Here's a little exercise in logic I'd like us to all think about. It goes something like this:
On Earth, we all exist in time. Some of us live long lives and some of us live relatively short lives. Since your life on this planet is more-or-less defined by the beating of your heart, it can be measured by the duration of your heart. And since your heart is really just a pump, it will only be a matter of time before the pump fails. If you were able to calculate exactly how many heart beats it will take before your particular pump gives out, you could begin to form an idea as to how valuable and precious each heart beat might be. Additionally, if you could measure exactly how many heart beats were allocated toward each aspect of your life, you could precisely gauge where our lives were being spent. Hell, you could even make a neat pie chart with bright colors... and who doesn't love pie?
Now, just visualize for moment what your pie chart might look like. For most of us, I would suspect that sleeping, eating and working would take up a good majority of the graph. For whatever portion remains after those three items, you can scribble in the rest of your data. The portion I want to focus upon right now is the 'work' portion. As with any other portion of the pie chart, a certain percentage of your heart beats goes into work. It's necessary after all, because assuming you don't want to be a leech, you need to provide for yourself. As with most jobs, you typically receive payment for the work you've done every two weeks or so. This comes in the form of digits incremented to your bank account or directly as green pieces of paper if you're paid under the table. Knowing how many heart beats went into 'work' and how many dollars you received in return, you can easily calculated your particular heartbeat-to-dollar ratio.
For example, let's pretend that you work 40 hours per week and have a heart rate of about 60 beats per minute. After two weeks of work, your heart will have had about 300,000 beats while on the job. If you're paid a good $10 per hour for your work, you will end up with a paycheck of $800 every two weeks. This means that your heartbeat-to-dollar ratio is 375 beats per $1.
That's kind of a neat number to think about. For every 375 heart beats of your life that your trade away, you get one dollar. That is to say that you have voluntarily traded away a portion of your limited time on Earth for this dollar bill. In all practicality, that dollar bill is the essence of your life. It is your life-energy, the fruit of your labor, the store value of your life. It is yours alone.
"The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it." ~Henry David Thoreau
I say this because if it is not yours alone, then it must be someone else's, too. The heart that is beating inside your chest at this very moment is yours and yours alone. To suggest that someone else has claim over your heart beats, your life-energy, the fruits of your labor and your very existence on this planet, is to suggest that you are not the sole owner of your life. And if you're not the sole owner of your life, you are a slave.
Thankfully, we're told, slavery was abolished many lifetimes before our own, so this is of no concern. There are no whips at our backs, no shackles on our feet and no one forcing us to do their bidding. As a species, we have swiftly evolved from this dark tendency to dominate and use one another against his or her own will. They tell us that we're a better, more moral people now with systems in place that have long eradicated this behavior. We are descended from great men in this "land of the free" and home of the brave.
Well, I'm sorry to say that that is not quite the case. You see, while the whips and chains have long vanished, the slave-drivers are still here. They have evolved and disguised themselves as the liberators and have fooled the whole lot of us. The sad reality is that we are all slaves, complete with forced labor and indoctrination camps that have us believe otherwise. We spend our lives inside the machine, trading our lives for the meaningless paper they create on a whim, loan to us at interest then later confiscate from us at their discretion. This is the income tax, the Federal Reserve System, Fractional Reserve Banking and the interest on the national debt. They have enslaved this nation long before you and I were born and since it's all we've ever known, we never question how and why it got here. We have been born into bondage and conditioned to admire and accept it.
"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free." ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I am going to highlight the these topics because to explain them in their entirety would be a mammoth undertaking already accomplished by many very detailed books. I will come back to them from time to time to explain them as much as possible since they are paramount to understand.
Fractional Reserve Banking
If you have ever heard of a "run on the bank" or have seen old photos where panicked people are lined up to withdrawal their money from the bank, you have already been briefly exposed to the fraud I am about to explain. When you go to the bank and deposit your pay check, your digital balance increments accordingly. Most people understand that once they deposit their money, the bank then turns around and loans that money at interest out to other people. That's all fine and well because the bank also (usually) gives you a small return on your deposit. What most people don't realize is that not only is your deposited money loaned out, but the bank goes further and loans out nine times the amount you have deposited. Well, how is that possible? How can the bank just loan out money it does not have?
