The current socioeconomic system is built on money and commerce. This has always been the case in America, which was founded by merchants and has never had a peasant, monastic or guild culture. However, we are witnessing today the results of such an economy: China’s rise, the outsourcing of jobs overseas, and the siren song of socialism. The current system is doomed to fail, and now that Trump has effectively surrendered on the Border Wall issue, the time has come to change over to a property-based economy.
The French Yellow Vests are already discussing the idea of weaponizing bank runs:
They recognize that so long as the financial system remains intact, our enemies will win. They have the wealth, the political connections, and hordes of expendable protesters willing to agitate on their behalf. Any movement that allies itself, or attempts to coexist, with socialism will be betrayed at their leisure. Yet, this strength is also their weakness: the enemy swarms have no love for one another, no fraternity. We already see them devouring one another, and only their insect-like sense of sacrifice and organization keeps them together. Deliberate, nation-wide bank runs could permanently cripple the financial industry, and simultaneously unplug us from the effects of its collapse. We can survive without the banks; the banks cannot survive if society’s producers go on strike.
Once we pull our funds and cut the financial jugular, what ought we to spend our wealth on? The great issue of capitalism is that the tools of production are owned by a few, while the masses primarily own luxury goods. A good place to start is with permaculture, which is a low-cost, viable replacement for subsistence farming.
Permaculture can meet the dietary needs of a family with relative ease, and whatever is left over would be well spent on tools and classes. Even during the height of a collapse or war, we will spend most of our time farming, repairing, building, and cleaning our tools. Our level of preparedness can be easily tested by turning off the water and electricity to our homes for a day, a week, a month and longer. If in doubt, keep it practical and rehearse it at least once.
Conclusion: The switch from a money-based economy to a property-based economy will take time and effort, but not as much as we often think. We are so accustomed to the idea of the 80-hour industrial-era work week that we have difficulty imagining anything else. The new semi-agrarian, semi-blue collar lifestyle will leave us ample time for leisure, which is the basis of culture. Capitalism has given us the wealth of the Roman leisure class, but the workload of the slave class. A property-owning society will also be more willing to resist Chinese encroachment and financial domination. Let us plant our roots deeply into the soil, like the mightiest oak trees.
Oh, I'm a good old Rebel, now that's just what I am;
For this "Fair Land of Freedom" I do not give a damn!
I'm glad I fit against it, I only wish we'd won,
And I don't want no pardon for anything I done.