The state as oppressor

Towards the end of the inflationary dynamic, the state has a vested interest in disregarding the law.

If you’ve read my rants prior to this one, you know that my pet peeve is the monetary system. And although you may sympathize or even agree with my position, what very few of you will agree to is that the monetary system does not only affect the economy but also our social structure and the way we live our lives.

If towards the end of the inflationary cycle you agree that in order to maintain a positive inflationary trajectory government must disregard the law, I am almost sure you may have a harder time still understanding how unconstitutional behavior in matters of terrorism relate to inflation.

Excerpts from the article:

Yesterday, the Second Circuit — by a vote of 7-4 —  agreed with the government and dismissed Arar’s case in its entirety.  It held that even if the government violated Arar’s Constitutional rights as well as statutes banning participation in torture, he still has no right to sue for what was done to him.  Why?  Because “providing a damages remedy against senior officials who implement an extraordinary rendition policy would enmesh the courts ineluctably in an assessment of the validity of the rationale of that policy and its implementation in this particular case, matters that directly affect significant diplomatic and national security concerns” (p. 39).  In other words, government officials are free to do anything they want in the national security context — even violate the law and purposely cause someone to be tortured — and courts should honor and defer to their actions by refusing to scrutinize them.”

Reflecting the type of people who fill our judiciary, the judges in the majority also invented the most morally depraved bureaucratic requirements for Arar to proceed with his case and then claimed he had failed to meet them.  Arar did not, for instance, have the names of the individuals who detained and abused him at JFK, which the majority said he must have.  As Judge Sack in dissent said of that requirement:  it “means government miscreants may avoid [] liability altogether through the simple expedient of wearing hoods while inflicting injury” (p. 27; emphasis added).”

One of the keys to being able to ride roughshod over standing laws is the ability to escape scrutiny and/or the ability to escape prosecution. The end of the inflationary cycle must inevitably bring about a hardening of the institutions related to security and, gradually, to a militarization of civic institutions such as the police. As that is happening, the state also needs to make sure that whatever standing laws may exist in the land, they may not be brought to bear upon the administration.

Inflation as a deliberate policy is pernicious.

The only reason the government of a nation chooses a fiat monetary system is to have the ability to push inflation (creation of credit and money) faster than underlying economic activity.

Fiat money is a fantastic construct that would allow for fine tuning of the economy and mitigation of the effects of the natural ebb and flow of economic activity.

However, in a democratic context as incumbent administrations necessarily follow one another in the seat of power, fiat money can lead nowhere other than to the permanent expansion of inflation. It could not be otherwise because even assuming that economic conditions should call for reduced spending, no administration would accept to willingly decrease its budget.

The idea to make the central bank independent is supposed to facilitate just that process. As the guardian of interest rates and the fabricators of the currency, the central bank (the Fed in the USA) should act independently and manipulate interest rates according to economic activity.

However, that has never been the case. For whatever reason, central banks are not independent. The Fed certainly isn’t and as the US$ is the global reserve currency, by extension, neither are the other central banks. Certainly not the ones that matter.

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The only logical reason for any government to adopt a fiat monetary system is so that it may pursue what it perceives is its legitimate raison d’etat. Tragically, the “raison d’etat” relates to the existence of the state which, initially, is pretty much an economic matter. However, as the magic of the inflationary dynamic wanes, la raison d’etat becomes ever more related to physical security.
Arar vs Ashcroft is only the manifestation of the aberration that is inevitable in a fiat monetary system. It’s happened before. We know how it ends.
Global conflict by 2013/2015

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3 Responses to “The state as oppressor”

  1. How much more evidence is needed till we can say we are living under dictatorship? « Guido's temple of the absurd Says:

    […] I pointed out in this prior post about Arar-vs-Ashcroft there comes a point when in order to insure its own survival, the state must willingly and […]

  2. guidoamm Says:

    What is at issue here isn’t whether Arar is or is not innocent. The point is the declaration of the court that:

    “[…] even if the government violated Arar’s Constitutional rights as well as statutes banning participation in torture, he still has no right to sue for what was done to him. ”

    Which begs the (rhetorical) question: why have a constitution at all then.

  3. David W. Lincoln Says:

    Far be it for me to defend the US legal system (for it isn’t a Justice system),
    but the route was wrong, mind you the destination was right.

    Maher Arar, as stated here: had dealings with people that Canadian security personnel kept an eye on. What the story, in the now defunct “Western Standard”, communicated is profoundly different from the propaganda that is circulating amongst the MSM.

    Right now, in a Florida Jail, Conrad Black sits in jail ostensibly because he moved some boxes (which were not part of the original trial). So, in we see comments about the United States, that can be explained.

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