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February 2016

The Forgotten American

The Forgotten American by Terrance Mann ( William and Mary, England’s first central bank, and living in the land of Oz ) Are you living the life you chose? Are you living the life that chose you? The Life You Chose by Jason Isbell The American consumer has followed the yellow brick road to easy credit while he has accepted the uniform corporatist world given to him by the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The land of Oz has given each city the same “golden arch” uniformed look and feel. Unlike the age of Oz and easy credit, each small town had its unique charm and localized economies—a place where people lived without uniforms and the “forced cultural conformity of Oz and his corporatist personal policies” and other “politically correct” scriptures to be quoted and worshipped. Certainly, the false “god” of our age has to be the easy credit. The results have been devastating: decline in personal savings, increase in advertising and psychological manipulation, chase of sensation at an adult playgrounds nearby, increase in stock values as a result of everyone’s speculations, cultural acceptance of consumer debt as a regular part of life, stagnant wages, decline in financial literacy, and increase in bankruptcies—all given to America by the Wizard of Oz and his masters of the universe, “the Banksters.” Of course, America is not the first society that Oz has charmed into submission. History is not a single line or an idea which one great man can fingerprint in an entire era. Still, there are times when one person sets in motion a series of events or policies which has ripples for many generations to come. Certainly, debt and banking policies often drive everyone in one direction for better or worst. William and Mary ascended the British in 1689 as a result of the Glorious Revolution, in which James II lost his crown. William of Orange had Dutch ties and wanted to involve England in the wars of continental Europe, which England’s previous crown heads had wisely avoided for the last 200 years. The money was needed for overseas force projection, and the parliament was not onboard. In 1694, the Bank of England was chartered. England’s central bank could now give the king the necessary funds to fight foreign wars and begin a process of outsourcing the economy and chasing cheap labor. William sold monopolies, as had James, Elizabeth and Henry before him, but William and the Bank of England would only support businesses that invested in the Bank of England. William and the Bank of England made it possible to create a British Empire and start a cycle of wars, which didn’t end until 1945. The Bank of England made possible the wars of the 18th, 19th and 20th century, growing production and boom times, free markets, industrial revolutions, and, most significantly, power over future generations with massive debt. The bankers and lenders profited while the ordinary man paid high taxes and inflation and survived the boom and bust cycles (now known as bubbles). The lot of the working man and his loyalty to corporatist England was a another master/slave relationship. (Continued Next Month) Comments? E-Mail to br549@modernmedianow.com Buying a gift for Valentine’s Day? Show some love for that special person and your community... Love is in the air in Downtown Elizabeth City Come shop for jewelry, dresses, sweaters, antiques, books and cards galore, a day spa, hot dogs, art, sushi, Jamaican foods, seafood and Tex-Mex, beaded jewelry & supplies, and painting classes. And that’s just a start. GO LOCAL! 252-338-4104 | ecdowntown.com Check our google app at Elizabeth City Downtown on iPhone or Android All of our clients get their own QR code for free when purchasing an ad. 30 Albemarle Tradewinds February 2016 albemarletradewinds.com

Thomas Paine Thomas Paine (February 9, 1737 – June 8, 1809) was an English-American political activist, philosopher, political theorist, and revolutionary. One of the Founding Fathers of the United States, he authored the two most influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution, and he inspired the rebels in 1776 to declare independence from Britain. His ideas reflected Enlightenment-era rhetoric of transnational human rights. He has been called “a corsetmaker by trade, a journalist by profession, and a propagandist by inclination”. Born in Thetford, England, in the county of Norfolk, Paine emigrated to the British American colonies in 1774 with the help of Benjamin Franklin, arriving just in time to participate in the American Revolution. Virtually every rebel read (or listened to a reading of) his powerful pamphlet Common Sense (1776), proportionally the all-time bestselling American title which crystallized the rebellious demand for independence from Great Britain. His The American Crisis (1776–83) was a prorevolutionary pamphlet series. Common Sense was so influential that John Adams said, “Without the pen of the author of Common Sense, the sword of Washington would have been raised in vain.” Paine lived in France for most of the 1790s, becoming deeply involved in the French Revolution. He wrote Rights of Man (1791), in part a defense of the French Revolution against its critics. His attacks on British writer Edmund Burke led to a trial and conviction in absentia in 1792 for the crime of seditious libel. In 1792, despite not being able to speak French, he was elected to the French National Convention. The Girondists regarded him as an ally. Consequently, the Montagnards, especially Robespierre, regarded him as an enemy. Picture and Biography Sources: Wikipedia In December 1793, he was arrested and imprisoned in Paris, then released in 1794. He became notorious because of his pamphlets The Age of Reason (1793–94), in which he advocated deism, promoted reason and free thought, and argued against institutionalized religion in general and Christian doctrine in particular. He also published the pamphlet Agrarian Justice (1797), discussing the origins of property, and introduced the concept of a guaranteed minimum income. In 1802, he returned to the U.S. where he died on June 8, 1809. Only six people attended his funeral as he had been ostracized for his ridicule of Christianity. Footprints - Christian Resources now has Media Burn Bar! MEDIA BurnBar allows Footprints to burn on demand, songs, albums, playlists, performance tracks, audio books, software and games in store for their customers, usually in 5 minutes or less. Footprints can now offer a huge music selection. Discovery of what you want is easy and the quality is supurb. facebook.com/AlbemarleTradingPost Albemarle Tradewinds February 2016 31