Hello! And welcome back, my dearest Recovering Banksters, to the fountainhead of Ivory Tower narrative disruptions, produced by yours truly and, as usual, frothing forth from deep within the prairieland of Canada.
For anyone keeping count it’s thrilling to note we’ve reached the 25th instalment of grinding disruptions, begun about a year ago. But, the fun is only beginning. ‘Tis time to turn up the heat on all this disruption of the money, markets and investments narrative.
To commemorate the glorious occasion, I’ve decided to do a brief pause in the outright assault of the Ivory Tower so as to pontificate about this journey.
It may be that both long-time and newbie readers alike are still wondering what the point of the Recovering Bankster is. Perhaps it’s why you’re having difficulty sharing it with others in your circle of influence. This may also be a good time and place to shine a clearer light on this mission.
You repeatedly see me bloviate about “disrupting the Ivory Tower narrative” and talk about matters of “money, markets, and investments.” And these are great regular reminders about purpose.
But I still don’t think this is specific enough for some to catch on so, in honor of this momentous day, I think it’s time to come out of the closet and be crystal clear, even if it means losing readers along the way.
So, for anyone reading who's easily triggered, now’s the time to stop reading and "vamos". Otherwise, buckle up!
Did you catch that?
Allow me to hammer it home one more time. They are lying to you.
OK, still there? Great! Now, let’s expand on this proclamation.
Who? That should be somewhat clear. The banksters.
OK, now I know the next question – who are the banksters? I know I’ve never come out and specifically pointed the “Bankster” term at anyone and that’s mostly because the term is fluid and does not encompass the whole swath of a particular group.
For example, are some bankers part of the bankster cabal? Yes. Are all bankers? No, and to dig deeper, those bankers who are banksters, some are keenly aware they are of the bankster ilk, even basking in the perceived glory of such a position, while others are more so caught in the web through association and may not even realize it.
Moreover, a big portion of the political power structure is also ensnared in the Bankster term. But, again, not every politician is. There are a select few trying to fight the system from within and they deserve credence and a helping hand.
Now, the “what”. What are they lying about? It’s possible that there are many things they are lying about. I don’t know. What I concentrate on, as I keep harping on, is money, markets and investments. Not much more to elaborate on here.
What about the “how”?
And the answer here is also simple – through media, supposed advice and, most importantly, education, or lack thereof in terms of money, markets and investments. When’s the last time you heard students learning about personal finance, much less the ins and outs of how monetary and fiscal policy impacts us as individuals?
Lastly, the all-important “why”. Why are you being lied to about money, markets and investments? Quite frankly it’s because money is power and influence over you. Simply put, he who controls your money controls your life.
Now, by no means is that my confirmation that, as the saying goes, “money is the root of all evil”. Far from it!
Money is a tool which, yes, could be used for evil but no more than anything else. Knowledge, for example. Is knowledge used simply for good? I strongly suspect not. The same can be argued with drugs. But you get the idea. Same goes for money.
In my view, I argue that it’s the lust for power and domination over others that is the evil. This is why money is routinely tangled up in conversations on root of all evil.
As I’ve mentioned in the past, I was seduced by the bankster side for many years. I worked within the halls of the financial industrial complex for over a decade. I can’t say I regret it though, as it empowered me with experiences and knowledge that would be difficult, if not impossible, to come by any other way. And the time empowered me with "street cred" to now stand here before you and vociferate about these all-important matters.
What I have yet to disclose to many in this RB community is that for many years I was enamored with politics, especially the power wielded within the halls of government.
Need proof? In grade 2, I recall our class being given an assignment to draw a picture of who we wanted to be when we grew up. Naturally, you had students drawing teachers, lawyers, doctors and so on. This fellow? No, no, no! I drew myself as Prime Minister of Canada! What can I say? I started early.
But after much studying, observing and meditation throughout life, I was also able to extract myself from the claws of that seduction. So, I do understand how powerful that political whiff is.
There came a time though, when I understood that neither the financial industrial complex nor government power were going to help me achieve my life’s goals and purpose. Though many reasons were evident, primary and overarching reasoning is the lack of alignment of values, objectives and morals.
Allow me to pose you an example, one that I hope resonates and delivers the ultimate understanding payload.
One of my goals in life is to become financially free. Yes, I have dollar amounts in mind but that’s not important here. What’s important to focus on is that I don’t want to have to rely on a pay cheque to live and enjoy life.
