Ahead of Ron Paul's final run for the presidency, and ahead of the next great Occupy Wall Street protest, i'd like to kick off a thread that questions everything about the Federal Reserve System. I'd like to throw Is the Fed a Failure? into the discussion. I'd also like to throw in PAGE, Silver and True Price Discovery. Plus, gotta hear from Ron Paul himself, Fed Up with the Fed Yes, it looks like 'Occupy' is starting to focus on the proverbial eye at the top of the pyramid: Wall Street Protesters Target Federal Reserve Occupy Chicago Camps Out at Federal Reserve Bank This article, Enjoy the Central Bank Party While It Lasts suggests it's just a matter of time before it all implodes anyway. I hope this thread can be educational and informative. For example, i wanted to know, WHAT WERE THEY THINKING! ...when they re-introduced, for the third time in US history, this type of banking, despite lessons learned (not learned?) since Andrew Jackson ended the last system (after an epic conflict) in 1835. Turns out they had a congressional hearing for a few months prior to it's implementation over objections by such cautionary lights as Charles August Lindbergh Sr. You have to read, or read about the Money Trust Investigation also called Pujo Committee âMoney Trustâ Wall Street Banking Cartel Investigation 1912-1913to start to get a grasp of what they may have been thinking as they pondered such momentous legislation. Believe it, they determined there was an undesirable "trust" (kind of like a monopoly among a small cabal of players) that owned about 22 BILLION of Wall Street's 24 BILLION in total stock market capitalization. At the head of that cartel was J.P. Morgan who seemed to enjoy everybody's love, or everybody's hate, or both. I see the nation at that time as schizophrenic. 1913 saw legislation that outlawed trusts (anti-trust legislation), and yet, with the Federal Reserve Act implemented exactly that; probably the world's most obvious (if not monstrous) monopoly to date. What i can't figure, is how, because they felt they had problems with an accumulation of power in the hands of a few, they thought the solution involved deliberately putting enormous, non-transparent, power in the hands of a few! It seems that everyone was enamored with (under the spell of?) J.P. Morgan, that financial titan who seemed to save the nation in the panic of 1907. The idea, apparently, was that if ever there was another panic, they wanted to have someone around like J.P. Morgan to make things right somehow. The Federal Reserve System, then, could be viewed as our own - pet - J.P. Morgan that we keep around for rainy days like 1907. Most recently, Ben Bernanke played that role, saving us from 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011! How has that worked out for you? Well, if you are on the top tier, it's probably been working out fine...but at the expense of the middle and bottom tiers. According to a quote from Quotes On Banking and the Federal Reserve System "The few who understand the system, will either be so interested from it's profits or so dependant on it's favors, that there will be no opposition from that class." -- Rothschild Brothers of London, 1863 Some people think the Federal Reserve System was implemented fraudulently (if not very sneaky), and contrary to some very specific provisions of the Constitution about the coining of money that ruled out paper notes of credit, which is exactly what we've got now! And all without the due and necessary amendment process. The Federal Reserve Fraud and the "Invisible Government" Federal Reserve System â Banking Fraud Is the Federal Reserve System based on fraud? Some also say that recently, the Federal Reserve has committed criminal acts of fraud that actually forfeits their franchise by law. Federal Reserve audit forfeits franchise for securities fraud and embezzlement of $16 trillion. It seems these guys have done things that probably J.P. Morgan himself (who died in 1913 at age 75) would've found rather rascally...from what i've been able to learn about him recently. Or maybe not. But my view of Morgan is that he was at least an upstanding businessman, if not extremely competitive. He apparently did a deal with Andrew Carnegie for $472 Million without lawyers on a hand-shake. And i doubt he was out to kill the country - and it's workers - that offered him so much opportunity for long-term gains. Here's a partial transcript of J.P. Morgan's appearance before the Pujo Committee (Money Trust Investigation): J.P. Morgan Interview Notice where he talks about the factors that influence him to do business (offer credit etc.), talking about the "character" of the man. J.P. cared more about character than how much money or collateral anybody had. And his character? He once resigned from a fancy New York gentleman's club because a friend of his, whom he had recommended for membership, was discovered to have done manual labor early on in his life...and "black-balled" for it(whatever that means). So J.P. built the Metropolitan Club, without any regard to expense, and invited his friend to join. So let me ask you, if you just went by character, and left money and collateral alone, who would you prefer to see running the United States: Ben Bernanke and Timothy Geithner, or Ron Paul?