Posts Tagged With: government

Political Saviors are a False Hope

As a nation we are hurting. We are trying to find a political savior, and we are blaming it on this team or that team, this color versus that color. I argue for people to look deeper than that. It is the financial system that’s broken. People need to stop looking to a political savior to break their chains of debt servitude. They can break their own chains now by opting out of the system…

I asked myself, “Why, if technology is supposed to drive prices down, why is the cost of living going up every year? Why is it so expensive to by a house for young people, stock portfolios so expensive, cost of education?” There is a real reason to that because when you flood the system which cheap money, easy capital, manipulate what should be free markets, then you have the greatest wealth transfer from the poor and the middle class to the elite. Now, finally there can be a reverse transfer.

– Natalie Brunell

Follow Emmy-winning journalist Natalie Brunell here, and listen to her podcast Coin Stories as she talks to thought leaders in finance and society.

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Tired of Government Mandated Debt Slavery?

I’m old enough to remember when the first trillion dollar debts created outrage. Now politicians of all sides routinely sign off on tens of trillion dollars of deficit spending. If people took the time to understand economics, they would understand how detrimental this is to their lives, and to future generations. Such spending devalues an already devalued currency. This allows government to spend even more recklessly (funding endless wars and everything else), and means your wealth is a fraction of what it could be. Thus you can’t provide for the future, or even maintain the highest quality of life in the present.

Here’s some quotes from Saifdean Ammous’ books, The Bitcoin Standard and The Fiat Standard, introducing the dangers of deficit spending, and how it has ruined our buying power and wealth. His peerless books are an education in the history of economics and how it was grossly manipulated by our leaders at our expense. Someday the bubble will burst. If you want to prevent that, and provide a better future for your descendants, read Ammous’ books and help forge a brighter path.

Why deficit spending is a terrible idea:

“One of the most mendacious fantasies that pervades Keynesian economic thought [and government economics] is the idea that the national debt ‘does not matter, since we owe it to ourselves.’ Only a…disciple of Keynes could fail to understand that this ‘ourselves’ is not one homogeneous blob but is differentiated into several generations – namely, the current ones which consume recklessly at the expense of future ones…this policy…was employed by the decadent emperors of Rome during its decline…

“Debt is the opposite of saving. If saving creates the possibility of capital accumulation and civilizational advance, debt is what can reverse it, through the reduction in capital stocks across generations…[today’s] generation has to work to pay off the growing interest on debt, working harder to fund entitlement programs they will barely get to enjoy while paying higher taxes and barely being able to save for their old age.”

Why massive government spending isn’t needed:

“The end of World War II and the dismantling of the New Deal meant the U.S. government cut its spending by an astonishing 75% between 1944 and 1948, and it removed most price controls for good measure. And yet, the U.S. economy witnessed an extraordinary boom during these years…[and millions of men from the war] were almost seamlessly absorbed into the labor force…”

What this has all done to the spending power of your money:

“The average U.S. home price in 1915 was $3500. In 2021 it was $269,039…Had the fiat [government issued money] standard adopted a fixed supply in 1914…the average American house would today cost $411.”

Do you choose collapse, or freedom from slavery?

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A Republic at Risk

When the 1776 Commission was created to produce the The 1776 Report, the normal mindless, partisan politics ensued. The report couldn’t possibly be of importance and was ignored and deleted. So I, unlike many others, decided to actually read it. Here, quoted from the report, is what it was fundamentally about:

The core assertion of the Declaration [of Independence], and the basis of the founders’ political thought, is that “all men are created equal.”

[This] does not mean that all human beings are equal in wisdom, courage, or any of the other virtues and talents that God and nature distribute unevenly among the human race. It means rather that human beings are equal in the sense that they are not by nature divided into castes, with natural rulers and ruled.

Natural equality requires not only the consent of the governed but also the recognition of fundamental human rights…as well as the fundamental duty or obligation of all to respect the rights of others. These rights are found in nature and are not created by man or government; rather, men create governments to secure natural rights. Indeed, the very purpose of government is to secure these rights, which exist independently of government, whether government recognizes them or not.

…the Ninth Amendment [establishes] that the Bill of Rights was a selective and not an exclusive list; that is, the mere fact that a right is not mentioned in the Bill of Rights is neither proof nor evidence that it does not exist.

In other words, the Declaration of Independence is a statement of the ancient belief that human rights are innate and exist whether or not any particular government thinks otherwise. These were the founding principles of the United States, all of which used to be taught in schools. That was a primary purpose of schools after all. The report writes:

Education in civics, history, and literature holds the central place in the well-being of both students and communities. For republican government, citizens with such an education are essential. The knowledge of human nature and unalienable rights — understanding what it means to be human — brings deeper perspective to public affairs, for the simple reason that educated citizens will take encouragement or warning from our past in order to navigate the present.

