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The New Revolution Is Now
Dr. Gary North, in the November issue of his Remnant Review newsletter, points out that a quiet revolution is going on right beneath our noses. It seems we are in the process of changing the system in the best ways possible, by delegitimizing the establishment and starting new technologies and institutions as replacements. The revolution is social right now, but he says it will soon spread to politics.
It's enough to give a person hope, folks. So read some of the points he makes below, and start thinking about how you, too, can vote against every bond issue and every incumbent politician (except Ron Paul!).
The heart of the establishment, according to Dr. North, is the Fed, and we all know what needs to happen to the Fed.
As criticism of the Federal Reserve increases, which it will, Federal Reserve
officials will have to justify their policies before Congress and before the public. It's not
that Congress is going to set up some sort of independent Treasury that will take over the
functions of the Federal Reserve System. That was done in the Jackson administration and
Van Buren's administration. We are not going to return to that era. What we are going to
see is attention being paid to the specific manipulations by the Federal Reserve System.
The FED is going to come under the equivalent of Sherlock Holmes' magnifying glass.
The Federal Reserve System is not prepared to answer questions raised by the
public. It has never had to answer these questions in the past, and so it grew arrogant.
There is little likelihood that the public is sufficiently well-organized to dismantle the
Federal Reserve, but The FED is being embarrassed continually. Bureaucrats resent this.
They are poor at deflecting criticism. The FED hired a public relations firm for the first
time a year ago. This indicates how much trouble the FED is having with criticism.
For the first time in my lifetime, the Federal Reserve has to defend itself in public.
Never before has there been a well-informed audience willing to listen to detailed criticisms
of the operations of the Federal Reserve. Ron Paul's candidacy in the 2008 and his new
book, End the Fed, have combined with the technology of the Internet to create a growing
audience of skeptics regarding the Federal Reserve. This is a tiny movement, and it is not
organized in any sense, but it is capable of sending out e-mails with links to articles
criticizing the Federal Reserve.
The spread of information is inexpensive today, and the power of YouTube videos
is great. The Federal Reserve is not yet in a position to defend itself effectively. I have
never seen a video produced by the Federal Reserve System that plausibly explains why the
crisis happened in 2008, and that the crisis was not the fault of the Federal Reserve. In fact,
I have seen no videos produced by the Federal Reserve. The public relations team is
apparently unfamiliar with YouTube. In contrast, there are dozens of effective criticisms of
the Federal Reserve that you can get on YouTube and other video sites.
Criticism of the central bank is criticism of the heart of the Establishment's control.
Why? Because no other powerful institution has equal autonomy. No other institution
controls the central economic lever in society: money. No other institution has been able to
escape public observation, criticism, and reform for as long as the Federal Reserve has. In
the last 18 months, an articulate critic of the Federal Reserve, Ron Paul, has been able to
attract what appears to be millions of listeners who are aware of the fact that the Federal
Reserve System is the enemy of sound money. This is a classic example of what Albert J.
Nock referred to as the remnant. The Internet has provided the remnant with the ability to
find information that had always been blocked in the past. Google and other search engines
are enabling them to narrow their focus down to topics that were previously so obscure that
almost nobody knew about them. Combine this with e-mail, Facebook, MySpace, and
Twitter, and you have the mobilization of the ants against the elephant.
The thought of dumping the Fed is so delicious, it almost makes me salivate. But what he has to say about the establishment media is just about as savory.
The fact that NBC television is about to be purchased by a cable company is
indicative of the transformation. The broadcasting organizations have relied on Federal
regulation and Federal laws against rival networks. The Federal Communications
Commission has been central for over 80 years in controlling what gets broadcast to the
general public on the airwaves. Now the Internet has launched a successful end run around
the Federal Communications Commission. Furthermore, satellite radio and television have
spread anti-Establishment information. The cable networks have eroded market share of
the networks to such a degree that a major network is about to be swallowed up by cable
company. This indicates that the levers of ideological control that the Establishment has
relied on for over a century no longer serve as levers. There are too many levers out there
For successful political reform to take place, there has to be an articulate leader or
group of leaders criticizing the existing system. There also has to be an informed minority,
even a small minority, of citizens who have decided that it is time to change the system.
