by Jeff Berwick: The
Fear of Gold
conception of the State is all embracing; outside of it no human
or spiritual values can exist, much less have value. Thus understood,
Fascism, is totalitarian, and the Fascist State – a synthesis
and a unit inclusive of all values – interprets, develops,
and potentates the whole life of a people. – Benito Mussolini,
I never watch
the State of the Union in the US. I just can’t stand someone looking
into my eyes and lying to me for an hour. But I sometimes like to
skim the transcripts after, mostly for entertainment, to see how
they spin everything.
But the one
thing I’ve noticed is there are never any tangible plans or strategies
laid out. It’s pure demagoguery. But, behind the scenes, the US
Government is working to transform the country in leaps and bounds…
and not for the better.
in Barack O’Bomber’s 2013 budget is actually a plan to all but outright
nationalize the US Economy.
DE FACTO NATIONALIZATION OF THE US ECONOMY
In the budget
it proposes to raise the dividend tax rate to the higher personal
income tax rate of 39.6% that will kick in next year. Add in the
planned phase-out of deductions and exemptions, and the rate hits
41%. Then add the 3.8% investment tax surcharge in ObamaCare, and
the new dividend tax rate in 2013 would be 44.8%… nearly three
times today’s 15% rate.
just what dividend recipients have to pay. Before they even see
a penny the corporations have to pay taxes on their profit. Assuming
a maximum 35% corporate tax rate and a 44.8% dividend tax, the total
tax on corporate earnings passed through as dividends would be 64.1%.
You read that
right. The only way as an investor to take profits out of US corporations
next year will be after the US Government takes 64.1% of the profit.
Think you can avoid it by keeping your gains via capital gains?
The top rate for capital gains will be 39.6% in 2013 also, effectively
the same rate as the dividend rate.
In other words,
nearly 2/3rds of all productive gains will be expropriated by the
and all but one member
of the US Congress are socialists. The lesson learned with the fall
of the Soviet Union was that Socialism of the "Russian Pattern"
simply could not function.
What was made
clear to those in control, was that the path ahead in the 21st
century was to be modeled on the "German Pattern" as Ludwig
von Mises termed it:
economic system completely planned and controlled by the government
while retaining many of the labels and nominal forms of capitalism.
A form of socialism
(q.v.) which retains the appearance and terminology of the market
economy while in fact private ownership of the means of production,
real buying and selling, and real market prices, wages and interest
rates no longer exist because all production activities and
product allocations are directed and controlled by government orders
which all participants are bound to obey unconditionally. This form
of socialism was put into operation in Germany during the Nazi regime
(1933-1945) but collapsed with the German defeat in World War II.
The German term is Zwangswirtschaft
(q.v.), a compulsory economic system.
made clear how this insidious system differed from the overt Socialism
of the Soviet Union when he stated:
activity and each need of the individual will thereby be regulated
by the party as the representative of the general good. There will
be no license, no free space, in which the individual belongs to
himself. This is socialism — not such trifles as the private
possession of the means of production. Of what importance is that
if I range men firmly within a discipline they cannot escape? Let
them then own land or factories as much as they please. The decisive
factor is that the State, through the party, is supreme over them,
regardless whether they are owners or workers. All that, you see,
is unessential. Our socialism goes far deeper.”
Government is following in Hitler’s footsteps, still allowing the
nominal ownership of the means of production, but remaining “supreme
over them”. Supreme to the tune of 64.1% of all profits!
Of course the
Neo-National Socialism being practiced by the beltway goes much
deeper than merely expropriating wealth – the US Federal Government
is currently attempting to codify into law every conceivable aspect
of its "citizens" lives.
Register, created in 1935, is only the tip of the iceberg. In 2002
the Register contained 75,606 pages delineating everything from
street signs to the armaments of the military industrial complex.
