Arky Coin

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In the US they have lost almost 5 million manufacturing jobs in the last year. Government debt is around $100,000 per person. Unfunded liabilities are $474,548 per person.

https://www.usdebtclock.org/

Australian governments have likewise levelled private businesses and blown out budgets.

The suspicion has to be that the way out these bums are looking for is to inflate their way out of the debt and you out of your savings. Combined with the “vaccine passport” ID check on every movement, mandated restrictions on work and social interactions, the limits on cash transactions and the election steals, and the question becomes: “How do I get out of this cage they are busy building around us”?

Other than fleeing the West, what can we do?

Luckily, the vaccine mandates means I have been separated from engaging with their system via any form of employment. As far as possible I want to disengage from any other part of these lunatics plans.

Ideas wanted. I’m thinking along the line of co-operative activities that act similar to barter, building those parallel structures, dropping out, or ways to structure one’s affairs to limit interactions with governments and their lackeys.

71 thoughts on “Arky Coin”

  1. First up…move to the country.

    Any and all skills you have will be more valuable due to the basic rule of supply and demand and you’ll find people are more switched on to the “off grid” economy.


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  2. You don’t have to move to the country. Simply identify your “interest group”, and work cooperatively with them. You can provide mechanical and teaching skills. Try to find a retired GP, paramedic, or nurse for basic medical assistance. Get a plumber, electrician and woodworker in the group. Have a couple with large blocks, where food can be grown and some animals kept (you might be able to get a couple of Dorpers, they seem to be a placid breed).

    With perhaps a dozen families, you could get some products that can be bartered with non-members looking for similar independence.

    The big problem comes with any rules that might be decided on. Inevitably someone will not be happy, and many a “Utopia” has fallen apart within a few years. Definitely avoid communal living.


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  3. Here’s the problem. While you believe the governments in the west are looking to inflate their way out of debt quickly… are they? First off it doesn’t matter what the US congress , President Let’s-go – Brandon , UK government and the EU governments all think. It matters only what the central banks in these jurisdictions think. That’s all that matters. Most people find it difficult to believe that the central banks since about the start of the century have lacked credibility. Oh, they say, they’ve lacked credibility because they’ve run an inflationary policy. This is so far from the truth that it’s laughable. To the markets, and that’s all that counts, they’ve lacked cred because every one of these large central banks have been unwilling, not unable, but unwilling to run monetary policy to maintain nominal GDP at the predetermined targets. In other worlds they’ve lacked cred because they actually were avoiding the creation of inflation that ran close to their targets.

    How do we know? Well reported inflation was consistently below target and also inflation indexed bonds (TIPS) show market expectation was exactly that. They would hold the target as a ceiling too high to be reached and therefore inflation was below target for this long period.

    What I fear. I fear that like in the GFC, when the Fed et al totally and completely misunderstood a change in relative prices as being inflation and they tightened and tightened until the wheels fell.. my fear is that they try this shit this time around too. I don’t think they will because they’ve understood the hell they created with the GFC and hopefully will not make the same mistake again by misunderstanding a change in relative prices.. a supply shock.. for a rise in the general price level due to easy monetary policy. I believe the big guys are still a little too tight.

    That’s my rant.


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  4. You don’t have to move to the country.

    No, but it would remove several degrees of difficulty.

    And Victoria – if Arky chose to stay there – has a few large regional centres where his wife’s skills could be readily employed.

    Get away from the disapproving gaze of the urban bugmen and their police enforcers!


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  5. There’s a move towards small localised manufacturing using cnc machines and 3d printing. Both are suitable for small businesses that feed into parts for larger companies. These have come down in price dramatically. Helps move the supply chain out of china.


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  6. Zipper, China is fucked because the US is going to go robotic and once that happens the cost of production is equal and even to the US’s advantage because they don’t have to deal with shipping costs and the uncertainty in dealing with a repulsive and policy unsafe regime


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  7. Other than fleeing the West, what can we do?

