Monday, August 29, 2005

The Creature

This is an article about my favorite book. There is still hope for the future.

"Once upon a time, not so long ago, either, people who had read the book greeted each other as if they were members of a secret society; they talked about it in hushed, reverent whispers, recited passages verbatim and highlighted pages as feverishly as if they scheduled to receive a midterm exam on its contents. If you were considered truly worthy, you might invited up the bedroom to flip through its pages after the dog-eared copy had been reverently retrieved it from its hiding place. People I know really did treat it as a kind of religious object, looked on its pages as if they were almost scriptural, a holy text. "Creature From Jekyll Island" was - especially in the early 1990s, when it was becoming popular among a certain excitable group - essential "secret" knowledge, an immense and scholarly effort pinning down exactly how and where America had been stripped of free-market money, its silver and gold, and made to substitute public scrip which then proceeded to lose 99 percent of its value to inflation in less than 100 years.

Creature From Jekyll Island, the single best primer when it comes to describing the cause and effect of 20th century money power, a brilliantly insightful text that shows conclusively, without rancor and with a wealth of footnoted details, how America's wealthiest bankers and financiers came to control the country's printing presses, then its internal governmental policies and finally its external policies as well.

Creature From Jekyll Island. A kind of monetary "suitcase nuclear device" - and one of the most intelligent books ever written - blowing up the pretensions of the banking class, vaporizing the justifications of fiat money, turning the polished profiles of 20th century money men into fading shadows etched in faint grains of sand."


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