I have argued (in a different context), that the second world war ended not with the declaration of VE day or VJ day, but with the fall of the Berlin Wall forty or so years later. Challenging the date of victory challenges an entire perspective on the meaning of the Second World War.
Your perspective on the Second World War rests on understanding the objectives of each side and to what extent each side achieved those objectives. In other words understanding objectives is a necessary part of understanding what constitutes victory.
The Victors in the second world war did not achieve all their objectives on VE day or VJ day, that only happened with the re-emergence of a reunified Germany. The Saxon elite fought a long, silent war to achieve the reunification of Germany for forty years after the official cessation of hostilities. This might lead you to ask who the real enemy was….
The same is true with the Battle Of The Credit Crunch. We are coming closer to a declaration of victory and the announcement of a victory parade. As far as the mainstream economic data coming out of America and Britain goes, the Saxon team is on the home straight.
We are informed that unemployment is falling. Economic growth is (sort of), gaining traction. Compared to the basket case that is the rest of the world economy, things are not too bad, Saxon elites lay claim to some kind of normalisation in Britain and the USA. And so it is reliably reported, interest rates are going to move upward towards the ‘new normal’.
Note that ‘new normal’; it is important.
But first, take a quick look at the crowd behind the barriers as the great and good prepare for their triumphant circuit. Hoots of derision and catcalls greet the declaration that Fed interest rates will rise- after all haven’t we heard this over and over the past decade? Why will now be any different?
These catcalls are at least in part, justified. The hoi polloi have noted that whenever one of the floats breaks down or a bit player falls over while executing a tumble, a rain of digital ticker tape money descends from the skies distracting the attention..
This parade still isn’t really going anywhere they argue, so how can they do without the free Federal Reserve supplied ticker tape?
There are differing positions regarding interest rates –they are either going up, or down, or staying the same. The three possible options for the future of the economy are:
- That an economic collapse will come. There are not many still pushing this line outside a dedicated few on the libertarian wing of economics. And when a collapse of some kind is predicted, it tends to be focused on an outside factor such as war with Russia.
- That interest rates will stay low or even fall further because the financial system cannot afford to see them rise- this is because modern finance is in essence a Ponzi scheme that needs a constant influx of free money from the government. Increasingly there is a new twist in the discussion on low interest, the international blowback element. The argument here is that raising interest rates in the USA will screw the world economy and therefore America will come under increasing pressure will stop this happening.
3.Interest rates will rise to a new normal interest rate (see Guardian article).
Discounting the possibility of outright collapse, I would argue that the stay low or go lower faction is missing an important trick. Since they don’t believe interest rises are possible, they don’t analyse the proposed extent of any possible rise. This is a major error because insight into the specific target rate that central banks are seeking to achieve gives real insight into their thinking.
The new figure for a target interest rate is given in the Guardian article as 2.75%-3 %. What would an achieved rate of 2.75% or 3% actually mean for the Saxon elite?
It would mean that they had achieved the real objective of the Credit Crunch war; to secure a permanent, secure position for Democratised privately issued money in the form of derivatives in the world economy.
Long term interest rates since the post WWII period have averaged around 5%. The significance of this figure is that it represents the total ‘book’ value on state issued money as I explain here:
Since the interest rate is an expression of the total state money economy, it follows from this that 2.5%, half the long term average rate,would represent half the traditional post war American economy given over to democratised money.
3%, which is 60% of the long term interest rate average, would represent 60% of American economic activity denominated by the American state and 40% given over to democratised money.
By way of comparison what would it mean if central bank interest rates in Eurozone or Japan stay low? This would reflect the extent to which these respective economies have been supplanted by derivatives. The lower the interest rate, the higher the proprtion of your economy that has been leached to derivatives.
The derivatives/state money balance is expressed through the ‘health’ or otherwise of the banks. One of the key mistakes the economic ‘insurgents’ make is to confuse the defence of democratised money with the defence of banks and bankers. Since the banks and financial institutions are the purveyors of democratised money, they are inevitably saved alongside the democratised money they produce. But this does not mean that this was the prime intention of Monetarist politicians in implementing QE. This is a perfect example of needing to understand the real objectives in a war before you can understand the meaning of defeat or victory.
The specific crisis that sparked the Credit Crunch was a failure in interbank lending. Financial institutions did not want to make temporary loans of state money to each other because they feared the massive and unknown amounts of derivatives that they all carried on their books. This was effectively admitting that there was a possibility that the value of these derivatives was heading towards zero..
But this was never a liquidity problem. This was an exchange rate problem between the value of state issued money and privately issued democratised money. The problem was that democratised money was effectively worth nothing compared to state issued money.
Quantitive Easing firstly:
Bought these derivatives at their maximum possible denominated value using state money. This is exactly the same as a central bank intervening in currency markets to lower the value of your own currency while propping up the value of another currency (democratised money).
At the same time QE lowered interest rates effectively to zero. Opening up a channel of ‘sabotaged’ money to the banks. This effectively declared the ongoing state denominated economy to be dead. (see previous two articles) because money issuance effectively acts as an economic proclamation about what the nature of the economy will be so long as that particular example of money is around…
On the surface (remember the difference between real objectives and stated objectives) this QE money was supposed to go into the real national economy through the banks to stimulate economic activity. It other words it was advertised as being standard state issued money. But what it actually did was go into international speculation or was just recycled to the central banks. In other words it was actually sabotaged or denuded state money. (see previous articles)
I do believe that there were a number of politicians who genuinely believed that there was a possibility that this sabotaged money could have gone into the national economy. And of course when it became clear that this was not happening they asked the question: Why not?
And the answer they got was this:
‘It is far more profitable for us to invest overseas. The more profit we make the sooner we will repair our balance sheets. The sooner we repair our balance sheets the sooner the crisis will be over. So what is it to be: repair the Credit Crunch or national investment?’
Faced with this question the useful fools folded and chose repair the credit crunch.
So what did this mean?
It meant that wealth extracting opportunities in Britain and America were competing with wealth extracting opportunities anywhere in the world for this QE money. The Monetarists has succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. They had ripped off the cover from Anglo Saxon economic society and exposed it completely to the winds of international competition!
And when did Anglo Saxon society begin to ‘recover’?
When it began to compete with the terms and conditions and profitability of the most exploited parts of the world. So you have a recovery for the monetary system but no recovery for you….
A hyper victory for Globalisation.
And how can Japan and Europe recover?
By doing exactly the same thing.
And why haven’t they ‘recovered’ yet?
Because they are still trying to hang on to the shreds of their respective societies.
But we have got Abenomics and we have got ECB QE so it won’t be long….
I can’t write much more because the thought of this is making me sick to my stomach, nevertheless;
So the Saxon economies become more profitable in comparison to the global economy so the QE cash returns ‘home’. So the overseas economies enter a period of crisis because of the withdrawal of QE liquidity, so their terms and conditions have to fall, which draws the hot cash back to their economies, which means our economies are less competitive by comparison, which means another attack on our terms and conditions.
And they expect you to stand there in the rain clapping and cheering as they march past…..
New International Version
For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like those condemned to die in the arena. We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to human beings.
1 Corinthians 4:9