Is There No Way Out?

Is There No Way Out?

Who would have thought it possible?   How did we come to this place? Can our republic be saved without destroying capitalism?  Are we going bankrupt?  Is our financial system sound?  Why are trillions in assets evaporating?  Do our leaders know what they are doing?  What is happening?  Who can you believe?  Who can you trust?  How bad are things going to get?

I surf blogs and forums quite a bit, and everywhere I go people are angry and confused over the economy. Now, after the Obama Democratic administration has been in office for 6 weeks it is getting much worse. It is as if President Obama’s critics feel as if 6 weeks is enough time for him to have totally fixed every imaginable problem, not only in America, but in the entire world. In many quarters it is much worse. We hear Obama being blamed for everything that is wrong with the world economy. Seriously. It’s all his fault, according to the right wing media blitz. I hear talk of rebellions and revolutions from both the extremes on the right and the left. He’s not unwinding the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq fast enough. He’s not vetoing earmarks on legislation. He’s not closing Gitmo fast enough. He hasn’t done this or that and yada-yada, blah-blah, ad infinitum.

I’m having trouble believing what I’m reading, and when I read it again, it hasn’t changed. It’s still crazy. It’s nuts. It’s Alice in Wonderland. It’s The Matrix. Sadly, I realize that this is precisely why our civilization is falling apart, and our economy is collapsing like the house of cards it really is. Maybe what we are holding on to is just one big insane asylum! No one seems to have a clue about reality anymore. Well, perhaps “no one” is a bit hyperbolic, but “darned few” is a very realistic assessment. Few very are willing to take the “red pill”, step out of the Matrix, and see “how deep the rabbit hole goes”.

The Democrats have no answers, with the possible exception of Kucinich. The Republicans have no answers, although Ron Paul has a few clues about the problems. In other words we are in serious, if not apocalyptic, trouble.

Here are some questions I picked out of a few minutes surfing one forum today, along with my comments. But these questions are all over the place, everywhere, and the kinds of answers to them I’m seeing offers little hope of a good solution, to put it mildly.

Is there no way out?

Well, YES, there is, but NOT until a critical mass of people see it. and understand it. Until then, the way will be closed. I will show you the way out. I will explain it very carefully. But will you listen? Will you hear it? I doubt it. You have too many cherished myths and urban legends in the way. You have bought into a system of pleasing fables that you would rather keep than see the truth. You see, knowing the truth means you must act on it, and that means making changes you are uncomfortable with, and its scary, and your myths and legends are safer, and the truth makes your head hurt, and you get dizzy thinking about it… and … and … and …. and …

Who would have thought it possible?

I would, for one, and have been writing and saying so for many decades. So have many others. The ancient prophets foretold of these days. John the Revelator warned us about them, as did Jesus. If you really want answers, go to those who have seen this coming and are not selling something.

How did we come to this place?

Ignorance, in a word. Poor information and education. Deception. Trickery. Misdirection. Smoke and mirrors. Selfishness. Greed. Lust for power and privilege. Failing to place controls and limits on power, especially financial power. The last is really the key. Our founding fathers knew a lot, but they were fuzzy on money and economic issues, and did not provide ways to limit financial power as they did with the other checks and balances. Jefferson predicted it. So did Madison, Franklin, Adams, Paine, Monroe, Jackson, Van Buren, Lincoln, Garfield, Wilson, FDR, and countless others of note. We have not been listening, or heeding their strong warnings.

We came here through ignorance of the power of money, and its potentials for abuse and corruption when not properly handled, controlled and regulated for the benefit of the people as a whole. This is not what you have been taught, but it is the truth.

Can our republic be saved without destroying capitalism?

The “wrongness” of this question illuminates the problem, and even shows us “how we got here”.

What is your conception of “our republic”? Are “we” only interested in saving “our” republic? What about the rest of the world? Don’t others and “their republics” count?

