How the U.S. Government Uses the Dollar as a Weapon
From Brandon Smith
In recent months there has been more and more mainstream exposure of something called “ESG,” which stands for “Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance.” The concept was openly established in 2005 through the United Nations Environment Program Initiative and was designed to entice various corporations and nations into adopting UN environmental policies, including their climate change regulations. Those organizations that conformed stood to gain various geopolitical benefits as well as monetary benefits.
The true effects of ESG did not become visible until the past six years, however, as the UN and their corporate partners expanded ESG further into the realm of social engineering using woke politics. Extreme leftist terminology like equity, diversity, intersectionality, shareholder capitalism, etc. were not widely espoused politically until just a few years ago, and this is largely due to the influences of ESG.
With multiple major banking conglomerates and non-profits involved along with governments, there has been an expansive rise in the amount of ESG loans that can be received by a business if they espouse a set of approved woke viewpoints. There are even ESG credit scoring systems which rank companies based on their compliance with social justice ideology. The higher the score the more money they could have access to.
The only thing stopping ESG from taking over the corporate world today is the reality of rising interest rates in the face of inflation which makes borrowing much more expensive. That said, even central banks are considering a commitment to greater participation in the program. The Bank for International Settlements, the “central bank of central banks” which creates foundational policy measures that national central banks around the world follow, has its own ESG metrics which are already being applied to lending standards everywhere.
As central banks seek to increase their role in the ESG game, the question is how far will all this go? What we have seen so far is a disturbing trend among corporations and banking outfits which ignores profits and instead focuses on political saturation. In other words, corporations under the influence of ESG and other incentives are willing to discriminate against large swaths of the population based on their political principles. They no longer even try to present an objective or neutral position, they are openly hostile to anyone that does not support far-left ideology.
I sometimes hear the argument that the notion of a one-world conspiracy is unrealistic because there is no corporate/political monolith that could pull off such an agenda. But it takes an incredible level of willful ignorance to remain unaware of what ESG represents, not to mention the vast collusion that is otherwise openly admitted to, like the Council on Inclusive Capitalism which encompasses large numbers of corporate partners along with politicians, banking elites and even the Vatican.
Yes, there is a global conspiracy.
Yes, it is a monolith.
And yes, there is endless evidence to support this reality.
I don’t need to delve deeply into the purposes of this monolith to acknowledge the reality of its existence. What is important for now is to understand the process of centralization that is taking place as well as the monetary weapons that will be used to make it happen.
Money is a weapon, and finance is force
First and foremost, there is the threat of economic exclusion. We saw this tactic blatantly attempted during the covid lockdowns. In the U.S. numerous corporations required vaccines for employees and eventually customers.
What was the motive? Either they genuinely believed that vaccination would save lives, would prevent employees from infecting customers and one another, would make both employees and customers feel safer, reduce productivity lost to illness – in other words, the obvious motives they’d want you to believe…
Alternately, they wanted an economy in which people could be denied the basic right of participation if they did not comply with some arbitrary rule. They used the pandemic and Covid vaccines as an excuse to pick and choose who was allowed to get a job, come to work, get health care, even shop at grocery stores and other public places. They wanted ultimate economic authority.
We must never forget what they tried to do!
Anyone who claims there is no establishment “conspiracy” to centralize the world is truly a fool. We just witnessed an open attempt over the past couple of years to do this very thing. We can debate the motives all day long, but even without considering the motives, it’s quite plain to see what the effects of those policies were. Suddenly, corporations were empowered to choose who would be allowed to participate in the economy.
Covid ultimately failed to get the establishment what they really wanted. Now that the acute phase of the crisis has passed, now that Covid kills hundreds of Americans daily, rather than thousands, the establishment is turning to the next crisis to promote their agenda.
In order to ultimately succeed in their plan, the elitists need certain tools in place that they don’t quite have yet.
From weaponized money to money of mass destruction
The Federal Reserve already controls the U.S. money supply – which enables them to expand and contract the global pool of dollars on a whim, sparking inflation or stagnation as they wish.
That’s bad enough.
Now, imagine a federal bureau that didn’t control just the supply of money, but instead controlled every single dollar. Not just who gets money, but what they can spend it on. Who they can transfer it to. Furthermore, imagine every single dollar has its own transaction history permanently recorded, removing all privacy in trade. Whether or not an individual can even access their own money…
This is a brief description of central bank digital currencies (CDBCs, which I’ve written about before).
By extending the ESG policies I described above into a “social credit system” (much like the one used in China to monitor and control their citizens), such a FedCoin or digital dollar wouldn’t only be a tool of total financial surveillance, it would also become a tool to force political compliance with the regime’s goals.
Sound far-fetched? China’s e-yuan digital currency already includes a citizen informant program that encourages people to report on their neighbors who say anything “unpatriotic.” A sub-par social credit score has far-reaching consequences, according to the South China Morning Post (SCMP):
Individuals who are deemed untrustworthy could face a number of restrictions affecting areas including loans, travelling by air and rail as well as education.
As you’d expect from a totalitarian communist regime, it’s mostly sticks, very little carrot.
