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Taibbi/Rolling Stone | Everything is Rigged: The Biggest Price-Fixing Scandal Ever

By Matt Taibbi | Rolling Stone | April 25, 2013

"Conspiracy theorists of the world, believers in the hidden hands of the Rothschilds and the Masons and the Illuminati, we skeptics owe you an apology. You were right. The players may be a little different, but your basic premise is correct: The world is a rigged game. We found this out in recent months, when a series of related corruption stories spilled out of the financial sector, suggesting the world's largest banks may be fixing the prices of, well, just about everything."

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Can libertarians please finally stop praising socialist 'liberal

s' who hate us? Please?

ditto. matt is stuck on stupid.

somehow pieces all of it together except the most important link.

"The two weakest arguments for any issue on the House floor are moral and constitutional"
Ron Paul

Cyril's picture

Slow learners

Ah well, you know... Former big state and big policies liberals... They are slow learners, more than haters, IMO.

Very, very, very slow. I know! :/

"Bear with them."

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

ex soviet propagandist explains how Marxist ideology is

destabilizing the economy and purposefully pushing the U.S. into
numerous crises so that a "Big Brother" tyranny can be put into place
in Washington, how most Americans don't even realize that they are
under attack, and that normal parliamentary procedures will not alter
the federal government's direction. He then explains how Marxist
leaders use informers to make lists of anti-Communist and other
politically incorrect people who they want to execute once they -
actually oligarchy - come to power. Brainwashing and martial law
prediction, 1984:


Still a long way to go

Freemasonry rituals and symbology are all out of the kabbalah.
Adam Weishaupt, founder of the 'Illuminati' came from a family of rabbis.
Rothschild is of the same tribe.

Look at all those behind the banks, media, communism, wars etc.

Can't be ignored any more.

Luke 3:38
Isaiah 43:3-5



It's time! Rand Paul 2016!

"Truth, Justice, and the American Way!"

My friend told

Me this awhile back about the voting system. He said, "if polls stay close, nothing will change. The only way we can beat a rigged vote is to have polling at 80-20 or 90-10. Until then, noting will change and our votes will never count."

Cool -this article reaches beyond us freedom lovers

Rolling Stone is a good mag with a mass readership in the millions to a classically liberal demographic.

Nice nice work Matt!!

Government is supposed to protect our freedom, our property, our privacy, not invade it. Ron Paul 2007

Well Well Well!!!!!

No fucking shit!!!!!

freedumb is not free!

"Forget the Illuminati – this

"Forget the Illuminati – this is the real thing, and it's no secret. You can stare right at it, anytime you want."

Am I the only one who finds this annoying? Don't get me wrong, welcome aboard Rolling Stone, its great to have you. But why is it that those who took forever to wake up because they were too busy calling those of us who have been trying to tell them this crap for years "conspiracy theorist" always feel the need to say things like that? News flash. Its been the real thing the entire time you were in sheeple-ville. It hasn't been a secret for quite a while. We've been staring right at it, the entire time you were still sleeping. It was real long before I woke up, and certainly long before Taibbi did.

Just once I want to see instead of the above line: "Wow how did I not see this sooner given that so many were pointing right at the obvious truth I couldn't see?"

Lastly, just because Rolling Stone is saying "its not a just conpsiracy theory now that "I" have pulled my head out of my ass" does not mean that Taibbi is not going to be called a conspiracy theorist by all the dreamers still in la-la land. Still, one more chink in the armor, and an influencial one perhaps, so I wish her the best in waking up those who still don't get it.

Garan's picture

It's the nature of the beast.

Those who are the first to know become the most frustrated,
and then become dismayed when everyone else finally gets it.

If you are on the forefront, you need to get used to this.

Some of the most intelligent and the most well informed are the most disturbed because of this.

Don't become a prototypical tragedy, some how, overcome or look beyond this pattern.

ecorob's picture

Great advice, Garan...

I'll take it! ;)

its 'cos I owe ya, my young friend...
Rockin' the FREE world in Tennessee since 1957!
9/11 Truth.

Real change happens incrementally

It's frustrating, but this is a positive baby step. "Brushfires of freedom" and all that. :)

Real change

always happened to me with a slap to the head,like when i discovered Ron Paul and the DP.

freedumb is not free!

