Whatever Happened to Justice? by Richard Maybury
Fair Warning, This post contains references to religion but it is not religious. Yes, I know the old adage. Keep away from discussions of abortion, religion and politics at the dinner table. I realize that touching on these subjects in the past have made men go berserk. Some of them are still on the loose. However, my references will be historical in nature so it theoretically should offend no one. I know that is wishful thinking anywhere in life.
I do not offer this as a sales job or intend to pit one philosophy against another. I do not reveal my spiritual belief system and do not suggest one for you. It is simply a historical survey for religion is an intricate part of American history. The founding fathers were deeply devotional men and their spiritual beliefs were incorporated into the Founding documents. If you are a supporter of the Constitution of the United States, the Bill of Rights, then you already know that the principles contained within are in part based on the spiritual belief of the founders. If you don't, well you probably need to read this article.
What I am about to write is the basis of ALL laws, criminal and contract in this land. It was the agreed upon rules of society in Rome before tyranny set in. It was also the agreed upon rules in America before America adopted the Roman Model and began down the road of tyranny. I will also suggest there are no other circumstances that are as fundamental to a metals investor as the laws I am going to discuss. I never thought I would be writing this article or thought that any grown adult would need it. I was wrong. There, I admit it. End of Disclaimer.
This post is a summary of the book "Whatever Happened to Justice? by Richard Maybury. If you never asked the question then maybe it's time. I realize some of you are very familiar with Maybury and a couple of you subscribe to his newsletters. Others of you might only be familiar with him through the occasional mention of him by others on this website. A few of you, find him boring, and disagree with his politics and I vehemently disagree with you.
Richard Maybury is the the soft voice of the alternative media. However, his demure manner should not overshadow his powerful understanding of history and his ability to communicate it in an interesting and straightforward manner. He is the writer of the "Early Warning Report" for the last 24 years and his news letter goes to the CIA. Maybury discovered that a word he had coined "Chaostan" was used in a 2009 speech by General McChrystal. Who knows what other alternative sources they check into? Ron Paul is one of his biggest supporters. When Harry Browne passed on his newsletter, he asked Ron Paul to take over but because of his political career, it was given to Richard Maybury. He is also the author of many books on history and economics suitable for home schooling. His basic investment model is based on what is known as "juris Naturalism" which is another way of saying natural law or common law which is higher than any government's law which is political law.
Higher law also the philosophy of Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and the other American founders. Maybury is one of those cool heads. Not prone to bouts of emotionalism or ranting in his newsletters. It provides a no-nonsense writing of history as it really happened, and follows geopolitical events and the effect on your investments. He cares very little about what gold or silver will do in the next ten minutes. He is the turtle and not the hare. His investment advice doesn't cater to the rabbits that want to become wealthy tomorrow but find after many years, they are still chasing the trophy. His track record is second to none although it will put the aggressive investor to sleep.
Unfortunately, the study of common law is all but lost because most lawyers might have a few classes in the subject and then when they graduate they are forced to practice political law.
Now back to the subject God where the understanding of our system of justice is derived.
Maybury starts off pointing out that all our founders were extremely spiritual men. Jefferson often used the word God but he just as often used the phrase "Laws of Nature" Washington went in for the more biblical God. Paine closer to Jefferson a less "personal" higher authority based on nature. Maybury also took a survey of most of the world religions, which by the way, are most often the source of societies law. At times, it has been hijacked and used to control. But in the case of the founding fathers, their spiritual beliefs resulted in probably the greatest document guaranteeing freedom and liberty, The US Constitution.
This higher law, also known as common or natural law, are a set of immutable principles that exist that apply equally to all mankind as stated by Alexander Hamilton. You can ignore them, you might not want to be aware of the but they are recognized in almost every culture, most forms of religion or spirituality. The founders and others throughout history who have recognized these laws believed every person was bounded by these laws until death do you depart.
Maybury surveyed 2500 years of economic history, the political rise and decline of many civilizations, and various religious and spiritual believes that exist. He discovered that all these systems had two very fundamental principles in common. Maybury distilled these principles until he came down with 16 words which he calls Maybury's two laws that are the basis of all criminal and contract law under common law. They are:
1.) Do All You Have Agreed To Do
2) Do not encroach on other persons or their property
The first law "Do All You have Agreed To Do" is the bases of all contract law. And Do Not encroach on other persons or their property" is the basis for all criminal law.
Said in a different way, YOUR RIGHTS END WHERE MY NOSE BEGINS. This fundamental principle is violated everyday both by citizens by government and sadly, right here on Turdville. Under common law I have every right to defend my person or property with complete justification. Again, these two laws are stated over and over again in various ways through different religions and philosophies from Judaism and Christianity to Confucianism.
