Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | July 1, 2014

Democracy Redux

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Good news.

I’ve got a new book for you…


“Democracy Redux” A debate on the future of the European Continent, Liberty, Democracy, and it’s impact on the World”

“Democracy Redux” is a book that is making the case for Political Innovation in our pursuit of Liberty vs the Orwellian State, because the constant erosion of Liberty is the greatest threat to our Democracy, Freedom, and Human Rights.

if you are a friend of Liberty you are entitled to an electronic copy for free. Just ask…




You could also pre-order now with expected publication date this OCTOBER from Oxford University Press.

Our Life is painted by our perspective.

Our perspective is coloured by the lens of our vantage point.

A point of view that brings up the ideas of our Life, and that truly informs our actions — thus making us who we truly are.

Because of that, our point of view is all that matters. The Idea is what we see is who we are. Who we are is what we do. What we do is the thing that defines us in the modern World… And that is all.

But for me that is far too limiting and far too small for my mind to even bother to contain it’s essence.

Yet underneath all the drama, the restlessness, the hopes and fears, there has to be another quality. A little understood quality named Love. Little understood because the human mind has a tendency to make everything it takes up more complicated and elaborate than it needs to be, whereas Love is simple. Simple as the basic blocks of Life — the DNA, the protein switches and memory that makes us who we are. The Holly Algorythm of Life itself. 

And we all have it. Somewhere deep, hidden behind the stories we weave about ourselves — stories that inform our Life and colour our Being — rests the incredible heaviness of Being in Love, or sporting a deficit of it.

There is no middle ground. Either you have it or You don’t. Simple as that. So remember that and act accordingly to find it because even before we’ve thought of ourselves as ourselves, lies a simple, unadorned awareness of it.

It’s not even a thing you can point a finger to. It’s just an event that happens, a little burst of knowing, deep in the centre of it all.

And then it hits you when you read the favourite Lover of all ages. The ultimate poet, leader, warrior of knowledge and light, Jallaladin of Rum, spelling out the basics and painting the sky with light vivid as lighting bolts erupting behind your eyeballs.

A real trip into my subconsciousness is what these words generate in me: “The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere …”

Last night was spent in a moving feast of a joyful meeting with a great friend, and as it happens, we had a most erudite discourse about Love and other hefty matters.

You know the incredible lightness of being able to freely share the goodness we all have bottled up within this mortal coil and soul. The goodness that pops out like champagne bubbles  and fills your soul with stars. The sharing of the stories that fills up your soul when you are with someone who gets it. Yes — that is it. Awesomeness personified in a conversation…

Me and my friend thus spoke not about Zarathustra, but about this new age thing called “Soulmates.”  Yes indeed we spoke about this much maligned ideal of fully requited Love. The Holy Grail of being. The majestic crown of Life no less…

We spoke over a long night of introspection and joy of living while traveling through the time space continuum and doing great things, and I think that now am getting it.

It sure took a while. A lifetime… and an infinity to boot. A bit longish, but there you have it.

The incredibly clear eyed Sophist Philosopher otherwise known as a Sufi mystic and poet Jalal al-Din Rumi reasoned thus: “The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.”

And my Irish friend wearing his mind like Jesus Christ had this to say: “Like a puzzle picture slowly materializing, as we have learned more and more about each other, we have come to realize that we just fit within and all the years of hardship and different relationships with women needy and clingy and possessive, that kept shutting doors in my face have finally brought me here to where I have a new partner that is willing to just help me be and achieve what is my Life’s purpose and support, heal, guide, and nourish me to that Life of Purpose and Meaning ”

He said that “To understand your mind; how it works, how attachment and desire arise, how ignorance arises, ho suffering is entailed, how everything leads you to where you want to be, and where our current emotions come from, it is sufficient to know the nature of all that. The fact that all those closed loops, the cul de sacs of Life, the slamming doors, and the prolonged lessons delivered painfully clear — all that drives you home to a place where a kindred souls awaits. A place where that Soul can bring you happiness and peace. Thus, your life can change completely; everything turns upside down. What you once interpreted as horrible can become beautiful and a step towards your completion….

And after seeing the sun rising up to the new dawn — this finally drove the point home.




For me it is as Rumi says: “When you think of Soulmates — think, there is a bit of us in each other from the start.”

Liberty + Democracy = Economically Sustainable Society.

Simple as that.

It works, but only when the key ingredients are in a constant balance. In short when the Liberty and Democracy balance are in a state of a moving equilibrium.

Democracy in the twentieth century has to be in this type of Dynamic Equilibrium with Liberty. Then and only then you can have benevolent government of the people, by the people, and from the people.

Yet today our governance, is unfortunately out of kilter… because liberty and democracy are not recognized as economic and political systems, nor is it understood that at some level they conflict. As an example if the majority rule threatens private-property rights, then there is no holding that liberty and democracy can peacefully coexist for the rest of history in this Euro-pastiche that we call European Union today…

So we need to keep our focus on this dynamic equilibrium, and to understand how this came about and to strike the right kind of balance. Because of that we need to look and examine thoroughly first our Democracy and then the petri dish that the fairly strong American Democracy represents for us.

So let’s put on our scientists white lab coats, and focus our microscope on the petri dish under the observation lens.

At the US’s founding, the ONE principle underlying American government was liberty, and the nation’s new government was designed to protect the rights of individuals.

The American Founders and the Framers of the Constitution, intended to design a government that would protect the rights of its citizens, and at that time the most serious threat to people’s rights was government. Thus, the United States government was designed with a constitutionally limited scope to preserve the rights of individuals and limit the powers of government. By the end of the nineteenth century, Hamiltonian ideas were widely viewed as more appropriate to the industrializing nation, and Jeffersonian ideas of limited government were seen as obsolete.

People began looking to their government not only to protect their rights but also to further their economic well-being. Subsequently the government’s activities during two world wars and the Great Depression greatly increased its involvement in people’s economic affairs, and by the time of Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society, the transformation was complete. By the end of the twentieth century, the fundamental principle underlying American government had been transformed to democracy, and public policy was designed to further the will of the majority.

The result has been a government that is larger and broader in scope. Using the framework of public choice theory, the American government grew more democratic and this resulted in an increase in the size and scope of government. Of course, there are inherent tensions between democratic government and the market economy, and that, as government grows more democratic, this will inevitably result in an increase in the size and scope of government, is not an entirely new idea. The public choice of Hans-Hermann Hoppe is in fact, the intellectual ancestry of this analysis same as Tocqueville’s “Democracy in America” first published in 1835. In “Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy” Joseph Schumpeter had argued that democracy plants the seeds of its own destruction, because it allows citizens to actively dissent and to vote away their freedoms (1950).

Today we are breaking with conventional wisdom, and treating liberty and democracy as economic systems in and of themselves.

Of course we recognize them as political systems — but everyone views them within political and economic systems as interdependent choices rather than independent ones.

The political Spectrum ranges from democracy to dictatorship, and for economic systems ranges from capitalism to socialism. These systems can exist independently of each other or fully integrated within one country as is almost always the norm today. Thinking along such lines, an author like Fukuyama (1992) declare that the evolution of political and economic systems has come to an end with the ascendancy of liberal democracy as a political system and the free market economy as an economic system.

Yet when one looks closely under the microscope, in fact, as one moves away from liberty toward socialism, the potential range for both democracy and dictatorship increases, and inversely, as one moves from socialism to liberty the potential role for both democracy and dictatorship declines. In other words, the decline in economic liberty and the rise in political democracy are not independent events, and the history of the United States illustrates the relevance of this proposition.

This history by itself does not yet explain why the scope of governmental decision-making will expand and liberty will decline over time as the system drifts toward more political democracy.

Further, the explanation can be related to the issue of man being always the god that failed Paradise 101.

Man and Democracy are most likely to break down precisely when they are most needed, because in contrast to market transactions, which by definition occur only among those who agree to them, democracy increasingly becomes a less satisfactory way of making collective decisions, the more the scope of democratic decision-making expands beyond those areas on which there is a substantial consensus of opinion.

It was Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal that laid the foundation for the modern American welfare state. The final triumph of democracy over liberty, however, came with Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society programs.

The fact that the erosion of liberty began almost as soon as the newly independent nation was founded was because the war had left a country in shambles that needed quick rebuilt. So, whereas the nation’s first constitution, the Articles of Confederation, tightly constrained the powers of the federal government, the effect of the Constitution, when evaluated in light of the Status-Quo that it replaced, consisted in placing less constraint on the federal government and in allowing those who ran the government more discretion and autonomy and less accountability.

Contrary to the conventional wisdom on the U.S. Constitution, its adoption thus enhanced the powers of the federal government and laid the foundation for two centuries of government growth.

This has commonly been recognized. In fact, prior to Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society programs of the 1960s, major shifts in policy that placed the demands of the majority over the protection of liberty came in response to crises of some sort.

The role of government has expanded in response to crises, such as wars and economic recessions, as well as depressions — always leaving behind a larger government, more responsive to public opinion and less committed to the protection of liberty.
Government grows in response to crises but after a crisis has passed, it never shrinks down to its pre-crisis level.

