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Financial Vipers of Venice: Alchemical Money, Magical Physics, and Banking in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

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Financial Vipers of Venice
Alchemical Money, Magical Physics, and Banking in the Middle Ages and Renaissance
by Joseph Farrell
(Feral House)

In Babylon’s Banksters, Joseph Farrell dug up an ancient international class of bullion brokers, their penetration of the ancient temples, their control and suppression of an ancient knowledge and their strategy for usurping the money-issuing power of states and nations. Financial Vipers of Venice is the sequel to that ancient tale where we fast forward to medieval times, in the midst of a 1500-year story of a foggy swamp that became the financial center of the Western World.

Mr. Farrell approaches his books like expanded essays, and structures his contents in clearly delineated outline form. This is fortunate for the reader trying to keep pace with the weaving complexities of Farrell’s narrative. And there certainly is a narrative … only it’s delivered with all the twists and turns of a Tarantino movie.

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 “To sum up, thus far Bruno has accomplished the following…Subtly challenged the Calvinist doctrine of debt-interest in the hands of a private monopoly by distinguishing it from the ‘the public wealth,’ which is, in the final analysis, a not-so-subtle attack on the very idea of private monopoly central banking, that is, upon the banking practices of the northern Italian city-states, Florence and Venice, themselves.”

Giordano Bruno
Our tale begins with Giordano Bruno, a 16th century Hermeticist who was executed by the Inquisition thanks in no small part to the complicity of the Venetian oligarchy. Mr. Farrell asks why. What motivated members of the Venetian elite — who had previously welcomed him in their homes — to hand over Bruno to the Inquisition and denounce him?

The answers Mr. Farrell uncovers reach into the heart of what differentiates Hermeticism — an ancient universal spirituality with roots in ancient Egypt — from the monotheistic religions that sprung up centuries later. Mr. Bruno reportedly had a vision of uniting the whole world under one single spirituality — Hermeticism — in which we are all connected to an infinite divinity — a philosophy of abundance. This vision stood in stark contrast to the debt-based philosophy of monotheism’s “original sin,” a debt which is impossible to repay.

Clearly, Mr. Bruno intended to upset the religious applecart which Mr. Farrell contends was a direct philosophical threat to the time’s dominant fiscal philosophy — a philosophy belonging to the elite oligarchy of medieval Venice.

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“…for not only did these [Babylonian] slaves bring with them their religion and culture — a point that would explain the increasing ‘orientalization’ of the Roman imperium — but they also brought with them ‘their “Babylonian” business and banking practices.’ And of course, when Attila the Hun ravaged the peninsula and threatened even Rome itself, many of these mercantile families fled to northern Italy. It is here that we find, then, the connection between ancient Babylon’s ‘bullion brokers,’ Roma, and the later Italian city-states, with their banking oligarchies.”

Venice
Mr. Farrell engagingly paints a picture of medieval Venice ruled by an oligarchical elite, a network of families and familial relations that even then, spanned the centuries. Members of this elite network played influential roles in all parts of Venetian society — from political and military leaders to heads of banking and business. The tactics that Mr. Farrell illuminates bear a striking resemblance to the playbook of today’s oligarchy.

For instance, in describing one of the Venetian super-companies, Mr. Farrell states:

“A glance — and it can only be a glance — at the rise of the Peruzzi company will demonstrate just how quickly the medieval super-companies mastered all the techniques that many would now ascribe to the conspiratorial machinations of modern banksters, corporations, and groups like the Bilderbergers, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, and so on.”

Clearly, the oligarchy rigs the game in favor of those within its circles, as the rise of the Venetian super-companies demonstrate. This was done by spreading into society, almost like a cancer.

“The penetration into the loci of public power — the church, professional occupations, military, and the organs of domestic and international politics — became the ‘playbook’ for financial elites ever after, and…the Venetians perfected this strategy to a very fine art.”

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“Maintain careful posture of public neutrality in cases of political conflict, while continuing to act as financial agents for both sides.”

An Unbroken Story
Mr. Farrell outlines certain tactics of the medieval Venetian oligarchy which we find in eerie continuance by today’s 21st century global oligarchy. Using balance-of-power diplomacy to play both sides of a battle; absorb philosophical rivals; suppress hidden knowledge; and on. The continuity of strategy is certainly no passing matter.

