Free Schtuff

Today I was sitting at the computer and I fired up my itunes.  The first song on the list that caught my eye was “Big Rock Candy Mountain”.  It is this song that has lead me to write this little rant.  Don’t get me wrong I love this song but the whole song sums up what some people daydream a democratic utopia would look like.

In the song you basically have this old hobo traveling to a place where you don’t have to work for anything and “handouts grow on trees”.  Now granted I am well aware that democrats don’t believe that you’ll have food stamps growing on trees, but a progressive can’t dream can’t he?  In the song there is a line about how the box cars are all empty.  That got my attention because, even though I know his dream that the box cars are empty is because he likes the free, spacious travel.  But it’s a freaking train car.  It’s there because it carries goods that people need to survive. He’s got free stuff growing on trees and trickling down rocks so I guess he doesn’t need the train to actually be carrying anything.  This is just a silly song about a man dreaming of his paradise but it got me thinking.  Is there any such thing as free stuff?

Most democrats believe in “free healthcare”.  They believe in “free” food in the form of food stamps or ebt programs.  They believe in free education and free this and free that.  Since they believe in tons of free things it’s a pretty important thing to ask if there’s free stuff.  After all, if you operated as though your goals and actions would plausibly achieve a Utopian state and they unintentionally had negative side effects wouldn’t you want to know.  Or wouldn’t you think that it’s an important thing to think about?  Sure, I don’t think most people would argue that point.  But those who believe in free things will definitely wrangle about it and fight for it vigorously.

Well just to cut to the chase I will say that there are no free things.  I can prove it too.  With that magical thang us hillbillies call the “sciunse” (science).

Most of the things that we want or the things we use that we get from a store are called “finished goods” as opposed to commodities.  Finished goods are only slightly different from commodities.  Finished goods are more ordered than commodities, but commodities themselves are ordered, just in lower amounts.  When I say ordered I am talking about their structure and not their being requested by someone.  Commodities and finished goods are both in essence the same thing when they are stripped down to their bare components.

Now, in physics there is a principle called the “Law of Conservation” or the “Law of the Conservation of Energy”.  It says that energy cannot be created or destroyed it merely changes forms.  Why am I saying this?  Well it’s important to know this to make some of my other points.  According to Einstein in the “Theory of Relativity” he makes a statement about all matter in the universe.  He does it in his famous formula e=mc².  It basically means that light and matter are the same thing when they are traveling at the speed of light.  All things are made of energy and everything is related to everything else.

Another law in physics is the “Law of Motion”  or inertia.  Newton discovered this principle and it describes objects in space.  An object in motion tends to stay in motion unless acted upon by and outside force.  Also, an object at rest will tend stay at rest unless acted upon by and outside force.  Why did I bring these things up?

A finished good is the same as anything else in the universe.  It takes energy to do something.  It doesn’t come from magic.  It requires energy to divert energy into taking a commodity or multiple commodities into finished goods.  It requires energy to get higher ordered matter or “organized energy” if you like.  Objects at rest don’t do anything.  They stay at rest.  Objects at rest that go into motion are put into motion by other objects with working energy.

The idea of free stuff is idiotic because it requires a price to be paid to produce the things.  The price is more energy and resources.  The price is energy in motion.  People who believe in free stuff just aren’t living in the same universe that I am.

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