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Freedom is a possession of inestimable value. Marcus Tullius Cicero
Our monetary woes are not going to go away by themselves. One thing is certain, they will go away. The question is only how and when. The number one cause of all the worlds troubles is us. You and me. It has to do with the monetary system. Not our monetary system, the monetary system. This idea is as easy to accept as it is to prove. Lets say I want to play Doug's game. So I make up the rules for Doug's game and try to attract people to play. What makes Doug's game a hit? A success? Players. I need players. Every game that is being played today requires consent and participation from the players. Without it, there is no game. It can't go anywhere.
It's easy to think that the monetary troubles on earth are extremely complicated and that my simple comparison doesn't really hold true. It does. There is nothing complicated in getting out of the mess we're in. It's very, very simple. It's not that the monetary system needs fixed. It needs to end. The idea that we need money or exchange systems to live is silly. The creators of the game can't afford for this thinking to surface. Surface is the right term. The idea is there, it just needs to come to our full awareness. The rule makers will kill anyone who attempts to bring this idea to it's full state of conscious awareness. I don't say this without a complete understanding of the rule makers. You can see the proof anywhere that someone is putting together a different game. Anywhere the threat, to the monetary game, becomes viable, people die. Anywhere the rules of the game are not being followed people are being killed. The other places that people are being killed is in those places where people want to stop playing the game. Also people will die so the game can be played where they were previously "in the way". If a place isn't serving the games purpose it gets killed. So it's not the rules that need modified. It's not that the system needs improvements. The system needs to end. The game must stop. There is only one way this will happen. The players must stop playing.
How do we stop playing? Have you all read the hundredth monkey story? If not search it and read it. Make sure you get the entire story. There is more than just the monkeys. It is an illustration in the relationship we have to each other at the conscious level. You will read that when a certain amount of people know something, all of a sudden everybody will know it. Knowing the way this works what do we need to do to change the world? When a certain amount of people "wake up" the rest will be awake. We could make this our game. I'll give an example of how this game works on the negative side. Actually as soon as I do you'll see so many examples it will astound you. "The difficulties in feeding the worlds populace." That's the negative idea. This idea has been fed into our brains over and over. As it is accepted it gets harder and harder to end starvation. The farmers disappear. Real food is being replaced by engineered product. Land is being destroyed so no food will grow on it. The list goes on and on. Why? Because people have accepted the idea. Do the rule makers understand the concept of the accepted idea? They may be stupid, but they're not stupid. In other words they have a very keen understanding of what makes us tick. They take this understanding and do stupid things with it. So here is the question - do you think that it's hard to feed the world? If you do, then you are working to make starvation a reality. You are fully immersed in a game of unconsciousness.
With that in mind here's the next experiment. "Do we think we need a monetary system?" If we accept that we do, then we are destined to have one. The preceding sentence reveals everything you'll ever need to know about destiny. We will have everything we have now as long as we think that it's hard to - not have it. That, in a nutshell, is the game we're playing. It's a hideous game we all play on the people of the world, ourselves included. It's the "it's hard game". One other destructive game we've been swept up in is the "someone will save us game". Here is a fact: we will save ourselves or we will be extinct. We can never save ourselves by playing the game that leads to our destruction. So how do we put an end to it? How do we put an end to world suffering? We see the possibility of something different. There is something I have written about a lot on my site. This is the concept of being convinced. It is this: nothing happens for us until we are convinced that it needs to happen. Nothing changes for us until we are convinced of the need for change. We can only change things if we know what those things are. We can only change them by addressing cause. We have to find cause. Then we can be successful and deal realistically with what we want to change. Then we can change our lives. Likewise we can change the world if we first recognize what needs to be changed. Once we're convinced of this we must be convinced that it's possible. In order to become convinced that it's possible we must understand cause. If we don't understand and deal with things at the causal level we as a race, here on earth, will be extinct. The cause of the worlds trouble is this: we see it as a fact of life. A natural product of life. This idea is being generated. It's part of the game. As hard as it seems to swallow we are killing ourselves with ideas that will only kill us once we voluntarily accept them. We must agree to our own demise. Is that not the height of craziness? All these ridiculous ideas need to be discarded. If they aren't, they will destroy us. We will destroy ourselves with them. We must be convinced, now, that our acceptance of ideas causes destruction. It doesn't matter where the ideas originated. ( but it is something we might all be interested in ) It has now become our idea. It is then, ours to be rid of. Our responsibility. We are responsible for the outcome of humanity. This is possibly a little overwhelming. It doesn't have to be. Our part, as individuals, isn't hard.
