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The Collective Entity Doctrine


Collectivism vs. Individualism

Collectivism vs. Individualism (Photo credit: Lily Zhu)

For over a decade (and for reasons I’ll explain in another post later this week), I’ve understood that “democracy” is a collectivist form of government fundamentally identical to communism and socialism.  I am therefore more than a little intrigued by the terms “collective” and “collectivist”.

So, imagine my surprise when (last week) I stumbled on an A.D. 1988 Supreme Court case that dealt with the “collective entity doctrine”.   I’d never before heard of the term “collective entity” in American law and I had no idea that there was a “collective entity doctrine”.  That surprised me.  I don’t know about a lot of things–in fact, most things are unknown to me.  Nevertheless, given my interest in collectivist forms of government, and given that the term “collective entity” has been used by the Supreme Court in at least 9 cases since A.D. 1974, I’m almost amazed that I hadn’t previously heard of this doctrine.

In fact, according to the Braswell v. US case (below), there are at least three other cases (including the earliest instance, Hale v Henkel in A.D. 1906) which did not actually use the term “collective entity” but helped lay the foundation for what came to be called the “collective entity doctrine”.

Thus, the “collective entity” concept has been recognized in American law for over a century, but I just heard about it last week.  Apparently, I didn’t get the memo.  Nevertheless, I’m amazed by my own ignorance.  How could I not have heard of that concept before now?

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Posted by on July 31, 2012 in collective, Names, relationship

 

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Corruption Cuts Confidence


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THE POSTER BOY FOR GOVERNMENTAL CORRUPTION: Jon Corzine, Governor and former Senator from New Jersey.(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Anyone who studies economics understands that the strength and stability of an entire economy rests primarily on public confidence.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt said, “We have nothing to fear, but fear itself.”  In other words, we might have the world’s greatest natural resources, its most industrious people, and the most modern technologies.  But, if the public loses “confidence” in the economy or the political system, and becomes fearful, the economy can crash into a depression.

The reason is simple.  When people are confident that their futures are bright, they’re optimistic and spend freely; they invest and take risks and the economy runs hot and fast.

But when the people lose confidence in their futures, they become pessimistic and fearful, and they tend to save rather than spend or invest.  If the public won’t spend, the economy slows, unemployment rises and depression beckons.

“Confidence” is to the economy what “morale” is to the military.  So long as people are confident, they can overcome almost any obstacle.  When they lose their confidence, they can be stopped by any small bump in the road.

Therefore, it’s critical that government maintain public confidence—even if that confidence is based on lies.  We see evidence of government’s willingness to lie in economic indicators (unemployment rate, size of the national debt, price of gold, etc.) that are manipulated and “massaged” in order to create a false confidence in the economy.

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Posted by on July 30, 2012 in Economy, Government as Gangsters, US Dollar, Values

 

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Just a Thought


The International Currency of the NWO?

Article 1 Section 10 Clause 1 of The Constitution of the United States declares in part, that “No State shall . . . make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts;”.  The mandate for gold and silver coin applies only to the States of the Union.  There is no similar constitutional restriction on the currencies that might be used in Washington DC or the territories since they are not “States” of the Union.

I’ve therefore concluded that the use of Federal Reserve Notes would be at least restricted and probably prohibited  within the States of the Union, but would be quite legal within any territory of the United States or Washington DC. This distinction between the constitutional venues of currencies is the cornerstone for my contention that “Texas,” “TX” and even “STATE OF TEXAS” do not signify the State of the Union whose proper name is “The State of Texas,” but instead signify a territory.  I.e., it’s lawful to use Federal Reserve Notes (FRNs) in the “territory” of TX, but it would be unlawful to use FRNs within “The State of Texas”.

Thus, it might be that the mere use of FRNs would constitute evidence that you had “voluntarily” left your State of the Union to transact business in a fictional territory.  Within the State you would have many rights, but no currency.  Within the territory you’d have ample access to a fiat currency, but little or no real rights.

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R.I.P. “Valiant Liberty”


Over the years I talked Tom Gipson on a regular basis over the telephone, but we never met face-to-face.  More than a few of the articles I’ve written or videos I’ve posted on this blog were inspired by some of Tom’s emails or comments.

