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G. Edward Griffin: Exposing The Creature From Jekyll Island

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G. Edward Griffin, the author of the seminal book on the formation of the Federal Reserve, The Creature of Jekyll Island, joins the podcast this week to add his perspective to our ongoing critical examination of the Fed and the impact its actions are having on society.

Meeting Ed and getting to spend time with him was a real honor for Chris and me. His breadth of knowledge of the central banking system as well as his engaging manner of storytelling are masterful. Plus, he’s simply a wonderfully kind person.

Ed’s decades of research and critique of the Federal Reserve, sadly, have left him with conclusions that corroborate our own. Despite its carefully-crafted image as an essential public servant, Griffin concludes it is anything but. It is a private cartel that has connived its way to tremendous advantage and power, secretly (and not-so-secretly) plundering the American people of their treasure and freedoms.

On The Fed’s True Goals

[In researching the Federal Reserve] I was looking for a very complex mechanism. And I couldn’t believe at that time that there would be deliberate deception in this system. So, I was working on the false assumption that everybody in the system was doing their best to make it work on behalf of mankind and on behalf of society. Initially, I never entertained the idea that its goal was not to benefit mankind at all.

And so, where one would say, look: the Federal Reserve system is failing to meet its goals — because it said its goals were to stabilize the economy and to preserve purchasing power, etc. — I finally came to the realization: No, those are not its goals.
If we understand what its goals really are, then it’s not failing at all. It’s succeeding amazingly well.
And most people, as I initially did, have found that an impossible assumption to entertain. They simply can’t get over it.

On Whether The Fed Is A ‘Conspiracy’

Most dictionary definitions of the word “conspiracy” seem to agree that a conspiracy occurs when:

  • two or more people come together
  • they use methods of deceit and deception to achieve a goal
  • which is unethical or illegal.

Those are the three requirements. So talk about the Fed:

Are there two or more people? Oh, yeah. OK, there’s one down.

Do it use methods of secrecy? Yes. It has secret meetings [beginning from its very conception at Jekyll Island] . It has closed meetings in which the public is excluded and the minutes of which are not shared for years, sometimes decades, sometimes never. Yes, of course, elements of the Fed’s activities are highly secretive.

And is the result either unethical or illegal? Well, now that’s where it gets interesting.

Because first of all, it’s not illegal what they’re doing — because the banking industry has heavy influence over the people who write the laws. That’s the reason the banks are so involved in the political system: so they can write the laws. So, that what they want to do is legal.

So, the Federal Reserve is plundering people legally. But is what its doing unethical? The propaganda is that the Federal Reserve is ‘stabilizing the economy’. They’re doing it for the American people.

But you and I, or anybody else that’s not on the receiving end of all this money flow that the Fed has created, we look at what they’re actually doing and most of us would say it’s highly unethical. Our wealth, our economic prosperity and financial freedom — all are being siphoned away — for the benefit of a very small elite few. I think most people who they really understand what the Federal Reserve is doing would agree that’s unethical.

And there’s where you meet the definition of a conspiracy, though I don’t insist anybody call it that. Just call it what it is: a group of people who know what they’re doing and are plundering us.

Click the play button below to listen to Chris’ interview with G. Edward Griffin (58m:35s).

16 Comments on "G. Edward Griffin: Exposing The Creature From Jekyll Island"

  1. AFDF on Mon, 24th Apr 2017 9:38 pm 

    GEG thinks people just use gold and we’ll “get there”. thanks GEG! wonder why nuclear war about to break out destroying electronics banking system and my stock AUY is below $3.

  2. sabashahid on Tue, 25th Apr 2017 2:23 am 

    I think that the nuclear war threat is just for breaking the stock index

  3. Davy on Tue, 25th Apr 2017 4:12 am 

    The Fed is a symptom of a problem. We are plundering ourselves and this is global. We are plundering the planetary commons and we are in a self-destructive phase of civilization. Civilizations ends are typical and we are no different. Near the end as the system matures and networks stiffen we see class compression with the elite maintaining control and the rest being driven into increasing poverty. The pie is shrinking. We see this with debt and unfunded liabilities. There is really little the Fed can do at this point but try to maintain confidence. All these folks preaching alternatives are usually selling something. There are no answers to predicaments. The Fed is in the same predicament as the rest of us.

    There may have been little the Fed could of done post 08. We could have realized a hard recession but it is unclear if globalism would have survived that. The amount of bad debt back in 08 that needed to be realized may have been beyond a traditional recession. That was a near Minsky moment and without the kind of repression and monetarization that was applied we may not have survived. Once this type of stimulus and control is initiated there is no turning back. This led to moral hazards and disregard for normal principals of accounting, law, and price discovery. It was in some ways inevitable for a system such as ours that is global and at broad based limits both physical and abstract to enter the phase we are in.

