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GOVERNMENT or PRICELESS ECONOMIC SYSTEM


pro govt:
Government provides roads and highways and maintains them.

con:
The government hires private contractors who charge too much and build poor quality roads and pay politicians kick-backs.

PES:
In the PES all roads would be built by experts, free of charge. They would be built to last a long time.


pro govt:
It provides a police department.

con:
They use punishment instead of rehabilitation and most criminals remain criminals and their numbers keep increasing.

PES:
There would be no reason to steal and people would be happier without money and taxes.


pro govt:
It provides an army.

con:
Certain rich people start wars to grab the property of the rich guys in other countries.

PES:
There would be no Profit in wars, therefore no reason to start them.


pro govt:
It collects Social Security payments and gives them back when we retire.

con:
But they don't invest that money wisely to make it grow with inflation, instead they pilfer and squander it.

PES:
There will be no need for pensions when everything is free.


pro govt:
It provides welfare and unemployment payments for people out of work or disabled.

con:
This encourages some people not to actively seek a new job.

PES:
This would not be needed when people work as volunteers and can choose work they enjoy doing and everything is free.


pro govt:
It provides agencies to inspect food and other merchandise to keep it pure and safe.

con:
It took them over 27 years to get DDT off the market.

PES:
There would be no Profit (no motivation) to produce inferior or harmful products.


pro govt:
It delivers our mail.

con:
A private company can always do things cheaper and more efficiently than government.

PES:
Volunteers will find the best way to do the jobs.


pro govt:
It prints money and gives it to the Federal Reserve Bank.

con:
The Federal Reserve Bank is a private corporation, run by the rich bankers, who control money.

PES:
There will be no need for money, credit nor barter when everything is free.


pro govt:
It makes laws for us.

con:
No! They make laws against us.

PES:
We will need only one law and that is the Golden Rule.


pro govt:
It levies taxes.

con:
They waste the taxes and go deeper into debt.

PES:
There will be no need for taxes.


pro govt:
It provides over 16 million jobs.

con:
Most of these 16 million jobs don't produce anything we need.

PES:
These people can help with our essential work and lower the working hours for everyone.


pro govt:
The forestry service protects our forests.

con:
Yes, and they also allow the Big timber interests to clear-cut and take all the big trees and destroy all the small ones.

PES:
There will be no need for advertising and much paper work. This will save the forests. We will cut selectively and not destroy the small trees. We'll let them grow.


pro govt:
One of its main purposes is to spend as much money, time and resources as they can possibly get away with. This creates jobs.

con:
Private industry makes the most Profit when it sells to government and drunken sailors.

PES:
Volunteers like to produce the best with the least effort and the least materials.


pro govt:
Politicians start the wars.

con:
Big Money People tell them to.

PES:
There will be no Profit in wars when everything is free.


pro govt:
It passes laws against polluting.

con:
That doesn't stop the Big Polluters. There are more tall smoking smoke stacks springing up right along in rural Minnesota.

PES:
With no Profit in polluting, it will make more sense not to pollute the air, water and soil.


pro govt:
It collects our sewage.

con:
It spends millions of dollars to process it, then dumps it back into our drinking water supply.

PES:
We will utilize it to make methane gas and fertilizer.


pro govt:
It sells us water.

con:
It doesn't even taste good any more. It's contaminated with additives and filter leaks.

PES:
With no Profit in additives, we'll give people pure water.


pro govt:
It collects our garbage.

con:
It creates landfills (dumps) that waste land and cost too much and pollutes the ground water.

PES:
We will reclaim and recycle all waste and discontinue making disposable containers and build things to last longer.


pro govt:
It controls the mass media.

con:
Just look and listen to all the porn and violence on TV, in magazines and on tapes and look and hear the false and misleading advertising.

PES:
There will be no Profit in violence, in lying nor in corrupting people's minds.


Does government do anything for us that private industry couldn't do better and cheaper?

With no government, we'll be better off by 1.5 trillion dollars a year.

Back issues of LFP explain the Priceless Economic System in greater detail.

Another Dream

I had an unusual dream the other night. I dreamt that long ago there were only a few of us big people on Earth and the rest were tiny little people, as in GULLIVER'S TRAVELS in Lillyput Land.

Was the folk lure of fairies, little people, brownies, elves, etc. really true?

Did we arrive here from some other planet and literally stomp-out an entire race of civilized small intelligent people? A few other novels have been written along those lines.

I dreamt that we few big people decided we must find ways to feed and take care of ourselves and cease being dependent on the little people to supply our needs. We decided that we needed to reproduce and cover the planet with our own people. I guess we succeeded in that area.

If this dream is true, we had better turn-off our reproduction drive and decide we have enough population increase.

