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Dr D @ 78996
It’s almost like criminals don’t obey the law!
Of course they do not obey the law, they obey the rules. Rules are bent, the law can only be broken.
@ DarkMater #77604
Thanks, the (/curmudgeon) was for the risk of misunderstanding. The development of legal fiction of corporate development in Roman Law, styled on the structure of the family can be found well described in Sir Henry Sumner Maine “Ancient Law”. Maine founded comparative jurisprudence and casts a brilliant light on how the corporate form was established and developed to meet functional needs of Rome. Highly recommended reading. Still valid a hundred sixty years after first published 1861.
@ DarkMatter #77595
Thank you for the contribution but I used the word I wanted in the manner I wished to paint the word picture I desired. Monopoly and monopolistic (a small number controlling some subject or market) adequately conveys my intended observation. Little in today’s world does not fall under that description: economically; politically; governmentally; socially or culturally. YMMV but feel free to substitute whatever word you fancy for your own amusement but I will stand by what I wrote; thank you again.
(/curmudgeon) (smily thing)
@ Raúl Ilargi Meijer #77582
“Illich wrote about this 50 years ago, when nobody saw it happening.”
Fifty years ago R.M. Nixon was in his first term presidency, law and oder ruled the day and the country (by appearances). Nixon’s presidency marked the beginning attacks upon traditional law, trying to instil order upon both civil rights advocates and anti-war protesters not to forget the concerted subversion of U.S. labour through ‘right to work’ enactments. One could have forecast much of what would transpire given the conditions then prevalent taken to their logical conclusions. The archives of The New Yorker are filled with contemporaneous observations if one takes the trouble to look. The Nixon administration ideologues were reassembled under the moral majority leadership of Ronnie Raygun (40) and his number one sidekick G.H.W. Bush (41) to continue their unrestricted treasons. Some were awake though, try Art Buchwald While Reagan Slept for a satirist’s perspective. No, another Nostradamus isn’t in evidence here, only another one aware of the transactions being enacted and their consequences although such memory probably does not show up on one’s smartyphone.
Interesting concept – institutionalisation – a fancy word for monopolisation; monopolisation of government; monopolisation of media; monopolisation of pharmaceuticals; monopolisation of medical practice; monopolisation of public discourse; monopolisation of experience; monopolisation of the public mind. All that is heard is the voice of monopolisation which is nothing other than the creation and protection of some stream of revenue (or power re government) under their control. Assets are only valued for the stream of revenue they can create. As clear a vision of the future as is possible to conjure with what can be seen. A few will prosper, most will not. One thing is for certain though, an increasing level of coercion will be required to maintain that status quo – bank on it.
@ V. Arnold #77219
“I wonder, just what it will take for the rest of the planet to tell the western world to shut the fuck up?”
Certain organs are missing, spine for one, gonads another, brains of the functioning and independent sort is highly likely the third essential ingredient .
@ V. Arnold #77032
Appreciate the feedback. Contrary to current popular conceptions, public administration of democracies and republics require the same state of mind as the administrations of monarchies or any other autacracy. If this is not accomplished, whatever the form of governance will fail, it is built into the specie’s political genome. Machiavelli discusses this in his “Discourses on Livy” and tangentially in “The Prince”. The capacity to make rational, non-emotional decisions is a species survival trait. To dismiss that trait as a pathological aberration is a serious error, instead it must be understood and used advantageously.
@ John Day #76971 “…(so what’s next?)”
Really depends on what level of conflict which will be acceptable. A phrase “… prized from my cold dead fingers” sums up the how and when those in power will give it up. Already the country has the looks of a very large open air prison, those border walls work either direction and the guards are ubiquitous. The only economic vocabulary available comes from the MBA Econ. 101 school, designed not to provide workable models reflecting economic processes. Those economic models derived from historic precedent have all been discredited, dismembered or destroyed as to leave few living with a working memory teaching in academia (or anywhere else). Economic history is not taught for good reason, but all historic memory has been and is now under revisionist assault and without an accurate memory of the past, no chart is available to navigate the treacherous economic shoals surrounding us. The destruction of labour and the middle educated classes should rise warning of trending direction being taken.
