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Red or Blue Pill?

A new blog post from DU Member Digital Business Coach

Sky News online reported this morning the bank’s latest efforts to screw their customers by dodging the paying of £8billion in dividends relating to profits in 2019.

Their excuse: to free up more cash for the economy during the present crisis. Sounds feasible. Except that the central bank – like most in the world – is printing money as if it is going out of fashion. To counter any complaints from the hard pressed investors – already destroyed by the continuing cataclysmic fall in equity values, not to mention a base rate of 0.1% which will inevitably lead to banks charging to hold our money – the banks are now “not expected” to pay millions in cash bonuses to their top performing staff.

This follows a request from the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority [PRA]

The PRA “welcomes” the decision of the banks to heed its request. As if the banks could refuse.

As if they would want to.

Tiring of Netflix [after only 9 days!] I was searching YouTube for something different and came across a documentary about a series of conspiracies and cover ups perpetrated by certain governments over the last century. Right up my street! I guess you either dismiss this kind of film as the act of a rebellious person or you begin to think very carefully. I choose to think very carefully.

It is my view that these stories highlight our centralised system in all its “glory.”

“Centralised” is another word for control; whether you are a conspiracy theorist or not, there are some troubling accounts of how our recent history was plotted. The “third” building collapse on 9/11, the WMD story leading up to the Iraqi war, the election of Trump, the [albeit temporary – 3.5 years] setting aside of the greatest democratic decision in our history, China’s culpability in our current emergency, and so on.

This reminded me of one of my favourite movies, The Matrix starring the excellent and all round good guy Keanu Reeves. If you have seen it you will remember the pivotal moment when Neo [Reeves] is offered the choice of taking a red or blue pill.

Wikipedia offers a helpful description of both:

“The red pill, together with its opposite, the blue pill, is a popular cultural meme, a metaphor representing a choice between the “red pill”, representing a life of harsh knowledge, desperate freedom, and the brutal truths of reality, and the “blue pill”, representing a life of luxurious security, tranquil happiness, and the blissful ignorance of the harsh realities of life, basking in an (essentially dishonest) illusion. The terms, popularised in science fiction culture, are directly derived from a scene in the 1999 film The Matrix.”

Our centralised system is represented by the blue pill; we take this one and continue to believe that our world truly works for us, that it is as good as it gets and that we should be thankful.

The red pill, on the other hand, represents a risk; the risk of discovery. 

The discovery that our world is ruled and manipulated by central governments, ably supported by central banks. A world where the top 1% of the population own [approximately] 90% of the world’s wealth and where the gap is growing. A world where our money can lose its value in a moment and we are powerless to do anything about it. [post pandemic] A world where currency exchange rates are manipulated to make money for the 1% – at our expense. A world where the banks use 7/8 of our money to invest to make profit for…the banks. [fractional reserve banking]

Where those same banks deny banking and basic financial services to 2/5 of the world’s population.

Where the banks – on Central Government instructions – can devalue the state currency without public consent. A world where the oldest democratic parliament in the world can cast aside the will of the majority of voters without shame. And so on.

What if I told you that the red pill offers SO much more than discovery of the system? That it offered an introduction into a recent and [unlike some others] peaceful revolution which began in 2008, immediately after the last financial crash. A new system designed for the 99%, rather than the 1%; where we can control and protect our money from the banks and government “economic” policy. Where we can take up the opportunities used by the banks to make money. Where nobody is denied basic financial services. A world where, in the not too distant future, the “bank” will just be another option.

Save for our current situation, generally those who rule us care very little for us; Division in the US has never been greater and the impeachment of Trump voted down by the “independent” Senate will do little to quell this. Europe is planning its own army to combat increased Russian aggression and in China the battle for Hong Kong is set to escalate. The world’s rulers have no direct memory of war, possibly believing that the old newsreels cannot possibly be accurate; with only a handful of surviving vets soon there will no one to tell the real stories.

Another financial crash – sadly now well underway – could be catastrophic for the majority of us.

So. Which pill would you take?

If your answer is “blue” then I wish you well.

If your answer is “red” then you need to get in touch. Soon.

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