The Solari Report:
1st Quarter 2015 Wrap-Up: Planet Debt

Rearranging the Planet

"The United States can pay any debt it has because we can always print money to do that. So there is zero probability of default." – Alan Greenspan

Throughout history, empire builders have struggled to develop mechanisms to expand and maintain control of territory and people. Their intention was not simply to invade and to occupy, but to do so economically. An empire must be grown and governed in a manner that is financially feasible; otherwise it shrinks, implodes or is lost to others.

I. Theme: Planet Debt

  1. Challenges for the Imperialist
  2. Debt and the Databeast
  3. Financial Coup d'Etat
  4. Global and Domestic Blowback
  5. Harvesting Human Resources
  6. Mandating Markets for Monopolists

Challenges for the Imperialist

How do you invade a population in a manner that elicits little or no effective resistance? Once seized, how do you manage and harvest the human and natural resources to ensure that the acquisition is profitable? How do you persuade the local population to support your harvesting for minimal enforcement costs? And how will you maintain momentum and growth? The more you seek to acquire new territories, the greater the risk that others will see you coming and organize against you, thus increasing your costs and risk of acquisition.

This is akin to the challenges faced by real estate developers as they attempt to consolidate a large amount of land with multiple owners. The goal is to operate under the radar in order to suppress prices and to reduce resistance while trying to get the “whole enchilada.”

If history has taught us any lesson, it is that utilizing standing armies to achieve one’s objectives via force can be very expensive. In contrast, ensnaring populations with legal and financial mechanisms which serve the empire and which are enforced by the local aristocracy is preferable: it is more efficient and less costly.

The use of debt and financial arrangements is a more efficient way to project power and to centralize control rather than doing so with visible force and standing armies.

The Holy Roman Empire

As the Roman Empire matured, it brought its armies back to center and left the Holy Roman Church in place to manage its interests. The Church, functioning as both an intelligence and investment network, provided a much more strategic and economical tool for managing an empire than standing armies. For the Church, two thousand years of tax-free returns and diplomatic immunity supported by what is now one billion members who confessed weekly (creating what was, until recently, the ultimate control file and intelligence network) along with paying a 10% tithe for the privilege, has proven to be one of the most powerful investment models the world has ever known.

In modern times, this model has been emulated in novel ways.

The British Empire

The rise of the British Empire depended on the control of global sea lanes combined with superior intelligence networks and the ability to deliver covert and overt violence efficiently. Ultimately, to out-compete the Chinese dynasty (which some historians believe had bankrupted the Roman Empire and was poised to do the same to England) the British fought back with opium. From the Opium Wars forward, drug trafficking and addiction became a critical component of profitable empire building.

Managing target populations is one issue. But, another aspect of economic empire building is managing a home base population and the constituencies that will run the empire’s business and operations.

The development of central banks, the banking system and the bond market significantly enhanced the British and European model. Financing wars with debt as opposed to a pay-as-you-go model meant that the home-base population would experience financial benefits of war before any bills came due. This was an important point, as a population must provide its own soldiers, many of which will be maimed and killed (although drones, robotics, and cloning may eventually change this). If military efforts are successful, war debts can be paid off through the economic dividends of conquest. Successful conquest then becomes a form of leveraged buyout. But, the cost to the home-base population can be unacceptably burdensome if the harvesting is suboptimal.

The Anglo-American Alliance

As a result of the Bretton Woods Agreement near the end of the WWII, America emerged with the US dollar as the world’s reserve currency and its military as the primary “enforcer.” America’s natural resources and population provided the capacity to assume the costs of maintaining a global empire.

The Anglo-American alliance continued to depend on the central banking-warfare model developed by the Europeans. In this model, a central bank manufactures debt to create liquidity and military forces ensure that debt in the form of currency, notes and bonds is accepted in exchange for valuable natural resources.

The Americans financed their growing global presence with a number of tactics designed to rapidly accumulate significant pools of capital:

  1. They created a hidden system of finance with gold and other assets that were seized at the end of the war and opened their markets to global narcotics trafficking. This permitted the financing of unaccountable global covert operations and assets, including the development of powerful technology and weaponry.
  2. They instituted a network of pension and government retirement plans through which the American people channeled significant savings via government and institutional control to finance the rise of multinational corporations. These corporations assumed ownership of global assets and operations.
  3. In 1971, President Nixon cancelled the convertibility of the US dollar into gold, thus creating a fiat currency with no intrinsic value, which could be exchanged for goods and services globally. With this move, the United States created the capacity to issue a near infinite amount of debt, as interest and principal could always be paid off with money created out of thin air.

The systematic harvesting of countries around the globe has been ongoing since WWII, whether by encouraging nations to issue debt (particularly dollar denominated debt) or to accept US currency and to buy US debt. It is not surprising that some of the largest purchasers of US Treasury securities are nations with a significant US military presence.

