Many veterans of the banking and financial sectors have either stated or heavily implied that the world’s money supply is essentially being created out of thin air and has no real value. Those who subscribe to this school of thought say the shaky foundations of financial systems in the 21st Century is mainly down to the fact that all countries use Fiat Money, or inconvertible paper money made legal tender by government decree.
We examine the phenomenon that is Fiat Money in INTERNATIONAL BANKSTER$: The Global Banking Elite Exposed and the Case for Restructuring Capitalism – Book #5 in our Underground Knowledge Series.
An excerpt from INTERNATIONAL BANKSTER$ follows:
Throughout history, at various times and as recently as only several decades ago, other monetary systems were traditionally used such as Commodity Money or Representative Money. This meant the value of the money was either in the currency itself (e.g. real gold and real silver coins) or else the currency was a direct representative of a real commodity in physical storage (e.g. gold and silver certificates).
However, other financial whistleblowers argue the monetary and inflationary problems undermining the world at present have more to do with the fraudulent activities within elite banking circles than they do with the Fiat Money system.
This headline in The Washington Post edition of May 20, 2015, caught our eye: “Five big banks agree to pay more than $5 billion to settle regulatory charges.” That sounded like a reasonably large fine to us…until one critic described it as “a slap on the wrist”. When you consider the monies involved, that critic is probably right.
Excerpts from The Washington Post article follow:
“Five of the world’s largest banks have agreed to pay more than $5 billion in fines to settle charges made by regulatory agencies and the Justice Department that the banks had acted in concert to manipulate international interest and foreign currency exchange rates.
“Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch said the banks had engaged in ‘brazenly illegal behavior . . . on a near-daily basis.’ She added that the deal showed that the government ‘intends to vigorously prosecute all those who tilt the economic system in their favor (and) who subvert our marketplaces’.”
The article continues, “The scale of the price-fixing scandal is hard to grasp, yet it touched, imperceptibly, almost every company and individual in the financial markets. By tweaking global benchmarks used to set foreign exchange and interest rates for a staggering number of transactions a day, the banks — over several years — bilked billions of dollars of extra profits by altering rates in their favor.
“Critics complained that the Justice Department had failed to prosecute any additional individuals… The fines, however, are among the largest ever. Barclays will pay $2.4 billion and fire eight employees who violated New York banking law for attempting to manipulate spot foreign exchange markets, in which $500 billion worth of dollars and euros are traded every day — five times as much as on all U.S. stock markets combined…
“Dennis Kelleher, president of Better Markets, a non-profit group, said that the Justice Department had not done enough, saying ‘it talks tough, but winks at Wall Street’s too-big-to-fail banks’ criminal conduct, structuring sweetheart deals to minimize the impact on the criminals.’ Kelleher said the fines alone wouldn’t deter future criminal acts and that the Justice Department should punish bank executives and their supervisors for bad behavior. ‘Banks don’t commit crimes, bankers do,’ he said”.
“We know now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob.” –Franklin D. Roosevelt
“Banking is changing, slowly, but its culture is still corrupt.” That’s according to a headline in The Guardian newspaper’s edition of November 16, 2014.
In the article beneath that revealing headline, Guardian columnist Will Hutton says, “Another week, another financial scandal. Six global banks, including RBS and HSBC, were fined £2.6bn last week for rigging the foreign exchange markets. Since 2008, total fines levied in Europe and the US for banking crimes and misdemeanours now top £100bn, with banks making provision for a further £60bn. British banks alone have set aside an estimated £30bn for fines, provisions and litigation costs.”
Hutton asks, “What has gone wrong with Western finance?”
We are asking the same question.
Hutton continues, “The systemic ripping off of customers continued after the financial crisis to constitute what is now the biggest-ever global corporate scandal. Banks worldwide duped clients into buying products that were either not needed or provided no purpose. Worse, they organised financial markets whose purpose was to serve their own interests rather than those they purported to serve. It has proved a hard habit to break.
“British banks selling payment protection insurance (PPI) products on an industrial scale were doing what a street vendor in a bazaar might try. It shouldn’t have happened but it’s a perennial temptation. Finance is more exposed to this sort of risk, because customers are more credulous about financial products; and also because regulators have allowed banks to book the profits from products they sell on the moment of sale rather than over their life”.
Hutton concludes, “And yet reading the chatroom banter, with its echoes of the banter over mis-selling PPI, rigging interest rates or derivatives, offers a window into a very degraded culture. Making money from money, with the clients’ interest last, is too dominant an element in the culture of investment bankers. Companies are seen by too many people, notably shareholders, as just instruments for self-enrichment”.
But honestly, what can we expect from banksters when all they usually receive is a “slap on the wrist” from lawmakers whenever they get caught doing wrong?
You have been reading an excerpt from INTERNATIONAL BANKSTER$.
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