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Non-wealth-backed, debt-based, government-printed paper money is the greatest scam of all time.
America’s central bank, the Federal Reserve, is owned by private banks including Citibank, JPMorgan Chase, and Goldman Sachs, predatory corporations who actually pay some of their bankers to go work for the Fed. Additionally, the major banks sponsor political candidates and lobby them hard once they’re in Congress, leading to a dangerous political situation called regulatory capture. Essentially, rabid foxes now rule our global henhouse.
“The more strictly we are watched, the better we behave.” — Jeremy Bentham
At some point between 1785 and 1786, while visiting his dictator-serving brother in Russia, the now-stuffed utilitarian social engineer Jeremy Bentham started asking himself a series of questions that two centuries later are about to yield disastrous consequences for your freedom, privacy, and personal autonomy:
There are 115,536,640 renters in America right now.
For the rest of their lives, most of these people will work full-time jobs, actively contributing to civilization, only to head home and hand over a huge portion of their paycheck to one of America’s 23,721,412 land-lorders.
They will never experience the pride of ownership.
They will never enjoy stability and community rootedness.
They will never build real wealth.
They will always live with the constant fear and instability of wondering when they’ll be evicted when a new investor or Airbnb host takes over the property.
They will never have a home.
I can’t afford to live in my home country.
No seriously, I literally moved overseas.
“Everyone wants to become a landlord.” — Blick Rothenberg Audit LLP
Modern banks are such a scam.
They’re supposed to take deposits from customers and loan the money out to businesses in order to improve the economy. Banking is supposed to be boring and barely profitable because it’s just a basic utility service.
Instead, modern banks have become criminal cartels that weaponize money against their own customers.
At their very best, banks make money by skimming interest off of productive workers.
They are parasites by nature, mere brokers that connect depositors with borrowers in exchange for interest.
“Oooh, wow, the magic of compound interest!” said my childhood self.
Just invest your money and it will magically grow year after year:
Said my childhood self.
Now that we’re adults, can we just be honest for once?
There’s no such thing as putting your money to work for you.
You’re just using your capital advantage to put someone else to work for you, flaying a profit off the back of…
I first joined Medium back in 2018, used it for a bit, then ditched it.
Two years later, the Medium emails that were still coming to my inbox suddenly got interesting. So interesting that I got a Medium Pro Membership (affiliate link, see point #5 below) and started writing on the platform again.
Now, it’s slipping back the other way again.
These days, my inbox is chock-a-block with people I’ve never heard of and stories I’m not interested in.
Here’s a silly thing that society needs to stop doing: Rewarding risk.
When I was a teenager, my friends and I used to go swimming at an abandoned quarry that’d been converted into a county beach park. Forty-foot cliffs. At the end of the day, we’d jump off and immediately get kicked out. It was dangerous, and the cost-benefit was extremely low. One friend hit the water wrong and broke her jaw.
Women in several Ethiopian tribes, including the Tirma and Mursi, still practice the excruciating art of lip plating — the insertion of giant clay discs in their mouth…
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I’ve been avoiding publishing any articles on vaccines because it’s an absurdly contentious subject that wins you no friends and makes you quite a few enemies.
It’s an issue plagued with political ideologies, conflicts of interests, bad faith arguments, issue conflation, terrible research, and appallingly stupid false dichotomies.
But alas, my inbox has been flooded with good folks asking me my perspective, so hopefully, I can lay it all out in one post and never have to discuss it again.
“A very good place to start.” — Maria von…