Some writing on the matter this past year from Joseph D. Beldick:
The price of raw cotton is at a 140 year high and one of the unexamined consequences of this phenomenon is that it is becoming more expensive to print US dollars. In 2008 the price of manufacturing a dollar 6.4 cents. A short two years later it jumped to 9.6 cents. I wonder if it’s possible that the actual “demand” from quantitative easing 1 and 2 drove up the price of cotton? It’s doubtful; most of the currency issued by central banks these days is digital. It will be a strange, sober day when people’s blind faith in the status quo dissipates and the realization that their digital money is not even worth the paper it’s not printed on really sinks in. This is the essence of fiat; the only thing which gives the dollar value is how many of them are in circulation. So doesn’t it seem odd that the men in charge of regulating the money supply for the planet’s global reserve currency are not part of any government agency but a private corporation? Google “Jekyll Island, 1913”.
Who is it that benefits most from enthralling enough of the public’s perceptions, especially in times of political upheaval, to spend so much time, money and energy to manufacture the events of the recent past? This question is most easily answered by the examination of current events all over America. Who is it that has consistently received government hand outs, tax breaks, financial reward, overall fewer restrictions on conduct and enjoyed unprecedented growth even as the majority is faltering and suffering? Who is it that has been given free reign to mould the public discourse without either revealing themselves or their desired ends?
Historically, there have been many groups that could be directly linked to the driving force behind regressive movements. Their sympathetic allies are many and powerful and include, to varying degrees, almost every group that has worked against progressive causes in the past one hundred fifty years or more. The Robber Barons, those pejoratively named among nineteenth century industrialists, bankers and other moneyed elitists had their private armies and corrupted politicians. Their ideological and blood line descendants have kept up the drive to hoard the wealth of the nation, and the world, for themselves at the expense of the populace at large. Over time, their street level reach has expanded with every other aspect of their multi-national influence.