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Democracy and Debt - Hudson
Democracy and Debt
December 3, 2011
By Michael Hudson

Has the Link been Broken?
*This article appeared in the Frankfurter Algemeine Zeitung on December 5, 2011.

Book V of Aristotle's Politics describes the eternal transition of oligarchies making themselves into hereditary aristocracies which end up being overthrown by tyrants or develop internal rivalries as some families decide to "take the multitude into their camp" and usher in democracy, within which an oligarchy emerges once again, followed by aristocracy, democracy, and so on throughout history.

Debt has been the main dynamic driving these shifts always with new twists and turns. It polarizes wealth to create a creditor class, whose oligarchic rule is ended as new leaders ("tyrants" to Aristotle) win popular support by cancelling the debts and redistributing property or taking its usufruct for the state.

Since the Renaissance, however, bankers have shifted their political support to democracies. This did not reflect egalitarian or liberal political convictions as such, but rather a desire for better security for their loans. As James Steuart explained in 1767, royal borrowings remained private affairs rather than truly public debts [1]. For a sovereign's debts to become binding upon the entire nation, elected representatives had to enact the taxes to pay their interest charges.

By giving taxpayers this voice in government, the Dutch and British democracies provided creditors with much safer claims for payment than did kings and princes whose debts died with them. But the recent debt protests from Iceland to Greece and Spain suggest that creditors are shifting their support away from democracies. They are demanding fiscal austerity and even privatization sell-offs.

This is turning international finance into a new mode of warfare. Its objective is the same as military conquest in times past: to appropriate land and mineral resources, communal infrastructure and extract tribute. In response, democracies are demanding referendums over whether to pay creditors by selling off the public domain and raising taxes to impose unemployment, falling wages and economic depression. The alternative is to write down debts or even annul them, and to re-assert regulatory control over the financial sector.

Near Eastern rulers proclaimed Clean Slates to preserve economic balance
Charging interest on advances of goods or money was not originally intended to polarize economies. First administered early in the third millennium BC as a contractual arrangement by Sumer's temples and palaces with merchants and entrepreneurs who typically worked in the royal bureaucracy, interest at 20% (doubling the principal in five years) was supposed to approximate a fair share of the returns from long-distance trade or leasing land and other public assets such as workshops, boats and ale houses.

As the practice was privatized by royal collectors of user fees and rents, "divine kingship" protected agrarian debtors. Hammurabi's laws (c. 1750 BC) cancelled their debts in times of flood or drought. All the rulers of his Babylonian dynasty began their first full year on the throne by cancelling agrarian debts so as to clear out payment arrears by proclaiming a clean slate. Bondservants, land or crop rights and other pledges were returned to the debtors to "restore order" in an idealized "original" condition of balance. This practice survived in the Jubilee Year of Mosaic Law in Leviticus 25.

The logic was clear enough. Ancient societies needed to field armies to defend their land, and this required liberating indebted citizens from bondage. Hammurabi's laws protected charioteers and other fighters from being reduced to debt bondage, and blocked creditors from taking the crops of tenants on royal and other public lands and on communal land that owed manpower and military service to the palace.

In Egypt, the pharaoh Bakenranef (c. 720-715 BC, "Bocchoris" in Greek) proclaimed a debt amnesty and abolished debt-servitude when faced with a military threat from Ethiopia. According to Diodorus of Sicily (I, 79, writing in 40-30 BC), he ruled that if a debtor contested the claim, the debt was nullified if the creditor could not back up his claim by producing a written contract. (It seems that creditors always have been prone to exaggerate the balances due.) The pharaoh reasoned that "the bodies of citizens should belong to the state, to the end that it might avail itself of the services which its citizens owed it, in times of both war and peace. For he felt that it would be absurd for a soldier … to be haled to prison by his creditor for an unpaid loan, and that the greed of private citizens should in this way endanger the safety of all."

