The system is crooked. So why bother, right? Most Americans don’t vote don’t care. Up to 30% don’t file don’t pay taxes. That’s real freedom! As we explain in our book Splitting Pennies – the world is not as it seems.
Personally, I watched the fixing of the 2000 election from ground zero in Palm Beach County Florida. The registration of dead voters, the confusion over the chads, getting prisoners to vote Republican. Gore should have won by a much larger margin (not that I wanted Gore to win, I’m speaking like an objective observer). Being a trader, I wasn’t much interested in voting or politics which was unusual, as I went to a school where Dan Quale and George Bush Sr. were visitors at our mock political rallies, friends of mine were some of Bush’s biggest donors (that was in the year he lost, of course). Barbara Bush came to one of my baseball games, I had the photo where I shook her hand on my bedroom wall for years (I was 8 years old I thought it was significant like meeting the Queen).
But knowing these people intimately, hanging out with some Kennedy’s from time to time on the Island (or at least, seeing an altercation between them and police at the piano bar), seeing the weirdo stuff, the manipulations of other people, using money to silence people, illegal side businesses, their mafia friends when they needed to ‘get things done’ – I realized that there are 2 parallel worlds. There is the world as I called it ‘As seen on TV’ and then there’s the real world. ZH readers know this well, but as a young child one doesn’t manifest this vision automatically. It takes experience seeing this evil, or in my case both – it was later confirmed by the extensive research into the financial system.
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