Armchair Philosophy, May 27th, 2020
Topic: Federal power and the rights of the states.
Sic semper tyrannis. The words of John Wilkes Booth after he assassinated Abraham Lincoln. In modern American history, these words are seen as those of a villainous assassin who wrought destruction and encumbered the advent of civil rights. In other words, he is seen as an anti-american terrorist. But I like to play devils advocate and, today, I would like to consider the context and meaning of this simple latin phrase. And, yes, before anyone asks, I was inspired to ask this question after watching a few minutes of Grant on History channel and noticing the belittlement of Robert E. Lee's contributions to the Union forces. This felt propagandistic to me, so I wanted to consider the single most propagandized event related to the war, President Lincoln's assassination.
Thus, always to tyrants. Most Americans do not see Abraham Lincoln as a tyrant. I am sure that many would consider the framing to be funny, if not utterly ridiculous. After all, Lincoln freed the slaves. But let us truly consider the implications of the results of the US Civil War. In what way was Abraham Lincoln most a tyrant.
Now, I am no history buff, so please excuse any inaccuracies in my direct reference to any events that took place, but I believe that the the perspectives of the war can be interpreted without a perfect knowledge of the events themselves. That said, I would like to consider this question, did slavery end with the Civil War, or did it simply transform? Now, if I were to speak to a socialist or communist about this, I am sure that they would speak of capitalism becoming the slave driving force of the US, through cheap labor and the such. This is not my intent. What I am questioning is legal control over another person, persons, or entity. To be more direct, did the States become slaves to the Federal Government of the United States of America upon the Union victory in the Civil War?
Let us consider this, while there is no strict law in the Constitution preventing secession from the Union, multiple Supreme Court Justices have claimed that doing so is illegal, and the reunion of the Confederate States of America back into the United States of America was through force of war and legally tied all states, regardless of their desire to secede, back into the union. This, while not directly legal, essentially forcibly bounds all states to the union regardless of their desire to secede. The only exception is if the majority of the remaining union agrees to let them leave the union peacefully, or they win a war for independence. That being the case, it could be argued that the states are now slaves to the union.
If the federal government has the right to use force to maintain membership of its union, then what rights do states truly have? The 10th Amendment guarantees that all rights not in our constitution are designated to our states, but that also means that any rights designated to the states could be removed through the actions of a super-majority within the Federal Government. So, is our Union actually just the rule of a Federal tyrant over the powers of the states? That may actually be the case. Though, history is written by the winners, and our history books like to read that Booth was the real tyrant.
Let's keep the discussion going! I look forward to reading your thoughts below.
Just thought I'd share this comment I was trying to comment on a Lotus Eaters video. Btw, ya'll should follow the Podcast of the Lotus Eaters if you aren't already. Great analysis and discussion
It's been a while since I've made a video, and this time with a locals exclusive. A cherry on top that I managed to fit within the size requirements. I like making shorter form content like this, considering my tendencies to ramble. Having content exclusive for my followers here is something I'll be working on doing more and more. I'll be creating more value here for my subscribers as well, with some subscriber exclusive content in the future. No timeline promises, cause I think we know how I get when I make a ton of promises (go hardcore for a week and then fall flat on my face unable to keep up with the sprint, lol).
Anyhow, let me know your thoughts and questions below. Have a great day everyone!
A direct upload! It turns out I recorded a video just short enough to meet the minimum upload offerings that locals offers to small communities like mine. That means you guys get this exclusively on locals!
I didn't sleep much last night, so I decided this was the perfect time to mull over my confused thoughts on how businesses are viewed from a legal perspective. Businesses are somewhat legal enigmas to me. Corporations are kinda treated as persons so that they can be double taxed, but have other protections, other types of businesses aren't treated the same way. They're able to consolidate power like governments, yet aren't subject to any form of limitations in regards to violating natural rights the same way the government is, despite being treated somewhat like persons they can still buy each other. It's just very odd to me from a principled, legal, and philosophical position.
Anyhow, my ramblings here are just that, ramblings. Still, I am curious what you all think of this topic. ...
The 2020 election is over, and the battle has just begun. What do I expect to come from the end of the election? Will the legal suits turn over anything for this election, or will they mean something for later down the line? I reflect on these questions and more in this discussion, and I also reflect on some final thoughts relevant to the Rise and Fall of Empire Series, that, thus far, being episodes 8 through 10 of the Construct Cast. Let me know your thoughts, and if you have any reflections of your own from this year's political cycle or other developments that you can't seem to get off your mind in the comments below.
In this episode of the Construct Cast, I discuss my analysis of Sir John Glubb's The Fate of Empires and Search for Survival, with an emphasis on my own consideration for what it would take to help an empire survive, or reboot. If immortality for an Empire is impossible, is rebirth impossible in the same way? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
Editor's Note: Returning to the podcast versions of the Construct Cast, I want to catch our content up to the videos we have had released over the past month. I apologize for this getting away from me for a bit. With the rise in content production, I had allowed this to get away from me. We will be returning to audio podcast uploads of the Construct Cast as per our original regular schedule, at 12PM EST on the day of the original upload, going forward.
In this second Crossover podcast, we are once again recording with Kevin @Eng_Politics. His channel is a bastion of political thought and analysis from the perspective of a conservative engineer. Interested in diving deeper into my concept of Progressive Traditionalism and combating the concept with his own beliefs of what it means to be Conservative, we decided to put our definitions and beliefs to task in this crossover episode!
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As someone who works with daily reporting to the Fed, big companies dealing with regulation are basically a clusterfuck and the requirements basically leave the companies in a position where they can never really update their systems because they need their systems literally every day. They can make new systems, potentially, but updating the regular system is more of a liability since missing a single day can screw the company up. At the same time, it seems like the big companies, at least the one I'm in, are mostly carried forward by the inertia of their own weight. I am fully convinced there will be another massive financial crisis if other major banks are like mine, just cause there really isn't anything that can be done if something is messed up. It's like fake it til you make it, only in reverse. Once something goes wrong, the requirements for constant regular action leaves no time to go back to correct the damage. All you can do is mitigate. Like debt gaining interest, eventually ...
Does anyone have any advice for the work, life, content creator balance? I just genuinely have not had the spirit in me to be able to create the content I want to be able to create these past few months as I am just feeling totally worn out day in and out. I'd like to get back into the philosophic deep dives and contemplations you followed me for, yet that's feeling like a lifetime ago now and every day feels like a step away from where and what I'm supposed to be doing
My locals app is finally working again. Been sick lately. Started considering the differences between corruption and evil. I decided to look at it from a moral framework and came up with a new perspective on how to define the 2 from a moral standpoint. A corrupt person will defy their morals to achieve their goals, whereas an evil person will determine their morals based on whatever ends satisfy or help to achieve their goals. In this way, you can see that a corrupt person may acknowledge when they are doing something morally wrong and feel guilt over it, whereas an evil person will determine that all who oppose them are the true evil threat and could even assess their own will as being justice.
Just a little thought that's been running through my mind lately. And it's interesting because it really makes you wonder which is worse? One who will defy morals or one who will redefine them? Perhaps they both have the same end result, but do they both have the ability to find redemption? I ...
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