This piece is the 2nd in a spiritual series aimed at demystifying the U.S. government’s military-industrial complex. This series started with The Elephant in the Room.
“…the American Revolution was a direct resistance and repudiation of an aristocratic system….everyone who is not a member of the aristocracy has the same human potential. That’s the spiritual perspective. The whole idea of establishing a democracy was that we would…..we will create a society in which everyone can spread their wings as far as possible. That is the exceptionalism at the core of the American idea…. America, in this journey, has tended over time to self-correct, but the journey continues….and what has happened now is that we have subconsciously regressed to a condition of aristocracy…” – Marianne Williamson
Enlightenment is all about taking action. First, on a personal level. This is a process of facing down our particular demons and remembering our own inherent power – a humble strength born out of turning away from the outer world’s dictates and trusting the inner guidance of our Souls, our Higher Selves, and the spiritual realm.
There is a second step to enlightenment: taking action out in the world.
This is the step where this article is born. Each of us is here, right now, because we have what it takes to handle the issues of this day and age, and to heal them.
In the U.S. right now, we’ve got many issues of this day and age. Two very prominent ones are financial elitism and terrorism. Corporate greed makes headlines alongside San Bernardino’s killings. The Fight for $15 movement for Americans to earn a living wage is front and center in the news beside the increased ISIS attacks that have many trembling with fear.
Overriding these issues is a feeling in this country that we citizens have lost control of our government. That its members are increasingly focused on their own self-promotion rather than on We the People. We aren’t even privy to all the arms of our own government anymore, or all their actions. Two examples of this are secret “security” agencies that have sprouted up within our government and a media that’s been largely prevented from reporting from the front lines of war since Vietnam. We feel left out of the loop.
This article aims to present the case that We the People can kill all these birds with one stone, so to speak. More accurately, we can clip their wings so they can no longer get very far off the ground.
Our Military and Corporate Alliance’s Not-So-Enlightened Gold-Digging Guest
To understand what the so-called complexity is in the military-industrial complex, we need to go back to its beginnings. Like the birth of any new baby, the complex, as I’ll call it, appeared rather lovely when it first came into this world. It was also not fully developed. This is probably why most of us failed to recognize its origins.
Under normal circumstances, our military and corporations working together falls solidly in the category of “good”. Yet since 1913, there’s been an intruder in the ranks of this cooperative venture, one that has taken the focus off solutions and put it solely onto profits. Elitist profits.
The sad truth is that we invited this intruder in. We did this because we were convinced by it that the least of our people would be boosted up by it’s creation. It was understandable that We the People believed this. Here is a 1914 quote by its Comptroller of Currency John Skelton Williams outlining this intruder’s purpose:
“...under the operation of this law such financial and commercial crises, or ‘panics’,as this country experienced in 1873, in 1893, and again in 1907…seem to be mathematically impossible….Under the provisions of the new law the failure of efficiently and honestly managed banks is practically impossible….”¹ (emphasis added)
The intruder in question is the Federal Reserve Act, which created the Federal Reserve Bank. This group of central private banks, whose owners are “managed” by government appointees, control all the money supply in our country.²
Given its stated intent, it is both reasonable that people in 1913 thought that The Federal Reserve Act was a good idea and difficult nowadays not to eye roll at how abysmally it has failed in its purpose.
Or has it?
Actions Speak Louder Than Words
To determine the real purpose of the Federal Reserve Act, we need to take a look at the actions surrounding its inception and its early days.
Not So Fun Facts About the Fed
- The establishment of the Federal Reserve Act’s content happened in secret meetings. There was no publicized debate. Instead representatives of top bankers and government officials Morgan, Rothschild, Rockefeller, President Taft, Kuhn, and Loeb met on the ironically named Jekyll Island to hash out the details of the law, telling the press it was a duck-hunting trip.³ Apparently, the U.S. population were their sitting ducks. Secrecy is always a bad sign because it is the complete antithesis of rule “by the people, for the people.” This was the first indication that all was not right in Kansas.
- The U.S. didn’t actually have the money to fund our involvement in WWI, so Federal Reserve Bank simply printed – AKA counterfeited – whatever amount we were short. Turns out, what we were short was 23% of the $33 billion spent on the war, or $7.59 billion of printed money.4 This caused us to suffer a recession5 immediately after the war because of the inflation caused by the Fed printing money out of thin air. What’s more, because of the interest on the billions in loans they’d given the allies before the war, all the bankers in question came out of WWI richer than ever.6 The U.S. lost 116,516 service members worldwide during the war7..
- In 1937, during the worst of The Great Depression, the Federal Reserve Bank built itself the palatial Federal Reserve Building. Having failed abysmally at its stated purpose of making mathematically impossible any financial crises, it seems the Board of Governor’s would be looking at their pink slips rather than at a work space fit for kings. This lavish building was another clue that perhaps the actual purpose of the Fed was quite different from that which Comptroller Williams had stated it to be. After all, one does not build a bigger and better work space to celebrate a failure, but instead a job well done. Because the Federal Reserve Board governor recommended the creation of the Reconstruction Finance Committee8, big bankers got taxpayer-funded bailouts in the Great Depression.9 I guess job well done.
Given the Federal Reserve Bank’s establishment by a group of bankers that have grown criminally rich off their ability to freely print money and lend it out, along with their stark failure of their stated purposes of keeping this country out of recessions while making it nearly impossible for properly managed banks to fail, it wouldn’t be too far-fetched to say that those bankers hid their initial meetings at Jekyll Island from the public because their actual purpose for creating the Federal Reserve was to get richer.
At some point, our media, and our politicians, and our political pundits, and the Fed itself began convincing us that it was all much more complicated than this. Know this: it is in their best interest to do this. Because if We the People truly were able to focus on the simple solution, the funding for most of these people would dry up. The Fed would be shut down, politicians would have to go back to relying on their skills rather than on special interests to fuel their campaigns – and on more diplomatic solutions as their default response to crises – and political pundits along with the media would lose credibility as “knowledgeable” because We the People would have figured all this out for ourselves.
So let’s figure it out.
Money – Meet Morals
In the upcoming articles in this series, we’ll further explore the Fed’s actions in order to solidify the case against it as the primary enabler of greed rather than the protector of our country’s financial interests and military successes, and we’ll discuss viable spiritual and practical solutions for putting monetary power back in the hands of We the People.
Check out our next article in the series: Demystifying the Military-Industrial Complex: News Clues!
¹Elgin Groseclose, America’s Money Machine: The Story of the Federal Reserve (Westport, CT: Arlington House, 1966) pgs 85-86
²”How Does the Federal Reserve board determine how much currency to order each year?” FederalReserve.Gov. Board of Governor’s of the Federal Reserve System, 14 Dec. 2014. Web.
³Ron Paul, End the Fed (New York, NY: Grand Central Publishing, 2009) pgs 21-22
4Ibid., page 66
5 Ibid., pgs 27 and 66
6Gjohnsit. “How Wall Street Bankers Got the U.S. into WWI.”DailyKos.com. Markos “kos” Moulitsas, 29 June 2014. Web.
7Department of Veteran’s Affairs. “America’s Wars.” VA.gov. Office of Public Affairs, 1 May 2015. Web.
8Gou, Michael, Gary Richardson, Alejandro Komai, and Daniel Park. “Banking Acts of 1932.” Federalreservehistory.org. The Federal Reserve Board of Governors and the 12 Reserve Banks, 22 Nov. 2013. Web.
9Folsom, Burton W. “The First Government Bailouts: The Story of the RFC.” Fee.org. Fee Board of Trustees, 30 Nov. 2011. Web.