Guest Post: Protect The Banks At All Costs

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Submitted by John Aziz of Azizonomics

Protect The Banks At All Costs

Give a man a gun, and he can rob a bank. Give a man a bank, and he can rob a country.

Those are the very true words that two weeks ago had a man in Pennsylvania arrested. His purported crime? Terroristic threats, and the attempted robbery of the bank he was protesting!

From CBS:

An Occupy Easton protester faces an attempted bank robbery charge following an arrest at an organized event at a bank – during which the “Occupier” was holding a sign that reportedly read “You’re being robbed.”


According to The Express-Times, Dave Gorczynski allegedly held cardboard signs outside a Wells Fargo Branch that read, “You’re being robbed,” while the other said, “Give a man a gun, he can rob a bank. Give a man a bank, and he can rob a country.”


Occupy Easton reports on their Facebook page that Gorczynski “was at the bank protesting the theft of our tax dollars, our homes, and our economy by the criminal banksters.”

Welcome to the new America — where banks must be protected at all costs. Whether it’s a bailout or a trumped up charge to silence a protestor, if the banks want it, they get it.

The district attorney in the case has dropped the charge of attempted robbery. However, a terroristic threat charge remains.

Meanwhile, the economic evidence is mounting that countries that want to recover need to tell the banks to take a hike.

Joe Stiglitz notes:

What Iceland did was right. It would have been wrong to burden future generations with the mistakes of the financial system.

And Paul Krugman writes:

What Iceland’s recovery demonstrated was the case for letting creditors of private banks gone wild eat the losses.


A funny thing happened on the way to economic Armageddon: Iceland’s very desperation made conventional behavior impossible, freeing the nation to break the rules. Where everyone else bailed out the bankers and made the public pay the price, Iceland let the banks go bust and actually expanded its social safety net. Where everyone else was fixated on trying to placate international investors, Iceland imposed temporary controls on the movement of capital to give itself room to maneuver.

Krugman, it seems — after years of defending bank bailouts — is learning.

But what hope is there of telling the banks to take a hike when law enforcement, politicians and courts will gladly arrest, charge and try an anti-bank protestor exercising their constitutional right to free speech?

Law enforcement, politicians and courts have it upside down. It isn’t banks that need protection from protestors. It’s citizens that need protection from the banks.

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Mon, 08/27/2012 - 12:23 | 2741081 Robot Traders Mom
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Best part: Tyler tagged Krugman twice at the top.

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 12:27 | 2741098 LouisDega
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Whos Krugman? Didnt he paly Oscar Madison in The Odd couple?

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 12:36 | 2741121 vast-dom
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"Krugman, it seems — after years of defending bank bailouts — is learning." SEEMS is the operative word. He isn't learning shit. He can comment rationally on Iceland because most of his readership couldn't find it on the map. Clearly Krugman has intentionally not turned his critical eye on the US, or at least not in public op ed form.


Scary times.


Mon, 08/27/2012 - 12:43 | 2741144 nonclaim
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"He isn't learning shit" squared.

From article: "desperation made [...] free[ing] the nation to break the rules." Since when being free and breaking whose rules is desperation? Krugman will be inconsolable when his house of cards finally fall.

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 12:57 | 2741169 Pladizow
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We all know what this is leading to!


“Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There was never a democracy that did not commit suicide.” – Samuel  Adams

“Where you have a concentration of power in a few hands, all too frequently men with the mentality of gangsters get control.” – Lord Acton

When a government is dependent upon the bankers for money, they and not the leaders of the government control the situation, since the hand that gives is the hand that takes. Money has no motherland; financiers are without patriotism and without decency; their sole object is gain. - Napolean Bonaparte

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. - Abraham Lincoln

Banking was conceived in inequity and was born in sin. The bankers own the earth. Take it away from them, but leave them the ability to create money and with the flick of the pen they will create enough deposits to buy it back again. However, take it away from them, and all the great fortunes like mine will disappear and they ought to disappear, for this would be a happier and better world to live in. But if, you wish to remain the slaves of bankers and pay the cost of your own slavery, let them continue to create money. - Sir Josiah Stamp, Director of the bank of England in 1928, reputed to be the 2nd wealthiest man in England at the time.

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 12:57 | 2741191 strannick
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Iceland Bitchez

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 14:45 | 2741485 madcows
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Too bad it's next to the Arctic circle.  Otherwise I might be interested.

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 15:29 | 2741666 Boris Alatovkrap
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Pussy Riot!

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 20:24 | 2742347 saturn
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Give the corrupted policemen and judges a head(shot). It is puzzling, how the supposed guardians of a nation are willing to become utterly corrupted. Is that because they fear the truth and fear the concealers of truth? They are a cancer. Remove it fully before it kills you!