It will depend entirely upon people’s willingness to accommodate whatever level of force, even violence to protect their own interests. But before that they must determine what those interests are; ‘Know thyself’. Then the economic history from about the end of the New Deal until present day must be established in sound economic terms; only this way will knowing the adversary become realised where something might be done about realistically confronting the erstwhile adversary, not some nebulous ‘elite’. As no vocabulary now exists, one must be created, based upon sound, fundamental principles that accurately model economic processes. Without this step, nothing more than hot breath will pass and nothing accomplished. A new world must be gestated and brought to life, nothing else will do.
An alternative is to allow the concentration of wealth and power to continue until there are no other reesources for their feeding remaining other than themselves and the ensuing feeding frenzy. It will still be important to have on hand a viable knowledge of economic processes from which to rebuild an economic edifice. The place to start might be the statement: The study of economics is the study of mankind’s ecology and the superstructures built upon it.
@ V. Arnold #75861
Had lost my old password, generally had little to say, but, with lots of help got another one reestablished. Now out of the lurking shadows. Enjoy your explorations of the world of art.
@ Bill7 #75851
There not being a court house large enough to seat such a trial, was not expecting such to happen. Rather the comment referenced the enormity of the risk taken by vested interests with the public health using untested genetic theories for other purposes. What ever happened to that law of unintended consequences? Has it been cancelled?
The world’s first trillion-airs are likely to be the partners in the law firm that wins a class action suit over (untested, uncertified) anti-corona virus injections pandered as vaccines. Deep pockets abound: pharmaceuticals; media; health industry; U.S. government; British quango government; the Brussels swamp and the damaged, uninformed victims legion.
Test 1 2 3 test
It seems to work. Thanks
@ V. Arnold reply # 23645
When everything you are told is ‘truth deficient’ and you are still thinking you are hearing ‘truth undiluted’, how long can you go on believing everything you are told is ‘truth’? Lincoln surmised you can fool a few of the people ALL of the time. What percentage was that?
Nice one – rolling disasters – might have pegged what’s coming with that.
When you cannot persuade others to your position, destroy them, their reputation and their standing. Allegations of treason do quite handily. Treason to what?
Tsipras has called for a party referendum on Sunday (ZH), let’s see how that turns out anything like other recent referendums; – ‘Throw a referendum and see if it sticks’, or ‘If covered by referendums you become invisible – nobody can see what you are doing’. Good luck with that.
And the IMF is declining to participate in this last Greek bailout, unqualified borrower it seems, won’t be able to service their debt. Just how long has this condition been known? Why wasn’t something done about it then?
Varoufakis might need lawyer up at this point. Treason? – really? Might check accusers about that very thing; projecting is quite the thing amongst the adolescents these days, and the maturity of the troika institutions + Euro Stability Fund verges on entering adolescence.
Eighty years of Disneyfacation, the world has few oars still encountering reality. Most inhabitants of this world reduced to cartoon, nothing is amiss, none would notice if it were. The absolute mass given its inertia keeps ‘civilisation’ moving steadily and consistently on its pre-programmed course despite encountering unplanned for obstacles and only rarely being diverted. Enumerating a few would be: The English North American Colonial revolt, driven by about one in five colonialists; the French Revolution, a class revolt led by about one percent politically engaged; and F.D. Roosevelt’s New Deal restructuring of economic management until conservative political subversion eliminated the economic vision and the economic tools developed to carry out that policy. All other attempts at reform ultimately encountered the inertia of a priori ‘civilisation’ and did not prevail, Marxism being the most prominent of those heterodox alternatives.
Syriza’s political leadership personified in Tsipras did exactly what political leadership must do, take account of the lay of the battlefield before them and proceed accordingly. The absence of constraints evidenced by the troika’s supra-legal actions had to be coupled with the lack of countervailing inertia from any quarter within the monetary union or the EU itself. It is only the battle that is lost, a Pyrrhic (if even that) victory for those neoliberal factotums currently occupying the centres of political power; the war is now engaged and only fortunetelling adepts would venture a prognostication of its outcome, a subtle benefit of awaiting the final notes of the opera’s lead songstress. Now is the time to develop and reinforce the countervailing inertia to what has developed in the EU (and elsewhere) and plan its removal as well as reconstruction of edifices protecting from such malfeasance and misprision of the public interests. Sometimes living in interesting time can be – interesting.
Sounds like you ran into iBorg there – they are everywhere.
