Paper Money & Paper Tigers
Darryl Robert Schoon
Jun 17, 2008
The last shall be first
and the first shall be last - Jesus of Nazareth
Nobel Laureate Buckminster
Fuller's introduction to his Critical Path is titled,
Twilight of the World's Power Structures. Published
in 1981, Fuller's book predicted the end of the world's power
structures during a process where humanity would undergo a
crisis of unprecedented proportions.
In 1991, the Soviet Union and
communism collapsed and now with the severe contraction in credit
markets, capitalism is in similarly deep trouble; and. Fuller's
1981 prediction about the demise of the world's power structures
certainly cannot be good news for those who attended the 56th
Bilderberg meeting held June 5-8 in Chantilly, VA.
The Bilderberger are believed
by many to be the world's ruling elite, those who determine the
world's direction - at least the western world's, as attendees
are overwhelmingly from Europe and the US (Europe 2:1 US).
In truth, however, the majority
of attendees at the Bilderberger meetings are not the ruling
elites but their minions - the well paid servants of money and
power who toil 24/7 on their behalf, the bankers and corporate
CEOs who shepherd the collective wealth of their masters, thereby
gaining position and power for themselves in the process.
This fact, however, should
not take away from their considerable influence in today's world.
That world, however, is today in a highly precarious state; for,
if Fuller's prediction is true, the Bilderberger's world is now
about to collapse.
MARSHALL THURBER'S CHECKERBOARD GAME
Marshall Thurber who was a
close friend of Buckminster Fuller recently unveiled his new
Checkerboard Game at the Positive Deviant Network (the
PDN www.posdev.net ). A
gamesmeister whose Blocks Game (which literally
"melts" the right/left brain into a unified state)
is the foundation of his long-running Money & You seminar
(now taught internationally including China), Thurber's new Checkerboard
Game reveals the dynamics behind the formation of financial
and power elites.
The setting itself was rather
extraordinary. The Positive Deviant Network was in Dunkirk NY
to view one of four prisons where PDN member Dr. Cherie Clark
(who received her PhD based on her study of Buckminster Fuller's
principles of Synergistics) co-heads Shock Incarceration
[pdf] a course based on Buckminster Fuller's principles,
the 12 step addiction program and superlearning techniques (80%
of Shock Incarceration graduates starting with an average
of 5th grade education receive their GEDs (high-school equivalency)
in 6 months with 12 hours of classroom time per week).
Where the average prison program
lasts only 2-3 years, Shock Incarceration is now in
its 21st year after having successfully graduated 37,000 inmates,
significantly lowered New York State's recidivism rates, saved
the state of New York over $1 billion dollars and transformed
countless lives in the process (Dr. Clark is also the president
of Doing Life International, http://www.doinglife.com/company.html).
The connection between The
Checkerboard Game and Shock Incarceration was obvious.
The creation of financial elites such as the Bilderbergers creates
a world where elites continue to coalesce financial and political
power at the expense of others. The rich get richer and the poor
now go to prison. The Checkerboard Game and Shock
Incarceration reflect that simple but increasingly ubiquitous
If you have the chance to play
The Checkerboard Game you should do so. And if you're
ever incarcerated by the state of New York and have a chance
to take Shock Incarceration (the US is now the world's
#1 jailor so your odds are increasing) the same advice holds.
Buckminster Fuller's influence in both is obvious.
THE BILDERBERGERS & THE PAPER
A fortune composed
of paper is like a house built on sand
At the very same time the Positive
Deviant Network was meeting in northern New York in early June,
the Bilderbergers were meeting in northern Virginia; and, while
the PDN was looking at ways to alleviate the problems of the
powerless, the Bilderbergers were looking at ways to extend the
power of the already powerful.
In attendance at the Bilderberg
meeting were Ben Bernanke, the Chairman of the Federal Reserve
System, Henry Paulson, the US Secretary of the Treasury, Timothy
Geither, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of New
York, Jean-Claude Trichet, President of the European Central
Bank, and Robert Zoellick, President of the World Bank.
It is no coincidence that so
many high ranking "public servants" were openly attending
a private meeting of the western world's financial elites. Public
servants in name only, public bankers are the handmaidens of
the private elites, and in so doing serve their own interests
It is also no coincidence that
bankers play such a prominent role in the affairs of the Bilderbergers,
the western power elite. Prior to the introduction of the bankers'
debt-based money in England in 1694, the east and the west were
"separate but equal". The bankers, however, were to
significantly change that dynamic.
After central banking was introduced
by the Bank of England, the relationship between the east and
west shifted dramatically. England in its Faustian pact with
the bankers was able to fund its navy and military with debt-based
money and in a version of national gang violence, sic
imperialism, imposed its will on much of the world.
The 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries
reflected this great shift in power. The 21st century, however,
will not. By the end of the 19th century, England's time as the
preeminent world power had run its course.
In 1870, England's balance
of trade went negative and its Treasury had increasing difficulty
in paying the enormous bills of the British Navy and the bankers
took careful note of this turn of events.
So, in 1913, the European bankers
extended their operations to the US via the creation of the Federal
Reserve System, the US version of the Bank of England's central
bank. The Federal Reserve System, a consortium of private European
and American banks, would issue the same debt-based money in
America as had the Bank of England in Britain and the bankers
would continue their power and influence in America as they had
in England and Europe.
