‘So you think that money is the root of all evil? Have you ever asked what is the root of money? Money is a tool of exchange, which can’t exist unless there are goods produced and men able to produce them… Money is not the tool of the moochers, who claim your product by tears, or of the looters, who take it from you by force. Money is made possible only by the men who produce. Is this what you consider evil?’ – FD
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The Colors of Soft Revolution.
I have often written regarding Capitalism being the Default State of Economics.
Capitalism is a response to Statist Governing Theories which finds “communal” rights to all wealth and the labor that creates it.
Are we seeing the emergence of Black and Gray in the United States? Or, at least, are we seeing it at a level that will attract government attention?
If the United States were indeed a “Capitalist” Economy, how could we be seeing an “increase” in Capitalism? The Foubdersdesigned the country to embrace Free-Market Trade as our economic model because it preserves Individual Freedom and our Natural Right to Personal Property. So what happened? I will leave you with that question… since everything I have posted over the last year relates to the answer one way or another. My mission today is to communicate an observation.
We have witnessed the rise of this phenomena for a several years now… as have others… and others. But the tipping point will be when Underground Markets receive vocal attention from those occupying office, be it our representatives or bureaucrats in the IRS. It will be couched in “fairness” and called “tax evasion“. If you use cash, you will be colored a criminal. Accept it, or spend it… it will not matter.
The War on Black and Gray markets goes back as far as governments have taxed through force… Those who believe all things good are bestowed upon the citizens from those in government have long fought with the general population attempting to destroy any free-trade residing in the shadows which protects it from taxation. It has even been proposed ridding society of physical “money” that has historically served to replace direct trade of commodities and serves to make wealth more “elastic”. Please refer again to the Classic, and Mandatory, Read for any intellectually curious person; Economics in One Lesson.
So why is this important?
The importance lies in the fact that increase in such activity is nothing less than a Soft Revolution. And, this Soft Revolution appears to be on the rise in the U.S.
What is interesting is that even those who profess to support the idea that all things good come from government also are participating in this activity… which illustrates to me their state of denial and dissonance in which they stumble through their lives.
But that aside, the rise of Black and Gray Markets, or “Underground Economies” is the first step. It’s the first step in a direction of turmoil. It’s the first step, when formally recognized by “those in charge” and who have deemed themselves the “right” to your productivity leads to ever-increasing oppression using the tools of government… otherwise known as force. Watch for a “War” being declared on such activity by the government. It will be impossible to ignore.
I am not passing judgement on those who do, or do not, use cash to pay for things. I’m simply observing and in turn publicizing a moment in time which has been repeated throughout history. A phase that many of us don’t recognize because we lack that historical frame of reference.
The legal avoidance of taxes, even the illegal evasion of them, by an ever-growing percentage of the population does not portend well for what is in store. It’s not just “the rich”… it’s everybody.
It starts Soft… and gets Harder.
In the end, we all stand to get screwed.