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Economic Unions & Digital Nations

To Combat Hostile Economies & State Powers

Abstract

Economic unions allow individuals to organize and mobilize their labor and consumer activity to produce financial and political benefits for themselves and their loved ones. The Federal Reserve is modern proof that economic unions are the most successful and powerful institutions created throughout human civilization with their ability to control not just the US economy and by extension the US government but the global economy as well. Within 100 years, the Federal Reserve successfully achieved a legal, state-sanctioned monopoly over the US banking system and the production of legal tender. Federal Reserve members are the wealthiest institutions in the world managing trillions in assets while facilitating over a quadrillion in derivative financial instruments. The Federal Reserve is an economic union of privately-owned banking corporations and has won its position as the center of the global economy through the unionization of its member's economic and political activities. We propose an economic union to divert, capture, and secure wealth, capital, and resources that are currently flowing into hostile economies by diverting members’ economic activity into a collective economic system governed and regulated by members through direct democracy that operates on behalf of their interests. An economic union separates economic regulatory powers from captive and hostile political institutions and empowers members to impose boycotts, divestments, and sanctions as they deem necessary to promote their economic interests against hostile and aggressive commercial operations. As humanity becomes a multi-planet species, an economic union that secures and provides individuals democratic engagements will be necessary to provide cross-national and planetary stability in commerce, provide security for members’ commercial interests, and mobilize power in response to hostile actions initiated by state actors, third-party commercial enterprises, and competing economic unions.

1. Introduction

There is only one primary resource in all economic systems, people, all other assets, valuations, and systems are derivative works and products. From individuals, we derive labor (mental and physical) which forms products and services.  Those products and services are valued based on a person’s wants, needs, and experiences. The process of trading for labor, products, or services creates an economic community. People form communities, communities form economies, economies form governments, and governments produce politics. Communities are the foundation of economics, and governments cannot exist without the willful or coerced consent of the governed.

Economics is the foundation of all human engagement. Labor is expended or traded for resources; those resources are used to survive, provide security, and pleasure. The need for an individual to earn an income, engage in commerce, and acquire the necessary resources to feed, clothe, and secure their livelihood is a near-universal human experience in modern human civilization. Governments are formed to utilize a monopoly on violence to secure economic activity, provide collective security, and mediate contracts between domestic and foreign parties.

Modern civilization is controlled by two primary factors, violence, and money. The state in modern tradition holds a monopoly on both. Money has taken many forms throughout human civilization, with money acting as a medium of exchange for labor. In modern economies, the monetary system has been mandated by Nation-States to operate as an inflationary fiat-fractional reserve banking system which has removed limitations on a Nation-State’s ability to mint or create new money at any time. Before this system was implemented in the early 1900s, the gold standard and money made of precious metals, and valued based on their scarcity was a human standard for centuries. Through the state monopoly on violence, all competitive modern economies now flow through central banking institutions which are protected and secured by the state and whose money is backed by the labor of its citizens. The merger of the central bank and the state transformed every modern nation into a State-Capitalist economy whose subjects and citizens' quality of life is set by the nation’s plutocratic oligarchy. Modern feudalism has taken over human civilization.

While the illusion of independence of the central banks is kept up in public, realpolitik, pragmatism dictates that there cannot exist a division of ultimate power over the security of a Nation-State which is the security of the ruling class. This forces the conclusion that central bankers, the political class, and the plutocracy of each Nation-State work in tandem and are mostly allied in their goals and causes, while the implementation of policies that benefit the ruling class are pushed by their political agents.

Democracy as a system sought to give individuals a voice in the formation and direction of the ruling class. Republics have often co-opted democratic principles to secure the consent of the governed. In modern human civilization these civil operating systems (COPS) are often chartered under a constitution or public legal document that serves as a social contract for those governed under the system to understand the foundational rights, restrictions, and powers all parties have.

History has shown that all institutions, civilizations, and empires eventually fall, some from foreign aggression and many from domestic decline, corruption, and systemic inequality. With the rise and fall of all empires and governments, the people, average citizens, are the ones that suffer the most. In a nation that sees social, economic, and political decline the plutocratic ruling class and their ability to migrate are often welcomed with open arms into foreign economies, as well as the resources and power they bring with them. The political class historically can only be spared the same fate as the nobility of the French revolution by forming a para-military cult following that utilizes violence, intimidation, and terrorism to secure their political leadership’s security and wage violent war on their political enemies.

