Redditor explains How the media was controlled against police protests…

Unfortunately, Reddit racists are already using it as a “spot the difference” racist meme. (Better non-racist “spot the difference” memes:

Their other tactics today:

  • It’s hard being white during this: total of 50,000 upvotes on posts in r/TrueOffMyChest
  • It’s hard as a teenager who loves a cop: 21,000 upvotes on r/teenagers
  • Misleading videos on ActualPublicFreakouts: “defending store” video (actually not a business owner and provoking people with a sword) 25,000 upvotes, white wheelchair woman sprayed with fire extinguisher (because she was stabbing people with a knife), white man covered in blood and car on fire (because he was shooting a bow and arrow at protesters while yelling “all lives matter”)
  • “The word “latinx” isn’t progressive you’re just an ass”: 22,000 upvotes on r/unpopularopinion

Their other tactics on Reddit:

  • “I’m normally pretty leftist but” here are conservative talking points
  • “I hate Trump as much as the next guy but this subreddit has gone downhill” because of these conservative talking points that support Trump
  • “I’m a Democrat but I’m voting for Trump/Republicans now” because of a single controversy like Netflix comedians and I suddenly don’t care about environmental issues, civil rights, corporate corruption, but also these conservative talking points that show I’ve actually never supported Democrats
  • “unpopular opinions” by r/AsABlackMan with “I’m black and it’s okay to hate blacks”, “as a black man, injustices and abuse in America shouldn’t be discussed as much,” “as a China man, dogwhistling racism about China is okay,” “AS A FEMALE,” “I’m a minority and even I’ve had enough of r/politics” with 10,000 upvotes from white conservatives who want minorities to say that
  • “whatever you do don’t read r/politics”
  • r news downvoting actual top news and upvoting Fox News stories like a local crime story in a blue state preferably involving a mugshot of a black person, a bad transgender made all transgender people look bad, someone in a red state won the lottery at a Chick-fil-a and saluted a veteran, gun fantasies of someone using a gun in one of their dream burglar scenarios and not all the shootings of family members and suicides in America, even though r news bans political news, but Fox News stories with an agenda are not “political”
  • r mapporn, r dataisbeautiful, r vexillology, r whatisthisthing with Nazi Germany maps and flags all the time (literally the top post on r/vexillology again right now) and “even though people in our state move to California and make it expensive, the real injustice is Californians moving to our state and voting for California things” like marijuana legalization or good environmental policies that help the economy
  • “cRiMe StAtS,” “men’s rights,” and “women rape men” stories but rage at statistics and science that violate their narrative (American gun deaths statistics, misogyny statistics, rape statistics, “men commit 75% of all violent crime despite making up 49% of the population, make up 90% of the prison population, etc etc.” “black and white Americans use cannabis at similar levels but black Americans are 800% more likely to get punished for it even after legalization“) or police bias facts
  • “mAiNsTrEaM nEwS can’t be trusted so don’t bother reading this article! (I’m going to conveniently exclude from my definition of mAiNsTrEaM mEdIa Fox News, even though it’s the most watched TV news and Ben Shapiro is the most shared on Facebook and Joe Rogan in podcasts)”
  • “The news site is cancer amirite! Let’s talk about that instead of the issue presented!”
  • “If you actually watch the 4 hour video- but don’t watch the videos before it that actually confirm the Covington MAGA are racist misogynists!”
  • “don’t politicize this tragedy” when it makes conservatives look bad especially if it’s about guns or police, but upvote and look at this minority or a woman doing a bad thing and politicize it and relate it to needing guns somehow
  • “stop being sensitive” but rage at facts about guns in America or Starbucks holiday cups because of their projection onto Democrats of “triggered” “snowflakes,” wasteful spending, election fraud, child abuse by Republicans
  • “facts don’t care about your feelings” while ignoring science and facts because of their conservative feelings
  • concern trolling “it’s okay to be white,” “blue lives matter,” “all lives matter” except senior citizens during coronavirus for the stock market, police abuse victims, police who could use better training, Italians and other whites if they’re too dark
  • racist terms don’t bother them, so the real injustice is not being able to use racist taunts
  • context and history/injustices don’t matter, especially when discussing American history or African development
  • racists and anti-racists are equally bad
  • misogynists and feminists are equally bad
  • vegetarians and pro-animal rights are equally bad as factory farms animal torture, and trophy hunting trapped elephants is a good thing (“Joe Rogan and his guests also misrepresent ecology when discussing hunting. They try to shoehorn in some “need” to hunt for conservation sack and make it seem like they are doing the world a favor by hunting. No serious restoration ecologist agrees with this. He gets fringe “experts” who profit from hunting to spout nonsense, just like most of his guests speaking about other topics, enough to sound smart but are on the fringe and are profiting off of their misinformation.”)
  • Democrats are equally bad as Republicans so don’t vote or volunteer, and trying to make things better is for losers because they see their selfish laziness and sociopathic nihilism as rugged individualism and red pill epiphanies normies haven’t evolved to

