Guest Post: Want To Defeat The Banks? Stop Participating In The System!

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Submitted by Brandon Smith from Alt Market

Want To Defeat The Banks? Stop Participating In The System!

 

In Franz Kafka’s most popular work “The Trial”, his characters relate a short parable which has fascinated and confused curious readers for generations. That parable is entitled “Before The Law”, and its message has been interpreted, reinterpreted, and agonized over by the labyrinthine contrariness of academia, producing numerous conflicting views:

Existentialists, of course, automatically jump to the conclusion that “Before The Law” is a message of the absurd nature of man’s search for reason and structure in a universe of random coincidence. That “the law”, as it were, is a superficial concept that humanity uses to make life more bearable. That we seek to create artificial social constructs in order to keep ourselves afloat in a sea of chaos. This is partly true. The law is, indeed, an abstraction conjured by men. However, the source of the most fundamental laws, being inherent conscience, is far from abstract. In fact, it is one of the few aspects of our existence that is undeniably tangible and universal. It is proof that all is NOT random, and that there is a meaning and a purpose to what we do here and now.

I see “The Trial” and “Before The Law” not as treatise on the futility of man’s search for justice, but as a warning on the foolishness of man’s dependency on systems not rooted in conscience. That is to say, we have a tendency to linger about idly while others make our decisions for us. We expect the system we live in to provide answers, to provide nurturance, to provide fairness, and to provide change where necessary. This expectation is a dangerous one.

Most social and political systems today are designed around collectivist methodologies. Their primary tool is centralization of power, and the removal of choice from the public consciousness. We are made to believe that the establishment is necessary for our survival, and that to abandon it would mean certain destruction. We are taught that the individual is subservient and inconsequential in the face of the state. This is simply not so. Like the traveler in “Before The Law”, we have been defeated by our own expectations of how the law (or justice) works. We sit and wait for permission, when we should be charging through the gates and taking what is rightfully ours.

Even amidst recent and increasingly prevalent protest actions on the part of Occupy Wall Street groups, there are still some within these movements who believe the answer to fighting back against the corruption of banking cartels and puppet politicians is to hand even MORE power over to the state, and to collectivize our culture still further. The ignorance of this mentality is no less than astonishing.

The only practical strategy for combating the tyranny of centralized systems has been and always will be decentralization. Individuals must stop relying on the rules of a rigged game to see them through to the truth. This means that while mass protests are certainly a powerful tactic for voicing concerns on an international stage, they accomplish little to nothing in the way of meaningful change in the long run unless they are backed by individual actions to break away from dependency upon a poisoned political and economic framework.

The common assumption amongst Americans is that nothing can be done without mass action resulting in “compromise” from leadership. That the healing of our cultural dynamic is a “top down” process. That one person alone has little at his disposal for bettering the world. In fact, it is always self aware and self sustaining individuals who build better societies, not angry mobs without understanding or direction. Individuals blaze the path that the rest of the world eventually follows, and they do this through one very simple and effective act; walking away.

By walking away from the corrupt system, and building our own, we make the establishment obsolete. This philosophy could be summed up as follows:

Provide for yourself and others those necessities which the corrupt system cannot or will not, and the masses (even if they are unaware) will naturally gravitate towards this new and better way. Offer freedom where there was once restriction, and you put the controlling establishment on guard. Eventually, they will either have to conform to you, attack you, or fade away completely. In each case, you win. Even in the event of attack, the system is forced to expose its tyranny and its true colors openly, making your cause stronger.

The obvious question now is; how can each one of us use this strategy in our daily lives? Here are just a few easy applications:

1) Focus On The Federal Reserve

If you as an activist or the movement you support are not fully aware of the private Federal Reserve Bank and its primary role in the destruction of our economy, our currency, and our political dynamic, then your protests are a waste of time, and your movement will end in failure. Uneducated mass actions are easily manipulated, and can even end up serving the purposes of those oligarchs they seek to dethrone. G. Edward Griffin’s full analysis on the history of the Federal Reserve “The Creature From Jekyll Island” and similar materials should be handed to every OWS protester before it is too late.

2) Take Back Your Savings

Do you have a bank account with one of the so called “too big to fails”? Is the culmination of your savings currently in the hands of financial monstrosities like Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, etc? Well, take your money back! This has been done by a few protestors and the response from banks has been outlandishly oppressive, including new guidelines attempting to obstruct customer access to savings, and even calling the police! This tells me that they are afraid. Afraid of Americans catching wind of the idea that the money they place in the accounts of bad banks is still theirs to do with as they will. If you don’t like how these institutions operate, don’t let them have your money. It’s as simple as that. Not only is this an act of defiance that truly hurts the banking system, it also protects your hard earned wealth (at least initially) from the inevitable collapse of these fiscally insolvent blood leaching leviathans (watch Bank of America closely, folks!).