“Consequently, one sees two familiar patterns — first appearing in ancient times, and continuing into modern times — of a financial elite that is actively seeking ancient sources of information, and seeking to monopolize and suppress it, lest that knowledge break out of the closed system of finance that made their power, position, and prestige, possible.”

Is it possible that there is an unbroken story that weaves through what we know of ancient Babylon, medieval Venice and our modern New World Oligarchy? Is there an ancient wisdom that has been suppressed this whole time, a wisdom that by its very suppression has allowed a small network of families to maintain control over humanity throughout recorded history?

The idea is definitely tantalizing and logical, at the least. Personally I think this idea holds a lot of weight. Though perhaps we’ll never truly be able to say whether it is or isn’t fact — simply because the genealogical and financial records to prove the theory likely no longer exist. Nevertheless, the Hermetic wisdom that Giordano Bruno tried to spread is likely no small matter. And for that, the Inquisition burned him.

It might be worth considering that if methods of empire are similar between today’s oligarchy and the oligarchy of Mr. Bruno’s time, then perhaps the two share in common methods of enforcing their control as well.

Who’s Really Unaccountable?

I received this email supporting a petition that urges Congress to audit the Defense Department. Naturally, holding Congress responsible for military spending is a cause I can readily get behind. Our so-called “Defense” spending is out of control — what with a never-ending, expanding field of war and a bloated, increasingly paranoid spying culture.

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Source: UNNACOUNTABLE: The High Cost of the Pentagon’s Bad Bookkeeping

But will auditing our military spending really, get at the heart of the matter?

The petition was sent by The Daily Kos, a left-leaning news and activist platform that, from my perspective, feeds into the left-vs-right farce that keeps the people of this country at odds with ourselves, and distracted from seeing who’s behind the curtain, pulling the strings of this divide and conquer strategy. The Daily Kos was motivated to action by a Reuters article entitled UNNACOUNTABLE: The High Cost of the Pentagon’s Bad Bookkeeping. And the Kos’ action blames Republicans for forcing “America into the slowest economic recovery in history thanks to austerity policies focused on cutting vital services for working families while shielding the Pentagon from any non-sequester cuts.”

For Reuters to send that article out on the wire made me scratch my head. Reuters certainly isn’t a bastion of independent thought. Rather, it’s one of the singular sources that helps franchise out a particular view of current events to smaller news sources around the world. Reuters is an important part of shaping the modern reality. And the result of that article — in an atmosphere where Republican congresspeople seem to always be threatening government social spending — fuels a battle among American people between those who want government to spend its money on social services and those who want government to spend its money on the military.

Nevermind the folks who think it ought to be unconstitutional for the United States government to borrow all of this money in the first place via a 100-year-old Federal Reserve counterfeiting scheme. Bill Still reports on this issue eloquently and succinctly.

The Federal Reserve, its charter banks and those who drive the policies of those banks ought to be at the top of anybody’s accountability To-Do list.

The Banking Crash of 2008 and the Federal Reserve’s Involvement Explained

I’m sure this idea is already out there, but at the time of the economic crash of 2008, I had no idea why we had a housing bubble that suddenly burst and destroyed the American economy.

After watching Bill Still’s brilliant documentaries The Money Masters and The Secret of Oz, I now have a much better understanding of monetary policy. So I’m going to succinctly explain the crash of 2008. If you remember, the media told us that the reasons behind the crash were far too complicated to explain, what with credit-default swaps and toxic assets and all sorts of fiduciary jargon that was meant to confuse an issue that, at its heart, is clear and simple.

It all has to do with, as Mr. Still puts it, who controls the money supply. When those who control the money supply provide enough money into the system for the system to grow, we have good years. When those who control the money supply contract that supply, we have lean years. The Federal Reserve controls the ebb and flow of the money supply via interest rates. The chart above shows the history of the Fed’s interest rate policy over that past 55+ years.

Before we get to the crash of 2008, I want to make a quick point about something that George W. Bush said when he first took office in 2001. I remember this time quite clearly. We had just finished two terms of economic prosperity that the Clinton administration rode through like wave surfers. If you notice the chart above, the Fed began lowering interest rates a little bit in 1990, then the rates plunged starting in 1992, releasing the constraints on the flow of money that facilitated the technology and dot.com boom which was just around the corner. In 1995, the dot.com bubble officially began and the Fed began raising the interest rates. It’s certainly logical to think that the Fed was trying to rein in the free spending of the bubble. But it’s interesting to note in the chart above that interest rates were raised significantly and quickly at the end of 1999 through to 2001 – well beyond the burst of the dot.com bubble in March, 2000.