The average lifespan of a constitution across the world is 17 years. Thomas Jefferson, an American founder, principal author of the Declaration of Independence, and third president of the United States wrote “God forbid we should ever be 20 years without such a rebellion.” While constitutions have a short lifespan, estimations on the lifespan of empires that are fueled by war and conquest range from 250 to 300 years on average. The United States is a declining empire that turns 250 years old in 2026. While no one can predict the future, all factors are pointing to a balkanization of the United States within the next 50 years if the current course is kept.

The United States is riddled with corruption, political demagoguery, and ever-increasing wealth inequality which will eventually culminate in a violent revolution. The divide between the average American and the ruling political plutocracy is accelerating, and modern communications make it impossible for the censorship of information to exist across an entire society. The power to live stream, tweet, DM, and distribute information has given nearly every person the ability to report, archive, and spread information that contrasts the harsh realities of American society, the political violence of the “left” and “right,” as well as the power disparity of those that rule vs the average subjects and citizens of the United States.

The ruling political parties in the U.S. are the Democratic and Republican parties which have held power for the last 150+ years at the state and federal levels across the entire nation and a plutocracy represented by the Federal Reserve which was officially formed in 1913. The Federal Reserve is the modern incarnation of the plutocratic banking class that has tried multiple times to subjugate the American Nation through economic control. With the creation of the Federal Reserve, an institution of debt slavery to privately owned banking corporations was successfully achieved by the Democratic and Republican parties. The political class and the plutocratic banking class now had an official and legal joint venture with the force and power of the United States Government.

Since 1913 there has been a systematic century-long financial strategy that has been put in place by the ruling class to strip Americans of their wealth, concentrate financial assets into fewer hands controlled by the plutocracy, and deprive the American people of a functional and healthy democracy. With the power to inflate the money supply and a monopoly on the production of legal tender, the Federal Reserve and its members went to work engineering economic instability for the working class, the centralization of wealth and assets into their investors’ hands, and in the last 40 years the exportation of manufacturing and intellectual property to foreign markets. Every measurable action taken by the Federal Reserve and its member banks has incentivized Wall Street firms and the political class to degrade the US economy’s independence, increased its reliance on hostile foreign powers, and destroyed working-class American families in pursuit of personal profit. These actions are not by accident, they are hostilities waged by those that wish to see American independence eradicated and subjugated by an international monetary order.

Since the creation of the Federal Reserve inflation has increased by 2,629%. By every measurable metric recorded by the Federal Reserve, wealth inequality has steadily grown since 1989. The Federal Reserve estimates that the wealthiest 10% of Americans hold more than 88% of all available equity in corporations, the top 1% controlling more than twice as much equity as the bottom 50% of Americans combined. Since 1989 the top 10% of Americans collectively grew their wealth by $78T and gained a 9% share of the total US economy, the top 1% capturing 8.7% of the total 9%. Simultaneously the bottom 90% grew their wealth by $31T and lost a 9% share of the economy.

80% of Americans have debt, 71% have economic insecurity, and 63% of Americans have been living paycheck to paycheck. More than 13% of American adults -- or about 34 million people -- report knowing of at least one friend or family member in the past five years who died after not receiving needed medical treatment because they could not pay for it. Scarcity of services and products is no longer a major cause of medical death, it’s the economic inability to afford life-saving treatments that see Americans and their loved ones dying year after year.

Americans' views on the Federal Reserve are declining from 42% disproval in 2009 to an estimated 60% disapproval in 2021, and Americans’ trust in government hovers around 24% for the general population while Gen Z rests at 17%. The younger generation, growing up connected to limitless access to information and content are seeing the hypocrisy of the ruling class and the power of their government used to benefit the plutocracy instead of the nation’s people.

In 2016 Pew Research reported that partisanship and political animosity in the U.S. is at an all-time high with an average of 52% of Democrat and Republican voters being “afraid” of the other party. Additional reports see Americans see stronger societal conflicts than other modern advanced economies. 85% of Americans polled by Pew want to see significant political system reforms, 66% want significant economic reforms, and 76% want health care reform. All these reforms sought by the American people degrade the power and control of the plutocracy. Political inaction and diversions are used to divide Americans’ attention while the ruling class seeks to engineer a solution that primarily benefits their own power and profit while minimizing their costs and loss of control.

