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Sandip Sen

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Will Bankers or the People dominate economic decision making? What is the Future of Democracy?

Global economic policies are being increasingly framed by Banks

Key Questions:
A) Should Banks be recapitalized repeatedly to grow bigger?
B) Can Central Banks Be Trusted To Manage The Global Economy?
C) Are Banks Competant to find solutions?
D) Will A Banker’s Solution Help The Average Citizen
E) Are Banks managing Elected Leaders?

Let us see and debate on what happened recently.

IN THE US : The Federal Reserve pumped in trillions of dollars through QE1 and QE2 in order to ensure liquidity . It enabled Wall Street banks to corner commodities, oil and metals and caused massive price hikes that further tempered global demand As per Gallup and NYS data the Fed initiative had no positive effect on economic growth or jobs and led to protest.
IN ASIA AND AFRICA : Inflation raged in the emerging world including China and India. Central Banks hiked interest rates to control inflation . The supply chain inadequacies were not addressed, but money supply squeezed. This only helped in further rising of prices and dampened growth. Sharp rise in food prices contributed to the start of the Arab Springs.
IN NORTH EUROPE : Rich north European and EU nations pumped in liquidity to prop up banks. Like in the US recapitalization of Banks were done but toxic assets not written off. The added liquidity led to futures market speculation, price rise and protests in London and Rome.
IN EUROZONE : The ECB, the IMF and IIF (the banking lobby) indirectly took over policy making of growth hit high deficit Eurozone economies, like Greece, Spain and Portugal. Severe spending cuts were imposed and growth became near zero or negative in absence of liquidity. Structural reforms like internal competitiveness deregulation and issues of high exports from Germany to Eurozone taking advantage of Euro parity were not addressed. Poverty and joblessness rose in cash starved Eurozone, as protests broke out from Athens to Madrid.

Despite the 2008 Bank crisis, it is Banks that make key decisions !!!

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    Nov 21 2011: Greetings,
    Personally I believe that Capitalism as it stands has outgrown it's usefulness in this world. This includes the use of Banks world wide. We live in a finite world with limited resources. As long as we pretend that "someday I'll have everything I need to be happy (rich)", we continue to prolong the problem (25,000 die daily from starvation) and bring our species closer to a decimation point. This point being where there will be a cataclysmic reduction in population due to Disease, War, and Natural/ unnatural catastrophe. All of which are compounded by the inequality in the financial world which does not allow a large portion of the population to have food, health care, or a place to live in safety without fear of violence.
    The answer for sustainability and happiness for the greatest amount of people lies in the removal of the monetary based reward system. A revamping of Education and legislative moves towards creating a resource based economy. Nation by Nation until it is adopted around the world.
    Then we may find we no longer need an elected government but rather can do it our selves. Peace~
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      Nov 21 2011: You are right to an extent when you say it has outgrown its usefulness in this world.......I still believe in free market economics,but the problem is that today we do not have free markets anymore Bankers have hijacked free markets by the virtue of fictional paper money and helped create mountains of debt,to first distort and then control free markets. A free market is an equal opportunities market. But today credit is not available to the puny physical commodity traders while Banks awash with liquidity gobble them up.... result is a failure of the free trading markets, price rise ,inequality etc.

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