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Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Story of Stuff


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“The Things you own end up owning you“. - Tyler Durden

"Renunciation is not getting rid of the things of this world, but accepting that they pass away." - Aitken Roshi

"Those who consciousness is unified abandon all attachment to the results of action and attain supreme peace. But those whose desires are fragmented, who are selfishly attached to the results of their work, are bound in everything they do." - Sri Krishna (The Bhagavad Gita)

"By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond the winning." -Lao-Tzu


The writing is on the wall. The end of the American dream is pretty much over. it's just a matter of time when people en mass become painfully aware of just how trivial and damaging our attachment to excess materialism has been. Sadly, it's gonna take things getting a lot worse before it gets any better.

For the past 30 some odd years the average person has seen their buying power significantly decrease. This crisis didn't happen overnight. We've being brought down to our knees and soon everyone will have to grovel at the feet of the global elites. We've already become a nation of extreme "haves" and "have-nots". It's not around the corner. It's already here. It's gonna get worse and it's all by cold calculated design.

We're well on our way to becoming a two class society. There's no messiahs coming to save the day and the "law" of attraction won't help either. We're gonna be a third world nation and for those not already born into a wealth will more likely than no be poor for the rest of their lives. It's out of our control. It's time we stop buying into the lie that hard work pays off. That's simply not the case anymore. The world has changed. We're living in an international dictatorship masquerading as independent republics. Wake up and face the facts or you'll drown in your delusions. It's as simple as that.

To put it bluntly ..... it's just about over!

The Dollar Bubble

Think Europe is safe? Think again! It's days are numbered as well. It's economy is on the brink of collapse and it's experiencing record numbers of non-indigenous immigration from 2nd and 3rd world nations. In some parts it's becoming increasingly harder to tell the difference between it and the Middle East. We may be one world BUT it's our diversity that's our strength. Forcing different types of people to live amongst one another is no different than forcing robins to nest with blue jays. It's both unnatural and unfeasible.

Let Europe remain European and let Arabia remain Arabic. The same is true for all nations and people. As each body part is unique in it's own right it comes together with the other parts to form the whole. We need to embrace both our similarities and dissimilarities instead of working against the grain and trying to force things that are not meant to be. It's about balance which is something this current system seriously lacks. But I digress. Back to the topic at hand; the economy!

"The task is to covertly lower the standard of living, the whole social structure, of America so that we can be merged with all other nations." - Horace Rowan Gaither

Unemployment Rate Falls to 10%? Bureau of Labor Statistics & News Media Publish Fraudulent Data

Truth is truth no matter who says it. People need to prepare for a lowered standard of living in the future. It's inevitable. It was unsustainable anyways. This country is gonna crash hard. Leading economist Paul Craig Roberts stated that this nation will be a third world country in 20 years. This was nearly a decade ago when this statement was made.

In 1959 the minimum wage was $1.60 an hour. Today the minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. So it would seem that our buying power today is roughly 5 times what it was 60 years ago. Unfortunately that's not the case. Money has been devalued because in 1971 when President Richard Nixon stopped requiring our money to be backed by any sort of precious commodities other than the people's "faith" in the worthless paper we call federal reserve notes.

In other words earning $7.25 an hour today is worth only 21 cents in real money (aka gold and silver) an hour compared to $1.60 an hour in 1959 which is worth $5.25 in real money (aka gold and silver).In other words, to earn what a minimum wage earner made in 1959 you would have to make $83.84 an hour. To say that the standard of living for most Americans has significantly decreased is an understatement.

Ever wonder how even the poorest of the poor 40 plus years ago could still have a house and a new car and afford a stay-at-home wife and still take the family on a vacation a few times a year? Now you know. The poorest of the poor back then lived better than the average "middle class" wage earner of today.

Most are unaware that it was Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Dealers who took us off the gold standard on March 9, 1933, when Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, the silver was removed from coins by Lyndon Johnson and his Great Society. When we were on the gold and silver standard, goods got cheaper every year, government spent within it's means, it was the golden age of America, something we're unlikely to see again. It should be noted that taxes now take 55% of everything produced, up considerably from 5% of 1900, a little over 100 years ago. A double whammy.

