Decentralization – The Capitalist Answer to Everything

There is a difference between capitalism and corporatism. Capitalism and the free market allow for competition to take place and new ideas to flourish. Corporatism seeks to control everything.

Lately, we have seen liberal dominated tech companies such as Google and Twitter shut down conservatives. What was once open and free is now becoming more and more controlled. Conservatives are being banned and shadow banned when it doesn’t fit the narratives the big companies like.

So do we invite the government in to regulate? Or should we allow other companies to innovate instead?

The creator of the world wide web decided to do the later:

https://www.fastcompany.com/90243936/exclusive-tim-berners-lee-tells-us-his-radical-new-plan-to-upend-the-world-wide-web

The man who gave us one of the greatest technological leaps of the late 20th Century has done it again with ‘Inrupt’ which just may well become the new way we use the internet.

If you want to stop the democrats and big tech from silencing you; vote republican in November and checkout new startup technologies such as Inrupt.

Just as with crypto currencies, the internet is still evolving. We’re only just getting started!

Better Red than Dead

If anything the last few weeks have taught us that the democrats will stop at nothing to secure absolute power. They are willing to crush a sweet innocent man just to maintain that power. Now the corrupt FBI is set the task of re-investigating the same man they have already investigated multiple times over the last few months.

The high tech corporations are cracking down on free speech and there are those in the democratic party calling for violent protests against conservatives.

The socialists of today are not the red communists of yesterday, but rather the blue democrats of today.

The end goal for the democratic party is absolute power at any costs, to hell with you, me or anyone who stands in their way. Today the choice is clear: vote red in November or watch the democrats kill our country with their lawlessness.

An Orwellian America

The following post is a good example of where this country is heading. I do not bash both the left and the right for no reason. I want freedom for everyone, individual liberty is my ultimate goal. Please take time to read through the following material and study the graphs.

An Orwellian America

Zero Hedge – by Gordon T. Long

As a young man, I voraciously read George Orwell’s “1984”,  Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” and Alvin Toffler’s trilogy which included “Future Shock”‘, “The Third Wave” and “Power Shift”. During the era of the Vietnam War, I wondered seriously about the future and how it was destined to unfold. Now being considerably older, I have the vantage point to reflect back on my early ruminations and expectations. Unfortunately, I am too old to alter the lessons that are now so painfully obvious. Instead, I pass the gauntlet to those who can understand and take action on what I have unavoidably come to expect for America.

A FRAMEWORK OF UNDERSTANDING

THE ‘HUXLEY-ORWELL’ TRANSITION

I recently read a perceptive paper by Chris Hedges that would have made any English Professor envious, powerfully philosophical but not something an Economics department would pay much attention to. I found it both intriguing and enlightening.

I have borrowed so heavily from it, that I am unsure where the lines diverge. Therefore, below I give full credit to Chris Hedges and take full credit for all the bad ideas.

Chris Hedges of TruthDig.com wrote 2011: A Brave New Dystopia, from which the following evolved.

The two greatest visions of a future dystopia were George Orwell’s “1984” and Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World.” The debate, between those who watched our descent towards corporate totalitarianism, was who was right. Would we be, as Orwell wrote, dominated by a repressive surveillance and security state that used crude and violent forms of control? Or would we be, as Huxley envisioned, entranced by entertainment and spectacle, captivated by technology and seduced by profligate consumption to embrace our own oppression? It turns out Orwell and Huxley were both right. Huxley saw the first stage of our enslavementOrwell saw the second.

We have been gradually disempowered by a corporate state that, as Huxley foresaw, seduced and manipulated us through:

•    Sensual gratification,
•    Cheap mass-produced goods,
•    Boundless credit,
•    Political theater and
•    Amusement.

While we were entertained,

•    The regulations that once kept predatory corporate power in check were dismantled,
•    The laws that once protected us were rewritten and
•    We were impoverished.

Now that:

•    Credit is drying up,
•    Good jobs for the working class are gone forever and
•    Mass-produced goods are unaffordable,

…. we find ourselves transported from “Brave New World” to “1984.”

The state, crippled by massive deficits, endless war and corporate malfeasance, is clearly sliding toward unavoidable bankruptcy.

It is time for Big Brother to take over from Huxley’s feelies, the orgy-porgy and the centrifugal bumble-puppy.

We are transitioning from a society where we are skillfully manipulated by lies and illusions to one where we are overtly controlled.

Huxley, we are discovering, was merely the prelude to Orwell.

