I submit this article with the purpose of expounding upon current market events of which I believe will bring clarity to the prophetic unfolding of tomorrow. So often, modern prophecy is veiled in mystical vagueness and highly non-relevant to people’s everyday life. This is unfortunate as many seem to desire earthly escapisms rather than to occupy with power and influence. This offering will provide some parallels of our current economic state and how it will interface and define the prophetic probabilities of tomorrow if the current road continues to be traveled.
Just a few years ago, a person’s (whose identity I will not mention) father was killed by an infection he caught while in the hospital. In trying to make sense of this unnecessary death, he began to read about the American healthcare system which reflects about a hundred thousand people killed annually by such accidental infections. He learned that the death-rate could be dramatically cut by two-thirds when hospitals follow a simple checklist of sanitary procedures. However, most hospitals to this day don’t adopt the checklist.
As a businessman and confessed liberal, he wondered how it was possible for any organization to pass up such a simple measure that reflected such massive payoffs. In the business world or marketplace, such inefficiencies would certainly lead to bankruptcy. As he learned more and more about the healthcare system and at the end of the day, he discovered just how bad things can become when products and services are provided without a properly functioning free market undergirded by democratic freedoms and liberties.
I would like to point out the absurdity of using insurance to pay for routine purchases in all aspects of life – even healthcare. I have previously stated in other articles my position that healthcare is a privilege and not right. We threaten to cross the threshold of tyranny anytime a skill or service is “demanded” from one man to be given to another. Normally, we buy insurance to cover the cost of a catastrophic loss. Essentially, we enter into an insurance pool with other people to spread the risk around. Typically, honest and productive people handle routine expenses themselves seeking out the highest quality for the lowest price. For example, we would never file a claim on our car insurance to pay for an oil change, radiator flush and a general tune-up. Yet, we have created a system and social culture that demands that the same “routine maintenance” for our vehicle of flesh be covered under health insurance.
The next time you visit a grocery store, take a good look at a can of green beans. It’s amazing to think that ore was mined on leased land for the aluminum alloy required to make a can by expensive heavy equipment. The ore was transported and cast into cans, labels were produced by a graphic arts company and the paper processed by the lumber industry. Large farms are plowed by heavy equipment and seed sown requiring fertilizers and more heavy equipment required for harvesting. The green beans are then processed, cleaned, packaged and finally transported to your grocer. Yet, all of this effort and investment costs less than a dollar! The value and point is that at every step of way, free and unhindered competition among suppliers in the marketplace rewarded those whose incentive for innovation continued to reduce the price of the can of green beans we realize today.
Suppose that we hypothetically spread chaos throughout the marketplace in the form of government control? Suppose that all prices are removed from all products in our grocery store? Suppose that all of the labels are removed except for a generic description of the contents so we can’t compare products from different companies? In essence, let’s just take whatever we want and as much as we want and bring it up to the cash register. A checkout person scans in our food insurance card and helps us fill out our itemized grocery claim. After that, we are charged a flat fee of $10.00 and go home with our load of groceries. Sounds great, right?
A month later, we get a bill in the mail informing us that our food insurance company will pay the grocery store for the majority of the purchase but we’ll have to send in a check for an additional $15.00 to cover what our grocery insurance did not pay for in its fine print stipulations. It might sound like a bargain to get a cart load of food for $25.00. However, forgotten in our grocery bliss is that we’re really paying our grocery bill every month when we fork over the $2000.00 required for our food insurance premium. Within this type of system, there little incentive to find innovative ways to reduce the cost of food or increase its quality such as the can of green beans we highlighted earlier. The grocery store gets paid by the insurers and the insurers get their premiums from you. But it’s not long before the cost of food insurance begins to raise as grocers stock only the foods that net them the highest insurance payments and not necessarily the foods that deliver health and nutritional value to you.
