Wednesday, July 28, 2010

45 Minutes

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.

You don't.

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,




Ananda girl said...

Thanks for the link. I will follow it and give it 45 minutes, but I have no doubt that it will anger me.
It really is a grand illusion.

Andy said...

Porcupine, I am going to give the video 45 minutes, too. But, I'm already half-way "amening" Ananda girl...

But just half way. I doubt that it will anger me. I'm "amening" the idea of it all being a grand illusion.

But, thanks for the link. I shall watch it this evening instead of my very most favoritest American Idol, or Stranded On Some Island, or Dancing With Hasbeens.

lime said...

i'll have to come back when i have the 45 minutes and thank you for the links. as for both politicians being bought and paid for...oh yeah. not even the tiniest bit of argument there.

Cricket said...

I hope you all watch and enjoy Money As Debt. Let me know what you think of it if you have time.

If you have the further stomach for it, search for and watch Money As Debt II: Promises Unleashed.

word veri: bayer. Yep. You'll need some...