The Betrayed Youth (continued)

The Betrayed Youth
by Jeff Ganaposki
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Part Two

In part one we exposed that people are money mad, trained to need money, and do anything to get it – even sell their own grandmother, as the saying goes. But it doesn’t stop there.

LAWFUL MONEY = INSANITY

What a crazy thing to say! That gold and silver coin money tokens are evidence of insanity. Isn’t it the foundation of Patriotism and Constitutionalism to demand a return to the GOLD STANDARD !?

Yes, it may be the foundation of patriots, but they’re stark raving [expletive deleted] crazy.

The short explanation : world supply of gold (estimated) is 5.6 billion ounces. World population is in excess of 7 billion (2016). Simple math shows that there is less than one ounce per capita. If we rely on American statutes to compute the value, it is – wait for it – the princely sum of $16 per capita. If you believe that the supply of gold is TEN times greater, recalculating only gets us to $160 per capita.

If you use $16 as your new standard of measure for one man year of labor, you’re going to have to accept an hourly wage of 0.0077 dollars. (77/100ths of a cent)
{That also presumes that the rich and powerful do not hoard the majority of that gold used to facilitate trade. If they did, perhaps we may need to have paper money denominated in atoms of gold.}

The long explanation : you cannot use a subset of a set to be the abstract value for the WHOLE set. Gold and silver bullion are not only scarce, and precious, but can never grow at a rate proportional to the marketplace of goods and services. Human population grows geometrically, and human labor is multiplied by tools and machines. There is no way such a finite money token system can efficiently operate as a medium of exchange.

Re-stating the situation – any “thing” used for money – a medium of exchange to pass value to a future trade – cannot be a subset of the set (the marketplace). Nor can it have intrinsic value that exists independent of the marketplace.

The simplest explanation is that money has no trade value when there is nothing in the marketplace. A millionaire on “Gilligan’s Island” can’t buy anything with that money. Likewise, if the money exists when there is nothing to be traded, how can it have intrinsic value? And as we showed in the previous part, if no one needs money no one will go to work for the benefit of another nor trade their property for it.

Most of the world has been indoctrinated to be money mad. That is why people seek to “make money” instead of build prosperity. They think they are getting “rich” by piling up mountains of money tokens, while their world is slowly collapsing before their eyes. And those who refuse to work and trade unless paid with money are willing collaborators in their own enslavement.

Ironically, there are plenty of examples of sane people who work without seeking to be paid in money. Parents care for children, without expectation of payment. Adult children care for their parents, without pay. Volunteers contribute work and property to charities. Communities have “house raisings” and “barn raisings.” Religious orders are populated by people who devote their life’s work to serve others, embracing voluntary poverty. And many “primitive” societies operate outside of the madness of money. The irony is that they’re called “uncivilized” by the money maddened people.

“White man goes crazy for yellow metal!” observed the Amerindians.

REALITY

The reality is that to survive, one needs clean air, water, food, shelter, and a host of necessities and wants fulfilled. To acquire them, one needs to absolutely own land upon which he stands – or needs permission from the one who does own the land upon which he stands.

With ownership and access to land, one can strive to acquire the necessities of life by one’s harmless activity.

Beware those who seek to dispossess you of your birthright to own land.

Prosperity is not based on money nor wealth. Prosperity is based on the production, equitable trade and enjoyment of surplus usable goods and services. Doing more with less so more can enjoy is the keystone to building greater prosperity. Doing less with more so few can enjoy breeds misery – as does “wealth redistribution.”

To efficiently trade beyond barter, one needs a means by which equitable value can be passed to a future trade. Once that trade is completed, the value holder has done its job and ceases to exist. A common example is a coupon for an item – like a hamburger. Once tendered, the coupon is destroyed, having fulfilled its function to allow for value to pass to another.

If you have a cup filled with wine and pass it to another, he has the value of wine. What value does the cup hold when emptied? Nothing is inside. It has the potential to hold water, wine, oil, or whatever. But it holds no value otherwise.

Obviously, money does not operate that way. Money remains after all trades are completed. How did money pass value and retain value simultaneously? This leads to be insane belief that one can “save money” and thus accumulate “value” for one’s future needs… a belief that has no basis in reality.

The reason it appears to operate that way is the ingrained belief of money madness, and the requirement to use money to pay obligations to government for privileges and to pay creditors.

Money madness is also vital to the operation of usury – the abomination. As long as people have need of scarce money, they will borrow at usury. They will even ask for credit, at usury. Throughout history, wars have been financed by usurers, who feed on the misery they enable.

Sadly, the insanity of money madness makes people ignore the obvious fact that long term usury cannot operate. The exponential equation used for compound interest needs an infinite money token supply. Do the math yourself. Look up “Future Worth” calculations in any economics reference. Plug in numbers. Then realize the truth for yourself. You are entrapped in a madhouse with lunatics, under the control of masters of money.

Your remedy is to extricate yourself from the limitations of money madness and return to prosperity.

As stated before, to build prosperity, you need to have land, upon which you can exert yourself to produce surplus usable goods and services. Trading that surplus, you acquire other things and services that you cannot do yourself. And the more you make or do, the more you can acquire from others. Simple. As long as your means to pass value is not tied to the lunacy of “hard money” you can prosper, safe from the parasites and thieves of usury.

How do you account for value ? You might issue private promissory notes (coupons) or utilize a data base that one can debit or credit. What ever you use, do not limit it to any subset of the set – like precious metals or jewels.

Do not suffer parasites like usurers (bankers) and governments to control your medium of exchange or you will find yourself perpetually enslaved. And do not allow servant government to impose a duty for the exercise of rights they were instituted to secure. As to privileges that they bestow, only then pay them in the “coin” demanded by their system.

Only productive people and enterprises should issue “liberty money” used to trade for that which they produce or perform. Anyone else is trying to get something for nothing in trade. And whatever you choose as your medium of exchange – or accounting system – remember that it should track with the marketplace of all goods and services. That is reality. If there is nothing to trade, there is no need for money. And whatever there is to trade, must have the requisite “money” for others to buy it. That way you won’t be fooled by the manipulation of the abstraction by clever scoundrels who try to deflate, inflate or speculate them.

Do not tolerate usury nor use government to enforce contracts for usury. Usury is an abomination, an impossible contract, and a scheme to steal. Much of the evil in the world can be traced back to usury and money madness.

Finally, beware of shiftable taxes and hidden overhead expenses. They impose inflation (increased costs) without any remedy. That is how a marketplace can suffer from inflation during a shortage of money tokens. Remember, under classical eCONomics, inflation is “too much money” chasing “too few goods.” Well, I keep looking to see who has all that money bidding up the price of “too few goods.” Can’t quite find him. And since there are millions of unemployed (excess available labor), closed factories and stores (excess available production facilities), and unmet need (demand), it’s obvious that “something” is fouled up beyond the experts ability to explain.

(According to the Federal Reserve website, there are only 1.4 trillion dollar bills in circulation. How can a government spend over 3.4 trillion with only 1.4 trillion in circulation? Utter madness!)