The United States has already entered its period of decline and is seeing balkanization that is being driven by the Democratic and Republican parties in attempts to keep the population aggravated and distracted with internal conflict with fellow citizens. Meanwhile, the ruling class is using the legal authority of the U.S. Governments and the Federal Reserve to prop up financial markets, continue to centralize financial assets, and insulate themselves from economic recessions that will culminate in massive civil unrest which will further empower the ruling class to militarize the surveillance-state against its citizens.

The Federal Reserve, Wall Street, and the plutocracy have engineered a system of mutually assured destruction (MAD) by convincing the American working class to invest their capital earned through labor into 401Ks, investment, and retirement accounts controlled by agents of the plutocracy which ties the upper middle class’s life savings to the performance of Wall Street institutions. By integrating the accumulated wealth of those that have labored and been fortunate enough to save and amass wealth throughout their working life to the operations and health of Wall Street, the plutocracy has ensured its continued dominance through the economic patronage of American households. This integration of the American working class to the plutocratic class sees those oppressed funding their oppressors.

Blackrock, Vanguard, Fidelity Investments, State Street Global Advisors, and Capital Group are leaders in oppression and the core group of commercial entities that have empowered the techno-surveillance-state and economy that has been used by the National Security Agency and US military to destroy the US Constitution, specifically the 4th Amendment. These same companies own controlling shares in every Wall Street-Big Tech company that is systematically censoring American public discourse, utilizing artificial intelligence technologies to increase animosity and hostilities in the American population, and manipulating the US and global markets for their personal gain.

All these actions by those in power are predictable and transparent when aligned with historical actions of past civilizations and the way a ruling class preserves their hegemony over the societies they have captured and destroyed. The institutional systems, names, and tools have evolved but the strategies employed are the same and are backed by direct violence such as assassinations and state persecution through captive civil institutions controlled by their political agents.

Generational wealth obtained through slavery, war, and other atrocities has powered modern banking institutions through the last century. Those banking institutions now control the governments of the world. The plutocracy of the US is in league with the international plutocracy to strip individual freedom, place the people of the world into perpetual debt slavery, and control economies through centralized banking institutions via the World Bank, IMF, and World Economic Forum with the backing of the militaries of participating nations. The fight for life and liberty has gone global and Wall Street is the international focal point.

What is needed is an economic union modeled on the individual liberties granted by the American Constitution that ensures the right to free speech, commerce, individuality, and privacy as it has historically proven to outlast the average constitution by 14x its average life cycle, produce the world’s largest economy, and rallied diverse cultures and ideologies under a single banner.

Our proposed economic union mobilizes individuals and their communities into a federated network that provides resistance and defense against hostile economic and political-institutional powers while organizing economic activity into an offensive weapon.

Human civilization has gone digital. Dependency on non-members or commercial entities that can be taken over, become hostile, or be destroyed for critical infrastructure would leave the economic union weak to non-union organizations, agencies, and hostile actors. Union members must fund, develop, secure, and expand infrastructure that promotes and secures their interests to ensure generational independence and be positioned to combat hostile actors and organizations. In effect, a modern economic union is a digital nation, and like all nations, liberty, independence, and sovereignty are a collective effort that must be participated in by its members.

2. Economic Unions

We propose an Economic Union governed by a constitution ratified by members through a direct democratic process. Offering the freedoms promised by the American Constitution, secured through the unionization of the economic and intellectual power of its members, and safeguarded through radical transparency.

The most beneficial and resilient legal structure that can be employed that provides all members the legal right and ability to vote, participate, and direct the operations of the economic union in a direct democratic method is a member-controlled non-profit entity.

The elimination of ownership, absence of stock, and a transparent constitution that governs the entity to ensure equality amongst members in voting rights and benefits provides the foundation for long-term stability, security, and the legal transparency necessary to create a level of trust and symbiotic relationship with its members that is unobtainable by traditional corporations, political entities, and governments who operate through secrecy, coercion, and manipulation. Through a constitution, members can set the leadership's term cycles, recall procedures, pay rates, and benefits for employees within the economic union. Consensus and acceptance in all votes and actions should be seen as a 60% majority ensuring that proposals and actions reflect the will of the majority.

