War Via Finance
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FASCISM AND ECONOMICS QUOTES
Fascism should more properly be called “corporatism’, since it is the merger of state and corporate power.
Italian (fascist) dictator, Benito Mussolini
We stand for the maintenance of private property…. We shall protect free enterprise as the most expedient, or rather the sole possible economic order.
The liberty of democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is Fascism- ownership of government by an individual, by a group or by any controlling private power.
Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President
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.
Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933
The purpose of Fascism is to defend by violence the private ownership of the means of production, even though our modern civilization has become incompatible with a social system based on private ownership.
The truth is the greatest enemy of the State.
Joseph Goebbels. German Minister of Propaganda 1933-1945
Fascism is capitalism plus murder.
Fascism is big business armed with bayonets.
The love of money is the root of all Fascism.
Fascism in America will attempt to advance under the banner of Americanism and anti-Fascism.
Fascism is capitalism in decay.
As I went walking, I saw a sign there
On the sign it said, “No Trespassing”
But on the other side, it didn’t say nothing
That side was made for you and me!
It is the duty of the people in the event that government is not responsive to the will of the people to overthrow that government.
THE FOUNDING FATHERS
I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country.
If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and the corporations that grow up around them will deprive the people of all their property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.
I wish it was possible to obtain a single amendment to the our constitution taking from the federal government the power of borrowing.
I sincerely believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. The issuing powers should be taken from the banks and restored to the people to whom it properly belongs.
We need a revolution every other generation.
Thomas Jefferson, 1816, 3rd President of the United States
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.
The colonies would gladly have borne a little tax on tea and other matters had it not been that England took away from the colonies their money, which created unemployment and dissatisfaction. The inability of the colonists to get power to issue their own money permanently out of the hands of George III and the international bankers was the PRIME REASON for the revolutionary war.
Those willing to trade civil liberties for national security deserve neither.
The rich will strive to establish their dominion and enslave the rest. They always did, they always will. They will have the same effect here as elsewhere if we do not, by the power of government, keep them in their proper spheres.
Governor Morris in a letter to James Madison (1787)
GREAT WORLD LEADERS
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.
Napoleon Bonaparte (1800)
The division of the United States into federations of equal force was decided long before the Civil War by the high financial powers of Europe. These bankers were afraid that the United States, if they remained as one block, and as one nation, would attain economic and financial independence, which would upset their financial domination over the world.
Otto Von Bismarck, Uniter and Chancellor of Germany
The death of Lincoln was a disaster for Christendom. There was no man in the United States great enough to wear his boots. I fear that foreign bankers with their craftiness and tortuous tricks, will entirely control the exhuberant riches of America…. and use it to systematically corrupt modern civilization. They will not hesitate to plunge the whole of Christendom into wars and chaos in order that the earth should become their inheritance.
Otto Von Bismark
I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands, and the Republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of the war.
The government should create, issue, and circulate all the currency and credit needed to satisfy the spending power of the government and the buying power of consumers. The privilege of creating and issuing money is not only the supreme perogative of government. It is the government’s greatest creative opportunity. By the adoption of these principles, the taxpayer will be saved immense sums of interest. Money will cease to be the master and become the servant of humanity.
The money power preys upon the nation in times of peace and conspires against it in times of adversity. It is more despotic than monarchy, more insolant than autocracy, and more selfish than bureaucracy.
Whoever controls the value of money in any country is absolute master of all industry and commerce….. and when you realize that the entire system is very easily controlled, one way or another, by a few men at the top, you will not have to be told how periods of inflation and depression originate.
President James Garfield, 3 weeks before he was assassinated
When private business takes over the functions of government from the people, this is fascism.
These international bankers and Roosevelt-Standard Oil interests control the majority of newspapers, the columns of papers to club into submission or drive out of public office officials who refuse to do the bidding of the powerful corrupt cliques which compose the invisible government.
Former President, Theodore Roosevelt, 1919
The financial system has been turned over to the Federal Reserve Board. That board administers the finance system by authority of a purely profiteering group. The system is private and conducted for the sole purpose of obtaining the greatest possible profit from the use of other people’s money.
Representative Charles A. Lindberg- D-MN, 1923?
We have in this country one of the most corrupt institutions the world has ever known. I refer to the Federal Reserve Board. This evil institution has impoverished the people of the United States and has practically bankrupted our government. It has done this through the corrupt practices of the moneyed vultures who control it.