Steve Bannon bragging about these tactics:

the power of what he called “rootless white males” who spend all their time online and they could be radicalized in a kind of populist, nationalist way

Bannon: “You can activate that army. They come in through Gamergate or whatever and then get turned onto politics and Trump.”

r/Gamingcirclejerk captures them doing their thing.

These tactics have been successful for a while.

John Ehrlichman, who partnered with Fox News cofounder Roger Ailes since 1968 on the Republican “Southern Strategy”:

[We] had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying?

We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities.

We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news.

Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.

“He was the premier guy in the business,” says former Reagan campaign manager Ed Rollins. “He was our Michelangelo.”

Ailes repackaged Richard Nixon for television in 1968, papered over Ronald Reagan’s budding Alzheimer’s in 1984, shamelessly stoked racial fears to elect George H.W. Bush in 1988, and waged a secret campaign on behalf of Big Tobacco to derail health care reform in 1993.

Hillarycare was to have been funded, in part, by a $1-a-pack tax on cigarettes. To block the proposal, Big Tobacco paid Ailes to produce ads highlighting “real people affected by taxes.”

Adam McKay:

Every day I have to marvel at what the billionaires and FOX News pulled off. They got working whites to hate the very people that want them to have more pay, clean air, water, free healthcare and the power to fight back against big banks & big corps. It’s truly remarkable.

Lyndon Johnson in 1960 calling out their tactics:

If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you.

A playbook that they brag about on their subreddits:

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MightyMorph explains Police History from Reddit

The murder of George Floyd is not just an issue of racism, its also an issue of the problematic principles and priorities of the whole Police INSTITUTION. This growing display of police brutality is not a new phenomenon, its exactly what the Police was designed to do from the beginning. Intimidate and threaten, arrest and police the property of the ruling class, the slavers.

Its never been “protect and serve” the public. Its a fucking motto that was mailed in a competition in 1950s by some random cop and they stuck that shit to the side of the police cars for publicity. source 01.

The whole institution itself is the issue. Its essence is tainted from its origin. Look up Pig Laws. Thats what the police is for. Thats what they were created to enforce. source 02.

To maintain a control on minorities to ensure that they could keep black people enslaved even after the civil war. By instituting various laws that would be almost solely used on black people to ensure that they could not escape the slave states and be in return imprisoned by these new pig laws , such as

  • Riding a train is illegal while black.
  • Walking next to the railroad while black is illegal.
  • Riding a horse is illegal.
  • Leaving a job without completing it regardless of pay or not, is illegal.
  • Seeking a new job without the permission of the old job boss, is illegal.
  • Not having a job is illegal.
  • Loitering while black is illegal.
  • Testifying against a white is illegal.

They essentially created so many asinine bullshit laws that ended up re-enslaving thousands of black people. People who wanted to escape these slave states were caught by the POLICE and then locked up, then laws allowed the police to send prisoners out for “work-programs” at plantations. source 03.

Funny how that all worked out huh. Everything back to its place.

Eventually as time goes by, many of the few moments where black people were able to rise up and persevere, ended up with white slavers either killing or destroying their growth. So to bring them back again.

Around the 1900s there was a Black Wallstreet. Did you know that? There were cities with black professionals, educated black families, little to no crimes, well off, well supported. They had communities flourishing and growing. To the degree that Black people had their own BANK. Yes a Fully Black owned Bank in 1900s. Source 04.

Do you know what happened?

