June 14, 2014  By Jack Jodell.

It really galls me to think of how greedy Wall Street bankers nearly plunged the entire world into another Great Depression in 2008. Even MORE galling, though, is the thought that NONE of these arrogant, elitist, greedy 1%-ers have yet to be brought up on charges or have ever done even one day of jail time for having caused millions of innocent people worldwide to lose their jobs and homes, and to have caused great undue anxiety and misery for them. I label the greedy perpetrators of the Great Recession of 2008 as economic terrorists, as their calculating, foolhardy, and deliberate actions have unnecessarily stricken untold millions with tremendous uncertainty and fear. These guilty parties simply MUST be tried and imprisoned for the grief and hardship their irresponsible actions wrought onto others!

VERY regrettably, though, they will not have to endure that fate and will instead be enabled to walk away completely free to enrich themselves even further at our expense!

I note with much satisfaction that a great many other very intelligent people throughout history, most wiser than I,   have shared my scorn for this greedy class of people known as bankers and the banking industry of which they are a part. Of course, I do not aim to castigate all bankers in this post; merely the reckless and overly greedy ones who speculate for profit and end up carelessly  gambling away everybody else’s cash and investments and then walk away without shame.  Some of the persons’ identities presented below  may surprise you, but I’m sure you will also echo their sentiments. These great persons’ thoughts are as follows:  

lincoln“The money powers prey upon the nation in times of peace, and conspire against it in times of adversity. The banking powers are more despotic than a monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, more selfish than bureaucracy. They denounce as public enemies all who question their  methods or shed light upon their crimes. I have two great enemies, the Southern Army before me, and the bankers in the rear. Of the two, the one at my rear is the greatest foe. Corporations have been enthroned, and an era of corruption in high places will follow. The money powers of the country will endeavour to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until the wealth is aggregated in the hands of the few, and the Republic is destroyed.”

“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.”

“Issue of currency should be lodged with the government and protected from domination by Wall Street. We are opposed to provisions that would place our currency and credit system in private hands,”

jackson“Gentlemen, I have had men watching you for a long time and I am convinced that you have used the funds of the bank to speculate in the breadstuffs of the country. When you won, you divided the profits amongst you, and when you lost, you charged it to the bank. You tell me if I take the deposits from the bank and annul its charter, I shall ruin ten thousand families. That may be true, gemtlemen, but that is YOUR sin! Should I let you go on, you will ruin fifty thousand families, and that would be MY sin! You are a den of vipers and thieves!”

“The trade of the petty usurer is hated with most reason:
it makes a profit from currency itself, instead of making it
from the process which currency was meant to serve.
Their common characteristic is obviously their sordid avarice.”

napoleon“When a government is dependent upon bankers for money, they and not the leaders of the government control the situation, since the hand that gives is above the hand that takes. .. Money has no motherland;  financiers are without patriotism and without decency; their sole object is gain.”

“The central bank is an institution of the most deadly hostility against the Principles and form of our Constitution. I am the Enemy to all banks discounting bills or notes for anything but Coin. If the American People allow private banks to control the issuance of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the People of all their Property until their Children will wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered.”

“History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and its issuance,”

“Money plays the biggest part in determining the course of history.”

fdr colorized“We know now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob…”

“The bold effort the present (central) bank had made to control the government…are but premonitions of the fate that awaits the American people should they be deluded into a perpetuation of this institution or the establishment of another like it.”

“The study of money, above all other fields in economics, is one in which complexity is used to disguise truth or to evade truth, not to reveal it. The process by which banks create money is so simple the mind is repelled. With something so important, a deeper mystery seems only decent.”

Leo Tolstoy“Money is a new form of slavery, and distinguishable from the old by the fact that it is impersonal – that there is no human relation between master and slave,”

“It is well enough that people of our nation do not understand our banking and money system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.”

bismarck“The death of Lincoln was a disaster for States great enough to wear his boots and the bankers went anew to grab the riches. I fear that foreign bankers with their craftiness and torturous tricks will entirely control the exuberant riches of America and use it to systematically corrupt civilization.”

“He who is not contented with what he has would not be contented with what he would like to have.”
–  SOCRATES  –     

“Let me issue and control a nation’s money and I care not who writes the laws.”

“The modern banking system manufactures money out of nothing. The process is, perhaps, the most astounding piece of sleight of hand that was ever invented. Banks can in fact inflate, mint, and in-mind the modern ledger-entry currency.”

“It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes.”

“The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the large centers has owned the government ever since the days of Andrew Jackson.”

elizabeth“People feel like the system is rigged against them, and here is the painful part: the system IS rigged!”

The above quotes undeniably prove that banking shenanigans have been longstanding and pervasive throughout much of recorded human history. No nation or culture has been immune from them. It is amazing to see how even our Founding Fathers and earliest Presidents had the wisdom and foresight to recognize what a threat our financial institutions could become if they were not regulated in some fashion. For concentrated capital ALWAYS wants, more, more, MORE and, if left unchecked, will stampede like a herd of raging bulls, destroying everything in its path until it gets what it wants. Occasionally, the power of banks and bankers has been reined in (as was the case during the New Deal). These swindlers and thieves are NOT invincible, and are extremely in need of being controlled today. The so-called “free market economics” touted so long by reactionary Libertarians and far-right conservative Republicans are a MYTH and are an absolute insult to every American who works for a living! We have entered a wild, wild west [n this country,where anything goes in finance and banking, and we are sorely in need of a “Marshall Dillon” NOW, before the richest 1% minority completely wipes out those of us in the lower 99% MAJORITY. That is why we cannot abandon the fight for economic justice, and why it is imperative that we once again rein in these scoundrels NOW, and always in the days ahead! This will be a daunting task, but in spite of the armada of bought-out corporate toadies who lie before us in Congress, we can, MUST and WILL prevail if we remain committed! To those naysayers who suggest it is too tough to overcome the vast amount of pro-corporate money and influence spread all throughout our government and economy, I remind you that a timid young seamstress named Rosa Parks helped launch a very successful fight for human rights and human dignity against seemingly impossible odds back in the 1950s. If we progressives of today work as hard as she did, refuse to be cowed by big money, and keep up the fight, WE TOO shall overcome the corporatist tyranny we have fallen prey to. Keep in mind, we are NOT alone in this fight: we have potentially powerful allies in Senators Bernie Sanders, Sherrod Brown, Elizabeth Warren, Al Franken, Ron Wyden, and Jeff Merkley, among others. We must encourage them to reinstate the Glass-Steagall Act to limit the disastrous speculation which led to our near financial meltdown. For, in politics and economics, NOTHING is impossible – so FIGHT ON, BROTHERS AND SISTERS, FIGHT ON! 🙂                                  

About jackjodell53

I am an American Dissident trapped in a country where poor and middle class people are constantly being exploited and lied to by a very rigid and conservative plutocratic elite. I believe in government OF, FOR, and BY the people, not one controlled as it now is by corporations and special interests.
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  1. Good Morning Jack,
    A very good and informing posting. Good Job!

    I will say that the important message to all sane and well adjusted citizens of this country is for this midterm election year, “If you don’t vote, you can be sure that someone who is much crazier than you will.”

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