Now, however, in the 21st century,
America's run at the table of fortune is coming to an end as
did England's one century before. In 1970, America's balance
of trade went negative (as did England's in the 1870s) and again
like England, its military budget would consume more and more
of its national wealth.
In 2008, the world of the Bilderbergers
is now suddenly and unexpectedly threatened. The western power
base built on the foundation of central banking has encountered
an unexpected problem. The debt-based western world of the Bildebergers
has now collided head-on with the savings-based world of the
CAPITALISM IS NOT COMMERCE
THE COIN OF THE REALM BECOMES THE CON OF THE REALM
Capitalism is the description
of the wholesale introduction of credit into the world of commerce.
Prior to the introduction of the Bank of England's debt-based
money, the words "banker" and "capitalism"
did not even exist. The previous description of banking was "money-lending",
an avocation made possible by the charging of interest on the
lending of gold.
The utterly brilliant ascent
of the money-lenders was made possible by their pact with government,
first with King William of England, wherein private bankers would
be allowed to issue public currency on which they could charge
interest just as they had previously with gold - and government
could then spend whatever it wished of the public's money, usually
The advantages are obvious,
at least to the bankers and governments. Over time, however,
the credit based "money" turns into debt on which compounding
interest is levied. In this system, time is the enemy as time
compounds debts as well as the amount of paper money causing
a continual debasing of previously issued currency.
THE MORE PAPER MONEY PRINTED - THE
LESS ITS VALUE
The ultimate seduction of credit
lies in its ability to deceive the debtor into believing that
it is real money he or she has. It is not. Credit and debt are
two sides of the same coin, albeit a coin of highly dubious origin.
The two-sided coin of credit
and debt was substituted for gold and silver in an arrangement
that served bankers and government, not producers and savers;
and, much to the chagrin of the Bilderbergers and their bankers,
the rest of the world, sic producers and savers, are
now beginning to catch on to this increasingly obvious truth.
The recent rapid rise in the
price of oil is a reflection of the intention of oil producers
to no longer automatically trade their limited supply of oil
for an unlimited and continually devaluing supply of paper money.
The current volatility in
the price of gold and silver is a reflection of the death throes
of the Bilderberger's regime of paper money. No paper money system
has ever lasted, all have ended in failure and disaster and this
present system will end the same way - no matter what efforts
are exerted on the behalf of paper money.
IT'S YOUR CHOICE - PAPER, GOLD, OR
It was the bankers of the west
that invented this game of charades where credit and debt masquerade
as money. It is a charade that has lasted three hundred years.
All games end, however, and this game is ending now, gratis
of the universe whose intelligent hand Buckminster Fuller saw
everywhere, even in our mistakes.
Bucky maintained that mistakes
are an integral part of learning (see Fuller's Mistake Mystique,
[pdf] Fuller maintained that the universe evolves by mistakes,
learning ever more as it does so - and that includes mankind
- no matter how dissociated our minds think we are from the originating
phenomena of life.
In early June, as we in the
Positive Deviant Network walked through Lakeview Prison in Dunkirk,
NY, we saw a slogan prominently painted on a wall. In that prison,
especially, its truth was obvious:
LEARNING IS HAPPENING
And, so it is. It is a lesson
the bankers and the Bilderbergers will soon understand.
POWER IS NO MORE CONTROL THAN CREDIT
Note I: blog: http://www.posdev.net/pdn/index.php?option=com_myblog&blogger=drs&Itemid=81
Note II: I will be speaking at Professor Antal
E. Fekete's Session IV of Gold Standard University Live (GSUL)
July 3-6, 2008 in Szombathely, Hungary. If you are interested
in monetary matters and gold, the opportunity to hear Professor
Fekete should not be missed. A perusal of Professor Fekete's
topics may convince you to attend (see http://www.professorfekete.com/gsul.asp).
Professor Fekete, in my opinion, is a giant in a time of small
Darryl Robert Schoon
About Darryl Robert
I majored in political science with a focus on East Asia (B.A.
University of California at Davis, 1966). My in-depth study of
economics did not occur until much later.
In the 1990s,
I became curious about the Great Depression and in the course
of my study, I realized that most of my preconceptions about money
and the economy were just that - preconceptions. I, like most
others, did not really understand the nature of money and the
economy. Now, I have some insights and answers about these critical
In October 2005,
Marshall Thurber, a close friend from law school convened The
Positive Deviant Network (the PDN), a group of individuals whom
Marshall believed to be "out-of-the-box" thinkers and
I was asked to join. The PDN became a major catalyst in my writings
on economic issues.
When I discovered
others in the PDN shared my concerns about the US economy, I began
writing down my thoughts. In March 2007 I presented my findings
to the Positive Deviant Network in the form of an in-depth 148-page
analysis, "How to Survive the Crisis
and Prosper In The Process."
to my presentation, though controversial, generated a significant
amount of interest; and in May 2007, "How To Survive The
Crisis And Prosper In The Process" was made available at
www.survivethecrisis.com and I began writing
articles on economic issues.
in the book and my writings has been gratifying. During its first
two months, www.survivethecrisis.com was accessed by over 10,000
viewers from 93 countries. Clearly, we had struck a chord and
www.drschoon.com, has been created to
address this interest.