Tuesday, December 11, 2012

10 Signs We Live in a False Economy

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It's time to admit that we live in a false economy. Smoke and mirrors are used to make us believe the economy is real, but it's all an elaborate illusion.

Out of one side of the establishment's mouth we hear excitement about "green shoots", and out of the other side comes breathless warnings of fiscal cliffs and the urgent need for unlimited bailouts by the Fed.

We hear the people begging for jobs and the politicians promising them, but politicians can't create jobs. We see people camped out to buy stuff on Black Friday indicating the consumer economy is seemingly thriving, only to find out everything was bought on credit.

The corporate media does their best to distract us from seeing anything real. We see the media glorify Kim Kardashian who got rich by being famous, and became famous merely by being rich. She got front page coverage on Huffington Post this week because her cat died.  Enough said.

Meanwhile the financial media makes the economy seem complicated and they ban anyone who speaks truthfully about the economy from their airwaves.

Is it any wonder why people are angry and confused about the economy?

Well, hopefully these signs that we live in a false economy will help clear up some of that confusion.

1. Fake Jobs: It's not just that the "official" unemployment numbers are a fraud, the actual jobs are fake as well. Ask yourself how many professions actually produce something of value? 80% of jobs could disappear tomorrow and it wouldn't affect basic human survival or happiness in the least. Yes, in our society we need money to survive - and jobs equal money - but that doesn't mean a "job" has any actual benefit to society.  More on this in the next point...


2. Problems Create Jobs, Not Solutions: We can't fix real problems, because it would destroy more fake jobs. We can't end the wars and bring all of the personnel home when the jobless rate is already suffering. We can't end the War on Drugs because where would the DEA agents, prison guards, the court system, parole officers, and the rest of their support staff work. We can't simplify the tax code because the bookkeepers, CPAs, accounting professors, and tax attorneys would be unemployed. We cannot reduce the bureaucracy of government or streamline healthcare because paper pushers have few other notable skills. We can't stop spying on Americans because it now employs millions of people. We can't restrict the Wall Street casino, or hardly anyone will be left with a job. Finally, what will happen to university jobs when people either realize their product is not worth the cost or they discover they can get the same education online for nearly free? In other words, we need these manufactured problems to create phony employment.

3. Money Has No Value:  Money is the biggest illusion of all. Our money is loaned into existence with arbitrary interest rates by a private monopoly. It is an IOU. It only has value because a law says it has value, and that value fluctuates based on how much supply is in the economy which, again, is controlled by a for-profit monopoly. It's actual value is zero since it is just a piece of paper with fancy ink on it. The only things with real value to humans are skills (labor), tools and materials, food and water, and energy.

4. The Fed Now Buys 90% of the Nation's Debt: Speaking of money, the Federal Reserve loans money to the US government who issues bonds to cover their spending. Those bonds are sold on the open market through auctions to investors who believe in the ability of the United States to make good on those bonds. Apparently, the US has no more investors because the Fed is now buying 90% of new Treasury bonds. This is called monetizing debt, or, essentially, monetizing money. That's what a Ponzi scheme does. This acts to keep interest rates artificially low because they'd have to raise them to attract outside "investors".  In layman terms, our whole monetary system is a paper tiger, a house of cards, or whatever metaphor you want to use for fake.

5. What is the Value of Anything?  The price discovery mechanism, or the process to determine the value of an asset in the marketplace, has become so convoluted that determining the genuine value of anything has become nearly impossible. Between government subsidies for things like food, fuel, education, housing, insurance and even cars; taxes, regulations and laws; the manipulation of the value of money and interest rates; Wall Street gambling on commodities; what is the real value of something? For example, why does an ounce of marijuana (a weed that can grow anywhere) cost up to $500?  Is that the real value based on labor and materials, and supply and demand? Of course not. Its value is inflated mainly due to laws and regulations.

6. Failure is Rewarded:  You know we live in a false economy when failure is rewarded and success is penalized. Citizens everywhere are being told they need to tighten their belts, work harder so we can bailout the failed government, banks, insurance companies and even car companies. And when we work harder and achieve some success, they tax it heavily to indefinitely pay for these fraudulent institutions. Yet this infinite money creation and taxation is light years from solving the root cause of the problem. The reality is that the banks' solutions are the problem, enriching the investor class at the expense of the middle class. Global bankers are playing with taxpayer money - and the money of many future generations - in a global casino royale that is destined to fail so they can take the people's assets. They are all-in; but their money is fake, and our assets put at risk are real.

