Apparently we need government to ensure that government doesn’t get in the way of capital investment and productivity. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me backtrack a few days to a time when it was Friday.
The 3 hour drive south from Edmonton to Calgary was relaxing and uneventful. The sun had been shining and the Queen Elizabeth II Highway was dry and smooth. Later that afternoon the Progressive Conservative (PC) Party Leadership Convention would begin. It was the first time in 30 years that the PC’s were using the delegate method of selecting a new leader.
Yours truly was elected as a delegate for my riding in Edmonton. But my motive was not solely related to helping overturn the current socialist left government which grabbed power in Alberta back in 2015. No, my motive was more personal and specific to the objectives and mandates which have been organically developing within Philosophy of Metrics (POM) for over 3 years now.
First on the agenda in Calgary was a business lunch with my big mining customer. Meeting at a place called the Swine and Sow (such an Alberta name) we went through the usual laundry list of friendly action items and began conversing about some more personal matters.
The first question he asked was why I was in Calgary for the weekend. Fair enough. Explaining the twisting and treacherous path I have taken to arrive at my current political ideology was a good place to start, but it quickly turned into a discussion about accountabilities and key performance indicators (KPI”s), or lack thereof, related to government.
We both agreed that if we performed as poorly as government in our careers we would have been skidded and replaced a long time ago. Efficiency and return on investment are the cornerstones of what we do every day and every week. Through safe and productive work practices we manage towards profitability and meeting pre-determined objectives.
Having the opportunity to work beside, and learn from, some of the best people in the mining industry in the world has been the backbone of my own personal and professional development. At times it almost feels like an extended family of likeminded individuals who share cultural and socioeconomic characteristics. It has truly contributed to the hardworking, ethical and strategic person I have grown to become.
One other benefit is that it has provided me the skill of sniffing out BS and insincerity in those who come in and out of my world. The intelligent and down-to-earth people in mining are some of the best in the world. Hands down.
Parting ways I headed off to check into the hotel and get my delegate badge at the convention registration. This was going to be a new experience for me but one which was much needed as I continue developing the wisdom of the POM brand and further define the seedling mandates and platform of the Republican Party of Canada (RPC).
Since starting POM many have messaged me privately and made comments within the community regarding actions which can be taken to regain control of our political and economic sovereignty. The traditional responses I have given were always focused on our own personal responsibilities and accountabilities. It is easy for us to point the finger and blame governments or banks for the faults and troubles in our world. I have been, and continue to be, reluctant to run down that rabbit hole for the same reason as I push all conversation towards inward reflection. The reason is simple. We are all humans with the same pattern of corruption, incompetence, and predisposition to seek out gain for selfish reasons.
Blaming others for the same negative and destructive characteristics as ourselves is tantamount to a sort of treasonous cultural self-exploitation. The differences between us and them are found in the socioeconomic level which we find ourselves as opposed to the method. Those further up the ladder are better positioned to take advantage of the inherent deficiencies in the system than those near the bottom with less means. The difference between us and them is one of means and not character traits.
Please don’t send messages stating that you are different and not corrupt. We are all corrupting to varying degrees and levels. Some of this corruption is conscious while some are unconscious, or subconscious if you will. The statements above are broad and meant to convey the average generalization from a high altitude and are not targeted at you as an individual.
Over the last few months I have been interacting with the Jason Kenney campaign to “Unite the Right” in Alberta. Here there are two conservative parties. One is the old elitist PC party and the other is the Wildrose Party. The wildrose is the symbolic flower here in Alberta.
The New Democratic Party (NDP) is far left and has socialist ideals and mandates. Since gaining power they have taken out the coal industry, exploded debt, and are even rewriting the educational curriculum in secret. The last one is obviously meant to assist in transforming the right-leaning Albertan demographic forever, which would ensure future electoral wins for the NDP, or whatever liberal-left party crawls forth to feed off the hard work of the people.
There is a great need to remove this group from the halls of power at the legislature building here in Edmonton. That much is clear, and my involvement and intention are true from that perspective. But I also wanted to learn about the inner workings of the political process and how such a “grassroots” campaign can get off the ground and be coordinated through the application of strategy and the use of social media.
If the Republican Party of Canada is to be successful it will need to understand the political strategies and gamesmanship of those who move and position within the current system. For awhile I even considered that maybe I would put the idea of the RPC on the back-burner and get more involved with the Unite the Right movement here in Alberta. But after the interactions with the Kenney campaign I have decided to stick with the original strategy of the RPC to exact fundamental change in Canada while using POM as a tool to transfer information, ideas, and wisdom to a new and growing demographic of populist idealists who are sick and tired of the same old politics of flashy talking points and reneged promises.
Now don’t get me wrong, Jason Kenney strikes me as being a fine human being, but one who has had his character and edge defined by the traditional political system of leverage between the left and right which has developed in the Western world over the last few centuries. The idea he expresses to unite the right and remove the socialist NDP from power is a good one. The problem is that he is supported by the same old elitist power players who have controlled Canadian politics for generations.
