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1 Money, Power, Democracy, and War Finding the path toward global peace, harmony, and prosperity Thomas H. Greco, Jr.

2 March 1, 2007Thomas H. Greco, Jr.2 Who Shall Rule? Property or People? The Divine Right of Kings has been transmuted into The Divine Right of Capital An aristocracy of property Elitism vs. Egalitarianism.

3 March 1, 2007Thomas H. Greco, Jr.3 How Do Elites Gain Power? Appropriate essential or desired resources, and compel everyone to pay to gain access. Monopoly, Oligopoly, Cartels Land Enclosures Government-granted privileges

4 March 1, 2007Thomas H. Greco, Jr.4 Money Creation is the Mother of All Monopolies The entire machinery of money and banking has been contrived to centralize power and wealth.

5 Money is to People as Water is to Fish

6 March 1, 2007Thomas H. Greco, Jr.6 Why is Money so Important? Exchange is a fundamental necessity in advanced civilizations. Most of what we need, we get by trade. When the division of labor has been once thoroughly established, it is but a very small part of a mans wants which the produce of his own labor can supply. – Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations.

7 March 1, 2007Thomas H. Greco, Jr.7 Whoever Controls Money Controls Everything Else Give me the power to create a nations money, and I care not who makes its laws. – Mayer Amschel Rothschild Whoever controls the money in any country is master of all its legislation and commerce. – President James A. Garfield Who controls the food supply controls the people; who controls the energy can control whole continents; who controls money can control the world. – Henry Kissinger I sincerely believe that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies... – President Thomas Jefferson

8 March 1, 2007Thomas H. Greco, Jr.8 Hamiltonian vs. Jeffersonian Government Hamiltons goal was to create a firm alliance between government and business. Jeffersons vision was of a more egalitarian society based on widespread land ownership and distribution of wealth.

9 March 1, 2007Thomas H. Greco, Jr.9 The Central Government- Central Bank Nexus Hamilton founded the First Bank of the United States – FiBUS was modeled after the Bank of England. Both were privately owned. The debt economy rests upon a conspiracy between the political state and the banking interests against commercial exchange… E. C. Riegel

10 March 1, 2007Thomas H. Greco, Jr.10 The Central Government- Central Bank Nexus The Bank of England was the prototype central bank. The banking cartel enjoys special privileges granted by the government. The government, in return, gets to spend as much as it wants without regard to limited tax revenues (by deficit spending).

11 March 1, 2007Thomas H. Greco, Jr.11 The Struggle for Power in America Historical Landmarks Jefferson vs. Hamilton The First Bank of the United States Andrew Jackson vs. Nicholas Biddle The Second Bank of the United States Abraham Lincoln vs. the Bankers The Greenbacks Woodrow Wilsons Error and Lament The Federal Reserve Act

12 The Bank War Andrew Jackson vs. Nicholas Biddle

13 Lincolns Greenbacks

14 March 1, 2007Thomas H. Greco, Jr.14 The FED The Creature From Jeckyl Island The Federal Reserve Act, passed in 1913, reestablished central banking in the U.S. It was sold as a decentralized system, but in reality operates as a unitary power instrument at the center of the banking cartel.

15 March 1, 2007Thomas H. Greco, Jr.15 The New World Order? The powers of financial capitalism had a far- reaching plan, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole... Their secret is that they have annexed from governments, monarchies, and republics the power to create the world's money… - Prof. Carroll Quigley, Georgetown historian, mentor of former President Clinton, and author of Tragedy & Hope: A History of the World in Our Time

16 March 1, 2007Thomas H. Greco, Jr.16 The Global Political Money System is Destructive, Undemocratic and Unsustainable The political money system starves productive enterprise but finances lavishly the destructive activities of war. -- E. C Riegel Its undemocratic because it concentrates power in the hands of a few unelected people who are unresponsive to the needs and wishes of the people. Its unsustainable because interest (usury) creates a growth imperative.

