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Submitted by Brandon Smith from Alt Market

Decentralization Is The Only Plausible Economic Solution Left

When I first began the process of launching the Alternative Market Project, the idea and scope were rooted in analytical papers I had written years before on aspects of centralization versus decentralization, and globalization versus localization.  Back then, I saw these conflicting economic systems as mutually generative.  That is to say, the further we as a society are pushed towards collectivist or feudalist economic structures, the more we naturally or unconsciously gravitate towards independent and open markets.  The problem today is that independent markets have been artificially and quite deliberately removed from the public view.  As I have said in the past, centralization is a powerful tool for elitists, because it allows them to remove all choice from a system until the only options left to the people are those that the establishment desires.  Though we deeply long for free and vibrant trade unhindered by corporate oligarchy, we are told that such a thing does not exist, and that we must make due with the corrupt ramshackle economy we have been given.  I say, this is simply not so…

The great lie that drives the fiat global financial locomotive forward is the assumption that there is no other way of doing things.  Many in America believe that the U.S. dollar (a paper time-bomb ready to explode) is the only currency we have at our disposal.  Many believe that the corporate trickle down dynamic is the only practical method for creating jobs.  Numerous others have adopted the notion that global interdependency is a natural extension of “progress”, and that anyone who dares to contradict this fallacy is an “isolationist” or “extremist”.  Much of our culture has been conditioned to support and defend centralization as necessary and inevitable primarily because they have never lived under any other system.  Globalism has not made the world smaller; it has made our minds smaller.

By limiting choice, we limit ingenuity and imagination.  By narrowing focus, we lose sight of the much bigger picture.  This is the very purpose of the feudal framework; to erase individual and sovereign strength, stifle all new or honorable philosophies, and ensure the masses remain completely reliant on the establishment for their survival, forever tied to the rotting umbilical cord of a parasitic parent government. 

Perhaps the only ray of sunshine to be seen through the storm clouds of the current economic crisis is the exposure of globalism as an inherently flawed methodology.  The ongoing implosion in the EU has reached a tipping point, as far as I am concerned, and the parade of absurdity involved in the unionization and “harmonization” of Europe is now center stage; its full frontal economic nudity under the hot white lights of the unforgiving financial microscope. 

With the latest S&P downgrade of multiple EU nations, including France, Italy, Austria, and Spain, there can be no doubt that interdependency has led to ruin.  Despite French president Nicholas Sarkozy’s insistence that the S&P downgrade “changes nothing”, the fact is, the EU has just been dealt a death blow.  Higher borrowing costs tend to spark a violent cycle of credit decay in countries with extreme debt to GDP ratios.  Even if France slides through the barrage relatively unscathed, smaller peripheral countries orbiting the EU will not.  Greece, for instance, has just announced that talks surrounding the repayment of treasury bonds held by starry eyed investors have fallen apart:

http://www.usatoday.com/money/world/story/2012-01-13/greek-debt-talks/52530542/1

This means that instead of the 50% “haircut” which buyers of Greek debt were already facing, markets may instead be saddled with a full-on 100% default. 

Other smaller EU nations that have been propped up by the flow of funds from the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) may soon be in for a surprise as well.  S&P has also announced a downgrade of the EFSF itself:

http://www.rferl.org/content/standard_poors_downgrades_eu_bailout_fund/2...

Only AAA rated countries have the ability to support the fund and its guarantees.  After the downgrades of France and Austria, the number of AAA rated countries in the EU has dwindled to four, led by Germany.  To be clear, Germany does not have the capacity to carry the EFSF and the bailouts of multiple nations upon its shoulders, leaving the fund to flounder, and eventually, self destruct.

The EU experiment is over.  It may take some time for the world to recognize it, but it has indeed failed.

Across the ocean, the situation has not improved.  The news of the European downgrade came right on the heals of an announcement by Barack Obama that the government must raise the U.S. national debt limit yet again, by no less than $1.2 Trillion!   Sadly, the negative effects of America’s own recent credit troubles have only been subdued by the more immediate turmoil in Europe.  It is simply a matter of time before attentions turn back to the frail American debt issue:  

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/13/us-usa-debt-obama-idUSTRE80B20P20120113

This debt limit increase should be viewed with quite a bit of vitriol by the American public, especially when one understands that a considerable amount of taxpayer dollars (the precise amount is still not fully known) went into bailout funds for the EU which are now in jeopardy of being derailed.  If American taxpayers are going to foot the bill for the corruption of banks and governments, then we might as well foot the bill here at home, however, because of the sick rationale of globalism and interdependency, we are instead paying for the corruption of banks and governments across the Atlantic while our traitorous president demands even more money to be swiftly misallocated. 

Madness?  No.  This is not madness.  This is hardcore fraud, and economic subjugation.  This, my friends, is financial warfare, and right now, we are losing…

While some may applaud the fall of the EU as a victory, I would recommend looking a few moves ahead of the game to see where we are really headed.  Yes, the EU is a perfect example of the feebleness of centralization, but it is also an expendable piece on the grand globalist chess board, just like the U.S. dollar.  Already, IMF mascots like Christine Lagarde and MSM pundits have begun suggesting that the EU is failing not because of centralization, but because the union is not centralized ENOUGH!  Only a few months ago, Angela Merkel of Germany obstructed the institution of EU Bonds because the move would collectivize the debts of EU members and remove elements of sovereign control.  I guarantee that policies of national sovereignty like those in Germany will soon become the scapegoat for collapse of Europe in the near future.    

The purpose behind a European disaster is not to break up the EU, but to consolidate power even further.  Indeed, plans have already been suggested by centralists which involve a “reformation” of more powerful European nations into a tighter and more totalitarian framework.  The Council On Foreign Relations, a globalist think tank and political puppeteer group, of course agrees with this plan, and has promoted the concept on numerous occasions:

The Financial Times' Wolfgang Münchau argues that the split of the eurozone from the larger EU was inevitable and essential. The summit demonstrated that a "monetary union cannot coexist with a group of permanent non-members in a unified legal framework," he writes. For the eurozone to survive, the greater EU must be reconstituted or destroyed, Münchau explains. Indeed, Britain's decision not to take part in the fiscal union is paving the way for a new Europe unhindered by half-hearted British engagement, says Der Spiegel's Roland Nelles. He contends that Europe is "on the path towards becoming a federal country."


http://www.cfr.org/eu/new-fiscal-union-europe/p26731

As we have discussed many times over the years, the subversive and sometimes subtle debasement of the dollar is in fact a deliberate program designed by international financiers to force the American public to accept loss of sovereignty and centralize economic authority into the hands of an elite few.  The situation in Europe is no different in this regard.  Both cultures are being strong-armed through the removal of options and funneled into a waiting net like so much oblivious trout.  So, the question must be asked; how do we fight back?

