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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Antifaschistische's picture

Re:  "3) Use Alternative Currencies"

How about, USE CURRENCY, Shop owner operated businesses/restaurants, etc. ONLY, use CASH ONLY.

This is the doublewhammy.  It keeps income in the underground and avoids feeding the government beast, and it avoids the bankers skimming percentages off of every transacation.

all cash, zero debt, shop local

agNau's picture

Buy Silver.
Bankers will be considered delicacies soon after enough buy and hold.
Very simple.

High Plains Drifter's picture

they hate silver. they hate it a lot, i think. it is because it is the poor man's gold. jfk gave us silver certificates to compete with frn's. that didn't last too long unfortunately.

GeezerGeek's picture

At least get history right: silver certificates existed long before JFK. Moreover, silver dollars were still available and in circulation as money when he was inagurated. I didn't look it up, but I recall reading that JFK wanted to have the Treasury issue silver-backed paper money to compete with the Federal Reserve notes. Opposition to silver as a money has a long history - read Bryan's Cross of Gold speech. Then watch the Wizard of Oz and freshen up on its allegorical basis.

I'd guess that current opposition to silver arises from the fact that it can't be created merely by pushing a few buttons on a computer. Maybe if we had a good working fusion reactor we could assemble silver atoms.

According to some versions of the vampire legend they don't like silver either. Ditto the werewolf legends. Do bankers fall into the same category as these other legends?

Mark123's picture

Ever since I can recall the USA has been living on cheap vendor financing from Asia....first Japan, then China and always in the background the petro dollars getting recycled.  I think everyone knew it was impossible to maintain that model just defied logic.  I am amazed it lasted so long...but now it looks like uncle sam is tapped out, flat broke etc.  Americans are confident that they can carry on, since they own the printing press.  But will their vendors/creditors stand for that?  I doubt it...except for perhaps some minor stimulus a al QE Lite.  Just enough to maintain the vendors Accounts Receivable.

I fail to see a solution to this predicament that lets the west maintain the good times....China has already consumed so much of their wealth internally by absorbing their own bad loans that I find it hard to believe they will come to the rescue with real wealth.

So the west limps along, and people get grumpy.  Really grumpy...not like OWS or the Tea Party.  Asia starts to buy hard assets in the west and resentment builds. 

In the end, all that is left is real war (not the Iraq kind)...

maximin thrax's picture

8) Don't Borrow. That pretty much fixes everything.

The 99% got the mortgages they sought, even if it meant paying a premium for a financial product that allowed them to buy more home than they could afford, even if it meant that pushed up prices further for the next buyer, even knowing they had to refinance at some point in time, further enriching the bank.

The 99% was running around in college showing of their Gold card when they had the need for beer and pizza but no job to pay for it.

The 99% got that student loan that the blood-soaked Bunker Hill entitled them to, and nobody said "stop" as they went $100,000 in debt for that liberal arts degree and subsequent $30,000 income.

The 99% created this Beast. The Beast enablesthe 99% to buy things before they have the cash. The Beast merely baited his mouth with posters of the American dream and the latest Apple device. Now, the 99% have created the OWS to petition the Beast to swallow them whole instead of chewing first, swallowing appearing to be less painful until one considers the slow digestion that awaits them as the cost of all the debt catched up. "Give more of us more, and cheaper!" They'll get it, and then they'll Get It.

No. Just say no. Cut up the cards. In protest, become a life-long renter. Screw University; go instead to community colleges and get inexpensive degrees, and shoot for employment at a company that will assist your getting the next degree sometime in the future. Or, learn a trade that needs no degree. And for gosh sake stop demanding that the government borrow and spend for you as a proxy for consumer spending just to keep GDP positive that the CnC looks good. Get enough folks to do the same and the Beast starves, and we Savers enjoy deflation.

High Plains Drifter's picture

you got it. the life of the system is sustained as long as new credit is created.....but go tell that to children who grow up thinking their parents should allow them the use of blackberries and credit cards and new sports cars....

Mark123's picture

I think a lot of people are realizing that debt is a trap, but good old government has stepped in to fill the void.

The political system needs to be fixed, and there are a lot of people in the USA that can do that - they just need to feel the urgency to get involved and spend the time and resources to make it happen.  The govts all over the world are bending over backwards trying to keep us comfortable while they tear the system to pieces.

Tramp Stamper's picture

I believe that a step in the right direction would be to amend the constitution.  The way our "Republic" was set up was for the people to elect citizens from the area that they lived to represent their interests (congressmen and senators). I understand, at that time, it was necessary to have elected officials represent them due to the technology of the day.  The situation we have today is much different.  We, as a people, do not need a representative anymore.  The whole system could be rearrainged to go back to the way the system was supposed to work. One person one vote.  Get rid of the congress and the senate and put everything being considered to a vote by the people.  I dont care if is a vote to change the old windows in the white house.  Let the people know what it will cost and let them vote yes or no.  A good example of this is when the PEOPLE of Iceland voted to not bailout the banks.  Yes the people not the government.  This I think would be a good start.  Money and corporations would have no effect anymore if congress and senate were gone.  Laws would now be voted upon by the people.  Its easy to bribe 535 people but a little harder to bribe 330 million.


The Icelandic people are my fU#*ing heros.


Carl's picture

Its easy to bribe 535 people but a little harder to bribe 330 million.

Bullshit!  We're in this predicament now because of the ease in which a large population can be bribed.

zerozulu's picture

Very good idea. Who do you want to send in the white house, a constitutional professor? We have one already there.