Representative Louis T. McFadden- R-PA
There is looming up a new and dark power…. The enterprises of the country are aggregating vast corporate combinations of unexampled capital, boldly marching, not for economical conquests alone, but for political power… The question will arise and in your day, though perhaps not fully in mine, which shall rule- wealth or man; which shall lead- money or the intellect; who shall fill public stations- educated and patriotic freement, or the feudal serfs of corporate capital…
Chief Justice of Wisconsin Edward G. Ryan, 1873
Our forefathers would think it is time for a revolution. This is why they revolted in the first place.
Republican Congressman Ron Paul, on “The Patriot Act”, 2001
Most Americans have no real understanding of the operation of the international money lenders. The accounts of the Federal Reserve System have never been audited. It operates outside the control of Congress and manipulates the credit of the United States
Senator Barry Goldwater, R-AZ
The warning of Theodore Roosevelt has much timeliness today, for the real menace of our republic is this invisible government which like a giant octopus sprawls its slimy length over city, state, and nation. It seizes in its long and powerful tentacles, our executive officers, our legislative bodies, our schools, our courts, our newspapers, and every agency created for the public protection.
To depart from mere generalization, let me say that at the head of this octopus are the Rockefeller-Standard Oil interests and a small group of powerful banking houses generally referred to as the international bankers. This little coterie of powerful international bankers virtually run the United States government for their own purposes. They practically control both parties, write political platforms, make catpaws of party leaders, use the leading men of private organizations and resort to every device to place in nomination for high public office only such candidates as will be amenable to the dictates of corrupt big business.
These international bankers and Rockefeller-Standard Oil interests control the majority of newspapers and magazines in this country.
John Hylan, Mayor of New York City, The New York Times, March 26, 1922
Our gross national product now is over 800 billion dollars a year. But that gross national product, if we judge the United States of America by that, counts air pollution, and cigarette advertising, and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage. It counts special locks for our doors and the jails for the people who break them. It counts the destruction of the redwoods and the loss of our natural wonder in chaotic squall. It counts napalm, and it counts nuclear warheads, and armored cars for police to fight the riots in our cities. It counts Whitman’s rifles and Speck’s knives and the television programs which glorify violence in order to sell toys to our children.
Yet, the gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education, or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages, the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country. It measures everything in short, except that which makes life worthwhile.
Presidential candidate, Robert Kennedy, 1968
The powers of international capitalism had a far-reaching plan, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole. This system was to be controlled in a feudalistic fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert by secret agreements arrived at in frequent meetings and conferences.
The apex of the system was to be the Bank of International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland, a private bank owned and controlled by the world’s central banks which were themselves private corporations. Each central bank… sought to dominate its government by its ability to control treasury loans, to manipulate foreign exchanges, to influence the level of economic activity in the country, and to influence cooperative politicians by subsequent economic rewards in the business world.
Professor Carroll Quigley, Tragedy and Hope, 1966
During the past two centuries when the peoples of the world were gradually winning their political freedom from the dynastic monarchies, the major banking families of Europe and America were actually reversing the trend by setting up new dynasties of political control through the formation of international financial combines.
Alan B. Jones, How the World Really Works, 1996
THE BANKERS SPEAK
Let me issue and control the money and I care not who writes the laws.
To repeal the ACT creating bank notes, or to restore to circulation the government issue of money will be to provide the people with money and will therefore seriously affect our individual profits as bankers and lenders
James Buol, American Bankers Association, 1877
On September 1, 1894, we will not renew our loans under any considerations. On September 1, we will demand our money. We will foreclose and become mortgagees in possession . We can two thrids of the farms west of the Mississippi and thousands of them east of the Mississippi as well at our price. Then the farmers will become tenants, as in England.
American Bankers Association memo (1891), in Congressional Record (1913)
Nothing but widespread suffering will produce any effect on Congress. Our only safety is in pursuing a steady course of firm restriction….. and I have no doubt that such a course will ultimately lead to restoration of the currency and the re-charter of the Bank.
Nicolas Biddle, Second Bank of America President, who caused a depression to oust Andrew Jackson for the Presidency.
Banking is conceived in iniquity and born in sin. Bankers own the earth. Take it away from them, but leave them the power to create money and control credit, and with the flick of a pen they will create enough money to buy it back again. Take this great power away from the bankers and all great fortunes like mine will disappear and they out to disappear for this would be a better and happier world to live in. But if you want to continue the slaves of bankers and pay the cost of your own slavery, let them continue to create money and control credit.
