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One of the strange aspects of our current fraudulent fiat money monetary system is that those who charged with its administration, especially past Federal Reserve Board Chairman, Alan Greenspan, have been unusually forthright about the injustices and the hardships that result.
Set forth below is some of the original research that FAME scholars have put together which will give you further insight into the public policy issues involved with our fiat money monetary system.
“I have no intention of providing a blurb. I thoroughly disagree.”
Winner of the Swedish Bank Prize in Economic Sciences in
“My old friend Larry Parks has done the nation a valuable service by exposing how even Alan Greenspan, the ‘man behind the curtain’ in America’s monetary OZ, knows that the Federal Reserve is an unaccountable bureaucracy that enriches special interests at the expense of working Americans and our nation’s economic security. I highly recommend this work to anyone who wishes to understand the dangers of our fiat money system and the reforms necessary to ensure the dollar is once again ‘as good as gold.’”
Hon. Ron Paul, MD
“With this insightful analysis, Dr. Lawrence Parks reminds us that Daniel Webster was right when he wrote, ‘There is nothing so powerful as the truth - and often nothing so strange.’ Dr. Lawrence Parks’ lucid analysis clearly demonstrates in ordinary language the alarming ways ‘What you don’t know can hurt you and everyone else, too.’ A must read for those who think understanding vital aspects of our nation’s monetary policy is beyond them. Do not read this book unless you are ready for several startling monetary truths. Read this book only if you are ready for several jolting truths about the possible threat to our monetary system.”
Dr. Amelia Augustus, Ph.D., President
“The logical acuteness of Dr. Parks’ commentary on Chairman Alan Greenspan’s remarks at the Catholic University Leuvan, Belgium, January 14, 1997, results in the realization to ordinary taxpayers that fiat money is the greatest deception played on humanity since the first enslavement of fellow human beings. Further, even those who understand and acknowledge the hoax being played by Government must cloak the truth with complex words, lest they offend the power brokers (bankers).”
Dominick Attanasio, former President
“In What Does Mr. Greenspan Really Think?, Larry Parks not only reads between the lines of a Greenspan speech, but also literally writes between them. In doing so, Dr. Parks provides the reader with three vital services: 1) he highlights the discrepancies between what the Fed chairman actually believes and what he is required to do to keep his job; 2) he tears the veil of FedSpeak ‘respectability’ off of standard operating procedures that are anything but respectable; and, 3) he provides us a primer on what monetary policy really is, how it’s run and for whose benefit it’s run (hint—not yours and mine). It is quite revealing.”
Dr. Robert J. Batemarco, Ph.D.,
“Were there a bureaucrat controlling any other industry (e.g., farming, fishing, furniture making) who did for it what Alan Greenspan does for monetary policy, we would have no difficulty in labeling him as an economic czar, a socialist of the worst stripe. We would tell him to go back, not to Russia, or East Germany, but to Cuba or North Korea. We would give him Adam Smith’s message about the invisible hand being better able to coordinate the activities of millions of people than governmental fiat. But Alan Greenspan, somehow, is different. He is above the fray. He is in effect an economic dictator who widely receives credit as an advocate of free enterprise. He is guilty of the worst excesses of central planning, and is seen by virtually all commentators in the very opposite role. Alan Greenspan has feet of clay; he is an Emperor with no clothes.
Larry Parks is like the small boy who points out the nudity of the king. In this masterful debunking of the Greenspan myth, Dr. Parks places the Chairman of the Board of the Federal Reserve in a well deserved light; not as the savior of the capitalist system, but as one of its greatest enemies.”
Dr. Walter Block, Ph.D.
“The Federal Reserve System has a profound effect on our daily lives; yet not one in a million truly understands the implications of the Fed’s actions and of our monetary structure. This book brings together two people who do understand the system. Alan Greenspan is one such person but is constrained politically from speaking openly about it. Lawrence Parks is another such person who explains Mr. Greenspan’s sometimes cryptic and carefully worded remarks in plain English. This book is both a warning and an exposé. The warning is that history has taught us the inherent instability of fiat money. The exposé is of the shocking unfairness of the subsidies involved. Anyone who works for a living or saves for the future should read this book and understand those funny little things called ‘dollars.’”
Lloyd Buchanan, Chief Operating Officer
“Larry Parks is the shadow public prosecutor who has succeeded in putting Alan Greenspan on the witness stand. The charge is that his Federal Reserve System is not now, nor has it ever been, run in the interest of labor, seniors, or other citizens and taxpayers. On the contrary, it has been run in order to plunder them — as a result of a conspiracy involving Big Banks and Big Government.
This unholy alliance has been milking labor and seniors (not to mention widows and orphans) out of their substance for over four scores of years, and their blatant pilfering from savers and taxpayers has pushed our entire economy to the abyss or, in the scholarly words of the witness, ‘has exposed the global financial environment to the dangers of a systemic breakdown.’