These players represent not just the political “dynasties” here in Alberta and Canada, but also business interests related to those political idols and identities. This far reaching incestuous relationship between business and politics is the same throughout the world. It represents the idea of means vs character traits we had just discussed a few paragraphs ago.
Being an astute observer has always been one of my best characteristics. Just interacting with the political process here in Alberta has provided the insight which I needed to reflect further and make some firm decisions regarding the path forward for the RPC. Every time I shock Jason Kenney’s hand he transferred hidden information about himself. Every interaction I had with riding captains and those managing the campaign from behind the scenes provided a new depth of understanding about the process and those involved.
The hard work and dedication is there. No doubt. One evening I was at a private residence were some of us delegates got to meet with Kenney and ask some questions while getting a photo taken with him. When he arrived he looked exhausted. The long days traveling across Alberta and meeting with people was obviously taking its toll. You have to admire such dedication, no matter the motivation.
During the convention I had the opportunity to talk with Kenney some more. There were also short introductions with others who worked on the campaign at a higher level than the delegate selection organizers who I had been interacting with. These were strategists and organizers who are the brains behind the overall plan to unite the right and install Kenney as the next Premier of Alberta.
On Saturday morning there was a Big Ideas discussion with a business person from Calgary, a current Member of Parliament (MP), also from Calgary, and some other guy who seemed to be promoting bigger government. Sitting in the room with around another 1000 people I listened as each presented their big idea and talking points.
One of the points which stood out to me was the promotion of Alberta government bonds being sold to Albertans as a way for them to invest in their own future. The idea of bonds is associated with the inefficiencies and accumulating debt of the central banking system. Bonds, or bondage, whichever twist you prefer, will not be the base of tomorrows socioeconomic system. The world is changing and these yesterday thinkers will live long enough to watch their ideological methodologies drift away on the winds of tomorrow.
The argument which is always used to defend bonds and the current central bank framework is the need for liquidity. Economic growth requires liquidity. This is true. But when liquidity is a byproduct of debt it becomes a degeneration of the fundamentals which should be associated with growth. Debt, and debt management, is a growing problem for the world to face. No forward thinking politician and business person should be promoting the expansion of debt. On one hand the right here in Alberta is hammering the NDP for expanding the debt while also suggesting that more debt is the answer. Sure, these bonds can provide a return to those Albertans who make the investment, but it still doesn’t address the issue of rampant fiat debt and the need for structured debt reduction and restructuring of the system itself.
The MP from Calgary was discussing how government needs to get out of the way of free enterprise, but included how we needed government to make that happen. She was intelligent, well spoken, and some of her ideas were spot on. The size and infiltration of the current socialist government needs to be reduced for sure. But I would suggest that government needs to be reduced even further from the benchmark she would like to see.
Until central bank practices are transformed and substantial debt reduction takes place government will remain as too large and too intrusive. The current system of government debt and taxation is unsustainable. It can be extended for a long time yet but the more this happens the more the people will become disillusioned and revolution will begin. The social construct will collapse before the banking and debt accumulation system ever does.
One concept I have discussed on POM before is the transformation of the central bank system. In theory the idea of a central bank is not a bad one. The problem is in the ownership of the central bank and the abuse of the power given to it.
Here in Canada our central bank is more symbolic as opposed to the functional nature of the Federal Reserve in America or the Bank of England. Private banks in Canada, such as the Royal Bank, BMO, Toronto Dominion, and CIBC, are the biggest creators of debt and contributors to the expansion of the money supply. The Bank of Canada is somewhat powerless when it comes to expanding and contracting the money supply through the pump down or pump up of liquidity.
Sure, it can adjust the interest rate, which makes money cheap or expensive, but the integration between Canadian banking and American banking is so deep that we are affected more by what happens down South than we are here. But think about that statement for a moment. Money is cheap or expensive. What does that really mean? Isn’t money a representation of wealth, and wealth is the accumulation of human time and labor?
Money is being created through debt, which means our ability to store our wealth in this lifetime is built over a bottomless pit. As such, money needs to be created through other means than debt. In essence, every minute that we are contributing to our hard work and goals we are creating wealth. The wealth is there. Money, as it stands, is being used to leech our wealth.
The current socioeconomic and political systems feed off the peoples time and labor through debt creation and forced taxation to manage that debt, and the banking framework supports and encourages both. This is the problem with the existing political system and the parties which bounce around like pinballs inside its rubber padding.
Central bank ownership needs to change. Here the Bank of Canada needs to be utilized differently. We the people elect our government but have no means of holding them accountable. There are zero KPI’s for government. It would appear that government can do whatever they want and every once in awhile we vote them out for another government who comes into power and does what they want without any consequences and accountabilities. It is a form of madness that we even allow this continue.
Imagine a world were Canadians, Americans, or wherever you are in the world as you read this, have the ability to take control of their respective central bank. This can be accomplished with simple legislation which shifts ownership to the people. Consider that forced taxation to manage debt costs is replaced with a selection of choices to invest in the central bank. This investment serves as a container for the wealth of the people.
