Economic and Social Rebellion
in an Age of social political chaos
by Joel A. Wendt
a money debt owed bankers is
merely a number ...
while what lives in the hearts of a People is a
spiritual currency of infinitely greater value
a text of this kind is in a way a work of art. Not everyone is
supposed to like it, and even the author is never satisfied. At a
certain point in time I just could not any more look at it and try to
polish this or that phrase, or add another particular detail in
order to fully explain what I hoped to write. What is below is
then flawed and I do not expect to satisfy most of my readers.
That said, I hope that in at least a few places the readers will
find something useful.
table of contents
a preview, for readers that might not be interested in the whole text 3
author’s preface 5
introduction: the situation in America 6
the grandmother war 9
the army of the unemployed 11
manufactured consent - the secrets of the money changers 15
waking up and declaring victory 30
the market expects - unmasking economic religion 34
strategy and tactics - in general 37
strategy and tactics - in particular 40
a brief, and perhaps more poetic, summation 59
appendix: the Needed Future for the Occupy Wall Street Movement 64
a preview, for readers that might
not be interested in the
some people don’t like to read a lot of stuff, so in a few paragraphs
I’ll try to save those folks from having to read nearly 60 pages
of possibly boring text.
people just got screwed by a bunch of people, mostly bankers.
The bankers managed it kind of like the con we know as three
pods and a pea game, where somehow you know the pea is never there
under the pod, but you can never figure out how it gets there when it
needs to be there - in banking we are involved with a very simple, yet
highly significant, analogous financial slight of hand.
a few hundred years ago, bankers began loaning out more money than they
had on deposit. If they got caught, oh well, but otherwise they
made a lot of money from the interest on these loans Then they
eventually figured out a way to do that in very large amounts of
money and make it legal for them to do so.
they loan money today it doesn’t even have to be on deposit. The
“loan” itself creates the money, and as long as you are a Central Bank
and corrupted your nations politicians so as to give you this power,
there are no limits on the amount that can be created (regular banks
have certain limits). Here in America we call this private
free-spending bank: The Federal Reserve. All perfectly legal,
sort of, and during the recent crisis the Fed “created” trillions of
dollars out of nothing for the benefit of their financial friends.
problem is that underneath, the hows and whys our central (federal)
government came into existence in America, was something we have mostly
forgotten, and which is called: the social contract. The main
element of this contract was our mutual consent to the rule of law,
which was formally expressed in the creation of the U.S.
and other corporate officers have now routinely corrupted our national
government, creating what has to be called: manufactured consent.
Our representatives don’t represent us anymore, they mostly
do what money wants them to do, with the result that (according
to the Declaration) laws that are without our consent are unjust.
Justice, by the way, is not a legal concept, but the overriding
shared moral concept which ought to inhabit our legal system, but
hardly does any more at all.
manufactured consent unjust laws in effect broke the social contract,
particularly its core principle: the submission of all to the same
rule of law. What is now thought to be legal for corporations and
banks is neither just or consented to. If it was put to a clearly
stated vote of We the People, many of these laws our so-called
representatives have authored in the last 100 years would not receive our consent.
Constitution is not a suicide pact, and begins We
the People ... do ordain and establish ... while ending with the Bill of Rights, which in the 10th
Amendment says: ... powers not granted ...
are reserved to the people: We
are free to unmake the Constitution and create a new one anytime we
want. This is far more than a simple amendment to the
Constitution, and is a power We the People possess by natural right
that does not have to be run through the amendment process, being part
of those powers We reserved.
however, have to assert it, and remind our public servants that they
work for us. If we don’t seize this power in the present, savage
and terrible will be the consequences for us all.
basically required, while we assert our just powers of consent, is that
we discuss with each other: 1) the social contract, 2) the rule of law,
3) the nature of money and banking, 4) what is the difference between
the legal and the moral, and other related Ideas. Justice, again,
is a moral idea, not a legal concept. Why do we need to discuss
these matters? Because the Lords of Finance screwed us royally
and ruined our economy all for their own benefit, and before we can fix
that - which we surely can, we need to understand our power to fix it.
Our so-called representatives, as we’ve already seen, are
incapable of properly taking our side.
change the conversation down to these very basic questions all else in
politics and social life will change. Since the rules have
been broken, we too are no longer bound to them, and there is much more
we can do (see the strategies and tactics in the main text), to start
the ball rolling toward a complete renewal of the social contract
eliminating all kinds of insanity forced upon us by decades and decades
of manufactured (unjust) consent (such as that Corporations can be seen
legally as persons).
details are important, otherwise I would not have offered them, but
here at the beginning the above is the core element around which
everything else revolves. Although there is a final “point” which might help people
understand better what is happening today:
What we have been calling the “housing bubble”, which was
in fact a very much out of equilibrium over-valuation of housing prices
that was a falsification of their real value, - this “housing bubble”
could also be described as the pin-prick which poked a hole in the
mother of all “bubbles” - the Finance Bubble. This “Finance
Bubble” comes about because banks have been adding more and more
fake-currency to the world’s economy all out of proportion
(equilibrium) to fiscal reality. The buying and selling of
derivatives and futures, most stocks and bonds transactions,
currency arbitrage, as well as all the currency created for the many
hostile take-overs and the rescue money such as TARP and the
trillions created by the Fed (and other Central Banks) - all that money
flowing out of banks and into the world’s economy has no real value,
the same way actual goods and services have real value.
99% of the world’s economy is fake - money created by
banks to fuel trading in markets that don’t actually trade real goods
and services, but only “financial” instruments of various kinds.
This is the Finance Bubble - the mother of all bubbles; and, what
we are calling the collapse of the housing market is in fact the
pin-prick that is letting the air out of this last bubble. Most
of the moves currently being made by central banks and knowledgeable
bankers and finance ministers are efforts to slow down the collapse of
this bubble, which can’t actually be stopped.
In the recent movie, Margin Call, the character played by
Jeremy Irons, who is the only guy who really sees the whole picture,
which is why he says he gets paid the big bucks, looks at the future
and says that as far as he can see the music stops. Meaning,
poetically, that Age of the drivers for increasing fake-wealth through
constantly adding to the currency in circulation by banks (Central and
otherwise) is over. Like any economic process, which exceeds the
real systems needs for equilibrium, this one has run its course.
He believes, as many believe, that the finance system will return
to “normal”, which by their definition means they can continue to
create fake-wealth and buy and sell purely financial instruments
endlessly into the future. Unfortunately he (and his cousins) are
How fast that bubble collapses is an open question, and many places in the world (such as China and India) will try to keep at bay these out of control processes effecting the whole world’s economy, but at most they can only delay the natural and catastrophic restructuring of the world's banking system now in play.
by the way, as an appetizer ... everybody in the world has a right to
have a say in the elections of the next Presidents of the United
States, because those elections effect them as well. We have a
lot of “rights” we can assert and seize, if we just have the will to no
longer be passive.
The essential questions are
individual moral questions, not society-wide legal questions. The
key element for me was to learn to trust the American People, and to
learn to listen to what they do, not always just to what they say
(which “sayings" are often warped by the media influence of the
established powers). Its what is the hearts of a People that has
to learn to be heard. Our minds are often polluted by the lies
inherent in constantly repeated talking points and such as the
propaganda emanating from Fox Noise.
Experiment (its Spirit, as it were) is not confined to the geographic
America. It is related to a slowly evolving universally human
impulse for brotherhood, which at its highest moral/spiritual level
includes individual and mutual sacrifice. An excellent
example of this all-human impulse was represented by an office worker
standing in front of a tank in Tienanmen Square, in an effort to show
solidarity with the protesters there, many of whom were soon to be
killed. This same moral-spiritual solidarity impulse arose in the
recent social phenomena we are calling the Arab Spring.
The ordinary People of the
world recognize that they are oppressed politically and economically
and many seek to follow the inspiration (out of the nature of their own
culture) something that first started to appear on the Stage of History
over 230 years ago in the American and French revolutions. In
that first iteration of this universal human impulse, we understood it
to be: Opposition to tyranny, and the seeking for individual political
freedom. At the same time it was as brothers and sisters that
human beings commonly opposed the centuries of their subjugation by
those who believed it was their right to dominate (might makes right).
While the forms of
political tyranny vary over the whole world, there is one present
form that now co-participates in the political domination present in
all places - Economic Tyranny. For a possible inside-America
response to this tyranny, read a proposed Second Declaration of
Independence on my website Shapes in the Fire . This little booklet
is about understanding the nature of the present day world-wide
Economic Tyranny, how one of this tyranny’s central castles of power is
in the geographic America, and what can be done about it in that
America and at the same time perhaps world-wide.
As a basic hint, consider
the fact that in reality the coming 2012 election in America is really
the concern of all the citizens of the world, not just the so-called
Americans, given that in today’s global economy all are effected by
what happens politically and economically in America. As this
booklet develops, it will be explained just how everyone in the world,
who wants to, can participate in the American electoral processes.
In a way, America is a
central battlefield in the war the elites of wealth and political power
wage on the ordinary people of the world. America is not the only
battlefield, but at the present it is a battlefield where in the next
years a great victory can be had - one that benefits everyone
introduction: the situation
hedge fund manager Warren Buffett was quoted around 2008 saying that
class warfare was in play, and his class was winning. He did not
say this as a brag, but with a certain kind of sadness.
Subsequently in 2011 he wrote that the rich, such as himself and
others, did not deserve the tax breaks they were being constantly given
by the ideological straight-jackets inhabiting the Republican Party.
book, Uncommon Sense: the degeneration, and the
redemption, of political life in America
, I wrote of a group that I called there the Lords of Finance. I pointed out that historically the aristocracies
of blood, which the American and French revolutions had thought to
depose, had not actually been replaced by what we assume are modern
democracies. The truth was that a successor group - an
aristocracy of wealth - had replaced that older aristocracy of blood in
terms of the social domination of modern human beings, particularly in
the so-called democratic West.
details as to causes and processes can be found in that work.
Here, in this introduction, we just need to notice that the
present ruin of the American economy (and the world economy) can be
laid at the fact that economic elites, having acquired over the
centuries the ability to rule our economies for their own benefit, have
in their rapacious greed (give me what I want
now!) essentially destroyed
from the inside that world-wide financial system we both seem to need. I write “seem” because its the bankers and their friends that need this
present system - not ordinary people.
elites came to dominate our political life over centuries, gaining
legislation through the corruption of our political processes that left
them free to take risks with the livelihood of all, when the only real
group that was to benefit was them. That there is an us and them reality - what Buffett called class warfare - is due in
large part to the mind set of the elites of wealth. Ordinary
people believed that what was required is to play by the rules, while
the greedy and powerful choose to ignore those rules and then make
their own, leaving the rest of us to live on the refuse leavings of
their path to domination.
underlying moral question of my book above (Uncommon
Sense) was this: Why
play by the rules when the game is already fixed?
the wonders of the American Constitution is that it is framed in such a
way that We the People have far more options than we currently suspect.
These were won during the American Revolution, and similar rights and
options are being sought and won elsewhere (such as the Arab Spring).
Macro changes in the social nature of the world unfold in
different ways in different places, and at different times. Here are
the critical bits of language from a former leading edge of these
changes: the American Revolution, as laid into the U.S. Constitution:
“We the People ... do ordain
and establish ...” (from the
Preamble)... and ... “powers not delegated ... are
reserved ... to the people” (from the
Tenth Amendment of the Bill of Rights). These phrases, which are
the bookends that hold up the whole Constitution, fully recognize that
this document (a social contract whose heart was that all would submit
to the same rule of law) was created by us, and that what We the People
once created we can uncreate - or as a certain Justice of the Supreme
Court once remarked: the Constitution is not a
suicide pact. The Constitution
is not an agreement that binds us forever into any kind of insanity.
It is a temporary and limited grant of power to a central government by the People
Or, as is
said in the original Declaration: “Governments are
instituted among Men, deriving
their just powers from the consent
of the governed”
scholarship recognizes that the law is not the moral. The whole
idea of civil disobedience recognizes this truism. When I entered
law school over four decades ago I was taught that the law tried to
define and describe the least socially acceptable human behavior, while
morality recognized the highest possible social behavior. When I
use the term moral or morality in this text, I mean to refer only to
the individual human conscience and that individual’s sense of the
good, or of the difference between right and wrong. I am not
referring to any rules, doctrine or dogma found in a book, such as the
Hebrew and Christian Bible.
now, because of the collusion between wealthy elites and political
powers, the economy in America and world-wide is collapsing.
Unemployment is raging out of control and rising.
Foreclosures of homes continues and large portions of those who
once were thought of as the middle-class in the Western democracies are
falling toward what seems to be the bottom levels of economic status.
In spite of the clear violations of many laws, corporate and
government leaders have not been brought before the bar of justice,
precisely because they control those very social processes. While
millions of poor and middle-class young people are constantly jailed
for the possession of small amounts of euphoric drugs, the elites of
wealth, and their servant politicians, can steal trillions, get drunk
to their hearts content, and suffer no harm.
never before this moment been a better time, since the first
Revolution, for the American People to stage another Rebellion, this
time against the aristocracy of wealth and its allies. It is the
purpose of this booklet to outline how that can be carried out.
This writing is a document suggesting a path of economic and
social civil disobedience, and no one should assume that many who
choose this path will be able to avoid personal harm.
Already the Patriot Act has asserted (against all logic and
justice) that what it calls the crime of domestic terrorism can be
found in what is to be proposed here. Make no mistake, the powers
of elite wealth and their servant politicians intend to make
unlawful the moral acts we recognize as civil disobedience, by
calling it domestic terrorism.
in this Rebellion, on the horns of the same dilemma that faced those
who signed the original Declaration, which ended with these words: "And
for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the
protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our
Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”
Many of the signers of that Declaration, and some of their family
members, did not survive the eight years of the original American
would participate in this coming necessary Economic and Social
Rebellion need to be clear - if some essential few of us do not put our
lives on the line, in many circumstances, it will not be enough.
We the People have many powers, and one of the main ones is
sacrifice. All the same, this struggle need not be insane, which
is why I am calling this life and harm risking sacrificial aspect of
the grandmother war
of active aggression and blood, which our first Revolution was and had
to be, needed the energies of the spent into death lives of the young
and the extraordinary-ordinary . It wasn’t just George
Washington who was hanging out at Valley Forge. The reality is
that this modern Economic and Social Rebellion is of another order.
It is a moral war, and in a moral war one of the main ways to
defeat our opponents is to shame them. When a particular strategy
or tactic is undertaken, that seems to run into the legal limits described by the Patriot Act and its progeny, at
least some of the leaders of that action need to be our older female
citizens. It is one thing for out of control police forces and
other hired bullies to beat and pepper spray unruly young people, and
another thing entirely to physically attack and harm our women elders.
