February 14th, 2013

ALL WARS ARE BANKERS’ WARS!


Federal Reserve

Federal Reserve Building

Michael Rivero of WhatReallyHappened.com has written quite an article.  In it he documents how Central Banks have caused mayhem throughout the World, including starting wars. In this posting I include a few quotes that he has found from historical figures, which bolster his argument. On his website he includes two useful videos dealing with the subject, plus you can watch him on video giving his presentation, or listen to a podcast version. I urge you all to take a look.

The one disagreement I have with him is that it is not just the Bankers who create wars and mayhem, for they need the help of powerful industrialists and media members to construct and continue their illusion.

His article and associated links are HERE.

Shorty Dawkins, Associate editor.

Begin quotes:

“Gentlemen! I too have been a close observer of the doings of the Bank of the United States. I have had men watching you for a long time, and am convinced that you have used the funds of the bank to speculate in the breadstuffs of the country. When you won, you divided the profits amongst you, and when you lost, you charged it to the bank. You tell me that if I take the deposits from the bank and annul its charter I shall ruin ten thousand families. That may be true, gentlemen, but that is your sin! Should I let you go on, you will ruin fifty thousand families, and that would be my sin! You are a den of vipers and thieves. I have determined to rout you out, and by the Eternal, (bringing his fist down on the table) I will rout you out!” — Andrew Jackson, shortly before ending the charter of the Second Bank of the United States. From the original minutes of the Philadelphia committee of citizens sent to meet with President Jackson (February 1834), according to Andrew Jackson and the Bank of the United States (1928) by Stan V. Henkels

“If this mischievous financial policy, which has its origin in North America, shall become endurated down to a fixture, then that Government will furnish its own money without cost. It will pay off debts and be without debt. It will have all the money necessary to carry on its commerce. It will become prosperous without precedent in the history of the world. The brains, and wealth of all countries will go to North America. That country must be destroyed or it will destroy every monarchy on the globe.” — The London Times responding to Lincoln’s decision to issue government Greenbacks to finance the Civil War, rather than agree to private banker’s loans at 30% interest.

“Should Germany merchandise (do business) again in the next 50 years we have led this war (WW1) in vain.” - Winston Churchill in The Times (1919)

“We will force this war upon Hitler, if he wants it or not.” - Winston Churchill (1936 broadcast)

“Germany becomes too powerful. We have to crush it.” - Winston Churchill (November 1936 speaking to US – General Robert E. Wood)

“This war is an English war and its goal is the destruction of Germany.” - Winston Churchill (- Autumn 1939 broadcast)

“The war wasn’t only about abolishing fascism, but to conquer sales markets. We could have, if we had intended so, prevented this war from breaking out without doing one shot, but we didn’t want to.”- Winston Churchill to Truman (Fultun, USA March 1946)

“Germany’s unforgivable crime before WW2 was its attempt to loosen its economy out of the world trade system and to build up an independent exchange system from which the world-finance couldn’t profit anymore. …We butchered the wrong pig.” -Winston Churchill (The Second World War – Bern, 1960)

“I spent 33 years and four months in active military service as a member of our country’s most agile military force — the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from second lieutenant to Major General. And during that period I spent more of my time being a high–class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. “I suspected I was just a part of a racket at the time. Now I am sure of it. Like all members of the military profession I never had an original thought until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of the higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military service. Thus I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-12. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that the Standard Oil went its way unmolested. During those years, I had, as the boys in the back room would say, a swell racket. I was rewarded with honors, medals and promotion. Looking back on it, I feel I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three city districts. I operated on three continents.” — General Smedley Butler, former US Marine Corps Commandant,1935




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9 Responses to “ALL WARS ARE BANKERS’ WARS!”

  1. 1
    Linda Says:

    Well said, Shorty!!! Thanks for offering this for us.

    Blessings, Linda

  2. 2
    Shorty Dawkins Says:

    Linda,
    You are very welcome. I would that everyone understood it is only a few thousand, (at most), people who are keeping us in debt slavery. We are billions, they are few. If we but recognize who it is that oppresses us, they will lose the power they have over us. End the Fed!

