As America Continues to Tank, What Will You Do?
Over the course of the past dozen or so years I have had the pleasure of rubbing shoulders with some of the more savvy free-market thinkers around. And during much of that time, my own formulative views of the word have tended to ebb and flow as I processed information from a variety of sources, most importantly my own real-life experiences.
One of those free-thinkers who had a big impact on me was Harry Browne. We all suffered a great loss when Harry passed away a few years ago, but his message of how people could obtain personal freedom in an unfree world is as powerful and relevant today as it was when Harry wrote the book on that in 1973.
It is very easy for all of us to become mesmerized by the blitzkrieg of information that seems to constantly invade our minds. It is so overpowering at times that, without proper discipline, one can find himself missing out on the joys of life and dwelling only in darkness. And that is not a healthy way to go through life. Harry understood that – better than most.
The only true commodity of scarcity is time. And the only time that truly matters is yours and mine. Each of us has an expiry date and what we do with our time between the two goal posts should be left to each person to determine in their personal pursuit of self-interest.
Now, obviously, there are some basic "rules to the road" that determine how people should interact in a functional civil society. Personally, Richard Maybury has done the best job I know of reducing it down to a managable number – two. That's it, two simple natural laws that make it very easy for anyone to discipline himself before taking action. Here they are:
1) Do all you say you are going to do.
2) Do not encroach on other persons or their property.
That's it, folks. Two simple and easy to understand "rules" through which any person with an IQ above 50 should be able to navigate their way through life. The first law governs acts of contract and civil engagement, while the second deals with acts of a more criminal nature. But together, both cover the gammut of potentialities that we all face in our daily lives.
Understanding that self-interest and the pusuit of maximizing one's life does not conflict with either of these two natural laws is perhaps the first step in appreciating the power of a truly free society – one in which each person is his or her own master and determines how they wish to spend their time.
Today, for most people caught up in the daily struggle to maintain their heads above water, it is difficult to see how one can actually "break free" from a system that is anything but. And this was no different in 1973 when Harry wrote his bestselling book, How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World.
When we are born, we are born free. As we grow older and are shepparded through public schools and out into the work force, we begin to face the realities of a centralized society – one that continually tries to collectivize people's time under a life-long bond to the State. It is as if there are fields full of gallows with fresh nooses swaying gently in the winds of time awaiting the necks of all the fresh blood entering the workforce. The heads slip in and the serpent-like noose fastens itself – for life. And once a person succumbs to the pressure, they lose their abilty to think. For who has time to think when one's life (time) is constantly being robbed by a collectivist State?
The answer is YOU. You do not have to accept the burdens being levied upon your shoulders by the "time-taxing" power elite and YOU CAN LIVE FREE. To do so is to remember that YOU WERE BORN FREE. It is your right to live free and die free, too. Your life is yours to live and as long as the two natural laws mentioned above are respected and adhered to, your right to spend your time as you choose is yours and yours alone. The question you may be asking now is: How do I break free?
One of the first things you must do is tune out the propaganda machine. Mainstream media is like poison to the brain. Fear, fear and more fear. It is an endless parade of fear-based dominant social themes designed to minimize your thinking existence and supplant it with a subservient "need" for the leadership of "wise leaders" who can solve these created crises.
The Internet has given many – who wish to see – a good look at the tactics utilized by those controlling the mainstream media. Alternative media outlets and free-market sites like LewRockwell.com, Mises.org and others are shattering many of the elite's fear-based promotions.
So why not free your time and your mind by just tuning it out? Shut it off. You have the power to do it – so use it. Besides, it is blatantly obvious propaganda that the PTB are peddling and thoroughly depressing – considering the way most people swallow it like cool water on a hot summer's day. But you, dear reader, aren't most people and you do not need to accept the glass of brain pollution.
On to the next thing you can do to free your time. Why not just accept the fact that the monetary system today is created on a platform of deceit? The US dollar, for example, like all fiat currencies, is only money because the elites have used their power over government to make it "legally so." But hold on a minute... let's take a minute and do a Maybury conscience check.