    Enthusiastically participate in the long overdue administration of HOP Time™, Squire.

    Or this some sort of trick question?


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  8. Boambee John’s barter model looks good.
    The “big boys” have been doing it for a while:

    The Corporate Trade model enables businesses to use their products, services, media inventory or assets to help fund advertising, utilities, travel, fleet and other operational costs.


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  9. Roger/Arky:

    Any and all skills you have will be more valuable due to the basic rule of supply and demand and you’ll find people are more switched on to the “off grid” economy.

    The basic unit of currency up here is the “Slab.”


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  10. Here’s something that’s perculating in my brain.
    You know how all the gays find a town and move there?
    Or the lesbos do likewise with some other town?
    Or artists form a colony around some village?
    Or how all the Nazis migrated to specific parts of South America?
    Why can’t people who basically just want to be left the hell alone do likewise?
    Can’t we pick some town, state or other geographic location and start migrating there?
    How do those processes start? Someone had to be the first dirty hippy to buy a place in Byron Bay. Someone had to be the first bum bandit in Daylesford.
    How do we start?


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  11. Things to consider are what types of scenarios might be coming our way and have some sort of plan for them.

    We are at a major inflection point in history. Anyone who tells you they can predict what comes next is selling something. The end of the decade is going to look very different to today.

    The likelihood of going back to life normal any time soon is pretty slim at this stage. It’s way more than just escaping the transformation to digital government and currency, something you certainly won’t be able to do without going bush or some 3rd world shithole.


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  12. Why can’t people who basically just want to be left … alone do likewise?

    Because we care about what happens to those left behind, Arks.

    The horrors visited on many millions of people in the twentieth century evidently means nothing to you.

    I’m not one for giving a rodent’s, but for goodness sake – “she deserved to be condemned to existing in a collectivist sh*thole because her ol’ man abandoned her”.

    Is this really what you and your confreres want, Squire?


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  13. i am working for a local farmer who is desperate enough to hire an aged retired gold miner to drive his highly expensive and delicate ag machinery for the harvest.

    We did a gentleman’s handshake deal. I get fed and watered, he gets my high end skills 🙂 and when the cheque comes in after harvest I get a bonus (or not).

    No bullshit ATO, elf and safety, vax passports, or other .gov bureaucratic crap involved. Win win.

    I suspect this is how a lot of business was conducted back in the day when we knew and trusted each other before .gov spivs and urgers sniffed a quick payout or a ticket clip.


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  14. Publicly declare a parallel state and call it Free Victoria.
    Say you will continue to acknowledge the authorities of Tyranus Victorianus only until the parallel institutions of Free Victoria are established.


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  15. i am working for a local farmer who is desperate enough to hire an aged retired gold miner to drive his highly expensive and delicate ag machinery for the harvest.

    Driving a header, or carting grain?


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  16. I think Pedro’s a bin driver, Zulu.
    Licence to drive fast but not wreck things.

    Where to move to?
    Small/medium country town that’s within 100km of a major hub. Examples would be Donald, St Arnaud etc.
    Even sub 1000 pop towns are desperate for teachers, general engineering, fabrication people etc.
    Ag machinery is always breaking down or wearing out.

    Our town has recently lost a general engineer and a heavy diesel mechanic. Both through retirement. Both would be goldmine start up businesses for younger, motivated people but even 65km from a major hub is too far for people these days.


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  17. I’m pretty sure we need an island at least until the worst of it burns itself out.

    The South Island would be nice. It’s one of my favourite localities on this planet, Squire.

    Magnifique scenery.


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  18. The suspicion has to be that the way out these bums are looking for is to inflate their way out of the debt and you out of your savings.

    Your superannuation, they will want that. Your fund’s trustees will be compelled to purchase a percentage of government issued bonds paying 0.5 percent interest, the trustees will have to sell income producing and capital growth stocks to purchase the government bonds.