Remember this is a moral war, and the more risky the civil
disobedience the more these need to be led by our female elders.
long term social-historical point of view, we are in fact (in terms of
the ongoing metamorphosis of Western Civilization) moving from an old
and tired Patriarchy toward a new and vibrant Matriarchy, such that the
leadership of women is crucial - the change is from social
dominion-over to social communion-with. Top down pyramidal hierarchies are giving way to
circles of shared conversation. The Occupy Wall Street movement
reveals that change clearly, but let me give another case in point, as
a more direct example ...
the human needs that We the People must supply for ourselves, given
that government and business have already and will continue to
fail to do this, is housing for those who no longer have homes and
other kinds of shelter against the ravages of the elements. There
is no excuse in America for there to be any homeless at all, for
homelessness certainly does not arise from a lack of actual buildings
in which people can find shelter. There are plenty of unused
spaces that can be “liberated” and occupied by people needing to be out
of the elements, and have available to them warmth and water.
What keeps us from using these spaces is the assertion of “legal
ownership”, coupled with the unjust assertion that the law can be used to keep human beings from shelter which they need.
rule  based on free individual morality would be one in which
processes of “stewardship” would replace “ownership”. Stewardship
is the true conservative approach, because it holds and conserves the shared fruits of earth existence as and in a trust
for all human needs. Stewardship of the shared Earth resources
for the satisfactions of life’s needs is common to all aboriginal
Peoples. What makes us moderns think we are more
“civilized”? Civilization isn’t about how many things we
possess, its about shared human values.
In an Economic and Social
Rebellion we defy these rules
of the older order of unrestrained and unjust “legal ownership” - we no
longer Consent. Private property “rights” no longer are to
be permitted (Consented) to trump - without discussion - basic human
need, particularly if the property claimed to be legally protected is
not being otherwise used and is just sitting empty.
our Rights, retained by us via the Tenth (Reserve Clause) Amendment of
the Bill of Rights, is the right to assert that different values
dominate the Social Contract. Remember the Constitution is a
temporary grant of power and not a suicide pact. The macro
Social-Conscience is quite right to express itself against the abuses
and corruption of governmental powers by monied elites. That such
expression may on occasion lead to conflict is simply the lesson that
history teaches, for holders of power (especially powers gained in
violation of the Social Contract) will be reluctant to surrender these
powers; and, will in fact in the beginning of our Economic and Social
Rebellion tighten their controls and dominance, just as did the English
Aristocracy of Blood over 230 years ago.
reality, our ostensible government could easily deal with this matter
using already existing and established legal theories, had such
government the will to do so. There seems to be no legal
precedent to prevent the use of eminent domain processes in order to
take unused property in order to provide housing for those in need.
Yet, as we all know, given the alliances already existing between
governments and private wealth (property), governments will not use
this power in this way. They have a choice to do otherwise, but
in refusing to make that choice they will force others, in acting out
of the Social Conscience, to choose those courses of action that
liberate unused properties for the benefit of human shelter needs ...
the army of the unemployed
beginning this kind of action will involve many risks. After some
little time, however, we will become skilled at doing this. When
there are millions of unemployed, we have all kinds of people who can
gather the needed information and otherwise organize themselves,
enabling those who will “occupy” unused spaces in order to serve human
needs to pick the best spaces. In this age of social media, what
was elsewhere an Arab Spring, can become in America an Economic and
Social Spring. We are not rebelling against the ostensible
government per se, but rather against the economic and social rules that falsely dominate us and keep us from doing
simple and sane things in order to house and feed those in need.
fact is that We the People are the core and essential government.
All powers not granted belong to us, and any power granted can be
taken back. The government, whether National, State or Local does
not control us - we control it. But that right and power has on
this occasion to be re-asserted and seized, since it has effectively
exists no moral justification for not filling these needs for shelter,
food and water through what is unused. The only excuse is ideas
of law and private wealth (property), both of which need no longer be
protected in a fashion that harms those in need. On a moral level
human needs trump so-called legal property rights without any question
same time, make no mistake ... in the beginning the established holders
of these powers will use violence, and the only moral tool we
have is the grandmother war - those sacrifices our elders are willing to make in order
to set an example for all. Notice that not all police forces will
be led by conscienceless bullies. The rule (clear social
fact) is that there are more of us than there are of them - far more.
Think of this war as a kind of social/moral rising
tide. At the start events will appear to be all in favor of (or
won by) the established powers, but just as the Civil Rights Movement
eventually led to vast social changes, so can a non-violent refusal to
accept the primacy of property rights over human need. This
social/moral force cannot be stopped, unless we refuse to take the
tide starts to turn, after the first rough patches, the response of the
American People will be plain and sufficient. Economic Injustice
has woken us up, and while we may not yet get to put in jail the
lawless and immoral bankers and others of the financial elites, we can
certainly take back what they stole from us, and (for example) all
empty foreclosed homes are now morally ours. These are the
first spaces that need be occupied during this Economic and Social
banks will offer these homes to human need, and ask of those who live
in them that proper care and maintenance be part of a reciprocal - new
social contract - agreement. The army of the non-employed can
provide labor for these rational requirements for maintenance. Not all
those connected to wealth will be unsympathetic to genuine human need.
We the People have the wisdom and the will to solve all these
problems our no longer truly representative government has failed to
fix. We don’t need them as much as they need us.
again, from the original Declaration:
indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be
changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience
hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are
sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which
they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations,
pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them
under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw
off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
need to feed those who can’t feed themselves. Too long we have
left to derivative (from us) government and charities this social and
moral art. Here is what we do:
creativity of the more and more self-organizing not otherwise employed,
we ask all places where food traffics, to tithe to the whole. No
violence is used. We simply ask, and we take what is given,
whether it is waste or whatever (something we already do, but as the
coming crisis escalates, this needs far greater self-organization).
If a place, whether a restaurant or a grocery store, gives food
to the whole-in-need, that place is honored by notices acknowledge that they
tithe. This can be a simple picket with a single sign, or
something placed in a window. If some people want to give their
patronage to places that don’t tithe food, that is their
individual free moral choice.
principle of self-organization here is important. We don’t want
hierarchical structures organizing our actions from the top down.
Rather we want all politics to be local, and that such
organization needs to proceed from the smallest local level. For
example, a church can organize all manner of effective actions, without
bowing down to any assertion of right or power from above. Again,
the Occupy Wall Street is a good beginning experiment, while not being
any ultimate solution.
ask families with higher standards of living to make food, perhaps one
day a week from their own pantries and purchases. If they give
this tithe - even just making a few dozen peanut butter and jelly
sandwiches - an amount to be determined by them - we make sure they are
honored for this gift.
for example, of a suburban cul de sac - a couple dozen homes lining a
street leading to a dead end circle. On this street are a couple
of foreclosed homes and several unemployed people. They organize
themselves - overcoming being mere strangers. What they choose to
do belongs to them to do, and no one outside their circle of
emerging friendship need tell them what to do.
addition, all unused arable land can be applied to growing food.
America, as a vast agrarian land trust, has something to give to
the world in the form of agricultural riches, with the only legal
limitation being the demand of elites to control human need driven
access to food and water for personal and corporate gain .
Once more property rights (in the sense of old and tired legal -
lowest acceptable social rules - constraints) are to be trumped by the
moral sensibilities of the Social Conscience as we engage in this
Economic and Social Rebellion on the path to redrafting the Social Contract
- eventually making a new Constitution, which it is our right as We the
People to do. We assert that rules of stewardship begin to
replace rules of private ownership, for the riches of the Earth belong
latent in these concrete ideas are a couple of important distinctions.
The primary one is between property and persons. We can
occupy and commit acts of Economic and Social Rebellion against unused
property, but not against the peopled roads upon which food traffics,
for that would put us against persons. We can’t just take from
others what they need or hold, keeping in mind that the elites of
wealth claim rights to excessive concentrations of wealth far far
beyond any legitimate or actual moral need. We don’t need to take
from them, but can leave them to drown in the patent and inhuman
excesses of their own hungers and desires. The Social Conscience
can see these individuals and their families - the holders of excessive
concentrated wealth and their political and media servants - as moral
children, and as such they are to be
people have noted that neither the Clinton or the Bush I or Bush II or
the Obama administration asked Americans to sacrifice as was done
during the Second Great War. In our case, it is We the People
asking this sacrifice of each other. It is one of the ways we
seize fundamental social and moral power, which as I have been trying
to explain is superior to legal power. You see, an essential
aspect of this Economic and Social Rebellion is that we ourselves are
the heart of it. We are, in part, rebelling against our own
passivity. As Bob Marley sang: You got to
lively up yourself, don’t be no drag.
What the central derivative government can no longer do, the now
re-arising We the People citizen governance learns to do out of itself,
using powers not delegated.
fans of Ayn Rand - and similar philosophical views, will assert that
the free individual need not conform to any social coercion to serve
others. This booklet does not disagree with that position.
What she refused to recognize, however, was that this same
declaration of individual freedom allows other equally
free individuals the right to choose
to serve. To serve or not serve is a choice, and while she was
correct - in a sense, we need to keep in mind her Russian experiences -
that social forces can appear to demand a moral-like conformance. We
need to understand, however, that she clearly misperceived the
actual reality in the American experience (character) of the ongoing
appearance of the free individual - a social reality not at all
like what she knew as a youth in Eastern Europe. At that time she
saw what she personally feared and rebelled against, which is something
that hardly any longer exists as a social coercive force in America.
Americans cannot actually become communists or
European-like socialists - the strength of our natural individuality is
too well formed.
has been introductory, but not in any way complete. Next we will
take up fundamentals on a much more inclusive scale.
manufactured consent - the
secrets of the money changers
history of the American Experiment is, to a degree, complicated.
The broader strokes we all know.
came to the Americas, created colonies and claimed the lands as their
own. This was done by force of arms - the Native Peoples
resisted once they understood that far too many of the Europeans were
takers, not givers. All real-property (land) rights (titles) to
land in the Americas are rooted in theft by force of arms. For
example, what kind of social-political insanity led the French to think
they had the moral right to sell to the American Government that vast already occupied space in the heart of America called the Louisiana
Purchase? As a means of avoiding a war between America and France
over who was to dominate, this makes sense, although it does not make
sense in a moral historical context - people already lived there.
same time this invasion was pushed by many of the social circumstances
in Europe. People were not just greed-driven adventurers, but
were also fleeing religious and political persecution. However,
once established the colonists found themselves still governed in ways
too confining. Many of those coercive structures were
significant one, which is almost forgotten, was that the English Crown
(in its own battles to preserve their now decadent aristocracy of
blood) made what amounted to peace agreements with the emerging class of merchants and
bankers. Competing groups, within the elites of blood and wealth
in England, actually created the Bank of England as both an economic
and a political ploy - the basic argument was over whether the basis of
the English economy was to be land or currency - real-property (land)
aristocrats of blood wanted land, given that they claimed
ownership of most of it, while the bankers and merchants wanted
money, given that they knew how to manipulate that resource and as well
very much wanted to overcome the older powers of blood.
advocates for currency - money - won, somewhat acting out what later
was recognized around 1790 by Mayer Amschel Rothschild, who was said to
have stated: “Let me issue and control a nation’s
money and I care not who writes the laws.”
This principle was understood all the way back when the Bank of
England was created, and its problems were understood as well by our
Founders. One of the main causes of the Original Rebellion
against England was the insistence of the Crown that only Bank of
England currency could circulate in the Colonies, thus hamstringing the
colonial economies. Prompting Thomas Jefferson later to
write, when Bankers had succeeded in maintaining their special
position after the Revolution and the Original Constitution:
“The country is headed
toward a single and splendid government of an aristocracy founded on
banking institutions and monied incorporations and if this tendency
continues it will be the end of freedom and democracy, the few will be
ruling and riding over the plundered plowman and the beggar . . . I
hope we shall take warning from the example of England and crush in its
birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations which dare already to
challenge our government to trial and bid defiance to the laws of our
country. I sincerely believe that banking establishments are more
dangerous than standing armies.”
American Revolution got rid of the aristocracies of blood, but the
aristocracies of wealth - the large banking and mercantile families -
found that if they controlled the purse (the creation of money), the
politicians, always needing money, would become tame and agreeable.
With the main exception being Lincoln (there were a few others),
the history of the United States is the slow accretion of more and more
political power in monied institutions, until today we have the
completely insane idea that a corporation can be a person. If
directly asked, the Founders would have fallen into gales of laughter
at such an impossible notion. And then cried, for such would end
up being the final nail in the coffin of the American Experiment in
self-government - what Lincoln called: a government of the people, by
the people and for the people.
look a little more closely at what the aristocracies of wealth have
done to us, for with the unconscionable thought that corporations
can be treated the same as persons, we have stepped right up to the
social-political precipice leading to a possible fascist state arising
in the geographic America. By the way and to be clear - a fascist
state arises through the cooperation of business and government
interests in an assertion of absolute power and dominance over a
People. The control the Koch brothers, and others of their view
and level of wealth, seek to win over the lives of the American People
leads inevitably to nothing less than the creation of a fascist state.
Constitution grants (from the People, remember) to the Legislative
Branch the power to coin money and regulate the value thereof.
The central government can also borrow money, as well as make all
the rules governing national Banking institutions.
banks gained through practice the accepted usage of being able to loan
out more money than they had on deposit (no law in the past or the present governed this
carefully - they just did it, and few complained to the extent of
applying effective legal restraint). This is the main reason banks fail - their actual
assets (money on deposit and other bank owned securities such as
foreclosed properties) do not equal their obligations to depositors or
others (such as the Fed) who have loaned the banks money. This is
why a “run” on a bank is so terrible - if the depositors and other
creditors of the bank claim what is due them, the bank is so
over-extended it cannot pay these apparently just demands, and then
fails. Since a great deal of modern banking assets are
soon-to-be foreclosed properties (in the form of bundled mortgages),
most banks are broke because of collapse of the value of these long
recognized toxic assets.
fail all the time. Right now there is a world-wide escalation of
bank failures because the whole world-wide financial system has
over-extended itself. Basically the international banking system
is broke, in part because it also loaned money to Nation States, whose
own mismanaged and ruined economies are also on the brink of failure
came to the present level of crisis has to do in large part with what
is called debt-money. The U.S. Constitution (unfortunately) did
not actually appear to forbid banks from issuing bank-created
currencies (called species at the time of the Founding), so that once again
practices in banking got ahead of actual possible legal restraints.
