Every civilization must deal with the problems and challenges of economics and money. One may explore the practices of any civilization for evidence of this. Thousands of fascinating examples await our examination from lands far and near, and in each there are critical lessons to be learned if we but pay close attention. Applications to our own civilization and its economic health are by no means out of the question, however long ago or far away a given civilization flourished. "Homo sum: humani nil a me alienum puto." Economics and money are by no means the dry, dismal subjects which some academics make them out to be, either. In fact, the more I think of it, the more I suspect that those same academics deliberately continue to quote Thomas Carlyle about "the dismal science" in order to make people shy away from finding out how it all really works.
You have all seen the Mel Gibson movie, "Apocalypto," of course. At 9/11 Essentials, there is a plot summary of this film:
As the Mayan kingdom faces its decline, the rulers insist the key to prosperity is to build more temples "bailouts" and offer human sacrifices "wars".
That's not a bad way of describing this film. In fact, I really think that the archaeologists and anthropologists have missed the boat on this one. I have some very good books on the Maya and other ancient Meso-American civilizations, written by very competent, experienced scholars, but only one of them says anything about the money they used, let alone the economic consequences of building so many temples, or other grossly wasteful state enterprises. None of them say anything about their economies at large or how they really worked, or how successful or fragile they might have been. I contend that the archaeologists have spent so much time studying the "high art," ruins, sculptures, glyphs, figurines, etc., and have been so spellbound with the strange, otherworldly beauty of this culture and its religion and mythology that they have almost completely overlooked the critical importance of the economic systems of these people. One often reads of the "Maya Collapse," referring to the mysterious disappearance of the civilization of these people, i.e., their monumental architecture, their ceremonial centers, their sophisticated art forms, their beautiful and sophisticated writing and mathematical systems, and so on. What one does not read much about is the dynamic role of economics in this "collapse."
We don't really know exactly and precisely what caused these Mayan city states to disappear so utterly. Not enough information is available for definitive explanations of this, as would be the case, say with the much more recent French Revolution and the ensuing demise of the court of Louis XVI. In the latter, information is plentiful and the picture is pretty clear for all to see. A number of theories of the Maya collapse have been advanced, such as war, civil or otherwise, conquest, revolution, insurrection, drought, famine, malnutrition. My best guess is that the primary cause was economic collapse. Of course, any number of disastrous political, religious, social, agricultural, military, and environmental setbacks are also probable contributing factors in their demise. But the extreme levels of destruction, the total wiping out of all higher forms of civilization and their physical expressions lead me to believe that, above all, when all is said and done, total economic collapse was, if not the cause, then the result of the Maya experience.
"Reforms" DO NOT stop destructive business cycles, or stop criminal business activity, or stop corrupt government officials from robbing us six ways to Sunday.
Also, increased regulation does not equal the banishment of "irrational exuberance."
Extraordinary popular delusions are ever present, as are crooks and incompetents, both inside and outside of government, who are always ready to take advantage of it, or allow it to go on, outrageously, without doing a thing to stop it.
The Bernard Madoff ponzi scheme proves this. Madoff was nearly 10 years into his crime spree before he was finally taken down. Thousands of people were ruined. Some lost their entire life's savings. Some lost everything. What did the SEC do during all that time? Nothing. Nothing but the routine prosecuting of low-level, small time cheaters. The Big Fish it let go. It was told repeatedly by Harry Markapolos what was going on and was given all the information that it needed to go after Madoff. Still nothing.
Ron Paul's bill for a full audit of the Federal Reserve has been rejected by the House in favor of the soft ball version (Dodd-Frank Empowerment Act). The FED continues to exercise a hypnotic affect on Congress. Even some co-sponsors of HR1207 voted against it. It is going to take something extraordinary to change this situation. It really amounts to a deadlock. Congress has granted the FED unconstitutional powers and will not reign it in.