Could a political groundswell be used to supplant corrupt leadership and stall the coming avalanche?  No.  Even with a clean sweep of all branches of government and the election of a presidential candidate with considerable economic insight (like Ron Paul), the damage has already been done.  Would a complete shutdown of the Federal Reserve and a repudiation of all debts accrued through its underhanded financial practices make a dent?  A good start, but still not enough.  What about a complete reversal of current spend and borrow practices by our government and a fast track plan for the reconstruction of America’s industrial base?  That would be great, but American industry took decades to dismantle, and it will take decades to rebuild, so again, no dice in the short to medium term. 

The fact is, the U.S. is going to see some very hard economic years ahead, regardless of any top down political solution.  Those who are waiting and hoping for a knight in shining armor to ride into Washington D.C. and save them are going to be sorely disappointed.  Those who shrug off the threat of fiscal breakdown as a “long term” affair will likely find time quickly slipping away while they clamor for bureaucracy to finally work in their favor.  As a movement keenly aware of the threat at hand and the culprits behind it, the Liberty Movement should be doing far more than it is now to stem the tide, and that work begins with decentralization.

Decentralization is an activist strategy which does not rely on top down intervention, but instead, focuses on concrete bottom up community building and organization without the hindrances of traditional power structures.  In terms of economics, it means a complete break with the corrupt system and the institution of our own free markets.  This process is only as difficult as we make it for ourselves.  

The essentials of an independent life are food, water, shelter, property, trade, and safety.  The means to attain these essentials have been relegated to instruments which central banks and other elitist entities administer and control.  However, that control is and always has been an illusion, an illusion we could walk away from anytime we wish.  This is done through localizing the production of essentials.  Changing the way we look at trade is the key.  A few simple rules, if followed in a determined fashion, make this change a reality:

1)  Provide Essentials For Yourself Whenever Possible:
Some essentials can be covered even when you are alone.  If you have access to property, can grow your own food, and have water collection capability, then you are far ahead of the average American in many respects.  With modern technology, including space and energy saving methods, self sustainability is possible even in urban surroundings.  The goal here is to do for yourself whatever you can, whenever you can, making you less vulnerable to mainstream economic chaos.  The more insulated you are, the better equipped you will be to help build or participate in an alternative market.

2)  Network Or Die: Some essentials cannot be provided by one’s self.  Organization and networking in order to construct mutually beneficial trade groups is not only necessary, but inevitable in the face of economic collapse.  One way or another, every American who wishes to survive will one day have to get up off their couches, leave their houses, and begin working with other people.  Either they will see the wisdom in preempting collapse and start networking now, or, they will start networking after collapse out of desperation.  Better to start now, and save ourselves the heartache…

3)  Trade Skills, Not Dollars: Use paper currency while it still has some value, but simultaneously, wean yourself off of it through barter of goods and services.  See how many essentials you can fully provide without the use of dollars and without purchases through corporate chains.  Think of this as going financially “off-grid”.  What systems do you depend on that ultimately harm you?  How many of those systems can you decouple from now?  Private trade makes independent living attainable by localizing your means of procurement to your own two hands, instead of to a paycheck doled out by a corporation.

4)  Use Commodities, Dump Dollars: Precious metals are the only practical currency exchange available for broad use in a decentralized market.  Fiat coupons, digital currencies, sticks and shells, etc., will not work.  The inherent rarity of PM’s, combined with their tangibility, and inability to be artificially reproduced, makes them the ideal currency alternative to fiat.  Digital currencies, reliant on an internet which may not exist in the manner we know it today, are a tremendous waste of time.  Any trade dependent on a system outside of local control is not free trade.  Metals place true free trade, at a local level, within reach.  Even in a highly developed barter market, currency will play an important role, and PM’s should not be discounted.  

5)  Become Your Own Industry: As decentralization takes root in a local economy, the need for jobs and for goods will not disappear.  In fact, it will become a priority.  Entrepreneurship will be the engine that drives any legitimate resurgence of the U.S. economy, but this business mindset will have to take on a localized focus.  I have heard it argued that America will never be able to rebuild if trade and industry are reduced to local efforts.  On the contrary, thousands of cities and counties acting at a local level to reintroduce micro-industrial economies would far surpass the limited and centralized bumblings of the corporate industrial framework.  The more insulated and self contained each community becomes, the stronger the whole of the country will be in the long term.  The next industrial revolution, if there ever is another, will come about through city, county, and state centric industries designed to feed the prosperity of the residents within those communities, instead of siphoning away wealth and diminishing available essentials as the modern corporate system is engineered to do.              

6)  Internalize State Commerce: When enough citizens within each state finally wake up to the dangers of municipal default, federal encroachment on state lands and resources, and the weakness of interdependency on federal subsidies, they will begin to look for ways to plug the fiscal leaks they have ignored for so long.  Decentralization truly finds its home within the structure of the states, and the powers afforded them through the 10th Amendment.  At bottom, states have the ability legally as well as economically to become the ultimate decentralized systems, being that they are Constitutionally mandated to take such measures anyway.  Resource rich states will likely be the first to undertake decentralization in the midst of economic collapse.  Oil, minerals, farm capacity, timber, coal, etc, should be the solid ground upon which states and their citizens set foundation, and states should utilize these resources with the intent to enrich their citizens FIRST, through increased employment and local independent business incentives.  This would be a far cry from the corporate pirate ship plundering that goes on in states today, and far more financially sound.

While there are numerous concerns and great tribulations to be confronted and solved in our age of bedlam, from the rise of police states, to political treason, to expanding wars abroad, first and foremost, we must surmount the problem of economic collapse, or all else will be lost.  Economic collapse is the trigger by which all other tyranny is made viable.  It is the rationalization that will be used to convince the public that the loss of freedom is a “crucial tradeoff” for increased safety.  The more centralized we as a nation become, the more centralized the world becomes, the less likely we will be to weather the tidal wave of collapse.  The more decentralized we become, the more localized and independent our communities, the less we will be affected by destabilization, the more successful we will be as a people, the less rationalization the government will have to diminish our freedoms, and the greater leverage we will have if they try to diminish them anyway. 

The path is clear; we decentralize, we localize, and we do it now, or, we lose our country, our cultural identity, and our legacy.  If all other options have been stolen away from us, then we must have the courage to create our own...