The fact that the main Near Eastern creditors were the palace, temples and their collectors made it politically easy to cancel the debts. It always is easy to annul debts owed to oneself. Even Roman emperors burned the tax records to prevent a crisis. But it was much harder to cancel debts owed to private creditors as the practice of charging interest spread westward to Mediterranean chiefdoms after about 750 BC. Instead of enabling families to bridge gaps between income and outgo, debt became the major lever of land expropriation, polarizing communities between creditor oligarchies and indebted clients. In Judah, the prophet Isaiah (5:8-9) decried foreclosing creditors who "add house to house and join field to field till no space is left and you live alone in the land."

Creditor power and stable growth rarely have gone together. Most personal debts in this classical period were the product of small amounts of money lent to individuals living on the edge of subsistence and who could not make ends meet. Forfeiture of land and assets and personal liberty forced debtors into bondage that became irreversible. By the 7th century BC, "tyrants" (popular leaders) emerged to overthrow the aristocracies in Corinth and other wealthy Greek cities, gaining support by canceling the debts. In a less tyrannical manner, Solon founded the Athenian democracy in 594 BC by banning debt bondage.

But oligarchies re-emerged and called in Rome when Sparta's kings Agis, Cleomenes and their successor Nabis sought to cancel debts late in the third century BC. They were killed and their supporters driven out. It has been a political constant of history since antiquity that creditor interests opposed both popular democracy and royal power able to limit the financial conquest of society a conquest aimed at attaching interest-bearing debt claims for payment on as much of the economic surplus as possible.

When the Gracchi brothers and their followers tried to reform the credit laws in 133 BC, the dominant Senatorial class acted with violence, killing them and inaugurating a century of Social War, resolved by the ascension of Augustus as emperor in 29 BC.

Rome's creditor oligarchy wins the Social War, enserfs the population and brings on a Dark Age
Matters were more bloody abroad. Aristotle did not mention empire building as part of his political schema, but foreign conquest always has been a major factor in imposing debts, and war debts have been the major cause of public debt in modern times. Antiquity's harshest debt levy was by Rome, whose creditors spread out to plague Asia Minor, its most prosperous province. The rule of law all but disappeared when the publican creditor "knights" arrived. Mithridates of Pontus led three popular revolts, and local populations in Ephesus and other cities rose up and killed a reported 80,000 Romans in 88 BC. The Roman army retaliated, and Sulla imposed war tribute of 20,000 talents in 84 BC. Charges for back interest multiplied this sum six-fold by 70 BC.

Among Rome's leading historians, Livy, Plutarch and Diodorus blamed the fall of the Republic on creditor intransigence in waging the century-long Social War marked by political murder from 133 to 29 BC. Populist leaders sought to gain a following by advocating debt cancellations (e.g., the Catiline conspiracy in 63-62 BC). They were killed. By the second century AD about a quarter of the population was reduced to bondage. By the fifth century Rome's economy collapsed, stripped of money. Subsistence life reverted to the countryside as a Dark Age descended.

Creditors find a legalistic reason to support parliamentary democracy
When banking recovered after the Crusades looted Byzantium and infused silver and gold to review Western European commerce, Christian opposition to charging interest was overcome by the combination of prestigious lenders (the Knights Templars and Hospitallers providing credit during the Crusades) and their major clients kings, at first to pay the Church and increasingly to wage war. But royal debts went bad when kings died. The Bardi and Peruzzi went bankrupt in 1345 when Edward III repudiated his war debts. Banking families lost more on loans to the Habsburg and Bourbon despots on the thrones of Spain, Austria and France.

