Ronald Pol

Ronald Pol

One of the least effective anti-crime measures, anywhere, ever, affects us all. For dirty truths about dirty money, read my blog. Outcomes science and occasional satire inside.
May
18
EU adopts AML Strategy for Russian gas: Rhetoric over Reality

EU adopts AML Strategy for Russian gas: Rhetoric over Reality

Boldly claiming impact is the ultimate skill in post-reality politics, where power devolves to leaders fooling most of the people
2 min read
Apr
28
Strategic anti-money laundering reviews: 1990-2022

Strategic anti-money laundering reviews: 1990-2022

A comprehensive analysis of strategic AML reviews, globally and in every country conducting such a review in the past 32 years.
2 min read
Apr
28
An effectiveness rating for FATF’s AML Effectiveness Report

An effectiveness rating for FATF’s AML Effectiveness Report

A new report assesses the state of global anti-money laundering efforts. How does the “effectiveness” report rate for effectiveness?
3 min read
Feb
22
“The Canadian model”: Any country can weaponize money laundering laws to wage war on dissent; forcing banks, crypto firms to freeze accounts to combat citizens’ thought crime

“The Canadian model”: Any country can weaponize money laundering laws to wage war on dissent; forcing banks, crypto firms to freeze accounts to combat citizens’ thought crime

Canada uses existing money laundering laws to target citizens’ thought-crime, maybe-crime, pre-crime, and petty-crime. Fear not, likeminded leaders; you too have these laws. The FATF AML model is a turnkey, one-size-fits-all version, easily deployed against any country’s citizens.
6 min read
Feb
22
AML: “Globalizing an extremely expensive regulatory order”

AML: “Globalizing an extremely expensive regulatory order”

Scientists and even the UN have repeatedly exposed the puny impact of anti-money laundering efforts, yet the increasingly stark reality has been ignored for decades, and AML groupthink remains hostile to evidence challenging the dominant narrative.
4 min read
Feb
06
United Nations slams AML’s 0.2% success rate

United Nations slams AML’s 0.2% success rate

Seminal 2011 research paper exposed puny impact of anti-money laundering efforts.
4 min read
Feb
06
Reagan redux: The nine most terrifying words in the English language

Reagan redux: The nine most terrifying words in the English language

On his birthday we ask what the former president might say about “governance without government” on a global scale
1 min read
Jan
31
Award-winning paper on AML effectiveness

Award-winning paper on AML effectiveness

Response to money laundering scandal: Evidence-informed or perception driven?
2 min read
Jan
31
This is Kate. Kate is from FinCEN.

This is Kate. Kate is from FinCEN.

Kate is special.
1 min read
Dec
07
This is Bob. Bob is from FATF.

This is Bob. Bob is from FATF.

Bob's superpower is effectiveness.