The (naked) short-selling of Liberty
By Andrew Schrader
Contributing writer for End the Lie
With the passage of the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act), the re-surfacing of 25 CAT fliers from the FBI and the DOJ (which vaguely and broadly characterize potential extremist, terrorist and “sovereign citizen” threats), and the continual push towards combating “copyright theft” from Congress and The White House (see “Obama Administration: ACTA Is Binding & Don’t Worry Your Pretty Little Heads About TPP”), it seems the government can label you a “terrorist” for just about anything.
What do the listed “potential threats” have in common?
- Paying cash – everything from coffee to hotel stays.
- Growing your own food.
- Making bulk purchases of food or storing more than seven days’ worth of food.
- Owning gold and silver.
- Proponents of a gold standard and/or believing the United States went bankrupt after going off the gold standard.
- “Overly concerned about privacy.” Using proxy servers to browse the Internet, hiding IP addresses, and shielding computer screens in public.
- Buying unusually large amounts of fuel and/or ammonium nitrate.
- Asking about acquiring vehicles equipped for spraying or hauling (e.g., crop dusters, crop sprayers, fuel tankers).
- Refusing to provide address where fertilizer will be used or delivered.
- Missing fingers.
Let’s narrow these seemingly disparate descriptions down. “Extremists” seem to be:
- People who use or believe in real, tangible wealth.
- Self-sufficient people (e.g. farmers, who often do have missing fingers. My grandfather, a self-employed contractor, lost a finger).
- Internet users who want to retain privacy.
Now consider the following quote on regarding “domestic terrorism,” made by the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, Anne M. Tompkins in March 2011:
“A unique form of domestic terrorism… to undermine the legitimate currency of this country… While these forms of anti-government activities do not involve violence, they are every bit as insidious and represent a clear and present danger to the economic stability of this country.”
Forget that The Federal Reserve printed or digitized approximately $26 trillion in bailouts since 2008 (not including TARP). That’s apparently not a danger to the economic stability of this country. Forget JP Morgan’s consistent, deliberate naked short-selling of silver futures contracts, suppressing the price of silver for years and keeping the dollar artificially higher. Definitely not terrorism.
No, “domestic terrorism” makes more sense now. A “domestic terrorist” seems to be anyone who chooses real, tangible wealth over fake, digitized money, anyone who wishes to be self-sufficient, and anyone who values their privacy.
Actually, these two can be combined: A “domestic terrorist” is more accurately described as someone who prices themselves out of the fake, infinite-debt markets.
For example, browsing a site has immaterial value to intelligence and corporate “markets.” What you view, where you are (your IP address), how long you view it, what site referred you, and what link you click next are all aggregated, analyzed, and priced into futures derivatives contracts. These are largely run by computer — over 70% of futures trading is digital and instantaneous (reports, news stories and narratives are even being replaced by digital, robo-writers).
When I visited this CNET article, I found some fifteen bugs or trackers in my browser used for intelligence and data gathering services. When I viewed this page through a proxy, there were none, because my IP address was obfuscated. When you view pages through a proxy, you are starving the immaterial, yet highly lucrative data and intelligence markets; thus, endangering economic stability.
When you grow your own food, you remove yourself from GMO food markets. When you use cash, you price yourself out of the credit markets (and intelligence gathering). More specifically, when you use or obtain real, tangible wealth like gold or silver – you not only price yourself out of markets – you add debt to corporate balance sheets by forcing banks like JP Morgan to cover their bad investments, which they hold largely in the form of shorts futures contracts.
Let’s use silver as an example – a kind of “poor-man’s gold.” JP Morgan is leveraged over 100 to 1 on their silver shorts contracts; having engaged in “naked short-selling” for nearly four years now. Max Keiser launched his viral “Crash JP Morgan, Buy Silver” campaign on the simple premise that for every silver dollar physically purchased, you would add $100 to JP Morgan’s balance sheet.
“In 2010 the total annual mine production was only about 735 million ounces. The Comex trades about 100 billion ounces per year. (Comex trades around 135 times more paper silver per year than physical silver). However, 78% is silver used for industrial and manufacturing purposes, leaving around 100 million ounces for investment or monetary purposes. The Comex trades 100 billion ounces. That’s 1000 times more than the actual silver mined.”
What does short-selling gold and silver futures contracts do for the economy? It acts to prop up the fake, fiat dollar (for a little longer).
It is that simple, really. You are a “terrorist” for pricing yourself out of, or betting against, the fiat-dollar, which is failing thanks to the massively corrupt private Federal Reserve.
Even by viewing Web pages through a proxy, you remove yourself from the advertising, data-mining, and other dollar-denominated marketplaces.
And forget about growing your own food. You are removing yourself from an entire chain of dollar-based markets. When you consider that in the industrialized world it takes 10 hydrocarbons of energy to produce one hydrocarbon of food, and that food travels, on average, 1,500 miles from farm to supermarket, you not only remove yourself from several markets, you bet against oil and other commodities futures shorts.
This is unacceptable in our backwards economic paradigm, where true value is continually repressed through price propaganda like the Dow Jones Industrial Average hitting 13,000 (or by stooges like Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke claiming gold is not money).
Unfortunately, in the words of Anne M. Tompkins, the truth is more “insidious” than that. With true unemployment at approximately 22.5%, more than “1.46 million families in the U.S… living on $2 or less per day,” and oil prices already shutting down any “economic growth,” – largely due to Fed policy – the US Government doesn’t give a damn that people will need to use real, tangible goods and wealth to survive.
This model, the infinite-growth paradigm, is crashing. The monetary powers-that-be understand this well, and are positioning themselves accordingly.
Yet another tool in their kit for suppressing true wealth has come by deterring the American public from investing in anything tangible.
There are many other dimensions to the recent FBI and DOJ definitions of “terrorists,” but I see only one economic motive in regards to currency: Prop up the dollar until it’s time to crash the market.
Andrew Schrader is an independent filmmaker (Fever Night, The Age of Reason) and freelance writer, studying geopolitical trends in media, energy and economics. He currently lives in Austin, TX.
Minor editing by End the Lie