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If Red States Want Protection From Collapse They Will Have To Build Alternative Economies

October 25, 2022

By Brandon Smith

Economic centralization is the ultimate form of organized conspiratorial power, because it allows a small group of people to dictate the terms of trade for a society and therefore dictate the terms of each person’s individual survival.

For example, the Federal Reserve as a banking entity has free rein to assert policy controls that can disrupt the very fabric of the US economy and the buying power of our currency. They can (and do) arbitrarily create trillions of dollars from thin air causing inflation, or arbitrarily raise interest rates and crash stock markets. And according to former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan, they answer to no one, including the US government.

I have started to see a new narrative being spread within mainstream media platforms as well as alternative media platforms suggesting that the Fed is necessary because it is working to “counter” the agenda of Joe Biden and the Democrats. Some people claim the central bank is “protecting” America from the schemes of the UN and European interests.

This is perhaps the most moronic theory I’ve ever heard, but it makes sense that the central bank and its puppets would be trying to plant the notion that the Fed is some kind of “hero” secretly fighting a war on our behalf. The money elites associated with the Fed have inflated perhaps the largest financial bubble in the history of the world over the past 14 years. They did this with bailouts, they did this with QE, they did this with covid pandemic checks and loans, and now the bubble is popping. They know it is popping, because they WANT it to pop.

As I have warned for years, the Fed has been staging a massive controlled demolition of the US economy. Why? Because the US economy must be diminished in order to make way for the “Great Reset,” a term created by the World Economic Forum to describe an unprecedented paradigm shift in the global economy and how it operates, and a complete upending of society. The end game is openly admitted – A one world digital currency system and one world governance controlled by a league of corporate partners working in concert with politicians.

This is not conspiracy theory, this is conspiracy reality. This is undeniable fact.

The Fed does not care about the US economy, its loyalty is to a global agenda and it takes its marching orders from a consortium of banking institutions called the Bank for International Settlements (BIS). This is how global central banking policies are coordinated to either work in harmony to create artificial stability, or to work in conflict, creating artificial crisis events.

The truth is, the foundations of global governance already exist, but what the establishment does not have is public acceptance and total submission to their authority. What the banks want is to create a crisis so profound that the masses will run to THEM, begging for help. Once a population begs their captors for relief or resolution and it is given, it’s far less likely that the people will revolt against those captors in the future.

Psychologically, the central banks and the establishment elites are trying to create a planetary Stockholm Syndrome, and we are seeing it already with the Federal Reserve being painted as the “shield” holding back the tide of economic ruin that they actually engineered.

The initial stages of the Great Reset have already been launched. With the economic bubble expanded to incredible levels, the Fed is now staging an aggressive implosion using interest rate hikes into economic weakness. There are multiple threats that come with this dynamic:


With stagflation, normal credit market interventions do not necessarily work right away. As we saw recently with the official CPI print rising despite the Fed’s rate hikes, prices are not going to go down that easily. During the last stagflation event 40 years ago, the Fed raised rates to around 20% before prices finally stopped their epic climb, and back then the US did not have $31 trillion in debt nor did it just print over $8 trillions in the span of two years. Rates are likely to go much higher than many people expect.

Treasury Bond Crisis

The Fed replaced foreign investors like Japan and China as the primary buyers of US government Treasury Bonds, and they did so years ago. Now, with the Fed cutting purchases, reducing its balance sheet and raising rates, who is going to buy all that US debt and keep the government funded? Well, the answer is no one. For now, foreign purchases are enough to give a semblance of stability, but with geopolitical tensions rising it’s only a matter of time before countries like China dump their T-bond and dollar holdings completely. Then, the dollar’s world reserve status will come into question and inflation becomes an even greater threat as the trillions of greenbacks held overseas come flooding into the US again.

