Monday, July 11, 2011

Alternative Markets, Barter Systems, and Local Co-ops are the Lifeboats That Will Save Us

Interview with Brandon Smith, founder of Alt-Market.com

Eric Blair
Activist Post

More and more people are becoming aware of the complete system failure we're experiencing in the United States and around the globe. As the true nature of the control system is revealed, people tend to feel as Howard Beale did in Network when he said, "first, you've got to get mad...and scream, I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!"

But once that anger at being lied to for so long subsides, then we must get on with the business of taking action to make the world more just and hopeful for our children.  Many people will take to the streets to protest certain aspects of the current system. Others will do everything in their power to inform or warn their peers of the coming iceberg. Those are good and necessary functions, but they won't stop the Titanic from sinking.

It seems the broken system will continue to take on water despite the best efforts to affect change within it.  That's why some are suggesting to jump ship now before they run out of lifeboats.  By jump ship, I mean function outside of the system as much as possible.  The faulty economic system is only propped up by our belief and support of it.  When we operate outside of it using alternative markets, barter systems, local cooperatives, and competing currencies, we not only provide a lifeboat to many frightened passengers, but the paddles as well.

Below is my email interview with alternative market activist and founder of Alt-Market.com, Brandon Smith.  He explains the need and benefits of using alternative markets as a form of protest and survival:

EB:  What was your motivation for starting Alt-Market?


BS:  I had been writing for years under the pen-name “Giordano Bruno” on my first website, Neithercorp.us, which is now retired. My original purpose when I began was simply to provide as much clarity as I could for people who were feeling overwhelmed by the wash of mainstream media disinformation, especially in terms of economic analysis. This was back in 2007 at the onset of the credit collapse, and there were a lot of good writers and researchers already doing great work, but most of it was geared towards people who had a pretty intensive understanding of the common terminology. The MSM, on the other hand, was a highly concentrated example of educational dissuasion through obscure linguistics. That is, they talked big and thought small, and the rest of us were left confused and frustrated. . . 

Average Americans believe economics is mind numbingly tedious, and they are right. Primarily, because mainstream financial pundits on your typical FOX News or MSNBC afternoon market show spew vocabulary particular to their field that most of us are not exposed to on a regular basis. They might as well be speaking Sumerian and posting stock quotes in Cuneiform. I really felt this was just a byproduct of the inbred banking and investment world. The complex language makes them appear knowledgeable, almost unreachably superior. In reality, once you learn the terminology of micro and macroeconomics, you begin to discover that these guys actually HAVE been talking gibberish the whole time. It wasn’t you that was incapable of understanding; it was they who were incapable of giving valid explanations. I set out in my own little way to help people realize that they could grasp finance easily, and far better than any talking head on cable television.

Until the past year, I hadn’t really considered taking the reigns of a project dedicated to organizing people around anything. I just didn’t see myself as the “frontman” type. I had written numerous articles on the concept of decoupling from the corrupt establishment system, including pieces on what I call “Alternative Markets”. I figured that launching the ideas and strategies out onto the Web would be enough. “Let some of the heavy hitters in the Liberty Movement pick them up and run with them“, I thought. Some of these guys can jump in front of a camera or a microphone and talk for hours, non-stop about any number of subjects. That just wasn’t me.

Almost out of nowhere I received an email from Stewart Rhodes of Oath Keepers, an organization I have a lot of respect for. Its one of the few that have gone beyond the sphere of education and produced tangible results, and whose members are willing to take substantial risks to their careers and themselves. Stewart was looking for someone to help him with solutions on the economic side of the globalist problem. We agreed that the military, even honorable oath keeping men and women, would feel compelled to participate in a martial law scenario if there was no alternative in place for Americans to utilize during a breakdown. If we were tearing each other apart for food and water, the DHS, FEMA, and NORTHCOM, would have the perfect rationalization for complete lock-down, and a lot of the troops would go along with it.

I brought up my work on decentralization, localization, alternative markets, and barter networks. He basically said “Great, let’s do it. You take the lead.” I was reticent, but Stewart is a Constitutional lawyer, and damned persuasive. It’s almost impossible to dissuade the guy. So, with the help of my good friend and web designer Josh Ogden, Alt-Market.com was born.

