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The Financial Matrix System

Posted by Orrin Woodward on February 4, 2015

My twenty years of research into the political, economic, and social histories of state and society have revealed some startling discoveries. In essence, the aristocratic elites of every generation have developed control matrices to exploit the productive capacity of the masses. Indeed, one of the first clues came from reading French political philosopher Bertrand De Jouvenel. In his book On Power, he wrote, “Whoever does not wish to render history incomprehensible by departmentalizing it – political, economic, social – would perhaps take the view that it is in essence a battle of dominant wills (elites), fighting in every way they can for the material which is common to everything they construct: the human labor force. (masses)” (parenthesis mine) In other words, the aristocratic elites (dominant wills) seek methods to control masses (human labor) production. labor.

With this perspective, I reviewed the economic field where I noted the classical economist were the first to identify the three factors of all production – labor, land, and capital. John Stuart Mill, for instance, wrote, “The Law of the Increase of Production Depends on those of Three Elements— LaborCapital, and Land.” When I combined these two concepts together, it became clear that in order for the elites to control the masses production, they must do so through controlling the three factors of production – labor, land, and capital. Invariably, this theory of control is confirmed by history.

The Financial Matrix, in other words, is not the first matrix of control. On the contrary it is the third one based upon the three factors of production. In reality, most of the readers (assuming you didn’t sleep through history class) already know about the other two matrices of control – the Physical Matrix (human slavery) and the Land Matrix (feudal serfdom). Paradoxically, although Western Civilization’s founders (the Greeks and Romans) wrote about liberty and justice extensively, they hypocritically exercised a Physical Matrix to enslave their defeated foes. The slaves were forced to do the manual work in society since the classical civilizations thought physical work only worthy of slaves. This allowed the ancients the leisure to speak, write, and lead while the slaved toiled away in the Physical Matrix. Indeed, the preferred method of control throughout the classical period was the Physical Matrix until Christianity permeated the Roman Empire.

Christianity changed the social norms of the late Roman society. Whereas slavery for conquered nations was acceptable previously, Christianity taught that all men were created equal before an almighty God and that fellow-believers were all brothers and sisters in Christ. Of course, enslaving one’s brother or sister became increasingly difficult to justify (unfortunately, the same cannot be said for infidels). Thus, the Physical Matrix collapsed under its own weight. Naturally, with the loss of the Physical Matrix, the aristocratic elites sought another control matrix to replace it. With labor no longer controllable, moving to the next factor of production (land) seemed like a reasonable course of action and the Land Matrix was born – feudal serfdom.

The elites simply moved the matrix of control from the Physical Matrix to the Land Matrix. Because they owned all the land, the aristocratic elites (princes, kings, and lords) forced the serfs to pay rent to the lord who owned the land. The serfs, not strong enough to resist the powerful lords and having no other options simply complied. By surrendering around half of their agricultural production plus agreeing to work the lord’s fields several days a week, the serfs were permitted to live on the lord’s land. Although, the people were no longer slaves, they were not much better off since they had no freedom of movement and were taxed over 50% of their productive capacity. Feudalism may have ended slavery (Physical Matrix) in most of Europe, but only to turn the people into serfs (Land Matrix).

During the late middle-ages, the reintroduction of gold and silver changed the economics of feudalism. The serfs no longer needed to live on the lord’s land in order to survive. Instead, serfs began moving to the growing cities where in the city air, the bakers, butchers, and candlestick makers could live free by selling their services for money. They, in turn, could then use their accumulated money to purchase other necessary items to survive. This development freed the serfs from the land and the subsequent economic losses caused the Land Matrix to collapse. Both the Physical and Land Matrix were now history, however, there was still one other factor of production left, namely, capital. Not surprisingly, for nearly four hundred years (from the early 1500’s through the early 1900’s) a battle raged between the elites and the masses to determine whether money would be set by the market (gold standard) or set by the controlling elites.


