Tuesday, July 2, 2013

boxed in


BOXED IN

Popular mythology has it that American freedoms are protected by the Three Boxes.  The soap box, the ballet box and the cartridge box.  If we can just exercise our freedom of speech we can persuade others of the dangers of any government injustice.  If that fails we can “vote the rascals out”.  And ultimately if nothing else is available we can pick up our military arms and join a rebellion.  Well, not only are all three boxes obsolete, and have been since the founding of the Republic in some instances and especially since The War Of Northern Aggression,  they are now being used to oppress those that foolishly rely on them.  It isn’t that I don’t appreciate a good rousing tale to stir the blood and excite the senses, even if I know better intellectually.  I do.  As my son stated, probably much more succulently than I, “Dad, I don’t care if the war is about oil, I just want to go kill stuff”.  What I don’t appreciate are those tales being taken as truth and acted upon as such.  Know reality, even if you then choose to ignore it anyway.  Come on, we’re guys ( mostly- please bear with me long abused female minions ).  We know all about doing stupid stuff for the wrong reason.  Just look at the stiff price in blood, treasure and tears we pay for not enough sex of a mediocre quality ( Better Than Nothing! ).

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The American Revolution was never about Freedom.  It was about wishing to govern ourselves.  If it was strictly about freedom, The Whiskey Revolution would not have been suppressed.  It might have been “sold” as such, I can’t really say because while the rich dudes of the day paid to spread the propaganda, I don’t really believe even undereducated folks in the poorer classes, having been exposed to The School Of Hard Knocks since birth and hence a lot smarter than book learnin could have taught, would have fallen for such tripe.  I think most folks knew it was about keeping a bigger portion for themselves, even after The Rulers took a chunk, by getting rid of the King.  They wouldn’t put their lives on the line for trivial reasons like “more representation”.  They had real world worries, not high falutin ones.  Anyway, from Day One the Federal government constantly tried to grow and prosper.  A National Bank was pushed from the start.  Evidently, the two boxes supposedly worked then to limit its power or to cancel it, or so the legend goes.  But think about it.  The Fed was established in 1913 because the public was scared from the last financial panic.  Yet, financial panic of a far greater nature gripped the Colonies right after the war when the Continental currency degraded to the status of toilet paper.  Yet, no national bank was successfully implemented for any period of time.  Nor after the War Of Yankee Atrocities.  Even after The Greenback.  My theory is, it wasn’t about public acceptance at all, but rather profitability. 

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Until 1913, the US economy wasn’t monetized sufficiently.  Not enough folks were tied to the money system, being largely self- sufficient on the land.  A central bank came about around the time we had the ability to start mechanizing the farm, creating the perpetual farmer to banker bondage.  Now of course we are all beholden to the central bank.  And those bankers are not about to relinquish power.  Previously, all the shenanigans that Rodent Rush spews, the money buying votes and one party being about more freedom and the other about larger government, was how control was kept.  About 150 years ago or longer.  It was at times a see-saw between more freedom and less, but the Powers always reasserted themselves eventually. Since The War Of Southern Occupation there has been no threat to the northern banker/manufacture cabal.   They owned both sides of the political spectrum and whoever won, they won.  Now they just buy votes with invented pretend Monopoly money and recently after a few embarrassing learning curves, by electronic voting fraud.  Your vote has NEVER counted.  You can vote for more pay-off money and you may or may not get it, but your vote never fundamentally threatened to change anything.  The illusion it mattered, plus obviously the Payola, kept everyone docile.  So, if voting doesn’t change anything, why worry about the soap box?  Everyone is bribed, and those that fight the system anyway are threated economically.  Since we all are now on life support with money controlled by the banks, we are controlled like puppets.