17 March 1, 2007Thomas H. Greco, Jr.17 Dysfunctional Political Money System Political money based on debt is: Misallocated Kept artificially scarce Expensive and exploitative

18 March 1, 2007Thomas H. Greco, Jr.18 Monetary Scarcity and Misallocation Most [present-day money] is backed by loans which should never be made -- loans made to monetize the debts of government; loans made to finance war and the military-industrial complex, monetize the securities of giant corporations which should not exist at all, and to finance speculations in securities, commodities, and land. -- Ralph Borsodi, Inflation and the Coming Keynesian Catastrophe

19 March 1, 2007Thomas H. Greco, Jr.19 Democratic Government Requires the Separation of Money and State. In the exercise of the money power, under the dictates of political expediency, the state is driven inevitably from libertarian forms of democracy and republicanism to the autarchic forms of fascism, socialism and communism. -- E. C. Riegel

20 March 1, 2007Thomas H. Greco, Jr.20 The Growth Imperative The interest burden of debt-money forces cancerous growth!

21 March 1, 2007Thomas H. Greco, Jr.21 Debt Grows Exponentially Over Time Time Debt

22 March 1, 2007Thomas H. Greco, Jr.22 The Magic of Compound Interest Growth of One Dollar $189,906,200$115, years $13,780.65$ years $117.39$ years 10%6%

23 March 1, 2007Thomas H. Greco, Jr.23 The Good News Money is Being Reinvented At the grassroots level LETSystems and local currencies At the business level Trade exchanges or barter exchanges The governmental level Municipal and provincial bonds and tax credit certificates are circulating as currency.

24 March 1, 2007Thomas H. Greco, Jr.24 Money is Credit Money Has Evolved in Stages Commodity Money, to Symbolic Money (redeemable paper), to Credit Money

25 March 1, 2007Thomas H. Greco, Jr.25 The Money Problem Must Be Solved As long as the banking cartel controls our credit and charges us interest for using it, environmental destruction and social degradation can only worsen. The key to survival lies in regaining control of our own credit.

26 March 1, 2007Thomas H. Greco, Jr.26 How Is Money Created Today? The process by which banks create money is so simple the mind is repelled. -- John Kenneth Galbraith Money is credit. Banks create money by lending our credit back to us – at interest.

27 March 1, 2007Thomas H. Greco, Jr.27 Bank Debt Money Mortgage note Mortgage Note (asset) Banks now create only debt money, not as notes, but in the form of bank account deposits when a loan is granted. Account Deposit (liability) The Creation of Bank Debt-Money as Deposits

28 March 1, 2007Thomas H. Greco, Jr.28 Transcending the Money Monopoly Requires Commercial and Non-commercial Action at All Levels: Local Regional National Global

29 Relocalization - Building Safe Harbors

30 March 1, 2007Thomas H. Greco, Jr.30 Liberating Exchange Two Synergistic Approaches: Mutual Credit Clearing Exchanges Complementary Private Currencies

31 March 1, 2007Thomas H. Greco, Jr.31 Mutual Credit Associations and Community Currencies Provide Exchange Media that are: Sufficient Interest-free Community controlled Democratically allocated Self-adjusting Stable and Sustainable

32 Mutual Credit Issuance and Circulation Member - Issuers Mutual credit clearing association Member - Non-Issuers Issuing members begin the process by buying from other members. Then credits are used to pay for purchases within the association.

33 Currency Issuance and Circulation Non-member users Member - Issuers Mutual credit clearing association Member - Non-Issuers

34 March 1, 2007Thomas H. Greco, Jr.34 Advantageous Outcomes Reduced need to borrow from banks, lowering interest costs and the risk of default. Supplements the supply of scarce official money, enabling businesses to sell more of their unused capacity, and consumers to buy it. Increases independence from outside manipulation of interest rates and money supply. Enhanced ability of local businesses to compete with large corporate chains.

35 March 1, 2007Thomas H. Greco, Jr.35 Learn More and Keep Up-to-date on Developments Explore the website: Read, Money: Understanding and Creating Alternatives to Legal Tender, and Money and Debt: A Solution to the Global Crisis by Thomas H. Greco, Jr. Make a donation to Community Information Resource Center. Get involved with Sustainable Tucson

36 March 1, 2007Thomas H. Greco, Jr.36 From the Federal Reserve Bank The actual process of money creation takes place primarily in banks. …checkable liabilities of banks are money. These liabilities are customers accounts. They increase.. when the proceeds of loans made by banks are credited to borrowers accounts. -- Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

37 March 1, 2007Thomas H. Greco, Jr.37 Money Power to the People Each person must have the power to create their money ballot in proportion to their power to produce and serve their fellows without hindrance from our servant, the state. – E. C. Riegel (paraphrased)

38 March 1, 2007Thomas H. Greco, Jr.38 How to Insulate, But Not Isolate, the Local Economy to: Reduce exploitation, Enhance local economic vitality, Enable self-determination, and Optimize the community's standard of living and quality of life?

39 Retailers Wholesalers Manufacturers Basic Commodity Producers Employees Achieve Critical Mass and Include all Levels of the Supply Chain

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