From that same SCMP article, “the reward mechanism is not as developed as the sanctioning element.”
China’s social credit system isn’t limited to individuals, either – even companies are monitored and judged:
…companies that have been blacklisted could face higher inspection rates and targeted audits, restrictions in government approvals of land-use rights and investment permits. They may also be excluded from preferential policies, such as subsidies and tax rebates, as well as face restrictions on public procurement.
Here in the U.S. we already have credit scores – which, to a greater or lesser degree, determine who’s allowed to access the credit system. We already have massive commercial databases tracking our financial transactions. And we already have an “independent” arm of the federal government that controls the money supply.
All that’s lacking is the mechanism that brings all these things together, under centralized control.
That’s coming soon.
The new Ministry of Plenty
In George Orwell’s 1984, the Ministry of Plenty was in charge of the distribution of resources. Of course, the U.S. equivalent wouldn’t have such an evocative name – it would probably be called something bland and prolix, like the Office for Human Resource Improvement.
Now, here’s how the globalists would set up the perfect storm for implementing a combination CDBC and social credit score…
A completely bottlenecked supply chain would do the trick. All you need is not enough food or fuel, perhaps using rationing as an excuse to control distribution of goods and services. Any form of nationalized and centralized distribution would allow governments to dictate the terms of economic access.
Without your ration card, you can’t buy food because you can’t prove you need it. That’s how globalists think – whether or not you eat is less important to them than their control and your submission.
Now, we’ve seen shortages and rationing before (World War II for example). But that’s just the first step in centralized financial dominance.
The next step? Seizure of private goods deemed of “strategic or national importance.” Seizure doesn’t necessarily mean outright theft – it could easily take the form of laws that require all farmers, for example, to sell their products to the federal government. (In exchange for payment in CDBCs, of course.)
Now, this requirement doesn’t only destroy the free market. It has the side effect of preventing people from becoming self-reliant. It wouldn’t be illegal to have a vegetable patch in your back yard. However, it would be illegal to eat your own zucchini – you’d be legally required to sell it to the government. I know this sounds bizarre, maybe even impossible. But consider, earlier this year, the French government used AI-powered drones to fly over the nation to detect private swimming pools that hadn’t been declared to the tax authority.
We now live in a world where technology has caught up to authoritarians’ wildest dreams.
Now, the Ministry of Plenty can incentivize compliance by turning rights into privileges. No air travel for you! And for some reason your FedCoin transactions for anything other than basic food is being declined everywhere, from Amazon to the local co-op grocery store. Choosing to allow or disallow purchases is a way of making comfort, or a reasonable standard of living, a reward for compliance. Controlling monetary access is the easiest way to do it.
Without the ability to store or access wealth, the prospect of long term survival becomes grim. One can only survive on hard labor for so long; the value of work requires the store of value for the future. Preferably, one that’s non-digital, untrackable and totally off the grid, like physical gold and silver.
You’ve heard the old bit of wisdom, “Two is one, and one is none.”
If your financial future depends on a single store of value (the U.S. dollar for example), you have no future. I strongly suggest you look into diversifying your savings with tangible assets that have real, intrinsic value that’s completely separate from any federal control.
Where we are today
While it might seem like the establishment is well on its way to achieving all of these measures, the truth is that they will likely fail and that most of their goals are far out of reach.
In terms of lending/borrowing, the very economic crisis they have created through fiat stimulus has made access to debt far less alluring as rates climb.
In terms of digital currencies they would have to fight the natural inclination of people to store cash and high-value commodities in times of uncertainty. They would have to crash the system completely in order to justify a completely new digital framework, and the amount of chaos that would cause only makes their planning less certain. Millions of people will blame them for the disaster, after all.
A social credit system could have been implemented during the Covid panic, but that ship has sailed. Now the populace will be much more wary of any future crisis being exploited for authoritarian gains. If they couldn’t con enough people the first time around, they won’t be able to do it a second time around.
A comprehensive disruption of the supply chain is the most realistic strategy because it’s completely out of the hands of the general public. But, stopping people from producing on their own, forming black markets or trading commodities-as-currencies (gold as money) is a pipe dream. Even the communists under Stalin were not able to prevent alternative economies from growing – and, yes, gold was money in the Soviet Union, just as it had been under the tsarist regime that came before.
Overall, the prospects for the globalists become dimmer as time passes and as the population becomes more aware of the facts. Yes, they are a monolith, but that does not mean they are infallible. They fail often and they make mistakes constantly. The saddest part of it all is that these people are trying to accomplish their dream of global empire in the name of an illusion, a vision with no practical purpose. It’s built upon their own hubris and their own idiotic cultism.
None of it means anything, but the amount of pain and destruction they are willing to cause in the pursuit of this fantasy is astonishing and it affects everyone. The legacy of totalitarians is rife with misery and always ends in eternal shame. Nothing they do matters, but we all will suffer because of their delusions of grandeur.
Brandon Smith has been an alternative economic and geopolitical analyst since 2006 and is the founder of Alt-Market.com.
The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Birch Gold Group.2022, brandon smith, Featured, fedcoin, federal reserve