We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up
Understanding money as practiced by contemporary capitalist ruling classes
*Wizards of Money This series of lesson pertains mostly to US money since the establishment of the Federal Reserve in 1913 which, in turn, is relevant to most capitalist nations (Britain, Germany, Japan, etc).
The material can still be accessed here in written form, and for an audio version of it click here.
This series on money offers the best explanation I've found of how the capitalist ruling class, since the Federal Reserve was established in 1913, has gradually transformed money into a very effective means of controlling our entire society.
To the best of my knowledge, this was originally written in book form by "Smithy", a pseudonym, who posted it to Wizards of Money website which is no longer functional. In an email from her she explained that she carelessly let the website deteriorate. Since then it was adopted and posted by a person or persons on TakeOverWorld website.
By the way, TakeOverWorld website offers a mountain of information that was gathered, I think, sincerely to expose the secret operations of our ruling capitalist class to counter all opposition to their rule and promote power and profits for themselves. Most of the material pertains to historical events since WWII, but the website doesn't appear to cover events in the last decade. Obviously I can't vouch for all the material that is posted; in any case, you must always use your critical thinking skills to sift through the information.