Sex and Socialism

This is a complicated concept, but one that requires a dedicated analysis. I wouldn’t say that there was a master plan to use sex to sell socialism, but it was a biological conclusion that even the most dysfunctional socialist minded person could embrace without a formal plan. So it was an easy thing for liberals to cling to in order to achieve their ultimate objective. The plan was from the beginning of the socialist incursion into North America to use sex to break down our natural resistance to the concept and the trade off would be to satisfy our needs for sex by making it easier for us to achieve it. Then of course once we accepted the easy sex in our society, they we would of course accept other easy methods of doing things that were collective in nature resulting of course into a socialist society that would eventually embrace larger government expansion as a centralized authority.

Personally, it never made sense to me why public schools even back in my day were so obsessed with sex education. I remember in my health classes that the teachers were very open about using condoms and talking to partners about sex. Their platform was that crazy kids were going to have sex and since our parents weren’t teaching us about it that they had an obligation to do so themselves. Of course, in hindsight we will recognize what was going on, it was one of those “government knows best” moments where the government schools possessed forbidden knowledge that parents weren’t providing and that like the witch in Snow White, lured us all to a diseased life by encouraging us to eat from the poisoned apple.

I really learned a lot about this whole system when I was in my late twenties and my wife was a volunteer in the Mason school system. My oldest daughter was in the fourth grade and we were given a permission slip to sign. My daughter’s health class wanted to teach the very young students how to put on a condom using a dildo as the prop. Well of course we said absolutely not. My kids weren’t even close to being interested in that kind of thing and when they were, we would handle it as a family. I thought that would be the end of the story. What happened next absolutely shocked me.

The school system actually black listed us, they immediately rejected my wife’s volunteer activities at the school and the teachers who had been very friendly to her suddenly became almost ANTIFA like activists. My wife complained and that only made things worse and pretty soon there were kids and teachers following my kids around school applying a lot of peer pressure to put fear of compliance into them to either break from our position or to actually leave the school. Well that made me very angry and my wife was already there so we had to pull the kids out of school and home school them for a while because the experience of going to school was so terrible. And it was all over us not filling out a permission slip for teaching kids to put condoms on a dildo in the fourth grade.

Of course, things are much worse now, and our culture shows it clearly. Sex is nothing like it was when I was in school. The thrill of the chase is pretty much eradicated. Young boys expect young girls to give away sex without much effort and that has really destroyed the game of sex, and created an environment where those young people are now very accepting to socialism. As we all know the game of the sexes, of the basic birds and the bees has unsaid rules. Boys are attracted to visual sign stimuli. Even if you look like the ass of a baboon if you are a boy, you can still get a hot chick if you are a star athlete or end up in some other peer group that indicates that you will be successful one day and achieve financial wealth. Hot chicks learn very early that they have something boys want so they can use sex to gain access to material needs that are better than what other girls get. This system is what the political left was targeting with the idea of free sex. The idea was to get rid of value judgments, pretty girls, ugly girls, ambitious boys and pimple faced losers were all tossed into a big pot and offered marijuana inspired hippie sex with anyone and everyone so that nobody owned anybody and that like a public toilet or a water fountain, sex had the values removed from it so that the basics were enjoyed and that the values that made young boys want to work harder to have sex with better looking girls was removed, and that was a clear shot at capitalism.

I learned all this first hand of course, I have always known liberals. I was never one, but there was a time and continues to be where they want something from me, so I get these invites into their social gatherings. One such couple that I knew lived in downtown Cincinnati overlooking the hill off Clifton down into the city. They all had friends who lived along that ridge and for many reasons they were all very liberal. Most of them had university jobs or worked for the government down into the city, this couple was in entertainment and architecture. I had in fact hired the husband who was my architect for a while. The wife, who had a tendency to be nude all the time, even around other people was the director for a play at the Taft Theater for the very controversial Equus which featured not only complete nudity live in front of everyone, but actual sex on stage. When I saw it, I thought it was astonishingly disrespectful of the values of Cincinnati, Ohio. I saw the play as an attack on American values, even back then. A few years before that play my wife and I had both contemplated careers in modeling. She much more than me, but we both heard often the diatribes about how conservative Cincinnati was and that if we wanted to do modeling that we’d need to move to markets that supported more nudity because that was what it was going to take to be successful. My wife was 17 at the time, and I was 18. Clearly that wasn’t for us. So with that backstory and meeting the director of that play through my architect I learned more than I ever wanted to know about the nature of liberalism when I attended a few of their parties. They were very loose sexually. They loved their drugs and they despised human morality. They considered nature to be superior. Values were man made so they thought they should all be abandoned in favor of nature worship which is why that lady was always more nude than dressed.