Matters changed with the Dutch democracy, seeking to win and secure its liberty from Habsburg Spain. The fact that their parliament was to contract permanent public debts on behalf of the state enabled the Low Countries to raise loans to employ mercenaries in an epoch when money and credit were the sinews of war. Access to credit "was accordingly their most powerful weapon in the struggle for their freedom," notes Ehrenberg: "Anyone who gave credit to a prince knew that the repayment of the debt depended only on his debtor's capacity and will to pay. The case was very different for the cities, which had power as overlords, but were also corporations, associations of individuals held in common bond. According to the generally accepted law each individual burgher was liable for the debts of the city both with his person and his property."[2]

The financial achievement of parliamentary government was thus to establish debts that were not merely the personal obligations of princes, but were truly public and binding regardless of who occupied the throne. This is why the first two democratic nations, the Netherlands and Britain after its 1688 revolution, developed the most active capital markets and proceeded to become leading military powers. What is ironic is that it was the need for war financing that promoted democracy, forming a symbiotic trinity between war making, credit and parliamentary democracy in an epoch when money was still the sinews of war.

At this time "the legal position of the King qua borrower was obscure, and it was still doubtful whether his creditors had any remedy against him in case of default."[3] The more despotic Spain, Austria and France became, the greater the difficulty they found in financing their military adventures. By the end of the eighteenth century Austria was left "without credit, and consequently without much debt" the least credit-worthy and worst armed country in Europe (as Steuart 1767:373 noted), fully dependent on British subsidies and loan guarantees by the time of the Napoleonic Wars.

Finance accommodates itself to democracy, but then pushes for oligarchy
While the nineteenth century's democratic reforms reduced the power of landed aristocracies to control parliaments, bankers moved flexibly to achieve a symbiotic relationship with nearly every form of government. In France, followers of Saint-Simon promoted the idea of banks acting like mutual funds, extending credit against equity shares in profit. The German state made an alliance with large banking and heavy industry. Marx wrote optimistically about how socialism would make finance productive rather than parasitic. In the United States, regulation of public utilities went hand in hand with guaranteed returns. In China, Sun-Yat-Sen wrote in 1922: "I intend to make all the national industries of China into a Great Trust owned by the Chinese people, and financed with international capital for mutual benefit."[4]

World War I saw the United States replace Britain as the major creditor nation, and by the end of World War II it had cornered some 80 percent of the world's monetary gold. Its diplomats shaped the IMF and World Bank along creditor-oriented lines that financed trade dependency, mainly on the United States. Loans to finance trade and payments deficits were subject to "conditionalities" that shifted economic planning to client oligarchies and military dictatorships. The democratic response to resulting austerity plans squeezing out debt service was unable to go much beyond "IMF riots," until Argentina rejected its foreign debt.

A similar creditor-oriented austerity is now being imposed on Europe by the European Central Bank (ECB) and EU bureaucracy. Ostensibly social democratic governments have been directed to save the banks rather than reviving economic growth and employment. Losses on bad bank loans and speculations are taken onto the public balance sheet while scaling back public spending and even selling off infrastructure. The response of taxpayers stuck with the resulting debt has been to mount popular protests starting in Iceland and Latvia in January 2009, and more widespread demonstrations in Greece and Spain this autumn to protest their governments' refusal to hold referendums on these fateful bailouts of foreign bondholders.

Shifting planning away from elected public representatives to bankers
Every economy is planned. This traditionally has been the function of government. Relinquishing this role under the slogan of "free markets" leaves it in the hands of banks. Yet the planning privilege of credit creation and allocation turns out to be even more centralized than that of elected public officials. And to make matters worse, the financial time frame is short-term hit-and-run, ending up as asset stripping. By seeking their own gains, the banks tend to destroy the economy. The surplus ends up being consumed by interest and other financial charges, leaving no revenue for new capital investment or basic social spending.

This is why relinquishing policy control to a creditor class rarely has gone together with economic growth and rising living standards. The tendency for debts to grow faster than the population's ability to pay has been a basic constant throughout all recorded history. Debts mount up exponentially, absorbing the surplus and reducing much of the population to the equivalent of debt peonage. To restore economic balance, antiquity's cry for debt cancellation sought what the Bronze Age Near East achieved by royal fiat: to cancel the overgrowth of debts.

