"Wherefore We must interrupt a silence which it would be criminal to prolong, that We may point out...as they really are, men who are badly disguised." Pope St. Pius X, September 8, 1907, Pascendi Dominici Gregis

Monday, December 10, 2012

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Dear Leader

I will start by saying that I took no part in trying to get you elected. In fact, I did everything within my power to see that you didn’t succeed. Throughout this election I chose to stand with a principled man, a man who truly wants freedom for the individual, not for the government. I chose to write-in Dr. Ron Paul as my choice for president. Before you claim that I have wasted my vote because the man will not win, let me say that I agree with part of that statement. As much as I wish it weren’t the case, he will not win, but my moral compass will not allow me to vote for the lesser of two evils, and that is what I believe you to be. To understand why I feel this way, it doesn’t take much effort on your part. I’d like to introduce you to two men I’ve gotten to know quite well over the last five years, pre-election Obama and post-election Obama. Pre-election Obama promised me hope and change and post-election Obama left me hoping  he’d stop changing  his mind. Pre-election Obama promised me transparency; he promised that the public would have five days to review a bill online before it was passed. Indeed, it was Nancy Pelosi herself who said we had to pass Obamacare so we could know what was in it. Pre-election Obama promised me that all of our troops would be out of Iraq within 16 months. Post-election Obama changed his mind and sided with former president Bush by keeping the same timeline for withdrawal that Bush had put in place. Now it was not just pre-election Obama and post-election Obama who had their differences. Post-election Obama promised to veto the atrocious piece of legislation known as the NDAA, only to sign it in to law and continue the destruction of our civil liberties. While I could continue on infinitely, it would seem as you are probably fabricating some lie to someone somewhere as I type this, I will not. I am tired of having my freedoms destroyed by liars. You promised you’d be different than former president Bush, I hope this time around you will fulfill that promise. I hope you work to repeal the NDAA and the patriot act. I hope you bring more of our troops home. I hope you focus on cutting our debt instead of adding trillions more to it. I have zero faith that any of these things will get done, but I really do HOPE this time around you do CHANGE.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Next Stage in Human Devolution is Here

President Obama vows to continue his policies in a second term.
In the spirit of a bygone era, Obama announced to a crowd of early voters, "We choose to go to Hell! We choose to go to Hell... [interrupted by applause] we choose to go to Hell in this decade and ignore the other things, not because they are difficult, but because Dancing With Stars will be on in a few minutes..."

Upon hearing a recording of the President's speech on her government provided smart phone, the Obama-phone creature did not react.

The president vowed to continue and build upon the policies of his first term which will promote a culture of infertility and sleaze, greater budget deficits, higher taxes, more attacks on the rights of the people to defend themselves, greater dependency on federal welfare programs and the dismantling of the rule of law.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Conspiracy Theories Handed Down From Our Pontiffs

Before Alex Jones, before the masonic takeover of Mexico, before the devolution of the Catholic Church during and after Vatican II, there was a pope that predicted it all:

By Blessed Pope Pius IX in Etsi Multa, November, 1873:

Venerable Brothers, it is surprising that in our time such a great war is being waged against the Catholic Church. But anyone who knows the nature, desires and intentions of the sects, whether they be called masonic or bear another name, and compares them with the nature the systems and the vastness of the obstacles by which the Church has been assailed almost everywhere, cannot doubt that the present misfortune must mainly be imputed to the frauds and machinations of these sects. It is from them that the synagogue of Satan, which gathers its troops against the Church of Christ, takes its strength. In the past Our predecessors, vigilant even from the beginning in Israel, had already denounced them to the kings and the nations, and had condemned them time and time again, and even We have not failed in this duty. If those who would have been able to avert such a deadly scourge had only had more faith in the supreme Pastors of the Church! But this scourge, winding through sinuous caverns, . . . deceiving many with astute frauds, finally has arrived at the point where it comes forth impetuously from its hiding places and triumphs as a powerful master. Since the throng of its propagandists has grown enormously, these wicked groups think that they have already become masters of the world and that they have almost reached their pre-established goal. Having sometimes obtained what they desired, and that is power, in several countries, they boldly turn the help of powers and authorities which they have secured to trying to submit the Church of God to the most cruel servitude, to undermine the foundations on which it rests, to contaminate its splendid qualities; and, moreover, to strike it with frequent blows, to shake it, to overthrow it, and, if possible, to make it disappear completely from the earth. Things being thus, Venerable Brothers, make every effort to defend the faithful which are entrusted to you against the insidious contagion of these sects and to save from perdition those who unfortunately have inscribed themselves in such sects. Make known and attack those who, whether suffering from, or planning, deception, are not afraid to affirm that these shady congregations aim only at the profit of society, at progress and mutual benefit. Explain to them often and impress deeply on their souls the Papal constitutions on this subject and teach, them that the masonic associations are anathematized by them not only in Europe but also in America and wherever they may be in the whole world.

