Episode 394 – Solutions: Survival Currency

01/29/202195 Comments

We all know the problem: in the coming dystopia of social credit scores and central bank digital currencies, our ability to buy and sell will be at the mercy of the criminals in government. . . . Unless we have an alternative means of transaction, that is. Join James for this exploration of survival currencies that already exist and how these ideas can be adapted to meet your communities’ needs.

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SHOW NOTES

The Greater Reset

Choke Point: How the Government Will Control the Cashless Economy

FDIC Admits To Strangling Legal Gun Stores Banking Relationships

FreedomCells.org

The Bitcoin Psyop

Cryptocurrency Merchant List

Buying Items and Services With Bitcoin: A Look at Crypto Asset Accepting Merchants in 2021

agorist.market

Introducing Agorist.Market with Mike Swatek

Multi-party bartering app saves time, money, and the environment

haveneed.org

shareable.net

Local Exchange Trading Systems

Metcalfe’s Law

TEM Official site

New Money Meets the Cost of Change: How Local Currencies Save Economies and Communities, and Help them Flourish

Greek Citizens Create New Currency To Tackle Eurozone Crisis (2012)

Money : Understanding and Creating Alternatives to Legal Tender by Thomas H. Greco, Jr.

BeyondMoney.net

Paul Glover on How to Create a Community Currency

The Natural Economic Order by Silvio Gesell

The miracle of Wörgl

A Strategy for a Convertible Currency by Bernard Lietaer

The Year Ahead – Part 1: Currency

The Year Ahead – Part 2: Biosecurity

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  1. Jake Lemay says:

    I’m looking at the Freedom Cell Network right now – looks like you can sign up or sign in, you can donate (this button works) but the video playlist does not work. This is not very hopeful!

  2. thomas.j says:

    I regularly visit “conspiracy” sites like Corbett Report and others and these far right extremists I see absolutely nowhere:

    https://www.newsweek.com/far-right-extremists-use-gamestop-chaos-radicalize-recruit-telegram-1565355

    Oh and the article also attacks Telegram which is gaining more popular among free speech persons like me.

  3. spider says:

    In northern Washington State they have a yearly barter fair that has been continuous for the last 50 years!

  4. glen03 says:

    I think any form of alternative trade or currency has to start with food supply. In the Western world where small farms are a rarity, this will prove very difficult unless we can connect globally to farms in places like India etc. If someone can set up that direct link, then maybe we can all help each other out.

    • noconsent says:

      During the Great Depression there was a Grocery Store in Port Angeles WA that issue written Script for food/products at the Store. The Script got to be so well accepted by the local population that it was traded like Money for most anything.
      This Story of this successful local means of exchange has a similar ending as “the-miracle-of-worgl”, in that it was crushed by agents of the Federal Reserve. It is said that someone took one of these local Grocer Scripts into a Bank in Seattle hoping to get money for it, and the Bank alerted “The Authorities”.
      Indeed, we have seen Decentralized Currencies work for the people, and we know the Central Banks don’t like competition,so they will crush it, if they can.

      • glen03 says:

        Interesting. I had to look that up.
        So how exactly does a bank go about crushing this system?
        If we can understand that, then it would be to put in place a counter response. I suppose tax would come into it. But that could be paid. However in that, an exchange would need to be set up.

      • kenrichings says:

        The Wörgl example is a good one. There were many such incidents of “alternative currency” or “alternative exchange mechanisms”. Several have been written about by Thomas Greco here:
        https://reinventingmoney.com/worgl/
        https://beyondmoney.net/case-studies/
        I appreciate James’ concern with “Solutions”. After all, talking about it doesn’t do anything. In fact, simply or only talking shall in all likelihood do less than nothing. Also as James says in his presentation, Whatever works works – hours, direct barter, cryptowhatever, etc. Theoretically, almost anything is possible, regarding how humans exchange things and services for other things and services. Ultimately, such exchange depends on a foundation of Trust. This, after all, is the only thing backing the US dollar; I trust that other people will accept it in return for goods and services, and I further trust that the physical force of the US empire will ensure such widespread trust. For alternative exchange mechanisms, as the network of exchange gets bigger (more people trading), there becomes less ability to trust people directly. Hence, for larger networks, there needs to be a valid system of credit allocation. This, in my opinion, is where Greco really stands out. There are many such exchange systems (e.g. commercial “barter” networks) that utilize an accounting system of credits and debits and which allocate the initial credit based on some requirements. This is one reason why most local / alternative currencies fail to live up to their expectations.
        Here’s a video presentation he did entitled The Exchange Revolution:
        https://beyondmoney.net/2020/01/26/the-exchange-revolution/

    • Octium says:

      As I travel about I notice a lot of money is spent on purely ornamental gardens. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing to spend money on things of beauty, but I’d say the resources are there, it’s just a mental thing on how resources are allocated.

    • mkey says:

      There’s no replacement for local food production. Importing foods from thousands of miles distant places of growth/production is lunacy. I believe this type of trading in the modern age is finacially viable only due to hidden taxes that are used to pad the pockets of merchants of doom.

    • lizzie says:

      This is something along those lines. This is the Irish group and they will link in with farmers in other countries and communicate directly. You can work then with farms you know share the same ethic
      http://www.talamhbeo.ie/

  5. hidetora says:

    Crypto is not a commodity money, it is not tangible. And that is its weakness.
    Besides, being a commodity money doesn’t automatically lead to “hoarding” (hoarding is not bad in itself either), besides if the demand for money increases, ceteris paribus, price drop, and it is a good sign that people want to maintain cash balances.

    Barter is out of question, there is no advantage in it, it is a primitive way of exchange and a medium of exchange (the most saleable good in the economy) quickly emerges out of it (Mises’s Regression Theorem).

    What the great currency wizards are missing is that all currencies are or were commodities (even the current fiat currencies, which are money substitutes whose link to the underlying commodity (gold) was cut), and were not planned or imposed but naturally were brought into use as a money, except crypto but that’s another story.

    • mkey says:

      When people start to hoard whatever it is that one calls “money”, that will inevitably lead to loss of velocity, which is going to strangle the market. This is something that abounds with examples in history. The well known “credit crunch” that lead to events such as the great depression, to name one.

      That is not so say people should be disincentivized from saving, of course not. The true issue is the limited supply of “money” that is at the same time absolutely essential to prevent artificially imposed inflation (a.k.a. unseen tax on saving, labor, everything) and the scourge of velocity of exchange. Again, this is something that has been seen many times in history.

      Barter has many advantages: can’t be controlled remotely by wannabe controllers, can not be taxed and it is as private as it can get. The absolute killer disadvantage is the extremely low velocity of exchange.

      Naturally brought into use as money? The FED debt based “money”? Have you watched the FED documentary Corbett produced years ago?

      • hidetora says:

        mkey,

        > When people start to hoard whatever it is that one calls “money”, that will inevitably lead to loss of velocity, which is going to strangle the market. This is something that abounds with examples in history. The well known “credit crunch” that lead to events such as the great depression, to name one.
        The problem is the credit expansion, which redirects production efforts to less valuable goods than without it, not the credit crunch, the credit crunch is only the inevitable consequence of it. Read America’s great depression by Murray Rothbard.
        Saving does not strangle the market but instead leads to a lengthening of the production structure, which leads to greater real incomes.
        The so called problem of hoarding is a myth, if people do not exchange, it is because they value more the units of money they have to forgo than the available goods for purchase, society in general doesn’t get poorer because there are misers.
        The velocity of money is a hollow concept, people get richer not because of how quickly exchange takes place, but how much of what consumers demand is produced.

        > The absolute killer disadvantage is the extremely low velocity of exchange.
        Really? Try to build an automobile in a barter economy. How are you going to pay your workers? How are you going to pay for the other factors? With autos? How are you going to find someone that will trade exactly what you need for your cars? The disadvantage is that you cannot possibly have a minimally developed economy without money. But even for the most primitive economies, barter does not last long, it is hard to exchange and to get what you want, that’s why media of exchange emerge.

        > Naturally brought into use as money? The FED debt based “money”? Have you watched the FED documentary Corbett produced years ago?
        I did. Before the fed notes were fiat currency, what were they redeemable for?

