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02-11-2016, 06:57 PM

Banning Cash: Serfdom in Our Time

FREEMANSPERSPECTIVE · Feb 9th, 2016

Over the last few months a stream of articles have crossed my screen, all proclaiming the need of governments and banks to eliminate cash. I’m sure you’ve noticed them too.

It is terrorists and other assorted madmen, we are told, who use cash. And so, to protect us from being blown up and dismembered on our very own street corners, governments will have to ban it.

It would actually take some effort to imagine a more obvious, naked attempt at fearmongering. Cash – in daily use for centuries if not millennia – is now, suddenly, the agent of spring-loaded, instant death? And we’re supposed to just accept that line?

But there are good reasons why the insiders are promoting these stories now. The first of them, perhaps, is simply that they can:
After 9/11, a massive wave of compliance surged through the West. It may not last forever, but it’s still rolling, and if the entertainment corporations can pump enough fear into minds that want to believe, they may just get them to buy it.

The second reason, however, is the real driver:

Negative Interest Rates

The urgency of their move to ban one of the longest-lasting pillars of daily life means that the backroom elites think it will be necessary soon. It would appear that the central banks, the IMF, the World Bank, the BIS, and all their backers, see the elimination of cash as a central survival strategy.

The reason is simple: cash would allow people to escape from the one thing that could save their larcenous currency system: negative interest rates.

To make this clear, I like to paraphrase a famous (and good) quote from Alan Greenspan, back from 1966, during his Ayn Randian days: The financial policy of the welfare state requires that there be no way for the owners of wealth to protect themselves.

That was a true statement, and with a slight modification, it succinctly explains the new war on cash:

The preservation of an insolvent currency system requires that the owners of currency have no way to protect it.

Cash is currency that you hold in your own hands, that stands more or less alone. It is primarily external to bank control. Electronic money – bank balances, credit, etc. – remains inside the banking system and fully subject to bank control.

A combination of no cash and negative interest rates would be a quiet, permanent version of what was done in Cyprus, where the government simply shut down everything, allowed only the smallest deductions via ATMs, and then stole money from thousands of bank accounts at once.


The Cypriot spectacle was fairly large, however, and that tends to undermine the legitimacy of rulership. So, it is much better to have no ATMs and no cash at all. There would be no lines of angry people talking to each other, only isolated losers with no recourse, licking their wounds while the talking heads on television tell them to stay calm and watch the flashing images.

Negative interest rates would give the banks 100% control over your purchases. They could, even in the worst pinch, allow you to purchase food while freezing the rest of your money. The average person would have no recourse and would simply be robbed… but very smoothly and with no human face to blame on.

Negative interest rates mean that your bank account shrinks day by day, automatically. Your $1000 in January becomes $950 by December. And where does that money go? To the banks, of course, and to the government. They syphon your money away, drip by drip, and there’s nothing you can do about it. This accomplishes several things for them at once:

It finances government, limitlessly and automatically. Forget tax filings; they can just take as they please.

It pays off the bad debt of the big banks. (And there are oceans of debt.)

It forces you to spend everything you’ve got, as soon as you get it. (Otherwise it will shrink.)

It gives the system full control over your financial life. Everything is monitored, everything is tracked, and every single transaction must be approved by them (or not). If they decide they don’t like you, you’re instantly reduced to begging.


In short, this is a direct return to serfdom.

I suggest that you start talking to your friends and neighbors about this now, before it’s too late. Don’t let them comply without a fight.

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03-12-2016, 08:36 PM

The Status Quo Plan – Convince The American Public To Accept Serfdom

Submitted by Tyler Durden on 03/12/2016 - 19:05

If you think of the country as in decline, as most people do, and you think the cause is the predatory behavior of the big-money elites, as most people do, then you must know you have only two choices — acceptance and resistance. Again: The goal of the neo-liberal consensus is to manage the decline, and manage your acceptance of it.
  
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03-27-2016, 07:30 PM

Does The United States Still Exist?

Submitted by Tyler Durden on 03/27/2016 - 22:20



Entire article: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-0...es-still-exist

Today law as a shield of the people has been lost. The loss was gradual over time and culminated in the George W. Bush and Obama regime assaults on habeas corpus and due process. Historically, a government that can, without due process, throw a citizen into a dungeon or summarily execute him is considered to be a tyranny, not a democracy.

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03-28-2016, 06:05 AM

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Does The United States Still Exist?

Submitted by Tyler Durden on 03/27/2016 - 22:20



Entire article: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-0...es-still-exist

Today law as a shield of the people has been lost. The loss was gradual over time and culminated in the George W. Bush and Obama regime assaults on habeas corpus and due process. Historically, a government that can, without due process, throw a citizen into a dungeon or summarily execute him is considered to be a tyranny, not a democracy.

