am familiar with the greatest objection to making this comparison: we are dealing with an insurgency today and we were dealing with easily identifiable countries during WWII, so our enemy today is essentially different and cannot be defeated in the same way because they are difficult (if not impossible) to identify.  That is part of the problem too; our enemy remains unidentified because we believe him to be these individuals who are practically unidentifiable until they literally blows up in our faces.  Our enemy is more than that.  Have you ever considered the reasons why, in spite of the objection, the enemies of WWII and today are essentially the same and why you should use the standard of victory during WWII for this war?  That’s what I hope to cover today.

So hopefully you are beginning to see the reasons I think — and you should continue to judge for yourselves — why we haven’t demoralized these specks of dust to the point of abandoning their cause allowing us to return to normal. The two obstacles to this total victory can be summed up as us having no meaningful standard of victory and we haven’t identified our enemy beyond its fighters.  This kind of victory is possible once we overcome these obstacles and we don’t have to settle for the results brought forth by 12 years of building “pro-western” nations in the Middle East and the cost associated with it.  This victory is what my topic is about today: winning this unwinnable war.

We have just brushed on the solution to one obstacle that prevents victory: having a standard of victory that is meaningful.  One obstacle remains, however, which is preventing us from completely hurtling over the first obstacle: properly identifying the enemy in terms essentially the same as our enemy during WWII so that we can act in accordance with the standard of victory that brings us back to normalcy.  Most of you are probably wondering at this point, how are we going to properly identify this enemy in such terms?

This subject alone is very difficult to discuss due to the objection I stated earlier, which is deeply embedded into the minds of political figures and news outlets: we’re dealing with an insurgency.   To broach this subject I would like to discuss how not to identify our enemies, to draw out how one does properly identify an enemy.  Then I’d like to use an analogy to show how one goes about properly identifying our current enemy; so bear with me.

To begin, out enemy is not a tactic as most of you are familiar with.  A war on “terror” is one of the worst declarations of wars anyone can make, if defeating the enemy is their goal.  A war on “terror” makes as much sense as declaring a war on “blitzkrieg” — for those who don’t know, it was a German tactic during WWII.  For one thing, a tactic is only a means to an end.  To focus on a means to an outcome without the context of the outcome and those who wish to see it through is meaningless.

If terrorists succeeded in bringing about their ends — achieving world caliphate –without the use of terror tactics, the outcome would be equally as tragic.  Not to mention, some tactics may be of poorer taste than others, but they can be good in the act of achieving something good — e.g., victory over our enemies.  To give a real example, we caused terror to strike the hearts of Germans during the battle of Belleau Wood, to the point where the US Marines received their famous nickname, “Teufelshunde” or “Devil Dog” in English.  Our tactics then were terrifying.  Terror can be good, so declaring a war on something that is amoral until applied to a context is worse than meaningless — it’s confusing.

To consider this in a different light, neither is our enemy solely a group people divorced from their cause resulting in their means of achieving it.  We stopped attacking the Germans and Japanese during WWII once they abandoned their cause, and therefore, also abandoned their means to achieve it.  Why would that be if the Japanese and Germans, as a group of people, were our enemies?  The reason is obvious; people as such are not our enemy.

Some of you may be beating me to the punch, but our enemy, as properly defined, is a group of people whose ends would violate our rights and destroy our way of life.  Regardless of the tactic, or means, they use to bringing about this end, they are still our enemy and we should act to secure our rights through the most efficient means our appointed guardians see fit.  By efficient, I mean the least cost of lives, treasure, and inconveniences possible to secure our rights.  If our enemy wishes simply to spread their goal via words and ideas, then we may simply need to unleash counter arguments proving why they are immoral and wrong.  If they upgrade from dialog to physically achieving their ends, then words are not sufficient anymore in stopping them — we need to act to defend ourselves and speak out against our enemy with moral righteousness.

So lets dive into the analogy in order to help apply this to our enemy in order to help us identify them.  For this analogy there is country X, and a certain group is in power, which we’ll call the Nazis.  Now these Nazis aren’t the Nazis of WWII.  There are a lot of similarities, and a lot of differences between the two groups.

They each have a book that inspires them and we’ll call it, “Mein Kampf” (or “My Struggle” in English).  Now this book in country X has different content than the book that inspired the Nazis during WWII.  Instead of race, this new book targets those who lack a certain set of outlined ideas, and those who hold contradicting ideas.  The old book talked about an Arian race ruling the world in a worldly utopia, the new book talked about a set of ideas ruling the world in a worldly utopia.

