Imagine for a brief moment what our world would look like if slavery was never recognised as immoral and outlawed? That human lives were seen as disposable merchandise to be traded at the discretion and temper of the elite masters. The thought seems distant and almost unimaginable but, some mere 150 years ago (and even in certain backwaters today) this was common practice endorsed by the state. It would have been a terrifying reality to face.
Wikipedia defines slavery as a “legal or economic system under which people are treated as property”. This definition is short but accurately defines what slavery is. It is interesting to note that, though the definition includes economic systems, the USSR and/or Red China are noticeably missing as examples of slavery. In those two cases the claim of ownership, rather than being localised, is broadly applied. The individual is strictly property of the state. The ruling dictators have absolute authority over the people with all rights being abolished.
The society which we live and participate in is not, fortunately, a dictatorship. As much as certain members within the gold space claim contrary, we have not arrived at that point just yet. But if the dangerous trend continues which we find ourselves on, we may well one day wake up and discover that we have arrived at the statist “utopia”.
Tyranny does not occur in a vacuum, it requires constant debasement of that which opposes it. Of course what opposes tyranny is not the rivalling mob or wannabe dictator, but liberty. Liberty is the only opposition to tyranny and as such, the economic system which is a requirement of liberty is capitalism. The form that tyranny uses to takes hold of a nation or society manifests itself into three key areas being defense, the media and monetary system.
The passing of gun control laws ensure that the citizens cannot defend themselves materially against an aggressor. Instead of the right to self-defense one now finds themselves having the right to make a phone call.
The media is further controlled by the state for the simple reason that good ideas displace bad ones. A tyrant cannot compete with ideas which challenge it so the media must be silenced.
The monetary system is seized by the state to ensure that the citizens cannot protect themselves financially against the states wishes. That is why the Gold Standard Institute (GSI) is relevant.
The GSI’s mission is more than simply monetary reform. It is a battle against the ever expanding and encroaching power of the state. It is the night watchmen against the abuse of power by the state.
For my family, friends and colleagues, do not forget the importance of this institute. If enough people whisper the truth, its echo can be heard
Sebastian Younan – President the Gold Standard Institute Australia