(Left/Above: Mrs. Baars waving to the peasants)
In an iconic 2011 moment, Occupy protesters met Wall Street bankers enjoying themselves with drinks. A veritable Marie Antoinette greeted them by toasting with her champagne. The divide between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’ could not have been clearer.
Here’s the famous clip.
A source close to the Baars family, E.A., 21 years old, has come forward. Living and very much enjoying ‘the lifestyle’ herself, she is also worried about the blowback against the banker decadence.
Here’s her story.
The Baars Family
It turns out that the lady in pink is Mrs. Baars, wife of Goldman Sachs managing director Willem Baars, who hails from Holland. He has been making a career for himself with the infamous vampire squid that is at the core of Wall Street’s pirate nest. Managing Directors are the second management layer at Goldman Sachs. Only the partners, of whom there are only a few dozen, are higher up the ladder. Partners are allowed to use their own private funds in the Bank’s insider trading rackets, guaranteeing enormous private wealth for the few who make it.
Still, a modest ‘managing director’ can look forward to a $500k base salary. Bonuses for Mr. Baars typically amount to about $8 million per year. Additionally, there is an options package worth about $30 million.
God only knows what Mr. Baars must do for that kind of money. He maintains all his actions are legal. Which is not completely unbelievable, since Goldman Sachs employees in Congress write the laws.
He seems to be involved in mergers and the like. Typically, the insider knowledge that consulting about these matters brings is exploited by the traders of the bank in the markets.
How they see the protests
To Mrs. Baars, the protestors are just ‘peasants’. Losers, jealous of the riches of the bankers. The bankers really feel like ‘Masters of the Universe’. They see themselves as ‘the new Aristocracy’. To them, what they do is all ‘legal’ and thus justified. They deny any wrongdoing, or that their riches come at the expense of others. The protestors are basically just whining scumbags, in their view.
In the aftermath of the meeting in Wall Street on that day in November 2011, hundreds of protestors went to the Baars residence in New York and spent hours at the gates there. One of the Baars cars, a Bentley, was thrashed.
This was certainly a tense moment, but to the Baars family this just shows what losers the protestors are.
It’s all about ‘the Lifestyle’. The Baars family owns 15 luxury cars. Several mansions in America and Europe. A $20 million, 46 meter yacht in St. Tropez.
Says E.A.: “Wall Street and the City are driven by money, status, luxury, trophy wives and more money.” She continues: “just walk into any Mayfair club and you’ll see models and bottles.”
While Mr. Baars makes enormous profits for Goldman, Mrs. Baars’ job, as a banker wife, is to look good and let the money flow. Shopping is the lady’s main pass time. Trips to Milan with her girlfriends to buy shoes a routine matter.
For the kids, there are endless parties. Spraying expensive champagne is a routine device. The fun is in knowing that the peasants would have to work for months for what they blow away in just seconds.
Luxury, looking good, asset positions, new stuff. Glimmer and glamor make life nice. Are what gives status in the social scene.
Within the Baars family, there is a strong sense that the money must keep coming in to keep up. Addiction to money comes with fear of loss.
They’re children with their hands in the cookie jar. Mrs. Baars is just an uppity blonde who likes to shop for shoes. Avarice and narcissist ambition unchecked.
And it’s end of life. Soon, the American economy will face the crunch of an era. The banking families that employ naive upstarts like the Baars family, are ready to ditch the vehicles, including Goldman Sachs, that have allowed them to usurp all the wealth of the nation and indeed the entire West. Their executives, no longer useful, will be thrown to the wolves. The angry masses will gladly devour them when the time comes.
The ‘solution’ to the problems they have been creating has long been prepared.
And our source? She loves both the people with whom she grew up and ‘the lifestyle’, but she is haunted by the venom of the disenfranchised. She faces a choice.
But: it’s a choice that, in different guises, we all face at some point in life and it’s the same choice that humanity as a whole will finally have to face up to too.
Banker Babes doing what they do best: shopping
I hope you have a blessed Christmas with your loved ones and many blessings for the coming year.
For me personally, 2015 will undoubtedly prove very exciting, with the Talent going national in Holland very soon now.
