Governance, Money, And The Pursuance Of Prosperity In America In The 21st Century
Dec 25, 2018
by: tm oleary
I think a lot about what is broken, which is of course the entire runaway capitalist society we live in, and the pandering to plutocracy, and tax preferences, and the status-quo/donor party, BUT, I think that if/when we implement a Direct-Democracy (regardless of “mob rule” warnings), we could get TRUE outsiders in the White House. And most certainly not election-rigging like we saw in 2016 (by Russians) and 2000 (by old Republicans).
We would start by rebuilding what is broken. We would start by setting up a completely new Capitol in a city not called Washington D.C. Somewhere in the Midwest; far from vulnerable coastlines. I would propose St Louis, Missouri. If there is a more symbolic place to start, as Lindbergh did with his aerial trip across the world, or Luis & Clark did with their exploration of the West — I would like to hear it. Location aside, let’s look at where we are, where we could go, and what we CAN do.
When the Capitalist system of inequality, tax preferences, cronyism, and Rand-ideology fails, like it absolutely will, because it has failure built right into it’s DNA; who will take the reigns? Who elects who? Would there be a party system at all? Would there even be elections???
These are very serious questions we have to start asking ourselves right now. Rolling back the clock, or electing someone with a “Liberal” or “Independent” or “Socialist” title with their name is nothing more than a band-aid on a powerhouse, elitist, juggernaut that we have come to know as The American Empire. A simple affiliation with existing parties, no matter the sincere intent behind it/them, is nowhere near enough. Nowhere near sufficient. Nowhere near practical.
So what is the “un-norm”? What replaces a Democracy? Well, DEMOCRACY! But a Direct-Democracy. Read any textbook in any university and it will inform you, the reader, that the Electoral College was created in an attempt to prevent “mob rule”. It essentially makes it so, no matter what The People, everyone, wants in their country and communities, can be “overruled” by the lawmakers at the top of the political food chain. Never before has a Direct-Democracy occurred in an advanced civilization and I would add that never before has one ever been so desperately needed.
I, personally, of course, am in favor of an anarcho-socialist society/government, but I will settle for just about any anarcho-value-based system of government. This (anarchism) has always been studied, and sometimes practiced, in many advanced nations (except maybe England) for a millenia but in the USA, we immediately reference it to “anarchY” which people immediately tie to vandalism and such. This was of course brought upon the American public BY the government so there wouldn’t be an anarcho system put into place after the Great Depression. So….
Direct-Democracy with an anarcho spin on it. It could be approached like this:
Proposing that every letter written in a bill, written by community activists, that would go to a political body that is nothing more than a “congress” (group of people) who would pass said bill, with the only role of those congresspeople being the assurance that the bill introduced by those community activists was, in fact, the majority opinion of the participants in that community, is an idea so far-fetched that it could not possibly be accomplished. But that is precisely what would have to happen to create a community-driven system of equality, diversity, prosperity and overall peace.
The will, resources, & “spark” that would initiate such a movement/revolution is something to be discussed/theorized in another arena. I am not addressing possible specifics here. Who, where, why and how this process comes into being, materializes, motivates change, is not the issue we need focus on. The fact that it can happen, will happen, and must happen is what’s relevant. The debt, the joblessness, the hunger, the homelessness, the destitution would be squashed by the action of the participants in the movement who wish (and most do) to end such suffrage. An emphasis would be put on participation, mutual discussion, and collaboration. No one would hold a title. No one would have the authority to overrule the other and the participants in each community would bring about a negotiated agreement on who their representative would be to propose their mutually agreed upon bill to law-makers (who, again, have no other purpose than to confirm that the bill being proposed by a specific community is, in fact, the will of said community), and once confirmation is established by the law-maker, and it (the bill) is found to be within the boundaries of moral law, it will become law.The law-makers themselves are not elected. They will hold no title. They would have no party. It wouldn’t even be a paid job! Their role (a place in society) would be to voluntarily meet and discuss initiatives put forward by communities for the integrity-based intent to better the community which they (the law-makers) are a part of and must live in.
A Social Government, if you will. And what I mean by a Social Government, it would provide nothing more than social goods for the citizens (basic income (precious metal-backed), right to housing, right to employment, right to food, right to healthcare, right to solid infrastructure, right to domestic transport, right to fire department, right to police force, right to military). Everything mentioned above would be volunteer-based and paid accordingly through a treasury that issued its own currency. Aside from these (truly basic) services, the American public would be left to their own accord to generate prosperity through worker-owned businesses (anarcho-syndicalism), and everything else would go from there.
Currency is not money. Currency is not valuable. Currency is not sustainable. And currency has zero logic behind it. In the 21st Century economy, our “money” that we use is not money at all, but “fiat currency”. Fiat means, roughly, backed by nothing. The #1 thing that got me interested in economics in 2012 was when I read that the U.S. dollar was not backed by gold. I thought it was it was a mistake on behalf of the author. But it is very true. The U.S. dollar, in fact, is backed by nothing. There is no rhyme or reason for it to be used in exchange for tangible goods. So in a Newer System, an a Social Government, we would have to re-evaluate what we think of as “money”.