Clearly, the FED is nothing more than an ingenious criminal enterprise, but one must not disparage this ingenuity. On the contrary, one must marvel, if only for a moment, at its wondrous design, its ability to control our entire society, and its amazing, self-perpetuating, publicl
Sadly, there are few heroes in either political party with the courage to stand up to the FED and the whole concept of "central banking," along with Congressman Paul. Both political parties are thoroughly corrupt and bought off, except for a scattered few lone wolves like Congressman Paul.
Social Security is a fraud, a gigantic fraud! We have all been cheated, fleeced, and lied to! We have every right to be angry with this and previous administrations.
What lessons can we draw from this tragic tale?
That Social Security is a "ponzi scheme."
That Social Security may be adequately "funded" now, but will soon run out of money.
That personal responsibility is paramount.
That a knowledge of at least the basics of economics is indispensable.
That no government is above lying to its constituents in order to get what it wants.
That no government is above cheating the people out of their property, their sacred honor, or their cultural heritage.
That rascals and thieves abound in the world, and naturally, habitually, and instinctively gravitate to government because it is there that they can maximize their criminality under the guise of "law and order."
That it is not the role of government to "take care" of people with "womb to tomb" services.
That the "welfare state" is a complete abomination.
That people must be encouraged whenever possible and in every way possible to TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR EVERYTHING THAT THEY DO ON THIS EARTH.
That no good deed goes unpunished.
That government becomes infected with criminality with frightening speed if the citizenry does not keep a sharp eye on the proceedings and take action when needed.
That bureaucrats will utilize any and all powers of the state to give their criminality the patina of legality and morality, as well as to destroy their enemies and enrich themselves.
In fact, that government seeks to become "God"; all their pronouncements, all their proclamations, all their legislation, has the attitude of the deity, that we derive our rights from them, that they "deign" to give us whatever rights and privileges that we may have, that they are the source of LIFE ITSELF.
This current crop of "gods" (or "judges") reminds one of those corrupt, psychotic, disgusting, fat, worse-than-useless, royal buffoons and their preposterous, bloody officials and slavers, in the movie Apocalypto. Set in the time and place of the ancient Maya, the whole movie is, nevertheless, really a metaphor of a totally corrupt, bloody, destructive, terminal, murderous state and how a "hero" defies it, protects his family from it, defeats it, and has a new beginning for himself and his family.
How can illegal aliens "depress the overall wage scale," without at the same time displacing American workers?
Some folks say that "many find field work demeaning and too physically demanding. These jobs would go begging were it not for immigrant workers."
Isn't that too bad! SOMEBODY has to do the work, and by that I do not mean imported, subsidized, slave/serf, illegal aliens, either! They are wrong who say that "These jobs would go begging." There's plenty of material to work with right here on this side of the border: legal aliens, the unemployed, hoboes, welfare cases, and idle, muscle-bound youth. We are talking about a HUGE crowd of folks, many MILLIONS all over the country, so many of whom are not working and not earning their keep. THEY can do the "challenging" jobs. As long as they are able-bodied, if they don't work, they should not eat. No more welfare state. Charity for the rest.
Why don't they do the "challenging" jobs? Because the monster "welfare state" has made it possible and even profitable for them not to. Is that how our country is supposed to work? Hell, if that's the case, we might as well have kept on with the slaves! At least our selfish intentions to exploit their labor would be clear.
As things stand now, we are bombarded with all sorts of propaganda about how illegal immigration is "good" for us, that our country would "collapse" without it, that prices would "skyrocket," that it would be a "catastrophe," that it would be "inhumane" to deport them, that they "only want to work," that they are "only seeking a better life," that we "can't blame them" for wanting to get out of the hell-hole of Mexico, that we "can't break up families," that we "can't do without them," that we "owe" them and their employers subsidies because they do hard work that nobody else wants to do......
Some folks seem to think that kicking the illegal alien habit is either impossible or undesireable! No more so than for a junky trying to kick the habit and get off dope! Or should the junky just keep on snorting and shooting up till the bitter end when he dies, just like this sick, rotting little political entity called the United States?
