The Invincible Army of Saint Nicholas, Patron of Merchants

I thank the 2012 Property and Freedom Society Conference for reminding me that my opponents are bureaucrats, that their obstacles are weak and fake. They are centrally planned and therefore stupid and inefficient.

They can’t touch me. They can’t even come close. Commerce is as powerful and inevitable as the blossoming of flowers in the Spring. No amount of laws and bureaucrats can stop it.


I am reminded of the legend Dan Gable:

“If I knew I was going to Wrestle in the finals of the Olympics against a Russian and I knew he had been training specifically to beat me, but then I knew the guy was on Steroids, That would HELP me. Whereas some might think ‘oh he’s cheating, for me you didn’t pay the price. You’re not as committed as I am. It’ll tear him apart. He may be strong, but all I have to do during that 9 minutes of wrestling is loosen one single wire in his brain, make him do something that isn’t perfect, and he’ll fall apart.”


I am reminded of a conversation I had in Iraq in 2003.

Some context: Since the fall of Sadaam’s regime, farmers were no longer scared to take more than their quota of water from Iraq’s open air canal system. The farms down stream were drying out. My job involved escorting incompetent police in support of their stupid, archaic irrigation system. We’d go harass the farmers tapping the canal illegally. One industrious farmer had dug a channel and created a pond in his backyard.

When I told my colonel that enforcement was near impossible, and that arresting farmers was hurting the morale of my soldiers, he suggested we have our engineers fill up his channel, repeatedly if necessary, until the farmer gives up. “I’m pretty sure the US Army can out work some guy with a shovel.”

He was wrong. The US Army didn’t stand a chance.




  1. Ed K


    Kick Ass? Lion kicking ass? The position of
    Lion of Ukraine is open…

    The job needs an ass kicker…

    For a writer I would say that means
    provocative scribings and production of

    Home run hitters do not just hit one ball
    at one time at bat. They swing at many
    balls at many times at bat.

    You recently had a good hit with a post
    about bureaucracy.

    Take a lesson from Iraqi farmers, persistence.

    Keep scribing!

    Ed K

    “Nothing in the world can take the place
    of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is
    more common than unsuccessful men with
    talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius
    is almost a proverb. Education will not; the
    world is full of educated derelicts.

    Persistence and determination alone are
    omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved
    and always will solve the problems of the
    human race.” by Calvin Coolidge

  2. Ed K

    Bodrum Turkey?

    So did you go sailing? I saw some pictures of nice
    sailboats, schooners, ketches, the freedom of wind…

    Did any from Ukraine attend? Where are they? Where
    is their leader? Leaders persuade others to follow
    their ideas.

    Bodrum is not on Black Sea!

    1. Roman

      There was another Ukrainian there. She runs a networking organization for Ukrainian business people in Germany.

      We went on yachts. The sails remained stowed.


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