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ONCE UPON A TIME IN A FAR OFF LAND ...

... people worked on the land and provided for their needs: air, water, food, clothing, and housing were there. For the most part, they didn't need a lot of money.

It was in the 1920s that a concerted national effort began to bring more people and their savings into the money-based market economy in order to boost profits for the few large corporations that produced and sold and controlled nearly everything.

The purpose underlying the manipulation was to take away the control and independence people have over their own lives, and make them dependent on money-based marketplace solutions for everything. Water, food, housing, clothing, even services provided by the government.

Today, we already have more than enough to provide for all our needs. All 310 million of us. It's just misallocated, based on our individual decisions which collectively support the continued misallocation of resources.

We must make different decisions or we'll ensure we end up losing what little control or independence we have left. I believe thatís called ... slavery.
From "Lest We Capitalists Forget,"
A speech I delivered June 22, 2011


"THE DATA CONFIRMS WHAT MANY OF US HAVE BEEN FEELING:

Once our basic needs are met, more possessions and more money, for which there's a price to pay in stress, time, and work, actually doesn't make us any happier or give us more satisfying lives. The global economy is built on a single assumption that is starting to look pretty shaky. If this assumption is false, the global economy could face a major crisis just with a change of public mood. It is almost impossible to overstate the significance of this potential. This consumption-based economic system has most of the world tied into it, even those who aren't aspired to join. It depends on the cycle being whole, and if any part is withdrawn, the system could fall over.

This could be the aikido of political revolutions."

From "The Great Disruption" By Paul Gilding










 

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