This is the magic (read:fraud) of fractional reserve banking. As long as the bank never has to produce the physical cash associated with a loan, it can and will loan out 9 times its actual holdings. For example, if you come along and decide to take out a mortgage for your new home, the bank will create and loan you the money to finance the purchase. Through this process, the seller of the property will receive a check from your bank and will deposit it into their own bank. Nowhere during the transaction has physical cash been involved. There is no incentive for anybody to use it and so it's very rarely done. In this manner, the banks are allowed to loan out money they do not have -- at interest! This legal plundering of the customer is accepted behavior which has been legalized by the federal government since the early 20th century. Boy oh boy would I be rich if I could charge interest on money I created from thin air!
When a "run on the bank" occurs, it is generally associated with very negative news coming out about a certain banking institution. Let's say the front page of the New York Times tomorrow declares that Wachovia is nearing bankruptcy. As soon as that newspaper is circulated, everyone with a Wachovia account is going to run to the bank to get their money out. When this happens, the bank cannot pay up because it simply does not have the cash. This was a problem for the criminal banking institutions because it exposed the fraud, so in 1913, they managed to swindle in place...
The Federal Reserve System
The Federal Reserve was established after the contrived panic of 1907 where there was a run on a major banking institution. Previously, when there was a run on the bank and the bank could not pay out, the institution fell to the wayside and was ruined. All the depositors lost their money, the scam was exposed and a lot people were royally screwed. Instead of government officials identifying fractional reserve banking as the cause of this problem, they congress was convinced that they needed a "lender of last resort" to fix the situation. Essentially, the Federal Reserve was established to create new money out of thin air so it could "bail out" the ailing bank which could then pay its anxious depositors.
It is important to note that the Federal Reserve is NOT actually part of the government, but is a central bank owned by private stock holders. It is partnered with the government to come along and "save" the people when these apparently frivolous banking institutions go bust. However, this is just one more scheme on top of the fraud. The Federal Reserve, just like fractional reserve banking, creates money out of thin air which increases the money supply. When the money supply increases, each dollar is less valuable, and whomever is holding dollars (you and I) gets robbed. On top of that, the newly-created money to bail out the insolvent bank is LOANED AT INTEREST to the bank. And so the stock holders of the Federal Reserve are more than happy to help out, seeing as how it costs them nothing and pays so tremendously well.
"Some people think the Federal Reserve Banks are the United States government's institutions. They are not government institutions. They are private credit monopolies which prey upon the people of the United States for the benefit of themselves and their foreign swindlers." ~Louis McFadden, Chairman of the Committee on Banking and Currency, June 10, 1932
Interest on the national debt
Some of you that have followed along thus far are understanding the system, but not caring so much. After all, one could rationalize that this is the way it's always been during this lifetime and it's worked out alright. Ah, but wait, there's more! Over the nearly hundred years that the Fed has been in existence, it has created incalculable amounts of money out of thin air and loaned it at interest. As a result, a dollar from 1913 is only worth 4 cents in today's world. It has inflated the bejesus out of our money at our direct expense and to their direct benefit.
Oh, but the magic bank doesn't just do bail outs, it also does the dirty work for our beloved government. You see, in the old days, when people decided they wanted more free welfare and gifts from the government, the government would need to increase taxes. That's tremendously unpopular and doesn't go over well with the people, so the politicians who want to keep their jobs don't do it. Instead, they run to the Fed and ask for new money to fund the latest rage. The Fed is always happy to oblige, creates the money and loans it to congress which in turn spends it into the economy. Hooray, hooray!
This is horrible on so many, many fronts. First, government is immune to competition, so whatever welfare program it is about to create from this new money will be plump full of corruption and inefficiencies. Second, this new money destroys the value of the dollar. Third, the new money eventually trickles down into commercial banking accounts. These commercial banks, through the magic of fractional reserve banking, then loan out 9 times the amount, which further devalues the dollar and robs the people. Fourth, the national debt has now increased by however much we have borrowed from the Fed. At the time of writing this article, we the people are paying 1.4 BILLION dollars PER DAY IN INTEREST on the national debt. The money we borrowed was created out of nothing! It is a scam and we're all paying interest on it! Fifth, as if the previous four weren't bad enough, this system of debt-money creates incentive for war. Wars are unbelievably expensive and a nation will do everything in its power to win, including printing money en masse. Since the Fed creates the money and receives interest payment on it, it's in their best interest to constantly be at war.