    Shorty

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    Austrian Economics is Color Blind Says:

    Shorty Dawkins,

    You said:

    The one disagreement I have with him is that it is not just the Bankers who create wars and mayhem, for they need the help of powerful industrialists and media members to construct and continue their illusion.

    What you’re missing is that the artificial expansion of the money supply NECESSARILY gives industrialists an artificial advantage, because the interest rates are made artificially low.

    This is why whenever there’s a crash, the capital sector is hit the hardest; Those were NECESSARILY the projects which were artificially stimulated.

    This is true whether private banks engage in artificial credit expansion, whether a private cartel does it, or whether the government does it.

    This is why I keep saying it’s the paper money that’s the problem, not who prints it. And Wall Street, per se, isn’t the proble, either – they’re just playing the game.

    The problem isn’t industrialists, or industrialists conspiring with bankers. The boom/bust cycle CANNOT HAPPEN under a commodity money system if the government refrains from regulating the economy.

    I urge Oath Keepers to watch these videos, since it seems they are buying into the Greenbacker/Monetarist monetary theory:

    Answering the Same Old Arguments Against Sound Money | Thomas E. Woods, Jr.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-PxMzSyujw

    Economic Cycles Before the Fed | Thomas E Woods, Jr.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxcjT8T3EGU

    The belief in so-called “debt-free money” is the SOURCE of our problems, not the solution.

    The London Times quote about Lincoln appears to be a fake quote. Which is just as well, since, as Gary North points out, Lincoln opposed Greenbacks and was FOR the privately owned Second Bank of the United States:

    Historical Error #3: Abraham Lincoln Promoted Debt-Free Paper Money (the Greenbacks).
    http://www.garynorth.com/public/6875.cfm

    The myth of “Lincoln money” is perhaps the most deceptive historical error of the Greenbackers. It ignores what Lincoln said and did.

    What about the Greenbacks? Lincoln did not promote them. The proposed law came from Congress.

    Lincoln hated this fiat money. He accepted the third and final issue of these fiat bills, but he sent a letter to Congress in which he expressed his “sincere regret that it has been found necessary to authorize an additional issue of United States notes.” He called on Congress to pass his solution, the National Bank Act, which Congress did a month later.

    Lincoln did not “foil” the bankers. He made the big ones even richer by creating a more centralized banking system. And why not? He had been a rich lawyer for the Illinois Central Railroad. The Illinois Central funded its operations through the sale of bonds. The entire industry did. Anything that threatened the bankers threatened Lincoln’s post-Presidential career.

    As soon as he was elected President, he pressured Congress to pass a law for the government to subsidize the westward expansion of the railroads. He specified that the eastern terminus for the Union Pacific Railroad be Council Bluffs, Iowa. Lincoln had bought land in Council Bluffs several years earlier.

    Historical Response #3: Ellen Brown Now Calls Lincoln a “Reluctant Greenbacker.” She Has Backed Off Almost Entirely from Her Book.
    http://www.garynorth.com/public/7117.cfm

    Historical Error #16: Lincoln Favored the Greenbacks Over Any Union Debt to Bankers.
    http://www.garynorth.com/public/6925.cfm

  4. 4
    Brandon Says:

    @Austrian

    Paper money is indeed a problem, but to claim that it is the WHOLE problem is not realistic.

    Having a private entity like the Federal Reserve, controlled by international elitists and unaccountable to the people, certainly doesn’t help matters. If money creation was placed back into the hands of the treasury, at least we would have the right to know the exact faces and names of the people who are screwing us. With the Fed, we get to see mascots and frontmen like Bernanke, but not the real power behind the throne.

    The money is just a tool. The abuse of the money and the mechanisms that surround it are the real danger. Even a purely gold based system can be corrupted, as the Roman Empire effectively proved. The problem is the criminal enterprise, the government officials and financiers who launched it, AND the fiat currency they use to make it run. We’ll never get rid of the paper before we get rid of the men who exploit it.