Orrin WoodwardLIFE Leadership Chairman of the Board

16 Responses to “The Financial Matrix System”

  1. Danny Kellenberger said

    Great article Orrin! I never slept through history classes but I did enough short term memorization to get through the classes. I like how simply you explained what is a complex subject. Seeing the matrices through the two lenses is frightening. Thank you for your tireless efforts to enlighten us all! Only then can we change this country back to the principles that made it great!
    Carpe Diem

  2. David Fidler said

    Great article. I am curious about one thing though and would love to see your insight in it.

    It seems to me that the only way to defend and/or defeat the ‘elites’ in their endeavors is through proper education and getting the ‘right information’ which allows us to respond with the only strength the masses might have (unity). It seems to me that the way to collapse the financial matrix is to resort to smaller communities where working together along with barter and trade predominate. Living a bit more simplistic lifestyle will, in my opinion and observation, make the financial matrix again like the others collapse on the elites. Thus if this were to happen does the system cycle back through the other matrixes or will there be another one that we need to look out for and prepare against?

    • Orrin Woodward said

      David, great questions. When we wipe out debt we wipe out the debt money system and the goal would be to implement a gold standard so money cannot be manipulated for the aristocracies gain. Certainly anything is possible, but I believe free markets and gold standards is the road to liberty, prosperity, and justice for all. For around 350 years the gold standard birthed the middle class and now the Financial Matrix has caused the middle class squeeze! 🙂 thanks, Orrin

    • Jim Wilson said

      You are right on about education. In the days of slavery in this country, it was illegal to even teach a slave to read much less educate them.
      Jim Wilson

  3. Elaine Mallios said

    Great post Orrin. So insightful. We are in it! The only way is by education to defeat this monster. Teach, Teach, Teach! Who knew? We have to educate people to understand what is happening. Why they are so befuddled with their finances, Why they are so befuddled with their time encroachment, Why they are so befuddled with their relationships….. Thank You for opening my eyes and I will pass it on.

  4. Chad Waters said

    Thanks Orrin!

  5. Rocky Twitchell said

    Excellent research !

  6. Jim Wilson said

    Orrin. I thoroughly enjoy history. Your observation about decompartmentalizing it makes it more understandable thank you again Jim Wilson

  7. April Sellen said

    Hey Orrin! I appreciate that you understand the issue and take action to do something about it. You said, When we wipe out debt we wipe out the debt money system. You and your family did that and built a company that creates products to help the masses to do the same. Life leadership is creating a paradigm shift in the elite-masses relationship. So proud to support our life products!

  8. Lloyd Weiler said

    Thanks for putting you knowledge on a shelf that we can understand! Since starting with the team/life business we have used the financial principle to start learning how to handle money and a budget! We fail often however after each attempt we are smarter and better prepared to make the next strike at debt! Dont stop leading, even though in our flesh we feel to prideful to admit it, we are following you! Lead with truth! Lloyd

  9. Lloyd Weiler said

    Thanks for writing, we have used the principles to eliminate dept! I encourage you to keep leading there are many like my family and I that are following! Lead with Godly Wisdom!

  10. casey jones said

    Loved your historical references. According to the bible debt is sin. The only remedy for sin is the blood of Christ, and this struggle for power(government) will continue until Jesus returns. What Orrin do you believe is the solution in the mean time? Is the pen mightier than the sword?

  11. Dave Chatmon said

    Life changing information that is answering so many questions. I keep printing these off and highlighting so I can share with others through discussion and then pointing them back to your blog. Thank you!

  12. Greg Burkhardt said

    Because of the FFP we are now on track to getting out the the Finacial Matrix forever. Thank you Orrin for your countless hours of research to help us find our way out, and to teach others to do the same!!!

  13. Luis Medina said

    Great post Orrin. Thanks to the Financial Fitness Program offered through Life Leadership, my family is practicing sound financial principles (including my two sons) and we are free from consumer debt and well on our way to being totally free from debt. I can’t thank you and Life Leadership enough for the information that is being produced through the members that share their life stories that teach us how to think like a winner. God Bless and keep posting these great articles. I’ll keep reading, listening and associating.

  14. Chad Palmer said

    Thanks Orrin, looking forward to buying the Financial Matrix.

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