reply to post by MrJelly
Humans are all emotional creatures except for maybe a few sociopaths or psychopaths.
This is the deal. You did give some valid points, which I won't go over, but allow me to explain something that you completely missed.
Back before a lot of the land was so controlled by the banks, it was possible to go out and get your own land (or take someone else's) and use it and
profit from it. How some people came to have so much money is that they literally claimed they won over the people with elections. They might have
been more honest in the very beginning, but with power, they figured out how to keep the power between themselves. That abuse of power is the first
step toward keeping it over and over again for centuries.
So, you get people (politicians, kings, emperors) to put you in a position, then once there, you go around expanding and grabbing more and more. Now
yes some governments were overthrown, but I'm trying to keep it simple.
Nations grew by having smart military leaders to expand the empire because eventually you'll come across someone else and clash and get your army
killed and your land taken over.
Things changed with technology eventually, though. People who amassed a lot of wealth wanted a safe place to put it so that criminals couldn't rob
them from their homes. So they made banks for them and everyone else too. Seems like a good deal, but they began to do things like charge interest on
loans. It started out reasonable, so people didn't mind. Now, from this point to where we are today, there is a world of difference.
Today, you can't get as wealthy and powerful as these people if you worked 5 lifetimes. Now you might say "they earned it, you didn't." No no. It
was accumulated slowly and passed on. They did work hard and were smart, but friends in high places and a rich family go a very long way in creating
further generations. They made sure to keep the money in the family. Forget giving it all away to charity (NONE to the kids like SOME families do
today), and don't forget how they got in that position in the first place: they told the people they would run things and convinced them with reasons
why. They were power hungry then like they are now, and they used people to accomplish things.
How do you think this guy made so much money? You think he said to his employees "Hey guys, look, I've got a lot of extra money, let's just split
it. I know you busted your butts hammering spikes in the ground across the USA. I know that's hard work, so let's be fair." NOT. He kept the money
and invested it into new ways to make even more so that he could make even more. That allowed for control to be kept in the family because had that
money been shared, some other family would probably be in their place now or very close. So you see how money invested in your own businesses leads to
more power and potential.
Loaning money at high interest is saying "I trust you. Here have some money, and just pay me a little more each month until you pay off the entire
thing." It's making money because you have money. It sounds fair because everyone can do the same thing, you might think, but that's not true
because every other guy that comes along these days isn't going to have the tremendous head start that these generations of families have had.
What you are thinking is like thinking that an extremely rich family has the same earning potential in banking as a poor family. Simple calculation
alone will prove that:
if you can loan someone 1,000,000,000 to build a mall that you don't have an advantage over a poor family that can only afford to loan out 10,000.
The banks make big money on interest. You make more interest the more you lend. You can't lend millions of times more money to people if you've
started out poor! Even if you were successful in building your own bank, you'll never catch up to the family that has been doing it for generations
and passing it down and keeping it in the family.
The thing about interest is that it spirals out of control eventually because you have to print more and more money because you have to keep earning
more. Wealth isn't just transferred from one person to another to another, but rather a bank makes money on top of money on top of money.
Now that is as simple as it gets. Making money in interest off of money already had is making money simply by using money you already have. It is a
very smart system, but it spirals out of control.
Because of it, it is very hard to make money today without being smart, AND getting into debt, AND having connections (usually), AND being able to pay
it back. You want to go to college to get an Ivy League education? Sure, no problem. 200,000 please, and I hope you can pay it back. Meanwhile, the
bank will make interest simply for giving you money.
If you want to make it fair game, you would have to strip the money from certain people and let someone else do it, but that will never happen. They
won't allow it. It was a brilliant scheme that will only work once because if they let anyone else do it, there family will be the ones in our shoes
trying to make money by first getting into debt and hoping you can live a comfortable lifestyle for the rest of your life.
At the same time, these filthy rich people do not impress me, and I wouldn't want to be them. People who live certain lifestyle require certain
mindsets. I don't have it. Most people reach a certain point where they are happy with what they have. These people who have conquered the world
through schemes and manipulation deserve their money, but for them, I think it might be a bit of an addiction of always wanting more and never wanting
to give that power away.
I won't even get into the power and influence of the television, but I'll tell you it's like a drug too. Everyone America gets their high some way,
trust me. If it isn't that, it might be drugs or alcohol or sex. I'll say this though: if I had kids, they wouldn't be a television available to
them, and they wouldn't go to a cheap school.
Some people these days can make millions and billions through innovative ideas and taking advantage of new markets, but they're not going to catch up
the old banking families.
Since you seem so much more in control and responsible, please let us all know who you are when you catch up with the richest in the world!