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A History of Central Banking and the Enslavement of Mankind

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The role of money-lenders in history was once aptly termed by many acute observers as the "Hidden Hand." It is the power to create, lend and accumulate interest on "credit," and then re-lend that interest for further interest, in perpetuity, that creates pervasive, worldwide debt, from the individual, to the family, to the entire state. The ability to operate a fraudulent ...more
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Published October 6th 2014 by Black House Publishing
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Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Stephen Mitford recently passed away and something about his eulogy inspired me to find this book. Rudyard Kipling's poem If was included in the eulogy at his funeral and it immediately triggered my curiosity. Also included was these words: " Goodson was a remarkable economist, reformer, researcher and author. Stephen provided a tremendous service for future freedom and prosperity by lifting the veil of secrecy of so many facts and facets of the history of central banking and the enslavement of ...more
Bob Bowen
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one book I highly recommend to anyone on planet Earth ! The author explains throughout his work the evil of the practice of usury. He also reveals the dangers of trying or actually ending the practice in their country, be it Libya, Iraq, Tsarist Russia, National Socialist Germany et al. One success story of doing this can be pointed directly at the State of North Dakota in the United States of America ! And in that case of North Dakota the usurers haven't yet thrown in the towel. i.e. Th ...more
Jul 11, 2017 added it
For a critical thinker this book has many references, quotes, and anecdotes hitting the heart of truth. For a person who has not yet learned the art of critical thinking (one is not born with this ability) this book may lead you into the despair of what I call "the Ramsey's Loop". The ideas derived from this informative book deserve the utmost scrutiny. Because of the nature of the perceived enemy one must draw from exasperated personal research to confirm, deny, or reinforce the claims in this ...more
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
If you want to shock a man, make him read this book.
If you REALLY want to shock a man, make him read Kevin MacDonald's 'The Culture of Critique' first.

This book details the history of usury and how select individuals use it to create massive amounts of wealth and power for themselves while creating chaos for the host populations. A basic understanding of the banking system is necessary to fully grasp what Goodson lays down. Be warned though - after reading this you will want to see how deep the
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: body-mind
Fantastic. Changed my way I view the world and it has a lot of explanatory power for events and the current power paradigm. Covers the evils of usury and fractional reserve banking. Many wars have been begun just for the maintenance of the hegemony of central banking and usury. We are only to escape if we enact state/government banking and issue government notes debt-free and interest free simply as a medium of exchange. Then the government has no need to pay any bankers and they won't feel the ...more
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Interesting book. Covers a wide variety of subtopics related to the subject of banking.

Main criticism is that there are several unsubstantiated or flat out false statements made by the author. They are inconsequential to the main point, but I do find it to be inexcusable.

Example: the author claims Congressman Louis Thomas McFadden—a man who was very outspoken against the big banks in the 1920s—was assassinated. I could not find any source to substantiate that claim. He appears to have died of
Jenn Mathis
Jan 30, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Omg. I stopped reading this. It started out fine but then took this bizzare turn to be extremely anti-semite and fascist. The guy actually applauded Hitler and Mousalini and blamed Jewish bankers in New York for the bombing of Pearl Harbor. I can't believe it had all these great reviews on Amazon. This book is pure garbage.
Shawn Habibi
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first delve into reading about Money.

Started off seeming pretty antisemetic, but as I google fact checked and cross referenced many of his claims, they all came up verified. I’ll take this book as one more opinion and add it to the puzzle. Decent read. Easy and quick.
Apr 02, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a decent read, but there are issues.

1. Just a heads up, I am pretty sure the author has a serious axe to grind with the Jews. And I will concede, the catalog of crimes committed by the Jews listed in the book (mainly ultra-wealthy financiers) are dastardly. But the ascribe a collective guilt to a people is wrong, as not all Jews are even on the same radar screen as the Warburgs and the Rothschilds.
2. The author cites The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion as a source in one page, w
John  Chrysostom
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Always thought that there was truth to claim that all wars are bankers wars. Never was that indicated more then this book.
Though I have heard much and read some on the federal reserve, the story of international banking is much older and more expansive, and there are many smoking guns like the assassination of Spencer Perceval, the only English prime minister to be assassinated, or the targeting of any country with state banks, makes me conclude that the overarching narrative of this book, that
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A concise yet powerful review of the history of central banks (which lend money created ex nihilo at interest to people, businesses, and governments, leading to interest-bearimg debt = usury) and how said institutions were used as deceptive means of making a small number of people mindlessly rich at the expense of the masses. The book outlines in detail the many attempts governments, monarchists, autocrats, and good-willed citizens have made to date to resist and overthrow the money power, to te ...more
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The world's foremost problem.
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Before I read this book I almost didn't think there were any new revelations for me to uncover. Little did I know I was about to open my eyes to a worldview-crashing overview of history from an economic perspective. It's depressing to think of how much time I wasted studying economic and philosophical theories meant to paralyze me and rationalizing their contradictions, when in reality the principles of power are so few, so simple, and utterly supplant the garbage we're taught about markets and ...more
Mohammed Hasan
Oct 16, 2020 rated it liked it
So Goodson was definitely an anti-semite, does that make him wrong in the historical records and narrative he presents? Hard to say, I havnt forensically gone through his footnotes. Nonetheless interesting, and does support general religious teachings on the scourge that is interest and it's role in enriching a minority at the expense of the majority and civilizational progress/fulfilment
Henrik Söder
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
Caution to read with a critical mindset. Some (more than a few) wrong facts, some absurd statements, some good stuff and a real issue and topic at hand. Would still not recommend this book as it is greatly exaggerateing in some of it's core statements and somewhat builds on a grand conspiracy. The author is (ofcourse) also a holocaust denier.
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was ok
I was hoping for a lot more detail, and was disappointed. There is not a great deal of evidence, and the pace is too fast.
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
Some interesting ideas, but it goes too much into anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. Also, the prose is pretty bad.
Michael Tildsley
Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.

Some very good insightful historical information. Some speculation and scuttlebutt. Read it and make up your own mind.
Jun 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"A legendary mind indeed, & a pure free thinker"... Rest Well Mr Goodson. ...more
Jul 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Reading this thinking hmm that is interesting then out of the blue the author goes into a rant on Jews and talking about how expulsion of Jews was one of the best things to ever happen to England. The book continues to go down hill from there. I thought the book was hard to find because it was on economics turns out it is hard to find because it is written by a Nazi sympathizer Holocaust denier.
Robin Card
Jan 03, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-good
Economist Adam Smith didn't call it the "hidden hand" he called it the "invisible hand" of the market. I'll admit I didn't finish the book; the first chapters were is riddled with antisemitic tropes, neo-Nazi dog-whistles, and nonsensical ranting. I returned to reading Hayek and Peter Nozick. If you want a meaningful and economically sound critique of central banks – read the Austrian School.
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Stephen Mitford Goodson is a White South African monetary reform campaigner, investment consultant, and author of British extraction. Goodson is the leader of the Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party. From 2003 to 2012, Goodson served as a director of the South African Reserve Bank.

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