Internationally, I think we’re all waiting for the next phase in the controlled demolition of the American Empire and the West. It does seem that the Money Power is moving on to Asia. The collectivist mindset of the Chinese is closer to our masters’ attitudes and ambitions. While the West was indispensable for conquering the globe for them, now that it has, it has become a liability.
Mass immigration, feminism (destroying the family) and the ongoing rapid destruction of living standards all throughout the West are making life more and more difficult and many people are becoming desperate with the tyrannical nature of ‘democracy’ and its petty laws, fines, and victimless ‘crime’. We will see growing numbers of people leaving the West in the years ahead.
And let us hope it will be just that. The idea of war between the US and Russia (which will quickly involve the Chinese too) is simply unspeakable and it would be just so devastating if the foolish peoples of these Nations would allow their heinous ‘elites’ to pull this one off. It seems hard to believe ‘they’ could, but there can be little doubt they wouldn’t mind some more slaughter.
Wars and rumors of wars……..it must all come to pass. They are worldly affairs and we must not allow fear or anger to overtake us when considering these matters.
The Spirit is in complete control and all is well. This fundamental truth we must keep hammering home to our dying egos, who thrive on negative emotions, however justified they may seem from a worldly perspective.
Our task is to ‘crucify self’ (ego death), and executing the simple tasks the Spirit wants us to do each day. And leave the rest to Him, difficult as it may be. We are, after all, just very unsubstantial dots in a vast universe.
Christmas celebrations are under attack all over the West. Multiculturalism is being used to mind control Jews, Muslims and other immigrants into claiming they are ‘insulted’ by this ‘non-inclusive’ celebration.
All bollocks of course. Immigrants have a duty to integrate and show respect for the traditions of the host nation. Mass immigration in the US in the 19th century was a success because immigrants were expected to learn the law and language of the land and partake in the norms of the nation. Jews, of course, never have been known for their integrative skills and are often behind the Marxist pressures against Christmas.
The attack is multi layered. On one level it’s an assault on Western Tradition, on the other against Christ himself. Because ultimately the whole war is against Christ.
Jesus Christ is not the man that was born 2000 years ago. It’s the Spirit that came into the flesh in the man. The Word, that created everything. The Son. He spoke through Jesus of Nazareth.
Creation is pervaded by, and springs from what physicists like Tesla call ‘the ether’. This ether is self aware and a person. It animates all beings. He lives in us all, whether we realize it or not. He is all knowing, all powerful. It is this being that spoke to us through the man whose birth we celebrate today.
A human being consists of a number of ‘aggregates’, as Gautama called them: the body, the senses, the emotional body, the mental body and volition. Our identification with these aspects is what we call ‘ego’.
Spirit is immaterial and precedes matter. We can learn to observe Him by realizing that he is what remains after excluding everything we can observe via the other ‘aggregates’. He is not what we see, not what we hear, not what we think, not what we feel. What we ‘see’ beyond these materialist experiences, is what the Buddhists call ‘emptiness’, and Jesus the ‘the Holy Place’. It is here that we are ‘in the shadow of the Almighty’.
Learning to break our identification with the material aspects of our being and identifying with ‘emptiness’ instead, is what the Spirit during his stint on earth called ‘dying to self to be reborn in the Spirit’. Obviously, few ‘born again Christians’ have died to self or would know what Spirit is. Likewise: a true Taoist would know very well what this is all about.
True believers, then, are not recognized by their knowledge of scripture. ‘One knows a tree by its fruit’ and the Spirit knows his own and True Israel, since the new covenant, is among all the races. It is they who have ‘crucified self’ and do the Spirit’s will. Because only those that do the Spirit’s will, as they have learned it in communion, can say they believe.
It is not for everyone. Even today most people don’t realize they need saving, so why would they look for the Savior living in their hearts, anxious to befriend them?
But if you do realize that you need saving, than study these matters. Go to the Spirit, as he so emphatically requests through Jesus of Nazareth: ‘come to me and I will give you peace’, he promises. And he delivers too.
And it is this awareness that is the real enemy of the New World Order. People dying to self and doing the infallible will of the Creator is what they fear, for obvious reasons. Clearly the Banker’s power quickly starts looking a whole lot less impressive, once you realize that the Spirit can work through selfless people.
And let us not forget that they were already beaten, back then. What we are facing today are basically just mop up operations after the enemy’s back has already been broken.