By any historical definition, the United States today is a tyranny.
Why wouldn't the government become tyrannical when there are so many "citizens" (quotations employed to denote a terribly sad irony) who laugh when it uses the IRS to silence political opposition?
And, as we grow ever closer to breaching the 51% mark of fully dependent "citizens" (ditto)/voters, it'll only grow worse as they'll happily (like bleating sheep) vote for the next control freak promising them free chocolate on Easter.
There are a number of them right here in NPR.


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03-30-2016, 09:02 AM

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Isn't that what modern government exists for? To make people their subservient property?


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Isn't that what modern government exists for? To make people their subservient property?
Close. Remember the whole thing is one big scam, so it is only the perception, not the reality of "necessity" that matters.

There's a guy who does the 3 card Monty thing at the state tourneys...he always has victims willingly to get screwed as the think they'll win. They never do.

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03-31-2016, 11:00 AM

Charting America's Descent Into Peasantry

Submitted by Tyler Durden on 03/31/2016 - 10:50


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Since 1973, wages among men in the 50th percentile have fallen a total 4.6 percent. Wages for men in the 95th percentile, meanwhile, are up 51.4 percent

This isn’t the outcome of a fairly regulated free market economy. It’s what you get in a rigged economy. The American public is being used like a cheap suit by the status quo. When will enough be enough?
  
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04-11-2016, 08:22 PM

Fleecing The American Taxpayer: The Profit Incentives Driving The Police State

Submitted by Tyler Durden on 04/11/2016 - 22:35



Everywhere you go, everything you do, and every which way you look, we’re getting swindled, cheated, conned, robbed, raided, pickpocketed, mugged, deceived, defrauded, double-crossed and fleeced by governmental and corporate shareholders of the American police state out to make a profit at taxpayer expense. "The Founding Fathers never intended a nation where citizens would pay nearly half of everything they earn to the government.”
  
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04-13-2016, 07:28 AM

2016-04-11 11:40 by Karl Denninger

So The Facts Are.....

.... you're not going to do it.


Let's face it, America. You're not willing to get off your ass.

At all.

You'll go to the polls, but you'll vote for candidates (in either party) who ignore where more than one third (nearly 37%) of federal spending goes. That would be Medicare and Medicaid.

You will let them lie.

Repeatedly.

Yet you vote for them anyway.


You will let those who get into office after lying pass laws which you then voluntarily obey. You will not refuse to obey en-masse, making enforcement impossible; instead, one or two disobey out of 1,000 and go to prison, while at the same time Congress and The President have protected nearly a third of federal spending and 20% of all economic activity from acts that in virtually any other field are gross felony violations of US law (collectively, 15 USC -- go read it.)

You let these same politicians and members of this same protected class tell you what to eat and allow them and their friends in corporate America to advertise "foods" that we know, scientifically, cause insulin resistance, obesity, diabetes and ultimately death, after you wind up blowing all your money on drugs and surgeries rather than telling you that what you had advertised to you, and you thus consumed, is why you're sick in the first place.

This not only robs you of your money it robs you of vitality, health and ultimately your life.


Why do I bother writing about economic matters again? At a 7.2% annualized increase, which is what it has been for the last 20+ years, spending doubles every 10 years. In another 10 the federal budget, on this path, will collapse and so will the economy. That's arithmetic, not politics.

Oh, and that assumes we managed to put up 3-4% GDP growth rates, which we won't because we haven't for nearly a decade now. In other words "zero hour" might be five years away instead of ten.

I tried to get the Libertarian party interested in this last Presidential cycle and in fact got on the state Executive Committee in no small part to do exactly that. They not only refused they ran a candidate who lied to my face, and that of others in the same room, on the issue in Orlando just before the Libertarian debate held that weekend. He got about 3% of the vote. He could have changed the world and our trajectory had he ran on this issue, but... he refused. As a former Governor was he captured by these same interests? I don't know, but I can speculate since you either have to be bought or stupid to ignore this given the mathematics of the matter. I assume Gary Johnson, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and more are all not stupid. What does that leave?

If I've got five, maybe ten years before it all goes to crap in this country I am not wasting those years trying to get you to get off your ass when I've spent nearly a decade doing so and have completely failed, despite doing so by writing, getting politically involved or, for that matter, anything else. I'm instead going to spend that time enjoying what I can, while I can.

Go to the top of this article, look right, click "Our Impending Failure As a Nation."

Yes, it's that serious.

You can leave a comment there, but not here, because this posting is locked and I'm in decision mode.

You can influence that decision but you won't do it with talk on an Internet forum.
  
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06-01-2016, 03:21 PM

American Serfdom: Companies Offer Loans For Living Expenses To Destitute Employees



Share prices in America aren’t at all time highs because the country is doing well. Share prices are at all time highs because executives and shareholders are extracting a historically dangerous piece of the overall economic pie.