3) Use Alternative Currencies

After you take your savings away from the banks, you still aren’t quite free of their influence. You are now holding fiat dollars, which the Federal Reserve, the foundation of all banking fraud, is currently devaluing. The idea of walking away from the dollar sounds ridiculous or even frightening to those trapped in the centralization mindset, but it is a highly effective method for combating the system itself. The dollar is a sham, and has been since its future was handed over to the Fed in 1913. Alternatives exist, and they must be utilized. Communities across the country use various scripts as a means to diminish reliance on the dollar, but ultimately, the best currencies are those that cannot be created out of thin air unhindered. This means gold and silver.

Central banking proponents have been railing against even the concept of a return to gold and silver currencies for years, and the Department Of Justice has labeled the use of such alternatives in place of dollars as a form of “domestic terrorism”. This should tell you, quite clearly, that they are deathly afraid of activists organizing to drop the dollar to pursue metals. If the system is willing to use the law as a weapon to keep us from having sound money, then we should be rubbing their nose in it daily by trading without dollars. They should be forced to react, and in the process, forced to expose their true intentions for our economic futures.

4) Build Barter Networks

If a bunch of people can band together to huddle in parks with signs for weeks in cities across the nation, then they can band together to trade goods and services outside the establishment system as well. Barter networks grow spontaneously out of economic collapse regardless of what any group decides to do, but generally, they appear AFTER the worst has happened. Wouldn’t it be wiser to organize such markets now, before a full collapse takes place? By preempting disaster with a backup or failsafe free market barter economy in each town and city, we insulate ourselves from the effects of the crisis, and, we cut loose from our dependency on the controlled mainstream economy. Localized trade makes it possible to walk away from corporate chains and maintain the circulation of wealth within a community, while countering the increasingly higher taxes caused by austerity and inflation that we are likely to see in this country very soon. It really is a no-brainer.

5) Grow A Garden

I don’t know how to say this nicely; don’t be a jackass, learn to grow your own food. Don’t expect that our economy will continue to sustain you. Actually, you should have every expectation that it won’t! If every Wall Street or Fed protester had their own garden patch and some stored goods, we would all be much safer. Food dependence is the worst kind. It has been used by governments and despots for centuries to cull the masses and dissuade dissent.

Sharecropping should be common in every community. Neighborhood gardens should be standard. Every household should have a year’s worth of food. Period.

Imagine that you lose your job and every cent you have tomorrow. Imagine that mom and dad are broke and have no money to lend you. Imagine that food stamps are a thing of the past because the national debt has become so exponential that entitlement programs have been erased. Now, how do you live from day to day? Where do you get the nutrition required for you to continue holding up that sign or shouting that slogan? Think about it...

6)  Start A Micro-Industry

If the U.S. economy is ever going to get on its feet again, it will be because average Americans bring it back through local industry.  This means ending our community addictions to corporately produced goods and returning to specialized trade skills.  It means coalitions of local farmers, craftsmen, and micro-industries providing goods and services with a city or county based market focus.  Large manufacturers and business chains relying on the model of globalization will have absolutely no ability to rebuild mainstreet commerce, even if they wanted to, because their methods depend upon constant outsourcing and downsizing for survival.  Private tradesmen will be the only people capable of filling the dark void these corporations leave behind.

7) Start An Activist Group

The establishment HATES when you do this. The spontaneous organizing of groups outside government or corporate purview has generated notoriously absurd responses from authorities, including accusations of “extremism”, infiltration, and wrongful arrest. If this sounds frightening, then I suggest you get over it quickly, because this is going to be the norm for many years to come. The evils of the world are not undone by apathetic naysayers anymore than they are undone by mindless mobs. Without the coordinated actions of aware individuals with a common focus, nothing is going to change.

This group could be something a simple as a local barter network or a political discussion forum, or, a complex national organization geared towards tangible political action. It doesn’t matter as long as it’s based on the promotion of Constitutional freedoms, and its leadership is decentralized. Just make it happen…

At bottom, if we want to fight back against a system we cannot take back through traditional means, then we must learn to walk away. If the system feeds us, clothes us, and shelters us at will, then ordinary protest is pointless. Our tender parts are in a rusty vice on the autocratic workbench and until we pull them out, no amount of screaming and pounding will improve our situation. Independence is won through the constant striving for self responsibility. Freedom is won through a position of personal strength, not weakness and self-enslavement.

