Alright, gosh-darnit people! Seriously….
Who cut the cheese?
(Are you ready for it? Hope so — cause here it comes…..)
Nobody — not when it’s, “Government cheese” that is!
That’s right i’ve said it, intellectual brothers and sisters of mine — sweet, sweet, un-sliced, (and crazy-salty), Government Cheese! That’s what’s on the docket today.
Go ahead and start-up the fondu, I’ll wait.
For all those previously unaware (and whom currently have no idea what I’m talking about); the United States has bought and peddled Cheese, to and from its citizens, for over fifty years now. And, if you’re laughing, don’t worry — that is the appropriate response.
~~ FIFTY YEARS OF CHEESEYNESS~~
Surplus of cheese you say? I can take that off your hands if you'd like...
Cheese — plus butter and milk, and many other goods outside the farm to boot. They’re reason for investing in all this farmstuff, and, YES — The Cheese — (Guddah is bettah), lies in their desire to control fluctuations in the farming trade. By buying surpluses from farms, they help keep them running in times of crisis, and — in periods of national disaster, or when a low-income family desires food for their table but has no money to pay for it — they then have the ability to use this stockpile of food to supplant the needs of their citizens.
Now… I get it, I really do. However I still cant help but to laugh (Sidenote: The first time I heard about Government Cheese, a group of friends and I were working on Nurse Jackie together, and from the moment it was brought up forward, we’d spent the remainder of the day singing famous songs and replacing the popular hooks and lyrics with “Government Cheese”. Try it sometime — it’s quite hilarious! Cue the Beatles; “All we need is, Government Cheese, ba-ba-da ba-da…”), nor can I help myself from asking just one simple question of all of you;
Is this the type of thing that we want our Governments to be involved with?
What, even, should the Government be involved with at all?
Furthermore, what is a Government’s job in the first place?
I thought that Government cheese would be a swell way to proclaim, as I start this here post in my, “World of Reset” today, that the governing body of the United States is quite obviously involved in issues and practices that are below the status of the title which it holds.
I mean, Cheese? Really?
But I understand that there are some out there, particularly those who favored the Jarlsberg, who might disagree. So if you’ll indulge me (and I hope you will), I’d like to examine the roots of Government itself, with the hopes of understanding what it is exactly that we should come to expect — and what we shouldn’t — from our elected officials.
The Paleolithic era
Once, long ago in the distant past, mankind was an arboreal species. Many have since refuted the decision that was made to leave the safety of the trees for favor of the land, and many more yet still say that we should have never left the oceans embrace for the trees in first place — and for more on this, please read the intro the The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy — but, long story short, we left the trees, took on a bipedal lifestyle, and began the journey that would take us up until today — “Modern” humans.
Direct evidence of our doings during this time is scarce, to say the least, but we can safely paint a 2-ish megapixel picture of our early societal structure from what archeologists around the world have unearthed, and it is assumed that the first groupings of Homo (our species’ Sir name before, “Erectus” was tagged on toward the end of this era), consisted of meager bands, with anywhere from 15-30 members.
At this time people roamed the earth as nomads, likely following the migratory patterns of their food, and each member of the society was responsible to know everything required of them to survive, I.E. Hunting, gathering wood, collecting bugs and plants, and also amassing resources that could produce early tools.
It is assumed that at this time we began to see “leaders” emerge — but the term is used loosely, and it’s likely that these individuals were merely much older members of the group that would not go out into the field any longer due to their age. Their power was nearly nonexistent, and most all decisions within the group were made by a consensus among its members.
~~~~~ Should we kill it, eat it, or have sex with it? ~~~~~ All three? Ug!
During the mid-late periods of this era our ancestors began to become more divided within their groups. The prevailing theory as to why this occurred lies in the increasingly specialized tool-set which had been by now developed, and which aided in all aspects of their lives. We learned complex techniques, which were difficult to communicate without yet possessing a concrete system of language, and passed them on to our kin (with whom we were closest), so that they might protect the knowledge for generations yet to come. Also around this time we began the practice of Agriculture, which served to halt our nomadic lifestyle altogether, and brought to us the necessity of greater organization — Or, a leader.
In other words, when it was possible to know everything about society — we didn’t need a leader, as everyone was fully qualified to give a vote on the behalf of the group. But as things got specialized, and the sheer volume of information could no longer be shared as a whole within the group, people then needed to be able to focus on specifics within their own trade, while trusting another with the annoying delegation of duties (don’t snicker Chandler) within the group.
Individuals however, including leaders, were still subordinate to the band as a whole.
Again, we had a leader, but he was likely seen as support to the real working members of society. Sound familiar?
Agriculture had an interesting effect on modern society.
As we became more localized, there evolved a natural division of labor between the sexes. Women saw themselves being relegated to mostly farming duties, which kept them away from the Men’s hunt — and thus also kept pregnancies from failing at the rate they had been previously (as their fetuses weren’t experiencing that same old Niagara falls decent in a locked and water-filled barrel, as their mothers ran after an elephant in the open field, any longer). So, as you might imagine, at this point populations began to rise. As we placed greater emphasis on life, we also took greater tolls as these lives were extinguished — and we began to mourn for our lost tribesmen, as well as bury our dead.
Artifacts of the, “leaders”, in this late Paleolithic era, now saw a shift toward more shamanistic directions. They quickly became: the figureheads for burials, as they alone could safely send away a soul to the afterlife; the dancers of the earth, fixing everything from drought and famine, to infertility; and an unquestionable individual within the fledgling society, that seemingly had supernatural power granted by the gods to do more than the rest of its members. So now, as I’m sure you can already tell, this became the birthplace in history of religion — and also, silently, the beginning of an increasingly reverent view toward leaders.
