Archive for February, 2012
February 29th, 2012 by olddog
By Paul Walter
February 29, 2012
[Note: This article appeared as a full page ad in the Grants Pass “Daily Courier” newspaper on Saturday, January 28, 2012]
WHY I LOVE AMERICA
I immigrated to the United States with my family when I was 15 years-old. I was in awe to find a country where you could be anything you wanted to be as long as you were honest, moral and hard-working. This wasn't possible in the communist country from which my parents and I had escaped. There, government control was from the cradle to the grave. They kept the people poor, and controlled, while the aristocrats and politicians (gov't.) were living high on the hog with big benefits and salaries. They policed our every move and restricted our God-given freedoms.
America was the light of the world and it gave hope to the oppressed.
Now, there are forces at work destroying our nation, and our individualism for the sake of the world's collectivism. I'm not just talking about Obama; he is a minute player in the grand scheme of this fast approaching New World Order. Our very culture is being threatened; our way of life; our liberties; and the legacy that we are leaving our children, and theirs, is one of indentured servitude to a government that has wildly swung from being representative by design to being dictatorial in practice.
For the past 20 years I have been accurately predicting and fighting against what is now right around the corner. Sadly, this year, 2012, could be the last for this great nation. However, I owe a lot to this country and I will stand by my beliefs and fight to save my beloved America.
Why am I so seemingly fanatic about trying to save our country? It's simple… I know better than to let it travel down the path of socialism to communism, and if you had lived under the yoke of communism as I did, you wouldn't want it either.
Our country is teetering on a precipice about to fall completely away from the limited government upon which this country was founded, to being that of a truly communist country.
1. Starvation of Biblical proportions through contrived food shortages.
2. Under the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), anyone who bucks the New World Order mentality of the government can be considered an enemy combatant.
3. Check points on the freeways to check your papers. We have already seen the start of this with the TSA check points – not just at airports but on buses, trains, and highways as well.
4. Censorship of the news and internet.
5. “Smart” meters will be placed on every home to control your utility consumption – including meters on wells. They have already begun installing “Smart” meters under the guise of “efficiency.” There is already a lot of information concerning these machines – not to mention lawsuits. Read Devvy Kidd’s column, “Update: My fight against the ‘smart’ meter.”
6. The federal government will further control our foods, natural medicines and vitamins. They will dictate what we can and cannot eat, drink, smoke, say, and do. Several health-food store owners in California already face jail time for the “crime” of selling safe, healthy life-promoting, raw unpasteurized milk.
7. Public schools will be used to indoctrinate your children into global citizenship as well as being used in the future as centers to reeducate the masses.
8. Government will encourage the public to spy on and report their neighbors for any “suspicious” behavior.
9. Those who have prepared for hard times will legally be considered hoarders. Recent legislation establishes guidelines for law enforcement to be sent in to confiscate their food.
10. Class and race warfare will be pushed in order to gain further control over the population.
The socialists in government are counting on the loyalty of the police and military to enforce these draconian and unconstitutional edicts. Stalin got the loyalty of his police and army. Hitler got it, too. A good example is Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad's police are following his orders killing their own citizens to keep their dictator that signs their paycheck in power. A dictator can not be a dictator by himself, he has to have loyal followers. Will the “new” America get their support?
We hope these men and women who have sworn to protect us will see that by doing what is morally right, and standing with their fellow citizens, it will help ensure the future of our country.
HOW DID WE ARRIVE IN THIS MESS?
For most local and state elections there is only a 35-40% voter turnout. The majority of the public doesn't even bother to vote, taking freedom for granted. Good people become bad citizens when they don't vote.
Instead of doing research and selecting the best candidate most keep voting for who is the most charming, best looking and the smoothest talker, or who gets the most coverage by the biased mainstream media. We end up voting-in candidates who don’t know what it means to represent their constituents; instead they end up representing the special interests that paid for their media coverage!
As we all saw on the news recently, 100k Russian people stood out in sub-zero weather demanding honest elections. Here in America, where people are free, people tolerate injustice and keep repeatedly voting-in the same scoundrels.
Be it Republican or Democrat at the highest levels, it makes little difference because they no longer work for the good of the American people. Instead they've all sold out to Goldman-Sachs and the Military-Industrial-Pharmaceutical complex.
1. Demand that our representatives hold true to their sworn oath of office, and uphold the Constitution.
2. Educate yourself on each candidate before voting for the most popular or best looking.
3. Get out and vote.
4. Hold all politicians accountable and get involved in public meetings.
5. Go to the web site www.newswithviews.comand sign-up for the free e-mail alerts.
This November’s election will go down in history as the most important our country has ever held and the hour is getting late. We only have a limited time to act, but I believe so much in this country and its people, that I know we can do it.
© 2012 Paul Walter – All Rights Reserved
Paul Walter escaped the slavery of communism at the age of 14 with his family in 1956 and immigrated to United States (legally) in 1959. He served 3 years in the U.S. Armed Forces, was honorably discharged and became a U.S. citizen in 1965. Owner of Walter Publishing & Research, Inc., he republished a 100 year old book titled:The Coming Battle, the true history of our national debt. The book is currently in its 5th printing.
Keep this circulating until SOMETHING is DONE
I challenge you to read this and NOT have the will to pass it on to your 20+ No one has been able to explain to me why young men and women serve in the U.S. Military for 20 years, risking their lives protecting freedom, and only get 50% of their pay. While Politicians hold their political positions in the safe confines of the capital, protected by these same men and women, and receive full pay retirement after serving one term. It just does
not make any sense.
Monday on Fox news they learned that the staffers of Congress family members are exempt from having to pay back student loans. This will get national attention if other news networks will broadcast it. When you add this to the below, just where will all of it stop?
35 States file lawsuit against the Federal Government
Governors of 35 states have filed suit against the Federal Government for imposing unlawful burdens upon them. It only takes 38 (of the 50) States to convene a Constitutional Convention.
This will take less than thirty seconds to read. If you agree, please pass it on.
This is an idea that we should address.
For too long we have been too complacent about the workings of Congress.
Many citizens had no idea that members of Congress could retire with the same pay after only one term, that they specifically exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed (such as being exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment) while ordinary citizens must live under those laws. The latest is to exempt themselves from the Healthcare Reform… in all of its forms. Somehow, that doesn't seem logical. We do not have an elite that is above the law. I truly don't care if they are Democrat, Republican, Independent or whatever.. The self-serving must stop.
If each person that receives this will forward it on to 20 people, in three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message.. This is one proposal that really should be passed around.
Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution: "Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States ." >
You are one of my 20+
"If you choose not to decide ~ you still have made a choice"
February 28th, 2012 by olddog
As long as the private banksters create money from nothing, i.e. legalized counterfeiting, and hide behind the shield of corporation personhood, LLC liability exemption and government guaranteed loans, expropriating from THE PEOPLE and again passing their liabilities on the taxpayers, the ordinary family will continue to be reduced to perpetual and permanent poverty.
Until the control of the issue of currency and credit is restored to government and recognized as its most conspicuous and sacred responsibility, all talk of sovereignty of Parliament and of democracy is idle and futile… Once a nation parts with control of its credit, it matters not who makes the nation’s laws… Usury once in control will wreck any nation.
William Lyon Mackenzie King
Federal Reserve is a Cache of Stolen Assets
The American Revolution, in no small part, was a repudiation of the central banking tyranny exported to the New World by the Bank of England. Few legacies have grown more despotic than the consequences of living under the rule of fractional reserve banking. Many good willed conservatives understand that the system is imploding. Some envision a second American Revolution that expels the remnant Tories that have hijacked our Federalism separation of powers form of government. Woefully, the prospects for a States Rights revolt are slim. However, the scenario of a domestic French Revolution style carnage is brewing with every escalation of the pompous arrogance worthy of a Jean-Joseph, marquis de Laborde or the manipulative usury of the House of Rothschild.
The eruption of populist outrage is long overdue. The lack of objective mainstream media coverage is expected. Their attempt to spin the natural disguise for a corrupt establishment in the hearts of sincere and persecuted citizens is typical. The elite’s message is that they will either control the movement, or at the very least, strip it from any positive synergism. Send in the clowns, like Michael Moore. Wall Street Capitalism: A Love Affair explains the hideous agenda of the clueless socialists that condemn all things Wall Street, while advancing the ultimate goals of the New World Order globalists.
Street theater no longer is enough. The peasants are rallying their pitchforks, as they storm the Bastille; however, they got their GPS coordinates wrong. The correct address is 33 Liberty Street, New York, NY. That is the location of the dominate Federal Reserve temple. When the public finally comes to grips with the real cause of the unsustainable debt, they will understand that the private central banking system bears the ultimate redress for their sins against America and all humanity.
A Privatised Money Supply, presents an informative analysis.
Assuming a reserve ratio of 1:10 [i.e. all commercial banks must have the reserve ratio on deposit at the private central bank, the mother of all banks] the table below shows how $100 of private central bank created money (GCM), i.e. cash, is used by the rest of the private banking system to create $900 of interest-bearing bank-created money (BCM) in the form of loans. The reserve ratio is the ratio of cash reserves (GCM) to deposits (mostly BCM). In our example the banking system consists of 50 banks, but the money creation process would be essentially the same for any number of banks from one to infinity.
Modern accounting uses double entry book keeping where liabilities and assets are kept exactly equal. A bank’s liabilities are its deposits. Its assets are its loans (including government bonds which are loans to government of money created from nothing by both the private central banksters and the private commercial banksters) and its cash reserves. Here is how the banking system creates money. In column 1 $100 of cash is deposited in Bank 1. Bank 1 creates a $90 loan in the form of a deposit as shown in column 2. This deposit is pure BCM and, because it must be paid back with interest, is an asset. With a reserve ratio of 1:10 the bank puts aside $10 in cash (column 3) to meet cash demands from the person who deposited the $100. The remaining $90 in cash covers the $90 loan. The borrower proceeds to write cheques on his $90 deposit and these cheques get deposited in Bank 2. For these cheques Bank 2 demands and gets cash from Bank 1 until eventually all $90 ends up in Bank 2. (Naturally in real life more than two banks are involved. Thus the transactions are not so simple and orderly as they must be here for explanatory purposes, but everything comes out in the wash to give exactly the same result.) However the original $100 deposit still stands to the credit of the depositor (a liability for Bank 1) even though $90 of it has moved on to Bank 2. And the $90 loan Bank 1 created when it first received the original $100 deposit also stands (an asset for Bank 1). Banks 2, 3, 4, etc. then repeat this process eventually creating $900 of BCM in the form of loans (as shown in column 2) and dispersing the original $100 as cash reserves throughout the banking system (as shown in column 3).
Note that $900 of the $1000 of deposits in column 1 is BCM, i.e. credit created by the banks in the form of loans. (Banks make loans by "depositing money" in your account which you must pay back with interest. Thus they are loan/deposits.) Only the original $100 cash deposit is GCM. One other point. As a loan/deposit gets spent, a deposit in some other bank grows in inverse proportion. Thus the banks have increased the money supply by $900 and not by $1800. That would be double counting. The important points, however, are as follows: this ingenious system is called fractional reserve banking; it creates debt for the sole purpose of enriching the banking class; it is a subtle form of theft; historically it was condemned as a form of usury.
Deposits (90% BCM)
Loan/Deposits (100% BCM)
Cash Reserves (100% GCM)
This method of theft operates as the normal course of business. What the banksters do with the money they obtain from debt created money is even more repulsive. All the financial speculative instruments of leveraged trading just compound the heist. So what do these outlaws do with all the money?
The end net result is that they buy, especially at rock bottom prices, all the real assets that the filthy money can purchase. When you think of Wall Street greed, go beyond the usual suspects and focus on the controllers of the assets that are under the hegemony of the central bank. Here lies the reason why the rebellion must remove the engine of enslavement from the landscape for any future financial system of commerce.
Think about who really owns the land, the buildings and the resources in our country. In order to really understand the scope and extent of the economy, the differential between actual Main Street enterprise, that feeds, clothes and shelters the population, is minuscule when compared to the financial assets, both liquid and real property, that is under the command and control of the central bank.
Most individuals do not own property encumbrance free. Most debt is owed to the banksters. The middle class is in a tailspin because the Fed has a zero interest rate policy that effectively diminished your return on capital of your savings to nothing. The same is not true for the banks. The fact that they have in excess of a 2 Trillion Dollars cash hoard on their balance sheets and refuse to lend out money to the general public, demonstrates that the inside money is waiting to pick up even more real assets, when the signal comes for the total collapse.
TARP, QE2 and the Twist are all ploys to enrich the selective banks that are part of the orthodox Fed fraternity. Technically all federal charted banks have an ownership interest in the Fed. Who among us are so naive to think that every bank is equal to the sacredly held corporate interlocking directorates that make and direct monetary policy?
Only when the middle class takes to the streets with a spontaneous civil disobedience commitment that dwarfs the Tea Party movement, will the central banking tyranny be eliminated. All the fraudulent debt that funded the asset acquisitions of crooks must be clawed back. As long as the banksters hide behind the shield of corporation personhood, LLC liability exemption and government guaranteed loans, the ordinary family will continue to be reduced to perpetual and permanent poverty.
What kind of revolution is coming to America? The lesson of the French élan of bloodletting to remove an aristocratic class is not pretty. However, a national discussion needs to concentrate on:
1) Methods of eliminating the Federal Reserve fraud and restoring an honest money system for commerce
2) Repudiation of the corporatist "Free Trade" global business model and a return to a merchant class free enterprise independent domestic economy
3) Confiscation of assets and wealth acquired through illegal systematic RICO style schemes that demand treble damages from their ill-gotten gain
Americans deserve property right protections from the criminal extortion and the cold-blooded offenses that the banksters used, to steal the national wealth. The expanding protest must result in a true restoration of a traditional upwardly mobile society, not an expanded nanny state. The suffocating debt and the profane system that spawned it must end. The term "Citizen" does not apply to elitist plutocrats. If Americans want to stave off a 21st century version, of the Committee of Public Safety, get behind the "Revolt against the Fed". Tear down the House of Rothschild. This is one time the concept of "Reparations" has standing in a legitimate court of law.
Just between you, me, and the outhouse, when you consider that there are very few honest judges left in America, and in particular I am referring to the Georgia judge who refused to indict Obama for contempt of court. Also, the fact that the Bankers now own our National and most State Governments, and our Military, I see very little possibility of anything less than an outright rebellion making any progress in stopping the Bankers. Now couple this with the fact that at least half of our citizens actually support fractional reserve banking. So, along with being at war with the governments of the United States, we would also be in a civil war. Conclusion: We who demand honest currency for a better life, will have to be willing to die to obtain it for our posterity. Our young brain washed soldiers have no problem with a willingness to die in intentionally provoked wars, what would it take for we who are aware to be willing to die?
February 27th, 2012 by olddog
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But well informed!
I am writing this with a profound sense of urgency. I am an American who has expanded my education through hard work. Nothing has ever been given to me on a silver platter.
I am just an average citizen with something to say. I read a lot about American politics and our corrupt government (on both sides of the isle), American history, our economy and world events.
One truth stands out – America is in deep kimchi. To bury one’s head in the sand or look the other way while our nation is on fire and do nothing is unconscionable. If we intend to stand by and be an observer and not a participator in our constitutional process we will have no one to blame but ourselves.
There have been many warning signs of what has taken place over the last few years and it’s not a pretty picture. Many people tend to ignore what is going on in our government.
Take a look back. In the 1930’s and through the second World War people ignored what was taking place around them, (its called complacency) and they allowed one of the most tyrannical governments on earth, lead by a great orator, to take over their country. We all know the end result but in saying that I’m quite sure there are a lot of young people today that do not have a clue what I am talking about.
There are a lot of truths about American History that are no longer taught in our nation’s Public Schools and Universities. This is a crying shame.
As the old saying goes “freedom is not free”and knowing this, there is a simple truth, “seek and you shall find”. With the advent of the internet, information is much easier to find. It’s all there so be informed and make competent decisions not based on the color of a person’s skin.
In 1776, fifty-six men, who were the leaders of the thirteen American colonies, signed their names below the last sentence of the Declaration of Independence, which reads-
“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”.
I, for one, would be most surprised to find this same quality of Politicians in our elected Government today. A trusted body of representatives that would make the same kind of pledge.
From their courageous decisions, the greatest nation in the history of the World was born.
The vision of the Founders is the bedrock of our nation and the hope of all peoples of all nations who yearn to live in freedom – in our Declaration of Independence, they penned these famous worlds:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”.
At the time of its signing, there were about three million people in the thirteen American colonies. Today, according to Wikipedia, there are 25 full democracies and 53 flawed democracies around the World.
Throughout our nation’s capitol the spirit and words of our Christian heritage from our Founders are displayed in public to remind all peoples of America’s promises.
The scriptures proclaiming liberty are inscribed on our Liberty Bell; there are the Ten Commandments inscribed on the walls of the Supreme Court; More Scriptures carved into the tribute blocks at the Washington Monument. Engraved in metal at the top of the Washington Monument are the words “Praise be to God” and there is “In God We Trust” engraved on several Government buildings and on our currency. Many people do not realize that our Congress still opens every session with prayer just as the Founding Fathers wanted.
Despite all this, evil men and women have taken State sponsored prayer and The Ten Commandments out of our public schools and it seems that every time God is mentioned in schools, there is a challenge by the ACLU.
Could it be that these rights are being taken away because the Commandments of God are no longer written “in the hearts” of many of the American People?
There are many “Quotes from our Founding Fathers and others” that should remind us of our Christian heritage. Quotes from past Presidents and modern day Statesman, like former Ambassador Alan Keyes, and many others are not hard to find with the advent of the internet.
These are quotes that you will not hear or learn about in today’s modern history textbooks in our public schools.
I believe the reason many Americans are not “raising Cain” over Obama’s unconstitutional programs and far – left agendas, is mainly due to the fact that most modern day Americans know little about their own country or Government. They are being brainwashed and lead around by their noses by Government Entitlements and the Main Stream Media propping up and capitulating with our current “Far Left Administration”.
This politically correct crap in our country has got to go and the sooner the better.
For the last 50 years or so our public school students (today’s adults and Leaders) have not been taught anything but a bunch of secular and socialist lies in the textbooks they studied from.
Our entire American history has been rewritten and anything true and /or pro-American has been deleted. They (the future leaders) are taught, little, if anything about our Constitution or our “Republican form of Government”. Instead they are being taught that we are a democracy in which when studied, our Founding Fathers despised.
What would our Founding Fathers think of America today? They must be rolling over in their graves to see where our politicians have taken our nation to date.
Our Founders had an opportunity to establish a democracy in America and wisely chose not to. In fact, the Founders made quite clear that we are not, and were never, to become a democracy.
A few quotes to think about:
1. Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.
-James Madison, Federalist Papers
2. Remember, democracy never last long. It’s soon wastes, exhausts, and murders it. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.
3. A democracy is a volcano which conceals the fiery materials of its own destruction. These will produce an eruption and carry desolation in their way.
4. The known propensity of a democracy is to licentiousness [excessive license] which the ambitious call, and ignorant believe to be liberty.
Fisher Ames – Works of Fisher Ames Boston: T.B.Wait & Co., 1809), p24, Speech on biennial Elections, delivered January, 1788.
5. We have seen the tumult of democracy terminate… as [it has] everywhere terminated, in despotism…democracy! savage and wild. Thou who wouldst bring down the virtuous and wise to thy level of folly and guilt.
-Fisher Ames – Author of the house language for the First Amendment
6. the experience of all former ages had shown that of a human government, democracy was the most unstable, fluctuating and short-lived.
Governor Morris – Signer and Penman of the Constitution
7. A simple democracy is one of the greatest of evils.
-John Quincy Adams
8. In democracy … there are commonly tumults and disorders … Therefore a pure democracy is generally a very bad government. It is often the most tyrannical Government on earth.
Benjamin Rush – Signer of the declaration
9. Pure democracy cannot subsist nor be carried far into the departments of state; it is very subject to caprice and the madness for popular rage.
10. It may generally be remarked that the more a government resembles a pure democracy the more they abound with disorder and confusion.
John Witherspoon – Signer of the Declaration
11. Many Americans seem to be unable to define the difference between the two, but there is a difference. That difference rests in the source of authority.
Zephaniah Swift – Author of America’s First Legal Text, speaking about democracies and republics
Our founders understood that a “pure” democracy which they are pushing for in America today, always (a) self destructs as America is doing, or (b) turn into a government of socialist tyranny as Obama and his henchmen are pushing for.
Our public school students are also being taught that our nation was founded on “secular humanist (atheistic)” beliefs. This in itself is the biggest lie being shoved down our children’s throats.
Not all, but the majority of our Founders were devout Christians. 22 of the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence had graduated from a Christian seminary and 9 were ordained Christian ministers or elders.
Now keep in mind that until the 1920’s, the bible and its teaching was the primary textbook in our public schools. I guess the very men who gave us our Christian based government did not understand “separation of church and state”. Even though there were a huge debate concerning the decision to sever our ties with England, amazingly the preamble itself was never debated.
This preamble giving God the glory as Creator and our insatiable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness (private property) was written by Thomas Jefferson of whom today’s textbooks portrays as a Deist.
Will we be able to recognize how miserably short we have fallen from the ideals of our Founders and the Christian principles that we once held so dear? Will the need of realization drive us to our knees in the hope that God will spare our nation?
I say in order to bring America back to our once great and free nation we once had, we must first take our educational system back from the very people and government organizations who are doing everything in their power to bring us down, bringing us into their Socialist dream of a global government and to destroy our Founders declaration of success for America.
I will save for another writing the unconstitutional deliberate dismantling and destruction of our First and Second Amendment rights by our current Administration with some capitulation from Congress for another time.
My final summation is “We The People”. It’s up to us, not the government, to turn things around. Its time we take a stand and this time we make a difference come November 2012 and Vote to save our Constitutional Republic from the abyss.
February 26th, 2012 by olddog
Big Brother's Recipe for 'Revolution in Military Affairs
Australian researcher Glen Krawczyk examines the new virtual battlefield of the mind. By Glen Krawczyk
In 1994, the strategic Studies Institute (SSI) of the US Army War College (Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania) produced a paper entitled, "The Revolution in Military Affairs and Conflict Short of War". in the paper, the authors propose that, "Many American strategic thinkers believe that we are in the beginning stages of a [sic] historical revolution in military affairs (RMA). This will not only change the nature of warfare, but also alter the global geopolitical balance."
This revolution is not only strategic. It is also fundamentally technological. "Sensor technology, robotics, nonlethal weapons, and intelligence meshes will be used in combatting terrorism, countering narcotrafficking, and peace operations. These technologies, along with simulator training and unmanned aerial vehicles, will also be useful in insurgency and counterinsurgency."
The authors of the SSI paper recommend ongoing research, analysis and debate on a number of topics including, "Technology designed specifically for conflict short of war, especially psychological, biological, and defensive technology." They also suggest that, as "large numbers of Americans may find themselves in areas of instability and conflict", such individuals might benefit from being "equipped with an electronic individual position locator device (IPLD). The device, derived from the electronic bracelet used to control some criminal offenders or parolees, would continuously inform a central data bank of the individuals' locations. Eventually such a device could be permanently implanted under the skin…"
The paper also openly declares that, "Behavior modification is a key component of peace enforcement," and that "Soft kill" systems can play a key role." Furthermore, with regard to counterinsurgency, "Greatly improved intelligence gathering and fusion is a primary comonent of the RMA, and proposed information warfare capabilities might be ideally suited for helping develop desired emotions, attitudes or behavior."
The authors recognize that, "The use of new technology may also run counter to basic American vlaues", and that, "Deception, while frequently of great military or political value, is thought of as somehow 'un-American."
Due to this fact, and also that the majority of Americans may find the use of many of the emerging technologies "morally difficult", the authors conclude that the military might consider that "American vlaues and attitudes thus form significant constraints on full use of emerging technology, at least in anything short of a perceived war for national survival."
The central premise of the paper is that: "In its purest sense, revolution brings change that is permanent, fundamental, and rapid. The basic premise of the revolution in military affairs (RMA) is simple: throughout history, warfare usually developed in an evolutionary fashion, but occasionally ideas and inventions combined to propel dramatic and decisive change. This not only affected the application of military force, but often altered the geopolitical balance in favor of those who mastered the new form of warfare. The stakes of military revolution are thus immense…"
With such "immense" stakes, might the military have felt the need to covertly foster revolution in order to bring about the change necessary to make the use of new weaapons and technologies less "morally difficult" for the American people? The paper leaves the reader in little doubt that the answer to this question is resolutely affirmative, for the paper declares: "Overcoming these constraints to make a RMA in conflict short of war would require fundamental changes in the United States–an ethical and political revolution may be necessary to make a military revolution."