There is no need to argue that those endowed with governmental power, often engineer crises to aggrandize the state. Attention can be drawn to the fact that the crises and depressions to which government responds, far from being simply “random” or “exogenous” shocks of some sort, are themselves all too often the inevitable consequences of government actions or inactions, and most often are simply the direct result of previous interventions. The dynamics of conspiracy theorists calling a Pearl Harbour or a 9/11 the work of government can be discounted as fringe only because that extreme criminality does not sit within a Democratic Society’s levers of power.

Of course there are intervention of all sorts and interpretations and media manipulations and suspense of disbelief, as well as wrong enemy calling, false flags and red herrings out there. But that is all propaganda and every government indulges on this at least on some conscious or unconscious level. And some are rather good at it — at least up to some point.

In view of the obvious “unworkability” of socialism, however, it can be expected that this evolution ultimately cannot be unidirectional. Sooner or later, a transformative point will be reached at which point, the system starts cycling back in the opposite direction, because of the awareness of our folly or having crossed a bridge too far. Sometimes it is popular demand to lessen the government and sometimes, people will perhaps see the shoals and get scared before they breach the ship of State onto the black rocks. The decade of the 1980s was such a watershed moment and represents a turning point because it brought with it major changes in political attitudes toward the Federal and even the State government.

Is it not true that the governments of Margaret Thatcher in Britain and Ronald Reagan in the United States exemplify the relevance of this proposition?
Is it not true that the great retrenchment of government during the Reagan and Thatcher eras was because popular opinion favoured it?

Is it not true that it happened, because people wanted to reclaim liberty as the underlying principle of government?

Is it not further true that the tradition of the Austrian School of economics, gave both Leaders a solid underpinning of exercising the aims of Liberty as an economic thought in an objective and unprejudiced manner?

As an example, the presence of excessive credit expansion as engineered by the Fed in America is acknowledged as an underlying cause of the stock market crash of 1929. At the level of ideology, the only philosophy competing with that of liberty is Progressivism, which first began to be articulated in the late 1800s, and which means that the government, as a matter of public policy, will look out for the economic well-being of its citizens. In particular, the concentrated economic power of corporations was thought to require more concentrated power of the general public to respond and counterbalance the effects of it all.

However the law of Unintended Consequences as an effect of this kind of policy drift has woken us all up to the challenges arising from this policy.

The Triumph of the Jacksonian Policy and the Free Banking Era shows us how the US embraced what can be characterized as largely “pro-free market” positions and the same came to be true for England. Yet perhaps the wave of deregulation went too far to the point of unregulation. And we are aware of the serious damage it caused, when viewed through the lens of the Lehman collapse and the subsequent Great Recession, bedeviling us today.

Still having lived through the risks, and the wrecks, still a seasoned Political and Economic observer, thinker, leader — will surely recognize that the problems of democracy in the world and the dangers of the very same Democracy show us that we are better off by adopting a consistently libertarian position in strict balance with our cherished Democracy.

Yes, government may not be absolutely necessary, but it is inevitable, because without it predators will be in a position to impose a totalitarian form of government by force.

Throughout history, the most effective protection against this type of predation has been a Democratic form of government.

Robert Nozick’s (1974) well-known position with respect to the indivisible hand of the origins of the state are the key to understand this here.

So the answer to the question “Is government really inevitable?” remains that “It all depends. . . .”

The impact of Locke’s ideas on the political philosophy of the Founding Fathers should not obscure the fact that the Framers owe substantial debt to the inspiring ideas of Hobbes as well. The fundamentally contradictory nature of holding these opposing lines of thought in one’s head, is testament to the intelligence of the men involved in the drafting of the Constitution.



Methinks, that although the dangers of socialist democracy are not as readily apparent as the dangers of dictatorship, they are just as menacing.

Since in the European Union, the foundations of government have been pushed even further toward socialism as opposed to liberty, it is no exaggeration to assert that the relevance of the Debate on Liberty is paramount.

Let us have our Economic Ideology liberated truly and have the debate not confined to the United States, because Europe needs it more than anyone else right about now.

No doubt the time is now.

Read more in my book coming out this Autumn:

“Democracy Redux”
A case for Political Innovation in our pursuit of Liberty vs the Orwellian State, because the constant erosion of Liberty is the greatest threat to our Democracy, Freedom, and Human Rights.

Friedrich Hayek - If Socialists understaood Economics they wouldn't be Socialists

Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | June 24, 2014

Having your own Currency is How your Nation becomes prosperous

The brightest light of Economics, Banking, and Industry, as well as Public Policy and Enlightenment for the Americans and for game-changers the World over, was Benjamin Franklin.

Incidentally He was also the Greatest Revolutionary as described by an authority no less than Chairman Mao, who himself was quite an iconoclast and who viewed Ben Franklin as an intellectual Mentor and an inspiration for his drive to feed his people and create employment, hope, opportunity, and prosperity, out of the ashes of a devastating war in an impoverished nation.

Tsinghua University and it’s humanitarian mission and vision, is proof of that intellectual bridge too far…

Now Ben Franklin himself was no spring chicken when it came to Finance, and so his words are particularly relevant today when you deal with many countries suffering debilitating economic depression because of financialization. And in short because unwittingly, they have given up their own power to mint their own currency and thus they have lost access to the “Free Money” the local coin represents.

Countries like Greece, Italy, Portugal, Ireland and others who have given up their own “Free Money” and have surrendered the freedom to have a monetary policy to a distant “Occupying” Authority in Berlin, Brussels, and Frankfurt.

Just as the endless economic depression for the poor countries of the European Union’s periphery who are into the Euro-zone, and have no access to their own “Coin” bites harder into the flesh of the populace — the wanking bankers enjoy unprecedented profits and the largesse of the Union’s follies.

But the nations like Greece who have no way to use the power of “Free Money” their local coin — in order to fix their own independent Monetary Policy. Unfortunately the Greek government has surrendered this Keynesian supply and demand management of the economic levers of government and thus they are unable to regulate their own flow of goods and services and the employment of their people. The saddest part is that they have surrendered this most crucial Management of their National Policy to the Germans.

And if anyone of you has ever been imprisoned by the Germans or enjoyed their ministrations in the concentration camps of the WWII era or even their modern jails, you would know this was a grave mistake…

But let’s look at the historical perspective to learn from this huge mistake of Statecraft.

Let us look at the most successful Democracy and the most prosperous Economy of the World, and see how they fared when they were in similar straits and what got them out of it.

Unbeknownst to most of you, the Americans of the 18th century had been also restricted on the printing of their own “Free money” native coin, and had their local currencies disallowed by the King of England. The Crown stopped the Colonies from having their own currencies after they saw that the colonists enjoyed a higher standard of living than that of Mother England. A bit of jealousy maybe or just semantics, but there you have it. The Crown stopped the Colonies from minting their own coin and regulated them to use only the approved British pound and denominations thereafter.

A grave mistake because that immediately sent the Colonies into an Economic tailspin that resulted in a severe recessionary cycle, and that singular event, launched the American Colonies in a terrible and unshakeable economic depression…

Of course this brought blowback. Soon enough the American Colonies revolted and overthrew the yoke of the oppressors into the sea starting in Boston in 1774. You know the rest about the Tea party and all the common folk literature, but by the end of 1775 the fierce American patriots had seized full control in all thirteen colonies and on July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress declared the American Independence and immediately issued their own Free money currency as the first act of defiance and Liberation.

As students of History, we have to wonder is that truly the cause of this amazing reversal of fate and favour, towards Britain and the Crown? And what is the root reason of the deep seated hatred of the sparsely populated American colonies against Mother England that led men to shed their lives in favour of Independence?

Many people would have you believe that it was all about Taxation without Representation and although that is true — the Real Root Causes of the American Revolution and the fight for Independence from Great Britain, run far deeper than that.

I say let’s go to the Lion’s mouth to hear the truth. Let’s ask Benjamin Franklin himself, to help solve this conundrum for us all…

Ben Franklin had this to say about the American Revolutionary War of Independence and the root economic causes of it all:

“The American Colonies would gladly have borne the little Tax on tea and other matters had it not been the poverty caused by the bad influence of the English bankers on the Parliament, which prohibited our coinage and thus has caused vast hatred of England in the Colonies, and resulted in the Revolutionary War.”

And this is how Benjamin Franklin experienced what made “New England” [the Colonies] far more Prosperous than Old England:

“”Colonies Made More Prosperous Than The Home Country”

Before the American War for Independence in 1776, the colonized part of what is today the United States of America was a possession of England. It was called New England, and was made up of 13 colonies, which became the first 13 states of the great Republic. Around 1750, this “New England” was very prosperous indeed.

Benjamin Franklin was then able to write:
“There was abundance in the Colonies, and peace was reigning on every border. It was difficult, and even impossible, to find a happier and more prosperous nation on all the surface of the globe. Comfort was prevailing in every home. The people, in general, kept the highest moral standards, and education was widely spread.”

