To not acknowledge the role of capital as a tool for the destruction of communal strength is to also not understand that that communal strength did not reside in private property and is to further not understand that property rights cannot be protected if there is some authoritarian entity that has the self proclaimed right to impose its money on all the rest – because all your property and your free choice on how to use it will be eventually lost simply because you gave up the right to determine what shall be used as money and where shall it originate.
British economist Richard Douthwaite explains how the power to issue money precedes the power to tax and how the people have no power in this situation even if they are on their own land!
“Currencies produced by one group for use by another have been instruments of exploitation and control. For example, whenever Britain, France, or one of the other colonial powers took over a territory during the “scramble for Africa” towards the end of the (eighteenth) century, one of the first actions was to introduce a tax on every household that had to be paid in a currency that the conquerors had developed for the purpose. The only way Africans could get the money to pay the tax was to work for their new rulers or supply them with crops. In other words, the tax destroyed local self-reliance, exactly as it was supposed to do . . .”
The sovereign ‘authority’ to spend and then tax is a trap by which The People are ensnared into militarism they do not want. An ancient strategy called out by David Graeber in his book “Debt: The First 5000 Years.” Simple plan really – government declares its supreme authority to issue currency and first spends it into existence on the military. Then the self proclaimed authoritarian government (same self declared nonsense as the Divine Right Of Kings) declares that The People must pay a tax with the ‘coin of the realm’ that the government first spent into existence with the military. (Yes, that very military industrial complex – the MIC – Eisenhower warned against.) And, wham, The People must do business with the MIC.
Unless and until a greater level of literacy is achieved by those who would have a more just and peaceful society there is not much hope of that ever coming about. Teach monetary literacy. bibocurrency.commoneytransparency.com
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