You're right. I should have said "systemic change".

Systemic or societal change happens incrementally, but is ignited by sudden changes in individuals. Like stars showing up in the evening sky one by one until the entire night is illuminated.

Best breakdown

Cyril's picture

Well, okay Mr Taibbi. But how did you manage to not mention once

Well, okay Mr Taibbi. But how did you manage to not mention once the core of this historical, global, collectivist Evil?


the Federal Reserve System, with accomplice Congress.

This is quite mind boggling to me.

Kind of like seeing your entire family slaughtered by a mafia gang with machine guns... and, years after the event, remembering ONLY about how nicely their Italian suits would fit the killers.


I would suggest - just in case! - should you be STILL wearing those, that you throw your OWS goggles to the trash, ASAP.

You will see much better the bigger picture, I promise.

'Hope this helps, and


"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

Yes well...

He certainly named all of the banks that make up the Federal Reserve, and the fact that they are all
in collusion. Maybe there is only so far your Editors will let go with the good stuff. Having said that, it's pretty amazing to see what "cannot be spoken" pretty much spoken in a main(er) stream publication. Hopefully it opens up Pandora's Box and more is to come!

Not to highjack this thread

but reading through some of the comments I feel it best to entertain this question here amongst you all within this discussion.

So I've been working on an essay over the course of this semester in regards to American Foreign Policy; a very open ended essay where we kind of get to make our own arguments if we wish. I've constructed my essay attacking the very foundations of what drives Foreign policy, and from when this inception started. Of course this has led me to attacking the Banks and Financial elite within this Country.

I've used Murray Rothbard's book "Wall Street, Banks, and American Foreign Policy" as probably my main resource, as it gives a similar argument I'm aiming for on the detailed history Banking families/ financial elite drving the course of power and the world. He is supper critical of the Morgans, Rothschilds, Rockefellers and shows historically how they have infiltrated the Executive branch over time and spread their influence. I also used Carroll Quigley, and Smedly Butlers works, as well as the Reece Commision report to try and expose some of these motives.

I digress to get to my question which I'm sure if I don't get at soon I will lose many to a too long a post. My question and one I value to the likes of many around here is: can any of you provide me with some more information/ resources to refine my work around showing more examples for the economical argument on how these people set up these systems for power and control, and more specifically how the state acts as a sort of catalyst for these interests. I need to strengthen my argument more around showing the problems that can only exist because of the state, even when influenced most by a small group of "wealthy" actors. I need more info that will help in terms of causation, which is mostly what I am concerned with, again I am trying to dismantle the foundations here in a very Philosophical fashion. I didn't re-read this post as I havent much time, but if you can understand and provide some insight It would be much appreciated.

Here's a source for ya - and a mind blower at that - all the way

back to 1789:

Charles Beard's An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution.

You'll never look at that document the same way again - I guarantee.

It was written to effectively create a state aparatus where one did not functionally exist, for the purpose of protecting and entrenching, economic power.

There's another, titled Hamilton's Curse by Thomas J. DiLorenzo. (https://mises.org/store/Hamiltons-Curse-P534.aspx)

Hamilton was a known stooge of the Bankers. When you see the provisions of the Constitution he fought for and the reasoning he used to explain away why they wouldn't result in tyranny, you'll see quite clearly that everything that has come to pass was BY DESIGN. (though I suspect Hamilton and the Bankers of the day didn't think it would take this long)

ecorob's picture

Read, The Forging of the American Empire

by Sidney Lens/Howard Zinn. 1974

It might give you a different perspective.

its 'cos I owe ya, my young friend...
Rockin' the FREE world in Tennessee since 1957!
9/11 Truth.

Here are 5 Charts, you should look at that might help. ...

entitled, "OWNERSHIP OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE"... "Chart 1 reveals the linear connection between the Rothschilds and the Bank of England, and the London banking houses which ultimately control the Federal Reserve Banks through their stockholdings of bank stock and their subsidiary firms in New York. The two principal Rothschild representatives in New York, J. P. Morgan Co., and Kuhn, Loeb & Co. were the firms which set up the Jekyll Island Conference at which the Federal Reserve Act was drafted, who directed the subsequent successful campaign to have the plan enacted into law by Congress, and who purchased the controlling amounts of stock in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in 1914. These firms had their principal officers appointed to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and the Federal Advisory Council in 1914. In 1914 a few families (blood or business related) owning controlling stock in existing banks (such as in New York City) caused those banks to purchase controlling shares in the Federal Reserve regional banks. Examination of the charts and text in the House Banking Committee Staff Report of August, 1976 and the current stockholders list of the 12 regional Federal Reserve Banks show this same family control." http://land.netonecom.net/tlp/ref/federal_reserve.shtml

Validated yet again...

