"How America Became A Communist Nation" -- Porter Stansberry

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Scataphagos, Dec 16, 2010.

  1. How America Became a Communist Nation
    By Porter Stansberry with Braden Copeland
    Thursday, December 16, 2010

    The Greeks may be the most notorious of the world's profligate nations… but they are not the real problem. The real problem is much larger and more complex.

    The root of the problem the world is facing right now isn't really governments… or banks. The real problem is simply a very bad idea – the idea that the State ought to sit in the center of society. Let me explain…

    The last 100 years (since 1914) saw not only the end of the classic gold standard, but also the fantastic ascendancy of the nation-state.

    These two trends are inherently and dangerously related.

    Until World War I, the central government of the United States, for example, played a small role in the lives of its citizens. Its powers were strictly limited, as were its revenues. It was specifically barred from taxing citizens directly. It was a humble government that interacted with the individual states in the union, but didn't interact much with individual citizens.

    The first signs of change came after the Civil War. "Progressive" ideas began to emerge. Most of these ideas came from Germany, from philosophers like Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. The core of these ideas was that the State itself was superior to its citizens. Therefore, the argument went, society ought to be organized to better accomplish the goals of the State.

    Today, most Americans have no idea that the foundations of our modern State are based – nearly verbatim – on the demands of Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto.

    In 1848, Marx threatened to organize a worker's revolution unless European governments:

    1. Abolished property rights and applied all rents towards public purposes.

    [Modern corollary: Don't pay your property taxes, lose your house. So who really owns your house?]

    2. Levied a heavy, progressive income tax to equalize wages.

    [Modern corollary: Combined federal and state marginal income and payroll taxes approach (or surpass) 50% in many U.S. states.]

    3. Abolished all rights of inheritance.

    [Modern corollary: The estate tax.]

    4. Confiscated the property of all emigrants.

    [Modern corollary: The 2008 "Hero's Act," which forces people leaving the U.S. to pay the equivalent of their estate taxes on the global assets before they turn in their passports.]

    5. Centralized access to credit in the hands of the State by means of a national bank and an exclusive monopoly.

    [Modern corollary: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which make more than 90% of all of the mortgages in the U.S. and have dominated the market for mortgages for decades.]

    6. Centralized the means of communication and transport in the hands of the State.

    [Modern corollary: AT&T was a legal monopoly for decades. Amtrak is a ward of the states. The government owns all the roads. And the State controls all air traffic.]

    7. Provided free education for all children in public schools.

    [Note the emphasis on public schools. Paying for education isn't enough. What counts is indoctrinating the kids in glorifying the State.]

    8. Produced a common agricultural policy to maximize the productivity of the land.

    [Modern corollary: Massive ethanol and agricultural subsidies.]

    Most people in democracies like these ideas for one simple reason: They hold the allure of getting something for nothing. They are the siren song of living at the expense of your neighbor.

    These ideas became extremely popular over the last 100 years, all around the world. As a result, as democracy spread, so did these ideas. Politicians of each party and persuasion throughout the Western world quickly adopted them as their own (and never mentioned Marx).

    As these ideas took hold, one big problem developed… How do you pay for them?

    Progressive politicians believed they had the answer. They just took Marx's big innovation: A progressive income tax. Let the rich pay!

    It's a popular idea – but it never works because decisions to add more benefits don't take into account the expense of paying for them. It doesn't take long for the budget to get out of control. Or said another way, everyone can't live at the expensive of his neighbor. His neighbor can't afford it… and he moves.

    More serious, the flaw in communism is obvious. Communism doesn't account for the fact that people expect to control the fruits of their labor. People don't like their assets being stolen and their wages being heavily taxed by a government that regulates their businesses and sends their children off to war. Incrementally, people stop working. Wealthy people flee… or hide their incomes.

    Tax revenues fail to meet projections. Deficits grow. Deficit spending soars. And debts mount.

    That's where paper money comes in. Paper money isn't only good for financing a war. It's also perfect for closing the gap between what an economy ought to produce and its paltry real production when it has been beaten into submission by communist ideas. I like to explain it this way…

    The central truth of economics is scarcity. There can never be enough of anything to satisfy everyone. The central truth of politics is patronage: promising to give everything to everyone. Paper money is the bridge between economics and politic s.

    The unpaid debts of an entire generation of people in Western countries are coming due. The so-called "baby boomers" grew up in a world dominated by Marxism and Keynesian economics. These are bad ideas. They are destined to collapse.

    And the collapse is here.

    Porter Stansberry
  2. Yeah, that's all well and good, Scat, but where was your outrage in all its present glory up until a couple of years ago? We both know what put you over the edge is that you now have a black president. How's that birther thing coming along?
  3. You'd know there has been lots of outrage for a long time, if you were in America. But you're not, so you don't.

  4. Lucrum


    Smack down!
  5. 6,000 earmarks in the latest spending bill.

    Change we can believe in!!!! :D

    oink oink
  6. IMO Porter Stansberry is a fool. Had you followed his advice over the last 20 years you would now be at the soup kitchen.

    Being apocalyptic is fashionable.
  7. Smack down my ass! You're 45+ you should know better. The turd known as phenomenon is definitely under 30 and has the emotional intelligence of a 15 year old.

    "Smack down" you sound like a WWF fan. Would you expect anything less form North Georgia.

  8. Yep, being apocalyptic is highly fashionable. Especially when you have nearly 20% real unemployment, multi trillion dollar corporate welfare tab, are fighting retarded wars on the other side of the world to the tune of billions, your government just spent another few trillion that it didn't have on unthinkably retarded "stimulus" projects, your country is getting over run with 3rd world illegals because your borders are wide open meanwhile your government is trying to make them all legal, while shitting on all your civil liberties vis-a-vis the "patriot act", and imprisons a higher % of it's population than any other nation on earth. They are of course doing all of this on credit from a communist dictatorship, which we and our grandchildren will be indebted to for over a century. So yeah, when stuff like that is happening it becomes "fashionable" to become "apocalyptic". Especially when they are claiming that they are going to fix all of this shit they created by way of "quantitative easing", which really means printing a shit ton of money and causing inflation, which is of course the last refuge of failed economic empires.

    Of course, social commentary from a guy who claims that Trotsky was not a socialist hasn't got much credibility in the first place, does it? Even less than us North Georgia natives have...

  9. Lucrum


    Well EXCUSE ME! I must have missed the memo alerting us to your newly appointed position as ET's official judge of smack down.
    Could you please post a definition of smack down that meets your approval?

    I despise WWF and have no respect for anyone who watches it.
    Care to try again, ass hole?

    That ignore sure didn't last long.
  10. And you're making absolutely no money in this apoplectic global environment. Because I wager your still paying off your student loans. LOL

    #10     Dec 16, 2010