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11 Reasons Why Volunteering Is Something That You Don’t Want To Miss Out On

1.) You can travel the world on very little resources

Whether it’s New York City, the Amazonas jungle in Brazil, a surfspot in Bali, a farm in the Swiss Alps or a natural reserve in the Kalahari Desert—in virtually every corner of this planet there is a place where you can volunteer.

2.) You will discover new places from the inside

Instead of arriving and staying somewhere as a tourist, you get a good idea of how it is to live there. Of course, you also have the time to go on expeditions, with the added bonus of being equipped with local knowledge from your hosts.

3.) You will grow your business or develop business expertise

Got an awesome business idea but need some help or specific skills to get it started? Register on a volunteering website and you’ll be connected to a whole world of enthusiastic, self-motivated and creative people, ready to engage in your project. Even if you’re merely renovating your garage or need help with cleaning or language practice—there will be folks messaging you from all over the world just to have the opportunity to engage with a foreign culture or learn some new skills.

As a volunteer, you have the chance to learn just about any skill you can think of. On top of that, you can also learn more about the mindset of an entrepreneur, which is indispensable if you seek to increase the degree of freedom and independence in your own life. You will see how your host assesses and utilizes opportunities and obstacles in ways that may open your eyes to the abundant possibilities that you have in terms of becoming the creator of your own path in life.

4.) You will connect with warmhearted, adventurous, bright and creative people

After years of getting around and meeting tons of travelers in their prime, I hear them express the same sentiment time and again; people want to work, they want to get involved, they want to be part of something beautiful and uplifting—and they’re willing to get their hands dirty. What they’re not willing to do, however, is commit to a job that fills their bank accounts but leaves their souls empty and restless. The luxury of doing something they enjoy in a project they believe is worthwhile easily compensates for less cash in their pockets. They live nowand they know it.

As for the folks hosting volunteers, they are often the ones creating the kinds of projects that are infused with a very pronounced positive spirit—grass roots enterprises that are slowly but surely changing the world, seeking to empower humanity instead of focusing on making financial profits only.

While most people have very positive experiences, there may sometimes be obstacles that appear between hosts and volunteers for whatever reason, but in my experience they’re fortunately few and far between. You will of course always find something in others that doesn’t quite rub you the right way, but if you remember to frequently strike a balance and check if the benefits of collaboration outweigh the hassle that comes with the inevitable occasional conflict or misunderstanding, you are bound to have a positive overall experience.

5.) You are pioneering new social, political and economical models

At its basis, the concept of voluntarily agreeing to work with one another is free market anarcho-capitalist—two parties negotiate the terms of cooperation freely. In practice, where usually food and accomodation is given in exchange for half a day’s work, you could call it a socialist model. On some projects, improvising and making the most out of little resources is the modus operandi, which resembles a resource-based economy. The businesses that are created with the help of volunteers are often sharply focused on making a positive difference in people’s lives and facilitating strong win-win situations anchored on solid economic ground.

6.) Your people skills will increase dramatically

It is widely known that traveling broadens your horizon, as the German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said, “The best education for an intelligent person is found in traveling.” When you combine traveling with living and working amongst locals, you take that learning experience even further. You will be exposed to a whole world of personalities, customs, traits and lifestyles in a constant stream of new impressions flowing through your sensory system. Processing and interacting with these realities will greatly challenge and expand your social abilities in general.

7.) You will make interesting new friends and may even fall in love

Essentially, there are three groups of people you will meet—globetrotters like yourself, daredevil entrepreneurs and the everyday locals. The first two groups often have a very strong drive and a real buzz about them, so don’t be surprised to find yourself at a dinner table listening in to a vivid exchange between scientists and mystics, or alternatively as part of an island expedition with a film crew who need you as part of their surf documentary. Nightly acrobatics sessions in the park or improvised concerts may become a common occurrence in your life.

8.) You will discover a new, alternative economy

If you can’t find a good employment situation on the regular job market, consider getting involved with the work exchange community. Usually you’ll meet people who do business in a way that is based on concepts like honesty, sustainability, responsibility and the genuine welfare of human beings and the planet as a whole.

While the old economy is crumbling, work exchange platforms such as Workaway, HelpX, WWOOF or The POOSH are growing in leaps and bounds. Here’s your chance to be part of it, learn new skills and network with like-minded people to create and propel new business ideas and ways of living.