Now that the corporate coup is over, we stand naked and defenseless. We are beginning to understand, as Karl Marx knew:

Unfettered and unregulated capitalism is a brutal and revolutionary force that exploits human beings and the natural world until exhaustion or collapse.

UNSOUND MONEY LEADS TO STATISM

With this as a backdrop let’s explore how Unsound Money in concert with the Huxley-Orwell Transition leads to Statism, the path which I believe we are presently on.

THE CATALYSTS BEHIND THE “TRANSITION”

1- UNSOUND MONEY

•    Removal from Gold Standard and adoption of Fiat Currency regime (in August 1971 during the winding down of the Vietnam War; the first War ever fought without tax increases to pay for it; the beginning of endless ‘conflicts’ and the War on “Terror”).
•    Creation and Fostering of a $67 Trillion Shadow Banking Credit Growth,
•    Massive Securitization & Off Balance Sheet Contingent Liability Debt Growth.

2- POLICY FAILURES

•    Failed Monetary Policy & Monetary Malpractice,
•    Moral Malady,
•    Failed Fiscal Policy,
•    Failed Public Policy,
•    Growth of Political Polarization,
•    Entrenched ‘Left-Right’ Factions,
•    An Un-Governable Democracy.

3- CRISIS OF TRUST

•    Lost Respect & Confidence
•    A Doomed Middle Class
•    A Broken Social Contract

4- AUTHORITARIAN ACCEPTANCE

•    Central Planning
•    Growth in Regulations & Control
•    Crony Capitalism & Corporatocracy
•    Big Government
•    The Huxley – Orwell Transition

CRUMBLING BARRIERS

•    The Great Huxley-Orwell Transition
•    From Manipulative to Repressive

ROADBLOCKS
•    Financial Security through Sound Money            REMOVED
•    Reduced Personal Freedoms through a Crisis         PENDING
•    Reduced Personal Security through a Constitutional Crisis    FUTURE

DRIVERS
•    Globalization & Complexity
o    Fragile versus Robust Systems
o    Interconnectivity and Counter Party Dependency

•    The Productivity Paradox
o    Creative Destruction & Job Creation

Let’s shift gears and consider what “greases the skids” in enabling this transition in our society to occur.

COLLECTIVISM

In The Road to Serfdom, F.A. Hayek showed how governments, supported by a collectivist mindset, always tend towards totalitarianism. Even the most libertarian government thus far created, the government of the United States, has slipped incrementally towards totalitarianism over the past two centuries. This is because it is an inherent trait of a government.

The degree of socialism in the United States increased substantially after the establishment of the Federal Reserve System (1913) and the measures taken during the Great Depression (1929-46) which it created. Ever since the early 1900′s the United States has had a two-party system dominated by ‘socialists’. The Republican Party has always advocated conservative socialism. The Democratic Party, which in the 19th century favored libertarianism, advocates social-democratic socialism. So long as people are divided by Left and Right, Democratic and Republican, the US is prone to being influenced by factions who transcend party politics and from behind the scenes could possible exert strong control over the United States. They could do this by maintaining power over public opinion and hence over the course of government. Steadily, the United States has been travelling down the road to totalitarianism, and many people have not noticed, possibly because they are only looking at the position on the Left-Right paradigm.

Upon further analysis, it is clear that Left, Right and Centre, are all forms of socialism. In particular, we may call them “social-democratic socialism” (the Left) and “conservative socialism” (the Right). They are both socialism because they both share the principle that the government should “run” and “mold” society, by using legal force and intervention to transfer property and personal wealth as part of the political scientists’ process of ‘redistribution of wealth’.

The differences are only in the particular ways the government should run society – the methods it should use, and who, exactly, should be the recipients of government wealth transfers and who should pay. In particular:
•    Social democrats tend to prefer heavy taxation, large wealth transfers to the poor, and nationalized industries, and oppose price controls, regulations and behavioral controls.
•    Conservatives tend to prefer lower taxation, a smaller welfare state, regulated (cartelized) industries, price controls, product  and behavioral controls.

Nolan Charts: Personal Freedom versus Economic Freedom

The modern Republican Party is Center-Right on the Left-Right paradigm. As with the Democratic Party, this obscures the huge range of views Republicans hold on how powerful and how much control the State should be allowed. Their 2008 presidential nominee John McCain, like Barack Obama, strongly favored socialism, though with a Right-wing flavor. Barack Obama (blue circle) and John McCain (red circle) are positioned in the accompanying graphic. Thus, the two main candidates at the 2008 Presidential election represented a false choice – really no choice at all. One candidate, Ron Paul (yellow circle), stood in stark contrast to the candidates, favored by the mainstream media and political establishment. As would be expected, he was neutralized by the mainstream media outlets as a zealot with an unsound political view of America.

