by Darryl Robert Schoon, Goldseek:
Ten years ago, I was invited by the brilliant monetary theorist, Professor Antal E. Fekete, to give a talk at his Gold Standard University held August 15-31, 2007 in Szombathly, Hungary; and while there, I and others watched intently as a global credit crunch swept through world markets.
US Credit Crunchgoes Global due to the interaction of world banks and Hedge Funds who also have subprime mortgage backed securities
Aug 9: Debt, due to defaults by subprime mortgage payers, results in the European Central Bank injects 95 billion euros into the European banking market.
Aug 10: The United States Federal Reserve (Fed) injects 43 billion US Dollars
The effects of the "credit crunch", when banking companies stopped lending to each other resulting in bankrupt or acquired banks, were so serious that the Bank of England, the European Central Bank and the United States Federal Reserve had to provide 'bail out' packages in order to make substantial injections of capital into financial markets.
In August 2007, those of us gathered in Hungary were watching history, a history that has not yet run its course. The August 2007 global credit contraction was a signal that something was wrong. Fatally wounded by the removal of gold from the international monetary system in 1971, the wheels of the bankers’ powerful juggernaut of credit and debt were beginning to come off.
In 2008, the worst financial crisis since the 1930s occurred, resulting in the bankruptcy and collapse of Wall Street banks and were it not for extreme measures of zero percent interest rates and unprecedented central bank monetary triage, the cataclysmic economic collapse I had predicted in my book, Time of the Vulture (2007) would have happened.
Instead, the bankers’ day of reckoning was delayed. Credit and debt economies were granted a temporary reprieve until the day when an even more severe economic crisis would prick the bankers’ senescent but still growing bubble of unpayable debt, a bubble that is now about to pop.
Capitalism, the bankers’ three hundred year-old ponzi-scheme, is a balancing act between the bankers’ credit and everyone else’s debt. In its optimal state, credit creates sufficient growth to pay society’s constantly compounding debts. When unable to do so, debt is paid by borrowing against future growth and in capitalism’s endgame, aggregate debt exponentially expands until it can no longer be repaid except by exponentially depreciating paper money.
DRSchoon, How It Will End, March 2014
Today, the bankers’ day of reckoning is at hand. On June 9th, Business Insider CEO Henry Blodgett interviewed legendary investor Jim Rogers about his predictions of a coming crash:
Blodget: And how big a crash could we be looking at?
Rogers: It’s going to be the biggest in my lifetime, and I’m older than you. No, it’s going to be serious stuff. …You’re going to see governments fail. You’re going to see countries fail, this time around. Iceland failed last time. Other countries fail. You’re going to see more of that.
You’re going to see parties disappear. You’re going to see institutions that have been around for a long time — Lehman Brothers had been around over 150 years — gone. Not even a memory for most people. You’re going to see a lot more of that next around, whether it’s museums or hospitals or universities or financial firms.
When economic warnings increase, those entrusted with the care and feeding of the bankers’ confidence game take extra-steps to reassure victims of capitalism’s credit and debt feeding-frenzy that everything is alright, there is nothing to worry about, that taking out a loan for a vacation, for a home, for a college education, etc. should not be a concern; that tomorrow’s economic expansion will pay back today’s and yesterday’s borrowing, that the economic tooth fairy is real and the metastasized deflationary forces eroding global economic growth are nothing to worry about.
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