    You won’t have enough to retire on, but they will release some of it as long as your full retirement income doesn’t exceed the old-age pension rate.

    Forget retirement in Monaco.


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  19. I don’t have a solution Arky. But as an aside, re “the limits on cash transactions”, I have gone back to cash in all retail transactions, and others too. Keep the cash proportion as high as possible.


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  20. Even sub 1000 pop towns are desperate for teachers, general engineering, fabrication people etc.

    noted, with interest.

    you know, I think a few of my lot actually came from Wycheproof in the way back


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  21. Chaser bin and the grain truck when needed.

    Not going near the header, too easy to break, too many flashing lights, computer screens, warning hooters and a machinery price tag that would horrify Twiggy Forrest. I’ll leave that thing to the young’uns.

    Demarcation is a dirty word round here, but to quote Clint (PBUH); “A man’s gotta know his limitations”.


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  22. People suggest places like St Arnaud, Wycheproof etc, maybe but it would be difficult to do much more than scratch out a living anywhere like that, they’re too dry except for the spring rains. Eastern Vic is better but even farmland prices are ridiculous ($20k and acre around here) and more and more lefties move in every year. Unless we could get some sort of charter city/region established the gov would never leave you alone. Tassie as a charter state would be the best, pay all those on gov benefits except for the old age pension to move to the mainland, flat 10% tax on everything no other taxes, levies, rates or anything. Lots more but a well written charter would do. Perhaps the state and federal govs would be happy to get rid of their non compliant trouble makers and leave us alone.

    Other than that it’s just get out of this shithole, but where? No stinking tropical island if possible, a temperate climate with seasons and the absolute minimal gov with constitutional restrictions on its size and reach. Onus on personal responsibility, but where?


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  23. Luckily, the vaccine mandates means I have been separated from engaging with their system via any form of employment.

    so how do you pay for your groceries?


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  24. Sorry you lot

    Utopia doesn’t exist, nor will. Moving away from the cities will take you away from the clutches of the worst of government, but cities are where wealth is aggregated, so rural life means a reduction in your standard of living. Everything is more expensive.


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  25. Will, I doubt any of us are looking for Utopia, don’t know why you think we are. We’re looking for a place where we can live with minimal government and taxes, not looking for luxury or a Garden of Eden. I think the idea of Charter Cities is on the right track, there has been a lot of work on it and (I think) an attempt or two. The economists like you think that cities are the key, perhaps they are but cities are consume real goods and produce ideas and services. We need both but don’t want to live in a high tax, autocratic surveillance society, that’s all.


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  26. Zipper, China is fucked because the US is going to go robotic and once that happens the cost of production is equal and even to the US’s advantage because they don’t have to deal with shipping costs and the uncertainty in dealing with a repulsive and policy unsafe regime

    Mexico will boom, there will also be terminator robot waifus, it will sure up US defence and end feminism…?


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  27. You need ‘private money’ in some form to avoid the inflationary skim and the soon to be ubiquitous digital track and trace.

    I worked this out in 2014 whilst in the middle east on government service.

    Pick your poison, I chose ‘guns gold and bitcoin’ and so far, all are doing nicely.

    Silver looks like it has more upside than gold also, and comes in smaller units for day to day use.


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  28. Yeah duk, try to get a reserve of silver in a known denomination, like pre 1943/44 Australian shillings (IIRC we went from sterling to 50% silver at the time).

    I have some plain and commerative Aussie crowns, but they’re not great for exchange…shillings, half sovereigns & sovereigns. How you go for small denominations???? It’s a shame we turfed copper.

    The gold standard was good.

    A meal still costs around around 1 – 2 oz of silver and a basic, but fitted suit costs about 1 oz of gold.


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  29. I must agree with will about the eternal quest for Utopia, as evidenced by (almost 100% failed) attempts to set up communities within a country or overseas to escape from the rest of the world.