9.) You will get involved with fascinating projects

A bunch of adventurers going off-grid in the Andes? Working with huskies in Finland? Being part of a diving school or learning about new energy technologies and sustainable construction? Pick your party. Skill sharing among volunteers is also common, and with so many inspired people crossing paths it’s not unlikely to meet people to begin new ventures with.

10.) You will spice up this world and create amazing places

By contributing your brain, heart and muscles to a project, you will breathe life into it and strengthen its foundation. Thus a loose network of countless beacons of creativity and inspiration continues to grow globally.

11.) You will come alive

The first rule of success in the volunteering sector is to get involved with enthusiasm. In most scenarios you’ll be challenged in various ways simultaneously, so to approach it with a lukewarm spirit will at best keep you from making new, riveting experiences and at worst create tension between host and volunteer. However, if you muster up the courage and take the plunge, you will be met with exhilarating and maybe life-changing encounters—not only with people from all over the world, but also with yourself.

How To Heal Ourselves

As time moves on, the emphasis among the great variety of subjects in the alternative arena is shifting. Today it’s common knowledge for virtually everybody who follows alternative news that 9/11 was in some way a staged event and that false flags are a common occurrence, that a rather tiny criminal class is indeed out there subverting nations and societies around the globe through their control of key positions in the global power structure, and that many wondrous things do or may well exist, from aliens to beings and energy in the unseen and even more.

There is a significant and still quickly growing number of people who for one reason or another have concluded that they have to play an active part in order to make a difference now, to turn things around on the planet and manifest an environment for ourselves and all of humanity that is characterized by freedom, respect and dignity.

We are at a point where there is more than enough critical information out there to substantiate that many of the systems that we live in are not serving the purpose they purportedly serve. One can always argue about the details, but it should be kept in mind that intellectual debates can not only be helpful—they can also become toxic, redundant, or distract from pressing issues. It’s important to discern that and act pragmatically.

prag·ma·tic

: dealing with the problems that exist in a specific situation in a reasonable and logical way instead of depending on ideas and theories

It’s interesting to have, share and evaluate ideas and theories, but in real life sooner or later concrete action is called for, and there are many activities that involve more than one person and therefore require a certain degree of harmonization. Of course there are always those who are or consider themselves more knowledgeable than others, but just “being right”—whether it’s in one’s own head, among two people or in a greater group—is not all that matters when it comes to actually improving the efficiency of a particular process. In order to maximize leverage, pragmatism invites us to also interact with people and situations in a way that is conscious and considerate of the presently existing potential for change and development.

As the so-called alternative community, I think we’re at a point now to set our focus very clearly on personal empowerment on every level, making it popular and carrying it into the mainstream. We have to constantly remind everybody, including ourselves, of the greatness that is within all of us and that can only be truly awakened by oneself internally. I believe that this realization is more and more sinking in as the 2012 spectacle and also the hangover year are over, and as there hasn’t been a big collapse or rapture scenario for most of us. There will always be the next big event on the horizon—whether seen as positive or negative—but I dare suggest that the world will continue to spin around, humanity will continue to exist on this planet, and there won’t be an event where the gifts of enlightenment and discernment will be spontaneously bestowed upon all of humanity just like that. We can create significant events, but not without putting the effort into making such events happen ourselves. It’s up to our sustained focused intentions and actions, not to the grace of some outside force.

Making a positive difference in our environment happens both in the seen and unseen realms. First of all, it’s of utmost importance to come from a place of genuine care and appreciation for all of existence in general, or in other words: to learn about true love and teach it by loving, live your enthusiasm. With that basis, every action is more likely to be successful, auspicious and inspiring. As for tackling the unique challenges of our era, please consider the information contained in Revolution: An Instruction Manual. It deals with many of the how’s and why’s and shows chances as well as traps in terms of spreading information and being politically active. Other practical spheres of activity are for example to work on technical innovations, new business models, inspiring art and methodological innovations of all kinds—there’s an infinite number of ways to be creative and make one’s own life and other people’s lives richer. In the unseen, making a difference works via remote spiritual assistance as described in How To Heal The World. It’s essentially focused meditation, which can be done anywhere and at any time through directing one’s personal energy alone or in a group setting.

