Sometimes, there is a meme ‘under the radar’. It doesn’t make the national news, but keeps peaking out from behind the curtain on the Internet.
Something I’ve been noticing in my electronic travels of late is government(s) not only want to know how much money you have, and be able to tax it or steal it, as they deem necessary, but also THIS:
(in part from Travis McGee)
It’s about the war on cash, of course, the exchange medium which permits a citizen to exercise a little of whatever privacy remains in a world gone mad with surveillance. Put a pack of Trojans and a copy of Esquire on your card and you’ve given any government cop with a sympathetic judge enough to peg you as a sex maniac and, therefore, probably hot for trafficked humans. Charge a Colt 1873 at an antique sale and get on the no-fly list.
The latest comes to us from Europe where the central bank has just snuffed the 500-Euro note because — it says — Bin Laden used them. (So do, I’ll bet, European Central Bank bigwigs when they are fooling around with Roman bimbos, but that’s beside the point.)
Enter the United States of America and one of it’s leading gadabout economists, Larry Summers, the guy who almost became secretary of the treasury under Obama and is undoubtedly on the Hillary and Bernie short lists for the same job.
He wants to kill the $100 Federal Reserve Cartoon because bad guys like drug dealers use them. And what a brilliant idea based on astute observation, there, Larry. I can’t imagine Jalisco Cartello, in Tijuana to make a buy, would ever think to fill two brief cases with 50s when it becomes illegal to have one brief case with 100s.
‘course, then you can outlaw 50s, then 20s, etc., then, presto! 24/7/365 Mr. Orwell’s Telescreen is in your wallet.
And there you have it. The CASH AS MALUM PROHIBITUM meme! No need for governments to monitor paper money transactions when everything is to be mandated electronically, and Euro-notes and the (former) greenbacks are no longer allowed!
So much for the thousands I’ve stored in my mattress, the phony compartments in the top of my hollow-core doors and Ziplocked in the freezer! Soon, it’ll all be worthless.
And readily accessible by governments (electronically) whenever they want!
Of course, it’s worthless, so I’ve fooled them! 🙂
(and truth is I have nothing – and am barely able to make rent and I drive a barely-running year 2000 Oldsmobile!) 🙂