    “The powers of financial capitalism had another far-reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole. This system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements arrived at in frequent meetings and conferences. The apex of the systems was to be the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland, a private bank owned and controlled by the world’s central banks which were themselves private corporations. Each central bank…sought to dominate its government by its ability to control Treasury loans, to manipulate foreign exchanges, to influence the level of economic activity in the country, and to influence cooperative politicians by subsequent economic rewards in the business world.”

    - Carrol Quigley, CFR Member, Tragedy and Hope

    “The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to the doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can “throw the rascals out” at any election without leading to any profound or extreme shifts in policy.”

    - Carrol Quigley, CFR Member, Tragedy and Hope

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    Shorty Dawkins Says:

    Austrian economics said:
    “What you’re missing is that the artificial expansion of the money supply NECESSARILY gives industrialists an artificial advantage, because the interest rates are made artificially low.”

    True, but this is merely the means they use in the economic arena. It is a multi-pronged attack they have launched on us. Economic, media, educational, and cultural attacks are all in operation. False paradigms are promoted and drilled into the public mind from multiple sources. The “Long March” is definitely in operation.

    Shorty

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    Austrian Economics is Color Blind Says:

    Brandon @ comment #4,

    I get that privately owned central banks are conspiring with each other to steal the world’s wealth and liberty, but once we understand what money actually is, it’s easy to see why paper money (or another form of artificial credit) is not only the means by which they are accomplishing, but also why it’s THE ONLY means by which they can do so (short of stealing it, directly).

    When the Romans debased their currency, it had the same effect as printing money: currency debasement. The Romans abandoned the gold standard.

    A portion of the debased coin is not what the government said it was, and so people circulated them as if they were worth more. The effect was an artificial increase in the supply of money. This enabled Rome to build an Empire at the expense of the people.

    Forgive the seemingly overuse of “paper money” as the scapegoat, since this is imprecise. But the Greenbackers aren’t calling for a return to a debased gold coin standard, but rather to a government-monopoly on paper (or digital) money creation. So that’s why I keep saying “paper money”.

    But currency debasement can happen with precious metals and paper IOUs, alike. Austrians acknowledge this.

    What the private central banks are doing to us, is done through something called the Cantillon Effect, which is the unjust transfer of wealth from users of older money to those who pay with new, artificial, money (paper money, debased coins, etc.)

    They are not stealing from you, directly, but they are stealing the purchasing power of the money you have. You still have the same amount of money units as before, but they are worth less due to the artificial increase in the money supply.

    This would necessarily happen whether it was done by private banks, by a privately owned cartel with government-granted monopoly privileges, or by the government, directly.

    No amount of conspiring between banks and big business, even if it’s a world-wide conspiracy, can result in the destruction of the economy or the taking of our liberties, under a commodity money standard, for very long, because commodity money puts a resource constraint on them; And at the same time, commodity money ensures that only wealth is being exchanged in a trade, rather than the exchange of the mere promise of wealth, in the form of IOUs, for actual wealth.

    Regarding the Treasury, the Constitution doesn’t give our government the permission to print paper money, or to decide for itself what will be the money.

    Congress has the authority to mint gold and silver, and to “regulate the value thereof”, which did not mean that the purchasing power was arbitrarily decided by Congress.

    As Tom Woods and Edwin Vieira explain (respectively, in the videos which follow), a Dollar is a specific weight and fineness of silver, and “regulate the value” just meant that the government made the value “regular” – they went into the marketplace and discovered what size and fineness of gold and silver everyone was using, and what they were exchanging for one another, and then used that discovery to make sure the coins that Congress minted were essentially the same as what was already being used:

    Is Ron Paul Wrong on Money and the Constitution?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40MBdt1BQgE

    “What is Constitutional Money?” with Edwin Vieira — Ron Paul Money Lecture Series, Pt 2/3
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6gMkKmQSW4

    I’ll say this again, too, that there is nothing wrong with businesses becoming big, forming cartels, outcompeting local companies by way of foreign imports, etc.

