Part Two of “Oz” Posts –
More is to be uncovered from the story of the Wizard of Oz, this is in any case certain. Who are these helpful and at the same time sometimes almost pitiful characters who Dorothy meets on her way to find the Wizard? And who is Dorothy herself? There are of course many interpretations of the story, and at the same time we know that any True Story finds True Interpretations at at least six or seven levels.
Dr. Ellen Brown in her book The Web of Debt describes the Scarecrow as the Farmers, the Tinman as the industrialist factory workers and the Lion as populist politician William Jennings Bryan. This interpretation may actually have originated from an American schoolteacher, and surely reveals one significant level of the story’s depth. At the time of writing the farmers and factory workers were being starved out because of the shortness of the money in circulation created by the adherence to the so
called “Gold Standard” of money creation. The farmers at that time – and this situation has not changed since then – needed to borrow money from the banks to buy the seeds, fertilizers and machinery for sowing the next season of crops. When the banksters created a strict gold standard, this had the effect of money shortages, and money being available only at high and usurious interest rates, or – even worse – not being available at all for the following rounds of crops or business investments. It is actually the high and usurious interest rates of money lending which the farmers and the populist party were fighting against at that time, due to the fact that high interest rates had the effect of significantly driving up the end prices of the goods which the farmers were producing. When the population was not able or willing to pay higher prices for food – which were skyrocketing due to the high interest rates – then the farmers went bankrupt in droves.
Below a quote from William Jennings Bryan:
“If they dare to come out in the open field and defend the gold standard as a good thing, we shall fight them to the uttermost, having behind us the producing masses of the nation and the world. Having behind us the commercial interests and the laboring interests and all the toiling masses, we shall answer their demands for a gold standard by saying to them, you shall not press down upon the brow of labor this crown of thorns. You shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold.” William Jennings Bryan- A Cross of Gold
This is an interesting quote by the famous populist – and one we need to keep in mind when examining future money systems – as there are still many amongst us who would tend to push for a return to a gold standard of money creation, without considering the consequences for Society as a whole. Others argue for a Bitcoin system and declare that although the amount of Gold available on the Earth could change as new sources of gold mining are discovered, Bitcoins however have a declared and guaranteed “fixed scarcity”.
I wonder – and we all should ask ourselves – whether “scarcity” could ever be a legitimate argument for the amount of money in circulation within a society as a whole, if the function of money were to be defined as facilitating goods production and easing the distribution of goods and services.
A scarcity of money is only interesting for those who wish to hoard it or make more money when lending it out. For those who need money to create our lives necessities, money scarcity can be a serious and life endangering factor. For the Society as a whole, money scarcity can be equally devastating.
On the other hand, today, the Magicians behind the Money Creation Scenes have long ago removed any semblance of a Gold Standard. They have created fiat money by the mountains and have turned all of us on the Earth into part of the “money creation scheme” through the Cestui Que Vie Trust accounts – as well as through countless other money manipulation schemes all designed to promote the avalanche of assets towards the top of the pyramid schemes to these families of few.
To begin to understand all of this, watch the videos from the beginning!
Again – the dire situation of farming has not changed in the one-hundred years since Frank Baum wrote his story. We can observe an astronomical and almost exponential decline in the existence of family farms all around the world. In fact, the USA had 6.4 million family farms in 1910 and this number has decreased to 2 million today. At the same time the official population grew from 92,228,496 in 1910 to 328,877,386 persons in 2020. We have to do with a fourfold growth of population juxtaposed upon a threefold loss of family farms within the US boarders. This of course means that one third of the number of farms are supposedly feeding four times the amount of people! But, does anyone ask about the cost to the environment, about the destruction of the social structure and of course the loss of any semblance of food quality?
Are we now any more prepared to learn the lessons needed to restore family farms and ensure their future existence?
This Blog will be pulling back the curtain and revealing all the secrets whose understanding is needed to ensure the family farm existence in the future.
The next post will tell us how the Scarecrow, the Tinman and the Cowardly Lion can help us to restore balance to a system gone perversely haywire!