And this is the real reason why Christmas is under attack.
So don’t worry about Christmas being in fact a ‘pagan’ celebration of the winter solstice. Some of the pagans were infinitely closer to the Spirit than the ‘christians’ who destroyed them in the name of that spiritual tyranny known as the Vatican.
All our traditions are suspect in many ways and most obviously the world is at war with the Spirit and we should not take it all too seriously. But we should also not become unwitting stooges of the adversary, trying to alienate us even further from our traditions and way of life, sinful as they may be in many ways.
So with this in mind, enjoy Christmas and this chance to rest, to be with those closest to us, who love us and bear with our many faults, just as we struggle to bear with theirs.
May the Spirit be with you and all of us in these troubled times. Soon, real soon, love will again govern all our relations.
your brother in Christ,
(Left/Above: Richard Werner, whose thinking is behind ‘Princes of the Yen’.)
Two films expose in no uncertain terms the core issue of our time: how the financial system has come to dominate the globe by centralizing wealth and power through Usury, the manipulation of the volume of money, and centralized control of credit allocation.
This is the core of the conspiracy industry: that history is not so much a matter of competing nation states, but that a shadowy elite rules the world from behind the scenes, and that the core of their power is through control of money.
There has been, and there will continue to be, an endless debate about who is ultimately behind it all. Some clarity is slowly emerging there too, not in the least because of the light that has been shed on the long term history of the human species, including the advanced old civilizations that once dominated the planet. And of course the profound spiritual implications of these matters.
But surely by now it should be clear that “The world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes.”
We are indeed slaves and the Matrix owns us, lock, stock and barrel.
Understanding how it all came about is impossible without a basic grasp of how their control of money governs our lives.
And these two films, ‘Renaissance 2.0 – Financial Empire’ and ‘Princes of the Yen, Central Banks and the Transformation of the Economy’ paint a crystal clear picture of the main issues.
The first focusses on the effects of Usury, the second on how Central Banks create booms and busts through the manipulation of volume. It also explains in simple and direct terms what power there is in credit allocation.
These are the three main issues with money as we have identified them and both films strongly reinforce the message. They certainly widened my horizons.
Renaissance 2.0 – Financial Empire
This film was created by Damon Vrabel. Here is an interesting article by him on Usury. His basic take is very sound, focussing on its exponential nature:
“The exponential math not only creates exponential debt growth, but also exponentially increasing:
- Scale – government and businesses keep getting bigger; we get smaller and local communities lose their meaning
- Velocity – the hamster wheel keeps spinning faster; human life suffers
- Consumption – we buy more and more things that break more quickly
- Production – we make more and more things that break more quickly
- Inflation – the dollar buys less and less; we can’t seem to make progress
None of these things have to happen in an economic system. They only happen in ours because of debt-based money, usury, that greatly benefits the top of the pyramid while everyone else suffers to a certain degree depending on their level in the pyramid.
So this system is guaranteed to fail due to not only the impossible math, but also the fundamental immorality. Taken together those five issues paint a horrible picture.”
The film is basically a presentation he put together. It’s well done, with clear cut visuals that center around the pyramid of power, similar to this one:
It greatly helps to keep this picture in mind always. It’s simply the nature of power and it’s behind all their schemes, from Libertarianism to Marxism.
Vrabel points at the two tier society that is automatic with Usury. He discusses many interesting dynamics of the monetary system, pointing at the different implications for those in their respective layers of the pyramid. For instance how cost for capital rises when you go lower into the pyramid.
Another great feature is his critique of ‘modern economics’. He makes a solid case, showing once more how ridiculous it all really is. It’s very important. We must rid ourselves of the heinous nonsense that they pay their academics to produce. It’s all rubbish, existing only to explain why we must be in bondage.
Princes of the Yen, Central Banks and the Transformation of the Economy
The film begins by saying: ‘This is a film about the power of Central Banks. Central Banks have the power to create economic, political and social change. This is how they do it’.
And that’s exactly what the film shows. It’s based on a book by Professor Richard Werner, who is well known for his work on credit creation and management of the volume of money. He worked in Japan for years and knows the monetary situation there from the inside.
