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The Quest for the Philosopher’s Stone

Posted by Orrin Woodward on August 31, 2015

“The trouble with paper money is that it rewards the minority that can manipulate money and makes fools of the generation that has worked and saved.” – George Goodman

The philosopher’s stone was mankind’s quest to turn base metals into gold. Although there were several reasons for the quest, the main one was to increase the power of the sovereigns over their people. Kings and princes encouraged and rewarded alchemists from the Middle Ages to the end of the 17th century in the effort to discover the philosophers stone to no avail. Unfortunately, however, mankind discovered an easier way to turn valueless material into gold, namely fiat paper money and fractional-reserve banking. I cover the basics of these two processes in my book The Financial Matrix, but I wanted to share from Jack Weatherford’s informative book The History of Money to convey just how confused most people are about money. These are blue quotes are from Weatherford’s book with my comments below. Sincerely, Orrin Woodward – LIFE Leadership Chairman of the Board

Nero Debases Roman Coins:

Nero began to tamper with the coinage itself. In A.D. 64, in a naive attempt to deceive the populace, Nero decreased the silver content in the coins and made both the silver and gold coins slightly smaller. By collecting the existing coins and reminting them with his portrait bust but less silver, Nero produced a momentary surplus of sliver and gold. The same pound of silver that had formerly produced 84 denarii now produced 96, giving Nero almost a 15 percent ‘profit.’ He similarly increased from 40 to 45 the number of golden aurei manufactured from a pound of gold, thus rendering the coins about 11 percent less golden.”

Nero attacked private property by manipulating the measuring scale of money. Instead of a certain amount of silver making 84 denarii coins, it now made 96 denarii coins. The measure of how much silver in each coin was arbitrarily changed by the sovereign. This attack on private property is no different than the State owing a certain merchant 100 pounds of gold, and then paying the merchant only 50 pounds of gold. When the merchant complains, the State points to a new law that has changed the pound to half its former weight. Therefore, the State did pay 100 pounds of gold, but changed the definition of the pound to steal half the value of amount owed. In a sense, the State debased the weight of the pound just as Nero debased the denarii coins.

Law of Inertia: If Bad Behavior is not Punished, it Expands:

Roman Coin Debasement

Roman Coin Fraudulent Debasement = Inflation

Thus over the course of two hundred years, the silver content was cut from nearly 100 percent to virtually nothing. The amount of silver previously used to mint a single denarius eventually produced 150 denarii, and as the silver content decreased, the price of good increased in direct proportion. Wheat that had sold for one-half a denarius in the second century increased to 100 denarii a century later, a two-hundred fold increase.

If the State is allowed to arbitrarily change the monetary units at will, inflation occurs and the price system quickly accounts for the debased purchasing power of the monetary unit.  The State receives the benefit of the inflated money first, but they do so at the expense of later users of the money who now need more monetary units to buy the same production as previous. This is fraud perpetrated by the State upon society and one of the main reasons Rome fell.  The people lost trust in the money supply because the State could not stop debasing the dollar to benefit itself.  Accordingly, the late Roman empire devolved backwards to payment in kind and landlords protecting people rather than State. Once this occurred, society could no longer support the bloated  State and the Roman Empire collapsed under its own weight.

The Roman Empire Kills Its Money:

In the last centuries of the Roman Empire, the emperors operated without a workable currency; like the ancient empires that had preceded it, Rome turned to conscription and forced labor to meet its needs. The government often would not allow its citizens to pay taxes in the debased money that it still issued; instead, officials demanded payment in good, crops, or labor. . . As tax (and monetary) policies continued to suppress productivity and commerce, the emperors found it increasingly difficult to supply their armies and the bureaucracy with the equipment and goods necessary to rule the far-flung but diminishing empire. The markets had withered; even the emperor could no longer depend on the open market to supply him with the sandals, armor, weapons, saddles, tents, and other goods that an army needed. Out of desperation, Diocletian created government-sponsored workshops to manufacture armaments and supplies. As privately financed shipping and other transport enterprises declined, Diocletian also had to create government transport companies to move the goods that were manufactured in the workshops. Well before the end of the third-century, these changes made the emperor and the government the greatest manufacturers in the empire, in addition to being the largest owner of land, mines, and quarries. Step by step, the imperial government took over the direct administration of the economy and crowded out the small, independent merchants, landowners, manufacturers, and entrepreneurs. . . By its last decades, Rome had become another state-administered economy, an empire without money and markets. It had reverted to a palace system more like that of pharaonic Egypt or imperial China than that of the republican system on which it had been built.

