Let’s talk about Bill Simmon’s “Patrick Ewing Theory”.
Bill noticed that many a time and oft, a team loses a superstar, and instead of getting worse, gets a lot better. The poster boy for this kind of event is former New York Knick basketball superstar, Patrick Ewing.
The theory was created in the mid-’90s by Dave Cirilli, a friend of mine who was convinced that Patrick Ewing‘s teams (both at Georgetown and with New York) inexplicably played better when Ewing was either injured or missing extended stretches because of foul trouble.
…two crucial elements needed to be in place for any situation to qualify for “Ewing” status:
- A star athlete receives an inordinate amount of media attention and fan interest, and yet his teams never win anything substantial with him (other than maybe some early-round playoff series).
- That same athlete leaves his team (either by injury, trade, graduation, free agency or retirement) — and both the media and fans immediately write off the team for the following season.
When those elements collide, you have the Ewing Theory.
Simmons then hints that the Ewing theory applies to politics as well, naming several politicians who were candidates for it.
I have a big list of candidates for the Ewing Theory in economics and daily life. Most are well known to students of AE, such as Minimum Wage Laws, Unions, Too Big to Fail Banks, GM, Govt Schools, Obamacare, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the EPA, all govt Agencies, the Federal Reserve, govt monopolies on roads and the postal service, student loans, the Civil Rights Act [very damaging to blacks].
Many of the clueless think getting rid of these things would be disastrous, but the truth is we would be far better off without them. [If you have any doubt, do a search for these things at mises.org]. So here are a few less obvious ones.
1. The right to vote.
This increases the amount of money politicians plunder from us. If they only had to steal for themselves, and not for an additional large group of voters to get re-elected, we would be better off.
2. Obama and black politicians in general are Patrick Ewings for the black community, and blacks would be far better off with out them.
Because they have no clue about economics, and all the things they vote for weaken the economy. They are like a man on a tree branch, sawing off pieces of the branch he is on. He is creating his own downfall.
3. The USA in the world economy.
Many think that without the USA to buy stuff from China, the Chinese economy would grind to a halt. On the contrary, the Chinese would get to keep and enjoy all the stuff they are making. It’s called Say’s Law. [Try a search on this blog if you need background].
4. The Military.
As the CIA asserted, and Ron Paul publicized, all attacks on the US have come from the Army going somewhere for no reason and annoying the natives. In particular 9/11 happened because of this.
Close down the Army, let everyone here buy any weapon he chooses, and everything will be fine.
5. The NFL and college football for their athletes.
They basically are like successful gladiators in the old Roman Arenas, fighting each other not to the death like back then, but to mutual permanent injury.
6. Organized sports for children.
This one is pretty well known, come to think of it.
7. Television and all mass media.
We think we would have no entertainment, when in reality we would just lose constant mass brainwashing. Hint: every football game is sure to have some stomach turning propaganda by the military encouraging you to get yourself killed.
8. Patriotism and Love of Our Country.
These are just empty words whose goal is to fool you into getting yourself killed. The govt ads now insist that love of the flag [!] should be greater than love of ones wife and children.
At present, they are interested in making sure you can’t sue them, not in actually healing you. Thus, they will give you all kinds of bad advice and run all kinds of useless tests on you. Of course, this is caused by govt intervention, but for the meanwhile, you are better off without consulting a doctor unless you are at death’s door.
If you need pills, try to get them from a friend somehow, so you can avoid the actual doctor.
Ever day a student spends not showing up for classes is one less day of brainwashing and mass waste of time. School is bad for your mind and soul, as it teaches you to think and act like a mindless robot. You can pick up all the years of schooling from K to 12 in a few hours online, getting a high school equivalency when you are old enough. In the meantime, enjoy your childhood years, finding where your talents lie, if you have any. If you have no talents and are a cretin fit only for waiting tables, then school won’t teach you anything, either.