    The Fed is now dealing with a dollar problem. There are huge amounts of dollar denominated debt in the world and a significant amount of it was created by other economies. There is a huge amount of European dollar debt. Emerging markets are now creating their own dollar denominated debt offerings. The Fed is exposed to this because in the wrong conditions there becomes a shortage of dollars or an uncontrolled rush back to the US economy of hyperinflated dollars.

    The status quo is a Ponzi and a house of cards. The Fed is a feeder for this. It maintains liquidity and hones confidence by indicating its intensions. It can’t become something that is beyond its nature. It is trapped in a collapse process and struggling to maintain a confidence in a system that is a precariously unstable stable. What is that? It means we are living beyond our means on borrowed time with a social narrative of progress and optimism.

    There was a time when the Fed could have been reformed and made an instrument of “better”. Yet, do you really thing our system of market based capitalism and unworkable liberal democracy has a future in any form? Nope, a growth based system in a finite world with a human population unable to control itself at its most basic level of procreation is doomed in any configuration.

    You can argue the Fed and other issues front and center in the status quo world today but it is just whining. Why whining, it is whining because the end is already written and there is no way to fight it. If that sounds defeatist it isn’t because this is how ecosystems work. Yes, we have some room around the edges and we could have more time then less with good actions. At this point the actions needed are paradoxical and the status quo is incapable of embracing them. The actions are paradoxical because we are in a paradigm shift of growth to decline. The best one can do when looking at an issue like the Fed is see it as just another part of the catch 22 trap we are in. Go ahead and attack the elites and their edifices. That is another issue of revenge and retribution but don’t be mistaken that something better can be achieved at this point in history from revolution. You can’t make shit smell good.

  4. Cloggie on Tue, 25th Apr 2017 4:28 am 

    OMG, it is only 9 a.m. and already it is “Conspiracy Theory Time!”

    Subject: Federal Reserve.

    Even the encyclopedia of the NWO, I mean Wikipedia, owned by a Jimmy Wales who is definitely not from Wales, has to admit that the Fed system is privately owned.

    Let this sink in.

    The Fed creates billions and billions out of thin air and loans it out against a small interest, a bargain really. Or as we say in Holland, een jodenfooi (a jewish tip).

    Now if the Fed is privately owned, the question that immediately arises is:

    Who are these private owners of the Fed?

    Right. Well, this is a bit of an uneasy question really. Because, you see, before you know it, you are going to be accused of anti-cement-headism and that’s not good for your C.V.

    Here, judge for yourself:
    Is Griffin Anti-Semitic? G. Edward Responds

    See what I mean? Bring up the Fed, as mr Griffin’s core business is, and you are fishing in troubled water.

    Fortunately mr Griffin goes at great length that he is not anti-cement-headistic at all, despite the fact that he insists that…

    there is no doubt that the Protocols accurately describe much of what is happening in our world today, but that does not prove that the document is authentic.

    Exactly my attitude, but I digress.

    Griffin: first of all, it’s not illegal what they’re doing

    No of course not. If the law says that it is OK to rape children, than that’s legal. Something being “legal” is so overrated.

    Back to the core question… who owns the Fed?

    Even the Jewish periodical with the very progressive sounding name “The Forward”, admits to the Jewish origins of the Fed:

    The Forward wisely skips the akward questions of who owns the joint and instead prefers to use terms like “independent”. Now that sounds good! Like in “emancipated” or even like “free”. And freedom is even more American than apple pie, so what’s not to like. Tellingly the original motives of Paul Warburg are painted in a most idealistic light by the Forward. In order to defend the Fed setup the Forward points at 2008, when that noble institution rescued several Wall Street firms from collapse. The Forward doesn’t answer the question of who owned these recued companies either. Instead the Forward claims:

    After his [Warburg] death in 1932, the Fed became a frequent target of anti-Semites, bank haters and conspiracy theorists. Its opponents today are more mainstream. But they are still ideologically motivated.

    “ideologically motivated” as in “not necessarily in line with the truth”. After all, say for your self, anti-semites never speak the truth. The Jews said so themselves. A pity though that the Forward doesn’t elaborate on what exactly the arguments against the Fed of said “anti-semites” were. For good reason.

    [part 1]

  5. Cloggie on Tue, 25th Apr 2017 4:29 am 

    So again, who owns the Fed? The formal answer is: nobody knows, it is not published. Let this sink in. Officially nobody knows who owns America’s purse. One thing is certain, it is not the American public, that is eventually expected to generate the interest payments, without seeing anything back from it, other than a totally corrupted political system, “bought and paid for”.

