Living On Stolen Money – Decision or Consequence?

VehicleCrime350A life of crime is two-part documentary (I’ve posted embeds of the videos in the bottom of the post), where a filmmaker follows some criminals during two periods in their lifetime. The first time he meets them they are in their late twenties and still quite strong and vigorous, and they are sustaining themselves through shoplifting. In part two he meets them when they are in their middle thirties and life has begun to take a toll on them.

What is so interesting about this documentary is that it reveals the mindset of the criminals, the WHY of their decision to become criminals. Several times throughout the documentary they exclaim that they are able to make much more money through stealing than through having a regular job. Working one day as a shoplifter makes them around 3000 dollars, while working one day at McDonald’s makes them about 80 dollars. Thus, what is clear is that these people are not driven by some form of bad moral, or psychopathic desire to cause harm to others. No – in-fact these shoplifters are economist’s showing to us what kind of consequences our current economic system create.

It’s obvious that thieves, shoplifters and burglars are not an incident or mishap, they are consequence, they are not an anomaly, they are a predictable outcome – the result of an equation. For those of us that have led a life of money, it’s hard to relate to and understand what goes through a person’s mind when he or she decides to become professional shoplifter, because most of us born in economically stable environments would perceive it as immoral, wrong and barbarian. However, for someone born at the very low end of the hierarchy theft and a criminal life is a way of escaping a permanent sentence to a life poverty, and hard work.

Economists would probably agree with me, because it’s simple mathematics, when there is no support for those at the bottom, no hope for a better life, no ability to rise and build a life for oneself, then crime is a way out = supply and demand = cause and effect = problem and consequence.

Thus, realize, when crime rise, it’s not something bad, it’s actually an indication that something is very, very wrong with society, and that there are some drastic changes required. Realize that when prisons are filled to the brim with people, then we have a sick society, and that sickness can be traced back to the unequal distribution of money and resources.

This is where we require embracing a paradigm shift, because in order to make our lives better, our society more safe, our life experiences more rewarding, we must learn to give – we must learn to give, as we’d like to receive. Most of us have extremely difficult to grasp this concept, and when confronted with it, we shiver and turn inside, immediately out of our mouths comes the statements that “it’s unfair!” – “they should work for their money!” – “we can’t change that!” – “there will always be crime!” – but see, this is not common sense, this is assumptions, ideas, projections, and in actuality useless opinions that have no significance in terms of how reality actually works.

The fact is that, when we make the decision to give all an equal opportunity to make something worthwhile of themselves in this world, we are doing ourselves a significant favor. We will in doing that release so much pressure, fear, and society will become a completely different place, where crime will be significantly less.

One of the solutions we’re able to implement is a minimum wage, and not just any minimum wage, but a big minimum wage with which one can buy luxurious items, start a family and make one’s life comfortable and enjoyable. Manual labor such as working for McDonald’s, or similar, shouldn’t be awarded with a salary that merely puts one on the breadline. Instead dedicating oneself to contributing to society should be awarded amply; it should be more profitable to live honestly than to make living as a criminal.

So, the key to designing a successful society is to ask us the question WHY? Because everything that happens in this world does so for a reason – our physical reality is filled with equations and these in turn produce various results, and through changing the variables, we’ll change the result.

Investigate the Living Income Guaranteed and allow yourself to step up and become a social engineer, question the movement of your daily life, what happens, why it happens, and how it could be changed in such a way that all are included. Because it’s clear that – there are SOLUTIONS – we must simply be brave enough to see and apply them.


The (M)Economy and The Rational Consumerism

consumer_psychologyWhere does the economy come from? What is the economy? How are jobs created? How are jobs lost? Why do we buy certain things and not others?

Have you ever asked yourself any of these questions? There is a great likelihood you haven’t, because we often tend to miss that which is right in-front of us, that which is hidden in plain sight, and the so-called economy is one of those things – we use the word, yet still, we’ve not asked the questions as to what it really in-fact consists out of, and the most important one, why it isn’t working?