THE POLITICAL CONTINUUM

THE EMERGING ROADMAP TO STATISM

Let me now develop and explore the roadmap that outlines the path leading from Policy Failures and Monetary Malpractice, stemming from Unsound Money, to STATISM.
First we will build the outline for the basis of a roadmap on a number of observable continuums.

The more complex that issues become, the more collectivism will dominate and individual needs will be repressed. In turn governments will be forced to be more repressive to maintain control over increasing polarization and diverse views and opinions.

EVOLVING STAGES
When we arrange our various continuums we arrive at the representative grid model shown below.

We will quickly acknowledge it is not ideal, but it allows many concepts currently at play to be shown in relationship to others.

This grid is best described as the social forces at play within Globalization – Financial, Economic and Political.

DRIVER$ – VISIBLE & INVISIBLE
There are both visible and less visible forces at play that are forcing ‘greasing’ the skids in the movement towards Statism.

The roadmap integrates well into our roadmap from our THESIS 2011: Beggar-Thy-Neighbor / Currency Wars and2012 Thesis: Financial Repression papers. ()

ORWELL’S 1984 IS HAPPENING

We are one crisis away from a police state. All the powers are in place. Someone will flip the switch. Whether a Cyber Attack, escalating Currency War tensions or a ‘terrorist’ attack by indebted college youth, it is only a matter of time and circumstance.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-03-15/orwellian-america

Dope smoking libertarians

Aside from the fact that our drug laws have failed miserably, and that there are more drugs out on the streets today than there ever has been. Never mind the fact that this nation now has the highest prison population in the world of which half are there because of drugs themselves. The fact is most libertarians have never even touched the drug, let alone endorse it. Let me point out a few things which Ann Coulter may have over looked in her interview with John Stossel.

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Libertarians do not endorse pot. But more than that, they do not endorse heavy handed government that restricts individuals from acting of their own accord on their own private property.

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Libertarians do not embrace drug usage. I would identify myself as a libertarian because I believe in personal liberty above all else. The power of the state comes through a force of arms. By making drugs illegal good conservative intentions have created a police state. Morality comes from the individual, not the state. No amount of laws can stop people from acting stupidly. Want to smoke a joint? Have at it, go ahead and ruin yourself, I don’t care, just don’t do it around me. If a theme park were to allow people to smoke joints in their park, I would not go there any longer, and nor would half of its yearly visitors. The great thing about the free market system is that you get to vote with your feet, your money and your conscious. All the government is good for is breaking down peoples doors, shooting their dogs and locking people up. The drug laws in this country are so draconian they have created a Nazi style police state, with all the armed cops and prisons to boot. The conservatives of today parallel the fascist Nazis of Hitler’s Germany in the same way that the liberals of today parallel the communists of Stalin’s Russia. Ann Coulter calls Libertarians pussies because she is confused on what personal liberty really is. I do not associate myself with pot smokers, and I deplore their activities, but I do recognize their right to do so, so long as I don’t have to breath in their smoke. If they want to do it in their own homes so be it. If they want to do it in public, then the private property owners such as theme parks and restaurants have a right to boot them out for their actions. I would advise conservatives not to muddy up the message of personal liberty from libertarians simply because they do not want the government spying on everyone and kicking down peoples doors because of silly little joints. On the contrary to what Ann said Libertarians are one of the bravest groups out there, they argue with everybody and stand up for personal liberties across the board. If the founding fathers were alive today, they would side with the Libertarians at every turn. If the conservatives of today want to gain momentum and start winning more elections, they’d better make an ally out of the Libertarians, instead of butt heads on silly issues such as drugs. After all, we have a communist in the White House who is looking to take away the few remaining freedoms we have left.

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Conservatives would do well to make allies with the Libertarians. You do not defeat enemies by making more enemies, you destroy enemies by making as many allies as possible who hold at least a few of your own beliefs.

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Libertarians are extremely fiscally conservative, and believe in individual freedom above all else. These two things alone should make conservatives excited in their fight against the socialist democrats.

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Do not allow media pundits make you think that the libertarians are just a bunch of pot smoking hippies. This is simply not true, and is a diversion to keep you distracted by RINO’s who seek to coerce you.

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The drug war is a trillion dollar failure which has seen the rise of a police state and an overcrowded prison system which dwarfs that of Nazi Germany and Communist Russia. Conservatives would do well to keep a more open mind about what the real deal is with drugs (namely money) and concentrate more on personal freedoms and fiscally conservative taxation and spending.