To move forward in a positive way it’s crucial that we step into our own power and hone our integrity, both as individuals and as communities. Pragmatism is a key component in that, as creative expansion and collaboration are about doing something that is of practical use right here and now, making choices that enable us to unfold and unwind, and taking everything to a higher level.

In that context, the idea of being non-judgmental and supportive of each other is not an appeal to avoid conflicts or controversies altogether. In fact, these are of vital importance and can be very beneficial if they’re engaged in with maturity, decency, clarity and moderation. A certain degree of detachment is also very helpful, especially when it is realized that there’s a significant charge involved in a situation. A constructive atmosphere can hardly be maintained without clearing that charge, which is usually an expression of unprocessed pain or fear. To help a person release his or her charges—wherever they may originate from—without judging the person during the process is of fundamental importance. This non-judgmental presence is also helpful when we face our own demons, as is described in this Fear Processing Exercise. It should be noted that after a particular charge is cleared, it may be necessary to reintegrate one’s personality. Or to give an analogy, after a pathogen is cleared from the body, certain parts of the body may still need healing.


A very efficient way to clear charges that is often overlooked is to do it with our physical containers. Avoiding toxins and eating healthy comes to mind, but there’s also great leverage in fixing one’s posture and body tone. Wilhelm Reich did seminal work as a therapist in this field as he supported his clients in identifying and releasing charges within the physical body, which he called “muscular armor” or “character armor.” John C. Pierrakos, one of Reich’s students, writes about the mechanics of this in his book Core Energetics:

“The energies trapped in the mask are considered negative energies, it is true, because armoring is an instrument of denial. But the defenses are not treated as hostile forces to be eradicated, like a colony of toxic bacteria. The vital substance they contain is good substance, core substance, though it is stagnated. The character structure affects the person’s capital of life by clustering it around the inner self and imposing warped imprints on it, which continue to suck more energy into themselves. But these distorted conditions begin as beautiful movements in the deepest part of the person, no matter how grotesque or destructive they may become as they emerge.”

Just as people with good intentions may follow distorted ideals when their genuine benevolence gets tainted with unconscious and unprocessed pain or fear, the same can happen to our body. Clearing charges through body work can be done with the help of just about any discipline you could think of, it could even be as simple as taking time to meditate with an awareness of the body or somewhat more actively shaking and thus loosening up the body from time to time, moving, flexing and stretching intuitively. Breathing exercises are another possible way to strengthen the energetic pathways and massages can be very helpful, too.

Psychological conditions do affect the physical body, its posture and general integrity. However, it also works the other way around: Through physically strengthening the body it’s possible to give debilitating energetic configurations less ground to hold on to, making the body a clearer channel for energy to flow through. The purpose is not to become an Olympic athlete, but to exercise movements with the intention of using the body as one unit, with integrity from head to toe, focusing on the development of a tone and posture that is whole. This wholeness leads to greater physical and psychological confidence—not cockiness, but a state in which one is more likely to stand one’s ground, be true to one’s essence and act in alignment with one’s core convictions without cringing in difficult situations.

To wrap this up, please use your own discernment and make your own experiences when evaluating or putting into practice the ideas presented here. And keep in mind that we’re experiencing life from a human perspective—facing infinity from inside a finite vessel. It can be expected that virtually any idea we will ever have in this existence is very limited, to say the least, seen against the backdrop of what there is to know. Therefore, instead of being too eager to measure the depth of existence while sailing the oceans with a cockleshell and violently fighting each other as we assert the correctness of our subjective results, it might be more resourceful to focus on doing our best to navigate, avoid collisions and support each other to the best of our abilities while acknowledging the limitations and difficulties arising from the human condition. We’re all out here in the storm, which is why it is said, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

This Is The Peaceful Solution Of The Conflict Between Israel And Palestine

The solution of the conflict between Israel and Palestine is the creation of a multi-ethnic state in which Jews and Arabs enjoy the same basic rights.

After WW2, the nations of the world should have opened themselves up to Jewish immigration. Every nation should have granted asylum to persecuted Jews within their means, and if one country had offered land for a state of Israel, that would have been an option as well. However, taking the British colony of Palestine and deciding that the majority of this land—which had been illegitimately governed by the British—is going to become the state of Israel is a violation of the rights of the Palestinians who lived there.

