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The Federal Reserve’s lack of transparency, which is perceived to be impenetrable, is an erroneous assumption.

Volume 12 C.F.R. § 261.2(i)(1) Identifies public FOIA requests for records (of) any Federal Reserve Bank in connection with the transaction of any official business.” are authorized. A Federal Court of Appeals has concurred. Ref. Bloomberg L.P. v. Board. of Governors of Federal Reserve System, 649 F. Supp. 2d 262, 274 (S.D.N.Y. 2009), aff’d, 601 F.3d 143 (2d Cir. 2010). Exemptions 4 and 5 are not applicable. The deceptive CRS Report 42079, Federal Reserve; Oversight and Disclosure Issues relates to a public perception; it does not relate the law. Ref. https://thedailycoin.org/2020/02/02/federal-reserve-foia-and-audit/ (updated).

The Federal Reserve’s creation of fiat currency [a credit extended by the FR system] depends upon the Treasury Department issuing a debt instrument [Treasury security] containing a promise to pay back the principal plus interest. The interest does not exist nor has it been created. The only way to procrastinate bankruptcy is to issue more debt (principal) and pay the prior interest due from the new principal. This results in an exponential increase in the amount of debt [inflation] that will be created. The National Debt can never be paid off. It is a classic Ponzi scheme. [Fractional reserve multiplication of currency by commercial banks does not alter this conclusion.] A contract that cannot be culminated, or does not convey consideration for funds, is an act of fraud and is void upon its inception.

The manner in which the Fed is used to assist Wall Street conceal >$3 billion daily from the government [and the public] using the auction accounts of Treasury securities for the benefit of TBTF banks is alleged at https://www.spartareport.com/2019/11/the-federal-reserve-a-different-view/ ; https://thedailycoin.org/2018/08/21/the-federal-reserve-a-different-view-updated/ ; https://ppjg.me/2019/11/18/the-federal-reserve-a-different-view/ , https://ncc-1776.org/tle2019/tle1019-20190505-05.html. The analysis has been sullied; it has never been discredited.

The Treasury security auction accounts are exclusively controlled by the FRBNY and handle more than $11 trillion annually. The accounts have never been audited and are a proper subject for public review using FOIA. [The cited CRS report broadens the meaning of audit to imply two reviews of FRBNY’s security procedures are audits.] TreasuryDirect identifies the apparent commingling of government funds with private funds. The destination of new cash is not disclosed.

Benjamin Ginsberg in FATAL EMBRACE reminds readers of historic similar related banking systems resulted in repeated economic exploitation, societal collapse, and civil disruption in medieval Europe. John Perkins [CONFESSIONS OF AN ECONOMIC HIT MAN], Douglas Valentine [CIA AS ORGANIZED CRIME] and others have identified covert Wall Street actions as the origin of world-wide chaos and subjugation. The use of these funds for world domination and national chaos, which is occasionally projected war mongering  to include the United States, has been documented by William Blum, Greg Palast, Michel Chossudovsky and many others. Pathological Wall Street  using the CIA, US military, the IMF, and the WB to impose economic control or for destruction of industrial rivals is standard procedure. https://thedailycoin.org/2019/07/25/war-mongering-brought-to-you-by-wall-street/; WHENSE THE DEEP STATE ?, https://ncc-1776.org/tle2019/tle1050-20191208-10.html .

Potential national financial chaos resulting from the US economic instability is mentioned in current US headlines. How the TBTF banks can utilize the existing legal structure to collect on the $22 trillion (and growing) national debt is theorized at https://ppjg.me/2019/11/18/scenario-of-national-bankruptcy/. The resultant social chaos would be similar to that found in Greece and Argentina, and could involve seizure of demand deposits and pensions, slashing of wages, confiscation of national assets, etc. Wall Street representatives’ testimony before congress has confirmed destruction of government sovereignty does not hamper their collection of alleged national debt. Apparently the fly [US citizen] on the spider web is enjoying the view but has not visualized the next meal.

Is this concern a proper cause for FOIA action to preserve the government from total Wall Street domination?