7. Corporate entities have the same rights as humans, but not the same punishments:  When the Supreme Court ruled that corporations have free-speech rights of people, it was one of the final nails in the coffin of the republic. Monied interests can now openly finance elections and buy the legislation they need to operate with impunity. Corporations may be comprised of humans, but they are not subjected to the same standard of humanity. It was profoundly argued in the article What if BP Were a Human Being? that judged by common standards of morality, decency, and previously agreed-upon definitions of criminality, BP would be judged a psychopathic killer ... and immortal. Ditto for the rest leading the predatory corporate pack; the most obvious being defense contractors.  And since these corporations are now joined at the hip with government itself, what does that make government? By changing definitions, they are attempting to change reality. But that still doesn't make it the truth.

8. People buy things they don't need with money they don't have: In a type of trickle-down debt whirlpool, the government's rampant spending without sufficient assets to back it up is mirrored in the behavior of the American consumer. Despite inflation, rising unemployment, and a continued collapse in real estate, it hasn't stopped credit spending. The Associated Press just reported that for the month of October:

Americans swiped their credit cards more often in October and borrowed more to attend school and buy cars. The increases drove U.S. consumer debt to an all-time high. 
The Federal Reserve said Friday that consumers increased their borrowing by $14.2 billion in October from September. Total borrowing rose to a record $2.75 trillion.
Borrowing in the category that covers autos and student loans increased by $10.8 billion. Borrowing on credit cards rose by $3.4 billion, only the second monthly increase in the past five months. (Source)
Most troubling is the type of borrowing highlighted. The worst possible borrowing would be these negative-return investments such as student loans, credit cards, and cars. It is magical thinking taken to the highest degree.

9. Entrepreneurs are punished: It has become nearly impossible to make a simple living on your own. America has become a land filled with bureaucratic red tape that actively thwarts small business creation and criminalizes independence. There is perhaps no better example of this than the attacks waged against the ultimate entrepreneurial endeavor of self-reliance: the family farm. Through collectivist models such as Agenda 21, long-running family farms are being shut down and supplanted with "protected zones." In the most recent case, a family oyster farm was shut down based on provably false scientific data that aimed to demonstrate negative environmental and economic impacts. It was completely fake, ending an 80-year local business that generated 50,000 tourists per year and employed 30 full-time local residents. In many of these cases the federally stolen property winds up in the hands of developers who have no interest in a true local economy. It is an inherent part of any false economy to create dependence where none should exist at all. A five-minute video that can be seen here sums up the American economy of illusions and the death of the American Dream.


10. Engineered Slavery: Do you think slavery died in the 1800s?  Think again. Economic hitmen (lenders) have successfully enslaved-by-debt everything from nations, entire industries, state and local governments and nearly every person on the planet. And they bought your servitude with money they never had, they simply created it out of thin air. Even if an individual doesn't have any bank financing or credit cards, they still pay the private Federal Reserve through inflation and income taxes. As author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, John Perkins, would say: the time has come for the banks to collect their “pound of flesh” from average citizens by way of higher taxes, less social services, and taking your pensions -- "austerity." For an enlightening explanation of how economic hitmen work their dark magic please watch this video.  If you're still confused, see these 10 signs you might be a slave.  Another, more obvious, form of engineered slavery is prison labor. Laws and regulations are specifically created to add to the prison population which enriches the corporations that own them, while local communities actually become poorer and more dangerous (source).
    As George Carlin said, "It's called the American Dream, because you have to be asleep to believe it." It would be bad enough if it were contained to only one country, but we are now experiencing a global collective dreaming that fantasizes about a government figuring things out just in the nick of time. However, in the real world, the collapse has begun in earnest. Until we are committed to stop being slaves and counter the 10 points above, we will remain in the grip of an hallucination. However, there are encouraging signs through protests worldwide, alternative currency movements, and myriad creative solutions in the most affected countries like Iceland, Greece, and Spain that people are beginning to shake off their sleep, look in the mirror and realize that the dream economy they have been sold was designed to make them seek solutions in entirely the wrong direction.

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    17 comments:

    Anonymous said...

    Great read! Very well done.

    Anonymous said...

    Brilliant piece! Thanks!!

    Anonymous said...

    I would expand on the fake jobs point. Some jobs could be structured a 100 different ways other than they are. These jobs seem to serve another purpose than profit.

    Anonymous said...

    Excellent...though, regarding #7: "When the Supreme Court ruled that corporations have free-speech rights of people...."

    The Supreme Court never made such a ruling.

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/artificial-people-end-corporate-personhood-corporations-are-not-people/21037

    Activist said...