These opinions of mine don’t come from any other source than first hand experience. Sex is the gateway drug for minds to begin to accept socialism. And that plan has been there for many years and if you want to know the truth about Russian interference in our elections and culture, the real problem was in the 1950s and 60s when the KGB actually injected moles into our society to undo it, and the hippie movement was the direct result, which we still see today. And they infiltrated our government schools with a desire to teach socialism and the means they intended to make it happen was to take away the value judgments of sex so that anybody could have sex with anybody else, and once that was complete, then we’d accept other reduced value judgments.

I think my wife and I were lucky to have had such rigorous standards of living. It certainly wasn’t easy. I would say that if Everest is considered one of the hardest mountains to climb in the world that holding some of the values we have as a family over the years was like climbing 30 Mount Everest stacked on top of each other nearly into space. And there were lots of times that we ran out of air or slipped on the ice. But we made it through the gauntlet and lived to tell about it with the same values toward things that we had initially. Also, it allowed me to see clearly now how we arrived where we are and to understand how to fix it. And before you can fix it, you have to know what the problem is. Valueless sex, which was brought to the United States by the KGB and injected like a drug into our public education system was meant to open the door to all this liberalism and to have it destroy American capitalism, because nobody in the world could compete with it. The damage is quite clear now in 2019. But we can’t accept that reality, and instead, need to go back to value judgments for the good of the human race, which of course nobody is interested in preserving from the political affiliation of liberalism.

Rich Hoffman

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The Black Spire Outpost–the roots of genius

Most of my readers are over 50, but I do have quite a few that are under that number and they are likely as excited as I am about the opening of the Black Spire Outpost in Disneyland, which happens next week. That is of course the new Star Wars Land called Galaxy’s Edge which is finally opening after Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012 and now six years later is about to be opened. I had a lot to say on the matter back then and just as I hoped, it will prove to be not only a technical marvel, but an important contributor to human mythology. Additionally, it centerpieces an enthusiasm for the imagination which I think is critical to the production of genius in our culture. A free roaming imagination has many safe places in the Star Wars stories, so being able to actually visit such a place with all the authentic detail that fans and just park goers can share with this new Disney contribution to the live action myth building that they are so well known for is a really exciting enterprise. So for the sake of people thinking of visiting it in the weeks to come, or over the course of this upcoming year the video below is a good place to start just to get the basics of a successful visit.

As many also know I have a small obsession with the concept of genius and growing older to me can be a blessing if the elements of childhood have not been lost in the process. However, I view most human beings as being at their peek around the ages of 6 to 10. After that, most of us slowly decline over time. We may gain more responsibilities and wisdom, but usually it’s at the sacrifice of thoughtful imagination and wonder. Being older of course has more fiscal opportunities, but I sort of drew the line at 50 because at that age people become much more reflective and my readers come here to think about the things in their life that they neglected before getting to an age where its too late to change anything quickly. Most of my fans don’t want to leave the world worse off for their children and grand children so they start thinking of politics and what they can do to help.

Unfortunately, everyone under 50 is mostly concerned with social statuses and where they fit on the pecking order of existence where it is generally accepted that elected offices are something that most people don’t want to think about. Rather than talking about politics they reside to the safe topics of sports and grilling hamburgers or steaks in their back yards. It continues to amaze me how much conversation is generated among people in this age group, between 30 and 50 years of age about grilling out in the back yard. And these same people detest any talk of politics, because they fear it will harm their climb up whatever social ladder of influence they are concerned with navigating. Then of course there are the people of the previous twenty years, from the ages of 10 to about 30 that are nearly obsessed with their newly turned on sexual attributes. The race to find a mate to have children with, or to just use sex as a tool of manipulation and control becomes their dominate thinking. Watching all this from my perspective is disgusting and I never accepted any of those social gates. Instead my mind has always been more on books and other mythic entertainments because those were the values of my youth and I never let go of them. And I see quite clearly that the path to genius is through retaining that child-like “Peter Pan” element of perpetual curiosity.

Star Wars is a great vehicle for refining that genius. Some of the smartest people I know are comic book geeks and pimple faced readers of Star Wars books. Most of these people are extremely overweight and don’t get out in the sun much, but they don’t care. They have made decisions to not care about their places in the pecking order of our civilization and they get made fun of for not participating. But most of these people are extremely intelligent and rather childlike. It’s a shame that they are so stigmatized in society because they could bring to the world great things if only, they cared to participate. But the world to them is often a disappointment and nowhere near as exciting as the Star Wars stories they read about and enjoy in the movies. But that trend has been changing and places like this Black Spire Outpost is the latest effort to allow people to revisit their childhood hopes and to actually put their hands on what used to be only a fantasy, and I think that is a very good thing.