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Industrial Agriculture: The Truth About Where Your Meat Comes From

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Surge (2017)

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This is a documentary about the brutal conditions under which factory farmed animals are raised in the UK, Australia and the US. This type of footage is extremely rare because Food Inc makes every effort to conceal the disgusting conditions under which our meat is produced.

Factory farmed pigs and chickens seem to fare the worst. Even though pigs are as intelligent and emotionally complex as dogs, they are raised in extremely confining cages and forced to lie in their own feces, as well as being routinely tortured and beaten by their keepers. Pigs, like most other factory farmed animals, are fed massive doses of antibiotics (contributing to antibody resistance and the rise of “superbugs”) while continual exposure to feces makes factory farmed meat a major source of food borne illness.

Chickens and more than 90% of ducks and turkeys are also crowded into pens. In chickens raised for meat, 45% suffer painful fractures because their specially bred bodies are too heavy for their skeleton.

What seems most consistent among all factory farmed animals (besides their continual exposure to feces) are the inhumane conditions under which they are killed. Although most jurisdictions require them to be asphyxiated or electrically stunned prior to slaughter, abattoir personnel are rushed and poorly trained. As the film clearly shows, many animals are still alive when they’re butchered.

 

The Debt Deal Con: Is It Fooling Anyone?

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Brandon Smith

Alternative economic analysis brings with it a certain number of advantages and insights, but also many uncomfortable burdens. Honest financial research is a discipline. It requires us to not only understand the fundamentals, but to question the fundamentals. It requires us to look beyond what we would LIKE to see in the economy, and accept the reality of what is actually there. With this methodology comes the difficulty of knowing the dangers ahead while the mainstream stumbles about well behind the curve. It means constantly having to qualify one’s conclusions, no matter how factual, because the skeptics and opposition base their views on an entirely different set of rules; farcical rules that no longer (or never did) apply to the true state of our country’s fiscal health.

After a while, you begin to expect that a majority of the public will buy into any number of government or Federal Reserve con games and swindles as the process of full spectrum collapse rolls onward. However, this expectation is not always accurate…

A majority of Americans were against the bailouts, TARP, quantitative easing, the “too big to fail” concept, etc. Sometimes a government action is so fraudulent that even those who aren’t educated on the specifics can smell the grift in play. The recent debt ceiling debate and resulting debt deal are fuming with the hot stench of predigested disinformation, so much so that no one seems to be happy with it, even people who a month ago were begging for it. When you have to parade around a hobbled shooting victim in order to get any applause for your legislation, then you may be in trouble…

Though their reasons and motivations vary, everyone, whether on the so called “Left”, or the so called “Right”, is asking “Was anything really accomplished here?” The question is a valid one. To discern the exact nature of the debt deal, we must first cut through the web of misconceptions that surround it. While no American is satisfied with the final plan, many are disenchanted for the wrong reasons. Let’s clear the fog (or light a match), as it were…

Where Are The Spending Cuts?  READ MORE

http://www.alt-market.com/articles/208-the-debt-deal-con-is-it-fooling-anyone

The Strategic Advantages Of Community Building

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Brandon Smith

The year was 2002, and while the majority of Americans were completely obsessed with the so called “War On Terror” and other devices of distraction, something much more real and decidedly prophetic was going on in our southern hemisphere. Argentina was in the midst of total collapse, driven by banker fraud and extreme currency devaluation in tandem with government mismanagement and corruption. First, cities exploded with rioting and violence as Argentinian police and military attempted to crush all dissent. Soon after, displaced refugees from population centers along with roving bands of thieves flooded into the countryside, wiping out isolated farms, murdering families, and hunting down any small group of survivors weaker than themselves and flush with supplies. The authorities (and I use the term loosely) were too busy trying to suppress civil protests to bother protecting those who were caught unprepared.