Raging Debate's picture

Hehe. Now you have the right idea. This actually would be a smoother transition for multinational corporations as well as individuals. Hey buy all the votes you want! It at least fits in with their current models better than the representative system now. Still need an overlord down the line but not with a Quantum system. The probable reality is that such systems will be built after WW3. But mapping it out and beta testing it is probably worth it now as a hobby of sorts.

Marley's picture

Removing yourself from the establishment was tried in the 60's.  Fearing loss of compliant consumers, the establishment started a campaign that would return them to the fold.  A campaign was created and you all got indoctrinated on what that meant.  Very successful campaign.  You refer to them as Hippies.  Just saying, the word creates an image in everyone's mind.  Good luck with that.

grid-b-gone's picture

Grow a Garden #5 - Homeowners already have the plot in the form of a lawn. Most already fertilize. They pay to have it mowed or invest in a mower and fuel to do it themselves.

In short, homeowners already expend the time and expense for a crop on their property, but they are growing a harvest they can't eat.

Instead of ornamental plants, grow a few fruit-bearing trees. Some herbs, rhubarb, and berries give continuous yields without much attention.

Keep that curb appeal lawn if it's important to you, but work food-bearing plants into your landscape. Every residential yard should yield at least a couple bushels of food.

Abitdodgie's picture

Then we can all be aressted for having a garden that is illegal, come on they have that one covered.

Raging Debate's picture

Abitdodgey's choices:

1) Lay down and starve to death
2) Join the dark side and rob your neighbors trying to avoid choice #1

As an aside, Michelle Obama's victory garden was more then symbolic. There's lots of other far more dangerous symbols to worry about. Your intent here is also not benevolent or add value.

Hephasteus's picture

Monsanto foods.

No food is grown we do not own.

crone's picture

Nothing wrong with front-yard gardens.  Even if they're technically illegal, you can often get away with edible landscaping (decorative plants that you can also eat.)

Also, a lot of people have no idea what a potato or Jerusalem artichoke actually look like while growing.  So they could walk by something edible every day and not even know it.

g speed's picture

a real problem with the thinking on this site -- If you make govt obsolete you will have a hard time and have to be a hunter/gather type existing by your wits with your trusty rifle and barefoot spouse guarding your back--- very dumb-               

Truth is - You will have more of everything-- More fuel and cheaper cause the govt wont be bidding against you-- better roads --better bridges-- better food and more of it--better distrubution and manufacturing -- all the things that govt uses up to support itself that it takes off the table. -- govt is a bigger squid than GS ever was.

nothing good ever comes from govt--ever-- --some want to hide behind it to protect themselves from other gangs and govts-- but thats just bigger and more and evil can't cure evil 


Hannibal's picture
"Want To Defeat Banksta Banks?"

Exercise Non-Participation in anything You believe is evil or flat out wrong!

Cash out of bank, pay with cash only. Buy Physical SILVER AND GOLD.


Odin's picture

One of the best, if not the best article I've read online...Reminds me of something I read once: "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, and then you win"...

flacorps's picture

That's Gandhi. Not sure if someone said it earlier.

akak's picture

Updated for the 21st century USA:


First they ignore you

They they investigate you

They they wiretap you

Then they harass you

Then they sic the IRS on you

Then they seize all your assets from you

Then they extradite you

Then they isolate you

Then they torture you

Then they kill you

Then they piss on your smoldering ashes

THEN they laugh at you.

flacorps's picture

Not paying debts hurts banks far worse than removing your deposits. I'm not recommending that anyone default if they have means to pay, but if the gears are griding to a halt for your particular slice of the economy, I will be so bold as to recommend my own book Debt Hope: Down and Dirty Survival Strategies. You can find it on Amazon or Barnes & Noble, among other places.

Winston Smith 2009's picture

Move your money to a community bank or credit union.  Simple solution to take down the TBTF banks.

Shizzmoney's picture

I wish I had enough cash to buy gold/silver (and do so properly, not from scam artists like Glenn Beck's Goldline).

Love the post, though.  I cannot WAIT to cancel my BOA account today. 

durablefaith's picture

Great article Brandon. The well intentioned occupiers are playing along with Soros plans.

Piranhanoia's picture

That, was one of the best essays I have yet seen on this site. +1776 to you sir,  spot on.

goldfreak's picture

cancel your TV cable, less money will be going to CNBS, CNN, Fox, MSNBC and the rest of the kool aid machine

gwar5's picture

Excellent, thank you!  


Dirty little secret: The MSM media conglomerates have large stakes owned by the same institutional investor squids we all know and love.

goldfreak's picture

with the money you save from the cable you can send ZH a donation every month. Tyler are you OK with that?

gwar5's picture

Great advice, well measured, practical, and no hyperbole for maximum effect.  I know many who are doing what the author says for maximum freedom and personal security. I see it happening.


I think the drop in US savings rate reflects some of this behavior already. People are not just "buying trinkets." Anecdotal observations: People are buying houses with cash, hoarding cash at home, buying PMs, guns, ammo, stocking up on food and other essentials, and buying things like mopeds that can get 90 mpg.

Mopeds bitches.

Carl's picture

The fastest way to start the process of positive change is to advocate to your state's legislators that it is their responsibility to the Republic under the Constitution for the United States of America, that they take back their Article 5 protected right to equal suffrage in their Senate via their repudiation of the 17th non-amendment.  What would it take, 50 to 100 people at most lobbying for this in each state?

By the way, revolutions are never fought by the majority...

Carl's picture

State's rights and the restoration of your liberty begin with the states' repudiation of the 17th. 

peekcrackers's picture

@Tyler Durden

Great Post ! one of the best I have read on ZH

Get you paper out and Get PMs in to your hands! .. Its a start.