Many people have thought that MicroSecession is a pretty radical title. Secession usually brings up strong feelings, either negative or positive or both. But MicroSecession isn’t quite the same beast. Rather than it being about creating a new political state, it is about developing community independence within the existing political state. That’s not so radical, is it?
However, where it gets more radical is when it deals with money. MicroSecession suggests that, since the monetary system is so badly conceived and managed, we should do something else. This is quite a radical idea, perhaps even more radical than political secession. Going away from the money economy means rejecting the world’s deceptive notions of value. It means rethinking exactly what we think of as valuable. People are easily manipulated and controlled when they are the servants of money. But by seceding from the money economy, they are no longer bound to the system or to authorities in the same way. If you aren’t tied to the money system, you can’t be manipulated by money.
If you declare political independence, your independence can be bought, sold, and compromised through money. When you declare your independence from money, then all of a sudden the means of manipulation and control go away, even if you remain part of the political system.
Gresham’s law, simply stated, says “bad money drives out good.” In prison populations, for instance, cigarettes have often used as a currency among inmates. Well, people want to keep and smoke the good cigarettes, and then they use the bad cigarettes for trade. This is exacerbated when the exchange rate is set by law. If the government demands that two coins are of equal value when they really are not, then the lower-valued coin will be the one in circulation, and the higher-valued one will be removed from circulation by people who know their value.
This is at work today in the United States with the “junk silver” market. Junk silver are coins (half-dollars, quarters, and dimes) minted before 1965, because they are 90% silver. This is less-quality silver than if you were to buy a silver coin (which is 99.9% silver), but it is still silver. Interestingly, you will find almost none of these coins in circulation. It’s not because they are old, but because it is worthwhile to pick out the silver ones from the rest. The melt value of a 1964 quarter is $5. Therefore, a number of people have made the very reasonable exchange of purchasing boxes of circulated quarters. Imagine if there was a change machine, where, if you got our enough change, it would give you a $5 bill instead of one of the quarters. This would be an easy way to make money! Just pump enough dollars in, and your value would go up and up and up!
Therefore, those who know the value of silver have been removing these quarters from circulation. Therefore, the bad money (modern quarters and dimes) have been driving out the good money (silver-based quarters and dimes).
“Growing Your Own Food Is Like Printing Money” — Ron Finley
“The funny thing about sustainability is that you have to sustain it” — Ron Finley
This is a good video about what we need to be thinking about for our communities. How many acres does LA own of abandoned lots? So why are people hungry or eating bad food? Why are we threatening people who are improving the land?
For those of you who want a short definition of MicroSecession, MicroSecession = Community Independence.
Over at Meggo-Remarks, meggo takes some MicroSecession advice, and re-evaluates her everyday purchases. Regarding a necklace purchased, she says:
My daughters love this necklace, so perhaps it’s worth it. That’s an owl there, and the owl opens and has a clock inside. But it’s not real. It’s a piece of junk that will be tossed in the trash in a couple of years.
I should be buying the real deal. I would rather own fewer pieces of value than a ton of crap that was fun to purchase but is worthless.
Fewer things. More value. That’s the way to microsecede.
One of the features of MicroSecession is rethinking our notion of value. In modern society, we tend to judge everything based on numbers. When it comes to value, we often measure our value in terms of how much money we have or how much money we make. However, MicroSecession offers many other ways to look at value, some of them which are not nearly as quantifiable. I thought readers might be interested in an old article I wrote concerning the problems with rampant quantification, and how looking at the immaterial properties of what we have can be more important than looking at the numbers:
I spent the day at a convention selling books, and one of the attendees shared a great suggestion with me – cutting downed trees into usable lumber. Having bought my boards from a store my whole life, this was completely new to me. So I went home and looked it up, and, lo and behold, you can indeed use your own home as a woodlot if you have the proper equipment or know someone who does.
Apparently there are pieces of equipment known as “portable sawmills” that you can either purchase yourself for $3,000-$5,000 or rent from others. The process of milling your own boards is described here. Here’s a video showing how it is done.
I don’t have any experience myself with this (yet), but it looks like an interesting option, and the person I talked to said that it saved a lot of money on lumber. It is yet another way to produce value from your home.
It looks like Texas is looking to liberate itself and its citizens from the craziness of the US economy. People are wondering if this is the start of secession for Texas. I would say that this is the only reasonable way to avoid it!
True secession would happen if the economy failed and the states needed to go their own way to separate themselves from the atrocities of Washington’s economic policies. Instead of waiting for that to happen, Texas is insuring that its own wealth and the wealth of its citizens are secure. This way, there is no reason that Texas would need to secede if bad national policy causes the collapse of the dollar – they have their own wealth independent of the United States.
This is the essence of MicroSecession. By becoming individually and communally independent, we don’t have to worry about the idiotic behavior of the national government or horrific social trends and policies. If we take steps to secure ourselves, then even if the superstructure falls, we’ll all be doing just fine.
We are still in pre-release mode for the MicroSecession – it has been released but we have not started our promotional pushes. However, already it is #77 in “Economic Policy” books at Amazon! MicroSecession is certainly about more than economic policy, but we appreciate the recognition. Can’t wait to see what will happen once we start marketing the book.
As mentioned in the MicroSecession book, states (and the feds) would do well to establish a money system that is independent of the current paper money system. This new law from Arizona, if it passes, would bring Arizona a step closer to doing this, along with Utah, who has already passed a similar law. Laws such as these prevent taxation on the silver itself since it is considered real money. Otherwise, the person giving the silver in exchange would have to pay taxes on the silver itself as a sale (the same way a barter exchange is currently taxed).
Note, however, that laws such as these mean that we should stock up on not just any kind of silver round, but specifically Eagles and, I think, Morgan silver dollars (I would have to check to see if these are covered by the law). The law specifies that only U.S. minted currency would be applicable, so most bullion rounds and bars would not apply.