        • mkey says:

          The problem is the credit expansion, which redirects production efforts to less valuable goods than without it, not the credit crunch, the credit crunch is only the inevitable consequence of it.

          Bankers intentionally remove cash to reduce the velocity of “money” so that they can control, more easily, the market through credit. Credit, once repaid, is removed from the system leaving only a hole that needs to be filled with – more credit. Less “money” or cash, less velocity, weaker the market, looking at the bankers to save it from itself.

          Saving does not strangle the market but instead leads to a lengthening of the production structure, which leads to greater real incomes.

          It also leads to “money” being lugged around in wheel barrows. How can the incomes be increased if there is less “money” to go around? By adding zeroes? Not all market issues are caused by savings, obviously, but savings do play a substantial role.

          The so called problem of hoarding is a myth

          I would have to gouge my eyes out to agree with that.

          if people do not exchange, it is because they value more the units of money they have to forgo than the available goods for purchase,

          Leave it to magical producers to coax the mummy out of its crypt.

          The velocity of money is a hollow concept, people get richer not because of how quickly exchange takes place, but how much of what consumers demand is produced.

          And the amount of available lubricant has nothing to do with the process at all, got it. (full disclosure: sarcasm)

          Really? Try to build an automobile in a barter economy.

          Nothing you listed there contradicts anything I wrote.

          How are you going to pay your workers?

          In scrip backed by actual products.

          How are you going to pay for the other factors? With autos?

          With scrip.

          How are you going to find someone that will trade exactly what you need for your cars?

          No need. Trade can be conducted in scrip issued by anyone and everyone who ever manufactured anything or at any point in time offered a service.

          The disadvantage is that you cannot possibly have a minimally developed economy without money.

          You absolutely do not understand, and will probably leave this world firmly convinced otherwise, that “money” is nothing but a limiter of energy in the system. It is the ultimate religion, the ultimate form of mind control. Untold billions have gone to their graves defending it and untold billions will follow.

          Before the fed notes were fiat currency, what were they redeemable for?

          And thousands of currencies before it, what were they redeemable for? What happened in the colonies when the gold was called back to the motherland?

          • hidetora says:

            > It also leads to “money” being lugged around in wheel barrows. How can the incomes be increased if there is less “money” to go around? By adding zeroes? Not all market issues are caused by savings, obviously, but savings do play a substantial role.
            Monetary incomes are not the same as real incomes.

            > And the amount of available lubricant has nothing to do with the process at all, got it. (full disclosure: sarcasm)
            > How are you going to pay your workers?
            > In scrip backed by actual products.
            What products, fractions of cars? Who is gonna accept it? I wouldn’t after the first one.

            How are you going to pay for the other factors? With autos?

            > With scrip.
            > The disadvantage is that you cannot possibly have a minimally developed economy without money.

            > You absolutely do not understand, and will probably leave this world firmly convinced otherwise, that “money” is nothing but a limiter of energy in the system. It is the ultimate religion, the ultimate form of mind control. Untold billions have gone to their graves defending it and untold billions will follow.
            Oh, of course, money is a conspiracy to make it easier to exchange goods, when we don’t have the goods that the owner of the good we want to purchase wants.

            >> Before the fed notes were fiat currency, what were they redeemable for?

            > And thousands of currencies before it, what were they redeemable for? What happened in the colonies when the gold was called back to the motherland?
            Gold, silver or other precious metals.

            Do yourself a favour and study economics, you will never understand economics by reading about conspiracies of the past.

            • mkey says:

              Conspiracies of the past? I can’t believe you just wrote that. Anyhow, I’m not interested in dogmas and therefore I do not need to study economy. Economy is a dogma requiring blind belief into an invisible hand that makes the wheels turn greasing them with money. And tears and blood and sweat of countless slaves.

              If you accept money as your god, at least be honest about it. I’m not out to get you. I simply do not care about anyone’s blind beliefs.

              I understand I’m wasting my time here so I’ll keep it brief:

              1) The auto manufacturers would have scrip other than “auto pcs 1 redemable by noon” to pay their workers with. The manufacturer would be swapping their scrip for other scrip coming from other manufacturer, especially that what they workers would find attractive and a good value.

              2) If an auto manufacturer would pay me so well that I would be awarded one car every month, that would be a pretty good deal. Since these auto scrips would be redeemable elsewhere for whatever. Here we are obviously assuming this is reputable manufacturer, because otherwise their scrip auto payments wouldn’t be well accepted.

      • HomeRemedySupply says:

        mkey says:
        When people start to hoard whatever it is that one calls “money”, that will inevitably lead to loss of velocity, which is going to strangle the market.

        Mkey is spot-on about this.
        Velocity of money is keynote.
        I would venture to posit that a populace becomes more joyful, productive and prosperous when the velocity of money, the interchange of goods and services, is snapping along at a smooth rapid clip.

        • HomeRemedySupply says:

          While I like owning physical gold and silver, as a currency it has its problems. Velocity is one.

          The “Cross of Gold” speech, delivered by William Jennings Bryan, was an attempt to put more “currency” into circulation.

          EXCERPT
          For twenty years, Americans had been bitterly divided over the nation’s monetary standard. The gold standard, which the United States had effectively been on since 1873, limited the money supply but eased trade with other nations, such as the United Kingdom, whose currency was also based on gold. Many Americans, however, believed that bimetallism (making both gold and silver legal tender) was necessary for the nation’s economic health. The financial Panic of 1893 intensified the debates….
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cross_of_Gold_speech

          • mkey says:

            We have already touched this topic a number of times. I find Bill Still shows this issue well in his documentary “The wizard of Oz” but he leads into a conclusion I don’t agree with, that the government needs to control the printing and that would/should work well, somehow.

    • weilunion says:

      I agree. The distinction that needs to be made is between a ‘universal exchange’, that being money and ‘capital’ which is money used only for investment.

      Money is an exchange mechanism.

      Capital is an investment mechanism.

      Barter, harkens-back to feudalism, which ironically is where many wish to return.

      All currencies are commodities as you state for under capitalism EVERYTHING is turned into a commodity: from womb to tomb we are presented with our own alienation in the form of commodity existence.

  6. lchud says:

    In terms of “the horse” establishing a general prioritization list for what is important for “survival” helps to promote brainstorming. When you challenge someone to think about their own survival, many will flip into a fear-state which clouds thinking and complicates the process. This is what makes so many turn away from these scenarios we may play out for our friends and family… Deep down in their being the fear of the possibility of the dystopian scenario actually being true will shut them down and often make them lash out at the messenger, eh? You “Craaazy Conspiracy theorist”.

    Establish the bare bones and then fill in the gaps around that.

    So for survival:

    -Consistent Food
    -Consistent Shelter/clothing
    -Consistent Medical (perhaps)
    -Community/companionship

    I am sure there are “preppers” in this network who are FAR more versed in this than I am, but I ask the question, “Are there different types of prepping?” Someone who only preps for Armageddon may not be as prepared for the “soft – dystopia” of The “Great” Reset. Just a thought.

    As for community currency systems I have been a part of:

    I am a clinician in Classical Chinese Medicine and I used to work as part of a “healing cooperative”. In theory it was a great set up, but there were issues with “the government” of said cooperative and it disbanded. Before that happened though, there was a community currency established. Just little fired clay pieces that had been imprinted with the indentation of a shirt button. Like Ithica, each piece was worth a certain period of labor within the collective. A half hour, or $30 of labor. People were free to accept the pieces and charge whatever they wished.

    The problem was that not everyone accepted them and not everyone was worth paying for their service. Not every “healer” is alike. Also there were too many people who practiced the same thing. We had an over supply of ungrounded “energy healers” whom I wouldn’t trust my well-being to. I still have my clay pieces as a reminder of the possibility but also of its failure, including the collapse of the whole co-op.

    Personally, I see myself as an able bodied person, but also one who has a keen knowledge of how the body functions most optimally. I see this skill as being “marketable”, in a “darker” future where I would trade my skills for food or other basics. I intend to refine my understanding and to be my own best producer of “currency”. Having a shared and agreed upon means of transaction helps with the cohesion of the community, something I am sure the agorists (original and legitimate anarchists) are aware of.