Yet when Benjamin Franklin went over to England to represent the interests of the Colonies, he saw a completely different situation: “The working population of Old Blightey [England] at the time, was gnawed by hunger and poverty. “The streets are covered with beggars and tramps,” he wrote. He asked his English friends how England, with all its wealth, could have so much poverty among its working classes.”

His friends replied that England was prey to a terrible condition: “It had too many workers! The rich said they were already overburdened with taxes, and could not pay more to relieve the needs and poverty of this mass of workers. Several rich Englishmen of that time actually believed, along with Malthus, that wars and plague were necessary to rid the country from man-power surpluses.”

Franklin’s friends then asked him how the American Colonies managed to collect enough money to support their poor houses, and how they could overcome this plague of pauperism. Franklin replied:

“We have no poor houses in the Colonies; and if we had some, there would be nobody to put in them, since there is, in the Colonies, not a single unemployed person, neither beggars nor tramps.”

“Prosperity Arises Thanks To the Free Money Issued By The Nation”

Franklin’s English friends could not believe their ears, and even less understand this fact, since when the English poor houses and jails became too cluttered, England shipped these poor wretches and down-and- outs, like cattle, and discharged, on the quays of the Colonies, those who had survived the poverty, dirtiness and privations of the journey. At that time, England was throwing into jail those who could not pay their debts. Debtor prisons were overflowing. They therefore asked Franklin how he could explain the remarkable prosperity of the New England Colonies.

Franklin replied: “That is simple. In the Colonies, we issue our own paper money. It is called “Colonial Scrip.” We issue it in proper proportion to make the goods and services pass easily from the producers to the consumers. In this manner, creating ourselves our own paper money, we control its purchasing power and we have no interest to pay to no one.”

“The Bankers Impose Poverty on the American Colonies”

The information came to the knowledge of the English Bankers, and held their attention. They immediately took the necessary steps to have the British Parliament to pass a law that prohibited the Colonies from using their scrip money, and then ordered them to use only the gold and silver money that was provided in sufficient quantity by the English bankers. Then began in America the plague of debt-money, which has never since brought so many curses to the American people.

The first law was passed in 1751, and then completed by a more restrictive law in 1763. Franklin reported that one year after the implementation of this prohibition on Colonial money, the streets of the Colonies were filled with unemployment and beggars, just like in England, because there was not enough money to pay for the goods, the services, and the work. The circulating medium of exchange had been reduced by half.

Franklin added that this was the original cause of the American Revolution – and not the tax on tea nor the Stamp Act, as it has been taught again and again in history books. The financiers always manage to have removed from school books all that can throw light on their own schemes, and damage the glow that protects their power.

Franklin, who was one of the chief architects of the American independence, wrote it clearly: “The Colonies would gladly have borne the little tax on tea and other matters had it not been the poverty caused by the bad influence of the English bankers on the Parliament, which has caused in the Colonies hatred of England and the Revolutionary War.”

This point of view of Franklin was confirmed by all the great American statesmen and co-revolutionists of his era: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Paine, and several others.

A remarkable English historian, John Twells, wrote, speaking of the money of the Colonies, the Colonial Scrip: “It was the monetary system under which America’s Colonies flourished to such an extent that Edmund Burke was able to write about them: ‘Nothing in the history of the world resembles their progress. It was a sound and beneficial system, and its effects led to the happiness of the people.’”

John Twells adds: “In a bad hour, the British Parliament took away from America its representative money, forbade any further issue of bills of credit, these bills ceasing to be legal tender, and ordered that all taxes should be paid in coins. Consider now the consequences: this restriction of the medium of exchange paralyzed all the industrial energies of the people. Ruin took place in these once flourishing Colonies; most rigorous distress visited every family and every business, discontent became desperation, and reached a point, to use the words of Dr. Johnson, when human nature rises up and asserts its rights.”

Another writer, Peter Cooper, expresses himself along the same lines. After having said how Franklin had explained to the London Parliament the cause of the prosperity of the Colonies, he wrote: “After Franklin gave explanations on the true cause of the prosperity of the Colonies, the Parliament exacted laws forbidding the use of this money in the payment of taxes. This decision brought so many drawbacks and so much poverty to the people that it was the main cause of the Revolution. The suppression of the Colonial money was a much more important reason for the general uprising than the Tea and Stamp Act.”

“Today, in America [as well as in Europe], we are under the regime of the “scrip” of the Bankers instead of the “Scrip” of the nation. Hence the public debts, everlasting interest charges, taxes that plunder purchasing power, with the only result being a consolidation of the financial dictatorship.”

“There is only one cure for America’s [and Europe's] fear of ultimate financial collapse and that is for the American Congress to exercise Clause 30 of the “Federal” Reserve Act, buy the outstanding shares of stock, shut down this unconstitutional system and sell off their assets to reimburse the people of this nation for this unspeakable theft of their wealth.””

Europe will soon follow such liberating enactment of the Special Powers of the Constitution, by America, since the Beacon of Capitalism rests with the United States of America.

The real reason why Europe will soon follow the example of American Independence is only because that is the rightful path of history. From a leading Democracy to the lesser ones… and eventually to the whole world. We are now going from a period of amalgamation to one of dispersal. From the Soviet collapse to the individual Free States with their own money. They all do better now than when they were under the Old Russian rubble. The old Soviet Rubble had brought only central economic plans with five year unrealistic goals and this in turn had brought death, oppression, and misery, to the satellite Soviet economies. Something like what is the story now with the central Soviet of Brussels and Berlin lording it over the natives of Greece, Italy and Spain. Yet like the collapse of the Soviet Union this regime will collapse as well. Because when you examine all the old Soviet republics, you cannot fail to see that now with their own currency they all do well, and their stars shine brighter than ever before, and with Freedom to boot.

Professor Farley Grubb, author of Creating the U.S. Dollar Currency Union, 1748-1811: A Quest for Monetary Stability or a Usurpation of State Sovereignty for Personal Gain?, and Benjamin Franklin and the Birth of a Paper Money Economy says: As far as the Franklin quotes and the passages in the senator’s speech are chock-full of history, the Currency Acts of 1751 and 1764 prohibit the colonies from issuing paper money. That these currency acts were the KEY spark to the revolution is without a doubt.

Of course as things changed with the abolition of the Free Money [The Colonial Scrip] the American colonies were generally regarded as partly New England, partly Middle Colonies, and partly Southern colonies, and all had some form of poor houses, with Philadelphia having a fairly large one. Franklin disapproved of offering charity rather than work to healthy people, but he was also a chief founder and first President of the Pennsylvania Hospital (the first in America), which, like almost all hospitals in the eighteenth century, was a charity hospital.

Franklin was an advocate of paper money, and Pennsylvania’s colonial paper money was sound and therefore never prohibited, though New England’s was unsound, inflationary, and finally prohibited by Parliament, because it became nearly worthless — before being prohibited. In some ways it had become a dodge by the Colonists used in order to pay off English creditors, rather than a reasonable medium of value.

Franklin also did think that America was generally better off than England and that its population was growing faster than England’s. That was true because of the available land in America, which, of course, the colonists took from the Indians, and true in the South because of available land and the slave system. Indeed, Franklin said that the Indians in America lived better than the Irish in Ireland — because the latter were oppressed by the English landlords.

As for the causes of the American Revolution, the colonists had many complaints, but the most fundamental and symbolic one was taxation without representation.

There are numerous accurate quotations from Franklin, found in the following article, Causes of the American Discontents Before 1768. In it, Franklin enumerates a number of grievance, including the following: “That on a frivolous complaint of a few Virginia Merchants, nine Colonies were restrained from making paper money, though become absolutely necessary to their internal commerce, from the constant remittance of their gold and silver to Britain. — But not only the interest of a particular body of Merchants, the interest of any small body of British Tradesmen or Artificers, has been found, they say, to out-weigh that of all the King’s subjects in the Colonies.”

Thus, taking away from the colonists the right to issue their own money was indeed the major grievance because it led to economic collapse, but it was one of the many grievances and since it was an intellectually difficult to grasp and understand let alone phrase in a way to excite the passions of the people — it did not rise to the top and thus did not hold the famed symbolism of “Taxation Without Representation” and the throwing off of the tea in the Boston Harbour, as it appears in the Declaration of Independence.

Franklin objected to the English “Acts” [Law Decrees] denying colonies the right to make money because the English Parliament objected to Pennsylvania issuing paper money, along with those colonies who issued nearly worthless paper money. Or so the English Bankers claimed…

The bankers convinced the English Parliament which in turn through the King and the Army, behaved unreasonably towards the American Colonies, in the Stamp Act and all through the following years, and thus caused the grievances and the discontent that led to the Tea Party in the Boston Harbour.

Indeed the prohibition of the “Free Money” helped the Revolution greatly; and perhaps it also helped that Franklin was a far better propagandist than King George and the English Parliament combined, as they were led from the nose by the Banker-wankers of the time…



The notion that the American Revolution was somehow against “government” and “taxation” in general, and not, as all the Founders said, against the Banking oligarchy and the rule by distant monopolists and feudal English lords who disallowed the paper money of the colonies and thus brought about economic ruin — is among the most hilarious conflations and Orwellian propaganda campaigns of our lifetimes.

