In 1869, J.P. Morgan journeyed to London. There he reached an agreement to form the Northern Securities company. Northern Securities was to be an agent of N.M. Rothschild Company in the United States. 
In 1900, President William McKinley presided over the prosecution of Northern Securities. But then McKinley was apparently shot dead by Leon Czolgosz, and Theodore Roosevelt, the Vice President, took over. Teddy Roosevelt stopped the prosecution of Northern Securities. 
Around this time, in a sleepy North Carolina town, Judge Rumford Bland operated a sleazy second-hand furniture store. The store was really a front for flagrantly usurious predatory lending. Judge Bland was a fictional character created by Thomas Wolfe. The real Judge Bland was allegedly one Philip Charles Cocke (1879 – 1949). He had been a Democratic Party worker, judge of city police court, special judge of the superior court, reading clerk of the North Carolina state senate, and a country lawyer and judge. He was always called “Judge” by the locals.  “A negro in trouble, in immediate need of money to pay a police-court fine, a doctor’s bill, or some urgent debt, would come to see Judge Bland,” wrote Thomas Wolfe in his novel, You Can’t Go Home Again. For a ten-dollar loan, the charge was 50 cents per week. After a year, the black fellow would have already paid $26 for a ten-dollar loan! (Further background on Judge Bland’s shady practice: “Vigorish” In Greece, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, July 7, 2015.)
At times, some of the “negroes” would complain to Judge Rumford Bland (just like Greece is now complaining to the European bankocracy):
“Doan know…Seem lak a long time since Ah started payin’ up—-“, would say the man.
Harshly, cold as poison, quick as a striking snake, Judge Bland would respond: “You’ve never started paying up. You’ve paid nothing. You’re only paying interest, and behind in that.” 
In 1953, there was a coup d’état in Iran. The government of the democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran, Mohammad Mosaddegh, was toppled. Mosaddegh was replaced by Mohammad-Rezā Shāh Pahlavi, called the Shah of Iran.  Kermit Roosevelt, Jr., the grandson of Teddy Roosevelt, he of the leniency towards Rothschild’s Northern Securities, was the “first real economic hit man.” These “Economic hit men” are what John Perkins calls “highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. They funnel money from the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and other foreign ‘aid’ organizations into the coffers of huge corporations and the pockets of a few wealthy families who control the planet’s natural resources. Their tools included fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder.” 
So the original economic hit man, Kermit Roosevelt, Jr., had helped bring about the overthrow of the democratically-elected government in Iran. The small-time scheme of Judge Rumford Bland had expanded: Now entire nations instead of just hapless “negroes” were targeted.
In 2002, Goldman Sachs announced that Mario Draghi was joining their firm as a Managing Director.  Later, on November 1, 2011, Draghi had graduated from the Goldman Sachs school of connivery and became the President of the European Central Bank. Draghi is now like the Judge Rumford Bland, overseeing important decisions regarding the aftermath of the Fifth of July Greek rejection of austerity measures. “Doan know…Seem lak a long time since Ah started payin’ up—-“, say the Greeks. But the European bankocracy, harshly, cold as poison, quick as a striking snake, responds to the Greeks, “You people are lazy and shiftless! You’ve never started paying up. You’ve paid nothing. You’re only paying interest, and behind in that.”
Thumb breakers are being sent in to intimidate Greece. The European Central Bank, presided over by Goldman Sachs alumnus Mario Draghi, has begun to “tighten the noose,” reports the UK Daily Telegraph. The “creditor powers” now begin to punish Greece for being “uppity.”  Greek pharmacies are running out of medicine. “You say you want pain medicine for those broken thumbs? A pity you have no money.”
Each day they defy the bankocracy is a new victory however for the Greeks. But how long can they hold out at their Alamo? Can Greece, like Rocky Balboa, at least manage to “go the distance”, the whole 15 rounds? Apollo Creed is striking punishing jabs at the face, but Rocky keeps hammering hard at Creed’s ribs.
——- Sources ——-
 The Unseen Hand, by A. Ralph Epperson. Tucson, AZ: Publius Press, 1985.
 The Ravenscroft School in Asheville, by Dale Wayne Slusser. McFarland, 2013.
 You Can’t Go Home Again, by Thomas Wolfe.
 “1953 Iranian coup d’état”, Wikipedia, July 8, 2015.
 “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man”, Wikipedia, July 5, 2015.
 “Professor Mario Draghi Joins Goldman Sachs”, Goldman Sachs Press Release, Jan. 28, 2002.
 “European Central Bank tightens noose on banking system as creditor powers punish Greece”, by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard & Mehreen Khan. UK Daily Telegraph, July 6, 2015.