    “Bought and paid for”… with what money? You are getting warmer, dear reader.

    And were do you think a George Soros gets all the means from to subvert about any government in the world with NGOs, that are not yet in line with Washington?


    It is not difficult to find hypothesis about who really owns the Fed.
    Conspiracy site Rense claims:
    The Federal Reserve Bank is a consortium of 9 Zionist Jewish-owned & associated banks with the Rothschilds at the head:

    $1. Rothschild Banks of London and Berlin.
    $2. Lazard Brothers Banks of Paris.
    $3. Israel Moses Seif Banks of Italy.
    $4. Warburg Bank of Hamburg and Amsterdam.
    $5. Lehman Brothers of NY.
    $6. Kuhn, Loeb Bank of NY (Now Shearson American Express).
    $7. Goldman, Sachs of NY.
    $8. National Bank of Commerce NY/Morgan Guaranty Trust (J. P. Morgan Bank – Equitable Life – Levi P. Morton are principal shareholders).
    $9. Hanover Trust of NY (William and David Rockefeller & Chase National Bank NY are principal shareholders).

    Griffin still uses relatively veiled language.

    [part 2]

  6. Cloggie on Tue, 25th Apr 2017 4:30 am 

    There is another Fed researcher who was more open about who really owned the Fed: Eustace Mullins and his book “The Secrets of the Federal Reserve” (can be found for free on the internet, unsurprisingly nobody wanted to print it). His wiki page says that Mullins was a US “anti-semitic” writer. In the modern world everybody who writes unpleasant truths about the power and influence of said people (communism, media ownership, motives behind US entry WW1, origins WW2, destruction of the West via multiculturalism, holotale, JFK murder, 9/11, war in Iraq, Ukraine coup, war in Syria, just to name to most important ones) is quickly called that way.

    Mullins on the Federal Reserve:

    Why not ask the Fed itself who owns the Fed?

    The Federal Reserve System is not “owned” by anyone. Although parts of the Federal Reserve System share some characteristics with private-sector entities, the Federal Reserve was established to serve the public interest.

    Evasive answer. Everything apart from the universe is owned by someone, thanks to the Romans. It is obvious: the Fed doesn’t want to answer the uneasy question.
    So they have something to hide. So in all reason you can assume that the Fed is owned by a certain ethnic-religeous minority that uses the income from the Fed-system to not only subvert the US political system, but also the rest of the world in order to achieve the so-called lefty-commie NWO (Mullins was one of the first to use that term), that is turn the entire world into one giant power structure, superficially owned by America, but in reality owned by those who can’t be named.

    [part 3]

  7. deadlykillerbeaz on Tue, 25th Apr 2017 4:41 am 

    You can’t trust anything the US gov says or does. You can’t pay any attention to any of it, they’re not there for you at all.

    Likewise, anything about creatures from an island is rightfully ignored. They don’t count.

    Pennies are now worthless. I have collected pennies for many years. Any pennies minted since 1983 are zinc with copper clad.

    Worthless today, they have zinc content, so they have some salvage value. Any penny dated 1982 or earlier are all I collect. They are disappearing fast. Some double-dies minted after 1982 are worth some money, good luck finding them.

    Nickels are what I collect now.

    Far more valuable than dimes or quarters with steel, nickel and copper in the metal contents of the coin. Worthless, a nickel is all nickel, a very collectible coin.

    I have a small plastic card that negotiates my bank account to balance the amounts deposited and spent.

    Paper money is also worthless and more or less obsolete.

    Minted coins that have 90 percent silver content are collectibles. Dimes, quarters, half dollar and dollar coins minted before 1965 are what you should collect.

    Some paper money is worth more than face value if the words ‘silver certificate’ or ‘gold certificate’ are printed on them.

    Silver eagles minted since 1986 or there about are worth purchasing too.

    There is no real money in the monetary system anymore.

    Every single person on the planet has been robbed, the real money that once was in circulation is gone.

    You can’t trust the US gov or any gov for that matter.

    Soap and toilet paper will be traded and used for money after the shtf. Stock up on those, you’ll be glad you did. lol

  8. deadlykillerbeaz on Tue, 25th Apr 2017 5:04 am 

    Oops, I stand corrected, nickels have a lot of copper in them. So sorry.

  9. AFDF on Tue, 25th Apr 2017 9:07 am 

    as a former paultard, i believe the Fed is good. there has to be away to control human negative impulses. killing is messy so let them have the money. money is the consequence of human negative behaviors.