    • weilunion says:

      “I am a clinician in Classical Chinese Medicine and I used to work as part of a “healing cooperative”. In theory it was a great set up, but there were issues with “the government” of said cooperative and it disbanded.”

      And this point must be made again and again: collectivism is not bad, as we are told by the lasting vapors of Reaganism and financial capitalism, it is whether the collectivism is voluntary.

      And if t is voluntary and collective, then power has to be critically thought about for if a coop lacks cooperation it will fall into ruins.

      Power is the issue, who wages it, who holds it and how to get it and how to use it.

      • lchud says:

        I agree. Personal responsibility paired with a development of autonomy through the cultivation of “power” (the ability to set ones mind to doing something and succeeding) is imperative.

        If each individual knows their own value, discovered through a continual process of self discovery, collectives naturally form and “governments” aren’t needed. If one is disempowered, it is a difficult mind state to break free of. As we move forward, many will need to be taught how to connect to their own unique place of “power”.

        • weilunion says:

          But what if each individual does not know their own value? What kinds of institutions, settings, societal arrangements etc.need to be fostered to help people accomplish the empowerment you speak of?

          • lchud says:

            A very good question. If an individual does not know their own value I feel it is incumbent on the collective to help this person find that value be it through consciously intended action or as a natural result of the growth and development of the collective.

            This is where good leaders and teachers are needed. Ones who do not exploit the power loaned to them by the people they lead or teach.

            A lot of what I do in my clinical practice is teaching my clients/patients how to empower themselves. Ironically, they give over some of their power to me so that I can return it to them in the form of teaching how to connect with their own mind and its genuinely creative ability. Through this process one is able to interact with their own mind/body (I don’t see them as separate) in a more clear way, and as a result, “value” tends to manifest of its own accord.

            In terms of institutions, settings and societal arrangements… Long term, a collective will need to trend beyond just “surviving” towards having a stable and established social order. Through this process, each member of the collective will discover his/her own value. Yes, it may help if someone says, “Hey Jimmy, your vegetable yields are the best of our group, so you are our best farmer.” But unless Jimmy feels that way himself then value is somewhat limited.

            Again, where teachers and leaders come in is the demonstration of how to wield power in a “value”-able way, and thus others can emulate through their own actions and self-discovery.

            It really takes a group of selfless leaders to facilitate this process, imho.

            Tao te Ching Verse #17 summarizes it pretty well:

            When the Master governs, the people
            are hardly aware that he exists.
            Next best is a leader who is loved.
            Next, one who is feared.
            The worst is one who is despised.

            If you don’t trust the people,
            you make them untrustworthy.

            The Master doesn’t talk, he acts.
            When his work is done,
            the people say, “Amazing:
            we did it, all by ourselves!”

            -Steven Mitchell version

            • weilunion says:

              I agree. Midwives, not didactic teachers, coupled with meaningful and democratically run labor help people find a sense of worth and value. Only community can provide individual value and although this sounds counter-intuitive it is not. It is the quality and the essence of community that must be scrutinized.

              Self actualized, self-worth comes from the fruits of ones’ labor in life with others. And it is a process of Think-Act-Think, not Act-Think-Act.
              For as the carpenter said so long ago: meausre twice, cut once.

              Only through conscious, productive communities of caring can we hope to disentangle ourselves from both the material slavery we live under and the mental canopy of despair that informs us.

            • brian.s says:

              If you are a teacher then your students teach you through your faith in them – which extends a value that you share in as an appreciation of the worth and capacity to learn or grown along the lines of the willingness.

              Power is in life and not in persons – and so the aligning in the flow or movement of life will seem to act or lead or withhold from acting or wait – but is a transparency to the situation as a whole.

              I don’t see the collective as a collective but as another term for the people – but abstracted from living beings.
              Qualitative resonance will move many as one, but if resonating to fear, it fragments the one into many seeking the one in some form of externally provided solution in which to seem to join, and seem to unite, but all and only while the fear binds them. This is not the way to cook a small fish!

            • 7hilladelphia says:

              I’ve read a lot through this intriguing thread. I’m 65 and low income, keen to do more yet a bit stifled by less than optimal vitality. Your comment is replete with good will and upholds the intrinsic value in participation. I have a food garden but I need help to make it produce better. I have knowledge and skills just need a more vital helper or two. We could make good things happen…food, fruit, veg, flowers… your comment gave me an inner boost. Thank you heaps…. 🙂

      • brian.s says:

        Our use of definitions are the issue when they are used as factual currency of language and transactional exchange.
        The corruption of language is effectively making garbage in the source code or template from which and in which we think. Garbage in; garbage out, applies.

        Power of Life can be recognised and aligned in as acceptance for being expressed as appreciation. You could also point to this as a Synchronicity and Intimacy of being, but if merely conceptualising – then only concepts are running in place of a true presence.

        Power OVER Life is a corruption more likened to a contract between fear and control as a split mind or dissociation from presence to representations and to further derivatives of derivatives.

        If I was to say that fear of pain of loss along with hate, attack, guilt and penalty, were the issue and that the reactions or defences set against such fear were running as a masking in virtue over denied – and projected fear, then I am suggesting our masking personae are entangled in an active ignorance, through the wilful attempt to protect the narratives that protect our personal investment in survival under our own terms and conditioning.

        The question would be what gives rise to fear?
        Because the nature of denied or masked fear is denial and projection it operates as if at the hand of another or at the mercy of external circumstance as a way of mitigating and evading the conflict without actually addressing it where it is as what it is. This false flags set narratives that in turn set who or what to hate as a moral right, virtue or necessity. Hate MUST have a target or its ownership becomes all to obvious.
        …contd

        • brian.s says:

          … continuing
          Conflicted purposes or desires if not addressed, literally but not factually split the mind. That is they are cast out and walled out or diminished and airbrushed out so as to be ‘out of mind’ relative to a surface level of appearances set in control, over fear and threat.

          Releasing the wish for power OVER Life is the practice of willingness to receive and recognise Life where projected self-judgement WANTED to see reasons to distance withhold and only grant freedoms for compliance to conditions – or ‘conditional love’.
          True desire can be discerned and recognised through willingness to speak and listen within and to each other, and then free willing alignment is inspired or called forth to meet the situation or undertake the endeavour or simply walk with what is as a new and deeper perspective.
          The obstacles to this are as you have met and as we all continue to meet.

          The desire to heal is different to the wish to change the world.
          The conflict within is set as an attempt at external resolution.
          If we understand that our world is our Result rather than our Cause, then we are free from trying to manipulate a world to ‘solve’ or ‘salve’ a mistaken and conflicted set of core beliefs and definitions.
          The freedom to be ourselves cannot be overrated because through it is the freedom to recognise others and world as they are, rather than though the lens of a grievance of isolation and pain of loss seeking externally.
          I don’t seek to devalue our world but that seeing is both inner and outer as one. We mostly ‘see’ the past or projections of past as anticipated or feared future. This may be a ‘normal’ but is hardly aligning in our true nature.
          A lack of self can become addictively identified in roles and others can feed roles to others so as to seem to escape responsibility etc.

          • weilunion says:

            “True desire can be discerned and recognised through willingness to speak and listen within and to each other, and then free willing alignment is inspired or called forth to meet the situation or undertake the endeavour or simply walk with what is as a new and deeper perspective.”

            Crucial point. Critical thinking is dialogical, requires entering into points of view not keeping with ones’ own for the purposes of reasoned judgment. You say ‘true desire’ and yes, for in the Society of the Spectacle our desires are commodifications of the world around us.

            What we truly want and truly need have been configured.

            There are moral dimensions to our thinking and civility,empathy and courage are just three.

            Seeking out, with passion, points of view contrary to ones own and then reconciling these points of view with ones’ own point of view is the mental lifting.

            And providing opportunities for people to engage points of view not keeping with their own for the benefit of critical analysis and reflection is a solution to our dilemna.

            If not, we become the tailors of our own straightjacket

            • brian.s says:

              Desire as I differentiate it is the magnetic quality of your true will. The desire for symbols and things and events or roles – in short for the world as your fulfilment.
              When we are truly fulfilled it is not passing show that leaves us even as we thought to have it, but a resonance of true recognition and appreciation.
              people now use the term ‘matrix’ to point to a fake substitution for Reality and therefore for our self as such a world gives us by our learning, acquiring and adaptation to its demands.

