At the end of World War I, the American economy faced the enormous task of retooling for peacetime. No longer needed were the factories used to support the war effort, or the giant agricultural exports to a Europe that couldn’t grow its own food. The process of shuttering excess war capacity, and its associated layoffs, produced a huge contraction in economic output.
Perhaps the most prevalent mental images of the Great Depression of the 1930s are the photos of the soup lines and breadlines where the “down and out,” those with absolutely no hope, stood waiting meals. Today, however, soup lines are a thing of the past, and they will not be evidence of just how bad the economy is.
One of Gerald Celente’s predictions has been for the rise of a “progressive libertarian” movement in the United States; wherein members of both the left and the right, who have been abandoned by Washington DC, join forces. Robin Koerner, a Democrat, and Obama voter in 2008, has written a superb piece for the Huffington Post, which seems to have struck a chord with alienated Democrats. He has put forth a particularly convincing argument that, Democrats who truly believe in the cause of peace and personal liberty, are compelled to vote for Ron Paul in 2012.
The history I was taught in school never held much interest for me. It seemed like a random progression of names, events, and dates attached to motivations that made little, if any sense. It wasn’t until I began my self study of economics, and particularly the nature of money, that a whole new world was presented to me. This was a world whose history was anything but random. In fact, almost every event throughout the history of Western civilization could be traced along a single thread of motivation: the control of money and resources.