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

Tyler Durden's picture

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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SameAsItEverWas's picture

America is the root of all evil!

zorba THE GREEK's picture

The love of money is the root of all evil, according to the bible.

nevadan's picture

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.

Supernova Born's picture

Baseless fiat finances evil.


Buckaroo Banzai's picture

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

Soul Glow's picture

Mammon....so that's what they call Ben Bernanke.

kaiserhoff's picture

the eleventh commandment, and the only one religiously followed in New York -

  Thou shalt not criticize those who worship money.

old naughty's picture

Is money the root of all evil?  Honestly don't know...Perhaps ask Yoda.


don't know about that story, neither.

decide, you must.

Unknown User's picture

Google knows all... it's the Fed 

flacon's picture

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!!!]."



Four chan's picture

ayn rand is the greatest philosopher since Aristotle.

Johnny Cocknballs's picture

Said ... no one who ever read three or more philosophers.

Four chan's picture

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.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Money is a proxy for your ability to produce.

Colonel Klink's picture

But apparently they can serve two passports. /sarc

Soul Glow's picture

....the inanimate object becomes the evil thing.

Evil is as evil does.

Shad_ow's picture

No, but some try to excuse their evil acts with that conclusion.


Event Horizon's picture

gold is money.

and the lack of gold is the root of all evil

Soul Glow's picture

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.

The_Ungrateful_Yid's picture

Moneychangers are the root of all evil!

Nexus789's picture

Washington DC is the centre of evil - Joe Citizen is getting screwed

UselessEater's picture

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



Anusocracy's picture

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.

Muppet Pimp's picture

The use of the levers of political power to profit is awfully close to the root of all evil.

Overfed's picture

I've said this before. Worthless fiat money conjured up out of thin air and loaned at interest is the root of all evil.

chemystical's picture

see other reply below.  the usual suspects

Ranger4564's picture

I've slao said this before. FEAR is the root of all evil.

Prometheus the Jester's picture

The fear of death is the begining of slavery.

Anusocracy's picture

More like the fear of being alone.

The HumAnts gotta be enslaved to the colony.

RabbitChow's picture

You must be young.  When you are older, you will realize that some men fear death; others will welcome it.

StillSilence's picture

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?

Anusocracy's picture

It works very well for survival. Government couldn't exist without it.

Even ants developed slavery.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Ants, as with all animals, do not possess knowledge of ethical behavior. Humans do.

chemystical's picture

"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."

robochess's picture

Lack of money (or current medium of exchange) is the root of all evil.

kaiserhoff's picture

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...


Buckaroo Banzai's picture

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

TBT or not TBT's picture

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.

johnQpublic's picture

it all depends on how they became rich

chemystical's picture

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

yogibear's picture

Plenty of female and male gold diggers.  When the money is gone so are they.

chemystical's picture

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

maskone909's picture

Prob some hairy armpit flat top having feminazi broad.

mrmister's picture

Something to look forward to.

chinoslims's picture

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?

plane jain's picture

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?

Jreb's picture

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....