reply to post by Newbomb Turk
For what it is worth, I really doubt there is an "Elite Fortress" somewhere the masses can storm to burn the evil doers at the stake. That would be
nice but it isn't going to happen.
After a few years in neat-o parts of the world thanks to Uncle Sam, I have been grudgingly impressed with the way our enemies fight us. No matter how
complex our weapon systems are and no matter how much money and personnel we through at them, they always have a "dumb" solution to our "smart"
war. Sure they take it in the teeth sometimes but they make us work for it and we are not always successful.
I believe in this lies at least one avenue to level the playing field as it were. Americans have been ripped off and taken advantage of mainly through
financial means and a general loss of voice in how our country is run. See The Bailouts, weak financial reform, poorly utilized taxes, lobbyists, etc.
It would seem at least part of the center of gravity on which this operation is being run is money. If you have enough of it, you can write the rules
to safeguard what you have and ensure the spigot never turns away from your direction. So money is the vehicle on which our laws are being
circumvented. No surprise there.
However, money as we know it, is not the only game in town to make ends meet. Barter and trading for services is how much of the third world operates
and they get by. Places where the currency is worthless, it is the only way to get by. Now, I am not advocating that everyone burn up their wallets
and offer chickens and knife sharpening as payment the next time they go to Wal Mart. However, it would not take that much as everyone would not have
to completely switch to it.
Without going into all the crazy details, in effect, it would reduce the buying power of our fiat currency as it would be excepted for fewer and fewer
things. Those who depend solely on it, would become less wealthy and less influential. The average American of course would have to be a little more
independent but, of course, in doing so they reduce their dependence of TPTB as we know them.
I make no promises that it would be perfect. Those who seek to take advantage of others will always find a way to game the system. But, like the
battle with our enemies in neat-o parts of the world, the game is always on.
...Of course if this does not work we can always break out the pitchforks as it makes for great press