By: Tom Chatham
The number of Americans now receiving government food assistance is over 47 million. If this economic plunge continues as is likely, even more people will go on the government dole. It is a foregone conclusion that the government wants more people dependant on the federal government for their everyday needs. With the current money printing going on it is also a foregone conclusion that our fiat money system will collapse at some point.
As the dollar is devalued watch for the government to increasingly turn to electronic money as a way to keep up with the increased needs for commerce. They will explain how it is much cheaper for the nation than printing all of that paper and minting all of those expensive coins. Also watch for the EBT card, or a new government card to become a multi use card where all government payments and benefits are deposited for use. This will give the government the ability to instantly impose a new electronic currency when the old one breaks down. Those that are not on the government dole will have to sign up for a card or find themselves locked out of most commerce. With the use of mobile devices the advent of a cashless society is much easier and plausible than ever before.
Electronic currencies are a way for those in charge to control everything the public does. With all transactions taking place electronically, the government will know immediately what you are buying and can even control what your electronic currency can buy. The EBT cards now used cannot be used to buy vitamins. That poses the question, why would the government allow the purchase of junk food with these cards but not something that can keep you healthy? That would imply they want a lot of sick, overweight people in this country. That would be beneficial to the pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies which had a hand in writing the Obamacare legislation.
With an EBT card they can control exactly what you are allowed to eat and if the system is expanded to all transactions, it can include what you wear, read, drive, where you live and how much you can save. If they control what you can buy and your card has a use it or loose it financial cap on it, you will be inclined to spend and buy what they want you to buy, eliminating the ability to save for your future.
With an electronic system it will be easier to identify those that are stocking up on certain things which might be considered anti government. With a cashless society the purchase of guns and ammo would be easy to eliminate. With the current war on gardens around the country it would be easy to prevent the purchase of seeds and canning supplies to produce and preserve your own food. With the current state of electronic devices it would be easy for someone’s every move to be tracked continuously. This could be the governments “solution” to the problem they created by printing too much money.
Many people would dismiss these things out of hand but they have some sinister implications. With the current move of the government to the extreme left, these things become more probable every day. Private property and privacy are not something true socialists care about or even understand. It is the cause of the social, economic and environmental destruction we now see around the world.
What should a person who cares about liberty and privacy do? Many are already taking the steps to limit the extent of damage that the coming catastrophe will incur on their lives. The acquisition of gold, silver, diamonds and other hard assets to act as a store of wealth for future use, the storing of food and household goods and the purchase of land and equipment to produce the things they need are all things those paying attention are doing to insure they can care for their families in the future. The acquisition of knowledge once considered common knowledge to our grandparents is being resurrected. The advent of barter groups and currencies to operate outside of the governments control are slowly increasing in numbers and the increasing use of alternate energy systems to insure access to electricity and fuels for vehicles is spreading.
The world is changing and not for the better. The crisis we now find ourselves in will get much worse before it improves. Those that have complete faith in the government and the money printers will never see it coming. Those that bask in the warm glow of government control eventually find themselves consumed in its uncontrolled fires.