[p2p-research] The Royal Scam (from oftwominds.com)

Michel Bauwens michelsub2004 at gmail.com
Mon Aug 10 07:01:00 CEST 2009

my own summary:

The U.S. as the New Argentina? <http://blog.p2pfoundation.net/?p=4374>
[image: photo of Michel Bauwens]Michel Bauwens
10th August 2009

 You just gotta read
<http://www.oftwominds.com/blogaug09/KaPoom2CHS.htm>this if you want
to be prepared for the post-meltdown world.

In this text, Charles Hugh Smith
<http://www.oftwominds.com/blog.html>conducts a little thought

Imagine you were part of the transnational elite class of the richest
investors, and you know things are going terribly wrong. All the patches you
have tried to keep a dysfunctional house of cards afloat are bound to fail.
You and you’re fellow brethren know this, but you also don’t really know
what to do about it, because the situation you have created is unprecedented


No one knows what to do. Nothing like this has never been tried before. The
financial world has never had ALL baseless currencies before, and never has
a country as large as the US been brought down except during a war that
exhausted all nations together. The risks are too high just to guess what
will happen if we pull lever X instead of lever Y when the end comes.

So according to Charles Hugh Smith, the only thing you can do is conducting
an experiment, or rather two, i.e. Argentina and Zimbabwe, the first because
it was in many ways sociologically so similar to the U.S.

In other words, these crises did not just happen, they were also crucially
‘engineered’, by deliberate decisions of non-assistance by international
institutions that could be expected to assist, and the reason they did not
assist is precisely: ‘to see what would happen if”. Just before of course,
those that knew, had massively expatriated their investments abroad.

The Argentinian experiment in this scenario, was to test what happens in the
context of massive deflation:

*“Once all the assets in the country had been discounted a minimum of 73%,
the insiders then repatriated their money and bought their neighbor’s
fortunes for pennies on the dollar, finding cheap, hungry, competitive
labor, ready to compete with even 3rd world wages. The prudent,
hard-working, and savers (the wrong people) were wiped out, and the money
was transferred to the speculators and insiders (the right people). Massive
capital like land and factories can not be expatriated, but are always worth
their USE value and did not fall as much, or even rose afterwards as with
falling debt ratios and low wages these working assets became competitive
again. It’s not so much a “collapse” as a redistribution, from the middle
class and the working to the capital class and the connected. …And the
genius is, they could blame it all on foreigners, “incompetent” leaders, and
careless, debt-happy citizens themselves.”*

Charles Hugh Smith then asks the crucial question:

“Now I’m no genius here, but couldn’t the United States do the very same

*And who would you do it with? With China and East Asia!!*

Here’s the scenario:

*“What you need to do is–and bear with me here–send your best Wall St.
salesmen and diplomats to China and sell them a bill of goods about how they
can “modernize” with our help. The Cold War is over. Capitalism reins. You
know us Wall St. types! It’s all about the dollar! Have the radio scream the
President sold out and sign them up to the WTO as you suck Asia into massive
overcapacity and a deep, unbreakable reliance on the US and G-8 as customers
while paving over the national independence of their life-giving water and
farmland. Then, once they’ve tasted freedom and affluence, once they’re
unable to support themselves independently, you pull the plug not on them
but YOURSELF. Implode your own middle class as above. Kill the bond markets,
cause a run on your own currency, and default on the debts you owe them.
Hey, it’s the only thing you could do, right? Americans are just stupid,
right? Wall Street is just greedy. It’s all an accident, an act of God
really. No one’s to blame. It’s classic Judo. *

*In a single stroke you:*

*a) lose the burden of external debt *

*b) by devaluation lose your internal debt*

*c) make the nation competitive as a manufacturing power.*

*d) scare the people back into compliance, even exultation with their low

*e) with the renewal of manufacturing, re-cast the power that your military
rests on*

*f) during a time of Peak Oil, radically reduce unnecessary consumption
while insuring strategic (military) supply.*

*g) by doing that, suck in the oil powers of Russia, Iran, and Venezuela
enough to knock them off-base, first with high prices, then low prices.*

*h) club China into submission to the G-8 money powers again
and best of all:*

*i) enrich insiders beyond their wildest dreams, insuring their dominance
for a generation to come. *

*All the right people win, all the wrong people lose.”*

Smith concludes:

*“Any reason the US could not do this, and that everything these incredibly
smart, ruthless, immeasurably connected people have been doing is actually
not stupid but smart? And what if they believe what they’re doing is all for
the good of the country and are willing to take any measure, any action no
matter how awful or unprincipled, because it will put America back on top
again? And if they get richer than Croseus in the process, well, who’s fault
is it anyway? It’s hard work after all.*

*These Billionaires are the smartest, most unprincipled, double-thinking
gamesmen in the world, playing the biggest, most dangerous games in the
world, on a field where whole nations are at stake. They didn’t get to where
they are by being stupid, taking chances, and making mistakes. You can be
sure they’re not making them now. They have immense control in media,
finance, military, government, business, and while every plan has risk and
it might still get away from them, it sure won’t be for lack of trying. And
that goes for the gamesters in China and every other country worldwide who
are try every day to do the exact same thing to back to them. It’s the big
boy’s game, and when the elephants fight, the grass gets trampled.*

