Staying Motivated in Today’s World

I have a good friend named Baron in Los Angeles. He plays in a rock band, Manic Automatic, and he really deserves credit for getting my interested in looking into the ill effects of the Federal Reserve on American society. He’s going through a rough time in his life right now. Part of it is just those moments we all go through as we age and realize that all the dreams we had growing up have gone unfulfilled, but part of it probably related to his politics. He shares my Libertarian outlook on American politics and that means that, unlike the vast majority of the politically aware American public, he never gets to really celebrate when looking at an election result. Instead he just seems to get increasingly disgusted with a world that seems comprised almost entirely of sheep and the shepherds in the banking industry who are there to sheer them. I understand his frustration because I feel it too.

I was reminded of this recently when I was listening to Andrew Gause being interviewed on Mr. Gause wrote the book, Secret World of Money
as well as Uncle Sam Cooks The Books. At one point during the interview he talked about studying the Federal Reserve for over thirty years and that over that time he had gone from trying to awaken people to action to simple acceptance of what was going on. I don’t have nearly the length of time under my belt that he has, but I have also reached the same sentiment. 

As Morpheous says in the movie The Matrix “You have to understand that most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inert, so hopelessly dependent on the system that they will fight to protect it.” And so it is with us. Americans can be made to understand that their monetary system is entirely run by a banking cartel that pursues its own interests well ahead of considering theirs, but most of them just don’t care. For those politically minded enough to even be able to follow, the Federal Reserve is part of an indispensable system that they need in order to make the beliefs they are truly passionate about doable. After all, the Republicans want war and the Democrats want the socialized medicine. Neither of those things would really be doable in the absence of a fiat money system. 

And so we go through life; we are surrounded by people who simply don’t realize what’s going on. They are either to apathetic or ignorant to care or they have allowed themselves to be so deluded that they can’t understand the problem outside of the a political framework that makes the problem unsolvable. Few people understand what a gold standard is, what’s our Constitution says about gold and silver being legal tender, or that the world we live in today is not so much better than the old that those ideas have not lost their relevance. Of the few people out there who do care, they are typically so distrustful of the system that they believe so many conspiracies as to simply file “Federal Reserve” as just another conspiracy they believe in such as the JFK assassination or that 9/11 was an inside job. Being a scholar of the Federal Reserve is a lonely life. 

I think the problem here stems from the impossibility of the situation we realize we are in. The world’s banking system is so entrenched that we few who really understand what is happening could never hope to dislodge it. What are we to do then? I say we simply come to terms with this fact; that we put our arms around it and really accept that no matter how much proof we amass as to who is really going on, we will be powerless to change it. Our true power comes in being able to use our knowledge for our own personal gain. 

What? Did you think I was going to say that we use our knowledge for good? What’s good in this world? When the voting population of the United States votes to re-elect George Bush so that he can continue to mortgage our nation’s future fighting a war that was started with a lie, what meaning does this notion of good really have. Sure, we should try to be good to each other and we should engage in a system of ethics such that we improve the sphere of our world that is right around us, but the more money we have, the more good we can do. Instead of blindly investing our money like sheep and allowing ourselves to be sheared, why not use our knowledge to enrich ourselves? 

I’ve been able to soundly beat the stock market year after year and most of that comes from simply trying to figure our what’s really going on in the world and reacting accordingly. When I come to the investing landscape with full knowledge of what’s really going in in the world and everyone else is employing a buy and hope philosophy, I’m at a huge advantage. I have enjoyed using this advantage to enrich myself and I will continue to do so in the future. Why bother trying to save a world that doesn’t want saving when you can gain access to wealth through predicting the Fed’s next move?

I don’t know about you, but those thoughts are what gets me out of bed in the morning. To indulge in the idea that we can somehow defeat the world’s banking system is folly. Sure, we can show how the world is worse off because of it, but no one really cares. We have to accept that most people simply don’t want to be unplugged and instead use the powers that we do have to lead extraordinary lives.

4 thoughts on “Staying Motivated in Today’s World”

  1. Hey Preston, have you looked into living somewhere else? I don’t mean that in a rude way. I mean, have you looked into the countries of the world and found one that is not entirely ruled by corruption and bankers? One that’s a bit more your style?

    I feel another way we can create change is to vote with our feet and take our value with us. If you have enough money to invest or have needed skills, most countries in the world will be happy to accept you.

    Norway was a great experience for me because it taught me that you can have a fiscally conservative yet socially liberal government. Norway not only wasn’t in debt, it had money to spare. Taxes were high, costs were high, but I felt like I was part of something much bigger than myself. Most people I knew there didn’t feel outrage about paying those taxes because the government generally did good things for the people with the money. There was a bit of corruption, there were scandals sometimes, but on the whole it was a great place and I often wish I could return.

    France taught me that it is possible to have an engaged society that debates everything. I had many long lunches with friends, questioning life, politics, philosophy… everything. France has its problems, to be sure. They are different problems than the USA faces, in many regards. It was eye-opening to realize that countries could have their problems yet still function on a basic level. That you could move somewhere and trade one set of problems for another set of problems that was more to your liking. A doctor paid me a house call — a house call! — after I had been ill for a week with strep throat. Sometimes the bus drivers or the metro drivers would go on strike and make it really hard to get the laundry done but… house calls!

    The luckiest thing that ever happened to me, I think, was that I had to have emergency abdominal surgery the week before I came back to the USA. The cost was minimal. Once I came back to the USA, no health insurer would accept me because of “pre-existing conditions”. Had I come down with peritonitis just a week later, I would have been on the hook for tens of thousands of dollars in emergency care despite the fact that I was financially able to pay $500 a month or some other ungodly amount for free-market health insurance.

    I think some of the more “socialist” countries in Europe have struck a nice balance (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Holland). Some haven’t (UK, France, Germany, etc).

    Maybe there’s a place in the world where you would feel such a nice balance has been struck?

    PS: The reason my name changed to “Cat” is because many European languages have no sound for “th”. Rather than become “Kat-ee” or “Kaz-ee” I decided that almost anyone could pronounce “Cat”.

  2. It is frustrating isn’t it? The more you know the more you realize how isolated you are. Ignorance IS bliss!

    I originally learned about the true power behind the government from a most unlikely source, a TV preacher. Dr. Gene Scott who died a couple of years ago spent used to be on TV 24/7 either live or via video tape. Most of his best stuff was eventually archived on his website and was free to download. He spent a lot of time talking about corrupt government agencies (particularly the FCC), the CFR, the Trilateral Commission, uber rich banking families, etc. After his death, his young wife took over the church and almost immediately removed all the downloadable material. Very recently one of his students who had downloaded all the files made them available to the world via a couple of websites and a torrent site. To his dismay, almost nobody showed any interest in this unique and most valuable content. Too busy watching CSI or the Lakers, I suppose.

    Your blog tells me, Preston, that you care deeply and I hope you never abandon your work here. You never know when something you’ve written will inspire somebody else to action that may lead to a better society. We must continue to resist!

    Hey Cat, have you got a cool place to live that doesn’t involve frostbite?


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