So both the central and state governments and the banks could
issue currencies (coin money). Prior to the Constitution the
colonies had vibrant economies because only local governments issued
species (not banks), until the English Crown forced the colonies to
only use currency issued by the Bank of England. After the
Revolution and the Constitution, seemingly pragmatic compromises
allowed Banks to issue species as well, even though we got rid of Bank
of England currency. It was Hamilton and his ilk who created the
first Central Bank in America, which while being called the Bank of the
United States, was in effect a private bank (who owned the stock was
the basic question). Read the Wikipedia entry here for a first
iteration of the three pods and a pea game.
problems arose because not everyone would honor the currency of say a
New York bank in another state - in Virginia, for example.
Circulating currencies need to be fundamentally backed by trust -
we have to believe their value, otherwise we don’t accept them.
Eventually individual bank’s currencies (species) disappeared,
and only the U.S. Dollar was in circulation (although foreign
currencies also circulate, but generally only in very limited circles -
such as the Canadian dollar).
does the currency come from - that is who prints it, and under what
rules does it get to be circulated?
historical details of this are convoluted and not particularly
necessary, because we are essentially trying to grasp the actual
situation true for today. For this reason we need to understand
the coming into being of the Federal Reserve and central banking; and
as well understand the nature of modern commercial transactions such as
credit and debit cards and their reality.
mind that bankers like to say that what they do is perfectly legal,
forgetting that they corrupted our political life just to manufacture the
consent to laws that only
benefit them. It may be “legal” but it is certainly not “moral or
just” - we never Consented - only our so-called elected representatives
did and they mostly have favored the Lords of Finance at every turn.
The American People - the real source of government powers -
would not have voted for, or consented to, these endless wars, our
economic ruin and the corruption of our electoral processes by
concentrated money, were these questions actually put up for a vote.
Our so-called representatives stopped representing us a long time
example, following the economic debacle of the Great Depression,
restraints were enacted on banks, such as the Glass-Steagall Act of
1932. By the end of the Clinton administration in 1999, under the
urging of Robert Rubin and Alan Greenspan - powerful Fed and Bank
advocates, this act was disemboweled, thus leaving the banks free of
all sane restraint under which they had been placed after their
gross excesses of the 1920‘s (thus blurring all former distinctions
between commercial and investment banks). Such Legislative
actions are not done with the People’s informed consent, but only by
the corruption of our government by elites of wealth. We the
People were not asked, in a plain and obvious fashion, whether we
wanted the banks to have this freedom from restraint.
of this same corruptive manufactured type of consent we were given around the time of the
First Great War of the 20th Century the Federal Reserve. This was
the creation of a private banking association made to appear as if it
was an arm of our government (by, for example, calling it Federal).
Even today talking heads on TV treat this private bank as if it
was a part of the supposedly elected government. It is not.
private bank our Congress granted unconstitutional powers over coinage
and the regulation of its value - i.e. we gave a private bank complete
control over when and how to issue currency (coinage), and when and how
to control interest rates (regulation of its value). During the
recent crisis in finance, the Fed (as it is now called) gave trillions
of dollars to not only major American financial institutions, but also
to foreign banks - trillions of dollars for which the Fed basically
refuses to give to anyone the actual details of this unregulated gift
of American currency, thus debasing that very currency. It is
supposed to be ours - the People’s - currency, but a private bank
controls its issue, and loaned it into existence for the sole benefit
of elites of wealth. Recall Rothschild’s dictum: “Let me issue and control a nation’s
money and I care not who writes the laws.”
they debase our currency (which the banks like to act as if they
current practices money enters the stream of the economy at the time it
is loaned out by a bank. It is created at the moment of the loan,
and doesn’t exist before that time. This is what happens when we
use those credit cards that for decades were given to us in such an
unrestrained and basically unregulated manner. We are allowed and
encouraged to believe the illusions that banks only loan what is on
deposit, but that hasn’t been true for centuries. This infusion
over generations of what is essentially fake-money into the total
economy has lead to all kinds of undesirable consequences for all of us.
like for us to give them our paychecks and other income as deposits,
because they can then loan out even more money (the amount they can
loan - in most cases - is a multiple of the actual deposits, determined
by a legal (not moral) principle called: fractional reserve). The
reason the Fed needed to control interest rates is because creating
money in this way is automatically inflationary - i.e. with each “loan"
there is then more currency in circulation, thus reducing its value
(inflating the costs of what we can purchase because there is too much
money out there in circulation). The Fed by the way, like most
Central Banks, has no such limit on its “loans”.
particularly true when banks loan money to the U.S. Government - that
is when they (banks and hedge funds and other Nation State’s central
banks) buy treasury bonds and other similar financial instruments.
Our government sells T-Bills in order to disguise what is
essentially a loan transaction with the purchaser. We borrow
money because tax and other revenue do not equal what our corporation
dominated Congress has already committed us to spending. This is
called deficit spending
- or the negative difference on an annual basis between the tax revenue
and the spending obligations. Government spends more money than
it has, which is why the seeming holy grail of government is a balanced (non-deficit)
example, in order to finance the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, started
by the Bush II administration, we had to borrow money in this fashion.
This was made more acute by the Bush II tax cuts, which decreased
revenues at the same time government increased (war) spending.
Clinton appeared (lots of accounting tricks here as well) to have
left a balanced budget, and a surplus (no deficit), and Bush II spent
that on wars at the same time as increasing the deficit spending in
order to finance the wars without disturbing already budgeted items
(i.e. Congress at the same time kept spending high in order to placate
other interests as well as not make trouble for American corporations
and individuals dependent upon Defense Department paychecks, farm and
other subsidies, as well as Social Security and Medicare).
spending increases what we call the National Debt, which is the total
obligations out there in the form of T-Bills and related financial
instruments. Often to pay what are our government’s annual
obligations, money must be borrowed via the issuing of treasury bills,
thus producing a deficit. Continuous deficit “spending" cannot do
other wise than increase the National Debt.
mind that the only reason this National Debt was recently a problem,
was because legislators that don’t understand money and banking thought
to gain a political advantage by placing a ceiling (upper limit) on the
amount of the National Debt. The National Debt limit
“issue” is mostly about politics and its games, and not
about the underlying reality of debt-money banking and finance.
A lot of
mouthing-off politicians don’t even understand the distinction (which
is crucial) between the National Debt and deficit spending. Many
try to suggest that by cutting expenses we reduce the National Debt,
but that is not true. The only thing we do by lowering government
spending is reduce the deficit (the part that would increase the
National Debt). Reducing the deficit does not decrease the
National Debt, which is only decreased when we increase the spending
part of the budget by retiring outstanding T-bills and other U.S.
backed securities. In fact, a goodly portion of our spending is
merely payment on the interest obligation of these T-bills, which is
why people buy them in the first place - as an interest bearing
more, because this is crucial: We owe money to others - that’s
our National Debt. Reducing the deficit (lowering spending and/or
increasing tax revenues) does not decrease the National Debt - only the
paying - spending - on the principle (not the interest) of these loans
decreases the National Debt. There is more here that needs to be
appreciated. In any given year our government often only pays the
interest on these obligations, and while some T-bills are retired (some
have term limits of a sort), every year of deficit spending just
creates more loans.
look at the proportion of National Debt due to deficit spending,
Republican administrations going back to Reagan are responsible for
over 80% of this Debt. How did they do that? They spent, on
purpose, more money than they took in as tax revenues during those
(more essential to understand) main reason there is both a National
Debt and considerable consumer debt is because when commercial and
investment banks loan money they add an interest obligation. If
we think through those total transactions, it is apparent that this
interest obligation can never be paid off. This is only a little
bit tricky, but bear with me.
currency in circulation is created at the time of the loan, whether it
is a credit card loan for consumer purchases, a loan to a corporation
for capital investments, or a government loan in the form of the sale
of treasury instruments. The only money placed in circulation is
for the amount of the loan, not for the additional amount of the
interest that has to later be paid. This means that there
never is enough money in the system (in circulation) to retire the
interest. As a
consequence, the National Debt and consumer debt can never ever be
fully retired - they only grow in size, because there is never enough
money in circulation to retire the interest aspect of the debt, which
is constantly compounded (growing).
portion of the amounts of debt owed, which we call the totals of the
National Debt and Consumer Debt, are in fact the blow back of the game
of pods and peas, because these numbers can only grow larger given that
the currency needed to pay off these manufactured debts has never been placed in circulation in the first place.
obviously in some circumstances debt is actually retired, such as when
someone pays off a mortgage or the whole balance of a credit
card. But the fact is that if we all (including our government)
tried to pay off all these debts there is not enough money in
circulation to do so. In point of fact, the corrupted (and
ignorant) ostensible government has in many instances created tax
incentives for this debt (on home mortgages, for example) to be rolled
over into the next home purchase/mortgage. The same thing
happens when your new credit card lets you pay off your old credit card
as part of the original transaction. The interest aspect of these
loans never disappears, but remains present. Such that if (for
example) we default on a credit card debt, that debt becomes itself a
financial instrument that is bought and sold, and continues to bear
interest and penalties, which is why there are businesses specializing
in credit-card debt collection.
mind that over the time of a mortgage or the period of a credit card
debt, our payment is allocated only partially to the retirement of the
principle, with often the major portion of our payment going to the
endlessly growing (compounded) interest obligation. The money in
circulation is used to constantly pay on continuously accruing
interest, letting the larger part of the principle remain. A
person paying out a mortgage over 30 years time will pay in both
principle and interest several times over the actual amount of the
original loan for the purchase of the house. Of course, when the
no longer overseen and restrained banking industry (commercial banks
became able to operate like investment banks in 1999) became
intoxicated with the short-term money potential of derivative
(essentially fake - i.e. no real world value) financial instruments
(such as bundled mortgages and credit default swaps), avoiding a crisis
in banking became impossible (as many recognized years ago).
never will be enough money in circulation to retire all this debt
created interest - never. It is a kind of reverse ponzi scheme in
which banks create money out of nothing, loan it to us at no cost to
them, accumulate vast amounts of this manufactured debt owned them by
us, until inside our hearts and minds is the illusory idea that this
debt is a moral obligation, not just a legal obligation, so as to
create what is essentially a system of economic tyranny using the
psychology of our conscience as a whip against us. This is the
reason our folk wisdom instinctively calls us “wage slaves”. The
whole of America is a system not unlike those towns in the past where
the company owned the homes and the stores, and the workers all worked
for the same owners at the local factory. America just appears
otherwise, but if we strip away these appearances, we will see America
as one big Company Town (some call it the Corporatocracy). There
was a song, by Tennessee Ernie Ford, with this line: I
owe my soul to the Company Store.
advantage and debt accrues to the Finance Corporations and we are made
to believe we owe this money in a moral sense, while we only really owe
it in a legal sense, with that legal sense having been created by Manufactured Consent (lies).
This is why what we are up to is both an Economic and a Social (moral) Rebellion.
something is not right, and that it is unjust (moral value is higher
than mere legal value). At the same time that the banks sold us
mortgages we couldn’t pay (through seducing people who really didn’t
understand what was being done), they did the same thing with credit
cards. During the last few decades just ask yourself how many
people got letters from the bank issuing their credit cards raising the
credit limit without actually being asked? Banks also obtained
less and less limitations on the amount of interest they could charge,
becoming in effect legalized loan sharks through this tsunami of
seemingly free consumer credit. When this ultimately resulted in waves
of credit card failures (for which no one should be surprised), the
banks went to Congress and rewrote all the rules regarding bankruptcies
and the like, so that once more they win and we lose. The banks
didn’t just own the currency creation and debt and interest creation
processes, they also owned the law creation processes (manufactured
consent) as well.
Why is so
much credit made available? Because we are presently a consumer
economy, being sold through psychologically coercive advertising to
believe we need (must have) all kinds of products that wear out
quickly, because many are so poorly made they soon fail. It used
to be we only bought products we truly needed and these were finely
made so as to last a long long time. If a watch or an iron or a
pair of shoes wore out and needed fixing, there was always a skilled
individual in our town that could repair it. That is no longer
true at all, unless you can purchase the kinds of products only
available to the very rich. Just think about the fashion industry and its influence on commercial purchases.
Nothing could be more ephemeral (fairy-like) than constantly
society will (as is happening now) crash and burn because a consumer
materialistic culture has no true inner strength. It is
essentially all vain show and surfaces. Yet, we are going through
the necessary phase of world-wide economic collapse as part of
rediscovering that the American People (and other Peoples world-wide)
have far more inner grit than the temporary vanity a consumer culture
assumes. We are not what we seem to be, or as is said: appearances
(fashions) can be deceiving.
we are undergoing a vast change of Climate, so are the fundamental
structures of the consumer culture undergoing revolutionary change -
the apparent collapse into economic ruin is actually a wisdom filled
social/spiritual progress. The masks are coming off, and what
remains - the extraordinary ordinary human being - can create
remarkable culture that has no need any longer for its members to own
“things” in order to have human spiritual value. Already we are
socially in advance of the moral children that demand ownership of far
more than they need. We are, in a sense, their betters, not the
other way around. The psychological/spiritual shift that is
underway involves people recognizing that a far different kind of
example can and is being lived and taught to our children, other than
the one which prizes competition, wealth and celebrity over
cooperation, spiritual satisfaction, and individual meaning.
same time, we have to be careful not to look down on those who don’t
get it, whether they are elites of wealth, media, celebrity, politics,
spiritual life whatever. Within their own biographies, the way
they live life had to make sense. No one, as an old acquaintance
of mine put it, seeks to be bad or evil. As another acquaintance
put it: None of us are perfect. As one of my spiritual teachers
framed it: Best to sweep first your own doorstep before you
insist another clean theirs.
politicians, not understanding advertising driven commerce, or finance
and banking at all, scream and pout and posture, all for the purpose of
obtaining and retaining power for themselves and their Party, but never
appreciating the dominating role of the Lords of Finance at all.
Who got blamed when the system finally collapsed under the weight
of too much fake money and advertising manufactured consumer debt?