"Our predecessors, vigilant even from the beginning in Israel, had already denounced them to the kings and the nations, and had condemned them time and time again."

Does the Holy Father seem to indicate, as Alex Jones et al does, that these conspiring actors trace their foundations even back to times before Christ? Does "our predecessors" here refer to the chosen race of God, the Jews, of whom the Catholic Church is merely the fullest culmination and most recent iteration in God's plan?

If you do not believe the Pontiff could be correct in his assertions, please watch.

Monday, October 8, 2012

It Has Been Some Time

It has been some time since I have felt compelled to write. I can feel the skill slowly slipping from my fingers, and so I should write if for nothing else than to preserve my ability to express myself diligently into the future.

I have given up two years of my life pursuing a woman so tepid that one measured rebuke of her careless manner of speaking can send her into a fit of doubt, confusion, and insult. In nearly two years of a relationship a period longer than a week has never passed without an argument. As Christ calls me, I am in this world, but not of it. I am not above the desire for a family, nor should I be. But truly are things as bad as pagan times. So difficult is it to find a woman committed to her family above all else that one must settle for gently guiding the only slightly confused woman off the path on which the culture of death has placed her. Habits and thoughts formed through public school and even through as insidious a thing as a Novus Ordo parish - which teaches a lighter version of the same cultural tendencies as public school but with the facade of theological and moral legitimacy - are apparently tremendously difficult to break, such that two years of extreme effort has yet to dig away enough of the crud so as to find a stable foundation on which to build and rear a family.

I must turn again to the search for someone else. This is her choice not mine, as she has demonstrated time again that while she has the ability to speak as though her thoughts are upright, consistent action directed towards the same end (i.e., uprightness), again for a period longer than a week, is too much for one such as I to ask.

I need now the faith of Saint Anne, whose earthly desires were fulfilled in a way incomparable to all except the mother of God herself. In long-suffering was a child delivered to her. The spiritual and physical fulfillment which the delivery of the this child gave Saint Anne must have exceeded anything she could have wished for in her many years of childlessness.

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope, to thee do we cry, O poor banished children of Eve, to thee do we send up sighs morning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us and after this our exile show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet virgin Mary.

Pray for us O Holy Mother of God that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

An Open Letter to Whole Foods

Dear Mr. Walter Robb,

Year to date, I have spent $5021.91 at your store per my records kept by the Microsoft Money software program. That is more than 10% of my annual income. While I realize you are a business man and must make your decisions accordingly, I am writing to make you keenly aware that the same applies to me. I have happily spent this money in firm belief that I am supporting one of the last bastions of legitimate, sustainable and safe agriculture practices in our nation, if not our world. This belief is now dreadfully challenged through the GMO scandal the poor management of your company has brought to fruition (see http://www.infowars.com/nothing-artificial-ever-whole-foods-caught-in-gmo-marketing-deception-proof/ , amongst others).

As a consumer entirely opposed morally, philosophically, scientifically and economically to the monetary support and consumption of many GMO products, I am forced to reduce my spending at your store to send a message that those watching only your bottom line can understand: I will not shop at a store that presents itself as a safe place to eat but does not back up that promise with actions. I will shop at other organic stores and other local produce outlets that are cheaper, because you have failed to differentiate yourself from them. While I may in some circumstances continue to support your store, I will not do so with the pride I once had in being a “Whole” Foods customer, realizing now that the corn I may be consuming is not whole at all but violated with the genetic code of other living organisms.