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Do not be used by corrupt media by having your good moral nature used against you to empower corrupt government. Teach your kids that drugs are bad, but don’t support the government using batons against innocent people who have not harmed others simply because they made a silly personal choice to smoke a silly little plant. There is a better way of dealing with our drug problems.

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In fact, countries such as Portugal have seen massive drops in crime and overall usage by lifting the ban on drugs. It’s all about perspective and how you go about tackling the problem. Evidently, our government’s heavy handed drug laws have done more harm than good, and should be reviewed.

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Personally I’m not interested in marijuana, and I will not allow anybody to smoke it around me. I in no way endorse the drug, and would encourage people not to use it whether it is legal or illegal. I think there are much better treatments out there, such as herbal and food remedies, and I can think of a thousand more fun things to do than getting high. My biggest beef with the whole issue is that nobody should look at themselves as superior to others and have the heavy hand of government do their bidding because they feel they are more righteous than the lowly life forms who practice such a dirty habit. That’s the same kind of thinking that led to the Aryan Race, and the Third Reich. I thought we did away with that kind of absolutism? I think the conservatives would do well to listen to libertarians and not bathe in the same absolute logic that the Nazi’s used during WWII. You can’t fight fire with fire, but you can put it out with logic and tenacity. The libertarians and conservatives have a  lot more in common than you think , and they will need to work together in the coming weeks, months and years ahead if we are to reroute the rot of socialism.

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Reboot

Boop…boop…boop…beep!

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It’s time for a reboot. Switch off your television. Stop listening to the mainstream media. Both the left wing and the right wing news channels are full of complete garbage.

The left wing is afraid of citizens being left out on the streets, and wants to create more social programs and wants to tax the rich to pay for them. Those on the right know that this is lunacy.

The right wing is afraid of terrorists, and wants to continue massive military spending, start more wars, and expand internal security. Those on the left know that this is lunacy

The left bashes the right, and the right bashes the left. The divide gets wider  and more people become polarized.

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Perhaps instead of simply bashing the other side, you could work with them and agree on some issues that really stick out.

Raising taxes will not work. Britain found out the hard way; before being booted out in 2010 the socialist Labour government raised the top tax rate on British people to 50%. In the aftermath of this monumental stupidity two thirds of Britain’s millionaires fled the country. The overall tax revenue ended up dropping by 7 billion pounds. Luckily, the conservative led government has come to its senses and has plans to drop the top tax rate in the new years budget. What is even better about this is that while the conservatives have the majority in this new government, it is only with the coalition of the liberal democrat party. These are two monumentally different philosophies working hand in hand to better the country in these difficult times. It is not smooth and neither side always gets what it wants, but for the most part it is working.

In the US the only thing both sides of the isle can agree on is to tax more, spend more, start more wars and to destroy what little is left of the constitutionally protect freedoms American’s have revered for over two centuries.

the evil march

You must clear the wool from your eyes and see this country for what it has become. Neither side is interested in what is best for you. This country is one of the most corrupt nations on the planet, and almost every senator and congressman is bought and paid for by special interests.

Aside from the debt ceiling and other major issues, there is a crisis of morality. We don’t hear about all the killings that our government carries out overseas, and yet we wonder why other nations hate us. We don’t teach the value of hard work any more, and we wonder why union members fight us.

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Stop watching the mainstream news, and start doing your own research. Prepare yourself for the worse, but hope for the best. You are the difference between good and evil. You are the difference between right and wrong. You are the difference between happiness and and misery.

“Be the change you wish to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandhi

Be the light at the end of the tunnel. Build your life as best you can. Teach what you have learned along the way to others. Be the inspiration that ignites a new generation of liberty lovers, of peaceful warriors, of inventors, dreamers and explorers.

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The revolution starts in the mind, it starts with you. If you have already swallowed the red pill from the movie ‘the matrix’ then keep tumbling down that rabbit hole. You are getting closer to the truth. Do not yearn for the blue pill where everything is rosy and nothing is ever wrong. There is much evil in the world, and it will be hard to witness once you have learned what is really going on. But you must see the world for what it is if you are to make any real difference.

“Misery is everywhere, accept it with a smile” – Cliffhangers Rules by Rich Hoffman

“Having a sense of humor saves you” – Joseph Campbell

Light up your own life, so that you might extinguish the darkness in the world. Be that shining example of all that is good in the world. Do not let your light fade because of fools who wish to suck the life out of you and use you as nothing more than a mere battery. You are more productive than they could ever be, and when you burn bright enough, your very existence will burn into their slimy hands until there are enough of you that they will shrink from existence from fear of being burned by it.