White slavers and KKK bombed burned killed and beat the town to dust. All that progress they took it away because it went against their preaching of how blacks were inferior. So they destroyed towns, they went to black politicians who made progress and dragged them out and beat them some were treated worse. It took four to six decades before black people had representation again in the government. Source 05. Source 06.

An accusation of sexual assault was the match that ignited the smoldering hatred and resentment of the thriving Black Wall Street community. The accusation inspired a lynch mob, which included nearly 2,000 Ku Klux Klan members who wanted to get “justice.” Everything came crashing down on Black Wall Street on May 31, 1921. In just 16 hours, police had arrested 60% of Black residents living in Black Wall Street. Mobs burned Black owned businesses and homes, and murdered hundreds of Black citizens. When Black men joined forces to protect their homes, they were ultimately driven out in fear for their lives. By today’s estimates, the dreadful and murderous 16 hours caused more than $30 million in damages. The residents of Greenwood were blamed for the death and destruction, and the government made it nearly impossible to rebuild.

Then came the jim crow laws. Source 07.

Then came fucking nixon sealed the devils deal.

Nixon domestic advisor was proud to announce publicly that they were lying about drugs in black neighborhoods so that they could police black neighborhoods and arrest and beat their leaderships and disrupt any organization and collective power building that those minority groups could achieve. This guy gleefully stated that they would DELIBERATELY portray black people as heroin and drug abusers thugs and gangsters to align white people with republican ideologies. Source 08.

its fucking absurd the level of resistance minorities continue to face because of greedy old men.

Edit: i decided to make a little infographic to show people the real scope of police killings.

edit2: the above infographics had the wrong data set for mass murders and the number 3 instead of 6 for location based killings by police. replaced with corrected one with new data from

EDIT: Tomorrow marks the 99TH Year Anniversary of the Tulsa Race “Riots”. For anyone who want to learn more i suggest watching this 10min video to get a brief overview. But the truth is, the real brutality of that night, cant even be imagined. Just take 1 min of your day right now. And imagine if you were there. If you had been woken up to 2,000+ people wanting to destroy you, to humiliate you, to take everything from you. That helplessness you are just trying to imagine, is something people still go through in this day and age. It the helplessness what people like George Floyd are unfortunate to experience.

Dementia is real…

Asked if nukes could stop a hurricane

Suggested ‘raking leaves’ prevents forest fires

Suggested “windmills”(turbines) cause cancer.

Said Climate Change is a Chinese Hoax

Was a prolific anti-vaxxer

Fueled a racist conspiracy theory that Obama was born in Kenya

Said he would run into a school unarmed to stop a school shooting

Proposed an “alligator moat” at the border

Stared directly at a solar eclipse

Tried to buy Greenland

Directed the EPA to investigate toilets

Threatened to deny emergency funding for deadly California wildfires, despite the majority of fires being on federal land

Autographed bibles during a visit to a disaster zone.

Posted a photoshopped photo of his head over Greta Thunberg’s Time magazine cover because he was jealous of a teenager

Claimed (without evidence) 3-5 million illegal ballots cost him the popular vote.

Extended a hurricane forecast with a sharpie because he couldn’t admit he made a mistake on Twitter

Some quotes for good measure:

“Women, you have to treat them like shit.”

“Nobody respects women more than I do.”

“Nobody loves the bible more than me.”

“I’m the least racist person you’ll find anywhere in the world.”

“There’s nobody that’s done so much for equality as I have”

“Nobody’s ever been more successful than me.”

“There’s nobody bigger or better at the military than I am.”

“Nobody in the history of this country has ever known so much about infrastructure as Donald Trump.”

“Nobody knows more about trade than me”

“Nobody knows more about taxes than I do, maybe in the history of the world.”

“I know more about renewables than any human being on earth.”

“I know tech better than anyone”

“This is the only musical: the mouth. And hopefully the brain attached to the mouth. Right? The brain, more important than the mouth, is the brain. The brain is much more important.”

“Sorry losers and haters, but my I.Q. is one of the highest -and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure, it’s not your fault”

“I’m very highly educated. I know words; I have the best words.”

“Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart”

“I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius….and a very stable genius at that!”

“I am the chosen one.”

“I think I’m much more humble than you would understand.”

