Thursday, October 30, 2008

First Post: Deceptive calm

As of this evening life is good. The price of gasoline, approaching $4.00 per gallon this past summer, has dropped to $2.24 locally. And it's plentiful. The grocery stores are fully stocked. You can still withdraw money from the banks. Outside it's quiet except for the sound of distant cars.

And yet the financial system is dying, inexorably taking with it the prosperity we've grown accustomed to, and in the long run, perhaps even the widespread peace and social order we take for granted.

Tanya Cariina Hsu has written a concise article explaining the monetary reason for America's downfall. She begins:

America is dying. It is self-destructing and bringing the rest of the world down with it.

Often referred to as a sub-prime mortgage collapse, this obfuscates the real reason. By associating tangible useless failed mortgages, at least something 'real' can be blamed for the carnage. The problem is, this is myth. The magnitude of this fiscal collapse happened because it was all based on hot air.

The banking industry renamed insurance betting guarantees as 'credit default swaps' and risky gambling wagers were called 'derivatives'. Financial managers and banking executives were selling the ultimate con to the entire world, akin to the snake-oil salesmen from the 18th century but this time in suits and ties. And by October 2009 it was a quadrillion-dollar (that's $1,000 trillion) industry that few could understand.

Propped up by false hope, America is now falling like a house of cards.

It all began in the early part of the 20th century. In 1907 J.P. Morgan, a private New York banker, published a rumour that a competing unnamed large bank was about to fail. It was a false charge but customers nonetheless raced to their banks to withdraw their money, in case it was their bank. As they pulled out their funds the banks lost their cash deposits and were forced to call in their loans. People now therefore had to pay back their mortgages to fill the banks with income, going bankrupt in the process. The 1907 panic resulted in a crash that prompted the creation of the Federal Reserve, a private banking cartel with the veneer of an independent government organisation. Effectively, it was a coup by elite bankers in order to control the industry.

When signed into law in 1913, the Federal Reserve would loan and supply the nation's money, but with interest. The more money it was able to print, the more 'income' for itself it generated. By its very nature the Federal Reserve would forever keep producing debt to stay alive....

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the links you placed in the comments underneath the Kiyotskei, Kerei, Naorei post. I shall read that blog with avid interest.