 

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Tue, 01/17/2012 - 10:17 | 2070789 francis_sawyer
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Don't tell that to the Bilderbergers... It'll get you killed...

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 10:45 | 2070897 Oh regional Indian
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What a superb premise and superb article. The overt death of the large corporationis nigh. They will, as their wont, try to become the enemy with-in (again)..... microfinance was the test bed for micro-entrepreneurship. They will subsume themselves into their thousand points of NGO light and try to rule again with the iron fist of moral superiority.

We can write the new rules, now, or it will be too late. 

Is it bitcoin? What good this web in anonymity? 

This virtual world has to meet the real world, that is what he is saying. This much intellectual horse-power, with a clear bit of real world skills and experience and a global reach that ZeroHedge has in it's Social Network Value, it should be put to some real world use. I know many members of Anonymous and Lulz et. al. read this. What is the plan for bringing the good to the ground instead of playing the bad in cyber-space?. 

I have some ideas.....

 

ori

/truth/

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 11:59 | 2071173 Eeyores Enigma
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Here in the US what brandon recommends is essentially "Hurry up and become poor" as if by being the first to get there you will fair better.

I have been 100% actively involved in localizing production for 4 years now and part time for 3 years before that.

I received a USDA Rural Development grant to work with OSU to study the economic feasibility of local food production with general enough parameters to be applied to most all relocalized production.

We had several very positive efforts at increasing local production in place that were totally wiped out in 2008 when everyone, I mean everyone shopped at the places with the LOWEST prices.

Virtually all State and Fed government are against localization and are actively courting large corporate entities to move into their area. 

New legislation is lifting regulation and tax burden for large corporate entities and PILING them on to small business.

State and Fed are actually criminalizing localization efforts as it is perceived as being harmful to existing large corporate infrastructure.

Of course localization is the solution but the time for that too has passed. If you pursue the path that Brandon outlines you are in for a hellish uphill battle with little or no support.

Oh yeah. One last little inconvenient truth. We can not provide a fraction of the necessities required by society to exist through localization of production. We absolutely require the existing infrastructure and system to do that.

So be careful what you wish for. The transition is going to be a BTTCH!

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 12:41 | 2071353 YBNguy
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Ill go with plan B and become a marauder, seems more fun.

Detriot is what most cities will look like in the coming years. Prepare for the balkanization or NWO globalization.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 13:21 | 2071471 dark pools of soros
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the playbook was written with the death of the Kulaks

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 13:33 | 2071515 A Nanny Moose
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The key challenge being the fascist intervention on behalf of those legal fictions (a.k.a. corporations), by governments. The arguments for the stateless society keep piling up.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 15:30 | 2071926 KK Tipton
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"State and Fed are actually criminalizing localization efforts as it is perceived as being harmful to existing large corporate infrastructure."

Eeyore, I'm going to save and print your post. Picture perfect.

There are all kinds of "rules" popping up daily. Can't sell any product you process yourself at a farmers market...if you don't have a "commercial" kitchen (with all it's inspections etc...)

This kills the little guy right out of the gate.
When you create "value-added" items, you make more money. Like baking and selling a pie.
You go broke selling just the apples.

Say you have an acre or two with apple trees...then lose your job.
Baking pies might become critical for a bit eh?

People DO NOT realize this.

Thankfully some local communities are beginning to provide common commercial kitchen setups to bypass this bullshit.
But much more work has to be done to kill bullshit regulation.
I mean...these things need to be fought BEFORE they get solidified into "law" on the local level.

Now, I'm a never say die type of fictional character...so I say we WILL win.
If not in the open, then the black market. The black market can never be stopped.
We have this dual system already in operation...

Everybody who eats needs to get these things squared away first.
Become active locally and make your voice heard.
Sit in on meetings and LEARN what the "affluent" are up to.

I'm personally making YouTube videos showing how to build many different self reliant items.
350+ subscribers and 50,000+ views in 6 months so far.
Affordable greenhouses and related automated growing/watering systems are my #1 thing.
We will need a knowledge base that's ACCESSIBLE to people so end running shit legislation becomes easier.
Proliferation of knowledge is key. These ideas have to be everywhere...so they can't be stopped.

And yes, we may only provide a fraction of what we need....but...the FABRIC of local networks needs maintaining.
Building things, growing food, and working with friends maintains and strengthen the fabric.

Shitty economy means more converts daily. Show em' what they need to do.

 

 

 

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 10:46 | 2070904 Azannoth
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Decentralization is Anathema to all carrer politicians keynsians and statists all around the World, and they don't gonna let it happen without a fight(and I mean a real brawl)

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 11:43 | 2071097 tarsubil
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Can you imagine Ben Bernanke or Paul Krugman or Richard Perle or Jonah Goldberg in a fight with a doomer? Wow. I'd pay worthless paper fiat to watch that.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 10:47 | 2070906 CPL
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They'll be starving in the ditch with everyone else eventually or dead. 

 

They might last a little longer by provisioning themselves, but if things get bad, their security staff will end up slicing their throats the second missed meal or someone they care about dies....like their bank accounts.

 

Don't know any whores or contractors that abide credit.  Real cash first.  Otherwise, nope.jpg

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 12:13 | 2071233 MayIMommaDogFac...
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Ben has a helicopter!

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 10:20 | 2070805 LawsofPhysics
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Yep, know your neighbors and what they need/want moving forward.  Been saying this for a long time now.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 10:36 | 2070868 duo
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I've met my neighbors.  Clueless, useless video game players with a Benz in the garage (except for 2 houses down).  If they can't keep their house painted or mow their own lawn, how will they handle collapse?

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 10:56 | 2070933 LawsofPhysics
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So you have plenty of soylent green around then?  "Knowing" has many implications, including knowing who the liabilities (future slave labor) and assets are.  Good for you. 

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 11:37 | 2071001 hedgeless_horseman
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7) Educate your community about, "how and why suburbia has ceased to be a credible human habitat, and what society might do about it."

 

 

Project Mayhem Homework Assignment

Give copies of Kunstler's The Geography of Nowhere to your town's Economic Development Board, Planning Board, Town Counsel, and every kid on the high school debate team. 

Either make it harder for Wal-Mart and "home" builders to destroy your town, or roll over and die as a debt slave by your capital out of town, out of state, and out of the country for benefit of the global corporatocracy. 

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 11:54 | 2071070 Flakmeister
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Its funny how a few people saw all this coming....

Are you really surprised that they were/are villified?

A lot of people that villified them were/are unwitting tools of corporate masters and most of them have not figured that out yet?

Yep, to some people, there is no difference between the freedom and liberty of a human being and that of a corporate entity...