Stock Market Spiral

Without the Federal Reserve as the backstop fueling corporate share buybacks with cheap money, stocks will continue to slide. They’ll jump every now and then on rumors that the Fed will pivot away from tightening, and when the Fed doesn’t, stocks will start dropping again. Without stimulus and near zero rates there is no hope for equities beyond the occasional jawboning.

The Fed has the ability to slow down or speed up all of the conditions above, and so far they appear to be speeding things up. We obviously can’t rely on the Biden Administration to do anything about these problems; in all likelihood Biden and his handlers are joyful in the prospect of the inevitable calamity. No one in government is trying to do anything legitimate to stop the landslide and no one is trying to prepare Americans for the consequences.

In fact, Americans are being told there are no consequences. Thus, it’s up to individuals to prepare and warn their friends and family, but what about a larger organized response?

Despite numerous claims that conservatives would “do nothing” to stop the rise of medical fascism in the name of the covid pandemic, almost half the states in the US stood their ground against the mandates and the push for vaccine passports. If this had not happened, America would look like China does today with endless lockdowns and draconian tracking apps. I don’t think enough people understand just how close we came to losing every freedom we have left – We were on the doorstep of an Orwellian hell, and probably civil war.

The red state defiance of covid restrictions represented an organized action at the state and interstate level. What if these states did the same thing in the face of the economic crisis?

Without organization at the state level to create alternatives to the mainstream economy the plight of the public becomes much more daunting and dangerous. Rather than trying to start completely from scratch, there are solutions that can be pursued at the state level to help mitigate the disaster.

Currency Alternatives

States like Texas, Utah and Louisiana (currently Dem controlled) all have legislation in place to utilize gold and silver as legal tender. Such efforts need to be expanded to as many states as possible, and the list of alternatives needs to grow. Gold, silver, copper, and other commodities like oil, electricity, wheat and grains could be used to back a state recognized currency system. Is it constitutional? Not technically, but the federal government violated the constitutional money creation mandate over a century ago when they allowed the institution of the Federal Reserve. The system is already broken.

If states were to offer commodity backed currencies in parallel with the dollar, then they could actually stave off price inflation and possibly reverse it. This can’t be achieved by only one or two states, though. It would have to be organized among multiple states with multiple trade agreements in place.

State Banks

North Dakota has its own state run bank that provides credit opportunities specifically to ND locals and ND businesses. It has operated successfully for decades. Why has no other state adopted this model? Why should we rely on banks that are all tied back to corporate conglomerates that want to destroy us? State banks are the answer to the problem of leftists and globalists using corporate banks as a weapon against conservatives and liberty activists.

Localized Trade Alternatives

States should be utilizing the resources within their own borders to generate real jobs (rather than precarious and temporary service sector jobs) and economic prosperity. Why are states and citizens in those states allowing the federal government under Biden to dictate the terms of how they grow their economies?

Leftists will claim that resource management needs to be supervised by federal agencies, but why? These people have consistently proven themselves to be incompetent and destructive. Why should they be trusted to control our ability to expand in our own states?

Conservation and intelligent handling of state resources should not be relegated to bureaucrats who live outside of those states and who care nothing about the citizens of those states.

State Incentives For Industry

The vast majority of retail goods purchased by US citizens are made outside the US. It is a simple matter of profit incentives involving cheap labor overseas. But, what if there were big tax reductions for companies that manufacture in America? What if state banks offered easier credit to companies that build factories within that state’s borders and hire American workers at a reasonable wage? It can be done in the US – It’s been done in the past. If we don’t restart domestic production, our country is doomed to remain dependent on international corporations and foreign entities that do not have our best interests in mind.

The only hope any state has to weather the coming storm is to localize production and manage their resources to kick-start trade. Local production would act as a redundancy should the mainstream economy collapse (which it will). States don’t need Biden’s permission to make this happen. They don;t need the Federal Reserve’s permission either. They can and should take action now before it’s too late.