If either your conscience or your bottom line are sufficiently bruised by the actions of me and other like-minded former customers, then these are the steps I would take to re-imbue your brand with the trust it deserves:

1)      Make a large donation to Proposition 37 in California.
2)      Announce a timeline requirement for all foods sold through Whole Foods to be labeled with their GMO content.
3)      Proactively educate Whole Foods employees and customers about the reality of genetically modified foods being sold throughout the stores.


The author of Actual Anarchy.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Livin’ In A Bankster’s Paradise

Originally penned on October 3, 2008.
The state is the ultimate criminal enterprise.  Many of you may interpret my superimposing of gangster rap lyrics over the images of state officials as my own idiosyncratic form of humor, but there is more to this than meets the eye.  Take a listen to Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise,” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVVmxFnn53o ) and you could just as easily be listening to a description of the trepidations of the state and its rulers, as the description of the life of a pettier gangster.  Some will disagree from the beginning with my description of the state as a criminal enterprise.  But how else can you refer to organizations, the Mafia and the state foremost among them, that believe it is legitimate to kill without provocation and steal?  Indeed, as a Father of the Catholic Church relates:

St. Augustine tells the story of a pirate captured by Alexander the Great, who asked him “how he dares molest the sea.” “How dare you molest the whole world?” the pirate replied: “Because I do it with a little ship only, I am called a thief; you, doing it with a great navy, are called an Emperor.” (http://www.ameu.org/page.asp?iid=162&aid=422&pg=1 )

Power and the Money, Money and the Power

Although the American Empire certainly does its share of naked molestation of the wider world, the domestic portion of this molestation, the theft that too often funds molestation elsewhere, is often more subtle to make it more palatable to the public.  The primary mechanism by which the American government hides its theft from the American people is the Federal Reserve System.  Listen again to the Augustinian parable altered only slightly:

We have the story of a counterfeiter captured by the Secret Service, who interrogate him.  “How dare you print thousands of new hundred dollar bills,” they ask.  “How dare you print millions of the same,” the counterfeiter replies, “because I do it with one printing press only, I am called a criminal; you, doing it with an entire Bureau of Engraving and Printing, are called a provider of liquidity.”

In prior articles I have mentioned the Federal Reserve’s manipulation of the interest rate; the mechanism by which the Fed is capable of manipulating the interest rate is the dumping of newly printed money on the loan markets.  The Fed uses this money primarily to buy U.S. Treasury bonds and thereby funds the expenditure of the U.S. government.  The U.S. government and those who benefit from government largesse use these newly printed dollars to bid away the savings of everyone else.  Notice, printing new money does not create new oil, tractors, shoes, or carrots, but new money can be used to bid these products away from savers, resulting in higher prices.  Although difficult to see and easily blamed on “greedy capitalists” in order to justify even greater expansions of state power, increasing prices are actually a direct result of this fraudulent system of government finance.

The banking system, for its complicity in this freely counterfeiting setup, gets its own kickback.  Banks are only required to keep on hand roughly 10% of their depositor’s funds; the rest, 90%, they can lend out for interest.  Your bank only has approximately 10% of your total balance on hand for immediate withdrawal.  If you went down to your local U-Store-It (http://www.ustoreit.com/ ) and deposited your old record collection, you’d expect all your records to be there when you returned.  If only 10% were there, you’d be rightly outraged.  Yet, many entrust something far more valuable, their life’s savings, to an inherently fraudulent fractional reserve banking system.  Just as a U-Store-It that consistently lent out 90% of its depositor’s possessions would quickly find itself without customers, so too would our current banking system fail a real market test.  The state as it exists, much dependent upon inflationary financing, and the current bankers, similarly dependent upon the intervention of the state (e.g., FDIC, liquidity injections, bank holidays, etc.), have merged into a state-banking nexus, aptly described by NYU Scholar Chris Matthew Sciabarra here:  http://www.nyu.edu/projects/sciabarra/notablog/archives/001540.html .  This system based on deceit may be justly described as a banker-gangster’s paradise.  

