THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 591, October 11, 2010
"Privacy is ultimately about liberty while
surveillance is always about control"
Wistful Thoughts of What Might Have Been
Special to The Libertarian Enterprise
The United States of America has been arguably the most important and influential nation to ever exist on Planet Earth. Other empires have come and gone on the world's stage. But the USA has affected more human beings than any other empire in history.
Think about how the world would be different today if Washington had behaved itself over the last two centuries. Let's consider how different the world would be if not for America's mischief. And make no mistake. The American people are responsible for Washington and equally culpable for the world's present condition. Why? Because, on balance, Americans allowed their politicians to be dishonest and rewarded them with re-election.
The most foundational principle in all human action is honesty. Every human goes through his day deciding over and over whether to be honest or dishonest... to tell the truth or commit fraud. And honesty resides in word and in deed. Unfortunately, it seems that humans in governments make a conscious effort to defraud on nearly every level of human interaction. That's certainly a generalization, but it's hard to defend Washington's systemic dishonesty.
I was standing in my kitchen Sunday, cooking up some bratwurst prior to the Falcons/49ers game. The theme of this article has been percolating through my gray matter for some days now. As I stood flippin' the brats, the lyrics of the Brian Wilson song "Wouldn't It Be Nice?" dropped into my brain. Brian Wilson is a musical genius who was a part of the legendary rock group "The Beach Boys." Wilson has written some of the most iconic and popular songs of the last half of the 20th Century. Sure, this is a love song about wanting to be happily married. But let's look at how it applies to the desire of a growing throng to live in a place where they can be happily free and not a slave of the state.
In my seldom-humble opinion, all of the interactions between Washington and the rest of the world... including the American citizens... are based in a commitment to systematic dishonesty and fraud. Washington's every move is inextricably linked to a failed economic philosophy and the commitment to debasement of American money. And a monetary policy that promotes dishonesty, theft and plunder affects every other facet of how Washington operates around the world. Stated another way, Washington's every motive and every action MUST support its deliberate methods of dishonesty, theft and plunder of the American populace and all other nations. Any other action would discredit and undermine Washington's commitment to dishonesty and plunder. It's a tightly wrapped world view package in which all of the parts support the basic theme.
Consider with me a few ways that Washington DC has ruined the world.
Monetary Policy: When push comes to shove, most everything is about money. It doesn't really matter if it's dollars, yuan, rubles, yen, lira, euros, rupees, or pesos. There is only one choice that can be made here between: (a) honest money, or (b) counterfeit money.
The world's reserve currency is still the dollar. Since the days of Alexander Hamilton, power-hungry men have fought for a central bank. And a central bank only exists for facilitating the expansion of government power. Central banks help dilute the value of money by issuing counterfeit currencies and facilitating fractional reserve banking, another method of counterfeiting. Washington decoupled its currency from the gold/silver-backed dollar system decades ago. When the dollar became the world's reserve currency after World War II, it was still backed by precious metals under the Bretton Woods System. European countries and Japan deliberately devalued their currencies against the dollar in order to boost exports and development. Nixon finally finished decoupling the dollar from gold in 1971. So, instead of nations being able so settle debts with gold, they only receive paper money. And legal tender laws made the paper dollar money, rather than specie (coins) or bullion. As the dollar was inflated by Washington monetary policy, the value of the dollar shrank.
The International Monetary Fund, headquartered about three blocks from the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue, has been the global loan shark for the Washington mob. IMF loans have always had American strings attached, and IMF loans to nations around the world have resulted in regime changes, coups d'état, assassinations, wars and national insolvencies. (To learn more, read Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
In essence and in fact, Washington has defrauded the entire world by flooding the world with counterfeit dollars. And Washington has taught the nations of the world how to expand their governments through debasement of their currencies. The end result is that there is not one nation of the world whose currency is 100% convertible to specie or bullion... at least to my knowledge. Do you know of one? But this means that when the dollar collapses, all the other nations of the world will be affected in direct proportion to how their nation is tied to the dollar.
Military and War
I could go on with more examples, but I think I have made my point.
If Washington would have chosen honesty and integrity in government, it would have had to choose real money, which is gold and silver. Paper currencies would have been issued by the banks where the precious metals were stored. There would be no central bank. There would be no fractional reserve banking practices. It would have been impossible for Washington to debase the currency. Any currency issued by the US Treasury would have been competing with banks, and any debasement would be instantly recognizable. The market would have shunned any debased currency.
Washington would never have been able to tax and spend wildly and profligately, but would have been forced to live within its means. There would be no off-budget items. Generally-accepted accounting principles would have applied to Washington budgets.
With Washington's example of sound money, nations around the world would have been forced to live within their means, since the world's reserve currency would have prevented inflation, not caused it.
Washington's example of foreign policy would have respected the sovereignty of other nations, sought trade with friends, and peace with all.
Washington's example of honesty in matters of intelligence and national security would have meant that America could have been trusted globally.
With Washington's example of a military that defended America's borders and nothing further, the nations of the world would have learned to settle their disputes without war. But even if wars erupted, they would have been small skirmishes instead of World Wars.
With Washington's example of protecting individual liberty, drug wars would not exist.
Maybe if we think and wish and hope and pray... it might come true
Secession of an American state holds all the hope for individual liberty and property rights... all the potential for a second chance for what might have been. Is it possible that a newly minted nation, rescuing itself from the absolute corruption of the American Empire, could turn what might have been into WHAT IS?
Secession is the Hope for Mankind. Who will be first?
DumpDC. Six Letters That Can Change History.
PS: Enjoy the song....