Texas Flag

Texas Flag (Photo credit: sylvester75117)

Tom was a Texas farmer who enjoyed his solitude and preferred to be largely unknown.  But he wasn’t shy.  Tom was big, stubborn, hard-headed, hard-working, proud, and ready to fight.  You wouldn’t want to mess with that man.  He was genuinely tough and I doubt that he ever backed down from a fight.

Tom had written “patriot” articles for years under the pen name of “Valiant Liberty”.  I posted one of Tom’s articles on this blog.

Because of Tom’s penchant for anonymity, very few people realize that during the 1990s and early 2000s Tom was one of the top 5 or 10 researchers in America’s “patriot” or “legal reform” movements.  If you you consider yourself a “patriot,” you probably owe quite a bit of your knowledge to Tom Gipson–even if you’ve never before heard his name.

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Posted by on July 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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The Pigs are out of their Effing Minds


Riot part 2

Riot part 2 (Photo credit: interrobang)

Last week, on one of my radio shows, I commented on summertime riots being as American as baseball, apple pie and motherhood–and wondered why we hadn’t seen any riots yet his summer.  The weather’s hot, tempers are short, and lots of people are unemployed.  Circumstances seemed conducive to rioting.  And yet, I couldn’t see or “feel” any predisposition in the society to have a riot.  Despite the nation’s economic stress, everyone seems to be staying pretty cool.

Of course, I was expecting blacks or Hispanics to riot.  I hadn’t even imagined that some members of another another minority–the police–might riot.  Silly me.

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Can’t. Can’t. Can’t. The National Budget CAN’T be Balanced


Titanic stern

Titanic stern (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To solve the national budget problem, we’ll have to raise taxes by 50% or shut down the federal government.

As I’ve been telling people for five years, “what can’t be paid, won’t be paid.”  The national debt can’t be paid.  It is mathematically impossible.  Those of you who continue to hold U.S. Treasuries or virtually any other paper debt instrument are going to lose your assets.

My only objection to the following video is that it’s based on the government’s claim that the current National Debt is only $16 trillion.  Credible sources estimate that debt to actually be anywhere from $50 to $500 trillion.  I’m inclined to accept John Williams’ (shadowstats.com) estimate of about $80 trillion.

If, as the video below claims, even the $16 trillion National Debt can’t be paid, then an $80 trillion National Debt is even more impossible to pay and more certain to cause catastrophe.  Until we reach the catastrophe, the national budget can’t possibly be balanced.

Other than the claim that debt is only $16 trillion, this video’s analysis of our national debt and national budget is short, easy to understand and brilliant.

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http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/EW5IdwltaAc?rel=0

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2012 in Debt, Economy, Video, What Can't be Paid

 

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Business Cycles Forever . . . ?


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The Great Depression. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the 1930s, the US was in the midst of its Great Depression.  The Soviet Union cheered.  Communists viewed our Depression as evidence that the capitalist system was dying and communism would soon rule the world.

Russian economist Nikolai Kondratiev (A.D. 1892 –1938) disagreed.  He advanced the theory that Western economies have long-term, 40-to-60-year business cycles. These business cycles look like sine waves.  In broad strokes, these waves generally include about 25 “good” years when the economy is expanding a little or a lot (economic “boom”), followed by 25 “bad” years when the economy is contracting a little (recession) or a lot (depression).

According to Kondratiev, the Great Depression was merely a predictable—and temporary—low in the US economy’s business cycle.  As such, the Great Depression did not signal the end of capitalism nor the triumph of communism.  The Soviet government rewarded Mr. Kondratiev for his politically-incorrect research by executing him.

(Apparently, Kondratiev’s execution served as a valuable lesson to all subsequent economists.  Those who want to stay healthy, also stay politically-correct.  Those who dare to tell the truth do so only with such a convoluted use of language, graphs and mathematics that no one can understand what they’re saying.  Better to be a live economist than a dead teller of truth.)

In any case, the former Soviet Union has also been “executed” and joined Mr. Kondratiev in death–but Kondratiev’s view of business cycles has survived.

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