Today the man who first predicted Greek bank deposits would be stolen warned King World News that a Greek default will create devastating financial shocks in Europe and across the world.
James Turk: "The headlines over here in Europe continue to be dominated by Greece, Eric, as that country's debt crisis builds to its concluding crescendo….
Continue reading the James Turk interview below…
"The Greeks want debt relief. Its major creditors – the IMF, EU and ECB – do not want to write off any loans, and instead are insisting on continuing this extend and pretend charade that Greece is solvent.
Mainstream Media And Others Ignoring The Hard Truth
Pretty much everybody, including the mainstream media, is ignoring what S&P stated in its analysis of the Greek problem just two weeks ago: Even if an agreement with official creditors were to be reached over the next fortnight, we do not expect that such an agreement would cover Greece's debt service requirements beyond September.
In other words, even if the €7.5 billion that has been promised to Greece if it agrees to more austerity is extended to it, Greece will need another bailout in a few months. Despite this reality – or perhaps because of it – so far neither side is willing to budge.
Greek Default To Create Financial Shocks In Europe & Across The World
But we should find out soon enough whether somebody is going to blink before everybody goes over the cliff because a default by Greece on its €320 billion of debt will create financial shocks throughout the European banking system, and then to the rest of the world because of today's financial interconnectivity.
It means there are not going to be any clear winners. Everybody on both sides of this confrontation is going to be a loser. So we should really be focusing on the implications of what this financial meltdown means, not to just Greece or Europe, but rather, to all over-leveraged welfare states, including of course the United States.
Welfare States Are All Bankrupt
There are a lot of headlines and op-ed articles from politicians and others about what Greece should do. But invariably, these comments focus on employing the extend and pretend strategy politicians relentlessly follow. The financial and monetary aspects of putting Greece back on the right financial path are side-stepped. Politicians completely ignore the most important and fundamental message Greece is giving to the world – welfare states are bankrupt.
I wrote about this six years ago, Eric, when Greece's insolvency was first becoming apparent. I asked whether sovereign debt defaults would bring the end of socialism.
There are two underlying problems here that these bankrupt welfare states are unwilling to face. One is that they have run out of money. In this regard, a quote from Margaret Thatcher rings true, which I used in my 2009 article:
"The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money."
The other problem is just as serious. Money creation and politics are like oil and water – they don't mix.
The ECB is a political animal. That's why the ECB has €115 billion of credit exposure to Greece. It is not a rules-based system like Draghi claims. Math, logic and good business sense never enter into it. Decisions are purely political for the sake of the European project.
Despite Draghi's and others protestations to the contrary, the ECB does not operate like the non-political Bundesbank used to operate when it managed the deutsche mark.
So the euro – like the USD and most other currencies today – is not neutral tools for use in commerce. The Western currencies have become political instruments being wielded by politicians as weapons to pursue their political aims.
Will Greece Finally Blow Up The Global Financial System?
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