Ask anyone on the street about the problems that we face as a society today, ask them philosophically what is wrong and you will get a response like "corporate greed", "money is the root of all evil", "government corruption", "loss of common morals and ethics", perhaps even "racial hatred" or "the environment".
Money very well may be the root of all evil. I would argue that fear itself is the root of all evil. Money is a source of power, which can be used for good or evil. Fear of the "money power" has lead us down a path to evil.
You don't have to buy a certain brand of toothpaste, processed foods or a brand new car, or even drive a car for that matter. If it is corporate greed that is your answer, the real problem is likely that you just haven't looked in the mirror. Although corporations are occasional mistresses of government, a technological society requires this. If we want better cars and better computers then companies need co-operation from governments. These kinds of things require planning and large capital investments and a knowledge of future conditions. Voter pressure can prevent this when necessary or mitigate it. Better rules for lobbyists could be written.
In the case of environmentalism, the stated case of carbon dioxide has been self contradictory. It is nothing more than a set of examples of various propaganda techniques. Fortunately, many people have had the time and the inclination to look at both sides of the argument, and believers in any man made carbon dioxide ruining the environment theories have been virtually laughed out of existence. "Consensus", a well known propaganda technique, still has a few, including corporate media, still holding onto the nightmare or the dream, depending on which side of the United Nations banking counter one is standing. Most of the consensus is among establishment biologists and doctorates of business administration by rumor while virtually endless career atmospheric physicists are telling us it's a lie, in person, in YouTube presentations and lectures that you never hear about on corporate media. No one has a scorched earth policy and if the debate was truly over you wouldn't hear actual qualified scientists saying its a scam and doing damage to their own careers as a result.
Carbon is the one thing that remains constant in environmentalism. It causes global cooling when there is cooling, it causes global warming when there is warming. It causes temperature instabilities when cooling becomes warming or warming becomes cooling. Their models do not include the sun and clouds until recently.
Environmentalism is motivated by the fact that the financial powers beleive that a far better replacement for the war model of society would be to tax carbon. The war model needs to be replaced. Tax carbon and you tax and control life itself, more taxation will be required to support a growing debt - which is the central problem. That is the motivation of our controllers that is behind UN/Corporate environmentalism.
Political corruption is a popular answer, as if politicians, by their very nature are corrupt and that it is not the rules of the political environment that make them behave as they do. People expect politicians to jump into a pool of water without getting wet. They name certain politicians as corrupt and causing particular problems, always looking at individual trees instead of the forest, or rather, the ground that the forest depends on. Every politician elected gets labeled as corrupt by large segments of the population. People continue to visit the polls. All we have to do is elect the right candidate. All politicians must write legislation to tax the public to service the growing debt.
The answer to our problems is not philosophical, it's empirical and all the problems we face can be traced to a single source. There is the monetary reformist illustration of a group of doctors looking over a patient. One says "it's in the heart", another says "it's in the liver", another one says "it's the digestive tract". Multiple seemingly unrelated symptoms may be traced to a single problem with the blood supply. In our organic society, money serves the purpose of blood and carries energy to each of the organs.
In 1913, United States was effectively taken over by private interests. Private banks began to create interest bearing fiat currency to finance government in the form of the Federal Reserve Act. Although many people argue that the private Federal Reserve bank is effectively governed, it is a private corporation for a reason. If it was governed by the peoples "representatives" and in people's interest, it wouldn't be privately owned. It is privately owned, therefore works in the interest of it's owners. Part of the deal the government has with the private central bank is that it may borrow as much as it wishes. It does not need permission from the public. Public control of interest rates, or reduction of interest rates to near zero would not change the inherent character of the system - the inherent characteristic of debt based system is that it must collapse at some point.
Government has a permanent partner and is always in bed with private bankers. Corporations are only overnight guests that can be kicked out of bed at any time with public pressure or lobbyist reform. Government must always serve two masters, one being the banks that manage the economy and the other being the voting public and it is here that the problem in its most basic sense resides. No one can truly serve two masters.
