Inflation – The Most Unjust of Taxes

The Romans were masters of debasing currency, or coinage as it was back then

Clipped Roman Silver coins – Debasement alive and well long, long ago

Most people, myself included, have been slyly brought up to never think about inflation as a form of direct government taxation. But that is exactly what it is. Make no mistake about that.

You see long ago (in days of olde, when Knights were bold), it became clear that once you start taxing people above the forties rate, at about 45% and above people start to squeal. The Kings, monarchs, princes, and Dukes needed revenues to fund their maniac wars. It became clear that you just can’t keep notching up the rate of taxation – much to the botheration of the ruling classes, as they would just revolt – and that was pretty boring situation to deal with.

I didn’t take long for them to realise that all they had to do what debase the currency. A technical term for removing some of the money from the money itself. Technically it’s called stealing. If you tried this they would throw you in jail.

Back in the day a wedge would be cut out of the coins that were actually made of gold, silver and mixes thereof. If the lord of the manor needed more money he would just legally” debase the coin (currency of the day).

Back then it was bleedin’ obvious that someone had hacked a chunk out of the gold coin. The more sly rulers would actually replace the metals with others.

Today, however the control lords have reached the ultimate form of debasement Nirvana. This is why it cannot last. We are all totally blind to the debasement. There are two ways that are overlords manage this debasement:

  • Money Printing (so-called Quantitative Easing)
  • Fractional Reserve Banking

so to conclude – Inflation is used and manipulated by Government to it’s own ends for at least half a millennium and that is a hard drug to give up.

We no longer have a sound economic financial system – It has long been replaced by a dysfunctional Ponzi Scheme.

Make ready your plans.

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Video – “Stop Thief!” – I am Being Robbed Blind!

Just made a Screencast of yesterdays Post called “Stop Thief! I’m being Robbed Blind!” – check-it out here:

 

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“Stop Thief!” – I am Being Robbed Blind!

We are surrounded by the Thievery Coporation - arm yourself with knowledge, a plan and take action now!

The Master Thief – But just who is it?

Most of humankind are being fleeced everyday and for the most part they are not even aware of it. Let me elaborate if I may. In fact this has gone on for so long (longer than anyone alive can remember), and so consistently that people now think that this is normal. However, I am here to tell you – this is anything but.

Question: What was the price of an ounce of Gold in USD on May 1st 1933?

Answer: 20.67 USD/Ounce

Ok, so another question – just to make the point.

Question: What was the price of an ounce of Gold in USD on May 1st 2013?

Answer: 1,400 USD/Ounce (approx.)

So what’s the deal here?

The point is easier to understand if we invert the numbers and take the reciprocal (i.e.divide 1/[gold-price]). Refer to the following table:

Gold Price-Change Overview (1933 – 2013)

Gold Price-Change Overview (1933 – 2013)

Now it’s a bit clearer to see what is going on. In 1933 one US Dollar would buy you 1/20th on an ounce of pure gold.

But if you try that today, you are only going to get 1/1400 on ounce of Gold.

Struth, I have been robbed! And you have been unless you took the time to buy a little Gold and/or Silver.

Back in 1933 the US Dollar was really pretty valuable (compared to today at least!).

So just how do you think this grand theft took place? Have a ponder and I will cover more next time. Till then, “Keep Stackin’ ” …

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Quote – Ayn Rand on Destroyers, Money and Gold

Author, Playwright, novelist, amatuer philosopher, and essayist

Ayn Rand

“Whenever destroyers appear among men, they start by destroying money, for money is men’s protection and the base of a moral existence. Destroyers seize gold and leave to its owners a counterfeit pile of paper. Paper is a mortgage on wealth that does not exist, backed by a gun aimed at those who are expected to produce it. This kills all objective standards and delivers men into the arbitrary setter of values. Gold was an objective value, an equivalent of wealth produced. Paper is a check drawn by legal looters upon an account which is not theirs: Watch for the day when it bounces, marked “account overdrawn.” “

  • Ayn Rand (Alisa Zinov’yevna Rosenbaum)

More Golden Money Quotes

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Video – The Creature from Jekyll Island (G. Edward Griffin)

This is a must watch video. If you really want to know how we got here, in the financial mess that we are in today, then you need to watch this video and understand exactly how we got here.

