How Crony Capitalism (Or The 'Undiluted Lunacy' Of The Fed) Corrupts The Free Markets

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"This is the final abomination" is how David Stockman begins his epic rant on the Federal Reserve and crony capitalism in this clip. The "undiluted lunacy" of their actions prompted him to address the Fed's decision to "print ourselves to death" by saying "this has gone too far, it's street-fighting time" as he decides, instead of the erudite philosophical view of how capitalism is being destroyed by statist philosophies of one type or another, to launch into a full-strength tirade about The Fed. For starters, "The Fed is being run by the single most-dangerous man ever to hold high office in the history of the United States, "as he opines that Bernanke is more dangerous than Geithner, Greenspan, Summers, Hank Paulson all put together. Must watch...


"Bernanke is so bad that we should wish to return to the age of Marriner Eccles in 1935 - a fiscal Keynesian who believed that money-printing would fuel speculation and inflation; if the government were going to rob the people, it should do it the honest way - through taxes"


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Thu, 09/27/2012 - 22:16 | 2837449 Cdad
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Just watched this elsewhere on the web.  For  all ZH fans, watch...and suddenly feel better.  You see, it isn't's the FED that has issues.  No one f*cks with the Stockman!

Thu, 09/27/2012 - 22:19 | 2837460 Ahmeexnal
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Wait....all those libtards won't be able to say "it's Bush's fault" this time around?

Thu, 09/27/2012 - 22:21 | 2837464 flacon
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I don't like the inclusion of the term "Capitalism" in the title. Is a whore a "crony virgin"?

Thu, 09/27/2012 - 22:56 | 2837519 Newsboy
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Stockman was the smart kid when he worked for Reagan, but now he's a worldy wise MAN.

Fri, 09/28/2012 - 00:47 | 2837712 otto skorzeny
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he was in on the beginning of this slow-motion train wreck when all of this big spending got started w/Reagan-and smart enough to jump off quickly

Fri, 09/28/2012 - 03:04 | 2837823 TwoShortPlanks
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ZH, a covert branch of Mises?

Fri, 09/28/2012 - 03:38 | 2837857 AldousHuxley
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corruption will always exist as long as there is money to be made.

It is naive belief of retards that thought otherwise.


split up the banks, jail them, tax the shit out of wall st.   any high school grad can do number crunching. bankers only get paid a lot because insane number of hours.



Fri, 09/28/2012 - 06:16 | 2837958 Comay Mierda
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the fact that bankers work crazy hours is super ironic because it exemplifies the inefficencies created in the "crony capitalist" economy by these monster zombie banks.

in a true free market, ppl would work much less and earn much more

but all the ivy league kids who brown nose their way into gubmint sachs or jp morgue and end up working 100+ hours/week to make maybe 60-70k are earning the same hourly wages as your local mcdonalds food prepper.  do  you want fries with that?

sure, the lucky few who suck enough bankster cock to advance up the ladder may end up making 7 figures.  but after uncle sam and bloomberg take their cut, how much is really left?  and average those after tax earnings over total hours worked in the career and its pretty damn pitiful.  and throw in all the soft costs of a broken family life, drug-addicted kids crying how daddy is never around, and poor health 

the cronies are eating themselves alive, and dragging the rest of the productive economy down with them

Fri, 09/28/2012 - 06:59 | 2837991 markmotive
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Even the Fed doesn't agree with what the Fed is doing

Such instability from our dear leaders.

Fri, 09/28/2012 - 07:12 | 2838008 Mareka
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I don't think anybody at Goldman Sachs is working for $60K -$70K.

A college buddy of mine went to work for an investment bank on Wall St. 25 years ago and started at $100K back then.

A business associate told me last month about a friend working for Goldman whose 1st year bonus as a rookie quant was $50K and that after about 4 years as a grunt programmer that year end bonus would be about $250K. 

The bonuses were only so low because GS had given an across the board 40% base pay increase to raise less eyebrowns at bonus time.

These are all dollars extracted from the savers.  Credit the Bernank with the assist.

Fri, 09/28/2012 - 08:49 | 2838195 LawsofPhysics
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My engineers work long long hours on real problems.  Any guess what their pay looks like next to that of a banker.  Go fuck yourself and the banker you rode in on.

Thu, 09/27/2012 - 22:57 | 2837523 Ckierst1
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I completely agree!  It isn't capitalism, or at least laissez faire capitalism (Are there really other variants that aren't mercantilism?), it's mercantilism.

Fri, 09/28/2012 - 00:29 | 2837692 Anusocracy
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All of this is just a normal manifestation of government.

Government has always been about a small group of people controlling a large group of people so as to extract wealth.

Time to wake up, little tomato plants.

Thu, 09/27/2012 - 22:57 | 2837524 Lotus Flower
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They probably will as long as they're gulping down the CNN kool-aid like it's water, just like "conservtards"/Obama/Fox News.  Everyone's uninformed.  The fact that they are all card carrying members of polarized political parties is just a gauge of their insanity.