EB:  How would you define alternative markets? In other words, what constitutes an alternative market?

BS:  It was all theory based on diametric opposition; the idea that there is an opposing methodology for every political or social strategy, that defuses the effects of that strategy. If you want to fight elitist centralization of a system, for example, you have to develop your own working system based on decentralization. If you want to stop the destructive effects of globalism, you have to turn away from participation in it, and focus more on localism. The purpose of centralization is to remove options from a cultural system until the only options left are those that YOU want people to bow to, and become dependent on. If the Liberty Movement wants to fight back against this, we have to have the determination to create our own options and stop playing by their rules. I feel that an Alternative Market is one of those options.

As for what an Alternative Market is; it is essentially any method of trade outside the establishment-controlled economy. It could be based on the barter of goods and skills, or the proliferation of precious metals to break our dependence on the fiat dollar (or Federal Reserve Note), etc. It could be a network of people across a county or state, or, an agreement between two friends.

The Federal Government would call this “black market trade”, and they have called it that in the past. After the recent Liberty Dollar case was concluded and they railroaded Bernard von NotHaus with the broadest and most ridiculous interpretation of counterfeiting law I’ve ever seen, the DOJ even compared barter groups and sound money advocates to “domestic terrorists”. This was meant to shoo us away from such organization, but, really, all it did was reveal what they are afraid of. They are desperate, and I do mean DESPERATE, to keep us from developing our own private economies. If we are successful, we will no longer be in the position of dependency on the dollar or the sham economy. When it implodes, we will be relatively unfazed, and certainly not tearing each other apart. Meaning, their rationalization for martial law goes straight down the drain. The thought of that possibility really pisses them off…

EB:  Why are alternative markets important? Explain to our readers what the benefits are to supporting alternative markets, barter systems, local co-ops, or competing currencies.

BS:  I went into this a little bit above, but I believe widespread alternative trade and barter will solve a large portion of our problems. We deny the Federal Reserve the ability to collect income taxes to pay off the debt they generate out of thin air to enslave the country. We remove ourselves from dependency on the dollar, a fraudulent fiat currency backed by nothing but more debt, which is on the verge of hyperinflating into oblivion anyway. We rekindle the bonds of meaningful community once again, bonds which we have neglected for far too long. And, we openly declare our independence from a bad system run by despicable people. I see very little downside.

Another thing to remember is that barter networks are inevitable. I pursued a comprehensive study of barter markets throughout history before I even began writing my ideas down on paper, and I can tell you, every single modern economic collapse from the Great Depression on resulted in the immediate and natural formation of barter groups, some of them containing tens of thousands of participants. It’s going on in Greece right now! Alternative markets are a necessity when the mainstream economy falters. They work. Period.

I suppose my project is only original in that I changed the timing. I propose that instead of waiting until the whole edifice comes crashing down, we are preempting collapse by building barter networks now. That way we are insulated from the effects of the disaster before it happens.

Another important benefit is that barter networking is the gateway to other forms of organization. You might trade with each other, but you also might work towards mutual defense if things really go downhill, which I’m sure most of us are aware is a distinct possibility.

EB:  Do you consider them a form of protest of the current system?

BS:  Absolutely. A lot of people naively call America a “free market economy”. This is simply not so. If you have only two options; use the dollar and play the game, or starve to death, then this is not freedom. In a true free market economy, you should be able to participate in a particular system all you want, but also have the choice of walking away at any time. If you can’t walk away, or if you are punished for walking away, then you are slave. That’s the bottom line. Think “feudalism”. The most effective anti-establishment movements are those that create a “third option”; a way of thinking or a means of living outside of mainstream conditioning. This is what really draws the ire of the authorities, because it presents an actual threat to their base of power.

Normal protest in itself is fine and it gives exposure to your ideas, but, really, true protest involves independent action with tangible benefits. This requires nonconformity, and risk. Without risk, there is no chance of gain. Not to disparage street actions, but waving around signs is a minimal risk, and you can see that in the behavior of our government. Nearly 80% of the country was against the bailouts, and many protested admirably, yet they passed the bills anyway without a second thought. They don’t feel threatened by traditional protest. We’re going to have to do much more than that to stop globalization in its tracks, and I think Alternative Markets are a good start.

