Quote — JP Morgan on Gold

JP Morgan - Showing uus all that tings don't really change...

JP Mor­gan him­self. Any rela­tion to Cap’n Mor­gan?

Gold is Mon­ey. Every­thing Else is Cred­it”

  • JP Mor­gan (New York Banker, Decem­ber 18 and 19 1912)

So there you have it. Straight from the hors­es mouth.

And what is real­ly inter­est­ing here is how this quote came about. This was not some sim­ple quip on the street, or over a glass of wine too many after din­ner impress­ing friends. No Siree!

This my lit­tle chums, was deliv­ered straight from the hors­es mouth to con­gress when he was being cross-exam­ined by a “spe­cial com­mit­tee” for bank fix­ing which was going on back then! Or, in their words Appoint­ed for the Pur­pose of Inves­ti­gat­ing an Alleged Mon­ey Trust in“Wall Street.”

You see back then there was a strong sus­pi­cion that the bankers were col­lud­ing (Noh say it aint so! Gasp, shock, hor­ror. Not like LIBOR or some­thing?!), and this was called the “Mon­ey Trust”. This was before the Fed­er­al Reserve, but about the time of the Jekyll Island stuff (see here).

For those inter­est­ed, I have a tran­scrip­tion of said JP Mor­gans Tes­ti­mo­ny right here before the “Bank and Cur­ren­cy Com­mit­tee of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives”. I invite you to notice that Jamey Dimon is much more smug these days (did you know that he is a bub­ble? So he is not just mak­ing the bub­bles, he actu­al­ly is a bub­ble him­self ;.).

Anoth­er lit­tle bit of bunk — Mr Mor­gan was almost 75 years young when the Titan­ic sank. He had his own pri­vate suite and prom­e­nade deck on the Titan­ic. He was sup­posed to join her for her maid­en voy­age but can­celled last minute, spar­ing him the fate of many of his oth­er mil­lion­aires bud­dies.

So there you go geezer — “Plus ça change, …” and all that… Things have not changed one bit…

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