The authors then declare that, rather than being limited by "constraints and countermeasures", "there is another alternative: we could deliberately engineer a comprehensive revolution, seeking utter transformation rather than simply an expeditious use of new technology."
Have the opening moves of such a revolution already been played? Is the American national security establishment already at war with its own citizens (and those of other "civilized" nations) in order to coerce them to accept the formerly unacceptable by means of "the manipulation of images, beliefs, attitudes, and perceptions", "that is, psychological warfare? Once again, the reader is left with little doubt that the answer to this question is a resolute YES.
The authors write that to achieve a Revolution in Military Affairs", the Army must fully recognize that psychological technology is of much greater improtance than strike technology: "Ways must be found to use emerging technology, including advanced artificial intelligence and information dissemination systems, to help military strategists develop, implement, and continually improve methods of influencing opinion, mobilizing public support, and sometimes demobilizing it.
The Association of National Security Alumni is a Maryland-based Organization composed primarily of former US national security establishment emloyees who oppose the use of covert operations. The Association's letterhead declares their credo: "…Covert actions are counterproductive and damaging to the national interest of the United States. They are inimical to the operations of an effective national intelligence system and corruptive of civil liberties, including the functioning of the judiciary and a free press. Most importantly, they contradict the principles of democracy, national seelf-determination and international law to which the United States is publicly committed."
In 1992, an Association sub-group known as the Electronic Surveillance Project published a preliminary investigative report, entitled "Microwave Harassment & Mind-Control Experimentation", which detailed the covert deployment and testing of emerging behavior-modifying directed-energy technologies on US citizens against whom the United States Government has no legitimate legal or moral claim. The initial study investigated the claims of 12 alleged victims of covert harassment and experimentation. By mid-1993 the Association had been contacted by approximately 72 victims, and at the time of this writing h as been approached by over 200 such individuals."
In a 1993 supplement to the original report, written by Julianne McKinney, Director of the Electronic Surveillance Project and author of the initial report, it states: "While the majority of these 'experimentees' reside in the United States, a number of virtually identical complaints have also been received from England, Canada, and Australia. It would appear that these activities are also ongoing on the European continent, and in the former Soviet Union.
Connections between this global pattern of activity and the objectives of the so-called New World Order remain to be determined. "The categories of types of complaints being received by this Project have also changed since publication of this report. Survivors of certain satanic cults (alleged to protect the interests of governemtn and military "political satanists" in this country), former Vietnam-era "programmed assassins", prison inmates, and so-called "UFO abductees" are now reporting an array of experiences (and symptoms) which are remarkably similar to those addressed in this report. Experimental drugs, induced auditory input, vicious overt harassment, attempted psychiatric discrediting (unless the experimentee dutifully claims to be a UFO abductee), and an extremely painful array of externally-induced symptoms are included in this shared panoply of experiences."
McKinney later states: "It has been suggested that the long-term objective of all this experimentation is to develop a system by which all (surviving) citizens of this country may be monitored and tracked by a sophisticated, perhaps satellite-based cybernetics system. Certainly some of the research being dedicated to "mapping of the brain" shows this potential.
We are in receipt of preliminary information which points to magnetic resonance imaging as being critical to this process." Upon reading the Strategic Studies Institute paper, "The Revolution in Military Affairs and Conflict Short of War", McKinney wrote to the authors, Steven Metz, Ph.D., and LTC James Kievit, to critique its content. In the letter, McKinney writes:
"First, I noticed a rather curious omission in your paper; namely, the impact of a 'revolutionized' military upon the rights of US citizens as they might be inferred to exist under Article IX of the United States Constitution. True, you have expressed some concern about potential "ethics" violations resulting from unconstrained evolutionary or revolutionary processes; however, I see no reference anywhere in your paper to the military's primary responsibility in upholding, protecting and defending the U.S. Constitution."
Armed with information gathered during investigations by the Electronic Surveillance Project, as well as the testimony of the individuals whose cases the Project has studied, McIinney suggests in her letter that the "recipe" for a successful "revolution in military affairs" (RMA) was, in fact, considered some 30 years ago and may presently consist of the following ingredients:
"Satanic Cults; UFO Cults, Directed-Energy Technologies; Neurocybernetics/Psychotechnologies; Biotechnologies/Experimental Drugs; Multinational Government Contractors and Subsidiaries; Investment Portfolios and Other Financial Inducements; Imported East Bloc Mercenaries and Military Equipment; Imported Foreign National Scientists; A Controlled and Compliant Media; Decentralized US Government Control; An Induced Crime Wave.
Julianne McKinney h erslef is a former US Army intelligence officer who apparently ran operatives out of Berlin. Bearing this in mind, it is perhaps reasonable to assume that she would have a fair understanding of the typical mindset of members of the national security establishment, and that her list of "ingredients" may therefore be based on something more than idle and uninformed speculation. One "experimentee" from whom this author recently received correspondence refers to Ms. McKinney's assessments as "impeccable military "know-how".
McKinney wryly (and accusingly) suggests in her missive to Metz and Kievit of the SSI that the above ingredients might result in their desired "revolution in military affairs" if combined in the follwoing manner."
"Instructions: "I, Raise one or two generations of children under the auspices of government-approved satanic cults, such as Col. (USA Ret.) Michael Aquino's Temple of Set. Violent sexual, physical and psychological abuse of these children over a period of 15 years will produce generations of dissociative automatons who will comply with instructions in obedient, un questioning fashion. Their required adherence to cult tenets precludes any consideration of laws governing U.S. society, generally. Cult programmed "graduates", among other things will be expected to participate in contrived UFO abduction scenarios.
"2. Create a global UFO cult, which will involve the abduction of citizens so as to foster an Illusion that this earth is facing an extraterrestrial invasion. UFO abductees-of-preference will have an expertise in computer technologies, since that expertise will be required in future technocratic RMA scenarios. Use of experimental drugs, holographic projection capabilities, directed-energy technologies, induced auditory input, experimental aircraft, and special effects costumming and stagecraft, among other things, will be used to persuade abductees of the reality of their circumstances. Official denials regarding these events will employ reverse psychology to ensure that all such denials are taken as official confirmation of an imminent and/or ongoing extraterrestrial invasion. UFO abductees will be persuaded to worship their anticipated extraterrestrial "conquerors" in cult-enforced religious fashion. UFO cult networks will be controlled by US Intelligence to limit infiltration and ensure that dissidents do not disrupt UFO cult long-term agendas. Uncontrollable dissidents will be assassinated, preferably by directed-energy means. Dissociative satanic cult graduates will handle all such executions; i.e., when not actively lending logistical and theatrical support to UFO abduction operations.
"3. Directed-energy surveillance and weapons technologies of ALL types will be used for purposes of spreading fear and confusion in the population at large(under deniable circumstances for eliminating persons deemed "adversarial" to U.S. national security interests; and for spotting, assessing and manipulating potential recruits to RMA causes.
"4. (NOTE!!) Neurocybernetics and other psychotechnoolgies will be used to sow confusion and hypochondria in the population at large. The symptoms and effects produced by these and other directed-energy technologies will parallel the effects produced by various microbes, viruses and chemical imbalances, thus compelling a large segment of society to seek medical intervention which, in turn, will be a basis for their being used for medical experimentation under "voluntary" circumstances. Psychiatrists and psychologists will play an important role in these experiments, particularly where denying the efficacy of neurocybernetics/psychotechnologics is concerned. Citizens complaining of "hearing voices" will be used as a basis for (generously) government-funded, schizophrenic-related brain research, since comprehension and control of the human brain is critical to the sustained success of any long-term RMA. (Total control of the human mind may have to wait another century or so.) Satanic cult graduates, drug dealers, gang members recruited off the streets, and foreign nationals will be housed at black-funded government expense (under comparatively luxurious circumstances) and trained in the use of these directed-energy technologies. (Technicians who may be obliged to drive targeted U.S. citizens insane or to their deaths do not need to be burdened by considerations of morality, ethics or the U.S. Constitution.)…
"5. Mix biotechnologies and experimental drugs generously throughout all of these ingredients. The unsuspecting U.S. citizen of today may be the cyborg soldier of tomorrow.
"6. Multinational corporations under conteract to the U.S. Government play a very important role in this recepe–particularly those engaged in the development of directed-energy surveillance and weapons technologies, and those in the business of telecommunications. Corporations and their subsidiaries will have the primary responsibility of experimenting on U.S. citizens with directed-energy technologies under appropriately-deniable circumstances, and of maintaining all records concerning the results of that experimentation. Corporations will also systematically install surveillance and directed-energy targeting systems in government and other office buildings, in public establishments, in educational institutions, in apartment buildings, in neighborhoods, on streets and highways, and in prisons, jails and psychiatric institutions. The public's attention will not be drawn to the antenna arrays and other ground-based devices and wiring configurations being used for this purpose. The Ground Positioning Satellite (GPS) system [sic] will play an important part in these activities, with the expense to be sustained by government-funded contrac tors. Centralized control of these surveillance and targeting systems will be maintained in appropriately deployed bunkers, at an expense to be assumed by black-funded corporate contractors. Contractors may toy with these systems on an occasional basis, such as by bring down an airliner or two for test purposes (such as, recently, near Pittsburg); by inducing occasional targets of surveillance to erupt into acts of violence involving mass murder, and by assassinating occasional sports and public figures who exceed agreed-upon standards of mediocrity. However, no concerted large-scale effort is permitted until the ingredients of this recipe have obtained a "proper mix."
"7. Investment portfolios and other financial inducements are critical to the lon-term success of this pending RMA. There is much money to be had in the development of directed-energy systems and biotechnologies. Lucrative investment portfolios have a way of keeping Members of Congress, owners of the aMajor Media and other public officials silent. (Satanic cult "kiddies" trained as porn stars serve an equally useful purpose, as do demonstrations of the effectiveness of directed-energy technologies on more obstreperous types; however, greed has long been recognized as the primary mover and shaker in matters covert and should be exploited accordingly.) Financial inducements otherwise have a way of buying the continued cooperation of all persons participating in or directly knowledgeable of the ingredients in this recipe.
"8. Out -of-work East Bloc military personnel and their vehicles and other equipment will be brought into this country under the guise of a "UN" logo, to be housed under comparatively luxurious circumstances at black-funded corporate expense, for specialized urban/LIC [low-intensity conflict] training under otherwise deniable DoD auspices. Use of a UN logo on incoming vehicles and uniforms is to spread confusion and fear in the populace at large, this facilitating efforts by this government at eliminating that instition as a potentially effective tool for peaceful change. Imported East Bloc soldiers will be paid as mercenaries for employment in this country only when a proper mix of this recipe's ingredients has been obtained..
"9. Foreign national scientists, predominantly from the Far and Near East and from Germany and Russia, will be brought into this country to participate in such activities as brain and biophysics research as they pertain to the further development of neurocybernetics and other directed energy technologies. Foreign national scientists, unlike most Americans, are not burdened by early indoctrination concerning human rights vis-a-vis lethal forms of involuntary human experimentation. Foreign national scientists have also demonstrated a greater capacity for imaginative (and obedient) scientific research than exists indigenously in this country. Their brains must be picked.
"10. A controlled and compliant media is critical to sustained deniability in this evolutionary process. The media will ignore complaints from U.S. citizens regarding growing evidence of police-state actions in this country, while concurrently lauding the military's advanced technologies as being the gentle supplement to existing conventional weapons systems. The media will also ensure that the public's attention is kept diverted from more serious issues and, instead, that it is focused on hyped-up sleaze events, such as The kneecapping of Nancy Kerrigan, OJ Simpson's problems, with Satanic Cult Murders, The Bobbing of Bobbitt, etc., etc.
When pondering the national security imlications of an Amy Fischer, the public is not likely to notice the antenna arrays sprining up around this country like mushrooms, the inducing of "sick" offices s buildings and public establishments by directed-energy means on an ever-widening basis, or other similar indicators of an evolving RMA.
"11. Decentralized government control-a panacea currently being sought by a befuddled American public to relieve their (contrived) economic woes– is one means by which FCC monitoring of communications frequencies might ultimately result in an untimely disclosure that those frequencies are being used to facilitate implementation of a successful RMA and should therefore be squelched.
Decentralization will be employed selectively and with much diverting Congressional fanfare. Law enforcement agencies will be subjected to greater centralized control, as will those agencies and institutions such as the FDA which are currently engged in biomedical research. With the help of a compliant media, the centralization of these latter types of agencies will elude public attention.
"12. Crime in this country will be induced. The sales of illegal drugs and weapons reap profits which help fund the foregoing. This activity is the preferred alternative to increased taxes, since tax increases tend to alienate a public which already has doubts about where its money is going. Drug dealers will be protected, since they play an important role in this recipe. Wide-spread addiction to illegal drugs and and drug-sale profits will serve to eliminate and neutralize a large (parasitic) segment of society which might otherwise maie undue demands for a "piece of the American Pie" (employment, education, etc.). Drug addiction fosters a certain degree of crime; however, to ensure that the public comprehends the need for martinet laws, expanded law enforcement capabilities and greater numbers of prisons, crimes of a sensational nature will be induced on a periodic basis which, with the help of the media, will lead to the public's voluntarily agreeing to sacrifice its privacy for safety. Neurocybernetics, psychotechnologies, biochemicals and directed-enerbgy weapons and surveillance systems will be used to induce acts of violence, ranging from simple one-time mass murders (such as in post offices and on subway systems) to long-term serial killings involving cannibalism and other gruesome deeds. Rape and child molestation will be facilitated by means of directed-energy (radar) targeting of reproductive organs.
The perpetrators of these crimes, by claiming to hear "voices" and to be the targets of radio-frequency harassment, will sertve two distinct purposes; viz., (1) they will enhance official deniability, since the public is not yet prepared to believe their claims of mind-control experimentation; and (2) they will hasten the public's abandoning of privacy for the sake of safety. Prison inmates will be routinely targeted for experimentation.
Those sociopathic and psychopathic prisoners who show the greaatest potential for future social disruption will be the most likely to be paroled or to be allowed to escape before we proceed with Step 13, below.
"13. Mix the foregoing ingredients in calculated fashion until the order is given (in or around the late 1990s) to commence with, total chaos. On that day, the order will be given to activate ALL directed-energy systems at maximum amplitudes, ie., in office buildings, private residences, on the streets and highways, in psychiatric wards, in prison and jail systems, and in public establishments. Satanic cult members, who, until now, have been held in relative abeyance, will be given the order to concurrently run rampant for purposes of raping and butchering US citizens a la Rwanda [ssic] while the latter are preoccupied with trying to comprehend their extreme throes of pain, radio frequency burns and rupturing internal organs. Satanic cult members will be aided in this process by escaped prison inmates and psychiatric patients who, on the day in question, will find that the doors in their detention facilities are no longer locked.
Once this (relatively low-level) chaos has commenced, all previously regulated communications frequiencies will be overridden by a single transmission coming from an underground bunker; specifically, the voice of an "extraterrestrial" announcing that this country has been invaded from outer space. TVx and radios which are not operating at the time will be activated by means of technologies recently adopted for "national emergency' purposes." Viewers of TVs will be addressed by a person garbed in speicial-effects extraterrestrieal costuming and make-up.
The average US citizen, being gullible in cases involving "War of the Worlds" scenarios and having no knowledge of the effects produced by amplified directed-energy systems, will firmly believe that an extraterrestrial invasion is underway. UFO cultists, persuaded that their equivalent of God had arrived, will rush to their terminals and assigned directed-energy emitters (on which they have been systematically trained), to assist the "invaders" in this takeover (while saving their own necks). Imported East Bloc mercenaries will also be set loose upon the terrorized public to wreak their own uniquely brutal brand of havoc.
"14. Now comes your RMA. The DoD will intervene to put an end to the carnage merely hinted at under Step 13, above. It is here the Army will be brought into the process. Being of the opinion that upholding and defending the U.S. Constitution is his or her first priority, the average U.S. Army soldier will willingly oand obediently obey any order to intervene, particularly if the order is given in the context of a posse comitatus. Simply put, the military will be induced to take over this government in unsuspecting fashion, for purposes of trying to restore order to circumstances which evolved over the past 30 years under their very noses. Uncorrupted law enforcement officers will take part in this activity just as enthusiastically as the military, in the belief that their services are needed to restore law and order.
U.S. citizens who are currently tagged as "dissident" will be re-tagged "terrorist" for removal to the concentration camps which are rumored [to] be under construction in this country, guarded by government-contracted security firms such as Wackenhut [sic]. The average soldier, having no basis for disbelief, will readily participate in these roundups. Because the U.S. military has demonstrated a remarkable inability to handle concentration camps on a long-term basis, particularly when disruptive elements are housed in the detainee population (ex: GTuantanamo and Florida), executions of detainees will commence. From then on,…it doesn't really matter does it? The revolution is underway."
Outrageous, paranoid, totally farfetched and unsubstantiated extremist conspiracy theory-or is it? After all, how many Rwandans were massacred today? how many more innocent civilians died in Chechnya? How many drive-by shootings took place on the streets? How many people died in the latest "terrorist" bombing?
February 25th, 2012 by olddog
Distribution via the Unanswered Questions Wire
Will The Real Economic Hit Men
Please Stand Up?
Meditations on 9/11 Truth
by Catherine Austin Fitts
(c) From The Wilderness Publications
See also… Solari Teleseminars
[ INTRODUCTION FROM FTW EDITOR MIKE RUPPERT: Many people have asked me what I thought about the recently popularized book Confessions of an Economic Hit Man and I have held my tongue because I just didn't have time to do the brilliant deconstruction of the book's "limited hangout" approach performed here by Catherine Austin Fitts. In this article the former Assistant Secretary of Housing and past managing director of Dillon Read brings us face to face with the horrors for which we all share a measure of responsibility. Those who would have us work through and affirm the current system don't want these horrors to be seen, because any recognition of them leads on to other realities that are darker still. Fitts also makes clear the point that I was making in Seattle which has been so widely misrepresented.
There are no real avenues left for 911 activism in the traditional sense of the word. The election is over. All three 9/11 suits (Hilton, Mariani and the Saudi case) have been dismissed or morphed as I said they would be. Congress has shown and will show no courage. The 9/11 Commission (totally compromised) has closed its doors. The Justice Department (part of the 9/11 plot) will do nothing. The courts are compromised and the mainstream media (also part of the crime) has moved on. NY Attorney General Elliot Spitzer has yet to do anything with the 9/11 material he has received, remaining quiet in order to protect his bid for the NY state house.
But there are new channels of real accountability that can change the world, if 911 activists can persuade activist communities to understand the realities of economic warfare and to begin to promote marketplace strategies. Real headway can be made if we withdraw our deposits, purchases, investments and attention from media, banks, companies and investors complicit in 911 and war profiteering and cover up. These marketplace strategies can dovetail with other innovative tactics, building financial constituencies to support the rule of law. What would Elliot Spitzer do if millions of New Yorkers threatened to withdraw all of their money from the large New York Federal Reserve banks unless he moved forward with an investigation? What would happen if hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers cancelled their subscriptions to the New York Times in protest over the lies of 911?
There is still a great deal to learn from 9/11 that can proactively help individuals to read the real map of the world and make a difference in their own lives. This involves a fundamental change of approach: the old, futile course of action asks citizens to go hat in hand to government and corporate interests to make them change (an impossibility), while the new approach says that if the citizens themselves change enough within, that change can shift markets while there is still time to make some difference in the outcome for individual lives. In other words, one approach tries to convince us that the right path is to get someone else (with no interest in doing so) to save us and the other says that we must accept the responsibility for saving ourselves and gather and exercise the real power we have and have not yet used.
Which makes more sense to you? – MCR]
Economic Hit Men
A "limited hangout" is a partial confession, a mea culpa, if you will, that leaves the essence of a crime or covert reality hidden. Because it includes some small part of the truth, the limited hangout is irresistibly attractive to dissidents and political critics whose thirst for such truth makes them jump at the dangled scraps. Once the system's watchdogs are busy chewing on the limited hangout, the guilty players can go about their illegal business for a new round of unaccountable, semi-secret mayhem.
If you want to see an excellent limited hang out at work, pick up a copy of the John Perkins' bestselling Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. In his limited hangout confession, Perkins describes his career from 1971 to 1981 as a highly paid professional who helped defraud Third World countries by helping syndicates make uneconomic loans as a means to facilitate the eventual takeover of those economies by elite and corporate interests.
Greg Palast, Anne Williamson and other first-rate investigative journalists have brilliantly documented instances of such economic warfare against sovereign governments and national economies – where nations are taken over with their own money, in much the same way as a corporate raider takes over a company through leveraged buy-out. I have documented a similar process in US communities and mortgage markets. In writing about this process, I use the concept of an "economic tapeworm" to explain the negative return on investment financial system that operates globally and relies on economic and military warfare to finance and subsidize itself.
The phenomenon that Perkins writes about is well known. But his personal "how to" account of an economic hit pertains to an apparently cold case, far in the financial past. While this story is very instructive for those who have not yet dealt with professional fraudsters or been targeted by economic warfare  (whether in the Third World or in the First World nations) it is even more instructive for its omissions – and for its timing as an apologia intended, we are led to believe, somehow to assuage guilt for harm done: it relates to events occurring twenty-five or thirty years ago, involving players who are, for the most part, dead or retired from the business of economic warfare and companies that have morphed into later incarnations.
In the process of providing a colorful account of a 1970s whodunit (complete with low tech strategies devoid of the dazzling technology toolkit that is now an essential part of the economic hit man's weaponry of economic warfare), Perkins delivers to readers the "big lie": he reveals the secret that there is no greater conspiracy. This is simply globalization run amok, he would have us believe. Somehow, this particular conspiracy theory seems charmingly credible as part of a "confession." Perkins admits to what is known and then uses the credibility created by his "limited hangout" to further obscure the reality of who's who in the real governance of global investment and risk management. We are to presume that the investment networks in and around the Harvard Corporation, the City of London, the Vatican and investment managers and bankers for the proceeds of transnational organized crime are simply good-hearted fellows who let things get out of hand.
Nowhere does Perkins introduce the notion that cartels in a "New World Order" (the phrase coined and promoted by George H. W. Bush) use covert manipulation of the global financial system to centralize and concentrate economic and political power. Assassinations by "jackals" aside, Perkins barely hints that for fifty years the US military-industrial complex has been developing and testing powerful black budget technology, satellite and other invisible weaponry and surveillance technology and insider-trading tools behind the veil of national security secrets. Indeed, it was the need for a means of financing black budget operations and weaponry outside the view and control of Congress and the appropriations process – rather than the mere pursuit of corporate profits – that provided the political air cover for Perkins to do what he did as his covert counterparts marketed drugs in American and Third World communities alike.
It's an old rule of economics. Sources and uses need to be in one integrated financial statement to understand an enterprise. In Perkins' world, we are never quite clear who got what cash and in what amounts when all was said and done. Which means someone gets to keep the money and remain socially acceptable – and we remain clueless as to who was really running things two decades ago.
Economic Warfare in the 21st Century
The power of Perkins' book as a limited hangout can be understood by observing the sales, support and kudos in mainstream media it has achieved while the leading books on 9/11 , arguably the most significant economic hit in US history, have had a much harder time garnering attention. The message seems to be that economic warfare is something that the corporate mainstream will acknowledge, but only so long as it is low tech, long ago, and far away.
Understanding and facing the economic warfare responsible for slowly poisoning us and our families and wiping out our retirement savings is a complex and very scary undertaking in comparison to Perkins' concerned confessions. Perhaps we prefer to disassociate from our present circumstances, live in a perpetual state of cognitive dissonance, and focus on the study of yesteryear.
Complex and scary as it may seem, the growing body of evidence makes a compelling case that officials of the US government, its contractors and the military abetted the 9/11 attacks. With the help and complicity of the US Congress and corporate media, they are engaged in the most profitable war and enforcement profiteering in history. This is a terrifying picture to contemplate.
Look how tough it has been for New Yorkers, the constituency most adversely affected by the 9/11 tragedy. A recent Zogby poll indicates that 49.3 percent of residents of New York City hold the opinion that officials "knew in advance that attacks were planned on or around September 11, 2001, and that they consciously failed to act." Yet, despite this widespread conviction and the mounting evidence that sustains it, no serious support has developed for the November 2004 citizens' complaint requesting that Elliot Spitzer, the Attorney General of New York, finally open a criminal investigation into the tragedy.
Although fifteen NYC legislators have also called for such an inquiry, there has as yet been no effort locally to hold the New York Senate and Congressional delegations accountable for failing to hold the executive branch responsible for its failure to perform, or for its potential complicity. While the New York firemen booing Hillary Clinton off the stage at the 911 Concert was a start, the sentiment expressed has not translated into political action or market action. How many New Yorkers have cut off their subscriptions to, ads in or investments in the stock of the New York Times when the Times helped to facilitate the 9/11 cover-up by failing to ask probative questions or hold officials accountable?