The Federal Reserve System is the greatest scam of all history – Because it is NOT:

  • Federal
  • a Reserve (there are no Financial Reserves)
  • a System (it is New York based – with the illusion of National presence)

Mr Griffin sites seven reasons why the Federal Reserve System shoul be abolished:

  • It is incapable of acheiving it’s stated objectives
  • It is a Cartel – Operating against the public interest
  • It is the Supreme instrument of Usery
  • It generates our most unfair tax
  • It encourages war
  • It destabilises the economy
  • It is an instrument of Totaliterianism

It’s long weighing in at 105 minutes – but Mr Griffin is a master public speaker, a diligent researcher, and above all it is highly entertaining piece that everyone should hear.

And know this – You can watch/listen to this video much quicker than it took Mr Griffin the years of painstaking research, or ever to read his weighty tome as the same (which is a MUST read, btw ;-)).

Split it into two parts if you must, or more, but make sure you understand all that is in this great, great lecture.

A closing thougt from Mr Griffin:

Federal Reserve System does not need to be audited…  It needs to be abolished!

 

I hear you Mr Griffin!

Keep stackin’ – FPOW FarleyB

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Quote – Keep Clam and Buy Gold

 

Dude - Keep Clam and Buy Gold

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Keep Calm and Buy Gold!

Love the Sentiment…Especially as gold prices are sinking (load-up now!). This could be our last great chance to load up on bargain basement priced bullion before prices lift-off (for surely they must)…

More Golden Money Quotes

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John Embry on Gold and Silver

Here is a recent interview with John Embry for the Hera Research Newletter (HRN):

HRN: Thank you for joining us today. Let’s talk about gold stocks.

John Embry: Gold stocks represent a tremendous value in relation to the price of gold and to the fundamentals of the sector. There has been tremendous shorting activity by hedge funds and, as a result, dedicated gold funds have experienced redemptions. Retail investors, who are natural buyers of these stocks, have been annihilated by the price action. This has created one of the finest opportunities, if not the finest opportunity, that I have ever seen.

HRN: Do you have a short term price target?

John Embry: I don’t look at short term price charts for gold. In a market as heavily interfered with as this one, charts can be made to look any way you want in the short run. As I see it, if you don’t like gold at these prices, then you must like currencies. My partner Eric Sprott often says, the U.S. dollar is the best looking horse in the glue factory. If the U.S. dollar is the world’s strongest currency, that’s the best endorsement for gold that I can think of.

HRN: Do you believe that currencies are losing value?

John Embry: The fact is that economies are slowly melting down. The problem is excessive debt in almost every corner of the world. The only way to deal with the debt is through aggressive growth, but fabricating growth through more debt won’t work. The idea that you can get the economy to move forward by creating even more debt just doesn’t wash. We can’t service the existing debt, even at artificially low interest rates. I don’t see any easy way out. We have to get the excessive debt out of the financial system. Either policy makers are going to create mounting inflation or there will be a deflationary debt collapse.

HRN: Europe seems to be a case in point. Do you think the Euro will break up?

John Embry: The Eurocrats who constructed the currency aren’t going to give it up easily. The key is how much the Germans are going to go along with. They realize that there’s a huge loss for them if the Euro falls apart. I wouldn’t want to be in German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s shoes. Germany is trapped in the Euro because it relies on exports and German banks hold the debt of other European countries. Despite the bailouts and the inflationary policies of the European Central Bank (ECB), Germany doesn’t have much choice.

HRN: How can European governments solve their debt problems?

John Embry: The problem is that it would take a horrific debt collapse to set the stage for future expansion. There is no politician on earth that wants that to happen on their watch. Consequently, policy makers will resist deflation and we’re going down the opposite road, which means mounting inflation or possibly hyperinflation. I don’t think politicians will change the system. I think the system will change the politicians.

HRN: Can the economy recover in a high inflation scenario?

John Embry: Creating even more debt is not going to work. To me, high inflation is the most corrosive thing that can happen to an economy or to a country. I’m really worried that neoclassical, Keynesian economists like Paul Krugman, who are prescribing even more debt, will bring about a collapse.

HRN: Are these problems the result of Keynesian economics?

John Embry: If you really applied Keynesianism as Keynes originally envisioned it, the government was supposed to run surpluses when the economy was growing to pay for the deficits that would be created during downturns. That’s been conveniently forgotten. We’ve had an astounding build up of debt. I don’t think people fully realize how serious this is. I’m amazed at how complacent people are. We’ve never been in a position like this in the entire history of the world.

HRN: Why do you think people are so complacent?

John Embry: I think it’s cognitive dissonance. When confronted with something that’s really unpleasant, and to which there’s no easy solution, the average person will basically block it out and look for somebody to tell them that everything is fine. The mainstream news media and the government are doing that as we speak. Consequently, the average person doesn’t have a chance of understanding what’s going on. The man in the street doesn’t have a clue what’s coming.