JHK had a great series called "Eyesore of the Month"....

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Tue, 01/17/2012 - 12:30 | 2071150 hedgeless_horseman
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It's sad how many people care less about their own lives, homes, families, jobs, and communities than they care about the lives, homes, families, jobs, and communities of actors and athletes.  You can usually tell who these people are, because they shop at Wal-Mart, spend hours and hours watching professional sports, and read People Magazine.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 13:28 | 2071483 dark pools of soros
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nature shows there are more sheep than lions..  a world of lions wouldn't last long

 

shephard them or devour 'em but no need to curse them :)

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 10:56 | 2070935 SWRichmond
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At bottom, states have the ability legally as well as economically to become the ultimate decentralized systems, being that they are Constitutionally mandated to take such measures anyway.  Resource rich states will likely be the first to undertake decentralization in the midst of economic collapse.  Oil, minerals, farm capacity, timber, coal, etc, should be the solid ground upon which states and their citizens set foundation, and states should utilize these resources with the intent to enrich their citizens FIRST, through increased employment and local independent business incentives.

Virginia has abundant and productive farmland, coal, uranium (if the damned stupid state legislators would "allow" the development of it), diverse manufacturing, a core of fundamentally hard-working people, a decent rail network, and deepwater ports.  Virginia is a "right to work" state.  We're not totally reliant on phoney baloney FIRE economy bullshit like NY is, for example. 

http://www.netstate.com/economy/va_economy.htm

Broilers (5-12 week-old chickens) are the state's most valuable product followed by beef cattle.

We even produce food.  Woot!

If we can't make it work here in Virginia, we are "led" by the stupidest bunch of bought-and-paid-for "elected" fucks that exist anywhere.

I think I answered my own question.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 10:58 | 2070941 LawsofPhysics
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Precisely why I have been looking hard at all the southestern states for investment.  Most are in the same boat.  Easy to see a southern manufacturing alliance forming already.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 14:00 | 2071592 blunderdog
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We're not totally reliant on phoney baloney FIRE economy bullshit like NY is

It's very common to mistake NYC for the state of NY.  It makes sense, because the city is where all the money and many of the people are, but I assure you: the state itself is much more like Virginia than you might think.  I grew up upstate, across the street from a cornfield, a half-mile from a dairy farm, and my first post-college interview was at a factory that produced cheese.  (Don't knock it--that was known as a far better place to work than the small synthetic rubber factory.)

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 15:45 | 2071980 SWRichmond
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I understand and appreciate your point.  However, NYC is a massive voting block that will vote to steal your food when the financialization seizes up.  If you can cut them off (maybe New Jersey will take them?), and export your food and products via the Great Lakes shipping lanes, you've got a chance.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 16:09 | 2072037 blunderdog
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Well, I'm a bit more interested in the *inclusion* of our fellow Americans, myself.  About half the country's population is urban.  In principle, I suppose we could burn down the cities and cut the population in half--that would make a return to an agrarian society a bit simpler.

Personally I don't think that's a useful idea, though.  It didn't work for Cambodia, either.

In any event--most folks can travel to a rural area in an hour or so, and I totally support the objective of involving people on a daily-basis in the production of life-sustaining resources.  I don't care if you're a banker or a broker or a welfare case--if you can go pick strawberries, pluck chickens, or pull weeds, your life is valuable enough in my book.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 10:21 | 2070809 hedgeless_horseman
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Disintermediation, bitchezzz!!!!!

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 10:21 | 2070811 HD
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 That mouse illustrates exactly what TBTF corporate America wants - cut through any barrier that gets in the way of obtaining the tax payer funded corporate welfare government cheese.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 10:22 | 2070815 francis_sawyer
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For the rest of us, there's a MOUSETRAP at the end of the maze...

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 10:31 | 2070853 HD
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...and no cheese.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 11:14 | 2070997 Captain Kink
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That mouse sure showed them for moving his cheese!  Go mouse!

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 10:23 | 2070813 GeneMarchbanks
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According to Mr. American Heritage:

1. To distribute the administrative functions or powers of (a central authority) among several local authorities. 2.
a. To bring about the redistribution of (an urban population and industry) to suburban areas. b. To cause to withdraw or disperse from a center of concentration: decentralize a university complex; decentralize a museum. v. intr.
To undergo redistribution or dispersal away from a central location or authority. Paradoxically enough, it seems you are trying to centralize the discussion about decentralization. Another example of what happens when people i) get lost on the meaning of words and ii) the inability to think for oneself is replaced by "freedom of speech".
Tue, 01/17/2012 - 10:22 | 2070814 MillionDollarBonus_
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**BOMBSHELL**

The "Alternative Market Project" has long been associated with the right wing extremist group "Oathkeepers". This group has been exposed as nothing but a front group for promoting conspiracy theories and anti-state propaganda. The SPLC has produced a number of shocking articles documenting the extreme and dangerous views held by Oathkeepers:

http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-all-issues/2011/winter/are-the-oath-keepers-really-patriots-

http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-all-issues/2010/fall/oath-keepers-group-battered-by-members-

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 11:34 | 2071058 Bob
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I wouldn't worry about oathkeepers, fascistboy.  All the heroic rhetoric notwithstanding, their absolute silence in the face of nationwide police repression and abuse of the Occupy movement exposed beyond dispute their bullshit for what it is: empty adolescent preening.

 

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 11:53 | 2071129 flattrader
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>>>exposed beyond dispute their bullshit for what it is: empty adolescent preening.<<<

More like an antidote to middle-age malaise...

It sure is fun to drive around with the logo on your truck, go to meetings and rant and rave, attend a demonstration and wave a sign, issue papers calling for the arrest/imprisonment/overthrow of well,...everybody.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 12:05 | 2071198 SWRichmond
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Wait, did you just cite splc as an authority on anything?

OMFG.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 12:19 | 2071267 flattrader
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Didn't need a splc to connect the dots.

See--

http://oathkeepers.org/oath/2011/03/17/introducing-the-alternative-marke...

Right thee for all to see if you bother to do your homework.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 12:13 | 2071235 flattrader
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Yep.  They are.

http://oathkeepers.org/oath/2011/03/17/introducing-the-alternative-marke...

Are they Christian Reconstructionist fucknuts as well?

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 15:17 | 2071823 DosZap
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MillionDollarBonus_

 

**BOMBSHELL**

I would take the KKK's word over this Left Wing Commie infested,maggot eating lying bast888 entity.

Their SOLE purpose is to LIE, Denigrate, and TAKE HANDOUTS from other Marxists like they are.

