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Economic Warfare: Secrets of Wealth Creation in the Age of Welfare Politics [Hardcover]

Herman Cain , Ziad K. Abdelnour , Wesley A. Whittaker
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24 Jan 2012
New insights for investors and business people looking to create wealth in the turbulent post–crisis world In a no holds barred expose of the 2008 financial meltdown from the inside, Ziad K. Abdelnour argues that the political and financial elites have done nothing to fix the structural problems and instead have worsened the situation. By creating more market bubbles, they are actually waging a war on the most productive members of society. For investors, business people, and entrepreneurs that need to navigate the troubled geopolitical waters of the post–crisis world, Abdelnour offers several solutions, including looking at the world anew and understanding that the federal government′s primary objective is to promote the creation of an environment conducive to the creation of wealth not job creation, not bailouts, not subsidies, not expansion of the federal bureaucracy, and not providing lifetime support to those who choose not to take advantage of the innumerable opportunities that exist in this nation for them to create a better, more productive life for themselves. Written for investors that need to navigate the troubled geopolitical waters of the post–crisis world · Offers "out of the box" investment tactics and strategies to outsmart the system · Describes political and business solutions that anyone can engage in to restore freedom and prosperity The author is President and CEO of Blackhawk Partners, Inc., a private family office that has two major lines of business, private equity investments and advisory services, and physical commodities trading Compelling and persuasive, Economic Warfare reveals that wealth can be created in the new, post–crisis world, but investors need to understand that the rules of the game have changed.

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  • Hardcover: 212 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (24 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118150120
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118150122
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 16.2 x 23.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 276,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Amazon Exclusive: Q&A with Author Ziad K. Abdelnour

How do you view the protests against Wall Street and the disparity in U.S. wealth in the context of the themes of your book?
Occupy Wall Street as you know is an ongoing protest against social and economic inequality, greed and corruption in the US. The protesters believe that most of the wealth is controlled by only 1% of the population. The slogan "We are the 99%" was raised referring to the growing difference in wealth. I personally don’t see a problem with the protesters demonstrating as long as they have a clear message to convey and do it peacefully. Unfortunately their message is very fuzzy to say the least. I hope and I believe that “Economic Warfare” is the long awaited message that Occupy Wall Street will carry on to the world to effect a real change. This book is a "game changer" whether one likes it or not and time will prove it. As the famous French physicist Blaise Pascal used to say: "Justice and power must be brought together, so that whatever is just may be powerful, and whatever is powerful may be just."

Who do you think is winning the battle, the wealth creators or the wealth takers?
As long as President Obama is in power, the wealth takers will prevail. And I say this beyond any reasonable doubt. It is a fact that the public servants who are supposed to be working on our behalf, paid by our tax dollars and charged with working to ensure domestic tranquility and promotion of the general welfare, seem to be alternating today between an apparent ambivalence and an adversarial position where our fiscal inquiries are concerned. In the name of correcting the weaknesses in the financial system, these agents of the state have launched a full-blown assault on the true creators of wealth in this nation, while the small group who actually participated in, promoted, and profited from the latest economic crisis have walked away with millions of our dollars in their pockets. When capital flees America's shores and Obama is left with a nation of victims and government employees, it will not be long before his mendicants come knocking on the door of the White House demanding their monthly check the question will then be who is going to bail him out?

Given our economic problems and tumultuous political environment, what advice do you offer for individuals seeking to preserve and grow their wealth? Should they ride out the storm in conservative investments or are there pockets of opportunity?
I believe the best strategies for protecting your assets in these turbulent times ahead include getting out of stocks, bonds, and speculative real estate markets and reducing your debts as much as possible. Other specific recommendations fleshed out in the book:
• Convert your U.S.-backed assets such as cash into Swiss francs, kroners, or a couple of other strong currencies.
• Deposit your cash into offshore banks in Hong Kong, Panama, or other nations that have so far resisted the U.S. government’s assertion that citizenship means that everything you own is, by inference, the property of the federal government and that the IRS is the sole arbiter of how much of your assets you should be allowed to keep.
• Be smart about this and seek counsel from an expert in international private banking. It is legal to do if you do it correctly, but it can (and probably will) be made to look like something very illegal if you don't do it in the proper manner.
• If you are going to form a company in today's business environment, maximize your asset and identity protection by using a corporation organization formed in the state of Oklahoma, New Mexico, Indiana, Missouri, or Delaware. Form a revocable family living trust for estate purposes.
• If you invest, buy hard assets such as gold bullion, silver, diamonds, and a number of other commodities.
• Buy short-term government instruments and money market funds.
• Buy exchange-traded funds and stocks representing commodity businesses that will move up with the price of gold, silver, oil, and other commodities.
• Buy quality stocks that have paid dividends for many years and focus on companies that are in the food, water, and health businesses along with the ones that are in technologies that enable those types of companies. If you need to purchase real estate for the next few years, buy only residential and commercial real estate owned properties directly from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) or from lending institutions that presently own real estate in default. To make a long story short, set your goals and missions to meet the new global financial order.

