Monthly Archives: July 2016

Government Acts and Edicts When The Collapse Comes

The Currency Stabilization Act. Enacted within days of the market crash, the Act was in response to the efforts of investors to retain their purchasing power through the purchase of precious metals. The move out of dollars and into metals exacerbated the inflation. In order to stop the flight out of dollars, congress applied a 90% windfall gains tax on the profits from transactions of 15 specific commodities and metals. The intent was to bolster price stability but instead merely drove the significant portion of the financial system into the black market.

Commercial Goods Transportation Prioity Act. Enacted within days of the initial market crash, the Act sought to facilitate the access to fuel and grant travel priority to the haulers of goods deemed to be “necessities” by congress. It created a voucher system and issued priority numbers to haulers using federal interstate highways and private gas stations with pumps located within one mile of interstate exits. But the issuance of priority voucher numbers and the definition of “necessity” was quickly captured by politically connected firms and political clout, rather than market price signals,  determined what was hauled on the highways.

Federal Foreclosure Moratorium. Enacted weeks after the collapse, it prohibited banks from taking possession of foreclosed homes for 180 days from judgement. As a concession to the banking sector, the government promised to purchase all homes foreclosed so long as the moratorium was honored. This caused the banks to unleash a horde or repossession agents.

The Cyber Security Act. A signing statement appended to the congressional Act,enacted within a month of the collapse, enabled, by executive interpretation, the Department of Homeland Security to block websites in order to prevent the spread of malicious disinformation that was hampering recovery efforts and damaging public confidence in the government efforts to restore order. The broadly defined executive power enabled the government to essentially close any website at their discretion. The Supreme Court validated the measure on the grounds that it was not “unreasonable” in lieu of the threats to national security.

The Food and Agriculture Price Stabilization Act. Written by the largest agricultural corporate conglomerates and passed by congress within months of the collapse, the Act established a network of agricultural compacts (or enterprise zones) that covered the vast portion of the country. Supply and price controls were put into effect and all foodstuffs were required to pass through special clearing exchanges operated by the agricultural conglomerates. The law was enforced by agents of the DEA , ATF, and the newly created armed enforcement arm of the USDA. Unlicensed selling of agricultural commodities resulted in asset forfeiture, prosecution and jail time.

The Firearms and Neighborhood Security Act. Passed within months of the collapse, the Act funded and directed efforts by state and local police to confiscate private firearms using the FBI background check registry and citizen self-identification. Second Amendment concerns were totally bypassed as it was the states that were tasked with performing the confiscations under threat of having their federal funding withheld.

The Anti-Kidnapping and Public Safety Restoration Act. Re-allocated funding and directed local law-enforcement resources towards investigating and solving kidnapping cases. The Act was passed in response to the numerous government officials that were being kidnapped and held for ransom by insurgents.

Ghilarducci Act. An Act that nationalized all the pension and 401k plans with the promise of making everyone’s savings safe from the dangers of market volatility. As the government debt exploded, congress, at the behest of Treasury, redirected the retirement investments entirely towards the purchase of U.S. treasuries as a means of holding down the government’s borrowing costs. The guaranteed yield of five percent earned against 500% annual inflation quickly wiped out the value of everyone’s savings.

Suspension of Posse Comitatus. A Domestic Security Force comprised of units of the U.S. Army’s 4th Infantry were deployed domestically to aid local police in crowd control and suppression of unrest.

AmericaOne. The Act created an internet licensing requirment and the FCC renewed the broadcasting licenses of all television and radio stations only on the condition that the FCC would be given final approval on all programming.  FCC approval eventually resulted in only one news network, AmericaOne, being permitted.

AmeriCorps. Using the selective service system, the federal government established a compulsory one year national service requirement for all American citizens between 18-25. Avoidance was punishable by up to five years in prison and could involve the seizure of the parent’s assets.

Reinstitution of the Draft and Accelerated Basic Training and OCS. Required to fill the ranks of the military depleted by mass defections and desertions.

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On Busybody Bureaucrats

“The government busybody administrators could not resist their pervasive and pathological urge to save the day and be heroes.”

 

From Indivisible

Despite the gaping holes in the economy, sound businesses endured the collapse by the wits of their brilliant, industrious managers who hustled fuel with collateralized IOUs to keep their fleets rolling. The goods that were moving were moving based on million dollar deals sealed with handshakes and emails. There were crafty, resourceful men and women, millions of them, dealing in millions of products, making billions of decisions, holding what was left of the sputtering economic order together. They were adjusting to the extraordinary situation. They were surviving.

Then the government just had to do something again.

The government busybody administrators could not resist their pervasive and pathological urge to save the day and be heroes. So, like a monkey wrench—or more aptly a hand grenade—tossed into the machine-works, the busybodies went about meddling and destroying the fragile arrangements created by the resourceful business managers.