Better now to look ahead a little and better preserve our life support systems or we will very soon fuck ourselves out of a place to sit at our own table. We are right around the corner from where the dinosaur was before it became extinct.

We are playing an economics Game (the Profit/Wage Game) that only thinks of todays Profits or Wages. We are losing our ability to "save for a rainy day."

To analyze my dream: Are the big people in my dream, "thinkers" of today who see the Self-Supportive lifestyle as the one to take?

Are the "little people" todays couch potatoes, who sit back and allow the mass media to guide their Dependent lives?

Was my dream just another kick-in-the-ass by my subconscious to encourage me to become even more Self-Sufficient and Independent of the System?

At the present time most of us are Dependent on money to purchase just about everything we need and want. There are very few necessities that many people provide for themselves without using money, credit or barter.

The worst part of this scenario is that the value of MONEY is controlled by the people who have the most of it. That puts the vast majority of us in a very precarious position.

With every price-raise we experience, our standard-of-living goes down just a little, because wages don't rise in proportion. Our future doesn't look bright. Those of us with the foresight to see "down the road a ways" are figuring out ways to Escape being controlled by money. We first of all, stop absorbing the hypnotizing and mind-leading mass media. We begin learning to think-for-our-self.

That is the prime motive of the LFP newsletterto convince myself to get back-to-nature and learn and do what is necessary to secure what I need and want from nature with the use of very little money, credit or barter.

To be Dependent on someone or on something is being a Slave to it, just as addicts are slaves to the drug pusher.

I want to be a Free Man!!! It sure is a slow process. Here I sit at age 69totally dependent on money for my existence. But at least I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I already have experience in raising my own food with a garden. Catching fish and hunting game to eat and learning a few of the wild edible plants. I have already lived rent-free for extended periods. I already experience ways to entertain myself that are Free of charge.

So I guess I'm just treading-water until September and meanwhile experiencing the good feelings of sharing Freedom ideas with interested THINKERS and potential thinkers.

Cheap Living

The best way to begin beating the Rat Race is to reduce the largest payment that most of us have, i.e., rent or home mortgage payments. If we can get that as close to zero as we can, we have a better chance to save some money.

It takes some "savings" to beat the Rat Race. It takes money to make money. It takes money to buy land or a boat, i.e., Independence.

One way to reduce rent or house payments is to start out in a travel trailer or a mobile home.

If you take your time and watch the ads you can get a good buy on a used one. The ones that need lots of fixing are the cheapest. If you have some cash you can get the best buy.

If you find a real anxious seller, you may be able to convince them to sell it for nothing down or for a small down payment. You have to pay a little more for the trailer this way, but it is a marvelous chance to get a start. You can fix it up and later sell it for a Profit. In the meantime you will be building up equity instead of wasting money on rent. You will have to pay some rent for a place to park it, but it will be much less than renting an apartment.

If a mobile home is already set-up in a trailer park you save some big expenses. It costs plenty to have a mobile home moved, leveled, blocked-up, connected to gas, electric, water, sewer, and anchored and skirted. I went through all that and was astounded at the cost. But check out the costs in your locality before you reject the idea. These costs could be used as a bargaining argument to get a lower price on one that must be moved.

Take your time and wait for a good buy. But don't wait too long because your present rent payments could soon eat-up what you might save by waiting.

Remember the old saying, "You make your profit when you buy."

Check the parks you want to live in. See if they have any available lots and what requirements and restrictions they have. They may have a trailer age limit.

You can afford to pay a little more if the mobile home is already established in a trailer park. It will also save a lot of work and learning.

The big drive should be to cut expenses to the bone. Then you have a chance to save from each paycheck.

Later you can sharpen your work skills to get higher pay.

After you've accumulated a little nest egg, you can figure out how to invest it in something you have expertise in and will have control over. Disregard all gambling and get-rich-quick schemes. They are for the suckers. I wouldn't touch stocks with a ten foot pole because "they" can pull the rug out from under you at any time. They did it in 1929, and several times since.

There are more ideas on how to Escape from the Rat Race in back issues of the LFP.

If you put enough time into this project you can retire from the Rat Race in about five years.

Most underground editors, who are truly trying to share ideas, will gladly send you a "free sample" issue of their paper if you send them a stamp or two.

Review

SURVIVOR, Tom Evans, 11-15 45th Avenue, #2E, Long Island City, NY 11101-5154 Vol.8, No. 3. 20 pages. This fine and funky paper is composed mostly of reprints Tom has made of some of the best of the Undergrounds on matters that may be important to us. Also lots of funny cartoons. 2 pages of classified (free?) ads.

Back Issues of LFP

Back issues of LFP are as current as this issue. Available from: Dryan, Box 640, Elk River, MN 55330. Send him a stamp for an LFP back-issue catalog-sheet.

Books

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