IBM and the Holocaust

It occurs to me this morning as I read about Belgium’s struggle to deal with anti-semitism in their country, that “bullying”, or any condemnation of, “picking on”, or intimidation using superior strength or power to coerce or to condemn, make fun of, or even do violence to, anyone can eventually lead to something greater.

We all start life at public schools (at least most of us do) and there is a, for want of a better term,  “pecking order”. It’s a barnyard term, I’m sure. Throw any group of people together and there is an attempt to set up some type of order, or at least an attempt for the stronger to set up a system whereby they rule over the weaker. That weaker group is almost always looked down upon by the stronger, ruling group. It’s in our nature. There are those compassionate ones who seek to lift up and assist the weaker ones, but there are always the ruling ones in the group who don’t care about that. One may call them uncaring, if you will, or they may simply be intolerant. Unless one is open to change in their attitude toward others, this will progress to something more narcissistic.

A while back, I read the book, IBM and the Holocaust. You simply must read the history of this American company who defied American law during the war SO THAT THEY COULD PROFIT at the cost of human lives. Without IBM, the Nazis could not have located all of the Jews and others they murdered so heinously.

Review of the book:

One will never think of IBM in quite the same way. I know I don’t. Now put this all in context with our modern computer and spying technology…any people group could be targeted, and will, I’m sure. After all, as tolerant humans, we haven’t progressed that much from 1933. Just look at who is in power.


Keeping Up

Keeping up with all of the events going on in our complicated world is no mean feat.  I just can’t do it.  I run a small (perhaps wee) business, so my attention and time are taken up looking for “jobs” and creating venues for income.  That’s why I haven’t been writing much lately, that, and I have felt less prompting or compunction to do so.  The events in our  world are coming at us so fast and are fairly much a repeat (in one form or another) day after day, so it can seem to be saying the same thing over and over again, which I leave to the nightly tv commentators.  I ‘m glad I don’t have their job.

But what I can’t, won’t, or don’t write in this space, my healthy list of sites on the right sidebar do.  I encourage you to check them out.  If you are interested in Islamic issues, I have a pretty good list of sites where you can find out just about anything that is going on specifically in our nation .  These are good bloggers on my sidebar, so please utilize these resources which are there to help you find information. John at Midknight Review is a retired guy with lots of time on his hands.  He does an excellent job of writing and commenting every day about the times we live in. Atlas Shrugs is another blogger who is full time on top of every event that may threaten our country’s freedoms. The Conservative Pup writes regularly and writes wonderful commentary; I appreciate her conservative friendship and viewpoint.

I’ll still be here and post from time to time, but I have definitely been on the slowdown.  I do have a post about family that is in the back of my mind to write.

The Founders’ Formula for “Calculated” Compassion

I am reading the 5000 Year Leap, Principles of Freedom 101.  Awesome book…I highly recommend it to everyone!  Ya’ know…I’ve been away from high school and any consistent study of history for a long time.  I find this book to be totally refreshing as well as an in depth study of the Founders of our nation with their great patience, wisdom, and foresight in putting our government in place.  The colonies took 60 ballots to try to reach consensus on just how to properly elect the president of the United States.  That tells me a lot…but I digress…

Let me share a bit of the wisdom from this book…first the words of Benjamin Franklin and then from the authors of The 5000 Year Leap:

To relieve the misfortunes of our fellow creatures is concurring with the Deity; it is godlike; but, if we provide encouragement for laziness, and support for  folly, may we not be found fighting aginst the order of God and Nature, which perhaps has appointed want and misery as the proper punishments for, and cautions against, as well as necessary consequences of, idleness and extravagance?  Whenever we attempt to amend the scheme of Providence, and to interfere with the government of the world, we had need be very circumspect, lest we do more harm than good.

Nearly all of the Founders seem to have acquired deep convictions that assisting those in need had to be done through means which might be called “calculated” compassion.  Highlights from their writings suggest the following:

1.  Do not help the needy completely.  Merely help them to help themselves.

2.  Give the poor the satisfaction of “earned achievement” instead of rewarding them without achievement.

3.  Allow the poor to climb the “appreciation ladder”–from tents to cabins, cabins to cottages, cottages to comfortable houses.

4.  Where emergency help is provided, do not prolong it to the point where it becomes habitual.

5.  Strictly enforce the scale of “fixed responsibility”.  The first and foremost level of responsibility is with the individual himself; the second level is the family; then the church; next the community; finally the county, and in a disaster or emergency, the state.  Under no circumstances is the federal government to become involved in public welfare.  The Founders felt it would corrupt the government and also the poor.  No Constitutional authority exists for the federal government to participate in charity or welfare.—The 5000 Year Leap

My, how far we’ve strayed…