The book ‘The Financial Matrix’ is awesome! The Financial Matrix itself is pretty terrifying. When you understand a bit about history and human nature it should come to no surprise that it exists though.
The Matrix from the movie was system of control enslaving the human race without their knowledge. In the same way, the Financial Matrix enslaves people; it hides the enslavement from those trapped in its net like the machine in the movie, but no one is forced into this one. No one is coerced into it. People are brought up into it and enticed into it.
Orrin Woodward does a beautiful job explaining the whole concept in one chapter of his book (and in large part on this blog post he did). I encourage you to take a look at the post, along with all the other followup posts he did on the subject.
Just as Morpheus explains to Neo in the movie, so is it true for us today.
Morpheus : Let me tell you why you’re here. You’re here because you know something. What you know, you can’t explain. But you feel it. You’ve felt it your entire life. That there’s something wrong with the world. You don’t know what it is, but it’s there…like a splinter in you’re mind, driving you mad. It is this feeling that has brought you to me. Do you know what I’m talking about?
Neo : The Matrix?
Morpheus : Do you want to know…. what it is….? (Neo nods yes) The Matrix is everywhere. It’s all around us, even in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work, when you go to work, when you pay your taxes. The Matrix is the world that has been pulled over your eyes, to blind you from the truth.
Neo : What truth?
Morpheus : That you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else, you were born into bondage, born into a prison that you cannot smell or taste or touch. A prison…for your mind….Unfortunately, no one can be… told what the Matrix is… you have to see it for yourself.
When we are in debt, we are slave to the lender. We work to pay them. The problem today is that almost everyone is in debt, and so much so that they are working just to pay the interests on the debt, and not paying off the debt itself.
As Orrin says in the book,
When a person is in debt, he or she is in bondage. Lenders, disgracefully changed the Biblical Golden Rule ‘Do onto others as you would have them do onto you’ into a new rule ‘He who controls the gold makes the rules’
In the book, Orrin goes through some stats and explains how if you take the average debt and the average interest rate, indebted Americans are spending an average of $1500 a month just to pay the interest on the debt. I’m willing to bet the stats are pretty similar in Canada.
Now these people may not have been born into bondage, but they were born into the system that teaches and entices them to go into debt. although I would argue to a certain degree that when you bring government debt into it, everyone is born into debt, they just pay the interest with their taxes.
The Financial Matrix was formed by the powerful elites in society (government, big banks and big corporations) when they got rid of the gold standard and changed the currency into fiat money, which is now really just debt money.
Why did they do this? For control. For power.
It is no secret that powerful in society have always dominated the weak, taking advantage of them for their own ends. This is not to say that because someone is powerful they will dominate; there are great people with lots of money and power. If you consider Bastiat’s law however, it’s easy to understand that a portion would choose using others to get what they want instead of working for it.
History shows how the powerful have always controlled one of the economic factors of production to accomplish this; Finances is merely the latest. Orrin explains this in the book while quoting the famous french philosopher Bertrand de Jouvenel
“Whoever does not wish to render history incomprehensible by departmentalizing it – political, economic, social – would perhaps take the view that it is in essence a battle of dominant wills (elites), fighting in every way they can for the material which is common to everything they construct: the human labor force. (masses)” (parenthesis mine) In other words, the aristocratic elites (dominant wills) seek methods to control masses (human labor) production. labor.
With the factors of production being Labour, Land and Capital, we can see how each was used throughout history (and in some cases still used today)
When it comes to labour, this was done through slavery. While it was still OK in the world, the powerful conquered lands and took slaves. Slavery still exists today in various forms (think of conscription, like recently used in Ukraine), but it did die off for the most part with Christianity (where it became socially unacceptable for Christians to own other Christians). Yes, there was still slavery of blacks but that came later, after this form of control was lost.
With slavery no longer acceptable at the time, the power ended up owning another factor of production and used that to control the masses; Land. After slavery came feudalism, where the lords owned the land and forced the serfs to almost be slaves to them, in order to be allowed to live on the land. it was not slavery, but with nowhere else to go, the serfs were stuck giving up much of what they produced to the lords. So the elites controlled the masses via control of the land.
This ended with asset money and growing cities coming into play during the middle ages, where the serfs were able to leave the lord’s land and work for himself in the city, earning gold and silver. As Orrin put it, the reintroduction of gold and silver destroyed the economics of feudalism. The serfs no longer had to rely on the ‘generosity’ of the lord.
This ended the control through the land factor of production. With Labour and Land out, there was only one factor left – Capital. Enter the Financial Matrix
What is the Financial Matrix?
The Financial Matrix is the web of control though currency. When currency was backed by assets (gold) there was limit to the manipulation that could be done. throughout history rulers have always tried to manipulate it (shaving pieces of the gold piece to create more, pretending they were the same value, or by banks still lending out more than they had) but there were limits. With the gold standard the banks had to worry about creating too much paper money in case too many people came demanding the gold for their money. But when the gold standard ended after world war 2, the Financial Matrix was born.
These days, through fractional reserve banking, money is created out of nothing – created as debt when someone wants to borrow money. This is how we are controlled today – and we are all suffering from it through the paying off the interest and the inflation that comes with the creation of debt money.
The masses are once again slaves to the elites, through their control of the currency. No longer is the rule “He who controls the gold makes the rules. Through fractional reserve banking, the Financial Matrix has changed the rule to “He who controls the fools gold controls the fools”
Truthfully though, people are not fools – the system is so good that you can’t blame people for not realizing what is going on. We are brought up thinking debt is good – you need it to develop a credit rating or to boost the economy. We have banking slogans like “you’re richer than you think”. Everything is “buy it now, pay later”. We are being brainwashed into slavery…
Orrin says it best,
The Financial Matrix is the best form of control ever designed by the elites because it is difficult to detect. Whereas it was easy to see the coercion involved in slavery or serfdom, few people understand that debt money is coercion created out of thin air. Debtors are forced to pay back fiat loans through performing real work. If they don’t, they are invariably coerced through threats of litigation, bankruptcy, or shame. The FRB system is the key to the Financial Matrix and is why the latest matrix is the most effective and efficient one ever.
People are not fools for being trapped on the Financial Matrix, but when taking the pill of truth, it is foolish to ignore it.
There is a way out; Get out of debt, and protect yourself from ever getting trapped in it again. Build yourself an asset and insure that your asset can’t be taken away. This starts with investing in you.