Saturday, May 23, 2020

Where does The FED get all the money to purchase everything?


I don’t know, or said another way, I cannot imagine as trying to understand where all that money comes from. I might as well try to estimate the grains of sand on a beach—or all beaches wherever they may be and for whatever the tide, time of year or any other variations may bring.

Who knows where all this money comes as unceasing, unlimited and, as it is, unfathomable?

But what is money really?  We know it’s a finely printed paper and that it is exchanged for goods and services.  We also know that without money, one cannot seemingly survive.  

Maybe it’s true that love makes the world go round but it sure seems as the it’s money….

The FED is said to the lender of last resort; that when/as (and always), the state wants for money that The FED is there to save the day—buying treasuries and more (bonds, mortgages, etc.)

In his book, Anatomy of the State, Murray Rothbard describes money as the “command post of the economy and society”—the modern monopoly of the state.  

But back to The FED and money, the central question, “Where is does it all come from?”


THEY LIVE – MARRY…CUSTODY


Continuing in the series of masks and the movie, THEY LIVE, I turn to the latest of labels:  MARRY, REPRODUCE, DIVORCE AND CUSTODY.  Unlike the previous postings, this one is personal, painful, though I must say is equally if not more important in the times we live, now and our future.

Where the family goes so goes society. 

When first researching the history of marriage (in the U.S.) and the more recent divorce reform(s) that went into effect across our land around 1969, I began to accept that the legality of divorce became a boom.  Yes, divorce became big business in that divorce reform brought about a growth in divorce whereby for every attorney in California around ’70 there were 20 by the next decade!  Yes, California was the genesis of divorce reforms passed under then Governor Ronald Reagan. 

But besides the business of divorce is also the certainty that divorce reforms represent the single largest threat to marriage, so says the president of the counseling organization Marriage Builders some years ago.  Indeed, the subsidizing of divorce—or easing of the guidelines and justification (cause)—render marriage defenseless in our civil courts.  Never forget that anything the government subsidizes, it grows, as so too divorce that skyrocketed in the in last half of the last decade, and meanwhile, marriage per capita in the U.S. continues at gradual decent with less than 20 percent of Millennials married.     

But marriage is losing ground, not strictly due to divorce reform but primarily because of it.   

The state licenses marriage for a modest fee, and thus is the primary governance of this institution, marriage; yet, it also conducts  divorce which is often initiated by one of the two married without any powers given to the other, the defendant.  And while divorce seems more involved and expensive then a marriage license, it nevertheless continues to not only diminish marriage but to also dismember families, awarding children to one while reducing the other to that of a “non-custodial”.

The non-custodial, or the one who loses custody of his children, is often if not always imputed with the liability, namely “Child Support”, for his children—legally but unjustifiably removed from his care.   
But it gets worse, sometimes much worse.  Who wouldn’t wonder what the state is doing other than reducing one parent, often the father, to bluntly a financier—the father be damned.  

Under Title IV-D of the IRS Tax Code, the state that collects Child Support is subsidized (e.g. Alabama receives $2 for every $1 collected, and thus is using this program to generate state revenue).  In short, Child Support or Title IV-D is an incentive for states to separate the children from one parent, often the father.  Yes, the state has an incentive to separate children from one parent per Title IV-D. 

Divorce involving dependent children is doubly costly; first, in devaluing marriage and second in devaluing parenthood. But more, and as the system is designed, it systematically contributes to single-parent homes and fatherlessness.  What is worse, the subsidizing of divorce and support of Title IV-D is contributing to the destruction of our society, dismantling the family first with the father and then by systematically devaluing marriage as an institution.   Does marriage have a chance against such systems?

Divorce destroys society by undermining the viability and value of marriage and family.     Any loss of strength of society is then, as though a physics’ axiom, transferred to political power. 

So much more has been written and read on the subject but, in summary, let me end by saying that the state’s authority over family is a marriage made in Hell. 

Thursday, May 21, 2020

THEY LIVE – NO INDEPENDENT THOUGHT


To explain INDEPENDENT THOUGHT is to consider several phrases similar, such a Leo Tolstoy,
Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs. This state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right thinking...

Or Emma Goldman,
People have only as much liberty as they have the intelligence to want and the courage to take.

