There's a big difference between real money that has intrinsic value and synthetic money that has no intrinsic value. Real money is wealth. Synthetic money is not wealth, it merely distributes the wealth. If you mint a bunch of gold coins, you have added to the wealth of the nation, while if you print a bunch of paper notes, you have added no wealth, just thinned the currency value. What the banks have done is print so much currency for themselves, that they own more currency than any market is worth, that way they can control how much currency is in each market by adding or taking away credit to each market. There is over a quadrillion dollars "in print" but most of it sits in asset reserve and isn't traded. The whole game is control. They can slap those cards up and fold them at breakneck speeds, and while it may cause us distress and hard times, it really doesn't affect them. In the final analysis, synthetic money is a control mechanism.
It does have the appearance, at least, of a house of cards.