In more modern times, democracies have urged a strong state to tax rentier income and wealth, and when called for, to write down debts. This is done most readily when the state itself creates money and credit. It is done least easily when banks translate their gains into political power. When banks are permitted to be self-regulating and given veto power over government regulators, the economy is distorted to permit creditors to indulge in the speculative gambles and outright fraud that have marked the past decade. The fall of the Roman Empire demonstrates what happens when creditor demands are unchecked. Under these conditions the alternative to government planning and regulation of the financial sector becomes a road to debt peonage.

Finance vs. government; oligarchy vs. democracy
Democracy involves subordinating financial dynamics to serve economic balance and growth and taxing rentier income or keeping basic monopolies in the public domain. Untaxing or privatizing property income "frees" it to be pledged to the banks, to be capitalized into larger loans. Financed by debt leveraging, asset-price inflation increases rentier wealth while indebting the economy at large. The economy shrinks, falling into negative equity.

The financial sector has gained sufficient influence to use such emergencies as an opportunity to convince governments that that the economy will collapse they it do not "save the banks." In practice this means consolidating their control over policy, which they use in ways that further polarize economies. The basic model is what occurred in ancient Rome, moving from democracy to oligarchy. In fact, giving priority to bankers and leaving economic planning to be dictated by the EU, ECB and IMF threatens to strip the nation-state of the power to coin or print money and levy taxes.

The resulting conflict is pitting financial interests against national self-determination. The idea of an independent central bank being "the hallmark of democracy" is a euphemism for relinquishing the most important policy decision the ability to create money and credit to the financial sector. Rather than leaving the policy choice to popular referendums, the rescue of banks organized by the EU and ECB now represents the largest category of rising national debt. The private bank debts taken onto government balance sheets in Ireland and Greece have been turned into taxpayer obligations. The same is true for America's $13 trillion added since September 2008 (including $5.3 trillion in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac bad mortgages taken onto the government's balance sheet, and $2 trillion of Federal Reserve "cash-for-trash" swaps).

This is being dictated by financial proxies euphemized as technocrats. Designated by creditor lobbyists, their role is to calculate just how much unemployment and depression is needed to squeeze out a surplus to pay creditors for debts now on the books. What makes this calculation self-defeating is the fact that economic shrinkage debt deflation makes the debt burden even more unpayable.

Neither banks nor public authorities (or mainstream academics, for that matter) calculated the economy's realistic ability to pay that is, to pay without shrinking the economy. Through their media and think tanks, they have convinced populations that the way to get rich most rapidly is to borrow money to buy real estate, stocks and bonds rising in price being inflated by bank credit and to reverse the past century's progressive taxation of wealth.

To put matters bluntly, the result has been junk economics. Its aim is to disable public checks and balances, shifting planning power into the hands of high finance on the claim that this is more efficient than public regulation. Government planning and taxation is accused of being "the road to serfdom," as if "free markets" controlled by bankers given leeway to act recklessly is not planned by special interests in ways that are oligarchic, not democratic. Governments are told to pay bailout debts taken on not to defend countries in military warfare as in times past, but to benefit the wealthiest layer of the population by shifting its losses onto taxpayers.

The failure to take the wishes of voters into consideration leaves the resulting national debts on shaky ground politically and even legally. Debts imposed by fiat, by governments or foreign financial agencies in the face of strong popular opposition may be as tenuous as those of the Habsburgs and other despots in past epochs. Lacking popular validation, they may die with the regime that contracted them. New governments may act democratically to subordinate the banking and financial sector to serve the economy, not the other way around.

At the very least, they may seek to pay by re-introducing progressive taxation of wealth and income, shifting the fiscal burden onto rentier wealth and property. Re-regulation of banking and providing a public option for credit and banking services would renew the social democratic program that seemed well underway a century ago.

