Modern governments have a tendency to make precisely the same mistakes with regard to currencies.
But as a nation approaches a systemic collapse, the sheep must be kept from straying to other pastures and, for millennia, governments have created pens to contain them.
Unfortunately, if people are to escape becoming casualties of an economic crisis, they must make plans and implement them in advance of the crisis.
For millennia, political leaders have been in the practice of altering, confusing and even obliterating the truth, when possible.
But, once a year, a Final Closeout Sale would be held. Prices were far lower than the cost to manufacture the goods and this would be the one and only time in the year when extreme bargains were to be had.
History shows us that the present situation is not an accident. It is the repetition of a very successful method by which bankers, with the complicity of governments, create boom-and-bust cycles.
Once the warning signs begin to appear, it’s important to remember that, historically, the process never reverses itself. An apathetic population is not one that will suddenly decide to roll up its sleeves and get the country, once again, on a productive footing.
As has always been true, education can be the key to open up the future. Whether it does will depend, in large part, on what definition of education you pursue.
We must be prepared to study our leaders’ actions, to be prepared to be contrarian and, most importantly, to question everything.
Republikflucht was the term given to those who sought to leave the GDR. It’s significant that the translation into English is “desertion from the republic.”