Yeah right, Really I think the time has come to unplug. The powers to be have control.
(Set to fullscreen and use headphones) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OG2eGVt6v2o&feature=related
After reading this, seems to me, the US is under a form of martial law
Our currency, that is in hell, Fiat be thy name.
Your bullion run, Your paper done, On earth is precious metals.
Give us sound money, like gold & silver & and forgive us our debts, as we shall forgiven our debtors.
lead us not ETF temptation, But deliver us physical.
For gold & silver is money & a storage of wealth For thousands of years, Amen.
Capitalism without failure (bailouts) is like religion without hell. It don’t work that way!
A perfect analogy…The picture brilliantly sums up the direction chosen by
the so-called elite of humanity.
Money has become the religion of the West
Money is the god of our times
Heinrich Heine said that money is the god of our times, and that Rothschild is his prophet. This observation is even more valid today because the West is promoting Mammon as a religion. This religion is called Capitalism and is promoted as being good. Opponents of Mammon are often vilified and called lazy, socialists or people that hate freedom. There are theological disputes within the religion of Mammon. Most believers worship central bankers while others think that gold or economic cycles will bring salvation.
At least all believers share the idea that money should dominate our lives. Matt Taibbi identified greed as a religion. At the centre of the religion of Mammon or Capitalism lies self-interest and individualism and the segregation of ethical principles from economic affairs. A consequence is that moral issues often play an insignificant role in business and the market driven perception of reality creates a situation in which truth and honesty have become inconveniences.
The first known use of credit was found in Babylon and perfected by the priests of Baal. The concept of usury was invented at that time. A borrower will often find it difficult to repay his debts with interest and so he will become a servant to the lender. The problem is, and always has been, that money supply is finite, while compound interest is theoretically infinite. Little has changed since then as today’s high priests of finance are the world’s central banks sitting in their temples of Mammon, the modern progeny of the money-lending priests of Baal [+].
Protestant ethics have played a significant role in establishing Capitalism. The German sociologist and economist Max Weber wrote an influential book The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism about the link between the protestant ethic and Capitalism. He presented the Protestant ethic as a disposition leading toward Capitalist modernity. Weber found that in the Protestant religions an individual was religiously compelled to follow a secular vocation with as much zeal as possible. A person living according to this world view was more likely to accumulate money.
Weber defined spirit of Capitalism as the ideas and esprit that favour the rational pursuit of economic gain. The rationalisation is partially a product of the fact that Luther and his religious descendants read the Old Testament and New with equal weight. Consequently they gave a greater influence to Jewish thought. The most vital feature of the spirit of Capitalism is that it gave economising a high moral significance. The individual engages in capitalistic economising not only to make a living, but in the expectation that such activity would test his inner resources and thus affirm his moral worth.
The Protestant religions effectively forbade wastefully using hard earned money and identified the purchase of luxuries as a sin. According to Weber, the donation of money to the poor or to charities was generally frowned on as it was seen as furthering beggary. Jesus taught that people should use their talents, be rewarded for using them and punished for not using them (Mat. 25:14-29, Luke 19:11-26). Talents were money and in this way making money could evolve into a religious moral imperative. The paupers were perceived as lazy, burdening their fellow man, and an affront to God. The parable of the talents indicates that Jesus did not condemn charging interest.
Many poor people are not lazy and compassion is a normal human emotion. Capitalism has the tendency to dehumanise people by eroding compassion. On average wealthy people are less compassionate. This is not only a problem for Christians and Jews. Islam teaches moderation and giving money to the poor. However when the UN announced that at least $ 1.8 billion was needed to feed the people in East Africa, a Malaysian businessman bought a luxury yacht for $ 5 million. Around the same time Saudi Arabia announced the building of a new Tower of Babel of over one kilometre in height, that is planned to cost $ 1 billion.
Freedom from responsibility
Wealthy people on average are less compassionate while economic freedom is often perceived as a freedom from responsibility and commitment to a society. It may therefore not be a coincidence that psychopaths are over represented on Wall Street and in boards of multinational corporations . The economist Milton Friedman strongly opposed the idea that corporations have a social responsibility. In his work Capitalism and Freedom he wrote:
The view has been gaining widespread acceptance that corporate officials have a “social responsibility” that goes beyond serving the interests of their stockholders or their members. This view shows a fundamental misconception of the character and nature of a free economy. In such an economy, there is one and only one social responsibility of business – to use its resources and engage in activities designed to increase its profits so long as it stays within the rules of the game … Few trends could so thoroughly undermine the very foundations of our free society as the acceptance by corporate officials of a social responsibility other than to make as much money for their stockholders as possible.
The consequence of the position of Milton Friedman is that whenever there is a profit in killing people, corporations have a moral obligation to do so. If it is against the law to kill people, corporations have a moral obligation to bribe politicians into changing the law. Nothing should get in the way of a good profit. This is Capitalism in its purest form. We see it everywhere around us: the destruction of nature, the wars for the benefit of the military industrial complex, speculation in food leaving the poorest prone to famine, the selling of deadly pharmaceuticals and the assassination of leaders that do not generate enough profits for the oligarchy. It is the ultimate result of markets being amoral and traders having stretched their moral values to maximise profits.
Capitalists consider greed to be virtue, and this eroded moral values and religion. Some television evangelists are greedy worshipers of Mammon, like many members of Congress and the Senate. They enrich themselves using insider knowledge. Congress even held hearings on whether to ban Members of Congress from illegal like insider trading [+]. The West is not the only place where religious display goes together with hypocrisy. In Saudi Arabia eight million foreign workers, mostly from Asian and African countries, work as slaves. According to a report from Human Rights Watch they face bad working conditions and exploitation.
@Fine999 Is that based on the old “Our Father” prayer? I haven’t been to a Catholic mass since…oh wait…I am forgetting all the recent funerals and weddings.
I agree with the article and all the comments. Perfectly sums up the times we live in. But the title should be changed to “Crony capitalism”; I thought Mr Keynes had been grossly misinterpreted by the neo-classical bullcrappers?; and the man’s true name is Milton Fraudman. The hack of all hacks 🙂
PS Ah, I have just realised that “21st Century Capitalism” is a euphemism for “crony capitalism”. Pardonne-moi!!!!
Consider the decline of religion. Brands help fill the void in defining one’s (group) identity and values. Going to an Apple Store is as close as many people get to church.
11. Religion is a lie. Fiat is a lie.
Apoc, because you so love me repeating myself, lol.
Greed and profit are the life and religion of the Ferengi.
They have 300 laws that address situations.
If you notice in the pictures of Timmay G and Helo Ben, ect they are starting to morph into there future kin.
love and gratitude
Oops and this one looks like Obam without his makeup, lol
I prefer the original series. The rest of them are just cheap copies.