Episode 436 – Opting Out of CBDCs

by | Feb 3, 2023 | Podcasts, Videos | 44 comments

In this presentation for the CBDC Opt Out Challenge, James explains what you need to know about the CBDC control grid and how we can begin our preparations to opt out of it.

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CBDC Opt Out Challenge
Time Reference: 00:41


Agustin Carsten on CBDCs
Time Reference: 07:50


Joe Rogan Talks With Maajid Nawaz (Episode #1780)
Time Reference: 08:54


“Fedcoin” by JP Konig (2014)
Time Reference: 11:51


Designing New Money – The Policy Trilemma of Central Bank Digital Currency
Time Reference: 13:32


Central bank cryptocurrencies” from BIS Quarterly Review 2017
Time Reference: 13:51


CBDCs: Beyond the Basics
Time Reference: 14:48


CBDCs: A Country-by-Country Guide
Time Reference: 15:04


What is Programmable Money?
Time Reference: 15:37


John Titus on the Split Circuit Monetary System
Time Reference: 17:47


Atlantic Council CBDC Tracker
Time Reference: 23:18


The digital ruble: A friendly CBDC you can trust
Time Reference: 27:59


Solutions: Survival Currency
Time Reference: 30:12


Black Market Fridays
Time Reference: 40:25


Cash Friday
Time Reference: 40:30


I Want to Stop CBDCs – What Can I Do? (article)
Time Reference: 40:39


I Want To Stop CBDC’s — What Can I Do? (video)
Time Reference: 40:44


Banksters Celebrate Fiat’s 50th! . . . By Introducing CBDC Nightmare
Time Reference: 41:30



  1. I won’t be using CBDC’s. That is another hill I will die on, like the death jab. I’d rather be a poorer outlaw, than a poorer slave.

    • I am with you, though if at all possible I would prefer to make it ‘the hill I will live and thrive on’ 😉

      With regards to how our decisions in these matters could influence whether or not we are ‘poor’ or ‘rich’, that all depends on how one defines wealth. If you choose to define wealth as a series of numbers in some digital bank account or a collection of material objects in a safe, than perhaps the coming Digital ID, CBDC, social credit slavery system will directly impact one’s perceived ‘wealth’. If however, one defines their wealth via the recognition of that which has intrinsic value and we look to our ancestors to see what they gathered and cultivated which contributed towards their wealth in that sense, than each of us can take steps to become wealthy regardless of how much money we have or whether or not the government or oligarchs approve of they way we are expressing ourselves or living.

      In order to illustrate what wealth (or poverty) looks like in the context of defining wealth by the things one has that possess intrinsic value I will share an example. They did a study in the US a few years ago that found that the average American child can recognize over 1000 corporate logos but can identify less than ten plants. One could describe that widespread occurrence as a type of poverty, the poverty of plant knowledge. Having a knowledge of and experience of working with plants (how to identify them, how to cultivate them, how to harvest them, preserve them and propagate them) is something that has intrinsic value (which denotes; that which retains it’s value and usefulness in any and all situations).

      The apparent poverty of plant knowledge that is widespread in the modern day youth (and adults) in the west is an example of a form of wealth, which any and all individuals (who are motivated) can increase in their lives (regardless of their ‘social credit score’, bank account status or age). Thus, through endeavoring to increase my wealth in those things that have intrinsic value (such as plant knowledge and experience, among other things) and helping others to do the same, I will retain a degree of ‘wealth’ and resilience regardless of the actions of banksters or other oligarchic psychopaths (and their goons/followers).

    • I like that comparison doctor. I’m going to us it myself somewhere soon! 🙂

    • dear james- if you haven’t seen this yet- it’s worth a listen–

      On January 24, 2023 Katherine Watt was an attendee at a press conference that discussed the ongoing emergency use rollout of bioweapons being marketed as Covid vaccines. She discussed the legal framework for which this is happening and provides ways to circumvent the WHO/BIS/DOD initiatives that undermine sovereignty.