The US dollar is only legal because the State says it is so. Legal Tender Laws make it just. Or do they? Hmm, well, let's look at the first natural law – Do all you say you are going to do.
The US dollar is "managed" by the Federal Reserve who claims to be maintaining a strong dollar policy (lie #1) and keeping inflation under control (lie #2). Now, there are many other lies being told, including the bastardization of gold and silver as monetary instruments, but any person whose noose is permitting even a minimal amount of oxygen to get through can see the State and the Fed have been doing the exact opposite of what they say.
The monetary system was hijacked long ago and the elite have been running a fiat-money PONZI scheme ever since. You cannot create endless reams of money-out-of-thin-air and not devalue the existing circulating currency and create monetary inflation. It is a fraud.
Now, let's take a look at natural law number two – Do not encroach on other persons or their property.
Here again, the State and those who stand behind it have violated natural law. Every time the central bankers create new money it is devaluing the purchasing power of all existing currency in circulation. And it's the savers, the pensioners and the retirees whose nooses tighten most under this devious system of hidden taxation. If that is not an encroachment on both the person and the property of any person caught in the dollar-trap then I don't know what is. They fail on this conscience check, too – on many levels.
I could go on and on about how the State and the Fed violate both of the two Maybury conscience checks, but for the sake of brevity it is suffice to say that the current monetary system is a fraud and it is designed to keep your head in a noose and steal your time – life.
Anyone who thinks that money is evil should think again. It is evil that has taken control of the issuance of money. But money itself, as determined by the free market over thousands of years, is far from evil – it is necessary for the advancement of a specialized society where an increasing division of labour allows for the creation of ever more useful products and services to allow humans to maximize their time and improve living standards. The reverse is what we have now. You are being forced to work half your life for the "system." Is that not an encroachment?
Think about this for a minute. Let's assume the average person works for 40 years of their life and the average number of days worked per year is 220. If an average 8-hour workday is to be assumed, then a person spends approximetaly 70,400 hours of their life working. And the money power controlling the world's central banks who create money out of thin air by monetizing the State's ever increasing debt appetite expect you to pay them with 35,200 hours of your time/life!
Why put up with this life-tax? – Only to find out that all along, whatever paltry savings you've somehow been able to stash away are also being taxed by an even more insidious process of currency devaluation.
The system is rotten and thoroughly unfair. The Fed hands out trillions in bailouts – none of which loosens the pressure of your noose. Barack Obama and his puppet administration threaten more fear to cut off the social security checks to seniors, amongst other threats, if the debt ceiling isn't raised yet again. Can't you just see all of those unfortunate seniors squirming as they realize their lives have been stolen and the footboards are starting to creak?
It is very, very sad that America has come to this point – it is broke. To be more blunt, it was broken on purpose so that a global new world order can be hoisted – an international gallows, if you will.
Why not take your savings and future earnings and immediately transfer out of the dishonest monetary system and into honest money? You know, over the past three years alone, gold has risen in purchasing power approximately 50% against the US dollar. And this is all because the Internet Reformation is opening people's eyes and they do not like what they see. When they do, like you dear reader, many choose to live free from such a parasitic system and they employ human action by TRANSFERING OUT of the dishonest money and into honest money. It is happening all over the world – and this is one trend that is not based on greed so much as the justified fear and realization that the system is failing quickly and there is great danger of losing everything one owns.
So, much like tuning out the power elite's mainstream media machine, why not transfer out of their collapsing money game? It will greatly improve your oxygen flow.
Moving on to politics for a moment... Western democracy is an intellectually bankrupt concept in its current state. What we have today is regulatory democracy, an environment in which money power's corporate interests feed off the State and thus a mercantilist economy engulfs us all. Politicians are nothing more than talking mouthpieces for the elite. They are there to protect money power's interests – using force if necessary.