The borrower got blamed and is paying the price with the loss of
homes and the loss of jobs, while the bankers go free, and continue to
dominate using politicians whose ignorance and lack of wisdom seems
only to be on the increase (witness the lame and vain candidates for
President now being offered - at the time of this writing - for the
2012 election by the Republicans - not one of them has any real
intellectual stature or character - wisdom - at all). You can’t
be a useful and effective President and not understand money, as Obama
has so clearly demonstrated in a negative way.
economic system and its vain social consequences (falsely called free
market capitalism, when factually it is a complicated ponzie scheme
benefiting the bankers and the wealthy) usually goes through cycles of
collapse (recessions, depressions and whatever is going on now which
the future will - I believe - simply call: the
collapse, since the whole social order
will be stressed to the breaking point). In the past, the finance
system (of collusive intercourse between banks, corporations, media
sources and politicians) seemed always to rise from the dead, like a
vampire, to begin the next cycle of sucking on our blood (our labor and
our manufactured through psychologically coercive advertising
willingness to consume, which seems to create all economic
total collapse may not result in complete anarchy, yet we still must
fundamentally recognize that we are the prisoners of economic ideas
that are illusory (what we have been taught to believe is going on),
and our first need in the process of Economic and Social Rebellion is
to throw off the chains of these unnecessary and untrue concepts.
the scale of this scheme, follow what has happened recently in Greece,
where the head of the International Monetary Fund demanded Greece
institute austerity reforms before the IMF would give supporting money
to that economy. Then we discover that the IMF is itself
running out of money and needs the world’s Central Banks to
create more currency to be used as a whip on the People of Greece and
elsewhere (at the latest G-20 meetings, those Central Banks refused to
give more money to the IMF - which means they too see the handwriting
on the wall of financial world-wide collapse).
these People that they get to order Nation States, national governments
and Peoples around? Bankers - that’s who they are, and that’s all
they are. Plus, tragically, all their economic ideas (austerity
reform etc.) are designed to preserve and advance their power.
None of it heals the underly social-political problems -
austerity just takes more blood (spirit) from the People.
certain details, read the book Confessions of an
Economic Hitman by John Perkins - this
has been going on for a very long time - officials at Central Banks
world-wide, holding power over currencies, use that power to override
the political wishes of the citizens of Nation States - ruling their
governments from outside their borders in a criminal process of theft
of those natural resources belonging to those Peoples. John
Perkins and his cohorts mostly did this to Third World countries, but
as the 20th Century passed into the 21st, the same economic domination
applied to the Third World was instituted as regards the
so-called First World. Corporate and financial greed knows no
national or patriotic pride.
course, the Bankers are in collusion with international corporations,
for their symbiotic relationship is necessary. In more ancient
times, aristocracies of blood wove their claims of divine authority
together through constant wars and marriages. In our time the
aristocracies of wealth weave their enterprises together through
corporate take-overs. and mergers. The underlying principles are
the same, as are the goals. Bigger is better, and corporations
need cash (loans) in order to finance these take-overs and mergers -
fake cash which is created (invented) at the moment of the loan, and is
not on deposit in any bank.
this current crisis, who did the falsely named United States Federal
Reserve Banks give money to? Other banks and through them
corporations (but not to people losing their homes and going to bed
hungry). Trillions of dollars were created out of thin air in
order to make it appear in their balance sheets that these institutions
were economically viable (not broke). Yet that reality of
essential financial emptiness (being broke) cannot be avoided, and
banks are failing all over the world, not just in America. And,
not only banks, but Nation States (such as Greece, Spain, Ireland and
Iceland) are at risk because they cannot pay the full debt plus accrued
interest (which can never be repaid remember, because only the currency
reflecting the amount of the principle of the loan is placed in
debts, created by manufactured consent, have no moral value.
Their disappearance via a necessary but painful massive economic
collapse would be a blessing, as each Nation State and People
restructures mutually a non-central bank financial system.
The true wealth (as against the faked currency values) of
the world belongs to the world’s Peoples, not the bankers, the
corporations, or others who would seek to keep us all as serfs and
battle lines are now drawn, between the claimed legal authority of the
banking institutions (and their huge treaty-created international
institutions such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund,
and such as the World Trade Organization), and the ordinary People of
the world. These elite institutions and the related families need
us as workers, consumers, and as warriors in their fights among each
other, but for nothing else at all. We only exist as modern serfs
and peasants, and have in this scheme no authentic human or spiritual
situation only seems dire because of the way major Media treats these
matters. Major Media too is corporate and elite-wealth dominated,
thus being incapable of giving us a true picture of the nature of the
situation. In what follows next I’ll try to give a sense of the
true nature of the current crisis, from a social point of view (see my
other writings, such as: The Art of God:
an actual Theory of Everything , for how matters look from a spiritual point of
view). The situation, while ripe to the point of smelling awful,
is not beyond hope by any means.
following in mind. This present social reality, which mimics the
Company Town on a huge scale, is itself a product of human history and
development. Greed and thoughtlessness led to where we are today,
just as other older habits led to the abuses ordinary people endured
under the domination of the aristocracies of blood. The
domination today by the aristocracies of wealth are actually the result
of a kind of historical progress, compelling human beings to choose (or
not) to mature their social agreements. We endure until we refuse
any long to accept that domination. Then we overcome that
domination in a very naturally messy and human way. It will not
be exactly fun, but if we relax and give each other hot tea, company
and comfort, we might just muddle through to a new Social Contract.
Let us do
a brief summary before moving on ...
banks, and their related mercantile families, put in place
starting around 1700 a system of banking and finance practices that
gave them greater power than the various peoples and democratic Nation
States, who ended up dominated by these Lords of Finance - Rothchild’s
dictum about controlling the currency in action. At the beginning
many understood that problem, which was clear to America’s
Founders. By the 20th Century, however, the nature of the control
of our currencies by the Lords of Finance became even more secret, and
was in fact consciously hidden during the creation of the Federal
Reserve. Here is an interesting Wikipedia quote about Charles
Lindberg’s father, Congressman Charles August Lindberg:
In 1913, he wrote Banking,
Currency, and the Money Trust, and in 1917 he wrote “Why is Your
Country at War?”, attributing high finance as [a cause
of] America’s involvement in World War I. According
to Eustace Mullins, plates of this book were confiscated and destroyed
by Government agents. Also in 1917 Lindbergh brought articles of
impeachment against members of the Federal Reserve Board including Paul
Warburg and William Proctor Gould Harding. Lindbergh charged that the
Federal Reserve Board members were involved “...in a conspiracy to
violate the Constitution and laws of the United States...”
Note the bit about the
plates of the books being confiscated and destroyed.
the creation of the Fed, excessive hungers for wealth and ever more
related power led to the Great Depression, and even though laws came
into being limiting this tendency to unnecessary risk taking with our money were enacted, by the end of the 20th Century even
these laws were obliterated. During the 20th Century, these same
banking institutions and their partners in large corporations raped and
pillaged the natural resources of the Third World (again, see Perkins: Confessions
of an Economic Hitman). As
international corporations (including financial companies) became more
and more independent of Nation States, even the Western Democracies
including America, became the prey of the Lords of Finance.
Thus arose excessive use of credit cards and unsupported
mortgages with all the consequences we now know.
manufactured consent through their ability to control our legislative
houses, the Lords of Finance (an aristocracy of wealth that had
replaced the no longer viable aristocracy of blood) put in place all
manner of laws which enabled them to eventually control our industries,
our farm lands, and our basic understanding of even the real nature of
why our societies continued to fail to provide for our basic needs.
Like the aristocrats of blood, the aristocrats of wealth turn
ordinary human beings into collections of manipulated serfs and
peasants, and fodder for their wars over the world’s natural
corporations, aided by the banking industry, sell us drugs we do not
need, and support in our centers of higher learning, points of view
supportive of their hunger to dominate. People should read
Eisenhower’s Farewell Address, which not only warned about the
military-industrial complex, but also warned against the excessive
influence of concentrated wealth on our systems of higher education.
Keep in mind that the Federal Reserve, a private bank, had so corrupted our legislative branch that it obtained unconstitutional powers over the issuance of our currency, which they recently used to dole out trillions of dollars for the benefit of banking, finance and corporate interests - at our expense.
of this, of course, has led to the collapse of the mother of all
bubbles - the Finance Bubble - too much fake money in circulation - a
process so economically destabilizing that eventually it would eat
lawlessness and immorality slowly shredded the social contract, whose
heart was a shared agreement to submit to the same rule of law.
We are therefor no longer bound to this social contract and are
completely free to unmake it and then remake it from the ground up.
At the same time remember that during this creative process all
the old social rules and ideas are also in play and able to be
reinvented - that is new culture can replace the old culture, a rather
remarkable event already happening (see YouTube).
waking up and declaring
reveals that human progress only proceeds via crisis. There is no
avoiding the pain of large social changes, which on the cusp of the
beginning of an Economic and Social Rebellion, on the currently
necessary scale, naturally includes and means loss of jobs, and
loss of housing for many Americans. The American People have had
their consumer life-style at the expense of the rest of the world, such
that this life-style’s falling apart then becomes a kind of instant and
deserved kind of karma. Billions in so-called Third World
countries already live in such extreme states of poverty, and now, as
the financial system crashes, so soon will a lot of Americans suffer
third-world like deprivations.
the price our having been asleep is extracting, although the causes are
wider and only partially include us. At the same time these
karma-like consequences are not generated against individuals, so
much as it is generated against an immature society ruled by
international outlaws. This karma-like event is a gift from the
Genius of History, enabling us to wake up to our “true grit" (American
Character), and the pursuit and corralling of those same “outlaws".
Here next is the hierarchy of the social (non-spiritual) causes
of the present financial and social debacle:
and lowest in terms of responsibility, is the ordinary citizen, worker
and consumer. We’ve been mostly busy raising the children (the
future of any People) and creating the wealth (the entrepreneur only
organizes this work-effort, for which share of the “work" he extracts
far too often an entirely unreasonable portion).
terms of causal responsibility is the political class, which has
promised much and delivered almost nothing. They lie all the time
- that is the one art they must master in order to get elected. The important
observation for us involves no longer listening to what politicians say, and instead
concentrating only on what they do. For example, for decades there have been
questions about health-care, and not only has very little been done
(the pharmaceutical and insurance industries get all that they need and
want, while We the People have basically nothing - 50 million
uninsured, with health insurance costs for the relatively insured
rising faster than any other costs of living). All this goes on
while the politician provides for himself the best and most free
medical insurance of all. If politicians had to live like the
least members of society, everything would quickly change.
terms of causal responsibility is the wealthy and corporate classes,
who have corrupted (the far too willing) political classes. What
is vainly called lobbying is just that place where what are essentially
bribery transactions are carried out in full view, using coded language
and winks of the eye. Everyone knows Congress and the White House
were bought and sold years ago (how else did the Fed come into
existence?), although we all want to pretend otherwise. But when
regulated industries began to more and more write their own regulating
legislation, the whole corrupt process became openly visible.
as well an open door between politicians and lobbying firms such that
when you retire from one group it is very easy to move to the other.
Only business interests really get their needs met by our
government anymore at all. For example, to work at the Pentagon, and
retire with a government pension after 20 or 30 years, immediately
leads to high paying jobs in the Defense Industry.
fourth and final causal class of individuals, who bear the greatest
responsibility of all, are the Media. Living only in the moment,
and fascinated with their own growing celebrity, as well as morally
tethered to the corporate elite, they lost any sense of history and any
consciousness of the significance of ideas. They have no memory
of recent historical events (compare major media news programs with the
Daily Show) or any appreciation of the real nature of the American
Experiment as an Idea. Little or nothing of the reality of the
nature of our government, or the nature of the real structure of
banking and finance has been reported in the Media - those who were
given the greatest of rights in the First Amendment, failed utterly: Congress
shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or
prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the
freedom of speech, or of the press;
or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the
Government for a redress of grievances.
now left on our own, which is at it should be, for in the Citizenry of
the American Experiment lies all the most amazing open political
secrets of that creation - the U. S. Constitution - of the first
iteration of the struggle for self-government.
presents us with songs of great woe. Elite financial and
corporate institutions steal, lie, corrupt and plunder.
Politicians sow seeds of endless discord and display great
ignorance - they are essentially useless except for selling us the no
longer (if ever) true at all idea that they can fix our social
problems. All politicians see is their ambition, even the good
ones, otherwise they would know clearly the emptiness of seeking
elective power, for the greatest powers lie with the Citizenry.
are awake and see that of all the failures of omission - of
inaction, the one most potent, once no longer inactive, is our
ability to fix and heal our own social, economic and public life.
We leave behind our habits of passivity and simply begin to
assert the open truth of the Constitution: that which We
created, We can uncreate.
Without our true Consent, the ostensible government has no
real power (the Social Contract is an agreement to consent and to
submit to the rule of law, and neither politicians or corporate
officers - in banking especially - anymore submit). That
stepping outside this Social Contract, by bankers and other
individuals, breaks it and leaves us free to do as we please. As
I wrote in Uncommon Sense: Why play by the rules when the
game is already fixed?
danger is to be so intoxicated with our freedom and our anger at the
injustices that we drive ourselves in the direction of anarchy.
There is no real freedom without responsibility. As I wrote
in Song of the Grandfathers: "There is no true
self government, in a political sense, if there is not an equal
proportion of ‘self-governing’, by the individual of himself, in a
we then do, once we realize that as Citizens we hold enormous real
power, power born in the degree to which we create and Consent to a
renewed Social Contract?
something that can only be worked out over time, and never from any
kind of organized leadership. Each citizen is the sole sovereign
authority, otherwise freedom means nothing. Next follows some
simple rules and observations:
appears to be chaotic always eventually delivers self-organization.
The Economic and Social Rebellion will lead to order, although in
the beginning it will appear leaderless and confused. The truth
is that all politics is local, and it is what we do with our neighbors
that is the most crucial. Conversation with our neighbors is the
key. If we can’t talk to each other, we don’t deserve to think of
ourselves as a People seeking true self-government. For example,
the manufactured conflict between liberals and conservatives, as if one
or the other was a terrible person and the fault of all our problems,
is just a kind of immoral political bigotry.
right in that act of talking to each other the whole chaotic seeming
mess can be grasped and won. Once ordinary citizens take hold of
the political and social conversation, and add to it the questions of
the nature of the social contract, of the shared (and equal) submission
to the rule of law, and the distinctions between moral and legal
behaviors, the politicians and the media and the corporations are
unmasked. Just in seizing the conversation in such an awake
fashion, the war the rich have been making upon the poor is over.
that needs to happen follows naturally, although there are a lot of
practical details that can and should be thought about. We’ve
traveled a long time down a particular road, and now we stop and turn
in a direction that belongs to us, and not to the elites. Where
we then go they will eventually have to follow, for there are more of
us - far more - than there are of them. Nor do we have to stoop
to their level, and coerce them or punish them. We name them and
describe their unjust deeds and leave to history their fall. The
pen (the word in conversation) is mightier than the sword.
looking for legislative answers to particular problems need to realize
that the Legislative Branch is corrupted (a common failure throughout
the world). At the same time as we seize the conversation the
ability of that corruption to remain viable begins to erode. The
truth brings light and that light drives away the dark (the
truth shall make you free).
