Everybody Knows, Right? The Political Spectrum

By David R. Young

We’ve all heard of the “political spectrum”.  But, what really is a spectrum and how should this concept be applied to Politics?

Rainbow

The Light Spectrum in the form of a rainbow

The rainbow is easily the most popular and recognized spectrum. Unless you are colorblind it is impossible to miss the continuous blend of color, one to the next. Natural law dictates the color pattern which is always in the same order.

The gray scale is likely the simplest example of a spectrum. Between the extremes of black and white, the gray spectrum slowly fades from a glaring white to the deepest black.

Spectrum Gray Scale

The Gray Spectrum

Many known spectrums are invisible to the eye or senses. They can remain partially or completely unknown until discovered through accident or scientific study.


Radio WavesThe full spectrum of radio waves was, at one time, completely unknown. But once discovered, a whole host of  technical advances were made possible. Radios, cell phones and satellite communications are a few examples. Communication networks no longer had to be connected by miles of copper wire. The air became the “wires”.

Temp SpectrumOften, only a small portion of a spectrum is useful in day to day activities. For example a thermometer, used for taking body temperature, only measures a small portion of the broader heat – cold spectrum. But to measure the temperature of molten steel requires an entirely different measuring scale.

You may be wondering what this has to do with the Political Spectrum. Or better yet, I hope you are saying, “hmm, this is getting interesting”. (more…)

Socialism, Capitalism and Your Survival

By David R. Young, author of The Political Spectrum: Freedom vs. Enslavement  
“Gentlemen, … You tell me that if I take the deposits from the bank and annul its charter, I shall ruin ten thousand families. That may be true, gentlemen, but that is your sin! Should I let you go on, you will ruin fifty thousand families, and that would be my sin! You are a den of vipers and thieves.”  - Andrew Jackson

The argument about capitalism and socialism is a deception. It’s the Free Market that is under attack. 

Capitalism is the investment of wealth to increase production and profits of an industry, in order to obtain a return on that investment. The capitalist does not actually work to earn his profit. 

If you think the mechanisms of socialism are any different, you might take another look. The only difference between these two systems is who is investing and obtaining a portion of the profit produced by the Free Market System. 

In a free society, any individual may gain the benefits of self-determined participation and production. But in socialism the individual is a fixed cog in a slavish machine; and only the slave master benefits. 

In a society based on individual freedoms, the basic economic system is known as the Free Market System. Such a society can generate an abundance of wealth for those who participate and results in creativity through incentive, research and discovery.

Such groups as Ford Motor Company, Apple and Google are stellar examples of the free market at work. The success of these companies is, in no small part, due to the private investor, or contributing capitalist.

But, socialism looks much different from capitalism. How can they be the same system? (more…)

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