- Global Depression grips world economies. Destructive
polices fueled today's crisis. Conditions are fast coming to a head.
- Throwing good money after bad delays decision day at
the price of far greater trouble on arrival. D-Day will shake world economies.
It may, in fact, be months away, perhaps in 2012.
- No one knows for sure, but things that can't go on forever
won't, and when they end, watch out. Ordinary people will be hurt most,
much more than already.
- Perhaps Greece is the canary in the coal mine. The country's
bankrupt. Only its obituary isn't written. Its citizens are being impoverished.
Anger rages in Athens. Revolutionary sentiment may explode any time, sending
shock waves across Europe.
- Trends analyst Gerald Celente says when people lose everything
and have nothing else to lose, they lose it.
- Greek citizens are close to losing it. Others in troubled
countries aren't far behind, including in America where growing thousands
rage against a system destroying their livelihoods and futures.
- Fixing it demands direct action. Focusing on core issues
is key, and knowing bottom-up change only is possible, never the other
way. Entrenched corporate and political interests don't yield.
- Sustained pressure is crucial. Today's struggle is the
mother of them all. Change won't come easily or quickly. Minimally it will
take years to remake what's too corrupted and broken to fix.
- Ripping it down and starting over is essential. American
and Eurozone workers are on their own to do it. They're in for the fight
of their lives. Odds are greatly stacked against them, but the stakes are
too important to back down.
- Money power in private hands must change. People must
get back what's rightfully theirs. America's Constitution mandates it.
Enforcing it is crucial. Doing so makes everything else possible. Without
it, expect failure.
- Over time, financialized economies deter economic prosperity.
America's time is now. So aren't troubled Eurozone countries.
- Responsibly created debt fuels economic growth. Too much
of a good thing causes big trouble.
- In 1934, Atlanta's Federal Reserve Bank credit manager
Robert Hemphill said:
- "We are completely dependent on the commercial Banks.
Someone has to borrow every dollar we have in circulation, cash or credit.
If the Banks create ample synthetic money we are prosperous; if not, we
- Replace the word "commercial" with public,
or combine the two, and Hemphill got it right. Most circulating money originates
through bank loans. Inflation free prosperity is sustainable if debt fuels
real economic growth.
- Casino capitalist excess and out-of-control bad debt
levels are disastrous. The piper awaits his moment to be paid.
- Interviewed on Pacifica Radio's Guns and Butter, Michael
- In recent years, "commercial banks have fueled an
enormous asset-price inflation. The debt they have created imposes an interest
burden that deflates the economy - even while adding to the cost of living
and doing business."
- Financial warfare rages. Governments and central banks
sacrificed economic soundness to save banks. Debt deflation is shrinking
economies. Poisonous bailouts crush them.
- Obama and Eurozone leaders claim recovery depends on
austerity. It hammers workers and stifles productive growth. As a result,
global economies are getting worse, not better. Purchasing power is shrinking.
Layoffs, defaults, foreclosures, and bankruptcies are rising.
- The mother of all train wrecks approaches. When it hits
home full force, it'll be too big to ignore and painful.
- On October 16, the Global Europe Anticipation Bulletin
(GEAB) headlined its latest economic assessment, "Global systemic
crisis - First half of 2012: Decimation of the Western Banks," saying:
- Second half 2011 has global economies heading for "unstoppable....geopolitical
dislocation(s), characterized by the convergence of monetary, financial,
economic, social, political and strategic crises."
- Today's distressed financial environment "will cause
the 'decimation....of Western banks' in the first half of 2012."
- As a result, expect profit "freefall, balance sheets
in disarray, with the disappearance of trillions of (dollar) assets,"
compounded by growing public anger, so now "the scaffold has been
erected" to eliminate 10 - 20% of Western banks.
- GEAB calls what's unfolding "an event of historic
proportions." In 2008 and 2009, tens of thousands of banking jobs
disappeared. Momentum is building for another wave.
- Western banks look like troubled 1970s steel industry
giants. Latter day "ironmasters" consolidated, moved abroad,
- In 2008, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, and Morgan Stanley
became bank holding companies to survive. Big name firms Lehman Bros.,
Bear Stearns, Merrill Lynch and others disappeared or were swallowed in
mergers at fractions of their peak valuations.
- Britain nationalized big banks to save them. Taxpayers
bore the cost. Everything that went around is back and then some once trouble
peaks. GEAB expects "serial bankruptcies" and massive financial
- Progressive Radio News Hour contributor Bob Chapman calls
debt problems "endemic worldwide. We are in a major financial crisis."
Out-of-control debt is the problem. Much of it can't be repaid. More of
it makes things worse. Serious trouble looms.
- "It has been almost 300 years since the financial
collapse of 1720 in England and France, and this episode today has all
the trappings of a replay."
- Daily rumors suggest plans to save Eurozone countries
from crisis. "All are bogus to keep stock and bond markets from collapsing.
There is no way out for Europe nor for the entire financial system."
- No one will admit the system is broken. Sooner than expected
perhaps it'll be too evident to deny. Even with US economic data manipulated
to look better than reality, economist David Rosenberg said America's economy
hit "stall speed" in Q I and Q II, 2011. Q III saw more stagnation,
even contraction, he said.
- Moreover, back-to-back declines in nonfarm business productivity
occurred. Historically it happens 5% of the time around economic cycle
inflection points. It was noticeable in 1981 and 2008.
- Copper prices reflect economic prospects. On October
21, they hit a 2011 low. Since July, the Conference Board's coincident
economic indicator held steady at 103.2 or 103.3. Every economic expansion
ends shortly after it peaks. It reached 107.5 in December 2007. In 2008,
economic conditions crumbled toward collapse.
- In 2000, it peaked at 98.7. Recession began six months
later. In 1990, it peaked at 75.0. Recession began the same month. In 1981,
it peaked at 60.3 at the same time recession began. Since 1960, downturns
coincided with peaks or shortly thereafter.
- Many years of destructive US policies headed America
for day of reckoning inevitability. Recent year excesses hastened its arrival.
- In his article headlined, "The End of History,"
Paul Craig Roberts wonders how Washington will finance its growing empire
given enormous budget deficit constraints. Only money printing provides
it. Inflation inevitably results.
- Based on how calculated decades earlier, economist John
Williams has it at 11.5%. So far, money supply shrinkage, contracting credit,
stagnant wages and declining house prices keep it from surging higher.
- As 2012 approaches, only America's super-rich have prospered.
Others have "been assigned to the trash can," said Roberts.
- "Nothing whatsoever has been done for them since
the financial crisis hit in December 2007." Only America's top 1%
matters. Why else would mad as hell people be raging.
- In the new millennium, political Washington destroyed
rule of law standards, public accountability, and "every moral principle
to achiev(e global) hegemony...."
- At the same time, it showered Wall Street and other corporate
favorites with trillions of handout dollars, wrecking America's economy
in the process.
- Has it also ended America's chance to rule the world,
or will it engineer a last hurrah global war to try?
- With lunatics running the asylum, don't bet they won't,
at the risk of destroying humanity entirely.
- Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at
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