Do immigrant children take money from our children? Saturday, Sep 22 2018 

Contrary to popular myth, the U.S. government, being Monetarily Sovereign cannot run short of U.S. dollars to pay its bills. 

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Ben Bernanke: “The U.S. government has a technology, called a printing press (or, today, its electronic equivalent), that allows it to produce as many U.S. dollars as it wishes at essentially no cost.”
Alan Greenspan: “A government cannot become insolvent with respect to obligations in its own currency.”

Readers of this site know that paying bills is the method by which the federal government creates dollars.

The more the federal government pays to creditors, the more dollars the government creates.

Even if the federal government collected zero taxes, it could pay its bills, forever.

That is why the following article demonstrates the massive ignorance being pumped into the populace by those who wish America ill.

Exclusive: With more immigrant children in detention, HHS cuts funds for other programs — like cancer research
Caitlin Dickson, Reporter,Yahoo News•September 19, 2018

The Department of Health and Human Services is diverting millions of dollars in funding from a number of programs, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health, to pay for housing for the growing population of detained immigrant children.

Federal financing doesn’t work that way. The federal government does not “divert dollars” to pay for anything. It creates new dollars, to pay for everything.

The federal government “has” infinite money, or more accurately, can create infinite money.  Though the federal government assigns budgets to each of its agencies, this is for the purpose of spending control, not because there is a real limit on available dollars.

If the government wanted to “pay for housing for the growing population of detained immigrant children,” it would do so without diverting even one penny from other programs.

The so-called “diversion” is a charade, a lie to convince you to accept cuts to social programs such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and poverty aids.

HHS Secretary Alex Azar outlined his plan to reallocate up to $266 million in funding for the Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) program in the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR).

Nearly $80 million of that money will come from other refugee support programs within ORR. The rest is being taken from other programs, including $16.7 million from Head Start, $5.7 million from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program and $13.3 million from the National Cancer Institute.

Money is also being diverted from programs dedicated to mental and maternal health, women’s shelters and substance abuse.

There is zero need to take money from Head Start, HIV/AIDS, and the National Cancer Institute unless these programs are less important than previously thought (doubtful).

The question is: Why does ORR need more money?

While the family separation policy has contributed to the demand for additional beds, the main reason is that children are spending more time in custody before they are released to a sponsor or returned home.

So far this month, discharges from custody have been running at a rate less than half the percent shown in reports obtained by Yahoo News from early April and from late July.

Meanwhile the intake of unaccompanied immigrant children into ORR facilities has remained relatively steady, with average daily referrals from Customs and Border Protection in the range of 100 to 200.

“This is not a story about a historically large surge in arrivals,” said Mark Greenberg, a former official with HHS’s Administration for Children and Families.

“The story is fundamentally about a significant slowdown in children being released from care.”

The people Donald Trump described as “rapists,” are being held longer — an increase in cruel laws being applied to children:

The majority of children housed in such facilities come to the U.S. on their own from the northern triangle countries of Central America — Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras — often fleeing gang violence.

Months before the family separation crisis came to a head, unaccompanied minors were already spending extended periods of time in ORR facilities, which are intended to house children temporarily until a parent or suitable adult sponsor can be identified.

(Further) a new policy requiring ORR Director Scott Lloyd to personally approve the release of certain children resulted in many remaining in custody longer, even after a proper sponsor had been approved.

A New York federal judge in June determined that Lloyd had violated the federal Administrative Procedure Act by enacting the policy almost immediately upon being sworn in as director, “with no record demonstrating the need for change,” and ordered him to halt it.

A government’s cruelty is adopted by the populace, as the following excerpts from comments about the above article show:

Dog: “Imagine how much funding would be available for US CITIZENS if we cleared up these individuals status once and for all? Bring them either out of the shadows on the path to being upstanding, tax paying, Citizens or deported permanently.

“It’s just economics 101, increase revenue, reduce overhead. I am not talking blanket amnesty either. Those wanting to stay will pay to be vetted, pay back taxes, and be on “probation” until they become citizens.