One could say, as we look back on this early society of man, that it’s operations relied wholly on the fuel of agriculture to support their growth. And, under the guise and organization of leaders within these groups, this rough idea of growth and forever upward trajectory as a supreme directive of the people would continue — wholly unabated — until today, where it’s become an economic mainstay of modern society.
The Infinite Growth Paradox
The lens an economist wears to view the world.
I know — I suck at Photoshop…
(Plus I’m missing a dot over my first “X”)
This is a formula for economic growth in our modern world — but not just any growth (as all my bright people well versed in differential calculus will tell you), this is a formula for exponential economic growth. This formula has become the backing of our financial views in the modern world — and it was birthed, believe it or not, long, long ago, incubated in the womb of primitive Agriculture.
See, we couldn’t grow or find every single resource that we’d wanted once we’d settled down from our nomadic ways — so trade with neighboring areas became essential to supplanting our societal needs. We had the capacity to do things that they couldn’t, and vice-versa, so for us to exchange these mutually desirable goods, someone needed to work out a system by which we could give value to our commodities, or — as another way to say it — our currency, and what better person to step up to the plate than our revered leader?
From the Paleolithic era, where leaders first emerged that represented more than the whole components of the actual working group some-(unfathomibly)-how, on through to today, this formula has naturally come about due to the ability of our governing bodies to make attempts at regulating our worth. Now, this wouldn’t necessarily be a problem — particularly if we’d stuck to dealing in physical goods that we had on hand. The problem, as I see it, arose when we began this more modern system built on paper money, and, and more specifically, paper money that comes into existence VIA loan.
Bringing money into existence in this manner is tantamount to a Shaman telling us that he’s negotiated a deal where a field, which can only ever grow 100 turnips a year, will be sold to another tribe at the value of 110 turnips — we only must grow by ten for the next year to make up our loss. Isn’t that wonderful!?
See the problem?
We can only grow 100. We need 110. And by next year, 220 — so long as we keep the terms of this deal true. The lesson is this, dear readers — and I spoke of this theory in, “Grow up or die” as well — infinite growth is all well and good, and very well intended to be sure (it wants to see people thrive), BUT, it cannot be a reality without a resource, or fuel, to back it up.
Well, just like the turnips, almost all economic systems in the world today are based on this unrealistic formula of borrowing from the future — growth built on future debt. We would do well to remember the roots of all this — the leaders were merely put in place to help the workers organize — the actual people who keep the group running! They were only meant to aid in organization, so that the backbone of society would have LESS to concern themselves with. But, when you look at it all in this prospective, it’s easy to see how we all became slaves to these individuals…
We lent them our power
— we trusted them —
and in return they only committed us to further work and hardship…
Thus: A Government should be nothing but an aid to the organization of it’s working people.
A proverbial crossing guard at a broken traffic light — just there to keep the peace.
Now — back to the cheezy goodness
Thinking about everything we’ve said so far, I finally realize why my instinct is to laugh at the concept of government cheese. Here we have a governing body — something that should have less power than the people who actually run the place — taking from one contributing group (through our taxes), and giving to another, that it deems more important than the rest! It’s a direct overstepping of its limits, and a gross over-generalization of its power.
Really, a government is just a brand ambassador to its people. A system to ensure prosperity, happiness, and well-being.
Look, failure is awesome. Failure leads to reinvention, and in turn — evolution. If that farm needed a leg up, well than i hate to say it (sorry farmer John), but it probably just needed to fail. When that farm fails, and the need eventually arose for another business in-kind to take its place, than that business would have to be smarter and more agile than the last, just generally more prepared, for it to survive in modern marketplace — which is always changing. However when governments overstep their true jobs and begin to shuffle the worth of a people on their own whims, things begin to get out of whack.
I can't be out! NOOOOOO!!!
If a Government and/or its leaders are really only ever put in place to support their people — and we know that this is true, especially when we look at the history of it all — than it’s only job should be to ensure that everybody is organized, and plays fairly. They should be like the white background noise between radio stations, ever-present from the beginning of time, but unessential when it comes to the melodies of real music.
They should SUPPORT US — not the other way around. But today, it’s become the opposite — and I think that’s just insane…
Thus all this robbing of our income and time through taxes, in support of their wars with these muddled objectives, and all this private funding for those same elected officials who’ve been selling us out for years, are actions that are quite obviously maligned with goals of the people — not to mention all this over-reliance on our future that comes from it all, where now we HAVE to grow forever bigger to just keep up — is robbery. It’s Slavery. And, it’s NOT within their power to do this.
Look, we’re all still just people working within a group. The hunters are no more valuable than the gatherers, and our leaders have no real power when held in comparison to the rest of us. When held against the enormous amount of free time, fun, and family values that our forefathers had, today we are nothing but servants. Servants that are unwittingly sacrificing all that once made us unique, specialized, and happy — with tons of leisure time to do with what we pleased — for the construction of a world that is full of overabundance for some, and nothing for others.
P.S. — So… even though I have more to say on all this — it looks like I’ll be wrapping it up for today (2,500 words, holy crap!). With any luck I can finally finish this series next post, with a synopsis of what we want, as generated by what I’ve stated thus far in each consecutive post from my, “Great Reset”, and be able to detail a plan of sorts on how to initiate it all. But — until then faithful readers — keep your chin up. I still have hope that we’ll figure it all out somehow, before it’s too late (Gulp!).
Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock, Tick………