From Ponzi to Ponzi

I met Bernie Madoff at a party in Florida. It was just a year or so before December 2008, when he got arrested and began his 150 years in jail for running the biggest ponzi scheme the world had ever seen. Back then, he was just one of the many older, grey-haired people I shook hands with and chatted with that day, and I don’t recall much from our conversation.

I was 24, and that summer following Madoff’s shocking arrest I worked as an intern at Time Inc. in the Time & Life Building in New York City. One day, my manager told me to take the elevator a few floors up from our 35th floor, just to see the postapocalyptic mess Lehman Brothers had left behind there. It was a sight I will always remember: An immense office space in which the desks, chairs, phones and cubicles looked as if they were abandoned in a hurry.

1271 Avenue of the Americas
Time & Life Building, 1271 Avenue of the Americas, Location: New York NY, Architect: Pei Cobb Freed Architects

Those days, the streets were filled with Occupy Wall Street protestors camping out left and right, chanting “we are the 99%”. But it just didn’t last. The sound of the chants faded after a while. The banks got bailed out and the people never stopped paying for it.

Now, in 2021, the leeching party is coming to an end. The world has become one giant ponzi scheme that makes Madoff look like an innocent baby. Ponzi schemes can’t last forever. Every possible tool has been utilized to keep it going, but they have all stopped working. The engine has stopped and as usual, the people are the last to know.

So now a reset is being imposed. This time it’s not only a monetary reset but an ideological one at that. “You’ll own nothing, and you’ll be happy” is what the WEF is announcing. Governments, elites, central banks, corporations and their puppets are all lining up for the next chapter.

You lose what you don’t protect.
What you ignore gets bigger.

We can only change this from the bottom up. And we will.

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