Iceland and Argentina are most recent examples, but one may look back to the moratorium on Inter-Ally arms debts and German reparations in 1931.A basic mathematical as well as political principle is at work: Debts that can't be paid, won't be.


[1] James Steuart, Principles of Political Oeconomy (1767), p. 353.

[2] Richard Ehrenberg, Capital and Finance in the Age of the Renaissance (1928):44f., 33.

[3] Charles Wilson, England's Apprenticeship: 1603-1763 (London: 1965):89.

[4] Sun Yat-Sen, The International Development of China (1922):231ff.

Tags: Debt, Deregulation, Financial sector, neoliberalism, Washington Consensus
"Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws. - Mayer Rothschild
"Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience! People are obedient in the face of poverty, starvation, stupidity, war, and cruelty. Our problem is that grand thieves are running the country. That's our problem!" - Howard Zinn
"If there is no struggle there is no progress. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and never will" - Frederick Douglass
If it is in the debt crisis is a silver lining on the horizon, then there is the awareness that things continue to go with the banks may not. We are left with no choice other than to restructure the system. The crucial question is who has the last word in the economy - the state or the financial sector. A century ago, they still knew how one should look more productive banking sector. But of this we have a long way.

Previously entrusted to banks lent them further deposits, which they paid for short-term deposits less interest than they charged for less liquid loans. The risks were just the banks. Today, loans for speculative trading transactions are used. Financial crises worsen and affect more people because the mountain of debt continues to grow.

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To escape the control of the state, banks have accused this to distort the free market. You want to do the planning in their own hands. The problem is that they think in short, self-destructive periods and happy place to reckless activities, so that countries end up being in debt. By threatening to the economy would collapse if they are legal limitations imposed on the banks take the government to liability. Without more rescue systems, central bank loans and government loan guarantees, the economy will be damaged. Does the state of the power of banks to surrender?

Financing of productive assets
Formerly bad debts were written off eventually. This meant losses for banks and investors. Today, the debt load is maintained, the financial system remains intact. The rescue operation is, it should enable the banks in a position to give so much credit that the economy recovers and the country can pay its debts.

The indebted countries, it is claimed, could return to growth by borrowing. However, it is mathematically impossible to carry the existing debt without austerity, without debt deflation and depression. Since the financial crash of 2008, states the main shareholder of troubled banks. Instead of taking the opportunity to hold these banks as a public service and reduce credit card fees - or to stop lending to gamblers - these banks can continue to practice casino capitalism. We are therefore faced with the question of what role the bank plays. About this issue was discussed at length before the First World War - it is now more urgent than ever.

England was the starting point of the industrial revolution, but there was little long-term loans for investment in factories and other production equipment. British and Dutch commercial banks lending money on real estate or short-term supply contracts, and business was so good that we stuck to the practice. In France and Germany, however, encouraged the banking industry. The Saint-Simonian inspired the creation of an industrial loan system, which should be used to finance productive assets. They suggested the establishment of cooperative banks organized. The first was founded in 1852 by brothers Péreire Crédit Mobilier.

Clash of the financial systems
The aim was to get away from debt financing and to practice an equity award, be paid at the rates instead of dividends, the increase depending on the location of the debtor or fall. Such a practice that gives companies the opportunity to pay lower dividends in lost revenue, avoids the problem that must be paid in such cases, interest. Subscribe to default of interest payments, the debtor may be insolvent.

In Bismarck's Germany long-term financing was expressed in the Reichsbank and other industrial banks, in the sense of "trinity" of banks, industry and government planning. The German banks accounted a virtue of necessity. British banks, which consisted mainly of deposits funds, savings and financial assets diverted into trade financing. Local companies were therefore forced to finance investments from their own resources. In Germany, however, "had to be the industry because of lack of capital apply to the banks," writes financial historian George Edwards. The German banks were devoted mainly to the investment business.