The Nazis of Country X support this goal of establishing their worldly utopia by supporting proxy groups representing this interest.  They support them with equipment, money, fighters, training, and most importantly moral sanctioning of their actions.  These Nazis have proxy groups in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.  They now have officials in Iraq who support this interest.  Since the Nazis took power in country X, they have been staunch supporters of Al Qaeda too.  Other groups have since joined their cause who may or may not have any direct connection other than sharing the same goal, but these other groups view Country X as a shining example of how to act.

Country X and all of these groups have identified the United States as one of the biggest obstacles in establishing their utopia.  Relative to their moral standard the US is irredeemable because our mode of government and the values of our culture are incompatible with the rules established in their book, which to them is the most important thing in the world.  For them it’s either/or, either we go and they establish their utopia or we stay and their utopia is frustrated, which is an easy choice for them — we must go.

In their attempt to get us out of the way they have attacked us on multiple occasions: a US Embassy on 20+ occasions in different countries in 1979 x 2, 1983 x 2, 1984 x 2, 1987, 1998 x 2, 2002 x 2, 2004 x 2, 2006, 2008 x 2, 2010, 2012 and 2013; the World Trade Center twice in 1993 and 2001; Our naval ship, the USS Cole, once; countless occasions during our war in Iraq; and many other occasions foreign and domestic.  Needless to say Country X and those they support have been actively making good on their goals.

Given this analogy, identifying our enemy is a no brainer.  Our enemy is this country X.  Their ends are getting rid of us to establishing their world utopia.  Their means are physical via their proxies.  We need to destroy Country X in self-defense and we have the moral high ground to do so.

To now apply this analogy to today Country X is Iran, and their book is not Mein Kampf, but the Koran.

Our officials know the connections Iran has with their proxies and their actions. This information isn’t classified; it’s well know and all over the news over the years.  Even knowing this information, when our President declared war on terror, and threatened to take action against anyone who harbors or supports terrorists, he had the gall to ask Iran to join his coalition in this effort.  Of course they agreed in words, but their actions remain largely unbridled and they continue to become more daring, calling us “a paper tiger.”  To date, this name has been accurate.

We need to target Iran, but they are not the essence of our entire enemy in this war; they are only its biggest member and its symbol, much like we are the shining star of western civilization and its values.  Islam, the ideology driving their actions, is our enemy in the same sense that Nazism and Japanese Imperialism was our enemy in WWII.  I refer you to Robert Spenser’s works in understanding Islam as described by the Koran.

The territory of Iran and its people aren’t our enemy as such for the same reasons the Germans and Japanese and their territory wasn’t our enemy as such during WWII.  Remember, our enemy is people acting on their ideas that harm us.  Once they abandon their ideas and goals, they cease to be our enemy.

Muslims as such aren’t our enemy either because most Muslims’ beliefs are inconsistent with Islam.  I refer to them as non-Muslim Muslims and Bosch Fawstin wrote a good article on this subject, which is easily found using Google.

Muslims who are consistent with Islam, and therefore, wish to establish world caliphate, however, are our enemy because implied in this desire is our destruction.  This is identifying our enemy in essentially the same terms as identifying our enemy during WWII.  Our enemies during WWII were Nazis and Japanese Imperialists who wished to destroy us, and our enemy today is Muslims who wish to destroy us.  Targeting Muslims who consistently follow Islam is not racist, as some mistakenly have argued.  It would be just as racist as targeting the Nazis because Muslims and the Nazis are not a race; they are followers of a certain ideology.

Now that we have properly identified our enemies to be Muslims who are consistent followers of Islam all that remains now is to achieve victory against this enemy using the same standard of victory that we used in WWII.  Again, that standard is the complete demoralization of our enemy to the point where they abandon their cause as hopeless.

You may be wondering or even have some ideas on how this can be accomplished.  Again, refer to history to discover the answer.  Victory has been achieved by all out war resulting in our enemy’s connection of their continued action to their failure and destruction.  That means all we need to do is to make good on Bushes promise to take action against those who support and harbor terrorists (or identified now as consistent followers of Islam).

Here’s an example, when Al Qaeda and the Taliban took refuge in Pakistan, the Pakistani government wouldn’t remove them due to their self-professed “impotence” to control the area and they wouldn’t allow us to remove them either so as not to violate their sovereignty.  Pakistan cannot have their cake and eat it too.  Either they have the ability to maintain control over an area to possess sovereignty or they don’t have sovereignty.  In either case we have a right to destroy our enemies in that area without Pakistan’s approval and they better hope we think they don’t know what the word sovereign means.

