Overflight, 9

“I am afraid that the ordinary citizen will not like to be told that the banks can and do create and destroy money. And they who control the credit of a nation direct the policy of governments, and hold in the hollow of their hands the destiny of the people.”
Reginald Mc Kenna, British politician, then Chairman of the Midland Bank, speech delivered to Midland Bank, January 1924, as quoted in Joaquin Bochaca, La finanza y el poder (Finance and Power)

“At their birth the great banks, decorated with national titles, were only associations of private speculators, who placed themselves by the side of governments, and, thanks to the privileges they received, were in a position to advance money to the State. Hence, the accumulation of the national debt has no more infallible measure than the successive rise in the stock of these banks, whose full development dates from the founding of the Bank of England in the 1694.”
Karl Marx, Capital

“The most significant phenomenon that took place with the French Revolution was not the Constitutional Charter, but the central bank with the concomitant replacement of gold money with token money. That was not a simple mutation of the commodity−related structure of the symbol, but the substitution of a legal paradigm with another. When money was made of gold, the bearer was its owner; with token money, the bearer has unknowingly become its debtor. All the token money is issued by the central banks by loaning it: hence all the money in circulation is burdened with debt to the central banks.”
“Paying back a money debt with other money issued on debt is impossible; in the long run one will pay with one's goods, or with one's unpaid work: hence, with slavery.”
“Monetary slavery: a historical monstrosity born in 1694 with the Bank of England.”
Giacinto Auriti, also as quoted in Marco Saba, Moneta Nostra (Our Money, author’s note)