There is plenty of ways to get the word out about these "Money Masters" or "Banksters"

This was my approach on my latest Free Promo Release: BANKSTERS HD Music Video & Free Download


The Fed's Nemesis: $2 Quadrillion Of "Liquidity"

$2 Quadrillion Of "Liquidity" $2 Quadrillion Pyramid of "Liquidity"
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 11/09/2009

[Delirium]: When the system works, the various layers are in equilibrium When the system is broken, like it is now, the Fed and all Central Banks try to refill the pyramid from the bottom-up with every single dollar they print.[Delirium]: The current temporary calm... before $2 quadrillion of liquidity collapses onto whatever truly tangible assets exist. They don't call it a pyramid scheme for nothing.

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

Fractional Reserve Banking scam

Loaning out much more money than one has is one of the biggest scams of all time. For those who need a simple introduction to the game of rigging, or may find this article over their heads, here is a good introduction; money created out of thin air by the puppet masters via the Federal Reserve debt based currency is a rigged system designed to benefit the banks and create debt slaves.

Ron Paul on CNBC – Fractional Reserve Banking is fraudulent

Eric Padden discusses how fractional reserve banking works and why a debt based currency is unsustainable.

So the Rothchild's et al aren't involved, but the world's

largest banks are?

Does he know WHO owns the largest banks?

Looks like his head is still up his rectal cavity.

And of course, he is clueless about the real cause - centralization of power.

Though I should say that's a proximate cause.

The underlying root cause is apathy, born of ignorance, resulting from the insane habit of trusting others with power over yourself—in short, a serious lack of conviction to be personally responsible for your own life and the course it takes.

If people were serious about being responsible for themselves, in sufficient number (not necessarily a majority) then they wouldn't acede to governments in their present form, and they wouldn't entrust anyone with any degree of power as it is exercised today.

Oh, you don't understand ritual mockery, do you?

The first paragraph, he spit it out, the truth, admitted we were right. Then he goes on to try to put some lipstick on the pig. It is a HUGE crack in the dam, I think.

Love or fear? Choose again with every breath.

There are a couple of

There are a couple of problems with his article:(1) he is clearly in favour of Regulators -he never mentioned once how regulators have helped the problem, (2) He appears to be clearly against voluntary reporting on prices -meaning that he seems to want the government to dictate prices. The problem with the current system isn't the voluntary reporting of prices, but the fact that only 18 to 20 people/institutions do the reporting.

Even if those 18 to 20 people/institutions were rigged, their data would be smoothed over in a system where most -if not- every transaction was used to calculate the price in real-time. This could be done, with the big stores due to the fact that all of their cash registers are computers; therefore all they would have to do is transfer the information of the transaction(the price) to a different computer which would be collecting the information to be displayed -similar to a Stock Exchange.

However, I'm not a fan of centralized anything, and therefore I only transact on things which I think are of value; I don't rely on what others think the value of something is unless I agree.

In his defense (as if he needs me to defend him), he trounces

In his defense (as if he needs me to defend him), he regularyl trounces the current batch of regulators as co-opted, consciously ineffective criminal scum. Folks came to know the name "Mary Shapiro" after Matt wrote how all the crimes in finance were only possible because Shapiro allowed them to happen. And now she's got a fat job at a big consulting firm that finds big money jobs at banks and financial lobbying firms for former financial regulators and financial investigators. Surprise!

It would be nice to have fewer regulations (since most financial crimes get hidden the tangle of incomprehensible regs) but REAL enforcement!

I guarantee the entire class of bankers and financial officers, tens of thousands of them, can be successfully prosecuted and imprisoned on one of the oldest law in our books: fraud. The simple misrepresentation of a product.

But try to find a prosecutor who has not been bought by the criminals!

"Cowards & idiots can come along for the ride but they gotta sit in the back seat!"