Contagion: US Banking Woes, and the Rise of the Great Reset

Conversations with Peter Koenig and Dr. Jack Rasmus

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“So the problem is that the 2009 crisis wasn’t a systemic crisis, but now, the rising interest rates have created a systemic crisis because the Federal Reserve, by saving the banks’ balance sheets by inflating the prices for capital assets, by saving the wealthiest 10% of the economy from losing any of their money — by solving that problem they’ve boxed themselves into a corner.

“They cannot let interest rates rise without making the entire economy look like Silicon Valley Bank. Because that’s the problem. The assets the banks hold are stuck.”

Michael Hudson (March 15, 2023) [1]


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As Silvergate Capital and Silicon Valley Bank were beginning to recede in the rear view mirror, the second shoe has finally dropped in the continuing financial bank crisis.

First Republican Bank has now seen its stock decline by 60% this past week following news that in the past month, depositors had withdrawn more than $100 billion. The bleed was shored up partially following the deposits of $30 billion in uninsured deposits by the big banks. [2]

The San Francisco banks intend to sell off unprofitable assets and has just laid of 25% of its workforce, roughly 7,200 employees by the end of the year. [3]

This is a signal that the failures that resulted in early March are not over. And that this latest catastrophe is probably not the last.

The banks typically have less money in their reserves than they lend out at any given time. This worked adequately except in the early thirties when financial times were so devastating that people began run-on-banks, quickly harvesting their own reserves before reserves were withdrawn by other depositors leaving the people behind penniless. Five thousand bank failures resulted then, persuading the Roosevelt administration to bring in the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933 bringing in regulation to thwart the corruption and insider trading permitting such processes. [4][5]

Of course, Glass-Steagall was repealed in 1999 under President Clinton, and other initiatives like Dodd-Frank have since been advanced leaving the board more or less back in 1930s shape again! [6]

But, what if there is more to this than ’30s style greed? What if this is setting the stage for continuing down the path of engineering the destruction of the financial systems in Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe to the benefit of the key players within Wall Street? What if it’s continuing even within the United States itself as part of the “phase two” of the pivotal “post-COVID” 2020-2023 Great Reset? These are some of the questions we will attempt to get answers to in the latest chapter of the Global Research News Hour. [7]

In the first half hour of the program, we talk with geopolitical activist Peter Koenig about his own review of the World Economic Forum (WEF), their plans to revise the entire world in over 200 different areas through the “Great Reset,” and of a WEF insider boasting about setting the bank failures in motion. He also mentions the “systemic bank” Credit Suisse in Switzerland and how it is linked with the American banks. This is followed by our second half hour featuring economic teacher and journalist Dr. Jack Rasmus providing the fundamentals behind what has happened to the major banks and what is bound to transgress in the months ahead.

Peter Koenig is a geopolitical analyst and a former Senior Economist at the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO), where he worked for over 30 years around the world. He lectures at universities in the US, Europe and South America. He writes regularly for online journals and is the author of Implosion – An Economic Thriller about War, Environmental Destruction and Corporate Greed; and co-author of Cynthia McKinney’s book “When China Sneezes: From the Coronavirus Lockdown to the Global Politico-Economic Crisis” (Clarity Press – November 1, 2020).

Peter is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG). He is also a non-resident Senior Fellow of the Chongyang Institute of Renmin University, Beijing.

Dr. Jack Rasmus is author of the books, ‘Central Bankers at the End of Their Ropes’, Clarity Press, 2017 and ‘Alexander Hamilton and the Origins of the Fed’, Lexington Books, 2020. Follow his commentary on the emerging banking crisis on his blog,; on twitter daily @drjackrasmus; and his weekly radio show, Alternative Visions on the Progressive Radio Network every Friday at 2pm eastern and at

(Global Research News Hour Episode 389)


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  2. Michelle Chapman (April 26, 2023), ‘First Republic shares sink again, down nearly 60% in week’, Associated Press;
  3. ibid;

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