              So my gist here is to say that true desire is covered over and lost to a complex of false flagged diversions, that mask over and face away from the point in you where your pain of life in such a world has yet to meet its acceptance. The nature of defences the lockdown around such pain is to guard with terror symbols set against reliving it.
              When you release your own acquired and conditioned thinking and listen to, and receive another, you will allow a recognition of what you judged against in him or her or the situation, to reveal itself as yours and as yours it is now within your capacity to question, be curious of, explore and release to an integrative perspective in which you have released and ancient hate. there is a releasing of another to themselves that they will receive and accept and use in their own freedom. But the moment of a recognition will be tangible as shared experience – not agreed interpretation.
              Critical thinking is needed to break the spell of what we mistake for reality. Noticing contradictions and incongruences or dissonance in a presenting appearance can easily trigger associated judgements of conditioned learning such as to already know what their mind is because of course you are putting it there. This cognitive dissonance is being brought out more and more clearly to those with eyes to see, but also see that the judgements are quick to project out our own dissociations and scapegoat ‘them’ or target ‘them’ as having to be saved, woken up, mobilised, converted and etc. the ‘agenda’ of conflict-problem-solution is already active and running. Manipulators become aware of this activity of thought but only see the opportunity to marketise and weaponise it – and so feed and cultivate illusions in others as the feeding of their own, but only to the degree that another has already consented to teach and learn the same lesson.

              I witness and articulate from what I have to share, and I recognise you are the same in this. the opening if the mind from a lockdown of distancing and masking is the willingness to question everything within the desire to be whole, sound, sane and released from self conflicting and self defeating strategies that are no longer serving who you recognise and accept yourself to be.

              [SNIP – Do not post comments longer than 500 words. Longer commments can be split into multiple posts. -JC]

          • weilunion says:

            “The desire to heal is different to the wish to change the world.
            The conflict within is set as an attempt at external resolution.
            If we understand that our world is our Result rather than our Cause, then we are free from trying to manipulate a world to ‘solve’ or ‘salve’ a mistaken and conflicted set of core beliefs and definitions.”

            I disagree. I reference Lichtman which I posted. It is both: we are our engagement in the world and the world is our engagement. It is not one or the other; it is dialectical.

            • brian.s says:

              What is first comes first. If you put what is first first, the world will be already changed and you will act from a recognition of a living world instead of a social construct.

              You can use social constructs to model your world, but you can not make them live, even if you sacrifice your life to the image and model that you are taking as the world – outside and apart from a ‘you’ set over it.
              I endeavour to call on wholeness from which nothing real is excluded, but the attempt to fix an internal lockdown in the masking of distantiation and dissociation is the protection of the problem, under the insistence that you must fix it externally.
              If you see, then you are awake to what is within and without as the process of perception itself.

              Our relationship with our Self is our relationship with each other and our living world. They are one and the same. This truth seems to have been broken as a result of a breakdown of Communication. Of course we relate with and engage in our world but if you are a ‘getter’ you will recognise nothing and seek to use it to get your self under every kind of self-illusion. The nature of virtue is its radiance or extension form truth. The hollow masking in virtue is the result of a loss of trust and connection that is driven to seek it externally.

              Therefore wholeness of being is yours to give, but for the willingness to receive and share it of another. In your desire to heal your world you will meet conflicts that will not release or resolve to a conflicted will which is faithfully reflected to your willingness to recognise your own part.
              i dont seek merely agreement but invite curiosity and recognition as your own questioning and answer and welcome your interaction.
              Cause and effect SEEM to be broken and reverses in a world in which “Everything is BACKWARDS; everything is upside down! Doctors destroy health, Lawyers destroy justice, Universities destroy knowledge, Governments destroy freedom, Major media destroys information, And religions destroy spirituality”. (Michael Ellner)

              The thought reversal is not at all apparent to the dissociate of its masking as ‘normal’. But a mask made to survive psychic-emotionally in a world as love lost to treachery and threat, became the face that thinks it thinks alone.

        • weilunion says:

          Part one

          The nature of derived and masked fear is particularly and exceptionally profound and enlightening. I agree. And I will add in two parts a bit of now deceased Richard Lichtman on our human condition, masochism and alienation which I think applies; solo as a point of view.

          ““When we use terms like “masochism” we usually take for granted that we are speaking of individual pathology. However, consider that every social system is obviously inseparable from the channeled energies of its participants. In fact, each system is the embodiment of these energies, so organized as to form a larger and more persistent whole. So it is that the failure of our society, the harm it imposes on us, is in unavoidable measure the effort and product of our own lives. It is because we act out the forms of personhood required by our society that it is able to accumulate its power to force us into acting against ourselves. So masochism is not an individual occurrence but the basic imposition by which we construct the processes that deconstruct us. Constructing the powers of a destructive society, we deconstruct the ideal possibilities inherent in ourselves.”

          Masochism is profoundly alienation imposed from within and without. Fear, avoidance and denial, is the large culprit

          • weilunion says:

            Part Two

            “Of course, we are not self-consciously aware of this fact, but it occurs as it does regardless of our self-conscious ignorance. We make the social world that is our undoing. We produce the institutions and structures that maintain our very subordination. Our energies, which we define in terms of self-aggrandizement and rational self-interest, are beyond our understanding, the very opposite of what they initially claim. Our vaunted self-interest is self-denial, our cherished self-realization, the destruction of what we hold most dear.”

            Richard Lichtman,professor at the Wright Institute, SF

            Basically,self-delusion

            • brian.s says:

              Yes. I witness that there is a deep self-hate running beneath the social mask of its conflicting reiteration as our human ‘condition’ that is a conditioning beyond the capacity of a conditioned mind to recognise as it is downstream as a symptom or effect.
              It can be called Separation trauma, and the mind of its dissociation is the recoil from a pain it was made to hide.

              The idea of a jack-in-the-box in which evils and fears have to be lidded over so as to make us safe, is no less shutting down our fear of love. For to a fear defined sense of control, love is undoing of our defences, protections and hate targets to a redundancy of the need to ‘make you safe’.

              the inhibition of the action aspect to the harms of negatively expressing emotion need to be strengthened while the inhibition of loving needs to be released.
              Love is the willingness to be with what is, to the point of recognising truth – and truth is the source and the gift of a spontaneous unself-conscious shared appreciation. I am not talking of masking in the manipulative use of the associated forms of love in sentimentality of appeal to sympathy.

              So let us release the world we ‘make’ from an active ignorance by bring an active presence to our relationships, as an open willingness to recognise something true and extend the appreciation. This has nothing to do with accepting or condoning unacceptable behaviour. But is contextual to how we interpret and respond. To not choose egocentricity allows freedom to accept a perspective that it effectively closed off or kept hid. Mistakes are part of learning. Blaming or self-hate denies learning and guilt poisons the will and undermines the spirit. But reaching to those who have locked into guilt and fear will not find them while their masking flags it to everyone and everything else.

              To my part, I see that we are being brought to face the underlying structure of fear and deceit by which narrative identity operates ‘unknowing’. And that an integrative or spiritual responsibility for our thought word and deed are not just a ‘good idea’ but the only resource from which to open support for moving through fear and its progeny.

              Fear says “I will make you safe”.
              Love says “You are safe”.
              These two voices tell you who you are, but one is real, while the other has all the reality that we give it.
              If we were not free to choose to deny truth we would have no self-awareness of conscious acceptance and extension of truth. Earth is serving as a Planet of Choice – which is a spark of our true creative being. Living our choice is growing by choosing – even through poor choices. Abnegating Choice to systemic substitution is the machine thinking of a fiction running in your name. But we cannot release what we are unwitting of or unwilling to own.

  7. Paul says:

    The threat of not being able to connect to the World Wide Web (which is often incorrectly used interchangeably with the Internet) is primarily a threat to servers used to conduct transactions because their location must be known to so many people and the World Wide Web (WWW) is run by ICANN, who can easily take control of any IP address or domain name they desire.

    This is the threat to digitial currencies I do no see addressed.