Star Wars was and has always been very political. After all, if there is a war, there must be something to fight over and those stories often reflect the politics of our day. As much as people think of George Lucas, the creator as a hippie of his generation concerned over Watergate and the Vietnam War, I see in him a pretty conservative hot rodder who came to age through racing cars and learning to work on them who also had an active, very childlike imagination, which is why Star Wars turned out to be so special. And so the seeds for the Black Spire Outpost were born from the burnout smoke of his race cars and a keen interest in anthropology. Unlike many filmmakers these days who are obsessed with film trivia George Lucas made Star Wars from a perspective of genius by carrying with him into adulthood the hope that most young people have, that they may have the opportunity to change the world as an individual.

Of course, genius doesn’t stay with people. It can be lost in a puff of instant smoke. Once the values of genius are lost, people usually revert back to some biological timeline of age ward progression. But it doesn’t have to be that way and every time a big amusement park land like the Black Spire Outpost comes on the scene it reveals some of the best elements of our culture. And that excites me greatly as I enjoy the enthusiasm that comes with such ambitions. This particular creation at Disenyland is a huge cultural element that when I was a kid wasn’t even thought possible. I remember going to Universal Studios in Hollywood and looking forward for months beforehand to see the full-sized star fighters from the television show Battlestar Galactica—the Colonial Vipers. I think it was one of the most exciting things I had seen as a young person and I never really forgot it, even though the thing was just a prop from the television show’s set. To be able to see the Millennium Falcon sitting in a free state and to be able to actually ride it in an active way is extremely exciting and we can only imagine what impact that will have on future generations . One way or the other, the opening of the Black Spire Outpost is a very significant cultural event that will likely have long standing consequences for the better. So for those planning to visit, enjoy it! It is truly something special!

Rich Hoffman

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The Nature of the Trump Economy and Why Democrats had nothing to do with it.

It’s impossible to cover the kind of topics that are put onto this blog site without them being synonymous to the challenges of the Trump administration. The election and presidency of Donald Trump is a change agency element that is forever changing political life in America, and of course it will ruffle the feathers of many groups that want to remain in the boxes of thought they have put themselves in. And this has never been more evident then in the understanding of why the Trump economy is so good and who gets the credit for it. I was thinking of all this while listening to Joe Biden talk about the economy the other day and how Trump has benefited from the Obama economy and that the credit goes to that previous administration, which is of course insanely stupid. It reminded me of my first-year economics professor in college saying nearly the same thing about economic cycles and how they ebb and flow. I thought that guy was an idiot back then, and now thirty years later hearing Joe Biden talk, I am 100% sure of it. If we hadn’t elected Donald Trump, the economy would have remained flat as it was all through the eight years of Obama and essentially the eight years of George W. Bush climaxing into a recession in 2008.

The truth is most people have learned about economics from all the wrong places by all the wrong kind of people. The true rules for growth are in creating value and then protecting that value, which is why Trump is engaging in a trade war with China. The American economy will benefit from that activity, not be hurt by it. The myth that economics work by cooperation and bridge building is ridiculous Economic value is exclusively a product of building something of value and sticking by that value with protections. And the Obama administration wasn’t doing any of that. It was instead apologizing for what America had done and giving artificial value to tag along economics that were seeking to loot off American products the way that China has. So a study of these kinds of causes and effects are essentially what this blog is all about, and at the center of that story is the Trump administration because it is in the practice of changing definitions from previous assumptions. And the world will be forever changed by those definitions.

I often talk about what losers most politicians are, because they are essentially looters, living off the efforts of others, and that is clearly what Joe Biden is. He is the very definition of a looter. He lives completely off the efforts of other people. But I can say in 2018 that I know quite a lot of politicians who are actually really good people. I can’t say that those people were around in 2008. I have watched personally a new breed of politician come up out of the Tea Party movement and it is that foundation that essentially put Trump in the White House. It wasn’t just a miracle that Trump was elected into the presidency on his first try, but there was plenty of grass roots helping out in the cracks that nobody knew anything about that knocked away a lot of the opposition against Trump, especially in battle ground states like Ohio. They understand how the world works far better than Joe Biden and ultimately there are many new millionaires who have benefited from this new perspective and they aren’t going to go backwards.

Still, it is insulting to hear it, when some old politician trying to apply the rules of yesteryear with an outright lie about the nature of economic growth goes on a claim jumping word spree that we all know is based on the looter culture. Joe Biden and Barack Obama aside from what anyone thinks about politics were some of the last new assets of that old class of in the box economic thinking where bridge building was thought to have more value than actual product value. Now that theory has been busted and the Trump administration is the first clear evidence of such a change in thought essentially since the inception of America as a nation. There have been periods of great economic growth but economists, especially the socialist college professor types really didn’t understand beyond sentiment how the game really worked.

