What would you think if you suddenly discovered that everything happening in our country today was the result of a social science experiment? Think about that. Our country as a laboratory. To aid in thinking about this, think of a Las Vegas casino where they use loaded dice, marked cards and rigged slots. As in the movie “The Sting”, the setting is staged and the gamers all have parts to play. You are the mark – the only person in the room who doesn’t know that it’s a con game.
October 19, 1990
The magnitude of the idea is almost too big to comprehend. Who would have power enough to run the game? How about the Federal Reserve? Recently, in my quest to try and figure out what went wrong in our country, I came upon a program put on by the American Stock Exchange in which Alan Greenspan was an invited speaker. Greenspan’s topic was about the differences between the economic organization of the west versus the east including an overview of what would need to be done to transition from the Soviet centrally planned economy to a market system. This is without doubt, the most important speech I’ve heard Greenspan give concerning his thinking.
Before we get to Greenspan’s thinking, it’s important to recall the timeline. Ronald Reagan appointed Alan Greenspan to be the Chairman of the Federal Reserve in August of 1987. The list of positions Greenspan held clearly identify him as an anointed one. But anointed by whom?
On October 10, 1987, Senator Bill Bradley gave a stunning statement (for one who grew up in the Cold War era) at the East-West Institute concerning U.S.-Soviet Relations. The punchline of Bradley’s remarks was that they wanted to open up western capital markets to the Soviets. As you listen to this, keep in mind that the American stock market was supposed to serve as the capital allocation mechanism for the American economy. It was the money of American businesses, American investors and the American people.
On October 19, 1987, in a day and a half, the stock market lost over a trillion dollars of valuation when Market Specialists – the Goldman Sachs, the Lehman Brothers, the Morgan Stanleys, etc. refused to step in to make the market. There were sellers – but no buyers. After a day and a half of staggering losses, the Federal Reserve stepped in to back the market – opening up the U.S. Treasury to Wall Street. It seems safe to say with the benefit of hindsight, that the market failure was engineered for the purpose of creating the ‘need’ for the Federal Reserve to step in to manage it.
Question: Was this John Galt’s strike?
The event at which Greenspan spoke was an annual conference of the American Stock Exchange. It was held on October 16, 1990.
The insight into Greenspan came when he said that when he was learning economics, the prevailing opinion was that central planning an economy was a superior method and free market economics was virtually unknown. At some point, he evolved into the recognition of free market economics.
The second comment in Greenspan’s remarks after the idea of a grand experiment between economic systems, Greenspan referenced a speech given by Winston Churchill in Fulton Missouri in 1946. The title of the speech was Sinews of Peace but it became known as the Iron Curtain Speech. It’s this speech where Greenspan got the idea of the Iron Curtain as the dividing line that established the east-west laboratories for the social science experiment – or contest as I would call it.
Churchill set up the framework for east-west relations in his speech. He used the words of American military men saying that what he was delivering was the “over-all strategic concept” and that the objective was nothing less than the safety and welfare, the freedom and progress of all the homes and families of all the men and women in all the lands. In other words, it was a game for all the marbles.
March 5, 1946
He gave a list of capitol cities that would be in Moscow’s sphere of influence. Interestingly, he said that only Athens, Greece “with its immortal glories-is free to decide its future at an election under British, American and French observation”.
Churchill also mentioned several times what good friends the Empire was with the Soviet Russians.
We British have our twenty years Treaty of Collaboration and Mutual Assistance with Soviet Russia. I agree with Mr. Bevin, the Foreign Secretary of Great Britain, that it might well be a fifty years Treaty so far as we are concerned. We aim at nothing but mutual assistance and collaboration.
In an article in the German Life magazine titled, America’s Long Road to the Federal Republic of German Life, Robert A. Selig wrote the following about Josef Stalin (emphasis added):
“The Soviet Union derived its raison d’être from the ideology of Marxism-Leninism; Stalin’s world was a bipolar one of antagonistic and mutually exclusive ideologies and their ancillary political and economic systems. The antagonism would eventually be overcome through world-revolutionary violence, which made Stalin’s regime expansionist by definition. Even before the war with Nazi Germany was over, Stalin had already accepted the possibility of a future conflict of ideologies with the west. In April 1945 he told Yugoslav communist Milovan Djilas:
“This is not a war as in the past: Whoever occupies a territory will also determine its
societal system. Everyone introduces his own system as far as his own army can
advance. It can’t be any other way.”
Churchill did say at the beginning of the speech that he was not there in his official capacity but that begs the question, was that slight of mouth? He kept referring to the British Empire and the British Commonwealth which is different than the government of Great Britain and the purpose – his “overall strategic objective” was to extend an invitation and get the United States to join the Commonwealth. He noted in particular, Canada’s membership in the Commonwealth and the Permanent Defense Agreement the U.S. had with Canada:
Getting back to Greenspan and his comparative analysis between the western economic systems and the centrally planned economic systems of the Soviet Union and countries in their sphere of influence, the following is a summation of Greenspan’s observations about the centrally planned economies of the east:
Greenspan's Observations about the Soviet Economy
Soviet economy was centrally planned with government ownership of enterprises. They had no accounting systems, there were no supply/demand signals for value and price. Centrally planned economies work well for military applications in which the number of planes or other equipment are known. Given a bill of materials on each asset type, production can be planned and scheduled. He called the system needed to for this application, an Input/Output system. Essentially, you know you want to produce 29 planes of a particular type, you know the materials you need for each plane by the bill of materials, and you can extrapolate from there for both the parts requirements and the time required for production to meet target number of planes to be produced.