EB:  What do you think is the major reason for the current system's failure?

BS:  Oh man! That’s a loaded question. I suppose if I was to go to the very bottom of it all and pick out the primary root from which the whole poisonous vine sprang, it would have to be the establishment of the private Federal Reserve Bank in 1913. It’s funny, because you couldn’t even call the damn thing private four years ago without media sock puppets jumping all over you like feral cats. It’s “quasi-governmental” they used to say. Frankly, I don’t know what the hell that means. Either it is an institution under the direct authority of Congress and the American people, subject to audit and to public scrutiny, or, it is a private corporate bank outside of public control. You can’t be both. Sorry. Them’s the breaks.

Now, Alan Greenspan has finally admitted to the fact that the Fed is private and answers to no one, not even Congress, and the MSM stooges have shut up. However, the reality of that has not set in with the American people yet. Think about it; our entire economy is fully in the hands of a group of private corporate bankers who are almost all open proponents of globalization and the disintegration of national sovereignty for the sake of further centralization under the purview of an unaccountable global governing body. They go to meetings like Bilderberg or Davos along with many of our political leaders in violation of the Logan Act, where no press is allowed, and write foreign and domestic policy which is then implemented without our consent here at home. This isn’t “conspiracy theory”. This is just what’s admitted! Our taxes pay for this monstrosity to exist. We are paying for our own chains.

In terms of the immediate cause of collapse, anyone who has done the research behind the Fed’s activities knows, whether they admit it or not, that the whole nightmare is engineered. I welcome those who are skeptical to read my research papers on the derivatives crisis and the devaluation of the dollar, or the papers of many other alternative economists. It’s all there. The Fed knew it was creating a credit and mortgage bubble all through the '90s and early 2000s. The Fed and entities like Goldman Sachs knew that the derivatives and mortgage markets were an utter farce and on the verge of meltdown (just look into the writings of Catherine Austin Fitts, the former Assistant Secretary of Housing). The Fed knew that the banks were ridiculously insolvent (it has recently been discovered that Lehman Bros. received $18 Billion in secret Fed funds months before they declared bankruptcy, and they warned no one). The Fed knew it all!

So, the only logical conclusion one can come to is that they wanted a financial disaster to take place. Why? They are globalists! They want a global currency, a global economic infrastructure, a global government. The U.S. is simply being prepared for that transition, whether the American people want it or not.

EB:  We share the belief that a genuine free market is the answer to current global consolidation, but do you think free markets, or underground markets, will be permitted beyond the local level?

Who knows if they’ll be “officially” permitted at the local level, let alone the national level. I guess there will come a point where Americans will have to ask themselves where the line is. In my opinion, the line was crossed a long time ago, but human beings will put up with a lot of trouncing for the sake of “not making waves”. Under a corrupt government, the law is not for us, and it is not “just”. It is not an equalizer for the safety of the citizenry. Under a corrupt government, the law is a weapon to be used to subjugate the public. That is all. Ultimately, if we wish to survive, and if we wish our principles of liberty to survive, we will have to break the law, because it is in direct opposition to our survival. To be quite honest, I would rather be called a criminal or an “extremist”, than be called an “abiding subject”.

My suspicion is that many people feel the same way, and that free markets will spring up everywhere regardless of what is permitted.

EB:  Once local alternative markets are established to weather the transitional storm that is coming, what do you think should replace the Federal Reserve System?

BS:  Not the IMF or some other global central bank, even though that appears to be the plan. Alternative Markets are a shield against the storm, but eventually, we’ll have to rebuild our government, only then can we replace the Federal Reserve with something honorable. The way any transition would naturally progress would probably be through the implementation of numerous decentralized markets which would then take on gold, silver, and maybe copper as a common currency mechanism (being that precious metals are the only practical replacements at this time). The power to create and regulate money would have to be given back to the Treasury as was originally intended by the Founding Fathers. A new paper currency is certainly plausible, but this time its production would have to be limited by a metals standard.

