I've been familiar with AJ's videos on youtube for years now, it's hard or me to get other people to watch them because as soon as I say "inside job" I get the all-too-familiar eye-roll and it's like they don't even want to give the truth a chance. Well next time his show is making a major topic out of either taxes, or wall street, I'd like to call in sometime with this rant. Taxes are not the moneypit that so-called "libertarians", "constitutionalist" and other lumped in irate "tea partiers" have been tricked to believe. It's time to wake up and realize that the public money and the public are not the enemy. I want my garbage hauled away by services. I don't want to pave my own roads. I do want to raise my own food, build my own cars, but I don't have the capital to even start that up, much less pay hand over fist to keep the regulators/big industry protection racketeers from from shutting me down. We have entered an orwellian world some time ago, and the first "newspeak" term to ever be uttered is FREE MARKET.
This so-called free market is not a mug's game, and it's far from free, because win or lose, you're gonna pay to play in the business world. The "free" market is a tragically misnomered system purposely devised such that that huge imaginary sums of wealth are traded which don't represent anything of physical value; it's a giant ponzi scheme that inevitably crashes and we lose over thirty trillion dollars worldwide, money that was physically vested in ink on paper, or bits on a computer drive. Imaginary money that these asshole bankers in switzerland, monaco and so forth expect somehow returned with real money.
This "free" "market" is a system in which a company with an inferior product and vast capital reserves can *always* squeeze out the startups and smaller companies out there to make their superior products - see, the little guys don't have the same capital resources to afford equivalent judicial representation, nor equivalent legislative representation. The house and senate seats, the court cases - these are the things in our free market economy which ultimately decide who the big players will be. And when one of the big guys go down, the community pays for it - but not the Wall Street community - your community, your physical neighborhood. It feels like we've been instituting some kind of corporate communism in the guise of a free-market economy for God-knows-how-long. And the WSJ and all these neocons so quick to label everything else communist, well as Shakespeare or someone said, "I think thou dost protest too much"
But of course, with strongarm-capable capital also comes the deplorable, deceiving, and downright disgusting marketing we have to put up with as the end-level consumers anymore. What we get away with in marketing these days may be the biggest crime of all. Prescription medicines ads telling us to demand our doctors which colorful little to prescribe - why make anything prescription anymore? Half the cable channels hawking these fake sugar pills to make men less insecure about their genitals? MLM and get-rich-quick scams on the other half of the channels all morning between 3 and 7? And someone out there is actually scratching their head, wondering why nobody wants to buy any damn thing anymore? Maybe we're tired of being tricked into buying crap we don't need or can't even afford, we're tired of staring at confusing service plans and colorful product displays.
Maybe it's time to go back to being honest with what we are allowed to sell, so that it becomes profitable again to sell an honest product at an honest price. Maybe we need to go back to the days where the product for sale actually existed before some scumbag had put together the insulting marketing stunt to sell it. And maybe we should go back to trading things that only have real, physical value, and just eliminate these, what, these "complex securities", hell all these futures, and derivatives, and all the rest of the damned monopoly money on Wall Street, which has sucked more wealth out of middle class america than all the taxes and social security receipts combined. Take your anger to wall street, and take away everything they've used to screw us, up to (but hopefully excluding) the point of pitchforks and torches. Don't get rid of it completely, just leave the 5% or so of moral investment options available - shares in businesses, commodities, real estate, and things that have direct equity and physical value. It's time to stop paying real money for imaginary wealth. And when China says we're pulling your $1T in treasury bills, we'll say come and f***ing take it out of out dead, bloodied fists.