Let's perform the Maybury conscience check on arguably the world's leading political figure of our present day, Barack Obama. Believe me, this won't take long.
Barack Obama said he would introduce real change when he was campaigning for the presidency. He said he would improve America's relations around the world and steward a foreign policy that would usher in peace. America would be a beacon once again to all.
Sorry Barry, but on this one you get a major F. America's foreign policy has nothing to do with defending America's borders. It is offensive and imperialistic. Whether it is via above-board and visible conflicts or below board CIA tactical intrusions, America continues to act as the world's morality police – and all in the name of "democracy." Obama has done nothing he said he would do to improve America's relations around the world – not that we ever actually believed he could anyway; he is just an actor.
How about encroaching on people and their property? Well, here too Obama and his adminsitration, like George W. Bush's before, et al., fail miserably. Simply by inisting that Congress raise the debt ceiling once again he is destroying whatever value there is left in the US dollar and further eroding any possibility of the American economy moving forward in a healthy manner. Jobs will not be created, savings will be destroyed, familes will work more hours and generally give up more of their time/lives.
During the upcoming 2012 election cycle, it appears there is only one man deserving of an American "vote." That man, in my opinion, is the only truly honorable person in the race, Rep. Ron Paul.
Ron Paul, or "Dr. No" as he is often known, speaks the truth, which may not sound overly pleasant but is the truth nonetheless. Ron has been a lone voice amonsgt the tirade of propaganda, often being ridiculed by establishment politicians and media pundits. But time has proven that Dr. Paul has been right and that the ills of America cannot and will not be fixed simply by doing more of the same.
If for some reason Ron Paul doesn't win the Republican nomination, which the establishment will be working day and night to make sure doesn't happen, then perhaps he will run as an independent. If so, there is still hope for America, but only if people value their time enough to vote for someone who actually will bring about real change, not just talk about it.
Here is a recent speech, or should I say reality check, that Dr. Paul delivered to the "rest of the crowd" in Congress last week: Ron Paul, If Debt Is the Problem, Why Do You Want More of It?
The Internet Reformation is rolling forward – fueled by truth and understanding. People are waking up to the reality of a money elite controlled world and the gallows that have been erected to enslave them in misery, debt and taxation. People feel the oppressive tax burden that requires them to contribute 30 to 40 thousand hours of their life to a system that hands out trillions to bankers and corporate interests – both domestically and internationally.
It is up to each and every one of us to employ human action and realize that we are free, there are more of us than them and all we need to do is say "NO."
No more media manipulation. No more money magiacians. No more bought-and-paid-for establishment political parties. NO,NO, NO. And since the edifices errected by the elite to protect these holy grails of deceit are only given license to exist on the backs of you and me, it is up to us individually to realize that Maybury's two natural laws are being violated by evil and we should remain true to our knowledge of that. We can live free in an unfree world.
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Posted by Just John on 09/10/11 05:42 PM
Rainwater catchment, grow own food as possible, make family, live simple, no grid tie... if not am, become self sufficient, owe no one, live local. Sorry if these concepts are old fashioned or difficult, however, as said it is way past time to own up and pay the piper. Life is not easy or safe, you must embrace all it shoves your way and persevere. Extinction is the way for species that fail to adapt and overcome while maintaining their ecological niche.
Posted by Reader on 09/08/11 03:09 PM
I decided on 911 I'd rather risk being poor and sane instead of rich and mad in post-911 America. So I moved out...
I'm rich now (in a third world country!) So go figure...
Posted by Reader on 09/08/11 02:47 PM
Wow! I think you are really full of it.
Posted by Just John on 09/07/11 05:36 PM
We left the Madland in 2005, owner/builder and living in last/only home now. Am alarmed/worried for friends and family back there, however we must all take care of ourselves first if we expect to be able to help each other. Doing otherwise is unwise. It is a paradigm change and only those who adapt will come out the other side alive.