Maybe we first have to think about how to save others before we can see how to save ourselves. But then, that is silly, isn’t it? We all have to look out for number one, and let others take care of themselves as best they can, right? Like Cain, we are still avoiding the answer to the question, “Where is your brother?”, with, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” We still need to figure that one out.

Another revealing issue is the question: What is in “our republic” that is worth saving? And why the concern with preserving “capitalism” from destruction? Is “capitalism”, as it is practiced now, so precious? Is our current form of “capitalism” sacred? If so, why is it collapsing? Why have trillions of taxpayer dollars had to go to keep banks that are “too big to fail” from failing? Is it smart to wish to preserve such a rotten and corrupt financial system? Forget “smart”; is it even sane?

What do you really mean by these terms? Do you know what “capitalism” is, or how many variations of it exists, or has existed? Have you considered that the particular version of it we now have could be the cause of problem, and that it probably should be altered or destroyed and replaced with something better? Do you know the difference between financial capitalism and monopoly capitalism? Or between these and laissez-faire capitalism? Do you even know what “capital” really means? The point is that these terms have changed in meaning, and sometimes in very “Orwellian” ways.

You see unless and until each of us can honestly and accurately answer those questions there really is “no way out”. We will not find the exit and the fire will consume the theater audience, stage, and actors. Many of the producers will also be killed or injured.

On the other hand, once you do answer them that way the “way out” becomes clear. Even better, the fire hoses are revealed. Safety can be had for all. The theater and all that are left in it can be saved.

You see, you can’t fix something unless you know what it is that is broken. And right now few people are even asking the right questions, let alone finding the true answers.

Philosophers and historians have written more volumes on these words, and what they mean, than one could read in a lifetime, or even several. I’ve read many of them, and my all writings try to condense and simplify the essential knowledge that must be gained by both individuals and civilizations, and then “lived into wisdom”. Like a parent watching a beloved child headed into the seduction of drugs, easy money, and fast women (or men) and knowing it will end badly, with much loss, pain and suffering, those of us who have survived our mistakes and learned our lessons must see our warnings ignored, and our experience disdained.

While I am writing longer books on these issues that may or may not ever see publication, I post blurbs like this around the Internet, hoping to touch a few souls who may then reach a few others. So the remaining message will be brief, and those who wish to learn more will have some direction to other resources.

All our major world problems, from poverty to wars, including our current economic crisis, is at its base a spiritual crisis. Unless the spiritual confusion and darkness are resolved to a sufficient degree, the material aspects of its manifestation cannot be fully addressed or long resolved. By “spiritual” I am in not way referring to church or temple membership or attendance, wearing crosses, crescents or stars, or subscribing to creeds and dogmas that some men or women have substituted for the real thing. That “real thing” is an inner sense of being spiritually connected to the universe – to our common Creator from whence all creatures and worlds originate, and to Whom we will all someday return – IF that is our choice. This is an inner, unseen but very real sense of connectedness that can eventually be experienced by the individual. Once that happens no further proof or demonstration is needed.

That is not the answer you were looking for, perhaps, but it is nevertheless true. You are seeking the more immediate and secular answer. And so you will have it.

Would you like a one-word answer? Power. Two words? Monopoly Power. Three words? Unchecked Monopoly Power. Four? Unlimited, Unchecked Monopoly Power. Another good word is Totalitarianism, as in the economic variety.

Here are some sign posts to point “the way out.  But can you really handle the truth they contain?

as well as this site.

From much past experience, I doubt that many people will look at the information presented in those links. However, they do show us “the way out” that was the subject of this post.

I am not suggesting that people stop preparing for worst-case scenarios. On the contrary, without a change in course, we are headed straight over the cliffs and into the abyss, just as so many people are beginning to fear. But without knowing what caused the problem it is impossible to know what to fix, or rebuild something better when the status quo self-destructs.