    I suppose that some of the early settlers of what is now the USA fall into that category, hence the ‘almost’ qualifier. But the ones that tried to create enclaves paid a terrible price in suffering and death, and in the end they all failed too, except perhaps the Amish. Not an encouraging hit rate.

    As for moving to the country, the skyrocketing property prices in regional areas with reasonable services (health, education, communications) tell the tale. Trouble is, it is unlikely that those purchasers are remotely interested in changing the world, unless you count the boring mantras of having chooks and a vegie garden and making vague noises about ‘sustainability.’ They are the last people who will be of any use in fighting authoritarianism.

    It certainly makes sense to seek out like minded people to support, trade and otherwise do business with, though. This has been the basis for all kinds of groups for a long time, whether they be Masons, Elks or Knights of the Southern Cross. It can be a powerful leg up in a system where other groups are doing the same for their members, whether the group is formal or informal.

    It’s about networking, something conservatives have not been very good at. The various Cat blogs have and do provide a way of furthering this objective. Whether it’s through meet-ups, referrals for goods and services, or tips on getting ahead of the opposition, there is a deep pool of expertise to be drawn on.

    Jack Waterford, long time editor of The Canberra Times back when it was a real newspaper, used to say that he was always in a state of trepidation about factual assertions regarding obscure subjects. No matter how obscure the subject, it was London to a brick that an expert was a reader and would jump into indignant print in the Letters column at the slightest inaccuracy.

    We are in a similar position here – just look at the comment yesterday from a lurker who turns out to be an expert on armouring protocols in movies and television. Who’d a thunk it? 🙂

    As long as we keep seeking perfection rather than advantage (to paraphrase John Le Carre) we will get nowhere. I suggested in a comment recently that the IPA should stop grandstanding and hire a couple or three people to work out what the best way for conservatives to vote in upcoming elections would be – our own ‘preference whisperers.’ They need to start setting up the frameworks right now.

    But no, like the GOP they talk a big game and do nothing concrete.

    As with law enforcement, it’s not that the existing system is inadequate, it’s that it is not being implemented.


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  30. Well I live in Arkytopia.
    A close mining town under the benevolent dictatorship of the mine manager & company.
    No one lives here without working here (apart from families).
    Still get taxed out the arse & lots of “compliance” with state and fed laws but it is basically zero crime and zero day to day interaction with parasites.
    Shopping in trucked in once a week, we have RFDS services every couple of weeks.

    Its not perfect, but as a model it works very well.


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  31. Arky, I think you would find

    https://www.corbettreport.com/

    helpful. James Corbett does a series called ‘Solutions Watch’ that looks at all manner of ideas to cope with opting out of feeding the beast. The comments are interesting, too. It’s got to look different for different people but the one thing that everyone emphasises is the advantage of having like-minded people around you. I am very thankful to have such people around me.

    Ecclesiastes 4
    11 Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; but how can one keep warm alone? 12 And though one may be overpowered, two can resist. Moreover, a cord of three strands is not quickly broken.


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  32. 19 Show me the coin for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius.[b] 20 And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” 21 They said, “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” Mt 22:19-21

    Couldn’t resist a Sunday drive by. 😀


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  33. will says:
    October 24, 2021 at 7:28 am

    Sorry you lot

    Utopia doesn’t exist, nor will. Moving away from the cities will take you away from the clutches of the worst of government, but cities are where wealth is aggregated, so rural life means a reduction in your standard of living. Everything is more expensive.

    Utopia is a very subjective concept.

    It’s been my observation that living in a rural area has insulated me from the worst of the bullshit.
    A “standard of living” is subjective as well.

    If it means being able to hear the silence, see all the stars without light pollution, breath clean air and be overwhelmed at times with birdsong is a lower standard of living than the pollution, “fiendish rattle” and “hurrying people” of a city then I guess I’m in poverty.


