“The general population doesn't know what's happening, and it doesn't even know that it doesn't know.” ~Noam Chomsky
1.) It is almost impossible to pay off the national debt:
“Nothing is so well calculated to produce a death-like torpor in the country as an extended system of taxation and a great national debt.” ~William Cobbett
This is because money is created out of debt in a one-to-one increase in public debt. The national debt is roughly $32 Trillion. That means the (roughly) 332 million US Americans would have to pay approximately $94,000 each to pay it off. This includes babies, children, poor people, and homeless people. There are even those who claim that it’s mathematically impossible to pay off the debt. And almost every country is in debt to every other country. It’s the height of insanity.
As former Governor of the Federal Reserve Marriner Eccles said, “If there were no debts in our money system, there wouldn't be any money.”
2.) There is no underlying thing backing money:
“Federal Reserve notes are not redeemable in gold, silver or any other commodity, and receive no backing by anything. The notes have no value for themselves.” ~The Treasury
All money is fiat money. A dollar bill is a dollar bill because everyone agrees it’s a dollar bill. The dollar bill is not lawful money, but rather “legal tender.” Money used to be backed by a “gold standard” –which meant the government had $100 worth of gold in a vault from which they made a $100 bill that went out into the market. However, they moved away from that years ago, so now we must take the government’s word for it that the note is worth $100. The bill itself is just an IOU note, made from thin air, based on debt, and laundered by the government.
Even the debt issue discussed in the first bullet is based on nothing and is nothing more than a financial concept financiers agree on. The debt isn’t actually there. But since we all just go along with it, it affects us through inflation, and devaluation, and the sky-is-falling knee-jerk reactions to money meaning something only because we give it meaning. Money is little more than a cartoon in the brain that we’re addicted to watching.
3.) How to live off the grid:
“Live simply so that others may simply live.” ~Gandhi
You’re not “supposed” to know how to live off the grid, because then you can’t be controlled by the state. The more self-sufficient you are, the less money the corporations can make off you. The more rainwater you catch, the less you’ll need to pay the water companies. The more windmills you build and solar panels you erect, the less you’ll need to pay the electric companies. The more composting toilets you install, the less you’ll have to pay plumbing companies. The more gardening you do, the less you’ll have to pay someone else for your food.
In short: the more independent you become, the less codependent you will be on the state. And the state doesn’t like that, because they like your money way more than they like your freedom.
4.) Planned obsolescence:
“Armaments, universal debt and planned obsolescence –those are the three pillars of Western prosperity.” ~Aldous Huxley
Speaking of making money off you, planned obsolescence is a way for companies to keep making money off you by capitalizing on your consumerist tendencies. Let’s face it, we’re a nation of consumers with Big Macs for brains and iPhones for hearts. We need our fix and we need it fast, and we are willing to fill all the landfills in the world, and then some, to get it.
Planned obsolescence is designed into a product to encourage the consumer to buy the next upgrade. Everything from toasters to automobiles, microwaves to cell phones are prone to planned obsolescence by greedy companies that know you will come back for more no matter how many times your things-things-things fall apart.
5.) Civil asset forfeiture:
“The State is nothing more nor less than a bandit gang writ large.” ~Ludwig Von Mises
As if police brutality, extortion, and overreach of power weren’t enough, unscrupulous police officials have been manipulating the deeply flawed federal and state laws that give them permission to seize, keep, or sell any property allegedly involved in a crime. The key word is “allegedly.”
Originally meant to be used on large-scale criminal organizations, it is now used almost entirely on individuals, ruining people’s lives over petty “crimes.” More and more police departments are using forfeiture to benefit their bottom lines. It’s less about fighting crime and more about profit. Jamie Oliver did an excellent piece on the matter that gets right at the heart of the issue.
6.) The US imprisons more of its population than any other country (and profits off it):