We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Ain't a "Scientific Fraud". It's a confidence game.
The prize is control over just about everything. I just got the first bill under the new (approved) electric rates and it wipes out the saving I had been able to achieve from switching to LED for lighting and wireless relays to kill the power going to the parasite circuits, mostly in the entertainment devices. There in dollars and cents is what I'm paying for government fraud. With the coal fired generators shut down and with a shortage of NG due to not building new pipelines or LNG terminals, electricity has become a scarce commodity.
Some of the coal fired plants that were forced to shut down were state of the art, low emission, mulit-gigawatt behemoths. The billions being spent to build useless wind turbines that will only generate (at best) megawatts, some of the time, will be subsidized with my tax money. Over these decisions that are costing me so dear, I have no control.
I have no trust or confidence that the Republican control of Congress will make any difference.
I've just been reading Orwell's 'The Road to Wiggan Pier' and reveling in the irony that according to Orwell Socialism is inextricably tied to the machine civilization (ch 12). Not fundamentally, but as 'progress'. Yet, now that is all turned on its head. Few would associate the "modern" Socialists with industrial progress. Quite the contrary, the socialist of 2015 seeks to kill the factories and chill the homes of the poorer of our society.
The first thing to notice is that the idea of Socialism is bound up, more or less inextricably, with the idea of machine-production. Socialism is essentially an urban creed. It grew up more or less concurrently with industrialism, it has always had its roots in the town proletariat and the town intellectual, and it is doubtful whether it could ever have arisen in any but an industrial society. Granted industrialism, the idea of Socialism presents itself naturally, because private ownership is only tolerable when every individual (or family or other unit) is at least moderately self-supporting; but the effect of industrialism is to make it impossible for anyone to be self-supporting even for a moment. Industrialism, once it rises above a fairly low level, must lead to some form of collectivism. Not necessarily to Socialism, of course; conceivably it might lead to the Slave-State of which Fascism is a kind of prophecy. And the converse is also true. Machine-production suggests Socialism, but Socialism as a world-system implies machine-production, because it demands certain things not compatible with a primitive way of life. It demands, for instance, constant intercommunication and exchange of goods between all parts of the earth; it demands some degree of centralized control; it demands an approximately equal standard of life for all human beings and probably a certain uniformity of education. We may take it, therefore, that any world in which Socialism was a reality would be at least as highly mechanized as the United States at this moment, probably much more so. In any case, no Socialist would think of denying this. The Socialist world is always pictured as a completely mechanized, immensely organized world, depending on the machine as the civilizations of antiquity depend on the slave.