by J. Johnson, Miles Franklin:
Last night instead of watching the No Fans Left political program, I decided to watch a 1931 movie starring Bela Lugosi. Being in the Halloween Season and all, I watched the original “Dracula” where the main character was charismatic, kind, considerate, wealthy, and a little off. This movie was epic and the digitally remastered film really showed the viewers a good time.
Bela Lugosi was claimed to have stayed in character for 6 months past the making of the movie and I found out later that he was actually buried in the costume of his most famous character. Obviously actors are still a bit off back then as now. But back then they didn’t melt down in public.
As I watched this movie unfold, I couldn’t help but wonder if there was an underlying theme to the movie and its characters. It started off with a “solicitor” by the name of John Harper who was invited to a grand castle in a foreign land under the strictest terms in secrecy. Being a solicitor, he naturally spoke openly of how this trip was important to almost everyone along the way. Mr. Harper did not heed the warnings from the people that he had spoken and completely ignored their behavior, because it was his chance, for something big to happen in his life and he would have none of their tomfoolery. He was ensnared by the possibilities of fame and fortune and became a minion.
Eventually, John went crazy after being in the castle and under the evil eye of the night crawler himself. Dracula also had 3 beautiful women, who catered to their masters every wish. As the plot thickened, the Count moved from Europe to England where a new beginning could be started, and with an entire population completely unaware of the events that unfolded in the darkness, far away from the light of day. In time we meet the nemesis of Dracula, a man named Van Helsing, an educated man who also dabbled into the oddities of the occult and other curiosities which wound up being the unwinding of the main character, the banker, pardon me, vampire.
This is truly a great movie that even the young ones can enjoy, no gore at all! Where am I going with all this? Well, it lead into a little more research because almost everything about Dracula could be viewed as a central banker and the life force of Dracula was the blood which is, in a twisted way, the life of our economy and the people that live under it.
I spoke about last night’s viewings and my thesis with a friend of mine when he asked me if Stoker was involved with any anti-bank societies that may have been around in his day. A quick look up on Wikipedia showed the man Stoker was born in 1849 and died in 1912 and a large list of books penned by him. Most of his famous stories were written around the turn of the century. He was a writer for the Dublin Evening Mail, then an acting manager, then business manager of a theater company for 27 years. The man had an economic and reporters mind but I could not find any links to anything that would make my thought more convincing. Wikipedia was done telling me anymore about this writer. My friend and I started looking for clues to see if there may be something to this thesis.
With all these writings accredited to Bram, I wondered if there was a complete collection of Bram Stoker writings on Amazon or another site. There were no compilations in real book form, all where in electronic, but when I want a collection I have to have the hard cover for my library, and we did find something within this search, a book not mentioned in the Wikipedia list of books written by Bram Stoker. It was oddly yet accurately titled “Famous Impostors” published in 1910, just a few years before his passing.
What was in the table of contents made me pull out the credit card and get this book ordered fast before my friend did, because my purchase was only $38.99 and the next hard cover book went for $788, $2,580, then$2,693. (Just to let you know, I know someone who will have a book like thus up for sale shortly, say $600?)
What was most intriguing in the table of contents was a name of interest from an economic crisis of the past. Writers can only write their viewpoints so I had to find more views but I didn’t expect one to pop out because of a movie. The name “John Law” was in print within the second chapter. This is the man (whom btw, I am studying on right now) behind the failure known as the Mississippi Company which was really a cover up for an unlimited currency printing scheme hiding behind an attempt to make land the basis for currency instead of Silver and Gold. In short, Bram knew economics a bit more than what is being projected out there and my thesis has now become a viable possibility.
Dracula may have been a central banker. Both characters pretend to be clean, decent, trusting, and an amicable gentlemen, that can swoon people’s hearts with the printed script. But in the darkness, life or the works of man, are being sucked dry by his ways of getting into the lifeblood of an economy without anyone knowing about that hidden tax called interest. It alone extracts more and more profits and payments from its guests and they think little of it. This master had servants who went crazy with the power of print, and the only possessions that could save all civilization was ancient and trusted. Dracula’s nemesis, Van Helsing found out that Garlic and a Cross could be used against the villain, in kind, the population under the fiat monetary system have Silver and Gold to use against the fiat drain that sucks a life’s earnings out of the workers retirement accounts thru its devaluation.
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