The film discusses Japan’s economic development since the war. First its rise to world prominence, then the despicable, purposefully engineered boom of the late eighties, and the even much worse and equally well planned 1989 and beyond bust.
Its analysis is very clear cut: the post war rise was a result of strongly centralized financial management by BoJ, which basically ordered the banks to lend so and so much to this and that sector in the economy. Japan was actually operating a war economy in those years, but directed at production and consumption, instead of destruction.
BoJ’s technocrats ruled like emperors, completely controlling the economy by exact management of who would be financed and who not. They created the second biggest economy in the world from scratch in only a few decades.
Undoubtedly this was part of the Money Power’s larger designs. However, in the film the focus is completely on solid information that can be well gleaned from what is visible in the public domain.
Werner shows how BoJ’s officials then changed tack and wanted to force on Japan a change to a ‘free market’ and consumerist economy with associated growing gap between the rich and the rest. It wanted to break the classical control structure of Cartels and Government (especially the Ministry of Finance) power. They called this ‘the need for structural reform’ in typical banker fashion.
To foist this on an unwitting public, they first created a huge boom with insane credit expansion, ordering the banks to expand credit at 15% per year. This led to maniacal real estate speculation, where at its peak the small island of Japan was worth four times more than the entire United States. Then the bubble was popped suddenly and prices contracted up to 90%.
Japan never recovered, mainly because BoJ has sabotaged every attempt that the Government made to reflate the economy. This was simply done by taking out of circulation whatever extra money was pumped into the economy by the State.
The film makes abundantly clear, in neutral and understandable terms, that the whole boom and bust thing was and is purely driven by inflating and deflating the money supply. The case is undefeatable and it’s so vital to understand. The volume of money is what drives booms and busts. Nothing else. It’s all pure banker manipulation.
The volume of money must be managed, it’s unavoidable, the idea of a ‘free market’ doing it is irrelevant. The only question is how the volume is going to be managed: by megalomaniac fools running amuck, unseen by a brainwashed public, or in the service of the public with sufficient people understanding what is going on. It’s not brain surgery, all that’s needed is some basic education concerning the facts.
The film then continues to explore the implications of such blatant banker control and manipulation in the cases of the Asian Crisis in the late nineties and the current Euro Crisis. There too, the situation could well be (or have been) resolved by sound policy, but it was and is simply sabotaged because nobody understands monetary policy and bankers have their own plans.
Werner focuses on Central Banks and paints the banks themselves as the flock following the piper. But of course the Banking System is One and the major commercial banks are well on board with these machinations. But let this minor issue not distract from the film’s achievements. This is a hard hitting exposure.
Watched together, these films show how the monetary system completely controls the economy and by extension everything else too.
‘Financial Empire’ focuses on Usury, ‘Princes of the Yen’ on the volume of money, and credit creation and allocation. Together, they paint a comprehensive picture of what is really going on on a monetary and economic level and its implications for the human condition.
Devising and implementing strategies to stop this Behemoth is actually what should be keeping everybody awake at night. A reasonable deal for everyone is well within our reach. Both films help us keeping our eye on the ball.
Also highly recommended for the uninitiated, as they are both very accessible.
Ideal for the quiet days between Christmas and the New Year.
How Usury Encloses The Commons
Banking Is Institutionalized Murder!
Capitalism Is Jewish Usury
Rationalizing Usury: the Time Value Hoax
Derivatives, Or: How The Money Power Created The Greatest Depression
The Goal of Monetary Reform
Understand that the Banking System is One
The Silly Pseudo Science that is ‘Modern Economics’
Very soon now, we’ll start crowdfunding for the national implementation of the Talent in the Netherlands, called the ‘Florijn’.
We will very much need every cent we can get to get things going so we can build a truly flourishing network, with many thousands of businesses and consumers.
It’ll be an opportunity for all to actually DO something about this most pressing of issues………….
Here’s some more input on the Talent’s specifications.
Hybrid: some units created as debt free units, and sold for Euro. The euros are put in a ‘stabilization fund’ which can be used to buy up units on the exchange if there is excess supply/insufficient demand.
But most of the units will be created simply as mutual credit: double entry bookkeeping.
No transaction costs! Transaction costs discourage transactions. The last thing we want.
