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Why Spending Cuts are another variation of “institutionalised white collar crime”

Economist James K Galbraith gave a presentation to the Senate Judiciary Committee in which he speaks of “financial fraud” as the cause for the “crisis”.

But that’s not enough:

  • Central Bankers create “currency” as “public debt” from thin air, charge interest to the Government (in the UK as much as the military budget) and call it “quantitative easing
  • Bankers create “credit” from thin air, charge interest for their sort of “money” and get bailed out by Government
  • The Treasury prints notes and mints coin, as Cash, free of interest, but still believes it has to “borrow” money from the Bank of England

Enter we, the taxpayers:

  • we believe that the Government runs the economy, when, in fact, their budget represents maybe around 40% of the whole money supply
  • we believe that the Bank of England supervises banks and does it for the benefit of the country, when, in fact, it works for the benefits of its shareholders, like all other central banks

And what about taxes?

Before the creation of the Bank of England in 1694, monarchs created money and demanded taxes. However, the first “national debt” consisted of £1.2 million at 8% for the King to fight a war with France.

This pattern continued such that more and more Credit was issued as “money”, while the need for Cash was more and more reduced:

  • since WWII 47% Cash went down to 3% Cash

So the Government colludes in the central bankers’ game of ruling the world with currencies (and the loss of their value) and credit money (and the loss of its value), while the real economy, with its real values is exploited and oppressed.

In theory, neither taxes nor spending cuts are necessary.

In practice, it seems to depend on who influences whom with what kind of knowledge and understanding or beliefs and myths…

In our efforts to stage a Public Inquiry into White Collar Crime, we need to include the creation of “money” as the ultimate institutionalised white collar crime… But who cares???

Justice for All are campaigning against spending cuts regarding legal advice. Maybe they’ll realise where spending cuts fit into the larger picture of creating “credit” from thin air and calling it “money”…

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Quantitative Easing: the BoE explains and I comment

Quantitative easing explained the American way on a 6-minute video.

First, I contributed to quantitave easing on Wikipedia.

Now, Ask the Deputy Governor offers the following 16 questions addressed to the Bank of England with their answers.

Aware of the Bank of England Act 1694, I comment not as an economist, but from the perspective of a mathematician, systems analyst and software diagnostician, formerly at CERN, looking at “money” and its purpose:

1. Given inflation has only just fallen below the Government’s 2% target, why is the Bank of England adopting such a large unconventional policy measure?
The effects of monetary policy on prices and real activity only come through after long and somewhat variable lags.

Comment: 2% inflation of consumer prices is only possible when measuring inflation extremely short-term. The Office of National Statistics keeps writing about annual inflation, while also gathering monthly data.

Inflation as “price inflation” is only one aspect. The real inflation is the supply of money as currency for the nation as a whole, which should be called “monetary inflation”.

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My email to letters.editor@ft.com

Sir,

Regarding your letter and comment Common sense and history both suggest a pause in QE and Essential to keep QE available, I am writing as the Organiser of the Forum for Stable Currencies which has been presenting meetings at the House of Lords and Commons since 1998. See our archive site.

I am also writing as a mathematician and systems analyst formerly at CERN, i.e. I have analysed not only the statistics of the Bank of England but also what “money” is and how it is created. Hence I cannot concur with Quantitative easing explained by the FT.

On Money as Debt also Known as Credit, I have published “Quantitative easing” to camouflage “printing credit” which is possibly the best explanation of what QE really is:

  • The printing of “money as Credit” by the Bank of England or any other central bank.

The reason why QE can’t work is obvious to me:

  • if the Treasury were to supply money, it would be free of interest (M0); therefore “printing money” would work
  • “printing Credit” (M4) can’t work
    • 97% of the money supply consists of Credit
    • nobody creates the interest necessary to pay for Credit
  • the Credit share in the total money supply is increased yet more
    • the Cash : Credit ratio gets worse and worse.

Unfortunately, policy seems to be determined by the City and not by Westminster, i.e. the Bank of England and other central banks determine what happens to the global economy. For an excellent overview, you may want to view The Global Financial Crisis by professor of economics Michel Chossudovsky.

Should you be interested in reading more about “economics from a system analytical perspective”, here are a few of my links re quantitative easing:

Since April I am looking after my mum “left of Berlin”. Thus I am now publishing in German what I learned in Westminster: www.NationaleSchulden.eu

Sighingly yours,

Sabine

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Common sense and history both suggest a pause in QE

QE means Quantitative Easing. It means Central Banks printing money. But their kind of money is Credit Money, i.e. somebody receives interest payments, and taxpayers pay via the Government’s share in the budget of “public debt interest payments”.

This letter in the FT prompted me to spell it out, once again:

When Governments print money, it’s “Cash Money” which is not only free of interest, but also gives them seigniorage as income.

However, creating money electronically out of thin air would not justify seignorage. But why do Governments hand their power of creating money over to their Central Banks?

Your guess about politicians and central bankers is as good as mine…

My response to Mr George Taferner is this:

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Four ways of “net credit creation”

Professor Richard A. Werner is a professor of economics at the University of Southampton. His letter to the FT explains that he coined the term “quantitative easing” and its true meaning: four ways of creating credit:

  1. increasing BANK credit
  2. increasing TRADE credit
  3. increasing CENTRAL BANK credit
  4. increasing credit created by the GOVERNMENT.

We’ve been advocating the last as “public credit for public purposes” through “Early Day Motions” since 2002.

Green Credit for Green Purposes was a submission to the Treasury Select Committee in response to the Stern enquiry.

Quantitative easing for investors abroad

This article in the Independent is entitled “Bailout money is flowing abroad”. It illustrates how journalists don’t analyse deeply enough and how language has always been used by the bankers and central bankers to make it sound acceptable what they are doing.

For the money that the Bank of England has been “printing” by “quantitative easing” has not been created in the same way as the “bailout money” that the Treasury provided.

By buying government bonds, the Bank of England has bought yet more control over the state. As H M Government, it feels powerless to create money, because its individuals have been ‘bought’, each in their own way, by ‘higher powers’, so that, gradually, the wrong institutions perform and follow the wrong procedures, e.g. the Debt Management Office and the FSA.

Their Majesties’ subjects were meant not to be oppressed by the Corporation, as the Bank of England Act 1694 says.

But Her Majesty’s Senior Correspondence Officer passes my letters to No. 10 where Mr. S. Caine passes them to the Treasury from where I don’t get an answer…

For those who can recognize it, the trend towards more and more concentration of controlling by money, is becoming more and more apparent. But let us trust that the connectivity of the web and between people with good intentions will help us!

Will quantitative easing solve the recession?

What’s so great about growth-inducing ‘quantitative easing’?

As described by Prof. David Korten ‘unbridled growth in an economy is analogous to cancer’.

In ‘Life After Capitalism’ he says: ‘Think of capitalism as a defective genetic coding in our economic system that causes individual enterprises to seek their own unlimited growth without regard to the consequences for society.’

Applying that analysis to the advocacy of ‘quantitative easing’ would suggest that the so-called ‘solution’ will create more problems than it will solve.

Wouldn’t ‘qualitative easing’ be superior?

Sincerely,

David J. Weston, Stranraer, Scotland

David runs an excellent list service. His comment reminds me about my frustration with the obfuscation of the term.

But note that the Bank of England buys Government bonds with ‘quantitative easing’. Why on earth doesn’t the Government ‘print money’ and SPEND it to reduce unemployment?

The Bank of England can only play ‘money games’. It cannot put money to constructive use.