HRN: What about investment professionals?

John Embry: I have a lot of close friends who have been in the investment business for 40 years and they don’t want to hear it.

HRN: Won’t the Federal Reserve and other central banks simply bail out the system?

John Embry: They think that printing money will buoy the markets and that that’s good, but it won’t solve any of the problems. Although you may get a momentary lift in the financial markets, when it plays itself out we’ll be back in the same situation, but with money that’s being systematically destroyed.

HRN: Does printing money work in the short term?

John Embry: There are nominal prices and real prices. Printing money is very deceptive and people are confused by its effects. I am only interested in real returns, not nominal returns. If you have a nominal return that’s caused by inflation, you’re losing money because governments tax nominal gains.

HRN: Can governments inflate their way out of debt?

John Embry: The U.S. federal government, for example, has reached a stage where forty cents of every dollar spent at the federal level is borrowed and a lot of that money has been printed. There has never been a case in history where that hasn’t led to financial disaster. If you study any empirical evidence, they’re in a hopeless position. They’ve only been able to get away with it so far because the U.S. dollar is the world reserve currency. If the United States wasn’t able to print money and was trapped in the European Union, it would just be a massive Spain.

HRN: So, governments can’t inflate away their debt?

John Embry: Inflation is the easier, more expedient route to take, but I would not rule out an accident. For example, if policy makers push austerity too far they could trigger a deflationary spiral that would be impossible to reverse. I subscribe to the Austrian theory of economics. In his book Human Action, Ludwig von Mises wrote that there is no way to avoid the collapse of a credit boom and that more credit expansion simply destroys the currency.

HRN: Don’t inflationary policies help banks and support the financial system?

John Embry: The ECB could do another Long-Term Refinancing Operation (LTRO) or the Federal Reserve could buy more U.S. Treasuries in the open market but that’s not really solving the problem. If you actually evaluated the banking system and marked all the assets to market, the system would be insolvent.

HRN: And the basic problem is too much debt and leverage?

John Embry: The over the counter (OTC) derivatives situation is so surreal I can’t begin to express it. Correctly calculated, the notional value of all OTC derivatives is in excess of one quadrillion dollars globally. The vast majority are related to interest rates. Central banks have to keep creating liquidity to prevent these instruments from collapsing.

HRN: What can the Federal Reserve and other central banks do?

John Embry: They’re lost either way. They’re running a massive lab experiment with monetary policy and don’t have a clue what the outcome is going to be.

HRN: Do you think the U.S. economy can grow its way out of debt?

John Embry: When I was a kid back in the 1950’s, most women didn’t work. Americans maintained their standard of living by putting a second person to work. When that was expended they made up the difference by going into debt and, eventually, they used their homes as cash machines. Now student loans total more than $1 trillion. I just don’t see where the consumer demand is going to come from going forward. You can’t get blood out of a stone.

HRN: What do you think the outcome is going be?

John Embry: I believe that before this is over we’ll have a new currency system, probably backed by gold.

HRN: Do you support the gold standard?

John Embry: One of the greatest periods of wealth creation was when we had a gold standard in the second half of the 19th century. It’s hard to believe that it’s going to be 41 years since there has been gold backing for any of the major currencies in the world. That is what has allowed the massive build up of debt that we have today. If there had been a gold standard, we wouldn’t be in the position we are in. Western governments don’t want the gold standard because it restricts their ability to dole out favors.

HRN: But the gold standard doesn’t prevent financial panics.

John Embry: There are always going to be financial panics, but, under the gold standard they tend to be short term. If we had had a gold standard, there would have been a number of cleansing periods where excess debt was eliminated. The Federal Reserve allowed the build up of debt that led to the stock market bubble and crash of 1929 and to the Great Depression, which was followed by World War II. It took about a decade to build up the debt and more than a decade to deal with the fallout. It’s taken more than 40 years to build up the debt we have today and I don’t know how long it’s going to take to correct it.

HRN: What does this mean for the average person?

John Embry: I think living standards of most people in the world, particularly in the West are going to decline precipitously. The Federal Reserve recently reported that the net worth of the median American family has fallen nearly 40% since 2007 after adjusting for inflation. Before this all plays out, I think the percentages are going to be far larger.

HRN: Do you foresee any wider impact on society?

John Embry: When I was growing up in the United States after World War II, I didn’t realize how remarkably fortunate we were as a society to have such a strong middle class. Seldom in history has there been a middle class to equal what transpired in the U.S. and Canada from the 1950s to the 1980s. We basically took it for granted because that’s all we ever knew. The middle class in the United States is disappearing. What happens is that you have massive poverty and a small wealthy class. It’s one of the worst things that can happen to a society and it can lead to civil unrest. If there’s no reason to buy into the system, people will act up.