      To follow her work and ongoing research, please go to: https://bailiwicknews.substack.com/

      Click here for the document describing the kill box: https://bailiwicknewsarchives.files.w

      The original press conference can be found here: https://rumble.com/v26xpbc-dod-vaccin

      Please also take a look at this document from Silent Partner Media: https://vladtepesblog.com/wp-content/

  2. Catherine Austin Fitts was interviewed by that horrible, two-faced, deep state shill Tucker Carlson, (who strangely and coincidentally regularly addresses the issues that are actually important), about CBDC’s on Wednesday.
    She had a perfect opportunity to mention The Corbett Report but sadly didn’t.
    Still, I believe that it is good that the issue is getting some main stream exposure and pushback.

    The segment begins at the 32 minute mark.


    • She probably had to promise Tucker that she wouldnt mention James. 🙂

      • If Tucker weren’t such a “horrible, two-faced, deep state shill” he would interview James himself.
        But that would likely cause televisions all over the U.S. to explode.
        Or maybe just the heads of the viewers.

        • Steve Smith

          Tucker is a safety valve…. the fact that he is talking about so many real things is because things are getting too obvious so the normies need to be able to think that they have someone on their side who might rectify things.

          • I understand that most everyone thinks that he is entirely disingenuous and that he is speaking about and taking positions on those issues that no one else in corporate media will because he is actually serving the deep state. That he is permitted to say what he does because it somehow serves the purposes of the government and the ruling class.
            But that just doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. How many normies actually watch him? Isn’t his audience mostly conservatives?

            Sure, conservatives are mostly normies but they are not the majority of normies. And Carlson does disseminate information that illustrates how people are being lied to and that might help guide them toward other truth tellers.
            Where else are you going to see JP Sears or Jimmy Dore or Catherine Fitts interviewed on prime time television? And isn’t it a good thing that they are?

            Let’s imagine that James Corbett does someday get interviewed by Carlson. Wouldn’t that be a good thing?
            Why is it so impossible or improbable that the guy is actually a genuine guy who is actually waking up and is in a unique position to effectively spread some truth?
            Why is everyone automatically an enemy these days even when they aren’t acting like one?

            • steve smith

              “…Why is everyone automatically an enemy these days even when they aren’t acting like one?…”

              Sure its good that he talks about things on TV, and it would be great if he interviewed Mr Corbett, but in the big picture Tucker CArlson will NEVER wake up the normies because he will only talk about things when its so obvious that even the normies are noticing…..his job is to make those folks think that there is some hope of Gov fixing the issue and to let them blow off steam.

              “…Why is it so impossible or improbable that the guy is actually a genuine guy who is actually waking up and is in a unique position to effectively spread some truth?…”

              Because if he were a truly honest decent human being who cared about normal people he would never have gotten that job.

              “….ow many normies actually watch him? Isn’t his audience mostly conservatives?..”

              Conservatives (or rather NORMAL human beings since most are not actually politically ‘conservative’ in any reals sense) are the people who NEED to vent and let off steam…the NON conservative people are the ones who THINK that they are getting everything that they wanted.

              “conservatives” these days are politically much like Democrats 20 or 30 years ago (hence Trump, more left wing then Bill Clinton, is “a right wing” maniac) Mainly conservatives are just normal humans who dont want TransKids and PedoPride.

              They are getting old, but they still have a good deal of money, and guns, even if demographically they are fked in a decade or two. I doubt TV will be a thing when the boomers are gone.

              • Okay Duck, I respect your opinion about this, but opinion is all it is.
                As I said below. “when I see the credible evidence that Carlson is purposely putting on an act in order to deceive and cause harm, I will be the first to speak against him.
                But I’m not willing to castigate him because he used to hold opinions that were ignorant or because he was the son of someone who was associated with the deep state.”

                In the meanwhile I will give Tucker Carlson and Jordan Peterson and Russell Brand etc. credit for the good they are doing in reaching people that aren’t as likely as some to tune into sources like The Corbett Report or Larken Rose.

                I’m not able to look into the minds of other people and discern their true motivations. Thats a job for the Lord. I can only look at what they do, listen to what they say and judge them by their fruits.