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  • kmose October 25, 2022 at 9:59 am

    Since I leave the TV on Comedy Central all day (Seinfeld, The Office and some South Park reruns are about all I can tolerate these days), I have learned to keep the remote close by so I can hit the mute button when I hear Trevor Noah’s voice. Since he hasn’t been as woke-preachy lately, I’ve been slacking. But in his latest Daily Show commercial, he asserts that a little inflation “is natural,” and every time I hear it, I’m thinking no its not, its just inevitable with state control of money. They’re always presenting novel and radical things as sublime and immutable. But I can’t imagine any state or local official willing to seek freedom from the monetary system or entertain the thought. Heck, that congressman Casten is so hooked on his lifestyle and status that he traded his daughter’s life for it. Also, any official who reached this conclusion would also have to admit that voting and abiding by the system will get us nowhere and would therefore step down, if they were honest. Plus, I’m sure the speed at which Kanye West goes from “billionaire” to zero will have a chilling effect on any would-be maverick officials as well. Then there’s Mike Lindell as well. Off the subject, I hope they aren’t going to use Kanye to smear an entire segment of America (as in MAGA = antisemite). Will this trigger dark Brandon to call for kristalnacht on MAGA? Another reason I’m glad I’ve never voted.

    • Gauntlet33 October 25, 2022 at 10:19 am

      @kmose, you’re absolutely right about inflation not being natural. We all grew up in a time where prices only go up, sometimes a little and sometimes a lot, but up has been the norm, or so we’re told. I recall that Karl Denninger had an article showing that when a currency is stable, prices on consumer goods and services should actual even decrease as a producing company streamlines and lowers its costs. A good example is computers costing a fraction of what they should cost if compared to the technology of the 1980s.
      But the reality is that inflation of prices only happens when supply is limited or the value of the currency is debased, which has been happening since the beginning of time. Also, we all tend to believe that the value of land only increases as the population of the world increases, but locally / regionally this isn’t necessarily so. The real estate professionals like to tout this, but the reality is that homes have tripled in size from what they used to be. Realtors also ignore many local events like Detroit which used to be the booming sector of building cars in the 50s and the population was booming. Since then, I believe 2/3 of the population have moved out of Detroit, and I recall around 2008 where you could buy a lot with a dump of a house on it for only $7k. That’s what happens when no one wants to live there. Property can even have negative value if property taxes are high enough and there’s no real economic value to be had.
      Anyway, if Brandon’s predictions of the dollar collapsing comes true, the next few years may flip a lot of people’s heads about what is real value.

    • Steve October 26, 2022 at 9:33 am

      Inflation is natural in the same way as the Black Death is natural.

  • Gauntlet33 October 25, 2022 at 10:04 am

    Great article Brandon. Keep up the good work.

  • David Homer October 25, 2022 at 11:17 am

    You have a good idea Brandon, and I hope it works. There are however some difficulties that haven’t been overcome by the states. The state of Texas granted a large corporation tax free status to build a pipe manufacturing facility. This factory did create jobs in the local area but that caused people to move in and rent and house prices increased dramatically. The city and county received no new taxes but had a greater burden and more expenses on city services so they had to raise property taxes and school taxes. I decided I had to retire somewhere else and left the city I knew and all my friends behind. I moved to a lower cost area in part because of the new factory. The real solution is to get rid of government interference in everything but we know that won’t happen.

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      Brandon Smith October 25, 2022 at 11:50 am

      Sounds like all they needed was new housing. There’s a solution to every problem and sometimes state and local governments have to be involved.

      • helot October 25, 2022 at 7:13 pm

        I don’t get it. How does, “all they needed was new housing” solve the problem of, “The city and county received no new taxes but had a greater burden and more expenses on city services”?

        Are you saying, RE: “sometimes state and local governments have to be involved” that goobermint, is the solution?

        That’s, Conservatism?

