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Phoenix talk radio legend Charles Goyette has recorded two radio commercials for Don’t Tread On Meme. They can be heard on rotation at Liberty Radio Network (lrn.fm) during Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock, or click below:

Charles Goyette :30 sec ad

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Not only has Charles Goyette been writing and speaking about wealth preservation for years before the 2008 collapse and after, but he is a solid man who took a principled stance when Bush-era conservatism took a turn towards Leviathan. We have found his material indispensable for its utility and approachability for a wide audience. Basically, he’s an awesome guy.  Find out more about his New York Times bestselling book The Dollar Meltdown at his website http://thedollarmeltdown.com.

Reference Material:

Here is an excellent Mises Daily selection (http://mises.org/daily/5749) by the Austrian school economist Hans-Hermann Hoppe. Ross has reformatted it into a double-sided trifold brochure for your liberty outreach:

Why the State Demands Control of Money brochure

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Pearls of Wisdom:

“This [inflation] tax is particularly insidious because it is hidden, because few people understand the processes of money and banking, and because it is all too easy to blame the rising prices, or ‘price inflation,’ caused by the monetary inflation on greedy capitalists, speculators, wild-spending consumers, or whatever social group is the easiest to denigrate.” ~ Murray Rothbard, The Case Against the Fed.

[note: Rothbard and Hayek were students of Ludwig von Mises, one of the founders of the “Austrian” school. Mises barely escaped the National Socialist invasion of Vienna with few belongings and recreated much of his masterful work from memory once he found amnesty in America. All three were of Jewish descent, and I need not elaborate here about how dangerous it was to be not only part of a social class marginalized due to their excellence in banking (simply an outcome of Christian taboos against “money lending”) but also an outspoken critic of National Socialist “economic stimulus.” Please remember when fighting to End the Fed, to not paint all Jews with the same brush; these men were some of the most liberty-respecting individuals of the 20th century and should not be grouped with the Cabal who is conspiring to lead the world into monetary bondage.]

“The Central Bank has always had two major roles: (1) to help finance the government’s deficit; and (2) to cartelize the private commercial banks in the country, so as to help remove the two great market limits on their expansion of credit, on their propensity to counterfeit: a possible loss of confidence leading to bank runs; and the loss of reserves should any one bank expand its own credit. For cartels on the market, even if they are to each firm’s advantage, are very difficult to sustain unless government enforces the cartel.” ~ Murray Rothbard, The Case Against the Fed

“There will always be those who claim to have special rights over the rest of society, and the state is the most organized attempt to get away with it.” ~ Lew Rockwell, The Left, the Right, and the State

“Once any particular commodity starts to be used as a medium, this very process has a spiraling, or snowballing, effect. If, for example, several people in a society begin to use butter as a medium, people will realize that in that particular region butter is becoming especially marketable, or acceptable in exchange, and so they will demand more butter in exchange for use as a medium. And so, as its use as a medium becomes more widely known, this use feeds upon itself, until rapidly the commodity comes into general employment in the society as a medium of exchange. A commodity that is in general use as a medium is defined as a money.” ~ Murray Rothbard, The Case Against the Fed

“And when a citizen demands a zone of financial autonomy, the government wants to know: ‘What exactly are you trying to hide?’ The natural answer of a free people is: Everything.” ~ Lew Rockwell, The Left, the Right, and the State

“Also founded by Nixon, the Consumer Product Safety Commission issues regulations drawn up in open consultation with big business—regulations that often conform exactly to what those firms are already doing. Small businesses, on the other hand, must spend heavily to comply.” ~ Lew Rockwell, The Left, the Right, and the State

“It was Bastiat who observed the trade-off between commerce and war. When goods don’t cross borders, armies will. Without trade, there is less to lose from the mass destruction that war implies. Countries that trade have a mutual stake in the preservation of open, friendly relations.” ~ Lew Rockwell, The Left, the Right, and the State

“Since production must always precede predation, the free market is anterior to the State.” ~Murray Rothbard, Anatomy of the State

“One of the basic doctrines of the State was to identify itself with the territory it governed. Since most men tend to love their homeland, the identification of that land and its people with the State was a means of making natural patriotism work to the State’s advantage.” ~ Murray Rothbard, Anatomy of the State

“On the one hand, there is creative productivity, peaceful exchange and cooperation; on the other, coercive dictation and predation over those social relations. Albert Jay Nock happily termed these contesting forces: ‘social power’ and ‘State power.” ~ Murray Rothbard, Anatomy of the State