Frankly, eCONomics is a dismal discipline that is wholly unscientific, as well as based on madness. How else can they accept using a variable (scarce and finite money tokens) as a unit of measure, and apologize for usury (mathematically unsustainable)? How can they assign dollar bill value to something when the dollar bills do not exist?

All Federal Reserve notes, being debt, are part of the 19+ trillion dollar national debt. To create more, Congress has to go deeper in debt. But what did it borrow? Not gold coin. There isn’t enough. In fact, Congress was extended credit, at interest. And to pay that interest requires even more debt. In-sane. And you’re the liable party, by consent, to pay your “contribution.”

More insanity. NASA has estimated that thousands of asteroids have quadrillions of dollars in value. Imagine the jobs that could be created, the multitudes hired to build mining equipment, the rockets designed and built, the fortunes to be made in outer space! Let us consider what a quadrillion dollar budget could buy:
__ 320 million Americans could be hired at $250,000 per year [a mere 80 trillion]
There’s $920 trillion left. Let’s hire half the whole world, at $250,000 per year.
__ 3.5 billion x $250k = $875 trillion, leaving $125 trillion left to pay for raw materials, etc. Imagine how much could be accomplished with so many gainfully employed?

But that can never happen. A consortium of billionaires cannot walk into a bank and get a loan of 1 quadrillion dollar bills, at 10% interest, with which to go mine those fabulously rich asteroids. Because the money tokens do not exist.

And we are too mad to realize we’re trapped.

Based on the current lunacy, owing an impossible to repay debt, we are facing a convulsion where civilization will either find its way to sanity, or collapse, once again, as the economic size has exceeded its scarce money token supply.

Wake up and escape the asylum if you can. Educate yourself – read the law. Establish a domicile. Reduce or eliminate any obligation to pay “funny munny.” Build prosperity by production, equitable trade and enjoyment of surplus usable goods and services. Network with other productive people and equitably trade so that more can prosper. Make your own money tokens or alternate book keeping systems to track available goods and services as well as promises to perform in the future. Do not let money madness stifle your creativity and productivity. Work hard. Play hard. Live good. But be no slave of another, compelled to labor for their benefit.

Enjoy the endowment that is the right of every American under the promised republican form of government. Defend it from the enemies who wish to destroy it, and replace it with the vile People’s Democratic Socialist Republic.

In time, the whole world may be freed of domination, and become prosperous as the multitude engage in creating and producing abundance, to trade, to enjoy and to share, with out the plague of predators, parasites, and plunderers. Our children will inherit the stars, rightful heirs to the universe.

The Betrayed Youth

The Betrayed Youth
by Jeff Ganaposki
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Part One

America’s youth have been betrayed by clever manipulators who appealed to their compassion to embrace great evil. The serpents hissed : “Look at the suffering masses, let us have government care for them!”

But no one questioned the wisdom in imposing compulsory charity as a remedy to human suffering. Granted, the recipients are grateful – to the government – while the donors suffered the burden.

At each election, the nation divides itself into self-interest groups : the “Takers” and the “Taken.” As the recipient class grows and grows, thanks to the “generosity” of the socialist State, the donor class shrinks and collapses under the burden imposed, resigned to their burdens. No gratitude for their sacrifice is ever given by the recipient class, whose gratitude and loyalty is to the State.

Yet the “Takers” riot when they do not get what they believe they are entitled to.

If you believe you are entitled to the property or wages of another man, you have been warped. You have embraced the law of the jungle and believe your rights supersede the rights of others – your prey. There is no moral high ground in being a socialist pirate and slaver, getting your cut of the booty taken by force from the donor class.

Yet there is a persuasive argument that socialists use to justify their piracy and slavery. Under the current monetary system, there are only 3 ways to acquire money:
● Trade (labor, property)
● Charity (private, public)
● Predation (crime, extortion, etc)

When a laborer loses his job and cannot find another, and exhausts his resources, as well as private charity, all that remains is crime. So the socialists insist that government must offer public charity (entitlements – clever, eh?) as an alternative to crime. Thus no one can excuse their criminal activities as a matter of survival, when there is the socialist safety net (shredded as it may be).

Sounds reasonable. Except that when you penalize productive people and reward non-productive people, you eventually wind up with more non-productive people. Anyone with half a brain can see that being a recipient is superior to being a hard working doofus, stuck with paying 44% of his wages in taxes. And anyone stuck with the bill for slackers, has nothing but contempt for them, whether or not they are pitiful and deserving of charity. Instead of a people united, we have a nation divided. That’s great for predators who wish to divide and conquer. But bad for the people whose endowed rights were supposed to be secured by government – not confiscated and trespassed.

Here we are after 83+ years of socialism, with a nation splintered into divisive factions: one desperately seeking more from government and the other desperately seeking relief from the burden.

Can you see the problem yet?
Here’s a hint:
If you see unmet need, unemployed people, closed factories, empty stores, and untapped resources, you should ask : WHY?

If you ask each group, the universal answer is “No one has any money!”
Customers have no spare cash to buy more. Without sales, retailers won’t order more from factories. Without orders, factories close. Jobs are lost. And thus more customers have no spare cash. A vicious spiral.

Of course, the serpent hisses : “It is the fault of those GREEDY RICH! Take their wealth from them and distribute it!”

Really?
Does sharing the wealth really end poverty, unemployment, closed factories?
No.

In fact, money is not the remedy but the cause of poverty.
Simple proof:
Ask yourself why anyone bothers to go to work, and endure the pains of laboring.
Answer: They need money, so they trade their labor and property for it.

What happens if no one needs money?
Imagine that tomorrow, everyone awakens to the news that they have been given 22 billion billion quatloos – a substantial sum – credited to their account. Everyone is fabulously wealthy. No one needs money ever again. They can buy whatever their heart desires.

Except there is one small problem. Buy from whom? Buy what?
No one went to work, nor filled the stores, nor offered anything for sale. No one needs money. Even the starving children are fabulously wealthy. Civilization collapses – from money madness.

Without the indoctrinated need for a scarce money token, the insanity of our economy is exposed.

Imagine you are among “primitive” tribesmen, who have no money, but are quite prosperous, and well fed. Obviously, their prosperity is not based on money. In fact prosperity is based on production, equitable trade, and enjoyment of surplus usable goods and services.

There is no correlation between the marketplace of goods and services and the sum and value of circulating money tokens. In fact, the money masters deliberately keep money scarce and in demand, so people are always NEEDING MONEY. And they are incessantly programmed to evaluate everything in terms of money. In fact, they can use money to corrupt morals and induce vile behavior.

Our misery is rooted in the indoctrinated belief that we need money. Who imposes that need? Why can’t we just be subsistence farmers, and tradesmen, and simply barter?

Who imposes upon you a need for money to buy your necessities, pay taxes, pay interest on debt?

Can you blame the government?
Nope.

