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The Money Masters (1996)

The Money Masters is a 1996 documentary film that discusses the concepts of money, debt, taxes, and describes their development from biblical times onward.


William T. Still


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The Money Masters is a 1996 three and a half hour non-fiction, historical documentary film that discusses the concepts of money, debt, taxes, and describes their development from biblical times onward. It also covers the history of fractional-reserve banking, central banking, monetary policy, the bond market, and the Federal Reserve System in the United States. Written by Mephisto

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The Money Masters
29 July 2014 | by a_baronSee all my reviews

This is a lengthy documentary that traces the history of the money changers from the Roman Empire pre-Christ to the Federal Reserve.

If the word conspiracy runs through it, it is with good reason; thirty and definitely fifty years ago the contents of this film would have been dismissed as conspiracy theories, fantasy, or worse. Now thanks primarily to the Internet vast tranches of the public the world over have woken up to the racket of the money changers, or the banksters as they are usually known.

This film does not make the mistake so beloved of Libertarians, calling for a return to the gold standard. It recognises rightly that there is absolutely nothing wrong with fiat money, and that the value of money is purely psychological.

Having said that, there are one or two things here that are questionable at best; there is that infamous Rothschild quote for one; has anyone ever come up with a contemporary citation for that? And did that infamous bank circular really say what is claimed here, in fact did it ever exist?

There is a lot about the Jekyl Island plot and related matters that will be familiar to anyone who has read the standard works like "None Dare Call It Conspiracy" and its precursors, including of course Professor Quigley's massive study "Tragedy & Hope". In fact, presenter William T. Still quotes directly from Gary Allen and like-minded authors.

You don't have to swallow all the conspiriology in this film, but if you approach it with an open mind it will confirm what most ordinary people and even those who have a vested interest in helping prop up the current corrupt debt-based money system are coming to suspect, that there are two governments, the one that ostensibly rules, us, and the invisible government of finance – to paraphrase Dan Smoot.

Towards the end of the film, Still proposes a simple solution to our current malaise, the one mooted by Milton Friedman, who died ten years after it was released. Although Still argues from an American perspective, it is clear he means for the rest of the world to follow suit. He also visits Guernsey; you might like to check out "The Guernsey Experiment" for yourself.

Although dated 1996, this video appears to have been updated in 2005. The past few years have seen not only a greater awareness of the money issue but the emergence of digital currencies, which although far from the panacea their proponents claim them to be are something else for the banksters to worry about.

Although the presenter's voice tends to drone a bit, this is a film that was motivated by pure idealism; it has also inspired many others, so there may be hope for us yet.

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