TheTinyDot Video By Larkin Rose

A situation too weird for 99.999% of people to adequately explain:

  • DeepCough

    “Why does the dog wag its tail?

    Because the dog is smarter than the tail.

    If the tail were smarter, it would wag the dog.”

  • Freddy B

    A video that simplifies things to such a point that they cease to be accurate. Great. Just what we need as an educational tool.

    • No_one

      Yeah. I don’t see what good this video can do, except get people to support the retaining of the lower taxes for rich people and the further lowering or elimination of taxes, all to the detriment of everyone who is not rich, at least under this system. (That was kind of a little too obvious if you watched the whole video.)

      • Camron Wiltshire

        How on Earth did you arrive at any of your conclusions?  How does not giving your money away to a tyrannical government who then abuses your rights with said money and keeps you impoverished by doing so, help the poor exactly?  These “liberal” myths about taxation are insanity.  Imagine this, you use the money to your own betterment, you don’t shell out 50% of your income to inept government bureaucracy and with the excess capital you can manage your own life as best you see fit?  Wow, what a concept!  

        • okOkay

          Ever heard of Andrew Mellon? He was responsible for a few tax cut plans in the 1920s. He cut income tax drastically for rich people and was even responsible for income tax cuts on the lower class. The idea was that this “trickle down economics” would help spread the wealth. Sounds great, right?

          Wrong. His plan was partly to blame for the Great Depression, inflation that led to it, and poverty during the great depression.

        • Rowan Duffy

          The welfare state was a sop given to the working class in order to stop a rupture through class warfare.  Still, there are real services which should be managed collectively, like infrastructure, (roads buses etc.) and ideally hospitals.  These are really and truly advantageous to the working class.  The anti-government rhetoric, small government rhetoric may appeal to the libertarian impulse, but with an eroded state infrastructure and without the means to expropriate the rich, it’s simply not of use to us.  In fact this rhetoric is instead incredibly useful for the rich, because it can help to get the poor onside with programs to liquidate state services in the name of cutting taxes.

          Further, there is an explicit pretence that congress is the elite.  Congress indeed is much richer than the average American and obtains some of this through privileges which are obtain through their “service”.  However, they are not the billionaires who are literally deciding the direction of the vast majority of money in the economy.  They are not the people who dictate policy, but have policy dictated for them by the rich.  This is explicitly anti-state in a way that hides the face of the people who are really calling the shots – the capitalist class.

          Anti-state without socialism is objectively support for warlordism.

          • Camron Wiltshire

            “Anti-state without socialism is objectively support for warlordism”
             This is a vast and reaching assumption.

            I also disagree with your narrative overall.

            Let’s discuss foundations.  Regardless of which ISM you prefer.  The monetary system is the foundation of any social contract and thus if it be befouled or abusive from the outset, any edifice built upon it is tainted and unholy.

            What is your position of the ‘federal’ reserve system and of the emerging reality of CAFR (comprehensive annual financial reports) as a means to launder generated tax dollars into crony corporations and to perpetuate budget shortfalls as a means of social control?

      • Camron Wiltshire

        You definitely missed the point entirely.  It is describing the absurdity of giving our power away to the minority “elites” and helps visualize this perverted reality.
        I think your comment has no meaning related to the piece whatsoever.  You’ve done nothing but reify your prejudice and assume the two are related.  Red herring/strawman fallacies come to mind.
        We don’t need the “rich” to take care of us.  We just need an even playing field.  In time with an honorable and fair foundation and true free markets minus excessive crony capitalism and corruption, liberty can be redeemed and a self reliant population can be created.
        This would equal preventing the endless borrowing for wars which enables them and enslaves future generations continuously while denying rights and means to those affected now.

        The problem with giving our power away is that we don’t realize when stockholm syndrome has been conditioned into us via gov’t schule’ing (indoctrination) and we fight for our chains.