The first thing we can take note of is that the economy, is actually a MEconomy – because breaking down the economy looking at the details of its structure, we see that it’s the sum total of an aggregate amount of ME’s walking around making the decisions on a daily basis in regards to how they are going to spend and earn money – thus: We’re able to see that the building blocks of the economy is the individual human-being – so to understand how and why the economy functions as it does – we can take a look at our own life’s, how we deal with money, what we consider when buying new things, and when earning money.

In this blog I would like to take a look at advertisement and PR, which is one fascinating aspect of the economy, and how this point is currently influencing our purchasing decisions, and in turn altering the movement and direction of the general economy.

So, what is advertisement and PR? The nature of these points, when stripped of all niceties, comes down to manipulation – and the method of manipulation is through emotions wherein one of the primary emotions that is used is attraction, sexual arousal, and so-called ‘love’ – thus we have the suppliers of this world currently through advertisement and PR manipulating the individuals of the economy to make certain decisions, certain purchases, and these are not rational decisions, they are being driven from within and as emotion, and here we can all to easily recognize it in our own lives: Can you recall any event where you felt that you just “had to” have that thing? Or, you wanted to fit in, so you bought that thing? Or, you wanted to have the latest gadget, because the ad said it was “the best technology on the market”? – All of these experiences are examples of successful mind-manipulation through advertisement and PR.

The problem with this is that when we as consumers buy on the basis of irrational reasoning, we’re not aware of the consequences we’re creating in our own lives or in the lives of others – who for example considers the environmental effects, and slave labor conditions, that are being reinforced through yearly purchasing new wardrobe of clothes according to the rules of fashion? Who considers the conditions for animals when buying the cheapest meat at the supermarket? I mean, very few at the best – and still – its through these decision that we create the MEconomy.

So, what are we then able to do to support ourselves to not anymore fuel an economy that is based on irrational decision-making?

Here the responsibility rests with us, the consumers, and one point that I would suggest to practice is that of becoming aware of what moves inside of you when you look at advertisements, or when you feel that there is something you want to buy and you have the surge come up within, that surge saying: “I just got to have that thing!” – and here you’re able to ask yourself, is it a rational decision? Have I actually come up with this myself and does a clear reasoning support it, or is the decision emotionally driven, and has it been triggered through some form of commercial, ad or other form of advertisement?

Through this shift within ourselves, we take a step in the direction of becoming self-empowered consumers, we’re we won’t buy anything just because it makes us feel good, we will instead buy that which is practical, effective, and serves our lives – and through doing this we support a change in this world, from corporations using advertisement designed to trigger our emotions, to advertisement that is practical, and have something relevant to say about the product being sold – because obviously: the only reason as to why this form of emotional advertisement exists everywhere around us, is because we buy into it big time – if we would stop this – there wouldn’t anymore be a market for such manipulative advertisements, and corporations would change their marketing strategies.

To sum it up: When we change how we behave on a individual basis, we change one brick in the wall that is the economy, or MEconomy, and this change will ripple out into the rest of this world. This is a process we must take upon ourselves to walk, because it’s quite obvious that unless we are willing to take responsibility for how we handle our money, how can we ask from any of the corporations in this world, that they take responsibility for the way that they want us to use our money? Really, there is no one to blame for the state of our MEeconomy – because we’ve created it – now its time to take responsibility for it, and where better to begin but in our own domestic money affairs?

Join us in becoming another vote for a rational and functional economy – check out the Living Income Guaranteed.

The Complacency Virus

complacencyThe most common delusion we have that thwarts us from being able to create any change of real significance in this world, is this belief that “everything is okay” – it is as if we have taken a blinder before our eyes that makes us see only what we want to see – and this tends to happen when we have money and a somewhat comfortable life – when we have achieved those points, what sets in is complacency and instead of giving everyone a cool life – we spend the short time we have on this earth trying to satisfy our mental desires.

It should be the other way around, that when we have money, we should understand that we have a opportunity to make a difference, we have the time to spread awareness bring forth change – but what instead happens is that we sink back into the comforts of our minds where we live each day for the sole purpose of filling ourselves with various kinds of positive experiences.

