The fight for Doctor Evil supremacy
As ISIS and Boko Harum duke it out for taking the world heavyweight title of Doctor Evil (right now the statistics indicate the latter is clearly the world leader in terrorist acts, but the former gets much better press), I mean, it’s only a matter of time before ISIS-controlled oil fields get completely bombed out, and Boko Harum’s kidnapping and extortion endeavors seem so passe, and do not make for a long term business model to continue funding their efforts. It would seem to make sense they should learn some basic house flipping 101 lessons, and create a global real estate empire to help fund their mayhem.
Reading, writing…flipping houses
Clearly they should peruse a couple of my articles I’ve posted here about how to flip a house. Most notably, they should read http://investinginproperties.org/fixing/the-art-of-the-house-flip/ for tips on how to flip houses. They can also glean some more advanced advice on how to start flipping houses by also taking in my article http://investinginproperties.org/locating-property/beware-biggest-house-flipping-danger/. Terrorists could learn a thing or two from the Mafia about converting illegal activities to societally-approved business endeavors. Of course, in doing so, they would fall victim to their own success. As they get bigger, they become bigger targets. Targets to be done in – not by the U.S. or European governments and armies, but rather, by small, upstart terrorist organizations. It’s, alas, the way of the modern-day world. The little fish eat the big fish…one teeny bite at a time.
Geo-politics and property investing
When a non-sociopath watches the incomprehensibility of Paris under attack, as we all did last week, one is filled with feelings of empathy, anger and a solidarity…mostly for some form of retribution and punishment. But when it comes to complex geo-political matters, those knee-jerk reactions, while typical and normal for most, are exactly the response the terrorists are trying to elicit. I like to take a different stance. Interestingly, I’ve advocated this position in a prior article here when it comes to investment property acquisition strategy choices. Namely, sometimes it’s best to do nothing. Yes, do-nothingism may in fact be the best solution to terrorism in general. It signals a nihilistic world view – one that is counter to every effort of the minions who would bring about a perpetual state of fear to the civilized world.
Counter-terrorism through nihilism
If do-nothingism sounds too blasé for your tastes, consider a more overtly nihilistic version of the same theme. Barbarism for the twentieth century, to counter barbarism in the twentieth century. How fitting. To properly counter terrorist acts, the world should consider taking a Masada-like view of existence…or, rather death. Namely, why allow a few to control the many? Better to kill ourselves than live in constant fear of the next terrorist attack. I’d advocate the United Nations take control of the world’s nuclear warheads en masse. (Hey…ain’t gonna happen, but I like to dream…) Then every time there is a terrorist act somewhere in the world, the UN Secretary General should throw a dart onto a map of the world. Where it lands, so goes a nuclear warhead. It’s simple meta meta rational decision making on a global scale. Protect ourselves by destroying ourselves. That way, no country gets to live in a state without fear. In effect, everyone universally can live in total fear all the time of being destroyed. I think it will eventually bring about the end of all terrorism in so doing. What will terrorists have to export if everyone already lives in complete fear for their lives every second of every day? Naturally, building your real estate investment empire would be placed in a precarious position. But then again, it would put everyone on an equal footing of fear. Or, as the French would say, vive l’egalite!
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