When the lessons of the past are ignored, the truth of natural rights ignored, and politicians try to undo or work around checks and balances of power, this is cause for great concern. When these cancers began to eat away at a republic, often hidden behind movements and catchphrases that hide the decay, one day people wake up wondering how their government moved into tyranny. History, however, tells us how easy governments can fail:

Republicanism is an ancient form of government, but one uncommon throughout history, in part because of its fragility, which has tended to make republics short-lived. Contemporary Americans tend to forget how historically rare republicanism has been, in part because of the success of republicanism in our time…

We only need to look to that famous republic, the Roman one, and its slide into tyranny, and the warnings it has left us. Edward Watts in Mortal Republic writes:

A republic is not an organism. It has no natural life span. It lives or dies solely on the basis of choices made by those in charge of its custody…The [Roman] Republic could have been saved. These men, and many others less famous as they, chose not to save it…When citizens take the health and durability of their republic for granted, that republic is at risk.

The 1776 Report wasn’t a partisan document; it was a warning. As Daniel Webster wrote, if the American experiment fails, “there will be anarchy throughout the world.”

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Will You Reclaim Liberty from the Ruling Class?

“The Ruling Class have only one abiding belief: they are superior beings placed on earth to be its rulers.” – Lawrence Lindsey

It’s amazing, no matter how much debt they accumulate, how many wars they begin, how much corruption they cover up, the Ruling Class manages to convince the population to keep them in power. Through false promises, obfuscation, deception, and turning people against each other, the Ruling Class tricks people into preserving corruption, oppression and erosion of liberties.

Will me make the mistakes of the past and not wake up until the apocalyptic collapse of economies, or the rise of dystopian rulers, wake us from our slumber?

History provides the lessons, the warnings.

Will we listen?

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Waking Up

“Washington doesn’t represent the American people anymore, because the bureaucrats and elected officials in Washington pursue their own self-serving agendas rather than doing what is objectively right for the country…Congress [has] only one problem that they’re serious about solving — and that’s getting reelected.”

Those are strong words from Congressman Ken Buck. In his book Drain the Swamp, he gives an insider’s look into the rampant corruption in Congress. From outright ignoring the Constitution, to dead laws that never die, passing laws through intimidation, to purposefully creating problems so they can cash in.

It’s troubling how easily people are distracted by the smoke and mirrors, the staged drama, and the promise of money, from our government. If only more would look behind the curtain. Buck writes:

“The federal government is supposed to be small. Its power is supposed to limited. The United States is supposed to be a union of largely sovereign states…Our founder’s default position was to keep power as far from Washington as possible.”

The scary truth is that they don’t want you to know this. Why? Then they lose the power they gave themselves.  The power we turned a blind eye to.

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction,” Ronald Reagan warned.  “We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected and handed on for them to do the same.”

What will you choose to do?

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Pink Houses, Senators and Abuse of Power

Two important indie films that the politicians don’t want you to see are currently in theaters.

The first is Little Pink House, a true story of the abuse of eminent domain by the government. Also check out John Stossel’s report on this legalized larceny.

The second is Chappaquiddick, on the events surrounding the death Mary Jo Kopechne in a car driven by Senator Ted Kennedy.

Someday history will look at that era as when abuse of power was institutionalized at an unimaginable level. There were a whole series of dark events like this in the 1960s. Only a few days ago, we read again how the family of Martin Luther King, Jr. believes James Earl Ray was framed for MLK’s assassination. Considering that, it’s disingenuous to continue to call this a conspiracy theory.

Some may ask, “Why does it matter all these years later?”

It matters because, then and now, people like to look the other way even when they know the official stories don’t square. They want to believe so hard that their leaders are so much better than them, that they allow themselves to be distracted and convinced what is wrong is right.

We let the government become what it is. And they have done far worse than the daily drama they put on for us — the fake angst and hand wringing against each other, only to have nothing change. They divide us with the frivolous so we never truly bother to look behind the curtain.

And as long as we are afraid to rip that curtain down, nothing will change and many will escape justice.

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Orwell’s Revenge

After President Trump’s advisor, Kellyanne Conway, made an odd comment about “alternative facts,” others quickly noted the similarity to the concept of “newspeak” in George Orwell’s classic, dystopian novel 1984. Newspeak was the language used to control and shape the thoughts of people. To be fair, terms like “fake news” and “alt-right” are also Orwellian, as well as how many in the media and Washington (from both sides) try to manipulate people and thoughts. Thanks to all of this, Orwell’s book, along with similar classics like A Brave New World and Fahrenheit 451, went to the top of bestseller lists.

And that made me laugh.

These are books on how governments, politicians and the media manipulate, control and monitor (Big Brother) the thoughts, beliefs and actions of the people.

Do the politicians and media really want the people reading these books? Do they want you to realize, that on a daily basis, that they have become what the Orwells of the world warned us about?

They may just have opened Pandora’s Box and there’s no closing that.

P.S. I had wondered if people even read these books in school anymore; perhaps these sales show they have not. It is also amusing to see the media and politicians lecturing us on truth, such as Dan Rather, who got himself in trouble for pushing “fake but accurate” news (talk about Orwellian). The media and politics are riddled with truthtwisters – perhaps Orwell will help more people realize this.

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