Can't read the links,because they want you to contact them, so they can hit you up to join, or donate.

They are the SCUM of the earth.

EXCERPT:


We believe wholeheartedly in the framework of Constitutional Law, and that no government or supranational entity has the right to overstep Constitutional boundaries for any reason, regardless of supposed intentions or mandates. We do not recognize the self proclaimed authority of corporately created and managed entities such as the Federal Reserve, the IMF, or the World Bank. We are fully opposed to the practice of fractional reserve banking, fiat currency, central banking, and other fraudulent financial Ponzi schemes. We stand against the forced centralization of countries and cultures and the erasure of national sovereignty. We believe that the first step in defending against such economic and political manipulation is to create an alternative system that safeguards the values of free markets and free peoples. We are a natural extension of the Liberty Movement which is already making great headway in American society today.

 

Sounds just like 98% on this SITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.......(also the Constitution).

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 18:16 | 2072494 flattrader
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Gee, DosZap,

You don't have to go to the splc website.

See--

http://oathkeepers.org/oath/2011/03/17/introducing-the-alternative-marke...

The oathkeepers announced the introduction of Alt Market.

Low on meds?

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 15:13 | 2071866 toomanyfakecons...
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I harbor some doubts about the integrity, relevance, and potential effectiveness of the Oath Keepers... but my doubts only exist because of the Tea Party's pathetic record of voting for the Patriot Act and more funding for Afghanistan. It's easy to say what you will and won't do in a wartime situation, but how about during peacetime? And if the Oath Keepers membership includes civilian police... well, most of them break their oaths every day already...

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 16:12 | 2072047 Think for yourself
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This was... beautiful. When you mentionned the SPLC, tears came to my eyes. Makes me feel like creating multiple accounts to grace you with more red arrows.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 10:23 | 2070818 steve from virginia
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More pimping for the gold buggary machine, as if the rest of the 'system' is fine except for the lack of 'gold money'.

The system is broken not the money. Industry cannot pay its own way. The Eurozone fails not because of the euro but because of resource waste. Industrial economies are inherently bankrupt not because they make use of paper money.

We have hard currency now: every day millions of Americans drive to the pump and 'fill 'er up' exchanging their dollars for a valuable physical good on demand. Then, they take the good they have exchanged their labor/time/lives for and burn it up!

The outcome of this nonsense is underway in Europe, Japan, China, America ... a scarcity of capital.

The real problem is at the end of your driveways, get rid if it first, worry about the money later.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 10:48 | 2070910 Oh regional Indian
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I think it would be a great thing for Americans (all of us actually) to learn to take things apart. Our junk is worth a lot more in parts than whole. 

Multiply your junk value. Dis-ambiguation.

ori

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 11:20 | 2071008 Captain Kink
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Imagine an auto company that simply made a car.  One you could fix yourself.  No onboard computers, no fancy suspension, just engine, brakes, manual transmission, etc.  Maybe have a 4 wheel drive version with the old wheel locks...I bet you could make the "car" for under $2000.  Sell it with the fix it manual.  Many would buy such a vehicle, IMO. 

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 11:24 | 2071026 Oh regional Indian
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Well it's coming soon Captain K. The 2000$, DIY retrofit that will change the way the world drives. Forever. And the concept of efficiency too.

Watch this space. 

ori

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 13:44 | 2071549 Ahmeexnal
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It's called a bicycle.
And $2000 is way too much.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 14:43 | 2071778 Captain Kink
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Hard to move your monster box(es) with a bicycle...;-)

I tried, rode through a turn and into a river...

Wed, 01/18/2012 - 03:46 | 2073668 StychoKiller
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Another monster box lost to raging water! :>D

Wed, 01/18/2012 - 14:53 | 2075234 Ahmeexnal
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Admiral Sir Henry Morgan feels your pain.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 11:27 | 2071033 old naughty
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I would.

 

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 12:29 | 2071308 Joe Sixpack
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India is already mass producing it. It is the Tata Nano.

 

http://www.mytatanano.co.in/Images/Nano%20Car.gif

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 13:34 | 2071517 aerojet
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Very few takers--people would say they want that, but they don't actually want that.  There's nothing terribly sophisticated about engine management electronics that control fuel injection and emissions.  Just because *YOU* don't understand it, doesn't mean it is inherently bad.  Similarly, there's nothing complicated about the shift-on-the-fly 4wd or even AWD systems.  They just don't fit into your zeitgeist.

Automatic transmisssion cars get better mileage than manual ones nowadays.  If you want 1950s technology, you can build the whole damn thing yourself. 

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 14:41 | 2071770 Captain Kink
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I understand what you mean, but I think you have missed the point behind the desire for such a car.  To my mind, the more complex the machine, the more likely it is to break down and the more difficult to maintain.  The simpler car requires less knowledge and money to repair.  And less diagnostic machinery to isolate a problem.  I don't want to start a dealer style mechanic shop.  I just want a car that I can maintain and repair on my own.  Shift on the fly and AWD are more expensive to produce and would add to the cost of the car and potential cost of replacement parts.  Simple and Cheap.

Wed, 01/18/2012 - 07:49 | 2073813 JohnF
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No one would be able to buy such a car: your fuel consumption would be in the low teens (MPG) at best, you'd have the EPA descend on you like vultures on a twitching antelope, and your car would probably also be a death trap. Modern cars are complex for a reason: you can't do it any other way given the constraints placed on manufacturing motor vehicles today. You'll also be spending a fair amount of your time working on the car.

On the other hand, if you want to resurrect the Willys Jeep, be my guest. That's the level of technology you're talking about. Have an accident in that and you're in a world of hurt (roll it, and you die...).

You just can't have it all ways: making a high-mileage, low-pollution vehicle that will also protect the driver and passengers means you need computers to adjust fuel feed on a constant basis, coupled with injection and computer-designed body components that give up their lives so that you have the best chance of surviving an accident. Alternative technologies don't do that (and an electrical car is a moving computer) worth a darn...

Wed, 01/18/2012 - 09:02 | 2073877 Oh regional Indian
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Takes a whole new way of thinking...

http://aadivaahan.wordpress.com/the-plan/

 

ori

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 10:24 | 2070821 GMadScientist
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Survivor: Octegenarian Edititon

One Island, 12 seniors, two doses of i-dont-wanna-exercize-heart-pills, and one bag of rice.

The winner gets to collect their SS.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 10:26 | 2070827 one man wolf pack
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I think I will stock up on booze, smokes, porn, and bullets.  I'll be the first billionaire or at least the most popular guy in the new economy. 