It’s goin’ on in the kitchen, but I don’t know what’s cookin’

In addition to the undermining of savings caused by inflation, the consistent dumping of newly printed money on the loan market has even more deleterious consequences.  On a free market, the market set interest rate helps to efficiently distribute savings to borrowers.  Entrepreneurs, using this rate as a guide, embark upon projects such as building houses and factories, which are dependent upon the loaned savings of other people.  An unhindered, free market set interest rate will, due to the very nature of voluntary transactions, always indicate the actual amount of savings; an unhindered rate will also help entrepreneurs decide which out of all the possible housing and factory projects to actually undertake.  Again, voluntary and non-fraudulent transactions on the marketplace, as manifested by an unhindered interest rate, will always accurately reflect the true preferences of the consumers, else consumers would not engage in these transactions in the first place.  

However, thanks to the state-baking nexus, the Fed has the power to set the interest rate.  Because the market interest rate occurs naturally outside of any action by the Federal Reserve, any newly printed money, which again does not represent any actual savings, lent under the auspices of the Fed will modify the interest rate in way that does not conform to consumer preferences.  This causes entrepreneurs not only to believe that more savings are available than actually are - this period is usually called the ‘boom’ - it also causes them to choose particular projects to the exclusion of other possible projects.  It is only later, when inflation picks up, since this is all newly printed money can result in, that entrepreneurs realize they have started on too many of the wrong projects.  A bust is the result.  The business cycle, then, is yet another feature of living in a banker-gangster’s paradise.

So, we see, the state knows where the action’s at in terms of acquiring the savings of other people, but it is clueless when it comes to setting the proper interest rate.

Too much television watchin’ got me chasin’ dreams

As I’ve pointed out previously, the media is only too happy to justify the Fed’s every move.  When a bust inevitably and rightly follows a boom, we hear a clarion call to re-inflate, provide liquidity, stabilize bad projects, etc.  Silent during the boom, or in CNBC’s case, complicit, the media does not
“address…the real problem, i.e., why houses became so overvalued in the first place, the media only addresses their made-up problem of the re-emergence of normality: how can we keep housing prices from falling? Thus, we repeat out mistakes. The Federal Reserve has once again excessively lowered the interest rate, which is what exactly caused housing prices to get too high in the first place, in order to prevent housing prices from returning to normal levels.” (http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=logo#/note.php?note_id=31130029179&id=7911319&index=8 )

The call for re-inflation plays right back into the hands of the banker-gangsters.  The Fed now has a pseudo-scientific justification for its continuing inflation, i.e., the stabilization of bad projects undertaken during the boom, and the banks that bankrolled these bad projects will be the first in line to receive some of the newly printed cash.  The consumers, on the other hand, are forced to wait longer and work harder in order to achieve the standard of living they would have achieved much sooner in an unhampered market place.  They must take a look at their savings and realize there’s nothing left, ‘cause Ben Bernanke’s been inflating and laughing so long that even Jim “Mad Money” Cramer thinks his mind is gone.  (http://blog.mises.org/archives/008680.asp

 I’m an educated fool, with money on my mind

Yet, state action is not without its veneer of pseudo-intellectual propaganda.  Go to a major university, and they will teach you “Economics,” although it will sound little like what I’ve outlined here.  Growing up, I do recall much contemplation of the apparent dichotomy between common sense and expertise.  The longer one went to school, it seemed, the less one seemed to know about the basic structure of reality.  Or as William F. Buckley, with whom I agree only on rare occasions, is said to have quipped, ‘I would rather be governed by the first four hundred people in the Boston phonebook, than the entire staff of Harvard.’  We see that “educated fool,” then, is a key oxymoron.  Much of modern economic theory is more about providing pseudo-scientific rationalizations for the Fed’s manipulation of the money supply and the current state of our banking system and less about uncovering the fundamental truths highlighted in this article.