“After the program begins, swift and harsh penalties for being outside the terms of the “new visa” program will be grounds for immediate deportation.

“If criminal charges are involved, they pay ALL fines and court costs. (US States and Federal Government NOT to provide legal council, either they pay for it themselves, though their country of origin Diplomatic servi e, then direct permanent deportation. Save your schoolyard insults, thought out comments/debate always welcome.”

The writer who calls himself “Dog” want’s these impoverished children — children who come here owning only the clothes on their backs — somehow to pay ALL costs, not receive legal counsel or be jailed, and serve their FULL sentence, then deported.

Thus, do the mean-spirited find false financial justification for their natural callous inclinations.

As you continue to read the excerpts from the comments, keep in mind that the federal government can pay for anything, and that federal taxpayers do not fund federal spending.

sweetexas19472
“Well, US seniors are being made to pay their own medicare premiums, copays, deductibles and congressional Sequestration $1250.00 a years out of pocket costs.

“Millions of US Seniors can not afford to use their Medicare and are not going to the doctor nor filling their unaffordable meds nor getting their cancer treatments nor dialysis treatments.

“It has become difficult to seniors to find a doctor who will take Medicare.

“Congress borrowed $2.8 Trillion from Seniors self funded social security trust fund in IOU’s. When a senior’s spouse dies, the senior who is a live, has the SS money cut in half.

“Leaving the widow or widower with the bills of two, while only getting one of the couples SS money.

“So I feel sorry for these children. Our own citizens should not have to suffer!”

Federal spending for immigrants does not take one dime from “our own children.” In fact, it adds stimulus dollars to the U.S. economy.

What takes dollars from “our own children”? An inhumane government, pretending it is running short of its own sovereign currency.

Genevieve
“The cost to the US taxpayer of feeding, housing educating, and providing medical care is being paid for out of whatever funds can be made available because Congress doesn’t have a budget for taking care of them.”

“Of course that means services and programs for US citizens will have less funding, and the situation will continue indefinitely if nothing is done about it.”

No. Federal “feeding, housing educating, and providing medical care” adds dollars that provide “services and programs for U.S. citizens.”

VERGIL
“Since it’s right on the border, SET THEM ON THE OTHER SIDE PLEASE. I’d prefer to use those funds for OUR senior citizens, OUR homeless, OUR needy, educational needs of OUR children, pretty much anything OUR CITIZENS need.”

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invisible hand
“Quite the difference from today when immigrants are desired by some because they will clean toilets, do landscaping and work in construction and once an “anchor baby” is dropped bring the rest of the family to experience the bounty that is available courtesy of American taxpayers.”

American taxpayers pay taxes, which are destroyed by the U.S. Treasury upon receipt. (See: “Does the U.S. Treasury really destroy your tax dollars?“)

Unlike state and local government taxes, which do pay for state and local government spending, federal taxes pay for nothing. The federal government creates new dollars, each time it pays for something.

Belia
“This makes no sense to me. We have hungry children and adults in this country too, who need help. Why does this continue to go on? They need to be sent back. We are not the world’s keeper.”

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Reha
“It shows some of the costs of illegal immigration. Medical and educational costs to US taxpayers is significant.”

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American Woman
“Just think of all the veterans, the homeless, our poor children or elderly that money could make all the difference in the world to.

No one forced those illegals to enter our country, they made a choice to break our immigration laws. Why are we rewarding them at the expense of our own?”

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John B
“Escort them and their parents back to the border, rather than “housing them”.. It is not our responsibility to house them at the expense of our own citizens!”

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debra
“I am doing without a lot of things because I am a senior citizen, it’s nice that my own country will throw me and other seniors under the bus for the sake of illegals, and just for older they raised my insurance rates, medicine prices, I am now looking for a job. but, as long as the illegals are okay. that’s my big concern. thanks!!!!”

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mem
“Deduct it from the $350 Million Dollars a year the US gives Mexico”

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Sandy
“Lots of money is going towards this, food shelter And hired security companies”

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JAMES
“The estimated cost of operating such emergency facilities is $750 per child per day…where does that leave OUR kids? Even on a good day I didn’t spend 750 dollars on mine.”