Neither any words in the Bible nor the possible presence of someone’s ancestors in the region some two thousand years ago are a legitimate justification to steal the land of the Palestinians today.

The current conflict can only be solved if Jews and Arabs agree to live alongside each other under the rule of law in the area of historic Palestine. Acts of violence are to be condemned, whether they are committed by Palestinian extremists like the Hamas or by the Zionist regime in Israel. The appropriate response to violent crimes cannot be the murder of innocent civilians.

The Palestinians’ only leverage in creating a peaceful solution is non-violent activism. Violent resistance is pointless because of Israel’s military superiority. The Israelis can also only resort to non-violent pressure on their political leadership, whose goal is the expulsion or annihilation of the Palestinian people.

People outside the conflict zone can also participate in educating others and increasing the pressure on the conflict parties as well as on the mediators.

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Roadtrip: Bilderberg 2014 Copenhagen

I always wanted to go to Bilderberg to see the whole spectacle with my own eyes. The big wigs, the police presence, the demonstrators, all of it. I wanted to experience how it is to be present at this event and get an idea of how I can make a difference right there. So together with two friends I drove from Germany to Copenhagen, the site of the 2014 Bilderberg conference.

There I witnessed a premiere in the history of Bilderberg as one of the attendees, Diederik M. Samsom from the Netherlands, came out to the protesters to listen to their comments and answer their questions. Even though Mr. Samsom and the protesters disagreed on most issues, it still seemed as if he was genuinely interested in communicating and coming to a better understanding of any given issue, not like somebody who is there to spread information that he knows to be misleading.

I also found that most of the people that I encountered in Copenhagen were first of all human beings—not bankers, pharmacists, politicians, or policemen. These are our jobs. I enjoyed that in most cases it was possible to talk to the humans first of all, not to their job roles.

Likewise, I mostly didn’t mean to act as some angry demonstrator, but as a courteous and friendly human being who’s simply interested in what’s going on in the world and who likes to communicate. I’ve done my best to keep the conversations with locals and police on topics where there would be the greatest leverage in terms of exchanging useful information and went with the flow that was created by that. This turned out to be quite pleasant and successful, and at the next Bilderberg conference I want to expand on that. No fear, no hostility, no getting divided and conquered, but coming together and succeeding.

Setting the Chessboard for World War Three

While both the Russian and the US leadership would stand to gain from an open confrontation in the Ukraine, mainstream media doesn’t do anything to defuse tensions and protect the people from another world war. Not only does the media not do its job, it also uses false evidence to further beat the drums for war.

It would be very easy for the media to expose the double standards of the international community and the revolutionary government of the Ukraine. On one side, it is condoned when revolutionaries topple a democratically elected government in an effort to assert their self-determination, yet on the other side this very same right is denied to people in eastern Ukraine and Crimea.

It should be obvious that political control over the Ukraine is a sought after goal by the Western corporatocracy, whose puppet Arseniy Yatsenyuk has been installed as Ukraine’s prime minister to integrate the Ukraine into their system. If Yatsenyuk would truly care about the will of the Ukrainians, he would support nationwide referendums to ensure that all sub-regions of the Ukraine are allowed to choose their form of government themselves, whether they want to belong to the EU, to Russia, or if they want to be independent. However, his rhetoric does not display any sympathy with separatist movements that disagree with his vision for the Ukraine and claim their right of free self-determination—an ideal allegedly upheld by the West and the revolutionary government of the Ukraine.

Yet, all we hear from the West is how the revolutionary government, which came to power with strong US support, must be respected by all Ukrainians and the international community—despite the strong evidence that the new government is directly responsible for the shootings of both protesters and police forces at the Maidan and despite the fact that neo-Nazis were given key roles in the new Ukrainian government. Meanwhile, Russia also follows a policy that is inherently anti-freedom called the “fourth political theory,” which was developed by Alexander Dugin.

Both the US and Russia seek to present themselves as champions of the people, yet both follow policies that are diametrically opposed to the interests of the individual. Neither of the two will educate their people about the truth of the global banking system that is stalling human development worldwide, and neither of them will truly strengthen and protect individual liberties. By stirring up tensions in the Ukraine, both sides radicalize their citizens and distract from the declining state of internal affairs, a problem that is becoming increasingly acute worldwide.

