It’s little wonder that so few people in the United States and Europe can think straight about basic economics with the constant flow of misinformation coming from the media and universities. Here’s an interesting piece out of Scotland from an Oxford and Harvard trained editor titled “When inflation could be good for you”.
The 99% and the 1%. We see it all over the news. There are protest movements in almost every major city focused on it. We all know that something is wrong, but almost no one can put their finger on the root cause. The reason is that the vast majority of people have no idea how banking works or where money comes from.
Various reports coming out of last week’s G20 meeting in Cannes are suggesting that some member countries had proposed Germany use its gold reserves as collateral for a Eurozone bailout fund. This brought a series of quick and unequivocal responses:
Last week, the History Channel’s series Decoded, took on the question of whether Fort Knox actually contains any gold. It is available on Youtube in three parts, in case you missed it. Admittedly I had pretty low expectations for the mainstream media’s treatment of the topic. Of course the question is never answered, but by the time it was over…
Asahi recently posted a story about Japanese pensioners who are selling their gold. Remarkably the perception of gold has been quite a bit different in Japan than around the rest of the world. The country as a whole has been a net exporter of gold since 2006 and according to the World Gold Council, Japan is the only major economy where the demand for gold is decreasing.
Perhaps you’ve noticed that gold was under attack before the $165 price drop 9/22, 9/23. So what, isn’t gold always under attack by the Establishemnt? What’s particularly interesting is that the most recent attack occurred precisely as the the Swiss National Bank announced the peg of the franc to the euro. What should normally be immensely bullish news for gold, is being held in check. Even the illustrious Paul Krugman has joined the fray with his latest blog piece for The New York Times: Treasuries, TIPS, and Gold (Wonkish).
There is no single topic of greater importance to the cause of liberty and peace than the nature and control of money. When free market participants are no longer able to choose their medium of exchange, a critical part of the free market dies. The resulting seeds of a centrally planned economy slowly grow and suffocate the power of choice.
mckinley hobart sound money buttonOver the last 100 years, Americans have completely lost control of their Constitutional money; to the point where they must pay a tax to essentially make change. Imagine breaking a twenty dollar bill and only getting a ten and a five back, with the other five going to the government. This is the potential problem one encounters when attempting to spend gold or silver money. It’s no accident. The laws are specifically set up to force everyone to use fiat currencies.
S&P’s downgrading of US debt has all the news, but is this crises worse than the 2008/2009 Global Financial Crisis? Possibly not, but gold move to the upside suggests a real crisis nonetheless.
If you’ve paid any attention to the inflation vs. deflation debate you’ve noticed that it is fairly convoluted. I’ve read the arguments in great detail and have come to the conclusion that it’s mostly a problem of semantics. Strictly speaking, deflation is a decrease in the supply of money and credit. As bad loans are written off, the supply of credit, which represents the lion’s share of the money supply, decreases.