First Principles: I Think All the World Would Gain By Setting Commerce At Perfect Liberty

“I think all the world would gain by setting commerce at perfect liberty.” – Thomas Jefferson (1785)

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First Principles: Guard With Jealous Attention the Public Liberty. Suspect Everyone Who Approaches That Jewel.

“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.” – Patrick Henry (1788)

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Thought For the Day: The Critical Tests of the Imperial Presidency Are Threefold: the War Making Power; the Secrecy System; and the Employment Against the American People of Emergency Authority Acquired For Use Against Foreign Enemies

The critical tests of the imperial Presidency are threefold: the war making power; the secrecy system; and the employment against the American people of emergency authority acquired for use against foreign enemies. – Arthur Schlesinger

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First Principles: Were It Left To Me To Decide If We Should Have A Government Without Newspapers, Or Newspapers Without A Government, I Should Not Hesitate A Moment To Prefer the Latter


“Were it left to me to decide if we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” – Thomas Jefferson

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Cinderella of the Pacific

El Pueblito at LeLoo's World

A friend of mine invented a 5 line form of poetry in honor of Cinco de Mayo this year. At a short form poetry workshop tonight, I turned this into five verses of this and wrote the following in recollection of happy memories of bringing shoes, clothing, books, toys, blankets and what not to a children’s poor home outside of Ensenada a long time ago. It was an annual thing for a church I attended while living in California.

Cinderella of the Pacific
by Michael Doyle

The Cinderella of the Pacific
Offers music of her own
From the ocean’s vibrant blues
La Bufadora splashes her joy
In my memories sparkling white

In purity of noble intentions
Drunk in the purple vineyards
As a canary sun shines
Down on flying Banderas monumentales
Dancing in the Mediterranean winds

The children at Rancho Coronitos
Brought joy with each visit
Bringing toys and clothes needed
In hopes of love seeded
With hope for future dreams

The Lagunita pond sparkled aquamarine
Shimmering with heat yet unseen
Cooled down by California current
Into something that offered calm
In contrast to that geyser

The one that would splash
You laughingly in your face
No hair out of place
Ringed your half remembered trace
In Cinco de Mayo memories

(c) May 4, 2021 Michael Doyle
All Rights Reserved

Mni Wiconi - Ultimate Sunrise

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First Principles: The Only Foundation For A Useful Education In A Republic Is To Be Laid On the Foundation of Religion…Without This There Can Be No Virtue, and Without Virtue There Is No Liberty

“I proceed … to inquire what mode of education we shall adopt so as to secure to the state all of the advantages that are to be derived from the proper instruction of the youth; and here I beg leave to remark that the only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid on the foundation of religion. … Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments. But the religion I mean to recommend in this place is that of the New Testament” – Dr. Benjamin Rush

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Thought For the Day: Collectivism Holds That the Individual Has No Rights, That His Life and Work Belong to the Group…and That the Group May Sacrifice Him At Its Whim To Its Own Interests

“Collectivism holds that the individual has no rights, that his life and work belong to the group (to ‘society,’ to the tribe, the state, the nation) and that the group may sacrifice him at its own whim to its own interests. The only way to implement a doctrine of that kind is by means of brute force – and statism has always been the political corollary of collectivism.” – Ayn Rand (1905-1982)

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Developing Public Policy and the Fight For the Right To Repair

Fantasy Faire -Peaville Goes Nuts - I Am Groot

Post-modernism has created a throwaway society which squanders nonrenewable resources.  In attempt to alleviate this, society turned to recycling.  However, this attempt has not proven cost-effective and has led to dumping recyclables on nations such as China and the Philippines who have now started to refuse more waste product.  Recycling as an overriding paradigm needs to change to building durable repairable goods; this can be accomplished through collaboration between national, state, and local governments in tandem with the private sector; doing so helps the environment and the economic health of America.

            Recycling is largely broken as a constructive paradigm.  Cross-contamination of potentially recyclable products and products that simply cannot be recycled combined with the costs of mining raw resources being less than recycling has resulted in this being less desirable than once thought.  For example, China’s 2018 Sword Policy has banned plastics and other less than pure waste product.  In those that will accept this waste, 20 to 70 percent of the intended recyclables are discarded, contributing to pollution and health risk.  A tremendous amount of waste is being wasted (Cho, 2020).