What the Soviet economy did not do well, was to meet the needs of the consumer market because although central planners could fabricate a list of items they felt were required for all classes of consumers, they couldn’t do it well and they couldn’t anticipate preferences. Prices were fixed by the government so there were no supply/demand signals here either.
The central planners made all decisions. There were no accounting systems as we have them in the west that provide signals for efficiency and no requirement for efficiency because there was no competition. The concept of depreciation which is a tax consideration as well as a production/competition function did not exist so equipment was not replaced until it fell apart from age and wear which is why the Soviet economy was stalled in a 1940s model of production.
Money – Greenspan noted that in 1917, there were some people – presumably Vladimir Lenin being one of them, thought that money could be eliminated with a centrally planned economy. Theoretically it could be depending on how you define money and if you have the technological capability to implement it. Money as ration coupons along with an identity card for status was considered. The impression from Greenspan was that this system was implemented to some degree in the Soviet economy. There was only one bank and that bank served the dual purpose of a central bank and a commercial bank. It sounded as if the function of the bank was more as an accounting device to keep track expenditures and surpluses of printed money. The bank had no capital allocation function (i.e. lending) for growth of the economy. The money just sat there in the accounts on the books apparently.
A similar summation on western economies is not being given because as Greenspan pointed out, we all understand basically how our economic system works – at least we did at the point when Greenspan spoke at this event. What we didn’t know was that Greenspan was conjuring a way to logically merge the eastern and western economic systems using a redefinition of the word “market” as we in the west have traditionally used it.
Treasury Secretary Nicolas Brady at the same 1990 American Stock Exchange event at which Alan Greenspan spoke. Notice when he mentions linked markets.
In the new paradigm, the word “market” didn’t just mean the pool of buyers, sellers, producers and consumers (supply and demand) of a particular product in the United States, the words “free market economics” meant common market economics which is an entirely different thing because a common market separates the economic system from the political system in a country. It’s a major step toward the disintegration of a nation-state because the nation-state relinquishes sovereignty over their economic fate.
Alan Greenspan was an acolyte of Ayn Rand. Libertarians are a cult that formed around the ideas of Ayn Rand. The essence of libertarianism is that government is bad and should be eliminated. They readily accepted the idea of “free market economics”. It’s not clear how many of them are educated true believers and how many of them just bought the slogans without an understanding of what was being said.
At the point in history when U.S. leaders were making this disastrous decision for “free market economics“, it was at the time when the decision was also made to redefine our transportation system (internationalize it), to build out and give open access to the nation’s telecommunications system. That means the Internet.
In 1991, Senator Al Gore ushered through the Congress, the High Performance Computing and Communications Act. The following are the significant elements of that legislation extracted from previous research. Notice the emphasis is on movement of data and not the aggregation of data.
▪ Vision for a National Information Infrastructure which Gore called the “information superhighway”. The concept of the NII changed almost immediately to the ‘Global Information Infrastructure’ (GII) after passage of this legislation.
▪ Funding for the build out of the communications lines (Internet) as we know it today.
▪ Money for Research & Development
▪ Open Use – educational, public and commercial use
In effect, common market economics which they deceptively called free market economics was the surrender of our economy to outside forces. The “shared” economic system meant not only money and business leaving the country, it meant foreign money, foreign businesses and foreign workers coming in. For foreign investors to come in, they needed information about the economic pool of the United States (that’s how Bloomberg made his money apparently and now he’s trying to buy the political system as well). This turned information into a commodity in the United States and we all know the impact that has had – loss of privacy, loss of businesses as they became targets, the list goes on.
How Communism is Born
The effect of surrendering our economy was to lose control over the economic systems of the country. It meant no longer being able to apply the moral force of our culture and heritage to the economic war machines unleashed on the country. As you are sneering at the thought of the combination of morality and economics, think about the price of drugs, think about your prime property that some corporation wants and can put to more beneficial use (see Kelo v New London), think about the importation of foreign workers to take your job.
The second order effect of surrendering the economy, is that the government must then implement centrally planned social systems to mitigate the loss of real economic activity in a capitalist system as we knew it. Those centrally planned social systems evolve into a communist system of control. It is inevitable because as poverty sweeps the land, anger grows and in order to retain political power, the politicians must mitigate for the human costs. That’s how we ended up with Trump as President.
In about 2007 when it became clear that the American economy was being bled out, Alan Greenspan was called to Congress to testify about what was happening to our economy and to find out what the Federal Reserve intended to do about it. Listen carefully for the contradictions in what Greenspan said.