Several other points to consider. Greece has been a long term member of NATO, about the only one continuously contributing 2% GDP as required for membership. Inclusion in the EMU had benefited Greek access to European markets for domestic needs through the common currency, goods provided at less cost than were available through the drachma. This also increased the market for Greek export. The election that installed Syriza was clear that adhesion to the economic union was unquestioned, only austerity was held objectionable. The promise to negotiate was met with refusal to talk but that tactic was first experienced by Spanish PM Zapatero when he went to Brussels for economic help, the only leftist head of government at the time in the EU. Zapatero went with a public debt of about 35% GDP and a nearly balanced budget, there are charts to show what ensued with Spanish public debt after he returned with troika help – and there were few news cameras recording those proceedings, unlike Syriza. What is crystal clear is a €320 billion debt structure that cannot be supported, will certainly not support a €410 billion debt. What in god’s name are these imbecilic stupid fools trying to do?
@ V. Arnold
I think you will find that the business plan of modern financial thinking is the creation of revenue streams that provide income to financial investment. No longer is there an economic equilibrium between production and consumption, the producers being the consumers as envisioned in classical economic understanding; only revenue streams providing ROI for financially controlled economic necessities, food, water, energy, clothing, transportation, housing, the complete slate of whatever meets human needs, wants or desires. As long as a monopolistic hold over any economic production or service is allowed uncontrolled dominion over that economic good, no amount of political power will avail in changing the condition. For a while being distant from the predation will allow some measure of relief but at the end of the day, you will find yourself at the wall and can go no further. About the only solace there is, is knowing this powerful juggernaut cannot self correct, it cannot afford correction and uncorrected it will fail. At that point it will become vitally necessary to know and plan for a way to replace that edifice with one that can provide for human needs. If that is not dome this economic cancer will return.
There is a third option open to the Greek Parliament beside either accepting or rejecting Troika dictate, something that will probably give the Greek nation a better chance altogether, that of repudiating all debt former governments entered into which provided no benefit to the Greek Nation. What is the Troika going to do? They have strangled the banks with their abuse of power (nationalising the banks at this point removes banks as troika tools), they have brought the economy to the point of collapse in the attempt to politically dictate to a sovereign nation what it will and won’t do, the troika has blatantly in the light of day demanded possession of Greek wealth and income streams as well as lands. Repudiation sets off all the financial deceptions into collect mode (which the Troika also cannot control); this finely connived house of cards is irreparably damaged beyond the Troika’s ability to contain. It would be interesting to see just how deep the Troika’s economic knowledge actually is – my money is on quite shallow. The greatest benefit to Greece is that it opens the door to others with even more massive debts to take in alleviating their imposed austerity, a power card that trumps Troika.
At the same time take the Troika to the international courts to find what law they have operated upon to attack the Greek Nation as they have done; demanding immediate relief and restitution from those institutions abusing their positions for enough funds to restore circulation of the euro and the conduct of business, that restriction upon funds to avert economic panic is unsupported by any law and contrary to economic practice.
The end of the European Monetary Union is neigh, and the European Union, if it is lucky enough to survive, will be changed one way or another forever. Interesting times, indeed.
With Greece, why keep using the word negotiations, there were never negotiations, negotiations were never intended to happen. There were never even talks to be allowed, talks would have had the sides speaking with each other, not at each other. Only one side was prepared to talk and negotiate and now are not allowed to talk with anyone. One side was instructed to bring solutions to the table much in the manner a schoolchild is instructed to bring forth their homework and then met with flat refusal to even look at their paper. The troika is now a monster revealed for what it is for those with eyes to see, a monster of terror and pain straight from the depths of human depravity, irresponsive to naught else but whatever self-learned interior pathology the devious and cunning generate to deceive; a monster needing caging and everlasting restraint, put on display forever as example of the evil the species can obtain, maybe to frighten young students into studying their lessons and doing their work as well as the Greeks have done.
There was once a time when it was proudly proclaimed that people fleeing East Germany were “voting with their feet”; an idea which may become vogue again reference EU/EMU in its present incarnation. The original EU/EMU incarnation will never repeat, been there, done that, got the shreds of a t-shirt to show for the experience; will not fall for bait and switch again. Those who’s interests were against the original formation of the EU and its institutionalised control of economic factors have surreptitiously displaced those who held that heritage in trust. It is useless to rail against straw-men of sociopath or psychopath for that is merely the ability to avoid emotional hindrance to the decision making process, a quality that has, in general, led to the benefits the complexity of civilisation being enjoyed today. At one time an attempt to genetically breed such qualities was widespread in a class called aristocrats. But do whatever turns your pancakes.