People who don’t comprehend how a metals standard works always blubber about how there’s not enough gold or silver to support a currency anymore. They don’t understand that the value of metals increases with demand, and therefore, it wouldn’t matter if there was only one ounce of gold in the entire country. That one ounce would be worth trillions, and each paper currency note would represent a tiny fraction of that ounce, while at the same time forcing a level of commodity backing. There can still be some inflation, but a metals standard sets limits, and it limits the government’s ability to spend with wild abandon. Keynesianism is a travesty. It doesn’t work (obviously), and Keynes himself was a globalist cretin with aspirations of total centralization. Let’s dump his wretched theories and move on, please!

EB:  Wouldn't Wall Street have to be completely overhauled as well for a new monetary system to function properly?

BS:  I’m not even sure what Wall Street is anymore. It’s certainly not a representation of free markets or of true Capitalism (in the Adam Smith sense). It’s a kind of nasty bulbous tumor now, leaching off the lifeblood of the real economy. The bull market rally we’ve had over the past couple years is completely fiat driven. If the Fed raised interest rates tomorrow, I guarantee stocks would plummet to 2008 levels or lower. The bailouts and Quantitative Easing are the only things keeping it alive. Fiat injections are like formaldehyde for the Dow; it’s a corpse, but a pretty corpse, with blush and a nice suit. It looks almost alive, but it died a long time ago, and its starting to smell a little. I think speculative markets have a place in any economy, and investment must be encouraged. But, it should be investment based on legitimate performance, not cooked books and fabricated securities. In a new stock market, transparency would have to be demanded with no exceptions. That’s the only way it would work.

EB:  What do you ultimately hope to achieve with your alternative market social network?

BS:  We began with the goal of 50,000 members before collapse escalates towards hyperinflation. Right now we have around 1200 members, so we have a long way to go, though there has been a very exciting snowball effect in membership over the past month. The website itself is just a springboard for local action. I try to impress this on all our members. It’s not enough to merely join the site and start a group in your town or city; you have to leave your freaking house and meet each other face to face. You have to commit to real organization and real trade. You know . . . what people used to do before the Internet. My hope is that through Alt-Market, we can facilitate strong community building across the country and help people to remember that they do have a choice. That they can walk away from the rigged game and play by their own rules. Most importantly, my hope is that it will save lives, and save our country. It’s not a perfect country, but that shouldn’t stop us from aspiring to something better.

We can sit around on our asses and complain about the terrible state of the world, or we can take it upon ourselves to clean up the mess. That’s all there is. If you are afraid to take action, then I suggest you consider what will happen if you don’t. I see far more danger in complacency and fear than I see in defiance and courage.

EB:  Where do we go from here, what can people do to stimulate alternative markets?

BS:  My website is only one way to build a barter network. You don’t have to join to do it, we just try to make the process easier for you. Food production should be a priority for any new alternative market, especially in the face of inflation. Approaching farmer’s co-ops or garden co-ops, or even starting your own and trying to develop a barter plan, would be a good first step. Getting people to meet bi-weekly and discussing goals would be more than what most in the movement do. It’s a lost art form. It’s going to take a little time for us to relearn how barter is done.

Stewart Rhodes and I will actually be driving Alternative Markets even further with our Safe Haven State Project, which will be ready for launch soon. For those who feel the area in which they live is too unreceptive to barter networking, we’ll be building barter communities in states and counties that have a strong existing foundation. The first state we will be focusing on is Montana. We also hope to work with other Free State Projects like those in New Hampshire and Wyoming to give people more moving options. The plan is to set up coordination committees and welcome wagons within certain areas that will make your move smoother, as well as help you to find housing and employment. On top of this, as more people move to these Safe Havens, barter networks will grow until a full bore alternative economy is in place. I will be putting my money where my mouth is and moving to one of these areas shortly.

At bottom, we need to set aside our cynicism and our nihilism and become human again. There is nothing to lose and everything to gain. Honestly, I don’t know many people that have better things to do. There is no excuse for failure. In the words of Carl Jung; we make our own epoch.

Please visit Alt-Market today to begin building your local alternative market connections. And please consider making a donation to their summer fundraiser; the movement needs lifeboats and paddles.  You can reach Brandon at brandon@alt-market.com.




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22 comments:

Anonymous said...

THANK THE LORD! for the natural way of life here on this earth. if we would have stuck to an agricutural rural country we would not be in the mess we are in right now! the scumbag power brokers foced city living and corporate slavery on us long ago, it is time to end the corporate HOG way of life and live within our means.