According to the law of the land, available in any courthouse law library, you will find evidence that no government instituted to secure endowed rights can tax, impair or otherwise infringe them. (Two exceptions : in pursuit of justice on behalf of an injured party – or – by consent of the governed.)

What endowed rights?

Though not exhaustively expressed in the Declaration of Independence, they can be categorized as natural rights, natural and personal liberty, inherent powers, absolute ownership (of private property), and so on. You can prove it to yourself by verifying that all American constitutions explicitly protect private property as well as restate the principles of the Declaration of Independence.

In short, Americans have the endowed right to own land, work, travel on public roads and waterways, trade, enter vocations, build prosperity and not be liable for taxes. Government can only tax privileges it grants (and withholds).

So why do we have to pay ad valorem taxes to own a house and land, obey zoning rules, pay income taxes on our wages, pay excise taxes (sales taxes) on retail transactions, and so on?

Hint #1: Private property (absolutely owned) is an endowed right, whereas qualified ownership of estate is a privilege subject to taxation and regulation.
Hint #2: What does the constitution define as tender in payment of debt? Gold and silver coin. Have you ever paid your debts with gold or silver coin?

As an exercise for the reader, please write polite questionnaires to your public servants, judges, district attorneys, sheriffs, legislators, etc, and ask these questions:
1. How and when did I give consent to be governed?
2. How and when did I surrender my Creator endowed rights in exchange for government privileges, subject to taxation?
3. How and when did you inform me that I had consented to mandatory civic duties that obviously abrogated my endowed rights to life and liberty?
4. Why aren’t there any lawful dollars in circulation?
5. How can I alienate title to private property without lawful money?
6. Pursuant to the Constitution, Congress can only coin money (stamp bullion) or borrow money, therefore Congress cannot create money (nor bullion). And it cannot give such a power to anyone else. Who has the power to create money?

End of Part One.
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Twin Spin

It’s 2118, September 29.

I may have forgotten to mention that we’re working on a typical twin cylinder space habitat, a minimal “Island Three” O’Neill style colony with the following dimensions : 5 mile (8 km) diameter, 20 mile (32 km) length, a limit based on 1970s material science. Unlike the colonies described in his book, “High Frontier,” these cylindrical vessels are not open, but divided into concentric decks.
To further enhance the environment, the decks are subdivided into concentric cylinders, that are spun at different rates to simulate gravity in a range.
Instead of only the outermost shell having the ideal “earth normal” gravity, multiple concentric shells allow for repetition of the 1g to 0.7g range.
. . . .
5 mile diameter ship has a radius of 13200 feet (4023 meters).
For a range of G = 1.0 to 0.7, 9 shells + 1 hub
. . . . .
Shell 1, Deck 1, . .  G=1.0,  0.470 RPM, 443.13 MPH
Shell 1, Deck 398, .G= 0.7,  0.470  RPM, 309.85 MPH

Shell 2, Deck 1, . . .G=1.0,  0.562 RPM, 369.95 MPH
Shell 2, Deck 275, .G=0.7,  0.562 RPM, 259.20 MPH

Shell 3, Deck 1, . . .G=1.0,  0.672 RPM, 309.28 MPH
Shell 3, Deck 192 . G=0.7, 0.672 RPM, 216.72 MPH
(and so on)

There is a 20 foot (2 deck) gap between each concentric cylinder. And of course, the central hub (1000 feet / 304 meter diameter) is not spun, since it is used for docking vessels, and bulk storage.

Overall there are 1252 decks under spin, providing a maximum surface area of 206,943.84 square miles per cylinder. (For comparison, the surface area of California is 163,696 sq mi)
Our twin cylinder colony has a maximum surface area 413,887.68 sq. mi. The optimized maximum carrying capacity is 60 people per square mile, or 24,833,260 people. Of course, the initial crew are a fraction of that capacity, allowing for expansion room as the generations double.

Working backwards, from the optimax of 24.8 million, 12.4 million, 6.2 million, 3.1 million, and 1.5 million – our current target goal of charter crew members. Based on a 60 year doubling rate, the colony is good for 240 years. But the current practice is to either “bud” off a daughter colony, keeping in the same orbit, or claim an empty, crew it, stock it, and “surf gravity” to a new orbit. . . long before optimax is reached.

As usual, the order of the day is to work hard, play hard, enjoy the fruits of our labor, and live the good life, building prosperity, one space ship at a time.

Building The Future Now

It’s 2118, June 3.
My eyes see colors that never existed in my vocabulary before. The sheen and glow of ions coruscate off my metal and foam shell. I am immense. I feel very strange, but very normal. It is my first connection with the mother ship

Normally, I would ask the computer for the information. What word best describes THAT color? Isn’t it one quarter octave beyond red? Oh, what about that one? The fractional wavelength of sea green?

But I cannot, for I am one with the computer. Annoying to know while not knowing. In some reference bank, carefully cross indexed, lies the answer. But I cannot internally formulate the query that would unlock it. Sigh.

It’s a security feature – no unauthorized human in direct link can access anyone else’s files – or the main reference, either. Perhaps it is to discourage people from spending too much life in cyberspace.

I disconnect.

In short order, I re-acclimate myself to “meat bag of water” limitations.

In the control nexus of the mother ship I am supine upon a cyber couch. When under way, the go-captain would be plugged in, monitoring space-time with the artificial intelligence aiding him. The pilot would be also involved, but only with the navigation duties. The overall operational executive power is still the head man – the captain.

Our mega colony is riding upon the gravity waves of the Interplanetary Transport Network, slowly changing its orbit to a more prosperous one.

It seems odd to consider how the standards of life support have changed. In the recent past, there were hordes of parasites skimming from the laboring donors, who were entrapped into servility. Now, the equitable trade of labor and production has supplanted profit taking and other predations. It’s such a strange notion to expect MORE in trade than what one offered.

Isn’t it inequitable? Isn’t it a form of cheating? You expend so much labor and resources to produce and in return you want more in return – Baffling !

Today, one generates surplus – more than he can use for himself – and trades it with someone else for their surplus. No one is cheated. No one is skimmed. If you can’t generate surplus, you’re barely self sufficient. What hearty productive, creative dynamic person cannot generate surplus? All strive to be the most, the best, the admired if only for the good opinions of all one’s friends and associates.

Upon the great space vessels and habitats, crews work hard, play hard, live good and enjoy their frolics. There is a widely held satisfaction in working for the benefit of the seventh generation yet to come. For their benefit and continued prosperity do we dare, risk and enterprise.

And if one is injured or infirm, all charity is dependent upon prodigious production of surplus without which generosity would be impaired. But few are ever so completely dependent and helpless, when there are so many environments and levels of gravity. In the worst case of total paralysis, one can still “jack in” their cerebral cortex into the ship net, and accomplish useful tasks and avoid boredom.

In the mother ship all the necessities, comforts, and luxuries enjoyed or aspired to by an individual or group is available or can be constructed, via the fabricons and myrmidons. We have the resources of the whole solar system, endless power, and expansion space for millennia.

