Our current governments have gotten to the point where they are finally cannibalizing the people. While a leech sucks the blood of its host until it dies, our government leeches have killed that goose and now are eating it. Even if it is still kicking…
Michigan is a fine case in point. In the last twelve months, the population fleeing this fine state has dropped by at least 400,000 people. While the unemployment rate is reportedly low, +/- 14%, that doesn’t account for the drop in population.
The figures are further distorted here because the Upper Peninsula has an unemployment rate of between 26% and 30%, and Detroit is reporting an unemployment rate of 50%.
But, rather than adjust the size of the government to the new reality of a declining population and the mass exodus of businesses and jobs; the state has instead increased taxes, fees and fines on the few who remain, and rather than cutting excessive government or the legislation that damages the ability of the citizens to support themselves, they only make cuts where it hurts only the citizenry and only in the way it causes them the most pain.
Rather than revisiting the failed strategies, the government has opted for pain to its citizens in an attempt to make us cry ‘UNCLE!!! Tax us more, just don’t hurt us any longer!’
And there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to indicate that this will change anytime in the foreseeable future.
Therefore, if the citizens are going to develop an alternative economy, it is all but totally certain that it will have to be ‘under the radar.’
Currently all government, from the most national to the most local, has oodles and oodles of laws that are all designed to take a bite out of every single thing you might do to support yourself.
Locally there are laws prohibiting or proscribing how you can use your land, how many vehicles (customers) can visit your home, demands for licensure or declarations of doing business that guarantees you’ll have to account for every penny and pay taxes, sometimes very high alternative taxes, on any income you take in; when bartering you’ll have to declare any trade IN DOLLARS so you can be taxed on sales AND on income.
There are even laws that prohibit activities that will feed your family, like subsistence farming or ‘poaching’, even if your family will go hungry otherwise.
Smart citizens will begin taking back their government at the local level, and line by line eliminating every single ‘law’ that makes earning a living harder or impossible.
As we go, we must force our state level government officials to eliminate laws on the books that put the government into a position of being enemy of their own citizens.
Doing so opens the possibility of local currencies, genuine local capitalism, and the proper confluence of laws and liberties.
As long as the cannibalization of the people by the government exists, your ability to take care of yourself and your loved ones is in serious danger. The force of the State will do you in every time, at any opportunity.
Now is the time to ensure that your right hand KNOWS what your left hand is doing. Work them both. Work to eliminate destructive and dangerous laws and work to build your local alternative economies.