TAX YOUR IMAGINATION! is a fast-paced and groundbreaking analysis of the root cause of economic volatility and inequality. It challenges longstanding economic theories using a simple mathematical model. Most importantly, it offers a painless and systemic alternative.
TAX YOUR IMAGINATION! is a blueprint for a new world economy and an enduring peace. While the goal is grandiose, the solution is simple, using local government and existing laws as a wedge for reform. It is uniquely post-partisan, exposing the strengths and weakness of all political factions, from monarchy to terrorism and the seemingly intractable positions of leftwing and rightwing politics. Mathematically, all current political positions are the same, and will generate inflation, debt, instability and concentration of wealth. They each fail to address how money is handled. “Buy low-sell high” has enduring consequences that can only be solved with a comprehensive “buy low-sell low” framework. Individuals, unions, governments, businesses and non-profits need to share a common understanding and strategy. Our problems are primarily an accounting methodology issue.
TAX YOUR IMAGINATION! covers the birth of modern finance, which began a brief three-hundred years ago. Fiat paper currency has allowed debt and inflation to be infinite, and computers have given us the ability to process absurd calculations, but under the surface, it is still a feudal system. The National Debt problem can only grow, and the related crises repeat more deeply and more frequently. That is the nature of a geometric progression. Returning to a gold standard is not a solution. That is where the problem originated.
Man has been struggling with the underlying math of trade for thousands of years. There is no answer to ‘How many eggs is a chicken worth?’ How then do we devise a system of fair trade? TAX YOUR IMAGINATION! provides the beginning of a workable framework. It reveals the economic problem and suggests a local strategy. The choice and consequences are stark: we can have perpetual war and inequality, or we can have equality and a long-term renaissance. The difference is as simple as writing down different numbers.
The modern world can have zero debt, zero inflation, full employment, a high standard of living, with stable, satisfying and sustainable relationships with each other, across borders, between generations and with the Earth. A little courage, some empathy, and better math more cleverly applied, are all that is required to improve our world.TAX YOUR IMAGINATION!
Steve Consilvio has been a self-employed small business owner for twenty-five years, and has a degree in History.
Steve has been writing and perpetually refining his thinking on economics for forty years. He finally came to recognize his role in the ills of the world. The accounting methodology of a business is a self-defeating cycle, as all profits must return as an expense. He writes to explain his discovery, not to accuse, and hopes that the world will take heed.
1. Money The Past and Future Money Between Generations Thoughts, Feelings and Actions Money as an Object of Trade
2. Who Owns the Money? Empires and Commonwealths Who Owns The Money? Origins of Organizations The Illusion of Choice Checks and Balances The Wheels of Confusion Debt Societies How do we share the bounty?
3. What is a Budget? The Basic Math of a Budget
4. What is Inflation? Supply and Demand Theory What is inflation? The Inflation Sequence
5. What are Boom and Bust? Percentages & Compounding Monopoly Capitalism & Socialism Regulated Economies Revolutions
6. What is the Cost of Living? Wealth Profiles
7. The Politics of Money Religion Rights and Revolutions The Role of Government Transactional Economics What is Fair? The Rat Race
8. What is the GDP/GNP?
9. The National Debt is the Inverse of Inflation
10. What is a Ponzi Scheme?
11. Big History: The Anatomy of Ideas What is the priority? Comparing religion within revolutionary movements Cognitive Dissonance Comparative Analysis False Choices Wisdom versus Truth Dissonance of Means and Ends: Equality or Inequality? Ideas Rule Virtue is Consistent History is a Mess
12. The Anatomy of Contradictory Ideas Heroes and Villains Mapping Anger Silence is Not Harmony Enlightenment Know Thyself The virtue model The model in flux Hierarchy: Slavery versus Liberty Prejudice and Virtue What are Virtues? Virtue in Religion, and its Opposite Virtue in Politics, and its Opposite Virtue in Economics, and its opposite Consistency Finding Balance Money and the zero-sum game Hypocrisy and Internal Division Feeding the wolves inside of us
13. The Anatomy of Hierarchy Indoctrination as Prejudice Chasing Revenue is desperate, not democratic Common Patterns False Language Distinctions The light and dark, young and old Organized Failure Organized Success Groupthink Build or destroy?
14. What is Modern Finance? The social setting of Modern Finance The Rise of Commerce The Origin of Modern Finance France The Problem with Gold Cognitive Dissonance in America Robert Morris: America’s version of John Law and Solon Power and personal opportunity Developing a Currency The Temptation of Speculation The Civil War and Banking The Income Tax Dissonance of Ownership Wall Street and the Role of Gold
15. The FIRE Economy and C=M+L Interest: the control of land and money The Land Bondage System The Social Consequence Government’s equal: the Bank Bubbles and Real Estate Understanding Wall Street Wall Street as Community Housing Reform Stewardship What is Value? The Power and Place of Percentages C=M+L: Capital equals Money Plus Labor The FIRE Economy The problem with insurance and government Moving Forward
16. What is to be Done? The Choice: Fascism or Commonwealth The Problem: Inflation and Debt and Inequality Reforms for the Individual Reforms for Local Government Reforms for State Government Reforms for Federal Government Reforms for Businesses and Banking Liberty Personal Responsibility One Caveat