What is needed at this point is a crisis.
President Obama's chief administrator, Rahm Emanuel, has said that he doesn't
think a government should waste a crisis. Like most Left-wing politicians, he thinks that a
crisis offers an opportunity for politicians to centralize control over the public. In the past,
this has been the case. But a crisis in the Federal budget, coupled with a rise in
unemployment, has created a special kind of national crisis. This crisis enables critics of
the government to spread doubts about the wisdom, competence, and morality of the
politicians doing the centralizing. This crisis has called into question the entire political
system. There is a growing group of citizens who are convinced that the system cannot be
reformed, that it must be shut down, and that any further compromise with it will work
against them. This is a very small group, but it is growing.
Now that we're warmed up nicely, here's a thought that ought to bring us to a gentle boil. Many people, including conservatives, believe the U.S. needs to act as the world's policeman. Here's a major reason why this is a poor idea.
This strategy is not yet understood in conservative circles. It is especially not
understood among those traditional conservatives and all neoconservatives who believe the
United States government has a moral responsibility to police the world by means of its
military. Every time this nation extends the power of the military, it extends the power of
the State Department. Anybody who thinks that the United States military should be
funded to police the world ought to have a picture on his desk. It would be a picture of
Hillary Clinton in a general's uniform. That is what the expansion of military power means.
It means a transfer of authority to the State Department. We need images to remind us of
this, and I think an image of Hillary Clinton with the general's uniform is just about right. It
was bad enough when her husband was Commander-in-Chief.
Dr. North now gets into the "Plan" for a revolution, and says that nobody has a comprehensive plan to reform the system because the system is too complex. He says that what we need to do is what Andrew Jackson did with the Second Bank of the United States: He refused to recharter it and he pulled the nation's money out of it. It went bankrupt within a few years.
In short, we need to pull the plug on these institutions, not by "reforming" them, but by defunding them. He says the first institution to go should be the Public School System.
What can we do? This: vote no on every local bond issue. I can legally do this, and
I always do. I always have. That is the attitude we must have with every budget in
Washington. People want to know what my plan would accomplish. My plan is for
everybody to keep a larger percentage of his income than he does today. It may not be a
very sophisticated plan, but given the spontaneous order of the free market, it is sufficient
to enable individuals to regain their freedom.
I do not think all conservative organizations could or should get together to hammer
out a plan, even if they wanted to. I don't think they should want to. Let each group focus
on its most hated boondoggle in Washington, and then persuade as many people as possible
for the boondoggle be shut down. I believe in the division of labor. I believe in the
specialization of the means of production. Let each group target a boondoggle and do
everything it can to get the funding cut. That's my program for reform.
To do this, we have to begin to develop alternatives that can be used to substitute for
the shutdown of each government boondoggle. We can't expect to beat something with
nothing. Our job is to criticize existing system, but it is also to encourage the development
of privately funded alternatives.
I believe we should shut down the public schools. I also believe that we should
have competing curriculum materials on the Internet, some of them offered free of charge,
to enable parents to teach their children enough, so that the children, by about the age of
eight, can teach themselves what they need all the way through university. I really do
believe the division of labor. I really do believe in decentralization. I really do believe that
maturity involves self-government. I therefore believe that the best high school and college
curriculum that can be designed would be a Web-based curriculum adopted by individual
students who teach themselves. This is coming, and there is nothing the public schools can
do about it.
States are now beginning to offer homeschool courses to parents. There is a
required curriculum, but the curriculum is delivered for free in the mail. The parents are
not required to send their kids into the prison systems known as the public schools. This is
an admission by the teachers union and by the state's Department of Education that parents
are capable of teaching their children, just so long as they use a state-sanctioned curriculum.