If this trend continues, someone like Donald Trump will be the least of our concerns. It appears companies are coming to the realization that their employees are so broke they’re resorting to payday lenders just to survive. Rather than boost wages, many are resorting to offering loans.

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09-08-2016, 11:11 AM

Louisiana Officials Demand That Self-Reliant Locals Stop Surviving the Flood Without Permission



August 26, 2016
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Around the world, governments have recently been issuing an unsettling call for their citizens to become more self-reliant. Just this week, the governments of both Germany and Czechoslovakia warned that people should be “be prepared for the worst case possible scenario.”

But here in the United States, just the opposite is happening. Our government seems to have an unquenchable thirst for cracking down on those who take responsibility for themselves. There is an abundance of evidence of this in Louisiana.


The southern state has been hit with the worst flooding in over 500 years.

While the final numbers won’t be known for some time, Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office has estimated 60,646 houses were damaged and 30,000 people rescued; other people escaped on their own. FEMA says 109,398 people or households have applied for housing help, and 25,000 National Flood Insurance Program claims have been filed.
The American Red Cross called it the worst natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy struck New Jersey in 2012.

This massive disaster was all but ignored by the mainstream media, since it didn’t fit the current agenda of divisiveness and racial tension. So what did the folks in Louisiana do?

They rolled up their sleeves and took care of business.

First, the Cajun Navy, a loosely organized group of local fishers, boaters, hunters, and guides, took it upon themselves to being rescuing people trapped by the sudden flood. Initially, the local sheriff’s department was reluctant to accept the assistance, but as they became quickly overwhelmed, they realized that they were disregarding a valuable asset.

Initially, authorities in Livingston Parish didn’t want private citizens headed into the water
, worried amateur rescuers might end up in trouble themselves, said Layton Ricks, the parish president. But as the calls from stranded residents continued to mount — at one point, Livingston officials said they were about 150 calls behind — parish officials relented.

“Then it was like, do you have vests? Do you have insurance? Are you truly capable of doing this?” Ricks said. “And as it turned out, we couldn’t have done it without those guys. They were a tremendous asset for our people.”


Locals who were not affected by the flood began cooking and donating food. Others helped flood victims to begin gutting their homes so they could start to rebuild. This community in the bayou pulled together to show the world that a real emergency response begins at home, undertaken by the very people who were affected. They didn’t wait around bemoaning the lack of FEMA, Red Cross, and government aid. They got to work.

They opened up their own shelters in local businesses that were not affected. They distributed immediate relief to those who were displaced. They performed their own rescues, organized the response, and used social media to coordinate their efforts.

They made just about everyone in America who heard about their efforts feel a wave of pride. In fact, they were so effective at their own free-market local disaster relief that they rendered the government’s assistance all but unnecessary.

And that is when the government said, “Oh, no. We can’t have that.”

Of course, the government doesn’t want citizens to realize that they are perfectly capable of rescuing themselves.
If people realize that they can perform independently and that it is much better than performing within the strictures of government regulations, they will be a heck of a lot harder to control.

So, they stepped in and uttered the scariest words ever.


“We’re from the government and we’re here to help.”

Like a horde of modern-day carpetbaggers, they began “helping” by forcing people who were struggling to rebuild to purchase permits.
That’s right. They forced people to ask for permission for the right to repair their own property.

Considering the daunting expense of rebuilding in itself, those State permission slips may make reconstruction cost-prohibitive for some, while others — given the strict regulations pertaining to the floodplain and more — may not be allowed to rebuild on their own property at all.

“We haven’t suspended any or our requirements for permitting,” Justin Dupuy, building official for Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge, told Reason in an interview. “Before they start making any repairs, they just need to call in and check with us to see what they need.”

Really? These people who are about to undertake a repair have no idea what they need unless they ask the government?

Fortunately, in a small act of grace pointed out by Reason, fees for reconstruction permits have been waived by local officials — though the permits, themselves, are still mandatory, as permission to repair some of the 20,000 flood-ravaged buildings in East Baton Rouge might not be given at all.

How very kind.

But that isn’t the worst of it.

They also decided to charge fees to the Cajun Navy before they were “allowed” to continue rescuing people.


I couldn’t make this up.

The Libertarian Republic reported:


No good deed goes unpunished. The Cajun Navy is a group of volunteers that operates at its own expense to rescue people trapped in flooded areas in Louisiana. They use their own boats. They risk their lives. And now that people have noticed that they are far more effective than government rescue efforts, there are plans to require them to pay a fee before they are allowed to do any good. “Don’t worry. It’s just a small fee,” legislators explain. “Maybe only fifty dollars. That would be worth it to put authority behind the Cajun Navy, wouldn’t it?”

When the Cajun Navy members said, “No thanks” to the government who wanted to train them to do what the government wasn’t even able or willing to do, they were treated like criminals.

