Friday, August 20, 2010

Damon Vrabel - Global Empire and the International Banking Cartel (part 2)

Damon continues with his version of the way the world works – pretty close from my perspective, and of emphasis is that “Both political parties serve the cartel…”

Global Empire and the International Banking Cartel (part 2)

By Damon Vrabel

Last week I wrote an article explaining what I mean by the international banking cartel that operationally rules the economy–the Federal Reserve primary dealers. Some astute readers wondered why I didn’t report on the global regulatory institutions that have power over that cartel. Good question. And others asked for more clarity on the cartel itself.

Regarding the first question, I purposely focused on the cartel because so many people still don’t believe it exists due to false free market propaganda. If people don’t realize that a cartel of predatory usury institutions operationally controls the US, then why would they care about the regulatory framework over those institutions?
But the point is well-taken. The article might have implied those 18 dealer banks have ultimate power. Not at all. The key word in the above paragraphs is “operationally.” The dealers operate within a larger framework. They do not strategically rule over the framework itself. The ultimate rulers are the most senior private capital pools in the world who use the dealers as capital laundering machines and who create their desired framework through the central banks, IMF, BIS, and political institutions like the European Union and G20.

Since WWII, their desired framework has been to fuel global empire by milking the US population through the debt-dollar system centered around the Fed. Now that the US has been milked dry, things are shifting to a new milking center for the 21st century–China. Behind the scenes will be the senior capital pools currently in London and New York and the banking establishment in Switzerland, but on the surface Asia will emerge with profound power as China becomes the operational center of a new global empire based on a new global currency. At that point, the key dealers will simply plug into that new system. The world will think this represents the end of the US empire. But a US empire never really existed. More accurately the US was simply the latest host of the parasitic international banking empire that leeches off countries and plays them against each other. The parasite will quietly slither into Asia while using its media to blame the US host for the damage it has done.

Now a few points of clarity for those who want to better understand the cartel dealers:

- They are not equal. Some play long-term strategic chess as they’re aligned with the senior capital pools mentioned above. Others play the short-term profit game as the chess players allow them. Of the US firms, JP Morgan Chase and Goldman Sachs are on top. While Goldman may appear to be #1 since its people have literally run key government agencies for about 20 years, I’d suggest that JPM Chase is preeminent. Not only does it have the most power due to its derivatives position, which gives it the highest claim on capital in the US, but also it’s the merger of the old aristocratic interests behind JP Morgan and the Rockefeller interests behind Chase Manhattan. So let’s just say it wouldn’t be in your financial interest to bet against this bank. Its power was demonstrated after the crash of 2008. The media suggested JPM emerged unscathed because it was the honest, good bank whereas bad, greedy banks failed. Yeah, and I live with Puff the Magic Dragon. Ask yourself, after the Corleone family killed the leaders of competitive families in The Godfather, did Congress investigate the losing families, or did they investigate Corleone? So why did Congress investigate the losing banks!? You don’t blame the firms that were driven out of business. You look to the firm that benefited most. The fact is, the crash of 2008 was the trigger for a restructuring M&A transaction of the US economy, and had there been a tombstone printed in the WSJ, just speculating here, the lead bank would have likely been JPM.

- Some members change over time. These are the short-term profit players. For example, Countrywide was a dealer while it helped inflate the real estate bubble and BT Alex Brown was a dealer while it helped inflate the first tech bubble. Both of them were leaders of their short-term niche markets because of their privileged risk/cost position as dealers, and both of them were acquired by senior dealers for a deep discount once senior capital was pulled, bursting their respective bubbles and leaving the losses in the hands of junior capital.

- The cartel is international, so we no longer live in a world of independent countries. It would be more appropriate to view countries as administrative districts of the banking system so the financial elite class can extract value from the lower and middle classes. One of the key insights from the movie Braveheart was how the royal elite from different countries cooperated with each other against the masses. Today it’s more sophisticated. The mathematical, formulaic banking system aligns the financial elite in different countries together against their populations by managing them as digits on a balance sheet. It’s a simple matter of math, accounting, and system management, not conspiracy.

- Both political parties serve the cartel. It controls and profits from the private sector corporate system (typically championed by the political right) and the government welfare system (typically championed by the political left). Choosing between Democrats and Republicans changes nothing.

- Finally, it means conventional wisdom about money is false. The problem isn’t that our money isn’t gold-backed. The problem isn’t fiat money. The problem is that all money is hierarchically controlled as an asset to private sector institutions and elite capital holders who have the ability to call-in their chips, i.e. your bank digits, whereas it’s an interest-bearing debt to governments and the people. This has immense ramifications I don’t have room to address here. Government neither prints money nor causes inflation in this system (if it would like the original colonies did to escape British banker austerity and usury, some of the current unemployed would have jobs and those losing their homes in foreclosure might find some relief). Rather, the cartel controls all money and drives inflation/deflation cycles. It has driven consistent inflation for 60+ years. So we are now facing painful deflation, or hyperinflation if the government makes a key mistake, as the senior capital pools attempt to bring about the new banking/currency framework. If the money system isn’t changed, the emergence of the 21st century global empire mentioned above is only a matter of time.