"The modern theory of the perpetuation of debt has drenched the earth with blood, and crushed its inhabitants under burdens ever accumulating." ~Thomas Jefferson
And now we come full circle. Let's pretend the Federal Reserve is a benevolent miracle of the modern age, that fractional reserve banking is not an issue and that the national debt is a number with no meaning or consequence. In short, let's pretend we were educated in public schools and believed the talking heads and financial "experts" constantly on TV. Congratulations, we now live in a fantasy land where all we have to do is pay taxes and the government will take of the rest.
Ohhhh, but you already know where this is going, don't you? Remember that heartbeat-to-dollar ratio from way up there? Well, it still applies. When you get that pay stub every other Friday, it's always missing a nice chunk out of it. That's your friendly government saying, "we own you, and we are going to decide how much of your own life you are entitled to have." Right? I mean, you did trade your limited time on this planet for cash, did you not? Those dollar bills, despite their constant devaluation, still represent your life-energy and heart beats. And they're no longer yours, they are property of the government. They own you.
If you find yourself trying to rationalize that the income tax is necessary, ask yourself how we funded things before the tax existed. Did we have roads back then? Did we have defense? Did we have court systems and government officials? Yes, we had all of them! The Federal Income Tax was curiously established in the same year as the Federal Reserve. What a convenient surprise! At the same time we have this new debt-creating machine, we also have a new form of tax we can use to pay its interest! As it stands today, the Federal income tax only accounts for 40% of the revenue the nation brings in -- without it, we would be reduced to the spending levels of 1997. Would that be so horrible? Can you find any obscenely expensive and wasteful government programs to abolish? You shouldn't have to look too hard.
Nothing quite says "slavery" as forcing people to work three or four months out of the year for the Federal government. Think about it. From January 1st to March 31st or even late April, you are working solely for the government. You don't get a dime. You are not working for yourself, but you're working for a system that is monopolistic in nature that uses force to provide services with no competition! Everything the government does is a reflection of a demand by the people and as such, the best way to deal with the demand is through free market competition. This is how a free society operates and it's how things used to be done in this country. With such booming prosperity, the best comes out in individuals and instead of relying on slapdash bureaucracies to help the needy, the wealth and free time of the people leads to volunteerism.
"The essence of all slavery consists in taking the product of another's labor by force. It is immaterial whether this force be founded upon ownership of the slave or ownership of the money that he must get to live." ~Leo Tolstoy
If in elementary school, your teachers knew the truth about the system we've been born into and was allowed to speak on it, things might be a little different. I can imagine a neat little conversation going something like this:
"When you grow up, you're all going to be slaves. Your Mommy and Daddy are slaves whether or not they know it. If they choose to resist and do not give all their money to the government for a few months out of year, agents will literally come to their house with guns and force them. You see, there is no choice in the matter. The government is force, and they will do as they wish."Well, that conversation might be a little much for a 10-year old, but assuming it wasn't, let's continue this game. The teacher now moves onto a different subject. "Ok kids, now what you want to be when you grow up?" Had any one of my teachers prefaced that question with the above conversation, there's no way in hell I would have blurted out, "I WANT TO BE AN ASTRONAUT!" No, I'd probably be thinking something along the lines of, "what the
But no, that's not how things worked during childhood in America. Instead, we grew up with Disney movies where the good guys always win and we all fun in love and live happily ever after. After Disney and the like, it was the never-ending pursuit for entertainment, gizmos and success. Occasionally, some things were presented to us that seemed worthy of pursuit, but it never had anything to do with how we're all enslaved by the money masters. The seemingly worthy causes were just dragnets to keep us at bay from striking at the heart of the monster. Had someone informed me of this indirect enslavement when I younger, I would not have spent so much time playing sports, video games, watching television, pursing relationships, gaining possessions, caring about test scores or trying to land a great job.
I feel sorry for people who are too far committed into their own lives to take the time to care about these points, and I feel especially sorry for their children because it will only be worse if left unchecked. Typically, these people must fall into denial or trivialize the truth because the issues are too overwhelming when coupled with how involved they are in their own lives. Additionally, to admit that they've been conned is very difficult to do -- patriotism tends to be too difficult to overcome. The most predicable response for these people is that it's all a conspiracy theory. I'm now 25 years young and I have managed to stay as free as possible. Knowing how the system actually works, the only thing that matters is that we're slaves and we need to become free men before I can do anything else that's worth doing. Otherwise, we'll always be slaves, continually being cut down and marginalized until all property and life is drained from us.
"If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks... will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered." ~Thomas Jefferson
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