The Gold Stallion
Get Ready for the Ride of your Life
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Back in the 1990s I published a magazine called the “AntiShyster
” that catered to people interested in legal reform and “patriot” issues. As a result of that publication, for over a decade, I had an opportunity to observe almost every fundamental concept and strategy embraced by members of the “patriot” community.
One persistent patriot focus was the monetary system in general and our fiat currency, in particular. After much study (and sometimes much greed) a number of “patriot” gurus concluded that if government could make a fiat currency, then it must be legal for you and I to do the same. Based on this conclusion, some gurus would teach you how to make homemade money orders. Others advocated homemade “comptroller warrants” to pay your bills.
Initially, these homemade monetary instruments were only intended to pay taxes and fines to the government. I didn’t advocate that use, but I didn’t object to it, either.
Inevitably, as these homemade monetary instruments became more popular, advocates started using them to buy a new pickup trucks and bass boats from ordinary Americans. Doing so was fraud and the perpetrators often went to prison. If I’d been on the jury, I would’ve sentenced those con-artists to prison, too.
Whether the “research” behind these proposals was sound or silly, over a period of about three years, I learned one, big, fundamental lesson: You and your friends can conspire to assassinate the President and the government might come after you and it might not (Presidents are disposable; you can screw them in or out of the White House like light bulbs)—but you screw with the fiat money system and the government will jump on you with both feet and you will go to prison.
It may be that some of the less successful gurus who advocated homemade monetary devices didn’t go to prison, but I didn’t hear of any. It might take the government a couple of years to catch up with you, but if you successfully advocated making homemade money orders, etc., you were going to prison for quite a while.
What I learned from seeing the government’s virulent reaction against anyone who advocated making your own monetary devices is that “fiat money” is the financial and political system’s “heart of darkness”. The government would defend the fiat dollar violently and, figuratively speaking, to the death.
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