An Opus, an historical review of American Banking, the answer to Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. Crashmaker's can be read as a novel or a textbook, it contains virtually everything you need to become a trully informed American Patriot defending the Republic from the New World Order. A visionary novel of Shakespearean proportions, a must, must read if you consider yourself even remotely an American. Break the brainwashing of the socialist public school system, see character valued over compromise. To be a patriot today, you need heroism, courage, valour and the cunning of a coyote. Crashmaker can be your role-model, your consort, your confessor and even your prophetic leader. To be an American in the true and original intent of our founding fathers, you will need to become a radical, breaking from the consensus group mind. The tyranny in America is a tyranny without walls, unseen subtle manipulation undermining the American Spirit, chipping away at the foundation of the core ideaology of self-reliance and private ownership.
The CRA$HMAKER Story
Power that America’s Founding Fathers withheld even from the government, because they understood — and feared — its potential for abuse.
Power that an egotistical, dynamic, and designing Chairman of the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors might concentrate in his own hands.
Power that such an unscrupulous man might misuse for base and even malicious personal reasons.
Power that others might find a way secretly to manipulate, so as to transform the Federal Reserve from a mechanism for “fine tuning” the economy into a guided missile for mass destruction.
Disgusted with the scandal-ridden, corrupt Administration of Ashley Ranscum, the majority of Americans has boycotted the voting booths, leaving a smaller-than-ever minority to elect Robert Cosgrove to the Presidency.
Once again, however, apparently nothing has changed except the officeholders’ faces and political labels. Cosgrove’s Administration seems to be simply another amoral regime adept at selling the government’s favors to special-interest groups in exchange for campaign contributions and other forms of political support.
Although disenchanted and demoralized, common Americans are not deceived. They realize that their country suffers from a deep-seated political and moral sickness. And many fear that this disease will soon produce the most dreaded symptom of all: economic hard times.
Distrustful of sly, sleazy politicians, and disgusted with overbearing, intrusive bureaucrats, Americans are starving for new ideas— searching for decent, honest, patriotic leadership— yearning for freedom— whether they know it or not, hoping for a return to the principles the Founding Fathers embodied in the Constitution. Nevertheless, psychological inertia prevents a majority from embracing radical reform without the prod of some economic or political crisis.
At this point appears an unknown, unlikely hero: Dominic Ancona. Through honesty, integrity, and hard work, Dominic has risen from the rough neighborhoods of Brooklyn to become a successful Wall-Street trader. A self-made man, he trusts in individual freedom, the market economy, and the gold standard. He has yet to find, however, what he will treasure beyond gold: the love of his life.
His antagonist, Crolian Allen Stillwell, is Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. While he amassed a fortune in the private sector, Stillwell championed the free market and the gold standard. Now, concerned only with perpetuating and expanding his personal power, he supports the Federal Reserve and opposes any reform that might lessen the banking cartel’s authority. Expressing his lust for power in the most personal way, Stillwell is an inveterate predator of beautiful women.
Dominic’s fateful struggle with Stillwell begins by chance, when the Chairman engineers an unexpected change in the Federal Reserve’s policy, imposing a million-dollar loss on the Wall-Street trader in the stock and futures markets. Angered by the blatantly political nature of Stillwell’s move, Dominic realizes that America will never be safe from manipulations of her economy until the power-hungry Chairman is driven from office, and the Federal Reserve replaced with a constitutional monetary system based on the precious metals.
Shortly thereafter, at a speech in which he attacks the Federal Reserve, Dominic meets Lara Bernot, a physically stunning, intellectually scintillating research economist and political scientist. To Dominic’s delight, she is a proponent of the free market— and despises Stillwell, too. Exactly why, though, she does not divulge— until, much later, her past puts all their lives on the line.
Dominic and Lara devise a “sting” to trick Stillwell into destroying the central bank. Relying on her secret knowledge of the Chairman’s past, Lara proposes to lure him into attempting to seduce her. Once she has established a close— but false— personal relationship with him, Lara will maneuver Stillwell into making a sudden shift in the Federal Reserve’s policy— a change the markets do not expect, but Dominic does. By setting up a huge trade based on this information, Dominic will crash the markets and garner an immense profit.