“How dare anyone profit in these extreme times!” the politicians declared. First, the evil price gougers were to be cited, then arrested.  Then their assets were to be seized. This started with the gas stations and progressed to the sellers of produce, and then the merchants of diapers. The possibility of high profits, which could be made if one could get a truckload of diapers from New Jersey to Flagstaff for example, was quickly doused by the government busybodies who made it illegal to make any exploitative windfall profits. The exploiters, who were on their way to Flagstaff to fulfill the desperate diaper demand, and make a buck in the process, caught wind of the new regulations that would result in landing them in prison for five years. They turned their trucks around and went back home. The Arizonian babies were saved from those greedy capitalists! They would just have to do without diapers and the other things they needed, regardless of what their parents were willing to pay.

The government busybodies, through passage of the Commercial Goods Transportation Prioity Act, determined that certain goods had to have priority when being transported on the king’s roads. Priority was largely determined by political connection. The handlers of those goods were moved to the front of the growing fuel lines. This destroyed the complex procurement and hauling matrix of pickup, delivery and back haul. Within hours of the regulation, trucks were rolling empty. Gluts and shortages of goods exploded everywhere. A mountain of tires accumulated in Toledo while trucks across the country were idled by flats.

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Indivisible: Come and Take It

It’s almost here!

“Be not afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by…”

The republic boils in a cauldron of economic collapse and sectarian violence. Isolated and under siege, ruling the nation from within his flying bunker, the president attempts to implement his Amero Plan to save the economy and quell the domestic insurgency. Assistant Treasury Secretary Maiden Lane, her loyalty challenged by her serving of two masters, finds herself in peril beyond the government’s zone of control. Jimmy Marzan is separated from his unit during a firefight and encounters an orphaned boy on the road. Jess Clayton defends her home from armed looters and repossession, barely surviving in a world after money dies.

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On The Religion of Gaia

“Blessed are the obedient for they shall be given their rations. “

 

From Gaiastan:

“Don’t you know that we’ve been selected?  We are on the eve of our immortal rebirth.  They’re taking us to have our souls downloaded into the Heavenly Virtuality.  It’s going to be wonderful to finally be liberated from the chains of this broken, physical body.  Look at these hands of mine!  They barely work, anymore.  Do you know how difficult it is to butcher savages with arthritis?”

“Where did you get your ideas?” D’naia asked.

“It’s all in the Good Book, young woman.  Don’t you read your Gaians Bible?”

“I don’t waste my time on fairy tales.”

“Bless your heart and may Gaia have mercy on you.  But just listen for a second…. Let me read to you from The Book of Ehrlich, Chapter 9…

‘Blessed are the Undermen: for theirs is the Kingdom of man.  Blessed are they that mourn for the Earth, for they shall be comforted.  Blessed are the obedient for they shall be given their rations.  Blessed are they who deprive themselves for they shall be held guiltless.  Blessed are those who live sustainably for they shall be sustained.  Blessed are the true Gaians for they shall receive immortality.  Blessed are the Greens for they shall be called the Children of Gaia.  Blessed are ye when the polluters defile Her and poison Her and you reap them for Her sake.  Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great reward awaits you in Heavenly Virtuality.’”

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On Excalibur

I love the 1981 movie Excalibur. It is majestic, visceral and musically stunning. But I’m fairly certain that Hollywood will try to remake it with a nonstop whirlwind of preposterous CGI, a soundtrack by Coldplay, a black woman playing “Queen Arthur” and a homosexual as Lancelot.

On The Control of Information

“No tyranny can maintain control without lies; the truth is anathema to tyranny. ” 

From Indivisible:

The Department of Homeland Security finally succumbed to throwing the full internet kill switch to shut down the flow of information. The president was authorized to enact the security measure in an amendment to an earlier military spending bill so that Congress would go along. The establishment managed to regain control of information, for a whopping twelve hours, but a spontaneous order of thousands of computer hackers launched assaults on the government and their corporate shills, blowing their firewalls apart with routines loaded onto memory sticks and infecting and destroying the servers of their corporate collaborators. The virtual insurgents erased everything and replaced the output with a scrolling “V”.

The truth was rerouted over landlines and radios and peer-to-peer internet. The pictures of the burned, and the bloated, and the sounds of rage and grief flowed again, blowing through the establishment’s filters and censors. No tyranny can maintain control without lies; the truth is anathema to tyranny. The Gordian Knot of censorship that held the paradigm aloft was simply hacked through by the purveyors of truth. The edifice of the overlords came crashing down.

China condemned America’s heavy handed response before the U.N. Then Russia followed suit. Then even Iran piled on.

“Stay out of our affairs,” snapped the president’s Grand Vizier, otherwise known as the Secretary of State. “The United States is a sovereign nation and has the right and…and more importantly, an humanitarian obligation to restore peace and security. We reserve the right to maintain order by whatever means is necessary.”

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On The Devastation of Hyperinflation

“In hyperinflation, a kilo of potatoes was worth, to some, more than the family silver; a side of pork more than a grand piano. A prostitute in the family was better than an infant corpse; theft was preferable to starvation; warmth was finer than honour, clothing more essential than democracy, food more needed than freedom.” –Adam Fergusson, When Money Dies: The Nightmare of Deficit Spending, Devaluation, and Hyperinflation in Weimar Germany.

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