Despite recents price declines, gold and silver remain in long-term bull markets. The primary driver of prices is the expansive monetary policy of the US since President Nixon closed the gold window in 1971. Having absolutely no links to gold enabled the Fed to create trillions of dollars in the wake of the panic of 2008. Massive monetary inflation is followed by massive price inflation.
In the GOP presidential debates, when Ron Paul talks about economics he is a giant among pygmies. None challenge him. The best his opponents can come up with is to rail about the need to balance the budget. But, when he brings up the issue of the business cycle, the other candidates look like they want climb under the podium. Further, no moderator has ever sought to question his economic positions.
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.
The title to an AP article on yahoo.com’s finance page tells it all: World’s central banks act to ease market strains, Central banks take action to provide cheaper dollar liquidity to financial system. Read the article if you want, but title really does tell it all. This is not a novel “solution” to the world’s
Obama still doesn’t get it – Government can’t create economic growth, only prevent it.
Can I make a small request? Before we go throwing more good money (American Jobs Act) after bad (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) can we review some basic economics?
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.
Congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul recently introduced legislation calling for the federal government to cancel the $1.6 trillion debt held by the Federal Reserve. Such a move creates legal challenges, one of which would be that the Fed would openly acknowledge that it is a private entity and that fedgov has no authority confiscate its assets. (Fedgov had no “authority” to call in gold in 1933, but legal tests to that stood up.)
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.
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.