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So why would the powers be concerned with armed rebellion?  While it is true that our peaking in oil had the effect of centralizing farms to increase productivity and lesson prices ( bribing us with affordable food to keep the peace ) I don’t think the timing right after the turmoil of the 60’s was any accident.  Even without our Peak Oil domestically, the farms would have been centralized and monopolized anyway, as a social control mechanism.  The protests might have been about the refusal to die in Vietnam pointlessly, and that problem was solved by going to the all-volunteer army, but the threat of rebellion so shook up our leaders that our food was brought under their complete control.  Bribes with the welfare state as a carrot, the stick being famine.  Who the heck wants to rebel if they will then starve?  And just in case we thought about decentralizing the farms, high property taxes and genetically modified seeds.  And yet, even that isn’t currently enough.  Since we are in collapse, and the powers that be are not stupid about keeping power, they implement a police state to forestall any attempt at using any of the three boxes, to nip in the bud any troubles.  It will not work forever, but they will use it as long as possible.  If you think you are granted any freedom, you are delusional and will hurt yourself.  Don’t worry, they will destroy themselves without any help from you.

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18 comments:

  1. Awe come on Jimmy me boy , those three percent tea party patriots are just a chaffing at the bit to take back Amurica...Don't be disillusioning them fine boys and their poodle shooters.

    Myself, I believe I'll just wait it out in the woods with my puny lil 22 and 30/30. Pretend to be a no-see-um.

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    1. I think them fine boys might be more disillusioned when a drone fires a patriotic made in America ( well, with chips from China ) missile up their ass.

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    2. And then scream why ya pickin on me ? lol fools all
      Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing !

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  2. Maybe the technology for the type of financial control they instituted just wasn't there until 1913. I think they tried it right after the civil war which resulted in some political pushback and the "wizard of Oz" story. I am just guessing but that kind of financial control requires a telegraph at the very least and almost total control of the precious metal mining industry. Too many silver mines were wildcat owned prior to the early 1900's.

    I think they are most worried about state lead rebellion at the moment. Rightly so.

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    1. I think this itself would be an interesting story. What are our differances compared to the English which kept a central bank for, what, since the 1500's I think?

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  3. the first 2 boxes are controled by the PTB.In history when the 3rd box is used an incomplete job was done and the PTB just return

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    1. Perhaps nooses are better. The guiliteen ( terrible spelling- the choppy thing ) even better.

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  4. occasionally on my more lucid days, you actually make a little sense. It hurts my head! good post! the rat

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    1. Yes, lucid days can be dangerous.

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    2. Hmmm, is it just coincidence that I follow both of ya'lls blogs ?

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    3. You have to visit The Rat to balance my wilder swings of fear and paranoia.

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  5. Not much is going to happen until too many people miss too many meals. As for me, I hope to pretty much do what Spud is doing. Other good folks have more skin in the game than I do.

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    1. Henceforth hidding away shall be known as "Spudding".

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    2. Us taters know where it's safe lol...deep and dark !

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  6. Jim, there is a fourth box, the jury box. Alas, it may be the most ineffectual of the bunch. Nonetheless, one guy can throw a wrench in the works though he will never get a second chance.

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    1. I can't believe any juries think the system is just anymore, but they probably learn US law on TV.

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  7. "Don’t worry, they will destroy themselves without any help from you."
    This is exactly my point of view when people talk about revolution.
    Centrally controled strict hierarchys do accumulate all the power to those in control. Eventually everyone is affraid to take a piss without a permit, much less make an actual on the ground decision. This means that everyone is awaiting or following orders even when the correct thing to do is something completely different.
    Which makes for a very brittle system. The least interuption or misunderstanding in communications leads to horrible (for the PTB) debacles.
    Criminal activity becomes the only successfull activities.
    Disasters happen, and the handling and recovery from them gets less and less capable, until finally nothing gets done (except by the criminals).
    Historically such collapses take generations - but the control structure falls apart eventually. Our technology and history have been conspiring to accelerate all the acts of a civilization for a long time now so it is possible that this governmental collapse could happen within our lifetimes.

    -Grey

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    1. Civil servants are NOT idiots. But they are paid to act like it.

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