The initial successes in the First World War were widely seen as an expression of the superiority of the German financial system and the war as a struggle between rival organizational forms of finance. It was not just about who was the leading European power, but which form of economy would prevail. Germany, Friedrich Naumann wrote in 1915, was recognized more clearly than other nations, that industrial development need long-term financing and government support. His book "Central Europe" inspired by Professor HS Foxwell in 1917 to two remarkable essays in "Economic Journal", where he focused on Naumann's thesis was referring to the old individualist, English capitalism, a new, more impersonal organization make room, the disciplined, scientific capitalism German expression. Industry, banks and government involved in it, the success of the modern German economy owed primarily to the financial sector. German banks had experts who were concerned with the industry.

Banks and industrial development
Foxwell warned that British manufacturers would get increasingly behind. In Germany, however, banks are essential instruments for the promotion of foreign trade and strengthening the power of the empire. British banks based their lending decisions not based on new products and income, which generated their loans potentially, but on assurances given them as obeyed by the insolvency of a debtor. Instead of investing in the company, they paid mostly from profits as dividends. Contractor had to pay cash, and therefore could not pursue a long-term strategies. German banks paid dividends only half as much as the British banks, as they zurückbehielten income as capital reserves and invested in shares of their customers. Banks, who considered such companies as partners and not merely as customers, which should preferably throw quickly much profit, sent representatives to the boards of directors and supported the business by the States made loans available, provided that these German entrepreneurs would be used for investments.

In the early days no bank loans flowed into British industry. Even the stock market was not much help. England had with the establishment of state-owned companies like the East India Company, the Bank of England or the South Sea Company, set early in a signal. The London Stock Exchange was a popular investment vehicle for British and foreign investors. Dominant but were railroads, canals, and large public utilities, industrial companies were not well-known to the issuer. British stockbroker failed just like the banks, when it came to the financing of industrial development. Once they had pocketed their commission, they turned to the next issue, without thinking about what had happened to the investors.

Behaved similarly and American entrepreneurs. They were individualists, political insiders who often operated on the fringes of legality. A typical figure was Thomas Edison, who, unlike their German colleagues, always ready to enforce patents and monopoly rights.

Never before has a country repaid his debt
The development of the industrial loan brought economists to distinguish between productive and unproductive loans to. In a productive loan, the borrower has on average for his company, and he can earn so much that he can repay the loan plus interest. An unproductive loan must be repaid from other sources. States must wage war bonds with taxpayer money, consumers have to pay back loans with what they deserve. So it can not spend as much money to be spent, the economy shrinks. This leads to crises, be removed at the end of debt, particularly unproductive debt.

After World War II, winner-loser as nations with arms and reparations debts faced. When America demanded by his allies, surprisingly, the repayment of their debt for weapons purchases, England capitulated, true to the old way of thinking, that debt must be repaid, regardless of whether it is even possible. The American demand brought the Allies to Germany to adhere to indemnify. Never before had financial obligations to this degree. Nevertheless, Germany has sought to implement them by taxing the economy. Since taxes are levied in the national currency, had to exchange the Reichsbank this money in pounds sterling and other currencies. England, France and the other recipient countries could now settle their inter-Allied debts to the United States.

Adam Smith pointed out that never before has a country's debt repaid. But not a believer confesses a love that a debtor is insolvent. In his blindness he thinks it's made in his interest to note that even the highest amounts will be repaid. And despite cuts in consumption and investment can only be extractive, want of faith-based economists do not you have that debt can not be met by having shrunk the economy, or that the repayment of foreign debts in its own currency with a worse exchange rate to be paid.