Businesses pay (typically) 10,- per month in the Talent based unit. Because of the convertibility that the Talent allows, the issuing organization can accept payment in Talent too, which obviously enhances both ‘liquidity’ in the network and the credibility of the unit.
Of course these costs are very, very low and it does mean that the unit needs a fair few businesses to be self-sustaining.
The on-line exchange, that allows convertibility, is our own software, as Cyclos does not support such functionality.
Modes of payment:
On-line telebanking, pay per phone (SMS). Paper money is optional.
Configured at 0%, but depending on the circulation of the unit in practice, the Talent is ready for it.
Secure against manipulation:
Full control within the network for the system’s management. Management can guard against speculation, rent-seeking activities, hoarding (with the purpose of sabotage and manipulation of volume) etc.
True: centralized management brings responsibility and risks of its own, but Bitcoin shows that non-centralized, user based control sees quick cornering of the money market.
And below a presentation, juxtaposing the Talent vs. the main architectures currently available.
I was elated to be invited by Henrik Palmgren from Red Ice Creations for an extensive interview.
Unfortunately I don’t know how to embed a Flashplayer in WordPress, here’s the link to the show.
Here’s the intro as published on Red Ice Creations’ website:
Anthony Migchels – Hour 1 – Usury: The Problem with the Economic System & Alternative Currencies
November 28, 2014
Anthony Migchels is an Interest-Free Currency activist and founder of the Gelre, the first Regional Currency in the Netherlands. He joins us to talk about the very central problems of economics today, usury or interest, alternative currencies and more. We begin by discussing the problems with our global usury economy, which results in the rich owning the majority of the wealth – a scheme that will inevitably lead to an economic collapse. Anthony explains how the money powers that be have plans spanning centuries and this predatory system, disguised as a free market strategy, is backed by the extremes of Libertarianism and Marxism, philosophies that contradict the very nature of mankind. We’ll also take a look at how the workforce produces the majority of the wealth for the rich, yet their wages, food and basic commodities are taxed, resulting in total slavery to the state. Then, Anthony talks about the monetary reform movement, which is concerned with the creation of money out of nothing, as opposed to the problem of usury. In the second hour, we discuss the shift of power and the crunch to destroy the west that occurred when the U.S. exported its entire manufacturing base to China. We’ll also talk about capitalism, mass immigration, feminism and the destruction of the nuclear family, and the degradation of the brotherhood of men. Then, we’ll consider the implications of revisionist history concerning WWII and the Jewish banking system’s involvement. Anthony then discusses the Euro-crisis and the inevitable crash of the global economy. We’ll wrap up with some reflections on possibilities of a mass awakening and the improvement of living standards.
(Left/Above: the logo of the Gelre, the first unit based on the Talent. Soon we will launch a national unit for the Netherlands)
Alternative currencies are a crucial component in addressing our monetary problems. However, the monetary architectures that are currently available are wholly insufficient to provide serious relief for Main Street. The Talent is the first independent currency model that provides all functions that modern currencies need to truly compete within the Dollar/Euro paradigm. Not only that: it is now available for immediate implementation at ultra low cost.
Interest slavery and the ongoing gutting of the West through the credit crunch continue to erode living standards everywhere. Small and Medium business is suffocating for lack of credit and demand in the economy, while Big Business is reporting record profits and claiming larger and larger shares of the market.
High class units, operated professionally by people who know what they are doing, have every opportunity to provide small and medium business with both the liquidity they need to operate and new customers. Alternative currencies are not only a great customer loyalty program, as people can spend the units only with the businesses who accept them, they also have the potential to seriously alleviate the liquidity problems of the business’s customers.
In hard times, alternative currencies tend to boom. During the Great Depression literally hundreds of them were operated in the United States. In Spain and Greece, hit hard by the Euro Crisis, have seen dozens of units spring up. Argentina has been surviving because of them since its 1998/2002 collapse.
Most famous is the Swiss WIR, which has been turning over billions since its inception in 1934. It’s famed for its stabilizing effect during recessions, when capital scarcity makes it more worth while for business to deal with its limitations.
Limitations of Alternative Currencies
However, the Alternative Currency market remains handicapped by major problems. Amateurism and lacking monetary architects of the units being the main ones. The currencies that manage to thrive are typically run by energetic people. The WIR shows how far even very primitive currencies can go if run by a professional organization.