Thu, 09/27/2012 - 22:59 | 2837529 Lotus Flower
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Maybe disillusionment is a fairer term than insanity.  I'm bullish on insanity, however

Fri, 09/28/2012 - 02:45 | 2837807 Yen Cross
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dis/illu/sion/ment ?  I before E, except after C?

Thu, 09/27/2012 - 23:48 | 2837615 ACP
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Seriously? They'll just say he screwed up so bad that they weren't able to fix it.

Don't ever mis-underestimate the power of ignorance, stupidity and last, but not least, free shit.

Fri, 09/28/2012 - 07:33 | 2838037 new game
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Listen at least twice-takes notes, then map out your own personel strategy.

my biggest take-1/2 of all mbs, the biggest part of americans wealth(equity)being purchased by fed.

think about that and what happens when market produces ZERO buyers for that wonderfull worshipped beautifull dream called a home.

connect the dots and you are fucked because if the fed don't take your home the tax man will when you have no income(markets crash).

but, maybe this all won't matter when the majority take control via mayhem-either that or stallen like life for masses...

at this point we have entered the point of no return: masses vs 1 percent; altimate epic struggle of our time and fast ariving.

Thu, 09/27/2012 - 22:18 | 2837459 Oracle of Kypseli
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Need more of that to be spread around.

Thu, 09/27/2012 - 22:19 | 2837461 Ahmeexnal
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you read my mind...mmmMMMmmm...peanut butter

Thu, 09/27/2012 - 22:26 | 2837473 loveyajimbo
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Make a hell of a President... compared to the choices we have now... a muslim crook socialist marxist and all around lying asshole... and gerald ford reincarnated...

Thu, 09/27/2012 - 22:35 | 2837483 barroter
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Stockman gets elected...the bankers will want him to do a road tour of Dealy Plaza in a few months.

Fri, 09/28/2012 - 00:32 | 2837697 urbanelf
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Romney is a muslim?!?!?!

Thu, 09/27/2012 - 22:36 | 2837484 Caviar Emptor
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Corporate. Welfare. State. 

Thu, 09/27/2012 - 22:50 | 2837509 tickhound
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Sold to the public as... Systemic Risk.  Or, You'd be nothing without me.

Thu, 09/27/2012 - 22:47 | 2837502 dick cheneys ghost
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John Dean- "There is a cancer on the Dollar, and it is growing"

Thu, 09/27/2012 - 22:55 | 2837513 Dr. Engali
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That was a good speech. I think what Stockman misses though is the fact this is all part of the plan. The Bernank is doing his job, and that job is to blow up the system so the NWO can be ushered in. If people don't know by now that the Bernank is purposefully trying to blow up the dollar and take action to protect themselves, then they deserve what's coming.

Fri, 09/28/2012 - 01:08 | 2837733 pherron2
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I pretty sure he said almost exactly that, in a recent interviw with Lauren Lister on Capital Account.

Fri, 09/28/2012 - 05:23 | 2837942 Dr. Engali
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I kind of suspected he knows that, he's a smart guy, but he isn't willing to go that far for risk of losing credibility.

Fri, 09/28/2012 - 09:12 | 2838281 NewWorldOrange
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Yep. Which implies that he realizes (correctly) that he can say all that he did say without losing credibility since it's rapidly becoming pretty apparent to most everyone.

Even the people that I know who are most invested in the system and who for years have steadfastly denied my stated concerns about what's coming are beginning to say "I think you were right all along."


Thu, 09/27/2012 - 22:53 | 2837515 proLiberty
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It should be clear that the Federal Reserve Corporation is run for the benefit of its shareholders, the member financial institutions who get to vote their shares in proportion to their capital and surplus.   Bernanke takes care of his shareholders consistent with keeping Congress and the Executive branch happy because they could, and do, easily pass laws to change the rules of the game.  

Thu, 09/27/2012 - 23:02 | 2837532 Radical Marijuana
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While the first part of your comment is correct, the second is naive. How are any politicians supposed to survive the established systems of bribery, intimidation, and assassination, in order to actually have enough of a political career to vote for anything against the interests of the banksters?

The last President to do so was Andrew Jackson, who ONLY was able to because he miraculously survived the assassination attempts of the banksters.

It is way, way too late for anything else but the continuing runaway madness of the system to destroy itself FIRST, before any other solutions become practically possible ... IF THEN ...

Thu, 09/27/2012 - 23:31 | 2837585 lasvegaspersona
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I believe your last statement is the closest to the truth. All the players are behaving rationally if the belief is that we are just in a down cycle. Since we are not and are in fact in the death throes of a fiat currency they are in fact just sppeding the ulimate end along a lot faster.

I am hopeful that what comes after will be better. I hope that the folks will see how the problem developed and not take too long to embrace a better system.

Fri, 09/28/2012 - 21:35 | 2840730 Imminent Crucible
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"political career"......There's the problem, right there in two words that should NEVER go together.