    It’s actually the unfounded fear of those things that got us into the mess we’re in, because they result in national fiat currencies and price controls.

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    Brandon Says:

    @Austrian

    “I’ll say this again, too, that there is nothing wrong with businesses becoming big, forming cartels, outcompeting local companies by way of foreign imports, etc.

    It’s actually the unfounded fear of those things that got us into the mess we’re in, because they result in national fiat currencies and price controls.”

    No. The Federal Reserve was created through political subterfuge for the benefit of the bankers so that they could ESTABLISH cartels. It was not created out of “fear of cartels”.

    If our economy was centralizing naturally, then I might agree with part of your statement. However, government collusion with corporate oligarchy in order to create monopolies is not natural. Globalization, as it operates today, is not natural. If small business owners are held to strict standards of conduct, and corporations are not, and this allows corporations to seize power and market share where they otherwise could not, destroying localized economy in the process, then this is, indeed, wrong.

    I don’t have a problem with a large successful business as long as it is run honestly and within the confines of just law. Meaning, if the owners commit fraud, destroy property, steal resources, and kill people, they should go to jail. Period. I don’t care if they did it in the name of “progress”.

    Maintaining a free market does not necessarily mean that we abandon morality for the sake of some “survival of the fittest or most corrupt” mentality. The laws of conscience supersede the laws of business, and evolution.

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    Austrian Economics is Color Blind Says:

    The reason the bankers were successful at creating the Federal Reserve was because of the belief that the free market was the cause of the boom/bust cycle.

    But yes, the bankers wanted monopoly privileges, as Murray Rothbard has explained, here:

    The Founding of the Federal Reserve | Murray N. Rothbard
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ta7q1amDAN4

    It was collectivist ideology which helped the bankers secure their government-protected monopoly.

    Without the government granting the Federal Reserve a monopoly on money creation, people would eventually resort to commodity money (such as gold and silver, but not limited to them); This would stop the Cantillon Effects from occurring, and it would stop the boom/bust cycle – but after the necessary correction that must take place.

    A free market doesn’t mean there are no laws; It just means that people are following the non aggression principle, or being punished for violating someone’s individual rights (there are no collective rights).

    We have to be careful about what we call “fraud” and “steal resources”, though. If there’s no contract, and the intent to harm cannot be proven, then no one should think they are defrauded or otherwise hurt by a purchase; This is where we get these nonsensical “The coffee in this cup may be hot” regulations.

    The belief that the free market is “survival of the fittest” is technically true; but the phrasing is misleading.

    Forcing someone to trade with someone is a violation of individuals’ rights. Therefore, no one is entitled to a job, a certain level of wage (such as a “living wage”), the patronage of customers, or a contract.

    What follows from this is that cartels are free market; large market shares are free market; outcompeting local businesses through imports is free market; refusing business to anyone for whatever reason including racism is free market; free market Unions and the Corporate structure are free markets; requiring employees to join a free market Union or Corporation as a condition of employment is free market; refusing to label your merchandise including food, is free market, etc.

    All of these arrangements occur through voluntary agreements. No one’s rights are violated by them. They do not result in chaos but harmonious voluntary exchanges.

    What is not OK is to force someone (either directly, or through government) to join a cartel, Union, or Corporation if they don’t want to also take the job; to buy local, or to pay tariffs on imported goods; to do business with someone against an individual’s will, regardless of the reason, including racism; to put conditions on the sale of goods, such as labeling, etc.

    The State wants you to believe that regulations are the source of harmony in the economy, but it’s the opposite. Regulations interfere with peaceful exchanges, distorting the price system so as to create shortages and wasteful surpluses.

    Regulations are the cause of chaos in the economy, and they cannot cause harmony. Then the effects of these regulations are blamed on the free market and are used to call for more regulations, thereby taking still more of our wealth and liberty.

    Government only needs to protect private property rights and enforce voluntary contracts. Anything else they do is destructive.

