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! ).
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.
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.
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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