The monetary Policy of a nation [the Right to print it's own money] is a birthright of any rightfully called independent nation and when that Right is surrendered the nation is nothing but a colony.

That Right can only be pursued independently through the national power to control it’s own currency and resources.

If any leaders of small European Nations are reading this by chance then let them be warned that Now They Know what needs to be done, and shying away from their oaths and responsibilities.
And this shyness, only makes them traitors to the cause of their People’s Well Being.

Be weary — be very weary of the people when they are well informed. They storm Bastilles, and take over Parliaments, without too much sweat…

Ben Franklin with headphones listening

Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | June 21, 2014

Habeas Corpus

Habeas Corpus…

Learn about this because the only way to protect your Democracy and your RIGHTS is to know what these rights are.

Otherwise You have No Democracy and No Rights either.

So Habeas Corpus is a Request for instant Judicial Review of any deprivation of yours or other people’s Liberty.

A writ of habeas corpus is a court order of the highest power that requires a person under arrest to be brought before a judge and into a court.

The principles of habeas corpus are deeply enshrined in any lawful State and especially in a Republic and a Democracy.

If you live in a Democracy, then rest assured that Habeas Corpus ensures that a prisoner can be released from unlawful detention immediately — that is, detention lacking sufficient cause or evidence.

It has historically been the most important legal instrument safeguarding civil rights and individual freedom against arbitrary state action, arrest, and imprisonment. It is the only serious bulwark of protecting the individual and communal Human Rights from the excruciating oppression of Totalitarianism.

But You have to know about it and use it.

Today in a democracy Habeas Corpus has evolved and has been extended to non-police authorities, and not just personal matters, as in the 1898 Queen’s Bench case of Ex Parte Dorothy Hopkins, which has successfully been utilized more recently in India to liberate a woman from a Muslim madrasa. So Habeas Corpus applies across the board to all forms of unlawful confinement such as debtor’s prisons, asylums, wards, military gaols, immigration camps, local police cells, refugee and IDP camps, mental hospitals, rendition centres, secret jails, tax court holding pens, family held individuals, students held in “schools” against their will, [Medresses] boarding schools, religious schools, monasteries, cults, etc. Thus all unlawfully captive people can regain their freedom under the provisions of the Habeas Corpus Writ.

A writ of “Habeas Corpus” also known as the “Great Writ” is a summons with the force of the Highest Supreme Court order, and is addressed to any prison official, police person, and persons of any Authority to imprison and hold people — “custodians” from the Sovereign, down to the Prime Minister, President, Ministers, functionaries, military personnel and bureaucrats, of any level and of any country. A Writ of Habeas Corpus requires that a prisoner be taken before a court to be seen by a judge and to have the case and cause of imprisonment reviewed immediately. Failure of any authority to obey this Habeas Corpus Great Writ disqualifies them from office.

When the “Habeas Corpus” writ is served to the “custodian” — be it a jailer, police, military, and civil official with power to hold people — it requires immediate action.That action is that they present proof of authority and justification, bringing the “prisoner” in front of a sitting Judge, thus allowing the court to determine whether the “custodian” has lawful authority to detain the prisoner. If the custodian is acting beyond his authority, then the prisoner must be released immediately and the custodian be reprimanded. Additionally any prisoner, or another person acting on his or her behalf, not only a lawyer, but any citizen, may petition the court, or a judge, for a writ of habeas corpus.

One reason for the writ to be sought by a person other than the prisoner is that the detainee might be held incommunicado, drugged, gagged, or under duress, or in secret jails, or asylums, or in “clinics” or in local village police stations, or in work camps, or in military barracks, and thus held under rather adverse circumstances, and unable to be reached or communicated with. That is the reason why all the remedies of Habeas Corpus apply always, and must be observed.

All lawful states and jurisdictions across the world, provide a similar remedy for those unlawfully detained. That is the case with functioning countries, except for the totalitarian, communist, and fascist regimes. Hitler’s Germany for example, was famous for abolishing Habeas Corpus with the curt Führer calling the Habeas Corpus an English innovation and dismissing it immediately as soon as he came into power.

Yet history showed us that this ancient innovation of Habeas Corpus is the most useful bulwark of Liberty because it clearly demarcates a Democracy from a Fascist totalitarian regime, and thus separates the bastards of statecraft from the well born and well bred Democratic citizen leaders.

Make no mistake “habeas corpus” or “amparo de libertad” as is called in some Spanish-speaking nations, best serves as remedy against unlawful imprisonment for the ‘protection of Liberty’ and offers the supreme guarantee of Democratic Freedoms and Personal Liberty.

We have observed in history that when you violate the Habeas Corpus, you shred Democracy and have no claim to lawful authority. Governing bodies, elected and non elected officials who disregard the Habeas Corpus rights of the people are subject to international arrest and can be brought to Justice because of their blatant violation of Human Rights. Such is the strength of this Great Writ that even people like Cheney and Bush had to observe it at the height of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

The right to petition for a writ of habeas corpus has long been celebrated as the most efficient safeguard of the liberty of the subject citizens and all other people in a lawful society. The noted international jurist Albert Venn Dicey wrote that the British Habeas Corpus Acts “declare no principle and define no rights, but they are for practical purposes worth a hundred constitutional articles guaranteeing individual liberty”

Now You might rightfully ask why is Pano harping away about Habeas Corpus?

Well … that is a good question and a valid point.

Here is the answer:

I was invited to a Conference held by the Greek Stock Exchange to promote institutional investment in the stricken country under the PR tagline Growth for Greece.

The CEO of the exchange is someone I know and respect for many years and consider a friend and I also want to help rally sustainable investment of the massive scale to tip the balance towards a Green Economy.  Mind you Greece is the only country in the world that suffers it’s seventh year of a horrible economic depression with no end on sight. Of course there is no end because Greece is at present under a German administered economic Austerity plan that is no different than any other Nazi inspired solution. People eat from the garbage bins literally and a small tiny minority is lording it over them by collaborating with the Germans. The country and it’s people suffer under a renewed occupation of the economic kind, that has resulted in this ancient country becoming a vast debtor’s prison where the once free citizens do not enjoy even the basic rights of Habeas Corpus and where confiscation of property and even bank deposits happen without any judgement by the courts.

So a person can be and does get arrested and thrown in debtor’s prison for a debt to the state of a few hundred euros. Imagine that Dickensian fate for a human being, a father of family to be thrown to jail for a small debt to the state. A small debt arising out of onerous and unjust taxation that in Greece of today with most people being unemployed — one cannot afford to pay. You surely understand that in the case of the Greek people you would do the same thing. You would also first try to feed your children and then if you have any money try to pay the taxman. But in 2014, this is the German efficiency machine in action. The Greek collaborateurs arrest people and confiscate their property with not a moment’s thought as if the people are animals with nor rights. As if that is not enough, the collaborationist Greek government further trashes the human rights of the people by announcing that they are able to lawfully confiscate the bank deposits of citizens without even a simple notification towards the affected people. And as history happens — I was reading this in the Greek newspaper of record “Kathimerini” while listening to the neo-Gauleiter of Greece, Mr Horst Reichenbach strutting about the stage and showing diagrams of fiction about an economic recovery that isn’t coming any time soon…. very much in Fuhrer mode and in english spoken with a German cadence.

This being the weekend, I had flown over from London via Brussels and Rome, where I had a series of Democracy related meetings, and had arrived in a stifling hot Athens — not in the best of moods. I headed to the seaside hotel venue of the conference and in good spirit I attempted to participate in the proceedings — all the while scanning the Italian, French, and Greek papers for signs of life. And then this moffo German mini-Führer starts spouting inanities and nonsense and am thinking that I have been transported to either a Charlie Chaplin movie in an alternate universe or I am lucid dreaming of the German Nazi era replayed in modern times.

Pinched myself hard next to the balls to wake up and I pained seriously awake recognizing that it’s not a dream but the Greek reality of 2014. To prove the point that the poor country is under German occupation on the official program the first man to address the gathered attendees on the podium was indeed the Defacto leader of the country the German Horst Reichenbach, head of the Task Force for Greece. He is the modern era equivalent of the German Gauleiter of the Nazis who ruled Greece with a convenient Collaborateur government during the WWII German occupation period. Same like today, where a collaborationist government acts on behalf of the Germans and against the interests the Greek people by destroying both Democracy and Human Rights as well as Greek society and all the Laws.

But back then it was war and the Greeks had lost. And the German National Socialist party under Adolf Hitler ruled Greece with an iron fist, through the local Gauleiter and the Wehrmacht assisted by Gestapo. The German occupation forces stole the country’s wealth, plundered all the food deposits, and even took the small national emergency grain deposits, and thus launched the Greek people into a horrible famine.