I was also fortunate I suppose to have had lots of experience in the world before I entered college at the University of Cincinnati at the age of 19. I knew right away in that first-year economics class that what the professor there was teaching was largely bullshit. Of course, there is value in learning what other people have learned so you can know how to play the game against them. But regarding the actual facts of economic truth, the college professor circuit in the 80s and 90s were clueless, and they taught many of their students to think incorrectly about how economics worked, so really who could blame Joe Biden for being such an idiot. He assumes that everyone is just as delusional as he is, he has no reason to think otherwise, except when the successes of the Trump administration are analyzed in comparison.

If you have a superior product that the world wants, the leverage that brings to a marketplace is all powerful and becomes the governing force in any negotiation. And those economic cycles can continue to expand so long as imagination continues to erupt in whatever culture is producing the economic values with new product implementation. The fall back into recession occurs when that culture stops producing products of value. The cycle effect is manageable, not inevitable. In that context and definition, the moment that President Trump took office, even with all the efforts of removing him from office by the old political machines, his America first policy put new value on American products that then started an expansion that never could have occurred under the Obama administration. And that increased economic value literally started the day after the election because investors could see a friendly administration toward the American economy, so they were free to think of and market products they had been sitting on for many years, and that is why the economy suddenly flourished. It wasn’t an accident, it wasn’t happenstance. It was all very logical and by the rules of economic value that very few really understand because they listened to all the wrong people.

And deep down inside I think most democrats know it, that the Trump economy is not a fluke, that it is built on real value instead of the traditional looter culture of taking credit for things they had nothing to do with. This Trump economy is a new definition that many are just learning, not that there is anything new about it—just that many are coming to it for the first time. Adam Smith had all this figured out long ago in his great book The Wealth of Nations which I refer to often even still. I’m quite sure that college professor I had never read that book even though it should have been the guiding textbook for the college course. And that is the world that Joe Biden comes from, and it is that world that is coming apart as we speak, and the longer Trump is president, the less likely that the old way will ever come back in America. And that is what we are all fighting for.

Rich Hoffman

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Socialism is Taught in our Public Schools–so why are we surprised that its all kids know?

There was a recent poll that indicated 43% of people in North America support socialism which seems to be a surprise to many people. As everyone knows, I have been screaming this from the roof tops for many, many years—more like decades. This isn’t a new idea and if you take that poll and lay it over the same type of people who voted for Hillary Clinton and may support Joe Biden or Bernie Sanders they almost match perfectly. The new element is in accepting that the Democrat Party essentially is a part of socialists who have simply changed their name. And that evidence is quite clear in how that part of politics has taken over our public education system, which was finely exhibited in the New York City public school system with their recent ban of words that are consistent with above the line behavior, words like success, exceptionalism, and winning.

Many people don’t want to get involved in political matters, as our culture has successfully stigmatized it. It is far safer to talk about grilling hot dogs and talking about the statistics of hitting a ball with a baseball bat. And the people who want power like it that way. While we have been off appeasing everyone’s temperaments and worrying about hurting their feelings with aggressive words, they have taken over our public education system and sought to destroy the minds of our young people from their very foundations, and they have not been shy about it. We’ve let them get away with it by playing nice. And they have taken advantage of our niceness and set about ruining our nation from the inside out by controlling not only our education system, but what people learn, and this has occurred by allowing labor unions who are typically very progressive to run the school boards.

All that has changed is that Bernie Sanders and other very progressive elected officials have moved the political bar even further to the left leaving people like me, who have always been conservative looking in comparison to be some deranged lunatic by the measure of the political spectrum being analyzed. If prior to the 1960s the politics of the middle ground was exactly where a person like me is today, the victory of the communists, the hippies, and the leaning left Democrats ever more moved way away from the center and set a new benchmark that stated the new centralist views were radically to the left of what it used to be. And this has largely happened by a communist plan that started with the beginning of the Department of Education in 1980. It can be argued that public education worked better before a new department at the federal level got involved, and since it has, the entire country has moved further to the left.

I still remember what public school was like in 1980. I was in the sixth grade and I watched it quickly deteriorate. I can at least report a reference point to what it was like before and what it was like after, and each year thereafter from then until now has moved further and further to the political left. For those who say they don’t want to get involved in politics, because of hostile elements that have attacked our way of life, particularly in public education, none of us really have a choice. I have lost a lot of friends and family members over this very issue, which I’d do happily again. To me, what’s the point of talking about grilling out in the back yard, when entire parts of our population are being destroyed by liberalism in our public schools?