      • Thanks HRS. But I’ve got to say that I and I’m pretty sure that almost all of us, if we were being honest, have acquired more information and have changed our minds about many things since that film was created.
        I would hate to admit how much of a statist normie I was in the early 2000’s.

        Also, Tucker was working for msnbc when that segment aired and I have to think that his bosses exerted much more control over his content than what the fox people do. I’m sure that because of his popularity and value that he has a lot more latitude and freedom about what he covers than he used to.

        I am also aware that his father’s career causes some people to impugn him. But again, if we all were to be judged and convicted based on the sins of our fathers, how many of us would come out untarnished? I sure wouldn’t.

        Perhaps Tucker Carlson is a duplicitous shill. But based on what I see him doing and saying today. I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt.

        Evil always reveals itself eventually and when I see the credible evidence that Carlson is purposely putting on an act in order to deceive and cause harm, I will be the first to speak against him.
        But I’m not willing to castigate him because he used to hold opinions that were ignorant or because he was the son of someone who was associated with the deep state.

        • You make a good point.
          Years ago, I too saw the phrase “9/11 was an inside job” as sacrilege.
          I was enraged.
          I went to the internet to prove the speaker wrong.

          What I eventually discovered broke my heart.

      • Tucker Carlson (and many like him) are set up to be purveyors of limited hangouts. James has an article about limited hangouts here: https://www.corbettreport.com/the-cia-the-ny-times-and-the-art-of-the-limited-hangout/

        A limited hangout is the deliberate revelation of some information, in order to prevent the discovery of other, more important information.

        Tucker is a deep state shill because he is purposely telling partial truths to obfuscate much deeper and broader truths that lie just outside of his tiny bubbles of information.

  3. Zbigniew Brzezinski
    Between Two Ages: America’s Role in the Technetronic Era
    (written 50 years ago)

    “The technetronic era involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled society. Such a society would be dominated by an elite, unrestrained by traditional values. People, governments and economies of all nations must serve the needs of multinational banks and corporations.

    The nation state as a fundamental unit of man’s organized life has ceased to be the principal creative force: International banks and multinational corporations are acting and planning in terms that are far in advance of the political concepts of the nation-state.”
    – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    “Whoever controls the volume of money in any country is absolute master of all industry and commerce.”
    – James A. Garfield
    – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    “A power has risen up in the government greater than the people themselves, consisting of many and various powerful interests, combined in one mass, and held together by the cohesive power of the vast surplus in banks.”
    – John C. Calhoun, Vice President of the United States
    – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies…The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the Government, to whom it properly belongs.”
    – Thomas Jefferson
    – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    “If the people only understood the rank injustice of our Money and Banking system, there would be a revolution before morning.”
    – Andrew Jackson

    THEY GOT YOU GOOD (song)

    • I thought it was Henry Ford who uttered the last quote. It probably was both Henry and Andrew.

      • Guess the point is people of power have admitted the reality of controlling the masses for a long time, hey?

        No comment on the song??

    • I think Ecuadorians still remember September 11 2000 when the Sucre stopped being legal tender…

  4. James, aside from your excellent and timely presentation here, you are very cute. 😉

  5. Let’s not forget about scrip and self issued credit.

  6. There is a wonderful non-fiat bank BofJoy being started by former global banker Ronald Bernard in the Netherlands. $100 Euro to become a member, as soon as they have 10K members they will get their Internet Banking license and will issue URA currency- Dutch for Uren “ours” and RAbeid “Labor”. This currency will be separated from the EURO at the right moment. Deposits are backed by gold. To join I suggest using paypal, as I had issues with my Credit Card.


    James – Ronald would love to be on your show.

  7. How do I get some of Antons bread vouchers..? In all seriousness, they should have invited Paul Grignon on the series. He’s got some good ideas on this subject.

  8. Honest question here, would a half in and half out system work? Like get assigned your DC but then also have alternative choices on top of that?

    I’m guessing not by the replies so far.

    • @Kelly

      Well I would imagine ‘half in’ (in the context of using CBDCs) means fully tracked and surveilled so that is one potential downside of that approach.

