Understanding Theft Reports

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The Zero Theft Movement has two foundational components: your votes and your investigations/proposals. Your fellow citizens have dedicated their time to comprehensively research, analyze, and write up proposals on potential instances of economic foul play. Through a public vote, we democratically decide (1) which proposals provide the most compelling argument for why rigged theft is or isn’t occurring in any given economic area or sector and (2) the most accurate estimate of the amount of theft. 

Not only do our reports need to be stellar, each and every one of us needs to remain vigilant and make sure we safeguard the integrity of our fellow citizen’s investigations. If we experience breaches, we will not succeed in eradicating the rigged layer of the economy.  

This guide shows you the different sections of theft reports and how to get the most out of them. If you had any questions about the significance or use of the data provided by these reports, read on…


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Total Theft Report

Single Problem Reports

Single problem reports refer to citizen investigations into a focused portion or part of an industry. You can think of it as a topic of a subject. 

Proposed Theft Areas & Path Hierarchies

understanding report

The name of the proposed theft area appears at the top of the report, along with the year in question. This could be the 2008 mortgage crisis, corporate tax evasion, drug prices—i.e. a subset of a larger industry, sector, or area. 

Underneath the proposed theft area appears the path hierarchy. This informs you on the complete path back to the parent group. For example, industry/healthcare/pharmaceutical/drug prices. 


report summary

The summary tells you:

  1. Whether citizens have voted that the proposed area is rigged or not;
  2. How much is being ‘stolen’ or ‘saved’; 

The amount of money ripped off or saved for each citizen (total # of U.S. citizens), and each taxpayer (# of citizens who filed taxes)

Vote Breakdown

vote breakdown

The voting breakdown provides the current data behind the conclusions in the summary

On the left, you see a pie chart depicting how many citizens voted yes vs. no. Just because the report states that theft is occurring in a proposed area, many citizens could have voted no. The split, at any given time, could be 55% yes to 45% no, for instance. This data gives you a sense of whether theft in a proposed area is clear cut or not—at least, according to citizens who have voted. 

On the right is a bar graph displaying the number of citizens who voted for each proposed theft amount. Expect the graph to peak in the middle if most citizens have voted that theft is/isn’t occurring, or at low and high values if the citizens are split. This graph can serve as a way to suss out subversion by bad actors or overzealous parties if votes suddenly spike for a value (against or even for theft).

The Zero Theft Movement is about pinpointing where theft is occurring with strong proof. Voting for the highest theft amount out of anger and spite does not help your fellow citizens create positive change. It simply discredits the good work of others. 

Theft history

theft history

Theft history refers to the amount stolen or saved for the proposed area a few years before and after it became a potential issue. As more proposals get submitted, the data range for each report will become much more focused on the relevant time periods. The summary presents data for a single year; the theft history section offers data for multiple years. 

For the years where citizens have gathered sufficient data, the bars indicating the theft amount will appear in dark blue. Light blue bars denote years where the theft amount has been estimated by calculating the trend from data-rich years and extrapolating it to years with insufficient data. 

Proposal List

The proposal list orders theft proposals by most votes received to least. For each proposal listed, you see its estimated theft amount, the number of votes it received, and its problem description.

proposal lists

Leading proposal 

leading proposal

Next up is the leading proposal. You will see the complete YAML file of the top-voted proposal. The proposal presents the most accurate portrayal/interpretation of the potential theft area, according to the public. This includes (but is not limited to) the author’s problem area description, reasoning, sources, and quotes.  

That being said, the leading proposal does not necessarily have the majority of votes. Another proposal could be behind by just a vote or two, so it’s important to read others to get a full picture of the theft area. Also, in the case of a tie, the report that has received the most recent vote serves as the leading proposal. 

The leading proposal is subject to change at all times—whatever one has the most votes holds the spot. If you think a different proposal captures the issue more accurately than the incumbent one does, please vote. 

Voting History

voting history

The section on voting history provides a full breakdown of the votes over time. Along with the voting breakdown, this information allows you to track trends and identify potential foul play. We expect the top proposals to grow steadily. If a low or high value suddenly spikes, that’s an indication a corporation, group, or individual is attacking our system and trying to discredit the report. All votes can be traced back to the voter, allowing the Zero Theft community to figure out if it needs to omit fake or dubious votes. 



The last part of the report presents you with all the complete YAML files of each proposal. As mentioned in the leading proposal section, we strongly encourage you to peruse at least some of these proposals, as you might find one you would like to vote on. 

Summary Reports

Summary reports refer to investigations of the industry as a whole. You can see it as the synthesis or summation of all the top single problem reports.


Much like the summary section for the subarea proposals, you get a big picture theft and vote breakdown for the year in question. The report details the total amount of theft in the area, and how much citizens vs taxpayers get ripped off. 

An addition unique to summary reports is the Source of Theft pie chart. Not only do you get to see which problem areas have caused the most monetary damage, but you also have the voting percentages (yes or no) for each one. In a glance, you can tell where your fellow citizens believe the area needs fixing and reform. rigged amount reports

Leading proposals

Leading proposals are the full YAMLs of all top-rated single problem reports from a given part of the hierarchy. This serves as our ‘master’ or representative document for any area. leading proposals

Voting history

voting histories

The section on voting history shows voting numbers for each subarea. Along with the voting breakdown, this information allows you to track trends, see if certain areas have not received equivalent attention by voters, and identify potential foul play.

Umbrella Report

The umbrella report functions as a ‘first look.’ It helps citizens identify the potential instances of theft in an area that might require further investigation. The umbrella report looks much like the single problem report, except it tackles the area as a whole. 

After citizens take on comprehensive investigations of single problems, the much more accurate summary reports will replace the umbrella report

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All areas of our economy could be experiencing rigging by crony capitalists and corrupt officials. We need to systematically investigate each instance in order to find out if best evidence suggests it is truly rigged. 

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Serve your fellow citizens as a citizen investigator

The success of our movement rests in your hands, the leaders willing to dedicate time to conduct investigations into potentially rigged areas of the economy. With your valuable work, the movement has no solid ground to stand on, no foundations, no proof, to actually hold those corrupting our system accountable for their actions. 

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The rigged layer causes all of us to suffer, regardless of our political allegiances. If we are to eliminate rigged economy theft, we have to set aside our differences and band together against crony capitalists and corrupt officials. 

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Standard Disclaimer

The Zero Theft 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. Zero Theft 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.