*So when you’re reading the news about how randomly careless and stupid
everybody was, just remember the Argentine plan: all the right people win,
all the wrong people lose, and the good people never knew what hit them. The
Royal Scam. “*

In the process of explaining details in the longer original text. The author
refers to the KaPoom economic theory<http://www.itulip.com/kapoomtheory.htm>,
a realistic analysis of the current meltdown that predicts a massive
inflationary process in the U.S., much on the model of what happened in
Argentina, as this detailed

We conclude with a smaller summary by Charles Hugh Smith, on why any belief
in short term relief from this structural depression is
there are ten pins to burst the ‘green shoots’ bubble:

*“1. Structural unemployment is skyrocketing. *

*Job Losses Moderate: But structural unemployment worsened. The number of
people who’ve been out of work longer than six months soared by a record
584,000 to 5 million, accounting for more than a third of all unemployment
for the first time on record. *

*“Structural” is a polite way of saying there won’t be any jobs for the
long-term unemployed this year, next year, or the year after that. *

*2. The jobless rate declined because the work force shrank. This is typical
smoke-and-mirrors statistics, courtesy of your Federal government: as people
lose extended unemployment benefits, they are classified as “discouraged”
and are no longer counted in the “headline” unemployment number.
Unemployment fell by 267,000 to 14.5 million, while employment fell by
155,000. The labor force declined by 422,000, which means the jobless rate
declined because people dropped out of the work force, not because they got
jobs. The employment-participation rate fell from 65.7% to 65.5%. *

*3. Everyone seems to have forgotten we need to create 250,000 jobs a month
just to stay even with population growth. So while “only” 250,000 jobs were
lost last month–never mind a big chunk of employment was linked to the “cash
for clunkers” giveaway–that means we’re still 500,000 jobs short of a return
to a rising employment scenario. *

*4. The interest on all the debt the nation is taking on to bail out bankers
and “stimulate” the dead credit-bubble model will place a drag on growth far
into the future. At the end of March of 2009, Bloomberg reported that, “The
U.S. government and the Federal Reserve have spent, lent or committed $12.8
trillion, an amount that approaches the value of everything produced in the
country last year.” This amount “works out to $42,105 for every man, woman
and child in the U.S. and 14 times the $899.8 billion of currency in
circulation. The nation’s gross domestic product was $14.2 trillion in 2008.

*Even with today’s dirt-cheap interest rates, the government spends over
$400 billion on interest. Another couple hundred billion and we’ll be paying
more for interest than we are for Defense or Medicare. *

*5. Interest rates are set to double. A funny thing happened on the way to
borrowing “free money” in the trillions; there isn’t enough free money
around for everyone to borrow unlimited amounts of it. So there’s actually
more demand for surplus cash than there is supply of surplus cash. That sets
up a supply-demand imbalance which leads to higher costs of borrowing.
Nothing fancy here–even the Fed economists understand this.*

*6. Tax revenues are tanking. Government revenue is at its lowest level
since the Depression, and most states are on the verge of bankruptcy. Tax
revenues cannot be manipulated like unemployment and thus tax revenues and
sales taxes are far more accurate measures of economic activity than other
Raising taxes is politically risky (see “insurrection” and “throw the bums
out”) so what’s the only way to continue funding runaway spending? Print and
borrow–which raises interest rates. *

*7. Normal accounting and reporting rules have been suspended. The U.S.
financial markets are still a hall of mirrors; mark-to-market is still a
pipe-dream; mark-to-fantasy reigns supreme as the easiest way to prop up
insolvent banks’ balance sheets. *

*8. Commercial Real Estate is spiraling round the drain. Even
mark-to-fantasy might not save banks when the tsunami of bad CRE loans hits
in the coming months. Anyone want a faded-glory, half-empty, money-losing
mall or three? *

*9. Consumers are retrenching generationally, not for a few months. Consumer
credit (revolving and non-revolving) dropped at a 4.9% annualized rate in
June, double the expected pace, indicating consumers continue retrenching
and saving. Total outstanding consumer credit in June was $2,485 billion,
$70 billion less than the $2,556 billion in June of 2008. *

*In the long years of bogus “prosperity,” consumer credit grew every month
like clockwork. $70 billion isn’t much, but it’s the start of a trend which
essentially dooms consumer-based, over-leveraged economies like the U.S. to
years or decades of (at best) meager growth. *

*10. Residential housing is not healed; it’s still bleeding profusely.
Nearly half of U.S. mortgages seen underwater by 2011. No collateral (as in,
no housing equity) means consumers cannot borrow more money, even if
interest remains at absurdly low rates (and it won’t).” *

More information: If you want more troubling/revolutionary/annoying
analysis, please read Survival+: Structuring Prosperity for Yourself and the
Nation <http://www.oftwominds.com/survival-plus1.html>

On Sun, Aug 9, 2009 at 5:57 PM, Alex Rollin <alex.rollin at gmail.com> wrote:

> Oh, it it is so much money!
> http://www.oftwominds.com/blogaug09/KaPoom2CHS.htm
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