On top of that, as George Reisman points out: "there are presently
fifteen federal cabinet departments, nine of which exist for the
very purpose of respectively interfering with housing, transportation,
healthcare, education, energy, mining, agriculture, labor, and commerce"
Each one of
these federal departments has a multitude
of sub-departments that employ thousands upon thousands of bureaucrats.
In total there are over 1,300 federal government agencies, employing
over 1,774,000 people whose sole purpose is to extend Federal Power
over the lives of those who happen to have the misfortune of living
within the territorial boundaries of the USSA.
Now of course,
what use are laws, if you aren’t enforcing them? According to Harvey
A. Silverglate, the average American commits three
felonies a day.
is only a slight exaggeration to say that the average busy professional
in this country wakes up in the morning, goes to work, comes home,
takes care of personal and family obligations, and then goes to
sleep, unaware that he or she likely committed several federal crimes
that day. Why? The answer lies in the very nature of modern federal
criminal laws, which have become not only exceedingly numerous and
broad, but also impossibly vague. As the Morissette
scenario indicated, federal criminal laws have become dangerously
disconnected from the English common law tradition and its insistence
on fair notice, so prosecutors can find some arguable federal crime
to apply to just about any one of us, even for the most seemingly
innocuous conduct (and since the mid-1980s have done so
So with so
many laws being broken, and the just nature of these laws unquestionable
(this being the land of the free), it is absolutely necessary that
the state prosecute them to their fullest extent. Currently there
are over 800,000 federal, state and local law enforcement personnel
employed to apprehend those guilty of these "crimes".
You know, selling milk, organic vegetables, bits of mildly psychoactive
plants, "insider" trading, not showing proper respect
to an agent of the state, producing coins, dancing in Washington
Monument, or even celebrating
with your fellow students:
2011 annual Wheeler Block Party at Western Illinois University (WIU)
was met with brute force this year as a “multi-jurisdictional task
force” was sent in to intimidate students with long-range acoustic
device (LRAD) sound weapons, tear gas, riot gear, dogs, and even
physical assaults – all for no apparent reason.
The US Federal
government is currently militarizing the Local and State police
forces – SWAT teams have become ubiquitous even in small towns,
with armoured cars being granted to all:
tight budgets at entirely levels of government, the U.S. Department
of Homeland Security (DHS) is still giving local law enforcement
agencies military vehicles. According to a report in The Huffington
Post, a small town in New Hampshire was set to receive an armored
personnel vehicle before one local resident launched a petition
drive to block the acquisition.
And to top
it all off, the Federal Government, under the auspices of the Department
of Homeland Security has created 72 Threat Fusion Centers to coordinate
the enforcement arm of the Neo-National Socialist state. And who
is in their sights? According to the 2009
MIAC report, those who desire freedom:
MIAC report specifically describes supporters of presidential candidates
Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin, and Bob Barr as "militia" influenced
terrorists and instructs the Missouri police to be on the lookout
for supporters displaying bumper stickers and other paraphernalia
associated with the Constitutional, Campaign for Liberty, and Libertarian
CHANCE TO STOP THIS?
As I alluded
to in the beginning of this article, there is one man who not only
recognizes all of this for what it is, but is brave enough to speak
the truth to power.
Here is Ron
Paul speaking in Kansas City Missouri four days ago:
slipped away from a true Republic," Paul said. "Now we’re
slipping into a fascist system where it’s a combination of government
and big business and authoritarian rule and the suppression of the
individual rights of each and every American citizen."
of the Ludwig von Mises Institute speaks to this on Russia Today
within the borders of the USSA wake up in time? One can only hope,
but here at The Dollar Vigilante, we are advising that you hedge
your bets, and consider joining us as sovereign individuals, free
to choose your own path in life.
with permission from The
Berwick [send him mail]
is an anarcho-capitalist freedom fighter and Chief Editor of the
libertarian, Austrian economics grounded newsletter, The
Dollar Vigilante. The Dollar Vigilante focuses on strategies,
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