Sir Josiah Stamp, Director of the Bank of England, 1920s
If this mishievious financial policy, which has its origins in North America, shall become indurated down to a fixture, then that government will furnish its own money without costs. It will pay off debts and be without debt. It will have all the money necessary to carry on its commerce. It will become prosperous without precedent in the history of the world. The brains and wealth of all countries will go to North America. That country must be destroyed or it will destroy every monarchy on the Globe.
Editorial in the Times of London, 1860s, in response to Lincoln’s issuing of “Greenbacks”
Machines are the new proletariat. The working class is being given its walking papers.
Jacques Attali, President of European Bank
FOREIGN LEADERS SPEAK
The Third World War has already started. It is a silent war. Not for that reason any less sinister. The war is tearing down Brazil, Latin America, and practically all the Third World. Instead of soldiers dying there are children. It is a war over the Third World debt. One which has as its main weapons, interest, a weapon more deadly than the atom bomb, more shattering than a laser beam.
On the one side, there is the party which holds the power because it holds the wealth; which has in its grasp all labor and all trade, which manipulates for its own benefit and its own purposes, all the sources of supply and which is powerfully represented in the councils of state itself. On the other side, therre is the needy and powerless multitude, sore and suffering.
Rapacious usury, which although more than once condemned by the Church, is neverthelss under a different form, but which the same guilt, still practiced by avaricious and grasping men so that a small number of very rich men have been able to lay upon the masses of the poor a yoke little better than slavery itself.
Pope Leo XIII, 1898
The Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) agreement amounts to “an annexation of Latin America by the United States”
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, 2002
ECONOMISTS SPEAK OUT
Anyone who thinks you can have indefinite growth on a finite planet is either a madman or an economist.
Kenneth Boulding, economist and former president of American Association for the Advancement of Science
There is something fundamentally wrong in treating the earth as a business in liquidation.
There is no point of contact between macro-economics and the environment.
World Bank economist, Herman Daly
Capitalism boils down to this: Privatization of profits, socialization of losses.
Istvan Meszaros, economist
Much of apparent economic growth may in fact be an illusion based on a failure to account for reduction in natural capital
Colin Clark, Univ. of British Columbia
AUTHORS AND COMMENTATORS COMMENT
Free enterprise refers in practice to a system of public subsidy and private profit with massive government intervention in the economy to maintain a welfare state for the rich.
Noam Chomsky, What Uncle Sam Really Wants
Nearly one half of the world’s people live and die on less than $2 a day, according to U.N. figures.
Ultimately, the “war on terrorism” is about global control by US corporations and the World Trade Organization. It wants to strike down public ownership, social organizations and institutions, and substitute control by the strong and rich over the weak and poor.
“Drug war” is a code word for social control and repression.
Alexander Cockburn, Whiteout: The CIA, Drugs and the Press
Patiotism is the conviction that my country is the best country in the world simply because I was born in it.
George Bernard Shaw
The U.S. harbors more terrorists than any other state.
Between 1945 and 2000, we (U.S. government) attempted to overthrow over 40 foreign governments, bombed 25 nations, killed many millions and caused death and despair for many millions of others.
William Blum, Rogue State
American foreign policy is to bomb Third World countries, set up a client government, and establish military bases to control the flow and profits from oil and illegal drugs.
Paraphrase of William Blum
The US government is being run like a franchise by private corporations.
We cannot say much about human affairs with any confidence but it is sometimes possible. We can, for example, be fairly confident that either there will be a world without war or there won’t be a world- at least a world inhabited by creatures other than bacteria and beetles, with some scattering of others.
They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country. But in modern war, there is nothing sweet or fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for not good reason.
Coming to grips with these U.S./CIA activities in broad numbers and figuring out how many people have been killed in the jungles of Laos or the hills of Nicaragua is very difficult. But, adding them up as best we can, we come up with a figure of six million people killed- and this is a minimum figure. Included are: one million killed in the Korean War, two million killed the Vietnam War, 800,000 killed in Indonesia, one million in Cambodia, 20,000 killed in Angola, and 22,000 killed in Nicaragua. These people would not have died if U.S. tax dollars had not been spent by the CIA to inflame tensions, finance covert political and military activity, and destabilize societies.