The problem the average New Yorker has is the same that we all face – our complicity is deep. We have an entire economy and culture financially dependent upon too many things that harm people and the environment. This is not new. Only the possibility that the war machine is blowing up thousands of middle class Americans in American office buildings in broad daylight is new.
The fact that the Bushes and the Clintons are on the same team – and have been since their alleged Iran-Contra partnership in an airport operation in Mena, Arkansas involving the transshipment of cocaine destined for the streets of America – is not something that most Americans have yet incorporated into our political equation.
The fact that current financial and commodity markets "clear" not through the operation of changes in price generated by the legitimate free market expression of supply and demand but rather by blowing up American office buildings and the people and legal documents in them is not something that most Americans saving for retirement or financing a home have incorporated as risks in developing an investment strategy.
We cannot fathom that economic warfare is now conducted using high tech software weaponry to silently invade the privacy of our banking and purchasing relationships, our comings and goings, and the details of our work and home lives. Nor have we incorporated this realization into our decisions about who we share our lives with and what we say and do behind closed doors.
The illumination of the truth of 9/11, however, could change most Americans' paradigms and transactions in powerful ways. It could certainly fuel an increase in demand for precious metals, alternative energy and local self-sufficiency.
The Strong Dollar Policy
In the mid-1990s, the Clinton Administration, led by an economic team comprised of Robert Rubin, Lawrence Summers and Franklin Raines, instituted something called the "strong dollar policy." This policy was maintained by the Bush Administration, which held over in the first term many of the key players in policymaking positions, including George Tenet, Jerry Hawke (Comptroller of the Currency 1998 – 2004) and Charles Rossotti (45th Commissioner of the IRS).
The smoothness of the transition between administrations ostensibly led by political parties in opposition to each other belies the ruse and underscores the strategic nature of the centralization of economic and politic power under way.
While the game of trying to figure out what in the world the strong dollar policy really is has gotten increasingly Orwellian, the basics are pretty simple. We have kept the dollar's value high relative to other currencies – and far above what fundamental economics would warrant – by asking the consumer and taxpayer to shoulder extraordinary and rising levels of debt financed by increasing amounts of dirty money. This has enabled elites to move off shore and into private hands virtually all the real financial equity in the country. The US is not alone in experiencing "disappearing equity" – it is part of a global equity-centralizing and asset-control process.
The strong dollar policy was characterized by a series of financial and market manipulations:
Four Secretaries of the Treasury refused to produce audited financial statements and reported a total of $4 trillion in "undocumentable adjustments";
The Clinton and Bush Administrations rejected policies that would build American productivity and employment in the face of the plan to move employment abroad while permitting the growth of debt and immigration quotas at home;
The Clinton and Bush Administrations promoted federal credit policies that turned American homes into ATM machines and led to a mortgage market characterized by increasing levels of fraud;
The Clinton and Bush Administrations in concert with the central banks (most notably the Federal Reserve) and bullion banks (including JP Morgan-Chase, Citibank and Goldman Sachs) manipulated the gold and silver markets to suppress the price of precious metals while large inventories were moved out of governments and central bank accounts worldwide and into private hands;
US pension funds and 401k and IRA retirement savings accounts lost value by waves of accounting and other financial frauds at widely held corporations (such as Enron, Worldcom and Tyco);
US Congress and regulatory agencies like the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted corporate controls, ostensibly to protect investors from further acts of corporate fraud, that operate as a subtle form of capital control, limiting the ability of entrepreneurs on Main Street to raise capital in financial markets;
Military force was used to ensure that global investors would continue to purchase US Treasury and mortgage agency securities and the US dollar would prevail as the currency of international choice;
The federal budget, federal credit, and federal contracting were operated to favor corporate profit making at the cost of small business and labor productivity;
US Treasury and Federal Reserve market intervention was used to ensure low cost of capital for favored global corporations; and,
The types and amounts of outstanding financial derivatives exploded, far beyond the ability of most public and private leaders to understand or explain.
No one has made a count of the deaths that resulted worldwide from these various financial manipulations. The death toll from the pincer movement of military warfare and economic warfare is far greater than is generally understood.
9/11: Strong Dollar Policy Steroids?
While floating the global dollar economy on a sea of debt and easy money worked well for the economic hit men and women through the end of the 1990s, by the summer of 2001 the game seemed to have run its course. Defense appropriations had stalled that summer. Members of the media were asking questions about $3.3 trillion missing from HUD and DOD. Shortly before 9/11, Donald Rumsfeld admitted that DOD could not account for trillions of taxpayer dollars. On September 9, 2001, From the Wilderness issued an economic alert warning that the global financial system ran the risk of meltdown.
With the events of 9/11, however, the US government was able to garner support for the extraordinary financial market interventions necessary to continue the strong dollar policy and for keeping the lid on the various financial frauds and manipulations. America and the global financial system have stayed afloat for another three years.
The answer to the question Cui Bono? ("Who benefits?") from the strong dollar policy suggests that allegations that members of the Bush Administration fully expected, welcomed and even facilitated 9/11 should be taken seriously. Trillions of dollars have been moved out of the US economy under the umbrella of the strong dollar policy – much of it in what appear to be criminal ways. The 9/11 tragedy conveniently necessitated a sudden, centralized control over government and theretofore private activities in the name of protecting national security interests and addressing the threat of terrorism. 9/11 diverted attention from and shut the door behind that money movement. It ushered in a wave of legislation rushed through Congress that would make it much more difficult for the American people to do anything about it. The events of 9/11 have acted as a "lock-down" on a financial coup d'état at the core of the "strong dollar policy."
In the Machiavellian tradition, it turns out that the "strong dollar policy" is a policy that intentionally destroys the value of the dollar.
Justifying the End of Markets and Democracy
Traditionally, the faith of the US working class in democracy has been one of the most powerful supports for democracy worldwide. It is not enough to bankrupt the American middle class and the American government. The current effort to move to more centrally controlled governance also requires removing this faith that underpins support for global democracy. Part and parcel of doing so is establishing popular support for the notion that the economic supports for democracy – sound money, open and transparent markets and government, and access to equity – are somehow bad.
An example of this is Marjorie Kelly's The Divine Right of Capital, which neglects to integrate the covert revenue streams into the equation and instead attempts to explain problems and resolutions in terms of overt cash flows only. According to Kelly, the editor of Business Ethics magazine, free markets, not organized crime and black budgets, are the problem. Hence, the problem is that shareholders want to make money, not that insiders rip off small investors of their savings and retirement investments using criminal means, protected, not obstructed, by governmental intervention. Kelly's bio mentions her speaking engagements at Harvard, without concern for Harvard's leadership in Enron, Harken, the rape of Russia, HUD corruption and other criminal frauds.
In the latest escalation of the Orwellian nightmare, we have entire networks of good-hearted progressives and socially responsible investors promoting a framework of "problems-solutions" that provides the perfect intellectual camouflage for their opponents' control over national and international resources. Now that the so-called "New World Order" has stolen all of the money, those who are most appalled at this state of affairs unwittingly promote policies that will prevent the ordinary person from communicating with integrity or creating and accumulating wealth. Even worse, they crave the credibility conferred by the foundation, church and university investment syndicates most richly rewarded by economic and military warfare. Their behavior and the policies they promote — if allowed to triumph –will ensure our descent into a 21st century war economy.
Lest these words give offense, I would encourage you to read one of the most important and brilliant economic articles of 2004, "Shilling for a New World Order" by Anne Williamson.Understanding Mr. Shiller and the folks who finance and promote his effort tells us much about who profits from fascism. Shiller provides the philosophical prerequisites for ending democracy and markets for good and ensuring that no one can rise other than through serving the war economy.
Getting to the truth of 9/11 offers an opportunity to ask and answer the unanswered questions of who is running our world, and to illuminate how the covert cash flows really work. Only with such a powerful understanding can we appreciate the intellectual poison in Shiller's proposals and find real solutions effective in decentralizing our financial systems. I am reminded of a wonderful and very intelligent staff member of the CIA who told me in 1997, "your problem is that you have not answered the question, where does evil come from?" Indeed, this is the unanswered question of our day; one that cannot be answered without a much richer and clear picture than we now have of the economic warfare raging throughout our world and the economic hit men and women leading it.
There is Hope – Two Stories
In November 2004 I was at a precious metals investment conference and had the opportunity to ask one of the speakers, the former head of a US intelligence agency, why the Air Force "stood down four times on 9/11." His answer surprised me. One of his major points during the speech had been the importance of cooperation among all parts of military, intelligence and enforcement on events like 9/11. He answered in a tone of anger saying something like, "I wouldn't know, dear. I ran the (intelligence agency), not the Air Force. You would have to ask the Air Force."
Throughout the years of the strong dollar policy, precious metals investors have held out hope that the price of gold and silver will rise based on economic fundamentals. However, when supply and demand forces can be artificially balanced through covert operations and black budget market manipulations financed by warfare and organized crime, the price can stay managed forever – as long as there are sufficient energy resources to do so. This is a much darker and more subtle form of confiscation than was previously thought possible. I saw and heard a dawning realization in that audience that precious metal investors were being "had."
As global investors come to understand the truth of 9/11, a lot of resources can shift in very decentralizing ways. I presume that the speaker's fear before such an audience indicated that he understood this too. He appreciates that the economic hit men's control of global markets is much more vulnerable to the viral spread of truth than it seems. Indeed, the following week, the speaker made a public statement that the Internet needed increased controls.
It would seem the truth of 911 is quite powerful.
Two weeks ago I visited a friend who has absolutely no interest in politics. He is well into his seventies. He understands the extent and seriousness of the corruption. Given his age, he has concluded that the only thing he can do to help is live an upright life and pray. His response to the truth of 9/11 is to withdraw from current events and contribute spiritually. He mentioned that a group of his friends had suggested that a recent event had been determined by covert means in complete contradiction to accounts put forth by the mainstream media. He spoke about our current leadership with sadness. It was clear from his manner that he no longer takes them seriously. They have lost what the Chinese call "the mandate of heaven." They are thugs – to be avoided in public and laughed at in private.
While this may sound like a small thing, I saw something I have seen many times since the Presidential election. Many Americans are quietly and invisibly withdrawing our mandate from the current leadership – not from America as a country, or from the notion of a democratic American government or from the American people. We understand that our enemy is not these things. This silent withdrawal in the hearts and minds of millions and the use of spiritual warfare to effectively counter those behind economic and military warfare has the power to shift power to more legitimate leadership.
Enough hearts and minds on Main Street are silently withdrawing our support to begin real cultural and economic change. Imagine if the truth of 9/11 could illuminate the real economic hit men and women of our day and age and – unleashed from the paralysis of not understanding the covert flows around us and who we can trust – help us transform our situation in a wealth creating way?
As Percy Bysshe Shelley once said, "Ye are many. They are few."
1 See Jamey Hecht, "Failure and Crime Are Not the Same: 9/11's Limited Hangouts,"
2 See Catherine Austin Fitts, "The Myth of the Rule of Law," http://www.solari.com/gideon/q301.pdf; "The Negative Return on Investment Economy,"http://www.solariactionnetwork.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=3771#3771 and "The American Tapeworm,"http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00228.htm.
3 For a description of an "economic hit" of which my company was a target, see the "Litigation," available online athttp://www.solari.com/gideon.
4 For a list of recommended books on 9/11, including The New Pearl Harbor and 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions by David Ray Griffin, Crossing the Rubicon by Mike Ruppert, The Complete 9/11 Timeline by Paul Thompson, Inside Job by Jim Marrs and others, see http://www.911truth.org/.
5 Catherine Austin Fitts, "9/11 Profiteering,"http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00244.htm.
6 Kelly Patricia O'Meara, "Strong Dollar Hides Weak Policy,"http://www.gata.org/StrongDollar.htm.
7 Kelly Patricia O'Meara, "Missing Money Articles,"http://www.solari.com/learn/articles_missingmoney.htm; "Treasury Checks and Unbalances,"http://www.insightmag.com/news/2004/04/27/National/ Treasury.Checks.And.Unbalances-658744.shtml
8 Catherine Austin Fitts, "The Story of Edgewood Technology Services,"http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0207/S00101.htm.
9 Mike Ruppert, "Global Economic Collapse Likely,"http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/11_09_01_Derivatives.html
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By Dana Gabriel
“The never ending war on drugs and war on terrorism are being used to justify the huge police state security apparatus being assembled. This includes the militarization of the northern border and plans for a North American security perimeter. In the name of national security, there has been a steady erosion of civil liberties and privacy rights in both the U.S. and Canada. Our freedoms are under assault. The amount of information being collected and shared on all aspects of our daily lives has expanded and is being stored in massive databases. Sweeping new surveillance powers targeting terrorists and other criminals are being increasingly turned against those who are critical of government policy. There is a concerted effort to demonize political opponents, activists, protesters and other peaceful groups. We are witnessing the criminalization of dissent where those who oppose the government’s agenda are being labeled as terrorists and a threat to security.”
February 24th, 2012 by olddog
From: Secure Arkansas <email@example.com>
Have you ever wondered where the legislators are getting their bills? Who is ghost writing them? How the different states happen to be passing the same bills at the same time?
William Fruth is president of The Policom Corporation, an independent economics research firm located in Florida. Fruth has served as vice president of a major industrial land development company and president of the business development board of Palm Beach County and during that tenure was named as Florida's economic development professional of the year in 1987. He also served in a full-time capacity as Mayor of Tiffin, Ohio. Fruth has been traveling around the country as Policom President, promoting Sustainable Development and Agenda 21. We have several documents in our possession that show William Fruth, Policom President, going throughout our country creating sustainable cities – an example is Los Alamos, New Mexico and we have the document to prove this. This document was prepared in 2004 by William H. Fruth.
There is a new book called 10 Amendments for Freedom by William Fruth. These Ten Amendments are all noble causes and they sound so good until you get to the convention. IT IS A LIE THAT THE TEN AMENDMENTS CANNOT CHANGE THE CONSTITUTION. The legislators think they know how this convention will be conducted, but they do not. It is like playing Russian roulette with a slight chance of winning.
This group has paired with American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and some governors and they are pushing for the states to call for a Constitutional Convention.
We need to introduce you to ALEC. ALEC is a very powerful organization. Through ALEC, behind closed doors, corporations write bills for the state legislators to promote the agenda that will directly benefit their bottom line. Along with legislators, corporations have membership in ALEC. Corporations sit on all nine ALEC task forces and vote with legislators to approve "model" bills. (This is facism.) They have their own corporate governing board which meets jointly with the legislative board. (ALEC says that corporations do not vote on the board.) They fund almost all of ALEC's operations. Example: Bill Gates Foundation and Koch Brothers. Participating legislators, mostly conservative Republicans, then bring those policies home to implement at our own state legislatures without disclosing that corporations crafted and voted on the bills. ALEC boasts that it has over 1,000 of these bills introduced by legislative members every year, with one in every five of them enacted into law. A lot of our legislators are members of ALEC. If you want to know who they are, click here.
This idea of a Constitutional Convention is being pitched from ALEC to over 7000 conservative state legislators. Fruth is proposing 10 amendments listed in his book. These are all good causes, but still open up a Constitutional Convention. Once again, we must discredit ALEC and Policom if the head of Policom Corporation is promoting sustainable communities all over the world and the major contributors to ALEC are global elitists. If you want to know more, you can Google Policom Corporation and Sustainable Development.
We will keep you posted. The timing of this is terrible in this Obama-Pelosi-Reid atmosphere. If 34 states petition Congress to convene a Con-Con, the matter will be completely out of the states' hands. Period. There are 32 states with a standing call for a Constitutional Convention and Arkansas happens to be one of them. Could this administration handle the healthcare? No! Could they handle the national debt crisis? No!
This could come up in our legislature as early as tomorrow. You must call all of the legislators. Demand that their names be pulled from this bill. We will not let up on this campaign. Jason Rapert is leading us over the cliff like the Pied Piper. Jason Rapert found out that he could put this SJR1 through during the fiscal session and had a big press conference promoting this Con-Con.
Burn their lines down. Call them at the Capitol. The Capitol switchboard numbers are as follows: LOOK UP YOUR OWN STATE CONGRESSMEN AND SENATORS AT OPENCONGRESS.ORG
ALEC Exposed: The Koch Connection
This article is part of a Nation series exposing the American Legislative Exchange Council, in collaboration with the Center For Media and Democracy. John Nichols introduces the series.
Hundreds of ALEC’s model bills and resolutions bear traces of Koch DNA: raw ideas that were once at the fringes but that have been carved into “mainstream” policy through the wealth and will of Charles and David Koch. Of all the Kochs’ investments in right-wing organizations, ALEC provides some of the best returns: it gives the Kochs a way to make their brand of free-market fundamentalism legally binding.
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No one knows how much the Kochs have given ALEC in total, but the amount likely exceeds $1 million—not including a half-million loaned to ALEC when the group was floundering. ALEC gave the Kochs its Adam Smith Free Enterprise Award, and Koch Industries has been one of the select members of ALEC’s corporate board for almost twenty years. The company’s top lobbyist was once ALEC’s chairman. As a result, the Kochs have shaped legislation touching every state in the country. Like ideological venture capitalists, the Kochs have used ALEC as a way to invest in radical ideas and fertilize them with tons of cash.
Take environmental protections. The Kochs have a penchant for paying their way out of serious violations and coming out ahead. Helped by Koch Industries’ lobbying efforts, one of the first measures George W. Bush signed into law as governor of Texas was an ALEC model bill giving corporations immunity from penalties if they tell regulators about their own violation of environmental rules. Dozens of other ALEC bills would limit environmental regulations or litigation in ways that would benefit Koch.
ALEC’s model legislation reflects parts of the Kochs’ agenda that have little to do with oil profits. Long before ALEC started pushing taxpayer-subsidized school vouchers, for example, the Koch fortune was already underwriting attacks on public education. David Koch helped inject the idea of privatizing public schools into the national debate as a candidate for vice president in 1980. A cornerstone of the Libertarian Party platform, which he bankrolled, was the call for “educational tax credits to encourage alternatives to public education,” a plan to the right of Ronald Reagan. Several pieces of ALEC’s model legislation echo this plan.
The Kochs’ mistrust of public education can be traced to their father, Fred, who ranted and raved that the National Education Association was a communist group and public-school books were filled with “communist propaganda,” paranoia that extended to all unions, President Eisenhower and the “pro-communist” Supreme Court. Such redbaiting might be ancient history if fifty years later David were not calling President Obama a “hard-core socialist” who is “scary.”
The Kochs have not just multiplied the wealth of their dad; they’ve repackaged and amplified his worldview. David’s latest venture, Americans for Prosperity, subsidizes the Tea Party movement, which repeats this “socialist” smear. Charles is a member of the exclusive Mount Pelerin Society, inspired by Frederic von Hayek’s antisocialist polemic The Road to Serfdom. Through the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, the Institute for Humane Studies administers the Hayek Fund for Scholars and sister programs to fund academics and staffers for like-minded groups across the country. “Charles G. Koch Fellows” and interns stock ALEC, and have gone on to direct ALEC task forces.
Another David Koch project, Citizens for a Sound Economy—which launched the effort to repeal Glass-Steagall protections keeping banks from gambling in securities—helped fuel the fight for “free trade,” an unpopular policy in the 1980s. The North American Free Trade Agreement passed with help from CSE and its corporate allies. ALEC resolutions for state legislators have long supported such trade agreements in the face of local concerns about job losses, and today the Koch free-market fantasy is reflected in ALEC’s support for free trade pacts with Korea, Georgia, Colombia and other countries. On just about every issue taken on by Koch’s CSE, ALEC has provided legislative tools to carry them through to state legislatures, from privatizing “federal and state services and assets,” as CSE put it, to blocking common-sense caps on unlimited credit card interest rates.
ALEC and the Kochs often pursue parallel tracks. Just as ALEC “educates” legislators, Koch funding has helped “tutor” hundreds of judges with all-expenses-paid junkets at fancy resorts, where they learn about the “free market” impact of their rulings. But ALEC also operates like an arm of the Koch agenda, circulating bills that make their vision of the world concrete. For a mere $25,000 a year, Koch Industries sits as an “equal” board member with state legislators, influencing bills that serve as a wish list for its financial or ideological interests.
It’s a pittance for the Kochs but far out of the reach of working Americans. Ordinary citizens rely on our elected representatives’ efforts to restore what’s left of the American Dream. But through ALEC, billionaire industrialists are purchasing a version that seems like a real nightmare for most Americans.
Remember this, once a con con is approved by 34 states, America and the existing constitution could be totally destroyed, and there is not a trustworthy majority in congress and the senate to be allowed this power. You absolutely must become knowledgeable on the history of how our government was formed and intended to be administered, then call all of your state reps and senators and demand NO CON CON. All of our futures are in your hands, and we are already being attacked from thousands of events that restrict our future freedom to be self governed. A constitutional convention at this time would be the death of a free America.
February 23rd, 2012 by olddog
THE BATTLE FOR THE SOUL OF AMERICA
By Coach Dave Daubenmire
February 23, 2012
Martin Niemoller: "Our concern here, Herr Hitler, is not for the church. Jesus Christ will take care of the church. Our concern is for the soul of the nation."
Adolph Hitler: "You can leave the soul of Germany to me."
Words have meaning. My perspective on life was altered when I came to that realization. We live in a nation where we believe every “expert.” We have been trained to listen, but not to think.
We share a common language, but we do not realize that words mean different things to different people. For a greater perspective, read my commentary Change the Words, Change the World.
I used to think that the term “pro-life” meant that a person was against abortion. Sorry Charlie.Most “pro-lifers” are pro-choice…they just think that “life” is the “correct” choice. They do not hate abortion and do not fight to outlaw it.
That’s why so many politicians claim to be “Pro-Life,” yet abortion remains legal. Republicans tend to be “Pro-Life,” but they don’t really want to stop the butchering of babies.
But we think they do. We think “Pro-Life” means “stop abortion.” It doesn’t.
“Conservative” is another one of those words. Most of us here in fly-over country assume that “conservative” is a belief system. In reality, it is just a “position” that political candidates claim to hold. “Pro-Life” is one of those “conservative” positions.
That’s why they break “conservatives” into classes; “social” conservatives, “fiscal” conservatives, “judicial” conservatives, “neo” conservatives, and ironically, “Christian” conservatives.
You would think that most Christians would be “conservatives,” but of course, you would be mistaken. There are “liberal” Christians, “social-justice” Christians, “fundamentalist” Christians, “moderate” Christians, and my favorite, “Bible-believing” Christians. You see, not even “Christianity” is a one-size-fits-all description. Just like “conservative.” Just like Republican.
While most “conservatives” are Republicans, not all Republicans are “conservative.” They are not the same. I explain it here. I’m not even sure what “Christian” or “conservative” means anymore.
Let me get to the point. The “non-conservative” Republicans control the Republican Party.
Wake up folks. Our ignorance is destroying us. The Republicans and the Democrats are merely two wings of the same vulture. They represent the “Political-Class;” those who make their living off of bigger government. Their currency is PMS…Power…Money…Sex.
They are one party masquerading as two; The Democrat Political-Class and The Republican Political-Class. They fight over which side gets control of the money, not over issues.
The Republican Political-Class is fighting like mad to see Romney get the nomination because he is “more electable.” “More Electable” means Romney won’t “rock the boat” and the Republican Political-Class gets their turn to play quarterback. Either way, the “Political-Class” calls all of the plays.
Romney has run for President for five years, yet he still can’t get more than 30% of the Republican vote. Most of his 30% are the Political-Class Republicans. Heck, he could get that much if he challenged Obama in the Democratic Political-Class Primary.
Gallup reports that 42% of voters identify as conservative, 35% as moderate, and only 20% liberals. The “conservatives” only need 9% of the “moderate” vote to win. Yet the Republican Political-Class is pushing a “moderate” as their candidate. Meanwhile, the “liberals” are destroying this country.
The big myth is that Republicans represent “conservatives” when they don’t. It is the “moderate” Republicans who split the “conservative” vote by nominating RINOS. Some “moderate” Republicans voted for Obama. Some “conservative” Democrats didn’t. Lindsey Graham is a member of the Republican Political-Class, as are Susan Collins, Karl Rove, Olympia Snowe, and John McCain. Do they represent you?
Let’s face it. Both major political parties are for bigger government. A vote for either party is a vote for more government courtesy of the “Political-Class.” Their plan is to nominate a “moderate” to oppose a “leftist”, and leave “conservatives”, the majority, with no place to go.