Why are we not taught that the nature of the Federal Reserve and the banking system based upon it is inflationary, disruptive, and fraudulent?  So many are taught instead that the actions of the Fed are stabilizing and anti-inflationary (see http://homepage.smc.edu/brown_bruce/HLPPT/Ch14.ppt ).  How can this be? Hans Hermann Hoppe provides an explanation:

Yet how can one persuade the majority of the population to believe this? And the answer is: only with the help of the intellectuals. Now how do you get the intellectuals to work for you? To this the answer is easy. The market demand for intellectual services is not exactly high and stable. Intellectuals would be at the mercy of the fleeting values of the masses, and the masses are uninterested in intellectual, philosophical concerns. The state, on the other hand, can accommodate the intellectual's typically over-inflated egos, and offer them a warm, secure, and permanent berth in its apparatus.

…You must become a monopolist. And this is best achieved if all educational institutions, from kindergarten to universities, are brought under state control, and all teaching and researching personnel is state-certified.

But what if the people do not want to become educated? For this, education must be made compulsory. 

…Now, none of this guarantees correct statist thinking [on the part of intellectuals], of course. It certainly helps however, in reaching the correct statist conclusion, if one realizes that without the state one might be out of work, and may have to try one's hands at the mechanics of gas-pump operation, instead of concerning oneself with such pressing problems as alienation, equity, exploitation, the deconstruction of gender and sex roles, or the culture of the Eskimos, the Hopes, and the Zulus. ( http://mises.org/Community/blogs/ayrnieu/archive/2008/07/15/the-state-the-intellectuals-and-the-role-of-anti-intellectual-intellectuals.aspx )

Education as it stands, then, is not exactly synonymous with the pursuit of truth.  Our education system produces way too many educated fools, again to the delight of the banker-gangsters.

Got the tin in my hand, and the gleam in my eye

Something must be said as to how we arrived in this situation.  When the Federal Reserve was created in 1913, the money supply was still directly tied to gold.  A system wherein gold serves directly as money cannot suffer inflation wrought by the banker-gangsters, as it is impossible to print more gold; the supply of gold is greatly limited, unlike the supply of paper dollars.  Murray Rothbard explains what happened:

In the United States, the Federal Reserve Act compel[led]…banks to keep [a] minimum ratio of reserves to deposits and, since 1917, these reserves could only consist of deposits at the Federal Reserve Bank.  Gold could no longer be part of a bank's legal reserves; it had to be deposited in the Federal Reserve Bank.
The entire process took the public off the gold habit and placed the people's gold in the none-too-tender care of the State - where it could be confiscated almost painlessly. ( http://mises.org/money/3s8.asp )

It would be only a matter of time before all gold would be confiscated by the government and Federal Reserve notes would no longer be redeemable for and thus directly tied to a supply of gold:

On April 5, 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the confiscation of gold from US citizens, in one of the most heinous acts of mass-robbery imaginable. ( http://blog.mises.org/archives/002627.asp )

As Murray Rothbard also points out, if, as popular nostrums suggest, gold is obsolete or worthless as money, why would the government feel the need to confiscate and horde the people’s gold?  Indeed, the purpose was not to replace a lesser form of money, gold, with a greater form of money, Federal Reserve Notes, but to replace a greater form of money, gold, with an easily counterfeited and thus lesser form of money, Federal Reserve Notes.  Thanks to this inaugural theft, the banker-gangsters began an era of counterfeiting that has yet to cease.

I’m 232 now, but will I live to see 233?  The way things is goin’, I don’t know…

America celebrated its 232nd birthday last July fourth.  Albeit the most powerful state in existence since the beginning of mankind, America, like all empires, faces greater and greater military obligations that will eventually way her down.  As I outlined in my justification for a Texan independence movement:

America will find itself increasingly in need of proving that its superpower status remains and increasingly having to resort to exercising military action in order to do so. This need will increase faster as goodwill continues to decline. This is the path all empires face, and they eventually pay for their military conquests with, among other things, a devaluation of their currency.  (http://www.new.facebook.com/profile.php?id=7911319&ref=name#/note.php?note_id=14848804179&id=7911319&index=12 )

An empire, in essence, lives life do or die.  Historically, empires have constantly expanded in order to bring a larger tax-base under its control in order to help it avoid excessive inflation from military spending and other government largesse, but in order to secure a larger and larger tax base, greater and greater military efforts must be undertaken.  History has shown that eventually the costs of empire outweigh an empire’s ability to generate more wealth.  