In fact like everything else that is real it's pretty simple. We must get the idea that a monetary system is necessary out of our heads. The other idea that we must be convinced of is this: as soon as enough people believe this it will change. As soon as that magic number of individuals sees this clearly it will go very rapidly. It will just sweep through the rest of the consciousness. That's how it works.
Financial amnesia (video) On 9/10/01 the Bush Administration announced that the Pentagon had lost $2.3 trillion.
Then they spent $3 trillion (or more) on the "War on Terror" including the disaster in Iraq. Now, as they're heading out the door, they've instructed the Fed to throw another few trillion on the fire. Is anyone keeping track? This is starting to add up to real money.
No mincing of words George Carlin understands...
EXPLODING THE MYTHS ABOUT MONEYEllen Brown, JD
Our money system is not what we have been led to believe. The creation of money has been "privatized," or taken over by a private money cartel. Except for coins, all of our money is now created as loans advanced by private banking institutions - including the private Federal Reserve. Banks create the principal but not the interest to service their loans. To find the interest, new loans must continually be taken out, expanding the money supply, inflating prices - and robbing you of the value of your money.
Not only is virtually the entire money supply created privately by banks, but a mere handful of very big banks is responsible for a massive investment scheme known as "derivatives," which now tallies in at hundreds of trillions of dollars. The banking system has been contrived so that these big banks always get bailed out by the taxpayers from their risky ventures, but the scheme has reached its mathematical limits. There isn't enough money in the entire global economy to bail out the banks from a massive derivatives default today. When the investors realize that the "insurance" against catastrophe that they have purchased in the form of derivatives is worthless, they are liable to jump ship and bring the whole shaky edifice crashing down.
Web of Debt unravels the deceptions in our money scheme and presents a crystal clear picture of the financial abyss towards which we are heading. Then it explores a workable alternative, one that was tested in colonial America and is grounded in the best of American economic thought, including the writings of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln.
Trans-financial Economicsby Robert Searle
Introduction: The summary found here gives one a basic overview of Trans-financial Economics, or TFE which then leads on to a more detailed essay, or "paper". It should just take a few minutes to read for those pressed for time. However, it should be noted that it comes after a short summary of Positive Human Politics, or PHP. Like TFE it is a research, and development project but no detailed essay, or "paper" follows it. Essentially, PHP is the basic political background of our main subject matter. One can skip it if desired, and go straight to the summary on TFE.
Also, a short list of references are placed right at the end of this presentation. Alot more may be added at some future date.
Positive Human Politics, or PHP/ The Basic Summary preceding Trans-financial Economics Overview. Positive Human Politics, or PHP can be seen as the Modern Universal "Paradigm". Like TFE it is neither right-wing, or left-wing in approach but simply creates a basic trans formative humanitarian framework. In it realistic, civilized,and progressive solutions, or options are presented. It seeks for the popularization of such notions to largely replace negative thinking, and general apathy on all things political.
Most of the major ideas for PHP already exist under different terms, and tend to vary only in "minor" detail as far as theory, and practice are concerned (eg. gaian democracies, co-intelligence, holistic politics, et al).A book entitled The Age of Consent by the journalist George Monbiot is a good example of advanced thinking involving among other things the concept of a genuinely accountable World Parliament. The futurist Jacque Fresco offers in his writings, and talks a more "Utopian" view of what could be. He draws his inspiration from technocracy,trans humanism, and the like.