Is it "meanspirited" to want to protect and defend the U.S. Constitution? Is it miserly to want to defend the integrity of one's homeland? Is it wrong to want to maintain good order in immigration matters? Should we be happy that our city, county, state, and country are bankrupt because of subsidies to illegal aliens? Would it kill illegal aliens to stay home and try to build their own great nation? It might, but no more so, and no more tragically that the young men who died in our own American Revolution! Was the answer to our problems with British tyranny to run away like cowards and cross the borders of another country, there to cause our new hosts and ourselves still more problems?
Some folks accuse Americans of a "double standard" when it comes to illegal immigration. I didn't know that human nature came with a "political label" on it. From where I stand, the two party system long ago became a convenient political fiction, a facade for the gullible, a vehicle for the acquisition of total political power, and the establishment of criminal economies of scale of a magnitude undreamed of by the greatest kings, conquerers, freebooters, and mafias of former times.
The latter group of billionaire kingpins, dizzy with power, is really the sinister force behind the whole illegal immigration affair, and much, much, else, citizens.
And here sit we, waiting to die the political death of all people condemned to serfdom.
On the surface, E-verify would appear to be a very good way to help keep illegal immigration under control.
Yet, I wonder. What if E-verify were part of a much larger, more comprehensive plan not actually directed at illegal aliens at all, but against the rest of us? Something about all this "electronic registration" for everything bothers me. The same with a "national ID card." Should a dark day come when we fall under the thumb of a dictator, that great big high-tech registration system could be used with deadly effectiveness and consequences against the people. This all could lead to the forced implantation of RFID Chips in every human being on this planet.
The people are in a difficult position. Here we have illegal aliens pouring in and we do want something done to stop it. At the same time, technology is making quantum leaps, and privacy is a thing of the past. Much of this technology is hidden from public view, so that we are not aware of just how dangerous it could be if it fell into the wrong hands.
The possibilities for abuse are frightening. And the power elite is in the perfect position to put their perverted theories into practice by taking us right to the edge of the cliff.
I think that the power elite has put us in a game of chicken. They hold all the cards in this game. When we get to the edge of the cliff, they, being super rich and super powerful, will be able to avoid going over, suffering, starving, etc. The people will not. In exchange for "saving" us, they will put the yoke of Big Brother around our necks. And that's it. Checkmate.
That's the price that we will have to pay for our "salvation" from the power elite when the moment of truth comes.
Unless we fight back before it is too late.
We are, therefore, in a race against time. Thus, Obama's rush to "get things done" in such a hurry. He has to before too many people wake up and get wise and stop believing in authoritarianism and its convenient fictions, stop listening to public officials, and change their minds about the whole array of programmed illusions and theatre which they have created for us.
Come on, guys, wake up! We are in the grip of gangsters who mean us NO GOOD! Stop your daydreaming and fretting over bread and circus and join the fight!
The situation is ominously similar to the slavery controversy in the ante-bellum period. That should make everyone nervous. But turning a blind eye to this problem (while some of us profit from it) has been a bad strategy, and is NO LONGER WORKING. “Compromises” such as “Amnesty” are not going to stop the gathering storm.
The price we pay for this immoral, disgraceful marriage of convenience is too high and for some of the same reasons that slavery was. Toilet-converted, trash-filled parking lots and streets are the least of our worries. Our welfare rolls, prisons, and schools have filled up with illegals. Illegal drunken drivers have killed us, they have taken jobs away from Americans (this is especially painful in a Depression), they have allied themselves with Marxist political ideologues who have shamelessly pandered to them, organized them, stirred them up, inspired them to march in our streets and insult us with their national flags right in our faces. What’s next, a revolution?
Sorry folks, but soon, life is going to get a lot harder for some; the people on welfare, the bums, the hobos, the Saturday supermen idly strutting their stuff in the malls, and the unemployed, are going to have to do the work formerly done by illegal aliens. It’s either that, or put up with successive new tidal waves of illegal aliens and their public nuisances, and watch your country be put up on the auction block and sold to the lowest bidder.