HRN: Do you view gold and silver as commodities?

John Embry: I view gold and silver as monetary metals. The mainstream news media conflates gold and silver with industrial commodities, but they’re really a competitor to the currency system. Gold is the antithesis of paper money.

HRN: I’ve read that central banks are buying gold.

John Embry: Confidence in currencies is misplaced. There is a strong flow of gold from West to East. The Chinese, Indians, Russians and Vietnamese know perfectly well what’s going on with the U.S. dollar and the Euro. They are buying physical gold and the West has been stupid enough to sell it to them.

HRN: What’s your view on China?

John Embry: I’m not optimistic on China in the short run. The People’s Bank of China (PBoC) recently cut bank reserve requirements by 150 basis points to stimulate 1.2 trillion yuan ($190 billion) of new lending because they don’t want growth to fall from around 8% to 7%. As I see it, they’ve dined out on Western profligacy for 20 years and have become the most unbalanced economy in the world. An inordinate amount of China’s economic activity is generated by exports and by all manner of capital spending on manufacturing, real estate, infrastructure and more. The slowdown in the world economy has revealed massive overcapacity in many sectors.

HRN: Can China develop a consumer-driven economy?

John Embry: The idea that China’s economy can morph into a consumer-driven economy is preposterous. The very same consumers are employed in sectors like manufacturing where there is massive overcapacity. If the world slides into another global recession, which is not beyond the realm of possibility, I don’t see how China stays out of it and if they don’t then there’s no engine of growth left in the world.

HRN: So, even with a rising middle class, China remains dependent on exports?

John Embry: The fact is that China has become the world’s manufacturer but the ability of their two largest customers, Europe and the United States, to consume is being constrained. China is not going to be able to keep selling more year over year. The HSBC manufacturing index has fallen to recessionary levels.

HRN: It has been predicted that China will become the world’s largest economy. Do you think that’s true?

John Embry: I think China will probably dominate the 21st century. The U.S. dominated the 20th century but it went through some very tough times in the first half of the century.

HRN: With a slowdown in China, what’s your view on commodities like copper or crude oil?

John Embry: In the short term, I’m worried about commodities. In a deep global recession, I expect there will be extreme monetary debasement, which will hold up the nominal prices of commodities more than supply and demand factors would suggest.

HRN: Do you foresee a bear market in commodities?

John Embry: We are in a short-term bear market that will be arrested by monetary debasement.

HRN: But there are value buying opportunities?

John Embry: Given my views on currencies, commodities that are already depressed could be decent repositories for wealth. I like agricultural products. As the global economy continues to develop, I think the supply of food is going to be a major issue.

HRN: How can investors protect their assets in a global recession?

John Embry: The only things I’m comfortable holding are precious metals and, because they are so cheap now, precious metals mining shares.

HRN: Where do you think the price of gold will end up?

John Embry: I’m more concerned with how many ounces I own than with how many U.S. dollars I can get for them at any given point in time. Gold and paper money are going in opposite directions.

HRN: Thank you for your valuable time.

John Embry: It was my pleasure.

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15 Fundamental Reasons to Own Gold

Here is one that I have dug up from my archives, just to show how apt, and how long this has been comming – the smart investors got on this phase back in 2002 and have been chugging ever since. John Embry from Sprott assett management gives us 15 fundame ntal reasons for us to own gold (note that this article was written back in September 26 2003 – and it is just as informed as it was then):

1.Global Currency Debasement

The US dollar is fundamentally & technically very weak and should fall dramatically. However, other countries are very reluctant to see their currencies appreciate and are resisting the fall of the US dollar. Thus, we are in the early stages of a massive global currency debasement which will see tangibles, and most particularly gold, rise significantly in price.

2. Investment Demand for Gold is Accelerating

When the crowd recognizes what is unfolding, they will seek an alternative to paper currencies and financial assets and this will create an enormous investment demand for gold. To facilitate this demand, a number of new vehicles like Central Gold Trust and gold Exchange Traded Funds (Elf’s) are being created.

3. Alarming Financial Deterioration in the US

In the space of two years, the federal government budget surplus has been transformed into a yawning deficit, which will persist as far as the eye can see. At the same time, the current account deficit has reached levels which have portended currency collapse in virtually every other instance in history.