The most amazing thing in all this is the cooperating stance of Dr. Parks’ witness. For example, Mr. Greenspan freely admits that ‘the central bank [has been given] unlimited power to create money...’. This is tantamount to admitting that, in the United States, the Federal Reserve banks are unconstitutional. That country happens to have a constitution stating in no uncertain terms that it is the charter of a government of limited and enumerated powers. Not only is the (delegation of) power to create unlimited amounts of money not enumerated, but the Constitution explicitly bars the government from letting its bills of credit be organized into currency.
Dr. Parks is wondering about the cooperating tone of his witness, too, as the title of his book suggests. While Mr. Greenspan is not testifying under oath, his incentive to speak the truth may be motivated by more powerful considerations. It is the desire to establish a solid public record of eloquent admonitions, in order to cover up his being an accomplice in bringing about a systemic breakdown which, as he might well judge, is by now inevitable.
Dr. Antal E. Fekete, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus
“Reading Lawrence Parks’ study of Alan Greenspan’s analysis of contemporary economics, one encounters approbation of the gold standard and phenomena such as fiat money, inflation, volatile interest rates, evanescent safety nets, moral callousness, pernicious transfers of wealth, undeserved rewards and unjust punishments. It is lucid and frightening, and a stern and principled critique of the financial architecture of our economy. Whether or not one agrees with its call for a recrudescence of the gold standard, the reader will be educated and perforce, outraged. This potent plea is a monetary equivalent of Tom Paine’s ‘The Crisis.’”
Murray I. Franck, Esq. Law Professor,
“By analyzing an Alan Greenspan talk in Belgium January 14,1997, Larry Parks presents a devastating critique of Federal Reserve policy. The Fed tries to maintain a precarious balance betwixt the Scylla of implosion (economic collapse) and the Charybdis of inflation. On the one hand Greenspan admits that the Fed’s ‘unlimited power to create money’ ‘induces’ banks to expand credit and make potentially risky loans. A ‘safety net/subsidy’ then protects the banks from losses on bad loans even though, as Greenspan admits, the subsidy distorts incentives by relieving banks of the full costs of the risks taken and, if regularly anticipated, ‘would only encourage reckless and irresponsible practices.’ Moreover, Parks explains, the ‘safety/net subsidy’ benefits banks, at the expense of taxpayers, workers and seniors. On the other hand, if the Fed allowed bank loans to default, a chain reaction might set in, ‘culminat[ing] in financial implosion.’
Because ‘market signals that usually accompany excessive risk-taking are substantially muted,’ as a result of Fed policy, ‘and because the prices to banks of government deposit guarantees . . . do not, and probably cannot, vary sufficiently with risk to mimic market prices,’ central bank officials ‘try to achieve the proper balance through official regulations, as well as through formal and informal supervisory policies and procedures.’ In the process, they ‘are compelled to act as a surrogate for market discipline.’ Central bank officials, who are no less fallible than other human beings, cannot possibly know ‘what market responses. . . would occur if there were no safety net.’ Yet they make decisions every day, either explicitly or by default, that affect the lives of everyone. And Fed Chairman Greenspan admits that he and his colleagues ‘can never know for sure whether the decisions [they] made were appropriate.’
On the one hand the Fed seeks to employ with caution its unlimited power to create money so as not to induce over-expansion, and on the other hand it tries to mute the effect on prices of its subsidizing of risky bank loans. And at the same time it pursues an impossible dream — of trying to replicate market prices. Parks describes Fed policy not only as one fraught with danger, but also as absolutely unnecessary if we should adopt gold as money and leave to private lenders the right to make loans without fear of government threat or favor.”
“Larry Parks’ comments are always stimulating and original. Reading them in his What Does Mr. Greenspan Really Think? throws a new light on the money issue. I highly recommend this book.”
“Dr. Parks portrays Alan Greenspan as a central planner, par excellence. In his scholarly analysis of the Fed Chairman’s own words, he exposes an important truth about the Western World’s financial system….that it is nothing more than a confection held together by the decisions and judgments of this very fallible individual and his co-central planners, the Fed Governors. It is hard to conclude after reading this commentary that the system is on sound footing. In fact, it has been built upon ever more reckless interventions into freely trading markets which by Greenspan’s own words have distorted incentives and increased the leverage of its core financial institutions.”
John Hathaway, CFA, Senior Partner
“Alan Greenspan is highly regarded on Wall Street. But he has one severe critic: Alan Greenspan. Larry Parks has the ability to translate Mr. Greenspan’s statements into common sense English, and this reveals the enormous gulf between what Mr. Greenspan says and what he is doing. Given the great power that Mr. Greenspan has over the U.S. economy, it is very disturbing that this man is suffering a crisis of conscience over his own behavior. Since so much in our lives depends on him, What Does Mr. Greenspan Really Think? is a must read for anyone who wishes to understand the world in which he lives.”
