Gosh, a free book from Tom Kratman

For no money at all Baen are giving away a book by the slightly scary Tom Kratman: http://www.baen.com/a-state-of-disobedience.html

Timothy is a big fan of the infamous Tank Marmot. I’ve quickly skimmed it and the hero appears to advocate Leon Trotsky’s theory  of permanent revolution:

“But the biggest thing she was wrong about was this: sure, the federal government will grow again . . . or the state governments will get so powerful that they’ll become as obnoxious as Willi’s ultimately did. But so?”
Jack shrugged. “So?”
“So we do this again. And again. And again. As often as necessary. But, you know, that may not be all that often. And we’re a great country, Jack. Even now. We can afford a revolution every now and again to shake things up and put us back on the right track. I just hope . . .”
“Yes?” Jack encouraged.
“Well . . . I just hope we can always do it without resorting to a real civil war.”

So is it possible that despite the apparent anti-left leanings, this is secretly a Trotskyist manual of insurrection?

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21 comments

  1. Mark

    I’m not sure I’m going to actually read it, but oh goodness just the reviews are hilarious – and these are from Baen readers, not filthy libruls on Amazon:

    “This could have been a 5, the premise and military portion is wonderful. Unfortunately the herion and villian are stereotypes. The villian is a petulant lesbian who is out for power with no scruples or finnesse. The herione cries in almost every scene and is told what to do by a man because she is unable to make hard choices.

    “The agenda of the book could have been written by one of the screaming right-wing TV pundits who speak in thirty second sound bites and lie like a biased statistician.

    “If the author ever starts questionning all the propoganda and not just the left his books could be excellent. For this one it’s a bit of a slog getting through the “liberals are stupid” bits to get to the good parts.”

    Oh Tank Marmot no.

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  2. thephantom182

    “The villian is a petulant lesbian who is out for power with no scruples or finnesse.”

    The villain seems to be modeled on the current Premiere of Ontario. It’s an accurate portrait.

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  3. thephantom182

    “…a book by the slightly scary Tom Kratman…”

    Seriously? “Slightly scary?” So tiresome, Camestros.

    “So is it possible that despite the apparent anti-left leanings, this is secretly a Trotskyist manual of insurrection?”

    Bureaucracies always grow, and they always grow at the expense of the governed. Periodically they need trimming, because they do not self-regulate. We live now in an age of bureaucracy bloom, where they have essentially exploded like algae in a pond and consumed all resources. Western governments consume more than the total output of their populations, that can’t continue.

    At what point do people say “NO!” is the question. Trump’s popularity is the awake section of the population saying no. In fairness, Saunders is also a bunch of people saying no. They’re a bit deluded about what will work IMHO, but they at least recognize that what we have now is not freedom and its not working. Those idiots who support Hillary, I can only suppose they are protecting their government issue iron rice bowls.

    Where its going to get ugly is if the population finally concludes that no matter what they do, nothing is going to happen and they’re screwed. When the political process is corrupted, it must be cast down and reforged. It has happened a few times in the USA already, once was a horrific war. Usually they manage it without killing anybody. That’s what Kratman is talking about.

    That’s what #BLM is, people who have been propagandized into believing that they’re getting screwed. Venezuela is what you get when the people really are being screwed and there’s no food. No civil war there yet, but it seems inevitable. Probably when the food thing eases up a bit, they’ll go for it.

    What Trotsky was about was 100 million dead in the 20th Century, more on the way in the 21st if the Chicoms and Norks get bizzy. One of these things is not like the other.

    I have lots of Kratman’s books. Reason being, I enjoy reading a book written by a guy who gets pissed off by the same stupid shit I do. The “liberals are stupid” parts are excellent. Add some spaceships and cool guns, I’m happy. I’m more than willing to flip a couple pages of rant to keep reading the story. His rants are the same as mine, I don’t miss anything by flipping past.

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    • RDF

      We live now in an age of bureaucracy bloom, where they have essentially exploded like algae in a pond and consumed all resources. Western governments consume more than the total output of their populations, that can’t continue.

      Here we go again…

      What you’re saying makes perfect sense – IF you first redefine “more than the total output”as anything over 35%, or “now”as better than a hundred and fifty years in the future based on dubious extrapolation.

      What color IS the sky on Planet Phantom?

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      • RDF

        You’re aware that the USA owes on the order of $20 trillion dollars, are you?

        So, when you say “Western governments consume more than the total output of their populations”, you’re actually saying that you’re offering economic predictions AND YOU DON’T ACTUALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT THE WORD “CONSUME” MEANS?!???

        Well. Isn’t that special?

        But let’s put this in perspective – as of July 29 2016, the US total gross national debt was about $19.4 trillion or about 106% of the previous 12 months of GDP. To give an analogy, this would be like a person with a near median salary of $50,000 owing $53,000.

        However, of this $19.4 trillion, $5.4 trillion was intragovernmental debt, $7.8 trillion by the US public, and $6.2 trillion by foreign investors. Which, to extend the analogy, is like our person with $50,000 “owing” $14,750 currently in their checking account to their savings account, “owing” $21,309 in rental rebates to renters who have no choice but to pay whatever rent you assess on them, and actually owing $16,940 to the bank. The portion “owed” to the renters (the US public) really represents the decision to “borrow” money from these people rather than simply raise their rent (taxes) – so it can be met by simply raising rents to match repayments. So the only bit that really matters is the $14,750 owed to the bank.

