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At the Mercy of Financial Repressionists

Yesterday we vowed to tell you who the real protagonists and antagonists are in this global currency war. It’s a long answer. And of course it’s debatable.  But we’ll begin with just one part of it today: they’re not who you think they are.

This is not really a battle between separate nations all trying to out-compete each other through devaluation. Describing it that way is what sells newspapers and gets people all fired up. But the real battle is between the people who want to control the world’s financial system for their maximum benefit…and the rest of us who have to live with the consequences of their financial repression.

Whether you’re a banker or a central planner, controlling the money is a way of accumulating power. You have the power to change prices and reward or punish the long-term planning decisions of millions of individuals. You also tend to get first-use of money before it’s devalued. Purchasing power problems are for the little people, who must deal with all the negatives of globalisation.

All the positives of globalisation accrue to a small group of what we like to call the ‘trans-national elite’. They belong to no country and have no loyalty but to their own self-interest. That’s what they have in common with each other: they look out for each other’s interests, whether they’re politicians, bankers, journalists, or celebrities and cultural figures.

Yes, it’s a bit of a kooky theory. But in the world we live in with a constant media culture, controlling the narrative — giving people a common perception of what the world is (especially the financial world) — is the key to retaining your position of power and padding it. Just keep that in mind next time someone tells you that government deficits don’t matter and high taxes are fair because they promote social justice.

But enough of the behind-the-scenes-action. And anyway, what’s to worry about? Today’s Age reports that super balances are back to pre-GFC highs. The storm has been weathered, right? The stock market’s function as a retirement machine has been restored, right? It’s time to buy stocks again and stop worrying, right?

Well, maybe. Nobody knows the future. But we do know how the bear works. The bear is cruel and manipulative. He came out of his cave in 2000 and 2008 and knocked the market a mighty blow. But since 2009, he’s been playing possum. He wants you to think it’s finally safe to go back in the woods. Think again!

Dan Denning,
for The Daily Reckoning Australia

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6 Comments

  1. Luke says:

    Dan
    If you want help with your ideas start reading some Science Fiction – Neal Asher (Cowl), Peter F. Hamilton are two that come to mind. The histories (not the central story, just the background theme) behind some of their books basically involve transnational companies basically getting sick of nation states interfering in their business and deciding to do away with the states, replacing them of course with thier own corporate based states. Earth basically becomes a battle ground between corporations and war is fought over market share.

    People don’t give scifi enough credit but read some old scifi (30+ years old) books and you start to go OK we have that and that and that, our stuff is way advanced of that and that and I heard about scientists researching that. Scifi is what you read if you want to know what tomorrow looks like. I can tell you now the Transnational state is a theme in quite a number of scifi books.

  2. Luke says:

    Don’t normally post twice but just had a thought.
    If BHP decided the Australian govt was too cumbersome to deal with but realy wanted to mine Australia how much money would they have to spend to hire mercs and do away with the Australian armed forces, then the government.
    1 Years net profit (15bil or 3/4 of Australia military spending)
    2 Years net profit (30bil or 1.5 times Australian military spending)

    Say Apple wanted it’s own Island
    100bil in the bank
    30bil net profit
    I reckon they could hire enough mercs to do it.

    You get the picture.

  3. shortchanged says:

    No; it’s not a kooky idea Dan, but brave of you to say it. Trawl the net and you will find lots of people posting similar thoughts. They are generally said to be ‘conspiracy theoorists’, how’s it feel to be one of them, at least we have some illustrious company.

  4. shortchanged says:

    Stop press: just as you thought life could not get any more restrictive, it seems a new law in parliament is going to make everything illegal. See the ABC web pages, ‘anti descrimination laws an act of confusion’. Think about it., it will make your toes curl.

  5. Luke says:

    I’ve always wondered if the DR team read these comments or do they only read mail when you send it into them. It would be good to have the occasional comment from them like Steve Keen does on his debtwatch site.

  6. Paul says:

    From what I understand, Dan’s talking about concepts such as the vested interests of the power elite who can control the narative and the money flows. It’s not a conspiracy theory and these posts are kooky.

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