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19) Economic Meltdown


As far as I can see, all of the war and conflict in the world today (post original cold war and world wars) is as a result of Indoctrination or financial mismanagement or ambition. This is turn leads to political manipulation and a mad grab to sustain (an unsustainable) Orwellian political model driven, of course, by an unsustainable economic policy stemming from unregulated capitalism. 

What do I mean?  It's mostly in previous posts. With most westerners hazy on the boundaries separating capitalism, democracy, socialism and government regulation it tough to discuss one without invoking the other.

Unregulated financial services policies facilitated by a government that is happy to regulate other aspects of public life created a financial crises of unprecedented criminality in 2008.  Most of the criminals remain unprosecuted today and no real investigation has transpired to expose more than a few fall-guys.

INSIDE JOB  won the Academy Award in 2010 for best picture in the documentary category and should be compulsory viewing for every potential college graduate currently studying at Harvard or any other institution teaching the benefits of unregulated financial services practices.

Meanwhile the University of Western Sydney has in my opinion one of the most interesting economists around In Professor Steve Keen, check out some of his stuff on YouTube.


The numbers that you are about to see are likely to shock you.  They prove that the global financial Ponzi scheme is far more extensive than most people would ever dare to imagine.

When Americans think about the financial crisis that we are facing, the largest number that they usually can think of is the size of the U.S. national debt.  And at over 17 trillion dollars, it truly is massive.  But it is actually the 2nd-smallest number on the list below.  The following are 12 numbers about the global financial Ponzi scheme that should be burned into your brain…

  • ·         -$1,280,000,000,000 - Most people are really surprised when they hear this number.  Right now, there is only 1.28 trillion dollars’ worth of U.S. currency floating around out there.
  • ·         -$17,555,165,805,212.27 - This is the size of the U.S. national debt.  It has grown by more than 10 trillion dollars over the past ten years.
  • ·         -$32,000,000,000,000 - This is the total amount of money that the global elite have stashed in offshore banks (that we know about).
  • ·         -$48,611,684,000,000 - This is the total exposure that Goldman Sachs has to derivatives contracts.
  • ·         -$59,398,590,000,000 - This is the total amount of debt (government, corporate, consumer, etc.) in the U.S. financial system.  40 years ago, this number was just a little bit above 2 trillion dollars.
  • ·         -$70,088,625,000,000 - This is the total exposure that JPMorgan Chase has to derivatives contracts.
  • ·         -$71,830,000,000,000 - This is the approximate size of the GDP of the entire world.
  • ·         -$75,000,000,000,000 - This is approximately the total exposure that German banking giant Deutsche Bank has to derivatives contracts.
  • ·         -$100,000,000,000,000 - This is the total amount of government debt in the entire world.  This amount has grown by $30 trillion just since mid-2007.
  • ·         -$223,300,000,000,000 - This is the approximate size of the total amount of debt in the entire world.
  • ·         -$236,637,271,000,000 - According to the U.S. government, this is the total exposure that the top 25 banks in the United States have to derivatives contracts.  But those banks only have total assets of about 9.4 trillion dollars combined.  In other words, the exposure of our largest banks to derivatives outweighs their total assets by a ratio of about 25 to 1.
  • ·         -$710,000,000,000,000 to $1,500,000,000,000,000 - The estimates of the total notional value of all global derivatives contracts generally fall within this range.  At the high end of the range, the ratio of derivatives exposure to global GDP is about 21 to 1.

Most people tend to assume that the “authorities” have fixed whatever caused the financial world to almost end back in 2008, but that is not the case at all.
In fact, the total amount of government debt around the globe has grown by about 40 percent since then, and the “too big to fail banks” have collectively gotten 37 percent larger since then.
 Our “authorities” didn’t fix anything.  All they did was reinflate the bubble and kick the can down the road for a little while.
I don’t know how anyone can take an honest look at the numbers and not come to the conclusion that this is completely and totally unsustainable.

How much debt can the global financial system take before it utterly collapses?

How recklessly can the big banks behave before the house of cards that they have constructed implodes underneath them?

For the moment, everything seems fine.  Stock markets around the world have been setting record highs and credit is flowing like wine.

But at some point a day of reckoning is coming, and when it arrives it is going to be the most painful financial crisis the world has ever seen.

If you plan on getting ready before it strikes, now is the time to do so.

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