By Marc Morgan
In our economically centred world money is the primary conditioning factor of life. Its abundance guarantees an individual a higher quality healthcare and education, a dignified employment, and the possibility of following whatever personal pursuits an individual may have. Wealth is the turning of money from income to asset; from something you receive to something you accumulate. Therefore, the more money at the disposal of an individual the wealthier that individual can become.
Money gives an individual a greater freedom of choice; it controls one’s decision-making. In other words, money is power. Power is change. Change is embodied in ‘events’. Money, or lack of it, is thus the precursor to all major world events. As a result those who exclusively control the money supply have considerable influence in almost all major world events.
The supply of money is determined by nature, by financial institutions and by governments. Nature offers natural resources like oil, gas and coal. These are essential ingredients for producing goods whose exchange gives way to money and wealth, a process mediated by human labour. These natural resources can also generate money and wealth in and of themselves through their trade. This allows for those that control the world’s natural reserves of oil, gas or coal, or any other natural commodity, to possess an abundance of ‘seed’ capital. However, in order to exploit the world’s natural wealth, new money in the form of credit needs to be provided by financial institutions. It is then the financial institutions that determine the extraction of ‘energy’ for production and thus the generation of new money and wealth. The money received from exporting these natural resources is kept and managed by the same financial institutions, which they then use in other productive ventures to generate new money, on the basis of loans.
Under the present monetary system, new money can only enter society through the privately owned financial institutions by means of the bond market. Governments sell bonds to their central banks, many of which are private consortiums like the Federal Reserve in the US, or to merchant banks, which then transform the bonds into printed currency. The currency is given back to the government in the form of a loan, earning compound interest. With this process the financial institutions determine how much new money is to enter into the real economy. In the election of governments or heads of state, financial institutions can play a big part through funding political campaigns. In the make-up of many first world governments, members of the treasury/finance department may naturally come from these financial institutions, who may in addition supply a government’s economic advisors. Financial institutions also encompass multilateral international organizations like the IMF and the World Bank, which also lend to national governments. Therefore, the financial institutions, whether unilaterally or multilaterally, determine much of government policy, the economy’s money supply and the productive capacity of the world. They are a single group in that they are not restricted by national borders or domestic cultures, they being solely united politically and economically in the transnational sense.
The owners of these financial institutions represent, approximately, 0.000000025 percent of the world’s population. They are thus a small group. Moreover, they are not democratically accountable to national citizens or subject to the same treatment as them. As such they are not compelled by law to be completely transparent in their business, allowing them to operate in secrecy, for opaque reasons and causes. These can be often discussed at regular private conferences and summits. It may be plausible, therefore, to believe that a single small, secret group, through controlling the global flow of money, controls much of the decision-making around the world and hence almost all major world events. So, the capacity for such concentrated control, as far as it can be seen, exists. Whether this capacity is realised is a further matter, but one none the less visible to the human eye.