THE TEA PARTY IS THE CONSERVATIVE BASE. Have you noticed how both sides of the “Political-Class” hate the “tea-baggers?” The Tea Party IS the opposition party to the “Political-Class.” The Tea Party must seize control of the Republican Party. It is the only chance to return power to the people.
I love to hear the media prattle on about the dangers of a “third party.” I would love to see a SECOND party; One that actually brings change. In my lifetime the Republican Party has nominated Eisenhower, Nixon, Goldwater, Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush I, Dole, Bush II, and McCain. The Political-Class has continued to grow and national morality has continued its rapid plunge into the toilet as the Republicans moved farther and farther left.
Today, there is no “conservative” party.
Rick Santorum has raised a fire-storm because he is speaking about the “social” values. Right on cue, both wings of the Political-Class begin to yap about how “social” values cannot win in the general election. Folks, “conservative social” values still win the day. That is why the pigs are squealing so loudly. Even the Paul-bots don’t like the “social” issues. Many of them want freedom without responsibility.
If lying, stealing, and fornicating once again became taboo in America; if we once again began to demand those values of our children and our leaders, The Political-Class would no longer have a platform upon which to stand.
Santorum has seen a meteoric rise. He is speaking the language that a majority of Americans understand. He has said such things as “Satan has his sights on the United States of America…attacking the great institutions of America, using those great vices of pride, vanity and sensuality as the root to attack all of the strong plants that has so deeply rooted in the American tradition.” He called Satan, “The Father of Lies.” JN 8:44
When it comes to social values he doesn’t need a teleprompter. He knows that song by heart. He understands that the heart of the problem is that America has a problem of the heart. Our government is a reflection of our people. We must return to Truth.
The “Political-Class” has taken America hard left. A “moderate” correction will not bring us back to the middle. Only a hard-right can keep the one-winged eagle from a death spiral.
“Conservatives” hold deep-seated beliefs. “Republicans” hold political positions. They are not the same. If a “moderate” faces a “leftist” in 2012, “conservatives” cannot win. Ignorance is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.
I support most of what Ron Paul stands for, but he fails to understand the importance of “social issues.” He calls them a “losing position.”
Isn’t fiat currency a social issue? What about the crap your kids are learning in government schools? Isn’t government theft a social issue? Abortion, marriage, war…aren’t they “social” issues?” Do you mean socialism is not a “social issue?”
Don’t let them blow smoke at you. It is not about contraception or women’s rights. It is about right and wrong. Right and wrong is not a state’s-rights issue. Right and wrong is a human rights issue.
It is time we drew a line and had a fight over the moral issues. Christians have given ground for far too long. It is time we had the debate. It is time to rise up against the cultural, moral rot.
The battle over right and wrong is THE political issue of our time. If this election is lost I don’t want it to be over tax cuts. The battle lines are drawn. Let’s get it on. Let’s force the “moderates” to go third-party.
“But the media tells us that a conservative will lose!!”
Wake-up, Pal. We are already losing. Stupid is as stupid does.
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February 23rd, 2012 by olddog
By Prof. James Petras
From the Financial Times to the far left, tons of ink has been spilt writing about some variant of the “Crises of Global Capitalism”. While writers differ in the causes, consequences and cures, according to their ideological lights, there is a common agreement that “the crises” threatens to end the capitalist system as we know it.
There is no doubt that, between 2008-2009, the capitalist system in Europe and the United States suffered a severe shock that shook the foundations of its financial system and threatened to bankrupt its ‘leading sectors’.
However, I will argue the ‘crises of capitalism’ was turned into a ‘crises of labor’. Finance capital, the principle detonator of the crash and crises, recovered, the capitalist class as a whole was strengthened, and most important of all, it utilized the political, social, ideological conditions created as a result of “the crises” to further consolidate their dominance and exploitation over the rest of society.
In other words, the ‘crises of capital’ has been converted into a strategic advantage for furthering the most fundamental interests of capital: the enlargement of profits, the consolidation of capitalist rule, the greater concentration of ownership, the deepening of inequalities between capital and labor and the creation of huge reserves of labor to further augment their profits.
Furthermore, the notion of a homogeneous global crisis of capitalism overlooks profound differences in performance and conditions, between countries, classes, and age cohorts.
The Global Crises Thesis: The Economic and Social Argument
The advocates of global crises argue that beginning in 2007 and continuing to the present, the world capitalist system has collapsed and recovery is a mirage. They cite stagnation and continuing recession in North America and the Eurozone. They offer GDP data hovering between negative to zero growth. Their argument is backed by data citing double digit unemployment in both regions. They frequently correct the official data which understates the percentage unemployed by excluding part-time, long-term unemployed workers and others. The ‘crises’ argument is strengthened by citing the millions of homeowners who have been evicted by the banks, the sharp increase in poverty and destitution accompanying job loses, wage reductions and the elimination or reduction of social services. “”Crises” is also associated with the massive increase in bankruptcies of mostly small and medium size businesses and regional banks.
The Global Crises: The Loss of Legitimacy
Critics, especially in the financial press, write of a “legitimacy crises of capitalism” citing polls showing substantial majorities questioning the in justice s of the capitalist system, the vast and growing inequalities and the rigged rules by which banks exploit their size (“too big to fail”) to raid the Treasury at the expense of social programs.
In summary the advocates of the thesis of a “Global Crises of Capitalism” make a strong case, demonstrating the profound and pervasive destructive effects of the capitalist system on the lives of the great majority of humanity.
The problem is that a ‘crises of humanity’ (more specifically of salary ad wage workers) is not the same as a crisis of the capitalist system. In fact as we shall argue below growing social adversity, declining income and employment has been a major factor facilitating the rapid and massive recovery of the profit margins of most large scale corporations.
Moreover, the thesis of a global crises of capitalism amalgamates disparate economies, countries, classes and age cohorts with sharply divergent performances at different historical moments.
Global Crises or Uneven and Unequal Development?
It is utterly foolish to argue for a “global crises” when several of the major economies in the world economy did not suffer a major downturn and others recovered and expanded rapidly. China and India did not suffer even a recession. Even during the worst years of the Euro-US decline, the Asian giants grew on average about 8%. Latin America’s economies especially the major agro-mineral export countries (Brazil, Argentina, Chile, ) with diversified markets, especially in Asia, paused briefly (in 2009) before assuming moderate to rapid growth (between 3% to 7%) from 2010-2012.
By aggregating economic data from the Euro-zone as a whole the advocates of global crises, overlooked the enormous disparities in performance within the zone. While Southern Europe wallows in a deep sustained depression, by any measure, from 2008 to the foreseeable future, German exports, in 2011, set a record of a trillion euros; its trade surplus reached 158 billion euros, after a155 billion euro surpluses in 2010. (BBC News, Feb. 8 2012).
While aggregate Eurozone unemployment reaches 10.4%, the internal differences defy any notion of a “general crises”. Unemployment in Holland is 4.9%, Austria 4.1% and Germany 5.5% with employer claims of widespread skilled labor shortages in key growth sectors. On the other hand in exploited southern Europe unemployment runs to depression levels, Greece 21%, Spain 22.9%, Ireland 14.5%, and Portugal 13.6% (FT 1/19/12, p.7). In other words, “the crises” does not adversely affect some economies, that in fact profit from their market dominance and techno-financial strength over dependent, debtor and backward economies. To speak of a ‘global crises’ obscures the fundamental dominant and exploitative relations that facilitate ‘recovery’ and growth of the elite economies over and against their competitors and client states. In addition global crises theorists wrongly amalgamated crises ridden, financial-speculative economies (US, England ) with dynamic productive export economies ( Germany , China ).
The second problem with the thesis of a “global crises” is that it overlooks profound internal differences between age cohorts. In several European countries youth unemployment (16-25) runs between 30 to 50% (Spain 48.7%, Greece 47.2%, Slovakia 35.6%, Italy 31%, Portugal 30.8% and Ireland 29%) while in Germany, Austria and Holland youth unemployment runs to Germany 7.8%, Austria 8.2% and Netherlands 8.6% (Financial Times (FT) 2/1/12, p2). These differences underlie the reason why there is not a ‘global youth movement’ of “indignant” and “occupiers” .Five-fold differences between unemployed youth is not conducive to ‘international’ solidarity. The concentration of high youth unemployment figures explains the uneven development of mass- street protests especially centered in Southern Europe . It also explains why the northern Euro-American “anti-globalization” movement is largely a lifeless forum which attracts academic pontification on the “global capitalist crises” and the impotence of the “Social Forums” are unable to attract millions of unemployed youth from Southern Europe .They are more attracted to direct action. Globalist theorists overlook the specific way in which the mass of unemployed young workers are exploited in their dependent debt ridden countries. They ignore the specific way they are ruled and repressed by center-left and rightist capitalist parties. The contrast is most evident in the winter of 2012. Greek workers are pressured to accept a 20% cut in minimum wages while in Germany workers are demanding a 6% increase.
If the ‘crises’ of capitalism is manifested in specific regions, so too does it affect different age/racial sectors of the wage and salaries classes. The unemployment rates of youth to older workers varies enormously: in Italy it is 3.5/1, Greece 2.5/1, Portugal 2.3/1, Spain 2.1/1 and Belgium 2.9/1. In Germany it is 1.5/1 (FT 2/1/12). In other words because of the higher levels of unemployment among youth they have a greater propensity for direct action ‘against the system’; while older workers with higher levels of employment (and unemployment benefits) have shown a greater propensity to rely on the ballot box and engage in limited strikes over job and pay related issues. The vast concentration of unemployed among young workers means they form the ‘available core’ for sustained action; but it also means that they can only achieve limited unity of action with the older working class experiencing single digit unemployment.
However, it is also true that the great mass of unemployment youth provides a formidable weapon, in the hands of employers to threaten to replace employed older workers. Today, capitalists constantly resort to using the unemployed to lower wages and benefits and to intensify exploitation (dubbed to “increase productivity”) to increase profit margins. Far from being simply an indicater of ‘capitalist crises’, high levels of unemployment have served along with other factors’ to increase the rate of profit, accumulate income, widen income inequalities which augments the consumption of luxury goods for the capitalist class: the sales of luxury cars and watches is booming.
Class Crises: The Counter-Thesis
Contrary to the “global capitalist crises” theorists, a substantial amount of data has surfaced which refutes its assumptions. A recent study reports “US corporate profits are higher as a share of gross domestic product than at any time since 1950” (FT 1/30/12). US companies cash balances have never been greater, thanks to intensified exploitation of workers, and a multi-tiered wage systems in which new hires work for a fraction of what older workers receive (thanks to agreements signed by ‘door mat’ labor bosses).
The “crises of capitalism” ideologues have ignored the financial reports of the major US corporations. According to General Motors 2011 report to its stockholders, they celebrated the greatest profit ever, turning a profit of $7.6 billion, surpassing the previous record of $6.7 billion in 1997. A large part of these profits results from the freezing of its underfunded US pension funds and extracting greater productivity from fewer workers-in other words intensified exploitation-and cutting hourly wages of new hires by half. (EarthLink News 2/16/12)
Moreover the increased importance of imperialist exploitation is evident as the share of US corporate profits extracted overseas keeps rising at the expense of employee income growth. In 2011, the US economy grew by 1.7%,but median wages fell by 2.7%.According to the financial press” the profit margins of the S and P 500 leapt from
6% to 9% of the GDP in the past three years, a share last achieved three generations ago. At roughly a third, the foreign share of these profits has more than doubled since 2000”(FT 2/13/12 P9.If this is a “capitalist crises” then who needs a capitalist boom ?
Surveys of top corporations reveal that US companies are holding 1.73 trillion in cash, “the fruits of record high profit margins” (FT 1/30/12 p.6). These record profit margins result from mass firings which have led to intensifying exploitation of the remaining workers. Also, negligible federal interest rates and easy access to credit allow capitalists to exploit vast differentials between borrowing and lending and investing. Lower taxes and cuts in social programs result in a growing cash pile for corporations. Within the corporate structure, income goes to the top where senior executives pay themselves huge bonuses. Among the leading S and P 500 corporations the proportion of income that goes to dividends for stockholders is the lowest since 1900 (FT 1/30/12, p.6).
A real capitalist crisis would adversely affect profit margins, gross earnings and the accumulation of “cash piles”. Rising profits are being horded because as capitalists profit from intense exploitation, mass consumption stagnates.
Crises theorists confuse what is clearly the degrading of labor, the savaging of living and working conditions and even the stagnation of the economy, with a ‘crises’ of capital: when the capitalist class increases its profit margins, hoards trillions, it is not in crises. The key point is that the ‘crises of labor’ is a major stimulus for the recovery of capitalist profits. We cannot generalize from one to the other. No doubt there was a moment of capitalist crises (2008-2009) but thanks to the capitalist state’s unprecedented massive transfer of wealth from the public treasury to the capitalist class – Wall Street banks in the first instance – the corporate sector recovered, while the workers and the rest of the economy remained in crises, went bankrupt and out of work.
From Crises to Recovery of Profits: 2008/9 to 2012
The key to the ‘recovery’ of corporate profits had little to do with the business cycle and all to do with Wall Street’s large-scale takeover and pillage of the US Treasury. Between 2009-2012 hundreds of former Wall Street executives, managers and investment advisers seized all the major decision-making positions in the Treasury Department and channeled trillions of dollars into leading financial and corporate coffers. They intervened financially troubled corporations, like General Motors, imposing major wage cuts and dismissals of thousands of workers.
Wall Streeters in Treasury elaborated the doctrine of “Too Big to Fail” to justify the massive transfer of wealth. The entire speculative edifice built in part by a 234 fold rise in foreign exchange trading volume between 1977-2010 was restored (FT 1/10/12, p.7). The new doctrine argued that the state’s first and principle priority is to return the financial system to profitability at any and all cost to society, citizens, taxpayers and workers. “Too Big to Fail” is a complete repudiation of the most basic principle of the “free market” capitalist system: the idea that those capitalists who lose bear the consequences; that each investor or CEO, is responsible for their action. Financial capitalists no longer needed to justify their activity in terms of any contribution to the growth of the economy or “social utility”. According to the current rulers Wall Street must be saved because it is Wall Street, even if the rest of the economy and people sink (FT 1/20/12, p.11). State bailouts and financing are complemented by hundreds of billions in tax concessions, leading to unprecedented fiscal deficits and the growth of massive social inequalities. The pay of CEO’s as a multiple of the average worker went from 24 to 1 in 1965 to 325 in 2010 (FT 1/9/12, p.5).
The ruling class flaunts their wealth and power aided and abetted by the White House and Treasury. In the face of popular hostility to Wall Street pillage of Treasury, Obama went through the sham of asking Treasury to impose a cap on the multi-million dollar bonuses that the CEO’s running bailed out banks awarded themselves. Wall Streeters in Treasury refused to enforce the executive order, the CEO’s got billions in bonuses in 2011 . President Obama went along, thinking he conned the US public with his phony gesture, while he reaped millions in campaign funds from Wall Street!
The reason Treasury has been taken over by Wall Street is that in the 1990’s and 2000’s, banks became a leading force in Western economies. Their share of the GDP rose sharply (from 2% in the 1950’s to 8% in 2010” (FT 1/10/12, p.7).
Today it is “normal operating procedure” for President’s to appoint Wall Streeter’s to all key economic positions; and it is ‘normal’ for these same officials to pursue policies that maximize Wall Street profits and eliminate any risk of failure no matter how risky and corrupt their practioners.
The Revolving Door: From Wall Street to Treasury and Return
Effectively the relation between Wall Street and Treasury has become a “revolving door”: from Wall Street to the Treasury Department to Wall Street. Private bankers take appointments in Treasury (or are recruited) to ensure that all resources and policies Wall Street needs are granted with maximum effort, with the least hindrance from citizens, workers or taxpayers. Wall Streeters in Treasury give highest priority to Wall Street survival, recovery and expansion of profits. They block any regulations or restrictions on bonuses or a repeat of past swindles.
Wall Streeters ‘make a reputation’ in Treasury and then return to the private sector in higher positions, as senior advisers and partners. A Treasury appointment is a ladder up the Wall Street hierarchy. Treasury is a filling station to the Wall Street Limousine: ex Wall Streeters fill up the tank, check the oil and then jump in the front seat and zoom to a lucrative job and let the filling station (public) pay the bill.
Approximately 774 officials (and counting) departed from Treasury between January 2009 and August 2011 (FT 2/6/12, p. 7). All provided lucrative “services” to their future Wall Street bosses finding it a great way to re-enter private finance at a higher more lucrative position.
A report in the Financial Times Feb. 6, 2012 (p. 7) entitled appropriately Manhattan Transfer” provides typical illustrations of the Treasury-Wall Street “revolving door”.
Ron Bloom went from a junior banker at Lazard to Treasury, helping to engineer the trillion dollar bailout of Wall Street and returned to Lazard as a senior adviser. Jake Siewert went from Wall Street to becoming a top aide to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and then graduated to Goldman Sachs, having served to undercut any cap on Wall Street bonuses.
Michael Mundaca, the most senior tax official in the Obama regime came from the Street and then went on to a highly lucrative post in Ernst and Young a corporate accounting firm, having helped write down corporate taxes during his stint in “public office”.
Eric Solomon, a senior tax official in the infamous corporate tax free Bush Administration made the same switch. Jeffrey Goldstein who Obama put in charge of financial regulation and succeeded in undercutting popular demands, returned to his previous employer Hellman and Friedman with the appropriate promotion for services rendered.
Stuart Levey who ran AIPAC sanctions against Iran policies out if Treasury’s so-called “anti- terrorist agency” was hired as general counsel by HSBC to defend it from investigations for money laundering (FT 2/6/12, p. 7). In this case Levey moved from promoting Israel’s ’ war aims to defending an international bank accused of laundering billions in Mexican cartel money. Levey, by the way spent so much time pursuing Israel’s ’ Iran agenda that he totally ignored the Mexican drug cartels’ billion dollar money laundering cross-border operations for the better part of a decade.
Lew Alexander a senior advisor to Geithner in designing the trillion dollar bail out is now a senior official in Nomura, the Japanese bank. Lee Sachs went from Treasury to Bank Alliance, (his own “lending platform”). James Millstein went from Lazard to Treasury bailed out AIG insurance run into the ground by Greenberg and then established his own private investment firm taking a cluster of well-connected Treasury officials with him.
The Goldman-Sachs-Treasury “revolving door” continues today. In addition to past and current Treasury heads Paulson and Geithner, former Goldman partner Mark Patterson was recently appointed Geithner’s “chief of staff”. Tim Bowler former Goldman managing director was appointed by Obama to head up the capital markets division.
It should be abundantly clear that elections, parties and the billion dollar electoral campaigns have little to do with “democracy” and more to do with selecting the President and legislators who will appoint non-elected Wall Streeters to make all the strategic economic decisions for the 99% of Americans. The policy results of the Wall Street-Treasury revolving door are clear and provide us with a framework for understanding why the “profit crises” has vanished and the crises of labor has deepened.
The “Policy Achievements” of the Revolving Door
The Wall Street-Treasury conundrum (WSTC) has performed herculean and audacious labor for finance and corporate capital. In the face of universal condemnation of Wall Street by the vast majority of the public for its swindles, bankruptcies, job losses and mortgage foreclosures, the WSTC publically backed the swindlers with a trillion dollar bailout. A daring move on the face of it; that is if majorities and elections counted for anything. Equally important the WSTC dumped the entire “free market” ideology that justified capitalist profits based on its “risks”, by imposing the new dogma of “too big to fail” in which the state treasury guarantees profits even when capitalists face bankruptcy, providing they are billion dollar firms. The WSTC dumped the capitalist principle of “fiscal responsibility” in favor of hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts for the corporate-financial ruling class, running up record peace time budget deficits and then having the audacity to blame the social programs
supported by popular majorities. (Is it any wonder these ex-Treasury officials get such lucrative offers in the private sector when they leave public office?) Thirdly, Treasury and the Central Bank (Federal Reserve) provide near zero interest loans that guarantees big profits to private financial institution which borrow low from the Fed and lend high, (including back to the Government!) especially in purchasing overseas Government and corporate bonds. They receive anywhere from four to ten times the interest rates they pay. In other words the taxpayers provide a monstrous subsidy for Wall Street speculation. With the added proviso, that today these speculative activities are now insured by the Federal government, under the “Too Big to Fail” doctrine.
Under the ideology of “regaining competitiveness” the Obama economic team (from Treasury, the Federal Reserve, Commerce, Labor) has encouraged employers to engage in the most aggressive shedding of workers in modern history. Increased productivity and profitability is not the result of “innovation” as Obama, Geithner and Bernache claim; it is a product of a state labor policy which deepens inequality by holding down wages and raising profit margins. Fewer workers producing more commodities. Cheap credit and bailouts for the billion dollar banks and no refinancing for households and small and medium size firms leading to bankruptcies, buyouts and ‘consolidation’ namely, greater concentration of ownership. As a result the mass market stagnates but corporate and bank profits reach record levels. According to financial experts under the WSTC “new order” “bankers are a protected class who enjoy bonuses regardless of performance, while relying on the taxpayer to socialize their losses” (FT 1/9/12, p.5). In contrast, labor, under Obama’s economic team, faces the greatest insecurity and most threatening situation in recent history: “in what is unquestionably novel is the ferocity with which US business sheds labor now that executive pay and incentive schemes are linked to short term performance targets” (FT 1/9/2012, p. 5).
Economic Consequences of State Policies
Because of the Wall Street “takeover” of strategic economic policy positions in Government we can now understand the paradox of record profit margins in the midst of economic stagnation. We can comprehend why the capitalist crises has, at least temporarily, been replaced by a profound crises of labor. Within the power matrix of Wall Street-Treasury Dept. all the old corrupt and exploitative practices that led up to the 2008-2009 crash have returned: multi-billion dollar bonuses for investment bankers who led the economy into the crash; banks “snapping up billions of dollars of bundled mortgage products that resemble the sliced and diced debt some (sic) blame for the financial crises” (FT 2/8/12, p.1). The difference today is that these speculative instruments are now backed by the taxpayer (Treasury). The supremacy of the financial structure of the pre-crises US economy is in place and thriving … “only”, the US labor force has sunk into greater unemployment, declining living standards, widespread insecurity and profound discontent.
Conclusion: The Case Against Capitalism and for Socialism
The profound crises of 2008-2009 provoked a spate of questioning of the capitalist system, even among many of its most ardent advocates (FT 1/8/12 to 1/30/12) criticism abounded. ‘Reform, regulation and redistribution’ were the fare of financial columnists. Yet the ruling economic and governing class took no heed. The workers are controlled by door mat union leaders and lack a political instrument. The rightwing pseudo populists embrace an even more virulent pro capitalist agenda, calling for across the board elimination of social programs and corporate taxes. Inside the state, a major transformation has taken place which effectively smashed any link between capitalism and social welfare, between government decision-making and the electorate. Democracy has been replaced by a corporate state, founded on the revolving door between Treasury and Wall Street, which funnels public wealth to private financial coffers. The breach between the welfare of society and the operations of the financial architecture is definitive.
The activity of Wall Street has no social utility, its practitioners enrich themselves with no redeeming activity. Capitalism has demonstrated conclusively, that it thrives through the degradation of tens of millions of workers and rejects the endless pleas for reform and regulation. Real existing capitalism cannot be harnessed to raising living standards or ensuring employment free of fear of large scale, sudden and brutal firings. Capitalism, as we experience it over the past decade and for the foreseeable future, is in polar opposition to social equality, democratic decision-making and collective welfare.
Record capitalist profits are accrued by pillaging the public treasury, denying pensions and prolonging ‘work till you die’, bankrupting most families with exorbitant private corporate medical and educational costs.
More than ever in recent history, record majorities reject the rule by and for the bankers and the corporate ruling class (FT 2/6/12, p. 6). Inequalities between the top 1% and the bottom 99% have reached record proportions. CEO’s earn 325 times that of an average worker (FT 1/9/12, p.5). Since the state has become the ‘foundation’ of the economy of the Wall Street predators, and since ‘reform’ and regulation has dismally failed, it is time to consider a fundamental systemic transformation that begins via a political revolution which forcibly ousts the non-elected financial and corporate elites running the state for their own exclusive interests. The entire political process, including elections, are profoundly corrupt: each level of office has its own inflated price tag. The current Presidential contest will cost $2 to $3 billion dollars to determine which of the servants of Wall Street will preside over the revolving door.
Socialism is no longer the scare word of the past. Socialism involves the large-scale reorganization of the economy, the transfer of trillions from the coffers of predator classes’ of no social utility to the public welfare. This change can finance a productive and innovative economy based on work and leisure, study and sport. Socialism replaces the everyday terror of dismissal with the security that brings confidence, assurance and respect to the workplace. Workplace democracy is at the heart of the vision of 21st century socialism. We begin by nationalizing the banks and eliminating Wall Street. Financial institutions are redesigned to create productive employment, to serve social welfare and to preserve the environment. Socialism would begin the transition, from a capitalist economy directed by predators and swindlers and a state at their command, toward an economy of public ownership under democratic control.