Posted by forbestop10 on 08/21/11 04:10 PM
Decades of being cheated. Sometimes generation after cheated generation from centuries of promises and punishments. Thanks Summer because with all this social programming and life long brain washing... .we need to reiterate the Foundations of liberty and freedom ( Your rights verses their right). We should be free in the pursuit of life liberty and happiness. Free from theft of your property your rights under the color of authority. Basics like... 1. do we have say in what we are going to do... .and 2. do not encroach on other persons or their property. People have been pickin our bones with their Who DO (Whodoo) Voodoo circus tricks for decades. i need to focus more. i have failed myself. i had no idea so much evil proliferated in the world. i like the theme; the motto of the Brazilian flag. It says something like Progresso Et Ordo. If a country is mismanaged;someone will come and manage it for us. If something is wrong or done wrong to us;It may be intervening forces had put the fix in on us to lead us down the rosy throned garden path of misinformation and spanner in the works operations. If we find our lives unmanageable;someone may come and hijack your life and liberty by managing it for you. Trusted but bright loyal servants of high moral character should lead;But when pure evil puppeteers cast its lot of financial power and trickery into the cauldron. The mischief begins with appointed folk with the backing of pure evil finance power structures. Rise and Fall of Empires are possibly manipulated by the same ilk;Who for 10,000 years hoodwinked humanity by utilization of the machinations of governments. What the ultra rich say about you: "We don't loath you;We fear you. We are as different from you as Man is from the Apes." Even families let alone institutions will mesmerize us and take from us. Each and every one of us should take care of our own house first. The world could be a funeral fire but; We have to secure and maintain our own financial freedoms first. Ahhh The Great War... "Kill the Hun before he gets to our shores"; Grandfathers as young men were lifted with promises it was the war to end all wars. Folks in Adelaide Australia refrained from speaking German. Americans of German ancestry were fearful to speak their native tongue in public. The propaganda had touched raw and citizens we shunned and almost shamed from speaking German in Nebraska. Grandmother from Munich held back and told us we didn't want to learn German. Even our U.S. Navy Fighter Pilot Father who spoke fluent German kept it totally mute. Mount Badden became Windsor to address the sensitivities and loyalty of The Royal Family to The Commonwealth. The British Royal Family have been traced to the bloodline House of Juddah. Perhaps ; We can be a bit like Thomas Jefferson by securing our industrious architectural Montecello... and free ourselves to front up to leadership in congress. p.s. The rabble were lead to the false belief; Senator John Kerry shot a man in the back in Vietnam. A political hoax to dupe the public;Which were gullible enough to believe John Kerry was guilty without due process of the law. Monetary Architect Bernard von Nothause remains imprisoned in Statesville North Carolina. Allowed to build wealth then be stripped of his wealth. Hugo Chavez will bring all his Venezuelan gold (each 400 ounce bricks) back to his homeland. i pray for Bernard von Nothause Presidential pardon.
Posted by bewer on 08/07/11 01:51 PM
I was brainwashed to respect the 535 people, even though what they did seldom made sense to me. Eventually, I realized they do not deserve respect except on rare occasions. They are basically insane. Quit paying them.
Posted by David_Robertson on 08/01/11 02:42 PM
Yes John that is something I keep meaning to say. I too am grateful to the Daily Bell for the freedom to speak my mind as fully and as truthfully as I can and to have interaction with an intelligent and resourceful group like the DB feedbackers. Thank you.
Posted by David_Robertson on 08/01/11 01:46 PM
peri1224, quotations from scripture are every bit as valid, or more so if you are a believer, as any quotation from the writings of the founding fathers of the United States of America or any of the great philosophers, many of whom were and are Christians and based their opinions and decisions on the scriptures and were not afraid to quote them.
You may as well say that we should not have any quotations from the Bhagavad Gita or the Koran or the Analects or Siddharta Gautama or the Talmud. These are all books that billions of people in the world consider to be authoritative on many questions affecting everyday decisions.