One term. One term ONLY. Then get your sad ass back to doing something ETHICAL and PRODUCTIVE.

Thu, 09/27/2012 - 22:58 | 2837522 holdbuysell
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"Heading toward a Constitutional crisis" - Stockman in video

"Heading toward a crisis" - There, fixed by US's finest 535. /sarc



Thu, 09/27/2012 - 23:02 | 2837533 km4
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How are the people in American going to be sold on capitalism when the system is rigged


Thu, 09/27/2012 - 23:23 | 2837578 barroter
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True.  I hear from the average Joe out there that has a few assets and he's NOT sending them to Wall St or any financial manager to tweak with. After seeing Madoff, Enron and all the BS that goes on, he's not going to trust it at all.   His assets are just sitting.  As for inflation, I hear this. "If I don't need it, I don't buy it."  Or, "If I need it, I make it last." 

Thu, 09/27/2012 - 23:08 | 2837542 km4
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it took Fed 93 yrs to accumulate a balance sheet of $900B mostly gov securities. In 7 weeks of sheer panic Benanke doubled this and then in first 13 week after Lehman event it went to $2.5B. There is some madmen in charge of the printing press


At end of 2014 it is projected to be $4.5 trillion

Thu, 09/27/2012 - 23:13 | 2837553 km4
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> it's leading to a Contitutional crisis. We have an unelected dozen people ruining this economy and creating crony capitalist windfalls

Thu, 09/27/2012 - 23:16 | 2837556 lasvegaspersona
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I am surprised that Stockman seems surprised.

Thu, 09/27/2012 - 23:44 | 2837607 Radical Marijuana
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One metaphor for the American economy is that it is like a family that has become the victim of a home invasion. A gang of criminals have moved into the home, and set up shop, telling the members of the family what to do ... The members of the American family have adapted to that, bit by bit ... However, the end game of the criminals is not to ever leave, and allow the family to return to normal.

While I agreed with what this video said, it was still grossly optimistic! What the criminals who have taken control of America are planning is world war, and martial law. In my analogy to a home invasion, the criminals that are controlling the family finances are not planning to one day leave peacefully. They are planning to systematically murder the members of that family first.

The American family has gradually adapted and accommodated itself to doing what the international banksters have been telling them to do, for almost a Century ... and things have been getting worse at an exponential rate. However, we have not seen anything yet! This is not going to end nicely!  This is going to end worse than anyone is able to imagine.

Thu, 09/27/2012 - 23:48 | 2837616 bshirley1968
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Great speech.  Great points.  Now who is going to do something about it?  We can all see the problem.  We can all see who is at the wheel driving us off the edge of the cliff.  Who can do something about it?

We need solutions not another depiction of the problem.

Fri, 09/28/2012 - 00:41 | 2837709 Anusocracy
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You would have to rewire the brains of 300+ million Americans.

Ain't gonna happen.

Fri, 09/28/2012 - 07:48 | 2838052 new game
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plan accordingly...mucho destruction>been living on barrowed time wayyyyy to long.

reversion to average for last 10000 years(since the epic struggles of gathers vs nomads ie fertle cressant)). darwin will cull the masses...

Fri, 09/28/2012 - 09:07 | 2838131 crusty curmudgeon
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"We need solutions not another depiction of the problem."

Education is the key to solving our problems.  Your statement is like saying, "We need more food...not all these damn seeds."

Most people (who don't read ZH) think the Fed is doing all it can to help the economy.  Until that changes, there will be no solutions.

Spread the mind at a time.  That's the solution and that's what this video is helping to do. 

There are plenty of other sources to provide solutions for those who already understand the problems.

Fri, 09/28/2012 - 09:44 | 2838446 My Days Are Get...
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Agreed - a great speech, which sums up the situation in an easy-to-understand manner.

I do not think that there is any lunacy to the Fed’s methods and actions.  Bernanke panicked.  He must have seen something - like a meltdown of the derivatives markets.  The solutions are obvious: cut the military budget by 50%; mark all assets to market and reorganize the big banks in Federal receivership; restore the rule of law (the Corzine exception confirmed that a “made man” is above the law) - I could go on.  All of that will never happen.  Upon reflection, my plans for the worst are inadequate.

Fri, 09/28/2012 - 01:22 | 2837748 Son of Loki
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I am actually seeing a glimpse of the 'free market' at work. Houses in the area are not selling until they drop below $55 psf. One fairly nice house sat on the market for 180 days before someone finally bought for $42 psf.


What's a house worth? What a willing buyer and seller pay/sell for (without Fed VooDoo).

Fri, 09/28/2012 - 02:26 | 2837795 Monk
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Actually, it wasn't Keynesianism that caused the current crisis but free market capitalism, from which the economic elite engaged in unregulated financial speculation, forcing governments that work for them to bail them out. The middle class played along with easy credit and tax cuts, using their houses to buy even more consumer goods, and even to engage in the same speculation for easy profits.


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