It’s amazing what a rigged game of Monopoly can reveal. In this entertaining but sobering talk, social psychologist Paul Piff shares his research into how people behave when they feel wealthy. (Hint: badly.)
But while the problem of inequality is a complex and daunting challenge, there’s good news too. (Filmed at TEDxMarin.)
….[W]e are being taken for a ride, laboring for little or no return by a band of international criminals through our elected officials and educators. The process of how they pull this off keeping the vast majority in the dark as to how they do it requires us to learn some economics terminology. As a rule, this is a vapid study ; but by condensing the fundamentals of money creation, the entire subject can become understandable to anyone.
We could drive the moneychangers out of the temple now ; but
which school of thinking would we replace them with when they
are removed? Do we have a clear enough vision that would
enable us to institute an alternative that will work for the common
good? Attempts have been made to throw the moneychangers out
of the temple several times in American history ; but the
objectives were unobtainable without first considering that usury
is at the root of their power ; and consequently it has always
ended with the evil side winning. To win, it will be necessary to
be as strong-willed as Andrew Jackson was during the ‘Bank
Wars’ of the 1830s when he vetoed legislation to renew the
Second Bank of the United States. The assassination attempt on
his life was thwarted. But two other presidents whose
administrations denied the bankers their pound of flesh in usury
on money creations did not survive. So this battle with bankers over usury has always turned sanguinary. Educating a critical
mass of the population will be a necessary component in this
conflict ; so we must first learn all about the disease before
entering the struggle to implement the only correct cure.
Money and Usury….
Most money is created as interest bearing debt by banks and has
been for well over three hundred years. When the Federal Reserve Act was passed giving ownership of a new banking institution known as the Federal Reserve to a privately owned cartel of international bankers, Congress transferred its constitutional authority to create our money to this privately owned corporation. Proof that this authority belongs to Congress is presented further on in this paper. Several forms of money in use are as follows:
Coins are minted by the United States government. Our government pays no interest to anyone for Coins. They are stamped and dated at various US Mint locations and released into the currency stream at authorized Fed member banks, including credit unions that are also licensed to operate as banking functionaries. Coins make up an insignificant amount of the M1 money supply; and they are legal tender for all debts, public and private. 
Paper currency (presently Federal Reserve Notes) is also legal
tender. Paper currency has been around since Colonial times in
America. The Chinese printed paper currency during the 11th
century. Bank notes as paper currency were common during mid
19th century America. They were redeemable for specie (gold coin) at private banks. At various other times public paper currency has circulated under different names. Gold backed
paper currency was in use in America prior to and at the
beginning of the Federal Reserve until 1933 when FDR took
America off the gold standard. It was from then on no longer
possible for individual Americans to demand gold (specie) in
return for their paper currency.
But with all these technical distinctions that the various forms
money have taken on, it is imperative to understand that all of
them constitute the means by which people are able to rid
themselves of a primitive barter system. 
There is nothing inherently evil in using money as a medium of
exchange ; but the way in which money is presently created
guarantees that all people will continue to remain under high
finance’s debt oppression. The parasites of high finance have used one tool exclusively to feed their insatiable appetites for more and more money: it is usury in money creation. Money, to the parasites, has consequently become a fungible rather than what it simply should be: a medium of exchange. We shall explore this line of reasoning further in this essay.
The purveyors of gold backed money (formerly called gold
brokers ) are still with us. Their hue and cry is forever against the use of unbacked paper currency. They call it fiat money. 
One web site where anyone can read their gold propaganda is at www.lewrockwell.com . Active educators and elected
officials involved in this web site should be well known by all.
Two of them are Gary North and Ron Paul. Fiat money to these
two is a derogatory term. We should always be alert to their advertising devices. North’s twisting of the plain intent on usury that the Bible teaches leads unsophisticated Christians into believing false paradigms….
“Are you fighting for your servitude as if for your salvation? Then you have been well-deceived. You have been sheeple-compromised. Your thoughts are not your own. Your actions are not your own. You are in all ways a conditioned puppet who is under the delusion that it is free, and the psychopaths of the world are your uncompromising puppet masters.” –Gary ‘Z’ McGee, Waking Times
Every few months for the last couple of years, a new story pops up declaring the “official” wealth gap — the one most public sources will admit to — is getting wider and wider at a faster and faster rate.
This is the real economic crisis.
The wealth gap in America, for example, is insane these days.
Just 10 percent of Americans own 91 percent of the nation’s stocks and mutual funds, according to economist Edward Wolff (Table 7). Most of the remainder is held by a “middle class” that is steadily losing ground. The bottom 60 percent is almost entirely shut out (Table 2).
