Nowadays, the bank to government to Central Bank and back to bank cross-border flows of money (both real and imaginary), the constant borrowing and re-borrowing , the bond auctions etc. appear to be behaving as if controlled by a separate, non-governmental , non-economic entity.
Sovereign bond auctions have now become a weekly sport, generating the sort of interest formerly reserved only for TV soap operas.
European banks gather around the European Central Bank like pigeons at feeding time.
Rather worryingly, this new pseudo-economic essence behaves as if it is more-or-less dislocated from what we call “the Global Economy”.
It is the Macro Banking System. The FIFTH ESTATE.**
It is behaving as a totally separate, self-perpetuating, high-level mutant economy which exists for its own sake and is presided over by senior bankers and financiers with politicians merely fetching and carrying.
One of the symptoms which we are currently witnessing is the demise of democratically-elected officials. Their status seems to be diminishing day-by-day, to the extent that their job is simply to row the boat according to the drumbeat set by very senior bankers – the New Rulers.
The very people who created this financial crisis four years ago have gradually created a brand-new debt-fuelled edifice which has become anchored both in the economy as well as in our collective psyche. We have come to see the Debt Mountain as our Saviour with Central Bankers in the role of its High Priests.
The concept has become so embedded, that we have grown to believe that only they (the High Priests) can save us.
This new entity appears divorced from the old-fashioned concepts of growth, production and distribution and now only needs sovereign economies to feed it occasionally.
This gradual power-shift has only occurred in the last year-or-so and so, imperceptibly, we have entered an age where politicians have finally become subservient to the bankers.
The jury is still out as to whether the development of this new ruling financial class is good or bad or even sinister. The Conspiracy Theorists have notions of Bilderbergers, a New World Order and all sorts of other conspiracies – I do NOT subscribe to that view.
Politicians have shown that they do not have the intellectual or technical capacities to deal with a multi-causal, multi-faceted, vastly complicated economic crisis, borne more out of greed-conceived chaos, rather than the usual rules of Keynesian economics.
We have to take a leaf out of the politicians’ book.
Heads bowed, we wait.
** First Estate – Clergy. Second Estate – Nobility. Third Estate – Commoners. Fourth Estate – the Press.