Monthly Archives: December 2013

The Fat Lady is Singing

“The powers of financial capitalism had a far-reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole.  This system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements arrived at in frequent meetings and conferences.  The apex of the systems was to be the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland, a private bank owned and controlled by the world’s central banks which were themselves private corporations.  Each central bank…sought to dominate its government by its ability to control Treasury loans, to manipulate foreign exchanges, to influence the level of economic activity in the country, and to influence cooperative politicians by subsequent economic rewards in the business world.” Tragedy and Hope, by Carroll Quigley, 1966
 
Nearly 2,400 years ago, Aristotle wrote one of the defining works of political Fat lady Singsphilosophy in a book entitled Politics.  It’s still relevant today, particularly what he writes about tyranny.  The ancient Greeks used the word ‘turannos’, which referred to an illegitimate ruler who governs without regard for the law or interests of the people, often through violent and coercive means.

Aristotle attacks tyrants mercilessly in his book, and clearly spells out the criteria which make a leader tyrannical.  You may recognize a few of them:
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The 2013 San Francisco Metals and Minerals Conference

“To buy when others are despondently selling and sell when others are greedily buying requires the greatest fortitude and pays the greatest reward.”   Sir John Templeton As a musician friend of the Eagles, J.D. Souther said, “Time passes, things change.”  Life is a timing thing.  As I’m sure you’re aware, the sons of Bernie Madoff… Continue Reading