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In this week's Australian Alert Service
11 January 2016

2017 must usher in Glass-Steagall pathway to a future
The majority of Australians may not know it, but their future depends upon the banking reform known as Glass-Steagall. Our immediate mission in 2017 is to make that idea a household name, as it is in the UK and USA. Teamed with our aim to revive the debate on Glass-Steagall reform in the UK, and secure the bill's passage through the US Congress, we have a platform that will change the world. Will it happen? Consider the alternative.

The European bail-in policy has died in infancy, as we predicted, with Italy's refusal to "bail in" ordinary savers, i.e. steal their money to save the banks. The collapse of Italian bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena (MPS) therefore threatens to detonate the entire European financial system. American banks are exposed to the European banking system to the tune of US$2 trillion, all underpinned by the same dodgy dealings that brought the system to the brink in 2008, just on a more massive scale. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has warned that overinflated property bubbles could burst in the coming period. For no nation will this be more destructive than Australia, where it will also bring the major banks to their knees.

More voices are warning of the inevitable crisis to come. Banker James Rickards, who was a lawyer for Long-Term Capital Management when its collapse nearly brought down the global financial system in 1998, is warning of a new crash "of unprecedented scale and damage", with GlassSteagall and banning derivatives the only solution (p. 4). "[T]he crisis is inevitable and coming soon", he said in his interview with MarketWatch.

Financial expert Ernst Wolff went further, telling Sputnik Deutschland that the collapse of MPS can bring on "financial fascism". Whatever bail-in/bail-out pathway is chosen in Europe, "the problems are only postponed and will reappear", inevitably leading to financial collapse accompanied by "popular uprising" and "social explosion". To maintain control, financial authorities will have no choice but to use "force against citizens—the reason why the police and military are currently being deployed everywhere (on the pretext of combating terrorism)", Wolff says. If this is not enough, the remains of democracy will be abolished and the route of fascism pursued, he concludes.

The implementation of Glass-Steagall would force banks to specialise in either commercial banking, i.e. lending into the physical economy, or investment banking—but not both. This will immediately separate the pool of ordinary "mum and dad" investors from the towering mountain of gambling debt which is set to explode. This will keep the average citizen safe, while letting the chips fall where they may in regard to speculation. Investment banks we can afford to lose, people we cannot. As Rickards explained, Glass-Steagall would have an immediate impact if implemented now, before the new oncoming crash: It would "mitigate systemic risk in the same way that setting off controlled dynamite explosions on steep ski slopes mitigates avalanche risk".

Even if implemented in just one country, due to the interconnected nature of the entire global financial system the effects would spread across the world, forcing other nations to join the Glass-Steagall solution. This would, in turn, provoke the immediate necessity for the recreation of national credit banks in order to create public credit to rebuild the productive economy, generating a real economic recovery, with a particular focus on new technologies that will drive the economy and mankind's knowledge forward.

Don't ask whether we can make this happen—we have to! In one of his final speeches, the US President who first implemented Glass-Steagall, Franklin Roosevelt, left some sound advice: "The only limit to our realisation of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith."

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  • Political fracturing between Italy and EU
  • US Intelligence delivers political construct on 'Russian hacking'
  • Obama's 'Russian hacking' lie unravels
  • UN Report disproves war crime accusation against Russia
  • Efforts to break Russia-Turkey collaboration
  • Andrei Karlov—critical leader in Russia's foreign service
  • Time running out for Aus housing bubble
  • Government caught in welfare extortion racket
  • 2016 as 'hottest' year not significant
  • Schiller Institute honours victims of Tu-154 disaster
  • In Memoriam—Russia's Alexandrov Ensemble
  • Message of Condolence

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