It is something awesome and humbling to be a part of.

Storm Delayed

It’s 2118, April 29.

Sigh. I was wrong about the launch date. It was postponed because of a massive Solar storm. It would not be prudent to launch into outer space when there was such a massive influx of energetic particles. Of course, once we were onboard the habitat, it would be safe, thanks to the massive sludge and waste that forms the shielding on the sunward end.
I decided to take some time to enjoy recreational pursuits before leaving. The launch date was not cast in concrete. The computed orbits for intersection and acquisition had various options and vectors to deal with such things. In space travel, surfing the Interplanetary Transport Network trades speed for time. We might save on fuel, but we may take a while getting there.
I decided to check out the historical recreations section of the municipal museum. There’s an ever changing exhibit that features a past decade of planetary culture. Of course, it sometimes is based on conjecture and speculation more than hard facts. It isn’t easy to recreate objects that may have only been in use for a brief period of time. Take the example of the “Compact Disk” – a primitive means to record digital data streams. It and playback hardware were reportedly available from 1982 AD to as late as 2020 AD, after which most digital data had been migrated to the more robust and resilient Quantum Trace Engraph. A cubic millimeter can contain 1 x 2^255 quadrillion triblets (trinary bits).

The Engraph was essential to the success of the Queen Ants and the Myrmidons – the robotic fabricators and machine builders. In 2035, the launch of the first wave of Queen Ants was made possible by the vast program storage inherent in the Quantum Trace Engraph. The relatively tiny Queens latched on to asteroids and comets and incrementally built the larger tools and machines that built the larger tools and machines that eventually were large enough to fabricate the hulls and habitats that humanity now harvests.
Once the geometric expansion rate of construction exceeded the geometric population growth of humanity, there was no longer any threat of self destruction of the human race. In fact, within the orbiting colonies, there are more humans and more biomass than what four Earths could hold.

We are on the threshold of a new chapter, where inoculation of habitats with lifeforms will be done without the need for human crews. The heavens will fill up with ever more abundant life. Never shall life from Earth be extinguished by an errant asteroid or comet impact. Mother Earth’s children are like fireflies in the night sky.

I checked the schedule – we’re launching in 17 hours. We’re going to launch via an evacuated mag-lev catapult – you know – the low G system where we can eject at a decent vector but not have to suffer from high G boost like those express slingshots. Sure, they can hit orbital velocity right quick but I don’t enjoy 5 Gs of acceleration. Plus, the vacuum tubes eliminate atmospheric friction and save on propulsion power. And let’s not forget how important avoiding atmospheric friction is for landing space vessels. A century ago, space ships had to punch through the atmosphere and endure incredible heat as they decelerated to the surface. Now, they can decelerate in the vacuum tube, and their kinetic energy is transformed into electrical power to be recaptured and reused.

Got to go, now.

Terra Forming

It’s 2118, April 23. My new status as an experienced colony crewman has had an unexpected benefit. I was asked to join a terraforming crew that is going to establish habitat modules for inoculating newly built hulls. My previous hearty work output and harmonious personality must have persuaded them. Can’t encourage dead heads and work shirks in shell space.

The contract job goal is not quite cutting edge, but awesome in scope. The geometric production of hulls for habitats has outstripped the supply of human crews. This was not a surprise. The early designers foresaw that at some point, the robotic fabrication stations would eventually exceed humanity’s population growth rate.

So the problem is simple – without a human crew, what do you do with all these hulls coming into service? Answer : inoculate with Terran bioforms and let life multiply and prosper. But without the instrumentality of a human crew, how do you manage?

That is what we’re going to try to answer. Can we simply set up large enough habitats that can survive and thrive without further intervention?

The gigantic hulls have been fully stocked with sufficient elements for fabricating the soil, liquid and gaseous ingredients necessary for life. The inboard fabricons and myrmidons are fully programmed to operate the immense hull’s engineering systems. Oceans circulate around the circumference of the tubular hulls. Gases congregate in the central vault. Soils are created, planted and miniature continents are in place. Test plots are spiked with microbials and checked for lividity. As each incremental level of life is verified, it is set into its primary zone, and monitored. Finally, the more complex lifeforms are decanted from their nurseries and set loose.

What we’re going to do is make a generic habitat module that can act as a “seed.” Once we have a viable model and worked out the proportions and engineering, we can write the application programs that will proliferate throughout the solar system’s robotic factory systems. Then they will prepare the hulls so our “Seeds” can simply plug into their logistics port, and no further human intervention is required.

Who knows what a few centuries of colonial wildlife shall be? What will the eventual colonists find when they decant those bottled terraniums? What surprises of adaptation and evolution will result?

I won’t be around to see that. But I will be launching in 3 days. So I am not going to have much more time to update this log. I have to figure out what I want to take and what I want to give away. If it’s not worth stowing or storing its going to have to be tossed. I may be gone for decades. Or not. Uncertainty is part of the adventure. I am excited and apprehensive.

Time to run.

FICTIONAL USA

FICTIONAL USA – an alternative history and future

The premise – imagine if the USA did not abandon the republican form of government, in 1820s, did not embrace the indirect democratic form, did not suffer the rise of partisan politics and corruption, and thus did not succumb to the Progressives / Collectivists nor the usurers, who toppled the government in 1933, and installed the precursor to the current People’s Democratic Socialist Republic of America.