Better legislation will result as the ability to hide economic
and social reality diminishes, and as we more and more assert that the
essential aspect of government belongs to us. No more three pods
and a pea con job. Details follow...
the market expects -
unmasking economic religion
is a war of ideas (the changing of the content of the conversation), it
will be helpful to recognize some of the illusions created by our
current economic and social language. For example, the frequent
reference in economic news and dialogs of something called: the
market. Just as a corporation
can never be a person, no matter how hard some try to suggest that it
is, so there is no reality to such a thing as: the
are processes that occur in the ebb and flow of the creation of true
economic values, but the human tendency to anthropomorphizing (seeing
as human-like) non-human objects of thought leads economic thinkers to
falsely conceive of this market-thing as an actor in economic processes. In a way this market-thing
is like an idol or a false god of the religious-like aspects of how
many believers in so-called free-market capitalism relate to economic processes. The reality is that
there is no there there.
example the Stock Markets. Fundamentally these are casino-like
businesses, where certain folks gamble, often with other peoples money
(hedge funds and other retirement-fund investing institutions that
“invest” in the “market”). The reality is that a stock purchase
is a “bet” that the “price” will rise or fall (the time this is
mostly not true is when there is an IPO or initial public offering,
which does in fact raise capital - most of the rest of stock “market”
purchases are “bets”). Given that the value of stock instruments
tends to have no direct correlation with the health of the actual
business as an economic enterprise, what we have then is a kind of club
where psychologically and morally weak-minded individuals (managers of
hedge funds etc.) play games with money that doesn’t belong to them.
The actual “market” consists of the psychological aspects of the
individuals playing in this “game”. This is why in recent months
the stock markets have been so “volatile” - as it is not rationality
that drives this buying and selling, but emotionally driven risk-taking.
listen over several days time to the explanations offered by the
Evening News for the ups and downs of the stock market indexes, such as
Standard and Poors, or the Dow Jones averages, what you hear on the
News is simply the fake public-face “explanation” for what are
essentially a huge variety of psychological factors that effect the
Dow’s ups and downs. No one actually knows why this gambling
institution we call The New York Stock Exchange does what it does,
except that its “average” behavior (ups and downs) can be made to
appear as a “number”. What makes the whole thing even worse
is that computer software programs are often now free of human
oversight and able to make “trades” (gamble) with huge bets and quickly
changing strategies. This is a recipe for disaster. The
fearsome “skynet” of the Terminator movies hasn’t taken over our
military - its taken over our financial markets.
people know that the world’s financial institutions are failing, yet
the hungers for wealth continue to bring about many risk-taking
behaviors, causing the situation to be quite unpredictable (the need
for predictable economic processes has been a driver for much of
American foreign policy, but that is a whole other problem).
Holders of great wealth try to control something they can’t
actually control, and given that wealth is often excessive (far more
than the individual controlling that wealth actually needs), the
game-playing with that wealth has few direct consequences for the
“player” and a lot of consequences for the rest of us.
is true that most of concentrated wealth is not real, but has arisen
through financial transactions where no real exchange of goods and
services occurs. 99% of the world’s so-called wealth is of this
fake type, mostly having come into existence in markets in financial
instruments. Buying and selling financial instruments does not
involve real existing items of value. It is a game, and the
instruments are the “counters”, while the world believes the fake
economic religion that holders of vast amounts of these “counters” hold
actual wealth. The main thing this fake-wealth provides its
holders (outside of toys and other excesses of unrestrained desire) is
political and corporate power.
current financial debacle is entirely rooted in this risk-taking
involving fake-money by individuals who were already millionaires and
billionaires, and who exist in a way of life that lives without a
conscience, therefore caring not about what would happen to the rest of
us if the whole system failed. What does the Michael Douglas
character say in the movie: “Wall Street: Money
Never Sleeps”: its
all about the game.
aristocrats of blood, the aristocrats of wealth believe themselves to
be our “betters”. What the terms: the market refers to is this psychology of greed and conscienceless
game-playing. This “market” is then not something at all worthy
of our sympathy or trust. We could well do without it.
basic economic theory of supply and demand fails in most instances,
since supply is often controlled (for example, in the diamond-market
supply is rigidly determined), and in such instances as farm subsidies
there is no possibility of actually arriving at a true “market price”
because the government is already interfering. Demand as
well is manufactured through psychological manipulation via
advertising, such that the supposed real “value” of the goods in
question is not determined by supply and demand, but by influencing our
hungers for many products we don’t actually need.
other instances, such as oil prices (by the barrel, for example),
supply and demand is again falsified because of the activity of
speculators, as well as the creation of that really strange entity
called “futures”. Here, in agricultural futures for example, bets
are placed on whether weather six months from now will mean more or
less crops to be harvested. Keep in mind that some of these bets
only work if less food is available - that is the bet is made against
our general interests, which is often what speculation is always about.
The speculator doesn’t care about the effects on others of his
speculation - he only cares about his own earnings. Recall if you
can the tape recordings of the Enron energy speculators as they drove
up energy prices in California through manufactured and faked-up lack
of generating capacity (one of them said something on the order of -
with others laughing: there goes another old
lady’s retirement). This
speculation falsely and extremely raised home electricity costs
for no other reason than selfish profit taking.
market capitalism” is a horrible and tragic joke, since it mainly rests
on giving as much “freedom” to speculators, cheats, and manipulators as
it does to any effort to maintain and supply real human needs.
The whole current financial debacle is an example of this form of
capitalism gone completely out of control, ruining the lives of many
many people for no better reason than that some will have far more than
they actually need at the expense of the basic needs of others.
To be clear: I am not arguing against “capitalism” per se, but only against the religious-like thinking that inhabits our present day economic conversation.
We could, for example, follow out the use of the term “the taxpayer” in such sentences as: “after the S & L debacle, the taxpayer was on the hook for billions of dollars”; or, "after TARP the taxpayer was on the hook for almost a trillions dollars”. Who is this “taxpayer” and how did he get “on the hook” when he never Consented?
If the ostensible government, essentially owned by the Lords of Finance, decides to bail out Financial institutions to the tune of a trillion dollars, how is it that the debt for this slight of hand belongs to us (certain banks loan the trillion dollars into existence, give it to the ostensible government as part of deficit spending, and then it ends up back in the pockets of some of the same banks that needed it in the first place)? We, the taxpayer, then owe them for this great gift of debt that they ended up spending not on new loans or in support of mortgage relief or new jobs, but rather solely on bonuses and salaries to the folks who screwed us all!?! This is not right and it is not just.
strategy and tactics - in
primary goal is to seize the content of the political and economic
conversation. Right now the political class and the media class,
supported by the financial class, form the conversation away from
economic truth, so that the first and most important goal of the
Economic and Social Rebellion is to bring the truth into the political
conversation. Ordinary citizens have to supply what the elites of
our Society refuse to supply: plain and honest talk about economic and
social realities. Occupy Wall Street has begun this process of
changing the conversation, but we have further to go if we want the
whole truth involved.
talk about these economic and social/political realities we also have
to supply the profound political assertion that We the People are the
true government, and that Federal, State and Local governments work for
us. Politicians and bureaucrats need to be reminded over and over
again that we, the ordinary citizens, are their bosses and that they
need to begin to act out the truth of that. Bullying by police
forces (and such as the TSA) is no longer tolerable. The making
things difficult fostered by nameless bureaucrats is no longer
acceptable. And, politicians telling us what to think and do is
totally wrong. What they really need to do is shut up and develop
their listening skills.
we all are addicted to our passivity and our acceptance that
politicians have the right and power to tell us what to do.
They (the ostensible government - we are the real government)
need to be made to go the other way, and begin to act the way the
servants of elite wealth act toward their masters: polite, humble, and
in recognition that we can fire them anytime we wish.
individual ordinary Citizen is the only aristocrat our Society ever
getting from A to Z (from the present to the more healthy
conditions) will take time, but in this now we are right to assert that this become the case.
Anyone who wants to enter public service and truly be a servant
of the people needs foremost to learn how to practice that relationship.
a paradox here, which is that a public servant is at the same time a
citizen. Yet we have apt models everywhere, where businesses
operate in such a way that the primary rule is that the customer is
always right. When we serve another, we should act as their
servant. It is a blessing to serve and to be served. There
are great social arts latent in this common aspect of ordinary social
an example, which is everywhere today, and which when it first appeared
was made to seem as something silly and perhaps even stupid.
People started saying to each other: “have a nice day”.
This most often occurs precisely in these moments of service.
We buy something at the local convenience store, and the person
at the cash register “serves us”, as they should. That is
one essential aspect of the social moment. Then, when the service
aspect the social interaction is ended, the final moment is closed
with: “have a nice day”, to which many of us reply: “you too”, or
meant here? What rose up out of the instinctive wisdom of
the spiritual evolution of human consciousness and manifested in this
up is the recognition of true social equality, even though the primary
interaction involved aspects of service. Strangers, who needed to
adopt servant/master type relations in certain social contexts, added
to that process this final bit of contact. We said to each other:
I see you, as a person of equal meaning as I, even though this
situation requires (for the moment) that you serve me.
Now a lot
of people don’t do this. A lot of people feel entitled - that
they have a right to be served and that others are meant to serve them,
and that one can have a station in life that is socially superior to
others. This last still exists and will continue to exist for a
long time into the future - this situation of a kind of elite entitled
dominance. Yet, at the same time, out of the instinctive social
wisdom of ordinary people came this change in the course of many types
of social interaction, whereby through words, and tone of voice and
types of eye-contact, we noticed and honored our shared humanity.
have been adding to this, by the way - this process of recognizing the
natural divinity of the other individual is ongoing - it is not
finished. People are starting to use names as well. It is
not enough, says this rising social wisdom, to just say have a nice
day. We must add to that the name of the other - of the Thou.
So people in positions of service (serving people in restaurants,
cashiers at banks and grocery stores) often wear name tags, and we can
read those name tags and use their name when we talk to them and to
us know the fleeting feeling of pleasure that comes when our name is
recognized and spoken to us by someone who is otherwise a stranger.
this means is that the becoming of a nation of the
people and by the people and for the people is not just a political process, but at a deeper level
is a profoundly social process. Consider, for example, those words or
terms we call honorifics. Senator so and so. Mayor this and that.
If I am to call someone President Obama as a expected social honorific, he damn well
should be calling me Citizen Wendt, because he works for me, not the other way
social evolution has in its past what lingered from the time of the
aristocracies of the blood, where the aristocrat was seen as a superior
person - his station in life was seen to be real - ordinary people were
made to feel that others were their “betters”. We have evolved
socially beyond that condition, out of instinct mostly, but part of our
Economic and Social Rebellion needs to be seizing as well this social
element - we gain a great deal by not only changing and challenging the
economic conversation, but the social conversation as well.
to this, however, needs to be the recognition that these kinds of
changes cannot be dictated by others. We do them as individuals,
because we feel their rightness as individuals. If someone is
criticizing us for improper social speech, they have not gotten (or
understood) what is involved at all. In this Ayn Rand had it
right. The Social is not to dominate the Individual.
At the same time there will continue to be social-bullies - those
who assert today what we have come to call: political correctness.
Our resistance to that kind of social dominance is just as
crucial as our resistance to economic dominance
strategy and tactics - in
certain sense the following practical ideas are the heart and essence
of this booklet.
suggested we need to notice certain facts of our existence, one of
which was that the world is a whole, and that the Idea of We the People
belongs to all citizens of the world - all human beings, and perhaps
all beings that are members of the living Earth community.
Economic reality is a whole as well. There is, in truth and
for example, no such thing as an American or a Chinese economy as
separate entities. There is only a World
Economy (see Rudolf Steiner’s book of
the same name).
call an American Economy or a State of California economy are only
local conditions of the World Economy. It is the same realty as
Climate. Climate is a world wide condition, and the weather
processes in our particular area of the world are only local conditions
in the total Climate of the world. We were taught somewhat this
idea with what was called: the butterfly effect. A change in one local condition may seem to
effect another far away local condition in an extreme way. In the
same way, the collapse (bankruptcy) of European State economies may
effect the whole world’s economy.
the problem of fully understanding this is our ideas of causality.
We tend to think of causal relations as linear in nature,
although at the same time we are learning to see more accurately
that while parts appear to effect wholes, the reality is that
wholes also effect parts. We are learning this with the problem
of Climate Change. Complex systems like Climate and the World
Economy do not follow linear causal rules.
Change is real, although the causal problem of the human contribution
to Climate Change is not clear. A lot of debate here is confused,
because they argue about what human activity contributes to Climate
Change, without a lot of direct evidence for the assumed causal
relation. Arguments about that causal relation have nothing to do
with the evidence of Climate Change (the shrinking of ice fields, the
melting of permafrost, large movements of animals seeking to relocate
in the total ecology, loss of species, unusual and more extreme local
weather conditions and so forth).
to conceive of the World Economy in the same way. Its collapse
(in a linear causal sense) can appear to look like the failures in the
American economy caused larger (European etc.) changes, but that is a
false idea. The real flaw, as it were, is the whole world’s
economic ideas, which are
immature and mostly oriented toward the self-interest of holders of
wealth. As we noted in the change from the aristocracy of blood
to an aristocracy of wealth - this was accompanied by certain
religious-like economic conceptions.
individuals act in an economy is a function of how they think about
what they are doing as actors in that economy. What is happening
to the World Economy is a vast change (like Climate Change) in our
understanding - the confusing wool over our eyes of fake economic
religions (such free market capitalism, socialism or communism) is
being torn from these same eyes in a quite painful way. At the
same time, the World Economy is a natural extension of long term
processes in human social and political history. We didn’t create
Climate, and we don’t (in an analogous way) really create the Economy
(its real nature and rules as it were). The World Economy is a
reflection of the underlying nature of human beings - it exists as a
consequence of our existence. Its characteristics flow from our
characteristics. Where the World Economy reflects selfishness or
altruism, those conditions derive from us.
the coming Economic and Social Rebellion is about learning to
appreciate the role of ideas in all this. We change the ideas (do
new thinking) and everything else (the economic, the social, the
political, the cultural) changes.
a focus point - a place where a kind of social-lever can be applied
that moves the whole set of ideas (which need changing) in a favorable
place for the application of a social-lever - the application of our
mutual wills - is the understanding, mentioned above, which now needs
further practical elaboration: The election of Presidents of the United
States of America is the rightful concern of all the Citizens of the
World. This is not the totality of world economic and political
realities, but it is a place where a social lever can be applied in the present that will strongly effect
the whole. The political America and the economic America is a
leading edge of social change, and by applying new and creative social
forces to that dynamic, a great deal can be accomplished.
take a small side trip here to better grasp this idea.
a movie called: Enemy at the Gates. Whether or not it is historically accurate, it
contains the idea that a small group of snipers, by attacking the
officer corp of the advancing German Army, were able to save Stalingrad
from being overrun in World War II. We are in an analogous
situation. It will not take everyone in the world to act on these
problems of Economic and Social Rebellion. Small groups and
individuals acting with the right understanding will provide the
necessary “heroes” that are to inspire everyone else. Instead of
waiting for an America President to deliver on the promise of Hope and
Change, we provide all the hope and change we need ourselves.
