Many people write or speak to tell us what we should think. Some want to be believed because they are experts, or think they are. Some want to be believed because they claim to speak for us. Some have had revelations. Others want us to trust them because they communicate through prominent media outlets. Many tell us what we should think. I write to encourage my readers to think for themselves. I write to ask you to inquire. Question me. Have fun.

  
Comment of the Day
Immigration comedy

Jan 26, 2015

The Republicans’ challenge to President Obama's executive orders on immigration is simply comic. We have a President who is clearly a socialist. We have a Republican Congress that declares it is for capitalism. However, on the immigration issue, Republicans are for the purely socialist immigration laws we have. At least on this issue, the President recognizes that socialism does not work, and his executive orders bring a more capitalistic approach. In our theoretically capitalistic country we have a socialist as President who acts to strengthen capitalism. At the same time, the pro-capitalistic majority of Congress acts to defend socialism.   

PREVIOUS COMMENTS
Government neutrality
Jan 20, 2015

Faster than government could act, the internet grew up without much regulation. There is a variety of providers, and many opportunities to hook up to free Wi-Fi connections. A recent Wall Street Journal story tells us that even homeless people can be on the internet, if they want to. The FCC ignores this reality and wants to classify internet connectivity as a public utility and apply to it the laws used once to regulate phone monopolies. What else do they want to do above what the market has already accomplished? There is a simple way to temper the zealous FCC bureaucrats: cut their budget in half so they will have no resources to cause any damage. It is high time to start enforcing government neutrality.    

 

More
Terror incident in France
Jan 11, 2015

It looks as though a few losers got their frustrations out. Usually for losers – Boston Marathon bombers are another example – they try to get associated with some radical ideology. The more we are succeeding in the progress of civilization, the more drastic is perceived the hardship of those who cannot keep up with the pace. By the end of the 19th century, the rapid growth of capitalism caused the plague of anarchists. We call them terrorists now. Whatever the name, they are as rats in New York; they always had been, they are still, and they always will be. The only way of eliminating rats in New York completely is by eliminating New York itself. The only way of eliminating terrorism is by going back to caves. Similarly as with rats in New York, we have to do whatever we can to curb terrorism; yet, we have to accept that we will never be able to eradicate it completely.

More
Net neutrality exposed
Jan 16, 2014
Internet service is not much different than other utilities, such as electricity, gas or water. Politicians and commentators focus on the nominal speed offered by ISPs. Comparing to water for example, nominal speed offered is analogous to water pressure. We are charged not for the nominal pressure, but for how much water we consume. The pressure offered is a mere technical consequence of the need to satisfy our demand for the volume of water. Similarly, for the internet service providers the cost of service is related to the volume of data transmitted. In order to have this transmission be useful (for example, being able to watch live TV) certain speed needs to be guaranteed.
    If we want the internet to grow and develop freely, we have to expect that its users are charged based on real cost of the service delivery, not on some political fiction imagined by politicians that do not understand neither technology nor business.
      Net neutrality came into existence due this ignorance of politicians and their eagerness of mingling with things beyond their comprehension. As much as this seems to be a norm, it does not release us from exposing it every time when it occurs.
      More
      Illegal lawyer
      Jan 03, 2014
      The California Supreme Court granted permission to practice law to Mr. Sergio C. Garcia, who formally is an illegal immigrant. This decision created a lot of noise in media. We can only hope that this case will trigger long overdue discussion about legality, I mean constitutionality, of our immigration law as it is now. The case can be made that our current immigration law is unconstitutional, and that this is the beginning and the end of all the problems with immigration we ever had, have now,  and might have in the future. 
      More
      Spherical heaters
      Dec 17, 2013
      The government decided that we should not use old style incandescent bulbs due to their energy inefficiency. Only about 10% of the energy they use goes into light, everything else is heat. Most of us have already gradually switched to new bulbs, luminescent or LED. Do we really need the government to be a busy bee regulating this technological transition? What if some people, regardless of inefficiency, want to keep old bulbs for aesthetic or sentimental reasons? The European Union is ahead of us in this process. When they banned old kind-hearted bulbs, some people still wanted to have them. As there was a market for them in Germany, they were sold not as light bulbs but as spherical heaters. After all, this is what they do the best. The eagerness of bureaucrats never can overcome ingenuity of regular folks.
      More
      Helping Mexico
      Dec 10, 2013
      Some anti-immigration advocates say that the best that the U.S. can do, is help Mexico reform their political system. How can it be done most efficiently? Ironically, by allowing freedom of migration and letting even more Mexicans from poor states, such as Oaxaca, to come and work in the U.S. As soon as they see that the world could be better than it is in their home state, they will do whatever in their power to change it. Their strength and resolve will be reinforced by dollars made in the U.S. The ideas of freedom and democracy still are the strongest assets and attraction of the U.S. The best way to spread them is not by sending American soldiers to implement them somewhere else. It is by allowing others to come and experience them first hand. Those are very contagious ideas.
      More
      More Comments