What Maybury does next is to demonstrate that these principles are acting in the world and verifiable by studying the history and political status of every country. What he discovered is that every country who follows these laws had a reasonable amount of prosperity, contentment among the population and extended periods of liberties. Those who did not follow these laws ended up suffering from lack of guaranteed freedoms, poverty, strife and tyranny. He coined the phrase "chaostan" to refer to the countries that regularly violated these principles.
Somewhere in his materials he gives his readers a large map of "chaostan" and rates each member of "chaostan" according to how far down the scale. Maybe another Maybury subscriber has access to this information but if I recall Switzerland was the top or near the top of the list for obeying these laws and Zimbabwe and several others at the bottom. The United States has been sinking down the list over the years.
The next logical step that Maybury took is that if you can predict the level of freedom's and prosperity that will occur based only on these two laws, you then have a model of the world that you can use to guide your investment decisions. And that's exactly what Maybury has been using with great success for 25 years. A governments behavior and the way it exercises power has more effect on your investments than any other factor.
Some very basic legal definitions as defined by Black's Law Dictionary to help you understand exactly what the two laws mean.
Encroach; "To enter by gradual steps or stealth into the possessions or rights of another, to trespass or intrude. To gain or intrude unlawfully upon the lands, property, or authority of another. "
Fraud: An intentional pervasion of truth for the purpose of inducing another in reliance upon it to part with some valuable thing belonging to him or to surrender a legal right. A false representation of a matter of fact, whether by words or by conduct, by false or misleading allegations, or by concealment of that which should have been disclosed, which deceive and is intended to deceive another so that he shall act upon it to his legal injury. Any kind of artifice employed by one person to deceive another.
Agreement: A concord to understanding and itnention between two or more parties with respect to the effect upon their relative rights, or benefits, with the view of contracting an obligation, a mutual obligation.
When you wake up in the morning, turn on your computer, log in to Turdville, you are bounded by multiple societal contracts under common law. When you go into a store your bounded by these contracts. These are known as tacit contracts. You do not sign a contract with a store owner if you walk into his store to buy a cookie. Nevertheless you are bounded by these laws.
You walk into a store and there are some freshly baked cookies on the shelf. You are permitted to examine the cookie but you are not permitted to touch the cookie and make it unsuitable for others consumption. If the cookie is not freshly baked and it is in a wrapper, you are permitted to examine the cookie, read the ingredients on the wrapper, search for a price but you are not permitted to open the cookie, remove the candy or put the cookie in the soda fridge. If you decide you want the cookie, you have a tacit contractual obligation to pay for the cookie before opening or eating it. The money that you use to pay for the cookie with a form of payment allowed by the proprietor. In another words, the moment you opened the door to the candy store, you were bound by a complex set of agreements. Were to break any of these agreements, you would be in violation of your contract and held liable under common law. You have committed an intentional act against a higher law.
The moment you log on to Turd, you are now in a virtual space that is subject to the laws of the land, and the rules and privileges extended to you by the proprietor, in this case Turd. If you do not know what those terms are, it is time to review.
If you are used to rampant flaming and "junking," please don't bring that attitude here. We ask members to be supportive and considerate of one another. Passion about topics is encouraged, but personal attacks, intolerant fanaticism, and proselytizing are not allowed. Turd runs a "benevolent dictatorship," which means he has the final word on all community matters. We also have a number of volunteer moderators whose job it is to keep threads on topic and to take care of trolls and troublemakers.
As a contributor and volunteer to the site, I have been extended some extra "privilege" which amounts to nothing more than being the first person to write on a blog once or twice a week. Much of the agreement is a tacit agreement, that I cannot use this space to harm any individual including the owner of this site. The latter is also the agreement I have with society. I must do everything that I agreed upon with Turd to retain this privilege and in return Turd must do everything he agreed upon for me to continue to provide a service. As a poster, I am bound by common law, political law and the terms of my verbal contract and tacit contracts with Turd.
So maybe you are thinking to yourself, that is a whole lot of contracts for waking up, and posting something. Yes but you've probably been engaged with contracts your entire life without thinking about what was occurring. The fun thing about common law is that by adhereing to agreements no matter how insigificant, one gains a modicum of freedom. This is why countries who obey the two laws have liberty and prosperity. The more they adhere to these principles the greater the freedom of the population.
Each law contains a low threshold, a high tension area and the razors edge or the middle point. Once I accept these principles as common to law obeying countries and citizens and I accept them, I enter the middle zone. I am no longer the effect of laws which would seem to bind me. Again, I AM NOT REFERRING TO POLITICAL LAW. Only the laws that fall under the domain of the two laws. Maybury refers to the upper and lower thresholds in the legal sense known as ambient encroachment.