This shows both in the superficial analysis of both the real nitty gritty of the monetary problems that we face and the political context. The field is dominated by idealists. Over the last few years a marked improvement in terms of political awareness is definitely palpable: say five years ago most in the alternative currency business were oblivious to that bankers behind it all, for instance. Nowadays this is no longer the case, everybody is used to ‘conspiracy’. But this creates a new problem: the disconnect between the awareness on the web and the stone age conversation that is still the norm in the mainstream.
At the moment the discussion about the monetary architectures that are available is mounting and that is indeed very important, but still much remains to be desired.
Entrepreneurial ambition is really key to make it all work, but this must be combined with level headed appreciation of the monetary and this combination has shown to be very elusive indeed.
The Key Challenge for Modern Currencies
There are two major architectures that hold sway: Euro/Dollar backed units and Mutual Credit based units. Most units work with the basic agreement that 1 Unit = 1 Euro/Dollar, meaning they use the Euro or Dollar as unit of account.
The Euro/Dollar backed units, for instance the American Berkshares, the German Chiemgauer or the British Brixton Pound, are created by selling units: A Berkshare is sold for $1. The Dollar is held by the issuing organization, the Berkshare is spent into circulation at a local business. The local business can spend the unit with a colleague or pay an employee. If at some point a business acquires more Berkshares than it can spend in the network, they can reclaim a Dollar for every unit with the issuing organization.
The great boon of this system is that it allows convertibility of the unit. However, the great downside is that there can never be more Berkshares in circulation than the issuer has Dollars at hand. This means that there can be no interest-free credit. Money scarcity remains a real issue, as the money supply is dependent on scarce Dollar.
Mutual Credit based systems create money as credit: participants, businesses in particular, can just get a credit line in the unit and start spending. The minute they do, new money comes into circulation. When a debtor repays, money is taken out of circulation.
The great upside of this system is that there is no money scarcity: people will typically experience an abundance of money and a shortage of places where they could spend the units. The exact opposite of the Dollar/Euro situation, where most have less money than they would need to invest. There is interest-free credit.
But this comes with a price: there is no Dollar/Euro in the bank to back the unit or to convert. And this is a real problem, because there will always be businesses, usually the more succesful ones, providing popular goods or services, who obtain too many of the units, more than they can usefully spend in the network and they will have to limit there intake, creating serious bottlenecks in trade.
The Talent answers these challenges by providing the first fully convertible Mutual Credit based unit in the world. By providing an online exchange where people can buy and sell the unit. See here for a full breakdown of the system.
The Talent is a complete set of software and best practices, that is now available to everyone who wants to start his own currency. It can be implemented at very low cost and provides the start up with everything he needs to operate a truly comprehensive currency backed with high class methodology, incorporating the lessons learned with 80 years of experience with these units worldwide.
Implementation of the Talent comes with full consultancy for the starting initiative by the system’s developer, the writer of these lines.
The Talent’s proposition is particularly ideal for entrepreneurial people who know what is at stake, who see the clear business opportunity that creating high class, professionally run units provide for both participants and the initiator himself.
By implementing the Talent, the entrepreneur can focus on building the network and the organization necessary to run it, resting assured he’s offering his participants the best complementary currency currently available anywhere.
The Talent is the first unit in the world that provides everything we expect from money:
– It is sufficiently available (‘abundant money’)
– It provides interest-free credit
– It is convertible to Euro/Dollar
– Allows payment on-line and by mobile phone
– Connects both businesses and consumers and potentially (local Government)
– Implementation comes with full consultancy.
All in all the Talent is the first architecture that truly allows head on competition with Dollar or Euro in the marketplace.
The Time is NOW
Years of research and development have been invested in the Talent. It answers all the major issues facing those in the field today. The first unit based on the Talent is the Gelre, which is in pilot phase and for which we are currently raising funds for wider marketing. Soon a national variant for the Netherlands will be launched.
Implementation is seriously considered in the United States, Britain and Ireland.
Funding remains a huge issue. It’s sad: not so much money is required, but while there are Trillions available for saving banks, it’s very hard to get even a few thousand to save us from the banks.