  10. AFDF on Tue, 25th Apr 2017 9:12 am 

    yep davy explained the problem. money is the necessary evil.

    let’s say i don’t want to butt head with the next idiot so i’ll win by being smarter and prove that i’m right by making more money than him.

    it’s not a sure indication that i’m right or smarter. it just that in the end, money talks and i have a bigger megaphone. then i’d be right.

  11. AFDF on Tue, 25th Apr 2017 9:14 am 

    there’s no way my gf would “hang out” if i don’t have money for gas, pay for my way and hers. i also avoid the topic of money because it’s unpleasant and makes everyone feel distressed.

    i don’t need to talk about money. it’s win!

  12. AFDF on Tue, 25th Apr 2017 9:22 am 

    The American system is to hit them in the pocket. Elsewhere it’s a bullet to the head.
    So enjoy your ordered society and freedom thanks to the Fed.

    I know you can’t control bums very well because they’re penniless. You can keep arresting them and add the charges but they will go back their ways.

    The way to control human negative impulses is to teach them to love money. then control them that way.

    if they have no money to love. they’d act on those criminal behaviors and face even more severe consequences. nobody wins in this scenario.

    use money to control people and we’re all better off as a society. thanks janet yellen!

  13. Dave Thompson on Tue, 25th Apr 2017 12:19 pm 

    Abe Lincoln Printed US backed greenback dollars and avoided the banksters to fund the Civil war. Kennedy signed executive order 11110. Circumventing the Fed by printing US notes. Both were murdered for their efforts. Or so it seems.

  14. Cloggie on Tue, 25th Apr 2017 12:42 pm 

    Kennedy signed executive order 11110. Circumventing the Fed by printing US notes. Both were murdered for their efforts. Or so it seems.

    Hitler admirer Kennedy [1]…

    …was very likely murdered by the same mob that owns the Fed. Or as Kennedy used to call the mob: “the ruthless conspiracy”:

    I wouldn’t even rule out that the murder was at least supervised by Yitzhak Rabin, the later PM of Israel, who was in Dallas at the time of the murder. Rabin was shortly afterwards appointed Chief of the General Staff of the Israeli Army.

    Rabin: Our Life, His Legacy – Lea Rabin

    Chapter 6 Sabra Statesman

    page 119

    Our first joint visit to the United States (Yitzhak had been there before) took place in November 1963, just before Yitzhak had been appointed chief of staff for the IDF. In preparation for that appointment, Yitzhak embarked on a high-level orientation trip to America. I can appreciate now how momentous it was to have visited the United States at that time. We went to New York and Washington and Yitzhak traveled to several other cities, mainly military centers and installations— all so exciting and awesome and the source of many important new ideas. I remember Yitzhak making an offhand comment to me on our way home to Israel “You know, when I finish my term as chief of staff, I’ll be ready to replace Abe Harman.” Harman was Israel’s Ambassador in Washington at the time. Yitzhak’s premonition later materialized. Our 1963 trip to the United States lasted 3 weeks. I was astonished at the size and the excitement of New York. This was a fast-moving lifestyle unlike anything I had known in Europe or Israel. Dalia and Yuval along with a number of officers, met us at Lod Airport in Tel Aviv upon our return. We were told that President Kennedy had been shot , his condition was as yet unclear. We had never met the Kennedy’s but we could sense how the promise of John Kennedy’s future had stirred American’s and how devastating it would be if something serious had happened to him. Just as we walked in the door of our home, I picked up the phone to hear shocking news: John F. Kennedy was dead. To have just returned from the United States and for Yitzhak to have been in Dallas just hours before — albeit as mere coincidence; Fort Bliss was a stop on his military briefing tour— was disorienting. Yitzhak was about to become chief of staff and had just completed an intensive study of state-of-the-art defense and security practices from the most powerful nation in the world and suddenly we learned that country’s chief-executive was slain by a lone-gunman…….

    This is obviously not a proof that Rabin pulled the trigger himself at Grassy Knoll or even was involved at all. But if you get the big picture of the struggle JFK was in…

    1) regarding the abolishing of the FED and
    2) preventing that Israel would acquire nukes

    …than it is not that far-fetched to implicate Israel in the hit.

    [1] JFK admired Hitler, not because there was something morally wrong with him, but because his father Joseph, who had been US ambassador in London during the fateful 1939 year, exactly knew what really happened, namely that Roosevelt and Churchill were plotting for war with Germany, behind the back of Chamberlain.

  15. Cloggie on Tue, 25th Apr 2017 12:44 pm 

    Link again:

  16. Cloggie on Tue, 25th Apr 2017 3:31 pm 

    Straight from the horse’s mouth:

    The “peace” motivation is of course baloney, they want total power, over the US and next over the world. The internet has already done a tremendous lot to spread awareness.

    Way out: splitting up their power base and avoid the worst (WW3).

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