Anonymous said...

I'm skeptical. Our current system grows/moves/processes an enormous amount of food of all kinds to feed 312 million Americans. This gigantic volume of food cannot simply be replaced by local growers. I doubt that all the local growers and co-ops in the U.S. today could even provide the food for just the largest restaurant chain in the U.S. and this is way less then 1% of the food needed. It is illogical and pure dreamland fantasy to think if our existing system collapsed that this tiny food production system can spring up and take it's place. If today all the corporations producing food and all the corporate slaves disappeared then 6 weeks from now 90% of our population would be dead. Be careful what you wish for...

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

"I'm skeptical. Our current system grows/moves/processes an enormous amount of food of all kinds to feed 312 million Americans. This gigantic volume of food cannot simply be replaced by local growers. I doubt that all the local growers and co-ops in the U.S. today could even provide the food for just the largest restaurant chain in the U.S. and this is way less then 1% of the food needed. It is illogical and pure dreamland fantasy to think if our existing system collapsed that this tiny food production system can spring up and take it's place. If today all the corporations producing food and all the corporate slaves disappeared then 6 weeks from now 90% of our population would be dead. Be careful what you wish for..."

Yes, but if we had a local farm for each small group of people and bought and sold local, then it could be done and it would be sustainable. The ratio is something like 1 acre of farmland per person per year or something like that. The acre would be broken up into plant and animal areas. Your statement shows that you don't understand basics. We are already producing this kind of food, its just in a centralized area rather than in smaller more localized plots...

Anonymous said...

OH it has worked for thousands of years. right up untill aproxamitly 1950. and now it is unatainable? you have been drinking to much flourinated water budy, because that is the way GOD intended for man to live! screw the restaurant chains. lazyness is what got us into this mess inm the first place! lrean how to cook your own meals, with fresh produce. corporations are the problem and need to be eradicated.

Anonymous said...

Like reading about Sovjet.
Ordinary peoples Black marked economy, the only way of getting gods, in the comunist era.
Every Russian(well to day I dont know) grow or grew their own groserys, and you can grow it everywhere. (50 sq/meter is suficient to grow what ever for a family, like the datshas in Sovjet eras)
The main reason of survival in Sovjet. And for USA the inflation will hitt a level, where ordinary people cant aford or cant get desent food anymore.
Like Sovjet.
And your intel. comunety are the same as NKVD/KGB, its just a slith difference in the number killed, everyhing els is just as the "good old Sovjet"(GUlags, torture, random arests, ranom killings, wars in every consivable direction and corners of the world and etc. etc).
Suspicion is growing to Sovjet standars, turn in your nabo, before he blows you, what a beutiful platform for skyhigh goverment indused paranoia.
And always, The others whom is to blame(aka: muslims, you know, the ones with beard)
Like Sovjet.
And even history sometimes takes a detour, USA may face the same end.
Fukoshima is the perfect storm, beyoud everything in the past, its unparraleled in its scope, and when reality(aka: radiation) kicks back and people starts to die,
you may wake up.
Like Sovjet, it was the nuklear industry that started the colapse.

Anonymous said...

Well towns and municipalities are creating laws to disallow growing food for yourself or more than for personal use on your OWN land you OWN. This is happening in Georgia and Michigan lawsuits right now where homeowners are being threatened with jailtime for noncompliance. Neighbors turned them in to local authorities who decided to make examples of them. Scary.

gomnar said...

Bravo. I am British, 73 years old and waiting for the world to wake up these past thirty-odd years since I awoke myself. I am a member of a fantastic bio-dynamic farm cooperative of 200 acres which produces wonderful food, by farming the old way without artificial fertilizers. I also have about an acre of vegetable garden myself. I hope we can run our own criminal private bankers (Bank of England et al)out of town very soon now. I like the idea of replacing their fiat money with money free of debt, produced and owned by a properly representative government. We can write off our 'national debts' because, as your JFK recognized, the Fed and B.of E.are both criminal and treasonous and both debts are therefore illegal. Let us look to Tom Paine, both an Englishman and an American, as our inspiration. Our two nations, in stead of being a shining example to the world of true democracies are the heart of darkness. As you say, it is up to us to act and make a difference. Our best wishes, our love and our support to our American cousins.

