Economic activity among humanity involves consumption of resources. It is the overconsumption of resources, and the overproduction of waste that leads to environmental destruction. Therefore, humans must of their own volition live, act, and transact, within their means. They must not be coerced into overconsumption.
However, we are a complex society of specialization. For example, we have farmers specialized in dairy production and mechanical experts specialized in manufacturing agricultural machinery. The two need each other. Neither can do the work of the other and both produce far more of their respective products than each needs as an individual for himself and his family. They are therefore able to trade the excess they produce in return for that which they need. Therefore, a balance of trade is required among all of humanity in order to provide sustainability within a complex society of specialization. Otherwise, we would be relegated to return to a hunter-gatherer status as a means to attain sustainability.
Furthermore, in order to deal with one another on a basis of ethics, morality and fairness (without the use of force or coercion) humans must be able to trade economically through a medium of exchange that represents a fair and equivalent value in all respective transactions. The use of barter for voluntary exchange is moral and fair. Barter may be used at any time by mutual agreement of the parties involved, but it is not practical as a means of transacting among the larger society for numerous obvious reasons. As I pointed out in the example of the dairy farmer and tractor manufacturer, the use of money as a medium of exchange in any fair and just economic transaction requires it to be sound money.
It is a basic fact of economics, that when the money itself can spoil (just as milk or any perishable commodity can), it must be spent more quickly in order to exchange it for other economic value—before it loses it purchasing power. This leads directly to overconsumption. It follows then that the basis of environmental sustainability is the use of sound money, while the basis for unsustainability and overconsumption is the opposite—the use of unsound or fiat money.
It has been shown that the main purpose of sound or honest money is to provide all three properties required of money: 1) medium of exchange; 2) unit of account; and 3) a sustainable store of value. Fiat, on the other hand, cannot serve as a reliable store of value, and only serves as a medium of exchange. Fiat has features however, which enable it to be used for other purposes – purposes for which sound money cannot be used. One of these is fiat’s ability to be used to distort demand among the members of society. The ability to create an infinite amount of money leads to the illusion of infinite resources and therefore generates infinite (perpetually increasing) demand. This enables a continual expansion of consumption—an unsustainable condition in nature. It also enables the creator of that money (when issued as debt with interest) to target specific markets for increases in consumption, while ignoring other market sectors (in order to pervert the natural forces of supply and demand among the larger society). This allows them to create market-specific bubbles (inflations) at their political whim. Politicians use this as a ruse to lay claim that they are shepherding a growing economy, which is a fallacy—growth in consumption is not real economic growth because it is unsustainable.
When something has been consumed … it is gone. To grow this kind of economy requires consuming more, and more, and more … forever. Fiat can be used to coerce (or more accurately to delude) the population into believing that through debt expansion they have the ability to consume more than they would otherwise. This drives people across all of society to make economic transactions they would not otherwise have made with sound money – which cannot be created out of thin air. Fiat money expansion encourages people to over-consume, while sound money’s stability encourages people to be frugal, to save, and to only spend their money judiciously. Fiat money is the fundamental basis for an unsustainable economic model. Sound money is the opposite.
Overconsumption is the basis for environmental unsustainability. When people over-consume, they also over-pollute.
These facts lead to a singular conclusion. For a free, fair, and just society to live sustainably within Earth’s finite environment, we must base our economic model on a system of exchange that inherently demands self-discipline—one that requires all members of society, especially those with political power – to live within their means. To have one part of humanity empowered with the ability to impose their will on another part of humanity opens the door to corruption and abuse of power. Sound money is self-regulating. It precludes the abuse of political power by an arbitrary body authorized to create money from nothing. Sound money cannot be inflated to artificially expand demand and therefore overconsumption. It cannot be used by one part of humanity to manipulate the purchasing decisions of another part of humanity. By its very nature, sound money imparts fiscal discipline across the entire economy and it precludes over-consumptive behavior by every individual, group, institution, and unaccountable government. Fiat on the other hand provides exactly the opposite – a medium of exchange that can be manipulated and used by one part of humanity to profit from the unbridled consumption carried out by another part of humanity. It leads to incalculable cost in terms of unsustainable depletion of our natural resources, and generation of waste and pollution in excess of nature’s ability to process it.