4. Negative Real Interest Rates in Reserve Currency (US dollar)

To combat the deteriorating financial conditions in the US, interest rates have been dropped to rock bottom levels, real interest rates are now negative and, according to statements from the Fed spokesmen, are expected to remain so for some time. There has been a very strong historical relationship between negative real interest rates and stronger gold prices.

5. Dramatic Increases in Money Supply in the US and Other Nations

US authorities are terrified about the prospects for deflation given the unprecedented debt burden at all levels of society in the US. Fed Governor Ben Bernanke is on record as saying the Fed has a printing press and will use it to combat deflation if necessary. Other nations are following in the US’s footsteps and global money supply is accelerating. This is very gold friendly.

6. Existence of a Huge and Growing Gap between Mine Supply and Traditional Demand

Gold mine supply is roughly 2500 tonnes per annum and traditional demand (jewellery, industrial users, etc.) has exceeded this by a considerable margin for a number of years. Some of this gap has been filled by recycled scrap but central bank gold has been the primary source of above-ground supply.

7. Mine Supply is Anticipated to Decline in the next Three to Four Years

Even if traditional demand continues to erode due to ongoing worldwide economic weakness, the supply-demand imbalance is expected to persist due to a decline in mine supply. Mine supply will contract in the next several years, irrespective of gold prices, due to a dearth of exploration in the post Bre-X era, a shift away from high grading which was necessary for survival in the sub-economic gold price environment of the past five years and the natural exhaustion of existing mines.

8. Large Short Positions

To fill the gap between mine supply and demand, central bank gold has been mobilized primarily through the leasing mechanism, which facilitated producer hedging and financial speculation. Strong evidence suggests that between 10,000 and 16,000 tonnes (30- 50% of all central bank gold) is currently in the market. This is owed to the central banks by the bullion banks, which are the counter party in the transactions.

9. Low Interest Rates Discourage Hedging

Rates are low and falling. With low rates, there isn’t sufficient contango to create higher prices in the out years. Thus there is little incentive to hedge, and gold producers are not only not hedging, they are reducing their existing hedge positions, thus removing gold from the market.

10. Rising Gold Prices and Low Interest Rates Discourage Financial Speculation on the Short Side

When gold prices were continuously falling and financial speculators could access central bank gold at a minimal leasing rate (0.5 – 1% per annum), sell it and reinvest the proceeds in a high yielding bond or Treasury bill, the trade was viewed as a lay up. Everyone did it and now there are numerous stale short positions. However, these trades now make no sense with a rising gold price and declining interest rates.

11. The Central Banks are Nearing an Inflection Point when they will be Reluctant to Provide more Gold to the Market

The central banks have supplied too much already via the leasing mechanism. In addition, Far Eastern central banks who are accumulating enormous quantities of US dollars are rumored to be buyers of gold to diversify away from the US dollar.

12. Gold is Increasing in Popularity

Gold is seen in a much more positive light in countries beginning to come to the forefront on the world scene. Prominent developing countries such as China, India and Russia have been accumulating gold. In fact, China with its 1.3 billion people recently established a National Gold Exchange and relaxed control over the asset. Demand in China is expected to rise sharply and could reach 500 tonnes in the next few years.

13. Gold as Money is Gaining Credence

Islamic nations are investigating a currency backed by gold (the Gold Dinar), the new President of Argentina proposed, during his campaign, a gold backed peso as an antidote for the financial catastrophe which his country has experienced and Russia is talking about a fully convertible currency with gold backing.

14. Rising Geopolitical Tensions

The deteriorating conditions in the Middle East, the US occupation of Iraq, the nuclear ambitions of North Korea and the growing conflict between the US and China due to China’s refusal to allow its currency to appreciate against the US dollar headline the geopolitical issues, which could explode at anytime. A fearful public has a tendency to gravitate towards gold.

15. Limited Size of the Total Gold Market Provides Tremendous Leverage

All the physical gold in existence is worth somewhat more than $1 trillion US dollars while the value of all the publicly traded gold companies in the world is less than $100 billion US dollars. When the fundamentals ultimately encourage a strong flow of capital towards gold and gold equities, the trillions upon trillions worth of paper money could propel both to unfathomably high levels.

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Quote – Voltaire on The Real Value of Paper Money

Voltaire

a sketch of the young Voltaire

Voltaire – A hell of a guy

 

“Paper money eventually returns to its intrinsic value – zero.”

Voltaire believed back in the 1700’s that paper money was worthless – Did he know that the Federal Reserve was coming later down the road of time?

François-Marie Arouet, known by his nom de plume Voltaire, was a French Enlightenment writer, historian and philosopher, and someone who understood that paper money was not really money. We know that too know …

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