Monthly Archives: November 2008

My New Book, New Site, and the Future of this Site

New Book

Well, I finally have a book out for people to buy! It is called, Dissolving Dollars: Exposing the Debt-Based Insanity Behind Modern Money and it is currently available at Amazon.com. The book is similar to my “The Truth about Economics” series, and it even shares the same aesthetic style; it is a book that wants to be a comic book but isn’t quite one. Amazon doesn’t have the “look inside” feature running on the book yet, but you can follow this link to see a video of me paging through the book to music. I made the book as simple as I could in order to make understanding the true workings of money and the economy as easy as possible. And thanks to its delicious blend of Americana and post-literate minimalism, it has been nominated for The Prestigious Stephen T. Colbert Award for The Literary Excellence!

Along with the new book, I have a new website that will be strictly about economic subjects called DissolvingDollars.com. So, if you are interested in understanding economic truth, go to that site and subscribe/bookmark. And if you aren’t interested, you probably should be…at least a little. Because what you don’t know about money and economics costs you—even if ignorance is sometimes bliss in the short-term (just ask the people from Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers, etc.). Plus, you don’t want to miss the comical updates from renowned, intergalactic investor and advisor Gorlock who has been hired to write exclusively for DissolvingDollars.com. http://dissolvingdollars.com/about/gorlock

Future of The Universe As Site

I’ve been messing around with this “The Universe As” comic-ish essays stuff for nearly a year now and it hasn’t so far quite developed in a way that satisfies me. Technically, the site is an experiment for a unique, complex, yet palatable kind of book that I’d eventually like to put together on mind and spirituality. But I don’t know about that yet. I’ve come to discover that I’m a reluctant spiritual teacher—especially since everything I have to say is so subversive. Plus, I have a kind of John Galt streak in me whereby I know what I know so I don’t really care if anyone else does. I think that after I get the “Why Love Sucks” series, which started last week, out of my system, I’m going to rethink The Universe As…maybe make it more of a conventional comic with developed characters, setting, and plot. However, I might be forced to divert most of my attention to Dissolving Dollars for the time being. I don’t know. We’ll see.

Dissolving Dollars

Anyway, get my Dissolving Dollars book. And consider that it could make an interesting Christmas present for someone (including yourself). The book is currently only available at Amazon USA and it will at least stay that way until I put out a second edition at an undetermined date in the future. If you buy multiple copies, or something else with the book, to bring the order over $25, you’ll get free shipping inside the United States. And (hint, hint) if you buy the book, it would be kind and cool of you if you gave it an encouraging and positive review on Amazon.

Go to http://dissolvingdollars.com/

Get the book

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1440446881?ie=UTF8&tag=theunias-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1440446881

Why Love Sucks: Part 2 Team Love

(See Comic)“Love, friendship, respect, do not unite people as much as a common hatred for something.” Anton Chekhov Most of what passes for love in this world is best described as team love; team love is union that is discriminatory. Team love starts at the level of family. Parents tend to love their children because their children are their children. Children tend to love their parents because their parents are their parents. Grandparents tend to love their grandchildren because their grandchildren are their children's children. People tend to love their pets because their pets are their pets. See how that works? It is love by default and is often simply grown out of a habit of identification with the love object. and this kind of team love is preserved and fed through team unity built around common objectives. Before familial ties become preexisting, there comes team love born of making new families. This kind of team love is institutionalized in society by the ritual of marriage. And it is reinforced by biological reproduction. Since this kind of team love isn't preexisting, it depends on recruiting. Recruiting criteria varies widely from person to person, but overall the recruiting usually involves finding a person whose preexisting team is compatible with one's own preexisting team (or someone who is malleable enough to be indoctrinated into a new team, or whose team is desirable enough to justify abandoning one's own preexisting team). There is a general hierarchy of team love that becomes ever more specific. On the top level are all earth dwelling creatures. Then comes mammals. From mammals comes humans. There are different skin colored humans. There are different geographical regions that different human groups occupy. There are different languages. There are various religions. There are various political ideologies. There are various hobbies and interest. There are various culinary tastes. There are various musical tastes. There are various temperaments. And on and on and on… Most people tend to seek out people that reinforce their preexisting team. However, in certain circumstances, diversity is desired for any number of self- aggrandizing reasons. Team love is predicated on a certain level of competitive difference. In other words, the different love teams are all in competition with each other on some level. Without that competition, there would be no need for teams. On the most benign level, team love is a withholding of love from non-team members and manifests as indifference and relative apathy. However, on the most malignant level, team love is a hate toward non-team members. And this can be observed when team loyalty is violated by a (former) team member and becomes hated. Consequently, team love facilitates a kind of perpetual war where each side is driven by a blind inclination to preserve the sanctity of one's own team at the cost of another team. In normal, everyday life, this war is usually externally inconsequential. However, when conditions are prime, it can lead to all kinds of blatant violence and ruthlessness from the individual level to the collective level. Coming Next: Part 3 Sacrificial Victims