    I know some people may claim there exist “competitors” to the WWW, but on closer analysis you can immediately find that all of these “competitors” are running through WWW infrastructure, thus suffer all of the same weaknesses as running openly on the WWW.

    The only way around this for digital currencies is to communicate through a physically separate network.

  8. robert.t says:

    Let me say some words in defense of “blather”.

    Like most, I have churned solutions in my head. Cash is under threat, bank savings vulnerable and no longer rewarded with positive interest, inflation can be turned up at any time…

    So I look at the alternative, quaint or off-centre solutions and see their upsides and downsides. And then I ask myself how hard would it be for a gorilla state to squash my flimsy hedges. How about a new strain of COVID infesting swap markets? (See the headline: Dirty Cash Exchanged for Dirty Produce! Which carried the fatal virus?) How about a patriotic confiscation of gold and repression of silver? Worked for FDR.

    For now, I can only see value in real thrift. I work on maintaining, pharma-free health, spend the price of car on reconstructive dental work while driving a bomb, cross to the other side if I see a doctor or lawyer coming down the street, try to get value and give value in every transaction…

    What really helps apart from this simple prudence in daily living is…blather! Yes, blather.

    You see, I don’t want to adapt to the Great Reset or have a Greater Reset of my own. I don’t want to swim into some hidden inlet in the hope the sharks won’t find me there.

    My aim is to help generate more criticism, ridicule, distrust and discomfort for the malevolent perverts trying to bring on this poorly disguised slave state. (You can tell I don’t like ’em.)

    Please don’t tell me to stop the blather and swap some seeds or go hang with “like-minded” middle class ponytails in Central America. Blather saves. Blather exposes. Of course, it has to be the good blather…but that’s why we come to Corbett Report, right?

    I can walk and chew gum. I can blather and swap seeds.

    • s511 says:

      I do likewise. “For now, I can only see value in real thrift. I work on maintaining, pharma-free health, spend the price of car on reconstructive dental work while driving a bomb, cross to the other side if I see a doctor or lawyer coming down the street, try to get value and give value in every transaction…”

  9. urthp says:

    It’s worth noting that the fundamental unit of currency in modern times is the KWH of electricity. Like certain crypto currencies, it hard to lose trust in something this abstract and incorruptible.
    Let’s see:- very large solid silver power lines across the Bering Strait to connect the two continents. The announcement of such a project would instantly jack the value of silver. (It might consume the entire world silver supply?)

  10. Fact Checker says:

    A sad exercise.

    James is “struggling” to solve, or encouraging the Corbettariat to solve, problems that have all been solved already, most of them countless centuries ago.

    The problems with barter were solved by commodity currencies. The commodity-currency problems were solved with bank notes. The problems with bank notes were solved with account ledgers and bills of exchange. The problems with account ledgers were solved with electronically-facilitated commerce.

    The one and only problem we have now is that a very, very evil and cunning force has now trumped every peaceful solution within the reach of human ingenuity, so as to serve human ends, with an all-encompassing shroud of violence, deceit and coercion. All the Machine has to do is co-opt the current state of economic means of acquisition, and It has done so. The humans now facing the barbaric obstacle cannot revert back to a prior system without reverting to the quality of life and the material well-being that that prior system was capable of supporting.

    So whatever material plenty was provided by the barter system, before currency was adopted–some, what, 10,000 years ago?–is the exact same level of material plenty that could be supported if humans re-adopted barter today. Not a pretty picture. And frankly, even that is an implausibility. No one can attempt to disengage from the officially-sanctioned system without suffering merciless divestiture at the hands of the State and its monstrous enforcement legions. The government will still want its taxes; it will still enforce its regulations. Those regulations are now so totalitarian that in-person transactions of any nature are de facto prohibited. (You can trade in seashells all you want, but the Department of Health will crush you if you violate the “covid” lockdown protocols, including draconian curfews, dress codes and forcible alienation.)

    Any attempt to use DigiTech as a “workaround,” such as the “have/need” attempt to cram together the antiquated practice of barter with telecommunications and multi-party algorithmic facilitation, is pre-programmed to fail. Everything online is at the mercy of the Machine, and can only occur at the pleasure of the Machine.

    As James even points out, this is the very lesson that the “Woergl Miracle” saga teaches us! Sure, James acknowledges that conflict is inevitable. If so, then all this mental exercise to come up with ways to support an “independent” modern material existence, by resorting to primitive and extinct cultural practices, is a vain exercise is constructing sandcastles at low tide.

    • HomeRemedySupply says:

      Fact Checker
      You’re no activist. You are a sofa sitter by your own admission on many previous comments. Like you often point out, you are just watching – not participating.

      So, really, you play no active role in bettering conditions.
      Sometimes, your comments can be like a fly in the kitchen.

      • Fact Checker says:

        I notice you don’t address the substance of my comment.

        The fact is, if anyone is going to be effective at “bettering conditions,” they will need to address the real problem. Right now, what humanity is facing is not a problem of monetary policy, or the inadequacy of monetary technology. There is no crisis of the inadequacy of methods of exchange to provide for humans’ material needs. Instead, there is a relentless, evil force using violence against the Herd, which has entrenched itself above every aspect of human society. “Alternative currencies” just isn’t a rational response to that, let alone an effective tactic. The Enemy is attacking on multifarious fronts, and it has all the monetary angles locked up tight. Even if the little humans came up with an ingenious, brilliant, spectacular new monetary innovation, the Machine will still be coming with Its poison injections, automated surveillance, and weaponized government enforcement mechanisms.

        Sorry to “bug” you, but academic “blather,” which James derides yet cannot quite transcend in this interminable, wordy presentation, can be a tad annoying too…

        • cu.h.j says:

          I don’t think things are as dire as you say, not for people in the belly of the beast anyway. We haven’t yet been attacked, no bombs dropped on us. People have to try other ways and actually attempt solutions.

          People will survive if their spirit refuses to be broken. Your points raised are good ones and should be kept in mind, but the tone sounds like someone who has given up. There will be food in the other cage, as you mentioned in your other post if one chooses to live like a rat.

          I like rats, to be honest, they are social animals and special in their own way. But humans aren’t rats. We are much more intelligent and we will survive and “the machine” we have helped construct will perish if we actually put in the real-world effort.

          There are lots of people who already barter and trade for services and things.

          • Fact Checker says:

            [cu.h.j. is referring to https://www.corbettreport.com/thegreatreopening-solutionswatch/#comment-103531 ]

            In “the other cage” there won’t be food. Bare-minimum nutrition will be delivered by intravenous injection, mixed in with the mutagenic agents and internal-surveillance nano-bots.

            And in the analogy, you can’t “choose not to live like a rat.” You are a rat, whether you like it or not. And you can try clinging to the old cage when they come to put you in the new cage, but the “humans” [the analog of state enforcement mechanisms] are far, far, far, far, far, far, far more powerful than you. They can pull you out by sheer force, and at this point they don’t care if your paws of legs get broken in the process; they can sedate you with drugs, and they’re not worried about the possibility of an overdose; or they can even leave you in your old cage and just stop putting more food in there until you starve. No matter how big the “community” of aware rats is, they will still be rats and the humans will still be humans.

            That’s what will happen to those of us who refuse the mainlined mutagenic sludge that they are coming to inject us with.

            • cu.h.j says:

              I know the state could probably ship anyone of us Americans out to Guantanamo bay. I’m aware that they do those things to people, but so far the worst thing I’ve had to do is pay taxes. And so far the “vaccine” is optional for me anyway. I think you have far more power than you think you do.

              I think it’s true that the state apparatus for violence far exceeds what regular citizens can wield, but not everyone is a psychopath. I think so much of this is psychological manipulation and force injecting people would be impossible here in the US. That’s why they are saying there are vaccine shortages to get people to take them willingly.

              • Fact Checker says:

                You sure have an extremely short time horizon.
                You think that because it’s “optional” now, it won’t be mandatory tomorrow, despite the constant official blather by every level of the world’s bureaucracy that they have every intention of making it mandatory? You think your supervisor isn’t eventually going to insist that you drink the Kool-Aid when everyone else has put their lives in the hands of the Pharma chieftains?