Another efficient method of building out a global empire is to replace local leaders with puppets who facilitate centralized political and economic control while maintaining the appearance of national sovereignty. Economic hit men move in to reengineer a local economy and to entrap it in debt. This generates more ownership and cheap natural resources as well as construction and engineering contracts for preferred corporate and investment players. Countries soon find themselves saddled with significant debt and financially dependent on the central empire. If the leadership objects, assassinations or political opposition ensure that new puppets take the helm. Debt is no longer a financial transaction – it is a tool to control and harvest.

Debt and the Databeast

This brings us to the extraordinary technological developments in recent decades with digital computing, telecommunications systems, and satellites in the suborbital platform. These technologies have created global surveillance and intelligence systems as well as financial transaction and payment systems; these can be managed with artificial intelligence to apply the economic hit man model not only at a national level but also at the community and individual level. These systems operate on a highly economic basis.

With software and databases doing all the work, running a “hit” on households earning $35,000 a year can generate quite a profit: origination fees and interest on credit cards, subprime mortgages, student loans, bounced check and late fees. Best of all, debt relief ensures that young people will join the military or go to work for large corporations: debt can be a persuasive recruiting mechanism.

This means that invisible, economic warfare is now a profitable business when applied to the harvesting of individuals on scale. The firepower designed to force countries into submission can now be applied to each man, woman and child in the system on a granular, real-time basis.

During the past thirty years, Americans have experienced increasing dependence on computers with operating system trap doors, phones scanned by US intelligence and enforcement agencies and extraordinary data-collection and integration by private corporations paid with US tax dollars. The result is not only a “one way mirror” as described by Edward Snowden and Glen Greenwald (and by NSA whistleblowers William Binney and Tom Drake), but also a delivery mechanism for entrainment technology and subliminal programing (see Entrainment, Subliminal Programming and Financial Manipulation). The system is both a one-way mirror providing rich surveillance and economic intelligence and one-way mind control impacting the recipient’s allocation of time, resources and decision-making.

The genius of such a system can be seen when comparing it to the Holy Roman Church. Digital information systems can compile control files much faster than church confessionals. They also extract more than a 10% tithe while delivering mind control without the cost of maintaining a "store front" presence. It is not surprising that the Catholic Church was saddled with sole responsibility for the pedophilia scandals. They were bested by the application of digital technology to create a new, more efficient control model.

Instituting zero-integrity information systems has not been without resistance – it has required the targeting, financial and legal destruction or assassination of countless government and business leaders and citizens who have opposed the unlawful violation of individual and organizational privacy and sovereignty.

Not surprisingly, the successful integration of these systems has coincided with increased government and central bank intervention in financial markets and the increased centralization of wealth and political power.

What has evolved is the ultimate financial entrapment operation in which one set of players:

  • Creates fiat money and lends at zero expense
  • Maintains an unlawful information advantage that violates the laws related to material omissions in financial transactions, fraudulent inducement and predatory lending
  • Engages in dirty tricks that impact the borrower’s ability to pay
  • Legislates laws and regulations which make it profitable to lend to people who fail and cannot pay back their debt principal

Our telecommunications, computing and media systems serve political and financial monopolies, not retail customers. Rather, these systems are part of an integrated financial apparatus, which is designed to harvest the customer.

So much for market economics.

Financial Coup d’Etat

We are witnessing a world divided into a two camps. One camp has the capacity to lend an infinite amount of money and the other is systematically required to 1) serve the first, 2) borrow or 3) be enticed into dependency on government subsidies. Not surprisingly, the government subsidies are financed with debt sold to the second camp’s pension funds or the harvesting of its local economy and natural resources.

We have created the conditions in which debt can entrap an entire planet. The financial coup d’etat and the leveraged buyout of planet earth have continued beyond the 2007-12 bailout period. This is a way to reengineer the global governance system.

Until recently, the US had been moving aggressively to complete the shift of the entire global economy into a G-7 dominated model that began with the end of the Cold War, the adoption of the Uruguay round of GATT and the creation of the World Trade Organization (see Financial Coup d’Etat).

Following the events of September 11, military invasions targeted countries, which had maintained or encouraged financial independence outside the G-7 dominated system. This included consolidating control over Middle Eastern oil supplies. Bailouts enriched the G-7 establishment and large lending institutions. New legislation extended US jurisdiction and enforcement powers over global banks and financial institutions. And this legislation required transparency of global financial flows to US intelligence and enforcement agencies.