Aristotle explains that society always has an oligarchy and that oligarchy has a different set of hopes, dreams and aspirations than ordinary people under democratic and republic governments. (In the case of a benevolent philosopher king, this conflict is eliminated). Plato illustrates society from an oligarchical point of view with members of the controlling oligarchy answering questions brought forward by Socrates regarding the subject of justice.
The Republic Of Plato is a dream or a nightmare, depending on your station in life. In our modern democracies and republics, a controlling oligarchy controls the money supply and therefore governments. He who has the gold rules. It will soon be a nightmare for even the technocrats who will argue and support the system to their last breath as the ballooning debt creates more bills to be written into laws to create the income to service the always growing debt. The very idea of privately funded governments with interest bearing currency, along with the basic character of any oligarchy with it's need of self preservation alone guarantees this. One need not look for empirical evidence.
Mao Tse Tung once said in the New York Times he would get TV's in homes in Communist China. Communist China had the same degree of control of their people, but required armed soldiers to be everywhere. Mass propaganda is a cheaper and simpler control mechanism. We live in a propaganda driven state that creates a set of fears that blinds people to the common link of all fears, just as a deer is blinded from seeing the side of the road when being approached by headlights on a highway.
It is fear itself that creates an individual that is most receptive to propaganda and everyone knows that propaganda can be used to create fear. Corporate media, think-tank and unaccountable tax free NGO's created and propaganda driven phoney terrorism and phoney environmentalism create a myriad of fears. No one can escape propaganda, and asking anyone to define would be like asking a fish to define water. Propaganda is ubiquitous, from public education to suggestive entertainment media to the "bubble headed bleached blond" on the set on the eleven o'clock news every night. The fears create ostensible reasons to write more legislation.
Its not what they say, it's what they do not say. People graduate public school and post secondary education without even a slight understanding of politics or economics. A few people know what a Keynesian economic system is and how, in its current form is shaped to serve a controlling oligarchy, those who own the banks and control the money supply. Almost no one knows what "debt money" is, it is like J.K. Galbraith said "...it warps the mind...". Few people understand that the current monetary system must in fact collapse at some point in time.
People talk about what scares them and the nature of the monetary system isn't scary, at least until it is understood. It is ubiquitous, yet not immediate. Cancer is a fear, most people fear the decline of the economy. Fear is as ubiquitous in our lives as is propaganda. It forms our objective consciousness and the subjective entertainment media provides an escape.
Most common politicians have almost no background in formal understanding of political science, the true nature of the monetary system or even know that "Law" is not synonymous with "Legal". They are as much victims of both propaganda and the small box thinking of common technocrats as everyone else. Only a few politicians at the federal level even know what United Nations Agenda 21 is.
The necessity of a propaganda driven society is a direct consequence of the monetary system. The type on monetary system in modern Western democracies is the worse kind of monetary system imaginable. This same system has been spread around the world through all the wars of this century. The World Bank and IMF lend money to all countries now, with the exception of Syria and North Korea. Countries that have been said to stand against the USA have printed their own money. "War is fought for money"
If everyone tuned into this specific problem the money establishment would be in serious trouble. The phoney threat of environmental disaster has many people that care about anything outside themselves living in fear, locked in the headlights and unable to see the root of their fear and the solution to eliminate it. They trust their gods, the scientists, in corporate media. A scientist without corporate media approval has no credibility. They will say they do not automatically believe everything they hear, but they do, as long as the message is delivered by an approved scientists. Its as if scientists on TV have been given a truth serum and cannot lie because "science doesn't lie". The Left has become non-intellectual and non thinking because they live in fear.
The idea that natural contractions in the economy can be fixed with more loans to governments is the basic premise of Keynesian macro-economics. The economy expands while incurring a greater and greater debt, requiring more and more expansion. Contractions can be fixed with more loans. The contraction of the economy in 1929 lead to the chapter 11 bankruptcy of the governments in 1933. There is no longer enough money in the economy to pay the Federal debt. Governments are now operated by private financial institutions. Policy is written by the think tanks of the banking system.
Interest bearing loans made to governments by private sources as well as consumer loans made by private sources require a constantly expanding economy. Every dollar in circulation bears interest for private interest. The money in your pocket is earning interest for someone, someone else is making these payments. A constantly expanding economy is necessary in the form of more loans so that interest payments on the money in circulation can be made. Both the government and the people are insolvent, due to the fact that there is simply not enough money in circulation to pay back all of the loans.