            Developing a domestic program of recycling is one best bad idea. But another better idea is a combination of environmental and economic policy relying on the cooperative federalism in which national and state governments collaborate mixing responsibilities to incubate free market innovation with the necessity of meeting a new standard in environmental protection (Kraft & Furlong, 2018). This era’s increased polarization makes it hard to lock in on the tools of cooperation and policy gridlock is more the norm than the exception (Kraft & Furlong, 2018).  Yet, despite all of the errors of Marxism, Karl Marx was insightful of at least the dynamic innovation that drives the capitalist engine (Roth, 2018).  In this lies an answer that aids in reducing the consumption of non-renewables while stimulating the economy as well.  This is to return to higher standards with respect to quality of goods manufactured which are then more easily repairable rather than disposed of after the planned obsolescence period expires. 

            The right to repair is an issue that is being fought for at least in the United States and the European Union. In many instances be it automobiles, electronics and other equipment products, corporations are claiming proprietary rights as a vehicle of controlling access to repairs.  This in turn impacts the secondary used markets and results from the wrong interpretation of copyright law.  Legislation in the EU and America’s national and state levels seeks equal access to repair documentation, diagnostics, tools, service parts and firmware. This keeps these components and equipment serviceable longer.  This reduces natural resource consumption and the carbon emissions used in manufacturing and transporting these items from source point to consumers. This touches on economic policy, energy policy, environmental policy and foreign policy simultaneously.

            Three factors shape public policy in support of manufacturing more durable components and products that are more readily repairable.  Political factors shaping this public policy include the desirability of returning manufacturing back to American shores and the governance of contractual law on international, national and local levels are important to forming the right to repair protections. Other political factors are conceptions of governmental mandates (Kraft & Furlong, 2018, p. 240) and consumer privacy (Cleland & Hauenschild, 2017).  Among the social factors right to repair policy is the right to tinker and resulting innovation (Masayuki, 2020).  A significant economic factor shaping this policy is the rising cost of living causing difficulty for many to meet their daily basic requirements (Montello, 2020). Durable goods with an uncontested right to repair would increase opportunities for increasing the savings rate. This is particularly pertinent in that the federal poverty line purportedly inadequately reflects the cost of living in America (Kraft & Furlong, 2018, p. 174).

            The move in support of the right to repair has substantial support.  It is not seeking a new right but the restoration of what was fundamental in society.  It is supported in over half the states in the United States and by the European Union as a basic economic and social right with deeply positive implications for the environment.  This sense of taking back the collaboration between international, nation, state and localities for the benefit of the involved citizens is right and just.

With recycling increasingly failing to live up to its conception and no longer viable, what part do you think returning to producing more durable, long lasting and repairable products on every level should play in creating and developing a sustainable future for the United States and the world?

Mahalo,

Michael Doyle

References

Cho, R. (2020, Mach 13). Recycling in the U.S. is broken. How do we fix it? Columbia Climate School. Recycling in the U.S. Is Broken. How Do We Fix It? (columbia.edu)

Cleland, B. & Hauenschild, J. (2017, March 13). Right to repair policies are government mandates and will jeopardize consumer privacy. The American Legislative Exchange Council. Right to Repair Policies are Government Mandates and will Jeopardize Consumer Privacy – American Legislative Exchange Council (alec.org)

Masayuki H. (2020). The Right to Repair, the Right to Tinker, and the Right to Innovate. Annals of Business Administrative Science19(4), 143–157. https://doi.org/10.7880/abas.0200604a

Kraft, M & Furlong, S (2018) Public Policy: Politics, Analysis, and Alternatives. (6th Edition.) Purdue University Global Bookshelf (vitalsource.com))

Montello, S. K. (2020). The Right to Repair and the Corporate Stranglehold over the Consumer: Profits over People. Tulane Journal of Technology & Intellectual Property22, 165–184.

Roth, R. (2018). Concepts in examining the legacy of Karl Marx. European Journal of the History of Economic Thought25(5), 756–782. https://doi.org/10.1080/09672567.2018.1524504

Spring Mill State Park, Indiana - Pioneer Village - The Village Mill

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Thought For the Day: It Is Not Titles That Make Men Illustrious, But Men Who Make Titles Illustrious

“It is not titles that make men illustrious, but men who make titles illustrious.” -Niccolo Machiavelli, political philosopher and author (3 May 1469-1527)

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