by Mike Paster
SO THEY GET A PIECE OF PAPER
December 23rd this year will be the one hundredth anniversary of the creation of the Federal Reserve Bank. How can a libertarian adequately express this morbid event? Sometimes I tell people, "Do you know they print the money?" Or more accurately input numbers into a computer. (Less than 3% of US Dollars are physical notes.) It seems the more I tell people about this the more I get bummed out about it. I suppose I could dive into a darker hole and remind the reader of the precise details on how a majority of the debt and wars this government has been a part of in the past one hundred years would not have been possible without the aid of "The Fed."
I decided a more forward looking article is appropriate for this event. To me the question is not how do we get rid of the Federal Reserve System but rather how do we work outside it?
Our goal is to build communities for when the collapse of the dollar arrives, which is a mathematical certainty now. [See http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2012-11-06/it-doesnt-matter
] Many libertarians would say we should trade with silver or gold. There is a problem with this idea. Unless all of your friends and family agree to accept those precious metals in payment of trade then your venture into the counter economy will be short lived. We should not limit ourselves to one form of exchange. It will take time for a standard unit of value to become evident and begin circulating. A return to bartering will be the beginning of a future outside the Fed.
If someone you want to trade with at a farmers market or a barter meet-up seems open to an exchange without dollars but is a little curious what your reason is, you could go on a tirade against the Fed. It would be best not to talk about it at all. You could simply say "I prefer not to use them." There are many people who barter that are not opposed to the idea of a central bank. Half-way between talking about fractional reserve banking and the story of Jekyll Island, the person might get confused or just think you're kooky. It really does not have a lot to do with your trade. Save the conversation for a later date. A way to broach the subject of a non-dollar trade is to not even mention dollars in your conversation. "I'll give you some avocados for one of those bird houses you've been making." At first some people may only be interested in bartering for the folksy novelty of it. Later they may realize its advantages.
WHAT TO DO?
Unfortunately a large portion, if not a majority of the public in America is unaware of the fiat money economy we are all living in today. How do we educate more people about their alternatives and build the agora?
Currently the San Diego Libertarian Party is in the process of building momentum for an "End The Fed" protest at the Federal Building in downtown San Diego on December 23rd. The theme of this event is "Make the Fed Obsolete." There will be literature on how to build a counter-economy and also an optional barter group sign up list. Afterward we will march to the nearby Bank of America building to do some chalking. (There is no Federal Reserve Bank in San Diego.) If you have any additional ideas for this event contact me ( email@example.com
) or Alex Fidel. ( firstname.lastname@example.org