This is a surrender of monumental proportions. This is the exact opposite of what
the public school bureaucracy has taught since the 1830s. Always before, the public school
bureaucrats said it is mandatory that students be instructed by a tax-funded bureaucrat who
has gone through a particular curriculum in a monopolistic, government-licensed institution
of higher learning. Now states have begun to abandoned this. In principle the old position
is gone. They are now saying that if the parent is willing to use the curriculum materials
approved by the state, the parent can legally keep the children at home. The parent can
legally keep the children out of the environment of the public school system.
This is the beginning of the end for the public schools. All we need now is for
better curriculum materials offered free of charge that parents can see lead to better results
than the bureaucratic, state-approved materials that are being used in the public schools. It
will be easy to beat something with something much better. If we use price competition,
which means offering materials free of charge by way of the Web, we can tailor curriculum
materials to whatever audience we are interested in persuading. Dozens and dozens of
groups, even hundreds of groups, will be able to develop curriculum materials and offer
them free of charge, or close to it, to parents around the country and around the world.
If the child is not required to go into the building that the bureaucrats have
controlled since the 1830s, then the education game is all but over. The change in the rules
has permanently tilted the game in favor of Web-based education. All the hoopla about the
benefits of being taught by state-trained, state-approved, salaried bureaucrats is in principle
over. The charter school system, now being extended into households, is an admission of
defeat by the public school Establishment. This surrender may look innocuous to some of
them, but it is the biggest defeat that I have seen for the public schools in my lifetime. It is
a self-inflicted wound.
Dr. North believes this is the best way to have a revolution: Replace the hated system with something else, then defund the hated system. Nobody will ever miss it. The Post Office is a case in point. We have replaced it with the Internet, Fed Ex, and UPS, and if it closed tomorrow, we probably wouldn't miss it.
We have seen the demise of the Post Office operationally over the last ten years, yet
we have paid almost no attention to this. There has not been a revolution in our thinking
about the Post Office. There has simply been a kind of forgetfulness. We haven't paid
much attention to the fact that we don't need it anymore. This is not taken any kind of an
organized political movement.
The Post Office is sacrosanct. It is untouchable. But now it is simply ignored. This
is the best way to have a revolution. Create a free-market alternative to a particular
government institution, and then refuse to use the boondoggle anymore. At some point, we
can simply vote de-fund it. We can privatize it. Nobody will care, because hardly anybody
is using the system any longer.
Here is my slogan for political reform: Replacement, not capture; then defunding.
Let us take this slogan and begin to apply it to all the government institutions that
we deal with on a regular basis. Apply it especially to the Federal government.
We are seeing the creation of a new economy in which we really do not need the
Federal government, except for welfare services for the aged. It is going to go bust because
of these welfare services. So, the primary objective that we ought to have is to create
alternatives to welfare system. We don't need to call for the shutting down of a particular
government agency tomorrow, although in principle that would be the best way. But that
would be an overnight political revolution, and I really don't believe in overnight political
Overnight political revolutions always centralize power. That is what Frederick
Engels taught, and that is what I believe. What I believe is best for the country is a quiet
social revolution, which is marked by a shift of reliance away from all government money
toward free-market and charitable funding. We will simply walk away from the system.
When enough people walk away from the system, and the rest of them lose their shirts
when the system goes belly-up, we will be in a position to have a real revolution, one in
favor of freedom.
This revolution will be one of decentralization and some form of operational
secession. I don't think states are actually going to break away from the union. I believe
that the governors and mayors are not going to bother to get Federal grants, because the
money is either not available won't buy anything. When we get to that stage, we will be
prepared for a new period of liberty. That day is coming. The government has shot his
wad, and the Federal Reserve, in shooting whatever wad it has left, is going to debase the
The transformation is taking place right under our noses. As George Orwell said, it
is a constant struggle to see what is happening under our noses.
We like the idea of defunding the institutions that need to go. Voting against bond issues is the place to start, because bond issues nearly always involve throwing more money down some rat-hole or other.
Start the revolution! Just vote NO!
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