Conspiracy of the AstroTurfed Conservatives

Iowa: website leads to Iowa Gun Owners. That domain is registered by the same proxy LLC as reopeniowa, but was registered in 2007. Identical to Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin.

Maryland: Website lists no contact information or responsible group. Identical to New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, similar to Ohio.

Minnesota: website leads to Minnesota Gun Rights. That domain is registered to the same LLC as reopenmn, but was registered in 2013. Identical to Iowa, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin.

New Jersey: Website lists no contact information or responsible group. Identical to Maryland, North Carolina, Oklahoma, similar to Ohio.

North Carolina: Website lists no contact information or responsible group. Identical to Maryland, New Jersey, Oklahoma, similar to Ohio.

Ohio: Website lists no contact information or responsible group. Similar to Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, somewhat similar to Washington.

Oklahoma: Website lists no contact information or responsible group. Identical to Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, similar to Ohio.

Pennsylvania: website leads to Pennsylvania Firearms Association, registered to the same LLC as reopenpa, but was registered in 2019. Identical to Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin.

Washington: Website lists no contact information or responsible group. Similar to Ohio.

Wisconsin: Website leads to Wisconsin Firearms Coalition registered to the same LLC as reopenwi, but was registered in 2016. Identical to Iowa, Minnesota, Pennsylvania.

Conclusion: of 100 domains researched, 16 have active websites, including 1 Facebook group, and 6 quasi-legitimate looking domains.

There appear to be at least two campaigns here, one of which is definitely an astroturf. Iowa, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin are identical and likely all maintained by the same individual or group. Maryland, New Jersey, and North Carolina are identical and could be maintained by the same individual or group, but there isn’t any real data to support that. Ohio, Oklahoma, and Washington are outliers. They’re roughly similar to the previous group, but different enough that the domains may have been bought independently.

Conspiracy rating: 5/10 Comet Ping Pongs.

UPDATE: One of the domain squatters in Florida has now run his domains through the GoDaddy proxy service. Keep an eye on any websites that redirect from those domains, as he could have found buyers.

This isn’t any conspiracy, it’s just good old fashioned American business. There are indeed two campaigns:

PA, WI, OH, MN, IA – OCP’s branding is displayed proudly all over these sites, just look at the source and the stunningly obvious “contact your legislator” custom site widget. Seems to use uniform CMS. Ohio is not an outlier – they just altered their CMS presentation.

MD, NC, NJ – these were harder to ferret out, but they all use similar formats & different CMS They try to link directly to CHANGE.ORG, and up their “blog” when data can’t be autofilled. These “blogs” cross link with one-another. These sites seem to have a hard time dealing with privacy extensions, unlike OneClickPolitics.

  • Unknown data collection/provenance:

OK (OCOPA is a real but intensely partisan think tank, the reopenok site is, however, very new and looks to be aping the other sites instead of relying any CMS), WA (this is a true enigma – if someone really wanted their sites to be “grassroots” looking they would all look like they were designed by script kiddies that time-traveled from 1998). Hilariously, whatever software they are using in WA links directly to this reddit post as part of their “truth news feed” – so it’s not hand-curated.

I encourage you to read and examine the sites, mission statements, and services offered by One Click Politics, and UJOIN. They go out of their way to expound that they are masters at pretending to be grass-roots movements that can conjure up seemingly organic support at the drop of a check.

To quote OCP:

Are you launching a new coalition or association and need more members now? Want 10,000 signatures for your petition from residents of a certain state? Are you battling a legislative issue in a location where you don’t have enough advocates, who are constituents of the legislators you are attempting to influence? Or would you like to impress your boss by reporting a 15% growth in membership in less than 90 days? If your answer is yes, keep reading!

OneClick Acquisition is your solution for generating immediate legislative actions from new supporters within mere days. We deliver “on demand, organic supporters” through our proprietary digital ad placement technology.

So again, not a conspiracy – but definitely astroturfing. The real question though, isn’t who is doing this. It’s can they be definitively financially linked to these two professional astroturfing firms?

(probably not)

Both firms tout their ability to cycle news stories, facebook posts, twitter rampages, and texting so as to appear “grassroots” and not seem as if they are disseminating copy-pasted material.

And yes, there are many, many more professional astroturfing firms out there, willing to take whatever check comes across their desk in order to influence public opinion and legislation.

