A Warning For Americans - Is Money The Root Of All Evil?

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Is money the root of all evil? Mike Maloney discusses this provocative question in this brief clip. Starting with the following short extract from Ayn Rand (who incidentally was born in the Crimea region of Ukraine):

"When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing; when you see that money is flowing to those who deal not in goods, but in favors; when you see that men get rich more easily by graft than by work, and your laws no longer protect you against them, but protect them against you, you may know that your society is doomed." - Ayn Rand

Maloney (and his team) express their mission thus:

To enlighten the world that maximum prosperity can only be achieved through individual freedom, free markets, and sound money.

As he noted in his first documentary,

"Your true wealth is your time and freedom. Money is just a tool for trading your time. It's a container to store your economic energy until you are ready to deploy it. But the whole world has been turned away from real money, and has been fooled into using currency - a deceitful imposter that is silently stealing your two most valuable assets - your time, and your freedom."


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Wed, 03/05/2014 - 21:50 | 4514840 SameAsItEverWas
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America is the root of all evil!

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 21:51 | 4514846 zorba THE GREEK
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The love of money is the root of all evil, according to the bible.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 21:56 | 4514868 nevadan
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Exactly. But some how the inanimate object becomes the evil thing instead of the emotion atatched to it.  Sort of like guns are evil instead of the people that misuse them.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 22:09 | 4514925 economics9698
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Gold Standard.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 22:20 | 4514968 Supernova Born
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Baseless fiat finances evil.


Wed, 03/05/2014 - 22:23 | 4514986 Buckaroo Banzai
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No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Matthew 6:24

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 22:30 | 4515014 Soul Glow
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Mammon....so that's what they call Ben Bernanke.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 22:38 | 4515051 kaiserhoff
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the eleventh commandment, and the only one religiously followed in New York -

  Thou shalt not criticize those who worship money.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 23:00 | 4515136 old naughty
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Is money the root of all evil?  Honestly don't know...Perhaps ask Yoda.


don't know about that story, neither.

decide, you must.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 23:59 | 4515368 Unknown User
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Google knows all... it's the Fed 

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 00:14 | 4515410 flacon
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Bible : "The LOVE of money is the root of all evil" ---> Mike Maloney is making the case that money = productive capacity, therefore to LOVE money = to LOVE production. 


The Bible quote is not intended to diminish HONEST PRODUCTIVITY (ie, MONEY), but that it is making the case that money, in and of itself, is nothing without PRODUCTION. To "LOVE" money (according to the Bible) is what Wal Street and the Federal Reserve have done - it is not what "we the producers" have done. 


1 Timothy 5:18 For Scripture says, "Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain," and "The worker deserves his wages [MONEY!!!]."



Thu, 03/06/2014 - 03:32 | 4515712 Four chan
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ayn rand is the greatest philosopher since Aristotle.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 03:41 | 4515722 Johnny Cocknballs
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Said ... no one who ever read three or more philosophers.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 03:58 | 4515741 Four chan
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guess again mr cocknballs.


i'm not sure of going all john bonner was the right way to read this declaration of willful self direction and the pointed condemnation of the stateist.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 04:04 | 4515754 A Nanny Moose
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Money is a proxy for your ability to produce.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 23:01 | 4515135 Mike in GA
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and Yellen, Wammon.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 03:17 | 4515694 Colonel Klink
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But apparently they can serve two passports. /sarc

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 22:24 | 4514991 Soul Glow
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....the inanimate object becomes the evil thing.

Evil is as evil does.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 23:03 | 4515148 Shad_ow
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No, but some try to excuse their evil acts with that conclusion.


Wed, 03/05/2014 - 21:53 | 4514852 HedgeAccordingly
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Just need more ipo's. And inflation. http://hedge.ly/1gS7qvL

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 22:10 | 4514931 Event Horizon
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gold is money.

and the lack of gold is the root of all evil

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 22:27 | 4515003 Soul Glow
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Gold is money.

Concerning the lack of gold - not really.  Neither Gangis Kahn nor Hitler sought gold, yet both were on a warpath that killed millions.  The root of evil is when someone demands power over another individual.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 23:31 | 4515266 The_Ungrateful_Yid
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Moneychangers are the root of all evil!

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 23:41 | 4515307 Nexus789
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Washington DC is the centre of evil - Joe Citizen is getting screwed

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 00:28 | 4515449 UselessEater
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America has been manipulated, set up and used for a long time to become the whipping boy that will be (is being?) propoganised as the root of all evil; instead of globally vilifying and neutering the likes of the Rockefellers and their historical puppet masters who are in fact the evil behind "money" ....

so yes 'America is the root of all evil' is the emerging mantra, watch for more and more "leaked" evidence distracting from the "evil" of the UN, IMF, Club of Rome, Committee of 300, Vatican, British, Russian, Chinese, Africans etc etc etc



Thu, 03/06/2014 - 00:53 | 4515506 Anusocracy
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Appealing to ingroup-outgroup morality in order to polarize people into taking your side.

