Guest Post: Decentralization Is The Only Plausible Economic Solution Left

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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:

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:

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:

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."

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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francis_sawyer's picture

Don't tell that to the Bilderbergers... It'll get you killed...

Oh regional Indian's picture

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.....




Eeyores Enigma's picture

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!

YBNguy's picture

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.

dark pools of soros's picture

the playbook was written with the death of the Kulaks

A Nanny Moose's picture

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.

KK Tipton's picture

"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 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 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.




Azannoth's picture

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)

tarsubil's picture

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.

CPL's picture

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 their bank accounts.


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

LawsofPhysics's picture

Yep, know your neighbors and what they need/want moving forward.  Been saying this for a long time now.

duo's picture

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?

LawsofPhysics's picture

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. 

hedgeless_horseman's picture



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. 

Flakmeister's picture

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"....

Edited for content:

hedgeless_horseman's picture



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.

dark pools of soros's picture

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 :)

SWRichmond's picture

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.

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.

LawsofPhysics's picture

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.

blunderdog's picture

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.)

SWRichmond's picture

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.

blunderdog's picture

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.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



Disintermediation, bitchezzz!!!!!

HD's picture

 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.

francis_sawyer's picture

For the rest of us, there's a MOUSETRAP at the end of the maze...

Captain Kink's picture

That mouse sure showed them for moving his cheese!  Go mouse!

GeneMarchbanks's picture

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".
MillionDollarBonus_'s picture


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:

Bob's picture

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.


flattrader's picture

>>>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.

SWRichmond's picture

Wait, did you just cite splc as an authority on anything?


flattrader's picture

Didn't need a splc to connect the dots.


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

DosZap's picture




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.


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).

flattrader's picture

Gee, DosZap,

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


The oathkeepers announced the introduction of Alt Market.

Low on meds?

toomanyfakeconservatives's picture

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...

Think for yourself's picture

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.

steve from virginia's picture

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.

Oh regional Indian's picture

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.


Captain Kink's picture

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. 

Oh regional Indian's picture

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. 


Ahmeexnal's picture

It's called a bicycle.
And $2000 is way too much.

Captain Kink's picture

Hard to move your monster box(es) with a bicycle...;-)

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

StychoKiller's picture

Another monster box lost to raging water! :>D

Ahmeexnal's picture

Admiral Sir Henry Morgan feels your pain.

aerojet's picture

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.