Characteristics

1.    97% of Americans are not citizens, but nationals / inhabitants / sovereigns. Only 3% have volunteered to be subject citizens, accepted the burdens of civic duty, serve in the militia, and pay the bulk of taxes. The chief executive officer most come in contact with is the county sheriff.
2.    The Federal government, as servant to the States united, is a modest institution, where the president is the highest ranking public servant, one step down in status from the lowest non-subject American. He rides the subway to work.
3.    Since the majority of Americans are well – armed, there is very little crime. If the need arises, the local sheriff assembles a posse of volunteers to hunt down fugitives and outlaws. If the situation warrants even more, the sheriff may petition the governor to activate the state militia. In addition, politeness and pleasant manners are the norm. Rude and crude behavior is not tolerated.
4.    The united States of America, and the United States, in Congress assembled, do not have standing armies and navies such as are found in Europe and Asia. However, no other nation has overtly or covertly attempted mischief. Due to the widespread and fully armed population, it would be folly to invade. And as the uSA does not interfere in the squabbles of the other nations, they are not dragged into such altercations (think of them as a giant neutral Switzerland).
5.    Due to the small amount of obligated militiamen, there is no incentive to foment wars or military misadventures. Frankly, the government servants are overworked, underpaid, and have the demeanor of warrior monks, true servants of all Americans. There are tales that when fugitives try to escape the jurisdiction, sworn bands of volunteer bounty hunters have hunted them down and brought them to justice – or a Christian burial.
6.    Though the original Constitution had flaws that benefited usurers (restriction to gold / silver coin -and- bankruptcy), it was soon amended, and private mediums of exchange were recognized as lawful money, denominated in the goods and services of the issuing parties. In addition, no court shall enforce contracts for usury (interest). Those two changes basically ended any chance for usurers to take over the government or its economy via money madness.
7.    Limited liability was abolished, and no individual or groups of people could thus escape responsibility for injuries inflicted in the pursuit of gain. This eliminated the need for regulations and other prior restraints on liberty. Nothing harmless was forbidden nor any evil permitted by legislative fiat. And only when there was an injured party, would the wheels of justice spin. (The Encyclopedia of Federal Law is a single volume, 120 pages in length.)
8.    Without national socialism, the primary social unit is the extended family, whose members build prosperity by production, trade and enjoyment of surplus usable goods and services. Many large scale industries represent the interlocking cooperation of such clans. Many clans operate polyclinics and small hospitals for their members as well as offer services to the public. Private charitable institutions offer aid and support for those who are no longer productive and lack the support of family and friends. These are operated by various religious and philanthropic groups, who have wise administrators, and do not pander to pretenders and parasites.
9.    Though the uSA did not engage in wars of conquest or expansion under the aegis of manifest destiny, the obvious benefits of individual sovereignty triggered the various revolutions and admission of territories west of the Mississippi. Many Amerindian tribes joined the Union as affiliated sovereign nation / states, were thus able to secure their property rights from predation by rival tribes, and embraced the sovereignty of the individual, under the republican form of government. Thus the borders of these western lands represent the amalgam of tribal states, reservations of unaffiliated tribes, and non-tribal states.
10.    The Mormons succeeded in establishing Deseret state. Though it is tacitly a theocracy, the servant government embraces the republican form of government, where securing the rights of all the people are the responsibility of the government. Since service is a privilege, no one objects to the prerequisite of the higher standard of behavior of servants in government. Non-Mormons may be socially “shunned” but they’re secure in the exercise of all rights and liberties.
11.    The lack of democratic excesses prevented the initiation of a Civil War. By 1845, the institution of slavery was almost completely abolished, by virtue of the fact that the between 1820 and 1840, the industrial revolution removed the economic benefits of enslavement. Various charitable and philosophical societies raised funds to pay the slave owners. The manumitted slaves were offered a choice of either free passage back to west Africa (or where their ancestral people were) or to accept status as American nationals, waiving all claims to further damages. Over 2/3rds accepted the offer of return passage.
12.    The uniquely American republican form of government and its relatively tiny servant government (organized as an indirect democratic form), meant that the government did not rule the nation, nor marshal vast sums of monies to “do” anything beyond dealing with interstate squabbles and operating the coast guard fleet.
13.    This had some repercussions, such as not purchasing Alaska from the Czar of Russia, when offered. However, the local tribes did eventually revolt and joined the Union as the States of Denali, Bering, and Inuit.
14.    The west coast states of Columbia, Yukon and Kootenay were wrested by their peoples from the English Crown. Due to the incessant warfare in Europe, the various European powers were weakened and many gave up claims to colonies in the north American continent. However, eastern British Canada did not wish to unite with its southern neighbor, but kept friendly relations none the less. The same was true for French Quebec.
15.    The emperor of France relinquished his claims to Louisiana and the Mississippi river, without much adieu. This was a boon to the expansion of the Midwest, as well as the dike builders in the coastal wetlands. They constructed hydraulic wonders to rival the Netherlands, and recovered much land for farming and settlement. The mouth of the Mississippi is called the Venice of the West, with its extensive network of canals in and around the cities near New Orleans, and the coast. Though many areas are below the water level, the levees and dikes have created islands immune to the periodic storms and floods. This also explains why the area features suspended monorail service instead of ground based electric rail. Suspended monorails can operate in conditions that would shut down the rails at grade.
16.    The emperor of Mexico lost his possessions along the southwest, again, as the local people rebelled and sought the blessings of the republican form of government. No direct wars were ever fought with the Kingdom of Mexico, and friendly relations have been in place ever since.
17.    The relatively cash poor governments never had the means to “purchase” national or state parks, nor create “protected” areas. But the majority of the people embraced the long view, and thought to the needs of the seventh generation to come. They preserved as much pristine landscape as they deemed reasonable, and often tunneled below the surface or erected faux landscapes obscuring what infrastructure was necessary.
18.    The uniquely American bison remains the major herbivore, prized for its meat, fur, and other byproducts. Bison roam the prairies, and in some places, rail tracks were relocated underground or upon trestles to avoid delays caused by massive herds. Some European cattle is raised, mostly for milk, but a few breeds are raised for niche markets. For the most part, America is self reliant in food production, and that has been the hallmark of the American experience. No one goes hungry if one can work.
19.    When the electric trolley car made its debut in the 1890s, America embraced it. Every town or city had its own local urban system, and interurbans linked outlying suburbs and cities. The “heavy” rail, mostly steam powered, was originally a competitor, but the Accord of 1912 ended the contention. As part of the Accord, track gauges were to be standard gauge (except where engineering deemed otherwise), and all tracks were to be electrified, eventually. In addition, all private rights of way were pooled into the American Rail Conservatory, where any private enterprise or party could use the tracks, paying a pro-rata share of the costs. This eliminated the destructive practice of competing parallel lines, and thus consolidated traffic and boosted efficiency on major corridors. This also enabled the fad of privately owned personal rolling desmesne – excursion hotels – that provided all the comforts while traveling afar. Many a solitary spur has become a campsite and vacation spot for the “high rollers.”
20.    The united rail way system underwent several expansions to the point that it was folly to not use the cheaper and more efficient form of land transport. The rail network also established express routes, limited to light weight freight and passenger trains, that provided 120 mph (193 kph) service as early as 1928. This was increased to 180 mph (290 kph ) in the 1970s. It was a five hour train trip from New York City to Chicago (second class ticket was $9 or parity in private notes). And the express trains did the San Francisco to New York City route in 16 hours. (Due, in part, to the great rail tunnels through the Sierra Nevada and Rocky Mountains.)
21.    The advent of the automobile did not trigger the abandonment of the electric traction rail systems. Nor did any private enterprise have the leverage nor opportunity to use government as a means to destroy competition. Since the infrastructure of roads and bridges was private, there was not that much invested in paving roads in areas already served by rail, especially when high speed service was far faster than any automobile. Due to the poor roads in most of the non-urban areas of America, automobile and truck suspensions implemented the hydropneumatic suspension licensed from Citroen. This allowed speeds of up to 45 mph except on the worst roads.
22.    Cities, towns, and villages featured high density development, clustered together, without any need for sprawl, and to have optimal access to electric rail service in all its forms – subway, surface, funicular, cogwheel and suspended monorail. In addition to rail, the canals built in the 1800s were still in service, providing cheap but slow freight service, as well as offering recreational opportunities to the locals.
23.    Though geologists discovered that America had many reservoirs of petroleum, production never did take off. The smelly gasoline and diesel engines were unwelcome in comparison to the clean electric motors that powered the nation’s transport and industrial machinery. Even with the innovation of polymers, there was little incentive to drill and use it all up. America was still a predominantly rural organized society. Correction, the social organization was to form pockets of civilization, surrounded by farmland, prairie, or wilderness.
24.    Europe narrowly missed entering into war in 1914, after the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand. The various powers had no stomach for more war, lacked the finances, and no expectation of intervention from the Americas was forthcoming, peaceful relations were quickly re-established between the various kingdoms. The later agitation by the left wing collectivists were squelched by the rising middle class who successfully fought them off.
25.    The American canal network was greatly augmented by the engineering of the various rivers to end flooding, provide hydroelectric power, and enable shoreline preservation as well as provide navigable waterways. The Susquehanna, Tennessee, Missouri and other rivers, were rebuilt into wonders, that fueled economic activity and prosperity. Dams and locks created placid lakes, and were paralleled by fish friendly canals, runs and habitats, that allowed spawning in traditional upstream areas. The picturesque waterfronts of America became a byword among nations. Canal boats and colorful houseboats, tied up at anchor, lined the shores. Riverfront parks separated the shore from the riverside mansions and homes that dotted the landscape.
26.    There were occasional scandals and whiffs of covert actions to topple the American governments, but its people were too stubborn and too well armed to be at risk from foreign interlopers and democratic agitators. The world wide socialist democratic movement died out around 1985. As of 2014, the uSA had enjoyed 200 years of peace and prosperity. The population is in excess of 400 million, distributed across the broad land. The modern marvel of aviation has produced aeroplanes that can travel 200 mph but still cannot pass the newest 300 mph (483 kph) passenger rail cars. You can cross the continent in less than 10 hours.  Cities and towns are visually stunning, and pleasant to dwell within. Ultra lightweight urban rail cars (nickel fare) silently glide along the welded tracks, efficiently moving passengers and cargo. Goods and services are readily available, small scale manufacturers and factories are widely distributed, ensuring the most efficient service at minimal delay and lowest cost. City parks and fields are filled with families, children playing and folks socializing. Close your eyes and listen to the music wafting in the air. Could be a band playing in the open air gazebo. Life is less hectic than some other worldly cities but good nonetheless.
27.        Education is not publicly funded. But the government does operate a public access credential bank, where test scores and educational achievements may be recorded. Most gain skills via apprenticeship, self study, or hiring tutors. Various societies offer examinations that grant credentials to successful persons. There are institutions of higher learning and research, but they are not affiliated with any government body.