        However, as of 2012, the US held about $0.89 of foreign debt to every $1 of theirs owned by foreigners – and had a net positive return on debt holdings. Which would be like our person who owes $14,750 to the bank also holding a term deposit in the bank worth $13,130 – and getting more interest from that term deposit than they pay for the money they owe the bank. Not a particularly unviable situation.

        And now we get to where the analogy falls down.

        People have to pay back debt. The government doesn’t. It can issue as much debt as it likes and reissue it, and people within the economy have to take it. It has a similar effect to taxing that money away from them – what matters is NOT how much is nominally owed, but how much is owed IN COMPARISON TO THE GDP. Which isn’t great, but seems to have peaked and is now going down after the recession Obama inherited, and mainly increased due to Republican administrations – http://zfacts.com/wp-content/uploads/US-national-debt-GDP-graph.png

        In essence, under Reagan and the Bushs, the nation decided to finance itself by taxing the rich less and borrowing from them more – still taking money from them, but giving them a revenue stream in return. Which, not at all coincidentally, also coincided with a massive rise in inequality.

        And let’s not even get into the monetarist critique which points out that a government debt is simply a reflection of a trade deficit plus a net increase in private financial assets.

        But you keep on waffling on about economics. And we’ll keep pointing out you don’t seem to understand simple things like the word “consume”.

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  4. thephantom182

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/federal-tax-receipts-through-july-hit-record/article/2598764

    and

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-all-time-regulation-record-1470435716

    If you take money out of the private sector and spend it on government stuff, it has been consumed and is no longer available for investment. You can redefine things all you want, but the basics never change. Taxes destroy profit.

    Governments do not create wealth. They move it, they burn it, they mess with it, sometimes they steal it, but they do not make more. The private sector does that. When the private sector decides there’s no money to be made in a country, they -leave-. That’s what’s happening to the USA and Europe right now. Everybody is packing up and leaving for warmer climes.

    To see what corruption and poverty really look like in a pre-civil-war state, just have a gander at the games in Rio this week. Brazil is so profoundly fucked that they can’t put on an Olympics. Not enough money, not enough honesty, not enough guys who know what they’re doing and give enough of a shit to do it right. The fail is almost Athenian in failitude.

    Compare and contrast with Calgary or Vancouver’s most recent outings. Canada is a small country, 30 million people. Brazil has 200 million, and they can’t get their shit together to put on a decent sporting event?

    What fucked Brazil is the same type of policies Kratman talks about in his book. Corruption, stupidly short sighted economics, downright immoral horseshit getting a pass and a giggle from the Cognoscenti, and so forth. That’s why I skip over the rants sometimes. I could have written them.

    Meanwhile, July hit -another- record for gun sales in the USA. There’s never been more guns sold in any previous month of July than there was last month. 15 months straight. That is a very ominous portent.

    And you, Camestros, think nitpick and snark is some kind of helpful contribution when a guy like Kratman writes a book examining the idea of why all those -millions- of people are arming up in a very big way.

    By the way, is it fricking cold in Oz this year? I understand that New Zealand is breaking records. Love that global warming.

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    • camestrosfelapton

      //If you take money out of the private sector and spend it on government stuff, it has been consumed and is no longer available for investment. //

      Oh gosh. I need to thank you because I’ve never seen that misconception so neatly stated.

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      • thephantom182

        Camestros, if a guy’s company makes a million bucks after expenses, and the government takes half, please, oh please, explain to me how the guy has more than 500K to expand his operation.

        He doesn’t. They took it, it is gone. He can’t invest that money. It has gone to build windmills for Premiere Wynne’s cronies, or buy weapons for the Ministry of Education SWAT team.

        Furthermore, at what point is it no longer economically feasible for our guy to do business in Canada? Record levels of tax, record levels of government intrusion in the form of used fees and regulations, record costs for energy again due to tax.

        The answer is, sometime last year the point was passed and Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan and other provinces are losing jobs now. It’s a small country, it doesn’t take much. Guys that make a million a year don’t HAVE to stay in Canada, they can leave. And they are. Most are gone now, the few remaining are packing up. The only major companies left are oil, metal mining, potash and timber. Our dollar reflects that.

        Hence the book’s popularity

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    • camestrosfelapton

      //By the way, is it fricking cold in Oz this year? I understand that New Zealand is breaking records. Love that global warming.//

      Well it is winter but not abnormally cold. July in New Zealand was above average for the time of year, I believe. For Australia: “Minimum temperatures for July were very much warmer than average, ranking as Australia’s fifth-warmest July nationally (1.59 °C above average). ”
      Mind you one month by itself means nothing – particularly as this was at the tail end of an El Nino. Still, as you asked, nope ‘unseasonally warm’ would be a better description.

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    • Mark

      “Brazil is so profoundly fucked that they can’t put on an Olympics.”

      Oh my, have the Olympics been CANCELLED?!?

      No, wait, there are athletes running around and winning medals and stuff even as I type.

      I guess I’m in a parallel universe where Brazil can actually put on an Olympics. Do I get airships?

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    • RDF

      If u take money out of the private sector and spend it on government stuff, it has been consumed and is no longer available for investment.

      Uh-huh.

      Remind us again where money comes from? The money tree? The money fairy?

      Compare and contrast with Calgary or Vancouver’s most recent outings. Canada is a small country, 30 million people. Brazil has 200 million, and they can’t get their shit together to put on a decent sporting event?

      So your example of a low-tax, low-government country is… Canada?

      Which spent 21.2% GDP on government spending in 2015 – as opposed to Brazil which spent… 20.2%?

      Every time I think you can’t say something stupider…

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