Oh! Look! Straight from Al Jazeera’s front page:
Greek referendum is a Machiavellian plot
Democracy is now a Machiavellian plot, brought to you by those who know democracy so well; another well formed opinion that. Pass the kool-aid, moar kool-aid for the masses…
Good to see your impressions here again. Ilargi is being overworked with the Greek hullabaloo; many hands make for light work.
One question, just how is the driving algorithm of the Fed intended to provide liquidity to equities, keeping those markets afloat – see just how connected US and European major markets are in time, supposed to provide volatility as well given HFT algorithms are also present? What happens when these algorithms contradict one another or is that getting into black swan territory?
Another question. Zero Hedge posted this:
where the writer proudly asserts Keynes’ “General Theory of …” is unreadable (presumably because the writer has never attempted to read it) and proceeds to quote from Misses and Hayek, founders of the Chicago School of Economic Phrenology, Political Disinformation and Social Delusions [full title] upon which the neoliberal thought collective (h.t. to Philip Mirowski) has grown like a mushroom in old manure kept in the dark. Just how enlightening is the thesis in that article in your estimation? What purpose might it be serving or is it something to reenforce economic ignorance?
That’s got to be cute, cutting Emergency Loan Access to Greek banks. Is there any more sure fire way to destroy trust in banks than that, to make the banks themselves illiquid? There goes trust and confidence altogether, might as well get in the wrecking crew and tear down the buildings, they won’t be needed anymore, the barter and black economies will thrive. What happens when other economically stressed countries see what is happening in Greece? How much confidence and trust do they have in their banking systems then? Can you spell *contagion*? – ‘c’, ‘o’, ‘n’, ‘t’, ‘a’, ‘g’, ‘i’, ‘o’, ‘n’ just like that and spreads about as fast as fire in a desiccated forest in a high wind. What are they thinking? Who voted for the stupid in public office to begin with? Does holding public office necessitate passing an intelligence test before entry?
What has been exposed in the last fortnight is how completely controlled the core of the European Union, the European Monetary Union in particular, is by neofascist economic forces. Only one party was prepared to negotiate means to an agreed end, that of servicing, within capabilities, a standing debt. That was met with intransigence, intractable arrogance and jejune capacity to understand the events before themselves, a cohort of wilful ignorance, living in a economic cartoon fairytale of Disney-like construction. To see how totally unprepared these ‘negotiators’ were for the obvious consequences of their position is a classic lesson, on par with the classic lessons bequeathed by the ancient Greeks themselves. The Greeks are still giving the world an education, this time in economic realities.
Pandora’s box has been opened again. What shall escape to beset the world is beyond the capacity of economic theology to imagine, the political landscape is altered beyond recognition, old borders are no longer where they once were known to be, the lay of economic rivers of commerce have left their traditional banks and are now elsewhere, mountains of assets have been levelled, their useful minerals sold off to foreign interests for a handful of glister and a desolation remains to sustain the population shackled to multi-generational debt penury.
Mindful that independent countries today are the result of the existence of a functioning economic entity that has survived the tests of time, it is there the available answers guiding the path to the future lay. To recognise and revitalise those factors enabling the state and population to maintain their livelihood, for that is all that economics is about at its core, not the manipulations of financiers or their wet dreams of unlimited wealth and power. In crisis, Greece must reforge those tools to plant and maintain their economic gardens and put their efforts beyond the reach of thieves.
This is ad hominem ad ignorantiam and it will only happen once.
To begin, you are applying an amerikkkan construct with your dichotomy of left/right. Would it surprise you to find out in the small village where I live there are some twenty political parties presented to the voters just for election to the city council? and about three thousand voters on the register? Your comments never consider spectrum of political opinion but usually some attack on target du jour, for some perceived misdemeanour you imagine they commit. Most of your pronouncements are fact free, speculative, judgmental or censorious, having no connection to any single or consistent school of thought. Your modus operandi is to set up straw-men and proceed to disparage your construct. A passage from Moon of Alabama puts it succinctly with a minimum of modification:
To “deny, disrupt, degrade/denigrate, delay, deceive, discredit, dissuade or deter” is exactly what Internet trolls are doing in the comment sections of blogs and news sites. … The more these [from: So The Spy Services Are The Real Internet Trolls] services grow and their methods proliferate the less possible will it become to have reasonable online discussions.
my emphasis and insertion of post title
If you had not noticed, your opinion was shown not to have substance and added nothing to the host’s post and was in general distracting from discussion at hand, your assumptions are those of sophomoric understanding of economic, political, historical or legal subjects, your education is obviously incomplete and sadly deficient, not your fault for sure but nonetheless affecting your ability to write coherently – look at the gibberish in your paragraph starting “How is …” and ending “… if they don’t wish to”, and they thought Sarah Palin did word salads and was grand-master of incoherency.
