I think we are all familiar with the story of Diogenes, walking the streets during daytime, holding a lantern and peering into the faces of passer byes.
, not to mention printing and spending it while destroying all faith in what backs it? In case I am being too obtuse, fiat currency exists on the belief by the user that the issuer stands behind the value of the note and that the economic might of the nation will guarantee continuing prosperity. Kind of scary , eh?
Ostensibly seeking an honest man, with poor result. Kind of proves that there is nothing new under the sun, as he would face even greater odds of failure were it to be Washington D.C. , or the seat of government of pretty much any place you choose to name.
What fascinates me is that the tales of his life mention that he was run out of Sinope for adulterating the coinage, a shocking parallel to what is being done to our currency this very moment by the federal government (but which could be said to have taken off when we went off the gold standard to fiat currency). Go on, tell me what is the difference in shaving off flecks of gold or silver from a coin, or tampering with the purity of the metal, as to achieving the same result through inflation on paper currency
Then there is his practicing of the Cynic branch of philosophy, from whence flows not only asceticism and self reliance but also a word that corresponds to not believing anything you hear from others until tangible evidence is presented.
Cynicism ought to be the order of the day in all things involving government. Practice it daily, become proficient at it. Deride and laugh at all fools, especially in politics. It is cathartic and serves a sound purpose, to wit, making the opposition crazy leads them to make even greater fools of themselves, destroying what credibility they may have.
We are at war within America, have been for the last 100 years, only one side (until recently) has chosen not to see it (more likely too busy with life to pay attention). The culture of a nation rests on faith, laws and honor within society. One small group has assiduously been destroying the culture and by such means, eroding the foundation of our nation which is our constitution backed by an honest fear of god, unique among all forms of government that have preceded it and worth defending if you want to sustain the greatness of our people and our ability to provide boundless opportunity for generations that follow.