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Four Ways to Make Money - Hitchhikers Guide to Reality
1. Work for It
Yes, I admire the good people of the world who are willing to work to make money. They provide their communities with civilization itself, in the form of food, clothes, or housing, goods, or energy. These people are sometimes called employees, workers, capitalists, entrepreneurs, investors or similar names. They also help pay down a country's debt and also pay the salaries of the people running the country. For my tastes, capitalism is not only the root of civilization, but also freedom itself. Unlike government, you can buy from here, there or the other place, or build it or do the service yourself. I do all of the above. You can work here, there, or the other place or start your own business. I have done all of those above as well. I have worked in 3 large corporations, changed departments within them 5 or more times, and started 4 small businesses. When people tell me they are trapped in a company, I do not understand.
2. Charity for the Needy
For those who are religious, we are told another word for Charity is "love", and I agree. There are some people that no matter what their good intentions are, they cannot work. They may have to take care of children or other humans. Or they might be old or in bad health or simply not have jobs available near them. While some people say Americans are not generous, the newspaper USA Today said that in one year, a few years back, that Americans gave almost $300 billion to charity. Some of that money is direct money. Some is in terms of religious or other groups who get up to feed the hungry or help with the sick. Some of it is in people like Bono of a rock group who went to Africa with Bush Jr. to help on Aids. My greatest heroes on this planet are not government politicians and sports figures as we are told to adore. I have the highest admiration for those who help others ... directly.. with their own money or time or their goods.
3. Take Money from Others
This has many forms, but all leads to the same idea - someone who is not working who takes money from those who do work and does not even have the decency to call it charity. This includes thieves, dictators, taxation, social justice and has a great many names to make theft sound good. Some minor variations of this, less bad, are those who want arbitrary rules in their favor such as unions, tenure, laws that prevent firing of bad people and the like.
The world did have a system for thousands of years where some people did not work, and others were forced to work for them, as this social justice plan demands. We called that system "slavery" and not everyone liked it. I do not. Those who think others should work for them for free while they need do nothing, they are not new at all. They are just the world's new slave owners.
4. Print the Money
This is never good, whether you are a counterfeiter or a government. Printing money cheats others by providing nothing in return for the money. It is a form of theft. If a government such as the US prints money as it was at the rate of $85 billion a month (it might be less now - they seldom call me), that is $1 trillion a year, it cheats the other 191 countries (the number of countries changes often - ask Putin) of the world who are getting quite angry and are no longer happy with US currency being the currency of the world.
It would seem that I believe in items 1 and 2, and many politicians believe in 3 and 4. I can see why. If you watch C-Span, note what you do not see. You do not see politicians planting corn, sewing clothes, building houses, making energy, or making cell phones or computers. No, you see a lot of people sitting on their butts talking nonsense for the few days a week they "work". And politicians it seems do not even like charity - at least some of them. When people help each other, then they need government less, and that of course means less money and power for the butt sitters, errr, politicians. There are some good people in government. I do not call them politicians, but leaders, and I see darn few lately. I predict we will not see any good ones until voters demand good ones.
You can side with whom you like of course, but one should know history. The Soviet Union also hated capitalists. And so they got their wish, capitalism mostly left. And in its place were long lines for the few food and other items the people needed. Ayn Rand saw this and tried to warn the US in her book "Atlas Shrugged", but few listen. Venezuela also hated capitalists. Some items are hard to find there now I understand, such as toilet paper. But some on the left like Sean Penn are going to help Venezuela by opening an acting clinic. He will teach them how to act as if they still have toilet paper?