Numbers alone do not make a movement, and the elites we currently work to supplant are not going to flinch at a few random protests. In all likelihood they will welcome these actions as a useful distraction. Tyrants don’t fear the torches and pitchforks anymore. What they do fear is balanced insight, self reliance, and exceptional force of will. A handful of men with these attributes are far more dangerous to a corrupt system than thousands of citizens driven only by insatiable anger. To overcome oppression, we must first overcome ourselves. The ability to step outside the paradigm, the ability to act without permission, and charge the gates without apprehension, is the key to toppling totalitarian systems and exposing the great lie of our age; that we cannot exist without the cage we were born into.

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AngryGerman's picture

8) LET YOUR HAIR GROW LONG

9) DO NOT WEAR CLOTHES

10) FREE LOVE 24/7

metastar's picture

What's wrong AngryGerman? Inflation at the Kaiserstrasse got you down?

What does it all mean's picture

Why not just elect officials that will change the system and do what people want...  Yeah, never mind.

 

BigRedWall's picture

We should just vote for politicians who advocate "change" and "hope"...

BigRedWall's picture

We should just vote for politicians who advocate "change" and "hope"...

BigRedWall's picture

We should just vote for politicians who advocate "change" and "hope"...

BigRedWall's picture

We should just vote for politicians who advocate "change" and "hope"...

mvsjcl's picture

Ahh, yes. Many evenings spent at the marble palace when I wore a greener cloth. Thank-you, Germany, for those kind memories.

Dr. Richard Head's picture

11) Get involved with the current metal and barter network of http://www.opencurrency.com/

SheepDog-One's picture

Triple homicide today where I live due to a Graigslist meeting gone wrong...the guys wife came home early to bust the meet'n'greet between her husband and the unsuspecting little lady he met on the 'net.

s2man's picture

His wife shot the llama, too?

LFMayor's picture

nope, the midget fell off the ceiling fan when the gun went off and startled him.

squidward's picture

Barter works best when you produce a product that people want to barter for.  I sometimes sell honey at a local farmers market and trade with the other venders for fruit, cheese, veggies and meat is amazing.   When you do the math of your production costs versus what you get in trade it is far cheaper than any food you can buy in a store.  

I've been meaning to try the same thing with my home brewing and wine making, and putting an ad on craigslist.

Rhodin's picture

This works if you can pre locate customers, setting up the barter in advance.  Otherwise the local market for such products can be fully met in the time it takes a start-up to get into production, especially things like honey and maple syrup that store well.  The producer is faced with "going commercial" or several years of product for local consumption and a pile of unused production equipment.

Penniless Pauper's picture

Thats the best solution!

Plus when you Barter you dont have to pay tax on the Feds Debt Bills.

tmosley's picture

Tell that to your avatar.

GeezerGeek's picture

8) My head is more suited to being part of a solar furnace with its ability to reflect light. None of hair-growing remedies worked for me, either.

9) Haven't tried that, although there are some 'nude' beaches nearby. However, I hate to be laughed at.

10) Works if you've got a hammer like Thor. Not so well if you've got a wand like Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter stories.

MarcusLCrassus's picture

You have certainly fallen in love with your captors.  How does Jamie Dimon's wang in your mouth feel?

kato's picture

As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect...

GeneMarchbanks's picture

Kafkaesque indeed. I was thinking more along the lines of The Castle though.

Ryman1075's picture

Our country is liveing on Egg-rashers already.

GeezerGeek's picture

I'm having my roof replaced by some hard-working Hispanics. Listening to them chatting outside my window while reading your post made me want to start singing "La Cucaracha". Then I remembered that I can't sing.

jonan's picture

lol, today's politicians would glady smash your face in the same manner the sister did to gregor...

Corn1945's picture

The banks don't care if you close your account. Banks are not subject to market forces like any other business. They have an unlimited government backstop.

The only way to beat them is to stop the bailouts.

SilverRhino's picture

Were that actually the case explain BofA's latest actions with people attempting to close their accounts.

Robot Traders Mom's picture

They're just trying to stop you to be assholes about it. It really doesn't affect them as much as you think...

Hero Protagonist's picture

I wonder if there is a way to quantify it.  That is, what would the total amount of witdrawls be if everyone with a total networth of <$1,000,000 closed their accounts?  Would it really add up to enough to impact a bank's balance sheet?

Imminent Crucible's picture

"The banks don't care if you close your account."