  9. When Mr. Trump was in office getting attacked by the swamp creatures I saw that “QAnon” thing pop up. Understanding the danger of believing someone was on the ‘inside’ and such was just a ruse to deflate activism I did some sleuthing on it.

    There was a guy on youtube who seemed to be the alpha dog in the Q movement, with no real identity (can’t recall his name) but lots of “get the popcorn” nonsense.

    Doing some research on the pretend money of “Bitcoin” that is based on the pretend fiat money of the “US Dollar” I came across a video with that host’s voice on it pushing digital currency.

    I went to his website and posted a comment about it asking why he was doing that. Within a day I was blocked from posting ANYWHERE on youtube for a couple of months. And of course they NEVER reply to any emails.

    The alphabet agencies indeed keep track with that giant acreage server farm in Utah. Today I tried to get a Disqus account to do some commenting on The Gateway Pundit which I swore I would never do again…and sure enough I am banned from posting there again. A Gateway employee admitted to me a year ago that they had me on their watch list for 3 years.

    In the 60’s and 70’s when meeting with others at a home we would unplug the land lines to stop the Inline Harmonic Amplification of using the phone’s mouth piece as a listening device. The madness has been going on for a very long time.

    WHO WANTS US TO DIE (song)

  10. Trump is a swamp creature! One of the slimiest, most two faced, disingenuous, muck dwelling liars of the bunch!

  11. It’s a very complicated topic as you pointed out James.
    If we are to opt out of the emerging system we need to get our ducks lined up in a row.

    We first would need to get businesses who were also interested in opting out, or at least giving their customers the option to use CBDC’s or not.

    Once we have a sizeable list of businesses in our area who sell the basic commodities we need to live, we would need to establish a non-CBDC currency that was acceptable to all.
    Keep the fiat cash used in our area?
    Develop a new fiat currency?

    The trick will be to recruit these like-minded businesses.

    And tricky it will indeed be.

    What are the chances that your basic utility companies (hydro-electric,
    gas, etc.) and communication companies (cable, phone etc.) are going to
    go parallel (CBDC + fiat) for an unlimited amount of time (decades etc.)?

  12. Before you start thinking about parallel systems get used to the idea that YOU WILL BE POOR and wont be able to buy lots of stuff you can buy now.

    The second that you assume having a home, food, clothes and such is ENOUGH and the rest is gravy you become far more resistant to financial pressures.

    You will need some ‘real Fiat’ (lol) to pay taxes and such but its really the desire for comfort and treats that makes us vulnerable…. look at all those Australian aborigines who had their kids stolen and sent to “schools” where their culture was destroyed. They were super easy to catch because they hung around the white people where they could get tobacco and booze.

    Sad to see so many westerners are quite happy to loose their kids in a similar way, in return for Netflix and the ability to buy stuff they dont need. Real poverty is when you loose your culture and values, not when you have to bike rather then drive and wear old clothes.

    • @Duck that is so correct. Most of this will be a test of mental strength. Something that has been slowly drained from the general population.

      I mean, even acknowledging the things that James lectures about is a feat of overcoming your own psychology – speaking as a former normie.

      But on the plus(?) side, these last 2-3 years has been like the final episode of Game of Thrones. Somebody got in a hurry and got sloppy somewhere.

    • I disagree. While it may be the case that it seems like we’re “rich” in stuff since we can seemingly buy lots with what really doesn’t require “that much” money you really have to account for the quality of that said stuff. Now-a-days everything is made in giant factories via vertically integrated mega corporate monopolized conglomerates including basically all food from the grocery store and the result of all this is that everything is cheap to purchase but also practically junk and will not last, or in the case of food will poison and slowly kill us. Parallel systems typically rely on a small community of specialized craftsman and builders. Farmers, butchers, woodworkers, ext. The quality of food from the local farmer is better because they’re raising 50 cows in a pasture (a sanitary low stress environment) to feed their neighbors instead of 50,000 cows in a (high stress unsanitary) feed lot. The furniture is hand made instead of in a factory so it last longer. The stress in these work environments goes down and the health goes up for all participating. People become entrepreneurs again and this revitalizes familys and traditions and communities has a whole. I believe the overall effect of opting out and creating our own systems could be absolutely stunning and provide a much “richer” life than we’ll ever get in the current system. But that type of system has no benifit for the rich and powerful global elites so of course they do everything they can to eliminate that has an option and propagandize us in the thinking we’ll be reduced to mud huts and a life of extreme poverty without their “conveniences”. Of course there are alternatives that are bleek and would be a harsh life but I don’t believe for a second thats the only alternative system thats possible. Maybe we would have to go “without” and wouldn’t be able to buy lots of “stuff” we otherwise would, at least for awhile, but I believe the positive repercussions would ultimately benifit our long term health to a much greater extent then anything we are heading towards on the current path.