Nonprofit organizations are exempt from federal income taxes under subsection 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax code. The 501(c)(3) status of the economic union legally forces the entity to remain independent of political campaigns, backing political candidates, and participating in partisan activities under the threat of losing its status and tax benefits. These limitations are built-in security features that help prevent rogue leadership from becoming agents for political institutions while mandating financial transparency by law.

Unlike most traditional labor unions that use a delegate system where representatives vote on behalf of their local chapters, a member-controlled non-profit utilizing direct democracy to elect its leadership and take collective actions decentralizes power to the individual member and pushes the organization to reach a consensus that produces the most beneficial outcomes for the most members. One member, one vote provides the most resilient system to subversion, subterfuge, and hostile takeovers by ideological factions and state intelligence operations.

3. Digital Nation

American life is digital, human civilization is digital. Our proposed economic union must provide the tools and technologies of modern life: digital identity, communication, commerce, security, and privacy. America’s current dependency and addiction to Big Tech platforms give five (5) companies immense power to censor and shape public discourse as well as manipulate the mental health of the American people. 16 Internet Service Providers (ISPs) connect 90%+ of American households to the internet. Americans’ digital life is controlled by 21 companies that are invested in and owned by the plutocratic ruling class and operate as partners to state-intelligence agencies.

As of 2019, 90% of adults in America use the internet irregularly or frequently. 93% of Americans use the internet according to Pew Research. 85% of Americans own a smartphone whose apps keep them persistently online. 72% of Americans utilize social media with 57% of users using social media daily. Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft provide digital services to over 220M Americans annually and generate nearly $1T in revenue with a market valuation of over $8T or the equivalent of 37% of US GDP.

Every one of these organizations has benefitted directly from taxpayer funding or corporate welfare in the form of tax breaks given to them by the Democratic and Republican parties. Their ability to maintain their monopolies on digital connectivity is dependent on their partnership with the government. The FCC and other government agencies that are tasked to provide oversight and regulatory actions on these companies and industries are captured by corporate agents and have been effectively neutered by political agents.

Our proposed economic union may begin its journey on the infrastructure of its opposition, but it must build independent infrastructure to ensure its survival and security. As our economic union is a perpetual endeavor this means securing our digital networks down to the processor and operating systems over the course of the next century to combat state-intelligence agencies’ transgressions and hostilities.

Humanity has coveted information (data) since the beginning of civilization. In the modern era, personal behavioral and economic data allows those with access to individually target and manipulate people with extreme precision while reducing the resources necessary to gain a beneficial outcome. These realities demand a strategic response to secure members’ economic and personal interests. Sovereign physical infrastructure increases resource expenditures of data acquisition operations of hostile and competitive organizations and agencies exponentially. The connection from the physical to digital worlds must be secured from corporate ownership and Nation-State hostilities to ensure the viability of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

The technology platforms that members use to facilitate their digital lifestyles and actions are key to securing their digital identities, personal data, communications, and commercial activity. The only path forward that serves members' interests is digital self-sovereignty which decentralizes power to the individual. The global opensource community has already created an architecture that enables this while providing the ability for a digital sovereign to join and participate in the digital communities of their choosing, the architecture is called the Fediverse.

Our economic union expands the capabilities of the Fediverse through the creation of marketplace platforms and commercializes the tools and technologies that empower self-sovereignty via hardware and software products and services that enable non-technical consumers to become digital sovereigns. The overarching goal of the economic union is economic and digital sovereignty for every member and the expansion of the collective community infrastructure that provides a digital commons for members of the union.

The Fediverse architecture provides migration of digital identities between digital communities (servers and platforms). The union uses this foundation to create an alternative internet branched off the main net. Members of the union can freely connect to the main net as they have traditionally, and explore any servers or communities they want while knowing they have a secured net maintained by the union and regulated through a constitution and their voting engagements.

Just as traditional Nation-state control immigration and commerce flowing into their domains, the economic union must do so for its network and infrastructure on behalf of its members. The creation of a new digital nation gives rise to a new sovereign domain name service like the Ethereum name services and traditional DNS services.

The union's primary goal is economic and digital sovereignty instead of surveillance of member activities the need for a completely open-source stack is necessary to maintain trust and patronage by individuals. As a sovereign digital network onion routing services can be employed as well as co-opting of privacy-focused cryptocurrencies such as Monero as a recognized and universal medium of exchange that allows members and member-owned businesses to safeguard their activities from hostile agencies and actors.