If you are going to write of economics and politics, both of which require a firm basis in history, sociology and the legal system, then you are needing to start studying and coming to some firm understanding of the nature of those things. This deficit is painfully obvious to anyone reading your diatribes and should be made known to you. If you are deluded about what your history was, you are deceived about where you are now and haven’t the foggiest chance of directing where you wish to go. There is an aphorism that might stand you in good stead:
It is far better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open ones mouth and remove all doubt.
by the by, what you wanted was not Dr., the Latin is: advocatus diaboli, you can take it from there, if you’re able.
That was ad hominem.
@ Ilargi reply # 21817
Is it not 50% + 1 to enact in Parliament? Syriza was in coalition with another party for making a majority government. Surely there are enough extraneous sympathetic votes to maintain that majority position as well given most politicians are adept at reading their political auguries – this time the sacrifice being augured is their own future.
Greece is the keystone position now. Should that give way, the rest of the arch will follow. Either Italy or Spain following the Greek path will finish the present form of the EMU. France would finish the concept altogether. Once the EMU is destroyed, nothing like it will be possible again, or at least given the present state of economic knowledge. Whether a quantum jump is possible from the present conditions is questionable, it certainly is not from the present political environment and levels of public education required for reaching rational consensus. The problem is that of complex system dysfunction and collapse of complexity. Go figure a way out of that.
Trust was what was violated, unspoken assumptions of trust growing from the disaster of the Second World War. The grandchildren had no memory of those requirements fundamental to the structures they inherited. Instead they sold their birthright to the neoliberals for a handful of beans and promises and handed over the reins of political power in exchange. Whether this can be undone or not is the question.
You have yet to tell us where your Dr came from or is that a figment of your imaginary world as well.
It is so convenient how you have ordered your world view as to what your opinion of left and right are about. Please inform of some examples please, if you can find any. YOur deposits here are not even worth the value of manure which can actually grow plants and other lifeforms.
You pretend to lecture the readers here about your acquaintance with power where obviously the only contact you have had with power comes from watching hollywood movies and listening to libertarian tracts on youtube. You don’t have the slightest idea of what life is like for Europeans, nor their education, or their social conditions, or their economy. All you have is some opinion based on some delusion you have. Please stop putting forth that you know anything. You know nothing. You are a charlatan. You are a fraud. Your opinions are without worth. You seem to want to prove your ignorance beyond all doubt. If that is your goal, go ahead and keep it up. It’s your call.
That NO will have to come from the Greek Parliament as a collective NO. The enormity for any single government minister including PM is just too great a responsibility but acting together Parliament has the gravitas to counter the troika institutions of the EU / EMU. Should that not happen, the probability Syriza continues holding office diminishes rapidly as anti-EU extremist likely replace forming a new government that the EU will have no ability to deal. At that point Greek participation in EU affairs is likely over as well as Greek membership in OTAN/NATO (without massive cash transfers or credible existential threats or combination thereof). The EU will be trading the difficult devil for the impossible devil, hear what LePen in France has to say, as a guide for the imagination. It’s not hard to see why the Greek people wish to remain in the EMU given the stabilising effect it has on national governments, particularly wayward ones, but there are limits to such acceptability which are likely passed at this point, the costs now far surpassing gain; but that is yet in the future should it come to pass. Interesting times these.
You are certainly living up to expectations – a complete jerkoff, but then you always appeared to self pleasure.
Please list for us the riots you imagine happening all across Europe, if you can. Sure there have been a lot of protests, people assembling to state their grievances to their governments but seldom in a state of riot. Your limited experience and incapacity to adequately use the language may be where the fault lays. You are ignorant.
Your opinion about European stability reveals a profound ignorance coupled with an insipid lack of respect for what others have actually accomplished. About 500 millions of peoples live a far better life than you and your spawn will ever enjoy and damned few of them are living in a police state, surveilled at every moment, every communication over public means recorded, a record of where they are at any given time available to their owners and herders. You are that stupid that you think that is fine.
