There's far too much corruption in this world, far too much destruction, and far too much outright evil in this world for grumpy old curmudgeons like me to fully enjoy the "joy of the season."
Everything (outside my home and family) just bums me out these days. Politics, culture, entertainment, laws, religion... Everything is just so damn infuriating. The NSA is still spying on everything with a shadow, and no one seems to care; the first, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and tenth amendments are effectively dead, and no one seems to care; cops are murdering/assaulting innocent civilians on a routine fucking basis and no one seems to care; fast and furious, the irs, the destruction of health care, cronyism, and no one seems to care.
Clark suggests we burn the fucking system to the ground, and the comments are very informative about the state of the collective mindset of the nation. "But what system will replace it??" Well, Clark is a voluntaryist, like myself. Chances are, he doesn't want the system replaced. Just destroyed. I find it difficult to argue with his conclusion that the system is NOT broken; it's working exactly as it was intended to.
It's the same with any power structure. The structure always protects the people with power, and victimizes the powerless. It doesn't make a difference if we're talking about Kim Jong Un or Sheriff McAnalrape; those in power violate the law without consequence while the rest of us are guilty until proven innocent beyond the shadow of a doubt.
A few years ago, I made the only news year's resolution I've ever kept: to never make new years resolutions. However, if you are one of those who waits until a certain day to try and better your life, I have some suggestions, and they're all pretty basic:
1) always take everything to its logical conclusion. If it is wrong for me to steal, and it's wrong for you to steal, then we can't give the right to steal to other men.
2) follow through. If you're stupid enough to vote for higher taxes for the screwls and the chillrens, pay attention when they still close the screwls and fire the indoctrinators. Then, the next time, don't fucking vote for the higher taxes.
3) if you're a religious American, stop asking God for help. I'm not saying don't pray our commune with your deity; quite the opposite. I'm saying that God has more pressing important matters to attend to than helping the Packers beat the White Sox (I don't follow sports. Are either of those teams in the finals for the world cup?) or helping you find your keys. If you've got a dying family member, sure, I'll make an exception for you, but other than that, God gave you all the tools you need, and the 8 year old in Africa being raped to death by Boko Harem for just believing in God could really use His undivided attention.
4) read more, dammit. Ignorance is a choice in the age of information. It's all there at your fingertips.
5) become a criminal. There's a pretty good chance you already are, even if you think you're not. Are you sure you've never violated a tax law?
Well, that's it for now. I'm trying hard to stay positive, but I'm not a very good liar.
Until next year, peace, love, and affordable urinal cakes.
Edited to add: Lew Rockwell is a little more optimistic than I am.