Local Governments, Churches, Community Groups, Prominent Business Men And Others Are All Divesting From Big, Corrupt Banks

Local Governments, Churches, Community Groups, Prominent Business Men And Others Are Divesting From Big, Corrupt Banks … Why Aren’t You?

CNN Money reports:

Customers are dumping their banks in droves ahead of the nationwide “Move Your Money” and “Bank Transfer Day” movements this Saturday.


At least 650,000 consumers have already joined credit unions since Sept. 29 … to a nationwide survey of credit unions by the Credit Union National Association. [Here’s the report.] That amounts to $4.5 billion in new savings accounts, CUNA said.


Meanwhile, the Independent Community Bankers of America said a poll of its 5,000 members conducted on Oct. 17 found that nearly 60% of community banks are gaining customers who are sick and tired of the big financial institutions. The association’s community bank locator has seen more than 5,000 inquiries in the last few weeks — an increase of nearly 500%.

By the end of this weekend, accounts at these credit unions and community banks could grow by tens of thousands more.


“They take your deposits and use them to buy politicians to de-regulate, give them immunity, interest-free loans and bailouts. Then they turn around and charge you fees to make them even richer,” said one “Move Your Money” flyer posted on a Facebook page dedicated to the initiative (which has 43,679 “likes”). “Take your money to a credit union or a community bank that will use your money in your community and not to pervert the rule of law and fill their own pockets.”

Occupy Wall Street has formed a separate united front, called “Dump Your Bank Day,” which will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

I’ve supported the Move Your Money campaign for years because:

1. The only way to save the economy is to break up the giant, insolvent banks

2. The bought-and-paid-for politicians refuse to do so (because … drumroll, please … they’re bought and paid for by the big banks)

3. So we’ll have to do it ourselves

No wonder churches, local governments, community groups, prominent business men and others are divesting from the big corrupt banks.

You can use Move Your Money project’s community bank and credit union finder tool to find out how and where to move your money.

Postscript: Ending the Fed and reining in Wall Street are two sides of the same coin. While even top-drawer economists say we must end the Fed, and many libertarians argue that ending the Fed would “change everything”, the Fed is the big banks and the giant banks are the Fed.

It will be impossible to pressure Congress to end the Fed as long as the giant banks have purchased Congress lock, stock and barrel. The dinosaur banks will pressure their water-carriers in Congress to not only keep the Fed alive, but to give it more and more powers.

So all those who want to end the Fed should also support the Move Your Money movement and divest their funds from the giant banks, because only then will it be possible to end the take away the Fed’s main supporters: the giant banks.

Indeed, the big banks are not engaging in capitalism … rather, they are engaging in socialism, fascism, looting, kleptocracy, oligarchy or banana republic behavior (depending on your preference of wording).

On the other hand, smaller banks are engaging in capitalism – and are actually allocating capital to entrepreneurs (what banks are supposed to do).

If we downsize the giant, socialist banks, the small banks will thrive,  thus reinvigorating the entire economy … saving capitalism in the process.

As Charles Hugh Smith noted recently:

There are only three things–and only these three–that will cripple Wall Street’s democracy-killing concentration of wealth and power:

1. Transfer the 99%’s money out of Wall Street and the Too Big To Fail Banks

2. Remove campaign contributions from our democracy in a way that the corporate legalist lackeys in the Supreme Court cannot overturn, i.e. entirely publicly financed elections

3. Abolish Wall Street’s dealer, pusher and protector, the Federal Reserve.

My reasoning is very simple:

Everything else people want to see happen cannot happen if:

1) Wall Street and the SDI (systemically dangerous institutions) a.k.a. too big to fail banks, control most Americans’ financial assets and debts

2) The Federal Reserve exists to enable and protect the SDI’s wealth and power via Primary Dealers, the discount window and other pusher/dealer mechanisms

3) Wall Street and the other SDIs can use the billions of dollars they skim from our accounts, IRAs, 401Ks and pensions to buy political influence and protection from regulation and competition.

Therefore these are the necessary foundations of any real change.

As long as Wall Street and the other SDIs control much of the nation’s financial markets, assets and debts, and the Federal Reserve exists to protect and enable their predation and parasitic skimming, they will have the means to reap billions in profits which can then be funneled into our cash-corrupted political system of for-sale toadies and apparatchiks.

If we don’t end the Fed, it will keep propping up the Wall Street con artists.

If we don’t downsize the giant banks, they will keep propping up the Fed.

Get it?

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  • Ben Wolf

    I think I’ll hold off on eliminating the Central Bank until those advocating it describe what our banking system will look like without it. Assuming they even understand how the banking system works, which I strongly doubt.

  • Look, NO ONE on Wall St. is going to ‘break up’ the TBTF (Too-Big-To-Fail) Banks. So, WE THE PEOPLE need to do it. “650,000 customers moved $4.5 billion dollars out of the big banks and into smaller banks and credit unions in the last month.” THAT IS A PALTRY SUM. WE CAN DO BETTER THAN THAT !!!!

    Here’s another reason for EVERY AMERICAN TO MOVE THEIR MONEY TO A SMALL, LOCAL CREDIT UNION, OR LOCAL (non-tbtf-affiliated) BANK:

    The Big Wall Street Banks Are Already Trying To Buy The 2012 Election

    Better than moving your money. Use it to buy SILVER BULLION.

  • Jay

    Dear Mr. Washington Fucktard,
    I do not believe that “socialism” means what you think it means.
    A government that gives public funds to corporations is not socialism.
    Corporate-controlled government corruption is not socialism.
    Revolving-door regulators who go from corporate compliance to regulatory agency to corporate compliance and so on is not socialism.
    An Attorney General who fails to investigate or prosecute widespread fraud by political benefactors is not socialism.
    None of the major financial legislation, or legislation that affects the economy, during the past thirty years, has moved the country toward socialism, but away from it, including NAFTA, the Bankruptcy “reform” bill, TARP, the repeal of Glass Steagal, the Bush tax cuts (and their reinstatement!), the Medicare Part D, deregulation of the financial industry, the Affordable Health Care Act, or the “superdupercommittee” to raid Social Security and Medicare to pay for tax breaks to multinational corporations, bankers’ bonuses, and more corruption on K Street.
    The large banks are not “socialist” banks, fucktard.
    In conclusion, you are a Fucktard who uses the word “Socialist” and “Socialism” without knowing what the fuck you are talking about.

  • John Steinsvold

    An Alternative to Capitalism (if the people knew about it, they would demand it)

    Several decades ago, Margaret Thatcher claimed: “There is no alternative”.
    She was referring to capitalism. Today, this negative attitude still persists.

    I would like to offer an alternative to capitalism for the American people to consider.
    Please click on the following link. It will take you to an essay titled: “Home of the Brave?”
    which was published by the Athenaeum Library of Philosophy:


    John Steinsvold

    “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.”~ Albert Einstein