        Here is to economic, agricultural, judicial fairness and liberty and to a restoration of all of our unalienable rights as free men and women.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Harry-Grassman/100002157128651 Harry Grassman

      Seriously, there are so many things wrong with this little treatise that it’s beyond being any use

      • Camron Wiltshire

        Ok….. Name one and defend your position.  

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Harry-Grassman/100002157128651 Harry Grassman

          OK, how about the idea that taxes are purely coercive and used only to fund negatives, ie wars we don’t like. No mention of the social contract or the social goods which taxes also provide.

          • Camron Wiltshire

            Where does he state that taxes are only coercive?  Smaller local governments can tend to their own affairs.  I think if anything he is decrying the absurdity of assuming we should allow a minority to dictate entirely what is because we fear their enforcers, not realizing that we dwarf them by comparison and are more than capable of providing for the running of our own affairs.

      • Liam_McGonagle

        Mebbe we’re all looking at this the wrong way.  It’s not a policy statement–it’s a piece of conceptual art.  Or at least a practical joke.

        I know a lot of people will leave this video feeling uncomfortable, not knowing whether it constitutes an insult against the intelligence of the viewer, the poster or the creator.  But why bother with such negative energy?  Can’t we just laugh WITH one another instead of AT one another?

        • Camron Wiltshire

          I agree entirely Liam.

          • Calypso_1

            ; ) Your’e more than welcome to laugh with us laughing at you anytime.  

          • Camron Wiltshire

            ahh lip service, my favorite anonymous troll, be sure to wipe up afterwards.

    • Camron Wiltshire

      ?  Ok, I’m noticing a lot of “new” posters who have said nothing but take on airs as though they have made some fundamental observation of the flaws with this piece.  So what EXACTLY do you find wrong with this?  Defend your position.

      • pixelbrine

        How about the fact that taxes have not gone exponentially up as the
        video suggest? In fact, taxes are lower now than at any time since WWII.
        We are talking about fluctuating tax rates on the richest Americans by
        3% back to where it was in the 90’s. You could easily make the argument
        that because many of these rich people either directly or indirectly
        through large investment control and profit from large corporations that
        they use more tax dollars than the average citizen because shipping
        trucks cause the largest wear on roads, these companies produce the
        largest and most toxic forms of pollution which tax dollars help to
        clean up, they use by far the most energy, and deplete the natural resources of our country. How about the fact that the video
        completely fails to mention things such as roads, electrical grids,
        military protection, scientific research, and the thousands of other
        things taxes help to provide for that make it easier to make the money
        people make? Are there many, many dollars spent in waste and unnecessarily?
        Absolutely! However, simplifying something so complicated as a
        civilizations social contract with itself into a couple minutes of
        moronic dribble does more harm than good to the national dialogue and progress of our country.

        • Camron Wiltshire

          “Taxes are lower at any time since WW2.”  Please provide a source.  Perhaps being immersed in a World War had something to do with the tax rate you are suggesting but have not proven to be true.

          “Largest most toxic forms of pollution” Pretty sure that is gonna be the Nuclear energy companies.

          “How about the fact the video fails to mention things such as roads, electrical grids, military protection…” etc.  
          Many of these can be privatised.  Remember the intention of the founding fathers primarily was that we not have a large standing army.  The whole crossing the rubicon rubric was surely in mind.

          I guess this video offends you because you believe that government is overall a benevolent force.  Perhaps you should study history better and the concept of democide especially.  (Death by government)  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democide

          Please read that and consider that the largest and most horrific episodes of death and destruction were created by governments throughout time.

          Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.James Madison
          I mean to govern myself and truly don’t believe outside of violent coercion that we are incapable of non violent cooperation.  We have just become so conditioned to the conditions of the plantation we are only know remembering the longing for liberty which has been the long hard fight of history in a nutshell.