                “Taxes” are the worst thing that’s happened? Do you not look around you and see the mass suffering and anguish of your fellow humans who have had all their livelihoods, dreams and futures crushed in the matter of a few months? Who have been deprived of seeing their loved ones one last time, and even prohibited from having funerals for their dead kin? Good lord are you blind, or just completely callous and lacking in human empathy?

                OH YA that’s right! You’re the one who thinks it’s “hilarious” that children are being treated like prisoners in high-security solitary confinement at school! Never mind!

              • cu.h.j says:

                Fact checker,

                I’m a big believer in personal responsibility too. People need to just open their businesses up and stop cowering to the state. I’d go out to a restaurant if one was open. And parents can home school their kids or send them to a charter school. They don’t need to keep their kids at some crappy institution.

                It’s terrible what the lockdowns are doing to people and people need to stop complying with it. They are choosing to just bend over and take it. A lot of people would rather collect a check than actually work too. Lots of people hate their crappy jobs and couldn’t be happier with the lockdowns. I know a few people who make more on unemployment.

                I highly doubt a vaccine that isn’t completely FDA approved would be mandated by most employers. These drugs they are pushing don’t even stop transmission so there is no point in them. They are saying you still have to wear masks and “social distance” even if you take it. It’s absurd. There are lots of ways to defeat these possible mandates in court if people are actually willing to take a stand, which I am willing to do.

                Grow a pair and stand up for yourself and for others if you don’t like what’s happening.

    • lizzie says:

      I have those thoughts myself, that it seems like going backward. But before I feel like a saddo for wasting my energy, these old systems of exchange worked, bartering still happens in an effortless natural way, like you give someone a foot massage and they will be happy to return the favour, or at least be happier about cooking you dinner that night. There is no perfect financial exchange. What is wealth anyway? It is certainly not that void that billionaires fill with €$¥£. Doing good things with good people, feeling fulfilled and that you are earning the right livelihood is wealth. Look at how the internet blossomed because people made it what it is. There was no chief in charge, it just was. Much like the next way of communicating and exchange will be.
      Corbetteers are beautiful, smart and cool in general, so whatever we build will reflect that.

      • Fact Checker says:

        The internet is a trap designed by DARPA to 1.) entice humans with instant gratification; 2.) nurture complete dependence on it; 3.) mandate that it be the exclusive means of communication and commerce [aka “lockdown”]; 4.) data-rape us; and finally 5.) reconfigure so as to control all inputs and outputs from each atomized human through censorship and shadow-banning, so that we all live in a matrix of totalitarian information awareness and control.

        We’re in stage 4, and moving quickly into stage 5. The internet is not “blossoming.” It’s hoovering up all of our deepest thoughts, fears, hopes and plans in order to exploit and exterminate us.

    • weilunion says:

      ” If so, then all this mental exercise to come up with ways to support an “independent” modern material existence, by resorting to primitive and extinct cultural practices, is a vain exercise is constructing sandcastles at low tide.”

      Agreed. No such thing as an independent modern material existence. The preppers can have a go at it.

      Material reality has changed, the toothpaste it out of the tube and looking for an idealistic and mythological past is really the job of professional fascists and revanchists.

  11. MagicBullet says:

    James, why do you say we need a Greek speaker to read the site in 2021?!!@@?

    duckduckgo.com “Greek to English”

    Welcome to the network of exchanges and solidarity of Magnesia!

    An alternative social economy is applied in Magnesia, which brings people closer together, because Exchange also means solidarity. It is a positive action by the citizens themselves, who take their lives into their own hands, create employment opportunities, give value to local products, help their families and businesses to survive and cope with the economic crisis. The assessment of any supply and demand in the context of exchanges between network members and the transaction instrument is not the euro, but the local alternative unit (PC). The network of exchanges and Solidarity has been successfully studied and tested abroad. There is no man-to-man exploitation, no interest or compound interest and usury….

  12. MEFF says:

    Hello all,
    I don´t wanna be negative, but I could clearly see coming since last year all what has happened since years ago in Xinjiang, China….

  13. MEFF says:

    One idea is to offer as a currency A FULL MEAL, in exchange of other things with the similar value.
    EXAMPLE:
    1. One full meal (will vary in each country) that includes for example 2 big dishes and water (lemon water i.e.). The meal must be to satisfy the stomach and kind of healthy.
    2. SET THE VALUE: Let´s say in your country a full meal value $15 usd. Of course it will depend on the country.
    3. EXCHANGE: Maybe it can be anything like cans of specific food, or seeds, tools, furniture, etc. The important here is that what you´ll give in exchange of a MEAL will have the SAME value of the meal. For new things, like can food can be the market price, and for something used like for furniture tools, can be a half price of a new one in the market. You an exchange too by oil for your car, or rides as a taxi, or hand work for the other person.

    Just an idea, but I think the base of all this new currency can be A MEAL, that makes one person satisfied stomach and healthy.

    The problem with gold is that for me, it can be tricky in 2 ways: one you can´t survive with it unless someone changes it to you. Second, what if all the gold will be valid only if it´s verified by the banks. So, it can be useless. Or the banks can steal your gold. About the cryptos, I really can´t trust as we can´t see them. You can get cheated so easily.

  14. MEFF says:

    I one time asked about to create a cryptocurrency, like a private one for a group. I quoted it with an Indian company and there are others in Lituania. It costs last year around $1,500 usd to create one. And from that people can use it, but I really don´t trust cryptocurrency.

  15. sobrien says:

    Hi all,

    I’ve been thinking about a new physical currency in case of the “Mad Max” situation and I’d appreciate your opinions.

    My thought was Gold and Silver leaf paper/polymer notes. The notes will be valued by the weight of gold or silver leaf in relation to the current gold or silver value. For example a 1 gram gold leaf note would be worth £50.00 and 1 gram of silver leaf note would be worth £0.65 at todays value.

    Another thought I had was to print unique QR codes onto the notes. Prizes for users will be linked to specific QR codes on the notes to create incentive for people to use them. Consider it a Willy Wonka style golden ticket reward for users of the currency. (It could be called the Golden Goose).

    Gold and silver leaf is cheap to buy, easy to produce and can be recycled into raw material if in a large enough quantity to make it economically viable.

    PS I am not an expert this is nothing more than a brain fart but I think it could have potential and I just thought I’d throw it out there.

    Thanks

    Ste

    • HomeRemedySupply says:

      sobrien,
      Good idea which does exist currently, and is being used in some localities.
      GOLDBACK – Paper currency infused with gold
      “The Goldback is the world’s first voluntary, complementary currency to be made of a spendable, beautiful, small denomination, physical gold.”

      I have this and have distributed it to many family members.
      https://www.corbettreport.com/predictions-what-will-happen-next-in-the-corona-crisis/#comment-81572

      The liability of HODL
      (HODL is a term derived from a misspelling of “hold” that refers to buy-and-hold strategies.)

      As James points out, there is a tendency to hold and not circulate this type of currency.
      When I gifted all these family members small denomination Goldbacks, I was hoping that they were spread some bills around their community, a small rural town. I gave each person a light quantity of bills with the intent that they might “release” or share some of these bills around the area.
      Naw.
      Never happened.
      They just “saved them”.

      In my opinion, the way for any community to flourish is to have lots of currency in circulation. Circulation echoes commerce and activity and energy. The better the circulation, the healthier the community.