James Petras' most recent book is The Arab Revolt and the Imperialist Counter Attack (Clarity Press 2012) 2nd edition.
Have I not warned you of Global Research’s Socialist intent? Notice how expertly they itemize all of the atrocities the elite’s heap on the backs of the working class, enrage you with their greed, then imply that socialism is the answer to all of our problems. They are experts at manipulating the human mind, and promoting socialism as the cure all.
AND, the sad part of this is, IT WORKS, because the average worker is ignorant of socialism’s failed promises’, and the extraordinary regulations that the workers are finally throttled with outside of their occupations. SOCIALISM SUCKS, JUST AS ITS PROMOTERS DO!
The only cure for the atrocities being heaped on our backs is intelligent regulation of Banking, and investment firms, plus honest politicians. Political accountability is the only way out of this quicksand economy. If the politicians will not stay honest, throw them to the dogs, and laugh at their screams of torment.
Send the international banker to hell, along with their families.
Exterminate their genes from the face of the earth, or your children will be their children’s slaves, and concubines.
The land of the free and the home of the brave, my ASS, American’s no longer have the balls to save their own children!
February 22nd, 2012 by olddog
By Larry Pratt
February 21, 2012
Richard Mack is well known as the first of eventually six sheriffs to take on the Brady Law. And, much to the delight of pro-gunners around the country, the Supreme Court agreed with Mack in 1995 that the federal government did not have constitutional authority to force state officials to conduct background checks.
Mack is no longer in office, but that has not stopped him from staying involved in promoting constitutional issues. He is now taking the lead in informing sheriffs of the authority they have as the chief law enforcement officer in their counties. While this has come as a surprise to many federal officials, the Constitution is quite specific in terms of what they are allowed to do. Almost all the powers which “We the People” have delegated to the federal government are listed in the 18 clauses found in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution.
Sheriffs find that when they warn the feds not to conduct an unconstitutional police action against one of their citizens, the feds back down. Sometimes the feds threaten to arrest them, but when the sheriff’s response is “game on,” the stalemate ends with the feds backing down.
I recently attended the first conference of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association. Nearly 100 sheriffs attended, in addition to many police chiefs and some county councilmen. One of the encouraging things about the conference was that while many of the sheriffs there were not initially willing to risk a confrontation with the feds, they are now willing to do so after hearing the testimonies from many of their fellow constables. It was very educational for them to hear how different sheriffs have “faced down” the feds.
For example, Tony DeMeo is a former Jersey City cop who ended up getting elected as Sheriff in Nye County, Nevada. He became a pivotal player in his county by protecting citizens from an outrageous abuse of power that was perpetrated by the Bureau of Land Management.
Pro-gun activists will remember the stalwart Rep. Helen Chenoweth of Idaho who served in the 1990s. Well her husband, Wayne Hage leased acreage for his ranch from the BLM. Hage had ownership of the water rights — as long as he used the water at least once during the year.
Later, the BLM decided that Hage did not belong on the land, and so they began to confiscate his cattle. After the second theft, Hage enlisted DeMeo's assistance, which helped him deal with the BLM when they arrived a third time to confiscate even more cattle. Sheriff DeMeo confronted the BLM agents and backed them down to the point where Hage no longer had to worry about the BLM's larceny anymore.
After Hage’s death, his son won a lawsuit begun by his dad against the federales, and now a court ruling has established that the Hage family can live without fear of their government stealing their property.
It is clear that there are many sheriffs who are willing to protect their counties, but do not know what they can — and should — do. The Gun Owners online book store carries Richard Mack’s little book The County Sheriff, America’s Last Hope (http://gunowners.org/store/books). If your sheriff is not aware of his powers – and his responsibility – please give him a copy of this book.
We can put the federal Jeanie back in the bottle, one sheriff at a time.
© 2012 Larry Pratt – All Rights Reserved
February 20th, 2012 by olddog
This is the lady who taught me to never begin a debate with your intellectual superiors, unless you enjoy being humiliated. Fortunately, for me, this lady has taken me under her wing and taught me things I could never have learned without her. I have a free autographed copy of her first book and a pre-publication word document of her second. You would not believe how intuitive she was in presenting the subject as a novel, instead of a treatise. These are two books that make a difficult subject a delightful learning experience. I am proud to consider myself her grasshopper, which only people over forty will understand. This is a subject that every American will benefit from learning.
Without central banking, America would be the shining star of the world, and the Rothschild’s, & Rockefellers, would just be grumpy old men. Can you imagine an honest federal government? If there are two people in America with the knowledge to turn it around, it is Marilyn Barnewall and Walter Burien, of CAFR1.com. They both deserve your support, which begins by learning what they know so well. Google their names and learn all you can.
State sovereignty begins with State Banking, and keeping our profits begins with Walter’s Tax Retirement Fund.
with Anthony Wile
The Daily Bell is pleased to present this interview with Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall (left).
Introduction: Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall served as president of The MacGruder Agency, Inc., a bank financial consulting firm, from 1979 through 1993. She was known as the "guru" of North American Private Banking (so-called by Town and Country and Trust and Estates magazines) and a 1989 issue of Forbes magazine called her the "Dean of American Private Banking." Today, Ms. Barnewall is retired and has devoted her energies to writing books, articles and legislation focused on state banking and, generally, the devolution of American banking. Some of her ideas are similar to those of "public-banking" advocate Ellen Brown.
Daily Bell: Tell us more about your background and how you got into this field.
Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall: I became a banker quite by accident in 1972. I worked at Denver's largest bank and I started the first private bank in the United States. I started the MacGruder Agency when I left the bank in 1979, and was a consultant implementing credit-driven private banks until 1993.
I have also written a number of books. The first book I wrote, which I think is still one of the only books on private banking, is called Profitable Private Banking: The Complete Blueprint, which was published by the American Bankers Association and sold for $5,000 a copy. I went back to writing and have written hundreds of articles for Internet publications since.
Daily Bell: What is "credit-driven private banking"?
Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall: There are two types of private banking, and it is different than what you might think. Traditionally, private banking is and always has been the management of other people's money or assets. The one I created was a credit-driven form of private banking.
Basically, credit-driven private banking is done in a way that strengthens and broadens the middle class. During my time as a bank advisor, I basically created a concept of banking that enabled lenders to make business purpose loans based on personal assets and cash flow. So a business-purpose loan, a commercial loan, depends for repayment on the purpose of the loan. If the purpose of the loan is to make cars, then the source of repayment comes from the sale of those cars, the dealers or the public. In other words, individuals can't do that because they aren't in the business of selling cars or building condominiums. It's recognizing all the potential available.
Daily Bell: Tell us about the work you have been doing in relation to state banks and the resolution for the State of Colorado.
Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall: I recently wrote the legislation for the State of Colorado for state banks. The movement to create state banks is a growing one. I started writing about state banks a little over two years ago. Many people are very confused about what a state bank is. Basically, it is two things: it is an administrator and it is a correspondent bank. That's it. It is not the bank that sits on Main Street. A state bank also takes in tax revenues; all of the fees that are taken in by the state are held in the state bank instead of being sent to Washington or a money center bank. In a state bank, the money is held within the state.
All the banks in, say, North Dakota, are privately owned by investors and they are chartered by the state bank of North Dakota. Now, national banks also still do business in the state of North Dakota. Wells Fargo can be there, Bank of America can be there, but there are about seven state chartered banks that are privately owned by private investors. The other part of state banking is the correspondent bank relationship. Right now, when an independent bank has a loan that is too large for it to make, it goes to a money center bank or a bigger bank to partner in that loan with them. So those are the two things that a state bank does.
People tend to hear "state bank" and think it's a socialized system of banking with the state owning the bank that sits on Main Street but it isn't. It's very much the opposite of that and a very conservative approach to banking.
Daily Bell: There are numerous additional states that are investigating the possibility of state banks.
Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall: Correct. The problem we have is too much centralized power in Washington, DC and a lot of states have figured that out. Right now, you have Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii, Montana, Colorado, Illinois, Florida, Virginia, Maryland, Massachusetts and a few others that are actively investigating the possibility of their own state bank. Let's go back to North Dakota, and look at the reasons why they did and the results they had and why other states are looking at state banks now.
North Dakota formed their state bank in 1919, 94 years ago. They have a tremendous history and a population of about 650,000 people. The North Dakota state bank, during the last 10 years, has paid the state treasurer more than $325 million from bank profits. In 2010, the worst economy in recent history, North Dakota had its largest budget surplus in the state's history. North Dakota tops the list of state economies year after year.
Now, state economies should be the number one concern of the people. State unemployment statistics are another issue and anyone who believes the stats that are being handed out right now are accurate is crazy. In Mesa County, where I live, the unemployment rate is 19.3%. In North Dakota, the unemployment rate is 3.3%. In 2009 and 2011 there were tax reductions in North Dakota. There are tremendous financial advantages to being a state bank and having a state bank and that is why all these states are looking into it.
Daily Bell: How does that differ from what Ellen Brown says?
Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall: Ellen Brown is very positive about North Dakota and the state bank concept. Where Ellen and I differ is fractional-reserve banking. If you look at what Ellen has written about state banks, she talks in terms of the large increases in loans outstanding for the state bank. With fractional-reserve, when a bank makes a loan of a million dollars, they send 10% or $100,000 to the Federal Reserve and they can get a credit of up to $900,000 in new loans. That is what has created "debt capitalism," and they want to bring the whole debt capitalism concept to the state level. I am adamant that if a state bank is implemented, the charter that is passed by the people prevents that debt capitalism from happening.
Daily Bell: Define 'debt capitalism.' Did you coin this term?
Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall: I started using this term a few years ago, but debt capitalism is where the emphasis for bank growth is placed on debt. Now, when I was a banker back in the '70s, we loaned our customers deposit-based loans. I think most people think that is still happening but that is not true with the fractional-reserve system that is in place today. In the past, we would loan up to 70% of our deposit base and we would be audited two or three times a year to make sure the quality of loans were good. In order for us to grow as a bank, or for any bank to grow in those days, the bank had to place emphasis on the growth of deposits. As you know, the only way you can grow deposits it to grow business, and that meant the bank had to be supportive of business growth within the community. If you do not have new jobs and new businesses, you are not going to have new business at the bank.
Today, a bank makes loans, gives 10% to the Federal Reserve and gets a credit to be able to loan 90% of the loan they just made to the public. So they are totally dependant on loans for growth, which has resulted in this entire debt mentality. In the old days it was always based on community business growth; new companies depositing and new employees depositing. Under the debt capitalism concept, which is not capitalism at all, in my view, everything is dependent on debt. It is how they create money out of thin air, and it depreciates the currency at the same time.
Daily Bell: If you have a state bank, do you have to have state currency?
Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall: The answer is no. Obviously, you do not. North Dakota has had a state bank for 94 years and they use Federal Reserve notes because right now, that is the law. They also have a relationship with the Federal Reserve, which is the law, and the FBIC, which is the law. But if the federal system failed tomorrow, the bank of North Dakota would be able to clear checks for all of its member banks and all of their customers. They would be able to do all of the things that the Federal Reserve System does. With the other 49 states, if the federal system fails, the banking system fails.See, if the federal system fails tomorrow, North Dakota could create its own system in a heartbeat because it has a distribution system in place with its state bank. The other 49 states do not have a distribution system.
And as far as declaring sovereignty, there are a few things that have to be in place before you can declare sovereignty. You have to have a defined territory; of course, a state has that. You have to have population and a state has that. But the other thing you have to have is control over your own financial system and if you do not have a state bank, you don't have that.
Daily Bell: Good foresight on North Dakota's part!
Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall: I have to tell you, I do not consider the Federal Reserve System in this country to be a legitimate central bank. I am hoping some of these states get state banks implemented before Congress passes some legislation to prevent it. At the moment, states have sufficient sovereignty to say, 'Hey we're going to have our own state bank.' The Federal Reserve is a private corporation; it is not part of the government and it has no authority over the independent states of the United States.
There are several states that have legislatively declared the right to be sovereign, like Alabama, Nebraska, Rhode Island, Wyoming, Washington, Indiana, Kentucky, Georgia, Kansas, Missouri, Mississippi and Maryland. So this goes to my question: Does declaring themselves to be sovereign make them sovereign? No, because they don't have a state bank system in place they don't have control by international law, control of their own system. All I am saying is that state banks are critical to the sovereignty process or to the creation of a new currency.
So when North Dakota implemented their state bank six years after the Federal Reserve was implemented in 1913, Eastern bankers said 'That's a socialist system!' OK, look at it today and tell me which system is socialist. North Dakota just had a national meeting for all state treasurers around the United States in September, and the state treasurer of every state spent a full day becoming informed about the Bank of North Dakota.
Daily Bell: Give us some idea about the process each state will go through to have a state bank.
Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall: It's a very interesting political process, and it won't be pretty. What I have found out about the resolution I wrote for Colorado is that nothing is going to happen until after this election because the big banks will fund their opponents. They will put lots of money into negative advertising.
State banks, if they're going to happen in this country, are going to come about because of a public initiative, meaning people getting petitions signed, getting involved, learning more and so on. A state bank will turn an economy around within a year if it is properly managed and properly run. But it is a political hot potato so politicians who cannot afford to have the negative publicity during an election year are passing approvals to study state banks rather than actual legislation. Is that crazy or what?
Daily Bell: You sound frustated about the process. Why did you leave the banking business?
Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall: There were endless changes that were not for the good. Basically, the Community Reinvestment Act that was passed in 1977 said bankers had to make mortgage loans to people who could not afford to repay them. if you didn't make the loans that the government said you should make, you would be penalized; you could be fined or they could deny you the right to expand or open a new branch. That bothered me.
Following this legislation came the low interest rates that Greenspan was putting in place. Suddenly the private bankers did not have time to make business purpose loans because suddenly everybody wanted to refinance their mortgage. That puzzled me greatly, I just watched what was going on and couldn't believe it. I thought, no government would do this kind of thing to its people if it wanted a healthy economy. It shocked me.
I wrote the first article about Fanny Mae and Freddy Mac back in 2003, called "Freddie Mac's Ethical Woes." You can see it at World Net Daily along with many other articles of mine. In July 2003, I wrote an article about Freddie Mac's problems. At that time, Freddie Mac was under investigation by the US Attorney's Office, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight.
All these changes encouraged me to begin writing my first book, which ended up becoming two fiction books. When the Swan's Neck Broke was the first one. I wrote the book in a fictional format to try to explain fractional reserve banking to the American people and explain the destructive nature of the central banking system. It discusses what was happening internationally and talked about all the corruption that was involved. It also goes into education and what has happened to the education system and why it's so dumbed down.
Swan's Neck Broke came out in 2008 and last year, in 2011, Flight of the Black Swan came out, which was a follow-up to the first one based on how do we recuperate, how do we take down all this corruption? I ended up realizing that what we have to do is a series of citizen grand juries, to identify the corruption and get rid of it. You will have to read the book to find out how that ends. It turned out really well.
Further to my books, I have continued to write several articles on how the Congress literally has gone through the various pieces of legislation that made it possible for this takeover of the American government. It's disgusting. (See If We Don't Learn from History, Part 1 of 2 and Part 2 of 2).
Daily Bell: How would you restructure the banking system in America?
Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall: I would decentralize it, and I think that is the only way to do it. That is why I feel so strongly about state banks. State banks create decentralization of what is too much centralized power within the financial services industry in the United States.
Daily Bell: Would you further regulate Wall Street?
Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall: Well, one of the first things I would do is eliminate the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act. I would put Glass-Steagall back in place. There has always been a need for a strong, big wall in between commercial banking and stockbrokers. I do not care how much JP Morgan calls itself a bank – it's a stockbroker; it is not a bank. I understand they like calling themselves investment bankers because it gets them respect or whatever they think, but commercial banks and stockbrokers, are two different things. There is a natural conflict of interest built-in between the two, from which we were protected by the Glass-Steagall Act. We the consumers and we the commercial banking industry were protected from the moral hazard that results from that conflict of interest until they did away with the Glass-Steagall Act. That is the first thing we need to re-implement.
Whenever government wants more power it ignores the regulations that are in place, and then everything goes to hell. I do not believe in a lot of regulation but I do believe you have to have the proper structure in place to minimize the conflicts of interest involving greed and corruption. But regulations are not worth the paper they are written on if they are not enforced and adhered to. We have to make sure that the financial services industry is structured in a way that does not encourage fraud, corruption and greed.
Daily Bell: Where do we go from here? What needs to be done?
Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall: I'll tell you what I think. In America, if we do not get state banks in place we are well over the cliff of economic disaster. I think the European Union is history. I believe Greece is going to default. The Federal Reserve System has totally devalued the American dollar and we can expect a depreciation of the dollar in the not too distant future. In my opinion, and no one has said this before, but I believe the state bank concept would work as well to solve the problems in Germany and France as it does in North Dakota. There's too much centralized banking power.
Daily Bell: Is there a power elite that wants to create one-world government?
Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall: Absolutely. I think that has been the objective since the beginning. I believe that in order to get one-world government, they first had to have in place a world economy. Once they have all the world economic systems coordinated, it is child's play to flip into world government. I believe that has been the purpose. I also believe that economic failure internationally has been a planned failure and I believe the reason behind that planned failure is to create world government. The evolvement into technocrats and electronic money is horribly dangerous.
Daily Bell: What do you think of Austrian economists?
Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall: I agree with a lot of what von Mises says but I disagree somewhat on the gold/silver standard because I believe we need commodities as a whole to back our currency. In other words, I believe gold, silver, natural gas, coal, timber, fishing, etc., all of the natural resources of any state, should be able to back a state currency, for example. In my opinion, all wealth comes from the earth.
Daily Bell: Is the Internet making a difference in terms of getting out your message?
Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall: I have to say it is. You have to do a combination of public speaking and publishing to keep the message going. It's a very concerted effort.
Daily Bell: Do you have any other books in the works right now?
Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall: Yes. I am currently working on a manuscript about one of the most intricate stories in the world right now. It will take some time to complete but it is about Ambassador Leo Emil Wanta who has been an intelligence operative since his teens and who reported directly to Ronald Reagan. This will be my final book of the trilogy, Swan Song for a Shadow Government, and should be finished in about a year. It will have a lot of biographical data and be more fact than fiction.
Daily Bell: Any other thoughts you would like to share?
Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall: One of the biggest things I have come to realize is that people's lack of knowledge, not just in the United States but people all over the world, as to how their own financial systems works is the reason that the powers-that-be have been able to perpetrate this rape of our financial resources, which is what it has been. It's a financial resource rape.
I also want to say that the reason I wrote my two books in fictional format, in an international, intrigue, intelligence, operative kind of book, is because it was the only way I could think of to get the attention of the American public. It's not a good situation. People need to learn more and do more.
My latest article about state banks can be seen here, "State Banks," with more at my blog, "State Banks: Resolution and Explanation."
Daily Bell: Thank you for your time, and your insights.
Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall: Thank you. The Daily Bell is very respected among the financial people I speak with. Most of them read it and I am very pleased to have this opportunity to speak about state banks.
Good for Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall for stating the problem. There is a power elite intent on creating world government. Because of the Internet, they're moving very quickly now, trying to put in place a full spectrum of functioning, global facilities. These include the UN (the legislative arm), the IMF (the central bank),SDRs (world currency), the International Criminal Court (ICC), NATO (world army),Interpol (world police), etc.
It's pretty amazing that people don't see global governance being erected around them, especially Westerners, and can still say that those who speak of it are "conspiracy theorists." There is a conspiracy, all right, but it's being implemented by a handful of impossibly wealthy individuals who have been pursuing this goal for at least a century, if not more.
These individuals control central banks around the world (having installed them, apparently) and use their control of hundreds of trillions to generate what they call a New World Order. The way it's been set up is clever. The US dollar itself has been the lynchpin. The Saudi royal family, thoroughly intimidated, recognizes only dollars for oil. This means that other nations have to hold dollars in order to buy oil. Thus, the US central bank can print almost unlimited dollars, "exporting" its inflation and using the proceeds for whatever purposes the power elite chooses. Obviously, they choose to purchase a lot of military equipment. There's a reason that the US spends more on its military than all the rest of the world combined. It's the power elite's enforcement arm.
It's a kind of closed circle in which the rest of the world pays for its own enslavement. The tributes flowing to America are re-invested into military equipment. In turn, those at the top of the American power pyramid − the shadow government − continue to restrict discoveries of oil to ensure that oil is mostly produced by Third World countries that are easily controllable. There's plenty of oil in the world, in our view, but if the dollar-reserve system is going to work, the supply of oil (and its discoveries) needs to be restricted.
There are other aspects to this plan, as well. What has never really been emphasized, it would seem, even in the alternative media, is the extent to which the Anglosphere power elites have used fundamentalist Islam to set up further world tensions. Wahhabism is the Saudi Arabian version of fundamentalist Sunni Islam. It is consistently exported throughout the Middle East by the Saudis but it never seems to occur to Western observers that the Saudis do NOTHING (important) without the approval of Western elites. If these elites didn't want Wahhabism available, it wouldn't be.
We've also written articles, along with some other observers of the world scene, showing that the Iranian revolution and subsequent fundamentalist Shia resurgence was likely Western-backed. And finally, we've shown that the many wars that the US and NATO are now engaged in prosecuting in the Middle East are overthrowing secular regimes and putting in place Islamic ones, courtesy of the Western-linked Muslim Brotherhood.
Step by step, methodically, Western elites are building up a "clash of civilizations" that will obviously further expand the phony "war on terror" that has already done so much damage to people's freedoms. The clash of civilizations has another advantage in that controlled governments the world over are implementing Draconian passport and visa limitations using the justification of war to do so.
Take a step back and watch the pincer movement closing. On the one hand, you have the rising drumbeat of war and on the other you have additional economic dislocation. Taken together, the elites are creating a worldwide crisis that will apparently be used to further activate world government.
How can people respond? Well, in our humble view, people should do what they can to live independently, even to the point of having independent food sources and access to other resources (including perhaps gold and silver money) that are not directly linked to state facilities. We have regularly offered the solution that people should strive to live in small communities and have a say over the larger bureaucracy that is all too often running their lives.
Ms. Barnewall believes that state banks (call them regional banks) are an important part of the solution, and generally the idea of devolution is a sensible one, in our view. Of course, we've taken it further than Ms. Barnewall (or Ellen Brown) in the sense that we advocate a fully laissez faire society in which various kinds of money and banking can compete with other forms of compensation and capital-raising techniques.
We are not even so sure that banking itself is a necessary or at least important part of free-market societies, in that historically speaking, people have raised capital in numerous ways. The current "cult of banking" is a direct outgrowth, in our view, of the power elite's desire to have distribution facilities to offer-out fiat/paper currency. Absent the current distribution system, the financial landscape would be much changed.
But we have tried to be consistent throughout the years we've been offering the Daily Bell, and long ago we began to state that solutions such as the ones offered by Brown and Barnewall might be better, at least in the short-term, than what we have today. In the longer term, we hope that Western societies find their way back to REAL free markets, free banking and generally monetary freedom. It existed, partially anyway, in the US only several hundred years ago. There's no reason why it can't or won't exist again. People will look back on the current environment as a kind of bad dream − an interregnum, not a reign.
We are not sure, however, that the kinds of free-societies that we (along with many others) advocate will come about because people simply will them into existence. More and more, we are convinced that the current trends will have to play themselves out at least to some degree. For this reason, we do not advocate using the current system to CURE the current system, as more and more are arguing.
In our view, people should try to DROP OUT of the current system to the best of their abilities. If enough people do this, the current system will simply lose credibility and eventually cease to exit. There is not much to recommend it at this point, after all, unless you are a fan of continuing wars, inflation, depression, unemployment, corporatism and expanding global government.
What we call the Internet Reformation is increasingly bringing this state of affairs to the attention of Western citizens, and as this knowledge grows, changes are taking place. We tend to feel this is as unstoppable as any other trend and that the end result of the current sociopolitical, economic and military environment will be one that includes devolution as well as centralization and expansion.
Ms. Barnewall, in our view, is doing her part for devolution and smaller society with her advocacy of state rather than federal banking, and also with her books and articles on these issues. There's much we disagree with, philosophically about the idea of public banking, even at a state level, and, of course, we are not convinced that the state can ever manage ANYTHING effectively because at root, when you speak of the state you are speaking of an entity that will mandate obedience using force.
But within a real-world locale, anything that punctures the ever-bigger goals of the power elite is probably a healthy occurance. Ms. Barnewall obviously appreciates the REAL problem and is not afraid of stating it. She receives our admiration for her guts and we certainly wish her well, generally, in her endeavors. These days, smaller is surely better in so many ways.