Although the bubble had burst in 2000, its effects were generally limited to the investor class. Our government was operating with budget surpluses at the time! So it seemed puzzling to me that after Bush took office, he started making claims about our economy heading towards a recession. Here’s a quote from one of his speeches in March 2001:

“Tax relief is central to my plan to encourage economic growth, and we can proceed with tax relief without fear of budget deficits, even if the economy softens. Projections for the surplus in my budget are cautious and conservative. They already assume an economic slowdown in the year 2001. Even if the slowdown were to turn into a recession similar to that of 1990 and ’91, the Congressional Budget Office projects that the 10-year surplus would shrink by only 2 percent, from a little more than 5.6 trillion to a little less than 5.5 trillion.” (source: presidency.ucsb.edu)

Bush’s outlook on the economy predicted an economic slowdown because he knew that the Fed would continue to raise interest rates — and thereby contracting the money supply. I think it’s also worth noting in the chart above that the recession of 1990 and 1991 to which President Bush alludes follows a spike in interest rates by the Fed — another contraction of money followed by an economic slowdown.

So if we look at the chart above around the end of 2001, just after the event of 9/11, the Fed drops the interest rate like a lead balloon. I’m sure that the reasoning was to spur economic activity following the attacks of 9/11 … and perhaps, as well, to make wartime government borrowing more attractive.

It also facilitated the buying of houses and property for little to no money down, with low variable payments and attractive initial offers. People bought on credit. Interest rates were low. The economy was vibrant and active.

Then, at the end of 2004, the Fed began raising the interest rates sharply. People’s variable rate mortgages shot through the roof — beyond what they were able to afford. Did the Fed help these people by lowering the rates? No, they flatlined the rates sometime in 2006 and held them steady until 2008 when enough people defaulted on their loans to collapse the banking industry.

So We, the People, then had to bail out the banks because, as a result of the Fed’s interest rate spike, people were defaulting on their loans.

Ever wonder would have happened if we didn’t bail out the banking system? Here’s what Congressman Brad Sherman [D-CA] said on October 2, 2008:

“The only way they can pass this bill is by creating and sustaining a panic atmosphere. That atmosphere is not justified. Many of us were told in private conversations that if we voted against this bill, on Monday, that the sky would fall, the market would fall two or three thousand points the first day, another couple thousand the second day. And a few members were even told that there would be martial law in America if we voted no.”

Occupy Bilderberg Exposes the Cabal

In the 1970s, independent journalist Jim Tucker began covering the annual Bilderberg meeting – an ultra-secretive, highly guarded meeting of the global heads of finance, industry, media and politics. In 2005, independent investigator Daniel Estulin published his first book detailing the inner workings of the Bilderberg group and their annual meeting. In 2006, internet radio host Alex Jones began showing up at the Bilderberg meetings with a megaphone and started raising hell – right there on the spot.

This year, we witnessed the biggest ever protest at a Bilderberg meeting thanks to Occupy Bilderberg – and this video is a half-hour testament to how far the public outcry has reached. Those who attend Bilderberg no longer do so in the shadows. People like Jones, Estulin, Tucker and high profile upstarts like We Are Change’s Luke Radkowski and Russia Today’s Abby Martin are exposing the Bilderberg attendees.

The Bilderberg agenda, however, is still a secret. And its organization still maintains a high degree of secrecy.

But what is apparent is this. These heads of state, heads of industry, heads of finance and heads of industry meet once a year and are either guided towards a particular agenda or discuss the agenda which they then execute over the course of the next year.

Occupy Bilderberg is an example of the people standing up and saying, “No more.” This is truly the zeitgeist of the times.

Babylon’s Banksters

Babylon’s Banksters
by Joseph Farrell

Joseph Farrell spans the ages in Babylon’s Banksters, tying together an ancient international class of what he terms “bullion brokers,” their involvement with humanity’s ancient temples (along with the predictive capabilities of the temples’ astrological functions), the control and suppression of technologies and ultimately the total usurpation of the money-issuing power of states and nations around the globe.

The Background Story
Babylon’s Banksters
begins with a theoretical scenario in which two ancient civilizations pre-dating our historical eras destroyed each other in a great and encompassing final war. The devastation was so complete as to wipe out both of the civilizations’ technological capabilities.