Most communities accept some level of ambient encroachment. You can bump up against me on the subway and knock the coffee out of my hands without me calling it an assault. You might allow me to walk onto your property so I can sell you my daughters girl scout cookies or on Halloween ring your bell to collect candy. The level of allowable encroachment is dependent upon the individual. However, if you intend to encroach, pet another persons animal, go up to a persons rose bush and hold a flower to smell it, and ask permission, you are giving that individual more space and in return he will allow you more space.
Government disregards these allowable thresholds through force. You do not have a choice. Government asserts it's will and the privilege to use power and it is usually done through force of regulation and law that benefits the power holders and not the citizens they intend to serve. Nanny Laws, blue laws, tax laws are a small collection of examples of political law based on the Roman Model.
My fundamental thesis for investing in Gold and Silver is simple. Is my government acting in accordance to the two principles or are they not? Are liberties being granted by natural right or are they being taken away through power and force? Everything else including cycles, charts, supply and demand are secondary factors to the one overriding factor-human behavior. A new cycle could be started and old ones eliminated by the change of behavior. As Einstein said, you can't solve a problem with the same mind that created it. A problem will act according to the laws of cycles until that which created the problem is removed. If government passed a law that said publishing charts was illegal, providing analyst in public forums was illegal, you would only need to use your powers of observation and look at the behaviors of government to understand the long term implications of your investments. It has been shown to work over and over again. Maybury every year issues a challenge to his readers. Find a portfolio issued by a writer that has performed better. To date, nobody has been able to meet the challenge. ONLY TWO LAWS! If we measure economic and geopolitical behavior by government, things are NOT getting better! If you refuse to acknowledge these realities, you are putting your financial security in jeopardy.
On the other hand, things that don't involve the hand of government are getting better. We have increased technology for better communication, medicine can give a man without legs the ability to walk etc... Every year independent inventors flood the market with new inventions from 3D printing to be able to mine asteroids in space. However, even with these there are a delicate balance.
Market manipulation is a form of both political and economic power and a violation of the two laws. In 2013, there are still some that say markets are not manipulated as all evidence is nothing more than circumstantial and inconclusive. A trader might reach this assumption because he is able to predict what the markets will do tomorrow at midnight and therefore he concludes that markets can't be manipulated if he is able to predict the outcome more times than not. BAD CONCLUSION based on faulty reasoning and a misunderstanding of cycles.
As I have stated and Turd has stated, markets work according to certain laws and principles whether they are manipulated or not. This was the entire thesis behind the invention of TA. Maybury makes the following observation about market manipulation from a political standpoint.
Everyday, a Saudi Arabian wakes up and looks out his window into the Persian Gulf. While he is having tea and muffins, he see's an American Air craft carrier and a battleship within the sovereign territory of another country. Do you think any Saudi official in their right mind is going to wake up and say, we are not going to sell oil to the United States. Japan tried that and wanted nothing to do with trade with the west. Through gun boat diplomacy, US forced Japan to open trade. Markets are manipulated through political force, EVERY DAY. Whether or not this effects day to day price movement once the force is in place is an entirely different question.
Two Laws Within the Personal Realm
As I said, these laws are nothing new but Maybury's application of them are rather unique. While he discovered they operate on a macro level channeled through government behavior's, plenty of others have discovered that they operate at an individual level.
Simply stated, that an individuals passage through life is made easier or more difficult based upon his observance of these principles. If you choose to be an asshole, life will treat you like an asshole. There are no dirth of studies, which I could present to support my case but will forgo that exercise.
Science has demonstrated that more illness is related to psychosomatic and emotional disturbances than through the average diet. Not to say that diet doesn't contribute to a healthy life style. But if you are an angry, vengeful, fearful, greedy individual, you are cutting your life short and your individual sense of freedom. If you allows to determine how you feel, are you free? If this subject is totally alien to you I suggest you can start with Candice Pert's "Molecues of Emotion" Candice Pert was the former head of the NIH or try "Biology of Belief" by Bruce Lipton. You probably can get some free youtubes on the subject.
The ancient Toltecs understood that these two laws operate in both the personal realm and a government realm. While Maybury stated the laws more succinct, the Four Agreements (written by Don Miguel Ruiz) were said to be principles which indicated if an individual's passage through life was an easy one or one of conflict and contention.
The Four Agreements are: (Taken from the Book. Four Agreements)
1. Be Impeccable with your Word: Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the Word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your Word in the direction of truth and love.
2. Don’t Take Anything Personally
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.
3. Don’t Make Assumptions
Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.
4. Always Do Your Best Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.