Anonymous said...

AT LAST! My dream come true! I was wondering when somebody would figure out that depending on MONEY is self destructive. I've had this in mind since I was a kid in the 60's. Nobody ever had control over thier income, thier outgo, or the cost of anything. This economy has NEVER been fixed. Nothing in it has ever been fair! Yet, people still follow it and let it rule and judge their lives.....count me in!!!

King of the Paupers said...

"When we operate outside of it using alternative markets, barter systems, local cooperatives, and competing currencies, we not only provide a lifeboat to many frightened passengers, but the paddles as well."
Jct: I already use my own P2P UNILETS timebank account at my facebook info page. http://johnturmel.com/uniset.htm shows you how.

John said...

This idea won't save the country. Not everyone will want to be a part of it. However, it could very well be a life saver for those who wish to participate and survive.

Anonymous said...

Even if the central gov't should find a way to criminalize barter and alternative currencies, there is a way to get around it. We give our surplus of organic non-GMO produce away free of charge to our neighbors and others, and never ask anything in return. We would give them even more in these difficult times, but are careful not to imply that it is charity.

They often surprise us by freely snow-plowing our long rough driveway, helping with the harvest, inviting us for fun activities, etc.

There is an odd verse in the Bible that suggests how to get around draconian laws; you remember, it's the one that names the Fruits of the Spirit (gentleness, kindness, meekness, self-control) "against which there is No Law." I take this to mean that we can create a whole underground economy based on kindness, as long as we don't use the government's fiat means of exchange.

Imagine that - voluntarily giving something of value instead of worthless pieces of paper, and owing no taxes while creating waves of peace, friendship and abundance all around us!

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Barter. Isn't that what caused the Jewish International Bankers to declare war on Germany in 1933?

When Germany broke free from international bankers, via economic self-sufficiency by coupling Trade with Barter (The Four Year Plan), it threatened to put and end to the international loan business of the banking cartels...so the international bankers officially declared a world economic war and boycott against Germany in 1936 at a Zionist Rally held in Madison Square Garden in NYC.

This is a part of the history of WWII that the Jewish controlled mass media doesn't want you to know.

Study the history of the 20th century and you'll understand what's happening today. Why America has money for bombs to blast Israel's "enemies" but not for our country's social needs. I read that the US spent more money on air conditioning for its troops in the Middle East than on NASA's entire budget.

It's the Jews stupid.

Henry H. said...

Brandon Smith, if that is who he really is, won’t share the spotlight with anyone. He attacks people who post comments on his site, especially if they mention any other site or author. After an unfounded attack, Smith then deletes the victim’s reply even when it is totally civil and courteous. Does this sound like a patriot who loves freedom of speech? It sounds more like a self centered dictator. Just like the folks in government. So be warned.

Recently Smith attacked a poster for mentioning G. Edward Griffin and asking other posters to share ideas. Well that set off Smith. Smith chastised the poster for not looking at Smith’s own site, rather than at Griffin’s work, and for not having ideas of his own design. Smith then called the poster lazy and a lemming.

The poster replied that he was sharing ideas with others to be helpful to people. The poster explained that he asked others to share their ideas because he (the poster) realized that he didn’t know everything and others might have good ideas. The poster concluded by asking Smith if anyone had shared ideas with Smith, such as how to speak, write, tie his shoes, or cook a meal?

Smith didn’t have the honesty to reply. Instead Smith promptly deleted the post. He deleted posts from others that supported the poster. What a wimp Smith is!

Of course Smith doesn’t have an original thought of his own. Everything he does from tying his shoes to making his lunch has been taught to him by others who shared knowledge and ideas with him.

But Smith doesn’t tolerate crediting others. Brandon Smith is all about Brandon Smith. He is not about freedom, helping people or being fair. It looks more and more like he is another agent of the government pretending to be a patriot. BEWARE!! I'd stay FAR away from him.

Anonymous said...

We don't need a "new government". What we need to do is re-seat the Republic that was "swept under the rug" with The Act of 1871.

Anonymous said...

