I am a very enthusiastic reader and follower of conspiracy theories. The crazier the better. I particularly enjoy CT’s that have to do with large networks of secret societies that work toward World GovernmentTM. Even better if they incorporate alien technology, celestial predictions about the year 2012, or other nefarious government plots to keep boot on our collective faces.

One that I hadn’t noticed, or heard about, was recently reported by Kevin Drum…and according to a House Representative, seems to be instrumental in his failing to win a primary to a Tea Party candidate:

I sat down, and they said on the back of your Social Security card, there’s a number. That number indicates the bank that bought you when you were born based on a projection of your life’s earnings, and you are collateral. We are all collateral for the banks. I have this look like, “What the heck are you talking about?” I’m trying to hide that look and look clueless. I figured clueless was better than argumentative. So they said, “You don’t know this?! You are a member of Congress, and you don’t know this?!” And I said, “Please forgive me. I’m just ignorant of these things.” And then of course, it turned into something about the Federal Reserve and the Bilderbergers and all that stuff. And now you have the feeling of anti-Semitism here coming in, mixing in. Wow.

I immediately recoiled in horror. How could I not have heard about such an incredibly nefarious plot by bankers to OWN PEOPLE?! That even incorporates the notion of modern-day slavery, and the prospect of a giant casino where the Illuminati go to option babies, and trade revenue streams on everyone from bums to programmers.

After settling down a bit, I realized that I recognized this story. It’s relates fairly closely to the plot of The Unincorporated Man, by Dani and Eytan Kollin (reviewed by Robin Hanson here). The difference is that this is of course simply bankers that own…something (which is wildly unclear), whereas in The Unincorporated Man, various actors own portions of your income.

And so I am relieved that this idea is not-so-original.