The Truth About Cartels

 

Cartels…What Are They?Titanian octologue

Up until about ten years ago the only cartels I’d heard of were oil cartels and drug cartels. Then I ran across a wonderful 45 minute recording by Ed Griffin explaining that the Federal Reserve System is a privately owned banking cartel. After checking out his facts I realized that our entire society is built around cartels of various kinds – and that they are really bad news for our societal culture.

A cartel is simply a shared monopoly within an industry. The purpose of a cartel is twofold:

  1. To maximize the profits of the cartel’s members and
  2. To maintain the monopoly status of the cartel in its particular industry – thereby limiting competition from non-members.

In examining this definition it is important to note that a cartel has no other priorities. It cares nothing for the well being of non-members. It has no conscience. All non-members are considered expendable in the interests of the cartel. In this regard cartels are characterologically psychopathic. It’s no great surprise then to find that most of them are run by psychopaths.

How Do They Operate?

The only reason cartels can operate in the modern world is the fact that cartels invariably form partnerships with governments that enforce their anti-competition rules. When this happens, a would-be competitor must either join the cartel and obey its rules or suffer the risk of being hauled into court for doing something deemed illegal. When this occurs the prohibited behavior can be something highly ethical, creative, innovative, and good for everyone – but because the victimless crime has been prohibited, it will be punished nonetheless.

How Are They Unethical?

The most valid ethic of which I know states that: An act is ethical if it increases creativity, objective truth, awareness, love, or personal evolution for at least one person, including the person acting – without limiting nor diminishing any of these resources for anyone.

As an example, suppose someone discovers or invents a way of curing certain kinds of cancers – a way that isn’t on the AMA’s approved list, nor on the FDA’s. I know of two specific examples to which this applies. In each case the government attacked the “perpetrator” and all but destroyed his life. The folks with curable cancers were not considered – and many died. In this example the AMA represents the medical cartel and the FDA represents their government partner.

I hope it’s obvious that the AMA/FDA partnership had an unethical and devastating effect on the creativity of those who died and those will die in the future – not to mention the effect on the medical practitioners whose lives were ruined.

It is interesting to note that Louis Pasteur was almost drummed out of medicine when he proposed that many serious illnesses were caused by invisible little things we call bacteria. This just shows that cartels were not well established in France in Pasteur’s day and age. Had he done his work in today’s highly cartelized society, his expulsion and punishment would have followed inexorably.

How Pervasive Are They?

Once you understand the nature of a cartel, you will see them all around you. The quick way to recognize cartels is by the need for licenses and permits. Every activity for which one requires a license, a permit, or some other form of permission is controlled by a cartel. Every doctor, lawyer, dentist, psychologist, social worker, optometrist, veterinarian, building contractor, tradesman, insurance salesman, small business owner, hairdresser or service provider who has a license on their wall is a member of a cartel.

Now you might wonder how this applies to such things as fishing, hunting, and driver’s licenses. Where is their cartel? In this case the answer may surprise you. The fact is that governments are themselves cartels – and their industry is best described as power brokerage. Power (the use of force to coerce and control others) is a commodity – and governments do everything they can to establish and maintain their monopoly – even though the exercise of power over others is only ethical in self defense. No wonder despotic governments work so hard to disarm their citizens.

Can We Combat Them?

The short answer to this question is, “Yes, we can” – but doing so takes some conviction, preparation and courage. Here is a list of a few things one can do to diminish the power of cartels:

  • Study the ethics. Decide not to participate in unethical organizations.
  • Practice cartel recognition. It’s much easier to combat their influence when you can easily spot them.
  • Forgo the benefits of membership. In the healing arts, for example, you have to be a cartel member to be paid by insurance companies. So charge out-of-pocket fees for your service and don’t bill insurance.
  • Avoid licensed practitioners. Use Angie’s List to know whom to trust, and give your business to honest, reliable, but unlicensed, business people.
  • Avoid paying taxes and stop supporting governments. They are all unethical.
  • Avoid banks. They are all shills for government. In fact the biggest banks own the government.
  • Don’t use credit cards – they are all fraudulent.
  • Challenge “authority”. Except in self defense, no individual has the right to tell you what to do, what not to do, or how to live your life. Therefore the “authority” claimed by all government agencies, from the president of the country to the TSA stooge, to the cop who pulls you over for the busted tail-light, to the black-robed judge in the courthouse is BOGUS. Read Marc Stevens “Adventures in Legal Land” for guidance in doing this.
  • Learn to use BitCoins to protect your financial privacy. Used with proper precautions, they are unassailable by thieves, hackers, and government bureaucrats – and that makes them the best currency available in today’s world.
  • If you are an employer, start paying your employees with BitCoins – without withholding taxes, social security, etc. The average employee will experience this as a 100% raise.

Conclusion

Because cartels are run by psychopaths whose depredations are parasitic – and because parasites often kill their hosts – our species is currently at risk of more-or-less immediate extinction. Our only chance to survive, let alone thrive, in the future is to withdraw our support from them. This is something you can start doing right away. Yes, there are risks involved – but the risk of NOT doing it is far greater. Come to our meet-ups to learn more.

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BitCoins: Gateway to Doom and Freedom

 

BitCoins: Gateway to Doom and Freedom!

Free at Last!

Make no mistake. Thanks to BitCoins, the status quo is doomed and a new age of freedom is at hand. The tiny elite group of people who run the world today don’t know it yet, but their power is finally at an end. They are like zombies – the walking dead.

