Saturday, December 20, 2014

Blind Faith In Fake Money

Money isn't real.  It's completely fake.  It's made-up.  It's a farce.

Wait - that's the end of the story - let me start at the beginning.  Once upon a time in all the lands of the Earth, people traded things for things.  I might trade a chicken for some rice, some rice for clothing etc. etc.  Things like that were real - they had real value.  Commerce ran completely well on trading things for things.  Then, someone decided that we needed a representation of things - rather than real things to make commerce run better.  Money was born.

In the beginning money was backed by real things and then at some point we started putting value on some things simply because they were rare or pretty.  We put value on things like gold and diamonds and our money became based on the value of those items.  American currency was supposedly backed by gold and we are supposed to believe that there is enough gold somewhere that every dollar of our paper money is backed by so much gold.  That's a lot of gold!  It isn't hard to image that there isn't enough gold to equal the amount of American money in circulation.  So at some point, our money became fake.  Our money is simply printed paper and coins - that's all.  So why does it work?  Because we have FAITH that it is real.  We still believe that printed paper or a coin is backed by something of equal value and that faith in currency keeps the whole thing running.  Lately our faith in currency has grown even stronger so we don't even need printed paper or coins anymore - just a number on a computer screen that shows how much we "have".

Think about this:  In 2008 the economy crashed - not just here but in most world markets.  It happened very quickly.  That was a few years ago but try to remember - when the economy crashed - did you suddenly have less things?  Nope - most of us had exactly the same stuff for a while but somehow that "stuff" was worth less than it was just weeks before.  Your house may have suddenly lost thousands of dollars of value - even though it remained exactly the same.  You may have lost your job because your company couldn't afford to hire you - even though they were making the exact same things.  The exact same food at the grocery store became so much more expensive.  The same gas you bought last week suddenly cost so much more.  All of that based on the simple fact that an arrow on a Wall Street computer screen pointed down instead of up.  Nothing changed except an arrow pointed down.  Now things are getting better because those arrows are pointing up.  Same stuff - just worth more.  It's fake.  All fake.  And we all believe it.

Even the things I mentioned that were supposed to back up our currency are fake. Gold has very little value at all except as an excellent conductor of electricity and a few other traits that mean nothing to most of us.  Diamonds make great cutting tools and have some unique properties with light - but that is about the extent of their true value.  We put faith (value) on these things because they are rare or pretty - but it is blind faith because in reality those things are pretty worthless.  You can't eat gold or diamonds or at least I wouldn't recommend it.  When you see the phrase "In God We Trust" you might realize the end of the phrase is missing.  It should say "In God We Trust You Won't Realize That This Is Worthless".

It's interesting to me that all of us put such blind faith in something so completely fake as money.  We don't even think about it - it just "is".  But there is is a real cost to this blind faith.  We have allowed fake money to be more valuable than real things.  And the people or corporations who have the most fake money are the most powerful.  My previous article attempted to explain how we are under the throws of corporate tyranny.  The tyranny is real but guess what, the thing that makes it possible at all is completely fake.  Let me re-state that.  We put blind faith in fake money and then allow ourselves to be controlled by this fake money.  Wow!

A reasonable person who has gotten to this point in this article should have reached a simple conclusion if they agree with anything that has been said.  We have the power to topple corporate tyranny and income inequality completely by removing the blind faith we have in fake currency.  We need to go back to a time where we traded real things for real things.  If everyone woke up one day and decided they no longer believed money was real then it would simply cease to exist.  At that point all we would have is the physical things we currently have.  Granted - the rich would still be rich because they have more physical things - but their wealth would be reduced by anything that previously showed up on a computer screen or bank account.  Their possession would also hold different value because who would trade a chicken for a Gucci t-shirt when the Gucci name is completely fake and worthless?

Money is fake.  Gold is fake.  Diamonds are fake.  Wake up and believe in what is real.

Tyranny with a C

Some folks are terrified of government tyranny and have begun to stock firearms of all types in preparation.  This seems silly to me because no matter how big or automatic your guns are - they would be no match to the massive weapons of our own military.  These people live in denial but not just because they are out-gunned, but because they fear the wrong oppressor.  The real beast is not just our government but rather our government under the control of massive corporations.  Real corporate tyranny has been brewing for years but at this point in our lives it has possibly reached a point of true reality.

Without looking up the definition of corporate tyranny - here is my definition of what it is:  A state where large corporations have acquired enough resources and power to enable them to control world governments while disabling employment protections or government restrictions on their activities.

There is an important element to a corporation that allows this sort of thing to occur.  A corporation does not have the same lifespan as that of a human being.  Some of America's corporations have been around for over two centuries.  This endless lifespan allows corporations to continue to grow and encompass more wealth and power as the years go by.   Wealth and power go hand in hand as ingredients of corporate tyranny.  With enough money, a corporation can begin to control governments through legal lobbying.  As the corporations are successful at getting their issues passed in government, they can now grow and exploit resources more freely.

In the past this exploitation has been kept somewhat in check with government regulations.  These regulations were able to be enacted and enforced because our nations voting system was real.  A person's opinion was based on real facts and circumstances and votes reflected this reality.  However, as corporations grew and gained political power they were better able to control our government.  With increased communication thorough TV and more importantly the Internet - they are now able to sway public opinion with targeted ads.  This twisting of reality - especially to those who are not paying close attention has allowed the corporations to seat some very important people in our government including the Supreme Court.  The court has recently made some landmark decisions in favor of the corporations which relax regulation, increase the influence on our elections and stifle employment protections by dismantling employee unions.  In recent years the balance of power has shifted heavily toward the corporations.  They now have the power to "purchase" Senators, Governors and even Presidents.  The election of 2014 is a perfect example of this control.  A disproportionate amount was spent by the Republican party which is known as the party of business.  For them it was money well spent and the control of government power has tipped back in their favor.  This despite the fact that people overwhelmingly voted for issues that are not supported by this shift in power.  At this point - unless there is some sort of drastic change - I do not see it possible that power will ever be tipped back in favor of the people.  Money controls not only this country but the world in general.  When people have lost control of their own destiny - that is what I call Tyranny.

Unfortunately you can't fight corporate tyranny with guns because the corporation can survive war.  For this reason I believe that corporate tyranny is worse by far than government tyranny and at some point they become one in the same.  It will be far more difficult to escape the clutches of corporate tyranny then that of any other power.  I made a suggestion years ago that would have at least slowed the growth of corporations but since nothing like BECi has been implemented we have simply lost control.  However, there is something else that could shift the power back to the people.  It would require a giant leap of faith - or rather a giant lack of faith in something we all currently believe in.  It will be the topic of my next article sometime soon.