The above constitute only a tiny percentage of the numerous comments from one article, but they display a disturbing commonality:

  1. The writers are devoid of human compassion.
  2. The writers spread the false belief that federal spending for immigrants takes money from other programs and from taxpayers. (Federal spending for immigrants adds dollars to the economy and grows the economy, benefiting all Americans.)
  3. What you can’t see from the above samples is that a great many of them use identical language indicating the comments are rife with bots funded by anti-immigrant, anti-American, anti-poor groups, hoping to sway public opinion.

In summary, immigrants and their immigrant children, do not take dollars from American taxpayers or from American children.

For all of America’s history, this nation has been built on the backs of impoverished immigrants, coming here to build a better life.

The most ambitious, hard-working, bravest, most intelligent people are the ones who risk the perilous journey from their former lands.

As such, they are an asset to America, not a liability. These are who America need to keep us growing.

Immigrants are what have made America great, and nothing has happened in the past few decades to change that.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty
Twitter: @rodgermitchell; Search #monetarysovereignty
Facebook: Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

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The single most important problems in economics involve the excessive income/wealth/power Gaps between the have-mores and the have-less.

Wide Gaps negatively affect poverty, health and longevity, education, housing, law and crime, war, leadership, ownership, bigotry, supply and demand, taxation, GDP, international relations, scientific advancement, the environment, human motivation and well-being, and virtually every other issue in economics.

Implementation of The Ten Steps To Prosperity can narrow the Gaps:

Ten Steps To Prosperity:
1. Eliminate FICA

2. Federally funded medicare — parts a, b & d, plus long-term care — for everyone

3. Provide a monthly economic bonus to every man, woman and child in America (similar to social security for all)

4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone

5. Salary for attending school

6. Eliminate federal taxes on business

7. Increase the standard income tax deduction, annually. 

8. Tax the very rich (the “.1%) more, with higher progressive tax rates on all forms of income.

9. Federal ownership of all banks

10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99.9% 

The Ten Steps will grow the economy, and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and you.

MONETARY SOVEREIGNTY

 

Trump’s Larry Kudlow: The Social Security killer. Are you outraged? Thursday, Sep 20 2018 

Have you ever been outraged by the work of a bad plumber, a bad carpenter, a bad barber, or a bad surgeon?

Have you ever been outraged when your favorite sports team hired bad players, and your team performed poorly?

Under the “birds-of-a-feather” philosophy, President Donald Trump routinely hires the worst man (or woman) — incompetents and/or criminals — for the job.

Do you remember Michael Flynn, Anthony Scaramucci, Omarosa Newman, Scott Pruitt, John McEntee, Michael Cohen, Paul Manafort, et al?

Trump’s hires seldom benefit America. Their main talent is telling Trump how great he is.

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Larry Kudlow, Trump’s Social Security killer.

Which brings us to Larry Kudlow, Trump’s Director of the National Economic Council.

We have written about Kudlow in the past, here.  He is a perfect Trump appointment, an economist who denies science for the sake of Trump’s politics.

Example:

Washington Post: June, 2018: President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, said Friday that the federal deficit is “coming down rapidly,” contradicting estimates by nonpartisan analysts, Congress’s official scorekeeper and a branch of the White House.

That was only three months ago. This is now:

Kudlow suggests entitlement reform is coming
CNBC, Jacob Pramuk, Published Tue, 18 Sept 2018

Asked Monday if the Trump administration would address “entitlement reform,” White House chief economic advisor Larry Kudlow said it will “probably” look at “larger entitlements” next year.

Entitlement reform generally refers to changes or cuts to large government social programs such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid or food stamps.

“I don’t want to be specific, I don’t want to get ahead of our own budgeting, but we’ll get there,” Kudlow said at the Economic Club of New York. “But I agree, we have to be tougher on spending.”

Let’s analyze the above “Kudlowisms”:

First, Kudlow was lying about the deficit coming down. Trump doesn’t like deficits, so obediently, Kudlow denied the facts (a favorite Trump tactic), and made a ridiculous declaration based on the lie (another favorite Trump tactic).

