I'm living in Kusatsu-shi, Shiga-ken for an undetermined amount of time and teaching English as a second language at a local high school. This journal is to document my experiences, thoughts, and to stay connected with others at home and abroad.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Just when you thought the story was finished, even more Zeitgeist: Addendum

None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.
Johann Wolfgang con Goethe

This is the opening quote for part one of this look at our current Monetary/Capitalism system that is tearing apart humanity by priming the worst psychological attributes of Homo sapiens--fears of scarcity, self-interest, brutal competition--and conditioning them into our collective conscience via socialization.
The gist is simple:
1) Governments and money-printing reserves (together, essentially an oligarchy of mutant banker/politician/corporate leaders) create money out of nothing. I stress, this money doesn't actually exist other than by simple means of social contract (i.e. the shared delusion that $1 = $1 when it's actually nothing more than a dead sliver of a tree with ink on it)
2) Govts trade for this money bonds (which as you can probably guess are also worth nothing), with the promise to repay it with interest = DEBT. Of course, because this money never existed in the first place, this means the entire system is incurring a double loss, because they both think they have money that doesn't exist. At this point it's important to note that given this system the govts will always be in debt, because the only way to generate money is to borrow from the reserves, meaning the reserves are always the power. And any attempt to withdraw more money will just put the govts further in debt.
3) Govts in turn loan the money to smaller banks, by law retaining 10% of whatever amount they hand out as insurance. Of course, this original amount the the govts borrowed never exist, so the overall debt of society increases by the 90% they loaned to banks that never existed.
4) Banks loan to other banks and people, further increasing the debt in a way that can never be repayed. Every time they redistribute that original loan, add on another 90% to the overall debt.
5) The more the govts borrow from the reserves, the more the value decreases on the current counterfeit money in people's wallets = inflation. Remember, all that money you borrowed puts an interest price on your head, which you can't possibly repay because not only is the value of your money plummeting due to inflation, but, that's right, it never actually existed in the first place.

In numbers it looks like this:
-The US Govt borrows $1000 from the Federal Reserve.
-The US Govt keeps $100 in it's vaults as insurance, and loans $900.
TOTAL DEBT = $1900
-Banks borrow $900 from US Govt, put $90 in their vaults, loans $810.
TOTAL DEBT = $2710
-Another layer of loaning...TOTAL DEBT = $3439

The end result is that the citizens are forced to carry the burden of the debt, while the people at the top sit up accumulating stacks of invisible money. We could easily pull the rug out from under them at let JP Morgan Chase, City Bank, and all the other f---ups go down with the sinking ship they created, but because the Capitalist system simultaneously breeds insecurity by crippling us with our worst fears––job insecurity, a decrepit public education system, NO NATIONAL HEALTHCARE, TERRORISM on monopolized news networks––and milking our shallow desires for material consumption.

This is not to say that we are not also to blame. There are more than a few hints looming around out there, but it's going to be up to us to decide whether we want to continue contributing to a society governed by fundamentalist fear, inefficiency, insufficiency, religious and political and all other forms of prejudiced ideology.

We have the choice to build stronger communities and relationships with each other, within our circles of friends and families, and to extend these tight borders to begin encompassing more people.
Here's one possible future proposed by a group called The Venus Project. Not sure if I agree with it entirely, but it focuses on maximizing techonological possibilities to create an egalitarian society based on resource management: no human labor enslaved to the $, all renewable energy (solar, wind, geothermal, even a new one--ocean currents), perfecting magnetic trains and ditching planes, the list goes on.

Ultimately I think it's going to take a massive humanitarian effort. People need to start realizing that in contributing to consumering, energy consumption, the proverbial rat race––we are literally selling ourselves and our future generations short of the chance for awareness and true freedom. There are plenty of opportunities out there, just please keep an open mind to them. Even if you don't like what I'm saying, add to the dialogue and we can figure a better idea out together instead of shit-slinging insults like apes. Until we can start to act like evolved creatures on a conscious level, I'm not sure we should start beating our chests with pride in our accomplishments thus far, despite all the improvements we've made. I've seen more humanity in my two cats Sami and Apollo than I often see by people tragically deranged from maladaptive socialization techniques who end up on the news here in Japan.

Remember that money in your pocket is essentially a blank check--how you spend it reflects on your beliefs and character, and you can make of it whatever you want.


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