There is no reason for the ultra rich to believe their share of this debt is equal to that of the middle classes, and every reason not think on these terms. Assets that are created from debt money are not owned by their "registered owners". They can be taken away anytime with the stoke of a pen in the form of a new act or statute created from a bill submitted to congress or parliament. We all know perfectly well what a bill is. In this sense the Legalist terminology is not obscure.
The Legal system provides an ostensible reason for assets to be taken from their owners, but the very fact that they can shows that the people do not own the assets they work and pay for with what money they have after being robbed with the fraudulent "income tax".
The money that any one who is not an owner of the private Federal Reserve has in their hands is not theirs. If I lend someone something of mine, and they sell it to someone else, that thing is still mine. The money is not lawfully ours because we agree that this debt actually exists. But there is no actual value associated with the money that lies outside the fact that people work for it. But every dollar worked for is owed, therefore not the property of its holder in a lawful (rational) sense.
It is a maxim of law that a debtor has no rights. Law has been built on custom and that custom is referred to as the Law Merchant, the customs, rationally developed to facilitate commerce, the true purpose of laws. The world is a lawful place, this is necessary to support commerce but the word "law" by definition means almost "Absolute Truth", but not quite, it's built on maxims that are rational and is therefore rational. Most people think in a Legalist context and cannot see the irrationality and absurdity from which the Legal system operates. They see delays in the courts, attorneys, politicians and judges getting away with murder, but cannot link this to something seemingly unrelated, such as phoney terrorism, phoney environmentalism or the rise in cancer, just as a heart problem may be understood to be unrelated to the liver.
Lawfully the money has no value outside peoples willingness to work for it. The privately owned banks do not add a substantive value to the money, only the people do. Therefore the debt is not owed. Ignorance of law creates the debt.
The Legal system was first conceived in ancient China and was created to obfuscate rational law on behalf of a ruling class. The Legalist's were shortly overthrown by the Confucianism. Propaganda and the careful use of language by our programmers has made the term "Legal" synonymous with the word law. Law and money are part of the same system. If the money is debt based and designed to separate the people from the products of their labour, the legal system must support and justify this. The word "represent" as our attorneys and politicians do for us, is not synonymous with "act in our interest". Attorneys and politicians obfusgate the true nature of the system and the fact that their job is to attorn our assets over to the financial institutions. An attorney is not the same thing as a lawyer and there are no lawyers. An attorney will protect your legal rights, but cannot protect your lawful rights because only debtors have attorneys. "The first thing we do is kill all the lawyers".
On the private side, you buying a car, fiat currency and fractional reserve banking gives low interest rates and makes sense. Debt based money can make sense, borrowing drives the economy. It permits business minded people to rise above their current station in life. A gold standard without fractional reserve banking would have interest rates too high for commoners to borrow. Fractional reserve banking creates the dream and the freedom that many people once had. It is a logical and fair system that benefits everyone.
Fractional reserve banking does not create the problem we face. The problem is privately funded governments and their constant need to raise more tax money to service an always expanding debt. Threats to public safety provide an ostensible reason to increase taxation and service the debt. Taxing carbon is ideal for this task.
The only chance of recovery is to change the monetary system from a debt based system to an asset based system. This will create an environment where people do own their own money and therefore the assets which they purchase. True property rights could be restored. Asset money based systems can take many forms. The next article in this series, "Money: Experimenting With Heaven" will explain the benefits of an asset based monetary system.
In solving any problem the first step is to define it. It is bad thinking to believe that a problem cannot be solved before it is defined. It is also bad thinking to believe that if a problem is defined, and you do not have a solution, then no one has a solution. It is my belief that if this problem was well understood, a solution would appear, since the money system that will destroy our economy is based on a lie.
 Dirty Laundry (Don Henly)
 The Republic Of Plato
The Technological Society by Jaques Ellul
Aristotle "The Politic"
The Report From Iron Mountain (free PDF)
Club Of Rome: The Next Global Revolution (free PDF online)
Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars (free PDF online)