Howard S. Katz, Author
“In a rational society, Alan Greenspan would earn a living in some useful pursuit like pumping gas or flipping burgers. Larry Parks would be systematically dismantling the Federal Reserve System and they would both benefit from the increased prosperity that this reallocation of responsibilities would bring about.”
Robert D. Kephart
“After two relevant degrees from Harvard and a lifetime career involving money, I feel that What Does Mr. Greenspan Really Think? ranks with the best of books of this genre both as to readability and insight. I pray it receives widespread attention and that Dr. Parks’ views as to the inequities and misallocation of resource attributable to fiat money be brought into the public debate.”
Hon. Brewster Kopp
Dr. Herbert I. London, Ph.D., President
“What Does Mr. Greenspan Really Think? is dynamite! Mr. Greenspan has really spilled the beans, and Dr. Parks has caught him red-handed. In effect, Mr. Greenspan’s assertion that the Federal Reserve stands ready to create money ‘without limit’ is in fact an admission that none of us have any property rights in anything denominated in ‘dollars,’ including our savings, our stock portfolios, and our pensions. The reason is that those ‘rights’ can be diluted to nothing to bail out the banking system on account of banks leveraging their balance sheets to garner ever-greater unearned profits! It is certainly a credit to Mr. Greenspan that he has opened the door to the issue of ordinary taxpayers subsidizing the banks, and, as Dr. Parks has shown, what a subsidy that is! How else to explain the more than $600 billion that the financial sector takes out of the economy? I am in awe of what is being said, and I am dismayed that the establishment media has not focused on this. This book is a real eye-opener. Dr. Parks has done an important public service by writing it.”
“What Does Mr. Greenspan Really Think?” by Dr. Lawrence Parks is an interesting, thorough and rational analysis of our monetary system as managed by the Federal Reserve. It should be read by professionals who are involved as economists, bankers, experts interested in the U.S. economy, and by lay persons who will be affected by the action or lack of action of the banking community. I am somewhat amazed by my belief that even among the experts there is little understanding or acceptance of the implications of Dr. Parks’ explanation of Mr. Greenspan’s comments about our monetary system.”
“There is good research, provocative disclosure, and much food for thought in Dr. Parks’ erudite analysis of ‘Doc’ Greenspan’s speech.”
Dr. Victor Niederhoffer, Ph.D.
“Lawrence Parks has written an insightful book about the most powerful man in the world. If you have any money — you need to read this book.”
“In What Does Mr. Greenspan Really Think? Larry Parks has translated the Orwellian ‘newspeak’ of the Federal Reserve into language understandable by us all. Anyone who reads Dr. Parks’ hard-hitting translation of Alan Greenspan’s words will never again fall victim to the irrational belief that the Federal Reserve is the guardian of the national economy. His book is a great addition to the literature on sound money.”
“How refreshing it is to read a clear-headed, critical analysis of the Federal Reserve and its operations, as opposed to the official news releases the major media is happy to regurgitate without serious question! One doesn’t have to agree with every point Dr. Parks makes to realize that he has performed a valuable public service by explaining in lay terms why the monetary emperor has no clothes.”
Dr. Lawrence W. Reed, Ph.D. President
“It’s great to see Greenspan deconstructed, as only Larry Parks could do.”
Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr., President
“What does Mr. Greenspan Really Think? is a well written analysis of Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan’s statements about the possibility of a complete monetary collapse under our present fiat currency monetary system. Dr. Larry Parks’ analysis shows how Mr. Greenspan justifies the transfer of ordinary citizen’s money to banks when they experience systemic defaults. This is a ‘must read’ for anyone who is concerned about his economic future.”
“Finally, someone tells us what Mr. Greenspan really thinks! Dr. Lawrence Parks gives Americans the first penetrating insights into a man who has tremendous influence on all of our lives. I encourage you to read What Does Mr. Greenspan Really Think?”
Christopher Ruddy, President & CEO
“This book is like a 1773 Thomas Paine pamphlet calling for freedom. Freedom from Greenspan and what he represents. The need is as desperate as it was in 1773. We need to get this book into the hands of innocent citizens.”
“In conventional wisdom, economics is the dismal science and Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan is the saintly, obscure master regulator of our nation’s and the world’s economic well being. Dr. Larry Parks, in a unique and challenging intellectual tour de force, makes economics anything but dismal and Chairman Greenspan anything but obscure. This volume is worth reading for fun or, if one prefers, for profit and understanding. What Does Mr. Greenspan Really Think? is not to be taken lightly because the implications of what is revealed are truly momentous. The very heart of this nation’s economic system, fiat money, is an intricate contrivance which is inherently unstable and unfair. Our apparent success to date says more about the astuteness of the Chairman than it does about the suitability of the system. We are proceeding at breakneck speed and at enormous risk, gambling all the while on good luck and human perfection. Neither one can be assured with confidence. This book is an understandable call to arms.”