It is fascinating and I see this pattern play out on a daily basis. I have grown up and live in the country of Sweden, and this is a wealthy, industrialized nation where most have a high level of education. Sweden is a country that is in a position of being able to make a difference in this world, because most of us swedes have time on our hands, we can actually make somewhat free choices, because we have money – but what happens instead? Rather we swedes do away with our time on senseless activities, such as drinking, buying more unnecessary things – spending each minute to gain another positive experience – a behavior that is spiteful in its very nature.

Thus, even though we have all the prerequisites necessary to produce a change, we still don’t do it – and why is that? As I said in the beginning, it comes back to complacency, and our tendency to think that everything is okay, because we have the money, and our life is quite comfortable.

But let us look at this presumption that “everything is okay” – because really, can we say that it is?

I mean, fact is that we are all dependent upon money, and fact is that in this world, when we do not have money, the very foundations of our existence will shatter – thus – even though we might think we are safe, because we have money at the money, this is no guarantee – and it is absolutely no guarantee that our children will have access to money. Fact is that our current economic system is slowly crumbling before our very eyes, and even though we might feel comfortable at the moment, we will in time face the consequences – and they will not be pleasant – because what is certain is the current economic system is not sustainable and it will not last.

Thus, what we must realize is that our comfort and the complacency we experience, because everything seems to be fine, it is not real – and each day we are coming closer to the inevitable collapse, wherein also our life will be affected by the ineffectiveness of the current world system – thus – I suggest that we take action now and that we do not wait. Just because we have money, and just because our individual life work at this moment, it doesn’t mean that our collective existence is sustainable – and things will get worse until we stand up and actually bring us to care about our common future and ourselves.

Those of us lucky enough to live in countries where it is still possible to access money, we have a responsibility to spread the word, and show that there is another way to live – and that complacency is really not acceptable – because we have the time and resources, we have the responsibility to act – and we have the responsibility to make sure that all people are endowed with a life worth living – a dignified life – that is what we’d want for ourselves given that we were in the shoes of those less fortunate – so why then not give as we would like to receive?

Read up on the Living Income Guaranteed – and make use of your time, because at some point – it will be all used up – and then there will be no way to go back and change your decisions. We have only this one lifetime – thus – let’s make the best out of it, and see to it that we bring about a world economic system that benefits life and erase poverty forever more – let’s make sure that our children will have a life free from fear.

Planned Obsolescence

Apple-Planned-ObsolescenceThere are many that will claim that we as a human species are intellectually superior to the other species on earth – that we are better than others because we’ve invented the car, the airplane, the train and the computer – though here I have some unsettling news; we as a species are really the most inferior on the planet – as we’re the only species the deliberately destroy the equilibrium of our environment in order to sustain our lust for more.

Other animals do tend to in some ways destroy their environment, yet they never do so from a starting point of just wanting to have more – they do so because of need and to survive in this world; we as humans on the other hand search and destroy in order to fulfill our greed – and the world as it currently looks is a testimony to our inability to care and consider for our environment.

A perfect example of our incapacity to consider the consequences of our actions is the invention of planned obsolescence – a engineering trick created by highly educated human beings, that regardless of their university degrees, couldn’t understand that their invention would cause massive consequences.

Planned obsolescence is the deliberate decision to design a product to be of an inferior standard so that it will break in a set amount of time. This is done so that the consumer must go and buy a new product – thus increasing the revenues for the producer. What obviously hasn’t been considered in this approach is the damage and impact such a wasteful way of utilizing resources have on the environment; it’s as if us humans have imagined and believed that we could do anything we want to do – without any form of consequence – that we could use up all the resources in the world – without consequence – that we could do invent and create everything we’d like to – without consequence. Though, in this day and age – it’s becoming increasingly clear that this is not the case and that currently – we’re facing the Age of Consequence.

The consequence we will face due to how we’ve used planned obsolescence to drive our economies, is a loss of non-renewable resources such as oil, severe damage to important eco-systems of the world, such as forests and lakes, air pollution and through the greenhouse effect a raise in temperature all over the world – in other words – we will pay dearly for disrespecting the privileges given to us that we’ve been abusing for the sake of fulfilling our own greed. Consequence is absolute and can’t be negotiated – when consequence has been created it must be walked through and this is what we now must do as a human race.