          • pixelbrine

             Really?
            http://www.taxpolicycenter.org/taxfacts/displayafact.cfm?Docid=213
            As you can see there the top tax rate since 1917 has been as high as 94% it is now 35%
            Here is more
             
            http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/20/us/politics/why-americans-think-the-tax-rate-is-high-and-why-theyre-wrong.html

            and more

            http://innovationandgrowth.wordpress.com/2010/04/11/average-u-s-tax-burden-at-40-year-low/

            On to the pollution question are you saying that Nuclear energy companies are not privately owned? They are, and one could easily argue chemical companies, oil, gas, and coal have more of a direct pollution impact.

            http://www.worstpolluted.org/2011-report.html

            Yes roads, electrical grids, and the like can be largely privatized. In fact they already are in many cases. It is still government collecting and dispersing the revenue to pay for it. It is still government setting the standards they will accept regarding cost and safety and effectiveness.

            I do not believe government is an entirely benevolent force. The world is not as simple as that. It does however allow us to work together and accomplish things the profit motive, laziness, lack of empathy, or other of the less than altruistic human behaviors does not lend itself to.

            Government is not necessarily the “source” of the largest forms of death and destruction in history.
            How about the black plague which killed an estimated 100 million people? Once (in many cases) government funded research lead to the understanding disease governments made drastic changes in the rules which beforehand saw people acting on their own, dumping their feces in their drinking water and filling their fishing grounds with garbage and toxins.
            How about the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami which killed between 230,000 and 300,000 people? It displaced and made homeless another 3 million.  It was governments throughout the world who had the largest and most immediate impact on the relief and aid to the effected people.

            There is no human society or social animal for that reason which does not govern its interactions with each other with a set of rules. From queen bees and Matriarchal elephants to Mayors and direct democracies, when large groups of people (and animals) want to get things done and protect the group from the less than altruistic intentions of others we form a system to handle it.  Mali and Somalia have no taxes and are accepting new citizens for anyone who would like to live in a completely open market with practically no regulation and very little (if any in most cases) government oversight.
             
            Yes, in many cases governments can lead to suffering they can also lead to a much better quality of life when implemented with the right goals in mind. The world is far more intricate than this video and most who want so badly for its overly simple type of explanation would like to understand. Of course its easy to watch a video on how taxes are bad and government is the problem, because it simplifies things, it takes you from knowing little to believing you know how the entire world works in 3 minutes. Sadly, it does little for the betterment of human understanding.

          • Camron Wiltshire

            I take issue with your assumptions.  You have a habit of building arguments off of contested ideas as a seeming logical explication of your theories.  So I must ‘beg the question’ on a multitude of your presumptions and also point out that you are manufacturing strawmen as well, case in point,
            “Of course it is easy to watch a video on how taxes are bad and government is the problem, because it simplifies things, it takes you from knowing little to believing you know how the entire world works in 3 minutes.”

            To quote the great Lebowski,

             “That is just like your opinion man.”

            Nowhere does he state that he is describing the totality of human governance, this is YOUR assumption and your strawman.

            Also limited government does not imply no governance or a complete lack of shared cooperative management and administration of the running of human affairs.

            As for taxation, I will look deeper into what you have stated, I don’t believe that just because there may be comparatively less Tyranny say compared to a period shortly after the illegal occupation of the office of the Treasury by the fed, that it denotes we should all be thankful that things aren’t as bad as you say they were during said period.  

            94% as you stated seems abysmal and ridiculous and again I have not verified this so will leave it at that until I can vet your sources.

            I also noticed you completely side stepped by direct question about the foundations of the social contract or tie that binds in the form of the usurpation of the treasury and rights to coin currency.   Devilishly divested to the fed nearing 100 years ago and still negatively impacting every aspect of human life except for those who own this insidious cartel and their minions.

            It is a fundamental problem and any reasoned attempt to describe the proper mechanism of government cannot lack an awareness of this predatory lender.

          • pixelbrine

            You never directly asked my opinion on the Fed in particular. In fact, we agree in large part on the role of the Fed. I believe that monetary printing and rate control should not be in the hands of a largely unaccountable private entity.

            My arguement about the role of government was not a straw man. It was in response to the Democide article and statement that ” the largest and most horrific episodes of death and destruction were created by governments throughout time.”

            My numbers regarding the tax rates are spot on.