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  34. As someone upstream said to a relative, my father fought against people like you in the last war. I have said the same, but thank God not to a relative.

    History repeats especially for those that have not studied history.

    As I think it was dot says “Fight you bastards.” You will never be left alone


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  35. Excellent artwork, Arky. Just wait a while. When all the talking heads have fallen off the perch, just move into their mansions. Garden full of chickens, flower beds planted with veges. Wine cellar will already be well stocked. Smile and wave to your neighbor. Say, “didn’t Malcolm and Lucy used to live there?” Don’t pay the rates. Buy a top quality drill to open the secret safe. Live like a king!. Or even better, live like a politician.
    And if you like the country life, after the great die off, remote Aboriginal communities, on the coast, excellent fishing, lotsa space, all the facilities. Accommodation might need a few things repaired.
    And a wheelbarrow to carry the Arky coin around in.


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  36. miltonfsays:
    October 24, 2021 at 7:16 am
    Luckily, the vaccine mandates means I have been separated from engaging with their system via any form of employment.

    so how do you pay for your groceries?

    ..
    I steal them.
    [joke]


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  37. johanna says:
    October 24, 2021 at 9:14 am
    As long as we keep seeking perfection rather than advantage (to paraphrase John Le Carre) we will get nowhere.

    Yes!
    And the “herding of Cats” curse in full view already.


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  38. A simple question, might appear naive or stupid…

    Since we live in a low-trust society, imbued with decades of blind obedience to treasonous authorities, a problem with “living-off-the-grid” and bartering services/goods, is the potential threat of a dissatisfied customer reporting the bartered transaction to the authorities, eg. ATO or ASIC.

    The effects of a single report would quickly escalate, create instant friction in the provision of future bartered services and quickly erode remaining trust within the group. Once an outside authority gains a look-in, only once, links and networks will be exposed and the barter network dies.

    I doubt that instituting a parallel dispute-resolution system would be easy or necessarily impartial, especially if we are talking about 100s-or-less participants.

    How would potential participants in this parallel economy minimise or prevent this risk?
    The only way that I can think of, would involve the initial exchange of “mutually-assured-destruction” evidence, prior to entering the network, or before the first transaction between the same two participants.
    Hardly conducive to a smooth, pleasant experience for all involved, and unlikely to encourage entry into the network.

    This question must have been addressed previously.
    Any ideas?


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  39. Fact: Dissidents are enemies of the state – to be rounded up and exterminated.

    If you think the State will leave you alone, you’re deluded.

    Dark times ahead.


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  40. This question must have been addressed previously.
    Any ideas?

    ..
    Anything you establish must exist within the laws of the land.
    You have to work around, not against the existing order.


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  41. Arky says:
    October 24, 2021 at 1:25 pm
    Anything you establish must exist within the laws of the land.
    You have to work around, not against the existing order.

    But you wrote:

    Ideas wanted. I’m thinking along the line of co-operative activities that act similar to barter, building those parallel structures, dropping out, or ways to structure one’s affairs to limit interactions with governments and their lackeys.

    So, basically submitting to Government regulations, policies and bureaucratic machinery will allow the building of those parallel structures and dropping out?

    Could have fooled me.


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  42. So, basically submitting to Government regulations, policies and bureaucratic machinery will allow the building of those parallel structures and dropping out?

    ..
    What?
    wherre the FUCK did you pull that from?
    Jesus.
    And just a while ago you were whinging about “herding cats”.
    Get the fuck out of here.
    I’ll delete any more comments this stupid and argumentative.


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  43. Arky says:
    October 24, 2021 at 2:56 pm
    So, basically submitting to Government regulations, policies and bureaucratic machinery will allow the building of those parallel structures and dropping out?
    ..
    What?
    wherre the FUCK did you pull that from?

    Temper.. temper.. Arky. I am asking a honest question, you respond with:
    You have to work around, not against the existing order.