To my point of view this is one of the worst issues to confront us in the modern era. That we have allowed academia to be infested by liberalism only to eat up all the value of an education with political activism has been a major travesty on the action of learning. We have allowed intelligence to be stigmatized also with liberalism, and if we aren’t liberals, then we can’t claim to be academics. Through our American niceness, and through our Christian roots we turned the other cheek time and time again to allow these antagonizers to climb into the minds of our children and to take them from us, to attempt to destroy our families, to stand for death and the rights of some feminist version of womanhood as the only way.

Another recent poll that came out revealed that happily married women tended to be Republican in nature, which set off a torrent of anger from the political left. The threat to them was always in controlling the message of what being a woman really was. In their minds they accomplished two things, they keep mothers busy at work doing “things” in the pursuit of being equal to men. The other thing was that it pushed kids out of the house and into schools and pre-school day cares. This is also something I watched firsthand. My mom was a traditional housewife, one of the last of them. And she took a lot of grief for it being ridiculed by virtually everyone and it harmed her in many ways very deeply. She just wanted to care for her children and ironically, we all grew up very emotionally stable and productive. My wife actually followed in her path and for her the situation was even worse. Far worse actually. I watched all this with great curiosity, how could something so good, like loving kids, be considered socially so bad? Well, we were told in public education that liberalism was the way to go and they took our tax money to fund one sided political debate. And if you had a different point of view, then those individuals would be hunted down like the Salem Witch Trials and executed either literally or metaphorically. Whatever methods were used, the results were always clear. Destroy any hint at conservatism so that liberalism could grow.

It is actually surprising that more people don’t call themselves socialists these days with all the effort at attacking American that culture has gone into the promotion of that point of view. Capitalism and conservatism have held up remarkably well considering the efforts spent against it. But its time for us to turn the tide and to not be ashamed to admit what we value and to continue allowing liberalism to advance with our shut mouths and funding by turning our cheeks again and again until they’ve slapped away all the skin. Values can’t just be surrendered to a mob of trained socialists who believe they have a right to pluck us all dry to satisfy their whims. We need to focus on competition for the public education system so one brand of socialist instruction is not the only thing available to young people. By allowing that single source of failure to infect our children we are actually dooming them for life, and its time we stop that cycle. 1980 wasn’t that long ago and people have been educating themselves for many years. Well before the Department of Education came along with an agenda toward socialism. And until we change our thoughts on this, we will continue to see an erosion that eventually won’t be correctable. Time is certainly running out—I don’t think we are there yet, but we are getting close.

Rich Hoffman

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Elon Musk Doesn’t Give a Damn About Your Degree

This was a very interesting interview with Elon Musk about college degrees and the value of them. Its important to note due to the extraordinary costs of college that obtaining a degree is not an indicator of exceptional ability. It might make whomever has a college degree attractive to an employer looking for someone who won’t rock the boat and will give predictable results as an employee. But having the degree won’t by itself produce an employee who will change the world. Exceptional ability can’t be bought and to a large degree that has been the message. That college will produce better employees than those without a degree, and that simply isn’t true. Not in any way. People who are driven and are accomplished don’t need a college degree and its interesting that Musk who employs lots of technical people in his companies is willing to take a position on college, but I agree with him. To my experience a college degree holds people back, it doesn’t help them and is certainly an element to consider when the cost of obtaining one is so incredibly high.

Nobody wants to hear that all the hard work and money they spent on a college degree was a waste. Of course it’s going to hurt the feelings of the people who have a degree to hear that the world really doesn’t value them. But really the whole concept goes back to the Wizard of Oz story were at the end the main characters were given pieces of paper stating that they had a brain, or a heart and were therefore valuable to society. The suggestion that the college experience would take a nobody and make them into somebody is a falsehood that our governments have essentially perpetuated to keep everyone in a compliant culture. The person who works hard for the sake of discovery and self-preservation is more likely to be that exceptional employee that everyone is looking for.

But then again, not everyone is looking for an exceptional employee. Elon Musk certainly is, otherwise Tesla and Space X wouldn’t be such market drivers in modern science. But many companies, especially those with rigid cultures well established don’t want some crazy hard worker coming along that wants to change the world. They may well be looking for the drunk, the loser, the whore that embarrassed themselves in college so that they will fit well into their current culture of complacency. That after all is the big secret that most employers are dealing with. While the ownership and board may want the exceptional results that drive up value, the management does not. What most work cultures want is compliance and nothing more and for that, the college degree is perfect for them.

