SHACKLES OF DEBT
Welcome to Community Options Groups
"Understand the root cause of a problem and you don't need to waste time struggling against its countless manifestations"
If you're looking for solutions to our planet's myriad problems -- those challenges that seem to be beyond the reach of conventional economists, academics and politicians, you've come to the right place.
COGs Circles are dedicated, through a process of encouraging broad public debate and global truth-sharing at community level, to unshackle the chains of debt that unconstitutionally enslave us to a global plutocracy and their New World Order agenda. Our primary aim is to share the simple solutions emerging around the world as the people of debt-burdened nations learn to revitalise their communities and re-build environmentally-conscious and sustainable economies from the grass-roots up.
1. THERE'S AN EASY, LEGAL WAY TO ELIMINATE CANADA'S DEBT.
According to the Canadian Constitution, our elected Federal government should be creating our nation's money and directing its economy. It is they who should be lending to the banks and charging them interest, not the other way around. It is they who, through a parliament-controlled and accountable Bank of Canada, should be creating at low-interest or interest-free, the public funds needed by lower levels of government. The private control of the Bank of Canada must be terminated by amending Section 5 of the Bank of Canada Act. Governing the Bank should be the primary responsibility of an elected and accountable Minister of Finance. Interest earnings would then be employed, not to fatten and empower private bankers, but to fund Canada's public needs and to reduce over-burdening and unnecessary tax loads.
2. ALL PRESENT TAXES COULD BE ELIMINATED IN A YEAR.
The estimated global trade in stocks, shares, government bonds and debentures, derivatives, mutual funds, commodity futures, foreign exchange trading and a myriad other investment 'instruments' is approaching an astronomical three quadrillion dollars a year. This increasingly esoteric 'stock market' has become a virtual tax-free gambling casino, ultimately monopolised by the banks through the DTCC (Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation)
A 'No-exclusions' Financial Transaction Tax (NFTT) of 0.1% (one tenth of one percent) could generate globally as much as $6 trillion a year, with Canada's share as high as $320 billion. Collected automatically by the banks, remitted daily to our national treasury, monitored and audited by a revamped CRA and divided fairly between federal, provincial and municipal governments, it could incrementally eliminate the need for any other form of taxation. It could launch us into a Golden Age that would guarantee for our children and grandchildren a future filled with prosperity, hope and peace instead of one of debt, despair and conflict.
3. THERE'S AN ALTERNATIVE TO OUR DYSFUNCTIONAL POLITICAL SYSTEM.
Our present party system is not democratic; it's divisive, dysfunctional and corrupted. We need independent politicians who are responsible and accountable to the people who elected them, not to shady senior bureaucrats and party whips 'influenced' by bank lobbyists and huge banking and corporate 'donations'.
Providing us with their attendance and voting records in regular monthly reports via an official website should be obligatory for all MPs and MLAs; as well as publishing the dates they will be present in their constituency office for personal or delegatory appointments.
The people must also be able to initiate laws using a Citizens' Initiative process, revoke laws with which they strongly disagree using a genuinely workable Referendum process - and recall promptly politicians who dishonour their pre-election promises. There's a very simple method of stopping politicians from stealing our vote in this way – and that's where we must begin.
It's time for the love of power to give way to the power of love
4. COMMUNITIES CAN BE SELF-EMPOWERED AND REVITALISED.
Municipal governments and the communities in which we live, work and raise our families can play a powerful role in revitalising the Canadian economy and democratising our dysfunctional political system. Starting at community level a system has been devised that will provide democratic expression not just prior to and during elections but all-year round. It’s designed to focus public attention on solutions not scapegoats. It's heart-centred but action-oriented and offers a unique form of community-centred dialogue, based on a system of linked ‘circles of hope’ we refer to as Harmonic Governance. It provides a framework for strengthening local economies by connecting us to each other via a broad network of common interests.
In memory of Nicholas Tal Salisbury
25th December 1985 - 19th August 2012