“This is, I believe, a moral tale. It goes far to prove the revolutionary axiom that if you wish to destroy a nation you must first corrupt its currency. Thus must sound money be the first bastion of a society’s defense.” ~ Adam Fergusson, When Money Dies: The Nightmare of Deficit Spending, Devaluation, and Hyperinflation in Weimar Germany

“Side by side with unprecedented want among the bulk of the population, there is a striking display of luxury among those who are benefitting from the inflation. New nightclubs are being opened. These clubs have the further effect of greatly intensifying the class hatred of the proletariate against the bourgeoisie.” ~ Adam Fergusson, When Money Dies: The Nightmare of Deficit Spending, Devaluation, and Hyperinflation in Weimar Germany

“Foreigners were also buying up real property and interests in factories and all kinds of businesses. To some extent this was at the expense of the workman whose wages lagged behind the climbing cost of living, but it was mainly at the expense of the middle classes whose capital was destroyed and largely exported.” ~ Adam Fergusson, When Money Dies: The Nightmare of Deficit Spending, Devaluation, and Hyperinflation in Weimar Germany

“The demonstrators’ demands from the government included the seizure of all foreign currency – the medium which most shops in self-defence were insisting upon for purchases – and the State control of the securities market. They wanted all gold to be taken into State hands, including that which belonged to the churches and monasteries.” ~ Adam Fergusson, When Money Dies: The Nightmare of Deficit Spending, Devaluation, and Hyperinflation in Weimar Germany

“The process of collapse of the recognised, traditional, trusted medium of exchange, the currency by which all values are measured, by which social status is guaranteed, upon which security depends, and in which the fruits of labour are stored, unleashes such greed, violence, unhappiness, and hatred, largely bred from fear, as no society can survive uncrippled and unchanged.” ~ Adam Fergusson, When Money Dies: The Nightmare of Deficit Spending, Devaluation, and Hyperinflation in Weimar Germany

“If one understands that Socialism is not a ‘share the wealth’ program but is in reality a method to consolidate and control the wealth, then the seeming paradox of super rich men promoting Socialism becomes no paradox at all. Instead it becomes logical, even the perfect tool of power-seeking megalomaniacs. Communism, or more accurately Socialism, is not a movement of the down-trodden masses but of the economic elite.” ~ Gary Allen, h/t The Daily Bell

“Inflation is defined as an increase in the money supply.  Deflation is a decrease in the money supply.  Prices are a SYMPTOM of increases or decreases in the money supply. This is very, very basic stuff.  Unfortunately, in world-improving, highly socialist ‘institutions’ such as Harvard, Yale and Princeton the last few sentences may as well have been written in Nepalese.  They speak a language called Keynesian and have a religious belief that drawing pictures on pieces of paper can make everyone rich.  They probably also stomp up and down on a bag of chips to make more chips, too.” ~ Jeff Berwick, The Dollar Vigilante

“She startled him by  saying casually that in her opinion the war was not happening. The  rocket bombs which fell daily on London were probably fired by the  Government of Oceania itself, `just to keep people frightened.” ~ George Orwell, 1984

“In the early twentieth century, the vision of a future  society unbelievably rich, leisured, orderly and efficient- a glittering  antiseptic world of glass and steel and snow-white concrete-was part  of the consciousness of nearly every literate person. Science and technology were developing at a prodigious speed, and it seemed  natural to assume that they would go on developing. This failed to  happen, partly because of the impoverishment caused by a long series  of wars and revolutions, partly because scientific and technical progress depended on the empirical habit of thought, which could not  survive in a strictly regimented society. As a whole the world is more  primitive today than it was fifty years ago. Certain backward areas  have advanced, and various devices, always in some way connected with warfare and police espionage, have been developed, but  experiment and invention have largely stopped…”  ~ The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism, George Orwell, 1984

“It paid,  she said; it was camouflage. If you kept the small rules you could  break the big ones.” ~ George Orwell, 1984

“As with all regulations, the restriction on how much water can pour over you at once while standing in a shower is ultimately enforced at the point of a gun.” ~ Jeffrey Tucker, Bourbon for Breakfast

“But what you are not permitted to do in a free market is use violence in the attempt to create an artificial scarcity, which is all that [Intellectual Property] legislation really does.” ~ Jeffrey Tucker, Bourbon for Breakfast

 

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