I suggest that if any of you want to stick it to OCP and UJOIN, take screenshots of their bogus sites, so that they’ll have to diversify their tactics in the future.

In conclusion, this isn’t something necessarily coming from ESLEWHERE. It’s a critical flaw in our political system. Private corporations can legally masquerade as normal citizens who are concerned about their “constitutional rights” being infringed upon by and you don’t know who wrote the check.

Here’s the thing: people on both sides of the aisle are going to be screwed by these so-called protests. People are going to die if this takes hold. This isn’t a right vs left thing. This is a normal people vs big-data-government-lobbyist thing. Even your racist uncle who may have gone to one of these protests may be hurt by this. It’s not you (if you disagree with him) vs him, or you vs his political views. It’s normal people vs THEM.

THEM isn’t your governor, or your representative or senator. THEM is whoever hired these ghouls. Also these ghouls themselves.

Wash your hands, wear a facemask, and P.S.:

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EDIT: I would be remiss if I did not take the time before logging out to mention that the states targeted by OCP – pennsylvania, wisconson, iowa, minnesota, and ohio are presidential election swing states. Make of that what you will.

Dr_Midnight explains how the Russian propaganda machine is messing with Trumpets…

There’s an imperial ton of astroturfing going on, and it’s quite visible in how those groups popped up literally overnight (hint-hint). The thing is that they targeted groups who were… how does one say… more receptive to the message who wouldn’t be inclined to look any deeper into what they were joining.

As an example, right now, this is happening in Los Angeles.

Now, here’s a screenshot of the description of the “Operation Gridlock Los Angeles” group when it was first spotted by Buzzfeed News.

Concurrently, here’s a screenshot of the description of the “Operation Gridlock Tennessee” group.

But, hey… it’s Buzzfeed News right? Cool-cool-cool-cool-cool…

Here’s a link to the group “Pennsylvanians Against Excessive Quarantine” – sitting 55,281 members deep at the time of this post.


Now here’s a link to the group “Minnesotans Against Excessive Quarantine” – presently with 18,938 members.

Why do these groups have the exact same description?

Let’s not stop there. Following their own links: one is from the “Pennsylvania Firearms Association”, and the other is from the group “Minnesota Gun Rights” – both with the exact same layout.

Both of these domains are registered with the same registrar and were registered on the exact same day at the same time.[ ~]$ whois [Querying] [Redirected to] [Querying]


Domain Name: Registry Domain ID: 2512322197_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN Registrar WHOIS Server: Registrar URL: Updated Date: 2020-04-08T14:39:18Z Creation Date: 2020-04-08T14:39:17Z Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2021-04-08T14:39:17Z [ ~]$ whois [Querying] [Redirected to] [Querying]


Domain Name: Registry Domain ID: 2512322050_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN Registrar WHOIS Server: Registrar URL: Updated Date: 2020-04-08T14:37:30Z Creation Date: 2020-04-08T14:37:29Z Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2021-04-08T14:37:29Z

The rest of the whois information is obscured by a proxy organization that provides privacy for whois records (I even use them myself as do many others for privacy reasons), so I cannot tell who owns these domains.

Following the pattern of their sites, I checked for “”, but it never resolved to anything. That said, the DNS lookup itself didn’t result in a NXDOMAIN error which tells me the domain does exist.[ ~]$ whois [Querying] [Redirected to] [Querying]


Domain Name: Registry Domain ID: 2515645280_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN Registrar WHOIS Server: Registrar URL: Updated Date: 2020-04-17T04:19:17Z Creation Date: 2020-04-17T04:19:16Z Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2021-04-17T04:19:16Z Registrant Organization: Registrant State/Province: Florida Registrant Country: US Registrant Email: Select Contact Domain Holder link at Admin Email: Select Contact Domain Holder link at Tech Email: Select Contact Domain Holder link at

Registered a little more than week later with the same registrar. The thing is, they didn’t actually complete their whois information this time, and whoever set it up cheaped out or forgot to pay for the Domains by Proxy service. Although whois information is literally a public record, I’m not inclined to place my account at risk by opening myself up to accusations of doxxing. That said, anyone who feels inclined to can go to and search for I myself would be personally curious as to why someone in Florida is registering domains claiming to be gun rights organizations in other states.