Though, what is very important is that we do not anymore continue with our brutally lavish and inconsiderate lifestyle, and that we as such, together make sure that such nefarious intellectual inventions as planned obsolescence are banned and not anymore allowed to exist, so that we do not create more consequences for ourselves – to the extent where such consequences can’t be repaired or corrected – the point of no return.

The primary reason as to why planned obsolescence exists is because of Fear of Survival – we human beings tend to run around like crazies, all the time having in mind achieving, and getting to that money which we must have in order to get through our days, afford food and be able to pay of our mortgages – thus for the Love of Money, or rather, for the Fear of Loosing Money – we’ve created planned obsolescence; the solution as such is pretty obvious, isn’t it?

We need a new economic system – so that we can end Fear of Survival – I suggest that you investigate a Living Income Guarantee – and realize that we must stop or else we will be stopped.

A documentary suggested to watch in order to understand the magnitude of Planned Obsolescence is “The Light Bulb Conspiracy” – See Here

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Q and A: How is that we are going to implement LIG?

Q: How is that we are going to implement LIG? I mean, all our politicians seems to be more interested in their own careers than standing for a system that would bring forth real change, and getting into the field of politics, getting to a position of power and influence, seems to be impossible without having the financial backing of corporations – so how can we get LIG to be implemented on a physical and practical level?

A: “When we see our responsibiity towards the state of humanity and the Earth in its totality – it’s about getting it done, no matter what. This means that either we find those individuals in a position of influence with a grain of integrity and desire for change – and one will find, such individuals are out there – or we become them. We can no longer ‘wait’ for those who have the means and power to grow a conscience on our behalf. That is why the Equal Life Foundation supports the development of leadership skills so that individuals who see the need for change, can find ways to actively work towards it.

Also – to remember – one cannot underestimate the power of numbers and our ability to demand change from those who are supposed to represent our interests. Herein, we have to realize that we require to stand together so that the voice of the people can no longer be ignored. Hence, we ask of all those who see that Living Income Guaranteed is a desirable solution – to promote it in their social networks – as the initial education that will be required for such a change to be manifested.” Maite Zamora Moreno

For more info about the Living Income Guarantee – see:


Is Economics Too Complicated?

ComplicatedThere is a tendency within human beings when faced with economic considerations to immediately and without any reflection state “economics is simply too complicated for me!”

What is interesting though, is that economics isn’t really at all that complicated. Let’s look at what economics is, in it’s very essence – it’s the exchange of goods and services – it’s about that I want something that you have, and to get that thing I give you MONEY. That’s really the gist of economics – I GIVE you money and I accordingly RECEIVE what it is that I want.

Taking a look at the state of world from this very simple understanding of what economics is makes the picture of what is actually going on much more clear and specific. Because, what is happening in the world is that more and more people are thrown into poverty, more and more people are unable to afford to basics required to survive, which thus implies that they are not able to GIVE money and accordingly RECEIVE goods or services.

What happens when more and more people are unable to GIVE and consequently RECEIVE is that poverty widens, because what is easy to see, is that this GIVE and RECEIVE point is not isolated to individuals alone, it’s a circulation that takes place, which means that when one person GIVES money it empowers the RECEIVER to in turn GIVE and so forth. This is the basics of economics – a constant exchange of the things we need, want or desire – which fuels the system and makes more people able to participate in the GIVING and RECEIVING.

In our current economy, what has happened is that a lot of people have been excluded from this cycle, and they accordingly do not have the means anymore to GIVE and the outflow is that the economy shrinks and thus disables even more people from participating fully in the economy – shrinking the amount of money available as well as the amount of goods and services available.

This is what is happening in our world today and this is the reason as to why our economy is continuously becoming less and less effective. The basic problem is that people do not anymore have the means to give – they do not have the means to participate in the cycle of GIVING and RECEIVING.

The solution to this problem is very simple – it is to give to each individual in the economy the means (money) to participate which can be done through implementing a Living Income Guaranteed; this will allow for all to yet again become part of the cycle of GIVING and RECEIVING, creating more jobs, more opportunities, more money, more welfare – and overall – a less stressful environment for all.

A documentary that explains this relationship effectively is Inequality for all which I suggest that everyone watch.