    Government is not needed for infrastructure, for maintaining a sound monetary system, for safety conditions, for protecting the environment (which is a non issue anyway; but to the extent that “the environment” matters, which is only on private property, the free market would do this; It’s government that allows pollution of someone else’s property in the name of “progress”).

    Please watch some of the videos because they deal with these issues in detail.

    Critics Say, “You Libertarians Are Soulless Materialists”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZGtcNcyyTI

    In this one, Tom Woods addresses MANY of the objections people have with using gold as money; He addresses the issues of deflation, instability in the 1800s, the non-existent Long Depression of the late 1800s, sticky prices/wages, and others:

    Answering the Same Old Arguments Against Sound Money | Thomas E. Woods, Jr.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-PxMzSyujw

    This one talks about how anti-trust laws NECESSARILY result in Crony Capitalism, and why cronies LIKE the regulations:

    Dominick Armentano: The Case for Repealing Antitrust Laws
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBT-fnJsfo0

    This one talks about the difference between Cronyism and free market competition, as well as why the predatory pricing issue is actually a non issue:

    The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History, Lecture 8 | Thomas E. Woods, Jr.
    (Myths and Facts About Big Business)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGeA1Sbd4XM

    This one explains how everyone is benefitted through cheap imports, including those whose businesses consumers choose to abandon for cheaper products from a better competitor:

    Defending the Undefendable (Chapter 23: The Importer) by Walter Block
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTT_WHyzZ54

    This one talks about how interest rates are simply a matter of people’s differing time preferences, that they are a very important signals, and that they are necessary and useful (if not interfered with by government interventions):

    Basic Economics Lesson 4 – Time Preference, Interest Rates, and Production
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2OK5D_3TzM

    This one talks about why price gouging ought not be considered a crime, that government is the cause of shortages, and that it’s important to not interfere with people’s right to do it:

    Hurricane Sandy and Gas Lines
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vi__4Yt-dJQ

    And these talk about how private property rights would solve the problems of overfishing, depleting the rainforests, how it brought back the buffalo, how it brought back the Pilgrims from starvation, and how it would solve the problem of Native American poverty; and how government just gets in the way when it tries to help:

    Stossel – ‘The Tragedy Of The Commons’ 12/5/10 1 of 4
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IdzaEiYx5o

    Stossel – ‘The Tragedy Of The Commons’ 12/5/10 2 of 4
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vo_OB6iX_5o

    Stossel – ‘The Tragedy Of The Commons’ 12/5/10 3 of 4
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmAGuZgtxE8

    Stossel – ‘The Tragedy Of The Commons’ 12/5/10 4 of 4
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRV88SBSU3w

    Austrian Economics has responses to all of these issues (Stossel is not an Austrian, to my knowledge), so please check it out.

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    Austrian Economics is Color Blind Says:

    Let me add some resources, pertaining to race issue (such as the Civil Rights Act), from a free market perspective, since I brought it up in passing, in my last post, and because people may misunderstand from where I’m coming:

    A black man’s view on Ron Paul being racist Part 1
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6sYZxZi4qQ

    A black man’s view on Ron Paul racism claims part 2
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHWnZv08nhw

    Thought Controllers Call Ron Paul “Extreme”
    (Why Ron Paul wouldn’t have voted for the Civil Rights Act)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FFhSr1A1do#t=16m42s

    Good Intentions 2of3 Minimum Wage, Licensing, and Labor Laws with Walter Williams
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DS0XXFdyfI

    Good Intentions 3of3 The Welfare System and Conclusions with Walter Williams (no audio)
    (There actually is audio in this one; It’s fine)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUtY80fv56M

    Race and Economics by Walter Williams
    http://lewrockwell.com/williams-w/w-williams95.1.html

    Defending the Undefendable (Chapter 20: The Slumlord) by Walter Block
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhURIycWHRI

    Defending the Undefendable (Chapter 21: The Ghetto Merchant) by Walter Block
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1I6LP04y9ec

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