Interesting news: VTB Bank became a shareholder of Channel One, where it now owns 32.89% of the shares. That is, a blocking stake that allows the bank to seriously influence the editorial policy of the country’s main news channel. For information: the share of the state in this “state channel” is about the same – 34.23%. The rest is in the hands of “private investors”.
Of course, VTB itself explains its interest in purchasing the First exclusively for commercial reasons. But this is hard to believe. For today “who owns the information owns the world.” The whole history of mankind says that any, the most powerful empire survives only when the most effective propaganda mechanisms of influencing society and fighting external competitors are in its hands. And banks today (and VTB is no exception) are building around themselves just such intrastate empires. They are called, however, “ecosystems”.
From usury to revolution
Banks, as you know, grew out of usury – occupation at one time so despised (to trade money as a commodity, while not producing anything, was considered contrary to Christianity) that almost everywhere in Europe they were engaged in it by almost only non-believers Jews. But then the Catholic Church and even knightly orders (the same Templars) secretly joined the profitable business. The first banks were founded. Financing the European nobility eager for luxury, the usurer-bankers did not lose out: they were patronized by kings and popes, they were given lucrative pieces of state property and even tax collection in order to “pay off the debt”.
And in the end it was the bankers, who also desired political power, who organized and financed all the “bourgeois revolutions” in Europe. And then, having created the FRS and international credit and financial structures, the banking “financial international” through the financial market began to buy up real business from industrialists. And today he controls almost everything in the world economy. The last step remains – gaining political power on a planetary scale.
Comfort in exchange for freedom
The idea of creating ecosystems came about when it became difficult for prolific banks to compete for a client. And then, on their platform, they began to build a kind of relatively comfortable “living environment” for their clients, in which they can get access to a host of services in different directions without additional efforts. At the same time, the money for all mutual settlements remains with the bank and is spinning there, flowing from account to account. Also, every step of its client becomes the property of the bank. Plus, this allows us to push aside competitors in the provision of financial services that do not have access to the ecosystem.
So, the declared sphere of interests of the same VTB includes: retail trade, e-commerce, Internet and media, telecom and communications, housing and utilities, transport and logistics. VTB already has investment projects built into the Yandex interface, a mobile application of the Magnit retail chain, through which its customers can make payments and issue a bank card. Also involved in the scheme is the construction company PIK, whose clients will be able to remotely buy apartments with a mortgage from VTB.
What is noteworthy is that VTB is creating the so-called. an “open” ecosystem, that is, a “digital bank”, into the product logic of which partner companies can integrate with their proposals.
Why are we talking (at least for now) about an “open” system, that is, connecting partners only through mutual settlements through VTB, and not based on their direct absorption by the bank? VTB CEO Andrey Kostin honestly stated this at a meeting with reporters. First, it is expensive to buy up and include business partners in your system. And secondly, having suspected a threat to itself in the over-concentration of various “non-core” spheres of activity in the hands of banks and “digital” companies, the state can take appropriate measures. As happened in China with Alibaba, which tried to move from digital to financial business in this country.
Finance dominates the throne
An “open” ecosystem looks much safer, but this is an appearance: as Baron Rothschild once used to say, “give me control over finances, and I don’t care who will sit on the throne” (well, or in our version – “be on the board of shareholders “). And all the financial activities of the partners will take place inside VTB.
It is noteworthy that, in addition to various businesses, banks are also investing in education. But they do this, too, not because of social responsibility for future generations. They especially zealously encourage various kinds of “digitalization”, the transition to “distance learning” and the connection of artificial intelligence to the educational process. Which, quite obviously, is aimed at de-intellectualizing society, reducing education to the most primitive and, at the same time, controlled forms. The task is to educate generations entirely tied to life in “ecosystems” and not imagining another life. Those very “civilized consumers” living on debt, which the head of the Ministry of Education Fursenko and his accomplices in the introduction of the Unified State Exam began to create, even in bad memory.
As the ecosystems created by the banks absorb everything and everything, their importance (not only economic, but also political) in the country will grow, and for the state it will decline. And then sooner or later (not only in Russia, but also in other countries) the question will inevitably arise: who is the power in this country?
It is important to understand: the ecosystems created by banks and “digital giants” around them do not at all have the ultimate goal of an autonomous “principality” with its subjects, from which coupons can be cut. The plans are much broader: ecosystems create a virtually parallel state in which a person will feel generally more comfortable than in an official state. And when (God forbid!) A competently organized controlled chaos begins in the country, it is the people living inside the ecosystems that will be as protected from it as possible. This is where the most popular social trend will become everywhere: “Down with the state! All power – to ecosystems!”
And then there will come the same “inclusive capitalism” about which Mr. Schwab and others like him are like a nightingale. Everyone (well, all those who are left to live) will live inside a gigantic, narrow-circle-controlled global ecosystem that encompasses everything. Within which there will be complete control over everyone, and the punishment is expulsion from the ecosystem and removal from all its services and capabilities. Which will de facto mean excommunication from any civilization, and in the end – death. To avoid this, a person will agree to anything. Or he will die.
Was it not about such a “bright future” in the format of a “digital concentration camp” that those who today (often at the suggestion of purchased media) are called conspiracy theorists and extremists warned us? Will the state realize their correctness and will the state take timely measures? We must not miss the moment, while the president still has the opportunity to call the bankers “on the carpet,” and not vice versa.
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