Take out a $1 or $100 bill (an FRN - 'Federal' 'Reserve' Note). It's worthless paper, ultimately. It's INTRINSIC value = ZERO. ALL fiat, paper currencies have an intrinsic value of zero. ALL fiat, paper currencies eventually return to their intrinsic value = ZERO. The average lifespan of a fiat, paper currency is 40 years. 2011 marks the 40th anniversary, of Nixon taking the USD OFF the gold-standard. Buy silver.

Anonymous said...

What went wrong in America? THIS book answers that question, definitively: (America's Secret Government REVEALED):

Psychological Warfare and the New World Order: The Secret War Against the American People, by Servando Gonzalez
http://www.amazon.com/Psychological-Warfare-New-World-Order/dp/0932367232/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1310661186&sr=8-1

Anonymous said...

I find it absurd that Smith, that’s what he calls himself now, is pretending to be a patriot. I think he is a total fraud. Another government shill. Don’t be gullible and don’t fall for an agent provocateur.

Anonymous said...

lol! The provocateur accuses the writer of provocatuering. Fresh. I guess it wouldn't be a good read without a lame troll showing up...

apeman2502 said...

We shall overcome. Monsanto is an unnatural act and has violated enough statutes to be sued by the U.S. government and its lands confiscated.

Anonymous said...

The UK Government recently issued a report about barter and multilateral trade as a way for businesses to save cash. A copy of the report can be found here: http://www.bit.ly/KSwB0P

"We are all aware of the shortcomings of conventional finance, so it shouldn’t surprise many to learn that the business world has continued to develop alternatives for some time. Both the general concept and the practical implementation of bilateral and multi-lateral barter and ‘nonmonetary’ exchange are not, in fact, new, but what may surprise people is to know how large a share of world trade takes place in non-monetary terms, more than 20% by some accounts, especially in the form of countertrade,"

Stuart Fraser
Chairman, Policy and Resources Committee for the City of London
5 December 2011

“Barter capacity exchange could act as a major stimulus to both domestic and international trade, something of great interest to all in Government and business seeking to promote sustainable growth and prosperity. Countertrade and barter accounts for a significant and growing percentage of global trade worth over US$ 100bn and accepted by over 100 countries as a form of commerce. London is at the heart of global financial services. It has the right talent and the right regulatory and business environment to ensure that high quality, value creating innovation of the sort which an international capacity exchange could represent, has the best opportunity to succeed.”

Andrew Levy
Managing Director, UK Trade and Investment
5 December 2011

It should be noted that the SWISS WIR have had a multilateral trade network oprerating as a complimentary currency for approximately 80 years. With more than 80,000 participants performing approximately 1.8 billion swiss francs per annum in transactions between them (Approximately 1% of Swiss GDP).

WIR has not only been successful but it has survived to the present and thrived because the system provides benefits beyond cushioning its members from economic downturns.

Other global multilateral barter exchange networks such as the Ormita Commerce Network Barter Exchange (http://www.ormita.com and http://www.ormitausa.com) offer the ability for businesses to exchange excess capacity for essential goods and services. monetises capacity in areas which are asset rich but cash poor. When credit is hard to come by, surplus capacities are often found wanting of a market. On the other hand, buyers for those products may exist but be unable to afford traditional forms of payment. If both buyer and seller suffer from excess capacity (or able to generate new sales at a lower incremental cost) then a trade can be made without a great deal of cash and the needs of both participants can be met.

As more cash expenses are offset in this manner the need for national currency is reduced accordingly and the profitability of each subsequent transaction rises.

moriyah said...

In 17yrs on the web I have never read such an important article. I read a lot.
The comments are exceptional if not a little disjointed.
It points out the basis of civilized existence. A FREE market (in the) economy. This has not existed for a thousand yrs.
Every public market, flea market, shopping mall, strip plaza, Hiway rest stop, etc., has been commercially hijacked by the banks. At least 84% of every dollar you spend everywhere goes to pay bankers and taxes which is bank profits. Which goes to the queen an the pope less fees.
That is the way the world works.
The 'market', the mark of the village, was the place everyone came to to barter, trade or sell. It was open to all because all benefited.
Let that be your guide.
For the rest of the article; you need to think carefully. A barter dollar measured in US/CDN or any other dollar is a taxable dollar for income tax purposes. They will come to get their dollars from your barter dollars. With tanks and shotguns. Because they have them and because they can.
This is the new inquisition.
You better have some excellent plans.

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