  16. SuperMom Belle says:

    This may be slightly off-topic, however, it introduces a method of connecting with your community AND ties into the current ‘burning of the [digital] books,’ the past takedown of physical bookstores and newer limitations to access of physical libraries…
    For many years, I’ve seen (& taken from and left inside) wooden boxes at the curb of random homes around various neighborhoods that house books. It’s part of an official program, I believe, called “Little Free Library” [online info here: https://littlefreelibrary.org/%5D. But information on the website appears much more complicated than what I’ve learned from it, simply by opening such a box taking a few books out (and, hopefully, having a book or two with me to put in). It’s amazing what can be learned from, not ONLY books I’ve serendipitously discovered in them… but from the neighbors who host them.
    One experience occurred last year, shortly after the first STATE mask mandate (after a city one), when I think I could have held up a bank (assuming they actually had cash) by simply threatening to breathe! My children and I were driving home after a day of play in fun-filled defiance of public park lockdowns (which continued all Spring & Summer) and I was TIRED. But we had happened to take a different route home and saw a “new” (to us) ‘Little Library’ and they begged to stop. Despite my exhaustion, I agreed, “but really quick,” mommy’s ‘famous last words’ so-to-speak. As I lifted my youngest two to view the books inside, the neighbors came out – not with masks and a shotgun… but with big, inviting smiles and MORE BOOKS – anything & everything tailored to their ages and interests (and mine as well). We converse about their small front-yard herb garden. Then they offered us a tour of their backyard mini-farm with flourishing veggies, fruit trees, and chickens. Not once did “COVID” come up. Not once was anything in the realm of politics mentioned. It was like we had stepped into a completely different universe.
    I’ve since seen more of these little free libraries & though I’m sure not all the hosts are the same, the idea is simplistic, fundamental, and controlled on a community level. I’ve recently seen not just books but other media: cds, dvds, dictionaries (both standard English and English-to-other various langs), books IN foreign languages, magazines &/or publications – some brand new, others dating as far back as 1933.
    At the very least, this “take a penny, leave a penny” but in the form of books is a great start in 1. sharing information without outright censorship and 2. starting to build community connections.

    • HomeRemedySupply says:

      BUMP – Anecdote

      Community! This is where it starts. Good will and relationships.

    • SuperMom Belle says:

      correction the site link is here: https://littlefreelibrary.org/
      To reiterate, I am not affiliated with this program/organization and know little of its official mission and nothing of its origins; just of its (thus far, positive) effects at my local level.

      • lovetodust says:

        The little free library around the corner has been my life-saver over the past 10 months! I have to have a book bedside in order to fall asleep. Critical. With libraries closed I was at a loss until I discovered the local little free library. I love it.

        Like you suggested superMom I began reading books I never would have picked up at the library. Have read some really moving stories.

        I refuse to use the new “online” library where you order and then pick up at the library door, so I now buy used books at the local thrift store, and then place them in the little free library when I’m finished.

        It’s a wonderful resource. And so simple.

    • wave.watcher says:

      Wow! Your story and the way you told it actually brought tears to my eyes. In times like these we need to hear stories of truly good human beings and human connections like this.

    • redrose says:

      Thank you for sharing this! Truly moving and inspiring. 🌹💕🌹

  17. non_prophet says:

    James I wonder if you have ever interviewed Dr. Edwin Vieira? I have searched the site and can find no mention of him.

  18. HomeRemedySupply says:

    Broc West did an excellent job on this presentation.
    James was right. The visuals enhanced the learning and interest for me tremendously.

    Well, I’ll be an Unterguggenberger…this Wörgl concept really strikes my interest.
    The circulation aspect. I grasp the importance.

    • wave.watcher says:

      Yes, the Wörgl story raised my spirits and interest! Thank you also for the link to the movie. I’ll watch it after finishing my work tonight.

  19. Ples says:

    Not sure if James has saw it yet, but the letter he wrote in 2016 is eerily familiar to the experience a Trump supporter in Pennsylvania posted on a social media account, where he was held back twice and even interrogated by TSA thugs because facial recognition software identified him as a protestor in Washington DC.

  20. HomeRemedySupply says:

    Movie quote: “They can kiss my ass!”

    Related to surviving and currency and community is a 1998 MOVIE which I enjoyed.
    It takes place during the depression of 1935, but the movie carries an uplifting aesthetic harmonic.
    There are some good lessons taught in the movie…how to handle authoritarians and confrontations…how to survive when currency is in short supply…how to shape relationships, trusts and community…the value of goodwill and the liabilities of loose tongues in counter-economics.

    Martin Sheen narrates the story.

    Shadrach
    One hour 28 minutes
    https://youtu.be/C4RRNakRE-c

    It is also on Tubitv, but that is censored in some countries and is owned by Fox anyways.

  21. Dalesco says:

    I came up with a concept for a digital currency back in 2012, which was aimed at small producers. With two partners and a few investors, we got to set up the website and the company by 2013. Unfortunately, it eventually failed.
    Indeed, the biggest mistake was to think it’s possible to put the cart before the horse, I learned that the hard way.

    So, it certainly is necessary to create a community first. Fine, but on what basis? Similar political concerns on the current state of affairs? Well, in my case I can’t say that I would know many candidates for such community…

    Nevertheless, there are a couple of things directly related to the present crisis that could actually be helpful:
    1. Cash has become much less used, yet it still has the same value.
    2. Many are now facing a dire economic situation and would be open to join a group if there was a possibility to earn something from it.

    Anyway, I very much agree that it isn’t about one single idea that will solve everything. Instead, different proposals could come to fruition, evolve, merge, so on and so forth.

  22. wave.watcher says:

    When I lived in New Zealand (up until 9 years ago) there was something that started up called Barter Card. A friend of mine who had been a merchant banker trading futures got a job working for them and he was very excited about it and the potential. I never used it, but the barter transactions were done and recorded through a card (I assume with a magnetic strip) like a debit, or pre-paid card.

    I just did a search to see if I could find anything, if they were still around and it looks like they are. https://bartercard.co.nz/

    The trouble I see in my local, physical area is that most people are oblivious to what is happening. Since I am the opposite of that dynamic evangelist personality I’m likely not the person to get the ball rolling on a new currency. But that’s not going stop me from trying to solve this problem.

  23. HomeRemedySupply says:

    SILVER

    If you had planned on getting a little silver for an emergency, it might be a good idea to hurry up with the idea.
    https://www.corbettreport.com/thegreatreopening-solutionswatch/#comment-103561

    • HomeRemedySupply says:

      SILVER
      Epic!
      An Epic Event is coming…I can smell it!

      Get ready.
      The ‘common man’ across the world might just be a juggernaut that “The Powers That Should Not Be” can not stop.

      Wake up the cheerleaders.
      Our side just might score big-time!

    • HomeRemedySupply says:

      SILVER – UPDATE again – Highlighting an Aspect

      This is bigger than the stock market.
      Anyone, anywhere, any age can participate.
      Just buy physical silver.
      Sure… dealers are out right now, but you can still order silver. It may take months before delivery, but that’s a good thing because it highlights silver’s value.

      This is a movement which has gone beyond the Reddit “WallStreetBets” stock market, because anyone can participate.
      A person does not have to be in the stock market for this campaign.

      Silver’s Schadenfreude!
      Beat the snot out of these bankers! What are they gonna do?…Are they gonna try to tell ya that your physical silver has no value?

      Here in the states, I got up too early. I’m too pumped. I’m waiting for the sun to come up and places to open.

  24. AB says:

    Hi everyone,

    On the broad subject of solutions, as opposed to problem analysis, here is an idea that may be worth implementing:

    Similar to many that have already been initiated in the past and even at the present time, it would be very easy to set aside a day of the week or month where everybody who is aware of it, disengages from the system in some way. This may be by turning off your phone, not buying anything with fiat money, turning off the modem, perhaps even not going to work for a day, etc. If we were to pick a specific thing and a specific time to do these things it could really have an impact. It’s easy enough for everybody to do and doesn’t require the zombies to participate in order to be worthwhile.

    Perhaps every Wednesday for 1hr between 12PM-1PM GMT we all turn off our mobile phones?

    What do you think?

    • Dalesco says:

      Hi AB,

      Personally, and in a similar spirit to what you propose, my phone stays home all the time, I haven’t watched TV in years, I always pay in cash and there’re probably a couple of other things in my daily life of that same nature. Although I’m not sure this is exactly what you mean.
      You talk about doing it all at the same time to create an impact. Can I ask you what sort of impact you have in mind and what the objective is with your suggestion?

      • AB says:

        Hi Dalesco,

        I too, do all of the things you mention already. What I mean is something that everybody does (those that don’t already do it) at the same time en masse. Enough people to actually be able to measure a drop in volume, yet simple enough that everybody would be willing to do it – and do it regularly and routinely.

        Ordinarily, many solutions require the involvement of the zombies, which in my opinion, will never happen, but the sort of things I’m referring to should be sufficiently voluminous to be effective without their involvement. Furthermore, these actions are far less likely to cause the zombies to feel the need to inhibit our efforts by taking on the role of citizen policemen.