Second, deficit reduction would be harmful to America (yet another favorite Trump tactic).  The federal government is uniquie. It is Monetarily Sovereign.

The U.S. federal government never can run short of its own sovereign currency, the U.S. dollar. Thus, there is no financial reason to cut federal deficits.

Ben Bernanke: “The U.S. government has a technology, called a printing press (or, today, its electronic equivalent), that allows it to produce as many U.S. dollars as it wishes at essentially no cost.”

Alan Greenspan: “A government cannot become insolvent with respect to obligations in its own currency.”

St. Louis Federal Reserve: “As the sole manufacturer of dollars, whose debt is denominated in dollars, the U.S. government can never become insolvent, i.e., unable to pay its bills.

By contrast, the U.S. economy requires an influx of dollars in order to grow. So when the federal government runs a deficit it sends some of its infinite supply of growth dollars into the economy.

Without deficit spending, the economy falls into depressions or recessions:

1804-1812: U. S. Federal Debt reduced 48%. Depression began in 1807.
1817-1821: U. S. Federal Debt reduced 29%. Depression began in 1819.
1823-1836: U. S. Federal Debt reduced 99%. Depression began in 1837.
1852-1857: U. S. Federal Debt reduced 59%. Depression began in 1857.
1867-1873: U. S. Federal Debt reduced 27%. Depression began in 1873.
1880-1893: U. S. Federal Debt reduced 57%. Depression began in 1893.
1920-1930: U. S. Federal Debt reduced 36%. Depression began in 1929.
1997-2001: U. S. Federal Debt reduced 15%. Recession began in 2001.

Deficit dollars are not tax dollars. The federal government, unlike state and local governments, does not spend tax dollars. The federal government spends dollars created, ad hoc, each time the federal government pays a bill.

These growth dollars are absolutely necessary to prevent recessions and depressions.

Third, entitlement “reform” is a euphemism for slashing Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps and anything else that benefits the lower- and middle-income groups (still another favorite Trump tactic).

It’s not reform; it’s deform. Cutting deficit spending deforms the economy. There is no financial or economic benefit that comes from being “tougher on spending.”

Your taxes do not fund federal spending, which is why the so-called “debt” is now above $15 trillion. In fact, our Monetarily Sovereign federal government has the power to double federal spending, while cutting taxes in half.

And no, deficits do not cause inflation. There is no relationship between federal deficit spending and inflation:

Federal deficits: Blue line. Inflation: Red line. Deficit reductions lead to recessions, which are cured by deficit increases.

(If deficits don’t cause inflation, what does? Shortages, most often of food and/or of energy. Because federal deficit spending tends to reduce shortages, there actually is an inverse relationship between deficits and inflation.)

Shielding Social Security and Medicare has always been a winning message for political candidates.

But now, numerous Democrats have sounded alarms about Republicans trimming spending on those programs in order to make up for the estimated $1 trillion or more last year’s GOP tax cuts are projected to add to budget deficits.

Jeff Merkley, a Democratic senator from Oregon and potential 2020 presidential candidate, tweeted that “Social Security and Medicare are on the line” in November’s midterms.

Fourth, there is one reason, and one reason only, to cut Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, or food stamps: To widen the Gap between the rich and the rest.

The rich, who run America, always want to be richer. One way for the rich to be richer is for the rest of us to be poorer, in short, for the Gap to be wider.

And Trump’s willing lackey, Larry Kudlow, is just the man for the job.

An election is coming. There are only two reasons for you to vote for a Republican:

  1. You are in the upper 1% income/wealth group, and
  2. You don’t care what happens to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other social benefits.

Trump, Kudlow and the rest of the GOP wish to kill your benefits, not for any financial purpose, but rather to please the rich.

Are you outraged?

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty
Twitter: @rodgermitchell; Search #monetarysovereignty
Facebook: Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

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The single most important problems in economics involve the excessive income/wealth/power Gaps between the have-mores and the have-less.