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 15:09 | 2741582 Stoploss
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He is reffering to the "For the next hundred years we must pretend to ourselves and to everyone, that fair is foul, and foul is fair, for foul is useful and fair is not".... Keynesian meme.

Those are the rules he is speaking of breaking. When in reality, the true cure is the exact opposite of the hundred year old meme. And so they implemented inverse Keynesian economics, and son of a bitch, it worked!!

Who knew???

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 12:42 | 2741148 ArrestBobRubin
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Me, I'll hold off giving Krugman a pass until he shows me his stack of Ag phyzz

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 13:44 | 2741322 Cthonic
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If he did that, he'd earn the GHOAT award.


Greatest Hypocrite of All Time

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 19:29 | 2742246 YouAreBliss
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ArrestBobRubin - 'nuff said my brothers!

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 12:45 | 2741152 LMAOLORI
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new vast-dom ""Krugman, it seems — after years of defending bank bailouts — is learning." SEEMS is the operative word. He isn't learning shit.Clearly Krugman has intentionally not turned his critical eye on the US, or at least not in public op ed form."


Completely agree notice Krugman isn't talking about the Bank Fraud and the lack of prosecutions in the U.S.?

Ahh the conscience of a liberal


CONVICTED: Bush 1300+, Clinton 1000+, Obama 0.0 (+/-)


Five Senior Goldman Sachs Execs Gave $130K To 'Obama Victory Fund' WHILE Eric Holder Was Deciding Whether To File Criminal Charges




Mon, 08/27/2012 - 12:49 | 2741170 Wjunk
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Maybe he's learning. Doubtful. Even a blind hog can find an acorn once in a while.  He would need to find bushels of acorns on a daily basis to show he's actually learning.

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 15:23 | 2741647 YouAreBliss
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The GOP plan to balance the budget:

Eliminate the defense cuts in the sequester, make the bush tax cuts permanent, pass new tax cuts for the wealthy banksters, increase enforcement budgets to fund new Social Conservative agenda; ie, make now legal activities illegal like: all birth control,all abortion, all gambling, all pornography, alcohol consumption, coffee consumption, non-magic pants wearing, etc...need at least another 100,000 SR police and judges - not to mention the increased funding for another  million in prison (Of course run by BAIN/GOLDMAN Prisons-r-us Inc. headquartered in Qatar).

And of course absolutely no new taxes!

We can make it up in growth - (well not the growth of the wealthy and corporations -they have a 0 cap gains/divid rate, and the rest is run through tax sheltered off shore accounts.)

I can almost see the Ryan budget balanced now - in 2099!  After the enactment of the GOP re-enslavement act of 2079.

We can rejoice - Free of Freedom at last!

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 12:45 | 2741126 hedgeless_horseman
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Which man is the real bank robber?


Not Free                                         Free 

"In fact, all the male energies in American political economy have been directed lately in the service of a one multifarious enterprise: the support of fraud, which includes the promotion of untruth, the protection of the wicked, and the evasion of reality. That can only end badly as this vast cargo of lies passes through the event horizon of circumstance and sucks us into the unknown territory that lies beyond the fall of empire." 


-J.H. Kunstler


Mon, 08/27/2012 - 12:51 | 2741171 HoofHearted
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Seems like Corzine and Obama have gotten ZH accounts. Otherwise, why in the hell is anyone voting down this great post? Please give me a good reason why you have voted this down...oh shit, are MDB and AnAnonymous still around? That might explain it.

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 12:56 | 2741185 CH1
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Look up Cass Sunstein's book Nudge, and papers he wrote on Conspiracy Theories.

Sunstein's minions are here, doing their best to derail conversations that their bosses don't like and to mold our opinions.

I think most of us ignore the morons, but they try nonetheless. Think of them as the wannabe TSA of the Internet.

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 13:37 | 2741295 MiltonFriedmans...
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I sometimes wonder how much longer this forum will exist.

I fear for our children and grandchildren.

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 13:56 | 2741357 exi1ed0ne
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The nature of modern psy-ops is to co-opt then neuter, rather than overtly destroy. You can see it all the time in the articles where the comments are initially thought provoking and then degenerate into "it was the [insert racial scapegoat]!" "Ann Rand was a robot from the future!" "911 was/was not an inside job!" and other such troll bait to make the signal to noise unbearable.

Destruction and overt force make martyrs, and that just will not do. Better to make the site painful to browse, or make the message increasingly unpalatable to the core subscriber base and watch it sink into irrelevance.

I wish more people understood feeding trolls is the most dangerous thing imaginable to a site like this. Instead, show contempt and ignore them - the worst punishment out there.

