posted on Aug, 25 2005 @ 02:36 AM
Hail to All!
"OFF TOPIC" -Money- whether a piece of paper or a figure on a computer screen - is intrinsically worthless, yet it fuels the modern world. The
trappings of money and banking have been compared to those of a religion, yet only those who profit from it understand the inner workings of the money
cult. And they work hard to keep it that way. In America the ultimate control of money rests with the bankers of the Federal Reserve System (the Fed),
"the crucial anomaly at the very core of representative democracy, an uncomfortable contradiction with the civic mythology of self-government," as
described by author William Greider, a former assistant managing editor of the Washington Post. His 1987 book 'Secrets of the Temple: How the Federal
Reserve Runs the Country' disparages "nativist conspiracy theories" yet presents an eloquent argument demonstrating conspiratorial control by the
Fed. Early Man had no need for money. He hunted when he was hungry and farmed to stockpile food for the winter. If he needed a commodity which
belonged to his neighbor, bartering was the order of the day. But as work became more specialized, the limits to barter became apparent. The
sheepherder could not always take his entire herd to market. So humans turned to coins as a measure of wealth. Precious metal, particularly gold, was
limited in supply, always desirable, and easily transported as small coins imprinted with words or pictures to assure authenticity and purity, plus
there was some ancient, almost holy, reverence attached to it. But heavy, bulging sacks of gold coins were burdensome, not to mention a tempting
target for thieves and robbers.
Thus was born paper money. A paper bill was simply a promissory note. As such, paper was considered as valuable as real goods or services. This
procedure worked well for a time, but them certain individuals realized that paper money, if loaned for a fee, could be used to generate more money.
The early goldsmiths who warehoused gold coins used this stockpiled wealth as the basis for issuing paper money. Since it was hightly unlikely that
everone would demand their gold back at the same time, the smiths became bankers. They would loan out a portion of their stockpile for interest or
profit. This practice- loaning the greater portion of wealth while retaining only a small fraction for emergencies- became known as
fractional-reserve, or fractional banking. Added to fractional banking was the concept of "fiat" money- intrinsically worthless paper money made
acceptable by law or decree of government. An early example of this system was recorded by Marco Polo during his visit to China in 1275. Polo noted
the emperor forced his people to accept black pieces of paper with an offical seal on them as legal money under pain of imprisonment or death. The
emperor them used this fiat money to pay all his own debts.
"One is tempted to marvel at the [emperor's] audacious power and the subservience of his subjects who endured such an outrage," wrote author
Griffin, "but our smugness rapidly vanishes when we consider the similarity of our own Federal Reserve Notes. They are adorned with signatures and
seals; counterfeiters are severly punished; the goverment pays its expenses with them; the population is forced to accept them; they- and the
'invisible' checkbook money into which they can be converted- are made in such vast quantity that it must be equal in amount to all the treasures of
the world. And yet they cost nothing to make. In truth, our present monetary system is an almost exact replica of that which supported warlords of the
seven centuries ago."
Again I must reiterate on this thread that of course many aren't aware of superior activity.
On Masons or "the builders that rejected the cornerstone."
The ongoing connective tissue between the modern and ancient secret societies has been Freemasonry, which existed as a formidable force long before
certain lodges became "Illuminized". During the late Middle Ages when any opposition to the Holy Roman Universal (Catholic) church was forced deep
underground, among the only organized groups able to move freely throughout Europe were the guilds of stone masons, who maintained meeting halls or
"lodges" in every major city. The masons, who traced their own secret knowledge of architecture and building back to Egypt and beyond, were
essential in the construction of Europe's chruches and cathedrals. They were the direct descendants of early guilds of masons which existed both in
Egypt and Greece and utilized esoteric construction techniques in their craft. These techniques had been passed down through the sects and mystery
schools and some continue to confound modern builders. According to journalist George Johnson, "Early on, Masonry developed an aura of mystique. Its
members possessed a power based not on royal or ecclesiastical authority but on knowledge, not only of cutting and mortaring but of the mysteries of
ancient Greek geometers [experts in geometry]." Already possessing certain esoteric or secret knowledge, the Masons were and ideal vehicle for the
covert distribution of anticlerical teachings. Authorities disagree as to the actual origin of Freemasonry but all acknowledge that it predates
ancient Egypt. Masonic lore traces its origins back to the construction of the biblical Tower of Babel and King Solomon's Temple of Jerusalem.
The secrets of the origins of Freemasonry have been tightly held despite the publication of numerous books and literature on the subject. Walter
Leslie Wilmshurst, a ranking Mason and author of 'The Meaning of Masonry', wrote, "The true, inner history of Masonry has never yet been given
forth even to the Craft itself." "The overall picture is one of an organization that has forgotten its original meaning," wrote the authors of
'The Templar Revelation'. Sounds like humankind doesn't it?
To those interupting the flow of conversation being presented here. This intrusion is only a clarification who's side your on. (suppression vs.
freedom) I would like to hear what might be said, I can tell the difference between guileful attacks and guilelessness .
[edit on 8-25-05 by pacman]