posted on Sep, 22 2011 @ 11:23 AM
Interesting article, thanks for posting it (f/s). Your statement that people are doing this out of moral reasoning (that is, not wanting to be part of
a system that injures others), though, is quite different from the point made by the author.
The article says people are earning money in lots of ways -- from babysitting to having yard sales and doing off-the-books jobs for their families and
friends (like when your cousin is a plumber and he comes over to help with the leaky kitchen sink in exchange for a beer and a burger).
Personally, I think the "informal" economy is preferable in many ways; people are not beholden to give a large portion of their earnings to the
government. Nevertheless, it was sobering to be reminded that "unreported income", which is of course not taxed, lowers the revenue of the
government and exacerbates "national debt".
What is the answer? I am leaning toward the idea that the US of A will break apart. I think a return to small, self-sustaining communities, in which
services are provided by citizens and they are paid "in kind" ("I'll give you a massage for 2 geese," for example, or, "I'll pave Main Street
for a year's worth of beer"). The jobs would get done, the services would be available, and no "overseeing entity" is needed. But that's old
Utopian idealism. Yeah, I'm guilty of being idealistic, altruistic, and supportive of the simple life.
It's not a new movement. It exists in small towns and cities alike. I say that's how society should be. And anyone who tries to "join in" and
later proves to be a greedy, lying, corrupt thug gets shunned. Forever. By everyone.
Period. No longer welcome in any community, anywhere.