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why are the puppeteers missing?
on 12 February 2012
This book, subtitled "unmasking the men who bankrupted the world" does no such thing.
At the end the authors correctly state: "People also felt that a great crime had been committed, yet there was not going to be a great punishment...Much of what took place...was immoral, unjust, craven, delusional behaviour..." Then incredibly they claim "but it wasn't criminal. The most clear-cut cases of corruption - the brokers who tricked people into bad mortgages, the Wall Street bankers who knowingly packaged bad mortgages - are in the shadows, cogs inside the wheels..."
Huh? They finger only those silly, young employees who were greedy but ignorant (and hired precisely for their credulity) for doing what they were told to do by their corrupt bosses, when those bosses were the ones who got the millions in bonuses? As an example, the book recounts how, in 2006, the head of the largest US mortgage lender, Countrywide, described one of his own mortgages as "the most dangerous product in existence and there can be nothing more toxic" but (of course) did nothing to replace it.
He ultimately left a bankrupt Countrywide after also pocketing over 150million from selling his stock at the peak - while year after year mortgage industry practices continued to get worse and worse. But, in the end, the authors blame only the mortgage brokers at the bottom of this food chain? No: follow the money - upwards.
Also, why no mention that the whole sorry story is totally psychopathic? While it is being admitted - mostly with a helpless shrug - that most corporations appear to be psychopathic, that's like blaming reckless driving on cars. The drivers controlling the vehicles are the law breakers.
Actually very few psychopaths are serial killers; in fact most are clever and appear charming, which confuses the rest of us, who've been trained to think of the likes of Brady/Hindley and Dr Shipman (in the UK) and Al Bundy (in the US). Psychopaths are often highly charismatic, but their greedy actions reveal their chronic inability to feel guilt, remorse or even anxiety about negative consequences to others.
Search online for a fastcompany article "Is Your Boss a Psychopath?" just one of an increasing number of books and articles revealing big-name CEOs to be psychopaths. Psychopaths believe they are entitled to steal with impunity and feel only contempt for the moral majority but all theft is against your inherent and inalienable basic rights: we ALL have the right of full disclosure. No one may steal anything; not your money, not your livelihood, not your property, not your body, not your life.
"Freedom" by Veronica Chapman is an eye-opening primer on your basic rights. It may be possible (but unlikely) that no statutes were broken but it is certain that the basic law was consistently ignored. Mis-selling is a crime and no amount of smoke and mirrors can change that. Laws have clearly been broken, and massively. It is tragic to have to conclude that those at the top - of the financial sector, politics, and the military-industrial complex - are all part of a criminal cabal; psychopaths protected and rewarded by the puppeteers.
Shouldn't the spotlight - in a book subtitled "unmasking the men who bankrupted the world" - have been on those puppeteers? This book, and others like it, recounts the stories playing out on the stage, conveniently ignoring everything behind the scenes. Come to that, who was controlling the Bushistas, the CLInts, Obama ("change, now") and other figureheads? It's not difficult, just follow the money ... to the 10 richest "families" (many think of the Rothschild and Rockefeller families but even they are "bankers" for those with much more hidden wealth including the Vatican and the English "royal" family - which openly do not pay taxes). Then ask why these psychopaths are stealing even more trillions; malevolently trashing our planet and deliberately creating even more worldwide suffering.
It's more than time to pull their teeth, instead of letting these psychopaths continue to own and manipulate everything (politics/governments, finance/economy, war/terrorism, "health"care, drugs (legal and illegal), prostitution, energy resources, schooling, food supplies, news/entertainment, transportation, you name it) to our detriment while we practically worship them. A common thief goes to prison while these financial rapists are mostly glorified: the richer they are, the more adulation we give them.
How is it possible that psychopaths are estimated at 4 per cent of the population but overwhelmingly infest the top of all systems? Cooking recipes specify that scum needs to be skimmed as it rises to the top. How is the recipe for humanity any different?
We are seeing the end-game now - for them or for us, WE get to choose. They have the control, for now anyway, but we (the masses) have the power. Just say "no". It's more than time for change: real change, right change.