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I found the presented article very interesting, although it is quite long. I will post and cite the article fully by the end and will just post a piece each day. I post this because I have a little spare time at the moment (on crutches), but may not necessarily get involved in discursive issues as it may be a waste of my time when the thread gets filched or locked. Please however if you wish, make comment in the normal inimitable manner with regard to the story of money and how it affects the world.|
The Money Story.
Most of us using money don't realise we are paying a hidden tax to a privately owned company for the privilege of having cash in our pockets. While using money has become a vital part of life, behind the scenes a system has been devised by a small elite group of people allowing them to profit from each and every transaction we make.
Because money affects almost every aspect of our lives, how it works is something we should all be interested in understanding further, however we are mostly discouraged from doing this by experts, who assure us the topic is much too complicated for most of us to grasp.
Our accepting this leaves the whole subject largely unexplored, and allows those who do know to carry on unquestioned. As a result it is estimated that only one person in a thousand actually understands how money is created.
"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." President James Madison
Money, money, money, it's always just been there, right? Wrong.
Obviously it's issued by the government to make it easy for us to exchange things. Wrong again!
Truth is most people don't realise that the issuing of money is essentially a private business, and that the privilege of issuing money has been a major bone of contention throughout history.
Wars have been fought and depressions have been caused in the battle over who issues the money; however the majority of us are not aware of this, and this is largely due to the fact that the winning side became, and increasingly continues to be, a vital and respected member of our global society, having an influence over large aspects of our lives including our education, our media and our governments.
While we might feel powerless in trying to stop the manipulation of money for private profit at our expense, it is easy to forget that we collectively give money its value. We have been taught to believe printed pieces of paper have special value, and because we know others believe this too, we are willing to work all our lives to get what we are convinced others will want.
An honest look at history will show us how our innocent trust has been misused.
Let's start our exploration of money with:
JESUS FLIPS (many coins) 33 A.D.
Jesus was so upset by the sight of the money changers in the temple, he waded in and started to tip over the tables and drive them out with a whip, this being the one and only time we ever hear of him using force during his entire ministry.
So what caused the ultimate pacifist to become so aggressive?
For a long time the Jews had been called upon to pay their temple tax with a special coin called the half shekle. It was a measured half ounce of pure silver with no image of a pagan emperor on it. It was to them the only coin acceptable to God.
But because there was only a limited number of these coins in circulation, the money changers were in a buyers market and like with anything else in short supply, they were able to raise the price to what the market would bare.
They made huge profits with their monopoly on these coins and turned this time of devotion into a mockery for profit. Jesus saw this as stealing from the people and proclaimed the whole set-up to be. "A den of thieves".
Once money is accepted as a form of exchange, those who produce, loan out and manipulate the quantity of money are obviously in a very strong position. They are the "Money Changers".
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