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When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it. Frederic Bastiat
Right after the civil war there was considerable talk about reviving Lincoln’s brief experiment with the constitutional money system. Had not the European money-trust intervened, it would have no doubt become an established institution. W Cleon Skousen
Now we are able to dominate the bank reserves of the entire country. Nelson Aldrich
My agency in promoting the passage of the National Banking Act was the greatest financial mistake in my life. It has built up a monopoly which affects every interest in the country. Salmon P Chase
Then we have an independent uncontrolled and uncoordinated government in the Federal Reserve System operating the money powers which are reserved to Congress by the Constitution. Wright Patman
They were the men interested in the establishment of the gold standard money system and right of the bankers to manage the currency and credit of every nation in the world. G G McGeer
Most of what we call money are bank accounts. The Money Fix, 2009
Banks issue more bank account money than they have cash reserves. ibid.
The private banking system literally makes money out of nothing. ibid.
Where does the interest come from? ibid.
There’s more owed to banks than is in circulation. ibid.
Someone will always have to go bankrupt. ibid.
‘They are systematically crushed.’ ibid. male interviewee
When you suggest to people that their money should be gold or silver coin as it says in the constitution, they sometimes stare at you with a blank expression. James Jaeger, Fiat Empire: Why the Federal Reserve Violates the US Constitution
Why does the Constitution clearly state, Article 1: The Congress shall have power to coin money? ibid.
If there were no Federal Reserve, there may have been no need for an income tax. ibid.
The Mandrake Mechanism ... created out of thin air. ibid.
Banks ... transfer wealth from society to the creators of money. ibid.
This nefarious cartel of tyrants is in a position to literally gain control over the assets of the world. ibid.
Why would major corporations ... fail to report on the detrimental activities of the Federal Reserve system? ibid.
Wall Street banks started by selling good quality loans to raise money and then looked at what else would be sold. Robert Peston, Super Rich: The Greed Game, 2008
There was a torrent of cash for sub-prime loans thanks to a banking breakthrough called Structured Finance. ibid.
Most of the world’s big banks ... were stampeding to make profits by turning risky sub-prime loans into supposedly high quality investments. ibid.
More of the borrowers defaulted than they expected. ibid.
Northern Rock went to the brink of insolvency because its business was dependent on raising money by selling its mortgages to international lenders. ibid.
I investigate how globalisation went badly wrong. Robert Peston, The Party’s Over: How the West Went Bust I BBC 2011
41,887. Our long boom was founded on a dangerous lie. ibid.
Big Bang allowed big international banks to buy up stock. ibid.
The gap between the very richest and the very poorest widened at a pace we hadn’t seen since the Victorian era. ibid.
The financial revolution spawned a debt revolution. ibid.
The Chinese consume half as much as we do relative to the size of their economy. They save much much more. ibid.
Western banks borrowed recklessly to lend to us. ibid.
The indebtedness of governments exploded. ibid.
The crash of 2008 began to topple an unbalanced global economic system. ibid.
Regulators failed to stem reckless lending by banks, and central bankers kept interest rates far too low. ibid.
There can be no return to debt-fuelled capitalism in the West. ibid.
How in Britain are we going to pay our way in this challenging new world? Robert Peston, The Party’s Over: How the West Went Bust II BBC 2011
Is twenty-first century austerity a journey back into our past? ibid.
Our personal debts remain dangerously large. ibid.
Has financial services become too big? ibid.
Tim Woodman ... joined the ranks of those unemployed in the depression of the 1890s, a victim of the unwillingness of the eastern gold bugs to countenance an increase in the stock of money through the addition of silver. Hugh Rockoff, The Wizard of Oz as a Monetary Allegory
Baum is following history in suggesting that the movement was started first by the western farmers, was joined ... by the working man, and then, once it was well under way, was joined by Bryan. The roaring lion is a good choice for one of the greatest American orators. ibid.
Coxey was a greenbacker, and his ideas were simple: the federal government should build public works and pay for them by printing money. ibid.
It is not surprising that the layout of the Emerald Palace should reflect the numbers seven and three. The Crime of 73 was a crucial event in populist monetary history. ibid.
Every penny, every dollar, we have in circulation is created as an interest-bearing debt. Byron Dale, author Modern Money Secrets
We must go forward cautiously and consolidate each acquired position, because already the inferior social stratum of society is giving unceasing signs of agitation ... When through the law’s intervention the common people shall have lost their homes, they will be more easy to control and more easy to govern, and they shall not be able to resist the strong hand of the government acting in accordance with ... the control of the leaders of finance. United States Bankers Magazine 1892