…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
When the news of that Panama’s legal firm helping people to hide their money surfaced, at first I thought – Only a tip of the iceberg. On second thought I realised that that would be totally inappropriate metaphor. According to popular beliefs, an iceberg shows only 1/8 of its bulk above water, depending on the salinity of water, its temperature, density of ice etc. As far as sub rosa money is concerned my uneducated guess would be that at least 1/1000 is under very murky water. Furthermore, the really rich people own banks, governments and media and thus they don’t need any Panamanian companies, prone to hacking and whistle-blowers. These are for those rich enough, but unconnected to the Big Money.
In other words, the so called Panama papers are a red herring; and the question is from what it is supposed to distract us, or to where the garden path is expected to lead us. One theory is that it is supposed to whip up the innate envy and make us accept the global governance in the belief that then it would be some mythical, honest people governing us, having nothing to do with those governing us now, admonishing us to pay the taxes while evading their own. The Guardian readers and ABC watchers may believe that, but they believe even in the Anthropogenic Global Warming, now called the Climate Change.
In accordance with the time honoured practice, the waters have been muddied by plethora of baseless theories in order to diminish the one theory which possibly could have some supporting facts. So I have read that the disclosure was organised by CIA, Putin, China and naturally, the Jews. I will leave it to you to pick up your favourite culprit, but you may first consider the following:
As yet nobody emerged to claim the Nobel Peace Prize or whatever is now being given to the people who significantly damage Western society. That could indicate a governmental organisation, a person fearing for his/her life, or a person dead.
There may be a valid reason for the extraordinarily lengthy delay – from wikipedia:
“An anonymous source using the pseudonym “John Doe” made the documents available in batches to German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung beginning in early 2015. The information from this unremunerated whistleblower documents transactions as far back as the 1970s and eventually totaled 2.6 terabytes of data. Given the scale of the leak, the newspaper enlisted the help of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), which distributed the documents for investigation and analysis to some 400 journalists at 107 media organizations in 76 countries. The first news reports based on the papers, and 149 of the documents themselves, were published on April 3, 2016. The ICIJ plans to publish a full list of companies involved in early May 2016.”
However, the one year delay would have allowed a selected personages to take remedial or protective action, as it seems that everybody but the benighted public was aware of the imminent disclosures. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) with its centre in Washington, DC (about 160 journalists from sixty countries) selective releases are suspicious, but, on the other hand, the public does not expect the whole truth from the main stream media, however “investigative” they may call themselves.
The Economist, that indefatigable fighter for the new word order, was so prescient that already on the 20th February 2016 published the two-pages ‘expose’ of the problem of the offshore tax evasion in “The biggest loophole of all” and ”The problem child”, naming Mossack Fonseca. Either prescient, or – well, that publication is no longer known for its journalistic integrity.
I was pleased to discover that the residents of Greenland do not hide their money in dodgy Panamanian schemes (see map above) and those of you who still do not love Clinton enterprises may be pleased to read https://20committee.com/2016/04/07/panama-papers-reveal-clintons-kremlin-connection/
Some are taking the whole show seriously, almost philosophically:
“One of the unappreciated risks of globalization is it destroyed the barriers to corruption formerly imposed by limitations in institutions. The marvels of the modern age have made possible not only to spread organisations like Medicins sans Frontieres but also to proliferate crooks without borders.
Today the world is one giant Easter Island as the Panama Papers show. For years scientists and archaeologists were baffled by how “Easter Island, in the south Pacific, once lush with subtropical broadleaf forest, was left barren and vast sea-bird colonies were destroyed after the arrival of man.” The most common theory is that the island’s 15,000 Polynesian inhabitants simply cut the trees down recklessly and — like Detroit or Venezuela — ate up their seed corn. A newer, not so very different theory is that Easter Island was reduced to a wasteland by rats. The danger facing the global world was that unlike the Polynesians there would be no getting away from the global rat.“
“But the rats are starting to lose. Events in Brazil are very probably soon to be echoed in in the West. The pendulum is swinging against them because, as Madison observed, rats are so voracious they often eat each other before civilization can be extinguished. “Ambition must be made to counteract ambition,” he wrote. We are saved not by our better natures but by our worse. „
Optimistic, isn’t it?
Australia will get its comeuppance soon too –
Cui bono? Definitely not us, the ordinary people.