Posted August 21, 2013
by Jerry Alatalo
This writer was pleasantly surprised to come across the following discussion between Matt Taibbi and Bill Still. The reason this meeting between two men, who are in my opinion honest and concerned about money issues that affect average citizens, is reason for optimism is that any collaboration between them will be positive.
Matt Taibbi is the more well-known of these two men for being a Rolling Stone investigative journalist. He has written many articles on the workings of Wall Street which have increased awareness of unreported activities that people need to know. He has appeared on mainstream media programs and is somewhat of a cult hero to many men and women around the world. I don’t know if cult hero is the right description for Matt Taibbi. Perhaps it is more accurate to say that he receives admiration for being willing to write about issues which make the “Big Boys” on Wall Street nervous. For me, I just like the guy.
Bill Still is lesser known but no less aware of issues monetary. Many of you have seen his documentary “The Money Masters” and / or his next doc “The Secret Of Oz.” I have yet to view The Money Masters but did watch The Secret Of Oz. Perhaps there are documentaries which are more powerful-which do a better job at explaining the history of monetary systems-please share the titles of them here. For this writer The Secret Of Oz is the most brilliant film he has come across about world monetary history. Bill Still ran for President in 2012 on the Libertarian Party ticket. As a politician I compare him to Dennis Kucinich, where both men have excellent ideas but physical appearance, the lack of Robert Redford good looks, unfortunately was a factor in voters’ decisions. I don’t know why, but I just like the guy.
The discussion between Matt Taibbi and Bill Still in early June 2013 at a Public Banking Institute event, I believe the same event where 13-year old Veronica Grant gave her speech, was a bit surprising to me. What was surprising was that Matt Taibbi admitted his work and focus was more on the scams and crimes of Wall Street players, and not on the issue of monetary reform. This is well and good, Matt Taibbi does excellent work to uncover corruption at the highest levels of the finance industry.
Bill Still’s work and focus is on monetary reform and less on the legalistic investigative journalism work which Matt Taibbi concentrates on. This meeting provides us with reason for hope and optimism as I see Matt Taibbi, Bill Still, and others whose work and focus mirrors theirs, collaborating in ways which will truly change the public debate about money.
Matt Taibbi and other investigative journalists, like the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists who gave the world the massive tax haven story, have exposed the corruption and criminality in the Gordon Gecko world of high stakes, economy shattering transactions.
Bill Still and others who have knowledge of monetary reform issues, have come up with solutions for the damages done through history from fractional-reserve lending and privately owned central banking systems.
Here’s hoping that Matt Taibbi and Bill Still, as well as those whose work and focus is in the same respective areas of endeavor, join mind and body to multiply their joint knowledge and awareness.
It is a perfect match.
A match made in heaven.
- Matt Taibbi: U.S. Student Loan Bubble Saddles a Generation With Debt and Threatens the Economy (democracynow.org)
- Q&A: Occupy’s ‘Greatest Artist’ Writes Her Memoirs (nymag.com)