What drives an economy?
All economics is dependent upon the people, their minds, their hearts, even the virtues and vices of the people.
Why do people produce?
Why are they willing to work, to sacrifice, to go the extra mile?
What drives the people drives the economy!
What is the best way to encourage the people to produce?
Do people just work to live?
Fear of punishment or deprivation and starvation is a great motivator but there are many side effects to society and the economy.
Do they work harder for wealth and power or wantonness and pleasure?
The truly great motivator in society is not self-interest but unselfish interest for the well being of others and that usually begins with family and salts the very flavor of society. It is not only one of the strongest motivators, but because it has a generational designed built into the family model, it brings an ebb and flow to an economy which is essential to steady growth.
What some call human capital is merely what people bring to the workplace. Their skills, knowledge and ideas can stimulate innovation and productivity through improved efficiency, which will provide economic growth. But all men are not equal. All men are not born in the family, raised in families and all families are not equal in virtues of love, dedication, sacrifice, or honor.
Anything that undermines the family undermines the future economy. Anything that strengthens the bonds of family and community strengthens the economy.
Birth rates in good families often drop in socialist societies that depend on the State for old age benefits rather than the family. Often welfare single-parent families have more children than married couples with a disastrous effect on the upbringing of the next generation.
When families are dependent on their own resources rather than entitlements a frugality and economy is ingrained in family values. You soon learn that increased productivity means a more efficient use of resources – labor, material, and equipment. When you must rely on your own limited resources there is a drive for efficiency that spreads through society.
Social welfare begins in the family and reaches out into the community. Often social welfare by the State rather than by charity and charitable institutions undermines natural virtues cultivated in a moral society where virtue is prized as a noble character. Socialist institutions lift natural burdens from the family. This often makes the family weaker as an institution, if not superfluous.
Besides just weights and measures in our purses there needed to but justice in our hearts and minds.
So what was all this about altars of clay and stone?
How about the golden calf?
Was that just a silly superstition like we see in the movies or was the Golden_calf a system of central banking used in many city-states to provide a "reserve fund" and bind the dependence of the people to the State?
Even the sacrifice of the red heifer had nothing to do with burning up red cows.
So if all this is true what were they talking about and what we call "Jewish law" really saying?
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In 1980 F. Tupper Saussy wrote a book called Miracle on Main Street where he advocated returning to a precious metal economy. His forward, vision and some of his predictions have come true. Here is a website with the book in PDF: 'Miracle on Main Street'
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The Public Bank Solution by Ellen Brown  A book on public banking strongly advocated by the author.
Description: WHAT WALL STREET DOESN'T WANT YOU TO KNOW. Shock waves from one Wall Street scandal after another have completely disillusioned us about our banking system; yet we cannot do without banks. Nearly all money today is simply bank credit. Economies run on it, and it is created when banks make loans. The main flaw in the current model is that private profiteers have acquired control of the credit spigots. They can cut off the flow, direct it to their cronies, and manipulate it for personal gain at the expense of the producing economy. The benefits of bank credit can be maintained while eliminating these flaws, through a system of banks operated as public utilities, serving the public interest, and returning their profits to the public. This book looks at the public bank alternative and shows that it works admirably well with examples from around the world. It provides the key to a sustained high-performance economy and well-being for the people.
The Babylonian Woe : a Study of the Origin of Certain Banking Practices and of Their Effect on the Events of Ancient History Written in the Light of the Present Day, by David Astle
Description: David Astle researched the very beginnings of money and how the money creators became all-powerful since Babylonian times. He explains money and banking systems from 5,000 BC to the present. The author tells how money lenders/creators have come to hold unlimited power. Published 1975.
"Very scholarly, OUTSTANDING book on the history of banking. Not recommended to everyone as it is a very hard read, but has some fascinating insights on ancient history that would blow most peoples minds. More insights that some of the other popular books going back this far in history." - Gary Kinghorn
Usury in Christendom by Michael Hoffman  The author traces the gradual decay of the Western Christian prohibition on usury, the rise of the Money Power, and the numerous destructive practices resulting in today's society.
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Web of Debt  The Shocking Truth About Our Money System and How We Can Break Free, by Ellen Brown
Description: Our money system is not what we have been led to believe. The creation of money has been "privatized," or taken over by private money lenders. Thomas Jefferson called them “bold and bankrupt adventurers just pretending to have money.” Except for coins, all of our money is now created as loans advanced by private banking institutions — including the privately-owned Federal Reserve. Banks create the principal but not the interest to service their loans. To find the interest, new loans must continually be taken out, expanding the money supply, inflating prices — and robbing you of the value of your money.
"A big fan of Ellen Brown who has written some one of the best books on the subject." - Gary Kinghorn
The Quality Life Plan®: 7 Steps to Uncommon Financial Security, by Susan Boskey  This 84-page workbook covers the real reason why more and more families need credit just to make ends meet and does so in easy-to-understand language. The author provides practical strategies, tactics and templates to help you reverse the cycle of credit and debt and create a life of greater financial and personal well-being midst the challenges of today’s economic landscape. Published 2007.
“Members of Congress are official trustees presiding over the greatest re-organization of any bankrupt entity in world history, the U.S. Government. … the United States Federal Government has been dissolved by the Emergency Banking Act, March 9, 1933, 48 Stat. 1, Public Law 89-719; declared by President Roosevelt, being bankrupt and insolvent. H.J.R. 192, 73rd Congress session June 5, 1933 - Joint Resolution To Suspend The Gold Standard and Abrogate The Gold Clause dissolved the Sovereign Authority of the United States and the official capacities of all United States Governmental Offices, Officers, and Departments…"
All this had a great effect on the legal title of property held by citizens and making those citizens collateral or surety for debt. That debt has continued to increase making the people human resources or merchandise and has cursed children. Much of this is covered in the study series Covenants of the gods or the book Covenants of the gods.
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