In this environment, the control freaks on both sides would benefit from a war, not primarily in the sense of immediate creation or acquisition of wealth, but in the sense that control over their respective populations would be consolidated and the move of people to liberate themselves from oppressive systems would suffer a serious setback, as one would have to devote most of one’s time and effort to just surviving, which is why it is said that “war is the health of the state.”

It is thus clear that the battle lines of the Third World War are not drawn between Russia and the US, even though it might strongly appear to be that way on the surface. However, as both the US and Russia would benefit from a war in the very same ways, the actual opposing forces right now are freedom-loving individuals all over the world on one side and oppressive regimes on the other, whether they are in the Western world, Russia, China, or elsewhere.

Mainstream Media in Germany Falsifies Article about Monday Demonstrations and the FED

Protesters in Germany are reenacting the Monday demonstrations that swashed through Eastern Germany prior to the German reunification. This time, however, they call out the Federal Reserve Bank.

Mainstream commentators in Germany would respond to this by accusing the protesters of anti-Semitism, which according to their opinion goes hand in hand with criticism of the Federal Reserve. To expose this demonization of peaceful and informed protesters and to provide background information about the Federal Reserve and the monetary system, I published an article called “Public Broadcasters in Germany Use Anti-Semitic Stereotypes and Conceal Truth about the FED” on We Are Change Germany (English translation here) on April 17th.

On April 19th, I republished the article on der Freitag, where the article received more than thousand likes within less than three days—more than any other article that I could find on that site—and more than 170 comments. This huge number of comments led to the article being featured on the main page of der Freitag, where the top five most commented articles that are not older than a week are listed automatically.

However, on April 22nd I noticed that the article no longer appeared on the main site. I then found out that the publishing date of the article had been changed to April 14th, which is five days before I registered on that site and two days before the events which I described in the article even happened. This falsification of the publishing date caused the article to disappear from the main site of der Freitag.

Obviously this was done on purpose to prevent visitors of the site to read the truth about the Federal Reserve and counterarguments to the accusations of anti-Semitism. Meanwhile, articles that demonize the protestors and the organizers of the weekly peace rallies continue to be featured news.

This unfolded literally only a few hours ago. It’s early morning now in Germany and the editors of der Freitag will not have gotten back to work yet, but when they return they will find a message from me asking who was responsible for the alteration and how they justify it. I promised to keep their answer confidential if they so wish, but I want to know who I’m dealing with.

These events are a crass violation of the journalistic code of honor and reveal the criminal energy with which the truth about banking is being suppressed, while the demonization of well-intended demonstrators goes unpunished.

Because I don’t know whether or not my account on der Freitag will be suspended and whether or not the article will be pulled entirely after the editors read this article here or my article in German exposing their fraud, I have made a screenshot showing how the publishing date of the article appears to be April 14th, even though on the right hand column it says that I only registered on that site on April 19th.

Kritik an der FED ist kein Antisemitismus – der Freitag

German Media Calls FED Critics on Monday Demonstrations Anti-Semites

If you criticize big banks, the FED, or the monetary system, commentators in German public broadcasting—and probably in the rest of the mainstream media as well—consider this to be anti-Semitic. Ironically, it’s these commentators who thus spread anti-Semitic ideas. Because if you suggest that criticism of big banks or the monetary system is inherently anti-Semitic, you’re implicitly saying that you always have to link big banks like the FED to Judaism. To take this connection for granted is an expression of the anti-Semitic prejudice that Jews rule over banking. One example for such an anti-Semitic statement can be found in a commentary from Stefan Maas, who said the following on April 16th on Deutschlandfunk:

 

“I am , if you will, in the process of looking into this and have started to gather evidence. I would say that you can see it in the semantics. For instance, on Monday I was driving past such a demonstration in front of the Brandenburg Gate myself, and there were several signs that said ‘Against the FED.’ And I thought to myself, why do they demonstrate against the Federal Reserve, the American central bank?

But when you read in the milieu of these new Monday demonstrations and watch videos, you will always find the statement ‘the FED is responsible for all evil in the world’ and ‘the FED is a private bank,’ and from there you arrive very quickly—if you know the political verbal images—at the Jewish financial capital as the source of all evil in the world. That’s something that has already been propagated by the Nazis.