The Bible is the oldest book in existence and is FULL of wisdom that is very applicable to every problem we face in the world today. It contains the writings inter alia of Solomon who was considered to be the wisest king in the ancient world so that many other rulers visited him to learn from him.
Especially on the question of law and liberty which this article is about the Lord Jesus Christ is at the very centre of the purpose of God in history to set the creation free from its bondage to sin and death and corruption which are all very evident to everyone and the solutions to which must surely be a valuable contribution to any discussion amongst human beings on this planet.
Now you may not believe a word of it but then I may not believe very much of what you hold to be true and relevant. However based on what you said in one of your posts I believe we could have a fruitful discussion on these issues affecting all of us. Perhaps a good beginning would be to realise just how much we are all emotionally and cognitively conditioned by the world we live in and the things we have been taught and absorb every day from the media and entertainment.
Your comments on whether "religious messages" are fitting for a discussion about "worldly and acute problems" betray a certain "politically correct" condition that would not be out of place in the corridors of a modern bureaucracy. It is exactly this kind of thinking that is the very antithesis of freedom of thought and speech both of which are very precious to most members of the libertarian movement.
Perhaps you didn't mean it the way it sounds but if so you must be more careful about the mood of the verbs you use. To say: "We should not have these religious discussions here. It is the wrong place. Very alienating and awkward to have bible believers try to explain things in religious terms. They have all the right to believe what they want, but when discussing real world events, they should leave their religious texts at home." is right up there with "let them eat cake" even if Marie Antoinette never said any such thing. The next step is book burning if you but knew it.
Posted by cat writer on 08/01/11 01:38 PM
I am stunned. You left Switzerland in 1974?! Switzerland has always been touted in publications and websites like this as a free society, a place where one could trade free and prosper.
I would like to know what exactly was and is going on there.
Posted by peri1224 on 08/01/11 01:04 PM
We were not having an argument about anything. That's exactly the point. We were talking about the appropriateness (maybe that is also an argument?) of introducing overly religious posts into a non-religious forum. Religion is on another plane. You cannot apply reason to matters of faith, and vice versa. The two just don't mix. It is appropriate to point that out.
Further, a forum such as this is open to all religions. How appropriate is it for any one of them to base arguments or claims on their particular faith? Where will that end?
In my observation there have never been happy endings in forums when too much religion gets introduced. My request was quite simple, moderation, not shut up.
Posted by John Danforth on 08/01/11 11:03 AM
"Shut Up" is no way to win any argument.
PGDN works really, really well for avoiding that which one does not want to read.
I thank The Bell and all its Elves for their infinite patience and kind generosity, which I tend to stretch to the limit from time to time.
Posted by peri1224 on 08/01/11 10:56 AM
You still have that freedom, of course. You can't be forced or censored. My message was just to show that overly religious messages are not quite fitting in a forum that deals with very worldly and acute problems. While nobody minds an occasional religious or spiritual reminder, I would venture to guess that most people draw the line at entire posts that consist of nothing but scripture. If that is not so, I may have misread the situation.
Posted by David_Robertson on 08/01/11 10:04 AM
Well so much for all that freedom you were talking about peri1224. Or is that just for you and everyone else can do as you demand. Sounds a lot like the ones we have in charge at the moment.
Posted by bigfootmm on 08/01/11 08:44 AM
Wow! Great article. Harry Brown and Richard Maybury are the Patrick Henrys of our day.
'Think about this for a minute. Let's assume the average person works for 40 years of their life and the average number of days worked per year is 220. If an average 8-hour workday is to be assumed, then a person spends approximately 70,400 hours of their life working. And the money power controlling the world's central banks that create money out of thin air by monetizing the State's ever increasing debt appetite, expect you to pay them with 35,200 hours of your time/life! [The author errs here in not considering benefits from gov't spending. Still, the cost of countless boondoggles, the vast military machine, and gross misapplication of capital dwarfs benefits, if they could even be called benefits when inefficiencies and unintended consequences are the rule. MM]
Posted by Merridth80 on 08/01/11 07:06 AM
Thank you for the Honesty!