4. Digital Economy

There are three primary points of economic control in the digital world: search, social, and commerce. These features are dominated by three companies in the U.S. that generate nearly $300B in annual revenue.

Facebook generates $86B annually because of the size of its community and the influence it exerts in the consumer economy. Most of their monetization is from advertising, or the act of diverting and directing consumption. Facebook serves an estimated 220M+ people in the U.S. and generates roughly $42B (48.8%) revenue annually in the U.S. and Canada. This breaks down to about $190 of revenue generated per U.S. user.

Amazon generated $236B (61% of global) in North America and serves 82% (98.4M) of American households with their prime offering. Amazon generated an estimated $277B (71% of global) through online stores and retail third-party services with a calculated $169B (61% of global retail) revenue generated in North America or an estimated $1,700 annually per prime household ($143/month).

Google generated $85B (47% of global) in the U.S. in 2020 with 80% of its total revenue being generated through advertising services. We can estimate $68B in advertising revenue for an estimated 270M people within the U.S. or an average revenue of $251 per U.S. user. Google’s advertising is powered by its dominance in search via web and video content with YouTube.

The three economic necessities and points of economic control in the digital world produce $1,111 per U.S. adult or $3,048 per U.S. household served by these three organizations. The average life expectancy in the U.S. is 79 years. This would provide an expected lifetime revenue generation value of $67,771 for the average U.S. user of search, social, and eCommerce (18 – 79).

Americans use the internet religiously throughout their days, primarily to search for content and information as well as engage in social communities. Wherever consumers go, businesses will follow. It took Big Tech 20 years to develop to its current state, our economic union can achieve a competitive footprint in 10 years or less.

5. Economic Migration

Communities spawn economies. Membership in the Economic Union is priced at $5 a year for verified membership and is open for every person of legal working age, 14+ in the US. Membership dues form the basis for the collective economy and its supporting infrastructure. In the US, there are 331M people per the 2020 census. An estimated 82% of the US population is over 14 years of age or the equivalent of 271M individuals.

Membership revenue pays for the labor and infrastructure necessary to develop, run, secure, and grow the digital platforms that provide members an independent digital economic and social ecosystem. Every verified member has an average potential consumer spending capability (PCSC) of $300/month or $3,600 annually.

For commerce to happen, the union economy must have verified commercial entities that provide products and services to members. All commercial operations must be registered with the economic union. The process of registration allows the union to regulate businesses within its economic network. As the economic union is in direct competition with Wall Street, which owns and controls the totality of the US economic system and regulatory bodies, the union prioritizes the needs of small businesses and non-Wall Street-aligned firms. For small businesses (under $50M in revenue) a registration and verification fee of $15 annually. Firms of $50M+ that are not aligned with Wall Street have a $1,000 annual fee to maintain commercial operations on the union network.

There are 31.7M small businesses in the US. An estimated 15M  businesses generate less than $50M+ in revenue. Small businesses can spend an average of $300 monthly on basic office supplies and operational needs (BOSON) adding further demand to the Union economy.

Registration is an act of economic migration and with migration comes new opportunity. Digital identities such as @usernames offer early economic migrants the ability to settle on digital real estate that can appreciate as the economic union grows. The union does not reserve @usernames except in the cause of official government agencies and titles of government representatives. Only members and registered commercial entities can own @usernames, non-member users of the union’s digital platforms register a @username to engage on the platform but do not own it, allowing it to be claimed by a member or registered business unless that individual becomes a member themselves. Members and registered businesses can own a single @username each. Ownership is valid if the member or business stays in good standing with the union via annual membership dues or registration fees.

This incentivizes early economic migration into the union economy and provides early revenue that can be directed back into the development of the economic infrastructure. Speculators can seize the opportunity to purchase rights to @Walmart, @Amazon, and other @username of Wall Street brands in the hopes of selling those at later date. The union further incentivizes economic migration through other vehicles such as data trusts, free digital advertising for small businesses, revenue share programs, and a 5, 10, 15, and 20-year union bond market that brings capital in for infrastructure development.

6. Data Trust

Data is the most valuable renewable commodity in the modern digital economy. If people use digital systems, data will always be an abundant byproduct. The economic union does not own its members' data but provides members the tools and technology to capture their personal information created through digital engagements for their own benefit.