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Stand up, speak out, do not give up.

“Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never-in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” – Winston Churchill

Do your own research, look deeper, do not fall down, do not crumble, once you get past being upset, you will learn a greater depth of knowledge than many will ever know. Keep your spirits up, and know that there are many out there who feel just as you do.

Arm yourself with knowledge, and know that when the time comes, there will be others by your side.

It’s time for a reboot.

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I will not fight

Violence is not the answer. War is a racket; it is always started by deception, and there are always special interest groups who profit, while the blood of innocents is spilled.

If you want a war, go start it on your own. Don’t call for a war and then expect the youth (and hope) of the nation to go and die for it.

I will have nothing to do with the next war, I refuse to give my life for a senseless cause, so that others may profit from my plight.

I call on the non aggression principle. I will not attack unless I am personally attacked. I will vehemently pose my opinions and express my views, but I will not attack others.

It takes more courage to be peaceful in times of outrage, than to be barbaric and lash out.

There are many intricate webs of lies floating around to do with our government, our officials and their intentions. There are conspiracy theories, pressure groups and special interests lining the halls of congress.

If you want a revolution, if you want to retake this country, rebuild it, make it more free, you cannot do it through violence. You cannot beat the US Army as it currently stands. You cannot take out certain government officials, there is too much security through the hundreds of different government agencies. But what you can do, using the non aggression principle is make alliances, make friends, spread your viewpoints, agree with other people, get them to see your points of view, build relationship bridges based on freedom. Remember that an army does not fight unless it believes in the cause for which it is fighting. As it stands right now, many security and army forces in the US do not believe in Barack Obama or his policies.

You should continue to point out Obama’s mistakes, but perhaps you should look at your own party and your own weaknesses also. The democrats as they stand today base everything on some kind of welfare; which overtaxes and overwhelms the entire system. By contrast the republicans as they stand today base everything on some kind of warfare; which overtaxes and overwhelms the entire system. Welfare and warfare are extremely expensive and neither are sustainable. Welfare rots away society from the inside, and warfare rots it away from the outside. Our actions overseas make us weaker and actually creates more terrorist cells which will do harm against us. We are not a popular nation right now; precisely because of our overbearing and ugly foreign policy.

If you want to fight the system; do it non-violently; use civil disobedience. You can stop working so much and give up your luxuries if you don’t want to be looted. You could go galt or you could find loopholes and find more tax write offs. Do whatever you can to undermine the looters complex, but do not get into fights with the ignorant, or the protectors of the ignorant. Peace is a better alternative. The longer we sustain peace, the longer we have to teach those who do not know yet how to think for themselves. The seeds that you sow today will bloom later down the road when they are needed.

Peace leads to more trade, more designs, more prosperity and a better future. War only leads to ruin.

I will not fight. I will continue to educate those who are unaware for as long as I can until the fight comes to me, only then will I pick up arms, and only in self defense as a last resort.

Today, from the desk of Dr. Ron Paul: [Please share widely]

“America is over $16 trillion in debt. The “official” unemployment rate still hovers around 8%. Our federal government claims the right to spy on American citizens, indefinitely detain them, and even assassinate them without trial.

Domestic drones fly over the country for civilian surveillance. Twelve million fewer Americans voted in 2012 than in 2008, yet political pundits scratch their heads.

It’s not hard to see why, though.

To go along with endorsing a never-ending policy of bailouts, “stimulus packages,” and foreign military adventurism, the establishment of neither major party questions the assaults on Americans’ liberties I’ve named above.

As my campaign showed, the American people are fed up. Many realized heading into Tuesday that regardless of who won the presidential election, the status quo would be the real victor.

GOP leadership is now questioning why they didn’t perform better.

They’re looking at demographic changes in the United States and implying minorities can only be brought into the party by loudly advocating for abandoning what little remains of their limited government platform and endorsing more statist policies.

My presidential campaign proved that standing for freedom brings people together.

Liberty is popular – regardless of race, religion, or creed.

As long as the GOP establishment continues to not only reject the liberty message, but actively drive away the young, diverse coalition that supports those principles, it will see results similar to Tuesday’s outcome.

A renewed respect for liberty is the only way forward for the Republican Party and for our country.

I urge all my Republican colleagues to join the liberty movement in fighting for a brighter future.”

–Ron Paul