There are many examples of Positive Human Politics. They notably include the following:-
a) The continued relevance, and importance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the basic ethical foundation for change. This would lead to the greater development of possible enforceable International Laws along with their "correct" interpretation.
b) Empower positive citizenship.
c)The possible option of direct participatory democracy using computer voting by an educated informed public.
d) Greater evolution away from adversarial politics to something more positive, and progressive.
e)Reducing the information overload notably of social, economic, and political knowledge using the least number of words to describe issues for, and against a topic in a way which is seen to be genuinely open, holistic,and accountable. This would have notable implications for direct democracy.
f)Binary Economics, and other similar proposals for fairer wealth distribution.
g)The importance of the proper, and safe development of new sustainable technologies.
h) Full-scale nuclear disarmament if at all possible, or at least the simultaneous development of non-lethal weapons in which death, and destruction no longer occur in "pointless" wars.
i) The European Union can also be seen as a form of positive, progressive evolution, but still requires more reforms to make it more open, and legally accountable. The idea of a Super-State may seem fine in principle but such a political union may well be superfluous. Growing cooperation between independent sovereign states is arguably the best, and "safest" way forward.
Such proposals are good examples of PHP. Yet, we have no intention of expanding this subject. Much of it anyway is pretty obvious to all "right-thinking people".Unlike TFE there is as yet no lengthy essay on PHP giving further details. Now, we examine the former.
Trans financial Economics~ The Basic Summary ~
Trans financial Economics, or TFE itself is also known as Non-Taxation Monetary Reform. It believes that new unearned money could be created for democratic governments both local, and national without raising taxes. Many NGOs, or independent non-governmental organizations could also be funded in a similar manner either in full, or in part. Thus, in most cases, fund raising, and donations should be largely unnecessary.This can also lead to greater decentralization of power from central government if desired.
Anyway,the creation of new unearned money itself without taxes, or fund raising would not lead to uncontrolled inflation, and devaluation of currency.This would be directly controlled by advanced computer technology. However, anonymous cash transactions would still be possible.
There is more than enough money to change the world. The problem notably for NGOs is legal access to it.
In TFE there is no redistribution of financial wealth, but NGOs concerned with fairer wealth distribution, and morally progressive concepts such as Binary Economics would be financially empowered as never before. Thus, their influence on public opinion would be far greater.
For some people TFE can be seen as a "transitional" system that would ideally lead from the greed of competitive capitalism to fairer economic systems both large, and small which would cooperate with each other. Unfortunately, this process would probably take many, many decades to occur.Though "scientific" evidence indicates that mutual cooperation for selfish ends is the real natural driving force in society there will "always" be the few who are "greedy," and "competitive" enough to succeed as top businessmen, and command huge sums of "earned" money, and resources.
On the other hand, real genuine socialism which confessedly has a more just, and fairer understanding of capital may gradually manifest itself fully. There may even come a time when everything may become free on demand without exchange of money at all.
Global Subsistence EconomyMessage from Ervin Laszlo, founder and president of The Club of Budapest, co-founder of the WorldShift Foundation and president of its board of trustees.
We support the shift of our economic focus from transnational corporate "fusionism" to regional subsistence. Subsistence economy focuses on a "natural" way of living. This is not "back to stone age". It rather means a spiral, wavelike progress out of the life-destroying habits of today's so-called civilization and accepting and welcoming the complexity of life.
We support the development of sustainable, decentralized - that is local - high-tech production, combined with local use of local resources. and the redesign of our monetary system according to a fourfold model: 1) economy of gifting (a basic matriarchal feature), 2) counter-trade (barter) economy, 3) complementary local monetary systems for regional trade, and 4) unified currency (for example called "terra") for interregional and global trade. In our eyes compound interest has to be abolished. Also the concept of "owning" land must be reconsidered.
Regional subsistence is committed to fair trade. It appreciates community, supports redevelopment of social structures and teaches the necessity and the pleasure to share resources - thus making regions ready to downscale consumption, shift values from material to social wealth and to deal with migration in a peaceful way.