Organized violence is the root of money (& tax extortion systems)

The foundation of all courts systems and governing systems is organized violence. That is one of my “pet subjects.”

The ancient Hebrew prophet Noah promoted the idea of a future threat of apocalypse. Recent versions have been global warming, some kind of epidemic disease, nuclear annihilation, and so on.

What was Noah’s solution to the alleged threat of extermination by a morally-insulted God? Use systems of organized violence to regulate the efficiency of inequitable redistributions of wealth!

He called them court systems for the establishing of a new idea called justice, which means whatever the ruling judge dictated as the judgment that the mercenaries of the court system would enforce through organized violence. Noah also claimed that the Hebrews had authority over all of the rest of humanity because that was the only way to avoid another apocalypse.

Later, another Hebrew warlord/ruler named Moses ordered the slaughter of the Midianites by the Levites. After enough slaughters by the priest-soldiers (tax collectors/mobsters), the masses started to “wise up” and give ritual tithes or taxes to purchase the “protection” of the Levite warrior-priests. That is the foundation of the great April 15th tax day ritual.

Here is an example from Exodus 32:

Moses Breaks the Tablets
27He said to them, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘Every man of you put his sword upon his thigh, and go back and forth from gate to gate in the camp, and kill every man his brother, and every man his friend, and every man his neighbor.'” 28So the sons of Levi did as Moses instructed, and about three thousand men of the people fell that day.29Then Moses said, “Dedicate yourselves today to the LORD– for every man has been against his son and against his brother– in order that He may bestow a blessing upon you today.”

Another example of the organized violence of the ancient Hebrews is in

Numbers 31

Vengeance on the Midianites

 1 The LORD said to Moses, 2 “Take vengeance on the Midianites for the Israelites. After that, you will be gathered to your people.”

 3 So Moses said to the people, “Arm some of your men to go to war against the Midianites and to carry out the LORD’s vengeance on them. 4 Send into battle a thousand men from each of the tribes of Israel.” 5 So twelve thousand men armed for battle, a thousand from each tribe, were supplied from the clans of Israel.6 Moses sent them into battle, a thousand from each tribe, along with Phinehas son of Eleazar, the priest, who took with him articles from the sanctuary and the trumpets for signaling.

 7 They fought against Midian, as the LORD commanded Moses, and killed every man8 Among their victims were Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur and Reba—the five kings of Midian. They also killed Balaam son of Beor with the sword. 9 The Israelites captured the Midianite women and children and took all the Midianite herds, flocks and goods as plunder. 10 They burned all the towns where the Midianites had settled, as well as all their camps. 11 They took all the plunder and spoils, including the people and animals, 12 and brought the captives, spoils and plunder to Moses and Eleazar the priest and the Israelite assembly at their camp on the plains of Moab, by the Jordan across from Jericho.

 13 Moses, Eleazar the priest and all the leaders of the community went to meet them outside the camp. 14 Moses was angry with the officers of the army—the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds—who returned from the battle.

 15 “Have you allowed all the women to live?” he asked them. 16 “They were the ones who followed Balaam’s advice and were the means of turning the Israelites away from the LORD in what happened at Peor, so that a plague struck the LORD’s people. 17 Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, 18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.

Because of their military superiority, the ancient Hebrews thrived on the productivity of those that they ruled through intimidation. The twist with their massive system of extortion was that it was not really too useful to the Levites to get a bunch of huge donations of sheep and wheat and so on all at once. So, a huge innovation was the creation of tokens that were acceptable to the gangsters for paying off the tax debts invented out of thin air. Those tokens were the first money or currency.

So, the Levities would monopolize access to some rare mineral like gold and then tell their slaves / taxpayers that the slaves needed to BUY some gold coins from the Levites in order to pay taxes. The Levites set the exchange rate (how many useful sheep or how much useful wheat was required to obtain a shiny little trinket of gold from the Levites).

Since the Levites had lots of gold but had no use for it, they created demand for it by requiring the masses to PURCHASE gold in order to pay taxes. So, maybe they spent $1000 dollars of resources to mine the gold that they forced the masses to buy for $100,000 worth of something actually useful, like wheat or salt or sheep.

In the last century or so, diamonds have been the big profit-maker for the modern-day Levites. They may spend $10 to obtain a stone that eventually they sell for $1,000 or more.

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