Things are more subtle for America, as it is the proprietor of the world’s reserve currency.  However, this economic scheme is also slowly coming unglued.  America pays for the defense of countries that can easily afford to defend their selves – i.e., South Korea, Germany, France, England, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Kuwait, Italy and so many others – and in return, we export part of our inflation. In other words, these countries keep U.S. dollars as reserves. This is an informal ‘agreement’ to be sure, but it has been the de facto international order since the collapse of Bretton Woods in the 1970s. The problem is, we are abusing our Imperial position like all empires are prone to do; we are printing too many dollars and the value of these holdings are decreasing markedly. Many countries will soon begin to bolt from the dollar for their own selfish reasons.

If America continues down its current path of empire, its inflationary actions will result in a more rapid destruction of the dollar, which in turn will likely lead us to lash out militarily against weaker countries that unpeg their currencies and exports from the dollar – like Iran and Iraq, for example. These vast and new military expenditures will only hasten this process, and the U.S. Empire will collapse messily with war, bankruptcy, and hyperinflation.  Undeserved power breeds arrogance; this is the Achilles’ heel of the banker-gangsters.  Unfortunately, they may take the rest of us down with them.

Under the current system, the American consumer will continue to suffer from avoidable increases in prices and the unemployment caused by unnecessary fluctuations in business activity, as the banker-gangsters continue to defraud us.  Until we, like President Andrew Jackson, “kill the Bank,” we will keep spending most our lives living in a bankster’s paradise.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Eleventh Commandment

Thou shall not be nice to your enemies.

And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all of them who sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.


Thursday, July 12, 2012

Why do lions eat zebras?

This comes up from time to time. A member of the mainstream press will notice that economic systems are a lot like biology. The two share similarities like high and self-organizing complexity. The reporter tries to extrapolate certain lessons for our current economic predicament, such as:

"The growth of modern finance seems to have violated the principle of hierarchical structures, and with gusto....We have created a vast web of interconnections with extreme complexity but little organization. And this does appear to have made the system less resilient."

But consistently they miss the boat. The writer realizes that "unlike organisms, of course, financial systems haven’t undergone evolutionary competition from which only the fit have emerged. We have little reason to expect that what exists would be anything like optimal, or even reasonable." But his solutions offer up more of the same: "To counter these developments, we could try to manage the way lending occurs -- control the amount of leverage used... so as to prevent dangerous contagion. More boldly, we might try to set up constraints on the very concentration of our networks, on who is linked with whom and how strongly."

Is the African savanna well regulated because a committee of lions have decided to arbitrarily place certain restrictions on the existence of other species, or simply because lions have a particular nature suited for their environment? Let's look at that another way: do lions eat zebras because they've figured out it's for the good of the environment or because they taste good?

Certainly lions do not have to sit around and decide that out of all of their potential functions, the best use of their skills is zebra consumption. Unlike humans, lions automatically conform to their nature. It is clear that lions have evolved in such a way that zebra consumption is an inherent part of their nature. Any human who witnessed a lion using its sharp claw to cut down the tall savanna grass, harvesting it and rolling it into a bail for later consumption would find themselves rightfully in a state of curious shock.

Yet it is likely that the very same human, like the author of the Bloomberg article referenced above, would find no surprise at all in allowing politicians to draw up further regulations governing the financial industry arbitrarily, forestalling any kind of natural path towards resolving our economic conundrum. Like the lions whose freedom to eat zebras to their heart's content tends toward equilibrium on the savanna, allowing people the freedom to trade without restriction will allow the "evolutionary competition from which only...fit [institutions] emerge" that is necessary to have a robust, fully-functioning financial system.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

So Far From Normal

Americans have deviated so far from anything even remotely consisting of normalcy, it is hard to see what the natural course of things might actually look like.