Global and Domestic Blowback

Then a series of NSA whistleblowers culminating in Edward Snowden enabled both US allies and targets to appreciate the extent to which the Americans had compromised global telecommunications, the Internet and computing systems. This inspired pushback as foreign governments sought to preserve information and financial sovereignty as prerequisites to maintaining national sovereignty and wealth.

Russia and Brazil announced steps to create their own Internet and payment systems. Following information sovereignty, however, the next step was to improve financial sovereignty outside the dollar and US system. Russia and China announced plans for a new rating agency. Numerous BRIC nations announced currency swaps to facilitate direct trade and settlement. China organized the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (after announcing they would not reserve a veto) and attracted numerous European nations as members. Frustrated by the delay in restructuring the IMF, many European members joined the AIIB in March of 2015 over the strong objection of the United States.

It appears that Mr. Global did not want to depend solely on the United States to build out the global financial system. The Hegelian dialect is at play: the BRICS are building out a Plan B.

The United States’ global effort has stalled in more ways than one. For several years, American agreements – the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the European Trade Alliance, and the restructuring of the IMF – have been mired in Congress as politicians dealt with constituents’ objections to the cost of foreign wars and a shrinking middle class. This is a reaction to the centralized engineering of falling incomes, the pump-and-dump of the housing market and various forms of debt entrapment.

Now that taxes have been paid on April 15th, there is a new push to fast track the TPP. Let’s see what happens.

Harvesting Human Resources

The greatest broadside of the American people, however, is just beginning. Two of the most significant economic activities in the 3100 counties (local economies) that make up America are health care and education. Not coincidentally, health care practitioners and teachers represent the two most important aspects of what remains of US middle class “backbone.”

Federal mandates are requiring that health care records be digitized while the Affordable Housing Act is essentially forcing health care financial flows into corporate hands.

Digitization of records and standardization of treatment will permit more than a trillion dollars in labor costs to be squeezed out of the health care sector. This has produced quite a windfall for equities as health care has lead the US stock market to outperform global markets for several years (see Stock Profits of Obamacare).

The same process is underway with the mandating of the common core curriculum and standardized testing in grades K-12. This begins the reengineering of the education process and will significantly reduce the need for and the authority of teachers.

Federally mandated reforms, if successful, will permit corporations to assume profitable ownership and control of a much greater portion of the education system: everything from software and online systems to the construction and management of charters schools. If federal legislation mandates vouchers that carry an obligation to use federally regulated curriculum, corporate involvement will likely explode.

Classrooms and online systems will soon provide direct access to children by large corporations and intelligence agencies. With the ability to integrate these flows with those coming from health care records and financial systems, the real harvesting begins.

Mandating Markets for Monopolists

For the oligarchs, the beauty of this system is that local taxpayers will pay to educate a small work force trained to run their monopolies while marginalizing the rest of the children. The oligarchs would certainly not want these children to become entrepreneurs who start business that threaten those monopolies!

When you look at the potential that the reengineering of health care and education systems has to create monopoly profits – both income and stock market value – you can appreciate why the US leadership wanted the general population over a financial barrel. Whether deeply in debt or financially dependent on government subsidies (which are financed by debt sold to their pension funds), we are witnessing another form of leveraged buyout.

The American people have often been successful in resisting the overreach of leadership when the health and safety of their children are involved. Gun control, mandated vaccines, fresh food, home schooling: these have all represented political failures for those attempting to control centrally.

Hence, it will be interesting to see whether the push for information and financial sovereignty by the BRICS will connect with the domestic pushback by the remnants of the American middle class. This group includes the health care practitioners and teachers whose income will be reengineered away by corporations seeking profitable access to the minds, spirits and bodies of children…without the intervening supervision of teachers and doctors.

Perhaps a successful political effort will be aided by the realization that federal mandates of the US health care and education systems are really one organized plan. This plan will privatize a large share of the US economy into private monopolies funded by taxpayer mandates.

Once again, so much for market economics. Perhaps this is why so many oligarchs finance academic and think tank books, articles and lectures suggesting that our problems are the result of “market forces.”

Ultimately, this means that the politics of debt within the US have the potential to connect with the politics of debt outside the US. Domestically or globally, debt has been used by the US and the G-7 leadership to consolidate global control and to compromise national and individual sovereignty. That leadership has been able to implement their will simply by issuing more currency and debt and by throwing more money at the problem.

However, they are now running into informed opposition: people who reject their model at any price. In combination, their enemies and opposition have significant political clout and – among the nation states – powerful weaponry.

It is not surprising that the US is moving to negotiate deals with Iran and Cuba. The US leadership is facing too many open flanks and enemies all at once.

The ongoing question for the Solari Report is, what is the endgame of exploding debt levels and what can you and I do about it? We will be engaging in this conversation with you on an ongoing basis.

In anticipation of that conversation, let’s review the current state of global debt.

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