Posted by amanfromMars on 08/01/11 05:52 AM
Some novel ancient thoughts have been well shared and aired on this not ignoble thread, and it would be asked here of its prime, free-thinking contributors whether there is more a certain probable, rather than more non-committal possible, future parallel agreement/endorsement/view of the present condition of Mankind, in a programming computer application which is actively running in servers for provision of core source intellectual property to Virtual Drivers of the AIReality that is perceived by humanity to be perfectly natural and/or considered quite normal with heavenly omniscient omnipotent creative gods, lauded and responsible for all worldly input/output ...... Click to view link
Machines provides us with so much, and it is surely not any more unreasonable to imagine that smarter computers and especially programmed machines provide us with everything, than supposing and insisting that an ethereal being, from way out there in the beyond and worshiped in any number of religious fashions, is responsible for all that is, has been and will be.
The one definite advantage of the former over the latter though is, that whenever the former is in the ascendant, and more truthful today, is the future easily programmed by said smarter, especially programmed machines.
Posted by peri1224 on 08/01/11 05:24 AM
We should not have these religious discussions here. It is the wrong place. Very alienating and awkward to have bible believers try to explain things in religious terms. They have all the right to believe what they want, but when discussing real world events, they should leave their religious texts at home.
There is no church or organized religion with a direct line to God. All of them are 100% for the control of people. Do as God said (we are God's messengers) or burn in hell.
Each of us should have a direct line to God, without intermediaries, especially organized ones. And it appears that God is a little farther away than most religious books say. If we want to follow the laws of God, we should study nature, not ancient texts claiming to be the word of God.
Posted by David_Robertson on 08/01/11 03:48 AM
" In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was fully God. The Word was with God in the beginning. All things were created by him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created. In him was life, and the life was the light of mankind. And the light shines on in the darkness, but the darkness has not mastered it." (John 1:1-5)
'The eye is the lamp of the body. If then your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is diseased, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!" (Matthew 6:22-23)
"Now, this is what the Lord says, the one who created you, O Jacob, and formed you, O Israel:
'Don't be afraid, for I will protect you. I call you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I am with you; when you pass through the streams, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not harm you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your deliverer.'" (Isaiah 43:1-3a)
Posted by peri1224 on 07/31/11 11:52 PM
DB: It is as if there are fields full of gallows with fresh nooses swaying gently in the winds of time awaiting the necks of all the fresh blood entering the workforce. The heads slip in and the serpent-like noose fastens itself - for life.
This is a very good way of putting it. It puts into precise words the real reason I left my native Switzerland 37 years ago for the Far East. I wanted freedom, which beautiful and neatly ordered Switzerland just couldn't provide. Although I was unable to express it at the time as perfectly as you here, these words struck a deep cord inside me... "the noose fastens itself - for life."
That finality and that oppressive system were what drove me out of my country. And ultimately we have our money grubbing paper racketeers to thank for that. They and their money system are the big noose around most of our world. I thought my loathing for them couldn't get bigger anymore, but it keeps growing the more aware I become of all the bad things they are responsible for in our world.
Time for change, time for freedom.
If ever we get an honest money system, we will still be exposed to the struggle for survival. But we will not do it in the corrals of the parasites. We will be on our own - and free. That's a huge difference.
Posted by kaydellc on 07/31/11 10:55 PM
Very good editorial.Thank! The American people cannot get the facts or truth and are given a barage of spin by the spin doctors to get or sway the public opinion to their preconceived solution. I still can not see it being a debt ceiling. It is a spending problem and this must be addressed. Howbeit it it was spun as moving the debt ceiling. Could it not have been just to cut back on the 8% increase in all the spending that has occured over the past year to prior levels? God forbid that we reduce spending on preset level of spending for all programs!
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