Stock owners, some of whom made billions of dollars last year, can defer their income taxes indefinitely, pay a reduced capital gains tax when they decide to cash in, or pass on the capital gains tax-free to their heirs…
$2 of every $5 owned today was created in the last five years, most of it from the financial markets, and almost all of it going to the richest 10 percent.
Unfathomably, the richest 1 percent took anywhere from 95 percent to 116 percent of the new income gains after the recession. Yes, 116 percent, because almost everyone else went backwards. Median wealth dropped about 40 percent from 2007 to 2013.
And it just keeps getting worse. Remember that big report that came out last year about how the 85 richest people in the world — only 85 people — own as much wealth as the bottom 3.5 BILLION poorest? This isn’t set up to let more people get in the club fake American Dream style either. Only people who are still asleep believe that.
No, the elite are closing ranks. The report about the 85 versus 3.5 billion came out in January 2014. It was quickly followed up by a new report just a couple months later that it was down to a mere 67 people… sixty-seven people… who own more than the bottom half of everybody in the whole entire world.
The Bible teaches that the church is supposed to influence the world as salt and light (Matt. 5:13-16), but instead the church has often been influenced by the world. Ezekiel 22:26 sends a stern rebuke to believers who make no distinction between that which is common and that which is holy (by common we mean worldly things and values) in this article the word secular refers to worldly rather than holy and set apart for God’s purposes:
Truly any congregation that has no distinction from the world is close to extinction! The reason so many evangelical churches have grown so rapidly is not necessarily because of a true spiritual revival but because of cultural accommodation. The following are 10 signs your church has been secularized:
1) They preach only what is popular and avoid what is culturally controversial.
Often secularized pastors stay away from preaching on the standards of biblical morality so as to stay in the societal mainstream and avoid offending visitors. The result is a membership that only hears a partial gospel without the power to renew minds which leaves them as secular saints….
8) The congregation espouses a culture of entertainment more than biblical discipleship.
When the primary objective of a congregation is to attract crowds on Sunday by giving them an “experience” rather than making committed disciples, then they have espoused a culture of entertainment and have been secularized.
9) The congregation espouses a culture of opulent greed and narcissism instead of sacrifice and giving.
If the preaching appeals to the narcissistic desire of using faith for personal affluence more than the biblical call to surrender and sacrifice all for the Lord, then that congregation has been secularized.
10) If Jesus is only presented as a personal Savior rather than Lord of all.
When folks only want Jesus to save them without transforming them, they have been secularized. When Jesus is continually presented in a church only as a personal Savior without the injunction for all people to surrender to His Lordship, then that congregation is focused on individual salvation more than on the glory of God. Secular humanism is all about centering life upon the needs and desires of autonomous humanity without any concern or submission to the Creator God.
Over the past 30 years, wealth has grown exponentially and has become increasingly concentrated foremost in the upper .01%, then the .1%, followed by the 1% and the upper 10% – 20%.
The large scale, long-term concentration of wealth has continued through booms and busts of the real economy, the financial and IT crises. Wealth grew despite long-term economic recessions and stagnation, because the so-called recovery programs imposed austerity on 80% of the households while transferring public revenues to the rich.
The so-called ‘crises of capitalism’ has neither reversed nor prevented the emergence of an international class of billionaires who acquire, merge and invest in each other’s activities. The growth of wealth has been accompanied by the pillage of accumulated profits from productive sectors which are stored as wealth not investment capital.
The dispossession of capital and its conversion to private wealth subsequently led to the rapid expansion of the financial and real estate sector. Capital accumulation of profits has been the source of private accumulation of wealth at the expense of wages, salaries, public welfare, and state revenues.
The growth of private wealth at the expense of productive investments is a world-wide phenomenon which has been facilitated by an international network of banks, political leaders and ‘regulators’ centered in the United States and England….
….the ruling 1% of the system stands or falls with the illicit financial flows drawn from the pillage of treasuries. To replenish pillaged treasuries, regimes insist on perpetual ‘austerity’ for the 90%: greater pillage for the 1%, less public revenues for health care which results in more epidemics. Less funds for pensions means later retirement– work till you die.
The plunder of the economy is accompanied by unending wars – because war contracts are a major source of illicit financial flows. Plunder oligarchs share with militarists a deep and abiding belief in pillage of countries and destruction of productive resources. The one reinforces the other in an eternal embrace – defied only by insurgents who embrace a moral economy and who proclaim the need for a total change – a new civilization.