February 19th, 2012 by olddog
February 18, 2012
By John F. Di Leo
Received from Marilyn Barnewall
Acting without any legal authority, President Obama has overridden the federal charter of the Export-Import Bank, and turned it into a competitor for domestic loan business, in utter defiance of the law. Hardly anyone has noticed or seems to care. Speaking at a Boeing assembly plant in Everett, Washington Friday, President Barack Obama announced a bold new plan to help American exporters: he would broaden the services of the Ex-Im Bank to help grow our exports.
Now, that sounds good on the face of it. The Ex-Im Bank is chartered as an export-funding source with a very narrow, specific charter. It exists in an odd area of commerce that requires some background.
When a US manufacturer wants to sell to a foreign country, the local banking regulations and currency controls of that destination government sometimes make it difficult or impossible for the buyer to pay a US vendor promptly. Local interest rates may be too high; the local banks may be untrustworthy or otherwise unable to cooperate smoothly with a US bank; the destination country may simply have rules that only allow payments occasionally, so the timing of the shipment may cause the customer to be unable to pay for a year or two, or ever.
In view of this problem, many foreign countries have their own export finance banks — government-chartered agencies that produce short term financing on good risks — only on good risks — so that the peculiarities of the (usually third world) destination country don't kill a good transaction. Sometimes they're paid immediately, sometimes in six months, or a year or two… the idea is that the government is better off if its manufacturers are not scared out of exporting to such countries by banking issues. And again, barring unforeseen revolutions or currency collapses, these deals should only be about good investments.
Since so many other countries provide such a service for their manufacturers, the US government created the Ex-Im Bank in the 1930s to provide the same service for ours. The larger the project, the more important such financing becomes. Without such a credit agency, US manufacturers would lose sale after sale to foreign competitors whose governments could offer this financing tool as part of the deal. The Ex-Im Bank is therefore a tool for leveling the playing field in export sales. It lends to good credit risks in problematic countries, that's all… and helps keep the US export sector strong as a result.
To ensure that the Ex-Im Bank doesn't step on the toes of private US banks, it operates under several constraints. It must not compete with other US lenders; if a private bank wants to make the loan, the Ex-Im Bank must step aside (and happily does!). It must not provide this taxpayer-supported service on foreign products; since the whole point is to support US manufacturers, it sets minimum percentage requirements for US content on the goods being sold. And since its whole point is to support exports, it can only make loans attached to export shipments, not just any old loan for any old US company. It's not there to compete with the private sector!
Well, if there's one thing we've learned from watching the Obama Administration in action for three years, if there's anything they despise, it's pesky laundry lists of rules that limit executive desires.
Poof! goes the charter…
There is a case to be made for tweaking the activity of the Ex-Im Bank. It sometimes runs up against its capital limitations, so to ask Congress to increase its funding ability could be a worthwhile discussion, with valid points on both sides. And as our economy grows ever more global, the content percentage requirements could perhaps be more flexible. The Ex-Im Bank has, for example, already largely eliminated the need for US-flagged vessels being used on export shipments, a rule that became archaic when the last of the major US-flag container-ships fell under foreign ownership. So yes, times change, and the Ex-Im Bank has to an extent changed with them.
But these aren't the kinds of changes that the Obama Administration is ordering.
He has announced that he will break with 80 years of history and a clear bank charter to direct the Ex-Im Bank to provide loans for domestic (USA-to-USA) sales if a foreign government might offer export financing to the manufacturer's foreign competitors. They all do! By definition, export financing agencies abroad provide this service on their international sales; it's not normally restricted by industry or product. The American banking industry can provide sufficient financing for a domestic company to compete with a more costly foreign import (for which you have transportation, duties, and other import costs as well, presumably making the importation undesirable).
He has also announced that he will order the Ex-Im Bank to begin making short-term financing loans of six to twelve months — not necessarily connected to any export sales! — to small domestic firms who want to increase their exporting activity. That's so open-ended, it can mean anything and include any company. Not that there's anything wrong with loans to small businesses; it's just that this is not the job of the Ex-Im Bank. Short-term loans to domestic businesses are for normal domestic banks to offer; that's what the business department of every bank in the country is for!
He did throw in the mention that he supports reauthorizing the Ex-Im Bank when its funding authority comes up in May, just to include something legitimate in this basket of excesses, but the big story is his overreach in tearing up a charter from 1934 and dismissing it as irrelevant. Will he even be called on it? Will anyone even notice this particular overreach, after three years of losing count of such things?
Misrule by Mismanagement
This isn't the first time that this president has attempted to politicize the Ex-Im Bank and meddle with its rules. The administration quietly issued an edict in 2009 that the Ex-Im Bank was to give greater support to green projects, and to deny outright projects that involve fossil fuels, no matter how deserving the project or how compliant with the bank's charter. This exploded into a political debacle in the run-up to the 2010 election, when ex-Senator-to-be Russ Feingold of Wisconsin had to intervene and plead with the administration to remove the political hold intended to kill a $600 million sale for suburban Milwaukee's Bucyrus International. The resulting embarrassment — discovering that the Democratic Party would rather kill thousands of American union jobs than participate in a coal mine project in India — likely contributed to the November victory of now-Senator Ron Johnson.
But even that was just an internal guidance, improper, but arguably not a violation of the Ex-Im Bank's charter.
This 2012 initiative is different. This 2012 initiative turns the concept of export finance on its head. It directly orders a bank to disregard its ban on domestic loans, and sell domestically. The initiative orders the Ex-Im Bank to disregard its requirement to loan only on export shipments, and instead to loan operating cash to put companies in a better position to export (a goal with no substance whatever). It orders them to break their cardinal rule against competing with private domestic banks. And by definition, it likely means that these expanded offerings will crowd out the very kind of loans — to foreign purchasers of American export goods – that the Ex-Im Bank was created to provide.
This administration is making a habit of directing government agencies to change their very jobs without congressional authority. The military isn't there to fight wars, but perhaps to help with disaster assistance. The Department of Education is to issue guidelines on children's diets. NASA is to stop flying into outer space, and instead is to propagandize about the scientific contributions of Islam through the ages. The Department of Energy is to thwart energy independence by denying permits that would produce domestic energy.
And now the Export-Import Bank is to loan money to domestic customers engaging in domestic transactions.
This administration is abusing government, by using agencies for purposes other than their constitutional or statutory functions. This government by executive fiat grows ever more random, ever more disconnected from the reality of the legislation that chartered these departments and agencies as they wander ever farther afield.
John F. Di Leo is a Chicago-based Customs broker and international trade compliance lecturer. His columns are regularly found in IllinoisReview.com.
February 18th, 2012 by olddog
Posted by EU Times
A disturbing Ministry of Trade report circulating in the Kremlin today is raising serious concerns over the United States plan to shut down significant parts of the Internet on 8 March in a move many Russian experts warn could be a prelude to massive attacks against the growing number of dissidents in that country.
According to this report, The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will unplug on 8 March the Domain Name System (DNS) servers it set up to replace rogue DNS servers that sent victims to malicious sites. A report on Infoworld said the removal of this temporary fix may affect “a substantial number” of users, as half of Fortune 500 companies and US government agencies are infected with the malware, not to mention tens-of-millions of privately owned American computers.
The rogue DNS servers replaced by the FBI were seized this past November in Estonia following a two-year operation called “Ghost Click” where six Estonians working for Rove Digital were taken into custody by Estonian authorities in what is called the biggest cyber criminal takedown in history and the US is now hoping to extradite them; a Russian suspect said remains at large.
Those captured by the FBI and Estonian authorities used DNS Changer malware to redirect unsuspecting users to rogue servers that allowed them to manipulate users’ web activity. When users clicked on the link for the official iTunes website, for example, they were instead taken to a completely different website that purported to sell Apple software. These criminals, reports the FBI, are believed to have made at least $14 million from the scam.
Federal Security Services (FSB) addendums to this report note that even though FBI and Estonia authorities took claim for this cyber bust it was, in fact, Russian officials who supplied the critical information needed for bringing down this criminal ring after extracting a detailed confession from Russian Internet businessman Pavel Vrublevsky, and self-confessed MOSSAD agent, in late October, 2011, prior to his sentencing in a Moscow Court.
Vrublevsky was knowledgeable about the Estonian operation through his association with Rove Digital founder Vladimir Tsastsin who was a major investor in his company ChronoPay, a major Russian payment processing firm.
Upon forwarding their information to FBI and Estonian authorities about Rove Digital’s rogue servers, the FSB says in this report, Russian computer security experts sought to reverse the damage done to millions of computers around the world by manipulating the malware used which would have, in essence, neutralized the threat, but were overruled by the Americans who, instead, seized the servers a few days later and appropriated the malware for their “own uses.”
To why the US would not apply a rapid fix to the millions of computers affected by this malware as suggested by Russian experts, and, instead, replace the rogue servers with their own, and then turn around on 8 March and disconnect them all has left many in the Kremlin puzzled and concerned.
The greatest concern, this report says, is the “high potential” for the US to further infect computers without anyone realizing what they are doing so that on 8 March millions of Americans would discover they no longer had access to the Internet, and would not know why.
To effectively engineer an Internet blackout, while at the same time holding themselves blameless, the Ministry says, could be linked to any number of dissident suppression moves known to be being planned by the US which as of 9 February had already jailed at least 6,509 people protesting against the Obama regime.
Massive military movements within the United States, as we had previously reported on, are, also, continuing unabated as new reports this week detail US Marine assault exercises being carried out on their East Coast regions, a move made even more suspect after it was discovered that a sniper unit of this elite military force has begun using as its logo the dreaded Nazi SS symbol.
Equally concerning about the Americans planned 8 March Internet blackout is its coming two days after what is called Super Tuesday elections (6 March) for the Republican Party challenger to President Obama for the Presidency which would allow for massive voter manipulation by US authorities to “pick” who wins this most crucial race.
Important to note about this particular scenario, and as we had previously reported on in our 18 January report “Kissinger vows to China: “Jeb Bush Will Be Next President,” it was more than interesting to read this new US report that, in part, says:
“Al Cardenas, head of the American Conservative Union, has said that Republican turmoil might lead to a brokered convention in which Jeb Bush, former Florida governor, would emerge as a “possible alternative” party nominee. Mr. Cardenas, who is running this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), a gathering in Washington of some 10,000 conservatives, told MailOnline that it was not certain that one of the four current Republican candidates would emerge victorious.”
To what the final outcome of this planned 8 March shutdown of the Internet will be it is not in our knowing, other than to note that those who haven’t applied a “FIX” to their own computer systems yet should do so as soon as possible lest they find themselves blind.
February 16th, 2012 by olddog
By William Cox
Reversing the Supreme Court’s gift of constitutional rights to corporations in Citizens United will not cure the political ills weakening the sinews of democracy that bind the United States. The nation was infected at birth and it will continue to be diseased until its government is transformed into one that is responsive to the needs and ambitions of ordinary people, irrespective of wealth or influence.
Although Citizens United unleashed the overwhelming power of the wealthy elite, corporations, and other special interest groups to purchase the major benefits of government while avoiding the burden of taxation, the danger presented by the power of money has been a risk to democracy throughout American history.
Thomas Jefferson hoped that "we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, . . ." Almost two hundred years later, Franklin Roosevelt said, "We know now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob."
A number of organizations have attracted widespread bipartisan support in their efforts to overturn Citizens United. Even if they succeed in persuading Congress to enact an amendment depriving corporations of constitutional rights and if they convince three fourths of the states to ratify the amendment, the problems that existed the day before the decision was announced will remain and will continue to be as threatening as ever.
Legalized bribery in the form of campaign contributions will still influence the actions of elected officials; candidates will still avoid taking positions on critical issues and will ignore the concerns of voters; political parties will still enact policy "platforms" designed to attract voters and will ignore their promises once their candidates are elected, and voters will continue to be uninformed and turned off by elective politics.
If they are to ever achieve true representative democracy and the freedom and opportunity inherent in its promise, the People of the United States must transform their government, rather than to reform or restore it back to something which will not serve or protect their best interests.
The essence of politics is the formulation of policy, and the manner and means by which public policy is made and effectuated by laws and regulations defines the very nature of government.
The effectiveness of a democracy can be measured by the degree that its voters have an influence in the development and articulation of government policy, either directly or through their elected representatives. Conversely, curtailment of that power results in an oligarchy or plutocracy, rather than a democracy.
The Existing Public Policy System.
Presently, political parties and candidates identify their concept of the issues confronting the offices sought, and they present their policies regarding the various issues. Citizens then cast their votes for the candidates they hope are best prepared to solve the problems they consider to be the most serious.
The current process presents a number of problems. Left to their own devices, politicians ignore the most critical issues and concentrate their resources and rhetoric on personalities and negative campaigning designed to lower the estimation of their opponents in the eyes of the voters. In addition, candidates studiously avoid taking any position on the real issues they will face, believing they will lose rather than gain votes by taking a stand.
Specifically, during presidential elections, the political parties construct "platforms" defining their proposed policies on the issues. These artfully drawn platforms are designed to appeal to the maximum number of voters, while retaining a sufficient degree of ambiguity to avoid all accountability in the future.
If the presidential platform was a blueprint for the construction of a residence, the house would be unattractive, unsafe, and uninhabitable. Even so, American voters continue to attend the open houses held by slick political salesmen, and more often than not they are forced to buy the lesser of two evils, with the ever diminishing hope that their purchase will actually live up to its promises.
The Politics of Wealth.
The development of meaningful public policy also suffers because the two main political parties have become virtually indistinguishable. They primarily rely on the same corporations, financial institutions and wealthy elite for major campaign financing, and consequently, irrespective of their "platforms," they both remain beholden to the same narrow constituency and its special interests, rather than the health and welfare of those who cast the ballots.
David and Charles Koch hosted a billionaire summit conference in the last week of January at a golf resort in Southern California to plot strategy and raise money for the 2012 elections. This was not the first time the wealthy elite has united to make and control the U.S. political agenda, nor will it be the last.
America’s plutocracy did not suddenly pop into existence from another dimension. It is the dividend returned on a massive investment over the past 40 years by family foundations, such as those established by Lynde and Harry Bradley, John Olin, Sarah Scaife and Smith Richardson, and by individuals including Bunker and Nelson Hunt, Joseph Coors, Richard Mellon Scaife, and the Koch Brothers.
The centers, institutes, and foundations endowed and supported by corporations and the wealthy elite have come to very effectively formulate and market their agenda of privilege for every branch of the government. Burton Pines of the Heritage Foundation unabashedly said, "Our targets are the policymakers and opinion-making elite. Not the public."
One of the most effective of these groups has been the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, which has successfully staffed a majority of the U.S. Supreme Court with its members. They have produced a series of decisions, including Citizens United, in collaboration with their wealthy and corporate sponsors in the class war being waged against the American people.
Special interest pressure on government does not come only from the right. The labor movement has made significant contributions of money and volunteers to the Democratic Party in the past, but the decline of labor unions over the past 30 years has reduced the influence of organized labor over the Democratic "platform."
The Democratic Party has historically represented the interests of workers and the poor; however, both sitting and former members of the party now peddle their allegiance to corporations and the wealthy elite. The newsletter, First Street, recently published its top-ten list of Washington lobbyists. The top four were all former senators and congressmen from the Democratic Party.
Similarly, the Republican Party and the "Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America" no longer represent the needs and aspirations of the millions of small business owners in the United States. Two thirds of small business owners revealed in a recent poll that they have been hurt by Citizens United, and 88% viewed money as playing a negative role in politics.
The revolving door between the Capitol Building and K Street provides access to both sides of the aisle. Currently, there are 285 former members registered as congressional lobbyists, with many others, including Newt Gingrich, offering "strategic advice" or public relation services to corporate and special interest clients.
There are tens of thousands of registered lobbyists in Washington, D.C. representing thousands of corporations, trade associations and interest groups. These individuals will not be laid off or made redundant by a reversal of Citizens United.
Lobbyists have been working the corridors of power throughout the history of the United States, and they will continue to cut the line in front of ordinary people, as long as they are allowed to get away with it.
What then can be done to transform the government to one which provides the voters, of every political persuasion, with a stronger voice in the formulation of policy?
A National Policy Referendum
The concept of "policy" is widely misunderstood. Policy is simply a guideline or a path to a goal or objective. It differs from laws, rules and regulations, which are mandatory.
Moreover, a policy referendum differs substantially from the initiatives and propositions that voters often find on their state and local ballots. A policy referendum does not make law; it creates policy.
Through their answers to a series of referendum questions, voters can effectively establish policy guidelines to be followed and implemented by those they elect. If an elected official fails to follow the people’s policy, then he or she has to be prepared to justify the deviation at the next election.
A National Policy Referendum can produce a number of positive results:
First, the grassroots (and netroots) movement that compels the enactment of a referendum, whether by constitutional amendment or by congressional action will, in and of itself, transform the government. Once true representative democracy is effectuated, government will never again be the same.
Second, the referendum process will result in a transformation of apathetic voters of every political persuasion into a more engaged, informed and motivated electorate. Once the power to create policy is realized by voters, they will naturally become more questioning and inquisitive. Moreover, they will likely insist on civics classes in public schools to better prepare young people to evaluate and resist political propaganda and negative advertising in the future.
Third, Congress will be compelled to identify actual problems, rather than the profit-motivated issues promoted by their corporate sponsors in the military-industrial complex and the health care, financial, and petroleum industries.
In a representative democracy, it will necessarily be the responsibility of Congress to decide upon the most critical issues facing the nation during presidential elections; however, the Internet Age provides myriad opportunities for public participation in the process and for political parties to promote competing questions.
Fourth, candidates for all elective offices, particularly presidential candidates, will be forced to take a public stand on a range of real problems. Undoubtedly, politicians will try to lie and dissemble about their positions on issues, but much like witnesses under cross-examination in a court case, they can be forced to simply answer yes or no to the most important questions.
Finally, referendum voters will be much more inclined to study the issues, to confront their own prejudices and to challenge the positions of others before arriving at well-thought-out conclusions. Thoughtful answers to a policy referendum at the conclusion of an educational process are far more instructive and useful than quick answers offered during surprise opinion polls.
Irrespective of their intelligence, level of education, or station in life, ordinary people are legally required to file income tax returns each year, as the government dips into their pockets to fund its operations and to pay the salaries of their representatives. If people are smart enough to pay taxes and brave enough to die in the wars started by their government, they also possess the ability to decide public policy.
The collective wisdom of motivated and well-informed voters in a free society is a powerful force that will better protect its members against oppression by their own government and the people of other countries from the wars started for the financial benefit of corporate sponsors.
The People’s Government
The sanctity of elections in a representative democracy is directly dependent upon the strength of voter turnouts, which in turn depends on the trust of voters that their vote will make a difference, and by the integrity of the ballot box, which insures that all valid votes are properly counted.
In the United States, voter turnouts are historically much lower than in most other established democracies, and they have been steadily decreasing since peaking at 65% in 1960. The low point was reached in 1988 when barely half of the eligible voters appeared at the polls. Since then, the turnout has bounced up and down depending upon ballot issues, the closeness of the election and whether voters felt their lives would be affected or changed by the result.
Even within the vagaries of turnouts, percentages are closely correlated with income, with 86% of people earning more than $75,000 voting, as compared to 52% of those with incomes of less than $15,000. Unsurprisingly, legislators are far more responsive to the issues that concern high-income voters.
The best way to eliminate or minimize these disparities in participation is to hold elections on a national paid voting holiday to celebrate the federal elections held every two years and to honor the voters, who are the most important element of a democracy.
A measure of the character of a person should not be which party, candidate or cause he or she supports, but whether or not the person actively participates in their government by casting a wise vote. Effective voting must become a sacrament in the nation’s political religion.
Fair elections are best guaranteed by large turnouts; however, increasingly, there are political strategies that seek to subvert the process by actively suppressing voter turnout by those of opposing viewpoints.
Rather than encouraging voters to support their position or candidate, campaigns engage in voter suppression efforts to discourage whole classes of people from exercising their right to vote.
Suppression can operate indirectly through legislative processes, such as enacting unreasonable photo identification laws making it more difficult or expensive for low income, minority or elderly voters to register or to cast ballots, or by directly intimidating voters by threatening challenges at the polling place.
Voter suppression can also take the form of mailings or telephone calls directing voters to the wrong polling place, by intentionally misleading voters about voting requirements, or by providing too few polling places in opposition precincts.
Legislative restrictions on registration or voting must balance the benefits of an increased voter turnout with the risk of voting fraud, and all forms of intentional voter suppression should be prohibited.
It might appear on the surface that computerized voting could supply a modern and secure method of voting; however, evidence of its vulnerabilities continues to accumulate.
In addition to the facts that voting machines are manufactured and marketed by political partisans who refuse to disclose their operating codes, that the computers can be and have been easily hacked, and that voting machines are mechanically and electronically unreliable and often break down during elections, they do not produce an auditable paper ballot completed and verified by the voter.
If American voters are to regain and retain control over their elections, they must refuse to use computerized voting machines or any other electronic ballot. Instead, voters must insist on hand-countable paper ballots upon which to record their choices.
Even still, paper ballots can be optically scanned and quickly counted, but most importantly, each ballot is, indisputably, evidence of an individual’s vote and, collectively, paper ballots serve as a tangible symbol of democracy in action.
Once in the voting booth, instead of responding like laboratory animals pushing a button in response to the stimulus of the latest ten-second television attack ad, voters should take time to carefully consider the issues and candidates presented on their ballots by the various political parties.
Once a decision is reached, each voter should have the choice of demonstrating his or her literacy and inherent political power by voting on the most critical issues and by clearly writing in his or her personal choice for president of the United States, whether or not the name is printed on the ballot.
So what if it takes a little longer to count, or recount, the ballots? Isn’t delayed gratification a small price to pay for ensuring that voters control elections, rather than those who profit from elections?
If voter turnouts were to dramatically increase, and if only 15 to 25 percent of voters were to cast write-in votes, trust that the politicians would quickly register their willingness to accept every write-in vote naming them for any office of public trust and that they will be scrambling to ensure that all write-in votes cast for them are legally counted.
Young Americans continue to be grievously wounded and killed in their nation’s wars to defend a "government of the people, by the people and for the people." The question that must be answered now is what kind of government will these young people have in the future?
Will it be a despotic government enabled by lazy and easily misled voters, who foolishly rely on robots to count their ballots?
More likely, the People of the United States, of every political party, will prove once again they are smart enough to figure out they are being taken advantage of, and they will have the courage to do something about it. They just need to figure out what that "something" is.
A Voters’ Rights Amendment
Since its creation two hundred years ago, the People of the United States have traveled a long path toward achieving true representative democracy. Initially, only male property owners were allowed to cast ballots, but along the way the franchise has been extended, with a few exceptions, to all adult citizens.
With its decision in Citizens United, the Supreme Court not only reversed two hundred years of progress toward a democracy for all of the people, it slammed the door shut and handed over the keys to corporations and other moneyed interests.
Amending the Constitution.
There has been a groundswell of bipartisan opposition to Citizens United, and a number of organizations representing tens of thousands of voters have proposed constitutional amendments to overcome the decision.
Move to Amend is the best known and best organized of the opposition groups, and its proposed amendment aims to reverse the granting of corporate personhood and the equation of money and free speech ordered by the Court. Its proposal follows in the first three sections:
The rights protected by the Constitution of the United States are the rights of natural persons only.
Artificial entities, such as corporations, limited liability companies, and other entities, established by the laws of any State, the United States, or any foreign state shall have no rights under this Constitution and are subject to regulation by the People, through Federal, State, or local law.
The privileges of artificial entities shall be determined by the People, through Federal, State, or local law, and shall not be construed to be inherent or inalienable.
Federal, State and local government shall regulate, limit, or prohibit contributions and expenditures, including a candidate’s own contributions and expenditures, for the purpose of influencing in any way the election of any candidate for public office or any ballot measure.
Federal, State and local government shall require that any permissible contributions and expenditures be publicly disclosed.
The judiciary shall not construe the spending of money to influence elections to be speech under the First Amendment.
Nothing contained in this amendment shall be construed to abridge the freedom of the press.
A Voters’ Rights Amendment securing voter control over the government must not only reverse corporate personhood and provide for the control of money in politics, it must also clearly establish voter primacy as a matter of inherent constitutional right and it must include a solid foundation upon which to build a true and long-lasting representative democracy for future generations. Following is a working blueprint for such a structure:
The right of all citizens of the United States to cast effective votes in all elections is inherent under this Constitution and shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State.
During the calendar year preceding a presidential election, Congress shall solicit public comment regarding the political issues that most concern the People.
Prior to the end of the calendar year preceding a presidential election, Congress shall adopt a joint resolution enumerating the 12 most critical policy questions that should be addressed by the next President and Congress.