The basis of natural law which demands the exclusive use of sound money among our society—as a means to protect the integrity of all transactions and the sustainability of our resources—was given by the original United States Constitution. Article 1, Section 8 guaranteed our nation a system of sound money based on the gold and silver standard. The US Constitution, in terms of its original meaning and intent, was the first (and remains the only) governing document ever drafted which provides this economic recipe for humanity to coexist peacefully, sustainably, fairly, ethically, and in accordance with the laws of nature. Indeed, the framers wrote voluminously about their intent to base The Constitution upon Natural Law. This was discussed extensively by their intellectual and philosophical mentors such as Adam Smith and John Locke, and goes all the way back to the Magna Carte. It was the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 and the sixteenth amendment that acted to subvert this basic principle. Their sole purpose was to create an economic model whose moral basis is diametrically opposed to the Constitution’s original intent. Their intent was to enable our currently unsustainable system of consumption-based illusory growth through fiat money—solely for the benefit of the money printers. It is they who are destroying this planet as any parasite that slowly consumes its host, until nothing is left but a bleached skeleton laying on a barren desert.
Is this what "we the people" wish for this once-great country?
Make no mistake about it. Environmentalism is a political movement--nothing more. Politics is the use of force and coercion by one group of men over another. Conservationism on the other hand, is the basis for acting to preserve our environment and natural world for posterity, and for future generations—not the basis for political power, prestige, or personal gain. We have seen how this country’s politicians almost universally declare themselves as environmentalists, while at the same time they consistently act to preserve our corrupt fiat monetary system whose main purpose is to enable overconsumption (fiscal stimulus and deficit spending).
Political environmentalists are therefore the worst kind of hypocrites.
Our fiat monetary model is based on Marxism and on the Keynesian notion of digging holes in the ground in order to fill them in again, as a means to create jobs and economic growth. It enables endless foreign interventionism, wars, debt expansion, mal-investment, all of which lead directly to the over-use and destruction of our natural resources. This does not enable the creation of sustainable economic value and it is absolutely incompatible with a policy of conservationism. Fiat money can simply be re-printed if it is lost, mal-invested, or misspent. Money that you can print out of thin air can be spent frivolously, without a judicious discipline in its employment as capital. It is therefore the basis of a society bent on over-consuming until we are left with an over-polluted, unsustainable, unlivable planet covered with trash dumps, bomb craters, and other useless holes in the ground—courtesy of John Maynard Keynes and Karl Marx.
Fiat money is the system we are currently living under.
Economic activity is not the same as economic growth. Real growth—sustainable value creation—comes from investment, savings, and creating real lasting value for all of humanity. The basis for this is a system of money that has shelf-life, and for which the risk of loss is real. That kind of money demands that it is employed judiciously in terms of investment in production because if it is mal-invested … it is wasted, along with the resources it was used to acquire. That kind of money is sound money—the system we abandoned in 1913.
Environmentalists are out to enrich themselves, by co-opting the otherwise virtuous and honorable movement of conservationism--mainly for political purposes.
True conservationists are out to protect Mother-Earth. Doing so requires a devotion to TRUTH. When one misrepresents the problems of our society as being the opposite of their true nature, the wrong solutions to those problems will ALWAYS be applied. Environmentalists are after political power.They are hypocrites, and their actions are as destructive to our environment as any rampantly polluting industrial chemical company - perhaps more-so; for they steadfastly support the very economic model that enables such institutions and encourages their irresponsible largess. True conservationists could achieve their ends far more effectively and quickly by pushing for a restoration of sound money—the precious-metal standard—as our monetary system. This therefore requires a restoration of The United States Constitution in terms of its original meaning and intent. These are the true bases for a sustainable and prosperous standard of living for all of mankind, while preserving and protecting our natural environment.