Economic data is the philosopher's stone allowing those that control it to turn information into “gold.” Consumer economic activity, the exchange of money for goods and services, is multi-dimensional data and is a cumulative product of an individual’s behavioral profile. Interpretation of the data is the process of turning lead into gold, just having the data resources is no guarantee of economically beneficial outcomes.

The economic union provides members a data trust, that de-identifies their captured economic data, aggregates, and analyzes it to manufacture collective market actions undertaken by the economic union in the open market. From simple consumer purchases, the union can extract and reconstruct the economic network and resources utilized to complete the transaction which enables the union to map the economy, pinpoint weaknesses in the Wall Street economy, seize opportunities to provide value to its members and grow their economic interests.

The data trust compensates members in what is effectively a cash back program that utilizes members’ receipts, invoices, and other proof of purchases to obtain product and service data and returns a portion of the members’ expenses. Compensation for members’ contributed data is through the issuance of union currency (TC Credits) which are exchanged at a rate of equal value to the Federal Reserve note ($1 = 1TCC) and can be used across the entirety of the union network for goods and services. Compensation for members’ economic data is capped at $1,000 a year per member and is paid out at a rate of 2% of verified consumer expenditures by the individual member.

7. Economic Diversion

If Amazon had the ability to know everything you buy, where you buy, and how much you spend on it, they would easily be able to monopolize the consumer marketplace by offering competitive products and features for less cost. It would only be a matter of time until their ability to undercut their competition would lead to the collapse of their competitors.

Collectively, armed with the anonymized data provided by the data trust the union can understand the consumer needs of its members on a micro and macro-economic scale. Union members currently purchase household consumables such as paper towels, toilet paper, and trash bags, and the data trust analyzes the price members are currently paying, averages out the purchasing cycle, and allows the union to collectively bargain for better pricing, seek alternative suppliers, or create commercial subsidiaries to fulfill economic needs and create beneficial outcomes for its members. This strategy has already been effectively employed by Costco ($195B annual revenue) and has greatly accelerated its climb to the second-largest traditional retailer in the U.S. and allowed it to nurture an extreme degree of consumer loyalty by providing value for less cost.

The union will be able to perform these market actions in every industry, for any product, and in the future for core civilian services such as electricity, emergency services, and even wireless communication services.

8. Logistics

The movement and storage of products and data is the lifeblood of modern economies. The economic union provides a physical and digital economic logistical network that enables members to communicate and engage in commerce in the real and digital worlds.

The operational security of the economic union is dependent on its ability to fund, build, and maintain a sovereign communication infrastructure including data centers. All communication flowing through the networks must use end-2-end encryption and other security measures deemed necessary to mitigate data collection activities from state-intelligence agencies and hostile actors.

Data centers must be abundant, decentralized, and serve regional sectors. Community data centers that serve local membership as well as provide resiliency to the union network increase the complexity and resources necessary to degrade the quality of service to union members and the collective economy. Data centers and other digital infrastructure will serve as communication hubs that are connected through sovereign cabling and communication channels, removing the dependency on Wall Street controlled and NSA loyal ISPs.

The natural extension for communication logistics is to eliminate the need for government-aligned ISPs for members by extending ISP services regionally as capital requirements and member demand is met. With each data center and regional operation operating as a federated node to the total union network supported by sovereign cabling and communication channels, the union is able to provide a resilient regional and national communication network that can remain in operation through most natural disasters and hostile state actions which can be seen in current events with the nation of Kazakhstan, where the government shut down the internet.

It is necessary to provide physical logistics, the traditional transportation of physical goods to maintain union independence. The movement of products across the totality of the supply chain for member-owned businesses is instrumental over the long term to provide union members stability in commerce and the necessary goods and resources needed for survival throughout domestic and geopolitical turmoil.

Corporate-owned logistic, distribution, and retail networks operate in a just-in-time (JIT) fashion and the Democratic and Republican economy has made the United States dependent on hostile foreign nations for critical medical resources. The economic union must act as a domestic producer and distributor of products and be able to provide the ability to store and distribute critical resources for its members in the event of a natural disaster, hostile Nation-State action, or critical market failure.

Outside of these functions, the logistical network provides third-party logistics services to the union economy and member businesses in the same fashion as Amazon, UPS, and other providers.

9. Payments

Money transmission is a tightly regulated industry within the U.S. and carries with it a high investment in capital and labor resources. The transmission of money is a point of economic control and as such the economic union must be independent in its operational capacity to serve its members' interests. The development of an open-source (FOSS) payment and banking system is a necessity for the survivability, longevity, and economic independence of members.