As JC Collins I would no longer be forced to pay income tax to Revenue Canada. Revenue Canada would not exist. For Americans the IRS would not exist. Instead of paying taxes I would be given a selection of opportunities to invest in the Bank of Canada. It could be structured around income and percentages. The more you invest into the bank the more dividends you can get paid quarterly and yearly.
This money would represent the actual wealth of the people, and as such the nation, and would provide a solid foundation for the transformation of the socioeconomic and political systems.
A board of citizens can be elected to govern the central bank and how it manages the wealth of the people. The government will have to put together business plans for funding projects it wishes to implement. A strong case will have to be made for each as the Bank of Canada, and its governing board of citizens, will expect payment in full, with interest accrual, over a predetermined period of time. The dividends to each Canadian will be paid on this profitability, so it will be the central banks responsibility to hold the government responsible for its plans and actions.
Under such a plan the central bank of each nation would become the tool by which the people can hold the government they elect accountable. No longer would government be able to expand the money just to manage debts and pay for extreme inefficiency which has been built into the current system.
How the government in each nation manages the money it borrows from the people’s treasure chest will be determined by the needs of each nation and their respective form of government. Here in Canada I obviously propose a classical Republicanism form of government which will shrink the government to the smallest possible size while empowering the people to take responsibility and accountability for its own overall governance.
The proposed central bank transformation and change of ownership I described above is a great tool to accomplish this. It gives empowerment to the people and forces government to be accountable. Programs it wishes to implement will compete against parallel programs in the private sector. Under such a dynamic government will have to become profitable so it can payback the bank and dividends to the people who invest in the development of the nation.
Here the people’s Bank of Canada could act as lender to the provinces. Each province could have a bank which serves the same purpose as the Bank of Canada. It invests in provincial programs for the benefit of the people. Infrastructure projects must turn a profit for a predetermined period of time in order to pay back the loan which funded it. These loans come from the people’s wealth as opposed to using debt which people are then taxed to pay back. It’s switching the system from one of forced taxation to one of revenue investment. It also ensure that the money supply never expands disproportionate to the actual time and labor of the people.
The currency can also be pegged to this system through the nations GDP and the partial backing of gold and other resources, depending on the nation. Here in Canada it would be energy, water, lumber, fisheries, farming, etc..
Such a system of central bank ownership by the people, used as a tool to hold the government accountable, and the stabilization of currency with solid backing, will provide the fundamental tools which can be used to transform our civilization.
The amount which people would save from the elimination of forced taxation and extreme reduction of government would far outweigh any ancillary costs which may have to be paid for road tolls, bridge tolls, access costs, and other program expenses. It empowers people with choices and makes both government and industry more efficient, accountable, and profitable.
At the convention Jason Kenney won in a 75% landslide. Not surprising. The other candidates held liberal talking points and wanted to keep the party towards the centre. The new modern nationalism which is emerging around the world is forcing a shift away from the centre. But the world requires additional change from that which can be obtained within a left/right paradigm alone.
It requires the foundational changes described above. Such a transformation would shatter the traditional left/right dynamic which has been used to manage mass populations for centuries. These changes would promote true capitalism as opposed to the corrupt and socialist manipulated version of capitalism which exists now. It would empower the people through a small classical Republic government, as opposed to the socialist corrupted version of Republicanism which exists today for the sole purpose of pushing and collecting people to the left.
As I drove home to Edmonton from the convention all of these thoughts went through my mind. After embedding myself into the political process I was left feeling even more encouraged to toil towards the transformation described here. But now I was armed with a much better understanding of what we are faced against. The existing political establishments are so organized and strategic that we need to play a different game. We need to create our own framing and not accept the framing of those who would continue to feed off the time and labor of the people.
It’s being reported in the Toronto Sun newspaper that Canadians are sick of the political elites and that the nation is ripe for a populist movement. This is true. The nature of the unhappiness and lack of confidence in the existing socioeconomic and political orders is completely underreported and underrated.
It is my expectation that the work of both Philosophy of Metrics and the Republican Party of Canada is just getting started. I am committed to dedicating the rest of my life to obtaining the goals defined here and in the RPC constitution. I am dedicated to the people of my nation and those around the world who dream of something better. I am dedicated to promoting the ideals of classical Republicanism and Capitalism in Canada, and through example around the world.
For those who have messaged me over the last three years wondering about a path forward or a solution, and for those who felt I was on the fence, the information provided above is for you. For those who have thought I was promoting globalization and political division, the information provided above is for you. For those who thought that I did not have the interest of the people in mind and at heart, I tell you that one of the objectives of the RPC will be to abolish the monarchy here in Canada and establish classical Republicanism. No longer will the people of Canada pledge allegiance to a foreign power who is interested in accumulating the wealth of the people through forced taxation and debt-based money creation.
The political establishment in this nation should know that I am only now getting warmed up. Everyone that hears the information described above is overwhelmed with the message. We are gathering but I’m a patient man. I will not rush towards fault and failure. I am no Trump. I come from a family of modest means, which makes me a true representative of the people. The framing will be ours and not yours. We will bring the socioeconomic and political revolution to the doorstep of Parliament and claim the throne for the people.
It has begun. – JC
Please visit www.therpc.ca for more information on the Republican Party of Canada.
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