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This book was published in 1937 and written by Ferdinand Lundberg.
"The United States is owned and dominated today by a hierarchy of its sixty richest families, buttressed by no more than ninety families of lesser wealth… These families are the living center of the modern industrial oligarchy which dominates the United States, functioning discreetly under a de jure democratic form of government behind which a de facto government, absolutist and plutocratic in its lineaments, has gradually taken form since the Civil War. Thisde facto government is actually the government of the United States — informal, invisible, shadowy. It is the government of money in a dollar democracy."
While you may not understand Portuguese you will understand the parody value. Storing here for later use.
Societies seem to have a collective mind. From the Czar, Soviets and Putin there are many commonalities. It is notable that the brutality under Putin is lessoned from the Soviets. Perhaps that means progress is being made in spite of Putin being a dictator.
I came across the following 10 dollar bill.
Which of course is like saying "Stamp peanuts out of peanut butter".
If you do not understand this phrase as applied to politics then you do not understand politics. Let me give you a little clue: humans evolved living in groups of 50-100 people. By the time politicians are at a national level they can only arbitrate power. What is power but social currency which of course is what money is. If you still do not understand then let me put in more simply: You have been socially hacked.
What have you heard about Bill Clinton? Have you paid attention. I was not a fan of Slick Willy. I actively dislike liars. However I discounted the stories of corruption because they came at me in a disjointed fashion through the mainstream media. This video lays out the circumstances of his rise to power. If you still doubt after watching the full video then ponder the following
- I grew up in a town of 5000 people. In my entire 18 years there was never a murder. How many occurred in tiny Mena, Arkansas? ( population = 5,637 )
- How many people do you know who have been murdered? 0? 5? 25? Do you even know anyone who knows someone who has been murdered?
- White Water land deal appears to be about bilking old people out of their retirement savings. Are you ok with that?
- How people do you know that have been indicted?
- How many people have you been involved with or even just known of through a second party that have committed suicide?
- Have you ever taken a mattress up a tree and lived for 4 months in a public location? Do you think it would accomplish anything? Or is it just a look at me maneuver? Is this person capable of out of the ordinary unpleasant things?
All these lists are very long with Bill Clinton. It suggests there is good reason to believe the Coke and Pepsi theory of politics. If you go against the corruption you are weeded from the gene pool. This video confirms my position that the only way to minimize the effect of corruption on the lives of Americans is to insure government is tiny. Not just small but tiny. It also confirms to me that wanting more government is functionally a soft form of corruption.
Investor Kyle Bass discloses his discussion with a senior Obama admin about how this economic crisis is going to play out. The answer is to export our way out of this mess by making our exports cheaper by destroying the dollar in a global game of currency devaluation. This simply means that they are going to print more and more dollars until all of your purchasing power is destroyed and you will need more and more dollars to buy the same amount of goods. (ie. Massive Inflation.)
When All the Industrial Countries want to Export
All the industrial nations of the world are currently competitively devaluing their currency with the printing press. This is their attempt to increase employment by export demand.
This is my attempt to follow this to some sort of logical conclusion. Judging from the market for goods in the USA there is plenty of production capacity in the world. Yet many are without jobs to have money to buy said products.
Could it be that the increased efficiency due to automation etc has concentrated this income into tighter distributions around the people who managed to hang onto their jobs? Probably. Is this unfair? No. Probably a natural result. Will government be able to do anything? Probably no.
Why would government not be able to do anything measurable? The answer is easy to see. The people without jobs await the next industry. They can not work in the old industries because all those jobs are essentially taken as we already have sufficient production capacity! Unless and only if the government can somehow create a whole new industry then anything they do will worsen the situation. An example of this is how the Federal Reserve is trying to reinflate the economy. All this is doing is making commodity items harder for the unemployed to afford. Of course it is mightily convenient to our ruling class because they get first dibs on freshly printed money when it is worth the most it will ever be in its existence.
When will we exit this economic depression?
What will happen? We will suffer along regardless of government action until the next wave of technology rolls up on us. Nothing government does will provide that type of remedy. My guess is that due to technology having improved all our industries that any upturn will be faster than in the past due to faster deployment of solutions. As a consequence of this any boom will naturally be shorter in duration. We need the waves of technology to roll in more quickly if we want to avoid a rapid succession of boom and bust cycles leading up to the Kurzweilian technological singularity.
Examples of how government action is causing problems
- Real Estate in the USA – from Darkness to the Abyss
- A Barrage of Calls For More Interventionism
- Its not an event. It is a transition
The two above linked articles leads into the following mimi and eunace cartoon for the reason that the not too bright policies of the Keynesians is limiting the rate at which we can recover.