The Walking Dead = Metaphor of the Failing Western Fiat Currency Scheme

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Tue, May 31, 2016 - 11:48am

I’ll admit it. I love The Walking Dead. I even have some bobble heads of the characters that I picked up from Barnes and Noble. But, what is the fascination with the goo-oozing zombies, the apocalyptic US South, the certainty of doom and miserable, painful death haunting each character, every single show?

I finally figured it out!

The Walking Dead IS a metaphor of the Western fiat currency scheme, and the similarities make it a perfect propaganda tool to control the masses and show the futility of resisting one’s certain, doomed, fate.

Let’s peel back some layers!

The Collapse Scenario

One of the protagonists, Rick, is a local police officer. He, along with his partner Shane, are introduced as typical law enforcement officers, in a sleepy, small town setting in the rural country side outside of Atlanta, Georgia.

One day on patrol, Rick and Shane encounter some bad guys. Rick gets shot, and ends up in a coma at the local hospital.

While in the coma, the region is under siege by a strange outbreak, afflicting thousands with fever, then death. However, upon death, the person turns into a zombie–not really dead, and not really alive. These zombies exist by consuming flesh of the living. They are driven by primal instincts. We learn later that the zombie infliction is something that every human being carries, that becomes activated upon a scratch or bite from a zombie. We also learn that the zombie condition is caused by basic, core brain waves of a primal nature, driving the zombies to loud sounds, and all they do is forage for protein to consume. They do nothing but feed on the living.

The Setting

The rural south, the urban city of Atlanta, small towns, farms and roads, all feature prominently as settings. Later seasons of The Walking Dead feature more industrial, foreboding environments, like a prison that turns into a secure, safe facility, a small town with perimeter walls, and a planned, self-contained community.

As each season unfolds, the episodes reveal the survival mindsets, strengths and fallacies of the survivors, like our current "preppers" and their strategies, played out in various conflicts.

The Characters

As expected, such a compelling show, enjoying sensational ratings over several seasons, displays deep, and lasting character development coupled with incredible storytelling and drama.

The human condition is on display, in all its forms. Good, bad, evil, name it–it is all there for the viewing.

It is a perfect canvas for storytelling of the fiat collapse scenario. But, am I just seeing it that way because of my time here on tfmr? Is it a fair, and inescapable conclusion that we are slowly being taught what to expect when the currency fails?

The show’s main characters from the beginning are not all there anymore. Some key cast members have met a gruesome fate. They have been killed off, often violently, painfully, some with malice, some by stupidity, some just by chance. Some were killed by zombies, while the show makes a constant point that human beings are more dangerous than zombies.

No one is safe. Death can come at anytime.

The show highlights critical thinking, and emphasizes good decision-making. Time and time again, certain characters fall victim to impulse, and are killed. Many times, the weak among the characters, have their weakness exposed, exploited, to make a point, and are killed in gruesome fashion. There is evil, and there is just survival, and the show makes it clear that death from evil only comes at the hands of human beings, never zombies, who are merely following their base instinct to survive.

The main protagonists, Rick, Daryl, Carol, Glen, Maggie, Machon, Morgan, each with their own flaws, seemingly overcome the dire nature of their predicament, week in and week out. Other characters have come and gone. Race, age, gender, background are irrelevant, as all of them face the same challenges.

The commonalities among the survivors must be examined. To a person, they all share the following traits: they are critical thinkers, strong willed, emotional, caring for the greater good, and motivated beyond all reason to perpetuate their pitiful existence, even in the face of impossibly grim odds.

They all suffer from PTSD, yet seem to survive and not succumb to fatalism. Ones that did, are dead, usually eaten by zombies. Evil ones tend to get killed by humans.

There are some agitators. The very first one, Rick’s law enforcement partner, Shane, sure started out as a good guy, but his internal flaws revealed themselves over time. This was a eye-opening moment, as it showed even the perceived “good guys” are prone to fail under the exact same pressures that everyone else faces, and just because of someone’s title, or position, or one’s perception of them, not all is what it seems.

At the beginning, a poorly educated, socially disadvantaged character, Daryl, demonstrates strong anti-social behavior toward the group. His loyalty to his brother, left for dead by self-appointed new leader, Rick, turns out to ignite fierce internecine rivalry and conflict, which simmers throughout the seasons.

There are various evil leaders, all charismatic, but rotten to the core. Rick and his group outwit them all, losing some members along the way. The lessons here are that things are not always what they seem. By season four, the characters are all seasoned warriors, bound by common struggles, and a strong sense of demonstrated loyalty. Each of the characters has a role. There is a sole leader, who solely makes decisions, good or bad, which the group lives by. Others provide guidance and counseling to the leader, to provide a sound, wise basis for decision-making.

The lesson here, unmistakably so, is that survival situations can, and do create strange associations, with inherent conflict about roles, decision-making, and basic survival. The message is that only the strong survive, and the strong-willed had better have a sound, moral leader, or else they will be doomed to death.

