Posts Tagged ‘democracy’

Stuck in the Present

Before we broke the time barrier, we were stuck in the present like all animals on earth. We responded to stimulus, and that was that. The day we realized we would someday die is when we started tying the past, present and future together. That’s what we call intelligence or godliness.

Nonetheless, common man was socially victimized right up to the ‘English Industrial Revolution’ in 1694, the year the Bank of England was created, and especially the ‘American Industrial Revolution’ in 1781, the year the Bank of North America was created.

Bankers, in wanting to create wealth, went about loaning money to the Governments in order for them to create jobs for common man. Parliament in England and Congress in the US then collected the taxes in order to make sure their loans were repaid. That’s what we call democracy; it’s a win-win situation for all concerned.

Since those revolutions, common man has looked towards the future in wanting to create, build, invent and dream. The last two hundred and some years have offered common man the best opportunities that man has ever known. No group of common people in the whole history of mankind had ever had it so good.

Nowadays, it seems that the opportunities offered common man for creating, building, inventing and dreaming are on the wane. We don’t care much to look at how we got here—how our financial world was created—and we don’t see much hope for the future. We’re stuck in the present once again.

The only hope common man has, if he wants to avoid being ever more victimized by Big Brother, is to understand how Big Brother created the world of finance in the first place, for only then will he see how he can start dreaming again. And that’s what my research is all about.

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Day 1 of Democracy

Democracy is a word that’s extremely hard to define. For instance, we say France is a great democracy, yet it’s a centralist state. It has no legislative power at the departmental, town, commune or territorial levels. Furthermore, the great majority of representatives in the unique people’s assembly are elected civil servants who answer naturally to their boss, that is the Head of State, the President. Executive power is wielded by the President and the Prefects, and it flows down to the mayors. If the whole world thinks that France is a great democracy, we can only wonder what democracy is.

Again knowing and understanding isn’t one and the same thing. When we visit France’s fabulous monuments and enjoy its great food, we’re not inclined to question its politics in the same way we don’t question the role of the White House when in Washington. The US Presidency with its hoards of non-elected powerful civil servants who run the army, the federal police and everything else with a daunting iron hand is also very centralist. Thanks in part to his veto power, the President has more power than any Absolute King of Divine Right ever had. The Presidency may change names every four years, but it remains fundamentally dictatorial in nature.

It’s all very confusing, and only if we understand what happened during the Glorious Revolution in England, does it become clear. If the bankers went to all that trouble in 1688, it wasn’t because they wanted to grant real power to the people, but rather to manipulate that power. They were betting on a human foible whereby the people’s representatives would want to do things before the taxes were collected. Of course, they were right on the money. The Bank of England created in 1694 was their bank, and since it was the only game in town, they decided what was to be funded. They thus directly controlled the monetary system and indirectly controlled all important decision-making. Financing political campaigns and getting the right brand of representatives to run the country and collect taxes has always been considered democratic, and it gave us this wonderful world that we fail to understand.

Glorious Revolution-2

For over 1000 years the Roman Catholic Church ruled Europe. Although built on the vow of poverty, it was the first international financial power that the world had ever seen. The courts of Europe were filled with the Pope’s representatives and they ruled very inefficiently using diplomacy and intrigue. That’s why when Henry VIII told the Pope that he was the boss in England, England had effectively seceded from the Holy Roman Empire. That, in turn, meant that the Crown had to rethink its financial structures and go to the private Jewish bankers for help. However, unlike what was happening in the Netherlands, in England, the Jewish bankers were barely tolerated, for Henry VIII and the aristocracy were still very much Catholic. That’s why the London bankers trailed behind the Dutch bankers for such a long time.

 Because the papists in Ireland, Scotland, and England, still represented a considerable force, religion continued to play a major role in England. In Ireland, for instance, the English Protestants didn’t even try to promote cohabitation. They simply came in as brutal conquerors and, not surprisingly, it triggered many atrocities on both sides. In 1572, Elizabeth I’s decision to do a bit of ethnic cleansing by chasing the Irish Catholics out of  Ulster’s six counties in the North of Ireland and replacing them with Royalists and Puritans, would weigh heavily on the future of Great Britain and cause enormous pain and suffering in Ireland, as well as England, for centuries to come. Although mostly Jewish, the bankers, then and now, believe in religious freedom. Religion was the reason Cromwell failed them the first time round, but they now knew how to go about creating a representative Parliament, Democracy, and hence, taking control of the monetary system.

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