First, ask the right questions:

Who has the real power over others? Who really controls things? Who really calls the shots? What really constitutes power? What role does wealth and money play in the distribution of power? What is wealth? What is money? How has the ownership of wealth and money evolved down through time? What is different today? What kind of government do we really have? Who controls our government? Are the checks and balances between branches of government working? Are the checks and balances between individuals, families, neighborhoods, communities, towns, cities, states, and nations working as they should? How should nations align themselves continentally or internationally? What is “sovereignty”? Who has “sovereignty”? How is sovereignty distributed now? How should it be distributed? Does it flow from the top down, as in the “divine rights of kings”? Or does it flow from the bottom up, as in a democracy? What role do laws play? Are laws created or changed from the bottom up or the top down? Is everyone subject to the law, or are some entities or corporations above the law? What role do agreements, contracts, charters, and constitutions play?

A daunting list of questions and issues to be sure, but some understanding all of them is necessary to understanding today’s economic crisis, and why it will only grow progressively worse until the system itself it changed. The body of mankind has a life-threatening cancer, and unless it is surgically removed or otherwise treated, it will consume and kill the host. As is a real individual cancer, early detection and treatment is essential to the patient’s survival. It is not at all clear now that the host, our global economic body, can be saved at this point. Nor is it clear to what degree our national economic bodies can be saved. Iceland’s has already collapsed, as did Argentina’s, Russia’s, Spain’s, and a growing list of other nations and states.
What of the USA?

Ask the above question about our nation, and then get honest answers to them. My website will help, as might the other resources I’ve listed.

The bottom line is that we have a thoroughly corrupt private (NOT government or public) monetary system, and money (currency, electronic credits and debits, etc.) is the cancer we must root out and cure or replace with a more democratic form of currency that benefits the public rather than private bankers, as is now the case. Ben Franklin and Abraham Lincoln showed us the way out.

Our wisest forefathers foresaw this day.

Jefferson, Madison, Franklin, Adams, Paine, Monroe, Jackson, Van Buren, Lincoln, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and untold others warned us about the money monopoly, the money power, the money trust, the eventual usurping of government of, by and for the people with that of, by and for the monopoly corporations.

There was a reason President James Madison said:

“History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and its issuance.”

Or Andrew Jackson’s address to Congress 1829:

“You [central bankers] are a den of vipers and thieves and I intend to rout you out, and by the eternal God, I will rout you out. If Congress has the right to issue paper money, it was given them to be used by themselves, and not to be delegated to individuals or corporations…”

Or Jefferson:

“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.” – Thomas Jefferson.

Or Lincoln:

“The government should create, issue and circulate all the currency and credit needed to satisfy the spending power of the government and the buying power of consumers….. The privilege of creating and issuing money is not only the supreme prerogative of Government, but it is the Government’s greatest creative opportunity. By the adoption of these principles, the long-felt want for a uniform medium will be satisfied. The taxpayers will be saved immense sums of interest, discounts and exchanges. The financing of all public enterprises, the maintenance of stable government and ordered progress, and the conduct of the Treasury will become matters of practical administration. The people can and will be furnished with a currency as safe as their own government. Money will cease to be the master and become the servant of humanity. Democracy will rise superior to the money power. “ – Lincoln Abraham Senate document 23, Page 91. 1865

These are but a few of hundreds of such statements that are on record warning us about the unlimited power of private money and the money-changers.  We must address and correct certain fundamental flaws in ways we conduct our financial and economic affairs.  Power corrupts, and power must be kept in some system of checks and balances so that it cannot become “absolutely corrupted”.  We must rethink our systems of checks and balances on financial power, because that can be more damaging to our world than runaway nuclear power.  We really are facing a financial Chernobyl on a scale geometrically larger than that disaster.