The tactics and strategies used in destroying our enemies need to be decided by the leaders of our guardians — military leaders.  Their guiding principle, however, should be this: the most efficient means of achieving victory.

A quick word on collateral damage.  Collateral damage will occur, but the moral responsibility for these tragic outcomes rightfully rests on the group who initiates force, and not on those who are defending themselves against the aggressor.

Some strategists have said that collateral damage will create more enemies than we destroy.  Let’s refer to history to see if this assertion holds true.  We nuked two cities in Japan and the collateral damage was the greatest compared to any other attack in the world, and how many more enemies did we create?  None.  The Japanese today don’t hold any resentment, and if you look at a picture of today’s Nagasaki and Detroit next to each other, you’d begin to wonder which city was previously nuked.

There is a reason this action didn’t create more enemies — the utter demoralization of those who believed in Japanese imperialism and then realizing that their goals are hopeless and will lead to their own destruction.  They realized that the act in trying to achieve their goals had led them to this point; they blamed their goals and then rejected them.  That is the demoralization we need to strike in the hearts of todays enemies.

There is no causal link between collateral damage and the generation of more enemies, especially since the glaring example of the largest collateral damage in history not only didn’t create more enemies, but it eliminated all remaining enemies left on the battle field.  Had we not demoralized the Japanese to the point of abandoning their goal, however, you can bet nuking them would have created more enemies.

For these reasons, our major goal in achieving victory needs to be their complete demoralization of our enemy; not worrying about collateral damage.  Obviously we should not indiscriminately create collateral damage for its own sake.  And again such decisions in how to best demoralize our enemies need to be made by our guardians.

This is how we win the unwinnable war on terror.

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By Bosch Fawstin:

Front Page MagazineI wrote this a few years ago, and I think it’s worth posting again, particularly after the latest jihadist attack in Boston. I noticed, after the attack this week, that a number of people are using more proper terminology to identify this enemy, which is very important in taking on the enemy. I recall watching panel discussions after 9/11, with each panelist using a different term to describe the enemy we face. That annoyed the hell out of me as I think it’s incredibly important to identify the proper terms when speaking about our enemy, and to NEVER create terms, for whatever reason. To me, the only difference between “Islamism” and Islam is three letters. Below I try my best to make the case why we should always call Islam “Islam.”

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By Yaron Brook and Alex Epstein

It has been nearly five years since September 11, 2001—the day that Islamic terrorists incinerated thousands of innocent individuals in the freest, wealthiest, happiest, and most powerful nation on earth.

On that day and in the weeks after, we all felt the same things. We felt grief, that we had lost so many who had been so good. We felt anger, at whoever could commit or support such an evil act. We felt disbelief, that the world’s only superpower could let this happen. And we felt fear, from the newfound realization that such evil could rain on any of us. But above all, we felt the desire for overwhelming retaliationagainst whoever was responsible for these atrocities, directly or indirectly, so that no one would dare launch or support such an attack on America ever again.

To conjure up the emotions we felt on 9/11, many intellectuals claim, is dangerous, because it promotes the “simplistic” desire for revenge and casts aside the “complexity” of the factors that led to the 9/11 attacks. But, in fact, the desire for overwhelming retaliation most Americans felt after 9/11—and feel rarely, if ever, now—was the result of an objective conviction: that a truly monstrous evil had been perpetrated, and that if the enemies responsible for the 9/11 attacks were not dealt with decisively, we would suffer the same fate (or worse) again.

After 9/11, our leaders—seemingly sharing our conviction in the necessity of decisive retaliation—promised to do everything possible to make America safe from terrorist attack. In an almost universally applauded speech, President Bush pledged to eradicate the enemy by waging a war that was to begin with Al Qaeda and the Taliban but that would “not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been . . . defeated.” In the same speech, Bush vowed: “I will not yield, I will not rest, I will not relent in waging this struggle for freedom and security for the American people.”1

To fulfill the promise to defeat the terrorist enemy that struck on 9/11, our leaders would first have to identify who exactly that enemy is and then be willing to do whatever is necessary to defeat him. Let us examine what this would entail, and compare it with the actions that our leaders actually took.

Who is the enemy that attacked on 9/11? It is not “terrorism”—just as our enemy in World War II was not kamikaze strikes or U-boat attacks. Terrorism is a tactic employed by a certain group for a certain cause. That group and, above all, the cause they fight for are our enemy.

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