Seriously, even without that information – who or whomever is responsible for this astroturfing couldn’t make this more obvious if they tried. It honestly took me longer to type all of this up to present here than it did for me to find this all. Yet people have taken the bait hook-line-and-sinker.

Meanwhile, the President then starts tweeting “LIBERATE MINNESOTA”, “LIBERATE VIRGINIA…”, and “LIBERATE MICHIGAN”; and one of the major forces behind the group in Michigan was a political group that has direct ties to and has historically been heavily funded by the family of the Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos (though said family denies direct involvement in last weeks protest)?

In that regard, I’m not alleging some major conspiracy here, but l-o-fucking-l.

Edit: for the record, also exists and has the exact same registry info as[ ~]$ whois [Querying] [Redirected to] [Querying]


Domain Name: Registry Domain ID: 2515650132_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN Registrar WHOIS Server: Registrar URL: Updated Date: 2020-04-17T04:43:47Z Creation Date: 2020-04-17T04:43:46Z Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2021-04-17T04:43:46Z Registrant Organization: Registrant State/Province: Florida Registrant Country: US Registrant Email: Select Contact Domain Holder link at Admin Email: Select Contact Domain Holder link at Tech Email: Select Contact Domain Holder link at

Edit 2: Apparently, others have found that a domain for pretty much every other state was registered in the same pattern at the same time.

Edit 3: Holy crap, this blew up! Thanks! I really just have a strong dislike for disinformation, and want people to be empowered to know who is involved with what; and I also want people to know to always apply critical thinking to these things.

DerekVanGorder explains Money for Nothing

All money comes from currency issuers: governments, central banks, and banks. These institutions create money by fiat, by spending or loaning new money into existence.

People like you & I can’t create money by fiat. We’re currency users; we use the money that our institutions create. So this sounds a little unfamiliar to us, but nevertheless, it’s pretty ordinary; new money is created every day, and finds its way into our economy in the form of government spending, or bank loans.

In normal times, the general public prefers to have currency issued to us for work. In our culture, wage labor is considered a morally just and righteous way to receive money, and there is a strong stigma against receiving money for free. Currency issuers go through a lot of effort to satisfy this demand of ours; they use monetary policy to try to achieve a full employment target, so that most people can receive money through wages.

During an emergency, where a lot of people suddenly have to stop working, full employment is no longer a tenable way to funnel money to consumers. The economy will shrink from the non-essential businesses to essential businesses only. But these essential businesses still need customers— even if not all of those customers can be workers for a while. So governments need to come up with another way to get money to consumers, so the economy can keep working…. or else the whole thing will crash.

One really efficient way to make sure people have enough money to spend, is to simply give consumers money.

Lots of people might ask “where is this money coming from?” because they’re used to getting money only for work. But the money comes from the same place as wages do: from currency issuers, who are always determining how much new money enters the economy– whether that’s through the government (3% of money supply) or through private bank loans to businesses (97% of the money supply).

Governments can issue as much or as little new money as they want. But they can’t do so without consequences. If they issue too much money, to allow too much consumer spending, then we get inflation; that means there’s too much money trying to buy too few goods– so the money just becomes worth less.

But if they don’t issue enough money, or don’t distribute it efficiently, we get a different problem: poverty. The economy is delivering less goods to people not because we’re short on goods, but simply because we didn’t print enough money for people to use.

In our society, people care a lot about unemployment, and not too much about poverty. Whenever we commit to reducing poverty, we usually try to have it occur through work (“higher wages,” etc.). People feel so strongly about this, that we come up with stories about how the “real value” of money comes not from goods, or production, but from work.

They warn that if governments “print money” this will cause inflation. Or they might say it’s necessary to tax people who don’t work as hard, before we do any new spending. But the truth is, the value of money doesn’t have much to do with work. And the government doesn’t need to tax anybody before printing money; we’re always printing money, one way or another.

A simple way of summing this up is: it’s not important where money comes from (that has an easy answer). The important question is: does the new money have somewhere to go? i.e. does the economy have enough productive potential, to respond to that new money with goods?

EDIT: this became a popular post. If you’d like to learn more about my perspective on the economy, you can check out my YouTube channel.

EDIT 2: If you’re interested in more on these topics, I recommend checking out Alex Howlett and his Boston Basic Income discussion group.