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Let’s illustrate the role of the ZTM game in building the movement against the rigged layer of the economy.
Take the case of Alexandra, an inquisitive college student who grew up in the suburbs of a major metropolitan city. She has heard about the rigged layer of the economy from her social media feed but never thought too much of the matter. Sure there are some corrupt politicians and crony corporations out there, she thinks. There are just some bad apples out there, and a little corruption here and there is inevitable, right?
Alexandra’s still under the influence of the blue pill, much like many other decent, well-meaning people in the U.S.
While fiddling with her phone, she sees a post from a high school friend about the ZTM game. Maybe we can actually eradicate the rigged layer of the economy…” reads the friend’s post. Alexandra, while somewhat skeptical, downloads the game and boots it up.
Becoming a Sage
The ZTM game quickly starts her on an adventure through the stories of the rigged layer across the economy. She comes to learn about rigged supply chains and how bad actors have clandestinely manipulated certain parts of the economy. How the unethical among the economic elite haved concealed their rigged schemes behind highly technical mechanisms and/or jargon/specialized language (credit default swaps, high-frequency trading, front running order types, LIBOR, etc.).
Alexandra plays a level about high-frequency trading firms that may be front running trades. Front running refers to the practice by market makers of dealing on advance information/insider knowledge provided by their brokers and investment analysts, before their clients have been given the information. She is shocked how much unethical profits these firms make from the flow of citizen’s retirement funds being rebalanced in their 401(k)s and/or IRAs. She learns how a certain US exchange appears to have created special order types, specifically designed for high-frequency trading firms to front run trades.
When she’s not playing the game, Alexandra spends some of her free time completing tasks on iProtest and voting on proposals through the ZT platform. The holon website features content exposing the rigged layer, created by YouTubers. Alexandra’s interest is piqued when she watches a small YouTuber answer a question about whether a certain U.S. exchange allegedly designed unfair order types for high-frequency firms without informing mainstreet investment brokerages (what the average citizen uses for their retirement funds).
Alexandra thinks how this, if true, has affected her parents’ retirement, how this might affect hers. She decides to take charge and educate herself on the matter, purchasing one particular book that proves illuminating: Michael Lewis’ Flash Boys. The evidence, to her, is damning. She has little doubt high-frequency trading firms are gaining unfair advantages over everyone else, harming the average citizen particularly.
Little does Alexandra know, she is well on her path to becoming a sage, an important mentor to the uninitiated, on the specific tactics and structures used to create the rigged layer.
Serving as the Sage
With her new knowledge about high-frequency trading firms, Alexandra decides to upload some gameplay discussing the evidence presented in Flash Boys to YouTube.She wants to educate her family and friends offline but believes she can have a positive impact on many more people. Alexandra, inspired by other Zero Theft content creators, starts a YouTube channel dedicated to raising awareness on the economic injustice plaguing the U.S. economy.
Unsurprisingly, Alexandra receives little response, but she continues to upload to her YouTube channel. She invites her friends to join her in person and sometimes sends her videos to her favorite podcasters when she thinks they might be interested. She gains maybe 10 subscribers in the first month, if that. The Zero Theft Movement helps build her following by directing citizens to her content. After two years, she has 700,000.
The Zero Theft Movement without a platform (big followers or an audience) can actually build one. The ZTM ends up helping do that.
Recruiting Respected Luminaries to the Zero Theft Movement
Let’s say Harvard Law professor and political activist Lester Lawrence Lessig decides to create a podcast. About 60% of the show involves politics, and Lessig does not show any favoritism to either establishment party.
Alexandra learns about Lessig through his podcast and thinks he would be a great person to support the Zero Theft Movement. For her next ‘let’s play,’ she decides to include him as her ‘co-player’–his picture appears in the corner of the screen. She discusses his book Republic, Lost as she explores potential corruption in Congress. Alexandra serves as a sage introducing Lessig to the Zero Theft Movement and the rigged layer of the economy.
Alexandra posts her quick gameplay on YouTube and sends it to Lessig over social media. Her subscribers make sure to do the same. The video eventually reaches Lessig, who receives a personal tour of how the rigged layer steals from every American. Intrigued, Lessig gets lost in the proverbial rabbit hole, watching content creators discuss different aspects of the rigged layer. He decides to voice his support for the movement on his social media platforms, reaching many of his fans/followers/etc.
The ZTM Game
The ZTM Game is our powerful educational tool to help transform citizens into sages. Through play and progression, you will quickly become an expert on the rigged layer of the economy. Are you prepared to guide your fellow citizens?
The ZeroTheft Movement does not have any interest in partisan politics/competition or attacking/defending one side. We seek to eradicate theft from the U.S economy. In other words, how the wealthy and powerful rig the system to steal money from us, the everyday citizen. We need to collectively fight against crony capitalism in order for us to all profit from an ethical economy.
Terms like ‘steal,’ ‘theft,’ and ‘crime’ will frequently appear throughout the book. ZeroTheft will NOT adhere strictly to the legal definitions of these terms (since congress sells out). We have broadly and openly defined terms like ‘steal’ and ‘theft’ to refer to the rigged economy and other debated unethical acts that can cause citizens to lose out on money they deserve to keep.