Detweiller writes a money-crank paper...
R. A. Hettinga
Mon, 18 Mar 2002 10:03:56 -0500
Yeah, I know, pot-kettle-black. :-).
For those who *don't* know, and it seems like there a lot who don't these
days, "Lance" Detweiller is a famous net.loon, then from Colorado, who
infested the cypherpunk list in its early years with paranoiac screeds
about evils of anonymity and pseudonymity. He was more or less kicked off
the list by court-order -- we'll pause here for the irony impaired to get
the joke -- in 1994/5 or so. Googling "cypherpunks" and "detweiller" will
keep you entertained, or at least emeticized, for hours.
Below, Lance, in his current guise as "vznuri" (V.Z. Nuri = "visionary",
get it? <hyuk!>, or, as Lance would put it, "tee hee"), uncorks a screed
on money and the evils of fractional reserve banking. He also seems to
throw in a gas-law or two, and I wouldn't be surprised if the Labor Theory
of Value is in there somewhere, for good measure.
I would have missed the following because I've killfiled him, but Leitl
zinged it to the cpunx-news list, and I'm a sucker for punishment, I guess.
At least he had the sense to put it in pdf and stick it on the web. In the
old days, he'd have zinged the whole damn thing to cypherpunks, or
It makes me wonder what Washington University in St. Louis has come to
these days, and the "6-week compulsively" bit I have no problem believing
at all. Here's hoping he's taken a bath since.
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Subject: fractional reserve banking as economic parasitism
Date: Mon, 18 Mar 2002 02:27:52 -0700
hi to old cohorts.
the following is an announcement
for a treatise on money that has been many,many years in the making
which I finally put together. I think I finally found the
ultimate tentacle, so to speak.... :p
Ive been significantly influenced by the cypherpunk movement
& you can see the brushstrokes of it.
hot off the keyboard!!
I recently worked about 6 weeks on a
complicated & comprehensive paper entitled
Fractional Reserve Banking as Economic Parasitism:
A Scientific, Mathematical and Historical
Expose, Critique, and Manifesto
download it in PDF from the economics papers archive:
would be interested in any feedback. due to the contents,
am also attempting to maximize its exposure, please
help me spread the word.
would be happy to chat with anyone who has sensible
This paper looks at the history of money and its modern form from a
scientific and mathematical point of view. The approach here is to
emphasize simplicity. A straightforward model and algebraic formula for
a large economy analogous to the ideal gas law of thermodynamics is
proposed. It may be something like a new ``F=ma'' rule of the emerging
econophysics field. Some implications of the equation are outlined,
derived, and proved. The phenomena of counterfeiting, inflation and deflation
are analyzed for interrelations. Analogies of the economy to an ecosystem
or energy system are advanced. The fundamental legitimacy of ``expansion
of the money supply'' in particular is re-examined and challenged. From
the hypotheses a major (admittedly radical) conclusion is that the
modern international ``fractional reserve banking system'' is actually
equivalent to ``legalized economic parasitism by private bankers.'' This
is the case because, contrary to conventional wisdom, the proceeds of
inflation are not actually spendable by the state. Also possible are
forms of ``economic warfare'' based on the principles. Alternative systems
are proposed to remediate this catastrophic flaw.
- I draw key analogies to
(a) capitalism as a religion,
(b) invisible slavery,
(c) parasitism, and
(d) economic warfare
(e) a short electronics analogy
the parasitism metaphor is examined
in most detail due to its apparent high fidelity.
- analogies of money issuance to company stock.
- there's a scathing critique of keynes & keynesianism
as a ideology of economic parasitism.
- a large section on greenspan and the gold standard.
- I tackle the issue of growth in the economy, and
relationship to interest rates.
- I define "scarcity integrity" of a banking system with
features of "fairness" and "soundness".
- there is significant commentary on the federal reserve
and by implication, international central banking systems.
- I look significantly at US banking history and historical
personages such as jefferson.
- I challenge the conventional terminology of
"deflation, price stability, fighting inflation, growth,
- I examine luddism & how technology can actually
exacerbate slavery. "state-of-the-art 21st century sweatshops"
- re: parasitism, I look at very current research into
parasites that can cause sinister behavioral changes
in the host & draw the analogies.
- free press as an immune system is examined.
- mcmurtry's "cancer stage of capitalism"-- rampant, parasitical
- "silent weapons for quiet wars" paper considered seriously.
- "host psychological complicity"-- negative/pathological
psychological qualities of the masses that allow parasitism
- virulence, how deadly is the parasite? also, what is the
meaning of growth relative to a parasite infection?
- national or international economic warfare via failed or corrupt
- examination of pattern of economic warfare in IMF and
World Bank policies, accusations of joseph stiglitz
- mcfadden's, traficant's charges against the federal reserve bank
- possible alternative systems & key themes to focus on
for money reformists
- proposal of many new research directions to pursue
introduction - analogies to econophysics, popular literature,
complexity, computational revolution implication on economics,
economics as biology, economics as energy system
brief history of money - fiat, receipt, fractional money
defined. counterfeiting, publicly-owned, privately-owned
money expansion. straight vs expansion borrowing. money
manipulation vs supply & demand.
mathematical analysis - thermodynamics perfect gas law
as bridge theorem, stock market, counterfeiting vs
seigniorage, money energy extraction via money manipulation,
velocity of money, temperature changes, growth, interest,
deflation as a natural, emergent distribution of economic gains,
optimal money expansion policy, higher verisimilitude models,
electronics analogy, "blip corruption", scarcity integrity,
fairness, soundness defined, money vs credit, blips used against
religion of capitalism - capitalism as taking irrational
aspects of religion. orwellian doublespeak & false terminology
and blind dogma. "voodoo economics". terms challenged:
"money supply, deflation, fighting inflation, free market,
lassiz fair, growth, market rates"
economic slavery - use of economic system for highly sophisticated,
invisible slavery system. "21st century sweatshops". luddite
movement re-examined. technology as a means for making
slavery more efficient.
economic parasitism - parasite analogy developed in detail
from latest research into parasitism. central importance
of the bloodstream. leeches, bloodletting,
destruction or deception of the host's immune system.
