Monday, January 9, 2012

Italy’s Return to Fascism - Precursor to Mark of the Beast?

I’m not normally one to go all conspiracy theory about stuff, but when I heard this story today, this connection immediately came together in my mind.

The story is that in December, an unelected technocrat government was appointed in Italy to impose austerity measures on the failing Euro nation. This government has no accountability and no fixed time mandate. The new government has passed a number of astonishing edicts including:

  • A ban on cash transactions of over €1000 (~$1270 USD) with indications that this level will be gradually reduced to as low as €300 (~$380 USD);
  • A requirement that credit card companies report all transactions carried out by Italians, in Italy and abroad to the fiscal authorities;
  • Delays and refusals by banks in allowing customers to withdraw  cash balances of as little as Euro 10,000;
  • Also, the Finance Police has placed cameras at the physical borders with Switzerland to register all license plates. In addition, currency-sniffing dogs have been deployed at the border.

The Mises Institute of Canada blog picks up the story and comments that these controls will “result in more capital flight away from Italy” and “they will make the country a lot less attractive to foreign investment than it already is.” The blogger also reminds us that “Intervention begets more intervention as it never solves the underlying problems.” In other words, in the long run, Italy is not likely to be the only Euro nation with such impositions placed upon it.

What does this have to do with the Mark of the Beast? It’s a potential first step.

“He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” Revelation 13:16-17

Most speculation about the Mark of the Beast is centered on the nature of the Mark—what it might look like, what form it might take—or on the identity of the Beast. New identification and tracking technologies are routinely singled out, as are authoritarian or simply polarizing leaders. Where speculation is lacking is on the purpose of the Mark.

The purpose of the Mark is pretty straight forward, to restrict commerce, but there is scarce speculation about what will lead us to such a state. What steps might be taken leading up to the imposition of such a mark. Again, it seems obvious that some authoritarian regime will have to take over. But history is full of authoritarian regimes that have not imposed any marks. So what do we look for?

According to the original source of this information, Zerohedge.com, this would mark the first time in history where cash might no longer be legal tender. Of course, the transaction amount would first have to be brought to zero (€,$,£, whatever>) but for end-times watchers, this seems like a lot more to get worked up over than barcodes and radio hosts.

3 comments:

Joel Farnham said...

tryan,

Mark of the beast? I mis-doubt that will happen. I do know what happens when countries get so desperate that they restriction money/goods flow they are actually getting the short-end of the deal. In a human body, when that happens, either constipation or dehydration, maybe both. In a country, it generally becomes so weak that the only way to fix it, is regime-change from the outside, or a challenge from the outside.

tryanmax said...

Like I said, I don't normally go in for this stuff. I don't actually think this is only a few steps or even a thousand steps from a Mark of the Beast scenario. But for some reason the connection clicked in my brain immediately upon hearing, so I put it down. Really, this is my response to all those end-times conspiracy theories that myopically focus on individuals and technologies.

Still, it still does not spell good news for the Euro zone. I don't know if you followed the Mises Institute link, but the blog lays out how illogical these maneuvers are. I don't think it is nearly as much of a stretch to say that Italy will soon find itself on financial if not physical lock-down at the hands of the rest of the Euro zone.

tryanmax said...

I just Googled the Italian cash cap again to see if there is any more information. The following links have to be back-dated, because I could not find them when I wrote the story. I <3 Internet.

Italy's Cap on Cash Payments

Italy PM unveils sweeping austerity package

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