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.
Clearly a reckless Federal government is good for gold – or more accurately, our collective can kickers in Washington DC are very bad for the dollar. Contrary to the disinformation campaign of Wall Street, and their Federal Reserve sponsored economists, gold is not a bubble. Central banks are now net buyers of gold, and not because of tradition, as Mr. Bernanke would have you believe.
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.
Ron Paul doesn’t have a lot of friends at the US Treasury, particularly now that he is the Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy. His relatively high profile hearings regarding the US gold reserves…
Perhaps you’ve seen the stories this week about the $6.6 billion in one hundred dollar bills that the US Government managed to “lose” in Iraq back in 2003-4. Apparently, as part of the Iraqi reconstruction effort, plane loads (C-130 Hercules to be exact) of palettes containing shrink wrapped 100 dollar bills were flown in. $22 billion in all. As the Pentagon is attempting to close the books on the operation this week, it was revealed that some $6.6 billion cannot be accounted for.
For his latest piece over at Financial Times, Roger Altman fires up the economic fallacy machine and throws it into overdrive: The economy needs more stimulus to recover; recessions must be avoided; we’ll solve our debt problem with more debt; and don’t worry, higher prices are temporary.
Let’s begin with this notion that a recession is a bad thing. Yes it’s certainly painful, like rehabilitation after an injury, but necessary in order to heal…