In fact, restoring the Constitution, and our system of sound money are the only chance humanity has to save this planet from environmental annihilation.
And Time is Running Out.
I love some of what Donald Trump says ... Here is why I would NEVER vote for him:
Trump says all of the right things, which appeal to a disenfranchised and ANGRY middle-class (in which I include myself).
That is why he has become so popular. It is also the reason that the media is instructing the American people that he's their "Republican" man, because he's become "likeable." And the media has gone to great lengths to convince the American people that choosing the best candidate for the office is more about "electability," than about CHARACTER and PRINCIPLES.
So now, Donald Trump is a Republican and Jeb Bush is a Libertarian ? What is the world coming to? Next thing you know, Hillary and Barack will proudly proclaim that they're NOT Socialists. If you believe any of this, I'd be happy to sell you the secret whereabouts of Jimmy Hoffa's body.
Does anyone notice how Trump's friends in the ruling class (The Bush's, The Clintons, The Rothschilds, et-al) have used their influence over the corporate owned media to shove him down all of our throats. Is it not reminiscent of how Obama was shoved down our throats starting in 2007, Clinton in 1991, Jimmy Carter in 1975? The only difference is that those predecessors were complete unknowns before they were thrust into the limelight. Nevertheless, the underlying pattern is always the same.
So am I the only one who "smells a rat?"
Don't get me wrong, I actually like Donald Trump. I find him very entertaining. I also respect his candor and his matter-of-fact style. But is that because he has courage?
People....don't confuse a courageous abandonment of political correcness.....with a lack of a sense of shame. Narcissists ALWAYS come across as being strong and courageous; when in fact they are self-centered, opportunistic, and couldn't care less about their victims. As such, they have no decorum or self-restraint. They will say ANYTHING to gain power and influence. It's the reason that so many career politicians are "flip-floppers." So too are corporate thugs.
Donald Trump is, and has been a direct beneficiary of the corrupt and cancerous partnership between our Federal government and the Unconstitutional Federal Reserve system; which is at the root of this country's economic ills. He has benefitted repeatedly from our corrupt and one-sided bankruptcy laws, and has used government power and eminent domain to rob individuals of their property and homes for the benefit of his hotel-casino business empire by lobbying and buying political influence. If anyone knows how to manipulate the corrupt nature of our current system of governance, it is Donald Trump. Has he mentioned what he plans to do about restoring property rights to individual Americans?
Because he has spent most of his professional life taking advantage of a system that robs individuals of their property rights. Trump and those in his class benefit from the status-quo that eradicates our property rights. Given that, why as president would he do anything to restore those rights?
On the contrary - Donald Trump has spelled out explicitly his statist sensibilities - right on national TV, for all to see and hear. What is shocking is that so few Americans are paying close enough attention to what is actually coming out of this man's mouth, to realize that he is a devout statist - dedicated to upholding the very status-quo that is destroying the middle-class.
By way of example, consider an exchange during the 3rd "Republican" primary debate, broadcast by CNN on September 16, 2015. Upon being asked about their respective visions for tax policy, Ben Carson and Donald Trump responded as follows:
Ben Carson: " The people who say you know, the guy who paid a million dollars because he had ten million [under a flat tax] he's still got 9 million dollars left --- that's not fair and we need to take more of his money --- that's called Socialism, that doesn't work so well. What made America into a great nation, was the fact that we said 'that guy just put in a billion dollars lets create an environment that's even more conducive to his success so that next year, he can put it two billion dollars, and that's the kind of thing that helps us to grow. We can't grow by continuing to take a bigger piece of a pie and dividing it and redistributing it. But I'm also looking at what Governor Huckabee talked about - the fair tax - looking at both of them, and we're evaluating them both and I'm talking to the American people because one of the things we must recognize is that this government is - of, by, and for the people, and it's really time that the government get out of the way, and let the people be the ones who decide how they want to run their country."