Still back then and after the war, the Greek official collaborators, the Tsolakoglou government with Papandreou as their adviser and the German Gauleiter of the Nazis, were never held responsible after the war and the Greek collaborateurs and the black marketeers intrinsically connected to the German criminal occupiers still live in Kolonaki ruling the country with their wealthy society families as Papandreou himself became a Prime minister and made certain, that his son and grandson, also ruled Greece as Prime ministers and collectively and cumulatively launched the place into the complete and utter chaos and misery it is today. It’s notable that many Greek Democrats who spoke up and objected to the unlawful provisions found themselves in the trains to Auschwitz where they met their death in the gas shower chambers due to the Greek Black market government arresting them and passing them over to the German Gestapo for further ‘processing” in to the German extermination camps.

History is the school of statecraft and will repeat itself again and again, because the Greek criminals were not tried for their war time crimes against humanity and they did not have to answer for the Million plus Greek people who starved to death. When a million people die from hunger and starvation during your reign — You’ve got something to answer for. In Greece they made the old Papandreou a Prime Minister… And that failure of justice is perpetuated today because this current coalition government thinks with a certain degree of value that they will not get prosecuted ever for their crimes against humanity.They feel they shall not have to answer for the ten thousand suicides per year due to unemployment and for the proud Greek men dying from  a broken heart when they can’t feed their families. All in the interest of the euro and the small class of today’s Black Marketeers who enrich themselves through this German led crisis and current famine. An this spirit of injustice is perpetuated, only because the Greek people themselves instead of rebuilding their society and awarding justice and honour where these were due — they launched their own civil war right after the second bloody world war. No time for Justice.No time for Society and Social justice — it will catch up with you.

And here is a view of the Great Famine during the second World War German occupation years: The Great Famine (Greek: Μεγάλος Λιμός) was a period of mass starvation during the Axis occupation of Greece, during World War II (1941–1944). The local population suffered greatly during this period, while the Axis Powers initiated a policy of large scale plunder and requisitioning of all the food supplies and emergency grain storage for the use of the Wermacht.   Moreover, the requisitions of the national emergency food deposits together with the blockade of Greece, the ruined state of the country’s infrastructure and the emergence of a powerful and well-connected with the collaborateur Greek government and with the German occupiers, black market, resulted in the Great Famine of Greece. The Great Famine, with the mortality rate reaching a peak of One Million people during the winter of 1941–1942.The great suffering and the pressure of the Greek Diaspora eventually forced the lifting of the blockade, and from the summer of 1942, the International Red Cross was able to distribute supplies; however, the situation remained grim until the end of the German occupation and the liberation of the country by the Allied Anglo-American forces.

Of course during Hitler’s World War Two from 1940-1945 the Greek collaborators were the only ones who were able to see and enjoy economic growth in the ravaged country while their countrymen were rounded up, held, tortured, and either sent to Auschwitz or summarily executed. The rest of the people had only fear, famine, and hunger, as their constant companion. No Habeas Corpus then, and no rights of any kind were given to the Greek patriots who simply strived to feed their families or did what was necessary to find a loaf of bread. Forget about those who fought to liberate their country — they were all summarily executed. Sending people to jail and certain death, without even the summary perfunctory Gauleiter military tribunals — was the norm from 1941 to 1945. And that was an evolution of the Greek Metaxas dictatorship government that preceded the war years and had paved the way for the Axis powers ascent and appetite to dominate Greece.

This seven year occupation today we are witnessing in 2014, is probably the modern era equivalent of that WWII occupation Great famine. Only now as History gets repeated the plan is a bit more subtle. First the causes of general depression, are to be found in the violent integration into the Euro-Zone and then the “assassination” of the people economically and the drive to unemployment and feelings of lack of self worth, that lead in a vicious circle of depression and eventually suicide. Whole people can commit suicide. Through Corruption, and Loss of Sovereignty, whole people can and do commit suicide. herodotus the ancient historian tells the stories of hundreds of these whole nations that are not with us anymore because they collectively lost the will to live as independent nations. Whole Peoples jumped off the proverbial cliff of history. So the modern Masters of the Universe the Germans have a clear plan to subjugate the Greek people once and for all.

I saw clear evidence of this yesterday morning hearing Mr Reichenbach explain away the unexplainable. The way to destroy a whole nation is easy and if anyone has tried to do this scientifically is the Germans. They built a network of twenty five thousand factories, camps, and processing centres, just in order to exterminate a race of people, along with the Democrats and the undesirables of Europe. They learned that game by practicing well and often. They worked at it ever since they assisted the Turks and officiated in the extermination of the Armenian people and later the German Fuhrer Adolf Hitler famously said: ” Who remembers the Armenians now?”

So the German high command is at it now against the Greeks. Deprive them of their self-worth and they will all go terminally depressed and jump off the cliff massively. Spreading division, discord, and depression, cause despair. Then people jump. It’s easy to drive a whole nation to suicide when you control everything including the food supply. Undernourished people seldom rebel and the highly excitable Greeks are easily medicated. Depressed and anxious people can’t mount a defence either. So the game is up. Once you do this to the people — the society will obey whatever You order as is the case with the collaborateurs in Greek government today and then whatever happens — you can blame it on the people all over again. Driving people to suicide is not nice but it is not a provable crime either. And if some people are still revolting against this reality — then you can place them in debtor’s prison so you can scare them enough to not have a voice to object to your crimes.

But some of us have both Memory and the balls to Lead people to rebellion against this dismal fate. It is not “Fait Accompli” because history is not written until much later, and we also remember the Armenian people as both heroes and victims of a historical crime of genocide.

In the Nyremberg trials of the Nazi war criminals we had ample evidence of the involvement of the German High Command and of the Officer Corps in assisting Attaturk and the Neo-Turks in exterminating the Armenian people. And it was this disturbing science that gave them the requisite knowledge to be able to erect their death camp network and exterminate 9 million people in the short years of their ill gotten power.

Where were the Good Germans then?


The Great Famine of Greece 1941-45


The WWII occupation years saw vast famine in Greece due to the German plunder of all food supplies. Here are corpses of Greek people collected from the streets each and every morning with the garbage trucks of the day…

That was another era that Greece and the Greek people had been subjected to severe austerity by the Germans and their local collaborators and that resulted in a serious famine that exterminated a total of 15% of the population of the country between 1941-1945. Somewhere around One million and a half of the Greek people perished because of the German caused famine that the WWII occupation brought. But today in 2014, this modern era of occupation was brought about by the occupation loans made to prop up the German collaborationist government that operates like the Black Marketeers of yesterday. They transact in the Greek state and plunder anything of value as their own.  The same names are all evident from the one hundred Greek families that were colaborateurs of the Germans and still today are. From Papandreou to Latsis, the politicians, and the bankers, they are all implicated in the modern plunder.

Yet today, it seems that the Greek people will demand justice and will surely get it…  if only because the climate of fear is subsiding and the new voices are heard and after all no occupation lasts for ever. Winds of change are breezing and today’s Greek government collaborateurs are going to be found guilty of a whole lot of crimes and when the dust settles they will be sharing cells in the same European jails where Milosevic once stood trial in Den Hague.

So now today in the year of the Lord 2014, am witnessing this Neo-Nazi German Gauleiter ruling Greece, Mr Horst Reichenbach opening up the stage on the Conference about Growth in Greece. This thing happening in 2014 — is Deja Vu all over again. Am rubbing my eyes thinking it’s some kind of a parallel Universe and maybe my constant flying has sent me in a nightmare of major proportions  … but it’s for real. Mr Horst Reichenbach,  speaking with the unmistaken authority of an occupier, in front of the leading audience of Greece’s business world, he explains with colourful slides the situation. He is showing in earnest the German-hued “facts and figures” and he summarizes the problems with the country and it’s people, and then proceeds with the German solutions about the Greek Economy. Something like the Final Solution — he is telling people do not worry about your fate and the unemployment of 58% because the same is true of the situation throughout Europe … more or less. And then he will direct the people into the Gas chambers telling them it’s a good place to get a warm water shower.

What baloney…

And people believe him and even look up to him and his Greek cronies for advise, help, and support.

Damn near impossible to decide whether to walk away or throw a chair at him. Yet the better angels of my heart prevail and I walk away to go for a swim. The sea is angry and the waves roll in and sharply vomit their foam at the bulwark. And am thinking of the forces of Nature and of how to take this fight to Berlin by sharing with you the Human Rights issues that surround this Greek Tragedy of an occupation government ruled by collaborators who do the bidding of Berlin’s emissary by suspending the basic rights of the Greek people. Tragedy it is because the present day Greek government while drowning in a sea of corruption and collaboration is truly repugnant when they not only encourage this travesty of justice but they sell out the country as a whole.  Am certain that this government Ministers and their collaborators should all be investigated and tried in the Tribunal for Human Rights of Europe. Some of the more serious and egregious acts of treason and corruption should be tried in the European Court of Justice because the Greek government personnel do not even care to act or address the hundreds of large corruption cases involving the banks and the government and their conspiracy to defraud the people of Greece and deny them their independence and their Democracy — even though they have been appraised of these cases by the whistleblowers organization

Yet the crony corruption is so devastating that this story from the papers proves the point beyond doubt.  I read in the local Greek paper yesterday that not only the Debtor’s prisons are alive and well and people can go to jail without a hearing of any sort because they owe this foreign occupation government above a thousand Euros, but that they can also have their bank deposits confiscated without any notice. And am astounded at this lack of the due process of law. Astounded and dismayed…

And people in Greece, do go to jail although we all know that Debtor’s prison has been abolished since we came into the Enlightenment of the 18th century and into the full maturity of Human Rights after the Second World War upon the signature of the new Magna Carta of Human Rights by all the Democratic Peoples of this Earth.