"baitswitching and frogboiling". cancer metaphor.
"zombiefication". IMF/world bank policies as corrupted
by parasitism. keynesianism as bogus. red-queen dilemmas
that accelerate rat-race conditions, host stress &
activity due to parasite influence. virulence considered,
could parasite be beneficial? importance of parasitism
in real ecosystem, possibly as regulatory mechanism.
"host psychological complicity", negative psychological
qualities of populace conducive to parasitism.
economic warfare - silent weapons for quiet wars,
use of bank failures and bailouts for parasite
advancement & immune system sacrifices. phenomenon
of money leverage at local or global level. invisible
seizure & invasion of economic territory via the
banking and money system. stiglitz accusation of
money parasitism within IMF and World Bank. use of
secrecy as a parasite mechanism. accusations by
mcfadden and traficant on international banker conspiracy,
21st century blip system - some possibilities of a
parasite-free system. problem of free market solution
relative to bailouts. full reserves. digital
currencies. fixed count blip system. problem of
money laundering as "parasitism enforcement mechanism".
uselessness of street demonstrations. "leverage polarity"
of economics vs politics and how to identify it and
transcend it. "monergy" system, new form
of energy considered.
further research - better models, like global warming,
improved econophysics research, fit the parameters,
study it in terms of science/math/energy, fairness
and soundness, localized testbest & experimental
laboratories, CPI and other indicator skews or bias.
frequently asked questions - a frivolous, facetious, satirical
section but that serves as a brief introduction to the material
and some key themes. comedic relief. growth, inflation,
gold, is there really a conspiracy? "witchhunts, mccarthyism".
admitted weaknesses of the paper.
comments on references - info to other researchers looking
to follow up on the material, a little road map. key
references & brief comments. strengths and weaknesses of
the references used for this paper. survey of especially
the more definitive and comprehensive references.
stuff to add
one could spend a whole lifetime on this subject,
and many have. but my goal is only partly research,
another key goal is publicity & activism. you can
return the favor by helping publicize/spread the paper.
I didnt go into the biddle-jackson historical confrontation
much, but its a good or possibly best archetype
for seeing how economics & political
power are interrelated. biddle led a team of bankers who
created a depression via money manipulation as a way of
controlling the masses and hopefully manipulating a political
election. it was a clearcut case of a econo-politico
conspiracy insinuated by the paper, where the "money parasite"
apparently failed by a narrow miss, but
arguably it was just a learning opportunity for later
also I have a section on the mathematics of gresham's law.
there is a slight bit of mathematics to add to show that
individuals gain or lose wealth in the parasitical bank
system based on their current wealth. in other words, there
is a specific threshhold parameter, a critical point, in
which those with wealth above it have "up leverage", i.e.
their wealth increases without action, and those below it
have "down leverage" (so to speak), i.e. their wealth decreases without
action. a gifted reader can easily derive these results.
that is, the modern banking system has a fundamentally
regressive "taxation" system built masquerading in the
interest rate structure. "taxation" is a misleading term
because this is just a wealth transfer from the poor
to the rich, without any government services involved!
the paper does not play up the poor vs rich polarity
very much, but its obviously highly implicit in the entire work.
I didnt get into this, but one decoy for a parasite is
to portray "bumbling bureacrats". for example the IMF
& world bank might just take the cover of looking very
foolish & not able to understand the implications of its
policies. e.g. stiglitz seems to fall into this trap. as the
saying goes, "never attribute to malice what can adequately
be described by stupidity". but conversely, "if stupidity is not
adequate to explain it, then the malice must be confronted
and challenged if it is to be stopped!!"
lots of juicy keywords for the search engines:
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parasitism capitalism greenspan gold
thermodynamics perfect gas econophysics
gresham's law stiglitz money supply
inflation deflation growth price stability
counterfeiting energy radical polemic
revolution economic warfare religion
doublespeak gdp scarcity fiat blips
federal reserve history slavery lassaiz-fair
solow keynes keynesianism cancer psychology
sociology politics analogy IMF world bank GNP
GDP digital cash money laundering pareto
mcfadden echelon nsa free market
conspiracy seigniorage bionomics parasite
borrowing stock temperature interest rates
electronics silent weapons quiet wars
bloodstream credit wealth illegitimate
corrupt corruption shareholder negligence integrity
fair sound assets confidence faith fraud
sham manipulation accounting accountability
manage administration debt deficit government
regulation revenue standard confiscation
trust backing insidious iniquity humanity
life conservation invisible folklore legend
embezzlement savings international emergent
distributed luddite sweatshop diabolical
dangerous treacherous healthy prey predator
predation predatory secret secrecy power
powerful bankers freeliving evade defense
delusion biology bloodstream dynamics
circulation monetary reform hypothetical
threatening immune system ecosystem media
evolution productivity protective virulence
infection infected siphon complicity
exploitation riot dislocation crisis
critical currency infiltration kickback bailout
crime criminal treason invasion seizure
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