For thousands of years the world has been dominated by the power ethic – the notion that might makes right. And for thousands of years those with wealth and power have succeeded in enslaving the rest of humanity – first by brute force and subsequently by taxation and regulation – with our unwitting consent. As of today, it is reported that only three countries in the world do not have central banks controlling their governments: Cuba, North Korea, and Iran. Is that any surprise? Those countries have their own forms of enslavement.

In my previous article, I pointed out that in a BitCoin enhanced world:

  • You can buy or sell whatever you wish – with no government imposed prohibitions, no sales tax, and no effective financial surveillance of your transactions.
  • You can make a living in your chosen field and not pay an income tax.
  • The buying power of your income will more than double, and a single earner will again be able to support a family and look forward to a real retirement.
  • You will no longer be subject to any kind of licensing – no driver’s license, no professional license, no building permits, no vehicle registration, no insurance requirements, no fishing license – none of that nonsense.
  • You can own property without paying a property tax.
  • You can travel freely anywhere in the world without having to deal with the TSA, customs and immigration, border patrols, or passports.
  • Protection against dishonest unscrupulous business-people will come from reporting businesses like Angie’s List and Consumer Reports – the perpetrators will be shunned and quickly go out of business.
  • Instead of working in a bureaucratic hierarchy, most will choose to work in a trusted Octologue, where everyone has an equal voice and where work usually feels like play. Creativity will flourish.
  • In this environment you’ll feel that you belong – that you are no longer isolated and alienated from those around you. The world will feel like home, at last.

The price of all this freedom will be the necessity of learning to be personally responsible for yourself and your family. There will be no “nanny state” to take care of you and tell you how to live your life – but you’ll learn not to need the state – and be better off for it.

A Difficult Transition

In the movie, The Matrix, the character Morpheus says (paraphrasing), “To get through the difficult time ahead, we must first shed our fear of it!” And this is what we face today. Many of us fear the uncertainty of the future – especially knowing that the governments of the world, and the central banks that own them, will not give up their power over us without a fight. In the past century governments are estimated to have slaughtered at least 100,000,000 of their own peopleand some estimates run as high as 300,000,000. So why would we expect the elite to hesitate to act similarly today?

To shed our fear of the future – to embrace the possibilities that the future offers, we need to anticipate the likely response of government to the advent of the BitCoin. To that end I am predicting the following steps that governments will take to maintain their power over us by controlling our money:

  • The only parts of the BitCoin system that are vulnerable to government attack are the web-based “exchanges” that facilitate the buying and selling of BitCoins online. To mount this attack the US government is already creating rules that will require BitCoin exchanges to implement the same kind of “know your customers” and “report their transactions” rules that currently apply to commercial banks and money transmitters, like Western Union – thus enabling the government to tax and confiscate BitCoins the way they do dollars. There are, however three reasons why such attacks will fail:
    • BitCoins are inherently anonymous. No one knows who owns them and no government edict can force their owners and users to reveal their identities. So BitCoin exchanges that require their customers to reveal their identity will be shunned by the BitCoin community.Our government is much more dangerous than all the terrorists, money launderers, dope peddlers, porn traffickers, and gun runners combined. I suggest we shun the exchanges that allow them to be “regulated” and support the ones that locate in hospitable offshore jurisdictions or who go underground like the Silk Road.
    • The second reason such attacks on exchanges will fail is because the creation of an exchange is fairly easy to do – and people around the world will be happy to set up new exchanges faster than governments can shut them down.
    • And the third reason attacks on exchanges will fail to destroy the BitCoin economy is that exchanges, while convenient, are not necessary for the success of the BitCoin system. There will always be individual traders around who will buy and sell BitCoins in exchange for the local currency. Let’s support our local BitCoin traders.
    • When attacking the exchanges fails to implode the BitCoin economy, the government’s next step will be to outlaw or prohibit the ownership, possession, and use of BitCoins. Remember what they did to Bernard von Nothaus, creator of the Liberty Dollar. He is awaiting sentencing for his conviction on counterfeiting charges – but his real crime wasn’t counterfeiting at all. It was creating a currency that was much better than our phony-bologna Federal Reserve notes – now that’s real counterfeiting!When this stage is reached, the use of BitCoins will be depicted by law enforcement agencies and the mass media as money laundering and the support of terrorism. So it could actually get quite dangerous to be caught having or using BitCoins. Fortunately, the tools exist today that make it extremely difficult, if not impossible, for such agencies to make a case against the individual users or dealers of BitCoins – or even to discover who they are.
    • A more insidious attack will come from our government’s “Cyber-security” forces that are already being marshaled to go after any online activity deemed a threat to the status quo. They will, no doubt, invent computer viruses, Trojan viruses, and various other forms of “malware” that will search out, report, and destroy BitCoins wherever they are stored – unless we take certain precautions against that eventuality.Fortunately, the precautions are available now – so it behooves us to implement them as soon as we acquire any BitCoins, because the government won’t announce the mounting of such cyber-weapons – they’ll just start using them as they become available.
    • And finally, if the patterns observed in previous police states are followed, the mere discussion of BitCoins will be prohibited – let alone their advocacy. Free speech be damned – articles such as this one will be cited as evidence of treason, terrorism, sedition, and/or conspiracy. The First Amendment is dead – long live the First Amendment.

 

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