This behavior is part and parcel of economic destabilization, regardless of the time or place in which it occurs. Only nine years ago, a very modern and technologically savvy nation of people, nearly cannibalized itself. Those who survived and thrived did so through family aid and substantial existing wealth, or, the tactical building of communities for the purpose of mutual defense and alternative trade. Farmers armed themselves and formed regional groups along with security measures. City dwellers formed neighborhood watches and barter networks when the mainstream economy disappeared. The bottom line; lone wolves and isolated country families were nothing more than tempting targets at the onset of the breakdown in Argentina.   READ MORE

The Handbook of Human Ownership-A manual for new tax farmers

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Marti Oakley (c)copyright 2011 All Rights Reserved

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If you do nothing else for yourself , watch this video.  Whatever you think you knew, thought you understood, or were convinced was the condition of the world, economics or simply your place in the grand scheme of things, all of that will be most likely end up being rearranged.  This video can be found on the FREEDOMRADIO channel on youtube.  I would suggest you save it to your computer as I am sure that YT will censor it soon enough.

This video comes with Text/Audiobook: http://www.fdrurl.com/HHO

1 1/2 hours long, it  is well worth the time. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=k67_imEHTPE

What Small Business Wants

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Submitted By Dan Martin

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The most egregious of their useless proposals revolve around the current the tax debate — whether to include the top 2 percent in reversing the Bush tax cuts. The sanctimonious claim is “this would hurt small business” — and this suggestion is incredibly wrong and even detrimental.

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What small business really wants (it’s not what all those senators claim)
By Myles Spicer | Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010
Recently on TV there was a rerun of a popular movie produced in 2000: “What Women Want,” starring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt. Very briefly, Gibson has “shocking” experience (literally) and is able to get into the “heads” of women and read their thoughts. Not a great move, but high grossing and of interest to me because it involved an advertising agency — my core profession for over 40 years.

It also coincided with the continuing claims by many members of Congress about what needs to be done to assist small business, who will be the drivers of our economy to get us out of this funk. Frankly their comments are inane, fictional, silly and inept. Why? Because virtually none of them really knows the dynamics of small-business challenges, and consequently do not or cannot get “into the heads” of true small-business people. Frankly, their statements are politically based, and have little to do with reality or an intelligent analytical basis of small business needs. More

Truth Squad Radio with Randy Cook of NORM!

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Then and Now, The Difference in American Leadership

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 J.Speer-Williams  (c)copyright 2010 All Rights Reserved

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Thar’s Money in That Old Quilt:

Then and Now, The Difference in American Leadership

Among Clinton’s worse crimes against humanity, was perhaps not his alive-incineration of children at Waco, Texas; but, his repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act, and the passage of the Commodity Futures Modernization Act, which has led to millions of starving people around the world More

The Purpose Behind Engineered Economic Collapse

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The Purpose Behind Engineered Economic Collapse

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By Giordano Bruno

Neithercorp Press – 08/17/2010      

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 “This response often comes from people who make presumptions on economics, rather than actually educating themselves on how the system works. From the outside looking in, the world of finance appears chaotic; a mixture of mathematical and legal standards swirling in a void of mass psychology. Many Americans are either frightened off by the seemingly complicated field of study, or they find it rather boring and not worth their time. This, however, does not stop them from assuming that they know how money works.”

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“From now on, depressions will be scientifically created.” — Congressman Charles A. Lindbergh Sr. , 1913

Everyone loves money. Even people like myself who abhor the abuse of money and commerce, who understand the fraudulent nature of the system we live in, still work hard and save so that we might attain a sense of stability within that system. Many people see money as a focal point to their existence. But is it really money that they are after, or is it something else entirely? In truth, money represents ‘security’ in the minds of the masses. Money affords us the ability to survive, and the more of it we have, the safer we all feel. Because we subconsciously associate the extension of our very life with the variable health of the economic structure in which we live, we tend to become unwitting devotees to its continued existence, even if it is corrupt and condemned to failure. We gullibly deny the system or the currency that supports it is doomed to the contrary of all evidence because, even though it has beaten us bloody, we have never known anything else. More

BORROWING OUR WAY OUT OF DEBT?