And then they invoke this other idea in speeches and on the internet, ‘we down here against them up there,’ the elites, the political elite, the media elite that wants to—and I think in this case you can say it like that—screw us. This is also a mark of populism, of right-wing populism.”

 

Obviously it’s sufficient to drive past a demonstration, read some texts, and watch some videos to be qualified to present your opinion about the Monday demonstrations on Deutschlandfunk. You don’t have to name sources or conduct interviews with actual demonstrators at the scene.

A similar statement like that from Stefan Maas, whose journalistic focus is on consumer and social policy, comes from Jutta Ditfurth, co-initiator of the eco-social party ÖkoLinX. In Kulturzeit on 3sat she said on April 16th:

 

“When for example the organizer of the peace demonstrations, Lars Mährholz, says—in a speech that you can find on YouTube—that all world wars within the last hundred years, all major problems of humanity have their roots—really all, worldwide—at the American Federal Reserve Bank, then in these circles he’s alluding to a Jewish world conspiracy.

This means that today these kinds of Nazis or anti-Semites don’t say ‘we doubt that six million Jews have been killed by the Nazis, by Germany,’ but they’re hinting and saying ‘east coast’ or they say ‘the FED is behind it.’ And on these sites you always find anti-Semitic caricatures, hate speech against the Rothschilds, and whatever.”

 
 
Interestingly, it’s Jutta Ditfurth whose political convictions have a striking resemblance to those of Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels, as Oliver Janich pointed out. Nevertheless, it’s her who accuses the demonstrators on the Monday demonstrations of being anti-Semitic and radical right-wing—without providing solid evidence. She merely refers to the criticism of the Federal Reserve and alleged anti-Semitic caricatures on unnamed websites. It’s true that in the Third Reich criticism of banks usually went hand in hand with the demonization of Judaism, and certainly there are anti-Semites today who speak out against the Federal Reserve. However, you can easily verify that the world’s biggest alternative news sites today do not spread anti-Semitism and often mention explicitly that every form of xenophobia should not be tolerated.

Here is an excerpt from Alex Jones’s radio show—which influences alternative media around the world and is also very critical of the Federal Reserve—to give an example of the street-wise and discerning attitude of the truther scene and the majority of the people on the Monday demonstrations. In this excerpt, Alex replies to a statement from a caller who believes in a Jewish world conspiracy.
 
 

Caller: We’re in a depression, uh, our economy is crumbling, [..] Goldman Sachs, Bear Stearns, the Rothschilds, and other greedy and evil international Jewish bankers on Wall Street have destroyed our economy. […]

Alex: Let me ask you a question. From your perspective, should the Jews be gotten rid of?

Caller: Yes, they should. In every country…

Alex: Alright, I’m gonna stop you right there. […] I am Jewish. Now I’m not, but if you talk like that, you wanna kill the Jews, you gonna have to kill me, OK? […] And if you say that the Hispanics were the devil and have to be killed or black people […] or white people […], you gotta go through me, OK? I mean, you just said you wanna murder millions of people, unbelievable.

 

Neither Alex Jones nor the majority of the truth movement is anti-Semitic. The criticism of the FED and the monetary system, however, remains. The main issue here is that we currently are confronted with a state-enforced monopoly on the creation of money, while the big private banks are de facto pulling the strings. Within the framework of this system, where money is being created out of thin air and loaned out on interest, it’s mathematically inevitable that the debt around the world perpetually increases, making it impossible to pay back the debt. All the austerity measures that we can see today are thus nothing more than a racket. The profiteers of austerity are those who in times of crises buy up physical wealth for pennies on the dollar and those who consolidate their control over the populations through increasingly rigid laws and regulations.

Apart from accusations of anti-Semitism there haven’t been a lot of reactions from the mainstream to the Monday demonstrations. This is probably due to the fact that the presstitutes attached to the mainstream talking points are unable to grasp the issues that are being brought up by the demonstrators. They will probably soon start to say that the FED is not a private bank as is claimed by the demonstrators. But who owns the FED really? On the official website it says that the FED is “not ‘owned’ by anyone and is not a private, profit-making institution.” However, this is misleading because more than 8,000 private and central banks own stock of the FED. But what may look like a very diversified ownership is in fact rather centralized, considering how intimately connected especially the major stock owners are, as has been pointed out in a study at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich in 2011. It reveals that a core group of 147 companies owns approximately 40% of all wealth in the world. 75% of these companies are banks.