Americans are not worse nor better than any other country's population, but the US Gov certainly is worse than virtually all other countries' governments.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 21:51 | 4514844 Muppet Pimp
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The use of the levers of political power to profit is awfully close to the root of all evil.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 21:56 | 4514867 Overfed
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I've said this before. Worthless fiat money conjured up out of thin air and loaned at interest is the root of all evil.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 22:23 | 4514982 chemystical
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see other reply below.  the usual suspects

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 22:44 | 4515075 Ranger4564
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I've slao said this before. FEAR is the root of all evil.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 00:02 | 4515374 Prometheus the ...
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The fear of death is the begining of slavery.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 00:40 | 4515478 Anusocracy
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More like the fear of being alone.

The HumAnts gotta be enslaved to the colony.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 07:54 | 4515944 RabbitChow
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You must be young.  When you are older, you will realize that some men fear death; others will welcome it.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 23:22 | 4515226 StillSilence
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I'd have to say that whatever is the nature of some of mens/beings desires to forcefully control, oppress, rob, dominate, etc their fellow life is where the origins of what we call evil are. Deceptive or forced debt currency for theft and control is certainly evil and perhaps even the highest level of evil, but the root lies in the why. Where does that urge to enslave come from?

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 00:44 | 4515483 Anusocracy
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It works very well for survival. Government couldn't exist without it.

Even ants developed slavery.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 04:09 | 4515756 A Nanny Moose
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Ants, as with all animals, do not possess knowledge of ethical behavior. Humans do.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 22:03 | 4514895 chemystical
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"The use of the levers of political power to profit is awfully close to the root of all evil."

Nah, just one of the more vile expressions of it. 

"Schlomo, squeeze Senator (X) a little more.  AIPAC isn't getting enough love.  I also want a law passed that gives my true country first crack at the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.  And we have another co-religionist who wants to be bailed out and named too big to prosecute.  Oh, and Suzy Orrman wants to peddle more of her crap on public television.  Put her on after Charlie Rose and his parade of kosher guests."

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 21:51 | 4514845 robochess
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Lack of money (or current medium of exchange) is the root of all evil.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 22:12 | 4514938 kaiserhoff
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Poverty has no unkinder cut than this, that it makes a man ridiculous.


I've always liked this one too.  It sounds elitist, but it has broader roots in possibilities and degrees of freedom.

and then I realized, without money, it doesn't matter what sort of taste you have...


Wed, 03/05/2014 - 22:31 | 4515001 Buckaroo Banzai
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Bullshit. There are plenty of people who are dirt-poor and are also virtuous.

I'd argue that the rich are, in general, more evil than the poor.

23Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
24And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

Matthew 19:23-24

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 22:51 | 4515098 TBT or not TBT
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Well we are just about all screwed in the USA and EU, as we all rich compared to a rich man of Jesus' time. Because of freedom, the economic corollary of which is capitalism(with rule of law applied, not what we have now). Jesus also said "The truth will set you free". So He meant for us to prosper. QED.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 22:59 | 4515130 johnQpublic
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it all depends on how they became rich

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 21:54 | 4514858 chemystical
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Girlfriend = Time * Money

Your girlfriend is a woman!

Girfriend = Woman
Woman = Time * Money

We all know that time is money...

time = money
woman = money * money

woman = (money)^2

We also know that money is the root of all evil,

money = sqrt(evil)

woman = [sqrt(evil)]^2


woman = evil

inaacurate but always worth a smirk

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 21:58 | 4514879 yogibear
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Plenty of female and male gold diggers.  When the money is gone so are they.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 22:06 | 4514909 chemystical
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who would down arrow that?  My "misogeny' was offered up as a joke.  Bimbos and mimbos.

Along the same lines, when useful idiots outlive their usefulness they'll still be idiots

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 22:12 | 4514936 maskone909
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Prob some hairy armpit flat top having feminazi broad.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 02:38 | 4515647 mrmister
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Something to look forward to.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 03:39 | 4515721 chinoslims
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I wonder if there is any women on this blog.  Impossible.  How can you care about politics and the economy if you are worried about shoes, dancing with the stars, shopping and the Oscars?

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 07:25 | 4515916 plane jain
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How can you care about politics and the economy if you are worried about video games, Duck Dynasty, buying the latest electronic gizmo and the Superbowl?

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 21:55 | 4514863 Jreb
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What an asinine title for a place like Zhedge.


Money is not the root of all evil - it is a tool.


Greed - thus the LOVE of money - is the root of most evil. of course some people are just inherently born assholes....

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