Wide Gaps negatively affect poverty, health and longevity, education, housing, law and crime, war, leadership, ownership, bigotry, supply and demand, taxation, GDP, international relations, scientific advancement, the environment, human motivation and well-being, and virtually every other issue in economics.

Implementation of The Ten Steps To Prosperity can narrow the Gaps:

Ten Steps To Prosperity:
1. Eliminate FICA

2. Federally funded medicare — parts a, b & d, plus long-term care — for everyone

3. Provide a monthly economic bonus to every man, woman and child in America (similar to social security for all)

4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone

5. Salary for attending school

6. Eliminate federal taxes on business

7. Increase the standard income tax deduction, annually. 

8. Tax the very rich (the “.1%) more, with higher progressive tax rates on all forms of income.

9. Federal ownership of all banks

10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99.9% 

The Ten Steps will grow the economy, and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and you.

MONETARY SOVEREIGNTY

“Good comes from bad,” Trump version Monday, Sep 17 2018 

My family slogan is, “Good comes from bad.” We intone it to raise our spirits when bad things happen, and remarkably, good often does come from bad.

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Excuse me sir, but I think you dropped this.

Things like, you didn’t get the house you bid on and wound up with a better house. (That happened to me.)

Or the failed job interview that resulted in a better job elsewhere.

Or, the missed train ride that led to your meeting your one, true love.

I’m sure you have personal stories like that.

Here is the Donald Trump version: Donald Trump arguably is the worst President in American history.

He incorporates into one human being, an astonishing number of really bad traits.  See: “The secret GOP checklist of Presidential requirements.”

Not only does he himself offer a litany of ignorance and immorality, but he has surrounded himself with the most unintelligent and/or immoral allies. Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen, Michael Flynn, Rick Gates, and George Papadopoulos all have pleaded guilty to various crimes.

And let’s not forget the notorious Scott Pruitt, another Trump pal who was supposed to drain the swamp.

Trump has corrupted Congress, corrupted federal agencies, corrupted those around him, and attempted to corrupt the FBI, CIA, the courts, the Justice Department and many of the nations most important agencies.

One day, the nation will recover from Trump’s ignorance and perfidy regarding climate change (“a Chinese hoax”), and air pollution (“beautiful clean coal”), and immigrants (“These aren’t people. These are animals”) and trade wars (“Trade wars are good and easy to win.”) and the Affordable Care Act ( “We’re going to repeal and replace it.“) and women (“Grab her by the pussy“), and immigrants (“They’re rapists”), and the Wall (“Mexico will pay for it“) — the list is endless.

It’s no accident that Trump admires most, the likes of Putin, Kim, Duterte, and Erdogan. All but Kim rule over what once was an attempt at democracy that they destroyed.

So, you might wonder how something good could evolve from Trump’s evil Presidency. The answer is that he provides us with the perfect example of what could happen, even in America, when a shameless, lying, egomaniac gains power.

We now know. Trump’s name will become a description of democratically-elected leadership gone awry.

Many years ago, the name “Benedict Arnold” meant “traitor.” After World War II, the name “Quisling” similarly meant a special kind of traitor, a visible collaborator with the enemy.

Still today, if you use the phrase, “He’s another Hitler,” everyone understands what you mean.

And tomorrow, if anyone uses the phrase, “He’s another Donald Trump,” the world will recognize the reference to a stupid, lazy, boastful, bigoted, greedy, egomaniacal, womanizing, felonious, lying politician.

Trump has destroyed many of the previous norms that made America a great and admired nation. One day, after a long struggle, we will return to that time of admiration.

Meanwhile, the next time someone attempts to follow in his footsteps, you will have a reference — “He’s another Donald Trump” — to call attention to, and to draw a picture of, the danger.

Warning an American that a politician is another Hitler, or another Quisling, may not strike a chord, but “another Trump” will resonate. He’s one of ours. And that will be a blessing.

We were lucky this time. We mostly escaped the horrors that could have befallen us, though we will suffer for years.

Trump is a stupid man. If he were intelligent, like Hitler, Putin et al, he would not have made his obvious mistakes, and so been able to solidify his rule.

