STRAIGHT LINE LOGIC

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COMMON SENSE IN A WORLD GOING MAD


Whose interests are served by the nonstop media (old and new) barrage of news that isn’t news, fatuous analysis and inane commentary? How do you deal with it? Do you ever wish you could stop the world, not to get off, but to give yourself time to make sense of what’s going on?  The good news is that you can, by asking the right questions and standing conventional wisdom on its head, see the forest for the trees. The bad news is that you probably won’t like the view.

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Was our credit and housing bust and subsequent depression (still in progress) really unforeseeable, a once in a generation black swan? Hardly. Robert Prechter wasn’t surprised; he’s predicted this scenario for years (Links). The Austrian economists (Links) would see it as the inevitable culmination of central banking and fiat money. Ayn Rand (Links) wrote about world that looks drearily like our own over fifty years ago (Atlas Shrugged). She said it was inevitable unless philosophical deterioration then evident was reversed (it wasn’t). Robert Gore, the creator of this website, publicly warned (Archive) of the impending disaster. He set up a proprietary trading desk to capitalize on it and his family sold their house in southern California at the top of the market.


How do you see the forest for the trees? The first step is to quit walking through the forest. You can spend twenty-four hours a day reading periodicals and scanning the internet. You would know the latest of everything and you might begin to discern the stories behind the stories. However, you’d be wasting your most important and limited possession–your time–and reinventing the wheel. It makes a lot more sense to get in an airplane with competent pilots and instead fly over the forest.


Realize that ninety-nine percent of what’s out there is a waste of time—your time. Is a political speech or policy anything more than an attempt to con voters into giving the politician and his or her cronies more money and power? Should you pay any attention to so called economic seers who didn’t see the greatest credit and economic contraction since the Great Depression coming? Is it important to read the minutes of the latest Federal Open Market if you know that the Fed, regardless of what it says, consistently follows rather than leads market determined short term interest rates? You can argue with proponents of expanding government, or you can conclude from the voluminous history of its failures that anyone advocating more of the same is an idiot, a lying kleptocrat or a power monger and save your time for more important pursuits.


It doesn’t serve your interest to waste time on the ninety-nine percent, but it does serve the interests of those who want to keep you and every other potential Diogenes otherwise occupied. The truth always threatens those whose power and wealth rests on lies. Through history that has meant governments and those who align their fates with governments. The day one says: “I’m tired of being lied to,” is the day one challenges the existing order. Distractions–bread, circuses, welfare, football, whatever–have always been useful for those who don’t want anyone looking too closely at how they do things.


No one has a monopoly on truth, nor is anyone infallible, but many in the ninety-nine percent have not even a nodding acquaintanceship with reality and demonstrate nothing but fallibility. This site won’t waste time debunking them. Rather, it will keep its focus on the other one percent–original, incisive, logical work of importance in economics, politics, philosophy, history and culture. It is to be hoped that the author’s work falls into that one percent. He will call attention to work by others he regards as valuable and give proper attribution to those whose ideas he incorporates into his own material. The Archive has the author’s articles from his tenure at a financial firm on the housing bubble and implosion, the credit contraction, and the financial and economic crises that engulfs us. It also has articles not connected with the financial firm about a variety of topics. Blog is his most recent writing. Literary has information about and excerpts from the author’s novels, including his recently published historical saga, The Golden Pinnacle. Links has information about and links to other valuable web sites and published materials.  About Robert Gore has biographical information.


Reading through this site, let your internal reaction be your guide. The soul craves truth and if Straight Line Logic rings true, you’ll keep reading. If you don’t, thanks for the time you spent checking out the site.



                                 


 

COMMON SENSE IN A WORLD GOING MAD