If you don't have a free 45 minutes, maybe you should come back when you do. I'll let you be the judge of that. Give this post 45 minutes and it just might change the way you look at the world. Really.
My father is one of the most intelligent people I've ever met. Ask him a question on almost any subject and you're almost guaranteed a thoughtful, well-informed answer. Or perhaps a push in the right direction. One day, a long time ago, I asked him how it was possible for Wall Street to send the whole country into a depression. He told me to read The Paper Economy, by David Bazelon. I did. It was worth it. It answered my question.
I'd recommend the book to anyone. It's still well worth reading. I've wanted to post on this subject for some time, but it's difficult. Where to begin? What to include? How to approach it without writing a book of my own? I finally found an answer. I won't write about it at all. I'll link to someone who has done a better, more concise, more entertaining job than I ever could.
Here's the central question: what is money? The answer may surprise you. Watch Paul Grignon's Money As Debt and find out. You can find it in five parts on youtube:
Or you can watch the entire video here.
This presentation is not Republican or Democrat, Libertarian or Socialist. It's the truth. This is how things are. This is how things work. If your blood isn't boiling by the end, you weren't paying attention.
Or you're a banker.
This is why it makes little difference who is in the White House or who "controls" the Congress. Both parties are bought and paid for by those who like things just the way they are, thank you. Elections happen to give you the illusion you have a choice.
Go ahead. Vote the bums out. See if anything really changes. The only solution begins with mandatory publicly financed elections. Until you or I can run for office, this is what we are going to get. Watch the video. It could be 45 of the best-spent minutes of your life. You won't see this on FOX or MSNBC. I wonder why?
The truth is a dangerous thing.
Very Truly Yours,