Er, not correct. The banks serve the system as conduits between the Issuers of Credit Money (that would be the Fed) and the Consumers of Credit (that would be YOU, and YOU, and YOU!).

A bank with no customers is useless as a cog in the fractional reserve system, and likewise as a primary dealer. Ask yourself how long the USD would stand as a reserve currency if ALL Treasury issuance was bought and held by the Fed?

Then ask yourself, What would be the share price of a depositary bank whose report revealed that it had (a) no loan assets on its books and (b) no deposits on account?

Don't use the banks. Don't borrow money from them, and don't loan money to them.

NotApplicable's picture

The biggest effect is likely on the bank tellers who fear for their jobs as they watch business go away. Given BoA's expansion over the last decade, they're due for some contraction, which will actually make their books look better for the criminals in suits at the top.

Not that they still aren't a zombie bank.

I found this blog post over at LRC showing a study that determines how banks rule the world.

http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/97597.html

They rank corps in order of global market control. BoA comes in at #25.

Raging Debate's picture

Good link. Note the conclusions: Attempting to calculate the solutions to the Bow-Tie concentration creates paradoxes. This is because a Bow-Tie formation is a 5d model. In the fifth dimension time loops back in on itself. It wouldn't matter anyways, you need a Quantum Computer to calculate the solution in math. That is what these group of researchers (brilliant BTW) are really saying. There are reasons for that but it would probably bore a lot of people here. Irrespective if the CB model is 4d or 5d it will revert to pyramid formation without the correct 4d TOOLS. And instead of hurrying to build them the temple priests decided to declare themselves god and go on permanent vacation instead. Sorry, you lose your temple licenses for being responsible to try and goofing off instead while the masses perish.

Where's Banzai with the image of the Golden Calf and the High Priest Aaron? Purposeful centralization into a Golden Calf without Moses ordering to melt it down means death to the masses in the desert as they try to head into the Promised Land.

Why? Because you also drastically limit trade when you centralize and do not organize and plan decentralization. Better listen to ZH subscirbers when they tell you to have the three B's: Beans, Bullion and Bullets. 3 months of supplies to feed a family of four is bare bones but also necessary, at LEAST. Malthusians are people that know the general outcome and justify their own shirking of temple responsibilities but still wish to continue carrying a full license with all the associated privalages. Markets which are in essence the people, will always expect a mutual value proposition to function properly...

Raging Debate's picture

Good link. Note the conclusions: Attempting to calculate the solutions to the Bow-Tie concentration creates paradoxes. This is because a Bow-Tie formation is a 5d model. In the fifth dimension time loops back in on itself. It wouldn't matter anyways, you need a Quantum Computer to calculate the solution in math. That is what these group of researchers (brilliant BTW) are really saying. There are reasons for that but it would probably bore a lot of people here. Irrespective if the CB model is 4d or 5d it will revert to pyramid formation without the correct 4d TOOLS. And instead of hurrying to build them the temple priests decided to declare themselves god and go on permanent vacation instead. Sorry, you lose your temple licenses for being responsible to try and goofing off instead while the masses perish.

Where's Banzai with the image of the Golden Calf and the High Priest Aaron? Purposeful centralization into a Golden Calf without Moses ordering to melt it down means death to the masses in the desert as they try to head into the Promised Land.

Why? Because you also drastically limit trade when you centralize and do not organize and plan decentralization. Better listen to ZH subscirbers when they tell you to have the three B's: Beans, Bullion and Bullets. 3 months of supplies to feed a family of four is bare bones but also necessary, at LEAST. Malthusians are people that know the general outcome and justify their own shirking of temple responsibilities but still wish to continue carrying a full license with all the associated privalages. Markets which are in essence the people, will always expect a mutual value proposition to function properly...

Hephasteus's picture

Sure thing. Try to deal with the bank of international settlements with a population not under your control.

Try to deal with the bond market with a population not under your control.

Greece is bigger than you think.

i-dog's picture

Exactly. You get a green from me.

"The only practical strategy for combating the tyranny of centralized systems has been and always will be decentralization."