Failure of Congress to adopt a joint resolution prior to the end of the calendar year shall result in the disqualification of all sitting members of Congress to be eligible for reelection.
Federal elections conducted every second year for Senators and Representatives shall be held on a national voter’s holiday, with full pay for all citizens who cast a ballot.
Federal elections shall be conducted on uniform, hand-countable paper ballots and, for the presidential election, ballots shall include the 12 most critical policy questions identified by Congress, each to be answered yes or no by the voters.
Paper ballots shall provide space allowing voters to handwrite in their choice for all elective federal offices, if they choose, and all such votes shall be counted.
In balancing the public benefit of maximum voter participation with the prevention of voting fraud, Congress and the States shall not impose any unreasonable restriction on registration or voting by the People.
The intentional suppression of voting is hereby prohibited and, in addition to any other penalty imposed by law, any person convicted of the intentional suppression of voting shall be ineligible for public office for a period of five years.
The United States Constitution once stood as a model for new nations; however, today it is viewed by many as an outdated and difficult-to-amend document that guarantees few rights, when compared to other established democracies.
There is an inherent right in a representative democracy to cast an effective vote, and a failure by the government to protect that right nullifies the electoral process.
By amending their constitution to ensure the primacy of voters and their right to control their government, the People of the United States will once again demonstrate an evolutionary model for democratic governments around the world.
Transformation of the United States government to a true representative democracy is no longer an option. It is a matter of survival!
William John Cox is a retired police officer, prosecutor, public interest lawyer, author and political activist. He wrote the Policy Manual of the Los Angeles Police Department defining the principles and philosophy of policing, and he wrote the role of the police in America for President Nixon’s National Advisory Commission on Criminal Justice Standards and Goals. His efforts to promote a peaceful political evolution can be found at VotersEvolt.com, his writings are collected at WilliamJohnCox.com and he can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a great example of how an organization can spread food and poison at the same time. While I find many articles at Global research very informative, I have always known they are a socialist organization, and need to be watched carefully. Don’t let them fool you with their many great articles, but keep abreast of how they also spread destruction. Sorting out truth from lies is sometimes hard to do, if you don’t really understand what their goal is. So, as I have said many times, eat the meat and throw out the rest. Democracy is two wolves and a sheep deciding on what to have for dinner, and without the interference of the central bankers, a Republic is for a freedom loving Nation. This article sounds great to the ignorant Liberals among us, but would totally destroy America forever.
February 15th, 2012 by olddog
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Officials with Grassfire Nation, a key coordinating group for tea-party-type activities and issues, say the Department of Justice’s investigation of Maricopa, Ariz., County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is nothing more than a political attack.
And to offer encouragement to the sheriff, Darla Dawald, representing the Grassfire Nation group, has presented Arpaio with a petition of some 100,000 signatures from people who have declared their support for the law-enforcement officer.
Grassfire Nation supports the Patriot Action Network, which calls itself the “nation’s largest conservative social action network, involving tens of thousands of citizens,” including many tea party members.
The petition demands DOJ prove its accusations that Arpaio’s office has engaged in a policy to systematically violate the civil rights of Hispanics, which WND has reported DOJ refuses to do.
The petition claims the DOJ investigation is nothing more than a baseless, politically motivated attack on Arpaio.
“Citizens belonging to this grass roots movement who called themselves ‘Grassroots Nation’ have followed the situation and say they feel the federal government has orchestrated an attack on the Sheriff for Obama’s political gain, who hopes to ingratiate himself to the Hispanic American voting block,” the petition read.
The petition’s “Statement of Support” says:
“As a Citizen of the United States, I am declaring my support for Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the sheriff’s lawful practices in prosecuting criminal and his unflinching stand in handling the illegal immigration crisis in his home state of Arizona. I demand that the U.S. Department of Justice release any evidence involving the allegations against Sheriff Joe and his department’s practices. If proven unfounded, I demand an immediate end to the politically motivated witch-hunt against the sheriff and his department, and a public apology from Attorney General Holder.”
At the time, Arpaio noted that not only does he enforce the law, he also has his Cold Case Posse investigating Barack Obama’s birth certificate and eligibility.
Arpaio has scheduled a news conference March 1 in Phoenix to release the findings of the Cold Case Posse that has been investigating Obama’s eligibility.
Discover what the Constitution’s reference to “natural born citizen” means and whether Barack Obama qualifies, in the ebook version of “Where’s the REAL Birth Certificate?”
Arpaio’s decision to investigate Obama follows a meeting held in his office Aug. 17, 2011, with tea party representatives from Surprise, Ariz., who presented a petition signed by more than 250 Maricopa County residents. The petitioners expressed concern that their voting rights could be irreparably compromised if Obama uses a forged birth certificate to be placed on the 2012 presidential ballot in Arizona or otherwise is found to be ineligible.
WND previously reported that the tea party letter formally stated the following charge: “The Surprise Tea Party is concerned that no law enforcement agency or other duly constituted government agency has conducted an investigation into the Obama birth certificate to determine if it is in fact an authentic copy of 1961 birth records on file for Barack Obama at the Hawaii Department of Health in Honolulu, or whether it, or they are forgeries.”
The posse, constituted under the authority of Arpaio’s office, consists of three former law enforcement officers and two retired attorneys with law enforcement experience. It has been examining evidence since September concerning Obama’s eligibility to be president under Article 2, Section 1 of the Constitution.
The Cold Case Posse conducting the investigation has been described as a “posse within the posse,” consisting of volunteers with professional experience in conducting investigations. It includes individuals chosen because of their professional backgrounds in law enforcement, lawyers who have participated in criminal or civil cases and individuals with specialized skills in fields ranging from accounting to conducting criminal forensic examination.
The posse was constituted as a 501(c)3 organization, designed to cost the people of Maricopa County nothing, while enabling people from around the country to contribute to its mission.
In total, more than 3,000 volunteers participate in Arpaio’s posse program. The power to constitute posses is authorized to Arizona sheriffs under the state constitution.
Regarding the Department of Justice Investigation, Arpaio has told WND the issue raised by the DOJ is the sheriff’s office treatment of Hispanics. The DOJ alleges there are systematic violations of Hispanics’ federal civil rights.
However, Arpaio’s repeated requests for documentation have not generated a response.
Arpaio told Dewald that he is just doing his job.
“I serve the four million people who live in this county,” he said.
Dewald said the signatures actually represent voices of Americans “who have made a commitment to stand with Sheriff Joe and his policies to protect this great state and the nation.”
Arpaio has contended that a 22-page complaint the DOJ released Dec. 15 is nothing more than anecdotal and did not prove systematic sheriff’s department policies aimed at depriving Hispanics of their civil rights.
Nor was Arpaio concerned that the DOJ might take him and his sheriff’s office to federal court immediately, as it has threatened.
The DOJ has threatened that if Arpaio “wants to debate the facts instead of fixing the problems stated in our findings, we will do so by way of litigation.”
February 14th, 2012 by olddog
IS IT REALLY REAL?THE INDEFENSIBLE IS FACTUALLY INDEFENSIBLE!
February 13, 2012
By Joe McCutchen
The Democrat party is the party of welfare, the Republican Party, the party of war. The Republican Party hides behind the veil of small government and individual rights…nothing could be further from the truth. Observe!
21 A-10 jet fighters based in Fort Smith vs. 30,000 Drones nationally…who do you think will win?
Let the American ship of state weigh anchor for a moment. During the George W. Bush administration, aside from his murdering and lying, the following police-state parcels were passed by a feckless & corrupt congress, e.g.: The Patriot Act (rendition/torture, indefinite detainment, search & seizure without warrants) , the Military Commissions Act (violation of Posse Commitatus), the Homegrown Terrorism Act (now dissenting American citizens can be targeted), (Republican senators Graham & McCain have declared our Homeland is part of the battleground! Let that sink in!) and suddenly under the Marxist-Communist Barack Obama, the National Defense Authorization Act (enhanced interrogation <torture>, assassination, indefinite detainment of Americans arrested without legal representation or trial, either in the U.S. or to foreign soil), the SIP (Strategic Implementation Plan) act…against domestic “extremism” (want to take a crack at what government calls extremism?), and now HR 658 & the 30,000 DRONES!
Republicans have been the progenitors of all the recent unconstitutional heinous acts justified by the false flag advertised as the War on Terrorism. Both Democrat & Republican Parties have kept us mired in the Mid-East for 21 years. Can you imagine the real cost in lives & treasure on all sides…and to what end? The same psychopathic Warmongers, along with non-thinking emotional American citizens are rattling their sabers to attack Iran. Remember what the Founders admonished, you give up a little freedom for a little security and you lose both. Citizens, if you believe the legislation listed above is designed to make you safer you have been watching too much O’Reilly & Hannity and other Fox sycophants…the one exception Judge Andrew Napolitano (whose program was just cancelled).
Before dissecting the very latest attack on Americans designed to remove all vestiges of privacy & freedom, compliments of the U.S. Congress, a quick look at the Arkansas Six:
1. Senator John (“Travelin’ Man) Boozman…never saw a war he didn’t like, from afar of course, and willing volunteer lapdog for the global army–NATO. Boozman voted for ALL of the above and voted a second time to re-up the Patriot Act.
2. Senator Mark Pryor (hopefully the last of the 50 year political dynasty with 0 constitutional accomplishments)…. voted for all the above.
3. Cong. Mike Ross…voted for all the above…and special credit to Ross for casting the vote to get Obamacare out of committee so it could be passed, and yes, he was rewarded $275,000 for his vote.
4. The three lesser lights are Cong. Steve Womack, Timothy Griffin, & Rick Crawford. In a constituent letter Griffin lied about the real purpose of the NDAA. Womack is a big government man (both civilian & military), participant and supportive, and bragged about voting to re-up the Patriot Act, while endeavoring to impose sales tax on internet purchases. All six voted to give Obama $2.4 Trillion in Aug. 2011 & $1.4 Trillion in Jan. 2012, bringing the reported national debt to a frightening $16.4 Trillion !….they cynically call these numbers a “debt ceiling”, all 3 voted for the above congressional acts. Boozman & Womack are the two to be feared most.
HR 658 locks the corral gate of freedom and installs without equivocation an American Police State. HR 658 calls for 30,000 Drones to overfly the United States for surveillance purposes (no, not for American safety), compliments of the U.S. Congress, at a cost of $63.4 billion presently. The Drones will remove any vestiges of privacy. The source of the billions? Since 911 there has been only 1 incident, both point to “false flags”.
Substantial evidence suggests that 911 was an inside job performed by rogue elements of government and was quite possibly assisted by another country. The Anthrax incident had its beginning at Fort Detrick, Md. the army’s laboratory for the creation of the most sinister compounds known to man. As far back as the 50’s the then Camp Detrick Maryland was turning out compounds that were and are an affront to civilization.
The 30,000 Drones would factor out to 600 Drones per state, (you can forget the friendly skies) capable of being airborne for 50 hours. The attack on personal liberty and privacy by the federal government, accompanied by a lack of national reporting by the various mainstream news media are nothing more than accomplices for murder and civil unrest. If you are influenced by the blathering’s of O’Reilly or Hannity you have no comprehension of the geo-political circumstance and the guaranteed blowback. With media’s failure to report truthful in-depth news, they are simply acting as a cadre of assassins. Media America has assumed the position of the Vichy government of France during WW IIcriminal collaboration.
A note to citizens, and specifically the leaders of Fort Smith, AR., who do you believe to have the “winning hand”….21 A-10’s or 30,000 Drones? Madam Editor of the Times Record appears to have a disconnect with reality or she’s incredibly naïve, e.g. in a country of 300 million does she really believe a few hundred emails & faxes are going to influence the Department of Army/Department of Defense? The “mission” of the 188th is bandied around, so what is the 188th mission and is it possible the A-10’s have outlived their usefulness?
As has been stated on multiple occasions, the Arkansas Six, but not limited to, are Traitors to the good citizens of Arkansas and all Americans. Their lust for power has blinded and destroyed rational objectivity.
Most of these liberty stealing acts are being driven by Republicans and this is meant in no way to give the Democrats a pass.
Americans, both parties are criminally corrupt to the core, and as citizens continue to vote with a pragmatist mentality (the lesser of the two evils) we will surely go down in flames in the near term.
As a side note, if Gingrich, Romney, or Santorum were in power they would attack Iran today. The 3 are pathological fools. This certainly does not mean support for Obama.
February 13th, 2012 by olddog
February 12, 2012 by ppjg
Marti Oakley (c) copyright 2012
While we struggle as a nation to stay on our feet despite the mismanagement of our national debt and the number of people sliding into poverty as a result of fascism, one of the greatest scams of all times has unfolded right before our very eyes. This scam only slightly more disgusting than the global warming/climate change/man-made climate change, or whatever the current and ever changing buzzword is this week to describe “weather”patterns. Now we have “dependence on foreign oil”….Yep! That’s the one!
One of the greatest all-time scams perpetrated by the oil cartels and our government is the idea that we do not produce enough gas and oil products to make us energy independent. The fact is, we do and we always have.
According to various reports, the export of fuel in 2011 from U.S. refiners topped the markets at 117 million gallons per day of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and other petroleum products, up from 40 million gallons per day a decade earlier. For the first time in our history gas and oil EXPORTS were the top of the export list although they have been in the top ten exports for years!
Wait a minute! I thought we needed to drill more! I thought we didn’t have enough gas and oil produced domestically for us to be independent from foreign oil imports! But we got 117 million gallons of refined fuels to ship out to other countries every single day of the week? 365 days a year?
Gasoline supplies are being exported to the highest bidder, says Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst at Oil Price Information Service. “It’s a world market,” he says.
This just begs so many questions. How could we possibly be dependent on foreign oil if we can ship 117 million gallons a day out of the country, never to return, of products the public thinks is in short supply right here at home?
If we are importing back into the country, 98 million gallons less per year, than we shipped out…..who is actually dependent on whom for these products?
And finally: What is the point in shipping out products supposedly in short supply here at home and simultaneously shipping the same products back into the US but those products now produced in other countries which is now costing us more money?
Still think we need to frack, drill and contaminate groundwater supplies to produce energy? Do you still think there will be no gas at the pump if we don’t allow BP back into the Gulf to do more damage?
Only a small portion of the gas and oil produced here in the US, stays in the US. The bulk of crude is delivered to the global markets as per our agreement with OPEC. Whatever is produced here must be delivered to that market so that oil producers do not step on any OPEC toes and so that OPEC does not dump the failing US dollar. All OPEC production is done using the dollar. It is then bid on by other countries in that market including us. Do not confuse crude production with refined oil and gas products.
In the first ten months of 2011, US refiners exported 848 million barrels (worth $73.4 billion) of refined fuels (not crude) and imported 750 million barrels of the same products from OPEC. That means that we sent out 98 million gallons MORE than what we brought back in.
We are NOT dependent on foreign oil! We are being played by the oil cartels and our own government. As long as they can keep the public convinced that we don’t produce enough to meet our energy needs, we will continue to accept high fuel prices while we get gouged really good. The domestic supply is shorted so that the reserves we should have on hand for energy security and independence are diminished. This translates into artificially inflated market prices based on a massive and ongoing deception. You pay for that.
Another part of this scam is the constant hand wringing regarding our “aging refineries” and the fact that we have built no new refineries for more than twenty years. I’m guessing we don’t need any new refineries if we are refining so much oil right now that we can ship 117 million barrels of refined products out of the country each day while still contributing to US demands. But here again: If we can, with our aging refineries manage to ship out more refined products than the country needs, apparently the refineries we have are humming right along.
While we are hammered incessantly with TV ads and government reports stating that unless we allow oil cartels to frack us into oblivion by drilling far underground (even under your home, schools, hospitals, and into watersheds) we will continue to be dependent on foreign imports of natural gas. Yet no one wants to talk about the Ruby pipeline that cuts across the Northern plains states that will end up being pumped into tankers headed for Asian markets (China). Most folks think if we allow fracking to continue or expand, that somehow all that natural gas will end up in their furnace and the cost will go down when in fact, the more they frack the higher your bill is because exports will increase while imports of natural gas back into the country will also increase.
The increased release of massive amounts of methane gas driven out of the ground should not be a cause for concern as the EPA has a handle on that. According to them, it isn’t fracking or drilling that causes the increase in methane…its cow farts. Yes! That’s right folks! The EPA is dead serious about the hazards of cow emissions.
How ‘bout that Keystone pipeline? Why! It will create thousands of jobs…….and reduce our dependence on imported oil. Well, sure it will. The Keystone pipeline has not one thing to do with making us energy independent. All, and I mean ALL that pipeline produces will be shipped out as quickly as they can get the pipeline flowing. This pipeline isn’t going to help make us energy independent and it isn’t going to reduce consumer prices nor will it increase reserves. But, we will be left with the massive damage to the environment, contaminated water supplies and air quality.
As for the damage? Not to worry, EPA has that covered too. Oil and gas companies are exempted totally from compliance with the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act and from any environmental impact studies and cannot be prosecuted for the damage they do.
Now……don’t you feel better?
February 12th, 2012 by olddog
02 12 12 The Elite Plan for a New World Social Order
Posted on Buncombe County Republican’s Social Network by James P. Harvey on November 3, 2011 at 10:57pm
I apologize for posting such a long article, but this is much shorter than most on this subject, and was written by a really gifted writer, and persistent researcher. You would all do well to copy this and read it many times over, as the world we once knew is gone forever, and only the strongest will survive the new world order.
Only the dull and ignorant cognitive dissonant will fail to see the authenticity from past events and the logical outcome presented herein.
If you take offense at reality, you can dump on me at email@example.com I can help you understand, but not believe.
This article was first published in New Dawn Magazine
By RIchard K Moore
When the Industrial Revolution began in Britain, in the late 1700s, there was lots of money to be made by investing in factories and mills, by opening up new markets, and by gaining control of sources of raw materials. The folks who had the most money to invest, however, were not so much in Britain but more in Holland. Holland had been the leading Western power in the 1600s, and its bankers were the leading capitalists. In pursuit of profit, Dutch capital flowed to the British stock market, and thus the Dutch funded the rise of Britain, who subsequently eclipsed Holland both economically and geopolitically.
In this way British industrialism came to be dominated by wealthy investors, and capitalism became the dominant economic system. This led to a major social transformation. Britain had been essentially an aristocratic society, dominated by landholding families. As capitalism became dominant economically, capitalists became dominant politically. Tax structures and import-export policies were gradually changed to favour investors over landowners.
It was no longer economically viable to simply maintain an estate in the countryside: one needed to develop it, turn it to more productive use. Victorian dramas are filled with stories of aristocratic families who fall on hard times, and are forced to sell off their properties. For dramatic purposes, this decline is typically attributed to a failure in some character, a weak eldest son perhaps. But in fact the decline of aristocracy was part of a larger social transformation brought on by the rise of capitalism.
The business of the capitalist is the management of capital, and this management is generally handled through the mediation of banks and brokerage houses. It should not be surprising that investment bankers came to occupy the top of the hierarchy of capitalist wealth and power. And in fact, there are a handful of banking families, including the Rothschilds and the Rockefellers, who have come to dominate economic and political affairs in the Western world.
Unlike aristocrats, capitalists are not tied to a place, or to the maintenance of a place. Capital is disloyal and mobile – it flows to where the most growth can be found, as it flowed from Holland to Britain, then from Britain to the USA, and most recently from everywhere to China. Just as a copper mine might be exploited and then abandoned, so under capitalism a whole nation can be exploited and then abandoned, as we see in the rusting industrial areas of America and Britain.
This detachment from place leads to a different kind of geopolitics under capitalism, as compared to aristocracy. A king goes to war when he sees an advantage to his nation in doing so. Historians can ‘explain’ the wars of pre-capitalist days, in terms of the aggrandisement of monarchs and nations.
A capitalist stirs up a war in order to make profits, and in fact our elite banking families have financed both sides of most military conflicts since at least World War 1. Hence historians have a hard time ‘explaining’ World War 1 in terms of national motivations and objectives.
In pre-capitalist days warfare was like chess, each side trying to win. Under capitalism warfare is more like a casino, where the players battle it out as long as they can get credit for more chips, and the real winner always turns out to be the house – the bankers who finance the war and decide who will be the last man standing. Not only are wars the most profitable of all capitalist ventures, but by choosing the winners, and managing the reconstruction, the elite banking families are able, over time, to tune the geopolitical configuration to suit their own interests.
Nations and populations are but pawns in their games. Millions die in wars, infrastructures are destroyed, and while the world mourns, the bankers are counting their winnings and making plans for their postwar reconstruction investments.
From their position of power, as the financiers of governments, the banking elite have over time perfected their methods of control. Staying always behind the scenes, they pull the strings controlling the media, the political parties, the intelligence agencies, the stock markets, and the offices of government. And perhaps their greatest lever of power is their control over currencies. By means of their central-bank scam, they engineer boom and bust cycles, and they print money from nothing and then loan it at interest to governments. The power of the elite banking gang (the ‘banksters’) is both absolute and subtle…
Some of the biggest men in the United States are afraid of something. They know there is a power somewhere, so organised, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it. – President Woodrow Wilson
The End of Growth – Banksters vs. Capitalism
It was always inevitable, on a finite planet, that there would be a limit to economic growth. Industrialisation has enabled us to rush headlong toward that limit over the past two centuries. Production has become ever more efficient, markets have become ever more global, and finally the paradigm of perpetual growth has reached the point of diminishing returns.
Indeed, that point was actually reached by about 1970. Since then capital has not so much sought growth through increased production, but rather by extracting greater returns from relatively flat production levels. Hence globalisation, which moved production to low-waged areas, providing greater profit margins. Hence privatisation, which transfers revenue streams to investors that formerly went to national treasuries. Hence derivative and currency markets, which create the electronic illusion of economic growth, without actually producing anything in the real world.
For almost forty years, the capitalist system was kept going by these various mechanisms, none of which were productive in any real sense. And then in September 2008 this house of cards collapsed, all of a sudden, bringing the global financial system to its knees.
If one studies the collapse of civilisations, one learns that failure-to-adapt is fatal. Is our civilisation falling into that trap? We had two centuries of real growth, where the growth-dynamic of capitalism was in harmony with the reality of industrial growth. Then we had four decades of artificial growth – capitalism being sustained by a house of cards. And now, after the house of cards has collapsed, every effort is apparently being made to bring about ‘a recovery’ – of growth! It is very easy to get the impression that our civilisation is in the process of collapse, based on the failure-to-adapt principle.
Such an impression would be partly right and partly wrong. In order to understand the real situation we need to make a clear distinction between the capitalist elite and capitalism itself. Capitalism is an economic system driven by growth; the capitalist elite are the folks who have managed to gain control of the Western world while capitalism has operated over the past two centuries. The capitalist system is past its sell-by date, the bankster elite are well aware of that fact – and they are adapting.
Capitalism is a vehicle that helped bring the banksters to absolute power, but they have no more loyalty to that system than they have to place, or to anything or anyone. As mentioned earlier, they think on a global scale, with nations and populations as pawns. They define what money is and they issue it, just like the banker in a game of Monopoly. They can also make up a new game with a new kind of money. They have long outgrown any need to rely on any particular economic system in order to maintain their power. Capitalism was handy in an era of rapid growth. For an era of non-growth, a different game is being prepared.
Thus, capitalism was not allowed to die a natural death. Instead it was brought down by a controlled demolition. First it was put on a life-support system, as mentioned above, with globalisation, privatisation, currency markets, etc. Then it was injected with a euthanasia death-drug, in the form of real-estate bubbles and toxic derivatives. Finally, the Bank of International Settlements in Basel – the central bank of central banks – pulled the plug on the life-support system: they declared the ‘mark-to-market rule’, which made all the risk-holding banks instantly insolvent, although it took a while for this to become apparent. Every step in this process was carefully planned and managed by the central-banking clique.
The End of Sovereignty – Restoring the Ancien Régime
Just as the financial collapse was carefully managed, so was the post-collapse scenario, with its suicidal bailout programs. National budgets were already stretched; they certainly did not have reserves available to salvage the insolvent banks. Thus the bailout commitments amounted to nothing more than the taking on of astronomical new debts by governments. In order to service the bailout commitments, the money would need to be borrowed from the same financial system that was being bailed out!
It’s not that the banks were too big to fail, rather the banksters were too powerful to fail: they made politicians an offer they couldn’t refuse. In the USA, Congress was told that without bailouts there would be martial law the next morning. In Ireland, the Ministers were told there would be financial chaos and rioting in the streets. In fact, as Iceland demonstrated, the sensible way to deal with the insolvent banks was with an orderly process of receivership.