      Arafat’s shoes

      President Bush was pressuring Arafat to do more to fight terrorism. Feeling harassed, Arafat picked up a phone and called Bush himself: “Put yourself in my shoes for a while.” Cheney was in an undisclosed location and Bush was caught off guard; being a heartfelt guy, he agreed. The military used the newest top secret beaming technology to send Bush to Ramallah in the blink of an eye, so it is hard to determine when and how long Bush was in Arafat’s shoes. In any case, he did not like it there. When the report came in that Israeli soldiers had smashed a soda machine looking for terrorists, he turned to Jesus for guidance. He patiently turned the other cheek when Israeli soldiers took some cash and computer games from a suspicious Palestinian store. But when they destroyed computer records at the Department of Education Bush, thinking about Laura, ran plum out of cheeks and Texan blood prevailed over Jesus: “Do not mess with Palestine!” Back at the White House, his speechwriters translated this into demands that Israel should leave Palestinian territory immediately.

      The Israelis did not pay much attention; however, Cheney did. He reminded Bush that money would be needed for a second-term election. The speechwriters translated that one into the statement that Israel can do whatever it feels is necessary to protect its security.

      It appears that Bush was not the first politician to wear Arafat’s shoes. How it was accomplished is still a mystery, but Sharon did it as well. At the moment he put his feet into Arafat’s shoes Sharon started thinking about what would be best for Palestinians. He came up with the clever idea that having an independent state would be great. After all, it had worked for Israel. Sharon is old enough to remember Irgun, the Jewish terrorist organization that fought for the independence of Israel. Irgun blew up the King David Hotel killing 91 people, attacked the fortress in Acre releasing 41 Jewish terrorists from the (then British) prison, set off bombs in Jerusalem railroad stations and in the officers’ club, killing 17 British officers. And finally they got what they wanted, an independent Jewish state. From within Arafat’s shoes, Sharon contemplated doing for the Palestinians what had worked for the Jews. Realizing that the Palestinians have no arms, he made a few calls and arranged for a whole vessel of weapons and explosives. Had he ordered just a truckload, it would have been smuggled in within a few days and quickly dispersed. However, ships travel agonizingly slow and Sharon was back in his own shoes in Tel Aviv before the arms arrived. Naturally, he intercepted the shipment. The investigation that followed pointed to the barracks in Ramallah, but no one dared to say that it was the Sharon’s military genius behind this shipment.

      Arafat’s shoes enjoy a great deal of traffic these days, by parties both willing and unwilling. President Bush, leader of the greatest power ever on Earth, was a little resentful over his failure in little Ramallah. The good thing about being a chief is that one can take credit for the successes of subordinates. So Bush decided to put Donald Rumsfeld into Arafat’s shoes. Rumsfeld, a straight shooter, was definitely against risky experiments, but Cheney was at the heart clinic so there was no one to appeal to. Rumsfeld took the famous shoes on as a challenge. He got right down to work and soon pinpointed some terrorist leaders that should be arrested. However, Israeli troops had just killed the Palestinian policemen who would have been responsible for carrying that out those arrests. Rumsfeld said nothing; but he did not forget it either. Soon after, just before the next round of arrests, an Israeli rocket annihilated the car containing the suspected terrorists. What was Rumsfeld to do? A practical businessman, he got the idea that killing terrorists might be not as important as preventing from new being recruited. Immediately following this reflection, Rumsfeld was struck by the thought that a rocket launched at the car carrying Sharon might meaningfully put an end to all that Palestinian terrorism. And if, with God’s help, Netanyahu was also in the car… At that point he realized that he could identify at least one terrorist, took a rocket launcher and fired it straight into a mirror. Later the media blamed the Israelis for that big hole in Arafat’s bedroom wall. The press does not usually get it right.

      About me

      I was born in 1951 in Gdansk, Poland.
      Since my high school years, I have interest in politics and love for writing. During my college years, I started writing to student papers and soon became freelance author to major Polish political magazines.

      In 1980 I wrote a book “Czy w Polsce może być lepiej?” (“Could it be better in Poland?” – this book is available only in Polish) analyzing major problems in Poland at the time and outlining possible solutions.

      I was among those Polish political writers who by their writings contributed to the peaceful system transformation that finally took place in 1989. Since 1985, I live in the Chicago area. I went through the hard times typical of many immigrants. Working in service business, I have seen the best and the worst places, I met the poorest and the richest. I have seen and experienced America not known to most of politicians, business people, and other political writers. For eleven years, I ran my own company. Presently, I am an independent consultant.

      My political writing comes out of necessity. I write when I see that the prevailing voices on the political arena are misleading or erroneous. Abstract mathematics and control theory (of complex technological processes) strongly influenced my understanding of social phenomena. In the past, my opponents rebuked my mathematical mind as cold, soulless, and inhuman. On a few occasions I was prized for my engineer’s precision and logic.

      I have a master’s degree in electronic engineering with a specialization in mathematical machines from Politechnika Gdańska (Technical University of Gdansk).

      ... more