The show has plenty of weak characters, too. Many are shown for their internal inability to handle any conflict. Young, old, weak, they all get eaten. Many become delusional, and go crazy. They all die, except one, Morgan, who comes back from his mental state through the guidance of a psychiatrist Morgan stumbles upon. Eventually, Morgan reverts back to his killing ways. What lesson did that teach? Sanctimonious, moral puffery is just that–it gets one killed or eaten in short order.

Lessons:

The show compels the dire conclusions among the living that weakness in the form of non-critical thinking, naked hope without solid planning and action are doomed.

As for the zombies, the realization came to me that they are truly the representation of the masses, as seen by the elites! They are all faceless, nameless, useless eaters. They are easily controllable. All it takes is bread and circuses due to a simple hard-wired, primitive instinct, easily manipulated. Does this not come to mind right here in the USA? Look at the bread and circuses, like 10 hours of free tv programming, on average, consumed by USA denizens, the free-shit army of takers, and the absence of any real critical-thinking, on any level.

Even the universities are beset by millenials, bent on getting their safe-space to express themselves, having been coddled by their baby-boomer generation parents who are now aging up, becoming dependent upon the state for medical care, shelter, food, the works.

With regard to money and currency and gold, all of these concepts are lost on the masses. Not one person in a thousand knows what constitutes “constitutional” money. [“The constitutional dollar in the United States is an "historically determinate, fixed weight of fine silver." The Coinage Act of 1792 is but one source among many that makes this evident, reading, "the money of account of the United States shall be expressed in dollars or units … of the value [mass or weight] of a Spanish milled dollar as the same is now current, and to contain three hundred and seventy-one grains and four sixteenth parts of a grain of pure … silver. The United States has a legal and constitutional silver standard, although we would not know it today, since the government has illegally and unconstitutionally removed silver as currency and replaced it with the Federal Reserve notes that we know as dollar bills. The term "dollar bills" obscures the actual and tangible meaning of "dollar" as a specific weight of silver. The United States has historically minted gold coins as well as silver coins, as the constitution instructed. It regulated their "value," the weight of gold they contained, in order to bring the meaning of a gold dollar into conformity with the silver standard coin, which contains 371.25 grains of pure silver. This too was constitutionally mandated. The overnment did the same for foreign coins up until 1857. The United States never was or could be constitutionally on a dual standard or a gold standard. It circulated silver and gold coins as media of exchange by adjusting the content of the gold dollar to a silver-standard dollar. For example, the Coinage Act of 1792 authorizes "Eagles — each to be of the value of ten dollars or units [i.e., of ten silver dollars], and to contain two hundred and forty-seven grains, and four eighths of a grain of pure … gold." Since the dollar contained 371.25 grains of silver, this brought into legal equivalence 3712.5 grains of silver and 247.5 grains of gold. The ratio was 1:15. In the Coinage Act of 1834, Congress adjusted the gold eagle: "Each eagle shall contain two-hundred and thirty-two grains of pure gold." This brought into legal equivalence 3712.5 grains of silver and 232 grains of gold. The ratio was 1:16. The reason for the change was that gold had appreciated in market value relative to silver.”]

So, in our society of today, the ignorant masses, unaware that their existence depends upon their very ignorance about constitutional money, have no understanding why their paper dollars buy less and less every single day. They watch their tv, they have discourse over their carefully programmed mass propaganda events [right vs. left, democratic vs. republican, etc.], all the while having no understanding that their existence is but primitive.

The elites control it all–except for extremely small groups who exist with knowledge, but which are too disconnected from one another to have any power over the elites or the dialogue at all. These small groups are like Rick and his followers. They survive, with knowledge of what really exists. They have no illusions, they are realists. These small groups believe in the time-tested protection of gold and silver, of constitutional money, of sharing knowledge to anyone who will listen. They–we–are survivors.

In real life, the zombies are everyone who still believes in the status quo, the western fiat currency model.

The Walking Dead is an awakening call for those who can hear. It portends the future, when the currency fails. It shows group dynamics, it shows decision-making, and the consequences of such decision-making, right or wrong, good or bad. It destroys popular survival myths, and demonstrates with some accuracy the reality of a world without western fiat currency hegemony, and what the living circumstances could be like in a collapse scenario.

Perhaps I am just putting too much emphasis on discrete messages from the show, perhaps not.

What I do know is that to properly prepare for whatever comes along, the concepts of critical thinking, group dynamics and survival scenarios all deserve careful study.

It is not too late. One’s fate is not permanently determined. One can choose. It is well past time to wake up.

Prepare accordingly.

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Jun 1, 2016 - 1:51am

JY

Quite accurate, all that you wrote.

My main takeaway from watching all six seasons, start to finish, is that the absolutely necessary survival skill is adaptability, combined with resolute decision making with no hesitation.

If you think about it, survival of the fittest is really not that. It is really survival of those that adapt. Those that adapt more quickly to changing conditions, without vacillating and harboring remorse are better suited to apocalyptic conditions that are ever changing.

There are so many examples of this, that the message truly resonates.