Now, one might argue that by virtue of the fact that history has evolved as it has into present conditions, present conditions are somehow 'normal,' organic,' or 'natural.' But this ignores that if the present is 'normal' then any number of other infinitely imaginable 'presents,' resulting from slight differences made in past choices by human beings with free will were possible insofar as those choices would have altered the course of history and that if such different choices had been made the resulting present would have an equal claim to being 'normal.' This is fair enough, it is retorted, but there is a reason choices were made as they were, and this gives our particular version of the present preeminence over the other non-existent 'presents.' After all, human beings are merely reacting to certain predetermined physical conditions. While it may appear that human beings have free will, these reactions are inherently contained within a human being himself and thus the reaction a human being will give - although perhaps concretely unknowable by any other human being - is nevertheless predetermined by the arrangement of the consequences of physical laws as embodied in a given human being. Fair enough as well, I say, but let us consider that how a human being reacts - that is, how his brain is organized in relation to and therefore how he processes his surroundings - is determined by what he believes. There is an underlying thought framework that if altered can change how a human being reacts to the world. The human brain as it were is reprogrammable, if the consciousness is willing to reprogram, and neuroscience bares this out.

If man can change his mind, there is a different world to be had. That is an entire revolution contained within one sentence. And in this statement we see the dialectical resolution of the free-will/determinism debate: The very fact that certain choices resulted in our existing present admits that different choices would have given a different present. If we assume the causality inherent in a theory of total determinism - that things arranged as they are must lead to our current predicament -we must also assume that causes arranged differently will tend to render different results. While past choices are fixed, future choices remain unmade. Since human beings can recognize the consequences of determinism and causality, we can recognize - still in fitting with the ultimate validity of determinism - that certain choices lead to certain results. With this recognition - itself a result of the truth of determinism - future choices can be altered in an effort to change the likely result. The minds of human beings can change perfectly in keeping with determinism, and suddenly we see the validity of the aforementioned other infinitely imaginable 'presents' as perfectly potentially realizable futures.

These is in a sense no 'natural' state at all, as the present is fully dependent upon human action. It is in a sense in all ways artificial.

But in this last statement we go too far. For physical laws operating outside those determining human consciousness are still ultimately in play, and to an extent not similar to that of the human brain, unalterable. Human beings, while given a great deal of leeway in our high capacity of adaptability, must in one respect or another conform to those physical processes going on around them. Jumping off a cliff to one's death, or traveling to a planet with no oxygen source will quickly lead you to realize this. Humans as a species must ultimately conform to our surroundings, as those who totally flaunt the physical laws will be negated. If all human beings chose to flaunt these laws, our species would be negated.

Human beings can also conform to the physical laws to a greater extent or to a lesser extent as we choose. A rock star can live large and die young. He can die at thirty from a drug overdose, and even after much casual sex with many women using prophylactics, leave no one to evidence the species going forward. On the other hand, someone choosing a more healthy lifestyle, may live to 90, living to see his 25 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. The future of the human race as a whole is merely the product of all of these greater or lesser choices made by individual human beings.

While there may always be a degree of unsustainability in certain members of the human race - they are predisposed to the rock star's life - it does not seem too far-fetched to venture a guess that when an entire culture embraces this more futile life-style, there are adverse cultural forces in play. The ideas a culture instills into the minds of its adherents have a definite impact of the course of history. As mentioned earlier, these ideas can change.

All of this is a means by which to say that cultures can be more in line with the natural path of things, or cultures can flaunt these natural laws. The modern West finds in it's unsustainable debt, penchant for socialism and embrace of the culture of death three markers of a culture not in conformity with natural law.

There are inherent limits to what natural resources are available and exponential growth in debt tends to flaunt this limit. When one of the chief modes of subsistence becomes what you can take from other people in the form of socialism, the natural reinforcement mechanism to production of mutually beneficial trade breaks down, and the implicit benefit of social cooperation goes away: those who produce have less incentive to do so, and all are further impoverished. This  can lead to a death spiral of even greater looting of the productive classes. Also, a society more focused on how to avoid leaving a posterity at all and simultaneously using posterity's resources an an earlier date through debt to be paid later, than supporting and nurturing posterity is flaunting the natural law. In the long run, these tendencies it may be seen do not correspond with the tendencies of the forces of the physical world operating outside modern Western culture.

The West is in conflict with nature. But this can change.

Why aren't you as rich as you should be? 

What are the normal relations between the sexes?