[Here ends part one of the archaeological report]

THERE NEVER IS ENOUGH

THERE NEVER IS ENOUGH

by Jeff Ganaposki

How do you tell someone, in a kind way, that they’re suffering from a terminal disease? Do you gently approach the topic? Inquire about their health? Emphasize certain symptoms as evidence? And when the news is delivered, what more can you do? If they lash out in anger, do you hold it against them? Of course not. In time, they either accept the news or deny it. And depending on their reaction, make decisions for their future.

Now, how do I tell a civilization that it is insane – but in a kind way?

Perhaps I will start with language and make sure we are using the same terms and meanings.

INSANITY – extreme foolishness or irrationality.
FOOLISHNESS – lack of good sense or judgment; stupidity.
IRRATIONALITY – not logical or reasonable.
STUPID – lacking intelligence or common sense; dazed and unable to think clearly.

What is not logical or reasonable about civilization at this time? What is going on that shows a lack of common sense or intelligence? What symptoms expose the lack of good judgment?

❏    Institutionalized slavery – compulsory charity – taking the labor and property from one to give to another, as determined by government or its delegate. (Collectivism, socialism)
❏    Money madness – the belief that a money token “holds value” independent of the marketplace of goods and services.

Though it is far easier to expose the fallacies of penalizing the productive for the benefit of the non-productive and giving political power to a recipient class, institutionalized slavery of collectivism is one of the poor attempts at dealing with the consequences of money madness.

Money madness

Most people are not born money mad. It is an acquired affliction, based on indoctrination and programming. Children are slowly trained to assign a special value to coins and paper money, because such things can be traded for whatever one desires. In time, the lesson sinks in, and the youngster begins to evaluate his world in reference to money, or lack thereof.

To appear rational, this madness is based on acceptable explanations. Money is a medium of exchange that facilitates trade beyond barter. Money “holds value” for a future trade. Money is an accounting tool. Money is a reference value that other items can be pegged to. Money can be invested and interest earned. There is even a science of Economics that tries to come up with ever new ways to prove madness is really sanity.

What is insane about money?

There are two aspects of money or madness that are not hard to prove. One, is based on law, the other is based on mathematics. In America’s case, the law says that only silver and gold coin are tender in payment of debt. Based on the 147.4 million ounces of gold allegedly held in Fort Knox Depository, coining that bullion would result in 2.9 billion dollars. Divided among 317 million Americans, that is $9.15.

http://www.silverinstitute.org/site/supply-demand/silver-production/
2011 Silver production in the USA = 36 Moz.
In terms of lawful coinage, that computes to 46.7 million dollars… or $0.15 per American (roughly).

Under lawful money rules, the per capita share of bullion computes to $9.30.

Of course, this makes no sense. The national debt is over 17 trillion dollars. There are far more “dollar bills” in circulation.

Ah, but “dollar bills” are not dollars. They are promissory notes. See: Title 12 USC Sec. 411. They are IOUs, denominated in dollars. But they were repudiated in 1933, and thus have been worthless – except as “legal tender.” (Hold on to your seats, folks, it is getting craz-zee around here)
An obligated party on a note must accept their own note in lieu of lawful money. Pursuant to 12 USC Sec. 411, the U.S. government is an obligated party and must accept their own notes.
So how did the rest of us become obligated parties on the debt?
In America’s case, it is the Federal Insurance CONTRIBUTIONS Act (1935). Each enumerated “human resource” is a surety on the debt.

CONTRIBUTION – … The share of a loss payable by an insurer when contracts with two or more insurers cover the same loss… The sharing of loss or payment among several…
— Black’s Law Dictionary, Sixth Ed., p. 328

Though most Americans were misled to presume FICA was insurance for them, the courts and the law say otherwise. In two important cases, Helvering v. Davis and Flemming v. Nestor, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Social Security taxes are simply taxes and convey no property or contractual rights to Social Security benefits. Benefits are at the sole discretion of Congress. And no law compels participation nor punishes non-participants in FICA. It is entirely voluntary and thus constitutional.

In essence, American socialism is an attempt at dealing with two aspects of money madness – the repercussions of increased productivity reducing the workforce – and usury, the abomination. But before I go into those aspects, lets recap the money madness due to law.

Pursuant to law, real money is limited to gold and silver coin. And that scarce commodity computes to roughly $9.30 per capita (2.9 billion dollars). And since “dollar bills” are debt instruments, the total sum cannot exceed the outstanding public debt (over 17 trillion dollars, Dec. 2013).