Your life is a testament to the American Dream. Are the entrepreneurs you work with at Blackhawk Partners as optimistic as you were years ago, or has the tenor of the times stunted the "animal spirits" that drive new business formation?
This nation was founded on the principle of wealth creation. As a young Henry Clay said in the House of Representatives in 1812, "It [wealth creation] is a passion as unconquerable as any with which nature has endowed us. You may attempt to regulate—you cannot destroy it." That is supposed to be the federal government's primary objective. It is supposed to promote the creation of an environment conducive to the creation of wealth—not job creation, not bailouts, not subsidies, not expansion of the federal bureaucracy, and not providing lifetime support to those who choose not to take advantage of the innumerable opportunities that exist in this nation for them to create a better, more productive life for themselves. If we can turn around the tide at the next Presidential elections, I believe there is a very bright future ahead of us. If not, I am afraid we are in for an even bumpier road.

From the Inside Flap

America was created to be a land of opportunity, where the individual could take an idea, develop it, and create wealth in the process. Unfortunately, not everyone agrees with this notion. An enemy has arisen in our midst, one who has single–mindedly worked to subvert and even destroy this opportunity. Surprisingly, it is those we have elected and entrusted with managing our federal government and its burgeoningbureaucracies who are running the country into the ground. Operating under the arrogant delusion that theory is wiser than experience, they have given us an endless stream of programs. Instead of correcting our social ills, these programs have only exacerbated the problems and actually createdmore challenges due to the unintended consequences of incompetence, mismanagement, and corruption. Author Ziad Abdelnour, a financial veteran who′s made acareer of empowering entrepreneurs and creating opportunities, has been on the front line of battle in this economic war—a war between those who create wealth and those who believe they have some sort of divine mandate to appropriate it. Now, in Economic Warfare, Abdelnour lays out a plan for restoring economic freedom in the United States and around the world. Along the way, he reveals the true nature of the enemy that threatens to destroy the free market capitalist system that has made this nation great. He also shows where the weakening of our system began, how it was accomplished, and by whom. But unlike many books out there, Economic Warfare actually provides some strong and serious solutions for overcoming the forces against wealth creation, and lays out a strategy fornot only surviving in today′s turbulent financial environment,but regaining the economic freedom that has marked American exceptionalism. For nearly one hundred years, we have allowed our public servants to operate based upon the theory that bigger government is better government, no matter the cost. That theory has nearly destroyed us. Page by page, Economic Warfare Strips away the veneer to reveal the true agenda behind our expanding central government Describes the damage that has been inflicted upon the American economy in the last few years, making the case for the indisputable charge that we are involved inan economic war for survival Details Abdelnour′s personal strategies and vehicles for wealth creation, and outlines tools that can be used on a global scale Gives a rundown of areas in which we, the people, can and must demand accountability and fundamental change from the next administration that moves intothe White House And much more Armed with the insights found here, you′ll discoverwhy engaging in the wealth creation process, insteadof relying on big government and big business, is the best path to prosperity.