Never mind notions of one’s personal “right”, but more, much more, INDEPENDENT THOUGHT is our responsibility to toward ourselves and then to others regardless of what the authorities say, do or force upon you—which is why it takes courage and a desire for truth and with that, hope. 

In a hopeless environment, INDEPENDENT THOUGHT is criminalized, crushed, and condemned, with any possibility for truth long muted in a mainstream of information and data manufactured for public approval, propaganda.  

In the film THEY LIVE, discovery of truth is possible only with the special sunglasses, (never mind the possibility of hope).  As presented, the plot is to ensure that the remaining human class is not only denied truth but is further, deceived by these bodies, any awareness of the humanoids conspiring and collaborating to control them and perhaps replace them altogether. 

A lengthy but timely interview on truth, independent thought, words and action,

Donald Best Interview

With the loss of INDEPENDENT THOUGHT so too truth without courage, as Orwell warned, 
In a Time of Universal Deceit — Telling the Truth Is a Revolutionary Act. 

THEY LIVE - CONSUME, Buy & Shop


This next in a series that combine “the mask” and the film, THEY LIVE, is about one or two of the “’ism’s” not taboo or forbidden in our society, culture. But on contrary, such is on a scale like no other single sovereign and, in all assessment, is one possibility of the true form of government that we serve—though inclined to believe that it serves us, present and future.  

Consumerism /materialism and secularism are each & all encouraged; emphasized as essentially the ethos of our economy (not a system based on production as much as consumption, debt much more than saving and an endless and unlimited indulgence that finally produces nothing but dissatisfaction, disillusionment and even distrust among and between persons, parties and classes).     

As the Romans are acclaimed to have given them bread & circus, so too does our society; first, as 5% of the world’s population consuming around 25% of output (bread), but also as a people saturated in entertainment (circus)—the consequences of which is the power of prosperity however illusive and ill-gained it is, has become, however distracting and deceiving “the show”, theater, with a bag full of goodies. 

CONSUME is a softer side of tyranny; a side angled as to appear as though it is altogether good and right in keeping with a quest for The American Dream.  More than “two chickens in every pot”, and much more than most dreamed of in the past, our lives are saturated with this theme, and insatiable appetite driven far above and beyond our needs and still the sky is the limit. 

Who can argue that prosperity is not the point, after all?    

As an alternative to naked or brute force, a despot is clever in carrying out such schemes, seemingly giving folks all that they want—never mind what it cost, begged, borrowed, or stolen. 

From Noam Chomsky,
All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume.

To some degree, and to their credit, young folks of the 1960s attempted to push-back on what Francis Schaeffer called “the plastic culture” (consumption, consumerism, etc.), “dominated by materialism” 
...the hippies of the '60s did understand something. They were right in fighting the plastic culture, and the church should have been fighting it too... More than this, they were right in the fact that the plastic culture - modern man, the mechanistic worldview in university textbooks and in practice, the total threat of the machine, the establishment technology, the bourgeois upper middle class - is poor in its sensitivity to nature.. 

Sadly, much of our society wears the mask of/to CONSUME, Christians and non-Christians alike, practicing a religion that is replete with Relativism. 

Sunday, May 17, 2020

THEY LIVE - CONFORM


I know that I sometimes CONFORM, call it consciousness, conscience, or just plain-ole insecurity about being different, odd, or weird.   Maybe most of us are this way, dyed-in-the-wool conformists—most comfortable and comforted when conforming to what appears as normal, acceptable, and even respectable.

Here, in the backdrop of the film, THEY LIVE, is CONFORM as to be controlled as though a programmed robot and not a human capable of critical thinking, a moral base and all other aspects of thinking and doing endowed to man.  

Ralph Waldo Emerson lays down the gauntlet, saying
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

Adding much more on this, CONFORM, is Doris Lessing, The Golden Book, who writes: 
Ideally, what should be said to every child, repeatedly, throughout his or her school life is something like this:  You are in the process of being indoctrinated. We have not yet evolved a system of education that is not a system of indoctrination.