Representatives of the largest of these banks met in secret on Jeckyll Island to lay the foundation for the Federal Reserve System. Through the enactment of the Federal Reserve Act, which was passed by the US Congress in 1913, the power to create money was essentially taken away from the state and given into the hands of the Federal Reserve. Frank A. Vanderlip, one of the attendees at the meeting on Jeckyll Island, would later write, “I do not feel it is any exaggeration to speak of our secret expedition to Jeckyll Island as the occasion of the actual conception of what eventually became the Federal Reserve System. […] If it were to be exposed publicly that our particular group had gotten together and written a banking bill, that bill would have no chance whatever of passage by Congress.” Publicly, many of the co-conspirators denounced the new banking bill to create the impression that it would harm the big banks and benefit the guy on the street. The bankers would also have Carter Glass and Robert Owen from the Democratic Party support the bill to make it look like the party of the working class is in favor of it.

The big banks who created the Federal Reserve don’t officially control it—in fact, legislators in the US could even abolish the FED—yet through their control of key positions within the hierarchy of the political and banking system they effectively control the creation of currency through the Federal Reserve. This also explains why certain banks are “too big to fail” and saved by the taxpayers. The fox is in charge of the hen house. Mainstream journalists will probably soon say that the US president appoints the chairman of the FED, which would prove that the Federal Reserve is not being controlled by the big banks. However, this leaves aside the fact that the president can only rule by the grace of said banks. No candidate, whether Democrat or Republican, enters any influential position if he doesn’t act according to what is being dictated by the banks. Alex Jones has proven this point impressively in his documentary The Obama Deception. The last US president who actively threatened the power monopoly of the Federal Reserve was John F. Kennedy. Less than six months after he had signed Executive Order 11110 to strip the Federal Reserve of its power he would be killed. Lee Harvey Oswald would be presented as the assassin, even though the evidence clearly contradicts this account.

The monopolistic power of the big banks behind the Federal Reserve was described in no uncertain terms by Woodrow Wilson, who served as president of the United States when the Federal Reserve was created. In The New Freedom Wilson admitted the devastating consequences of the creation of the Federal Reserve:

 

“A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is privately concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men who, even if their action be honest and intended for the public interest, are necessarily concentrated upon the great undertakings in which their own money is involved and who necessarily, by very reason of their own limitations, chill and check and destroy genuine economic freedom.

[…]

We have, not one or two or three, but many, established and formidable monopolies in the United States. We have, not one or two, but many, fields of endeavor into which it is difficult, if not impossible, for the independent man to enter. We have restricted credit, we have restricted opportunity, we have controlled development, and we have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated, governments in the civilized world—no longer a government by free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and the duress of small groups of dominant men.”

 

It is not to be expected that those who control the monetary system today—whether directly or indirectly—will surrender their power voluntarily. On the contrary, during a restructuring of the financial system those forces would probably work hard to assert their influence in secret. This can only be prevented if there is a public awareness of the mechanisms behind the creation of money and if the citizens themselves are mindful that the money that they use won’t do them more harm than good in the long run. There are numerous ideas for new forms of currencies that can co-exist peacefully, which is the only realistic vision considering that it is impossible for all of humanity to voluntarily agree on just one currency. This idea of the parallel existence of currencies is not new but has been described by the Austrian School of Economy.

Regardless of what forms the currencies of the future will have, it is highly likely that only those that are being created transparently will prevail. Why would anybody want to use a currency, when he is neither granted informational access nor active influence when it comes to its creation and distribution? This is also the opinion of Karen Hudes, ex-Senior Counsel at the world bank, who said, “We’re going to have a cleaned-up financial system, that’s where it is going, but in the meantime, people who didn’t know how the system was gamed are going to find out. […] We’re going to have a different kind of international financial system. It’ll be a new kind of world where people know what’s going on—no more backroom deals; that’s not going to keep happening. We’re going to have a different kind of media if people don’t want to be dominated and controlled, which I don’t think they do.”