Still today debtors’ prisons for people who are unable to pay debts exist as an ongoing governmental institution in Greece — the only country of European Union that allows for this. These type of prisons have been used as a form of enslavement and coercion since ancient times. In the Victorian era and until the mid 19th century, debtors’ prisons were a common way to deal with unpaid debt in Western Europe. Today, through increasing access to Habeas Corpus protections, Human Rights considerations, and leniency brought through the use of bankruptcy laws — they have been rendered irrelevant over most of the world.
Yet today, debtors’ prisons exist as of June 2014, and persist in rare and undemocratic countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Greece, and Russia. But apparently under the Germans the whole of Greece has become a vast Debtor’s prison and with nary any protection from Habeas Corpus…

Debtors’ prisons are not only an anachronism but the surest way to recognize the failure of Democracy and Human Rights in a country.

According to the Council of Europe, and in article 1 of the European Convention on Human Rights [#Protocol 4], civil imprisonment and expulsion for debts are strictly prohibited. Furthermore Protocol 4 of the European Convention on Human Rights prohibits the imprisonment of people for breach of a contract.

The only member of the Eurozone that has neither signed nor ratified this protocol, is Greece.

And what reasonable institutional investor or Democratic entity will be willing to perform these hoops to come to Greece and play with this bunch of fascist morons is a great big question mark. Maybe the only ones interested are the Chinese and other totalitarian regimes who are not overly concerned with Human Rights and Democracy because they don’t have any. You see Habeas Corpus, Democracy Liberty and Social Justice are banned in China and you cannot even find them in the internet since it is censored and those words erased…  A total 1984 from George Orwell is what China is but Greece to have fallen so low? Am stunned.

So as Greece and it’s people march inexorably on the road to Serfdom — am revolting and asking you to stand with us.

Care to join me?



For those of you still wandering — Habeas Corpus, means “you may have the body” in the old Latin…

Yet it has nonetheless evolved to mean “You can have the body and only under lawful detainment and No You cannot have the Spirit.” This at least according to a celebrated advocate no less than Nelson Mandela who as a friend confided to me the meaning he attached to the many Habeas Corpus writs he executed on behalf of many of his comrades and colleagues as well as on behalf of ordinary folk in South Africa.

Nelson Mandela had long run-ins with the Apartheid government of fascist South Africa and spent almost thirty years in the various jails of the Regime always advocating and practising the Art of the Law.

A law he respected fully especially when he revolted against “unjust laws” enacted by an Apartheid government and he spent all of his youth in trying to change these laws and bring about a Democracy.

Mandela succeeded in bringing about this Democracy and he further always respected the law especially when he came out of jail to become the President of South Africa winning a landslide during the first democratic elections this country ever held.

Today South Africa is the only true Democracy of Africa and a model for the rest of the world with growth and prosperity shared by all it’s people and the benefits of Democracy shared far and wide regardless of the colour of your skin. Something that the Greek people do not enjoy in the year 2014 and inside the Untied Europe.

What a bloody SHAME…

Be grateful.
It’s good to remember when you bed down in your own bed inside your own home that today is World Refugee Day.
It is honourable to remember the refugees, because more than 150 million people worldwide currently are refugees, asylum seekers, climate escapees, politicals, clandestinos, and IDPs (internally displaced persons) refugees within their own country.
Now if you can offer comfort to one of them — Do it today…
If not — at least don’t make their Life harder with unnecessary bigotry, hate, and malice.
Be human towards them because at one or another time in our long human history we were all refugees and that’s how we are now spread out throughout this beautiful planet.
To up stakes and move on for a better Life is what defines us and Freedom of Movement is a basic Human right…

Hey there,

Good news. I’ve got a new book for you…

It’s called: DEMOCRACY REDUX “A debate on the future of the European Continent, Liberty, Democracy, and it’s impact on the World”

I wrote this book because Europe needs to wake up and see what it is doing to Democracy and to the rest of the World. A world thirsty for Liberty. A world thirsty for Democracy. A world yearning to be free…

And of course I want to share it with you so you can play with it’s ideas and get back to me with yours.

So let’s keep on reading…

“Democracy Redux” is a book that is making the case for Political Innovation in our pursuit of Liberty vs the Orwellian State, because the constant erosion of Liberty is the greatest threat to our Democracy, Freedom, and Human Rights.

Here is an example: I’ve got some old timers friends of mine who get together in the local every afternoon — and don’t mince their words because they know the end is nigh. And they tell me their truth, without any bit of rancour and without mean feelings. They all have this to say about Europe and Democracy. They say this forcefully when they gang up on me and treat me like the junior student that needs to be schooled amidst the Grey Ghosts.

They drill into me this and ask me to take the fight to Brussels and Berlin, just as surely as they did some sixty plus years ago. The thing is they might be right. Some sixty-seven years ago, Churchill and De Gaulle huddled and conceived together of the United States of Europe.

This was on the eve of the Great European World War and they knew the challenges this world would face hence. Still, they had the smarts, the gumption, and the fortitude, to fight unflinchingly and win that war. And look what a mess we’ve done of it since and see where it is that we are now. We again are under the German bloody boots again throughout Europe in a grey nameless occupation called financialization through Germany’s European Occupation Loans.

Maybe as the old timers say, it’s time to don the kit, grab the arms, and join the unit, to go fight all over again…

Cause sixty years after the Schuman Declaration came into being, what is left today of the European ideal is shambles. Asses and ashes, with a whole lot of institutions built on top. That’s all…

Ahh … and topping the FKK cake is pudgy Angela swirling like a ballerina. Mind you the pudgy dancer on top is the cherry on an otherwise unremarkable black forest chocolate pudding representing Berlin’s hegemony with a bit of bestiality thrown in for good measure like the nuts in the pudding.

At the pub my old friends always say: We didn’t fight and shed blood to win the war against the bloody thick Krauts of the Third Reich, so that we have to fight the Fourth Reich once again.

I’ve got nothing to answer to this one.

I only say these are the fortunes of war and peace. Sometimes You lose the war in peacetime. And maybe the see-saw of history is like the football leagues. You don’t stay on top of the league year after year without having to earn the pole position each and every year through bitter contest and solid play.

So that’s how I appease the old timers, but with geezers like you — I haven’t got to spell it out. Because methinks you get it. But in the non sporting world, the world of politics and Leadership, the question remains: How come we have allowed this to happen to Europe today?

And perhaps more importantly, How come we have allowed this to happen to Democracy and her twin sister Liberty?

And what future does the European Union have?

What nasty future is to behold for Europe and it’s citizens now that together, they have fallen prey to the professional shills and shysters otherwise known as the Brussels bureaucrats and the Berlin sharks? Or what is Life going to be under the Euro-Krauts? As the Old Greezers want to call them…

Still without the old folks punditry, their memory is keen after we just witnessed the D-day remembrances and the vast poppy fields the Normandy cemeteries unfold. The very future of the European Common Market or the evolution of what the European Union was meant to be, has come to a crash. Now the very essence of Europe itself is open to question. And with it Democracy is opened to interpretation too.

So I have gathered the most intelligent folks and their arguments on this very uncertain Future and started a debate through the Democracy Institute for a decade of vigorously fought ideological battles, and then gathered the best arguments, and summarized them for you — in the hope that you’ll get involved.

And maybe You’ll get interested with a bit of enlightenment, and decide to get really involved in the fortunes of our Europe.

And that would mean that you’ll take a stance and either save it or blow it up. Your actions are going to be your call after reading this expose of the best minds and the best theses on Europe. Your understanding of Europe, your functioning within the maze, and your business & political decisions will be greatly enhanced — based on your understanding of this book.

It’s a Kaleidoscope of views and winning theses and as such you can read it effortlessly. There is no tunnel vision here. After You read the book, you’ll be well informed and erudite enough to best any politician or Eurocrat on the ideals and hopes of Europe. But above all else You will be able to discern the distant horizon and thus see where we are heading well before anyone else. And as You know information is power, ad that power is translated into whatever form of currency you want to manage. Political, social, economic or just plain old wisdom. So when time comes to vote for the future of Europe — you can certainly do the right thing. Whatever that is.