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 10:37 | 2070874 GMadScientist
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A delicious target.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 11:49 | 2071120 tarsubil
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In this new world, where people are forced to know their neighbor and community, do you think people will be able to rely on the technicalities and loopholes of lawyers to get away with crimes? I'm not so sure crime will be tolerated as much as it is today. Targeting the local guy who provides all the important stuff might be a good way to take a dirt nap.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 10:27 | 2070832 kralizec
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Sounds like a Feudal society.  I'm in!  ;)

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 10:38 | 2070877 GMadScientist
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okay, you're the serfs...now plow!

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 11:23 | 2071021 kralizec
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No, I am an independent knight, and I shall hack up those who enter my realm!

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 12:30 | 2071315 Joe Sixpack
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What... Is you favorite color?

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 16:09 | 2072036 kralizec
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Umm, red.  No blue!

Aggghhhhhhhhhh!!!!

LOL!

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 10:38 | 2070879 Apocalicious
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No, we already are a feudal society. Capital, intellectual property, and yes, still land are the analogies for land 600 years ago. Those who control them, rule. Wealth bifurcates. You think the average person is in control of their fate, or can better themselves based on reaping the rewards of their efforts? Welcome to the age of the info-serf...

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 10:30 | 2070851 Bohemian Clubber
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what a joke, they will say because of this crisis we need only one world country and one worldwide currency

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 10:36 | 2070865 Alcoholic Nativ...
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We do.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 10:41 | 2070886 Apocalicious
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Yes, great argument. Because the Euro has solved all of Europe's problems! Or, maybe it's quite literally papered over them, created perverse incentives and added to the misallocation of capital on a massive and unparalleled scale? Nah!

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 10:52 | 2070925 falak pema
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we do need some global regulation to avoid Empires and wars; we don't to live in harmony at city republic level, like during renaissance. We don't need evil empire world dystopia.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 11:23 | 2071023 one man wolf pack
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I have come to realize there is only one true currency, and that is Gold. 

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 11:52 | 2071135 tarsubil
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What about silver?

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 15:27 | 2071914 SilverDOG
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one man wolf pack,

CAUTION: Govts., Banks, & Oligarchs possess the majority of gold.

One (1) ounce of gold per person today, has been produced and is available.

Only one third (1/3) of an ounce of silver is available per person today.

Get poor, get silver, the rest of the world still believes.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 10:37 | 2070876 rsnoble
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That's all fine and dandy but getting from here to there is something else.  Most people have a rent payment, 90% of the country can't pay rent with items they barter for.

This is going to be a big fight for one world gov't and currency, hopefully it all blows up and then we would be forced into this type of system. 

Of course we didn't discuss what happens if we get into another big nasty war.

Are Russia and China already bought off? Or will the one world gov't just work around them like they aren't there?

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 11:15 | 2070996 Jefferson
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The politicians in Russia and China are the biggest proponents of one world government. 

The globalists are responsible for shipping US jobs and the manufacturing base to China. They would like nothing better than to create one huge worldwide Foxconn.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 16:23 | 2072080 Marco
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One huge worldwide Foxconn? More like one huge world wide nature reserve. Foxconn is a means to a cause, the total collapse of consumer society the end.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 10:39 | 2070880 rsnoble
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Oh and btw I seen some gov't official ask Ben if we were going to bail out the EU.  Ben said no way.  So apparently from what I can tell they've already been doing it.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 10:43 | 2070896 flattrader
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A model for anyone with a few urban or suburban acres and a some cash.

This guy started his integrated aquaponics urban farm on a shoestring and won a MacArthur genius award.

http://www.macfound.org/site/c.lkLXJ8MQKrH/b.4537249/k.29CA/Will_Allen.htm

http://www.growingpower.org

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 15:35 | 2071943 SilverDOG
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Is growing legal in commoners yards anymore?

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 10:49 | 2070903 falak pema
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The FREE internet model pleads for decentralisation. WIth this technology breakthrough linking people around the globe in space-time and making travel and physical movement of goods unnecessary, as thoughts, prototypes and photonic communication do it for you! 

It means that capital markets can be infinitely adapted to each entrepeneurial initiative and that economies of scale become a meaningless concept. If the aim of life is  : life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.  Who needs more? 

The Internet allows man to free himself of the need of going to foreign lands to gain "comparitive advantage" in taking possession of rare RMs through 'neocolonial' means. He doesn't need that. His 'value added' model can free him of this constraint. Those with direct access to RMs, sons of that land, sell it to those who have ideas to use it efficiently. No need for huge multinationals, to control the process. Smaller companies with niche specialised technologies can achieve enough wealth creation to suffice for its entrepreneurs to purse life, liberty and...

We'll live in an age where life is like that of the city republics of Italy, during renaissance age. Incredibly talented and full of artists, bankers and artisans... But no Empires.

What ethical constraints does this entail ?

History teaches us that. There are only two basic rules :

Golden Rule : Do unto others... This is the invisible Rubicon that defines MAn's brief to search for liberty. It ends there where the other's rights begin to exercise his own dream. If there is competition its on a level field, if there is contention its before a level legal entity.

Silver Rule : Do what you say, say what you do. You are what you do if its recurrent. You have to be sincere both to clients/suppliers/subs and to citizens if you hold public office.

All other rules are collective and defined by the four pillars of power of the City : executive, legislative, judicial and media (as symbolic regulator and democratic social referee). 

If we can free Man from physical needs of unnecessary objects and consumption, it would be a good beginning. Our needs of tommorow will be physical for the essential and immaterial for the cultural and existential. 

That way we can live within a new paradigm that the Information and culturally creative age will bring forth. Provided we respect the two golden rules as individuals and also that the four pillars of the City function efficiently. (Utopia doesn't become dystopia).

Hows that for 'I have a dream' type rant of projected cloud civilization? Where man fukks woman and procreates his race. (i hope, as I don't quite agree to /feel confortable with test tube procreation), drinking Chardonnay to pursue the golden 'snitch'; like a perpetual Snitch Seeker,  but gets butt spanked by the spark of irrepressible innovation as he looks on in amazement in  a moving time frame. Trying to surf each wave on its crest. Until his time line snaps.

