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The Political Illusion of The Fiat Cave
Political incentives of a broken monetary system.
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We are all born prisoners of the Fiat Cave. Unknowingly, we are held captive by a monetary system that steals our wealth through currency debasement.
For those who have escaped the Fiat Cave, it's abundantly clear that the broken monetary system is the root cause for much of the massive wealth inequality, societal ills, and human suffering. But most people are unaware. They can see and feel the societal degradation, division and hate, and loss of hope but have been misled about the root cause of it.
They remain shackled in the cave, watching the shadows on the wall of identity politics, such as race, class, gender, and religion. Constantly, new shadows are cast onto the wall of the cave by the media, government, academia, and corporations, all of which are fueled by the money printer.
We find ourselves in the middle of a constant volley of blame between the political parties, which is becoming more destructive. We are born into the imprisonment of the Fiat Cave, led astray by the idea that our issues are due to the other political party.
The shadows are effective. With unlimited funding from the money printer, the fiat jailers, mainly the governments and central banks, can continue to distract and mislead us. They tell us that if we vote, we will make the changes we want to see in our democracy and improve our lives. Yet, it doesn't work, and our quality of life worsens, at an accelerating rate, due to the debasement of money.
The Fiat Cave has deceived us. The fiat jailers have cast shadows on the wall, telling us to vote and be active in our democracy; however, as we are distracted by their illusions, behind the scenes, they extract our wealth via the money printer. They know our votes are insignificant compared to their power over the monetary system.
As long as fiat money exists, the population will be shackled with inflation, taxation, and indebtedness. We can vote all we want, but that will not change the circumstances of the monetary system.
We remain prisoners of the Fiat Cave, fooled by an illusion that our voices matter, while the jailers continue to increase their wealth and power.
Despite what our politicians tell us, we have little (if any) power in the current political system because of the incentives of fiat money.
Incentives Drive Outcomes
The fiat monetary system's incentives are for politicians not to serve their constituents, but rather to stay in office in proximity to the money printer.
Politics has become a game of saying the right things to get re-elected to maintain the privilege of benefiting from the increasing money supply and taxes. Rather than serving their constituents, their motivation becomes saying or doing whatever it takes to stay in office and to reap the benefits from the taxation and increasing the money supply.
It's much easier to steal the fruits of other people's labor with taxes and inflation than to produce valuable goods and services to society.
To achieve this, both sides of the political aisle engage in constant fear-mongering and hateful rhetoric to cast blame on the other party for the issues we all face while finding innumerable reasons to increase taxes, spend more money or limit your freedoms.
The shadows on the wall are a constant barrage of "current things" to be angry about, and why you must support their campaign to fix the issue.
While there are well-intentioned people who get into politics to serve their community, state, or nation and who care deeply about their solutions to the issues they see, we know that career politicians are merely actors of the state. And those who are well-intentioned still are influenced by the incentives of the fiat monetary system.
Those with real power weaponize the monetary system to extract our wealth and freedoms. Keeping us distracted by the shadows on the wall and dividing us with the "current things", the prisoners of the Fiat Cave fall into this trap, convinced that they must vote for change.
But the reality is that behind the scenes, one ruling class, oligarchy, state, or whatever you want to call it, steals our time by manipulating the monetary system.
The State vs. The Individual
We have been divided by our race, religion, sex, gender, or political party, but it's not the donkey vs. the elephant we should be concerned about. It's the state vs. the individual.
We are individuals, unique in our own way. While we share common traits, we are not defined by one feature of our identity - skin color or gender.
Keeping us distracted with their shadows, the state divides us and prevents us from discovering the truth that we are prisoners of their system, which results in the degradation of the quality of life through the theft of our money.
It's not a coincidence that the counties surrounding Washington, DC have climbed the rankings of wealthiest counties in the country. During the fiat money era, where the state can create money for nothing, politicians have continued to find reasons to print more money, which always ends up in their hands.
US News reported in 2022 that "of the 15 counties with the highest incomes, five are located in Virginia or Maryland, near the nation's capital." Unlike other cities, which are known to be the hub of a certain industry that produces for society, Washington DC's main industry is wealth extraction, AKA the government.
Regardless of which party is in office, the politicians are serving not you but the money printer. A great example is the Debt Limit, which was recently raised again.
Congress has always acted when called upon to raise the debt limit. Since 1960, Congress has acted 78 separate times to permanently raise, temporarily extend, or revise the definition of the debt limit – 49 times under Republican presidents and 29 times under Democratic presidents.
The government benefits greatly from creating new monetary units, growing its share of the money pie at the expense of each individual.
A Sound Money Solution
Our "democracy" is merely an illusion. For now, both parties have been co-opted by the money spigot. Politicians do not serve their constituents, they serve the same master, money, regardless of their party. George Washington warned us of paper money back in 1787:
Paper money has had the effect in your state that it will ever have, to ruin commerce, oppress the honest, and open the door to every species of fraud and injustice.
Unfortunately, that's precisely where we are as a country and world, replete with rampant fraud and injustice. Dishonesty and willingness to compromise on values will get you far in the fiat world, especially in fiat politics.
Through the debasement of currency, we are kept prisoners of the fiat monetary system, watching shadows on the wall, while the fiat jailers pick our pockets.
Our frustrations aimed at the other political party should rather be aimed at the broken monetary system. Without first fixing the money, we will never change the inherent incentives of the current political structure to manipulate our currency and our votes will matter very little, if at all.
Should we not replace the fiat money system with sound money, we will continue to sit idle in the Fiat Cave as our lives continue to worsen. The debt-based fiat money system means that more and more currency units must be issued to avoid default. The further debasement of fiat currencies is inevitable, resulting in higher cost of living, and thus societal despair.
The only vote that matters at our current juncture is where your wealth is stored. By abandoning fiat currencies in favor of a digital sound money alternative, bitcoin, we can free ourselves from the Fiat Cave one by one.
By adopting neutral, apolitical, hard money, we can break the shackles of the Fiat Cave. The ability to save in money that cannot be devalued or confiscated will be a huge net positive for humanity. As bitcoin continues to be adopted globally in a grassroots fashion, the state will continue to have a weaker and weaker fiscal position.
As Fiat Empires weaken and the bitcoin network flourishes, there will be a rebalancing of power between the state and the individual. As we transition to a sound money standard, rather than a fiat standard, the government will shrink and once again serve its constituents and not the money printer.
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