Elon Musk of course is coming from the perspective of a change agent in the technical fields. The proof is in cultures that are very top heavy in college graduates but are lacking in technical innovation. Take China for instance, a very compliant culture where education structure is well understood. There is a reason they have to steal so much technology from countries like the United States. That is what students learn in college, to copy what the professor instructs them, but they don’t learn to think. The college graduate is typically good at unpacking something that is already known, but they can’t invent it from scratch. That is fine if the results desired are not ambitious. But if the desire is to always push for innovation, then more of a gunslinger approach is needed, an individual who is quick on their feet, willing to take risks and push forward ideas and to explore their potentials fearlessly. In the United States we have great experience with this kind of business approach and many of the best in our entrepreneurial fields have not obtained success through college.

In truth colleges are filled with those who can’t do things in real life, that’s why they seek the safety of the university system to obtain employment. What they sell to potential students is simply the boon of a typical snake oil salesman. They are selling Dumbo’s feather to give false confidence into their recipients making them think that it is the feather that makes them fly, not their own ears. By the time a student leaves a four year degree, or a six, the world has changed yet again and they enter the workplace a half a decade behind the cutting edge trends. The ones who are on those trends are the bold and ambitious who get there the old-fashioned way, through tenacity and lots, and lots of hard work. You can’t fake success and you certainly can’t buy your way into it.

People are more willing to talk about the failures of the college system now than they were just a few years ago. Given the amount of college graduates that we have now, and the cost of college to begin with, we should all be beaming with intelligence. I have the advantage of watching my two daughters’ generation who just came out of this age. Many of their friends, a few that come to mind have been going to college for over a decade, have actually regressed intellectually. They entered their college years unfocused and changed their majors many times over and simply went because their parents told them to. So much of the money spent was to discover themselves and sure enough, in college there were many liberal professors there to show them the ways to liberalism and socialism. When my wife and I went we didn’t have a good time. I hated every stinking minute of it, because it was obvious to me that the whole thing was a scam. And with my wife, she went round and round with her professors who were far more interested in getting her to read the Quran and to re-write the history of the Revolutionary War to include the crime of slavery as the biggest concern instead of the liberty and independence of all people, which is what the war was all about. I was very offended personally by this activism. It’s not that learning about other cultures is a problem with me. Quite the opposite, there are probably few people out there who care about other cultures as much as I do. What I didn’t like about the college experience is that they were actively putting down American culture and that pissed me off 30 years ago and I feel no differently now. Colleges with just a few exceptions are incubators for liberalism and the longer kids spend there, the worse they become.

The most cutting edge of us have known it all along. The rest of the world is coming to it. But college is a scam that sells nothing but air. It’s like buying bottled water when you can get perfectly good water right out of the faucet. They declare that what you are getting in college is better, and cleaner. But water is water, and many of us don’t like the additives that do come in the bottled version. With college we are essentially programming people toward a compliance based political ideology. We aren’t teaching them to think, which an employer like Elon Musk is always on the lookout for. It’s only a matter of time before the need for bold and ambitious people in a marketplace that requires dynamics overrules the desire for compliance-based employees who do what you tell them to do, and nothing more. In the kind of exploding economy that we have now, we don’t have time to wait for students to leave college to enter the marketplace and we certainly don’t have a decade to wait for them to deprogram themselves into being reasonable people again. We need people to learn more things fast and with greater independence, and for that we will never get them in abundance from a college graduate.

Rich Hoffman

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The Poker in Red Dead Redemption 2 Online is Great!

I had a nice talk with a friend recently while we were reflecting on the Tea Party days and the direction of today’s youth. By normal visual standards, the socialized instruction in public schools, and PC counterculture has everyone strapped to the body of Moby Dick at the end of that old story. And the drug use that has permeated everything that young people do, by conventional measure things look pretty hopeless. But two things happened over the weekend that I continue to be impressed with and they will certainly have an impact on how our culture is measured.

The first was a visit to Kings Island where the Festhaus was hosting a professional video game tournament. The place was packed to the brim and young people were everywhere and were quite happy competing on stage against each other with popular titles like Fortnite, and other video games that are part of a culture a lot of people over 30 don’t even understand. As I watched the activity I was thinking of a report that friend had said to me about Mason schools going even further into removing competitive events and statues from their public school—the everyone gets a trophy or none of them do type of thinking—and it was obvious that the politics might be moving in that direction. But the video game culture gets it. There are more opportunities for competition there than when I was a kid. Traditional sports are not the only ways to compete in life, or to learn to. Video games are all about capitalism and they are the preferred medium of young people’s entertainment experiences.