To which Trump responded:
Donald Trump: " I think the thing about the flat tax, and I know it very well -- what I don't like is if you make 200 million dollars a year you pay ten percent, you pay very little relatively to somebody who's making fifty thousand a year and then has to hire H & R Block to do it because it's so complicated ...
[Really? -- a flat tax is Complicated ??? one of the benefits of a flat tax OVER a progressive tax is its incredible simplicity ]
Trump Continues: " one of the things I'll say to Ben is that we've had a graduated tax system for many years so it's not a Socialistic thing. What I'd like to do and I'll be putting it in the plan in about two weeks and I think people are going to like it, it's a major reduction in taxes, it's a major reduction for the middle class, the hedge fund guys won't like me as much as they like me right now, they'll pay more. I know people that are making a tremendous and paying virtually no taxes " ... and he then continues on with a long diatribe of vague, meaningless commentary.
In this commentary, trump unintentionally speaks a truth - which completely contradicts his own statement ---- that and under our CURRENT progressive tax system which provides such exceptional loopholes (that neither a flat tax or fair tax would) - enables the obscenely rich to avoid more taxes - IN SPITE OF the progressive tax structure.
But what is MOST GLARING, is his absolutely [and deliberately] FALSE assertion, that our progressive income tax is "not socialistic" simply because we've had it for many years now.
From Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels' Communist Manifesto - under the Ten Planks of Communism (the ten preconditions required to destroy free-enterprise capitalism and replace it with central omnipotent government) Number 2 on the list is:
2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
"Not Socialistic ?" --- Ridiculous, since it comes directly from The Communist Manifesto.
The 16th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, enacted in 1913 (which was never properly ratified and never re-defined income as 'labor compensation'), and various State income taxes established this fundamentally Marxist construct as the cornerstone of our tax policy. The United States has functioned under fundamentally Marxist economic policies, since 1913, when the Fed and Progressive Taxes were implemented. This is well-known under basic economic theory. Progressive tax policy continues to drain the lifeblood out of the American economy and greatly reduce the accumulation of desperately needed capital for future growth, business starts, job creation, and salary increases. For Trump to claim that this is "not socialistic" reveals one of two thing: 1) either he is deliberately dishonest about our system and wants to continue misleading the public in order to maintain the status quo, or 2) complete ignorance about Socialism - vs - Free Enterprise Capitalism. Trump is an extremely intelligent man, so it would be unlikely the latter.
Every basis of our economy is Marxist, from our progressive income tax system, to our central-bank controlled fiat monetary system, to our system of property taxation. The United States IS and HAS BEEN a SOCIALIST country, for the past 100 years, and the continual references to it as being "capitalist" constitutes the greatest false-flag fraud ever perpetrated on any society in the history of mankind.
America is on the precipice of complete and total disintegration. Our Constitution is about to be rendered completely irrelevant. The Obama administration and their predecessors in The Bush and Clinton administrations BOTH - did extreme damage - to our Constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property. If the statists have their way - the next administration's job will be to make this destruction IRREVERSIBLE. Thus, Donald Trump's purpose is to distract the voting public from listening to candidates who talk about the real Constitutional issues regarding these bases of our economy. While entertaining the public with his colorful rhetoric, he addresses nothing meaningful, in terms of restoring property rights, the rule of law, the separation of powers, or any other aspect of the Constitution's founding principles.
This election is likely the most important election in American History. So if you're a voter, you had better be judicious in your vetting and selection process. The media's propaganda intends that the voting public fall prey to their celebrity worship as the means to condition voters into validating their already pre-selected candidates.