A favorite film of mine, and the book of which it is based, is Into the Wild; here, the author, Jack Krakauer,
…The very basic core of a man's living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.
Into the Wild was, while dangerous, courageous too; a young person who turned his back on convention and all the lure of a upper-middle class lifestyle, to follow what some may think a reckless and rebellious choice while others, an adventure aimed to find a final frontier and see life in the most extreme of needs, the least of resources.   

Another from the highly existentialist, Henry David Thoreau, Walden:
Any fool can make a rule [and] any fool will mind it.

And then another from Howard Zinn, You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times,
But human beings are not machines, and however powerful the pressure to conform, they sometimes are so moved by what they see as injustice that they dare to declare their independence. In that historical possibility lies hope.

Finally, I leave you with the last of a litany of quotes, this final by Rollo Mays:
The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice, it's conformity.

THEY LIVE - OBEY


When I see the word, OBEY, what do I think?  On the one hand is something respectable, respectful, but on the other is an order or command without exception, exclusion, aimed to move us well beyond what is normal and indeed to madness, among and between us. 

“To obey is better than sacrifice”, so says Bible scripture, to infer that obedience to God is foremost, an outpouring of the faith, trusting that God’s order or command is righteous, without flaws or falsehoods. 

As to orders or commands imposed to/on me by others, and especially institutions, is to sometimes raise a flag; not always, and often I am sure that I attempt to honor or respect such dictates whether out of devotion to or dread of authorities, right, wrong, indifferent, with or without deference; but sometimes, and increasingly, I am cautious of unilateral orders and unjustified commands—and especially the kind that are not reasonable or simply said, 
This makes no sense.”
An example of a nonsensical order or command is the present “shelter-in-place”, presumably aimed to flatten the curve or otherwise reduce the spread of this virus, its effect and extension.  But then, the confusion and chaos that seems almost if not created, manufactured to mislead and misdirect the general public; and more, is the motive or intention behind the orders or commands; the difference between what is said or suggested and what is actually occurring--behind the scenes, the show. In no other time of national history have the healthy been "sheltered" or quarantined as a prevention for a viral spread; indeed, it is status quo as to operations, confronting the conditions, that is most effective in response to viral infection and the subsequent statistics.  

Presently reading a biography on Hitler, I seem quickly put-out or put-off by  the politics of this man, his mind, manner, methods. Hitler was obsessed by (and in) politics more than anything or anyone, deeply moved by the power to move others to a place that, unless driven by fear, would not likely go, even imagine.  The author, Alan Bullock. writes in Germany’s days entering economic depression, hyper- inflation (1928):
Millions of Germans saw their apparently solid framework cracking and crumbling.  
He continues in the next paragraph:
It was already clear that an economic crisis would produce a political crisis. In such circumstances, men are no longer amendable to arguments of reason.
To obey is better than sacrifice given the motives and intentions of authority are just and right, true & true, but when motives are unjust and wrongful, then to obey is without reason unless an economic crisis within which reason does not matter and fear is all there is. 

Hitler’s movement was doubly steeped in fear; first that once great nation and Arian race were subordinated and subjected to other states, and thus threatened of what remained, and second of no recovery, reprisal or even respite from the present, dire circumstances.   

It seems a perfect storm to expect folks to obey without reason, to submit whatever the sacrifice.  

Friday, May 15, 2020

A Return to THEY LIVE

Once again, the film, THEY LIVE, as the backdrop for this latest theme and subject of masking for medical or other reasons.  

As you may recall, the film is dystopian; depicting Las Angeles during such times with lots of folks in tent cities, struggling to survive, while beneath the human appearance, a relatively few humanoids rule the day.   

What remains for one relative newcomer, a main character, is to discover sunglasses that do more than shade; quit the contrary, these lens actually enlighten the wearer as to the truth of what is taking place and still more, the real faces and facades of these humanoids that run things, apparently relegating the public to some form of servility, struggle, amid many illusions, perceptions and propaganda.  

THEY LIVE - best quote  

Folks are forced into a system to: 
  • OBEY - without reason or cause 
  • CONFORM - earnest individualism, as to thinking and being, are forbidden 
  • CONSUME - a culture of materialism and consumerism 
  • STAY ASLEEP - living the dream in a dream or tranquil, medicated state 
...and so on and so forth. 

In the postings to follow, THEY LIVE is the backdrop for examining the current practice and policy of mask-wearing.