One might call this the “Third World War”. It is a war that has been fought by the United States against the Third World. Others call it the Cold War and focus on the anti-communist and anti-Soviet rationales, but the dead are not Soviets; they are people of the Third World. It might also be called the Forty-Year (now Fifty-Year) War , like the Thirty-Year and Hundred-Year Wars in Europe, for this one began when the CIA was founded in 1947 and continues today. Altogether perhaps 20 million people died in the Cold War. As wars go, it has been the second or third most destructive of human life in all of history, after World War I and World War II.
The six million people the CIA has helped to kill are people of the Mitumba Mountains of the Congo, the jungles of Southeast Asia, and the hills of northern Nicaragua. They are people without ICBMs or armies or navies, incapable of doing physical damage to the United States. The 22,000 killed in Nicaragua, for example, are not Russians, they are not Cuban soldiers or advisors; they are not even mostly Sandanistas. A majority are rag-poor peasants, including large numbers of women and children. Communists? Hardly, since the dead Nicaraguans are predominantly Roman Catholics. Enemies of the United States? That description doesn’t fit either, because… they love the people of the United States, and they simply cannot understand why our leaders would want to spend $1 billion on a contra force designed to murder people and wreck the country.
In order to bring countries like Nicaragua into the loops of international finance, you must have people like (Violetta) Chomorro, who will represent the interest of New York bankers, in power. For this to work, the leaders of the oligarchies have to have some real money themselves. This is why people like the Shah of Iran, Mobutu Sese in Zaire, and Ferdinand Marcos in the Phillipines have been permitted to steal millions of dollars from the aid and trade that flows through their countries.
Why would the United States spend billions of dollars to destabilize every corner of the world for four or five decades? Economics is one reason……..One real economic motive behind the Third World War is the (now $1 trillion /year) drug trade. This money is not lost to the international banking world. It is laundered through Panamanian and Caribbean banks and put right back into global circulation.
The major economic impetus behind the Third World War, however, is the production of arms. Every day (as of 1991), $3 billion worth of weapons are bought and sold. So-called defense companies are making 20-25 percent profit. According to figures in the Washington Post, 53 cents on every dollar goes to the military to pay for arms, salaries, facilities, overhead, and debts from Vietnam and other wars.
Truly it is time for the people of the world to join hands and find a solution to world conflict, to pressure the leaders into responding. “National security” must be replaced with concern for the fate of the earth. The human race must take a quantum, evolutionary leap forward, if it is to survive its own combative nature and avoid self-destruction.
John Stockwell, The Praetorian Guard: The U.S. Role in the New World Order
You know what your capabilities are. If you can write, write articles, write letters, write books, write telegrams. If you can organize, organize. If you can travel, go to Nicaragua or the Nevada test sites and see for yourself so that you can be living witness to what is going on in the world. I tell people, if you feel comfortable lying down in front of trucks with bombs on them, lie down in front of trucks with bombs on them. You have got to do what you can do every day of your life. You cannot wait until you graduate next summer or get married or get divorced or get a job, because these nuclear weapons are malfunction all the time and they are controlled by fallible people like Ronald Reagan. The world may not be here by the time you graduate next summer or get divorced or get a job or whatever.
Admiral John LaRoque, Center for Defense Information
The wholesale substitution of machines for workers is going to force every nation to rethink the role of human beings in the social process.
Jeremy Rifkin, The End of Work
Those who control the oil routes of Central Asia will impact all future direction and quantities of flow and the distribution of revenues from new production.
Energy expert James Dorian in Oil and Gas Journal on Sept. 10, 2001.
Afghanistan’s significance from an energy standpoint stems from its geographic position as a potential transit route for oil and natural gas exports from Central Asia to the Arabian Sea. This potential includes proposed multi-billion dollar oil and gas export pipelines through Afghanistan.
U.S. Government Energy Information Fact Sheet, November, 2000.
Because of the instability in the Persian Gulf, Cheney and his fellow oilmen have zeroed in on the world’s other major source of oil- the Caspian Sea. Its rich oil and gas resources are estimated to be worth US $4 trillion by US News and World Report. The Washington-based American Petroleum Institute, voice of the major US oil companies, called the Caspian region, “the area of greatest resource potential outside of the Middle East”.
Marjorie Cohn, professor, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Chicago Tribune, August, 2000.
The disappearance of labor as a key factor of production (is the) unfinished business of capitalist society.
Peter Drucker, CEO
We don’t have just a failure of one law, but a series of laws. Toxic pollution is such a potent issue, we have been able to enact more than one law. By and large, they’ve all been failures.