Dominic and Lara hope that, by discrediting the Federal Reserve, the crash will create the conditions necessary for Americans to support a thoroughgoing transformation of the relationship between government and the economy. So they also plan to plow Dominic’s profits from the crash into a major political effort in the next election, in order to pack Congress with people who will push through disestablishment of the Federal Reserve, institution of a constitutional monetary standard, abolition of individual income taxes, and other radical economic reforms.
That was their plan. But even they could not foresee how it would turn out ...
For they were not the only actors on the stage. Meet just a few of the others with whom Dominic, Lara, and Stillwell must deal:
Don Carlo Canona— the Sicilian mafioso who wants a shot at insider trading through the Federal Reserve. He has his own ideas about true justice, and how best to execute it. Why is Dominic even more concerned about Don Carlo than he is about Stillwell?
Julian Maxfield— the CEO of a global agribusiness who seeks power and pleasure in almost equal proportion. He aims to grab the top spot in the New World Order, even if he has to sacrifice the Federal Reserve System to get it. Can he reach his destination by going through Russia?
President Robert Cosgrove— who, all his political life, has doggedly served the Establishment. Now, as Commander in Chief, the Vietnam veteran has to rethink where his true loyalties lie. Will he risk assassination for the wrong choice?
Elisabeth Trilling— the ravishing, hotblooded redhead who wants to be more than Stillwell’s mistress. She fears that he has set a course for self-destruction. Can she turn him from it?
Frazier “Bat” Masterson— the CIA operative who coordinates an economic sneak attack against Russia. Although Masterson and Stillwell are working together, can the Chairman depend upon a spymaster who may be even more amoral and duplicitous than he is?
General Aleksandr Volianov— the charismatic Russian military hero whom the Communists want dead, and average Russians hope will take control of their country. Will he support a gold standard, or side with the New World Order?
Élèna Dohnal— once an economic advisor to the Central Committee of the Czechoslovakian Communist Party. Why does Stillwell desperately want to forget her, but will risk his life remembering?
Theodore Wexler— Stillwell’s ambitious administrative assistant. To advance his career, he needs to cultivate his boss; but he hates Stillwell’s wife even more than she despises him. Can he find a way to kill two birds with one stone?
... Crashmaker goes beyond Lord Acton’s observation that all power tends to corrupt, to the conclusion that contemporary political power is nothing less than organized corruption in which government, business, and crime knowingly and intentionally merge—and not simply at the margins. Predictably, therefore, America’s mainstream intellectuals will revile Crashmaker as “paranoiac” and “extremist”. This characterization will have some historical basis. For Crashmaker stands, without apology, upon the shoulders of the original and greatest of American political “paranoids” and “extremists”: the Founding Fathers, for whom government was a dangerous instrument to be closely confined by natural law and moral strictures, legislatures were self-interested judges in their own case, and factions— what contemporary America knows as special-interest groups—were threats to the Republic’s stability.
The Founders would have denounced the modern-day Marxism of irredeemable, legal-tender paper currency emitted by a monopolistic banking cartel, and graduated individual income taxes, not only as “extreme”, but even as impossible under the Constitution they designed to protect and preserve personal liberty and private property.
Now, however, mainstream politicians and judges, as well as intellectuals, see nothing amiss in paper money and income taxes, while contending that to return to the Founders’ Constitution is impossible.
Crashmaker’s theme, however, is that such a national renaissance is no less possible than it is desirable, necessary, and even urgent if America is to survive as the Founders intended and common Americans desire.
ALVARO ALMEIDA-aka(Dr.Edwin Vieira)is the nom de plume
of an attorney who has won several landmark cases in
the Supreme Court of the United States. He has also
written numerous monographs and journal articles.
Fortunately for readers of CRA$HMAKER, his four
degrees from Harvard did not disable him from delving
into the depths of American constitutional law and
history, and unearthing the truth about the Federal