And learning the Pope about exponential growth, my how audacious, you who if statistics lend light are barely capable of balancing a checkbook every month, one of the few things your country is capable of leading the world in – innumeracy.
All you are capable of is rattling the letters on your keyboard. Yes you are that stupid.
which identifies three universities issuing the report as well as a forth that had made the same report earlier as BBC’s sources – if links are needed for credibility.
You are no Dr. you bring discredit to that honorific appellation, given to those who actually earn such through their intellectual efforts. You disgrace the intelligence of the human species.
The world as known is dying. For those who have eyes to see and minds to know, the evidence is mounting daily. But you insist on your mindless word games and spew your intellectual sewage at every opportunity, to mislead, to confuse, to dissemble, to obfuscate, to misdirect, to spread untruths which may be as little as hidden facts to the contrary of your opinions. You are a pure shit, one can only wonder how much the Koch brothers are subsidising your existence. Why don’t you take your bilge and spew it from your own site – the answer would be that there would be so little traffic as to make it worthless, so reveals your presence here.
It is notable that your efforts here at TAE, with precious few exception involve links to productions you have ‘found’ that support your ‘opinions’ though rarely found within accredited sources. These especially constructed tracts are almost always professionally produced, costing someone a dear penny, but curiously never having neither who produced nor who financed the production. That is the modus operandi of the Koch’s subvention against a once democratic state, a war they have won with the help of ignorant fools as yourself. Please tell us how it feels to have lived your life without an original idea ever crossing your mind? Is it pleasant? Or does it leave an empty feeling? Come on and tell us, you are so facile with rattling the letters on your keyboard, telling others of your opinion at every turn. You are still a shit.
It is curious your use of Dr. as if just the presence of that symbol of earned excellence would give your presentations a validity that would not be questioned – like Dr. Goebbels. What institute issued your Doctorate? What accreditation does that institute have? Or are those things made up as well? Do tell us about yourself, your accomplishments, your expertise, your raison d’être, or are you actually low scum, barely of stature to be accorded bipedal recognition, a fraud, a creature from the black cesspool of self deceit, a floating turd.
Don’t overlook the two times the Irish were polled about changes necessary to their constitution to accommodate both Nice and Lisbon Treaties and were obliged to vote again to obtain the correct result. At least the Netherlands and France were allowed to avoid the shameful necessity of reversing their votes, but Ireland is so small that doesn’t count.
Best of luck and fortune to Greece, may the wind be at your back and your road eased …
Should one be given to paranoid conspiracy theories, as many are, it would certainly seem likely such theory is at work. Taking the EU and its subset EMU as developing one of the world’s largest, if not the largest, and wealthiest markets, having a well functioning social safety policy in place and firmly ensconced in the modern traditions, that an ideological seed was implanted to cause it to implode. Who benefits? Why? How? and What can be done to derail those who are behind and those who support that drive to destroy what has been so carefully built from tradition and experience. Recent history has shown these forces at work in Chile, South and Central Latin America, in Indonesia, for Japan and the Asian Tiger Economies, Russia emerging from the end of CCCP, the ill-stared PIIGS, and now threatening the balance of EMU and the EU itself in destroying the very glue that holds any group together – their medium of exchange and economic production. Why such focus on precisely what destroys economies? Cui bono?
It is regrettable to see historical bunkum such as that “103 years later, …” tripe being repeated here. It is fine over at Zero Hedge where the audience would applaud such piles of steaming shite as long as some conspiracy theory could be attached – not a lot of bright sparks at that site.
This “103 years later, …” is nothing more than an unsubstantiated interpretation of second-hand information of an event held in private having no direct knowledge from any witness that can be verified. Damned thin ice to be constructing conspiracy edifices upon – but if it is repeated often enough, some fraction of fools will undoubtably believe every word, comma and period of such conjecture.
Those who subscribe to “103 years later, …” will be found to be sorely lacking in any idea how the banking system operates and why it is structured as it is. These nimble numb-brains will also be incapable of understanding money, what it is, how it works and in what varieties money can appear. About the only thing they can do is find some jackass spouting libertarian non-sense that they think (stretching that term to its fullest – believe, would be the more suitable term) they may agree with because ‘it sounds good’, just like they themselves believe, their only measure.