Remember Bob Marley: Got to lively up
yourself, and be no drag.
the things the Arab Spring has taught us is how social media functions
like a snowball rolling down a hill. Without any additional
effort, other than setting the snowball rolling, the effects grow
larger and larger. Already now in the United States the Occupy
Wall Street movement is growing in the same way, becoming international
in scope. While this movement demonstrates the snowball effect,
it does not contain fully yet the possibility to create real
fundamental change because it lacks the right understanding/ideas.
It has the will, but not the needed and necessary insight or
thought-content. Without the right thought-content, as provided
by such thinking as in this booklet, this will does not know how to direct itself effectively.
Its “feelings” are right - it knows the injustices.
Correcting and healing the defects takes a more intimate social
and economic knowledge.
same time this refinement process of the related thought-content is
ongoing already. A few weeks ago Elizabeth Warren used the terms:
the social contract. Recently on CSNBC Chris Hedges used the
terms: the rule of law. On Alternet I just read an article about
the occupation of foreclosed houses. All the needed ideas are out
there, and are now slowly coalescing into the necessary whole.
the assumptions of those leading protest activity (such as Occupy Wall
Street), that has arisen in the 20th Century following the examples of
Gandhi, Martin Luther King and the anti-war movement in the 60‘s and
70‘s, is that we have to engage in mass actions. So we organize
mass actions to bring media attention to bear, as if this will wake
people up, radicalize them and change their voting patterns. This
is no longer necessary, and in fact ought to be avoided because of its
inherent weaknesses and dangers.
protests open a door to mob violence, which arises when individuals let
themselves be swept away by an instinctive psychology of passion at the
expense of rational and individual moral responsibility. A mob
leads its members, they do not lead the mob. Recent troubles in
Greece are a good example of this. Further, the established
powers clearly use agent provocateurs to penetrate mass protests and
turn them into violence, because that then becomes the narrative
leading the Evening News. The real purpose of the mass protest
gets buried under the faked-up narrative of violence.
approach in the coming years will be quite different because we no
longer need the official major media to spread the necessary
thought-content. What the Arab Spring revealed is that
social-media itself is all we need.
individual possessing or capable of borrowing an electronic device can
participate. They don’t even need to leave their home, they just
need to attend to the changing flow of the dialog as we seize the
substance of the political and social and economic thought-content
itself. It doesn’t make a difference whether or not one used
Twitter, or Face Book or YouTube - the whole needed effect is produced
by the rising chorus of people speaking the truth - to each other - of
economic, social and political reality.
not mean we don’t use celebration and theater as part of the dialog and
processes of mutual support and interaction. Instead of
“protest”, we gather temporarily to celebrate and take joy in each
others company. That helps us form social coherence. Keep
in mind that certain needs (like shelter needs) will in the beginning
(until government exercises its power of eminent domain for everyone’s
benefit) involve “occupation”, which is a real “occupation” with real
risks. To confront properly the misuse of the no longer viable
laws of private property, as a means to encourage stewardship of the
shared resources of the Earth, will lead to conflict.
Media is the People’s Media and we no longer need major media at all.
If we unite our conversation, of the meaning of economic,
political and social realities among each other, then from that
everything else slowly and irrevocably changes.
example, major media will have to take note of the change of
conversation once it reaches a certain threshold. Once major
media takes note, politicians will have to speak to this change in the
conversation. This change in the conversation - the snowball
effect of the People’s Media - itself gives hope, and at the same time
it is not the only activity which lies in our capacities of Citizens of
second capacity (after and along side changing the conversation) is to run for office - that is take on the risks and the work of deep
political participation. Most of the time people run for office, believing
they have to navigate all the “rules”, which will vary according to
where in the world they are, and what is the nature of their particular
type of government. Even in a place where there is essentially
some kind of overt despotism (such as China), individual world citizens
can still “run for office”, because we don’t have to “follow the rules”
nor are we limited by the “rules”.
mind that already established political parties, even such as the
Greens, already are co-opted, because they assume that the broken
legislative branches can presently be made to work. Remember:
this is an Economic and Social Rebellion, and one way to act out this
Rebellion is to ignore the rules. Ignoring the rules will have
different consequences and risks in different places, and each
individual choosing to ignore the rules will bear those particular
risks and consequences. Let me give a couple of examples to make
this all a bit more concrete.
America, if we really want to effect the 2012 elections, a million
people should run for office. Some should try to get on the
ballot. Some should seek to get others to vote for them as a
write-in candidate (not needing to be on the ballot). Some should
just run on Twitter and Facebook and get their votes there (various
individuals can tabulate the votes and publish these on the Internet).
People should run for all kinds of offices in this way -
not just the higher ones. Every election needs to have this
“pressure" being applied from the People - pressure that ignores the
rules and only seeks in this way to assert the fundamental conceptions
of the Economic and Social Rebellion, such as our Right of Consent.
Some people can choose to only vote in these extra-legal (but
perfectly moral) venues, but not in the official voting places.
It makes no difference. Why?
everywhere is dominated by what we call establishment
powers. In America there is
essentially no present difference between the Democrats and the
Republicans and the Libertarians as regards fundamental economic and
social conceptions - all adhere to the conventional wisdom, believe in
some fashion in the illusory market, and can’t find the courage to
concretely assert that capitalism (in its present form) is not working.
This massive running for office in all kinds of venues
(ignoring whatever rules seem to limit us), does not need to
succeed in the conventional way, because the Rebellion is all about the
un-conventional. As the Rebellion gains conceptual traction (more
and more people begin to understand what is going on), this process of
extra-legal (beyond the “rules”) voting will erode more and more the
claimed legitimacy of the established way. It is this gradual
social/political erosion that we seek.
Spring flood tide changes the course of rivers, so will this rising
social tide also change the course of the social order, without ever
having to resort to violence. Those holding power at the top will
find they can no longer claim that conventional voting grants them
either the legal or moral power once assumed, and that the assertion of
a “mandate” becomes more and more what it always was/is: A lie.
Consent starts to fail, and with each election cycle (in America, and
elsewhere where some form of democracy is claimed to exist) the
capacity of Parties to assert they represent the People will slowly
fall apart. Already in America, all polling data shows that few
inside government actually carry out the will of the people. This
process of massive running for office, in all possible moral ways, just
more and more makes visible the disconnect between the claimed “serving
the People” which politicians indulge in, and the clear fact is that
they only serve the elites.
mind that this process of Rebellion accompanies a tragic change in
economic and social circumstances for millions already, brought on by
those very establishment powers themselves, who instead of being
stewards of our shared social existence, chose instead to dominant it
for their own benefit.
the same activity in China, to do another example. Official
ballots only elect one Party. That Party dominates everywhere
often through coercion of one kind or another. China in entering
into the World Economy, however, had to allow electronic communication
structures to come into existence. China cannot back away from
these transformations without sacrificing the very illusory economic
domination to which it is now addicted. Having created a
middle-class, to uncreate it would destroy the country, and China’s
rulers (the politburo ).
Rebellion is already in place in China. Economic Rebellion is not
far behind, once certain ideas about banking and similar matters
regarding currency are understood there. The use of made-up
voting venues (on the Internet and elsewhere) will have a similar yet
different effect in China. Once more, the social flood of
individual media will erode the existing “sides” or limits of the
patterns (political rivers), because the conversation will itself
change. There already is a lively political conversation in
China, one that is often repressed, but which cannot be eliminated.
The social control needed to eliminate this won’t work, for even
today all manner of kinds of subversive speech exists in China.
Nine Men (the politburo) cannot stop conversation, or social evolution,
especially given that the future of China depends on continuing its
economic growth, and at the same time stabilizing it (economic growth
always is on the verge of going out of control, and as the rest of the
world spasms and teeters on the edge of an economic abyss, the fact
that there is only really one World Economy ties China to the rest of
us). None of us are independent - economics is always
States and Corporations will all have to cooperate if they want
economic stability, and during these adjustment phases, in which
Economic and Social Rebellion will play a significant part, so will
Nation States and Corporation have to come to terms with the emerging
powers of individual World Citizens over the awake nature of the
Conversation, with its core element rooted in the individually formated
macro Social-Conscience. When the one time consumers and workers
(World Citizens) no longer are asleep to their “wage slavery” and the
advertising driven psychological coercion to buy what we do not need,
business and governments to remain viable will have to treat their
former “wage slaves” in an entirely new way.
People have powers that those who try to rule have to take account of.
The old patterns of dominance will no longer work, and repression
will on into the future always breed its opposition. Eventually
all must accommodate to all, unless we choose madness as a primary path
into the future. Some will do this, by the way - we don’t dare
believe in a perfect future. We just have to trust that more
human beings will seek sanity, than there are those who will not.
and corruption and terror and evil disappear? No, of course not.
But at this particular historical cusp - what some call the
beginning of the Third Millennium - there is emerging from the
individual human being profound and wise social forces. We trust
ourselves and as much as possible trust each other - on this foundation
a yet unimagined future will be built.
so far expressed two basic tactics: one) changing the conversation
using social media; and two) millions (perhaps eventually billions) of
us running for office - or otherwise engaging in deep political participation, even if there is not yet an “official” means or an
office to run for. Next let us focus more on the 2012 election
for President in America. Keep in mind that these processes
become rivers of thought that erode old landscapes in the collective
paradigms of the body social, according to the nature of the culture,
people and language in which this activity arises. We the People
- the Citizens of the World - are asserting our right to choose, and
this will create the new patterns, following the slow erosion of the
the curious things about American presidential elections is that when
all is said and done, we are given only two choices: a Republican
candidate or a Democrat candidate. Prior to those choices
emerging, we have a long season of primary elections, culminating in
Party Conventions; and, even before that, an even longer season of
various individuals “running” for their Party’s nomination.
certain sense it seems to make no difference which Party wins the
Presidential Election in America - emphasis on “seems”. In point
of fact, the Republicans have more crazy people running than do the
Democrats. I mean by “crazy" the candidate’s own idea that
they are actually, in terms of knowledge and character, qualified to
hold this high office of trust. None of the current candidates
among the Republicans demonstrates anything but a complete lack of any
appreciation of the nature of our form of government and the
psychological realities of modern social existence.
candidates are, to borrow from a not too old movie, clueless about what it means to hold high office. If major
media was to ask them the right questions, their lacks would become
obvious. Hopefully one by-product of the more awake conversation
will bring it about that major media will begin to ask questions of
same and in spite of Obama’s inadequacies, the world needs not to
change horses in mid-stream here. Better the
devil you know, than the one you don’t
is the folk wisdom.
tactics one and two above, the prudent thing to do is at the same time
urge the re-election of Obama. Using social media World Citizens
can assert that Obama should be re-elected (keep in mind we only will
have two choices). We (World Citizens) can also run for office in
any country we want, and can from that “position” support any American
Candidate that we want. World support for Obama can include
people coming to America to help his re-election. Also, support
for Obama does not have to take the passive form that we are wanting
him to do anything he wants, but rather this support can (and should)
assert as a main element that Obama (or the next several Presidents of
America and officials elsewhere in the world) are the servants of the
We the People World Citizens. Simply by collectively claiming
that right, we institute unstoppable change.
for Obama works as a kind of pressure on him and on his cohorts in
American government. The “stakes” as it were have been raised
higher, and the demand on them for true public service made more plain.
It is one thing to lie and spin to an aspect of the American
public, and another thing to try to scam the We the People world
citizens. None of this can happen however, unless social media is
used by the world citizens to dominate the conversation away from what
the politicians and financial people want. We seize the
conversation, and by holding together our shared sense of the need for
true economic justice, slowly erode the ability of the American
candidates for President to hide their biases and weakness. What
was said decades ago during the anti-war movement in America becomes
even more true: The whole world is, literally, watching.
keep in mind that Economic and Social Rebellion (we have many more
tactics to discuss ... ) works as a kind of whole-process on multiple
levels, and the 2012 elections in America are only one level toward
which World Citizens, using social media, can apply their wills.
That’s why its a “tactic” not a “strategy”. Lets pause a
moment so as to better appreciate those two terms.
“tactic” is a short term means by which a “strategic” goal is pursued.
Our strategic goal is the assertion of individual sovereignty
among the Citizens of the World, as against the traditional and
patriarchal domination of individuals over the last few thousand years.
The World belongs to (and is to be shared by) We the People, not
to those who seek to dominate the rest of us and keep for themselves
more than they need for their own use.
strategic goal may never actually be fully reached. Yet, in the
pursuit of it we will achieve a great deal we otherwise would not
achieve were we never to strive in the first place. A
human being’s reach always exceeds his grasp is that folk wisdom.
have the “tactics" changing the conversation and everyone running for
offices (increasing direct participation) of all kinds, whether or not
in our particular nation/culture democracy is in any form active.
Next we have added the idea that all World Citizens can claim a
moral right to participate (on some level) in the 2012 election for the
American President. This too is a social-river which will erode
the past and create new social order as it gains its momentum and its self-understanding - that is, it is ultimately to be done not
instinctively, but on purpose.
mostly social/political acts and tactics. Now let us consider
more closely the Economic element of the Rebellion in the form of
tactics. The two go together by the way.
flood tide of change of conversation etc. works its way deeper into the
actual political (this will occur mostly in America first, somewhat
later in the western democracies of Europe and then even more later
elsewhere), it will become common knowledge that we no longer need
private banks. Private banks, via the adding of a loan obligation
to the process by which currency is created, extract from the wealth
creation-process (carried out through the labor of ordinary World
Citizens) a legal obligation to pay interest on the debt (the loan).
This is a legal obligation, not a moral obligation. Laws
can be changed, and legal obligations can be forgiven.
America are already walking away from this loan-debt legal obligation
in various ways, which everyone should now become aware of, and the
more people that act out Economic Rebellion in this form, the more will
the river of social change bring out the so very much needed new
social-ways. There are four main ways (tactics) already being
applied in the present:
People who have the means to pay the mortgage, which mortgage under the
influence of the housing bubble became actually not representative of
the true value of the home, are abandoning that mortgage and that home.
Only now with the collapse of the housing bubble is the true
value of the home emerging, although banks and other lenders assert
that the grossly inflated value is legally owed. Yet,
instinctively people (rightly) feel cheated by this process, and are
walking away from the home and the mortgage, even though they have the
capacity to pay it. This is the appearance of the
social-conscience, which knows instinctively there is no justice in the
legal obligation, as it arose from manipulated processes and
manufactured consent, even though the individuals acting out this
walk-away haven’t yet fully articulated why their personal aspect of
conscience is not upset.
