Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 3 Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend 13 (16 Shares)  
Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites View Stats   14 comments

OpEdNews Op Eds

THE GLOBAL DEBT CRISIS: HOW WE GOT IN IT AND HOW TO GET OUT

By (about the author)     Permalink       (Page 1 of 5 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (more...) ; , Add Tags  (less...) Add to My Group(s)

Must Read 6   Well Said 5   Supported 5  
View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H2 6/7/11

Become a Fan
  (178 fans)
- Advertisement -


Reverse Pyramid by 21stcenturyreversepyramid.blogspot.com

Countries everywhere are facing debt crises today, precipitated by the credit collapse of 2008.   Public services are being slashed and public assets are being sold off, in a futile attempt to balance budgets that can't be balanced because the money supply itself has shrunk.   Governments usually get the blame for excessive spending, but governments did not initiate the crisis.   The collapse was in the banking system, and in the credit that it is responsible for creating and sustaining.

Contrary to popular belief, most of our money today is not created by governments.   It is created by private banks as loans.   The private system of money creation has grown so powerful over the centuries that it has come to dominate governments globally.   But the system contains the seeds of its own destruction.   The source of its power is also a fatal design flaw.

The flaw is that banks advance "bank credit" that must be paid back with interest, while having no obligation to spend the interest they collect so that borrowers can earn it again and again, as they must in order to retire the debt.   Instead, this money is invested in various casinos beyond the borrowers' reach. This leads to a continual systemic need for more new bank credit money, more debt with more interest attached, to prevent widespread defaults and deflationary collapse.

Today this problem is particularly evident in the EU.   The Euro is a fixed currency system that does not allow for expansion to meet the demands of the private lending casino.   The result is that EU member nations collectively are being crippled by debt.

There are more sustainable ways to run a banking and credit system, as will be shown.

How Banks Create Money

The process by which banks create money was explained by the Chicago Federal Reserve in a booklet called "Modern Money Mechanics."   It states:

- Advertisement -

"The actual process of money creation takes place primarily in banks." [p3]

"[Banks] do not really pay out loans from the money they receive as deposits.   If they did this, no additional money would be created.   What they do when they make loans is to accept promissory notes in exchange for credits to the borrowers' transaction accounts.   Loans (assets) and deposits (liabilities) both rise [by the same amount]." [p6]    

"With a uniform 10 percent reserve requirement, a $1 increase in reserves would support $10 of additional transaction accounts."   [p49]

  A $100 deposit supports a $90 loan, which becomes a $90 deposit in another bank, which supports an $81 loan, etc.

That's the conventional model, but banks actually create the loans FIRST.   (Picture how a credit card works.)   Banks need deposits to clear their outgoing checks, but they find the deposits later.   Banks create money as loans, which become checks, which go into other banks.   Then, if needed to clear the checks, they borrow the money back from the other banks.   In effect, they borrow back the money they just created, pocketing the spread between the interest rates as their profit.   The rate at which banks can borrow from each other in the U.S. today (the Fed funds rate) is an extremely low 0.2%.

- Advertisement -

How the System Evolved

The current system of privately-issued money is traced in "Modern Money Mechanics" to the 17th century goldsmiths.   People who left gold with the goldsmiths for safekeeping would be issued paper receipts for it called "banknotes."   Other people who wanted to borrow money were also happy to accept paper banknotes in place of gold, since the notes were safer and more convenient to carry around.   The sleight of hand came in when the goldsmiths discovered that people would come for their gold only about 10% of the time.   That meant that up to ten times as many notes could be printed and lent as the goldsmiths had gold.   Ninety percent of the notes were basically counterfeited.

This system was called "f ractional reserve " banking and was institutionalized when the Bank of England was founded in 1694 .   The bank was allowed to lend its own banknotes to the government, forming the national money supply. Only the interest on the loans had to be paid. The debt was rolled over indefinitely.

Next Page  1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5

 

Ellen Brown is an attorney, founder of the Public Banking Institute, and author of twelve books including the best-selling WEB OF DEBT. In THE PUBLIC BANK SOLUTION, her latest book, she explores successful public banking models historically and (more...)
 

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon


Go To Commenting

The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Follow Me on Twitter

Contact Author Contact Editor View Authors' Articles
- Advertisement -

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

It's the Derivatives, Stupid! Why Fannie, Freddie and AIG Had to Be Bailed Out

Mysterious Prison Buses in the Desert

LANDMARK DECISION PROMISES MASSIVE RELIEF FOR HOMEOWNERS AND TROUBLE FOR BANKS

Libya: All About Oil, or All About Central Banking?

Borrowing from Peter to Pay Paul: The Wall Street Ponzi Scheme Called Fractional Reserve Banking

"Oops, We Meant $7 TRILLION!" What Hank and Ben Are Up to and How They Plan to Pay for It All

Comments

The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
7 people are discussing this page, with 14 comments
To view all comments:
Expand Comments
(Or you can set your preferences to show all comments, always)

Well done once again Ms. Brown.  Thank you. ... by Robert Tracey on Tuesday, Jun 7, 2011 at 3:21:13 PM
Thanks Robert!  I am trying to write another ... by Ellen Brown on Tuesday, Jun 7, 2011 at 3:31:24 PM
When Federal Reserve prints banknotes, how are the... by BFalcon on Thursday, Jun 9, 2011 at 2:57:05 AM
I started one too, and never finished either. Sti... by Robert Tracey on Thursday, Jun 9, 2011 at 2:27:59 PM
Nice overview, Ellen Brown.   You show us wh... by Ernie Messerschmidt on Tuesday, Jun 7, 2011 at 9:58:03 PM
The banks have found new ways of extracting wealth... by Bernard on Wednesday, Jun 8, 2011 at 7:48:37 AM
Very well put, thanks!  Could you be more spe... by Ellen Brown on Wednesday, Jun 8, 2011 at 8:38:52 AM
This analysis seems correct to me. The banks have ... by Ernie Messerschmidt on Wednesday, Jun 8, 2011 at 9:22:25 AM
Are the banks creating more money out of nothing? ... by Terry Hnanicek on Wednesday, Jun 8, 2011 at 5:24:04 PM
  What you saying here, Ellen, is that banks ... by Terry Hnanicek on Wednesday, Jun 8, 2011 at 5:10:35 PM
Hi, I'm looking for the Grignon clip.  What's... by Ellen Brown on Wednesday, Jun 8, 2011 at 7:11:35 PM
it is sub titled in a foreign language but the aud... by nativenezperce on Wednesday, Jun 8, 2011 at 8:28:44 PM
thanks.  No I think he was referring to somet... by Ellen Brown on Wednesday, Jun 8, 2011 at 10:26:29 PM
my bad thought it was the link you were looking fo... by nativenezperce on Wednesday, Jun 8, 2011 at 10:39:53 PM