We have known two limits : 2.9 billion dollars, and 17 trillion dollar bills (IOUs).

So how can one assign a value in excess of those limits?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Financial_position_of_the_United_States
Lists gross domestic assets at 156 trillion dollars (bills).

http://rutledgecapital.com/2009/05/24/total-assets-of-the-us-economy-188-trillion-134xgdp/
Total assets of the USA estimated at 188 trillion “dollar bills”.

How can you trade those assets with “only” 17 trillion “dollar bills”? Or with 2.9 billion dollars?

Buying and selling “only” chunks no more than 17 trillion?
Oh, can’t do that – there’s only about 2.6 T in circulation (Federal Reserve M1, Nov. 2013).

The money does not exist

Even the promise of space colonization and exploitation is skewed by money madness. This site shows over 600,000 asteroids listed with “economic value” denominated in trillions and quadrillions of “dollars.”
http://www.asterank.com/

What if an entrepreneur walked into the biggest bank in the world, and said, “I would like to borrow 100 trillion dollars to be used to mine asteroids whose net worth is 40 quadrillion dollars, and gladly pay you ten percent interest per year…”

Can’t do it. The money does not exist. Regardless of the mineral worth or other valuables involved, there is never enough money under “money madness.”

This is also the problem with usury, the abomination. Usury is mathematically unsustainable in a finite money token system due to the exponential equation used for compound interest. Over the long term, one needs an infinite money supply. That is not possible, thus a portion of debtors must default because enough money never existed to pay all outstanding usury (principal and interest). In short, usury was and is a scam to rob people, which explains why it was denounced for “only” 3500 years and proscribed by every religion that I checked.

Usurers rely on the fact that the money does not exist, to generate demand for their credit, offered at interest.

You and I are entrapped in an economic system based on insanity. It throttles trade via scarce money tokens, empowers parasites to skim prodigious wealth in goods and services for doing nothing of value, and creates pain and suffering by its very operation. If you examine past civilizations and their collapse, you may see the tell tale symptoms of money madness.

The madness of money keeps people from achieving prosperity, because wealth is not prosperity. Prosperity is the production, trade, and enjoyment of surplus usable goods and services. The sum total of all goods and services is dependent upon population (growing, too!), labor multiplication by tooling, and technological advances. There is no way that any finite money token can be used to “hold value” for such a dynamic system.

That’s why there is unemployment, closed factories, and unmet needs. Money madness is at work.

Sadly, creating infinite money is no solution, either.

If money really cured poverty, let us give everyone 22 billion billion quatloos, making them “Set for life,” with more than they can ever spend. What happens if no one bothers to go to work, labor, manufacture, transport, and trade? Civilization collapses.

We are a money-mad people, wholly ignorant of our madness. We are so indoctrinated, that we cannot perceive that the abstraction of money clouds our reason about the reality of prosperity.

Another example of madness

Consider that when a productive enterprise boosts efficiency and needs less labor to produce, that should be a “good thing.” But when it results in a reduction in the workforce, laborers are pushed out of the workforce and the means to acquire money tokens. Unless new jobs are available, their only option is charity or predation. Not good. Expand that across a whole economic system, and not only are you hurting productive laborers, you shrink the customer pool, who now lack the funds to buy the more efficiently made product. Not good x 2.

There are currently three ways to acquire money tokens – trade, charity, and predation. When money madness closes off trade (i.e., jobs), all that remains is charity (socialism) and predation (crime, etc). We don’t want more crime, and we certainly can’t afford socialism, so what can we do?

Let us consider prosperity or the lack thereof.

As stated before, Prosperity is the production, trade and enjoyment of surplus usable goods and services.

Next – what is preventing those who wish to work, and those who are in need of goods and services, from connecting and trading?

In other words, we have unmet demand, surplus labor and productive facilities, so what’s really stopping folks ?

Don’t ask economists, they’re clueless. Worse, they’re barking mad. (Economists use a variable as their unit of measure, and apologize for usury, a mathematically unsustainable scam.)

What prevents the Amish from helping a newly wed couple get started, by building them a house and barn? What prevents parents from caring for their children? Not enough “living wage”? Not enough socialism? Are you getting the hint?

SANITY is the opposite of MONEY MADNESS

“You have to decide whether you want to make money or to make sense because the two are mutually exclusive.”
– – – R. Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller;  Critical Path, p. 255

Most money mad people presume that the lack of money is the reason why customers can’t buy, employers can’t hire, business can’t expand, prosperity cannot be restored. That’s not half wrong, but it is not half right, either.

What is stopping people from generating prosperity is a common agreement for an ALTERNATIVE medium of exchange, and an ALTERNATIVE method of accounting, that tracks with the marketplace of available goods and services. In other words, as the pool of available labor grows, so must the means to buy / trade that labor, and its production of goods and services.

Current money systems all rely on making money finite and scarce. Precious metal coin is the worst. But such systems enrich the usurers who lend at usury or extend credit at usury (interest). Since compound interest requires an infinite money supply (due to the exponential equation), usury is mathematically unsustainable in such money token systems. Which partially explains the booms and busts that we cycle through. There is never enough money, nor can it grow in proportion to the increase in population, nor with the multiplication of output by machinery and automation. Money throttles prosperity, despite its reason for existence is to facilitate trade. That’s why hoarding money is also counterproductive. Money that is not facilitating trade is useless.

So what is the alternative?

PRODUCERS (laborers, businessmen, industrialists) must have the power to create the medium of exchange needed to BUY that which they produce. The more they produce, the more alternative monies they can emit.
❏   A farmer can emit private promissory notes (i.e. coupons) denominated in his harvest, and use those notes in trade. When harvest time comes, he redeems his notes with his harvest.
❏   A restauranteur can emit notes to finance his operation, buying labor and supplies, and redeem his notes with the finished product – meals.
❏   An unemployed laborer can emit notes denominated in hours of labor, and use them to buy his necessities. The laborer redeems his notes with his labor, when tendered to him. Prospective employers do not need to advertise, nor do prospective laborers need to seek work. There is no need for socialist charity in such a system.

It is stipulated that such private money systems may only function in small communities where the folks know which people are creditworthy and which are not. However, it is also true that many small communities suffer from lack of money and would benefit the most from the unleashed prosperity of an alternative means to account for trades and transactions.

Unfortunately, most money mad people do not trust others, nor would be open to forming alternative mercantile exchanges. It is not surprising that tight knit communities, such as the Amish, would operate outside of money madness. But that should not be a barrier to forming such exchanges – especially under these trying circumstances of hyperinflation and money drought.

Are there downsides?
Yes.
Those, whose wealth and power are dependent upon money madness and usury would be at risk. Imagine what the worth of billions and billions of worthless IOUs (“dollar bills”) are once productive people can generate as much alternative money as they need to trade?

The whole basis for speculation and investment evaporates.