Friday, June 29, 2012

Managed Collapse Theory of Economic Crisis

The discussion that follows attempts to fuse together two seemingly parallel modes of thought that are nevertheless often left unintegrated with one another.

On the one hand, we have Austrian economic theory which successfully explains and predicts our presently and persistently depressed economic environs. On the other hand, we have libertarian political theory, which might best be summarized by the words attributed to Lord Acton, 'power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.'

The credit for what I will argue can follow and is currently following from these two basic theoretical frameworks has long been championed and popularized by Alex Jones. So, I think it is rightfully called the Jonesian hypothesis or Jonesian synthesis.

In 2008, with the collapse of Lehman brothers, the passing of the TARP bail out and crash of the stock market, the errors of over expenditure in the proceeding years, which we now know as the 'housing bubble,' became wholly and externally evident. Since that time economic recovery has been dismal at best, and the amount of bad debt on the books of one sector of the American economy or another has continued to compound.

Four years into the crisis, and no one is more confident of economic recovery than they were when the stock market began to level off in 2009. Unemployment remains unnaturally elevated for many reasons. Americans with jobs continue to save, yet will not have their balance sheets repaired in any self-sustaining way for the foreseeable future, especially as the government continues to make economic transactions increasingly costly through so called "healthcare" regulations, increasing national debt burdens and otherwise.

While the banking sector has stabilized enough for the stock market to move perhaps permanently away from its 2009 lows, the twin specters of inflation and deflation haunt the American economy. In the first case and in an attempt to buoy the balance sheets of the largest banks the Federal Reserve has undertaken a massive money printing operation, which so far cushions only the balance sheets of said banks. Huge amounts of liquidity are ready to flood into the economy at the first glimpse of sustained economic growth, and the built up steam of these excess reserves is even let off through spikes in commodity prices each time a new QE x is announced. Simultaneously sustained economic growth remains aloof as enough insolvent or near-insolvent financial institutions are allowed to operate sufficient to spook the market into periodic bouts of deflationary scare. These deflationary bouts are in turn met with the next numerical integer of QE, sufficient to once again buoy markets. Yet remains the bad debt, serviced by debtors, who in many cases like the United States government are so far in debt and have so poorly invested their borrowed funds, it has been rendered impossible to ever effectively pay back the amount owed. Concurrently, because of the depressed nature of the economy and the constant increase in the cost doing business through commodity price spikes and massive regulation, many more than marginal business concerns are in turn made increasingly marginal - that is, inched towards bankruptcy - such that as the originally insolvent entities are pushed into bankruptcy and liquidated, a new round of near-insolvent businesses are led to the brink, allowing for another round of deflationary scare justifying the next round of QE.

The effect of this tight-rope walking between the perceived threats of inflation and deflation - neither one ever fully allowed to come to fruition - by policymakers is that the balance sheets of the largest, most corrupt institutions in the US continue to grow, while the more honest businesses of this country, unshielded from increasing economic burdens, are slowly moved, round by round, into bankruptcy, forced to sell their assets at fire-sale prices to the few remaining aforementioned entities that just happen to have all of the cash.

If enough iterations of this process are allowed, eventually the entire economy will be owned by a few mega-banks controlled by the Federal Reserve and there will be no economic recourse, i.e., no source of substantial income, outside of working with, in or for these few entities.

'Extend and pretend' is then really 'keep the bad debt on the books, so that people perceive they cannot and have less incentive to seek out alternatives to their current debt-laden indentured life and use the specter of all this bad debt, along with increasing regulation and inflation to drive out the few remaining vibrant competitors from business, slowly consolidating all the wealth in the hands of the mega-banks.' 

This process is accelerated and made more easily enforceable through the harassment of those few remaining small-scale, self-sufficient operations such as Amish farmers, raw milk producers, lemonade stands, etc., and the movement towards cash-less transactions.

The only solutions I see, if the Jonesian synthesis is a correct reflection of our current predicament, is to build as many and as small of self-sustaining, independent business operations as possible: farms, bartering systems, co-ops, etc. and to defend these from harassment to the best of our ability. Without the recourse to these, there may with enough time be no economic future outside of Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Bank of America, JP Morgan et al.