People whose homes have been foreclosed are not moving out. They
refuse to be homeless, again because their individual instinctive
social-conscience recognizes the underlying injustice.
support of this (#2), although yet small in number, local sheriffs, who
are needed to enforce an eviction, are refusing to evict people whose
homes have been foreclosed. Not being without a conscience
themselves, these folks in “law” enforcement are choosing the higher
moral value as it is obvious that the home once vacated will just sit
empty, and in cities where a lot of this has gone on, an empty home
then becomes a place of urban decay where other types social problems
then fester and grow worse.
More and more people are unable and unwilling to pay off the legal
obligations for credit card debt. Again, this debt can’t actually
be paid on a macro-social scale, given that the loan currency creation
process never placed in circulation enough money to pay off the
interest-debt aspect of these loans in the first place. Like the
fake value of modern money (because of too much currency having been
created), the interest-debt owed is also fake. Just consider to
whom that debt is owed. As in the TV shows, where we look
for the criminal culprit: follow the money (or in this case, follow the claimed always
loss of jobs, and the downsizing of pay (people losing health insurance
and getting paid less for the same work - if they can find it), that
has been increasing under the influence of the present coming crash of
the finance bubble (the banks are broke), people don’t earn enough
money to pay this bank-forced debt, rooted only in the profit motive,
coerced by manufactured consent and manufactured desire
see here is an acting out by ordinary people, who instinctively realize
that the social-contract has been broken by the elites of wealth, who
co-opted our political process (manufactured consent) in order to
enrich themselves at our expense. This acting out of the social
conscience is the placing of a higher moral value over and above a
lower legal-only value.
unclear on the concept of the social conscience, in the past it took
(at least) these following forms: the Vietnam anti-war movement, the
Civil Rights movement, the Warren Court, the Labor-Union movement, the
abolitionist movement etc.
and more ordinary people run for office, aware of these realities, the
nature of the thinking of State legislatures will alter. These
legislatures will come to realize that one of the reasons North Dakota
has such healthy local conditions in the World Economy is because that
State (the only one of the fifty in the USA) has a State owned bank.
These kinds of banks need to multiply and replace the
commercial/investment banks (fostered everywhere by the Lords of
Finance) who have been screwing us left and right for centuries.
Just think, for example, how in the old Western dramas on film
and television, the bad guy was often the railroad or banker who then
corrupted the mayor and then the sheriff. That insight was rooted
in the actual early Western experiences of Americans during their
westward expansion, of such injustices caused by this alliance between
railroads, bankers, law enforcement and politicians, that was not
actually based on our Consent.
owned banks have no need to provide their chief officers with huge
salaries, nor do they need to add excessive interest at the moment of
currency creation during the loan process. They can also do
micro-loans for people needing to start new businesses, because they no
longer have the jobs once obtained through traditional means.
These banks also do not need to pay shareholders, because the
reality is that We the People actually own these banks - since the
government that authorizes their creation is our servant.
free capital process is found today on the Internet, where such new
institutions as Kiva and Kickstarter allow individuals to combine their
money energies in the service of other individuals with needs.
there are some efforts in various places to create local currencies,
that impulse is only short term in its potential, in particular because
the exchange of goods and services for a currency depends upon trust.
A living economy needs new currency considerations, and while
Steiner’s World Economy text provides some of the better ideals here, for the moment keeping the dollar alive and
well, through developing what are essentially We the People owned
banks, is the best solution.
mind, however, that establishment international banks and nation states
are already trying to dethrone the dollar as the world’s default
currency. This does not mean we will fail if we use State Banks
inside our own Country to issue interest-debt free currency in the form
of the Dollar. If fact, America can lead by example what other
Nation States and Peoples could do to protect their own currency - the
real point of a currency being the trust which follows its circulation.
addition it will be useful to place into the conversation whether or
not the National Debt of the various Nation States is a viable
debt in a moral sense, or is instead an injustice forced upon the world
by the Bankers via Central Banks and the creation of fake money on a
world-wide scale among any number of currencies. Recall that
since the currency is created during the loan process, and only the
amount of the currency thus created is tied to the loan, but not the
interest, the resulting interest (that becomes this huge debt
world-wide owed ultimately to banks) is the magic of the three pods and
a pea. We believe it exists, but since there is not enough money
actually placed in circulation to pay off the accumulated bank-owed
interest-debt, we are right to question whether this debt actually
exists (other than on paper).
more international problems will be helped by concentrating first on
the situation in America. What is done here can be an example to
all. The holders of America’s true (non-rolled over interest)
debt can be encouraged by us to “forgive” aspects of this debt, in
order to support a return in America to a more viable economy.
This has been done before with other Nations, and the only real
holdout is the Central Banks themselves who still wish to use this debt
in a coercive fashion against the Peoples of those Nations.
Taking the mask off of that con-job will be one of the crucial
next phases of the economic and social rebellion on a world-wide scale.
example, what is called balance of payment problems in international
(among Nation States) economics is more three pods and a pea slight of
hand. The kinds of religious-like thinking common in modern
economic thought is huge, and its slow devolution a necessity for
social sanity to prevail. Economic theory, dominated by number
relations in a false imitation of physics, ruins the health of the
shared social order at a very high level. We need reality,
not academic fantasy.
It is, by
the way, not necessary to burn down the commercial/investment and
central banks, even though as an emotional reaction that fantasy seems
delightful. First of all all kinds of ordinary people work for
these banks. When a bank crashes, like Bank of America seems on
the verge of doing, thousands of people join the rolls of the under and
unemployed. What the Fed and the Treasury did in 2007-2008, in
supporting these large financial institutions, was avoid what is
essentially a basic process in economics: Non-viable businesses
should be allowed to fail. By believing these institutions were
“to big to fail” the Fed and the Treasury kept the domination of the
economy in the hands of the very people whose greed and other excesses
have led to its ruin.
that commercial banks and investment banks are broke (their obligations
greatly exceed their assets), the whole world will benefit if the
seeming unthinkable (from the point of view of the elites) actually is
allowed to happen. Central Banks are not broke in the same sense,
since there is presently no limit on the amount of fake currency they
can create. Not all these institutions will fail, nor will
suffering truly get out of hand, unless a kind of madness takes hold of
some people who possess the means to cause widespread damage via such
items as: weapons of mass destruction and wars of aggression over old
hates or for natural resources. A world-wide restructuring of
banking institutions, and the related “fallout” makes possible all
manner of reform that is socially and economically needed.
will be no social problems, in the sense of the absence of shelter and
food, that We the People cannot solve if the once dominating powers get
out of the way, recognize and trust our wisdom, and leave us to pour
our labor into unused resources to provide these food and shelter
needs. We do not all have to have “jobs” as wage slaves making
commercial products no one needs, for there will be plenty of other
real “work” that needs doing, and if we share instead of compete, most
everyone can survive and play a role in the needed struggle.
are in fact a product of the Company Store phenomena, where workers are
made to believe their labor can be owned and bought and sold (another
religious-like belief of modern lame economic thinking). A real
understanding of the natural world reveals that nature is ruled by
processes of vast cooperation and mutual sacrifice (as aboriginal
peoples have long known), and not by the useless fantasy present in
modern biology of survival of the fittest. We do not need to
compete for “jobs”, for there is plenty of viable “work”. We just
have to see that everyone is entitled to shelter and food and
health care and other basic needs simply because they exist.
The fruits of the Earth belong to all, not to just a few.
to the situation in America, which needs to be won first, and become a
model for the rest of the world: The end of private commercial and
investment and central banks (serving concentrated wealth) and their
replacement by State (People) owned banks is not a form of
communism or socialism, but rather a recognition that the banking
industry, since its health is so crucial to the whole society, needs to
be organized in a way such that vampire-like blood
(wealth) sucking individuals do not take more than their fair
share. We actually seek to recreate (in a new way) the situation
in the American Colonies before England forced upon us a single
currency that had to be issued only by the Bank of England.
way, beware anyone who asserts an obvious immoral act is justification
for the imagined “greater good”. This never has been true, never
will be true, although many who want to take advantage will or may
assert or believe it is true, simply because they have lost the ability
(if they ever had it) to think carefully and exactly the real nature
and implications of such a vain and self-serving philosophy.
of economic and social tactis will not be simple and will require
a lot of discussion, but it is that very conversation and the waking up
of the ordinary citizen to the reality of banking and money that is
required. Communism and socialism arose from social processes
where the ordinary citizen was asleep and elites of power forced their
ideology on all the rest. Here, the meaning of banking and money
will be made transparent to all, and then from that will arise real
(non-concentrated) capitalism (again, see Steiner).
as We the People - the Citizens of the World - remain in contact with
each other via social media, our contribution to this restructuring
will be very helpful. Already with the Wall Street Occupation
(matters in America and as well the Arab Spring), it becomes clear that
folks otherwise divided against each other, for no truly fundamentally
crucial reasons, can work together for the needed restructuring
possible in that culture and society. In fact, these economic
fallout processes will make us realize our shared brother and
sisterhood on a much wider scale.
recall the harsh reality that many people in America and the Western
Democracies, under the influence and domination of the Lords of
Finance, have obtained positions of wealth (creature comforts -
standards of living) far in excess of elsewhere in the so-called: Third
World. Americans consume
something like 30% to 40% of the products created elsewhere in the
world. In sleeping through this stark social-reality, Americans
earned a kind of instant karma (so to speak) now manifesting in the
increasing unemployment and homelessness - conditions common to
billions of other Citizens of the World.
this karma-like aspect is not directed against individuals, but is a
blow back from the acts of domination performed by the Lords of
Finance. They stole from the rest of the world, marketed their
ill-gotten gains in America, and then through their greed drove the
whole system into the ground, and our shared social life in the
direction of anarchy and chaos.
use this change to fuel our social-conscience in a way that lets us
lead the Economic and Social Rebellion in its world-wide manifestation.
We start the taming here, in America, of the Lords of Finance,
and thus begin an effort to tame their excesses throughout the whole
world. Unfortunately this will not be accomplished without strife.
will try to turn the so-called middle-class against these changes, by
making people fear the loss of the previous so-called standard of
living. A high standard of living has never been the real goal of
the American People, whose grit and self-sacrifice capacities made them
able to endure much and remain non-violent and sane. We don’t
need lots of “things” as much as we need social community and a sense
of all being in the same ship at sea.
have a kind of generational conflict, in that younger people are not so
attached to “things” as a rock upon which their self-identity rests, as
are many of the baby boomers. The loss of homes and jobs is a
grave psychological stress-test for a lot of folks because of their
age, which makes our work as part of the social rebellion so necessary in connection with the economic
rebellion. We need new social actions as much as we need new
of Finance will resist, just as did the aristocracies of blood.
They will endeavor to beat us up with the law, claiming it is
superior to injustice and moral considerations. Property rights
will be asserted to be higher than the rights of persons. This is
why at the beginning of this booklet I wrote of the grandmother war and
the army of the unemployed, in conjunction with the need to take
certain risks. To remind the reader - these risks were two:
involved the occupation of empty homes and buildings, on the basis that
the social-conscience, which trumps during this Rebellion old laws
based upon manufactured consent, can assert the fact that We the People
actually own the government, not the other way around. Since
consent was manufactured, we have the reserved right to act outside
legal restraints, and ensure that people who have a need for shelter,
get to have that shelter. The ostensible government should use
eminent domain powers to provide housing, but in the beginning will
remain corrupt and fail to act.
underlying practical rule here is that: there are
more of us than there are of them (see
the movie Antz).
The Lords of Finance will use bullies to enforce their asserted
legal rights as against the moral imperatives of the times. As
there are more of us than there are of them, we can (with some
sacrifices) keep the bullies (which in reality are very few) from
dominating. As we do this we need to repeat over and over again,
that we didn’t break the social contract, so the fact that we are no
longer completely accepting the rule of law in all cases is
justifiable, since clearly through manufactured consent the elites of
wealth stepped outside the rule of law themselves. Once more: “why
play by the rules, when the game is already fixed.”
second risk is less “illegal”, and involves asserting a right to tithe ourselves for food to feed everyone. It is crucial that this
tithe be voluntary. This involves a kind of leadership by
example (and is already happening in the Wall Street Occupation), and
helps us avoid a descent into some form of socialism or communism
(these are just different forms of domination using the State, based on
elite ideologies). The rule here again is: "There
is no true self government, in a political sense, if there is not an
equal proportion of ‘self-governing’, by the individual of himself, in
a moral sense"
includes, on the part of fear-driven and greed-driven speculators, that
they stop messing with so-called financial markets. They won’t of
course, which means we have to change that part of the conversation
that treats the market as a thing in itself instead of actually
consisting of folks doing everything for themselves, and as little as
possible for the rest of us.
this “tactic” by as much as possible finding out who the big
speculators are and naming them. We bring the forces of social
shame to bear on those who ruin things for the rest of us for their
personal benefit. Once elections in Western democracies,
including America, began to produced legislators no long in thrall to
monied powers, we can bring the justice system itself into play.
Right now legislatures will not hold accountable those who still
control the political system, but as the flood of We the People
Citizens of the World conversation takes hold, more and more officials
seeking election or re-election will have to follow the new social
contract as it emerges from ordinary hearts and minds. Laws must
apply equally - to all, and no longer will manufactured consent be
tolerated by Citizens and voters.
that we are applying the social-moral-lever first to the situation in
America, as that then will spread its effects outward in more viable
kinds of international change. By the way, it is not so much that
what happens in America models what should happen elsewhere, but rather
that we inspire and help others believe that out of their own culture
and language they can create “their Way” of economic and social
rebellion. All viable social change is local, and can only be
“invented” by those who are there in that place and at that time.