The growth of the economic union would see the buildout of a robust money transmission network in every U.S. state and territory over the long term. In the short term, growing an alliance with credit unions and other financial organizations that provide the necessary services and carry the necessary licensing can further facilitate growth and independence from Wall Street.

10. Banking

The American Working Class (bottom 90% of American households) represents $6T+ in income and $4T+ in expenditures annually while holding $35T+ in combined wealth.

The establishment of a credit union would accelerate financial independence for members and would cripple Wall Street banking operations in the United States. This would allow members of the economic union to benefit directly from the fractional reserve banking system instead of Wall Street banks and financial institutions hoarding the majority of the benefits and profits.

Armed with the economic data provided by the union data trust, the credit union would be able to incentivize industries and market sector development through low-interest funding mechanisms. Funding would carry terms that the organizations and commercial operations funded by the credit union can only enter public trading through the economic union’s stock exchange, barring any organization that benefits from the economic power and capital of the economic union from ever being traded through Wall Street and other hostile economic exchanges.

11. Financial Exchanges

It is necessary for the union to create alternative stock and financial exchanges to replace the monopoly exerted by the New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ, and Wall Street firms. In the creation of a modern stock exchange, blockchain technology provides the greatest amount of transparency, accountability, and utility possible. Non-fungible tokens would replace traditional stocks, the new exchange would have the ability to trade 24 hours a day seven (7) days a week, with regulatory power coming directly from the member body minimizing the ability for corporations or organizations to capture and corrupt financial regulators. The elimination of dark pools and other alternative trading systems that benefit Wall Street and international capital firms is designed to establish trust with individual investors and ensure transparency.

Capital flows to where it can grow, and capital runs the global economic ecosystem. The union’s priorities are growing the Main Street economy and small businesses. With the resources and infrastructure made available to these member-owned businesses, the union eliminates massive technology costs and expenditures allowing small businesses to run leaner, produce more revenue, and retain more earnings. Small businesses and start-ups offer the most growth opportunity when combined with the fact that the economic union’s market activities are designed specifically to destroy institutional wealth and capital locked into the Wall Street system.

The union will use every tool at its disposal and the protections of the 1st Amendment to publicly list every individual responsible for funding the crimes, hostilities, and anti-American activities of Wall Street corporations. Investors will be publicly listed, tied to the actions of their portfolio companies, the actions of their executives, and their political agents. Public exposure of their money networks, tax avoidance, and their personal networks is a priority in the education of every union member. Capital holders will be forced to pick a side, they will either choose to support Wall Street or the economic union.

12. Cryptocurrencies

Digital assets such as Bitcoin, Monero, and other assets that provide both economic utility and value will have a centralized exchange created for trading and management of union digital assets. Bitcoin’s adoption by retail investors, traditional financial organizations, and Nation-States offers near and long-term economic utility that is resistant to Nation-State censorship and hostile actions. Monero is the only viable cryptocurrency that is specifically engineered to combat hostile Nation-State surveillance and is growing in popularity among privacy-centric digital communities. These two digital assets provide the economic union the greatest utility and resiliency to hostile actions of the Federal Reserve, its members, and its political agents in the Democratic and Republican parties.

13. Traditional Assets

The economic union operates as a sovereign even though it is subjugated by traditional laws and government. Inflation, fiat currencies, and the economic war waged by central banks and their agents are designed to subjugate commercial operations and Nation-States.

As members build the economic union and its subsidiary operations there must be an economic focus on multi-century longevity, independence, and economic resiliency. Traditional assets like gold and silver are obvious targets of acquisition and should be obtained when economically viable.

The union must develop a strategic reserve of assets that maintain economic independence from the Nation-State. This extends to critical manufacturing resources, land, and independent power generation.

14. Identity

The economic union’s purpose is to provide freedom, security, and promote prosperity and its members' economic interests in the domestic and international economy. This mission puts the union in direct confrontation with the Democratic and Republican parties as well as foreign Nation-States that promote the economic interests of their plutocratic ruling class. This forces the union to view its position in the geopolitical arena as a competitor to established Nation-States without the utility of violence and captive civic government agencies.

Nation-States use identity and citizenship to ensure the rights of individuals such as voting, welfare, and other collective benefits are not extended to non-members (non-citizens). Identity is the basis for community engagement, known actors that can be uniquely identified allows trust to be formed between two unique entities.