But he is so transparently unfit, he will lose power rather than gain it. Even the most obtuse among us, slowly are leaving him.

It could have happened here: Russia, Turkey, The Philippines, Cuba, Zimbabwe, Argentina, China, — all ruled by strongmen.

Thankfully, Trump’s stupidity will prevent that outcome. He fooled some of the people, but fewer every day.

(“Don’t vote for that guy; he’s another Trump.”)

Whew! That was a close one.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty
Twitter: @rodgermitchell; Search #monetarysovereignty
Facebook: Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

MONETARY SOVEREIGNTY

Our counterfeit reality Thursday, Sep 13 2018 

The universe is not what it seems to be. All is illusion.
“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players” Shakespeare.
“The more precisely the position of a particle is determined, the less precisely its momentum can be known.” Heisenberg

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Do molecules have morals? Are there “bad” amoeba and “good” amoeba? Do ants have compassion? Evil wolves and kindly wolves?

We assume there are bad and good people, so at what point do we assume living creatures have a moral code?

Morals presuppose free will. You cannot be moral or immoral, bad or good, unless you have conscious control over your actions.

So, to assume people are bad and good, we must assume people have at least some modicum of control over their actions.

But is this assumption sound? Do we really control our actions?

Free Will
Previously, (here and here) I wrote to you about “free will,” or specifically the fact that despite what our intuition tells us, free will does not exist. Free will is an illusion.

Every effect has a cause. The actions of every quark, every proton, electron, and neutron, every atom and molecule and field and force, are affected by a previous chain of other quantum particles and forces, which in turn, are affected by others, going back through time.

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Every effect has a cause

There is no known mechanism for your brain having free will, any more than your car, your “smart” phone or your refrigerator having free will.

Unless and until someone develops an alternative physics, in which the atoms of human brains do not respond to the other atoms in the universe, or do not direct our actions, beliefs, and emotions, we must acknowledge the physical impossibility of free will.

And this line of logic leads directly to the notion of infinitely pre-programmed time.

If at both the macro and the micro levels, every effect has a prior cause, then there is no alternative to the deterministic idea that everything that will be, already is programmed by what has been.

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The past, present, and future exist simultaneously as a continuum called “time.”

You might visualize an infinitely long reel of movie film, moving by at light speed, in which the past exists in earlier cells, “now” exists in one cell, and the future exists in later cells.

The past, the present, and the future, as with a movie film, all have been written and all exist simultaneously as a continuum called “time,” immutable by any mysterious, undiscovered, non-physical, nonexistent  force we refer to as “free will.”

Is that infinite “movie film” a straight line, with no beginning and no end? Or, is it a circle, where moments of a distant future blend seamlessly into a distant past — also with no beginning and no end? Does trillion-year history repeat endlessly?

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Is this the shape of time?

Nature is loaded with cycles, repetitions or near-repetitions, that hint time might be something of a helictical circle (like a Slinky, with both ends attached), where cycles are adjacent points on the circle.

The helix is strangely common in nature. Is this time’s imprint on matter and energy?

Viewed that way, the notion of time travel jumps out at you, since merely moving from one cycle to a nearby cycle could take you years into the past or the future. (Wormholes, anyone?)

Yet, even a time jump, which presumably could change the future and/or the past, wouldn’t affect the idea that free will does not exist.

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Nature’s omnipresent double helix hints at time travel. 

Your decision to time-jump still would be pre-programmed, and the results of your jump already have been written.

I recently was asked, “If everything is pre-programmed, why should I even bother to try?”

My answer is, “You can’t help it. Your every thought and every emotion is determined by the atoms and fields in your brain, and they are influenced by other atoms and fields. 

You are an actor in the movie, and your brain’s arrangement today and tomorrow already have been determined by the script.”

If all of this seems fanciful, even absurd, be assured that currently-debated, even accepted hypotheses are no less fanciful.

Many Worlds
Consider the “many-worlds” interpretation, which posits that everything that possibly could have happened — i.e. every movement by every quantum particle — actually has happened in a separate universe.