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I had anticipated Economic Warfare on the lead up to its release and when I received my copy it did not disappoint. The book was captivating from the start. You begin to realise there is a world out there that educational systems do not teach you about - the world of the wealth creators. People who think differently, contribute to vast amounts of the economic growth, push boundaries and cause business to become more efficient. The book is very thoroughly researched and well written - at times it feels like a fascinating historical account. Moreover, it is a mixture of technical insight into the nuts and bolts that underpin the financial system and some of the related issues and a personal account in which the author's vast industry experience and personal anecdotes come to bear. This book has truly inspired me to try and think from another perspective, it is rare to read a book which focuses on solutions to certain financial and economic ills. I think everyone interested in the economy, finance, wealth creation or even politics should read this book!
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One giveaway to "manufactured reviews" Is the number of reviewers who have never reviewed another book -- In the case of this book, the great majority of this book's reviewers have never reviewed another book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars not worth it. 6 Feb 2013
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very opinionated with few facts and figures. his views are very general and while I don't disagree with most of them, he should have backed them up with more documentation to prove his point. this book is very general and short. it's not horrible but not worth recommending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ben Owen 4 April 2014
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It is rare for me to read a book that I agree with wholeheartedly. "Economic Warfare: Secrets of Wealth Creation in the Age of Welfare Politics" by Ziad Abdelnour is an exception to the rule. This book is a primer for those wanting to know more about the confluence between economics and politics.

As a Wall Street Insider and a true Machiavellian, Mr. Abdelnour’s premise in Economic Warfare is fascinating. The premise is not how does society treat the poor, but how does it treat the most successful. Though not mentioned specifically in the book, Occupy Wall Street is a prime example. The slogan for that particular movement is, “We are the 99%,” implying the other 1% have an inordinate concentration of income and wealth, and are vile and evil money grubbers. You could almost rewrite the book’s premise as, it’s not how does society treat the 99%, but how does it treat the 1%.

What I liked best in the book is Mr. Abdelnour’s solid grasp on American history. If you are a history buff as I am, you will appreciate his historical analysis of the Founding Fathers. Ziad’s extended account of Alexander Hamilton taught me about mercantilism, and more importantly, Hamilton’s principle of perpetual debt, ultimately resulting in the Federal Reserve System created in 1913. Too bad Thomas Jefferson agreed to support Hamilton’s central banking plan, resulting in the federal debt. Ziad calls it for what it really is, a Ponzi scheme. And that’s what I like about the author, he’s calls things the way they really are. And speaking of that, he goes after the nine most powerful financiers in America, boldly names them, and then recommends to the reader how to outsmart them.

Mr. Abdelnour’s goal for the reader is to make obscene wealth. He illustrates this by telling the story of Carlos Slim Helu (the world’s richest man), as well as Steve Jobs and others. They created a market where there was none. And that’s the key to great wealth. Ziad writes, “Great wealth is often created by the launching of great surprises.” When I read that, I immediately thought of Apple’s iPhone. What a “great surprise” that was, being able to go on the Internet on your cell phone!

To sum it up, Economic Warfare is all meat, no fluff. Well written, cogent, and concise, it is never boring. I am looking forward to reading Ziad’s next book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bold, fearless, the work of a genious mind 2 April 2014
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Economic Warfare:Secrets of Wealth Creation in the Age of Welfare Politics is a book that goes deep into examining the very basis of our economic system as well as the very basis of what makes capitalism work. Or fail. It's a thorough investigation into how we can create wealth and limit government interference in all aspects of life particularly the economy. Government is viewed as the enemy. Government is evil. Government is the root of all problems.
Mr Abdelnour's approach is brilliant. It is certainly not the typical right wing limited babble. His approach is the result of a genious financial brain that systematically envisions solutions to our current economic downfall. Clear and realistic solutions in order to empower individuals toward wealth creation and boost entrepreneurship; which is the very heart of his discourse. The purpose is economic freedom, and ultimately an all encompassing freedom from any form of control. The return to the pure capitalist system of our Founding Fathers. Our inalienable rights.
Economic Warfare should be taught at the academic level. It offers an alternative and fresh philosophy. An analytical examination of our political and economic system. Mostly it's a bold and fearless approach with the ultimate purpose of demonstrating the uniqueness of the America. To me, it was a learning experience!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Deliciously Dangerous Book 16 Mar 2014
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Most authors pull punches, equivocate, kiss up to their audience, pander, and try not to offend for fear of losing one reader and getting one bad review. Ziad Abdelnour is not that kind of author. He is a breath of fresh air, a man who, agree with him or not, tells you exactly what he thinks and why. This is a man thoroughly qualified to write this book; a financial titan who has rubbed elbows with the biggest names on Wall Street -- and kicked many of them in the pants. He talks about the Wall Street-to-DC revolving door that has creating a game so fixed that few neophytes have a snowball's chance of getting truly ahead. His mission is to educate and knock down those invisible doors and barriers so that America can once again become an open society where everyone has a chance to not just survive, but dream and thrive.
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