An Introduction to …
“The issue which will have to be fought sooner or later …
The People versus The Banks”
In 2011, writer Simon Lenzener wrote a short piece that was published in Forbes Magazine.
In it he claimed that :
“I’d be willing to bet my bottom dollar, that neither Jamie Dimon, nor Lloyd Blankfein, have ever read John Adams or Lord Acton.”
Now as refreshing as it was at the time, to even see Lord Acton’s name mentioned, especially in such a “bastion of the mainstream media”, painfully somehow, Lenzener still managed to let messrs Dimon and Blankfein, (the CEOs of JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs respectively) entirely “off” the proverbial “hook”.
The problem was, that Lenzener’s rhetorical “bet”, implied that the problem, massively evident by 2008, was merely that these Bankers, and others like them, had simply “never read John Adams or Lord Acton”.
The truth on the contrary, is both that these men are undoubtedly very well aware of the words of these two great men.
But, instead of heeding them, they have deliberately ignored them; and worse, they have actively worked to ensure that the truths they told were thwarted, silenced and buried, so that they never become “self evident”, as Schopenhauers genius observation outlines.
Lenzener then, failed to highlight the huge gulf that exists, between simply not being aware of certain information, and knowing that same information, but consciously choosing to ignore it.
The latter of course, is the true definition of ignorance … or “ignore-ance” as some more accurately prefer to call it!
Lenzener’s subtle, if unspoken inference then, went something along these lines:
“Oh if only Dimon, Blankfein, and the other bankers, had known about the advice of Adams and Acton, then, they would surely simply have emulated them, and all this nasty business could have been avoided”!
Sorry, but that just doesn’t fly, and is dangerously deceptive at best.
No, men like Dimon and Blankfein are more aware of their crimes than writers like Lenzener even give them credit for. In truth they are the inheritors of the legacy, left behind by men just like themselves, who despised men like Adams and Acton, and they accurately recognise them as enemies of the de facto Global Banking Super State.
Many will be familiar with the outspoken words of the 2nd President of the United States, John Adams, and we will for sure, examine some of his words in later parts of this discussion.
But, most are probably less familiar with the words of Lord Acton.
But if anything, Lord Acton’s words are even more pointed, and even more prophetic and pertinent, than those of Adams.
Just to provide some very brief context and background though. Lord Acton lived in the 19th century, and was a trusted advisor to William Gladstone, the only man ever to have served four separate terms as Prime Minister of Britain.
Now entire websites have been dedicated to preserving the memory and works of Lord Acton, but perhaps social commentator of the time, Matthew Arnold, said it best. He clearly could see the towering stature and influence of Lord Acton at that time.
He wrote this :
“Gladstone influences all round him but Acton; it is Acton who influences Gladstone.”
Praise indeed, and in truth, no less than the man deserved. He really was an absolute giant in many ways, and even the briefest of overviews of some of Lord Acton’s famous quotations, is enough to grasp why Gladstone rated him so highly, whey he held him in such high esteem, and why he actively sought out his opinions and insights.
Acton was at one point, an MP himself, and his obvious intellect, along with his influence over men of the calibre of Gladstone and others, really ought to have singled him out for high office.
But there was a problem.
The Encyclopedia Britannica probably does the best job of highlighting just what that “problem” was.
It was partly his conscience.
“Lord Acton … his very learning seems to have stood in his way; he knew too much, and his literary conscience was too acute for him to write easily … but he was one of the most deeply learned men of his time, and he will certainly be remembered for his influence on others.”
Few if any writers then, have ever more succinctly put their intellectual finger on the one causal factor, common to all wars since, and including, the Napoleonic Wars.
And yet, even after all this time, the clandestine and absolute control that Central Banks exert over national politics, shows no signs of abating.
Governments will come and go, and even World Reserve Currencies like the dollar even, have finite “shelf lives”, and will pass. But it seems, the “cloaking device” that banking control uses, to mask its own very existence almost, is a staggering, if Machiavellian achievement.
The result then, is that Lord Acton’s words are still ringing, unfulfilled in our ears. All these years later, they are still tormenting and calling humanity to wake up, get off their knees, and face up to the one issue, that makes all others pale into comparative insignificance.
And that is :
“The issue which has swept down the centuries, and which will have to be fought sooner or later, is the People versus the Banks.”
P.S. This introductory article will have added to in the days ahead. Follow up articles, which will look more closely at many of the characters, the turning points, and the flash points, in the ongoing skirmishes between the People and the Banks.
Time alone will tell, just how long it will take before collective human consciousness awakens sufficiently to have the final showdown that Lord Acton hinted at, but, rest assured, that we are not alone, and the cause is not lost.
Great men of the past, possessed of clear minds and laser-like insight, have already shown us the way, and it is their courage, in the face of huge adversity, that still stands as an inspiration to us all.