Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Swamp (no offense to real swamps)

Here are some things you might not have known:

In the United States Federal Government, there are 115 separate "agencies."

96 are independent executive agencies; and these have 268 separate component organizations.

The Federal Government employs about 2.8 million non-military people.

I live in Michigan, a fairly average state, where the state runs 18 Departments.

The states together employ around 22 million people.

So, combined federal and state employees total around 25 million: about 1 out of every fourteen American citizens.

These Federal and State agencies and departments together employ more people than there are in the entire US manufacturing sector.

Around 2 million of them are in the armed forces, with 811,000 or so part-time.

Law enforcement, federal, state, and local, employs about 1.1 million people.

In addition to that, 1.6 million Americans are employed by "defense" contractors, paying out about a trillion dollars a year; and though private, they still depend on the armed forces.

The US houses 2,220,300 prisoners, whose families extend by a factor of X.

Without China to provide 79% of the US demand for rare earth materials, we would not be communicating like this on a computer.

The US imports around 5 billion barrels of oil a day.

The defense-ification and computerization of the US economy has made the US totally dependent on imports to meet its demand for what are considered four "strategic minerals": chromium, cobalt, manganese, and platinum.

Chromium, as one example, is now predominantly produced in Turkey, India, South Africa, and Kazakhstan.

In these importing activities, with very few exceptions, there is a demonstrable unequal exchange that takes place, which makes even the most granular aspect of the American economy dependent upon exploitative relations abroad.

Currency fluctuates. If you create destabilizations in the relations described above, you can also destabilize (devalue) your own currency.

Speaking of destabilization, the climate has been decisively destabilized, which inaugurated an indefinite series of "environmental" crises which will increase in frequency and severity.

Water loss, severe and protracted drought, uncontrollable wildfires, shifting pest populations and diseases, biome shocks, disastrously powerful storms, floods, frost-and-thaw crop losses, killer heat waves, fishery exhaustion, and the general microtoxification of the human ecosphere, will create concomitant social dislocations and crises.

I want to see a political program that talks specifically about how we even begin to tackle these obstacles and challenges. Instead, we have moral proclamations imagined as future decrees. And the bureaucracy is the Big One. They actually run the government; and they have immense power.


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    Either the current birth [& consumption] rates must come down [to below ecological carrying capacity limits, via the implementation of an EoP intl law social contract; enabling humane and orderly de-industrialization and depopulation return to living in harmony with to Carrying Capacity limits law] more quickly; or the current death rates must go up [in a WiP Financial or Military DieOff Clusterfuck]. There is no other way. – [EoP Amended] Robert McNamara
    - EoP v WiP Military [eop-v-wip-mil.tygae.org.za]

    The WiP Swamp is a consequence of religious, political, ideological support and endorsement of WiP right to breed/consume above ecological carrying capacity clauses of intnl law.

    Ecology of Peace Law — like EoP academia, religion, charity, psychology, media etc — is founded upon EoP Radical Honoursty Factual Reality; providing advocacy and information on how to cooperate to shut down the WiP Ponzi profiteering of resource conflict and misery economy, by turning off the tap; — i.e. the breeding / consumption above ecological carrying capacity limits — causes of — racial, religious, economic, ideological, political, psychological, academic, media, military, etc — resource conflict and war; by implementing an EoP international law social contract that requires all the worlds citizens of all races, religions and ideologies to breed and consume below ecological carrying capacity limits. [eop-v-wip-law.tygae.org.za]

    Shut Down/Drain the – WiP Ponzi Profiteering of Resource Conflict Misery Economy – Swamp

    EoP Axis Nationalization of Individual & Corporate Property:

    All individuals owning property greater than the EoP allotted ecofootprint ration [eop-footprint.tygae.org.za] will have their property nationalized. An EoP allotted ecofootprint property ration [property-ration.tygae.org.za] shall be provided to every citizen who has no property; who has signed a Responsible Freedom Oath [responsible-freedom.tygae.org.za]; for their lifelong use; to enable their shelter, food and water self-sufficiency surivival needs; and enable them to engage with neighbours into local organic food production cooperatives; to begin the process of rebuilding local cooperative tribal responsible freedom communities.

    All Banks and Corporations: Intnl & National, public or privately traded, shall be nationalized. The Derivatives Market will go through bankruptcy proceedings and both the Derivatives Market and Stock Exchanges will be shut down.

    Banks and/or Corporations may avoid coercive nationalization by voluntarily choosing to vote to convert their corporations to an EoP Responsible Freedom cooperative ownership corporation; managed subject to EoP Scientific and Cultural Law [eop-scicultlaw.tygae.org.za] requirements. All nationalized corporations shall coercively undergo the same Responsible Freedom employee vote process.
    » EoP NTE GM: Shut Down WiP Ponzi Economy [eop-sdwipecon.tygae.org.za].

    Individuals who wish to provide military, political, religious leaders a mandate to negotiate to implement EoP intl law can sign your responsible freedom oath [responsible-freedom.tygae.org.za]

    Copy of this comment posted at EoP Leg Sub [eop-leg-sub.tygae.org.za]

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