Thursday, April 17, 2014

Now, I blog. Some scatterbrained musings on economic stuff.

I'm fighting the urge to post all my political and philosophical rants on Facebook. I started up my blog again. I'm going to post a link to Facebook for my blog postings. I don't expect anyone to actually read my blog, but I've come to realize that for the most part only a couple of people read my political rants on Facebook anyway. And that's fine. Some of the stuff that I dwell on in my head is uncomfortable to think about. Or boring. Or off the wall tinfoil hat crazy.

Of course if we thought about some of these same things 10, 20 or 30 years ago, and actually tried to do something about them, maybe we wouldn't be heading down this rabbit hole now. Maybe not. I honestly believe that, at some point in the last 30 or 40 years, we could have changed the course of this country for the better, but failed to do so. I can't point to one thing, and more than likely there was no one thing, but at some point, we, as a country and a culture and a society could've stood up and said ENOUGH!

I know every generation says the same thing about the times that they are living in. Let me say though that I am a history buff. I've been studying American history since I was a small child. Just ask my family. And I can say that from what I can see we are at a place in our nation's history that we haven't seen since the early 1930s or the 1850s.

 Everyone is familiar with what happened in the 1930s. A lot of people though, are not familiar with how close we came in this country to tearing ourselves apart. Several sections of United States were under armed uprisings in insurrections. There was reputedly a group of businessmen who tried to start a fascist uprising against FDR. Now I'm no fan of FDR, but we would've gone out of the frying pan into the fire.

The things that I usually post on Facebook and will now post here on this blog are things that I believe are very important and possibly life-saving in the future. We as a people need to keep our eyes wide open right now. So, I will bounce around subjects, as befits my ADD mind set.

Today, I will focus on the economy.

I can honestly say that in my opinion we are heading for, among other things, an economic collapse not been seen in the Western world since the Weimar Republic. The entire world economy is based on the concept of what they call the "petrodollar", which means that all the oil sold in the world is sold with United States dollars. It is this system that props up United States dollar. At this point we have printed so many dollars as to basically make our currency worthless. The rest of the countries in the industrial world are about the hair's Breadth from abandoning the dollar altogether, which would cause a financial catastrophe in the United States the likes of which we have not seen 1929.

Now, the Great Depression that started in 1929 was devastating. The thing is, the culture and the social makeup of the United States was a lot different than it is today. I honestly do not believe that we would be as socially cohesive today as we were in the 1920s and 1930s. That's not saying that the 1930s were all peace and love and happiness as I mentioned above. But it's very easy to see what's going to happen the major cities in the United States if there is some kind of major economic event.

Please don't take that any of what I'm saying here on face value. Keep an ion the financial reports and especially the nontraditional media blogs etc.

Well, it's going to take me a little while to get used to this format. It's a lot easier just to read an article on the Internet, get excited or enraged, and then hit the post to Facebook button. I guess this is good, as with a blog I'm going to have to try to organize my thoughts a little better. I'll let you know how that works out.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

"Disparagements of farmers, of small towns, of anything identifiable as “provincial” can be found everywhere: in comic strips, TV shows, newspaper editorials, literary magazines, and so on.…I believe it is a fact, proven by their rapidly diminishing numbers and economic power, that the world’s small farmers and other “provincial” people have about the same status now as enemy civilians in wartime….The industrial and corporate powers, abetted and excused by their many dependents in government and the universities, are perpetrating a sort of economic genocide—less bloody than military genocide, to be sure, but just as arrogant, foolish, and ruthless, and perhaps more effective in ridding the world of a kind of human life."

Wendell Berry