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 14:29 | 2741442 mvsjcl
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What? You mean some people actually think that it wasn't an inside job?


(Sorry, I couldn't resist.)

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 16:21 | 2741839 YouAreBliss
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The nature of modern psy-ops is to co-opt then neuter, rather than overtly destroy.

You mean like that cockroach - uber lobbyist Dick Armey and Freedom Doesn'tWorks.

Corporate shills for the Koch borthers and how they took over the "grassroots" teaparty movement???

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 19:14 | 2742214 Liberty2012
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Great observation - Thank you exi1edOne

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 16:38 | 2741892 Freddie
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+10 million

ZH has plenty of Hopey & Changey fvkkks.

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 14:23 | 2741422 Barack Obama
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It is unpatriotic to post stories that question our freedom creating financial system. This dirty hippy wants a free ride and is angry cause he can not get a bank loan because he has no job.

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 14:33 | 2741453 hedgeless_horseman
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If Corzine really wants a loan he can probably still get a loan.

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 15:20 | 2741635 Joe Sixpack
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That is why you will not get elected sire.


Under Bush, ANYONE could get a loan.

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 15:54 | 2741758 The worst trader
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Didn't Bush try to end SUBPRIME loans?

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 16:25 | 2741856 RockyRacoon
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Sure.  Making sure that everybody gets one pretty much kills demand.

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 15:32 | 2741673 Uncle Remus
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When it comes to free rides, you da man.

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 16:23 | 2741850 YouAreBliss
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Like our buddy Chris Dodd did - at friends of Angelo's rate and terms!  He is quite the hardworking patriot.

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 01:26 | 2745737 ShakaZulu
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HEY MAN! Get off of my cloud!  I'm the real Shaka Zulu--Destroyer of Kingdoms!  You're a phony punk who traded bath houses with Rahm for playing ball with Love.  

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 19:02 | 2742190 TimmyB
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I fully realize that Obama has been in Wall Street's pocket from the begining of his last campaign.  However, doesn't the fact that he is in Wall Street's pocket conflict with the "Obama is a socalist" bullshit we all read here on ZH?  

Obama's not a socialist, he's a whore.  Romney is also a whore.  This election is a fight among whores to determine which whore gets to service Wall Street for the next 4-years. 


Mon, 08/27/2012 - 21:13 | 2742438 StychoKiller
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Whore and Socialist are not mutually exclusive.

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 13:01 | 2741206 JR
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When the people begin to figure out what’s going on with the tyrants’ pillage and plunder, and then when they begin to protest, it is then the State turns brutish.

From Walter E. Grinder: “Most States don’t turn to harsh measures as long as the game is still going along smoothly. It is not until the people begin to catch on to the nature of the systematic plunder, and until the people begin to challenge this colossal con game, that the State does, in fact, turn brutish. This is precisely why the veneer of pluralist, democratic sanctity is welcomed by those in control of the State apparatus.”

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 13:26 | 2741259 Sisyphus
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Now, who the fuck could down-rate that observation.

Tyler, allow all to see who voted for an article/comment how. That way the rats in this house can be identified and honored. Now, fucking down-vote me, too.

Fucking punanies!

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 14:14 | 2741398 hannah
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BEST IDEA I HAVE SEEN...EVER...! ALLOW US TO SEE WHO VOTES...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that would be very interesting.

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 14:39 | 2741472 debtor of last ...
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That would be an upvote for a totalitarian state.

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 20:03 | 2742284 KK Tipton
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Secret voting sucks. They knew that back in 1870.

9. As everybody who supports the Constitution by voting (if there are any such) does so secretly (by secret ballot), and in a way    to avoid all personal responsibility for the act of his agents or representatives, it cannot legally or reasonably be said that anybody at all supports the Constitution by voting. No man can reasonably or legally be said to do such a thing as to assent to, or support, the Constitution, unless he does it openly, and in a way to make himself personally responsible for the acts of his agents, so long as they act within the limits of the power he delegates to them. 

10. As all voting is secret (by secret ballot), and as all secret governments are necessarily only secret bands of robbers, tyrants, and murderers, the general fact that our government is practically carried on by means of such voting, only proves that there is among us a secret band of robbers, tyrants and murderers, whose purpose is to rob, enslave, and, so far as necessary to accomplish their purposes, murder, the rest of the people. The simple fact of the existence of such a band does nothing towards proving that "the people of the United States," or any one of them, voluntarily supports the Constitution.

For all the reasons that have now been given, voting furnishes no legal evidence as to who the particular individuals are (if there are any), who voluntarily support the Constitution. It therefore furnishes no legal evidence that anybody supports it voluntarily.