SECEDE NOW!!

goldfreak's picture

what if we all secede snd then rejoin  a new union the next day and leave the debt to the United States of Washington DC?

i-dog's picture

 
... then I'd give you/us:

  • +1 for seceding out of the current fucking mess (a monolith that is not what the founders intended)
     
  • +1 for joining a new voluntary union of like-minded states (which is what the founders intended)
     
  • -1 if the new union includes a 'federal' government (ie. it should be a 'heads of agreement' between the states on certain philosophical ideals (eg. trade, travel, mutual defence), rather than a framework of centralised governance)

This applies to Europe as well as the US.

taxpayer102's picture

Not one word about Libya in Brandon Smith's article.  Very few posts on ZH supported Gadhafi and Libya's once independent central bank backed by its own gold reserves, unconnected to the banking system Smith advocates us not participating in.   Gadhafi had in place a banking plan that threatened Europe's financial system. Libya was set to be self-sufficent in farming when it completed its $500 million Nubian Sandstone Aquifer system and of course Libya had oil Europe needed and didn't want to pay for in gold.   The West's demonization of Gadhafi was a pretext to take him out and continued even as he continually sought ceasefires.   How many on ZH can say they didn't recognize Gadhafi and Libya had a system much like is advocated on ZH yet for reasons known only to themselves failed to support the people of Libya.

i-dog's picture

There were plenty on here that supported Libya and Qaddafi (I'm one, and saw a number of others as well; check my old posts).

ZH comprises many rational contributors as well as a variety of shills, trolls, paid saboteurs, agents provocateurs, tired teenagers and complete fucking morons.

buyingsterling's picture

SPOT ON.

Libya should be enough to tear the veil off anyone's eyes. Naked, unjustified aggression. I supported the Iraq invasion, which I regret. But Hussein actually did kill a lot of his citizens. He made Gadhafi look like a saint, but Hussein and his people didn't deserve what they got. A few years ago Gadhafi was the poster-boy for 'anti-terrorism' cooperation, voluntarily ending all WMD programs. Now this. Other leaders, take note. You are not safe from this gaggle of sociopaths.

Alex Jones talks about the modern 'right of kings', where leaders of countries abstain from assassinating other leaders, as an extension of an ancient code of honor. I think it goes beyond that. Savvy leaders must realize that other national leaders are some of the few people who have the resources and technology (or access to same) that can be used to take them out. Western 'leaders' are either not very savvy, or very, very confident.

What's happened makes perfect sense if considered in the context of the '100 year' global war on terror. The US knows that Iraq and Libya pose no terrorist threat, if unmolested. Only if they have a radical government will we be able to justify taking them over outright, some years from now. God willing, their system of exploitation and pillage will collapse and bury them long before that.

tgatliff's picture

Personally, I think that people read too much into all this.   BOA is dead no matter what happens.   Also, contrary to belief, the FED does not have the ability to make a market.   They can attempt to prop it up temporarily, but even they realize that they do not have the power to do it for very long.   If their actions are too extreme, like right now, then the political response will end up limiting their powers.

In short, in my opinion, the banking industry and the FED are not doing what they are doing right now because they are arrogant.  They are clearly desperate....

tmosley's picture

The other way is for the currency to collapse.  Which do you think will happen first?

GeneMarchbanks's picture

'The banks don't care if you close your account.'

They certainly do. You are partially right in saying the bailout backstop is a bigger problem but the blame falls squarely on the shoulders of elected officials.

No magic bullet. One inch punch, if you withdraw your cash and save in Au + Ag  it makes a difference.

bernorange's picture

When banks are leveraged 50:1 or so, you would think they woud be absolutely terrified of an organized bank run.

NotApplicable's picture

Commercial banking (lending for profit) is already dead. As the banks die, the survivors will consume them, until they too either die or join the TBTF Zombie Corps, where one subsists on front-running Fed operations, and processing fees for dealing gov paper.

In other words, nationalization without the outright transfer of ownership, leaving yet another facade where a market used to be.

Snidley Whipsnae's picture

notapp... Yes! There will never be a nationalization announcement...

Hephasteus's picture

The bernank had 40 billion dollars worth of cash delivered to banks in response to the 2008 crash.

The printers jamming up 100 dollar bills stuff is bullshit. The truth is likely that they are suffering long slow continuous bank runs.

Zero Govt's picture

the US Govt nationalising bankrupt US banks will be their continued suicide note... no American will accept an account in such a State zombied entity they'll high-tail it to a private sector bank leaving Tiny tim holding an empty sack (he's already personally familiar with that no doubt!) 

disabledvet's picture

Yeah I'm looking through the Opera Score here and i note "end the government" always appears at the bottom and by then i'm usually fast asleep. It falls under the title "Mysterioso" as well. There's an interesting side bar about "ending regulation"--unfortunately included is ending the regulation of government too. Sounds like Kafka's a winner!

Enkidu's picture

Stop using credit cards...

tamboo's picture

or max out your card buying metals, default, goad collectors into breaking the law,

sue and profit.

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