This is the first article I think I have ever written where I recommend visiting another site. There are always those firsts!
One of the reasons I left the U.S.A., and am now in Central America, was I was dissatisfied with U.S. government policies concerning this whole deal about housing and bank bailouts.
I truly believe that life as we know it in America will change, and I did not see much of an alternative to the powers that be.
Brandon Smith may have come up with an idea that may offer a way to change the your business dealings. You can read his “interview” here at http://www.zerohedge.com/article/alt-marketcom.
I will be the first to admit, that I like reading most of the Zero Hedge contributors. I think the contributors offer a unique perspective on the spin the normal media puts on the news that they report. I have come to believe more of what is shared on Zero Hedge then I do on any TV news station.
Brandon Smith’s new website is called Alt-Market.com.
Now think about this for a minute – Alt – means…….. Alternative?
Alt-Market.com is set up for an Alternative Market place. (Gosh, these guys are so smart on these web name titles, aren’t they?) ( I can be soooo funny at times!)
Any who – not to get away from the subject at hand.
Alt-Market is being set up to put people in touch with other people who want to trade for services and goods. Like trade a cow for some freshly cut meat, or a doctors visit, etc.
Trade gold or silver coins for a computer or car.
An actual web site that is concerned about putting people face to face in a transaction, another unique concept from the web! ( OK, I’ll stop with my funny comments – but they are good, don’t you think? Hardy Har Har!)
This was tried in the 70’s. I remember when the U.S. got off the gold standard, prices were sky rocketing, and people tried to barter – but one did not have a computer, just one of those silly, landline thingys. (A telephone? Ok, ok, I will stop….)
Brandon Smith is somewhat conservative. He thinks the value of the dollar is going down. He thinks, therefore, that prices will go up.
Brandon also believes that there might come a time when no one will want a dollar, then what?
This is his idea of an alternative to exchanging dollars for things,food, items and services.
Catherine Austin Fitts has a similar view on The Solari Report.
Both Brandon and Catherine believe that globalization, contrary to the government saying it is a great thing, is a bad thing.
They both are convinced we should get back to community – know your butcher, know your pharmacist, know the person that bakes your bread – that sort of thing. That relying on others 50 to 1,000’s of miles away for goods and services is not a good thing. We need to get back to a more personal touch.
I see this all over Central America. The difficulty that major companies have with breaking into markets is that the people here want to know who they are doing business with.
They do not want to walk into a store that is owned by some conglomorate in the U.S.A.. They like doing business with their neighbors. They want to know about the family, the local gossip and they also like the idea of keeping people in business who are their friends.
Remember those times? If your of the 20 – 40 year old range, you may not. The scope of American business has changed so much in the last 20 years. 9 times out of 10, you have no idea who owns the store that you are shopping in.
So maybe this is the start of a good alternative market for the U.S.. Deal with your fellow citizens in the county that you live in. Face to face, eye to eye – where a handshake might begin to mean something once again.
Take a look at Alt-Market.com. It might change not only the faces you deal with when doing business, but also the face of the nation!
Cheers for now.