This not only requires an essentially infinite number of universes now, but infinitely more universes a tiny fraction of a second from now — far more complete universes than the number of particles in our universe.

Infinite copies of you, would read infinite variations of this post now, and that number would increase, second by second, infinitely. Fanciful?

Yet it seriously has been considered by such luminaries as Stephan Hawking and Roger Penrose — at least in my current universe. In other universes, perhaps not.

Even time travel or an infinite number of universes does not provide for free will in even one universe, even one planet, even one organism. Consider a common, sci-fi situation in which someone goes back in time and does something that alters the future.

This does not imply the person has free will, since his trip to the past, and his actions there merely would be a projection of the past. Everything has been written, like the pages of a novel.

Somehow, the original quantum particles were created and set in motion. Everything after that has resulted from that original “script.” There is nothing you or I can do to change it.

Though we imagine we can, via force of will,  change the trajectory of the universe’s quantum particles, that is an illusion. We can no more change the future than we can change the past.

All is illusion, created by our brains. Hold your hand in front of your face. What do you see? Your fingers?

No, your brain experiences light photons, and converts that sensation into the illusion of fingers. Everything you see, hear, feel, smell, taste, and believe is an illusion, created by your brain’s quantum particles in response to other quantum particles.

Just as you can’t see your fingers, you can’t hear a violin, or taste chocolate, or feel an itch, or believe anything in this post. Your brain’s quantum particles create and interpret illusions.

Holograms
A hologram can illustrate an object from any angle in 3-dimensional space. It is not a photographic replica, but rather its what your eyes and brain interpret as an organized picture from a seemingly unorganized group of atoms.

A hologram is an illusion.

Some scientists suggest the universe is a hologram, with two-dimensional arrangements of quantum particles interpreted as three-dimensional by your brain.

It would be another example of reality differing from what our intuition tells us.

Heraclitus said, No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.”

You cannot experience the same fingers, the same violin, the same chocolate, or the same itch, twice. Every second your eyes experience different photons; your ears experience different sound wave molecules; your taste buds experience different chemicals.

Your brain continually re-interprets these changing inputs into a smooth constant, not because you “will” it to, but because it must.

This leads to the question, “Why is there consistency?” Look at this page. Now look away and look back again. The page still appears to be there.

If all is an illusion, created by quantum particles that began their trajectories billions of years ago, wouldn’t they by now, have become so randomized, that each moment would appear different to my brain?

And indeed, each moment is different. The light quanta coming off your computer screen change trillions of times each second, as do the atoms of your brain, yet the illusion persists that you and the screen stay the same.

Dreams
Awake or asleep, my brain receives and recreates sensory input, from which it creates the universe you know. Thus, a dream is no less real than an awake experience. It may be different.

Solipsism says that nothing is real and everything is invented by the brain. Descartes wrote, “I think, therefore I exist,” to create a foundation of reality, but never was able to claim the nature of “I.”

The phrase not only expressed the foundation of knowledge, but the limit of knowledge. It purports to be the limit of what we can know about reality.

In summary, I exist as something. I experience a unique existence that is is an illusion created by me. I believe this illusion to be in response to all the particles and fields that may have existed in an infinite universe for an infinite time.

When these lights are flashing, it is impossible not to see them as moving back and forth, no matter how hard we try.

For me, the illusion is extraordinarily powerful. I believe with all my head, heart, and soul that I exist in a certain form, and that you do, too.

Consider railroad signal lights. You see them as moving back and forth, though you know this is an illusion.  Illusions are hard to overcome.

My emotions say I have “free will,” though my logic tells me this is not possible.

I believe I decided to write this article, though I know of no scientific basis for my being able to decide anything; it all has been determined from the beginning.

I am an actor in a story, doing what I am programmed to do, neither more nor less. I have come to this conclusion because I must. There are no alternatives.

And all of this begs the question, “Who wrote the “novel?” Who/what created the original quantum particles and set them in motion?

We are limited by the imagination we have been given. We cannot imagine “always.”

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
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