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Dylan Lawrence Moore

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  1. After getting splattered in the head with paint by Antifa, I have concluded that these "leftists" are parasites lacking the proper brain functioning for rational thought.
  2. I guess philosophy only counts if it doesn't get dirty with real actions?
  3. I was a chem major, and I remember my junior year it was announced that the chem scholarships were available in the office in the chem building. I went to go check them out (working 40 hours a week all summer at the refinery was enough to pay for 1 quarter of college at the time). I took the sheet that had the list of scholarships. There were 11 of them: 1 general chem scholarship available to anyone, 1 scholarship for students planning on pursuing pharmaceuticals, and 9 scholarships for women only. Send me a PM and we can talk more about this.
  4. This post is aimed mostly at MMD. I've sent a few mails to request to be on the Call-in Show. The majority of them seem to not be arriving, as I've gotten a response back from one out of maybe seven emails I've sent from multiple addresses over the last two months. Is there a better way I can get in contact with you? I would really like to get on. Thanks! -Dylan
  5. Just because he was evil doesn't mean he wasn't smart.
  6. Definitely, but this doesn't address why the precious metals were valuable in the first place. If I remember my government history classes correctly, the ruler of the Aztecs was utterly confused why the Spaniards were so obsessed with such a useless material such as gold, when they already had materials like glass, which he considered far superior. Pre-agricultural revolution, taking care of basic necessities was a MASSIVE amount of time and energy. I remember reading from Carroll Quigley in Tragedy and Hope that in pre-agricultural revolution England, it took 20 people working at making food to support 21 people (it became 3 working in food to feed 21 after the agricultural revolution, which sent everyone to the cities looking for work to set the stage for the industrial revolution). In post-collapse Rome, it took 50-100 people working in food to support one mounted knight. In medieval Europe communities would regularly starve to death. In a society where food production is so vital and requires so many hands, where are these excess workers to mine and smelt a material that's valuable because it's shiny? In contrast to metals like iron, copper, tin, and lead, which have utility in food production and other basic necessities. Post-agricultural revolution, it wasn't long before gold and silver actually gained utility for more advanced products (chemistry, electronics, computers, etc.).
  7. It's not that there's something wrong with it, I find it insufficient. Yes there is a value to me liking something. If something is shiny and it makes me feel good to have it around or to wear it as jewelry, that's great. However, when it comes to the majority of human history, where humans have struggled to get themselves above subsistence level and a bad farming or hunting year could literally wipe a community out, why the absolute obsession with gold? Did the Spanish conquistadors slaughter and enslave the natives in the Americas for the purpose of mining gold and silver out of the earth, something incredibly costly and dangerous, just because of the subjective value that it was shiny and nice for jewelry? Why spend valuable labor and time mining and smelting something which is extremely difficult to mine and smelt, when it could have been spent on genuine life-supporting resources? Because the ruler demands it.
  8. I'm saying that even gold-backed money is invented and gains its value from violence. Prior to the modern era where we found out gold was useful for computers, electronics, and other scientific reasons, what was the intrinsic value of gold? The best answer I ever get out of anyone was that it was used for jewelry or that it was shiny. Tyler H nailed it when he said that rulers demanded it (for whatever reason). This demand is what gave it its value. I would argue that BTC is valued by the people who trade it. In the same way that the gov't creates value for USD by demanding it for their "services", BTC gains its value because you must use it for services that send, buy, and sell it. The difference of course is the presence of violence. If I don't use BTC to pay for BTC services, no one cares. If I don't USD to pay for taxes, I run into problems. I always hear this term "counterfeit" when it comes to the US govt creating money. If the US govt has the right and obligation to create money via the constitution, how is any money they create counterfeit? Again, it doesn't matter what the money is made out of it, it's the demand for taxes which gives it its value. The USD has value essentially on its taxation. If it wasn't taxed we would find something else to use. Additionally, there are many things to buy with USD. The US, having been the most free and prosperous nation on earth, created a lot of stuff that we're able to buy. Venezuelan money, for example, won't buy you much despite the government demanding it in taxes, because there is simply nothing purchasable within the govt's jurisdiction.
  9. Find someone/some people who have qualities, materials, connections, money, or whatever else you may desire, and figure out how to change yourself so that you might have what they desire, then you can exchange.
  10. I'm not sure what the jargon is that you're talking about. Not that it has to be, but money is a state-created phenomenon. Furthermore, it's an abstract concept, not a objective object. It chooses a material (gold, silver, tally sticks, notes, digital numbers, whatever) to demand as taxes, and legally defines the nature of that material to demand. This is what turns it into money. Gold wasn't money before the state came around. The state came around, demanded gold, and thereby turned it into money. This is important to note, particularly in relation to federal income tax, because as I mentioned above, it doesn't pay for anything. Particularly since there is no physical resource that the money is tied to, the government can create or destroy money at will via spending and taxation. Federal taxation is a method of removing money from the economic system, NOT a method of financing. Thus when I say that this is the "best part", I'm being sarcastic because the government could literally delete the IRS and still pay for everything it does just fine.
  11. This sounds eerily similar to the concept of taxation to me.
  12. The 2008 recession was preceded by balancing the federal budget.
  13. Be prepared to have a strong stomach.
  14. I see. Did ancient societies, like the Romans, use gold as money because it was valuable for these reasons?
  15. What's the use of gold if it's not taxed?