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“The American economy begins with raw materials. Without a continuous supply of raw materials, productive sectors cannot produce, consuming sectors cannot consume, and exchanges of goods and money cease. The economy grinds to a halt,”

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The idea of borrowing our way out of debt is ludicrous, but that is what the United States is attempting to do. For years, our basic national policy has been to borrow our way to prosperity. And now it has caught up with us, resulting in serious unemployment, high federal deficits and business and personal bankruptcies in record numbers. So what is our response? More borrowing, more debt and more earned income diverted to interest payments instead of prosperous economic expansion.

If debt were the way to prosperity, we would be in paradise. However, this debt policy will lead us only to a fool’s paradise. Why does a country with such an abundance of raw materials, technological skill and private enterprise know-how need to go further into debt? More

Law would protect farmers by ensuring export markets are considered before GMO approval

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From: Sandra Finely/Canadian Correspondent

Canadians, who seem to do more than complain, just won the first round of the battle to stop the spread of GMO crops!  Go Canada!

Alex Atamanenko, MP
BC Southern Interior-NDP Agriculture critic     APRIL 15, 2010

HISTORIC NDP GMO Bill PASSES CRUCIAL VOTE 

OTTAWA – A private members bill to protect farmers by calling for an analysis of potential harm to export markets prior to approving new genetically engineered seeds has passed second reading in the House of Commons.  Bill C-474, proposed by New Democrat Agriculture Critic Alex Atamanenko (BC-Southern Interior), will move to committee for further study.

“Despite intense lobbying efforts by the biotech industry and the Conservative government to nip this bill in the bud, the opposition parties voted instead to protect the economic interests of farmers,” said Atamanenko. “I couldn’t be happier that Parliament has made this historic decision.”

This is the first time a bill to change the rules on GMOs has passed second reading in the House.

Atamanenko believes that the government‘s science-only approach to how GMO’s are regulated is irresponsible because it completely ignores market considerations.

“It was the government’s lax regulatory process that allowed GE Triffid flax to shut out Canadian flax exports from its key markets and hurt farmers,” explained Atamanenko. “For the first time, Parliament has a chance to seriously consider a regulatory mechanism that will ensure farmers are never again faced with rejection in our export markets because we allow the introduction of GE technologies that they have not approved.”

 

Derry Brownfield: PESSIMIST OR REALIST

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By Derry Brownfield         
November 15, 2009

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For the past several years I have been referred to as a pessimist, a doom-and-gloomer, even unkind and trying to scare people. There are a few individuals in this nation who have read the warning signs and are better informed spokespersons than the general public, but many citizens are beginning to take notice and listening to what these realistic thinkers are saying. I certainly don’t claim to be a prophet or have any insight into the future. All I can do is study the facts, recall the past and try to determine what to expect in the future. For the past 30 years I have been studying economic history and what I have learned is totally different from what I was taught in the economics courses I took in 1949 and 1950 at the University of Missouri.

During 1982-83 I wrote an article each month for a rural electric publication. The following are the titles of a few of my manuscripts: THE QUESTION OF THE MONEY SUPPLY – WE NEED FAIR TRADE NOT FREE TRADE – WE CAN’T BUY FRIENDS – IT TAKES WORK TO CURE A RECESSION – A WORLD WITHOUT BUREAUCRATS – APATHY WEAKENS A NATION – FOREIGN LOANS PINCH BIG BANKS – DON’T TAKE FREEDOM FOR GRANTED. Nearly everything I wrote in 1982-83 came to pass, yet I was told by the editorial staff in 1983 that my articles were too controversial and my services were no longer needed. They thought I was pessimistic when I was trying to be realistic. More

Ron Paul on ending the Federal Reserve

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The Austrians Were Right


                                              by Congressman Ron Paul

Congressman Ron Paul speaking before the U.S. House of Representatives.