For instance, one of my favorite video games not just of last year, but ever is Red Dead Redemption 2. When that game first came out I was so excited about it that I took a week off work to play it, and for me it was a kind of vacation. It’s a western by Rockstar Games and for me it was like going to the West World of the popular HBO series. These video games are so immersive that they begin to simulate reality. They are different than the passive experience of movies so their impact on culture is something we just aren’t measuring yet. But in the case of Red Dead Redemption 2, it sold 24 million copies in just three days which amassed $725 million, and is still climbing. The earnings report for these video game companies are actually higher than many movie and television studios. Take-Two which is involved in Red Dead Redemption reported a Fiscal Year 2019 earnings report confirming so far $2.66 billion. Those are Disney type of numbers so this is not a market of entertainment that is obscure by any measure.

Red Dead Redemption 2 came out in October of 2018 and I played it several times a week through the turn of the year. I spent about a hundred hours playing it on story mode then I played the Beta development mode for the Online portion of the game. I had to capitalize that because their online concept for the game is a thing of itself. It’s quite an extraordinary attempt at hosting a very brutal and capitalist natured arena. In that meeting with the same friend we reflected on the near elimination of dodgeball from our society deeming it politically toxic. Dodgeball for us when we were kids was something that happened every day. Well for the kids of today, its these online arenas. A great video game must at least have online content where players can compete against each other in player versus player situations which are much more intense than dodgeball. The biggest difference is that one is virtual while the other was physical. But the mentality is the same.

I played the Beta for a while but I couldn’t give the game the kind of time it demanded to be good in that mode so I backed off and moved on to other things. Well, this past weekend Rockstar Games finally finished with their Online offering for Red Dead 2 and put it up on their latest update, which meant the official game went live, around six months or so after the original release, which of course keeps people buying copies of the game and keeping it going which is something to say about how video games tell their stories, over much longer periods of time than movies or other forms of entertainment. So I played the game again to see how things were going and was very happy and surprised to learn that the many bars of gold that I had during the Beta phase and all the money I earned carried over into the official release. And also I was very happy to learn that they had opened up the ability to play poker with other live players which is really the purpose of me writing this article. I was immensely pleased with the way the game was set up and I spent most of the weekend playing just that game mode.

I would not call myself a gambler or even a card player the way that people think of such things. I’m not a drinker, a womanizer or any of the things that are associated with the game of playing poker, which in my understanding of history has been advanced by socialists to attempt to demean the games of the Western frontier so that culturally people would be inspired to move away from those activities, so not to celebrate them. But I do love poker. I love watching it. I love playing it. And I love its history as an American game developed in the frontier days of New Orleans and spreading westward with the gunfighter culture. The game and the mind of gunfighting in the American West are synonymous and I love it for that attribute. Playing poker is a fun game that is uniquely very American, and I love it and including it so prominently in the online version of Red Dead Redemption was a technical feat that really impressed me.

Playing poker was part of the original game, the story mode as they call it these days. And I enjoyed it immensely. I am not the kind of guy who likes to gamble money so I’m not a guy who enjoys hanging out in casinos at all. But I do enjoy the function of the game and the way its played so just gambling the chips is enough for me. I like the way poker chips feel in my hands and how they are used strategically to win or lose the game. It’s a very fascinating game and I spent many, many hours playing it against NPCs in the story mode. But having an online poker game is a whole separate situation. You have random players always coming and going and everyone has to play their hand and getting all that rolled into a fluid video game experience is difficult. The way that Rockstar set up their poker games in actual saloons in their various towns and cities was visually stunning and functionally very satisfying. I played a lot of poker over the weekend and I didn’t even have to leave my home.

As I played and saw how many people were playing the Online Red Dead Redemption 2 game, from poker to all the PVP combat that is involved it was obvious to me that this is where the world is at. Many kids wouldn’t even learn how to play poker if not for a game like this, or would they learn anything about westerns since they’ve been nearly eradicated from American culture. But in the world of video games, the western is alive and well and millions of young people are participating in that world and enjoying it. And with billions of dollars at stake in this growing industry, I don’t think anything that is politically underway to dismantle the American way of life is going to stick. Capitalism is alive and well, especially in the saloons and towns of Red Dead Redemption 2.

Rich Hoffman
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Don’t Let China Scare You

Don’t let them scare you about China. You have to consider dear reader that much of the American media has been bought up by the Chinese or has been influenced greatly by it. Previous administrations had put all their chips on the table that China would overtake the American economy as a communist country and that they would be running us all, so the bootlicking started decades ago. But in truth, China depends almost entirely on the United States for their economic sustenance, and President Trump knows it. The current tariff war as many are calling it is simply a one-sided affair and Trump is calling the Chinese bluff. China is projecting a GDP growth in 2019 of 6.6% roughly. With Trump’s tariffs that growth will be much lower and that leverage means everything in this conflict. And the Chinese literally don’t have a leg to stand on.