So far, therefore, as voting is concerned, the Constitution, legally speaking, has no supporters at all.

And, as matter of fact, there is not the slightest probability that the Constitution has a single bona fide supporter in the country. That is to say, there is not the slightest probability that there is a single man in the country, who both understands what the Constitution really is, and sincerely supports it for what it really is.

The ostensible supporters of the Constitution, like the ostensible supporters of most other governments, are made up of three classes, viz.: 1. Knaves, a numerous and active class, who see in the government an instrument which they can use for their own aggrandizement or wealth. 2. Dupes--a large class, no doubt--each of whom, because he is allowed one voice out of millions in deciding what he may do with his own person and his own property, and because he is permitted to have the same voice in robbing, enslaving, and murdering others, that others have in robbing, enslaving, and murdering himself, is stupid enough to imagine that he is a "free man," a "sovereign"; that this is "a free government"; "a government of equal rights," "the best government on earth," and such like absurdities. 3. A class who have some appreciation of the evils of government, but either do not see how to get rid of them, or do not choose to so far sacrifice their private interests as to give themselves seriously and earnestly to the work of making a change."



Yes, there is among us a secret band of robbers, tyrants and murderers, whose purpose is to rob, enslave, and, so far as necessary to accomplish their purposes, TROLL the rest of the people.


Mon, 08/27/2012 - 21:14 | 2742441 memyselfiu
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that's just about the biggest pile of bullshit i've read on this website- you officially took the lead from Freddie and the illuminati nutbars!

Now downvote me totalitarian mutherfuckers

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 12:34 | 2741129 LouisDega
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Correction: Play

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 16:40 | 2741813 Freddie
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The only thing Krugman is learning is there are a lot of lamp posts and rope in America.  His fat azz would look good doing a Mussolini routine from a lamp post.

He is a fvkking apologist for Hopium.  F him.

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 12:23 | 2741083 Hondo
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Isn't this the kind of crap Iran pull all the time....

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 12:28 | 2741104 walküre
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Iran is NOT the enemy of the American people. Far from it. America's worst enemy is their own government and military industrial complex as well as the financial tyranny.

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 12:34 | 2741123 john39
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This is true.  Iran's government is certainly not perfect.  but the reason it is the target of unrelenting propaganda and aggression from banker controlled countries is that Iran's very existence stands in opposition to the banker controlled faux democracy model which has been used to enslave most of the world (while the sheep slumber, proud of their 'freedom').   Iran lacks a rothschild controlled central bank...  and has leaders who do not bow down to the bankers...   Iran stands in defiance of the NWO, and in that, Iran ironically stands up for all of us who desire freedom from the banker controlled slavery that limits most of our lives.

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 13:24 | 2741173 francis_sawyer
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Over here you get AIPAC to tell you it's not true & that they're scary towelheads... That what we need to do is support the Apartheid State of Israel or else we'll be goners...

Then what you get when you point that out is to be labeled as an "anti-semitic"... &, of course the perfunctory 6 everpresent "joo junkers" whose only purpose to read any thread is to see if anybody had the audacity to tell you that the gefilte fish was a little skanky...

Edit: The way you know it's true is to observe that they're the first ones on the scene (because it's their only mission in life)... Tireless formulaters of public opinion that they are (by way of banking monopolies, media monopolies, & political & military action committees)... What "well minded" folks go out of their way to do this (instead of just opening up lemonade stands, or Howard Cunningham's local hardware store)?

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 13:37 | 2741294 SmittyinLA
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Are you saying ending Apartheid was a moral, good and just cause, that SA is a far better place for everybody, that Africa is safer and better fed and more politically stable now that a bunch of Black commies and the CHICOM army are running the show for foreign bankers?  

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 14:20 | 2741350 francis_sawyer
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No... (to answer you directly & I didn't junk you BTW)...

Did I say anything about fucking South Africa?

I SAID... The Apartheid State of Israel... Which essentially means that if the world is going to get it's panties in a bunch and condemn "Apartheid", then why is Israel, (which practices that), excluded from consideration?... 

Where's the outrage?... More specifically ~ "who controls the media" (wink wink)

Fucking Steven Spielberg has told the 'Holocaust' story in so many different ways I can't even count anymore... Every year, I keep waiting for the new movie that's going to tell the story about some homosexual fucking cowboys riding in on some horses (from the dark side of the moon), to liberate the camps...


Apartheid (from Hollywood perspective) SA version... BAD!... Shame on you... More of the endless stream of white males behaving badly (white men only are 'good' if they're changing poopy diapers)...

Apartheid (Nation of Israel practice)... CRICKETS...


Mon, 08/27/2012 - 14:20 | 2741417's picture

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