The ONLY Republican candidates who understand this, and have demonstrated a willingness to do what is necessary to RESTORE CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY to America (which will require eliminating the federal reserve system and restoring sound money - as the Constitution demands) are Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, and possibly Mike Huckabee. You could include Ben Carson in there too -- once he learns a bit more about economics. That is not a slight against the man, in fact of all the candidates; he is the most eminent in Character. And make no mistake - Dr. Carson is a quick study - a truly brilliant man. Can you imagine someone like Trump cutting into the skull of a fetus, still in the womb, in order to save two lives and the future of an unborn baby. THAT my friends - is courage, and character.
This bodes the question -- Why are Americans not looking to Character as the first and most important qualification for the office of President? (This is just a rhetorical question).
I generally try to express conclusions that are based on facts and data; rather than my own opinions, but in this case I must let it all hang out. The nonsense going on in the media with this so-called "Republican" primary has turned into a circus, and I have to put in my "three cents" (inflation you know).
This my friends, is just my opinion -- and before I let loose, let me respectfully acknowledge that you are all entitled to yours and I respect those as well, so please don't shoot the messenger.
I believe that Donald Trump is a Shill, inserted into the Republican mix by the hidden ruling class (the money printers) for the purpose of taking the light off of people like Paul, Cruz, Ben Carson, etc. Why? Because those are men of integrity and character - with the courage and willingness to do what is necessary to restore America FOR AMERICANS --- they are therefore "enemies of the State." Trump is a dear friend of the State, which is why the ruling class Statists have thrust him into the limelight for the sole purpose of distracting voters from REAL Liberty-minded candidates.
At the end of the day: Trump's financial empire provides him with an income for which he earns more money in just thee days, than he would in an entire year as POTUS (this is not an exageration - it is mathematics). Ask yourself Why on Earth would he want to DIMINISH HIS POWER and WEALTH - by taking the presidency?
Answer -- he wouldn't.
In fact, if Trump were to win the office - he would under the law, be required to liquidate a substantial portion of his privately-held business interests - many of which would present a legal conflict of interest and whose ownership as President is prohibited by law.
There is no way in hell Trump would have any reason for wanting to do that.
And why does no one ask him about his $100 Million donation to the Clinton [tax exempt] "Foundation?" Make NO MISTAKE --- People like Trump BUY presidents....they don't need to become them. He himself has admitted as much.
However people like him (and his friends The Clintons) DEEPLY FEAR the likes of Rand Paul, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, etc.....because those men actually stand for individual liberty and respect for individual property rights. Any of those men would make substantial progress toward upending the very system from which Trump and his class benefit. He's not in this race for our sake....he is in this race to prevent someone that IS on our side - from gaining the Republican nomination - and heaven forbid -- the presidency.
His REAL job - is to ensure that NO PRINCIPLED FISCAL CONSERVATIVE EVER gains the Republican nomination - for if that happens - the Republican party will then have the chance to be reinvented back into what it was originally intended to be - a PROTECTOR OF THE CONSTITUTION, a PROTECTOR OF INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS TO PROPERTY, LIFE, AND LIBERTY.
The ruling class has benefitted from our faux two-party system (which is actually the "uniparty" system - the political class) since before any of the current generation was born. Heaven forbid we actually turn the Republican party into something distinguishable from the rest of the political class, which is the direction that principled Americans like Ron and Rand Paul have managed to take the Republican party.
To the ruling class, The Republican Party has overstepped and gotten way out of line. So they need to send in a bull dog to slap them around.
Indeed, Donald Trump is not there to win the presidency -- he is there to win the nomination and put the Repblican party back in line with the ruling class's agenda -- to fool you into believing we have a choice, to destroy your property rights, and to continue subverting the Constitution. His job, is to make sure that the Democrat nominee will win the presidency; and that the monolithic political class remains intact -- as a phony two-party but actual one-party institution.
If you doubt this, ask yourself this question: Would you trust Trump enough to do business with him? He is a man whose companies have filed for bankruptcy at least seven times over the past 20 years; enriching him more and more each time. --- Think about that.
Don't allow yourself to be fooled. Don't continue to buy into the propaganda. Think for Yourself .