VANCOUVER ( Silver Gold Bull) -- It is common knowledge the U.S. dollar has lost approximately 98% of its value since 1913. That was the year the Federal Reserve was given a monopoly to print all U.S. currency, In exchange for that colossal privilege it was given a statutory mandate to protect the value of the dollar.How/why has the Federal Reserve been such a total failure in its statutory mandate? The most obvious reason is these private bankers never had any intention of protecting the value of the dollar. As I explained in
Yet, while today's corporate executives are the most grossly overpaid individuals in the history of human commerce, all efforts by our politicians have focused on the "need" to slash wages, benefits and anything else received by workers even further. So where does
"competitive devaluation" enter this picture? The "problem" for these predatory corporations (and our governments who serve them) is that if only one economy engages in this systematic program of economic oppression, the theft (and injustice) becomes more obvious to observers both inside and outside that economy. If only one economy is "devaluing" its currency only one set of workers is noticing their wages (in real dollars) and their entire standard of living are collapsing. Even more important to the bankers, it makes their act of theft-by-currency-dilution even more blatant as the value of only one of their paper currencies is (visibly) destroyed. Competitive devaluation solves all those "problems" for our oppressors. It is the proverbial "lobster in the pot" phenomenon. With all of our nations destroying the wages of their own workers, with all of our nations unleashing insane/crippling inflation upon the world, it becomes much more difficult for people to perceive these financial crimes being perpetrated against them. Competitive devaluation has allowed our (lying) politicians and our (thieving) corporations to pretend that an economic Pot of Death is instead merely a "warm bath." It is why the moment the bankers see any currency not plummeting lower in value they immediately attack the economy of that nation in financial markets. Thus, any honest politicians with delusions of actually putting the interests of their own people ahead of the plundering of the oligarchs quickly receive an "education" on how our (rigged) markets now function. Essentially, competitive devaluation is a permanent program of economic slavery, where the workers are involuntarily forced to subsidize their own employers to an ever greater degree as a larger percentage of their checks are effectively confiscated because the actual rate of inflation exceeds the (tiny) nominal pay raises they receive, generally by several multiples. Understand that competitive devaluation was only made possible by the abomination now known as "globalization." Prior to our borders being effectively erased for economic purposes, individual nations retained the capacity (i.e. sovereignty) to resist these types of external -- and predatory -- economic forces.
No longer. Now "the market" can bludgeon any economy into submission that dares to put people before parasites. The only Western exception to this campaign of economic slavery is Iceland. Iceland's government essentially threw the Western banking cabal out of its nation. It endured the attacks on its economy and regained its economic sovereignty. As I've written previously, this has prompted two "responses" from the banking oligarchs. First, we had
"austerity" in Europe , the slashing of any/all spending on ordinary people even further in order to produce the maximum amount of economic destruction. The goal was to cripple these economies so severely they would be unable to survive the bankers' war of economic attrition (as Iceland has done), and to break free from the bankers' financial choke-hold on their economies. We see the "success" of austerity demonstrated in Greece, where the people have tried to cast aside the politicians who continue to serve the bankers (and oligarchs) and persecute their own people. What we saw was a massive two-pronged propaganda effort. The (corporate-controlled) media brainwashed the people with the lie that the same traitor politicians 100% responsible for destroying their economy were the only people they could "trust" to fix that same economy. At the same time, the media propaganda machine "warned" Greece's impoverished and terrified population of even more catastrophic consequences should they rid themselves of the traitors and elect an opposition party which had categorically promised to cease serving the bankers (as Iceland had done). Understand that the very panic caused by such economic destruction impairs our cognitive faculties, making the Greek people (and other victims) even more susceptible than usual to any brainwashing campaign. The second response of the oligarchs was more recent. They ordered their revisionists in the corporate media to rewrite the economic history of the past few years. Iceland was portrayed as some sort of inexplicable anomaly. Indeed, it is an anomaly: the only Western nation whose economy has been getting better instead of worse over the past three years. Meanwhile, the politicians in charge of all other Western economies are portrayed as loyal-and-diligent public servants, doing their best (under difficult circumstances) to fix the same economies that they already destroyed. Here we see yet another complete disconnect between the propaganda and reality.
Throughout the entire political/social/economic history of our modern societies we punish failure. The failures are fired, replaced and someone new is brought in to fix the mistakes of their predecessors. No longer. In our oligarch economies, failure is rewarded. Whether one is a banker, politician, or corporate executive; "accountability" is a word which has long since ceased to have any meaning...to those on top. Meanwhile it is the people themselves held accountable for the failures of the oligarchs. We are literally paying for their failures more and more every day. This commentary comes from an independent investor or market observer as part of TheStreet guest contributor program. The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of TheStreet or its management.