As the cost of food insurance rises, many people will soon find that they can no longer afford it. Liberal ideologies that are predicated under the guise of “social care” will naturally push for a new government program to buy food insurance for the poor and the elderly. Once the federal government becomes the primary purchaser of food – success in the grocery store business and food insurance industries depends primarily on maximizing yields from government payouts. Before you know it, the can of green beans that once cost the consumer in a free market economy under a dollar now costs the government $30.00 with all of us paying 25% of our paychecks in taxes just to cover the cost of buying groceries “for each other” at wildly inflated prices.
This is the situation we have begun creating for ourselves as Americans. As long as consumers are spared from taking price into account, that is, as long as someone else is always paying for your choices – all economies, whether the nuclear family, social and business; will certainly get worse. We can’t fix the problem by convening panels of grocery experts to set the maximum allowable price for a can of green beans. Only a working market can bring supply and demand and ingenuity together to provide healthcare as well as green beans at the lowest possible price.
The typically non-insured and free market for LASIK eye surgery which removes the need to wear glasses and contact lenses is a stark counterpoint. Doctors naturally compete with one another to attract customers and because the procedure is rarely covered by insurance – patients strongly take price and quality of service into account. The bottom line is that competition and innovation have driven down the price of LASIK eye surgery by almost 80% since it was first introduced to free market.
Economic order and genuine social gains will manifest when people are allowed to make their own choices and willing to take on the cost and benefits of those choices. We need to wake up and listen to our conscious and not settle within the comfortable confines of what is warmly familiar like a frog in a pot of water getting ready to be boiled to death. Pseudo- liberal care and compassion reflected by left-wing ideologies interferes within the workings of free markets resulting in extraordinary harm on a vast scale. On the other hand, the roll of governments and political institutions are to intervene to correct market distortions such as the over-printing of currency, unfair monopolies and business practices, supporting or enforcing private property and wise environmental regulations which fuels and protects the marketplace to work properly and for sustainability. American political liberals want to use government for so many purposes on top of the huge healthcare expenses which are crowding out all other possibilities of what our future state could be for our children and grandchildren. If you believe your local, state and federal governments are broke now – just wait until the baby-boom generation is fully retired!
I find it extraordinarily interesting that many American liberal thinkers and academic elitists embrace Darwin and reject “design” as the explanation for the design and adaptation of the natural world. Yet, they embrace design and adaptation in the economic world. It seems they oftentimes prefer the intelligent design of socialist based economies which “naturally” ends in disaster rather than the value of what evolves when markets possess natural selection for its citizens.
The introduction of the credit card planted the seed and beginnings of a cashless society. I believe that the past bio-chip implant discussions were erroneous, a waste of time and not likely to happen. The bio-chip method of payment for products and services was just too obvious and would be rejected by the majority even within an antichrist system. Fingerprint payment by scanning is much more socially tolerable, benign and is already making headway in many grocery stores around the U.S. (e.g. Piggly Wiggly, Kroger, Albertsons etc.) The sell and acceptance of this technology will be the elimination of credit card and internet fraud which is and will become more rampant as the cashless seed is beginning to bud. Fingerprint scanning will be very convenient for all purchases and a simple touch of the finger to a light-sensitive pad, patrons will be able to pay for their groceries, provided they have an account in the store’s system that can debited. The entire transaction would only take 10 seconds to OK a payment by fingerprint. The prophetic implications are that once you eliminate hard currency in its entirety; you also eliminate anonymity and provide a tracking footprint(or should I say: “fingerprint”)of all of your purchases. Ultimately, the government could eventually control food supplies just as it will for healthcare as the days unfold. With nothing concrete to show for your financial worth, you will be completely controlled by the cashless society grid.
I believe that the mark of the beast is not necessarily a branded number, biometric chip, a particular government or governmental system. I believe that as economies begin to falter under inflation and crumble under false and unwise “care” creating unsustainable debt – a cashless society will seem as the only plausible solution to control societal and economic chaos. Humanity will look toward government rather than within themselves in the free market for social, local and national solutions. It is within the governmental control of the future economic society (pure socialism) that will drive out free markets and drive people to do things that they normally would not have done. Desperation always leads to an altered state of action and in my opinion, this is the true accepting the “mark.” Accepting or not accepting the mark (the mark of our choices) will be humanity’s response to desperation within the mess that it created for itself.