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          Brandon Smith October 25, 2022 at 7:30 pm

          I think it’s pretty clear that if housing prices and the need for taxes rose due to overt demand that zoning for new housing would be the answer. Maybe that idea went over your head? And conservatism is not anarchy. Some of the more retarded fake libertarians seem to think that being pro-small government means “no government.” Sorry, that’s not the case. If you believe that private citizens stocking food and bullets alone and isolated is going to solve the economic crisis then you are deluded. At some point they will have to form groups to organize wider solutions – THAT’S GOVERNMENT, bud.

          • kmose October 26, 2022 at 7:59 am

            You have not considered that government may be inherently harmful and irrational. Its funny how we all agree that working girls have no rational reason to have a pimp and that its crazy for a person facing eviction and living on hotdogs to be sending money to a preacher so he can buy a new jet, but can’t see that no government can be any better than a pimp or a grifter. I’m not saying there aren’t times when people will have to organize, but I am saying that to stay in this state after the emergency has passed is irrational and rooted in fear. Government may have already destroyed the human race with those covid jabs if it has destroyed too much of of our reproductive capacity for population replacement. The human race’s extinction will come at the hands of government, and not a single person-including those working in government- want it to happen or know how to or have the will to stop it. This is completely irrational and born entirely from fear.
            One must be willing to consider that If the human race cannot break this inclination to be ruled by others in the species, it will not survive. No government at all may seem crazy and unfathomable to the average Joe, and be politically toxic, but this does not change the facts. Again, I understand there are times when people must organize-just as family is necessarily communist, but it has to stay limited to the situation at hand and then disband, if we believe the human flourishes when free.

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            Brandon Smith October 26, 2022 at 9:05 am

            I’ve been doing this work for 16 years, I consider government to be irrational all the time. What YOU have not considered is that there is no rational alternative. We can drone on for days about the criminal activities of people in government, but until you offer a reasonable alternative the discussion is pointless beyond simply removing those criminals and starting again. You have no other working system; THAT is the reality. Anarchists are fools with theoretical delusions that they have never applied because those theories DO NOT WORK. My solution? Vet government participants for criminal intent and take away criminal incentive. Test for psychopathy and narcissism and limit all time in office. This is all that you can do. You will never get rid of government, it is a necessity of human existence because all organization requires management and leadership.

          • Gauntlet33 October 26, 2022 at 11:55 am

            Brandon, I wholeheartedly agree with your thoughts here. People need government, just not for everything. For example, we need government to build and maintain public roads and public beaches and parks, for fire departments, for police. Yes, of course, people COULD live without these services, but it wouldn’t make any sense to do so as the redundancies and lower quality of life would make things miserable. Anarchists are delusional. Sorry to anyone who’s offended, but if you’re offended, you just haven’t thoughts these things out. And I get it…you feel like you’re a victim to the system and you just want out, but the alternative of having absolutely no government is even worse.

  • Nigel Gould October 25, 2022 at 11:27 am

    Lots of talk about a “bond buyback” program by the US Treasury. Would it save the world from a fatal credit event? Or would it finally crash the dollar?

    • Nigel Gould October 25, 2022 at 12:04 pm

      Here is an excellent video on this unholy idea of a financial dustbin, which looks like a midterm political trial balloon.

  • messianicdruid October 25, 2022 at 1:17 pm

    Get good at growing cabbage, then at fermenting it. Trade with me for eggs. Quail or pheasant meat is excellent.

    • Steve October 26, 2022 at 9:37 am

      Hey, Messianic Druid. Good to see another cross over from JHK! Yes, cabbages are good – although your neighbours might avoid you after a while! As a Brit, I particularly recommend lettuces – they last longer than our prime ministers. Hang in their, my friend. Rough times ahead!