I especially recommend two books that tell the truth about money, and how its abuse has gained control over our lives and governments. They are The lost Science of Money, by Stephen Zarlenga, and Web of Debt, by Ellen H Brown. Other links and sources can be found throughout this my blogsite,

Let me leave you with one thought.  There has been an onslaught of criticism of the Obama Administration, from not only the extreme right, but from fiscal conservatives and from the left.  I am mindful and sympathetic to many of those criticisms, especially those that he is appointing the wrong people, and is allowing too many of the former (Bush) administration policies in place.

What so many people fail to recognize is the degree to which ANY president, or even any congressperson, is locked in the grip of those money-masters and power-masters who are actiually running our nation (USA) and all but the most remote reaches of our world.

He can only make so many changes.  He is one lone mortal man who must have allies around him.  He must cooperate with the powers that be, even while he might be working to change them.  Remember that the mainstream media and money powers are all against reforms and changes that may limit their profits and power.

Make your criticisms positive ones, helpful and constructive ones. Don’t just blame.  Suggest workable alternatives.  The operative word here is “workable”, as opposed to fanciful.

Never before in our history can unthinking, hastily spoken words do more harm to the status of mankind.  We are on the brink of either terrible disasters or unimaginable progress.  The forces of light and darkness are demanking that we choose sides.  Selfishness and greed are always aligned with darkness.  Cooperation and kindness are always aligned with the light.

We must either wake up and grow up very quickly, or perish as a people and a civilization.  The time is now.  The choice is ours.  Choose wisely and well.

The Struggle of the Ages: Government and Economics

The struggle of the ages has been for mankind, the individuals that make up mankind, to find the proper balance between individual and group sovereignty.  Sovereignty includes the power of choice, and of freedom to make choices of thought, word, and deed.  As long as there is just one individual choices can be essentially unlimited, even destructive or fatal choices are permitted, as there is no one else to consider, prohibit or to limit them.

However, as soon as two or three people, or more, become involved, it becomes obvious that some individual choices must be limited so as not to harm or interfere with the choices of the others.  So individuals in a group setting are somewhat different.  Then customs, rules and laws must come into play that allow all fair considerations in the exercise of their sovereignty of choice in relation to all others in the group.  Sensible laws are little more than a formalization of sensible rules and customs.  Customs evolve into common law.

The ideal is that all should exist and co-exist in balance and harmonious association.  Each should pull his/her own weight in contributing to group welfare as well as individual welfare.  When either individual or group consideration become unbalanced, dissonance results and relationships are inharmonious, stressful, and unpleasant.

So it is that all “civilized” government and its accompanying laws and economics have evolved,  This was once a long, slow process, with change (good or bad) coming gradually, over decades and generations, except in times of natural or man-made catastrophe like wars, famines, floods, or climate changes.  These sudden changes introduced chaos, our of which new orders arose, rapidly or gradually, depending on conditions.  Recently, with the industrial revolution, and scientific and technological “progress”, the ways entire peoples get their educations and essential information about their world have been changing.  Communications that once took months and years now are almost instantaneous through modern media, satellites, radio and TV waves, and wired and wireless communications networks.

Societies and civilizations can now have their opinions and behaviors modified for better or worse very rapidly through mass communications.  Our founding fathers, Jefferson, Franklin, Madison, et al, fully realized that a democratic republic could only be maintained via an informed and educated citizenry.  Franklin, when asked what kind of government the constitutional convention had given our new nation, the USA, replied: “A republic, madam, if you can keep it”.

Ben Franklin realized the forces of tyranny and despotism were deep-rooted and pervasive, and that self-government was going to prove a difficult task, perhaps an impossible one.  Most of our founding fathers also knew full well that if our republican government failed, it would be from within, and not from without.  The USA was blessed with natural continental protections that kept it from serious forcible threat from other nations, unlike the nations of Europe or Asia, or even South America.

So, if most of our founding fathers did not believe our nation could be conquered or overthrown from outside our borders, what did they fear, and warn us about?

This will be the topic of our next blog, and future blogs.

Stay tuned.

Jere L Hough