            I like most people am not saying that government is the solution to everything nor is it the problem with everything. I feel that there is a just argument regarding the size and role it plays in our lives. Of course there are trade offs regarding freedom and governance. However you would be hard pressed to find many people who want to live in a society with no rules or social responsibility. Likewise, very few people want to live under an authority it views as unnecessarily oppressive. That’s where we constantly strive “to form a more perfect union”.

            I took issue with the video because of it’s oversimplification of the taxes vs leave me alone argument. It implies that the tax burden has become ever more oppressive. Which simply is not the case. I’m not saying it is perfect. I feel it is far from so. It is also not a Behemoth, ever growing in it’s domination of our lives.

          • Camron Wiltshire

            Are you familiar with these numbers?

            Governments routinely murder millionsHere’s a short list of government mass murder carried out throughout history, almost always immediately following the disarmament of the public (and usually involving staged false flag events to justify the disarmament):50+ million dead: Mao Ze-Dong (China, 1958-61 and 1966-69, Tibet 1949-50)
            12+ million dead: Adolf Hitler (Germany, 1939-1945) – concentration camps, civilian deaths and dead Russian POWs
            8+ million dead: Leopold II of Belgium (Congo, 1886-1908)
            6+ million dead: Jozef Stalin (USSR, 1932-39)
            5+ million dead: Hideki Tojo (Japan, 1941-44)
            2+ million dead: Ismail Enver (Turkey, 1915-22)
            1.7 million dead: Pol Pot (Cambodia, 1975-79)
            1.6 million dead: Kim Il Sung (North Korea, 1948-94)
            1.5 million dead: Menghistu (Ethiopia, 1975-78)
            1 million dead: Yakubu Gowon (Biafra, 1967-1970)
            900,000 dead: Leonid Brezhnev (Afghanistan, 1979-1982)
            800,000 dead: Jean Kambanda (Rwanda, 1994)
            See more at:
            http://www.scaruffi.com/politics/dictat.htmlDeath by government:http://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/DBG.CHAP1.HTMhttp://www.infowars.com/democide-government-killed-over-260-million-i…

        • Camron Wiltshire

          “Taxes are lower at any time since WW2.”  Please provide a source.  Perhaps being immersed in a World War had something to do with the tax rate you are suggesting but have not proven to be true.
          “Largest most toxic forms of pollution” Pretty sure that is gonna be the Nuclear energy companies.
          “How about the fact the video fails to mention things such as roads, electrical grids, military protection…” etc.  Many of these can be privatised.  Remember the intention of the founding fathers primarily was that we not have a large standing army.  The whole crossing the rubicon rubric was surely in mind.
          I guess this video offends you because you believe that government is overall a benevolent force.  Perhaps you should study history better and the concept of democide especially.  (Death by government)  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D…
          Please read that and consider that the largest and most horrific episodes of death and destruction were created by governments throughout time.
          “Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”
          -James Madison
          I mean to govern myself and truly don’t believe outside of violent coercion that there are no other means of social organization, we are capable of non violent cooperation.  We have just become so conditioned to the conditions of the plantation we are only know remembering the longing for liberty which has been the long hard fight of history in a nutshell.

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  • http://onggg.wordpress.com/ Occult Nazi Go-Go Girls

    Deft use of graphics = good propaganda.

    • Camron Wiltshire

      Vapid and Vacuous.  Should he use horrible graphics to avoid being a “poseur?”  

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    Funny how uncomfortable “the facts” can make us feel when someone uses a lens other than the one we prefer.

  • woobie

    One of the most simple-minded things I’ve ever seen posted here, or even on Youtube, and that’s saying
    quite a bit.

  • Greendot

    I tried telling the dot to go to hell, but his enforcer dot came and all my fellow green, red, blue, and yellow dots moved away from me and let him have his way.

  • The Truth Hurts

    Seems dot on in comparison to me. 

  • chinagreenelvis

    The creators of this video clearly have no idea what a pyramid looks like.

  • Annt

    I have to agree with Freddy…not useful

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