        So just like you might organise a protest on a certain date at a certain time, you’d organise to take part in (or disengage from as the case may be) one of these actions at a certain time each week.

  25. Roxanne says:

    Hi James. I was actually looking forward to more solid information in this talk. You’ve never mentioned Monero (XMR) and how it’s built with privacy from the start.

    Any chance of interviewing Dr Daniel Kim in regards to XMR?
    He was at Anarchapulco – https://www.reddit.com/r/Monero/comments/dpm8w0/dr_daniel_kim_cryptopulco/

  26. Liar'sBane says:

    #FlashMobs
    20 people walk into a store and rip off their masks.
    Maybe they even sing We are the people. We are the power. We are the 99%
    Then they walk out. Maybe even inviting other shoppers to join them as they move on to the next store down Mainstreet

    • weilunion says:

      And then they all get kettled by the police, shipped off to detainee camps and never heard of again.

      • flammable says:

        Yeah I get that many forms of protest would be cracked down upon by law enforcement. But in nearly every store, so long as you agree to leave quickly after being warned, you will not be jailed or fined for not having a mask.

      • Liar'sBane says:

        As James says: Do you think there’s any way out of this without a confrontation? And: Now is better than later, after the US becomes China.

        • weilunion says:

          No, there is not. but what is needed is organized resistance, not simply stunts. Strategy not comedy.

          Problem is that too many think an organized population is the dirty old ‘collectivism’ and thus prefer individual solutions to social problems.

  27. weilunion says:

    I understand the need to act. I understand the need to act with people. But we must be smart in our actions. We must put ourselves in the shoes of our adversaries if we are to plan resistance that is meaningful

  28. HomeRemedySupply says:

    The Primary Currency of James Corbett

    Other Corbett Report Members can probably express the following concept in a much better way than I can.
    But I will give the bat a swing.

    James Corbett most often spends the same currency which we sometimes see in other communities. Personally, I most often see the spending of this currency in rural communities and very small towns.

    So, what does James Corbett spend most?
    Goodwill and favors.
    It is all Voluntary. And genuine, not counterfeit nor veiled.

    Weekly, James Corbett produces a bunch of great, informative content. What does he do with it? He gives it away freely, voluntarily, all with goodwill. No strings attached. He is not even slipping in an ad for gold/silver coins, nor vitamins, nor a homestead lot at “Freedomland Argentina”.

    Sure…James Corbett offers a Membership. What does it cost? $12 a year (or more if you wish).
    What does a Member get that a non-Member doesn’t get? – Nothing. Virtually, a non-member gets exactly what a member gets.
    Oh…wait…Members occasionally get access to a tidbit podunk video such as embedded in the recent article: The Year Ahead – Part 3: Geopolitics
    https://www.corbettreport.com/the-year-ahead-part-3-geopolitics/
    However, I don’t see a line forming to watch the 24 minute Beatles Battle! – Subscriber Exclusive #100
    DESCRIPTION: You know Vinnie Caggiano. You’re familiar with James Corbett. But now it’s time to settle The Ultimate Question: Who is the bigger Beatles fan? Join quizmaster Broc West for this gripping steel cage match for the undisputed world title of Beatlemaster.

    I’m sure there are some women out there who would get a membership just to catch a glimpse of Broc West on this video. But I should warn them that he is married with a baby. So those women should scrap that dream unless they want to see a Vietnam War 2.0.

    My point in all this…
    Goodwill and favors are a widely circulated currency.
    Personally, I think it has the benefit of helping to establish communities.

  29. Laura K. says:

    I live in Bavaria. There is apparently literally no on Freedomcells in a 200 miles radius.
    “We could not find the address you entered for the following reason: No results found.” :0

  30. RichW says:

    Dear James, I, too, believe in putting the horse before the cart. Community is indeed important, and in this day and age of social media and “selfies” and “Zoom-buddies,” developing community “in person” is becoming a lost art. Even in Christian churches, there can be a lot of superficiality without genuine heart-to-heart intimacy and trust. So very many are in the world and of the world, and yet the Lord Jesus Christ calls His own disciples to be in the world as light and salt (as holiness unto God) but not of this world. I’ve written a 5-page teaching article titled, “What Truly Pleases God?” from May 22nd, 2009. I wish to paste in one particular paragraph from page 4:

    “In these present days, these last days before Christ’s return, there is indeed a distinction between those who are of this world’s system, and those who are of Christ’s kingdom. The mark of the Beast is for those who rely upon the world’s system for buying and selling. However, those who are marked by Almighty God are submitted to His dominion and governance, and function through His kingdom principles of giving and receiving. We learn to give what we have in prompt obedience to the Holy Spirit to meet someone’s need, without expecting anything in return. We learn to receive from the Lord exactly what we need through the pathways of His choosing in His perfect timing without coveting what others might have. Some Christians have uttered in response, “Well, I expect to do much bartering when I cannot buy or sell.” No, dear friends, it’s not about what you can do, assigning value for value. It’s all about being obedient to the Father’s will and giving when He says to give, while always trusting Him to provide what you need while practicing contentment. Then you will be able to join the Apostle Paul in saying: “… for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:11b-13).”

    Although it seems that the true Church of the Lord Jesus Christ is being driven “underground,” the Holy Spirit has still united us who cling to Jesus as our Lord and Giver of Life. During these last of the Last Days before Christ’s return, the Lord is expecting (and enabling) His own to trust in Him and His sure word of promise found within the pages of The Holy Bible. He doesn’t want us to be fear-driven but faith-led. “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6).

    [SNIP – Please keep comments to 500 words or less. Longer comments can be split into multiple posts. -JC]

  31. TimmyTaes says:

    Hi James. Thanks for the solutions report on Survival Currency. I didn’t know about many of those alternative currencies you show in your talk. I do vaguely remember the Ithaca experiment.
    I read “Inside Hitler’s Greece” by Mark Mazower last month. A very good book that is very pertinent to today’s world.I also watched TIK’s video “Wheat or Coffins”, which was based on Mazower’s book. YouTube demonetized “Wheat or Coffins” because it shows how the Nazi lockdown of the Greek economy led to starvation.
    The Greek Drachma went to zero so the Greeks used all manner of things for currency including travel permits and other forged papers.
    In POW camps cigarettes and or chocolate was used for money.
    The Nazis stole all the gold from the Jews in Salonica, Greece. The Gestapo tortured the Jews until they coughed up the gold. Then the Jews were sent to the camps and 80-90% of the Jews died.
    The Nazis funded the occupation of Greece for a full year using the stolen gold.
    So, a community first, eh? All right. I look around my neighborhood and see three maybe four households I trust; 8 people. The other neighbors are either mentally ill or assholes or both.
    The monasteries worked as communities in the Dark Ages. Beer and agricultural goods were bartered with the local farmers and townspeople.
    A community would have to have something in common like Christianity.
    Thanks for the talk.

  32. riemer.2 says:

    Hi James, your pronounciation of Wörgl was pretty damn well! No worries.

    Greetings from Germany

  33. Lex says:

    Currency has value not because a government or bank backs it, but because we as traders, mutually agree that it has value.
    Therefore, when they inevitably cease to value cash, what do we do? I racked my brains trying to think of an alternative. Hours, units, buttons, shells…
    Then I realised the best answer.
    We just keep using cash.
    It ticks all the boxes:
    It’s hard to counterfeit
    it’s ubiquitous -everyone has some
    we already agree on it’s value at a local level -everyone is familliar with it

    If the government wants to revoke the “value” on cash, then it also revokes “control” over it. We are the ones with the true authority, so we just keep using it, if they want control over it then they will have to acknowledge it’s value at some level. It might even prevent them from going completely cashless, since they would loose that control.

    I still think we need to come up with multiple other solutions. But building communities that trade in cash right now, but are willing to keep using cash even if it becomes… non-governmental…. I think is a reasonable start.

    • mkey says:

      This can work IMO but keep in mind that these people know how to reduce the cash flow by simply draining the market of cash/coin/precious metals. At that point, even paper currency has some intrinsic value that can be dialed up or down from a comfy chair on an undisclosed centralized location.

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