Either way we go, am going to be happy. Because am a bad Ass and truly believe in the wisdom of the crowds in a Democracy made up of well informed citizens. And that is a huge caveat, because most always the citizens are treated like mushrooms. Kept in the dark and fed manure [shit from the TV land]. These current daft politicians don’t trust you. And they fear you because the unelected Oligarchy doesn’t believe in Democracy. So am actively educating “you” the electorate in the hope that this book will become a best seller and thus we all start advocating it’s premise, and maybe change Europe and thus liberate our Democracy again to it’s founding destiny. As it stands now Europe has usurped this Democracy ideal and has done horrible things to it and in it’s name. Time to liberate this symbol once again from the clutches of the fascists who saw it as war loot and nothing more thus missing all it’s great powers.

The premise of the book is to liberate our Democracy from it’s moorings and let it soar to the skies taking us along with it. This premise being that we need far more Liberty and far more Democracy in Europe before we even claim to have a semblance of Democracy and we must revolt against this nonsense that Brussels represents today. We must do away with it all and right away allow people to decide whether they want in or out.

Let’s have a referendum not just in the UK and Britain but throughout Europe about our own prospects. We need this because the current Euro-Corruption and official amorality is killing us. And because the present day mess that Europe is it’s killing our friends also. And it’s killing all those aspirants to Democracy and Liberty around the world too.

As an example of this horrible impact the unelected Eurocrats have on all of us is this. In a practical manner the unelected European leaders claim to have a handle on doing what they do best: Corruption. The Van Rompuy idiot just said that he knows how the European people hate the idea of further expansion now but that He will go ahead anyway because He doesn’t care what people think…

Fancy that: The most idiotic unelected person the world has ever seen, says this … Methinks this guy is a comedian and yet he forgets that he looks and acts like a cross between Loui De Funes and Quasimodo. The scary thing is, he pretends to be serious. Or even scarier … He is.

With idiots like him and Barosso and all the other morons how can we construct a European society that will be more fair, more transparent, and more participative?

We will need to debate these questions.

Am known both for straight talking and for the perceptiveness of my analysis. But now I have a new book called: “A debate on the future of the European Continent and it’s impact on the World” and will peddle it to you via Amazon and the local high street bookshop. But if you are really good, I might just play Santa and drop it down your electronic chimney free of charge and with compliments to boot if you email me with a request for the book right here on the blog.

Because so far we’ve only contributed Two Milennia of conflict and Two major World Wars to the world … and am asking if it’s possible to contribute some peace too.

The book is a sharp and insightful analysis of Europe’s handling of the long history of conflict and dominance of various political actors, and travels all the way to the financial crisis and the controversial leadership of Germany’s Mama Bear: Angela Merkel.

To avoid the collapse of the unique European project in order to be able to provide a lasting Peace and Liberty — we need to refocus on the European ideals of Democracy within an open society, through the assurances of individual Freedoms, Human Rights, and Civil Rights for all the citizens. I argue in favour of a European Federal System that is free of the current corruption, free of the bureaucratic fascism, and full of Hope and Opportunity for all members by offering more solidarity throughout Europe and thus demanding more active involvement of its citizens.

So ask for this in your electronic bookshop: DEMOCRACY REDUX “A debate on the future of the European Continent, Liberty, Democracy, and it’s impact on the World”

And you’ll be wiser if not a tiny bit sadder, but there you have it. ——–



So write tome to get an electronic book Gratis and then read it carefully.

DEMOCRACY REDUX “A debate on the future of the European Continent, Liberty, Democracy, and it’s impact on the World”

Let’s read, understand and mange to look with clear eyes — to really see Europe’s and Democracy’s future because the two are interlinked.

And once we see ourselves, our Democracy, and our Europe with these new eyes, after reading this book, we’ll be bale to see the world anew as the poet always says:

“To see a world in a grain of sand. And a Heaven in a wild flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand. And Eternity in an hour.”
–William Blake

Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | June 18, 2014

On this Anniversary of Waterloo — Let’s think Liberty

Am quite ambivalent of which ideological side to claim as Victorious in the battle of Waterloo but in popular culture there is no argument that in recognition of Napoleon’s defeat on the bloody battlefield in Belgium near Brussels; “to meet one’s Waterloo” has entered the colloquial language as a phrase signifying a great test with a final and decisive outcome – generally one resulting in failure and proving vincibility for something or someone who had seemed unbeatable.

So for my purposes and respecting my allegiance to friends and colleagues on both sides of the channel on this anniversary of the battle of Waterloo — I’d like to invite all of us to think of Democracy and Liberty. And this thought is largely due to the fact that am participating in the Liberty 2014 conference in London that stands as #Liberty2014 in the digital sphere. And am also immersed in London Tech Week that allows me to look at the great concepts of our Age through the lens of the modern cutting edge era.

And as the shared economy grows on one end — so the backclash reverbates and the Democratic deficit is increasing across the world today.

Liberty is again under attack and thus am reminded of the very reason why the rise of Individual rights, Human Rights, and Civil Rights, is undisputably the Winner of the conflict of Waterloo. As both sides lost their thin veneer of claim to divine rule, the legitimacy of the State lost ground and the concept of individual Liberty, Freedom, and Parliamentary Democracy, came to the front.

This is evoked because after all major conflicts, the re-examination of the Social Contract leads to a new settlement, and a new Equilibrium in Society. So the bigger the battle — the bigger the movement of the needle. And thus the Battle of Waterloo indeed moved things forth in a very big way. Both England and France benefited mightily and today’s advances in Shared Economy and Technology represent another Waterloo for old Statist influences albeit the Governing oppressors around the world have not yet felt the ground shifting under their feet. That the tremors will come soon is certain. Whether there will be any of them left in a few years is highly uncertain…

So again in my usual time travel sequence I bring the clock forward to the other Big War, the Second World War that was nearing the end when an otherwise unknown economist wrote a seminal book that really didn’t have much truck with the war, but had everything to do with the ideology that brought about the war. The National Socialists of Germany under Adolf Hitler as modern day barbarians destroyed and rearranged Europe in ways reminiscent of Napoleon but without the positive aspects nor the vastly civilizing influence of the Bonaparte.

So the unassuming economist Hayek came into the world stage with a small book named: “The Road to Serfdom” and this book does justice to its monumental status in the history of the Human Struggle against Totalitarianism.

It is Hayek’s spirit that helps us all in the battle against the history of State oppression and in our struggle for Freedom and Liberal ideas, with open Minds. Hayek’s book: The Road to Freedom, was a surge of Free people / free markets, capitalist ideas that are singularly responsible for launching an important debate on the relationship between the state and the individual where political and economic freedoms are concerned.

All of You, who know me as a champion of Freedom and Liberty — and there is a clear distinction between the two — inevitably recognize the Hayek spirit in my work. But what You don’t recognize is that equality and equanimity are central themes of my struggle as well. I don’t believe in unbridled market forces but in Free and Open Markets same as in Free and Open Societies and above all else I believe in Free and Open individuals reaching their potential in Democratic Societies where the are at Liberty to reach their potential in an environment of Freedom, Hope and Opportunity.

Equality of Opportunity is foremost in my mind when I bring the aftermath of the Second World War and the Free Speech of Hayek towards the Liberty of Equal Rights for All people when I say this: Freedom, Liberty, and Democracy, are the rights we won after the bloody Second World War and the terrible toll in lives, that the National Socialists brought to the world — by wanting to enforce a faulty ideology to our world and to our Peoples.

On “The Road to Serfdom” is a stop gap book written by the Austrian-born economist and philosopher Friedrich von Hayek (1899–1992) between 1940–1943, in which he “warned of the danger of tyranny that inevitably results from government control of economic decision-making through central planning”, and where he argues that the abandonment of individualism and classical liberalism inevitably leads to a loss of freedom, the creation of an oppressive society, the tyranny of a dictator and the serfdom of the individual.

Hayek challenged the general view among his era’s academics that fascism was a capitalist reaction against socialism, instead arguing that fascism, national socialism, and socialism — all had common roots in central economic planning and the power of the state over the individual.

On that note, Hayek became an important influence in the post war Democracy, Liberty, and Open Market/Open minds world debate. And the book set a new standard for what it means to be a dissident in a world of intellectual conformity. It collected around it a new breed of Liberty minded philosophers, economists and politicos. They gathered and huddled together in early Think tanks,and Don rooms in Oxford and Cambridge, same as they did in Princeton and Harvard, and they all exchanged notes and found the movement as a blast of fresh air to warm their hearts and allow them to breathe. The new adherents to Liberty saw far and were able to detect the negative trends after the war and raised their voice and warned of a new form of despotism coming up. They saw this State Oppression as enacted after the war in the name of liberation. And though this book appeared in 1944, at the tail end of the war it was to have it’s remarkable impact felt mostly today, because no modern thinker can consider himself well-schooled in modern Economics, Policy, Social and Political ideas, without having absorbed its lessons.

What Hayek saw, and what most all his contemporaries missed, was that every step away from the free minds & free markets; toward central government planning and state controls, represents a grave loss of individual Liberty. Statism clearly brings a compromise of human freedom generally and is unquestioningly a step toward a form of dictatorship. This is absolutely true in all times and in all places of human history. We’ve seen it in ancient times and we see it today. Yet there is a balance to be had in order to run the state. And that is the true search for the Holy Grail. Hayek in my mind, and history bears this out — demonstrated rather well, this argument against every claim that government control was really only a means of increasing social well-being.