Identity is the foundation of communal existence and verification is a necessity to ensure the security of the economic union. As membership grows, so does the economic power the union wields, increasing its threat factor to traditional power institutions. Each person is unique and if each member is a known person to the economic union this limits the abilities of intelligence agencies and subversive actors as well as their operational capacity. Nation-States can change identities, create digital personas, and utilize artificial intelligence to mimic human behaviors, but they cannot produce an unlimited number of human actors that influence voting or seek influential positions within the economic union. Those that seek leadership and employment in influential positions must have their biometrics scanned, stored, and their histories validated.

15. Privacy

Perfect privacy and anonymity are impossible to achieve. The economic union serves people, not corporations or non-human legal entities. Human verification for all voting and benefits is a legal necessity. Member privacy, data, and communication security is the primary service that must be cultivated and expanded with every technological advancement.

Once members have been verified human, their personally identifying information is recorded and stored in non-digital format and an ID code is issued. A member’s identity code is utilized to gain access to member voting, benefits, and account verification across the union’s digital platforms.

Account verification entitles the owner of the account to receive verified data from union platforms for monetization, free speech rights on union platforms, and the ability to participate in policy discussions.

Users of the union’s platform can use an email or cell phone number to register their accounts. No other personal information is required for personal accounts except where required by U.S. law. All personal information shared is up to the individual user or member. The union does not own members' personal data, these digital assets are owned and controlled by the member themselves. The union must gain informed consent from the individual for all actions and needs pertaining to the use of members’ personal information.

16. 1st & 4th Amendment

The economic union extends the protections 1st and 4th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution and U.S. law to all verified members of the union across the union’s digital commons. Non-verified and non-member users of union platforms have limited speech rights to prevent the abuse, trolling, and degradation of civility of the union network and platforms. This minimizes the ability for anonymous accounts to promote divisive psyops, information warfare, and general disruption of the digital commons provided for members’ benefit.

It is in the economic union’s best interest to secure and promote the free speech rights of its members and remove corporate censorship which is utilized by the ruling class through their alliance with Wall Street-Big Tech. People deserve free speech, the ability to criticize other individuals, organizations, and government agents. While this right will be “abused” by those who are shunned by society, the dangers of de-platforming, silencing, or censoring real people invites authoritarian tyranny. Ideas, ideologies, and people must be challenged in the marketplace of ideas.  The American Civil Liberties Union of a bygone era showed how important the 1st Amendment is and why members must accept that it's free speech for all or free speech for none.

Members must feel secure in their 4th Amendment rights with the economic union. Many commercial organizations are eager partners to law enforcement. Wall Street has shown to have direct channels to Nation-State intelligence agencies and has been more than willing to hand over user data to tyrants and hostile actors to secure their access to markets and profits.

Our economic union must only respond to legal court orders from the U.S. government and through the course of development, it must minimize its ability to provide law enforcement and intelligence agencies access to members’ information. Law enforcement and intelligence agencies in the U.S. have a documented history of hostile acts, transgressions, corruption, and have participated in operations against the American People, they are not allies of the economic union or its members.

17. Voting

Voting is the highest form of participation within the economic union. Verified members vote on policies, regulations, elect leadership, and choose collective market actions the union undertakes in the open market. The union mobilizes actions and policies at every layer of civil society. Verified membership allows the union to provide the appropriate access to voting rights for every member.

If the union proposes a policy, action, or program specific to a geographic region only the verified members residing in those regions have the right to vote on those initiatives. This follows the decentralized legal structure of American society and ensures that locals decide what is in their best interests when it comes to regulatory policy and leadership within the economic union.

Voting will take place digitally using blockchain technology to ensure transparency to the individual and accountability for the union. Cryptographic technologies have proven that blockchain and non-fungible tokens are modern replacements for paper and mail-in ballots. As the union operates as a direct democracy, these technologies will empower the union to poll its members on issues and actions regularly. The more polling and voting participated in by members, the faster the union can evolve and adapt to the changing markets and political ecosystems.

18. Constitution

To ensure the greatest adaptability, collect a diversity of input, and create a “big tent” economic union, a governing constitution should be ratified through a constitutional convention once 1M verified members is reached. The union should hold a constitutional convention at a minimum every 5 years to adapt to the changing environment and threats of the world.

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