  • Roundball Shaman October 25, 2022 at 1:31 pm

    “Economic centralization is the ultimate form of organized conspiratorial power, because it allows a small group of people to dictate the terms of trade for a society and therefore dictate the terms of each person’s individual survival.”
    Collectivism. ‘One-ness’. Global. World Citizen. Share. We’re All In This Together. For The Greater Good. For ‘The Children!’…
    There is a bit of truth and good in each of these ideas by themselves. But not when they have been fully and powerfully weaponized as negatives to be used to attack the human family and break the human spirit.
    Take an idea that sounds good on the surface and turn it into a weapon. That’s what the Predator Class has done to us. The pretty surface that hides the true ugliness within.
    We ALREADY have Global Government. The billions of souls on the Earth are ruled over by a very tiny unelected few of those with too much money and vastly oversized delusions of godhood.
    The ‘Great Reset’ is anything but that. It is the Great Regret… the Great All-Wet… the Great Upset… the Great Bad Bet.
    The Predator Class will stop at nothing because nothing is stopping Them. They see compliant people who are tired and battered and just wanting to pull down the shades and get under the covers.
    The Vultures are going for World Checkmate.
    The only question left is whether the People of the World have the stomach to try to keep the Grand Chess Match going… or just concede and pull down those shades.

  • Quatermain October 25, 2022 at 1:54 pm

    Since the constitutional mandate for states to accept only gold or silver payments already exists; why should that not be adopted by the states as mentioned (Article 1 Section 10)? I fail to see how that could be anything but legal and would certainly put a screeching halt to inflation. Only honest money can prevent a dishonest government. Sure the Romans shaved their silver Denarius but they were not fooling anyone.

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      Brandon Smith October 25, 2022 at 7:32 pm

      It’s when you have a state sponsored commodity backed currency that legal problems arise, which is what we would need. Though, as noted, the Treasury already abdicated its money coining powers to the Fed.

  • Steve October 26, 2022 at 9:32 am

    Thank you, Brandon, for highlighting the utter absurdity of Jerome Powell and the Fed being some kind of Robin Hood. I’m getting sick of hearing this line from dopes like Tom Luongo and many others. As for the States leading us out of the mess, I couldn’t agree more. It makes me sad to read so many supposedly savvy conservatives talking as if a mid-term GOP landslide or getting Trump back in 2024 will change anything for the better. It won’t. DC is beyond redemption. My only “nit-pick” about the States idea is defence. I don’t believe DC and the Deep State will allow any state to buck the downward trend, and they will react with their usual nastiness. Any state going it alone is going to have to be ready to defend itself. Hopefully, enough states will be able to join together to tell DC to go to hell.

  • Greg B. October 26, 2022 at 10:35 am

    Secession might be the only viable option long-term for financial and economic stability, not mention security. Texas has it’s own nationalist movement that’s starting to gain traction. I’ve also seen secession movements for other states like New Hampshire, Ohio and even California. And every once in a blue moon I see #NationalDevorce trending on Twitter with many overwhelmingly in support of it.

    Besides being a main culprit to the upcoming economic collapse and the destruction of our civil liberties, the federal government in general has outlived it’s usefulness insofar as protecting us from foreign invaders. Every state now has millions of people in them; more than enough to create a standing army or militia in even the smallest state.

  • Nigel Gould October 26, 2022 at 11:44 am

    Nouriel Roubini says the Fed will blink and stop raising rates; the dollar will collapse and gold will explode to the upside. Well, we’ll see.

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      Brandon Smith October 26, 2022 at 2:56 pm

      The Fed will stop raising rates eventually (between 4% and 5%), that doesn’t mean they will return to QE, or that they won’t raise rates again a few months down the road. The dollar will collapse either way. Roubini doesn’t understand the bigger picture.

      • Nigel Gould October 26, 2022 at 5:21 pm

        And will the euro collapse too?

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          Brandon Smith October 26, 2022 at 6:27 pm

          The Euro is not the world reserve currency, so it’s hard to say.

  • Atom man October 26, 2022 at 10:59 pm

    I read about the North Dakota bank years ago and thought it was the way to go. I am disappointed that other States have not adopted this model.

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