When you talk to people, even the statists in this world, there are many that will agree that there is a huge problem in government when it comes to accountability. The problem stems from the monopoly privilege granted to government agencies. That privilege is the monopoly on legalized force and the claim of legitimacy to use it. Using this claim, agents of the government can more or less do as they want, when they want. Should they be caught doing something considered illegal, they will often claim immunity. While this does not always work, it certainly seems to me that it works a very high percentage of the time. Government agents more often than not get away with their abuses of trust and power.
The monopoly privileges don´t stop at the doorstep of government. There
are many other organizations that have secured such privileges. The most
egregious of these is the central bank of a nation. In the United
States of America, this would be equivalent to the Federal Reserve
System. This is quite possibly the most abusive central bank ever. It
curried favor with the political elite of this nation way back in the
early part of the last century and has since worked to draw all the real
wealth of the nation to its owners and undermine the stability of the
economy and the nation as it slowly sacrifices the very currency it was
entrusted to protect.
So, the question becomes, what can be done to hold these institutions
accountable? Obviously, "voting the bums out" has not worked. They count
the votes and control the electoral process. No wonder they don't seem
to listen to their constituents. Obviously, giving the banks more power
and influence over the economy has not worked. They regulate their
competition out of business and bail their selves out with money created
from nothing. It is up to us to hold these entities accountable. It is
up to us to stop relying on the politicians. They aren't going to do
what's right, they are going to do what benefits their selves, their
families and their friends. It is time we started relying on ourselves.
How can we regain self reliance? I believe there are more ways to do
that than one can shake the proverbial stick at. I'm not certain which
ways will work and which ways won't, or which ways will work for you and
which ways won't, but there are certain things that can be tried. First
off, the monopoly needs to be broken. As long as there is a monopoly,
those working for the monopoly know they don't have to work that hard to
provide good costumer service. They know you have no choice. So, it
becomes a matter of having more options to choose from.
Allowing for alternative currencies is one way to hold banks
accountable. Of course that takes state cooperation. Legal tender laws
would have to be repealed. Personally, I think that legal tender laws
should be repealed. As a business, I shouldn't be forced to take some
piece of paper in exchange for a product or service if I didn't want to
take that particular piece of paper, but if I don't take FRNs (Federal
Reserve Notes) in this nation I can be arrested.
The point is, I doubt very much that legal tender laws are going to be
repealed anytime soon unless there's a quantum shift in the way people
view such laws. Even then, it will be very difficult to get the
politicians to do the right thing, especially if they are getting money
and power from the very institutions that need to be reigned in. In
order to create the quantum shift, regular, everyday people are going to
have to get involved. Those who can need to start setting up
alternative currency systems and others are going to have to start using
Once the political and banking classes are left out of the loop, they
suddenly sit up and start to take notice. The strange thing is, it
really doesn't take much for them to notice. Take the example of the
Liberty Dollar. Even though the total amount of liberty dollars
confiscated by the government was mere millions, it's growing popularity
was enough of a threat to the Federal Reserve monopoly that they felt
they needed to put an end to it and send a message to anyone who would
try to use precious metals as an alternative to their money. They
certainly don't want a growing, thriving underground economy going on
when they're not getting a piece of it.
I'm not an advocate of the gold standard, or even a silver or copper
standard. I'm not an advocate of government issued paper money either,
but any of those things would be better than what we have. At least if
the government issued interest free money we wouldn't have a national
debt to pay off. At least if we had some sort of standard based on an
actual commodity rather than debt we'd have some kind of check on
uncontrolled borrowing and run away inflation. The problem with all
those systems is that they all maintain a monopoly on currency creation.
When there is such a monopoly someone will always learn to play the
system, so to speak, they will always find a way to manipulate the
system to their benefit and the detriment of most everyone else. There
will always be people who will be able to use such monopolies to their
own benefit and will remain unaccountable because of their monopoly
Another obstacle to holding the banksters accountable is the practice of
fractional reserve banking. This practice allows those with the money
to create debt that is ten times more, and higher, than the amount of
money actually available. It ensures that debt will never be paid off.
Think about indebtedness for a second. Is it not akin to slavery? Does
it not give people a certain leverage over you? As we have seen
recently, the banksters have used it to threaten us with economic ruin
if they did not get bailed out and paid off. They are completely
unaccountable for their mistakes.
Fractional reserve banking is fraudulent, in my opinion, and obviously
so. Threats of economic ruin are little different than threats from the
mafia to a small businessman that refuses to pay his protection money.
These folks should be held accountable for their fraudulent and
extortionist practices. The problem is, the courts are another
government monopoly and the government is owned by the banksters and
their corporate companions. They are not going to hold themselves
accountable. They are not going to prosecute themselves. The best we'll
get is a "oops, my bad. Too bad, so sad" and they walk away with all the
wealth, power and influence.
Holding government officials and agents accountable might be even more
difficult than holding the central bankers accountable. They are granted
the privilege of something called immunity. Even though for many it's
supposed to be limited immunity in many cases the sky is the limit. For
instance, a law enforcement officer who does something wrong might have
his department sued successfully, but he won't have to pay one dime to
his victim(s) from his pocket. Instead, the tax payers he's supposed to
serve are left holding the bag. It's that kind of unaccountability that
While it might be a little more difficult to break up the monopoly of
"legitimate" force the government enjoys than it would be to allow
competition in currency, we can at least demand the repeal of immunity
laws. No government official or agent of the state should be allowed
immunity to wrong doing. I would personally like to see citizen courts
set up which adhere to common law and present legal cases vigorously by
both defense and prosecution even if the government official or agent
refuses to take part. Sometimes, just exposure and shining the light on
corruption is enough to shame these people into changing their behavior
for the better.
Holding these people and institutions accountable is not going to be an
easy endeavor. They have spent decades erecting the systems that protect
them. They are not going to give up their power and privilege easily.
They have no problem using force and will even resort to murder and
assassination if they feel their privileges are threatened, let alone if
they think they might end up in prison. It is important to first remove
the aura of legitimacy that they emit. Fortunately, this seems to be
happening. The obvious injustice and abuse of the bailouts may have been
a step too far. People are learning and accepting the corruption.
People are standing up and saying no more. Moving forward, the collapse
of the facade of legitimacy the privileged elite has built might come
sooner and faster than one would imagine so long as we continue to work
toward this goal.
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