Saturday, January 10, 2015
  Real Value

In writing the previous brief note, I used my RiotGrrl and GoldMaan cartoons as background for calling the hacktivists 'fake rebellious'. Looking at the text of that item now, I see a connection to a broader point that I've been hitting lately.

In the cartoon, RiotGrrl was quoting the usual hippieshit slogans and GoldMaan the bankster was agreeing completely with each.

This exchange started me thinking about Real Value in both social and monetary terms:


RiotGrrl: Social change, not climate change!

GoldMaan: Agreed on both points.

First, we love it when social structures break down. Religious traditions encourage people to save for the future, to live cautiously, and to enjoy work, community and faith. Broken societies must desperately try to enjoy the present moment with commercially produced stuff and commercially produced entertainment. It never works, so a broken culture is hopelessly addicted to spending and borrowing! Beautiful!

Second, the 'climate change' bubble is one of our proudest creations. We funded fake research and forced governments to set up cap-and-trade arrangements, so we could profit from trading the Indulgences.


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More recently I've been putting together a broader notion of Real Value = Natural Law. Real Value economies will stand a better chance of survival because, tautologically and obviously, they rely on Real Monetary Values AND Real Social Values.

Charts of household debt show exactly what GoldMaan was saying.

This interactive map at City-AM.com includes more countries but doesn't let you see the whole picture at once.

The charts in this article by the AWARA Group, though sparser, give a better simultaneous picture. Chart 9 is probably the most appropriate.

Note the near-perfect correlation between Real Value economies and Real Value social systems. The cultures and governments that adhere most closely to Satan (i.e. Scandinavia) are also the economies with the highest personal debt. The cultures that run closer to Natural Law (Russia, Turkey) have the least personal debt.

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Sidenote 1: The low debt in Russia and other former Soviet countries is partly cultural and partly an unsung legacy of Communism. The government owned most businesses and houses, which meant that borrowing wasn't necessary and money wasn't the primary goal in life. When the gov't collapsed, it allowed high officials to take the businesses AND allowed the occupants to take the houses and apartments. The former turned out to be a problem, while the latter turned out to be a blessing. Now most Russians own their residences free and clear, which means that borrowing still isn't necessary and money still isn't the primary goal in life.

Looking at it from another angle, Communism isn't really an independent variable. Russian Communism was shaped by natural Russian tendencies. Collectives and cooperatives were already going strong when Lenin took over. He bureaucratized and brutalized them, but the basic sense ... community matters more than profit ... is part of Russian culture.

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A later rambling on a related subject here.

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