“We should all be thankful that Mr. Greenspan has raised the issues of financial collapse, ongoing wealth transfer from ordinary citizens to the banking system, and, especially, that the banking system has a call on virtually all of everyone’s savings and promises of future payment—such as pensions—by virtue of the Federal Reserve’s mandated function to create money without limit to attempt to quell a systemic collapse. But we should be even more thankful that Dr. Parks has brilliantly translated Mr. Greenspan’s arcane language into a form that everyone can understand. What Does Mr. Greenspan Really Think? is essential reading for anyone who is concerned about their investment portfolio and, more important, justice, fairness and living in a just society.”
“Larry Parks has laid bare the essence of the monetary system and it should scare the wits out of you. Not only is our economic system based on the flimsiest of reeds—fiat money—but, as such, it rewards the idle at the expense of hard-working Americans, and people the world over.”
“This little book is wonderful. By providing an insightful analysis of a major speech delivered by Alan Greenspan, Dr. Lawrence Parks has created an educational tool of great use. Reading between the lines and translating arcane jargon into terms everyone can understand, Dr. Parks identifies the fallacies, myths and the ultimate folly of central banking and its diabolical progeny: fiat currency. I hope that this book is circulated wide and far so that many people are given the opportunity to read not only what central banks have done to our money, but what they have done to our society — in other words, what they have done to us.”
James Turk, Managing Director & Founder
“In What Does Mr. Greenspan Really Think? Dr. Lawrence Parks brilliantly translates and deconstructs the latest Greenspanese—demonstrating that the Federal Reserve System’s true purpose is to employ fiat currency and bank credit to redistribute real wealth from average citizens to an economic and political elite. Moreover, that the Federal Reserve can, as Chairman Greenspan admits, ‘produce [fiat] money without limit,’ means that it can redistribute society’s wealth just as thoroughly—implying that no one outside the elite can enjoy economic security as long as the central bank exists. So, Dr. Parks’ commentary is both an education and a warning that all Americans need to study, to take to heart, and to act upon before the harsh laws of economics call the Federal Reserve System to account.”
Dr. Edwin Vieira, Jr., Esq., President & Founder
“Most will recall the childhood game called ‘telephone’ whereby a message is passed from person to person, and then, at the end of the chain, the message turns out to be greatly distorted from its original content. In the media today, that describes what generally happens to Mr. Greenspan’s remarks. Dr. Parks has short-circuited this process by juxtaposing Mr. Greenspan’s comments with what they mean in plain English so that ordinary people can understand his message, and that message is very profound. In this small and very important book, Dr. Parks raises questions that should be the concern everyone, and especially our elected representatives. As the former President of the New York Chapter of the Federalist Society, I can say with some authority that What Does Mr. Greenspan Really Think? should be studied by every citizen. It is a truly remarkable and valuable accomplishment.”
Michael Weinberger, Esq.
Over the years, along with academic “experts” whom the financial sector has compromised through endowed chairs, prizes , honorariums, research grants, consulting work, and who knows what else, demonstrably bogus methodologies have been conferred legitimacy that enhance fees to the detriment of pension plan beneficiaries.
“One critical way the Fed exerts control on academic economists is through its relationships with the field's gatekeepers. For instance, at the Journal of Monetary Economics, a must-publish venue for rising economists, more than half of the editorial board members are currently on the Fed payroll -- and the rest have been in the past.”
"The Federal Reserve employs hundreds of researchers in their [sic] research departments, but inexplicably also spends millions to pay hundreds of outside economic consultants. . . The Fed is simply buying off potential critics by holding out contracts that offer academics extra money and use of the Fed's facilities. No agency that has to justify its spending would dream of this kind of extravagance and waste." [Emphasis added.]
"Moreover, the Bond Buyer has learned that in the case of the Federal Reserve Board, all contractors are required to sign a non-disclosure statement... broadly worded to prohibit the release of any information relating to past, present or future activities that can be considered damaging to the Board." [Emphasis added.]
The Nobel Prize in Economics, for example, is not one of the prizes that were endowed by Alfred Nobel in 1895. It came in 1968, and the endower is the Central Bank of Sweden. The real name of the prize is Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. It is a bank prize, and it is not given to anyone who might challenge the honesty or legitimacy of central banking.
“Priceless: How The Federal Reserve Bought The Economics Profession” by Ryan Grim, 9-7-09, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/09/07/priceless-how-the-federal_n_278805.html