However, we will soon launch a major crowd funding initiative, where you will have a hands on chance to make a difference in the struggle against the Banks and their Usury and deflation and for normal people looking for a reasonable deal!
(Left/Above: the Trillions that they rake in in Usury every year allow the Bankers to hire endless numbers of fools in pretty suits to explain it’s all for the greater good and they have their media parade these people before an ever more desensitized public. This particular specimen, Fine Gael Senator Martin Conway, while trying to sell water meters to the Irish, managed to say on television ‘water does not just fall out of the sky, you know’.)
The Enclosure of the Commons is an ongoing process, in which the peoples of the World are disowned from their natural heritage. Paying for their own land, their own water and soon their own sunlight and air. It’s an integral part of our complete enslavement.
Usury has, throughout the ages, driven this disownment of the commoner.
Complete liberation of the Commons is a key goal in the struggle for real economic freedom. Commoners have a right to access to their fair share of the Commons at cost price.
The Commons are “the cultural and natural resources accessible to all members of a society, including natural materials such as air, water, and a habitable earth.”
The difference between the Commons and Capital is that Capital goods were created by men, the Commons were created by God.
Capital should be owned by its creator or by those who have purchased it. The Commons are part of our common heritage and every human being has by natural law rights to his fair share in them.
Capital goods that were created in the common interest, with public means, must also be considered part of the Commons. For instance a public railway system.
The commoner is anybody with rights to the Commons.
The historical context
Throughout history, there is an ongoing battle between the rich and the many for control of the Commons. It’s a key part of our economic history.
Currently, we are in the endgame of this process: the people have been basically completely disowned already and after the coming collapse, the ultra wealthy and the State will consolidate what up till now remained in the hands of the middle class.
The same process brought the 1000 year old Roman Empire down: when it collapsed, all land and most other assets had been centralized in the hands of a very few through Usury and this unsustainable situation was ultimately the reason why it was brought down.
In Medieval Europe, the Landed Aristocracy and the Vatican owned the Land and the commoner lost about 10 to 20% of his production in rents and taxes to his ‘Lords’. Unskilled Labor worked about 15 weeks a year to feed a family. A Craftsman could afford to work even less.
There is no reason to idealize the situation. Life was brutal in many ways and the distinction between the Aristocracy and the common man was enormous. Serfdom is hardly what we are looking for. The spiritual tyranny of the Vatican came with many outrages.
Still, there can be no doubt at all that the standard of living in Britain in the late Medieval era was much higher than for instance during the 19th century. While Britain ruled the waves, the British common man faced an abject fate in the sweatshops, should he manage to escape the press gangs.
Only after the war did things really improve for the commoner. But over the last 40 years real wages have been declining constantly, meaning all economic ‘growth’ is being gobbled up by the 0,001%.
So what’s going on? How is it possible that in the ‘rich West’ the commoner must now work 40 hours per week, up to 50 weeks a year for sustenance? That 150 years ago, normal people were far worse off than their ancestors in the Middle Ages?
Well, Usury happened, and Usury started buying up the Commons, gaining rents, while raising them too. People are more and more forced to pay more and more for what was always theirs.
Usurpation of the Commons
It’s an ongoing process, continuing very much today. Globally. Water is the main front at the moment. An excellent example is Ireland: the IMF (Usury) forced the Irish Government to install water meters at private homes. Part of the ‘structural adjustments’ ‘necessary’ for making available the next tranche of loans (which are needed service the old loans). This prepares for the next step: privatizing the water utility.
This step has already been taken in Detroit, another place ‘needing’ bail outs after it was suckered by the bankers’ derivative hoax. The obvious result: rising prices, people being cut off from what is of course basically their own property.
Meanwhile, they’re creating artificial scarcity, by destroying competition and alternative sources. Fracking is undoubtedly a huge part of that.
And it’s not just water. Even sunlight is now under attack. In Spain draconian fines are threatened to those who dare use solar panels. The Solar Police is allowed to enter Spanish private quarters without a warrant if they suspect somebody may leeching off of the sun, which is just another finite resource, that ‘doesn’t just fall out of the sky, you know’.
‘Next they’ll tax us for breathing’, is an old running gag. But it’s not a joke and there is every reason to believe that at some point either the State or a Corporation will claim ‘air is not a human right’ and is a ‘finite resource’.