What is conveniently overlooked is the historical context which that meeting on Jekyll Island took place and the effort of private parties knowledgable of the banking process to safeguard the public interest; despite the oft repeated furore of the delusional ignorant to the contrary. These wilfully ignorant will deceitfully hide the history of what preceded that meeting of the most experienced as well as successfully knowledgable leaders of the banking community at that time, what they constructed was the most sophisticated and responsive organisations ever devised to accomplish economic stability – that was their fundamental interest as well. What the world has since done with those constructs is entirely another story, another history. You will cloud forever the actual origins of these institutions if you persist in repeating the disinformation contained in “103 years later, …” and will not find any path to where you are now, nor will you find solution pertaining to developing the future. Do as you will.
@ bluebird, reply # 21484
Will someone ‘splain to Ed: birds; bees; poker
@ Ed reply # 21482
No Ed, if you don’t know what is the creation of western agit-prop, then it is likely you.
@ The Greek One, reply # 21474
One only wanders what’s really on the European leaders’ minds when they push Greece that much and that hard, giving ultimatums that involve implementing twice the austerity they demanded from the previous Vidkun Quisling government… oops, I meant Antonis Samaras government. That’s right, the unrealistic “take it or leave it” ultimatum that came to pass and nothing happened, was not based on any of the previous negotiations whatsoever and demanded austerity measures that would kill the Hellenic Republic in a few weeks.
A form is beginning to take shape in the shadows of hitherto cryptic plans to radically reform the structure of the EMU; Greece will provide the crisis needed. Simple as that; just have to make it happen. The plans are already drawn up, diligently inspected for fault, approved and in place. These plans have no room for either democracy nor respublica considerations. There will be no alternative, there is no alternative. This will be THE power grab of all time. The Troika institutions are TBTF, are they not?
Would strongly disagree with the first, WaPo, entry. Contrary to Frenchman who flog popular, well selling books on economics, it is NOT inequality that drags down the economy, it is dire POVERTY that subtracts from whatever economy that produces inequality. No economy is without inequalities, it is the unrelieved, wanton disregard for the poor that become the rocks that sink such ill-designed economic ships. No chain is stronger than its weakest link; same can be said about economies. FDR and the New Deal knew that but their grandchildren have sold that producing farm for a handful of religious beans and promises from politicians. They can sleep under their crumbling bridges, it is too late for their education, let it begin now.
In 1959, our family was privileged to a three month summer tour of Europe. The Rome Treaty was about a year old then. Being 16 years, the curiosity was about everything and everybody; as all who can attest or still attest in the main of experiencing that age, there is a propensity to have more answers than one has had time to discover questions for. Those who I encountered had in general some reticence as to the viability of the Treaty, being a road they had never traveled before, caution held the day. With the unfolding of the modern version of Greek tragedy, indeed that caution was well conceived.
The wounds of war were then fresh and suppurative, the fine words and ideals of the Treaty were well enough, actions were then still a matter in the future. That Camelot age has given way to the new ideology, the high religion of the neoliberal thought collective (read: P. Mirowski, “Never Let a Serious Crisis Go to Waste”; as well as; C. Rubin, “The Reactionary Mind”) who have insinuated their beliefs into the operation of the original institutions devised to accomplish the socio-politico-economic juncture of sovereign states. Few if any so-called neoliberal programs or policies have ever been put to public referendum or even been exposed to public discussion or scrutiny in any meaningful way; but the control of the troika enforcing austerity upon the greater population of the EMU is firmly held in their grasp and shall not be relinquished until wage enslavement is firmly established throughout that block and those peripherally associated to it. Neoliberal theology does not self-correct, it denies error. Doing so, it cannot but fail. That is the future of the EU, unless fundamental changes are not immediately made. May you live in interesting times – indeed they are so.
Addendum to reply # 21094
In addition to creating ex nihilo a parallel currency to replace the disappearing €uro for marketplace transactions, the Greek government has also to ‘un-privatize’ Greek Banks through re-charterization of those institutions. A model exists in one state in the U.S. which has chartered their state banks and has utilised those institutions to house the states receipts and used to pay state disbursements. While those funds are idle as far as state needs are fulfilled, they act to increase the credit for use by the bank for local lending needs. The banks themselves are private but under state charter, regulation and control so that local people who know local needs and local trustworthiness in meeting contractual obligations are the distributors of credit to the community. Supposing stories of corruption may be inflated, such strictly regulated banks may provide an alternative to the existing banking structure in Greece, and a way to distribute the state’s economic resources to the general population.