 

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 10:47 | 2070908 Apeman
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I'd argue that decentralization has always been the only plausible solution.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 10:57 | 2070938 lynnybee
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decentralization it is, gentlemen.    ...just like when i was a kid & in my parents & grandparents day.    we are going back to the 1800's.    my children & grandchildren can't find decent employment & even at these lower real estate values, they still can't afford a house.     luv your children & grandchildren & your neighbors, we need as many strong & caring people as we can get / remember to share with those less fortunate.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 10:58 | 2070939 adr
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Decentralization is the future but not in America. Maybe a splinter state like Montana joining with parts of Canada. Perhaps Alaska as well. Australia will become the best place to be due to its isolation. America is a dead country and can not be saved without killing off the 100 million + underclass. The welfare class has been making the baby boom of the 50s look like the result of the plague. The country doesn't have a future with an underclass reproducing at an exponential rate. Within the next 30 years the underclass will comprise 70% of Americas population, which will explode to over 750 million. When the average welfare queen has three kids before her 20th birthday and each of those has three more, you see the problem. The US government can't turn off the welfare spigot without every city burning to the ground. The middle class knows this, which is why gun sales are through the roof.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 11:58 | 2071163 Sandmann
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Australia will become the best place to be due to its isolation.


Just pray the Indonesians, Indians and Chinese do not agree with you ! They have found the ports of entry already

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 11:05 | 2070965 Flakmeister
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Localize, Localize, Localize....

Screw the multinationals!

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 11:12 | 2070986 Oh regional Indian
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Absolutely Flak...Self Size first. Then grow organically.

Permaculture, FTW!

ori

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 11:16 | 2070979 proLiberty
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The issue is that we allow government to steal wealth by diluting the value of our money, and in the process it distorts the time-value of money.  The consequence is to trigger a substantial distortion in the prices of assets that have long time horizons, such as development of oil fields, mines and even entire business enterprises.  In short, we cannot correctly analyze investment opportunities because time-related prices are wacky.  Risk factors are improperly priced.  Equity prices are floated by the activist policies of the central banks to "prop up" values.  Counterparty risk is so distorted that prudent money managers choose to keep their funds on balance at the central bank instead of being used for lending purposes. 

With fiat electronic  money,  the net balance of all accounts at a bank are netted to one single balance.  That balance of electronic money exists where exactly?  In its account at the central bank.  The central bank has open ended power to manipulate both the quantity and time value of the money.   It is clear that the central bank is happy to expand the supply of money as it sees fit, even if only to maintain the "targeted rate of inflation" by deliberate policy [1].  But any dilution effects theft of private wealth to the benefit of the government printing the money.  This theft must stop.

The only decentralizing we need is to decentralize money.  This means that we need to be able to use the money we choose and the only role of government is to set standards.   The first step in this is to forbid the Federal Reserve from creating a single new dollar.  Freezing the supply of dollars has the same practical effect as having a gold standard.  Then we need to move to gold as the basis for whatever currency we will be free to use. We must move to a currency that represents a real asset rather than an arbitrary one.   Then prices in the market for the value of money, and the time value of money will reflect economic reality rather than the dreams of socialist government planners.

 

[1] see for example:

Remarks by Governor Ben S. Bernanke
At the Annual Washington Policy Conference of the National Association of Business Economists, Washington, D.C.
March 25, 2003

A Perspective on Inflation Targeting

link: http://www.federalreserve.gov/boarddocs/speeches/2003/20030325/default.htm

 

Fed Officials Said to Discuss Adopting Inflation Target Backed by Bernanke
By Craig Torres, Steve Matthews and Joshua Zumbrun - Jun 15, 2011

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-06-15/fed-officials-said-to-discuss-a...

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 11:29 | 2071039 Joaquin Menendez
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This article raises a huge issue.  The people in this country that advocated for this kind of economy in the past are gone; driven from jobs and teaching positions during the 1950s and 1960s on the pretext that they are communists and socialists.  

Ask yourself a simple question: why don't we work toward a decentralized power generation system?  If we are going to subsidize power generation as we've been doing for decades then why not rooftop solar, mini-turbines, etc?  Why require this giant electrical grid that is so vulnerable to disruption by natural disastors and terrorists?  Why is the government focusing on and subsidizing giant solar generation plants and nuclear power when niether is economically justifiable?

The answer to that question is as simple as it is disturbing but if you understand the answer you will know the big lie.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 12:06 | 2071206 flattrader
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The Big Lie (well, one of many)

 

You can't have individuals controlling their own energy production.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 12:26 | 2071299 Joaquin
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"You can't have individuals controlling their own energy production"

Let me rephrase that for you

"You can't have individuals owning the means of production"

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 15:46 | 2071982 KK Tipton
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"You can't have individuals owning the means of production"

Another winner of a green up arrow!

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 12:32 | 2071323 Joe Sixpack
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What are you going to feed the mini-turbine?

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 23:18 | 2073266 Joaquin Menendez
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Mini and microturbines use natural gas

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 14:22 | 2071687 blunderdog
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Under capitalism, there's no reason to do *anything* that can't be exploited for profit.

An individual who generates his own electricity has no economy of scale to exploit to sell it to his neighbors, so he can't make the interest payments on the initial setup.

It's structured like this for a REASON.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 11:56 | 2071153 Sandmann
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It isn't just Decentralisation it is Cartels. Western Society is cartellised and sclerotic. They have allowed Mega Mergers and consolidation into Oligopoly manipulating prices and destroying jobs to chase EPS. So we have product-driven companies being homogenised for revenue - HP destroys itself in printers, Kodak in imaging, RCA is shredded, Kraft sucks up Jacobs-Suchard, Cadbury and the customers walk. It is the lack of dynamism in the economy and the preservation of giant banking and retail and manufacturing cartels that keep pushing for an ever higher share of Profit in GDP driving consumers into credit-bondage to survive as Government takes its cut.

The whole shift of taxes from Corporates to Individuals not owning corporates has crushed living standards. It is almost Marxist the way Cartels have run the global economy - Banking Cartels and Industrial Cartels. Whoever imagined businesses like Deutsche Bank or Goldman or Morgan Stanley would be this size ? They are not Banks any more but Trading Corporations like Sogo Shosha............and they need breaking up. Time to start Trust Busting and stop corporations like AT&T re-forming and to smash Bank Cartels and make them fully liable by lifting Limited Liability from Directors when fraud is involved.

The fact is they have Cartelised to Scleroticism and brought Western Economies to a Full Stop. We are just as beached as the Costa Concordia off the Italian Coast

 

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 13:36 | 2071529 aerojet
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Well, this is at least a better explanation than some massive Marxist scheme to rule the planet. 

Wed, 01/18/2012 - 04:14 | 2073687 StychoKiller
Tue, 01/17/2012 - 11:59 | 2071171 tony bonn
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thank you brandon for your marvelous and astute thoughts.....

