Perhaps the citizens of Europe didn't see this coming. Perhaps they didn't know what to do with their money but to keep it in bank accounts. Certainly the thought must have seemed preposterous to them, if they thought it at all, that some government entity they didn't even elect could come and just grab a bunch of money out of their accounts. But now they find out that even their own countries are like just puppets easily manipulated by the despots who run the money system in Europe.
But they were elected, sort of. It all started with the Common Market, the precursor to the Eurozone. Little by little, over years, the citizens of Cyprus, Italy, Spain, and the rest of them have given up their sovereignty by approving their countries' respective engagements in the Eurozone.
And little by little, and sometimes by large calving chunks of floe ice at a time, the states of the United States have been doing just the same thing vis-a-vis Washington. And now that federal government spending is completely out of control, we the citizens are about to get screwed big time with scant protection from our state governments. They have all been far too compromised, like the government of Cyprus.
But we do have a guiding light to escape their fate, if we have the guts to follow him.
Henry David Thoreau is most famous for removing himself from civilization to live alone by Walden Pond in Massachusetts where he could "march to the beat of a different drummer." But while still in his twenties nearly 200 years ago, when the country was still quite young, he recognized the dangers of too-big, unrepresentative government that can come about even in a democracy. He summed up his thoughts on the issue in his essay "Civil Disobedience".
Thoreau was deeply opposed to slavery and the Mexican War going on at the time and felt that the federal government was condoning or conducting both without the consent of the governed. In protest he had refused to pay his poll tax year after year and eventually spent a night in jail because of it, an act of martyrdom which was comically cut short when a well-meaning neighbor paid the taxes current, foiling Thoreau's great protest. But Thoreau had his day. "Civil Disobedience" has inspired historic figures as diverse as Tolstoy and Ghandi and stands tall today as we face the danger of being smushed like ants by the massive machine of the federal--and world--governments.
I took some time in Erintopia to re-read the essay after an adult lifetime away from it. I recommend the whole thing. But here are some gems from it to get your juices flowing...
I heartily accept the motto, - "That government is best which governs least;" and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe, - "That government is best which governs not at all..."
...government never of itself furthered any enterprise, but by the alacrity with which it got out of its way.
Trade and commerce, if they were not made of India-rubber, would never manage to bounce over the obstacles which legislators are countinually putting in its way.
How many men are there to a square thousand miles in this country? Hardly one. (Emphasizing that too many citizens opposed slavery but would do nothing to stop it.)
Let your life be a counter friction to stop the machine.
A minority is powerless while it conforms to the majority.
For my own part, I should not like to think that I ever rely on the protection of the State. But, if I deny the State when it presents its tax-bill, it will soon take and waste all my property, and so harass me and my children without end. This is hard. This makes it impossible for a man to live honestly, and at the same time comfortably, in outward respects.
If we were left solely to the wordy wit of legislators in Congress for our guidance, uncorrected by the seasonable experience and the effectual complaints of the people, America would not long retain her rank among the nations.
The progress from an absolute to a limited monarchy, from limited monarchy to a democracy, is a progress toward a true respect for the individual.
Respect for the individual??? Who ever heard about that in this world, where we're dictated to about everything from wearing seat belts to now more and more, what we eat!?
I am not, for the record, recommending anyone not pay their taxes. But I do especially like that part about being a counter friction to stop the machine. It is time that we all stop participating in the politically correct malarky, the over-regulation, and the legalism. In ways I shant disclose publicly, I'm already creating my own little frictions...
But here's a start for anybody: "Civil Disobedience." It's usually included in any collection headlined by Walden. Read it. Live by it. And pass it on before this coming generation has no idea what personal liberty is. And nothing left in our or their bank accounts, either.