Humanity’s remains were left to pick up the pieces and begin again from square one — while a select class of survivors kept shreds of the ancient wisdom alive. Sacred geometry and its powerful secrets were guarded in the temples and secret societies. Mystery schools were established to maintain the wisdom among a small class of adepts.

The story continues to suggest that those who have controlled this wisdom from ancient times are the predecessors, if not ancestors of those at the top of the financial pyramid today. And those at the top continue to use predictive cyclical patterns to their own enriching and often nefarious ends. But their aims are not simply to control the money supply, but to control the physics of the technologies that could, on the one hand, free humanity from this monetary control, and on the other, destroy us once again.

Ultimately, the story of these ancient bullion brokers and their progeny is their search to re-establish the technology that was lost following the theoretical great and final battle of pre-history.

The Power of Money
The most important factor in Farrell’s equation of physics, religion and finance is the control of the money supply. And the banksters will go to any length to ensure that control rests with them.

Farrell cites evidence that strongly suggests Presidents Lincoln, Garfield and Kennedy were all assassinated for their attempts to take the money-issuing power away from the privately controlled central bank — with the intention of issuing debt-free government created money.

Farrell traces evidence that central bankers have historically flooded the market with counterfeit bills whenever the U.S. has intended to oversee the issuance of its own currency — intending to devalue the non-central bank currency. Once devalued, the banksters then offer the central bank as a stabilizing solution.

This scheme of inflating a nation’s currency to induce instability, then offer the central banking system to stabilize the system has been, according to Farrell’s evidence, the method used by the international class of bullion brokers throughout history.

Astrology & Cyclical Trends
Following the Great Depression, economic analyst Edward Dewey and his associate Edwin Dakin were commissioned by President Herbert Hoover to find the cause of the economic downturn via statistical analysis.

Dewey and Dakin found that it’s not just the economy that rises and falls according to waves that resonate in predictable patterns. Everything in nature follows these same wave patterns.

Farrell details the story of Dewey and Dakin’s research and notes that when these waves hit their lows during certain astrological conjunctions, that’s when all hell breaks loose. Our worst economic depressions have apparently occurred in line with noteworthy astrological alignments. Farrell suggests that banksters have used these predictive elements — tying in known economic cycles with certain astrological conjunctions — to exacerbate downturns and take advantage of the crisis.

A Global Story
But this is not just an American story. It is a multi-headed beast and the banksters are not the only ones playing.

Farrell suggests that the American economic collapse of 2008 was a sneak attack of sorts by the Chinese. Farrell also notes that the Nazi party, although financed by the banksters during their rise to power, ultimately turned the relationship sour by its move to create state-issued debt-free money.

Even as far back as the Peloponnesian War, Farrell claims that Sparta was the sole holdout among a republic of Greek states that had already fallen into the hands of the international bankers’ central banks — and its debt-creating policy of money issuance.

Fast forward to the annual ultra-secretive Bildergerg Group meetings. Farrell suggests that the first assembly of the Bilderberg Group was ultimately a meeting of detente between the banksters and the fabulously wealthy post-war Nazis that had escaped to South America to resume research on advanced physics technology — things like the legendary anti-gravity, hyper dimensional Nazi “bell” device.

Tying It All Together
Farrell covers a lot of ground in a short amount of space and he undoubtedly has a brilliant mind, along with a healthy background on a variety of esoteric subjects. That brilliance and his vast knowledge spurs him to launch into a number of disparate directions.

However, this book is not meant to be a chronological tale of the international banksters through history. Rather, it is a detailed essay on where physics, astrology, ancient religion and alchemical transmutation tie into the banksters ability to create something out of nothing — in other words, their ability to transmutate something valueless like our existing fiat currency into something that not simply has value, but it has ultimately become the purpose of most of our lives.

That process is, in a sense, alchemical magic.

Further Reading

For those, like myself, who are interested to read further into the chronological story of who these banksters are and how they’ve influenced the course of our history, Farrell’s sources for this book are a treasure chest of information:

Web of Debt: The Shocking Truth about Our Money System and How We Can Break Free, Elllen Hodgson Brown

The True Story of the Bilderberg Group, Daniel Estulin

The Anglo-American Establishment: From Rhodes to Cliveden, Carroll Quigley

Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World In Our Time, Carroll Quigley

Bloodlines of the Illuminati, Fritz Springmeier

All of them future reads, for sure.

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