Curtis Moore, former Republican counsel on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
In a highly competitive industry, companies cannot afford to spend their resources on environmental protection, however well conceived the rules, unless they perceive that those rules are backed up by credible enforcement policy.
We already know that they (the global economic changes) demand that politicians and statesmen accept the unpopular abandonment of sovereignty. I wouldn’t say the nation-state is dead, but the sovereignty has been greatly circumscribed…. even for a country as large as the US.
W. Michael Blumenthal, chairman of Unisys
What we call the “environmental crisis”- the array of critical unsolved problems ranging from local toxic dumps to the disruption of global climate- is a product of the drastic mismatch between the cyclical, conservative, and self-consistent processes of the ecosphere and the linear, innovative, but ecologically disharmonious processes of the technosphere.
Barry Commoner, Making Peace with the Planet
Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.
The borrower is the servant of the lender.
WAR: THE ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL ADVANTAGES
On the domestic front, the Cold war…. gave the U.S. a way to compel its population to subsidize high-tech industry (GE and Boeing, etc., through the Pentagon system). It isn’t easy to sell all that to the domestic populations. The technique used was the old stand-by- fear of a great enemy.
Noam Chomsky, What Uncle Sam Really Wants
The first central bank, the Bank of England, … was formed to finance a war, and … central banks since then have utilized and promoted wars for their own profit, starting with the Rothschild involvement with the Napoleanoic wars, and the continuing up to the present day the use of that same “Rothschild Formula”….. This “Rothschild Formula”.. motivates these financiers “to propel governments into war for the profits they yield”. To drive a country to go into debt because of war or the threat of war, the strategy is to assure that the country has enemies with credible military might. If only weak enemies exist, give them money to strengthen their military; if no enemy exists, create one. Don’t let any one nation stay predominant since that may bring on peace and a reduction of debt…. (These bankers arranged the Bolshevik coup in Russia in 1917 and financed Adolf Hitler in his rise to power during the 1930s).
Alan B. Jones
If leisure and security were enjoyed by all alike, the great mass of human beings who are normally stupefied by poverty would become literate and would learn to think for themselves; and when once they had done this, they would sooner or later realize that the privileged minority had no function, and they would sweep it away. In the long run, a hierarchical society was only possible on the basis of poverty and ignorance.
George Orwell, 1984
And how does continuous war act to keep the Lows (poor) “stupefied by poverty” and thereby assure the maintenance of the social structure? The goal of the wars is to enable the economy to kept going for the benefit of the Highs (rich), its military, and its bureaucracy and control personnnel (the Thought Police, etc.) but at the same time to assure that any excess production capacity is prevented from producing consumer goods for the lower classes. That excess capacity is instead directed to producing excess military goods which will ultimately rust away or be destroyed in warfare; that is, the excess capacity is deliberately wasted in order to turn it away from the production of goods which would result in added leisure or well-being for the lower classes.
Alan B. Jones
(In his forward to The Report From Iron Mountain – a secret report sponsored by a governmental entity- Lewin notes that poverty is both necessary and desirable, that the return of slavery as an institution may be desirable and that budgeting the optimal number of deaths to occur annually in warfare was a proper function of government. War, we are told, is even more critically needed for maintaining social stability than it is for providing economic stability. It is fully capable of doing so because a state’s war powers constitute “the basic authority of a modern state over its people.” In our modern industrial societies, war has served “as the last great safeguard against the elimination of necessary social classes.” … Unless a substitute can be found, the institution of war must be continued “to preserve whatever quality and ? of poverty a society requires as an incentive as well as to maintain the stability of is internal organization of power.”
…. The final nonmilitary function of war… is the loss of life which it produces. This comes under the euphemism of ecological control, aimed at maintaining the world’s population at that reduced level at which it may successfully sustain itself within the contraints of the world’s agricultural capacity.
Alan B. Jones
The permanent possibility of war is the foundation for stable government, it supplies the basis for general acceptance of political authority. It has enabled societies to maintain necessary class distinctions, and it has ensured the subordination of the citizen to the state…
Report From Iron Mountain, 1966
Henry Kissinger’s National Security Council Study Memorandum 200 recommends that a program of population reduction be aimed at a list of 13 countries that produce raw materials that the U.S. needs. (These include Brazil, India, Egypt, Mexico, Ethiopia, Columbia and others)… The elites wish to reduce the targeted Third World populations to a bare subsistence in order to reduce to a minimum the costs of producing the raw materials on the lands which the elites are presently trying to wrest from those target countries in the name of world environmentalism.
Alan B. Jones