Archive for September, 2011

Ignore history and it will bite you in the butt, a Parable about Behavioral Insanity

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Economic History

Then & Now

A Parable about reckless behavior.

If we deny history

We are destined to repeat our mistakes.

 

 

The Roaring 1920’s and the economy

                            a 

                 Forest  Parable

The 1920’s and the Roaring economy

Study history so we don’t make the same mistakes again

                                    by

                      Charlie Champion  

The forest was filled with a cacophony of  excitement .

Times were good, and the living was easy.

Several years of plentiful rainfall, moderate winters,  and warm nurturing Springs had turned the forest  into a virtual paradise . 

Food was plentiful.

 The predators had been hunted nearly to extinction by the two legged’s. Those that were not killed had left  for the deep unknown forest  far far away.

The cries, squeaks, craws et. al., of the new babies filled the air .

No predators meant bigger families, but the bounty provided by Mother Nature kept all, well fed. 

The wise old Badger was the local  leader, but his stories and warnings were causing the younger animals  to loose patience . He had lived a long life and was experienced in the  ways of nature . He was concerned that the bad times would come back. The younger animals who had never experienced  the fury of Nature ,refused to believe him..

“Yes my friends.” he warned, ” many of you are young. You do not remember the hard times from before.”

He looked around the clearing.” The Winters are not always so easy. There have been many years when we’ve been plagued by severe drought. ”

   He shook his head sadly,”When the streams dry up, then hunger comes to the forest.”

” Oh go on old man!”  Patty Bunny stamped her foot.” Who has time for sad old stories. Old stories are boreing.”

” Don’t say that,”he responded sternly.”To ignore history is to run the risk of repeating your mistakes.”

“Boo on you” said Ronnie rabit.

“Enough already ,” rasped Willie Weasle,” Lets live the good life. It’s time to party.This is the way it’s always going to be.”

“yada ,ya, ya” They hopped off giggling  and whispering.

Several months passed. The Summer was a distant memory.

A large volcano errupted off the coast. The sky was turned grey almost 750 miles distant.

The weather patterns were  changed. A noticeable drop in temperatures became apparent.

The wild fruits and berries never fully ripened, the tubes and bulbs were underdeveloped.

It was 4 or 5 degrees colder, and..  it it almost never rained.

Food became scarce . No one was prepared.

There were not enough stored acorns.

No stockpiled food.

Shortages developed almost overnight.

And the predators returned!!! Driven by hunger spurred by the drout and the very cold winter.

The happy well fed party generation disappeared in an avalanche of change.

Painful change.

Society altering change.

The 1920’s and the Economy

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The Relationship of Economics to History II

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Economics is a way of keeping score.

Economics is the way we are able to feed ourselves.

Economics is the engine that drives history.

The quest for quantitative gain, either in wealth or sustenance has been the propellant for most wars,  the march of  invading armies, and the annexation of  neighbors lands.

Economics is the fuel which drives society.

From the beginning of human history, people banded together first in clans, and ultimately in tribes and later nations, all with the original need to feed and protect.

To control the source of food and to allocate its distribution was an economic power that could decided life and death.

As society evolved, the symbiotic relationship  economics and history strengthened.

Today, the state of our economy has once again devolved to a more basic level. The days of indiscriminate spending on increasingly absurd possessions are fast disappearing.

Now we have turned into a dependent society.

We expect to be taken care of,,

Thank god for Obama and his Progressive minions.

Our needs are no longer our responsibility.

Pay my heating bills.

Buy my food.

Provide my health care.

Subsidize my rent.

Pay me not to work.

Life is good.

Life is easy

etal……