Of course, on a deeper level, we that are in tune with gold as money and silver as money as our primary belief system, tend to see many lessons that match our understanding of fiat versus sound money.

We are not complacent, but instead, we watch and wonder what if? We prepare, instead of taking things for granted with our normalcy bias controlling all that we think and do. We instantly recognize charlatans, who promise something for nothing, while their real agenda, hidden from view, manifests itself only later in a horrible, dangerous way.

The show is fascinating from that perspective, as the zombies that eventually capture and eat a human are really only sending the message to the masses that critical thinking is dangerous, as those that try to be independent end up getting pulled back into the collective where all individuality is lost, and the zombies wander aimlessly, driven only by their basic urge to eat protein.

Anyway, glad to see you weigh in, take care my friend.

infometron
Jun 1, 2016 - 2:29am

On the fate of rodent (mammalian?) utopias

I just came across this... seems extraordinarily appropriate to post here:

Mouse Utopia Experiment
Jun 1, 2016 - 3:04am

Great post, CaL. Thanks!

Been looking over all of the Comex numbers. While I would strongly caution everyone NOT to get all worked up over it, the numbers certainly are interesting and unusual. The next time I have the opportunity to write a post, I'll be sure to analyze and comment on the situation.

SilveryBlueinfometron
Jun 1, 2016 - 3:52am

@infometron

The beautiful ones. LOL I know what most of us will equate them to in the current human population. Mostly they live in basements too!

AlienEyes
Jun 1, 2016 - 4:02am

infometron

I wonder. Does the doctor's research apply to mice, rats, banksters, politicians, child molesters, snakes and other vermin or would its implications extend to all of mankind.... including the doctor himself ?

Wingy
Jun 1, 2016 - 8:34am

New Bill Whittle

A large part of this website is dithering about the demise of money, society in general and our very way of life. Bill Whittle made a speech about these topics and I think that some of you might like it. 26 minutes, but worth it in my opinion.

https://www.horowitzfreedomcenter.tv/2015/11/04/bill-whittle-5/

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procog
Jun 1, 2016 - 9:28am

@Wingy, That was terrific!

Many hat tips. Very intense presentation.

cashonly
Jun 1, 2016 - 9:32am

The walking stupid

What would the U.S. look like, or better yet, what would your area look like without the massive availability of credit? Imagine your area having to survive on income only, no credit. This would include the state and city also not being able to borrow and spend freely - only tax money could be spent. The only credit available that would be allowed is collateral backed: auto, house; absolutely no credit cards. Any and all applicants would go through a very thorough screening process to determine their credit worthiness and ability to repay. How many eateries would be closed in a month? car dealerships? How many shopping malls would become ghost towns? How many people would be out of work? The only real jobs would be productive jobs (creating things of value) and how many of those do we have? Money would become so scarce that getting someone to part with a buck would be like pulling teeth. Without the ability to borrow and spend governments would have to rely on tax income only, how would the Federal government provide the luxuries for the FSA? or pay for Medicare and Medicaid let alone provide SSI for the boomers? How about the road projects, bridges, monetary grants, etc. the Fed govt gives to the States? In my State a local city received a billion dollars for developing a "high tech medical industry", a billion dollars that was, of course, borrowed. As this money begins to boost the area with all the (temporary) jobs being created to build this massive project the local news stations are constantly showing the improving economy on many newscasts. Many people then parrot this bullshit stating "this area is coming back". This high tech industry will only be sustained with State and Federal funds to healthcare - take that away and so goes those jobs too.

In my county the largest employer is an Air Force base that houses just 11 C-130s but has over 3000 employees. There is no reason this base is open other than to provide ecomonic benefits. If the easy credit was extinguished the 11 planes would take off never to return again. In the next county the largest employee is a State University. The total population of the two counties is about 1.1 million and there is very little industry (production) left. We are now a service economy and without a doubt living far above our standard of living but credit keeps getting pumped in. We have an amazing amount of auto dealerships but a housing market that lags. Most folks are content renting and driving a mortgage payment while paying for pizzas on credit cards.

Only a few of my friends get what is going on, the rest are 'walking stupid'. We can see why why gold can never be money again, it extinguishes debt and debt is the money of the U.S. Even if the masses knew what was going on would they want to change? Would they want sacrifice their job for sound money? Can you imagine 'good deal Jimmy' selling cars down at Sunshine Chevrolet giving up his in ground swimming pool? Think he cares that it takes many of his customers 2 paychecks and 7 years to pay for the new Silverado while racking up 20k in credit cards? What Ol' Jimmy does care about is that if the walking stupid ever lost the ability to borrow on their signature he is a dead man walking.

cashonly
Jun 1, 2016 - 11:28am

my apologies Cal Lawyer

for not giving kudos to you for a great write as I should have in my rant above.

canary
Jun 1, 2016 - 11:45am

S&P has been so resilient

To domestic .....to global data....to everything. I wonder, if we ever find out why?

In my opinion....This is not a free market by any standards.

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