Rome fell because as the State expanded, it destroyed the monetary system and thus the commercial system that used it as the medium of exchange in trade. Through increasing inflation and taxation the State killed society to feed the growing bureaucracy and military. The originally thriving Roman society provided a level of systematic justice unknown to previous empires eventually became just like the other empires as it killed the monetary system through repeated unjust debasements and the commercial society reverted to a command and control empire without money.  The Roman Empire died, in other words, when its money did.

Fractional-Reserve Banking is Fraud:

Under the new system a bag of a hundred florins that might once have sit idle for years in a noble’s strongbox could now be deposited for safekeeping in an Italian bank that had access to branches across the continent. The bank then lent the money and circulated the bill of exchange as money. The noble still had his one hundred florins, which were now one deposit in the bank; the bank had one hundred florins on its books. The merchant who borrowed the florins was richer, and the person who held the bill of exchange now had one hundred florins as well. Even though only one hundred gold coins were involved, the miracle of banking deposits and loans had transformed them into many hundreds of florins that could be used by different individuals in different cities at the same time. This new banking money opened vast new commercial avenues for merchants, manufacturers, and investors. Everyone had more money: it was sheer magic.

Actually, it is not sheer magic, but sheer fraud. In a nutshell, the banks creates a metaphysical representation (bank notes) of the actual money (precious metal commodity florins). This would be fine if there was only one banknote to represent the same commodity money, but fraudulently, the banks through FRB create multiple sets of banknotes to represent the SAME bag of florins. This is no different than a bank selling 10 people the same physical property by creating 10 separate metaphysical property titles to represent the land. Of course, in the property example, the fraud would be exposed because the owners would eventually show up at the property and realize, along with the the other “owners” of the property, that they were duped by duplicate property titles created for the same physical property. In the same way, the bank creates duplicate banknotes to represent the same physical commodity money. This is FRAUD. In the banknote example, however, all parties can use the banknotes representing the same bag without being aware that the others also have banknotes that represent the EXACT same physical bag of money.

Of course, this violates the laws of Logic. For two people cannot 100% own the same item at the same time and two people cannot be in the same spot at the same time. In a similar fashion, two people (let along 9 or 10 than FRB legally allows) cannot both have banknotes that metaphysically represent the same bag. Because this “magic” (read fraud) is allowed, the money supply is expanded metaphysically even though the physical money hasn’t changed size, just like the land was metaphysically  expanded by the fake titles even though the physical land has not changed. Unfortunately, the scam is rarely detected because the banknotes are just transferred from person to person without anyone realizing their are counterfeit not not backed by real commodity money. The result is huge bank profits, huge societal inflation, and indebtedness for governments, businesses, and people. Of course, another result is the predictable boom/bust cycle that bankrupts many others when the money supply deflation from its previous inflation.

Fractional-Reserve Banking (FRB), in other words, is modern man’s solution to the Philosopher’s Stone. Add to it the Central Banks special privilege to purchase items by creating banknotes not backed by anything and one can see that the modern day elites have accomplished what the middle-age kings and princes only dreamed of – creating fools gold, but having the legal right to pass off fool’s gold as real gold and enslave the people in the process. The is the Financial Matrix! Like I said previously, the modern golden rule reads: He who controls the fool’s gold controls the fools.

20 Responses to “The Quest for the Philosopher’s Stone”

  1. Scott said

    Let’s keep spreading the word!

  2. Joe C said

    Well said Orrin! I recently read two great books by James Rickards that go into great detail on the topic of currencies. The books are The Death Of Money and Currency Wars. I highly recommend them!

  3. Michelle Mielke said

    I’m reading this article thinking, “Who can I send this to?!” Thank you, Orrin, for taking on the burden of simplifying these concepts, raising our awareness and inspiring each of us to get out of debt and remove ourselves from the game that the elites and those controlling our money supply are playing.

  4. It amazes me, sometimes, how much sense this makes when explained. It also amazes me that people simply don’t know that this is what’s happening right under our noses. As with any other thing, once a person has had his eyes opened, it is impossible to unsee what has been seen. My hope is that my wife and I are able to help as many people as possible to know as much truth as they are willing to hear. I’m learning that truth is for those who want it, not for those who need it. Thanks again for posting truth.

  5. Rick Monsipapa said

    The first sentence on this blog caught my eye and I read the entire article. It seems in this Global economy everyone prints paper money and sells debt to cover their expense spending habits. Just in the past month you have seen a country (Greece) shut down their banks and then a Wall Street 10% market correction in a span of six days. The volatility is just getting starting, hold on for what is sure to be a rocky 2016.