November 20, 2008

PLEASE FORWARD


Madame Speaker, many Americans are hoping the new administration will solve the economic problems we face. That’s not likely to happen, because the economic advisors to the new President have no more understanding of how to get us out of this mess than previous administrations and Congresses understood how the crisis was brought about in the first place.
economics. For the last 80 years, the legislative, judiciary and executive branches of our government have been totally influenced by Keynesian economics. If they had had any understanding of the Austrian economic explanation of the business cycle, they would have never permitted the dangerous bubbles that always lead to painful corrections.
At least 90% of the cause for the financial crisis can be laid at the doorstep of the Federal Reserve. It is the manipulation of credit, the money supply, and interest rates that caused the various bubbles to form. Congress added fuel to the fire by various programs and institutions like the Community Reinvestment Act, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, FDIC, and HUD mandates, which were all backed up by aggressive court rulings.
It is unimaginable that Congress could be so derelict in its duty. It does nothing but condone the arrogance of the Fed in its refusal to tell us where the $2 trillion has gone. All Members of Congress and all Americans should be outraged that conditions could deteriorate to this degree. It’s no wonder that a large and growing number of Americans are now demanding an end to the Fed.

The Federal Reserve created our problem, yet it manages to gain even more power in the socialization of the entire financial system. The whole bailout process this past year was characterized by no oversight, no limits, no concerns, no understanding, and no common sense.
All the programs since the Depression were meant to prevent recessions and depressions. Yet all that was done was to plant the seeds of the greatest financial bubble in all history. Because of this lack of understanding, the stage is now set for massive nationalization of the financial system and quite likely the means of production.

Although it is obvious that the Keynesians were all wrong and interventionism and central economic planning don’t work, whom are we listening to for advice on getting us out of this mess?
Unfortunately, it’s the Keynesians, the socialists, and big-government proponents.

Who’s being ignored? The Austrian free-market economists – the very ones who predicted not only the Great Depression, but the calamity we’re dealing with today. If the crisis was predictable and is explainable, why did no one listen? It’s because too many politicians believed that a free lunch was possible and a new economic paradigm had arrived. But we’ve heard that one before –like the philosopher’ s stone that could turn lead into gold. Prosperity without work is a dream of the ages.

Except for a rare few, Members of Congress are unaware of Austrian Free Market

Today, a major economic crisis is unfolding. New government programs are started daily, and future plans are being made for even more. All are based on the belief that we’re in this mess because free-market capitalism and sound money failed. The obsession is with more spending, bailouts of bad investments, more debt, and further dollar debasement. Many are saying we need an international answer to our problems with the establishment of a world central bank and a single fiat reserve currency. These suggestions are merely more of the same policies that created our mess and are doomed to fail.

The Fed has now doled out close to $2 trillion in subsidized loans to troubled banks and other financial institutions. The Federal Reserve and Treasury constantly brag about the need for “transparency” and “oversight,” but it’s all just talk – they want none of it. They want secrecy while the privileged are rescued at the expense of the middle class.

Similar mistakes were made in the 1930s and ushered in the age of the New Deal, the Fair Deal, the Great Society and the supply-siders who convinced conservatives that deficits didn’t really matter after all, since they were anxious to finance a very expensive deficit-financed American empire.

 


Over and above this are those who understand that political power is controlled by those who control the money supply. Liberals and conservatives, Republicans and Democrats came to believe, as they were taught in our universities, that deficits don’t matter and that Federal Reserve accommodation by monetizing debt is legitimate and never harmful. The truth is otherwise. Central economic planning is always harmful. Inflating the money supply and purposely devaluing the dollar is always painful and dangerous.payment. Raising taxes would reveal the true cost of big government, and the people would revolt. But the piper will be paid, and that’s what this crisis is all about.If it goes too far and the wild extravagance is not arrested, runaway inflation will result, and an entirely new currency will be required to restore growth and reasonable political stability.

The choice we face is ominous: We either accept world-wide authoritarian government holding together a flawed system, OR we restore the principles of the Constitution, limit government power, restore commodity money without a Federal Reserve system, reject world government, and promote the cause of peace by protecting liberty equally for all persons. Freedom is the answer.

The policies of big-government proponents are running out of steam. Their policies have failed and will continue to fail. Merely doing more of what caused the crisis can hardly provide a solution.

The good news is that Austrian economists are gaining more acceptance every day and have a greater chance of influencing our future than they’ve had for a long time.

