>Are you serious? Of course the government controls the money supply!
>Unless you have a really good color copier in your basement...
Thanks for saving me the trouble of having to say this, Mark. :^)
Good heavens, people--wake up and smell the air pollution. Currency
is, by definition, a centrally controlled system of value that has
little--if any--connection to anything you can touch, eat, clothe
your loved ones with, house them or yourself with, grow food upon,
etc. Its power is mainly symbolic. Which is no less power--but those
who accumulate abstract power have to have others do concrete reality
The history of accumulation is ancient. The powerful decided to
centralize the food supply in Mesopotamia (so that priests and
merchants accumulated surpluses and set themselves up to control it)
right after the invention of agriculture and cities. There are some
historians who argue that the history of agriculture and land use go
hand-in-glove with the history of accumulation, oppression, and
Millennia later, the powerful decided to enclose land in Europe and
destroy the notion of the commons, and to make land ownership a thing
of documentation and legalese, rather than of concrete work, sharing,
The history of America (north and south) has been of the powerful
appropriating--by any means--others' resources, with death or
withdrawal of life sustenance as the punishment for not going along.
Resistance to these trends has been what I consider real history. As
Salvador Allende said, just prior to being murdered by the U.S. CIA:
"They have the force. They might be able to overcome us, but social
processes cannot be stopped with crime or force. History is ours. The
people make it."
This is a powerful theme in imperial culture: controlling the
resources, the means of production, the outcomes of that production,
and the value/valuation of it. Translating common, and concrete,
things into private, and abstract, ones. And now, with the invention
of corporations and intellectual property, there ain't nothing don't
have a price tag or ownership deed nailed to it.
The Sacagawea coin issue is particularly ironic in this context.
Thanks, all for listening, and for your thoughts on these issues.
They are central to rethinking agriculture.
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