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I think we all agree 9/11 was perpetrated by the world’s biggest drug cartel. The only question remaining is who exactly runs that cartel? If food and energy are the world’s biggest profit streams, generating trillions per year in revenues, illegal drugs may not be far behind. More important, illegal drugs represent the world's largest cash economy, bigger than Walmart. The little-known secret of banking is that some banks depend on this cash to survive, and, in fact, the system can dry up and blow away if major sources of liquidity are suddenly removed. But it wasn't always this way. To understand the depth of corruption in today's banking industry and the systemic use of black market funds, it's useful to have some background in banking history, something few Americans seem to possess. Let’s follow the yellow brick road, shall we?

"It is well enough that the people of this nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning." -Henry Ford

Denarius of Marus Aurelelius

Around 300 BC, the Roman Republic establishes the first global currency in the form of metal coins stamped with the image of notable Roman faces. Gold and silver are minted in Rome, while bronze and copper are minted around the empire. The system works remarkably well for nearly eight centuries. But after Rome gradually drains all silver out of its "silver" coin, inflation sets in and its western empire collapses, opening the door for a new global banking authority.

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