Government job creation is being done through the use of specified zones where government (state, federal and local) money, incentives and a lot of foreign money is targeted at a designated location. In the Trump Administration, he’s calling them Opportunity Zones. During other administrations, they were called Empowerment Zones, Workforce Development Zones, Hubzones, Urban Renewal Zones, Intermodal Commerce Zones, etc.
The only real opportunity in Opportunity Zones is for the investors. The pattern is that a big hoopla is made about investors coming into an area. This requires taxpayer investment for the infrastructure to support the alleged new businesses which is bonded debt creation for the public. What they usually build are warehouses – just square, block buildings – very cheap relatively speaking. The only real jobs are the construction jobs. The alleged new businesses only stay in business until the tax incentives run out. If they continue to stay in business, they normally bring in foreign labor and let their American workforce go or they convert to a research and development facility which means that the government will continue the subsidies out of a different account – but it’s still government money which generates debt and produces nothing really.
What it all boils down to is that the real economic activity is the production of bonded debt.
Here is a video produced by KPMG on the tax incentives for investors in Opportunity Zones. Keep this in mind about KPMG – they are the masters of producing shell companies for tax shelters. That is consistent with the pattern of business creation and then going out of business when the tax incentives are over – but the bonded debt for infrastructure remains.
A map of the Opportunity Zones in Idaho was found on the Idaho State Commerce Department. Notice that the opportunity zones follow the Interstate – where it is currently and where it will be going up to Canada. What that says is that the Opportunity Zones are intermodal commerce zones on the international corridor. There is a pattern of development involving putting in high tech surveillance and control systems for the international transportation system.
Explaining this gets so fricking tiresome. My programmer friends and I used to laugh at how we were all going to end up selling McDonald’s hamburgers to each other. We were only partially correct about that. Most of the working people in this country will have jobs surveilling each other in the open air panopticon that is being built with the centers of surveillance at the transportation hubs.
In the next two videos, they are talking about Erie Pennsylvania. The first video is about the consequences of surrendering our economy to the “common market”. The second video is cheerleading the rebuilding using the Opportunity Zone tax incentives which is centrally planned economic activity for a purpose that is fleeting – construction and bonded debt creation and the surveillance state.
“I remember, I was a young college student at the time and the notion that market systems were inherently superior to centrally planned economies was not something which was at the top of the curricula of those days.” Alan Greenspan
Alan Greenspan – university years c. 1945-1950 re: wikipedia – check wiki sources in footnotes 13-16 and below, footnotes 18-19.
Disputing Greenspan’s academic history:
Dr. Greenspan’s Amazing Invisible Thesis (Barron’s Magazine), March 31, 2008
Looking at Greenspan’s Long-Lost Thesis (Barron’s Magazine), April 28, 2008
President Richard Nixon appointed Alan Greenspan to the Council of Economic Advisers but he was not confirmed until September in 1974 – after Ford became president.
The Role of the Ford CEA
“Since its creation, the effectiveness of the CEA in shaping national economic policy has varied depending on the needs of the President and his relationship with the chairman. During the Ford administration, the Council played an active and direct advisory role. Chairman Alan Greenspan served as one of President Ford’s chief advisers on domestic and international economic policy. He was a member of the Executive Committee of both the Economic Policy Board (EPB) and the Energy Resources Council. He headed the US delegation to the Economic Policy Committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and served as vice-chairman of that committee. He also participated in a series of “Troika” working groups, comprised of representatives of the CEA, the Treasury and the Office of Management and Budget, which evaluated economic performance and formulated detailed economic forecasts.”
The CEA Records
The collection is a rich resource, documenting the direct involvement of the CEA in economic policymaking; contacts with business leaders, lobbyists, and economists from universities, federal agencies, and international organizations; the work of interagency groups; and the Council’s detailed research on micro and macro economic policy issues. The records document CEA analysis and policy recommendations in such areas as agricultural and food policy, housing construction, environmental and energy policies, supplies of strategic materials, exploitation of ocean resources, management of timber resources, transportation problems and policies, functioning of the labor market and problems of the unemployed, proposals for health insurance and income maintenance, and needed improvements in government economic statistics.
Recall that Gerald Ford became President after Richard Nixon was forced to resign. On August 9, 1974, Gerald Ford gave an Address as he assumed the Presidency. A little less than a year later, he committed what this writer considers to be an act of treason against the people of the United States when he attended the Conference on Security and Co-Operation in Europe (CSCE) and he signed the Helsinki Final Act.
From previous research: Battle of Systems and Ideas. Notice how Gerald Ford’s words in his speech at the CSCE harken back to the words of Winston Churchill in the Iron Curtain speech.
Alan Greenspan was an acolyte of Ayn Rand. Libertarians are a cult that formed around the ideas of Ayn Rand. The essence of libertarianism is that government is bad and should be eliminated. They readily accepted the idea of “free market economics”. Giving them the benefit of the doubt, they didn’t understand that the word “market” was being used in a non-traditional way so while they repeated the mantras of “free the market”, what they were saying was “build central repositories of data and transfer economic – hence political power to oligarchs who control the central repositories”. Think Jeff Bezos. Think global markets. Think of a global economic system without moral foundation.