To add insult to injury I often hear older people complaining about the younger generation's "unwillingness" to work. Ha! What a joke. These spoiled aging brats have the audacity to say such things when they've never suffered to the extent that their children and grandchildren currently do. When working an honest full time job still leaves you trying to decide whether to pay rent or eat for the night then something is seriously wrong.

That's the scenario many young people face today. It's not a lack of "responsibility" on their part. It's just that jobs no longer pay enough to live on. It's long overdue that people realize this and stop buying into the false belief that their ill fate in life is of their doing. That's simply not the case.

Nixon Closes the "Gold Window"

The Venus Project

America Will Collapse

The inevitable collapse of the dollar

There's a solution to our economic woes but as long as capitalism prevails the gap between the wealthy and the poor will widen. We already have the resources available that would allow every man,woman,and child to have all their needs met with plenty left over for recreational purposes. Sadly, the rich oligarchs aren't gonna give it up without a fight. That's our biggest obstacle right there. Until people realize that a small group of people owning most of the earth's resources is aiken to that of feudalism then nothing will be done about it. Our wage slavery will only worsen along with massive ecological damage that naturally occurs in a system ran by greed. A global fascism is inevitable if people don't start connecting the dots and standing up and letting their voices be heard. It's a start anyhow. Hopefully it can be done peacefully but as with anything - only time will tell.

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Call me an idealist. Call me a dreamer. The implementation of a resource based economy working in unison with natural law is what's best for everyone and not just a few a blue bloods at the top of some artificially created pyramid. We don't need a one world corporate state. We need a one world free of tyranny. We need a world where no one goes to bed hungry or lacks shelter,transportation,and other such needs. Money enslaves the masses while a resource based economy is the closest thing to physical liberation mankind has ever known. Can it be achieved? of course it can. Man has learned to fly,harness electricity,and other such technological feats once thought impossible. We just need to open our eyes to the endless possibilities that await us.

3 comments:

rickythegemini said...

The economy has been on this course of destruction for quite some time. When the shit hits the fan it's gonna get ugly.

Michael said...

Hey Ben,

Thanks for the comment, I finally figured out how to get the settings to notify me.

I'm getting around to post another link on here on Roy's blog and Suelo's blog. It's Steve Jobs commencement address to Stanford grads in 2005. He talks about following our dreams at all costs and mentions typography three times to a crowd who often don't understand how important it is to effective communication.

Really like the Flying Saucer avatar! The blue fiber optic background on your blog is a excellent choice that matches the subject matter and color of your avatar. It's an excellent image but too distracting from the typography. I would try mixing it at 20% over black or deep dark blue. Send it to me and I'll do it if you can't. It may not work though because the fact that the type is scrolling but the background is fixed, is very distracting in and of itself.

Sorry for being a critical. Steve Jobs gets me on this. Whenever I see design made important to a bunch of business and numbers geeks that are not getting it, I get tuned up.

I think it's especially important when advocating a simple life that communications and design are at a high level. It shows credibility and depth without having to say much. I worked with Suelo briefly to help fix his banner but haven't finished because I'm easily distracted and his is more involved.

http://motionista.blogspot.com/2009/12/living-without-money-banner-exploration.html

: )

Ben said...

Thanks for the comment Michael. I really like my background BUT I've been thinking it's intensity might be a bit too much. It probably puts people off. Thanks for the constructive criticism. You simply stated what I've been thinking myself. This layout is from the choices that blogger provides with some tweaking added to it.

If you'd like to help me design a better layout I'd greatly appreciate it. Should it be tweaked an additional 20% as you suggest or would you recommend a simple two tone blue background?

You're right. When advocating a simple life then it needs to be said with clarity and with good communication skills. A simple BUT profound layout is ideal. Steve Jobs is right on about what he says.

I checked out those banners you made for Suelo. That's good work. If I decided to have a banner I'd want mine not to be long because I hate scrolling at the bottom on the page. I tend to use a 15 or 17 inch monitor anyhow. I also noticed your blog doesn't offer the "follow" option because I tried to become a follower on both your blogs.