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Gregory Pipkins

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Creating a simplified (as possible) understanding of the global banking system and the way economics work.

I'd love to hear a TED talk that explains the financial system in a way that is clear, concise and can be taught to a 6th grader. Maybe I'm reaching, but I don't mind :)

I think so many of my own struggles with finance stem from a lack of understanding the principles that found the system of monetary exchange the world operates on.

Informed people make better decisions. That's my theory. So, the idea I'm proposing is to seek out the person or team of individuals who could present the scenario of our economic system in a fun, simple, and relevant way using examples that we can all understand and relate to down to a Jr. High level, and then, to give us advice on ways we can fundamentally change our and our communities' economic health for the better, for the long run.


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    Mar 9 2013: A foundation has been laid already. Here's a QUOTE: "The 5 Objectives of the Federal Reserve System: 1) Stop the growth of competition in banking. 2) Obtain a franchise to create money out of nothing to be used for lending. 3) Gain control of the cash reserves of all banks so the more reckless ones can be exposed to currency drains and bank runs [thus creating a cartel]. 4) Get taxpayers to cover the cartel's inevitable losses. 5) Convince Congress that this is all to protect the public."- Ed Griffin, The Creature From Jekyll Island, ch.1.
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      Mar 9 2013: I am sympathetic and somewhat familiar with this brand of thinking, Mr. Long. However, I've been suspicious, distraught, and downright angry to the point of exhaustion for so long that now I need concrete evidence and understanding. Still, I recognize that the complexity of the issue and the desire to keep the system confusing and far from kitchen table conversation is at play here. That's why I'd love to have it broken down by a funny, compassionate, economist and/or someone simply in the know who can make it all relevant. I think I'm interested enough that it doesn't necessarily have to be "funny" or even "compassionate", but I think it would help to keep a larger audience's attention.
      • Mar 10 2013: try going to wiki for fractal banking and central banking and follow the threads from that I googled and wiki a lot about this topic after watching Zeitgeist: Addendum and couldn't believe what I learned the movie simplifies banking so that you can get the gist of it the learn more as you go forth
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        Mar 10 2013: You idea for a factual but entertaining presentation is not without merit, but alas, I don't think it is likely that anyone who is capable of meeting such a difficult demand would be willing to do so. The market for the instruction you seek is quite limited. There is no fame or fortune to be gained. Most folks don't want to know how the global economy works and the few who do are soon plunged into the exhaustion, confusion, and anger you speak of. I have suggested a book (you really should read it) and Mr.Harder has offered sound advice. Another book called Secrets of the Temple, by William Greider is helpful but nowhere near as eye-opening, informative, and digestable as Griffin's work. Know this for certain, the Federal Reserve System and the IMF are the primary tools being used by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) to establish global Socialism. No one who is sold-out to the current system is going to put anything in the way of their own gravy train. I think we must educate ourselves and not wait for someone to make it all clear to us.
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          Mar 10 2013: What is your take on those in power creating a world wide currency?
        • Apr 6 2013: to pat if its not to late for you to read this. not only do i agree that we should have a world wide currencey but i also had the thought that all products and all services profits should be goverened to no more than X percent over bottom line costs of making said product and or services. what do you think? ya i know the people with the money would never let it happen but what do you think of the concept?

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