There are no universally applicable “theories” of viable social
change. Bush II and company were totally in error to think they
could export American style democracy to the middle-East.
wage a war of ideas - updating the social contract and re-emphasizing
that the government works for us. That conversation cannot be
resisted. It just needs time and patience, like any true social
a brief, and perhaps more
change blow through and around the shared social-world of all of
humanity. Most everyone sees these winds as growing
stronger. Ancient Prophecies are thought by many to be coming
true. For some, old and terrible crimes are remembered,
generating hate and ever new violence. Even the Climate seems to
be sundering itself from its old Ways, losing cohesion and patterns
long remembered, and getting ready to forge something entirely old and
new at the same time. Humanity’s financial structures collapse in
on themselves, perhaps bringing down governments, while weapons of mass
destruction lurk in our darkest dreams, needing only a few madmen to be
set them loose among us. Water resources weaken, as do food
resources. Political strife and domination often makes impossible
even the delivering of food and water to those in need.
possible to feel, as we watch these cascading and interrelated
catastrophes escalate, that we are on the brink of some kind of
spiritual and material abyss - the world may actually end.
political, religious, business, military, cultural, whatever - seem not
to know what to do other than frequently lie, or divide us against each
other, or only offer sentimental platitudes, while what we really need
is tea and company and the sharing of stories. All the awfulness
we see has been here before, and humanity always survives. The
totality of all this stress sings just one song: join together and help
each other, or perish.
of what happens next is up to us. We decide whether to make war
on our neighbor. We decide whether to dominate others. We
decide whether or not to spread hate and woe. Make no mistake -
if our thought is all the problems are caused by the other guy, and we
ourselves are free of any responsibility, and the only ones with good
intentions - that’s the famous well-paved road to destruction.
we want to believe in God or Blind Chance Evolution, survival by
individuals working alone is not in the cards. We work together,
or we fall - the house divided against itself cannot but fail.
in such phases of deep crisis, a choice can be made between Rebellion
and temporarily increased Law and Order, for Rebellion always rides in
on the horse of a kind of situational anarchy - it is inherently a
level of dis-Order. The holders of present power always make the
same choice - sing the same song. Give us more Order and we will
protect you from the ravages of fearful Anarchy. By more Order, they mean for us to have far less Freedom, which once lost is seldom if ever returned.
Thus was born the fascist State of Italy during World War II,
Russian Communism following their “revolution” and all other
Spring in Egypt removed the dictator Mubarak (and his family and some
of his cronies), while it further entrenched (for a time) in power
the Egyptian General officers of their military. An
Economic and Social Rebellion in America puts the structures of old and
tired Order at risk, otherwise it could not work in the first place.
The holders of current Order will sing their siren song of just
give up more of your freedoms and we will keep order and make the
trains run on time. They will try to deepen the divisions of
Americans against Americans - for if we can be so divided we will be
weaker, and easier prey.
This is a
War, make no mistake. The Money-lenders want their pound of
flesh, but have no real right to it, since they violated the
social-contract, stepped outside the rule of law and manufactured
consent on all crucial matters.
them and punishing them is of little use, as well. The divisions
amongst us are the first social aspects needing overcoming. If we
cannot talk to our neighbors (and even those who would be our enemies)
in peaceful ways about money and banking and politics and the social
contract, we do not deserve to continue the American Experiment seeking
a nation of the people, by the people and for the people.
tendency for political action is to run down to Washington or New York or San
Francisco and march in parades, when the real and most sound (and
psychologically terrifying in a way) deed is to invite our neighbors
over for tea and company. That is where we make authentic common
cause - all politics is local, and our next door neighbors are the most
local of all.
of us are strangers to each other? We live in apartments and
neighborhoods right next to people we easily don’t like because they
are different or loud and whatever. The fact is, however, that
the leaking social boat is one we all share, and if we don’t bail it
out and fix its leaks together, we won’t keep it afloat. Here is
where women have a special and natural talent - social intercourse.
Men tend to want to posture and to strut, while women realize
that what everyone actually needs company and sympathy. Women (or
the feminine inside men) will be the best organizers of local community.
single act of neighborly kindness, where we overcome our own resistance
to those different than us, is the rock on which a strong society
(social order) is built. When the isolated computer geek finds a
way to leave his basement cave to come out and carry groceries and
shovel snow for his old lady widowed neighbor, regardless of her
political views - that’s where the essential social rebellion is won -
in difficult acts of kindness, where we lively up
ourselves and be no drag.
power in the world can dominate that.
basis then we learn together the nature of economic reality - what
money is and how it effects our lives. There lies the roots of
the economic rebellion, - when we are no longer asleep to the secrets
of the money changers, and understand how to serve and how to let
ourselves be served.
will all come to understand that the idea of the money interest-debt
allegedly legally owed bankers is a manufactured illusion, while the
moral kindness that lives in the hearts of a People is a real spiritual
currency of infinitely greater value.
about it. The Lords of Finance create finance systems that
allowed them to control a nation’s currencies through Central Banks,
all the while keeping hidden how this is a cheat against the People who
don’t know this three pods and pea game. These Central Banks vary
somewhat all over the world, but the underlying con game remains the
same. How can accumulated debt based upon usurious loans,
that never create the currency to pay off the interest element of the
debt in the first place, be morally collectible?
this “power” the Lords of Finance stole from all Third World peoples
the natural resources belonging to them, and as well financed the
international corporations that abuse us all, making a commodity of our
labor as if it can be bought and sold. Slavery ought to have been
abolished, but in America (and the Western democracies) everyone
understands that having a job and being a member of the advertising
coerced consumer culture means being a “wage slave”.
to throw off the chains of economic domination held by the
aristocracies of wealth.
How do we do this in a non-violent way? By changing the whole world-wide conversation, and focusing in the present on the coming and next elections for President in America.
We learn to talk to each other about the real nature of money and banking, and be at the same time kind to our neighbors regardless of our differences. The fact that it is not easy to be kind to those strangers that live nearest to us is the clearest sign it is morally important. All true moral action is difficult. We ask ourselves to do something more, something harder. We go beyond ourselves in some way. We pay a cost, we engage in sacrifice. We spend something we otherwise hold dear or are afraid to risk.
That is the price of all true social evolution. In this case, as in many similar cases, the most amazing thing is that we are not alone. Gandhi wasn’t alone. King wasn’t alone. Buddha wasn’t alone. Mohammad wasn’t alone. We don’t have to wage this Economic and Social Rebellion alone. Many are our companions, for it is together as We the People Citizens of the World that we strive to make a saner life for all, sharing the Earth for the benefit of everyone’s children unto the Seventh Generation.
 URL to a proposed Second Declaration of Independence: http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/seconddeclaration.html
 URL to the book Uncommon Sense: the degeneration, and the redemption, of political life in America: http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/degeneration.html
 YouTube videos on the “extraordinary ordinary”
#10 the extraordinary
ordinary (part one) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MDWcCbDxZQ
#11 the extraordinary ordinary (part two) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsAPo5uvRRU
#12 the extraordinary ordinary (part three) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4thuClNkSdA
#13 the extraordinary ordinary (part four) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EScdHeJBUL4
#14 the extraordinary ordinary (part five) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUqTZl1-BC0
#15 the extraordinary ordinary (part six) http:///www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFJWPcNfwPo
 Tip of the hat to Bill Maher for “new rules”
 An early experiment in the “occupation” of unused property was People’s Park in Berkeley California in 1969: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/People%27s_Park
 URL for The Art of God: an actual theory of Everything: http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/artofgod.html
 the Chinese politburo,
see Nine Men by David Wingrove: http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/NineMen.html
- the Needed Future of The
Street Movement -
The Occupy Wall Street Movement (TOWSM, as in toss
them out of power) is not an event
isolated from the rest of the world’s We the People. TOWSM is a
kind of first incursion of an underlying spiritual impulse surging up
from the deeper aspects of all of humanity. TOWSM is the cousin
of the Arab Spring, but is different in that the Arab Spring was/is
mostly against established political powers, while TOWSM is mostly
against established economic powers (the Lords of Finance and their
Right now (November 2011) TOWSM is “occupying”
numerous public spaces in the United States and elsewhere. This
is a natural result of the emotional element of this “surge” from the
depths of human beings - a kind of tempered (restrained) public scream
concerning the obvious economic injustices connected to the collapses
of the financial system.
Observers of TOWSM, as a social phenomena, are correct to
believe at this point in time that the Lords of Finance (often just
called Wall Street as a kind of shorthand) have little to fear from
this “occupation”. The leading thinkers among the hired
brains of the Lords of Finance, however, have known this time would
come and have prepared for it. They built up resources in terms
of laws (such as the Patriot Act) and practices (such as extraordinary
rendition), expecting to identify leaders and imprison them (cut of the
heads of the anti-free market capitalist Movement, when the unavoidable
economic crisis occurs). They spent money on local police forces
through Homeland Security to build up internal local spy agencies to
infiltrate progressive and liberal movements and turn them toward
violence, which is a necessary ingredient for using the Patriot Act to
eventually be able to define civil disobedience as domestic terrorism.
TOWSM needs to out-think this preparation, and this is
why the rest of us need for TOWSM to grow up, mature and get on with
the hard work of a real Economic and Social Rebellion. Sit-ins
and marches are old style civil disobedience and the Lords are quite
ready to overrun any such tactics with their power over laws and police
forces. We live in a future that is now very different from the
anti-Vietnam War movement of the 1960‘s and 1970‘s.
For example, we don’t need actions seeking the attention
of major media, because as the Arab Spring revealed, social media is
all we need to organize ourselves. Lets examine this in detail,
as it is very crucial to understand.
First of all TOWSM has many many allies that don’t have
the time or the inclination to march and do sit-ins (occupy), for they
are too busy just trying to survive loss of jobs and homes and all the
other anti-human deprivations imposed on us by the Lords.
Remember, there are far more of us than there are of them, and
what we most need now is “organization”. Not top down
organization, but bottom up organization.
Hopefully a small metaphor can help. If you want to
quickly cool a warm glass of soda, do you add it to ice cubes or
crushed ice? You add it to crushed ice because crushed ice has
far more surfaces to touch the warm liquid than does ice cubes.
Small and more numerous is better. Its the same with the
coming Economic and Social Rebellion.
The liquid in this case is the social networks, that need
to be organized out of local situations, so that as much of the
“liquid” (the network) touches as many of the ice chips (the
people) as possible, thus “warming” the whole social movement.
Right now, TOWSM has coagulated into centers, and become
there more vulnerable to agent provocateurs. What TOWSM needs to
do next is go home, and use the social networks to their maximum
capabilities. This doesn’t mean never to gather together again,
it just means to only gather periodically together to celebrate and
make person to person contacts in fully legal ways. But every
time TOWSM gathers to occupy or commit acts of civil disobedience it
violates the tactical necessities of the situation, and exposes itself
to manipulation by agent provocateurs who seek to turn TOWSM toward
acts of violence and then potential arrest.
Those are battles that: 1) can’t be won; 2) are not
necessary; and, 3) waste valuable resources. To be blunt,
they are the tactics of the socially careless, and we don’t want to be
careless in our thinking. We have much more dynamic potential,
and that I’ll explain next.
Right now the state of the Economic and Social Rebellion
(the ESR - the eraser of the old and no longer
useful systems) is inwardly
disconnected - fractured into a large number of socially disconnected
pieces. Those working to help people with foreclosure problems
are different groups from those people helping others find housing, and
those people helping people find food are different from the first two.
TOWSM is another group altogether, although there are clearly a
lot of individual cross-over connections.
Among The Army of the No Longer Employed (TENLE
are many other allies. In order for ESR to grow organically, with
the help of TOWSM, links need to be forged among all the different and
presently disconnected groups, including all the talented people that
have lost jobs and would love to have things to do that help the
situation. Remember, there are more of us than there are of them,
and we can be much smarter.
The total movement of ESR and TOWSM needs tax lawyers,
forensic accountants, academics, medical people, mechanics, skilled
carpenters and so forth. But these have to be reached out to, and
given a way to be included. Not only that, they all need
local connectivity. It does us no good to connect an out of work
and homeless mechanic who can fix a car to an out of work nurse
with the broken car who can help the mechanic’s family with their
problems, if these two folks live in different cities or in different
Our young people with all their great skills at social
networking (using social media) need to forge connection hubs with
local nodes. We can’t unite (and overcome the over-emotional
divisions forced on us by our so-called public servants), if we can’t
talk to each other, and since electronic connectivity is every
where, then we need people to create these hubs and nodes so that
people a couple blocks or a couple of miles from each other can
discover that they have goods and services that can be traded.
You can’t create those nodes and hubs camping out in
public spaces and dangerously making yourself open to brutality and
arrest. Nobody in jail or a hospital can create the needed
inter-connectivity upon which the slowly growing and maturing ESR and
TOWSM will morph into a massive social-media citizen governance system
that rewrites the social contract from the ground up.
Winning these battles requires work, thought and
carefulness. Nothing we really need is going to built in a day,
or be helped to come into existence by throwing ourselves under the bus
of modern commerce. In fact, we’ll gain great respect throughout
the total community of all citizens by showing restraint and by
creating something that serves others.
The more this inter-connectivity grows - the more hubs
and nodes - the more compliant will become the politicians because then
they will find people uniting according to their shared needs for
housing, food, water, and health care, rather than being any longer
divided according to their religious and moral differences. We
start to rule, and all we have done is talk to each other, and
moved out of the way of intelligent discourse the fake ideas about
economic and financial reality. We rule from the bottom up, and
in a completely distributed way (just like distributed computing).
For example, we need specialized skills (out of work tax
lawyers, forensic accountants and former stock brokers), in order to
disentangle in detail the confusion behind which the reality of
economic transactions is hidden. To find out where the pea is we
have to make the three pods disappear and make the hands moving them
about stop moving. What happened to the TARP money? Where
did it go? Where did it come from? Why is it that all this
new debt ends up being on the neck of us - the so-called taxpayers?
Nobody asked us if we wanted this.
People crossing previously ideologically forced political
distinctions into liberal and conservative, and finding themselves
sharing the same needs for housing, food, and company, become a
powerful force for change without ever marching down the same street or
having to confront police forces. This is actually the spiritual
change of consciousness that has been anticipated now for centuries.
It is very down to earth and practical and doesn’t require that
everyone share the same spiritual or religious paradigm or goal.
We are all We the People - human beings, and that is the only
characteristic we need to know that we share.
This is all very practical and on the ground wise.
There’s this militia guy in Alaska, Schaefer Cox, who is very
smart (and a bit naive at the same time, as are we all) who helped
invent some very neat social ideas. I’ll just tell you of one
idea, which he called: the Liberty Bell ...
Lets say you belong to a local group of activists.
Each of you puts on your cell phone the Liberty Bell number,
which is a system that once activated rings and texts all the other
phones. Say your group finds the FBI knocking on the door of the
house where you are meeting, and one of your members “rings” the
Liberty Bell and identifies where you are. This ringing of the
Liberty Bell is a call to any and all, who are nearby, to come and
bring their cell phones and take pictures of what is about to go down.
An FBI action, or other police action, directed at isolated
individuals is shortly confronted with 50 people taking videos and
There are more of us than there are of them, and we are basically smarter and wiser as well. At the same time, there is a lot of practical work needed for the Economic and Social Rebellion to take form and begin to do the work it is meant to do. Most of it we can do at home and in small groups, using social networks for the needed connectivity. Together we possess massive skill sets that will come to dominate, from the social below, the next years of continuing deepening crisis, so that what gets done, gets done in a sane way. The “war” is already over - we won. Now comes the reorganizing, which is hard and detailed work, yet which is also the means by which we seize and assert that We the People are the real government, and the politicians no longer are to favor the Lords over us. They work for us, not the other way around.