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Whitstable Politics: Money Reform

Updated on September 14, 2016
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CJ Stone is an author and columnist. He appears regularly in the British press. Currently he has a column in the Whitstable Gazette.

24 June 2009

One of the unfortunate side-effects of the current scandal over MPs expenses is that it seems to have taken people’s minds off that other group of perennial fiddlers, the banks.

The difference is, of course, that whereas MPs expenses amount to thousands of pounds, bankers bonus’ are measured in the millions. And whereas MP’s perks consist of such day-to-day items as floating duck islands and cleaner moats, the ultimate outcome of the present banking system is nothing less than total domination of the whole world by a few powerful institutions.

Everywhere you go you see the same thing. In the middle of every major city, in every country, there are huge buildings of glass and steel which tower above the city landscape like imperious statements of wealth and power. Invariably these buildings are banks.

How did the banks grow so big and come to dominate our world?

How come we have let them?

The process is insidious. Most money in existence does not consist of the notes and coins we carry about in our pockets, but is in the form of debt to banks. The banks create this money out of thin air. This is the simple and startling fact. The money we owe did not exist until the moment we signed the contract to pay it back.

Money as debt

This is known as Fractional Reserve Banking. Banks do not only lend out money deposited with them by savers, but are legally entitled to lend out many, many times this figure.

Thus banks create money. They create money as debt. They create money as debt and then charge interest on it. Thus our money is already devalued even at the moment it is created, since the amount lent out is always less than the amount which has to be paid back.

This is the cause of inflation and it forces us to borrow even more money to cover the difference. Thus there can never be enough money in the entire world to pay off all the debts owed to the banks, and the banks will, in the end, own everything.

And here’s you worrying about MP’s floating duck islands.


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      Premium Finance 8 years ago

      great explanation of how banks create money out of thin air. thumbs up on su!!

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      Whitstable Views 8 years ago from Whitstable, UK

      Amanda, the reason why the story is so short is that it's based upon my Whitstable Gazette column: exactly 350 words long, no more, no less. It's an art in itself to be able to say anything in that number of words. Glad you think I managed it.

      LG, no it's not at all complicated. The complexities are there to cover up the simple fraud that is going on: banks create money out of thin air and then charge us interest on it. It's the process by which banks (and bankers) grow immensely rich at the expense of the world economy as a whole.

      Hi JamaGenee, yes, they've got us both ways on this. But the big question is, why do we let them them do it?

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      Amanda Severn 8 years ago from UK

      Chris, this is a short and sweet version of CWB's hub on usury. I like it! It's a great conjuring trick this, money from thin air. If we all shook off the shackles of debt, do you think the banks might implode? The banks certainly have a lot to answer for.

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      LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

      I think part of the current problem is that absolutely no-one actually understands what is happening, it's got too complicated

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      Joanna McKenna 8 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Money out of thin air. Yes! That's what banks do. Unforunately, when you and I do it, it's called an overdraft...and we have to pay a fee to the bank too. They've really got us coming and going, don't they?

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      Whitstable Views 8 years ago from Whitstable, UK

      Hi Steve, check out the link to the Money Reform Party. It's very interesting.

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      Steve Andrews 8 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Excellent hub and the whole matter explained in simple terms! The world is run by the banking families.