  13. – Trend –
    Corbett emphasizes “Community before Currency”.

    On a recent NewWorldNextWeek, both Pilat (sic) and Corbett mentioned that there is a tremendous number of people researching and reporting during this current era as compared to 2008.

    This is an encouraging trend for our side of the ledger. Community.

    Robert Malone says:
    “I now have over one million followers on Twitter. That means in less than two months I went from a yearlong Twitter ban, to coming back on with under a half million followers, to this new milestone (thanks Elon). If you add in GETTR, GAB, and Truth Social, the total sums to 1,658,300 followers.”

    I want to point out that the statistic is not necessarily about “Robert Malone” nor any one personality.
    It is a reflection of “community” interest.

    Like minded people gravitate to information that interests them.
    It is about the message, not the messenger.

  14. I don’t know if many here caught my post before it scrolled off the Recent Comments on the home page top last week?

    I was in shock then and still am.
    I am watching this train wreck of CBDC’s unfolding in real-time here in Ontario.

    The employee I spoke to at the makeshift table at the front of the bank tried her best to explain what had happened (the closing of the teller counters and essentially all person-to-person services).

    It is the move to ‘digital banking’ she said.
    When I return to the bank I will be asking what has ‘digital banking’ got to do with the termination of cash services?
    We have been doing ‘digital banking’ for more than 20 years along with cash, thank you very much.

    It was one question I didn’t think about asking at the time I was there.

  15. I see the BOE are making big statements today…

    ” British consumers would be limited to holding a maximum of 20,000 pounds ($24,000) each if the Bank of England goes ahead with a digital version of the British currency, BoE Deputy Governor Jon Cunliffe said on Tuesday. Britain’s government said on Monday that it and the BoE were pressing on with work on a possible digital pound that was likely to enter circulation in the second half of this decade, though no final decision has been made on whether to go ahead. (sure it hasn’t..)

    We propose a limit of between 10,000 pounds and 20,000 pounds per individual as the appropriate balance between managing risks and supporting wide usability of the digital pound,” Cunliffe said in a speech to members of UK Finance, a banking industry body.

    A limit of 10,000 pounds would mean that three quarters of people could receive their pay in digital pounds as well as holding pre-existing balances in the same account, while a 20,000 pound limit would allow almost everyone to use digital pounds for day-to-day transactions, Cunliffe said.”

    I guess along with all the other dangers of CDBC’s somehow our ‘pre-existing balances’ will be devalued to zero?


  16. We have encouraged cash for some months now in our business – thebeantree.ie.
    We’ve recently introduced a solution oriented innovation: a cash loyalty card whereby on your tenth cash transaction we give you a 10% discount.
    It’s here in our most recent post on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thebeantreegalway

  17. The Bank of International Settlements (BIS) is a key source of most of the problems in our world. There is a great book on the BIS: “The Towel of Basel”, by Adam Lebor. It accurately describes the inception of the institution, and its growth into the global behemoth it is today. Check out this great review of the book at Solari.com: [https://home.solari.com/book-review-tower-of-basel-the-shadowy-history-of-the-secret-bank-that-runs-the-world-by-adam-lebor/]

    Removing the sovereign status of this corporation would go a long way towards taking down the central banking monopoly system.

  18. There is a guy on YouTube that I follow called the Nomad Capitalist. His channel is usually about which countries that are best to live from primarily from a financial perspective but he’s also very pro freedom too so in this video he goes over countries that decided to scrap the CBDC system or are going to.


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