    So, how do you do that?
    Building parallel structures etc… while working within the system?
    I always understood parallel structures to be separate from the mainstream ones. With the risks I outlined in my original question.
    Once you have a barter-like system, you are going to have potential problems with the ATO.

    My question is a practical one.
    Any ideas, anyone?


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  44. Once you have a barter-like system, you are going to have potential problems with the ATO.

    ..
    I don’t know Gilas, that’s why I’m throwing it open on here.
    There’s a reason I used “barter like” rather than just “barter” because I was thinking precisely the same as you are. If you put in place a formal system of barter in a community I bet the ATO will come after you. Therefore: “barter-LIKE”. If the goods and services value becomes greater than a certain amount, blammo.
    I thought alternative structures of ownership too: registered charities, companies, trusts. I don’t know enough about that to suggest anything. I hoped others would.
    The same thing is coming for these bitcoin idiots.
    As soon as they spend their bitcoins in an economy where every transaction is visible, I suspect they’ll be asked to pay capital gains.
    We have to be clever and stay within the laws.
    There is no one solution, I think.


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  45. I think the answer would be:
    Some stuff in trusts.
    Covenants.
    Volunteerism and charities.
    The very rich use charities to do all sorts of things which aren’t charitable.
    I think you could buy up a shit town somewhere, put everything under a covenant, have people working in local registered charities, a company and a trust. Very defined and open rules.
    Or something.
    I don’t know.


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  46. Arky says:
    October 24, 2021 at 4:24 pm

    It all has to be within the law, otherwise someone would do jail time.

    Agree, but I just don’t see how an efficiently-large group can be cohesive enough to make this work. I saw a recent YT video on ?Mass Psychosis describing parallel civilisation etc.. without giving any details on how this might work.
    I still have no f… idea!

    Oh, and Bitcoiners et al cryptocoiners are going to get it in the neck. More certain than gravity. But it’s interesting to see the crypto industry skirt around any serious discussion of this massive systemic risk.


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  47. Cut and paste from Qld health website –

    Due to the large number of adverse events being reported throughout Queensland we are unable to routinely contact every reporter individually. Someone from the Public Health Unit in your area may contact you or your health provider if they require more information for reporting and surveillance purposes. If you have any concerns about ongoing symptoms or future vaccinations, please speak to your GP or Healthcare provider.

    A few more weeks and you’re going to be able to walk into any business, fill your trolley and walk straight out.


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  48. 132and Bush:

    It’s been my observation that living in a rural area has insulated me from the worst of the bullshit.
    A “standard of living” is subjective as well.
    If it means being able to hear the silence, see all the stars without light pollution, breath clean air and be overwhelmed at times with birdsong is a lower standard of living than the pollution, “fiendish rattle” and “hurrying people” of a city then I guess I’m in poverty.

    Reminds me of walking home at midnight after an evening shift at Paraburdoo Hospital.
    The stars were so clear and bright, it was like a bucketful of diamonds tossed into the air.
    One of the intangibles.


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  49. “A “standard of living” is subjective as well.”

    Indeed.
    Every time I spend a few weeks out of Shitney, I swear I can’t stand it any more and will move out permanently. But a few days back in “the rut”, and it’s all out the window.
    It’s so very nice to get away from the crap and go somewhere where you can say “G’Day” to someone you don’t know and NOT get looked at you you come from the moon or something. Where, as you say, the stars blaze across the night sky, the air is invigorating and the people friendly instead of guarded. Where the weather is more important than just how it affects your favorite sporting match.


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  50. “My question is a practical one.
    Any ideas, anyone?”

    Co-ops, charities and other non-profits are legal, and at least partially fit the bill.
    I’m sure a little investigation into these would illuminate some possibilities.


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  51. Arky,
    I have been working on an island (200km x 100km) the last 18 months and even one that size is riven with insular petty politics, high fuel costs and problematic ferry schedules.
    Better to find a semi abandoned small country town where the locals are happy to see you.
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