The effect of the coerced bailouts was to transfer insolvency from the banks to the national treasuries. Banking debts were transformed into sovereign debts and budget deficits. Now, quite predictably, it is the nations that are seeking bailouts, and those bailouts come with conditions attached. Instead of the banks going into receivership, the nations are going into receivership.
In his book, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, John Perkins explains how the third world has been coerced over the past several decades – through pressure and trickery of various kinds – into perpetual debt bondage. By design, the debts can never be repaid. Instead, the debts must be periodically refinanced, and each round of refinancing buries the nation deeper in debt – and compels the nation to submit to even more drastic IMF diktats. With the orchestrated financial collapse, and the ‘too big to fail’ scam, the banksters have now crossed the Rubicon: the hit-man agenda is now operating here in the first world.
In the EU, the first round of nations to go down will be the so-called PIGS – Portugal, Ireland, Greece, and Spain. The fiction, that the PIGS can deal with the bailouts, is based on the assumption that the era of limitless growth will resume. As the banksters themselves know full well, that just isn’t going to happen. Eventually the PIGS will be forced to default, and then the rest of the EU will go down as well, all part of a controlled-demolition project.
When a nation succumbs to debt bondage, it ceases to be a sovereign nation, governed by some kind of internal political process. Instead it comes under the control of IMF diktats. As we have seen in the third world, and is happening now in Europe, these diktats are all about austerity and privatisation. Government functions are eliminated or privatised, and national assets are sold off. Little by little – again a controlled demolition – the nation state is dismantled. In the end, the primary functions left to government are police suppression of its own population, and the collection of taxes to be handed over to the banksters.
In fact, the dismantling of the nation state began long before the financial collapse of 2008. In the USA and Britain, it began in 1980, with Reagan and Thatcher. In Europe, it began in 1988, with the Maastricht Treaty. Globalisation accelerated the dismantling process, with the exporting of jobs and industry, privatisation programs, ‘free trade’ agreements, and the establishment of the regulation-busting World Trade Organisation (WTO). Events since 2008 have enabled the rapid acceleration of a process that was already well underway.
With the collapse, the bailouts, and the total failure to pursue any kind of effective recovery program, the signals are very clear: the system will be allowed to collapse totally, thus clearing the ground for a pre-architected ‘solution’. As the nation state is being dismantled, a new regime of global governance is being established to replace it. As we can see with the WTO, IMF, World Bank, and the other pieces of the embryonic world government, the new global system will make no pretensions about popular representation or democratic process. Rule will be by means of autocratic global bureaucracies, which will take their orders, directly or indirectly, from the bankster clique.
In his book, The Globalization of Poverty, Michel Chossudovsky explains how globalisation, and the actions of the IMF, created massive poverty throughout the third world over the past several decades. As we can see, with the dramatic emphasis on austerity following the collapse and bailouts, this poverty-creation project has now crossed the Rubicon. In this new world system there will be no prosperous middle class. Indeed, the new regime will very much resemble the old days of royalty and serfdom (the ancien régime). The banksters are the new royal family, with the whole world as their dominion. The technocrats who run the global bureaucracies, and the mandarins who pose as politicians in the residual nations, are the privileged upper class. The rest of us, the overwhelming majority, will find ourselves in the role of impoverished serfs – if we are lucky enough to be one of the survivors of the collapse process.
Today Americans would be outraged if UN troops entered Los Angeles to restore order; tomorrow they will be grateful. This is especially true if they were told there was an outside threat from beyond, whether real or promulgated, that threatened our very existence. It is then that all peoples of the world will plead with world leaders to deliver them from this evil. The one thing every man fears is the unknown. When presented with this scenario, individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well being granted to them by their world government. – Henry Kissinger speaking at Evian, France, May 21, 1992 Bilderbergers meeting
The End of Liberty – The Global Police State
For the past four decades, since about 1970, we’ve been experiencing a regime-change process, from an old global system to a new global system. In the old system, first world nations were relatively democratic and prosperous, while the third world suffered under police state tyranny, mass poverty, and imperialism (exploitation by external powers). As discussed above, the transition process has been characterised by ‘crossing the Rubicon’ – the introduction of policies and practices into the first world, that were formerly limited, for the most part, to the third world.
Thus debt bondage to the IMF crossed the Rubicon, enabled by the collapse-bailout scam. In turn, mass poverty is crossing that same Rubicon, due to austerity measures imposed by the IMF, with its new bond-holding powers. Imperialism is also crossing the Rubicon, as the first world comes under the exploitative control of banksters and their bureaucracies, a power nexus that is external to all national identities. Unsurprisingly, police state tyranny is also crossing the Rubicon: the imposition of third world poverty levels requires third world methods of repression.
The anti-globalisation movement can be taken as the beginning of popular resistance to the process of regime change. Similarly, the police response to the Seattle anti-globalisation demonstrations, in November 1999, can be taken as the ‘crossing of the Rubicon’ for police state tyranny. The excessive and arbitrary violence of that response – including such things as holding people’s eyes open and spraying pepper into them – was unprecedented against non-violent demonstrators in a first world nation.
Ironically, that police response, particularly as it was so widely publicised, actually strengthened the anti-globalisation movement. As demonstrations grew in size and strength, the police response grew still more violent. A climax of sorts was reached in Genoa, in July 2001, when the levels of violence on both sides began to resemble almost a guerilla war.
In those days the anti-globalisation movement was dominating the international news pages, and opposition to globalisation was reaching massive proportions. The visible movement was only the tip of an anti-systemic iceberg. In a very real sense, general popular sentiment in the first world was beginning to take a radical turn. Movement leaders were now thinking in terms of an anti-capitalist movement. There was a political volatility in the air, a sense that, just maybe possibly, enlightened popular sentiment might succeed in shifting the course of events.
All of that changed on September 11, 2001, the day the towers came down. The anti-globalisation movement, along with globalisation itself, disappeared almost totally from public consciousness on that fateful day. Suddenly it was a whole new global scenario, a whole new media circus – with a new enemy, and a new kind of war, a war without end, a war against phantoms, a war against ‘terrorism’.
Earlier we saw how the orchestrated financial collapse of September 2008 enabled certain ongoing projects to be rapidly accelerated, such as the dismantlement of sovereignty, and the imposition of austerity. Similarly, the events of September 2001 enabled certain ongoing projects to be greatly accelerated, such as the abandonment of civil liberties and international law.
Before the towers had even come down, the ‘Patriot Act’ had already been drafted, proclaiming in no uncertain terms that the police state was here (in the USA) in force and here to stay – the Bill of Rights was null and void. Before long, similar ‘anti-terrorist’ legislation had been adopted throughout the first world. If any anti-systemic movement were to again raise its head in the first world (as it did, for example, recently in Greece), arbitrary police powers could be brought to bear – as much as might be necessary – to put the resistance down. No popular movement would be allowed to derail the banksters’ regime-change designs. The anti-globalisation movement had been shouting, ‘This is what real democracy looks like’. With 9/11, the banksters replied: ‘This is what real oppression looks like’.
The events of 9/11 led directly to the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, and in general helped create a climate where invasions of sovereign nations could be readily justified, with one excuse or another. International law was to be as thoroughly abandoned as was civil liberties. Just as all restraint was removed from domestic police interventions, so was all restraint being removed from geopolitical military interventions. Nothing was to stand in the way of the banksters’ regime-change agenda.
The technetronic era involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled society… dominated by an elite, unrestrained by traditional values… this elite would not hesitate to achieve its political ends by using the latest modern techniques for influencing public behaviour… Persisting social crisis, the emergence of a charismatic personality, and the exploitation of mass media to obtain public confidence would be the stepping-stones in the piecemeal transformation of the United States into a highly controlled society… In addition, it may be possible – and tempting – to exploit for strategic political purposes the fruits of research on the brain and on human behaviour. – Zbigniew Brzezinski, Between Two Ages: America’s Role in the Technetronic Era, 1970
The Post-Capitalist Era – New Myths for a New Culture
2012 might not be the exact year, but it’s difficult to see the endgame lasting much beyond that – and the masters of the universe love symbolism, as with 911 (both in Chile and in Manhattan), KLA 007, and others. 2012 is loaded with symbolism, eg. the Mayan Calendar, and the Internet is buzzing with various 2012-related prophecies, survival strategies, anticipated alien interventions, etc. And then there is the Hollywood film, 2012, which explicitly portrays the demise of most of humanity, and the pre-planned salvation of a select few. One never knows with Hollywood productions, what is escapist fantasy, and what is aimed at preparing the public mind symbolically for what is to come.
Whatever the exact date, all the threads will come together, geopolitically and domestically, and the world will change. It will be a new era, just as capitalism was a new era after aristocracy, and the Dark Ages followed the era of the Roman Empire. Each era has its own structure, its own economics, its own social forms, and its own mythology. These things must relate to one another coherently, and their nature follows from the fundamental power relationships and economic circumstances of the system.
Whenever there is a change of era, the previous era is always demonised in a new mythology. In the Garden of Eden story the serpent is demonised – a revered symbol in paganism, the predecessor to monotheism. With the rise of European nation states, the Catholic Church was demonised, and Protestantism introduced. When republics came along, the demonisation of monarchs was an important part of the process. In the post-2012 world, democracy and national sovereignty will be demonised. This will be very important, in getting people to accept arbitrary totalitarian rule…
In those terrible dark days, before the blessed unification of humanity, anarchy reigned in the world. One nation would attack another, no better than predators in the wild. Nations had no long-term coherence; voters would swing from one party to another, keeping governments always in transition and confusion. How did anyone ever think that masses of semi-educated people could govern themselves, and run a complex society? Democracy was an ill-conceived experiment that led only to corruption and chaotic governance. How lucky we are to be in this well-ordered world, where humanity has finally grown up, and those with the best expertise make the decisions for the whole globe.
Capitalism is about growth, progress, and change. Under capitalism the virtues of ambition, initiative, and competitiveness are praised, because those virtues serve the dynamics of capitalism. People are encouraged to always accumulate more, and never be satisfied with what they have. Under capitalism, people need to have a bit of liberty, and a bit of prosperity, so that the dynamics of capitalism can operate. Without some liberty, ambition cannot be pursued; without some prosperity, how could accumulation be pursued? In the post-capitalist world, the capitalist virtues will be demonised. This will be very important, in getting people to accept poverty and regimentation…
The pursuit of money is the root of all evil, and the capitalist system was inherently corrupt and wasteful. Anarchy reined in the marketplace, as corporations blindly pursued profit, with no concern for human needs or for the Earth. How much more sensible are our production brigades, producing only what is needed, and using only what is sustainable. Capitalism encouraged greed and consumption; people struggled to compete with one another, to ‘get ahead’ in the rat race. How much wiser we are now, to live within our ration quotas, and to accept our assigned duties, whatever they might be, in service to humanity.
In this regime change, ushering in the post-capitalist era, we’re seeing a conscious orchestration of economics, politics, geopolitics, and mythology – as one coordinated project. A whole new reality is being created, a whole new global culture. When it comes down to it, the ability to transform culture is the ultimate form of power. In only a single generation, a new culture becomes ‘the way things are’. And what, we might inquire, might stand in the way of any future manipulations of the cultural regime that the bankster royal family might contemplate?
Ever since public education was introduced, the state and the family have competed to control childhood conditioning – and it is in childhood that culture is transmitted to the next generation. In the micromanaged post-capitalist future, we’ll most likely see the ‘final solution’ of social control, which is for the state to monopolise child raising. This would eliminate from society the parent-child bond, and hence family-related bonds in general. No longer is there a concept of relatives, just fellow members of the hive. The family must be demonised. Already, here in Ireland, there are daily TV spots dramatising the plight of children who are being abused or neglected by their parents…
How scary were the old days, when unlicensed, untrained couples had total control over vulnerable children, behind closed doors, with whatever neuroses, addictions, or perversions the parents happened to possess. How did this vestige of patriarchal slavery, this safe-house den of child abuse, continue so long to exist, and not be recognised for what it was? How much better off we are now, with children being raised scientifically, by trained staff, where they are taught discipline and healthy values.
The above article appeared in New Dawn No. 128 (September-October 2011).
RIchard K Moore, an expatriate from Silicon Valley, retired and moved to Ireland in 1994 to begin his ‘real work’ – trying to understand how the world works, and how we can make it better. Many years of researching and writing culminated in his widely acclaimed book Escaping the Matrix: How We the People Can Change the World (The Cyberjournal Project, 2005). His cyberjournal email list has been going since 1994 (cyberjournal.org). The book’s website is http://escapingthematrix.org, while his website http://quaylargo.com/rkm/ contains an extensive biography plus list of his articles. Richard can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. This article appears in New Dawn 128:www.newdawnmagazine.com.
Now that you know what to expect in your future, I advise you to make reparations for protecting your home from starving bands of those who did not prepare. This may also include your law enforcement goons.
February 10th, 2012 by olddog
02 10 12 My apology for the unannounced interruption in posting and email, but Molly, my little 11 yr old (Jack Russell – Chihuahua) constant companion, came down with garbage gut Sunday from scarfing up a pile of bird seed on the mulch under the bird feeder. She was outside for some sun with my wife and disappeared for a couple minutes, then when Jean called her to come in it was dinner time and she scarfed up her normal dinner to boot. I won’t go into the condition of my bed the next morning, but it now has a new look, because everything is new. A panic call to the vet resulted in her being hospitalized during the following days and home at night, as the vet wanted her monitored 24/7. She was discharged today, but it was so bad we thought we were going to lose her. Now, she is on the mend, the vet has another mortgage payment, and I, having been lobotomized from anxiety, am finally back on the pooter. This is as bad as raising children, who assume they are indestructible. My ten Grand-children are now getting even for me. Study hard, it’s worth it!
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February 10th, 2012 by olddog
Internet pirates winning with war on copyright with new software "Tribler"
TAGS: Law, Internet, USA, Social networks, New Zealand
The never-ending war between copyright holders and online pirates just entered a new phase. However, this time hackers are armed with the ultimate weapon that may grant them victory.
The new software called “Tribler” is the new weapon in the battle for Internet liberty and does not need a website to track users sharing torrent files.
According to The Raw Story, it is a “peer-to-peer network protocol that enables computers to share files with thousands of others.”
For many this could be the solution movie and music pirates have been waiting for. Essentially it leaves no accountability for website owners.
This couldn’t have come at a better time since Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has launched a second attack in an attempt to censor the Internet.
The bills SOPA and PIPA embattled access to websites worldwide that provided bootleg materials and pirated products like movies and music but both were shelved back in January.
Now the bills have taken a new form according to Reid, and will soon be pushed as cybersecurity legislation.
While lawmakers are dreaming of a censored web, many believe Tribler will be a true nightmare for them.
According to the technology blog Torrent Freak, the attempt to disconnect users from the Internet for “illegal” purposes will be foiled by the software that has been in the works for the past five years and will make it nearly “impossible” to stop file sharing.
“The only way to take it down is to take the Internet down,” stated Doctor Pouwelse of Delft University of Technology to the Daily Mail.
Tribler will be entirely decentralized, leaving the control in the hands of the users.
“Individuals can rename files, flag phony downloads or viruses, create ‘channels’ of verified downloads, and act as nodes that distribute lists of peers across the network,” The Raw Story reported.
If you are thinking of getting your hands on the next generation of torrent software, Tribler.org is up but the website is limited “due to high popularity.”
Recently such sites such as The Pirate Bay sites and BT Junkie have been going offline due to increasing fears of US Federal crackdowns, and are attempting to evade the same fate as MegaUpload.
The file sharing giant, MegaUpload, is being accused of facilitating media piracy and American authorities helped issue arrest warrants back in January for four individuals in New Zealand that were responsible for the website.
As RT reported earlier, the official indictment is accusing MegaUpload of costing copyright holders upwards of $500 million in lost revenues because of content illegally uploaded to its servers.
Many believe none of the anticipated enforcement methods would affect Tribler.
As you may recall, the war on online piracy was made mainstream when Napster was being sued by the Recording Industry Association of America in the 90s and since then the piracy platform has metamorphosed into the current platform.
It seems that history is repeating itself and just when the war was thought almost over, another powerful online weapon emerges.
HERE IS THE SITES url http://dl.tribler.org/download.html
February 8th, 2012 by olddog
by Tom DeWeese
January 8, 2012
Immediate Action Needed To Drive Home A Victory
Those who are working to enforce Agenda21 operate from a three-pronged attack; Social Justice, which dictates that community needs take precedent over individual wants; Public/Private Partnerships, a dangerous melding of private corporations with government resulting in government-sanctioned monopolies; and Environmental control, which translates into the proposition that all actions by man lead to environmental Armageddon and therefore must be tightly regulated by a central force of power.
One major target in the crosshairs of this attack is private property ownership and control by individuals. Across the nation reports are pouring in of government land grabs that lock away private land in the name of protecting a sucker fish, or a spotted owl, or a historic site. The results are destroyed industries such as timber, ranching or mining. Valuable and desperately needed natural resources are put out of reach for use.
Much closer to the average homeowner, property rights are being violated as restrictions are put on a homeowner’s ability to add on to the house or make improvements. In some extreme cases, access roads to houses are disallowed; even normal repairs are interpreted as new building and are banned. There are new building restrictions that dictate the kinds of materials that may be used for building and repairs. Now private homes are being invaded by electric companies, replacing, without permission, electric meters to comply with new regulations. Homeowners are losing their ability to even control their own thermostat.
In some communities, to meet arbitrary energy restrictions, local government is forcing homeowners to install new energy efficient appliances and windows,and even new roofs, on occasion. There are reports of inspectors actually entering homes and systematically removing incandescent light bulbs and replacing them with the new green models, without the knowledge and against the will of the property owner. Repairmen are instructed to lower temperatures on water heaters as they repair them, and so forth.
In short, private property rights, meaning the control of property by the owner is fast disappearing. While Agenda 21/Sustainable Development-inspired legislation gives lip-service to private property ownership, the language usually says something like, balance the rights of individuals and property owners with the needs of the community. That line is, in fact, a direct quote from the Growth Policy for Great Falls, Montana. Such wording is nearly universal in comprehensive development plans across the nation.
That mindset is growing in local government regulations as Agenda 21 practices are enforced. The promoters understand that their policies are literally ripping apart private ownership of property, but they lack the intestinal fortitude to be honest about their actions. So they acknowledge property rights, and hope we don’t question how private control of ones own property is balanced with the needs of the community. How is that done? Who stands for the rights of the individual property owner or private business as government makes the rules to decide the needs of the community.
To defend such a policy, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) and planning professionals such as the American Planning Association (APA) which contract with local governments to create such rules, come armed with an arsenal of experts ready to defend the anti-property rights policies whenever challenged. So, if a property owner appears before the County Commissioners to complain that a certain regulation has damaged his property rights, or perhaps has damaged his ability to conduct business, for example, the NGOs immediately jump into action to defend the policy. They bring in a battery of experts with officials titles to write official sounding reports that serve to overwhelm the elected officials and cut off any honest debate. A local citizen simply has no chance to fight back against this heavily-funded, powerfully-connected onslaught.
Obviously, if Agenda 21 and its mindset of government control is to be reigned in, clearly, something needs to be done to provide a strong voice for protection and defense of the property owners. Such a plan of action has now been developed by County Commissioner Cornel Rasor of Bonner County, Idaho. He calls it a Property Rights Council.
Rasor, Chairman of his County Commission, has been an opponent of Agenda 21 and a proponent of property rights for many years. After being elected to the County Commission several years ago he recognized the threat centralized control of development posed to private property and set out to develop a strategy to protect constituents’ property rights and their right to control their own property. As a result, the concept he created is a Property Rights Council (PRC) as an official arm of the county government. It now exists in Bonner County, complete with a full time director on the County payroll.
Key to the success of a Property Rights Council is the proper definition of property rights. Scott Bauer, county attorney for Bonner County, Idaho and one of the driving forces to get it established, explained their approach in defining property rights this way: Practically speaking for each PRC case -file we translate the expression ”property right” with the expression ”control right.” We take a property right to be a right to control some asset, resource, or physical thing. A PRC case is analyzed in terms of whether the proposal advances public control or private control (code for public/socialized property or private property). Property controlled by a ‘public entity’ is property controlled by an entity that utilizes a measure of socially sanctioned coercion to control the private assets in its possession and to take those assets from private individuals or groups without their full/complete consent. Applying this to land-use controls, new proposed zoning (anti- development or anti-use controls) socialize preexisting privately controlled real property and place it coercively into public control. Using this framework the PRC looks for the mix of public/private control over an asset or assets and promotes more private control and less public.
Further, Bauer explains that the root property rights philosophy used in the PRC is based on John Locke’s theories of natural property rights. This is the same root used by America’s founding fathers, especially Thomas Jefferson, when they created the US constitution. So using such definition as the basis of PRC policy is right in line with imposing Constitutional law through PRC decisions.
Here’s how the Property Rights Council works, as both a protector for property owners and as an official advocate for private property rights: A PRC is a citizen’s council of between 7 – 9 citizen volunteers, vetted and approved by the County Commission and assigned the task of researching and offering free market recommendations to resolve property rights conflicts.
The mission of the PRC is to review county government activities and inter-governmental activities to determine whether the activities may cause adverse impact to private property rights. The PRC then is charged with supplying to county officials an opinion on that impact. The review includes study of county, state and federal regulations to assure County Commissioners are aware of their impact on property rights and help them prepare proper action that, at all times, assures protection of private property rights in the legal framework of local government. In short, the PRC does the research and provides free market solutions to elected officials that don’t normally have the time or education to do so.
The PRC will also be charged with training county employees to look for property rights violations as they go about their daily tasks in running county government. This could impact the permit process; the way inspectors treat property owners; elimination of invasive or unnecessary regulations; and over-zealous ticket writers.
Perhaps of most importance, the PRC provides the framework for countering the Sustainablist’s legal assault. Specifically, the PRC will interface with a network of free market think tanks which can and will provide legal opinions, reports, and even lawyers to substantiate the property rights legal position. They provide expertise, credibility and a legal force to counter the massive force of the Sustainablists that now overwhelm county officials when a property rights question is at issue. There is a nation-wide network of free market think tanks through the State Policy Network (SPN).There are other such think tanks available in every state. So, when a constituent comes before the Commission with a complaint, now he will not be alone. He will benefit from the PRC’s efforts to protect his rights.
The PRC will deal with issues ranging from wetlands regulations that usurp private property rights; watershed overlays; and zoning. The process can be used to determine the damage caused by such federal regulations as Endangered Species, Conservation Easements, EPA regulations on water and energy use, etc. Decisions made by one PRC could have far reaching effect on those made by other PRCs across the nation. A national database can be established of pending and resolved issues, providing guidance to other PRCs. It will be a precedent-setting decision-making body that could mark the beginning of the restoration of property rights for all Americans.
To assure the PRC contains the proper members (those who advocate and support private property rights) it will be vitally important that the County Commission submit applicants to intense scrutiny as to their ideas and philosophy. PRC members can request the dismissal of another PRC member for cause. The public can request a PRC member be removed for cause. There will be term limits for each member to assure constant movement in the council. The members of the Council will be volunteers.
Commissioner Rasor and Bonner County attorney Scott Bauer are succeeding, under great pressure and criticism, to establish a Property Rights Council to protect citizens and their property from the massive force of the planners who are implementing Sustainable Development across the nation. Their goal now is to help others establish such councils in every community, in every state.
Rasor and Bauer are making themselves available to anyone seeking to create a council. They have created tools and an action plan to help local activists start the process to create their own local PRC. They will teach those interested how to lay the ground work; how to select and approach the proper commissioner to get the ball rolling in their community; and finally to get the whole concept on the docket for consideration. To help with that process, Karen Bracken, a property rights activist from Tennessee is serving as the main contact to help activists get started with their own Property Rights Council. Karen will provide preliminary information, and as the process moves forward, she will connect activists directly with Commissioner Rasor and Scott Bauer for more detailed planning. Karen can be reached at her email address.
Contact Karen and get started in the battle to secure private property rights as the first step to countering the massive fire power of the vast network of planning advocates, self-appointed stakeholders, and NGOs that have invaded communities across the nation to enforce top-down control over every aspect of your life and property. Property Rights Councils can and will be the ultimate weapon to defeat Agenda 21 and restore freedom.
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Tom DeWeese is one of the nation’s leading advocates of individual liberty, free enterprise, private property rights, personal privacy, back-to-basics education and American sovereignty and independence.
A native of Ohio, he’s been a candidate for the Ohio Legislature, served as editor of two newspapers, and has owned several businesses since the age of 23. In 1989 Tom led the only privately-funded election-observation team to the Panamanian elections. In 2006 Tom was invited to Cambridge University to debate the issue of the United Nations before the Cambridge Union, a 200 year old debating society. Today he serves as Founder and President of the American Policy Center and editor of The DeWeese Report
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