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/29/us/court-affirms-blessing-on-corporate-financed-political-ads.html?_r=0

    http://www.law.com/corporatecounsel/PubArticleCC.jsp?id=1202439349140&Supreme_Court_Rules_Corporations_Are_People_Spending_Is_Speech&slreturn=20121111162601

    Anonymous said...

    Sorry, I meant the original May 26, 1886 "ruling" that was not actually a ruling but something slipped into Supreme Court headnotes by J.C. Bancroft Davis, court reporter. This "Landmark ruling" gave corporations the same rights as citizens. The free-speech thing was an actual ruling based on the original non ruling.

    In other words, SCOTUS never actually ruled that corporations had the same rights as people, but they certainly did rule about corporations having first amendment rights, making elections terminally meaningless.


    My mistake.

    Great article.

    Anonymous said...

    Soon the curtain on everything will come up and you will see nothing more than a senile old man named Wizard of Oz shaking in frustration and flipping switches.

    That 90% of all that you thought you knew was a made up story- His story to be correct.

    Anonymous said...

    The economy is an illusion of propertiy. It is a debt based money system. All property personal in real is chattel liened property. Federal Reserve Notes stupidly called money are bills of credit. When the international bankers appointed the necessary person into the international sphere of finance, the debt surf slaves began to pay the international bankers tribute of subjects and all the monies of the world began to flow into their cash boxes. The international bankers have abscounded with the national treasuries and usurped the peoples wealth. The international bankers from the very onset their primary purpose was to confiscate all the gold and silver, replacing them with worthless Federal Reserve Notes. They have propered through the paper gimick. It is their method by which they take money and give paper in return.

    Anonymous said...

    I go to my fake job and fake working to earn fake money but yet get to buy real whiskey and live hookers as it suits me with the fake money from the fake job. My fake life is good.

    Winsmith said...

    You have 98 times too many words when the Fed said their system "works (us) only with credit...." --booklet Keeping Our Money (their credit) Healthy. They admitted here that no one pays any taxes since taxes cannot be paid with credit and they admitted that government spends nothing when they work us "only with credit."
    Most of your message is government approved. You should learn and teach Monetary Realism as was first taught my the late Merrill Jenkins who
    invented the dollar bill changer and wrote 7 books with the first being "Money", The Greatest Hoax On Earth. One of his books is free right here: www.morpix.biz/tred You can find the "Hoax" at: morpix.biz/amazon ALL accurate economic, political and medical thinking has to be based on our misleaders having unlimited funds while no money goes to the D.C.as taxes. How can this be? Read my first sentence again, please.

    MajorityRfools said...

    I dont use marijuana, but hopefully its leagalization in 2 states will start a wildfire that spreads to all the states. Im pretty sure I could grow $500 in my back yard, many times over. Oh yeah, thats right, so could everyone else. Oh yeah, thats why its illegal. Wouldnt want "money" creation to slip into the wrong hands, ie everybody instead of the "chosen" few.

    Anonymous said...

    It is a false economy because most of the manufacturing jobs have been out-sourced off shore. You cannot create wealth with a service and information economy and a bloated bureucracy. The method by which you create wealth is to turn raw materials into finish products. When are the American people going to get this through their thick heads. You have been duped by the political hacks and the greedy commercialist.

    Michael Patrick McCarty said...

    I find this to be an unbelievably insightful article. I particularly resonate with nubers 5 and 9. I realized some time ago that I could no longer determine the true value of anything, and this is the first time I have heard anyone explain it in this way. Bravo, I would say, but boy, are we all in big trouble.

    Saiah said...

    What do you propose to counter the 10 points above?

    canobs said...

    Excellent article, fake economy is RIGHT read more with some solutions to this at - canobs.livejournal.com -and- globalresearch.org

    Anonymous said...

    This essay atriculates ideas that have been percolating in my brain for a number of years. The idea/feeling our economy is built on sand, quick sand at that. So many jobs/huge amounts of time spent in non-productive endeavor. So much know-how and basic trade and living skills not being learned and used, on and on. Unfortunately I have lived my adult earning years in such an economy in one of our nation's seasonal resort areas. It has always felt so fake. Fortunately my husband (a home builder) and I, both college graduates, do have basic living off the land skills and the land to do so. Still it is slightly uneasy to contemplate having to switch to a self-sufficient life style, but we can and even bring all the adult children back home. My husband always was fond of communes and he just may end up hosting one.

    Anonymous said...

    listen to Republic Broadcasting Network internet radio station for more on this topic

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