To illustrate : A coupon / note denominated in a meal cannot be inflated, deflated, corrupted, speculated or otherwise manipulated. You cannot “invest” it to get more meals back. It provides an equitable trade in accord and satisfaction between the producer and the customer. No skim, overhead, nor dues involved. The more people can produce, the more notes they can emit, the more goods and services they can enjoy.

Prosperity beckons.
But only if we leave the money mad asylum.

Surf’s Up!

It is 2117, November 22. I am finally back from my short excursion. I had been invited to attend a conclave upon a newly christened space habitat. It was an opportunity to experience gravity surfing first hand.

The vessel was parked at an orbit at L4, while various supply ships accumulated. When enough supplies were mounted, the vessel was deemed ready for human occupation. Over the course of three months, crew shuttles were catapulted to rendezvous with the space colony to be. Final installation of bio mass was certified and the ceremonies of initiation were completed.

I volunteered to help with the set up of the biological restoration facilities. The bulk of the non-human lifeforms was transshipped as embryos, seedlings, and swatches of DNA. It was grunt labor for the most part, so I wasn’t required to be an adept. I followed directions, set up the mass reproducer and properly stored the lifeforms so that the bio data base could easily find everything.

The mothership has a charter crew of about 2 million, with an expansion factor of 16, enough for about 200 years at standard doubling rate. The charter subscribers will be very busy, setting up all the varied habitats, and environments for humans, agriculture, and wildlife. In addition to the human labor, the fabricators and robot machines will also be engaged, building expansion volume (aka another vessel) as well as a stock of spare parts. Though it is easy to computer generate a part, in times of emergency, it’s nice to not have to wait. And when a hull gets punctured, and engineering compromised, there is no time to waste.

When I was finished, I stayed aboard when the vessel began to slide down the gravity well to a new orbit. Yes, I knew that such an orbit would take me away from Earth for decades, but there was another vessel within shuttling distance, that was going to intersect Earth space. I hitched a ride back home, in less than two weeks.

It was a fun trip, and coming out of orbit in the vacuum tube of the East Pole was exhilarating. The mag-lev braking was a simple matter, and by coming down in a near vacuum eliminated the problem of atmospheric heating from friction.

Glad to be back home.

EEK-o-Nomics Core

Money, that medium of exchange we need to buy our necessities, is acquired by trade [labor, production], gift [charity], and theft [predation]. The most beneficial means to acquire money is by trading our labor and production for it. But we’re now suffering an economic recession, and many are unemployed or underemployed. Yet corporations and plutocrats are getting richer.

Instead of blaming the rich for getting richer, let us realize that “the system” is totally warped by several flawed concepts :

__ Money Madness

__ Usury

__ Inflation / debasement

__ Socialism

__ Money creation

__ Crime / predation

[] Money madness is the belief that money tokens must have intrinsic value, such as precious metal coin. The function of any money token (or medium of exchange) is to facilitate TRADE. It does this by carrying value forward in time, to the next transaction. The problem is that if there is a finite sum of tokens, with an intrinsic value that is static, trade is throttled. It’s like trying to play “Monopoly” with insufficient funds in the “Bank.” The “game” breaks down. Scarcity drives up demand for money and credit, forcing business and labor to endlessly fight for more.

[] Usury is charging a fee, in money (interest), for the loan of money (or extension of credit). Not only is it an abomination, denounced for 3500 years, and proscribed by all religions (that I checked), it’s mathematically unsustainable in a finite money token system. Due to the exponential equation for compound interest, usury requires an infinite money token supply. Since that is impossible, it generally triggers defaults as a proportion of debtors cannot pay due to the shortage of money tokens. And confiscation of collateral is legalized theft, and should never have been tolerated.

[] Due to usury and scarcity, there is constant pressure to increase the money token supply by any means. With coins, it involves debasing metal content, counterfeiting or other means to increase supply – which triggers inflation as well as discord. With paper currency, it involves inequitable increase in supply, which devalues it. This may be beneficial for debtors paying creditors with “cheaper” money, but it is inequitable nonetheless. Civilizations have suffered and collapsed, once their money systems were corrupted into non-functionality.

[] Socialism is the purported solution to the economic situation where increases in productivity reduce the labor needed, forcing laborers out of the market, and eliminating their source of money tokens. The mechanism is to use government to take from the remaining producers, and give charity to the non-producers. This invariably is counterproductive, as well as ineffective in dealing with the underlying problem. Worse, it encourages non-producing recipients to support increased government taking from the productive donors, which is unjust. Socialism is government sponsored theft and slavery – compulsory labor for the benefit of another, and expropriation of property for the benefit of another. It completely violates the ideals that are the foundation of good government – the securing of property rights of the people.

[] Money creation is a problem when the money is under the control of non-productive parasites like usurers (bankers) and government, democratic, or any other form. Human nature results in the manipulation of the supply to favor the parasites and plunder the productive. An example of the worst possible system, is the Federal Reserve, where the money tokens are borrowed, at usury, into existence. Thus guaranteeing that there would be demand for ever greater debt, necessary to authorize more money tokens to pay the outstanding usury. Such a system is horribly corrupt.

[] Crime and predation thrive because government has become a criminal enterprise, protecting usurers (abominations), as well as by piratical socialism. And legitimate trade for tokens is throttled by the insane system, too. It is self evident that institutions corrupted by usury (corporations, finance), socialism (government), and money madness (electorate) are tearing civilization apart, in the desperate attempt to find a solution to survive, day to day.

The SOLUTION to economic abuse is to realize that we have to leave “their system” behind. You cannot “reform” insanity, nor expect the defenders of lunacy to suddenly admit their error and change.

MAJOR POINTS

__ Prosperity is based on the production, trade and enjoyment of surplus usable goods and services.

__ Outside of barter, there needs to be some means to hold value until a future transaction, for equitable trade.

__ And only producers should have the power to create the medium of exchange to purchase their production, and no one else.

 

★    When the productive laborers and industries issue private promissory notes, coupons, or even accounting entries that others can use to “buy” their production, the ability to trade is no longer throttled by scarce, finite money tokens (money madness).

★    Instead of borrowing at usury to capitalize enterprise, let the entrepreneur issue promissory notes redeemable in the future, denominated in that which he will produce or perform.

★    Instead of charity to unemployed labor, let him issue promissory notes, denominated in labor, redeemable in the future, with which he can purchase his needs.

★    The marketplace can thus efficiently facilitate equitable trade of all labor and production.

★    Prospective employers can simply trade for labor notes to staff up their operations. Prospective customers can redeem notes for goods and services, eliminating the need for advertising and marketing.

★    Without usury and its corruption, business is relieved of the pressure to acquire greater market share and higher sales necessary to pay creditors and investors.

★    Without socialism, government can return to securing rights instead of preying upon the people.

Unlimited prosperity can be unleashed once productive people and industries are liberated from the chains of money madness, usury and predation. We can have a future where doing more with less so more can enjoy is the rule, not the exception. And with that ever greater production and output, mankind can banish suffering from want of necessities. For generosity first depends on prodigious surplus, and that can only happen when production is no longer constrained, nor producers penalized.