A career within the financial industrial complex was not going to get me there. Even if, by some miracles of miracles, I became CEO of a bank, while the pay and compensation is nothing to frown upon, it’s not true financial freedom. You’re still shackled to corporate and societal expectations. Is that freedom?
And here’s a question for you to ponder – name one person you know directly who became wealthy and free through the advice of Banksters? Banksters get rich off the non-Banksters, not the other way around. This runs counter to my system of morals. I cannot take advantage of others, especially in matters whereby the playing field is so tilted, just to "get rich".
This is the reality that I wish to wake people up to. What you hear or read or are being told is not in your best interest. It might be if you’re happy with being a Borg drone connected to a Borg collective, sleeping when you’re told, consuming what you’re told, living what you’re told.
Me? No thanks. I’d rather take my chances in the unassimilated world, a world outside of the matrix, if you will.
Now, while I’m not going to go all political here, I do want to say that this episode’s content is very timely, in my humblest of views.
The events of the past few months, culminating in the events at the U.S. Capitol in Washington and the subsequent silencing operations on social media in the first days of 2021 should not be dismissed.
But stop right there. This is not a defense of the current sitting president. I’ll keep reiterating until I’m blue in the face that I don’t carry water for any sides.
That does NOT mean I can’t voice concerns about what is happening with the silencing of so many people by upper echelon Banksters doing their utmost best to crush opposition and grasp more power.
Quite frankly, I’m sick and tired of the hypocrisy oozing all around us. And it is this hypocrisy which is the first layer that needs to be peeled back in matters of money, markets and investments.
And then, all of those people who ignore what’s happening will later play the victim card. “Oh, I didn’t know this was happening. Woe is me…”. Blah, blah, blah.
Now, I acknowledge the “we need to squash hate” motive; it’s admirable but foolhardy. Why? Simple. What is hate? Just as one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, one man’s object of hate is another man’s love in life. It’s a slippery slope to try to squash some hate just because you don’t agree with it. Who’s to say and judge what hate is and what isn’t? Keep this in mind for a few minutes. I’ll circle back to it in a moment.
So why am I bringing this up here and now? What does it have to do with the Recovering Banskter? For any longtime listeners, you know I have five principles I work diligently to engrain in my life. For those new listeners, allow me to summarize them here:
Live your life dependent on no one person nor any one institution, save for yourself, your family and immediate community.
2. Personal Optimization
Live a life of always trying to be better today than yesterday.
3. Free-Market Capitalism
Reap the rewards of your own efforts and pay for the consequences of your own mistakes. Do not expect others to take the brunt of your errors.
4. Free Will
The right to make choices about your own life as long as you do not initiate harm against others, which includes not stealing the property and efforts of others.
Choose courage over comfort; choose what is right over what is fun, fast or easy; and practice your values rather than simply professing them.
Now let’s focus in on number 3 – Free-Market Capitalism. I’m sure there are people out there, though unlikely to be listeners of this podcast, who “hate” free-market capitalism. So, should they have the right to shut this podcast down? Would it not be more productive to have a civilized debate instead?
What about things I “hate”…or maybe despise is the better word? I despise socialism and communism, yet we don’t see anyone running to silence espousers of such philosophies. In fact, it’s common place to see Che Guevara or Mao t-shirts lining the streets of North America.
Or perhaps you hate my principal of self-reliance? You’d rather live cradle-to-grave at the government’s teat? OK, so are you going to shutdown my voice because I think self-reliance is a better form of living? Why don’t I have the right to shut you down for your “cradle-to-grave” dole out way of living life?
Anyways, I’ve gone on longer than usual and perhaps on a tangential topic not befitting this audience but I felt it was something I needed to get off my chest. Who knows, maybe one day the podcast will be made to bow down to this culture of wokeness and subsequently erased from the ether of history. But, at least you, dear listener, will know what I stood for and why I went down swinging.
If a chord I have struck with you today, I invite you to bring others to be part of our community. It’s seems we’re living in a time of greater divide, leaving many people feeling disconnected from a community of people who believe many of the same things. Why not make the connections now, rather than scrambling to do so when it’s too late?
In any case, I’ll continue on with my quest to bring up and eviscerate any outrageous news I come across with matters of money, markets and investments, every week, to help you on your journey of unplugging from the financial industrial matrix.
Then again, what do I know? These are just the rantings of a Recovering Bankster.