"Globalism has not made the world smaller; it has made our minds smaller."

corruscating!!

the lord god of heaven created tongues at the tower of babel to assure the survival of the human race....and so we must destroy tbtf e.g. economic mutual assured destruction, to assure survival of the economic system....

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 12:12 | 2071226 Wipeout2097
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The article is indeed superb when discussing self-sufficiency and localization, but naive regarding the E.U.

The EU is "failing" because the U.S. is waging war on the Euro in order to keep the dollar as reserve currency. You have to find lame excuses and distractions when discussing this on the MSM, but that isn't needed here.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 12:20 | 2071274 madbuilder
Tue, 01/17/2012 - 12:42 | 2071357 DionysusDevotee
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Ok, great article, one complaint;

"In terms of economics, it means a complete break with the corrupt system and the institution of our own free markets."

Free markets?  Where?  Since When?  How do I get in?

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 12:51 | 2071377 mouser98
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hey Brandon, when we gonna get another "Tale of Collapse"?  those are awesome, brother!!

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 14:02 | 2071600 cdskiller
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Where to begin? I suppose with the fact that the current economic crisis exposed not just globalism but unfettered capitalism. Bankers, left to their own devices, were rendered fully frontally nude in their criminality. Furthermore, the problem in this country was private, not public, debt. The same is true in Europe. You can't argue for freedom of thought and choice and great lies while spewing bank propaganda that debt limits and government spending is what led to the crisis.

I was with the rhetoric of this piece until the phrase "parasitic parent government". Then, it became clear that what we were getting was a specious agenda. The masses must be tied to the government, my friend. It is not the act of a parasite to fund public schools, or repair infrastructure or prevent reckless environmental destruction and other crimes. Governments are just not doing their jobs right now, with respect to, and for, the masses. They are on the take. That's what has to change.

The rotting umbilical cord is not between us and the government but between the government and criminal oligarchs who don't want to be regulated at all, who don't want to be hindered by the rule of law, who want all the money for themselves. 

There are many great lies we have to face. One is that private banks are the same as commercial banks. Then , there is the great lie that ANY BANKS HAD TO BE SAVED WITH PUBLIC MONEY. That market value of assets is irrelevant, and that transparency would bring global economic apocalypse. Or the greatest of lies, that without derivatives, financial markets could not function.

Interdependance did not lead to ruin here or in Europe, deregulated financial market activity did. The OTC derivatives market did. When the EU was formed in '93, the Bank for International Settlements wasn't even bothering to survey positions, they were so insignificant.  Since that casino began to explode there has been one economic crisis, after another. Mexico, Russia, Argentina, LTCM, Asia, America, Europe. Lay the blame where it needs to be laid. Marc Faber recently said that he believed the derivatives market would collapse from $600+ trillion down to zero. That's what needs to happen and I need a candidate or a party with the integrity to talk about that, not just spout platitudes about freedom of choice and small government and the fiat system.

What is wrong with the world is not overreaching regulatory structures, as Ron Paul, for all his courage and brilliance, is so wrong to argue. What is wrong with the world is the unregulated commoditization of credit risk. What is wrong with the world is the commoditization of future fear. Corrupt, evil, greedy people in power is what is wrong. A lack of courage on the street is what is wrong. Hundreds and hundreds of hedge fund ponzi schemes, driven by the awareness that the line between the legal and the fraudulent had been erased is what is wrong with the world.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 15:44 | 2071977 KK Tipton
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"It is not the act of a parasite to fund public schools, or repair infrastructure or prevent reckless environmental destruction and other crimes. Governments are just not doing their jobs right now, with respect to, and for, the masses. They are on the take. That's what has to change."

BINGO.

 

Wed, 01/18/2012 - 04:15 | 2073690 StychoKiller
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A Govt big enough to give you everything you desire is ALSO BIG ENOUGH to take everything YOU have!

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 14:11 | 2071639 daxtonbrown
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Great article. Smart people aren't just buying gold as a hedge, they are bulletproofing their whole lifestyle so they aren't subject to the whims of government, or even their neighbors. While it is difficult to go completely native, that doesn't mean you can't set up everything from finances to gardening to home improvement to whatever so you are independent.
Another term for this is Going Galt, though not in the sense of heading for the mountains, but in the sense of getting as much as possible off-grid. There is a lot of information for those starting out in the book "Going Galt". http://www.futurnamics.com/goinggalt.php

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 14:18 | 2071673 Jerry Maguire
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Decentralization is indeed a megatrend of the 21st century, just as centralization was a prominent feature of the 1850-1970 (roughly) period.

Think of it this way:  mass communications quickly coalesced and concentrated in two or three centrally controlled networks.  This was completed by about 1950.  By 1970 this started to break down, first with more broadcast stations and channels, then with cable television, then with the proliferation of cable channels that began to number in the hundreds, and finally with the internet in the late 1990's. 

The internet is a profoundly decentralizing medium.

All that said, I think central governments have their place.  I think a "one world currency" would not necessarily be a terrible thing, so long as central banks were abolished and the currency was redeemable in gold or silver. 

But nations have their prerogatives, and central banks are one of them.  Realistically, then, there will probably be as many currencies as there are central banks, which is also not a problem so long as every currency is redeemable in gold or silver. 

Gold and silver are really the "one world currency" of nature, and acknowledging that would be decentralizing, not the reverse, because gold and silver are not in the absolute control of any government or its central bank.

We could advance the decentralization trend in the US through a popular effort to amend the constitution.  The "Occupy" movement might lead in this direction, after it grows up a little.

http://strikelawyer.wordpress.com/2011/12/27/saving-the-world-revised-ed...

http://strikelawyer.wordpress.com/2011/12/27/saving-the-world-revised-ed...

 

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 15:03 | 2071842 toomanyfakecons...
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Centralization kills!

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 15:20 | 2071893 surfsup
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Decentralization is exactly what the "heard managers" attempted to engineer against.  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4_KjUiqg0Q&feature=related

 

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 15:27 | 2071910 surfsup
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The concept is that the more something is alterned artificially, the Void which remains creates a Potential in the Exact Opposite Direction -- often times in holographic volitions which to the "heard managers" is akin to some sort of random event to be guarded against and propragandized against -- all of which have the effect smoothing the path of the Potential and do nothing to clear up the mystery of the thing to those who adhere to the old paradigm "justified sinning" operative model....  Truly, adolencent minds want to try to control everything and nature is always endeavoring to correct and ameliorate their stunted growth and development.     

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 19:29 | 2072697 Element
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This an impressive post, clearly written, accessible.

So much today is written to confuse, dither and dissipate intellect.

This article is not one of those.

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