The basic problem is that proponents of big government require a central bank in order to surreptitiously pay bills without direct taxation. Printing needed money delays the

There are limits. A country cannot forever depend on a central bank to keep the economy afloat and the currency functionable through constant acceleration of money supply growth. Eventually the laws of economics will overrule the politicians, the bureaucrats and the central bankers. The system will fail to respond unless the excess debt and mal-investment is liquidated.


Ron Paul


PLEASE WAKE THE HELL UP AMERICA!

 

Bush’s Iraq Madness…BRASSCHECK TV/video

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Another Bush administration accomplishment.

 

Joseph Stiglitz won the Noble Prize and he was president of the World Bank.

He has two simple messages:

1. The Iraq War will cost the US $3 TRILLION (minimum)

2. The war is one of the chief causes behind the destruction of the US (and the world’s) banking system.

This interview was recorded back in April, long before the seriousness of the banking problems were apparent and long before the multi-trillion dollar bailouts

 

The US put – and kept – a venal moron in the White House for eight years.

 

Using fraud, he launched a war that will cost US taxpayers at least $3 trillion.

 

As if that weren’t enough, the “creative financing”

he employed to pay for the war now threatens to destroy the US financial system.

 

Not just cause a recession, but destroy the US financial system.

 

This is not my opinion…it’s the opinion of the former president of the World Bank and a Nobel Prize winner in economics…

 

This was recorded over six months ago.

 

http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/442.html

 

– Brasscheck

I Faced Hunger Today. Did You?

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 What I want to know is how far above third-world status do you think you are? How long before the price of housing, gasoline, food, clothing, and everything else on earth that the corporations can snap up and offer for sale, goes so high that you simply don’t have enough money left to eat? Maybe you could skip breakfast and lunch. It is easier to go to bed on a full stomach than an empty one. How long are you prepared to do that? Forever? Are you prepared for a completely changed lifestyle that doesn’t include regular meals? If you haven’t asked yourself the following question before now, do it – NOW! ‘How long can I survive a prolonged depression?’ 

 

Just ask the neighbor you have been ignoring for the last year or so how it feels to go hungry. Have you noticed how he’s getting a bit ragged around the edges? He’s lost some weight, don’t you think? And his clothes! They are a bit on the dingy side. And he doesn’t smell so good either. I wonder what is wrong with him. Maybe you should call Social Services…or maybe you are starting to experience a bit of hunger, and after experiencing it for yourself, you start to recognize it in others. 

 

Maybe you should go over to his place and ask if he is okay, and if there is some way you can help. Maybe a pot of chicken soup would stave off the hunger for a day or two. Cook it at home, because his electricity has been turned off for non-payment. Make all you can afford to because he will be hungry. You see, he wakes up in the morning wondering what will happen when the bank forecloses. He has lost his job because the company went bankrupt, yet miraculously turned up in a foreign country where the wages are low and environmental concerns are an oxymoron. Not only has he lost the income from his employment, but his medical insurance went bye-bye with the job, and the retirement? Forget it. History. “In a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, a company liquidates its assets to pay its creditors and ceases to exist. Therefore, it is likely your pension and health plans will be terminated” (DOL, 2003).  

 

Ask your neighbor how long he has been going without money. While you’re there, ask him how long it has been since he has eaten. There’s a saying that if you go three minutes without air, three days without water, or three weeks without food, you die. I don’t know how accurate that is, but I don’t want to experience it firsthand, at least not just yet. I have things I still want to do, don’t you? Doesn’t your neighbor? 

 

Now ask yourself how long you could go without money. Remember, the banking system runs the world as we know it. With money, you are in debt to creditors. Without money, you are at the mercy of those same creditors. What do you do when you can no longer fulfill your obligations to these creditors? You are at their mercy, and they have no mercy. So, treat them like the foul carrion-eaters they are; get rid of them, and don’t invite them back. Do it now. The longer you are in their clutches, the harder it becomes to stay afloat. When you have no money, you are at the mercy of those who have no mercy, be it the creditors or everything and everyone else around you.  

