The Big Question By Jayson R. Jones

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Sent to me by Jason Miller from Thomas Paine’s Corner. Thanks, Jason.

By Jayson R. Jones

Hello, All Boats here once again. Are we having fun yet? Don’t worry, things are going to get much more ‘interesting’ next year (unless the glue melts faster than I anticipate). No, I’m not going to write on the failure of the Credit Card Industry, nor about the Trillions in Debt, nor about the repayment of China, Japan and Saudi investment in T Bills that are coming due. No, you all are smart enough, educated enough, and aware enough to know all that.

I’m here today to ask a simple question. A question that should be uppermost in your mind as thinking people. A question that is largely going unasked. A pivotal question. What will we do next?

Remember the old adage that if you only have a hammer to work with, every problem becomes a nail? Revolution should consist of more than just replacing the names on the door, more than patching and ‘fixing’ a failed system, more than sprucing up the road we are traveling. George Santayana’s oft used (and oft miss-applied) statement that ‘Those who can not remember the past are condemned to repeat it’ (Life of Reason, vol 1, 1905). We can ‘remember’ the past through reading history, but are we learning from it?

"Those who do not study history are condemned to repeat it."

A quick review is in order at this point. The concept of ‘money’ is only 8,000 years old. Capitalism is only (arguably) 268 years old. Vampire Capitalism (our current evolutionary form of the Capitalism) is less than 100 years old. Americans have tried three times to control Capitalism and utterly failed in the long term. All of you should be familiar (to one degree or another) with the situation we face now. This is the situation Capitalism has brought us to, and it will get worse next time if we do not do some Revolutionary thinking.

The discovery of radiation led to the making of the atomic bomb; then the proliferation of atomic bombs to other countries; and our current idiotic policies on who can and can not have them. The history of Capitalism shows it is even more detrimental to life as we know it than the atomic bomb. At least no one (except the U.S.) has actually used the atomic bomb. We have used Capitalism to enrich the few (2% in the U.S., less in other Industrialized Nations), and impoverish and enslave the rest. Not only that, Capitalism has destroyed much of the planet’s ecosystem, and almost eradicated our innate ability live and think cooperatively.

How much longer are we going to continue to allow 2 % of our population to siphon off X % of everything? How much longer are we going to allow the unfettered ravishing of this planet to enrich those at the very top? What are we, as the general population, gaining from this?

In 1776 Americans stood up to the East India Tea Company, and the investors who caused onerous laws to be passed protecting their investment. They revolted against their masters, and freed themselves from the tyranny of, what was effectively, Corporate Governance through the vehicle of the English parliament, and enforced by the English military. Today we have a multi-headed version of the East India Tea Company, a more subtle (yet more controlling) governance protecting their personal investments, and the threat of Military enforcement should things get out of hand. The fundamentals are all there, if you dare to look.

Do we revolt once again, and institute yet another failed version of Capitalism? Do we allow the already wealthy to abscond with the Jewels of the Kingdom once again? Ask yourself who should own and control the natural resources of this country (or any country). The truth today is that Corporate America owns or controls all of the natural resources in this country, with no benefit ‘trickling down’ to the majority of people. The illusion of prosperity some enjoy in this country is granted them by the Corporate Governing power through the artifice of “Credit”. Those few do not actually own anything, they pay a royalty each month to use what they have, and if they miss a payment they are out on the street with nothing to show for all their hard work and diligent playing of the game. Even those who actually own everything they have are but one illness, one law suit, one ‘Eminent Domain’ claim from losing it. What we have is merely an illusion as long as the game is being played; whether or not you are actually in the game.

I strongly suggest we take a look at this whole monetary concept and use our knowledge to judge its efficacy in the long term. I propose we no longer need (actually, we never needed) a monetary concept at all. Before our resources are wasted, before our innate cooperativeness is truly lost, we should stop this self-destructive game and institute a new way of looking at the world around us and our place in it. We have the resources (both natural and knowledge-based) to provide a better life for all people in this country, not just those who are good at the game. Why shouldn’t all the people benefit from the resources we have, not just those who ‘can afford it’?


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6 thoughts on “The Big Question By Jayson R. Jones

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  2. For God’s sake. It was the *British* parliament not the English Parliament.

    England’s parliament ceased to exist in 1707.

    It was also the British military, not the English.

  3. The revolt is going on right now, with the advent of the Internet no longer will the 2 percent be able to pull what they did during the Great Depression of the 30’s when they just stole the people’s money and property.
    To many people are talking and watching the foxes at the door of the chicken coop, they are trying to steal more hens but they have got feathers in their mouths now.
    but the question is none who is going to be be next president, and when Barack Obama sounds just like the Trickle Down expert, and John McCain wants Trickle up you know we are screwed for at least four more years.
    The people behind Barack are only interested in their own self interest, Barack is not, I don’t think, about what is best for the people, you see, he has made too many promises to the people that have got him where he is. You heard Jesse Jackson say, I going to cut off his nuts already, what will they really say, if Barack is the President and he tries to do something for the people.
    His health care plan is not Universial and only adds costs to the health care system, which system is 50% more expensive then any other industrialized nation already.
    He has no leadership or knowledge about how to get us out of an economic crisis. If he is as good at finance as he is at understanding the Consitution then we are in deep trouble. And most importantly, he is promoting trickle down economics, I really don’t know if this country can survive four more years of trickle down ecomonics.
    I don’t know if we can stand another four years of people believe that the world is flat (or I mean that global warming is being created by mans use of the planet how stupid people are).
    You know the founding fathers only wanted educated people to vote, and today as a percentage of our population, the United States is about as dumb as it ever has been in our history, why because we allow the money we have allocated for schools to be ripped off. Over 50% of every dollar of education budget is ripped off for something that has nothing to do with getting the children to learn math, reading, and writing.
    Look at me for a prime example, hell I don’t know how to write.
    Have faith and hope the world is changing, they will not be able to hoodwink us any longer.
    Sincerely, JHL.

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