Money, always has been and always will be, precious metals. Let me give an example of what gives precious metals like gold, silver, or platinum value:
Say 100 individuals mine for, sift for, or set out in exploration of gold. Per individual, only 1 in 100 will be lucky. That is because gold is rare and hard to find. But the rarity in-and-of itself is not what makes gold valuable. What makes it valuable is because of the 100 individuals, you have the cost of their equipment, transportation, food, time and labor they invested in/sacrificed, in an attempt to discover said gold. Gold is simply a unit of measurement for these investments/sacrifices that, in this case, 100 individuals put forward. That simple. Currency, on the other hand, is “backed by trust”. For example; you cannot pay your government taxes in precious metals. You usually cannot buy goods from a retailer in precious metals. And you cannot pay for services of any kind in precious metals. The only way you can pay for these things is (in America’s case) a U.S. dollar. So what is a U.S. dollar? It is a bank note. What is a bank note? An IOU (with nothing back it) distributed by the U.S. Treasury. So the IOU’s (bank notes) are currency created by the government, to be paid back TO the government to keep the economy running/government in “business”. Right? WRONG! The U.S. Treasury, itself, owes this money to the Federal Reserve. What does the Federal Reserve get? Government bonds. What will a government bond do? Ensure to the Fed that it, The Fed, will be paid back the money it created, plus interest. Where does the extra 5%, 2%, 1% or even 0.0001% interest come from? If The Fed created the money in the first place, how can it be paid back any interest within the system with which it is creating the money? Simple, ensure that the U.S Treasury KEEPS borrowing currency to pay the interest on the old loan. Time and time again. This is a textbook definition of a Ponzi Scheme. Nothing can be paid back with currency. In fact, logically, with currency there is not an actual “thing” to be paid back. Currency, is, in fact, DEBT! So how do we get back to real money? That is, precious metals? Wouldn’t this be a burden on United States (or any country’s) citizens? I mean there is a massive eCommerce system in place where people can, and do, pay for goods and services online with digital forms of electronic currency. So how would one pay for such a good or service with a physical gold bar, coin, etc? Easy, create a community-owned and operated “bank” to hold a precious metal/metals and in exchange for these metals, you are given, not a bank note, not an IOU, or receipt to go retrieve your precious metals at your disposal, but rather an encrypted, debit-like card which holds, in digital form, the exact amount of gold you deposited at that “bank”. At any time you can go to that bank with your card and retrieve your gold, but there would be no reason to do so because the encrypted card would pay for, and be accepted, at literally every point of purchase where money would be exchanged for goods/services/tax payments. The community-owned and operated “bank” would take a very small percent of the gold deposited, with the depositors consent, of course, in order to make a profit on this service. A portion of these profits would then be re-invested into the community which the “bank” resides. So, if say, a mom and pop online retailer resided in Springfield, Missouri, they would collect the digital payments in the form of gold-backed electronic money and then deposit it (per day, per week, bi-weekly, what have you) at. their. local. community-owned. and. operated. “bank”. Which then invests into THAT community after a reasonable profit has been made at said “bank”. Cut, dry, profitable, prosperous, the circle of life.
What happens after a movement occurs? What do we want after we have “fixed the wrongs”, improved the flawed, strengthened the capable? What do we wish to pursue next? Where do these new systems take us? How do we further improve our quality of life? What do we desire?
The purpose of this article is to more or less lay a type of groundwork, a base, a foundation of what things could look like. Not building on top of, not streamlined success processes, not abundant fantasy fulfillment. The things that can be, and will be done to further human life on Earth will occur organically. And likewise, we must put back what got us to where we will have arrived. We must promote a culture of sustainability. A culture of renewal. An organic, cause/effect, debit/credit, circular system of conscious regeneration and live within the means of our lives, our resources and our opportunities.
These are the basics. And like our arrival of prosperity, we will go after our wants/dreams/desires organically. No one knows what the other person wants, for sure. What someone wants one day could change dramatically the day after. It always has been and always will be, up to the individual. To give concrete advice on what a “perfect world” or “Shangri-La” type of society would or should look like would be foolish. There are philosophy books for such theorizing and you, me, anyone really, can and should study such literature and profess to others what can/should be done to move to the next step of a yet better society than the ones written about here.
We live in a fascinating world. We know so much about our surroundings, our universe, our way of life and ourselves. A core level of grounded functionality and life-enhancing reliability is what we must achieve to move in a prosperous direction for the next 100 years, the next 1,000 years, forever. It’s only yourself and the people around you. Nothing is between you and change other than air and opportunity. Seize the opportunity!