How the Money Power busted the Landed ‘Aristocracy’
In Medieval Europe, say starting around the 13th century, when urbanization started and the first Kings managed to forge the basics of the Nation States, Usury was already on board. Lending to the Kings, not even at interest, but in return for concessions. Taking over sources of income from the State.
Providing the Landed Aristocracy with mortgages (who would then default), slowly but surely started centralizing Land in the hands of richer and richer Plutocrats. The Protocols extensively describe this process. They boast how they managed to make the Kings believe that borrowing was in their interest, while at 5% already after 20 years the whole principal was paid in interest, without even denting the debt itself. While the Kings could have taken everything in taxation from their people directly.
They also report on slowly but surely pushing out the Landed Aristocracy, both through Usury and marriage. They point at the French Revolution as the coup de grace for the Aristocracy as a political force. But they remained a problem, because their land holdings allowed them and their people to at least live freely from their own lands, allowing them real sovereignty. This issue was finally settled in the 19th and 20th century by taxing land holdings.
While 1789 settled matters in the West, the Protocols predated 1917, which destroyed the old arrangements in the East. Even in America the basic conflict is visible, with the Landed Plutocrats framing the Constitution, while the Bankers established control in the early 19th century through Hamilton.
Another infamous example is post 1066 Britain, when William the Conqueror allowed the Jews into England. With them came Usury and the shetar, their contracts, subverting classical English common law. Within decades Jews were the richest people in the country.
Jews were, like most Gentiles, forbidden to own land, but ways were found to make it possible for debtors to collateralize land holdings and the issue quickly became a major plague. The Magna Carta was the first reaction against their practices and in 1290 they were kicked out of the country, until that despicable (ask the Irish) Calvinist stooge of Jewish Amsterdam Finance, Cromwell, let them back in.
Usury leads to escalating rents
Usury not only allows for enclosure of the Commons, it also allows for higher rents. For instance: to buy some land, most people will need a mortgage. A mortgage costs 150% of the principal in Usury over 30 years. Landlords pass these costs on to tenants. Even when the mortgage has been paid off, and there is no cost for capital to pass on anymore, there is the wholly artificial idea of ‘opportunity cost’. The money invested in Land could have been profitably invested elsewhere and the ‘loss’ of this ‘opportunity’ must be ‘compensated’.
Nowadays about 75% of rents for housing are Usury or ‘opportunity cost’ passed on by the landlord.
The idea that people need to pay for the land they live on from the moment they were born is strictly for humans only. No other species has a brain powerful enough to spin reality into such absurdity.
Nobody can call himself free if he’s a slave to landlordism, just as he cannot be free as long as he is chained by Usury and scarce money.
Classical Economists, like Adam Smith, Ricardo and the people before them, considered Land, Labor and Capital to be the factors of production.
‘Modern Economics‘, beginning with Karl Marx, managed to obscure this.
We need to reestablish again the difference between man made goods and our natural heritage, so that we can have a clear view of our rights and duties.
Land reform and the wider liberation of the Commons is a key target in the struggle against the Plutocracy.
As we have seen, it is Usury that has managed to usurp the Commons, overtaking the Landed Aristocracy that preceded it as the main power, so monetary reform is obviously the main goal.
But Land reform is definitely its younger brother and part of the same fight.
Unfortunately, current land reform proposals, most notably Georgism, are lacking, mainly because of their mistaken trust in the State and taxation.
In a forthcoming article we’ll discuss how we can equitably reform land, without empowering the State and/or its opulent owners.
Last week I did an extensive interview with Plane (Paul) from the Plane Truth. The Plane Truth has had a number of highly worthwhile guests on, including recently David Livingstone.
It was a bit of a wild ride, because we had plenty of time, 100 minutes, enabling us to cover a great deal of the issues under discussion here at Real Currencies and in the Alternative Media in general:
– The bankers
– The Capitalist Monopoly
– The Jewish Question
– Austrianism and Libertarianism
– Alternative Currencies
– Putin and Russia
– National Monetary Reform
– And much more.
And here is the final installment of the interviews with Morris the great cognitive dissonance of the Alternative Media: everybody is talking about the Bankers, nobody is talking about economics and monetary reform. We also recapitulate the conclusions of Hitler’s finances.