 

Your house, car, electricity, water, Internet, phone, fax, food, household cleaning products, personal hygiene products, clothing, and everything else that we Americans are all used to, cost money. Without money, you go without all of the essentials you once thought you needed. Ask that neighbor about his priorities. Ask him what the first thing was that he gave up when the money was not there. What was the second thing to go? How about the third or fourth? Ask your starving neighbor how he handled the slide into oblivion. Ask him how it feels to wake up in the morning hungrier than when he went to sleep the night before. Better yet, wait until he is homeless, then ask him how it feels to have lost everything he owned while his neighbors hid behind locked doors, the Social Services button on speed-dial. Get a good, clear picture of that phone on your nightstand with the speed-dial button looking a little worse for the wear. 

 

Angry? Good. Got a clear picture of your enemy? Good. So, just who or what is this enemy? Do you know? Anger has to be directed somewhere. Can we direct it at the corrupt system we are living in? Sure, and the power elite that have the upper hand in this corrupt system, because they created it. They know what is happening, they planned it! But they cannot control all events at all times. Perfect they are not, just look at the players. But it is true that they have very smart people working for them who figure out what to do next so they don’t have to do any of the real mental work themselves. After all, money can buy almost anything.

  

The people controlling the present-day economic meltdown are very formidable, but these vipers are not your personal enemy, and their plan to control the world’s population via economic chaos, along with the reckless worldwide corruption of food, water, and natural resources by their multinational corporations, will eventually backfire on them because no man can think to control everything without some very serious results. These so-called ‘elite’ vipers cannot escape the consequences of their actions no matter how much money they use to make things ‘disappear.’ When all is said and done, all they are left with is moral bankruptcy, nothing more. 

 

Meanwhile, you have to survive this nightmare you are being thrown into against your will. To do that, you must know who your real enemy is. The enemy is not your neighbor who is trying to survive just like you. This enemy is much more personal than the crooks in the White House and their masters.  

 

When all is lost, the enemy you face is staring at you from a reflection in the bathroom mirror. Get used to it. 

 

Now that you have defined the true enemy, the real question becomes, just what will you be left with when all is said and done and the economy collapses in a heap right in front of you? Where do you go, how do you get there, and most of all, how do you convince the enemy in the mirror that there is something to live for? 

 

Aaron Tippin sings,

  

You’ve got to stand for something
or you’ll fall for anything.

You’ve got to be your own man,
not a puppet on a string.

Never compromise what’s right,
and uphold your family name.

You’ve got to stand for something
or you’ll fall for anything.

  

Think you can’t go on? You can. Think of the rest of your life as one of the biggest endurance tests you will ever experience, and walk into it, one step at a time.  

 

Conquer your fears and fight back with the only weapons of any worth: righteousness and truth. Stand for something worthwhile. If you’ve got something extra that your neighbor might need, give it to him. Don’t be afraid to receive help either. Get rid of the urge to call someone to “get rid of the problem” for you, and get involved in a solution. Make it personal because starvation is very personal. We can’t make it on our own, that’s not who we are. We need each other to survive, and the only way to find people that you want to be with, is to be one of those people with whom you want to be.  Now is not the time to throw away all principle and resort to King of the Jungle mentality. Now is the time to let your inner strength show. Grab hold with both fists and refuse to be reduced to chattel.  

 

After all, there’s a saying that if you go three minutes without air, three days without water, or three weeks without food, you die. And that’s the bottom line, isn’t it. Do you want to die with your hands around your neighbor’s throat, or with your hands underneath your brother, holding him up? It’s your choice, and the most important one you will ever make. Choose wisely. This decision might be the last one you make in the next three minutes, three days, or three weeks.

 

 

 

Copyright 2008, Barbara H. Peterson 

 


References:

 

Tippin, A. (n.d.). You’ve Got To Stand For Something. Country Gold USA. http://www.countrygoldusa.com/AT_stndsomthng_MU.asp

 

 

U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). (2003). Your Employer’s Bankruptcy: How Will It Affect Your Employee Benefits? Fact Sheet. http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/newsroom/fsbankruptcy.html

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