October 15, 2002
During one of the first classes in economics, a professor will take a dollar bill out of his wallet and hold it up for the class. He asks his students, "What is this?" Of course most will shout. "One dollar." The prof will say, "Yes, but what else is it?" Replies will include: legal currency; basis of our economy; and piece of paper. Then he will state, "All your responses are true, but what it really is....is a belief system. People believe that this piece of paper with printing on it has a specific value. That value is established in the minds of people, not by physical measure. It is an abstract idea, not a concrete material thing." Most students will from that point on, realize how ephemeral the value of money actually is.
Money is like Tinker Bell in the final scene of the play, Peter Pan. If people do not believe, it will fade away. But, of course, people do want to believe and the spot-light on Tinker Bell brightens with the loud cheering of the audience.
The management of money by the Federal Reserve is the management of a belief system and Alan Greenspan, is its pope. One of his concerns in recent years has been inflation. Most inflationary cycles are caused by hikes in the price of petroleum. Greenspan blames wage increases and there has been a wide scale roll back on wages. He also throttles inflation by strangling people via interest rates. It is a brute force lever changing the lives of people.
As money is a belief system, such fear based manipulations cause people to cut back on expectations and thus the value in people's minds becomes "fixed" or non-inflationary. The rich become richer and the poor, poorer.
As the present one dollar bill is full of Masonic and Illuminati symbology, towards what purpose are the thoughts and energies of 280 million Americans and billions of people world-wide going?
There is power in symbols. The symbols on the dollar are not evil, but are spiritual geometrics which have been used by people for thousands of years, and now have been put to corrupt uses. A small number of people control all the major belief systems in the world and the currencies of the world are a big part of that control. As those in control see the people of the world as their unwitting servants, then indentured servitude is the thought behind all banking, taxation and politics. The aura around money is dark, especially on notes which have been in circulation for a long time.
The greed of executives in Enron and many other companies is a symptom of the malaise at the top of the world banking pyramid. The money-gnomes cannot control the world any longer. They are cashing in their stocks and collapsing corporations. The greedy ones think that they will scoop up companies for pennies on the dollar and resume business as usual with even more control.
Employees, shareholders and taxpayers are left holding the bag.
Six billion people have taken the controls away from the few. The values of currencies are determined by the needs of the many not the needs of the few. Any belief system is ultimately democratic and serves the greatest good for the greatest number. The one world is taking power from the One Worlders of the NWO.
Slavery is imposed from above. King Cotton of the South fed the mills of England. The factory owners were in the position to determine the value of their manufactured apparel and dictate the prices which would be paid to cotton growers. That price did not include a living wage for all the workers, deliberately creating the conditions which reenforced the existing slave system. Slavery is imposed by those who dictate what value money has and to whom it should be given.
Slavery has been making a comeback. Cocoa bean plantations in Ivory Coast, Africa, are harvested by slaves from Burkina and other neighboring nations. The world price for chocolate is supposed to be determined by supply and demand. In truth, it is determined by the multinationals who purchase the cocoa. Production in some parts of the world has collapsed due to diseases and pests. Yet commodity brokers say there is a glut of chocolate. Who is to be believed? As the multinationals have long manipulated commodity markets for their own ends, like the textile mill owners 150 years ago, they have not been paying a living wage to those harvesting beans.
To the people in Ivory Coast, including the plantation owners, there is no recourse or negotiations back to head office for improved prices and wages, except rebellion. Ivory Coast just had a rebellion. The value and consideration given to harvesters in Third World countries is little. The belief system of those heading the corporations is poisonous and destructive.
If a good wage was paid to cocoa bean pickers and all other workers in Africa then the whole economy of the continent will pick up. The cycles of colonial servitude will be broken.
Paying good wages is not included in the budgets of the multinational food corporations.
Great Plains farmers are slaves to multinational food companies. The farm product is essential to every nation but the dollar value given for the crops is inadequate. Commodity markets take their marching orders from the corporate purchasers not the family farm producers. The farmer cannot strike or withhold his services without going bankrupt. Most farmers believe it is unethical in a hungry world for them to stop planting their crops.
Because of problems in the "scarcity driven" determination of price of basic commodities, success in production means impoverishment of the producer. It is utterly Orwellian that a good crop means bankruptcy. The American taxpayer is forced to bail-out farmers in order to keep food on the table.
Instead of a Supply-Side Theory, There should be a TOTAL-NEEDS of all facets of business budgeting.
Current economic gurus, supply-side theorists, have reinvented slavery. Many commodity markets are based in Chicago. Those who set up this system do not care about people or the small entrepreneur upon which the actual value of the product or service is based. Farmers are not included in the economic model for more than 5% of capital expenses. Indentured servitude.
A living wage, has been the call of trade unionists for decades, but the leaders of unions are cutting back on that expectation in their negotiations. Where a living wage is included in labour settlements, there are happier employees; children are less likely to be neglected and crime rates drop. "A worker is worth his hire," is a quote from St. Paul in one of his letters. Although it was in reference to spreading the word, there is the greater context of ALL manners of work.
Going back to the start of this essay, as money is a belief system and monetary value is determined by people, then the needs of the individual should be the bedrock upon which all value is determined. In a functioning, thriving economy, this is a given. People look after one another. The system is poisoned when those who control the direction of money flow are selfish such as those who are now at the top of the banking world. If they want greater wealth, they should be concerned with providing recognition, in the form of goods and money, for services rendered. The money will come back to them multiplied. The worker is worth her hire, the farm owner is worth his hire, the bean picker is worth his hire, the small company is worth its hire.
But the NWO system breeds tyrants, despots, bullies and greedy people who do not serve their countries because those who set up the system are spiritually sick. The solution to this sickness is Love. Love is the greatest belief system as it overcomes the love of money. Love one another, serve one another.
Regardless of what the NWO plans are, for iron-fisted control of the world and its belief systems, people will vote with their feet and walk away from the tyrants, monetarily and in every other way possible.
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Money, a Belief System
By Zuerrnnovahh-Starr Livingstone