  6. John Hatchell said

    Your cd on Leadership Cycle (LLR 631) you explain the term metaphysical, I am still trying to grasp. Fractional reserve banking is a mind blower even to the average man. Great information to learn so we may educate our generation ahead.

  7. Andrew LaFleur said

    Orrin, great work! I love the analogy of money being property! It has been difficult for me to verbalize what you so eloquently do so often! I love it!
    I can see here the fact that even intrinsic valued currency can be debased & fractionalized! And to think that we are even light years away from intrinsically valued currency…the ramifications are morbidly enlightening!
    The books that most influenced me about economics and currency were: “Arhitects of Annihilation” Gotz Aly and Susanne Heim
    “Meltdown” Thomas E. Woods Jr.
    “A History of Money” Glyn Davies

  8. Andrew LaFleur said

    And when you did make the analogy of property and money with the comparison to 10 people owning the property…my mind immediately went to mortgage-backed securities!

  9. Elaine Mallios said

    I thought it began in 1913 when the Federal Reserve Bank was secretly formed – “The Creature from Jekyll Island”. Obviously history tells a repeated story of greed. Your recent CD “The Money System Revealed” tells the story of who knew and why so many don’t know the truth. Loved the non-participation! Very impactful to help us message this harsh reality.

  10. Tim Marks said


    You are one of the few that gets the real story out there, warts and all!

    thanks for all you do


  11. Bob Rasmussen said

    Thx Orrin for another outstanding lesson on the root causes of the Matrix!!! Now we need to hold up our end and educate the masses with the truth!! God Bless

  12. Rebecca Symmat said

    Wow, thanks for continually taking a subject that almost no one knows or thinks about and putting it to the forefront of our minds! The financial matrix is so complex yet so simple at the same time. Thank you for making this subject so easy to understand!

  13. Nancy Monsipapa said

    All I can do is shake my head in how we are repeating history. Thank you!

  14. Mario Vega III said

    Thank you Orrin for all the truth you bring to light. It’s Leaders like you, that make the fight worth fighting for!

  15. Cathy K said

    As a requirement for my Credentialist degree of Social Science, I was required to take several Economics courses. I seldom understood what those professors said! I just did the requirements, parroted the gook back and passed the courses.
    You, I understand! You take all that nonsense they spouted about, explain the terms and make it simple enough to comprehend, yet complex enough to discuss intelligently.
    Thank you for taking the hours and hours (it must be over 10,000 by now!) to learning about the Matrix, so you can teach it to us.

  16. Steve Meixner said

    I Read this post and I Fear for my Country! I hope we can get to a Million Faster. This is Terrible! I am very Thankful Orrin, because without becoming a part of This Business I would be like the rest who have no Idea what is going on!! You are Excellent at explaining the Situation. I am trying my best to get as many People to read your blog as I can but alas, I always feel I am not getting enough! Thank You and I will continue to Strive for Perfection,

  17. Seeing the striking parallels to the fall of the Roman Empire is startling. We have a God given responsibility to help people recognize the Matrix they live in.

  18. Steve Leuquin said

    “Fractional-Reserve Banking is Fraud:” The Emperor has no clothes!

  19. Hello Orrin,
    It is so wonderful this explanation of fiat money and the fall of different civilizations. Thanks for being the field leader who creates a buffet of living/learning things we can pick and choose from to replace the entertainment that seduces us. You make interesting, what wasn’t interesting in grade school. You make sense of things that made no sense when someone tried to teach them in the past or I had no inclination to learn. I pray that the Lord Jesus keeps you going and growing so you can fertilize our minds with the truth.

  20. Pam Tingey said

    Hello Orrin,
    I am Pam Tingey founder and director of aboutfacenow. Our website is aboutfacenow.wordpress.com. My 2 instructors are Arden Compton and Kristen Clay. We have been teaching in the prison for 14 weeks. I have been volunteering in the prison for over 2 years with my niece Kerri Ernston who works with NAMI National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. I have met some of the directors and programmers of the facility, they are wonderful. I have been trying to promote Life material in the prison for several months, so the women could order some of the products, the only way they can order is through the commissary of the prison, there are a few requirements for being cleared, though I can tell them all the wonderful things you do throughout the nation and products you sell, they would still like to hear from you through an email which is acarlson@Utah.gov. I have quite a testimony myself of the wonderful products you have, I wouldn’t be here doing this in the prison if I didn’t have you. Sincerely Pam Tingey.

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