Part I – The Distraction of War
Please understand that for the past 2,500 years the majority of all governments have used Sun Tzu’s book, Art of War, to carry out their military intentions against their enemies. Governments today use the principles found in this book to carry out their intentions against the people they attempt to control, including you, the individual. It is time that you, the individual, use this book, and the principles contained in it, to free yourself from the controlling coercive efforts of governments and other individuals or groups of individuals.
Do Not Let Anyone

From the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Distraction of War
Panacea, according to Webster’s, means “a remedy for all ills; diseases, or difficulties: cure-all.”
War and the inflation of a nation’s currency are the panaceas chosen by the ruling elite. In 1967, for example, $16 or $17 would buy two good-size paper bags of groceries from the supermarket; now $20 will purchase only one small plastic bag full of meager essentials. One dollar in 1967 would get you products that today cost $5.25. Much the same is true for the period of 1942 to 1967, just not magnified as much: $.42 to $1.00.
The American Federal Reserve, as is true with most governments of the world, as directed by politicians, has inflated the currency by the simple method of printing money. Saying that they need to “protect the citizens and the economy,” they print more and more and more. They accomplish this task by injecting funny money (money which is not backed by real value) into the system in the form of needed stimulation, stimulation that today, and for the past half century, has been needed because economies are suffering at the government’s instigation. Economies are always suffering. Our lifeblood—the economy of the society of man—has been and continues to be tampered with by governments.
The Congress or other such representative bodies of government overspend and run up deficits. Then the government issues bonds to cover the bad checks that have been issued to satisfy the irresponsibility of the bureaucratic need to spend. Inflation is the friend of government. Governments need to grow, they need to spend, they need a reason to protect everyone from every evil in the world. They need a reason to exist, so they create or invent a reason. They create inflation, along with wars.
Whether it is the First World War, the Second World War, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, the first Gulf War (GW I), wars in Bosnia and Somalia, the War on Poverty, the War on Drugs, the War against Terrorism, and as the politicians have gotten it their way— we have now seen Gulf War II (the Bush Revenge), war has always been characterized as necessary to protect the citizenry of the world. This time the excuse or distraction is because of weapons of mass destruction.
The results of war are profits. Governments sell war bonds to the public, patriotism (the government’s religion) runs rampant, money gets injected into the economy through defense companies and construction companies enjoying the fruits of war in the form of government contracts. Many men and women in the military and civilian sectors would have been able to enjoy the dropping of these fruits had they not died as part of the expense of these wars.
Inflation continues to erode society’s values. People cannot afford health care, retired civilian and military persons are cheated out of their retirements, and the tranquility of later life has been stolen from the middle class in a calculated, diabolical manner meant to satisfy the growth of government.
Wars have always been distractions.

Ernest Hemingway said, “The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists.”

Do you think he meant scoundrels? When we separate reality from what is happening in the real world, conscious individuals will know the difference.

Honesty Strikes Home, The California Kid, December 2002.
War, according to Webster’s, means “armed conflict between nations, states, or factions; a determined struggle, especially for a specific goal; a state of antagonism or discord; military techniques of procedures as a science.”

Force and mind are opposites; morality ends where the gun begins. —Ayn Rand

In war and business: we think about profits first. Hence, risk, but risk to whom?

War, I can see where it helps my business; but I don’t feel secure; I have a gut feeling; a hunch; a whim to distance myself. —The California Kid

Prejudice, according to Webster’s, means “a bias for or against something formed without sufficient basis; irrational intolerance of or hostility toward members of a certain race, religion, or group.”
Racism is a primitive form of social unity or collectivism based on the genetic makeup of man as has evolved through his ancestry. The doctrine of racism decrees that man is not to be judged by his individual character, his intellect, or his personal code of ethics, but rather by having been “tainted” by “blood,” “pure” blood being best, unless it produces a skin color disliked by someone else. Mixed or tainted blood is viewed as being less than desirable, at least in the view of the pure-blooded, the so called elite of society, the aristocracy of the “Old World,” in their distorted views of class. It makes us wonder. The ruling class, majestic by blood, better than the rest—who made them the boss today or any other day in history?
Albert Einstein was arguably the greatest scientific mind of the twentieth century. His theory of relativity (summarized as E=MC2) has brought about the creation of both some of the world’s greatest technological advances and the world’s most destructive weapon, the nuclear bomb.
When asked what weapons would be used in the next world war, Einstein is said to have replied, “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”
Time is the most precious commodity known to man. Once past, it cannot be retrieved, regenerated, or recycled. It can never be used again, there is no equity in time past, time is only rented. Time is a “one-time-use only,” disposable product that everyone on earth is given at birth. No two gifts of time are ever exactly the same. Every life starts at a precise moment in time and will eventually end. How much time do you have left in your inventory?

Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocre minds. The latter cannot understand it when a [person] does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses their intelligence. —Albert Einstein

My co-author, our contributing authors, and I hope that the reader will recognize the folly of war and actively pursue the path of business, bypassing the pursuit of peace, for the pursuit of peace is nothing more than a waste of time. Lasting peace is achieved within the natural course of business, as a by-product of good business. However, as temporary peace is a result of successful war (on one side or the other), you might ask yourself the following question:
Do you wish to “rent peace” at the “price of war,” or would you rather “buy business” and “receive peace” as a bonus rebate to the purchase? How much time do you, as an individual, have left on this earth, in this reality? —The California Kid

If you are negotiating, you are talking, not fighting. For the most part, negotiations in war limit the fighting, as the different sides are hoping to achieve a cease-fire. In business, negotiations are used to resolve differences and reach common ground in which the parties are satisfied to a degree that values may be traded by mutual consent.
The threat of global terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction are real. Just look at India, Pakistan, and North Korea, the world’s newest nuclear powers. Consider the networks of terror, Al Qaeda, the non-state that wields enormous power directed at western values and western people. If religious prophecies are to be believed, can the Apocalypse, the end of civilization, as we know it, be far off?

A human being is part of the whole called by us human beings, the universe, a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty… We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive. —Albert Einstein

Xenophobia, the fear of strangers, is only one in many of the causes of wars. Businesses, on the other hand, have always warmly accepted strangers as potential new customers, new opportunities with whom they could conduct trade and business and make profits. One wonders when the political community will take notice of this fact and change the tone of their rhetoric or their propaganda to reflect the much-preferred business agenda that would give birth to peace through the presence of prosperity generated by the atmosphere of profitability created by good business.
However, was a war ever planed with benevolence in mind? (Be honest, now) Whoever heard of governments or other groups and/or individuals making mischief in order to instigate profitable unrest? If war = hell and peace = heaven, then it stands to reason that business is the common ground between the two. Business is “reality on earth.” Taking business out of the equation, [war] (-1) + [business] (1) = [peace] (0), then the result would be (-1), or peace residing at less than 0. On the other hand, if we take war out of the equation, we have peace in the positive regions of reality.

Nothing positive can be said of war. War is the absence of peace, to a very high degree. War is the presence of destruction. Governments require businesses to pay for war. —The California Kid


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