Inflation of asset prices
The more Reichsmarks were exchanged, the lower the price fell against the dollar and other currencies, gold standard. Imports for Germany were always more expensive. Reason for the hyperinflation was the collapse of the exchange rate, not the inflated money supply, as is now claimed by monetarists like. In vain Keynes pointed to the specificity of the German balance of payments, he demanded that the creditor should indicate to what extent they wanted to buy German exports, and say how marks could be converted into foreign currency without the exchange rate collapses and creates a price inflation. Unfortunately, the Allies decided to Ricardo's tunnel vision. Bertil Ohlin and Jacques Rueff explained that flowed back again through the purchase of imported German reparations to Germany and other debtor nations. If income adjustments not provided for stable exchange rates, the decreasing rate of the Reichsmark would result in cheaper exports, in this way, Germany would be able to pay its debts.

This logic was followed by the International Monetary Fund, fifty years later, when he demanded of indebted developing countries, export earnings to be used for debt service, capital flight and to allow pay off the foreign debt in full. This is the neo-liberal policies that are now Greece, Ireland and Italy demanded tough cuts.

Bank lobbyists explain the ECB will set a wage and price inflation in motion, if they do, what central banks have been established - namely, to finance budget deficits. Now take this task and European banks collect interest on something that might central banks generate on their own computers. But why there is less inflation if fiscal deficits of commercial banks and central banks will not finance? Thanks to the bank loans that have been fueled since the eighties, a global financial bubble, we are now faced with a debt that is not very affordable as well as in their twenties, when Germany could not pay its reparation. Government loans have led to such an inflation of asset prices?

We see greed
Under Article 123 of the Lisbon Treaty may ECB and national central banks to the governments make no loans available. But that is what banks were originally created - in order to finance budget deficits. If credit creation by commercial banks is reserved to the States to fight against economic and financial crises do not rely on their own central bank. Meanwhile, European governments need loans in order to balance their budgets in deficit. And the banks want a central bank, which relieves them of bad loans.

Bankers have argued that countries need an honest broker to help you decide whether a credit or public fiscal policy is responsible. In the meantime, they recommend indebted governments to sell state property. The idea is based on the myth that privatization is more efficient. Here here, interest will accrue at higher executive pay, stock options and other costs. Savings are achieved primarily through the employment of cheap labor. This benefits privatizers, banks and bondholders, but not the public. Banks and promote deregulation, rising prices have led to the. The site will be more expensive and less competitive - just the opposite of what was promised.

The banking sector has so far away from the financing of economic growth that he is now enriched at the expense of the general public. This is the great problem of our time. Losses will be borne by the community, depression is taken into account. We see greed and downright antisocial and aggressive behavior.

Democratic option of the public credit creation
Europe needs to decide which interests should take precedence - the banks or the real economy. History provides many examples of how dangerous it is to surrender to the bankers, but also to look like a different policy might pursue in a more productive line of the banks. Are the key questions: Do the banks played its role historically meaningful or they can be restructured to finance productive capital investment is a priority? Government loans can be cheaper and are mainly targeted? Would not it make more sense to boost the economy by cutting debt, rather than submit to aggressive creditors more money in your throat?

Whether banks or states will emerge victorious from the crisis is in sight. The interests of debtors and creditors are diametrically opposite each other, meanwhile, state planning on the banks and their allies goes. In order to retain power and influence, it is easiest for them to insist on their monopoly of credit creation and to block attempts at interference of the central bank or the public sector. Government and central bank should act in accordance with the contract and insist on a democratic option of the public credit creation.
"Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws. - Mayer Rothschild
"Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience! People are obedient in the face of poverty, starvation, stupidity, war, and cruelty. Our problem is that grand thieves are running the country. That's our problem!" - Howard Zinn
"If there is no struggle there is no progress. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and never will" - Frederick Douglass

Hudson starts about half way in this video, but the first half is well worth listening to too! Hudson's topic is Fraud and Debt!
"Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws. - Mayer Rothschild
"Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience! People are obedient in the face of poverty, starvation, stupidity, war, and cruelty. Our problem is that grand thieves are running the country. That's our problem!" - Howard Zinn
"If there is no struggle there is no progress. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and never will" - Frederick Douglass

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