Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Real Reason Governments Are Killing Financial Privacy

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Nick Giambruno
Casey Research

At the latest G-20 meeting, central bankers, finance ministers, and an assortment of other central planners touted what they hoped would be a new "global standard" of the automatic sharing of financial information.

The US has taken the lead with the odious FATCA law, and the EU has followed suit with its own version. Through FATCA and other measures, both governments are aggressively seeking new ways to undermine financial privacy.

Financial privacy should not be viewed in a negative light, as it is often portrayed. The Swiss view it as a fundamental human right to preserve dignity, akin to medical privacy. How would you feel if the government snooped into your medical records and automatically shared those records with foreign governments?

While it would appear that the primary objective of this new "global standard" is to rake in more money for bankrupt governments, it seems another motive is at play here.

The optimistic estimate for FATCA is that it will bring in around $9 billion over 10 years or $900 million on average per year.

With the deficit in 2012 for the US federal government at $1.1 trillion, the expected $900 million from FATCA is not even a drop in the bucket (actually around one-tenth of one percent). Even in the unlikely event that the US will moderately reduce its deficit in the future, the revenue from FATCA will remain a pittance in comparison.

So, it begs the question: Why would the US government go through all the enormous trouble of implementing FATCA if it's going to bring in such a meager amount of money?

If it's not money, it appears the primary motivation here is control. The new "global standard" is a path that will put governments around the world one step closer to being able to track and control every penny you earn and every penny you spend. It dovetails nicely with the global war on cash.
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Never in my life would I have thought that being as poor as I am now, poverty could actually bring a modicum of comfort.

Anonymous said...

To even consider investing internationally now would be suicide. If you don't phsically have something in hand, you don't own it. Time to circle the wagons folks. Get silver, food, guns/ammo. Secure the fort. Make allies with like minded people and distance yourself from the rest.

Amaterasu Solar said...

A solution to all this is to eliminate the NEED for money - which affords power over Others (and therefore control). How can We do this?

Exchange (trade, barter, and the money used to represent these) is used to account for meaningful energy expended in an energy-scarce system. Therefore, adding abundant free energy (AVIDLY suppressed by the "elite" as it spells the end of Their control) removes the need to account for energy.

In turn, the abundance of this planet can flow unimpeded by an accounting system to ALL of Us Humans. We ALL become "rich" materially, with power over Others supplanted by autonomous power over Self but no Others.

For more on this and for ideas of where We can go from here, please see:


The Abundance Paradigm can be a reality IF We spread awareness of all this to the tipping point.

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