That’s right. The government deployed the police to prevent these good Samaritans that we all wish now were our own neighbors from continuing with their efforts.

Louisiana State Senator Jonathan Perry is the engineer of the licensing requirements.

“Perry said that if members of the Cajun Navy continue on without his legislation, they will be stopped by law enforcement officials from rescuing residents past police barricades…

Under current state law, citizens who cross police perimeters are breaking the law and could face punishment.” (Source)


You can be assured he’s doing this for the Cajun Navy guys’ own good. He is trying to “empower” them.

That must also be what the Red Cross is doing when they make it more difficult for good-hearted locals to help.

Beth Yancey Houghton, a local woman who volunteered made the following post on Facebook.

“So as we are headed back home from the River Center in Baton Rouge volunteering our nursing services Dawn and I have come to the conclusion that neither of us WILL EVER volunteer or donate to the RED CROSS. The Red Cross basically takes over the shelters and starts refusing clothes, donations and various volunteer services UNLESS they are previously contracted. So what does that mean….well, 60 boxes of doughnuts were discarded this morning becuase the delivery vendor was not in contract, hot meals were refused becuase the entity providing wasn’t contracted, and medical supplies including medications were trashed for same reason. Clothes that were “donated” needed to be left on the street unless they were “furnished” by Red Cross. As of tomorrow, the shelter we were at will be completely over taken by the Red Cross other than the medical area because they couldnt have the actual room since LSU has a contract with state to provide medical care. Its sad when the military police were helping to “protect” the medical areas from the red cross when there are so many other issues at hand. Anyway, next time to want to donate or volunteer your services, do your homework.”

The Red Cross vehemently denies Houghton’s claim. Except…this:

Nancy Malone, a spokeswoman for the American Red Cross, said there’s misinformation being spread around, and people are confusing the Red Cross with their partner organizations. She also said there are liabilities to feeding people food that doesn’t come from certified vendors, which is why some offers to cook hot meals have been turned away.

But she categorically rejected allegations that the Red Cross has thrown away donations.

“If you came today and said you have 5,000 meals to offer, well, we already had food delivered today, let’s find a way to arrange for you to help someone else or come back another day,” Malone said. “It has to be about coordination. We are held accountable to state regulations. This food has to come from a certified kitchen.”

Perhaps, technically, they didn’t throw food away, but turned it away, even though they didn’t have enough meals from “certified kitchens” to feed everyone.

They make it seem like a conspiracy theory that many preparedness enthusiasts plan to avoid government intervention in the aftermath of a disaster. But as you can see in Louisiana, the intervention often takes the form of exerting control in an effort to foster a culture of dependency. The rules, regulations, licenses, and permissions mean that anyone receiving help must be compliant. An article called “You’re Right to Fear Government Intervention During Emergencies” sums it up neatly.

In a crisis, whether a natural disaster that displaces you from your home, war, or TEOTWAWKI, this is exactly how you will be treated by government so-called assistance. Red tape, bureaucrats, nonsensical rules that deny help because of more nonsensical rules. Nothing will come easy. The process will favor a few. Your needs will be met only on occasion and by pure coincidence.

So, while the governments of Europe are actually requesting that their citizens begin prepping for the future, the very idea of self-sufficiency scares the heck out of the United States government.

It’s important to note that their need to make us dependent isn’t only restricted to the aftermath of a disaster. They seem to do everything they can to hobble those of us who even attempt to become even a little bit more self-reliant.

Here are a few examples of the anti-independence stance of our government:

Most burning stoves become illegal

In some states collecting rainwater is illegal

Living off grid is illegal in some states

In some areas, you can’t even camp on your own land


Unfortunately, I could go on and on. Here in the US, we are strongly encouraged to rely on ‘the system’. In the event of a national emergency, our government seems to prefer people to line up and get a government issued MRE than to pull something out of the pantry, share with our neighbors, and calmly go about our business.

If we become too self-reliant, then it becomes obvious we don’t need them or their ridiculous regulations. This is the greatest fear of those in power: our knowledge of their irrelevance.

And maybe that’s the real reason for the complete lack of coverage of the flooding in Louisiana. Not only was the flood a non-story because it doesn’t fit the current narrative of Black vs. White. It doesn’t fit the narrative that we are helpless and in need of the government to save us.

But this isn’t at all true. We are actually incredibly capable of preparing ourselves for life’s disasters and then dealing with them when they occur. (If you aren’t prepped yet, you can go here to put yourself on the path to self-reliance.)

The Cajun people didn’t wait for rescue. They rescued themselves. They proved that they had the wherewithal to take care of the business at hand without Daddy Government swooping in to save the day.

In fact, the only thing the government did for Louisiana was to make their lives more difficult by forcing beleaguered residents to get permission to go about the business of rescuing and rebuilding.
  
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