The Chinese are not ones to bolster about what they will do or brag about their positions so you can tell they are rattled by Trump’s strategy by the way that Wei Jianguo expressed the view of the Chinese government to the South China Morning Post this past Monday when he said, “China will not only act as a kung fu master in response to U.S. tricks, but also as an experienced boxer and can deliver a deadly punch at the end.” He went on to express that China would target parts of the American economy that would hurt the Trump voter base, namely the wheat markets, and corn production along with pork. But the result of all this banter will be that China will be the first to blink because they need what they import from America, especially by way of food. The communist country like all governments who have adopted that position can’t do for themselves, so they are heavily leveraged on imports, which was their weakness all along. However, until Trump came along, nobody had the nerve to call them on it.

It’s a number’s game ultimately. China imports from the United States only about $120 billion which consists of mainly commercial aircraft, soybeans and automobiles. Well, China has made it clear that they are going to build their own planes so that number will go down leaving them to scamper about on how to feed their massive population without the help of American farming, which they won’t be able to do. And they really don’t care about American auto markets, they can get their cars elsewhere so all that they buy from America has already been on the chopping block for a number of years. Meanwhile in American exports of new energy markets that measly $100 billion in goods can easily be found in the growing American markets. Meanwhile in America we have been importing from China $540 billion. Take that a way and there is no way China reaches 6.6% GDP growth this year which is excessively important to them. That is part of the Trump plan of course and why the White House has all the leverage on this matter.

A lot of that $540 billion that is imported could easily be made in America again, items like apparel and footwear, cell phones and computers. $77 billion alone of that figure is just in computer manufacture so if you are looking to create more American jobs, as Trump is, what we aren’t getting from China is going to net American jobs because the necessity for the products are certainly there. With the United States emerging as the global leader in energy exports, we can suddenly command our position in the world which has not yet caught up to the idea. For many decades internal policies that essentially gave away America’s wealth to other countries are being reversed and the miracles of Adam Smith’s capitalism are now being unleashed once again, and more spectacularly than ever before. Does anybody think that Trump doesn’t know what he’s doing with this essentially being election year politics? The Chinese have no leg to stand on and this whole thing will be over well before the election. The American economy probably won’t even notice.

It happened far faster than anybody imagined as the mechanisms were already in place. You could hear that in Bill DeBlasio’s speech the other day in Trump Tower essentially attempting to hang the Green New Deal of repackaged communism around the American economy’s neck, as they have in the past while the communist country of China continues on polluting the world with those same idiots cheerleading them on. In America we have a freedom of expression that allows for dissidents to act that way, but they don’t have a right to destroy America for the rest of us. In China they don’t have such public voices. If someone speaks against the state, they are simply imprisoned or killed. China in the state they are in presently are not the friends of the world. They have been given power through regulation and policy, and they have been attempting to use that power to destroy us all into a kind of Bill DeBlasio world and thankfully Trump has put a stop to it.

The stock market had a sell-off, big deal. It probably will continue throughout the week. As I’ve said before, when other people are panicking, this is the time to buy, so go buy up the losses. The strength of the present American economy has shown that it wants to be at a Dow measure above 26,000 and will return there the moment China capitulates, which they’ll have to. Nobody expects them to like to be being beaten in this way but they simply have no other cards to play. Trump holds them all. They don’t buy much from us, but we buy a lot from them. They need us. We don’t need them. That is the bottom line. Once panicky investors realize that China has no teeth, they won’t be afraid of the bark which is all they have at this point.

Ultimately it will be the limits of an overly managed society in communism that will stop the economic growth of China. Their people are overall poor per capita, and they lack intellectual aptitude. That’s not to say that they aren’t smart, but as we know in all socialist and communist societies people don’t do things for the state, they do things to enrich themselves. When you take away the profit motive, creative thought toward industry stops and over reliance on other cultures permeate the politics. That was fine with China so long as the world was steering all countries in their direction through crippling environmental policies and taxation. But Trump has called that bluff and he has two aces and there is a third in the “river.” The American economy is now an exporter of energy, the best in the world. That replaces the lost revenue that China would have given us in trade. The Chinese care more about the statistics of their economic growth than they do of the realities of feeding their own people, so they can’t last long in a trade dispute. And we knew China was cutting what they were going to buy from America anyway, especially in commercial plane manufacture, so why not pull the trigger on it now as opposed to when they were actually on their feet? Why give them time to cut their orders from Boeing? The answer is, there is no reason to wait. Let the trade war begin now, so that Trump can end it before the next election, and the world sees who really knows what’s going on and who has the greatest economy. And it won’t be China.

Rich Hoffman

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