He clearly demonstrated that government planning would make society less liveable, more brutal, more despotic. State sponsored Socialism in all its forms is contrary to freedom and Liberty.

Nazism, or otherwise scientifically called National Socialism — he wrote, is not different in kind from Communism. Furthermore, he showed that the very forms of government that England and America were supposedly fighting abroad were being enacted at home, if under a different guise. Corporate Oligarchy, concentration of power, and Lobby Corruption, he said, are further steps down this road that can only end in the abolition of effective liberty for everyone. And so is the industrial military complex that leads us to war … a weed that destroys the garden of Liberty, Freedom and Democracy — where far too many people have sacrificed their lives to have the flowers of Liberty blossom tenfold.

Capitalism, he wrote, is the only system of economics compatible with human dignity, prosperity, and liberty. To the extent we move away from that system, we empower the worst people in society to manage what they do not understand.

I trust that you would agree upon re-reading the book “The Road to Serfdom” that the beauty of this book is it’s ideas that not only offer analysis but a debating society style of discourse which is unrelenting and passionate. Even today, the book remains a source of controversy and I’ve often used it to bolster my rhetoric style and win debate after debate over the years.

And I win the debates because all the Statists, Socialists, pseudo-humanitarians, Communists, and all those who imagine themselves to be against dictatorship, yet want to micromanage Society — cannot abide Hayek’s argument, or my rhetoric and leadership practice. Yet my opponents never stop attempting to refute me… All in vain… As for the Statists — they hate my guts… But that’s another ball of wax.

Some other Social extremists on the other end of the spectrum, deep conservatives of the foggy bottom, also find themselves disappointed with Hayek, claimed that He did not go far enough, and made too many compromises in the course of his arguments…

They prove my point that wingnuts on both sides of the political divide, staying clear away from the golden middle are just that. Nuts.

But that is the genius of Hayek and our small group of Liberty and Democracy fighters. Nobody is fully satisfied with his explanation and serene observation of the incoming serfdom of the citizen and yet when you see the NSA having the biggest budget than any other agency of the state of the US it fully illuminates the point. And that makes me think that He was just right. A very Solomon like approach to Economics and Politics is what we need today to parse the needs and wants, the gets and gives of all segments of the political and socio-economic spectrum.

Still for, anyone who loves liberty this is a gospel book and one cannot but feel a sense of gratitude that this book exists and remains an important part of the current debate today that we celebrate the anniversary of the battle of Waterloo and we remember Liberty as the suffering quality in each and every conflict that pits state against state.

Someday we’ll learn this lesson in Europe and we’ll stop fighting but I don’t see this happening in our lifetime.



Hayek served humanity with this work of thought and inspiration, offering it to a world that desperately needed to hear its message, after a devastating and destabilizing World War and also today where we are building resilience to avoid falling in the same ditch that brought about the serious imbalances that caused the two worldwide Wars of attrition.

Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | June 18, 2014

Is there Democracy where it started?

The Democracy project is  a ten year long study of the Democracy Institute that asks the difficult questions nobody dares ask: Namely where is our democracy heading?

The Democracy project is apolitical, yet philosophical, because we are trying to show our world, as the moving equilibrium where the arc of change propels us all forward on the Spectrum of Freedom and Democracy.

Liberty is our birthright and Democracy our Maturity. And yet instead of enjoying this birthright, and maturing towards Democracy — our movement forward, is hampered by idiots micromanaging our reality through Media that presents us as living in a regressive world which through official corruption, oppression, secrecy, surveillance, and injustice is all we can get.

End result is not just the steady slippage of our Liberty, but is the loss of basic Human Rights, Democracy, and people’s hope and dignity.

This oppressive state of mind, results in control mechanisms that have been so well entrenched, and are so well funded that even in these times of official austerity — the mechanisms for the enlargement of the secret surveillance, oppression, and militarization, of Citizen’s lives, have the Midas touch of all public procurement projects. In short this “Orwellian State” permeates society and stifles all dissent when comes time to spend money. But what is really insidious about this is that it stifles dissent and limits discourse to within allowable limits. Maybe that’s not important to you getting your news off the telly, but as it turns out, without dissent we have No Democracy.
You can forget about Liberty altogether cause you gave that up when you started watching the telly and accepting as gospel it’s mind-rot.

But as with all problems there are cures. Methinks, we need to start moving in the opposite direction slowly. And the way to see results is to cut the gold off the Monster and starve it to death. This Big Data reliant monster is Big money reliant and unable to feed itself without unlimited wealth. Like a cancer the best technique is to go on a fast. And maybe then we can see some results of the fast — rather fast.

One could rightfully ask that given the existence of bitter, base, and determined enemies, what’s wrong with having this much secret monitoring, surveillance, command & control systems with extensive prison facilities, to keep a close eye on them and control their excesses?

The thing is that all this “Orwellian State” apparatus is being used habitually against our own Liberties and against our Democracy first and then against Society in general, and lastly if there are any resources left it tracks some terrorists. Simply because society at large is unprepared for this assault on Liberty whereas terrorists are always on a stealth mode knowing that they are waging battle. So the general society unwittingly unleashed a Monster against itself and against our Democracy — thus depriving us of our basic Liberties through our own hand.

Well Done duffus.

And is not that this Orwellian State capacity is regularly being used against the enemy either. Judging by the constant failures of intelligence as is the case in Iraq and Afghanistan or in the 9/11 World Trade Centre in New York, and the 7/7 London Subway Bombings — it clearly doesn’t work against a determined enemy.

I think mass surveillance systems are a bad idea because a surveillance and control society is one in which people understand that they are constantly monitored, and are given a very small space of acceptable discourse. Of course when people understand that they are constantly monitored they are more conformist, they are less willing to take up controversial positions, and that kind of mass conformity is incompatible with Democracy or Liberty.

The second reason is that mass surveillance creates a dramatic power imbalance between citizens and government. In a democracy the citizens are supposed to have all the power and the government is supposed to be the means by which the citizens exercise that power. But when you have a surveillance state, the state has all the power and citizens have very little. In a democratic society you should have a state with maximum transparency and maximum civil liberties for citizens. But in a surveillance state the exact opposite is true.

We are trying to push perception as far as we can, so we can create a vantage point to look back at ourselves with very different kinds of eyes – fresh eyes, if you will.

And we are trying to show, the historical moment that we are living in.

The secret world, the shadow of the world as we know it, has of course been with us for as long as human beings have organised themselves in societies. But the attacks on America and Europe, cruelly exposing the failings and limitations of the intelligence agencies, produced a bonanza of funding never before seen: the “black budget” of the US defence department, for example, has more than tripled since George W Bush became president and, according to information released by Edward Snowden, was $52bn in 2012. The secret world’s shadow is today far bigger and blacker than ever before – and by definition, we the public, whether in the US or the rest of the world, know next to nothing about it.

Surveillance, secrecy, and official oppression, go a long way at doing things undemocratically because without transparency and with the full on surveillance and control — we have a huge deficit of Democracy.

This undemocratic way of trying to organise human activities, has political, economic, legal, and governing aspects in a way of trying to do things whose goal is invisibility, silence, obscurity, and oppression.

In short totalitarianism.




The Democracy project as we said earlier, is apolitical.

But it is also philosophical.

And in that it is highly political.

We adore our Freedom. We espouse the ideals of Democracy. And above all else we cherish our Liberty.
So if you can live as that — come along.

And above all else we are a Human Rights project, in that we are trying to show the People, that an Orwellian State is not as the media present it — a world of Kayne and Kim — but it is a horrible and evil study in wholesale Oppression.

And that world in which official oppression, secrecy, and surveillance, have been so well entrenched, are ubiquitous, and are so extravagantly well funded that it is impossible to escape their reach and their cold death grip — is killing our Democracy.

So wake up and lend a hand to throw a spanner in the works and regain the Sun and start breathing FREE again.

Same as when we were born…

Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | June 18, 2014

Eurosceptics vs Europeans United

Dr Pano Kroko:

With all the movement of hurt Nationalists and Tribalists running for the EXIT this post is More relevant than ever…
Let’s not be parochial but evolved.
United we stand … Divided we fall.

Originally posted on Bleeding Edge Blog:

Eurosceptics United vs European Federalists …

Now that’s a World Cup match I’d like to see played out on the Darwinian playing field and count the score…
Or in pugilistic terms: A fragmented and Eurosceptic Britain would never again punch above its weight on the world stage and will follow the exit of Scotland if Scotland leaves, the Union.

Britain’s influence follows it’s ebb and flow of success on the world stage and the strength of the Empire – real or imagined.

An English academic asked a Scottish Academic what is an Englishman and the answer might surprise you:

“An Englishman is a man who lives on an island in the North Sea governed by Scotsmen”.

He then asked why the Scots want to give up this power over their historic foe?

To which He answered: I guess they will be voting “No” because of the D-Day anniversary. Now we…

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