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De-Dollarization Accelerates As More Of Washington’s “Allies” Defect To China-Led Bank

He who is prudent and lies in wait for an enemy who is not, will be victorious. – Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Being unconquerable lies with yourself; being conquerable lies with your enemy. – Sun Tzu, The Art of War

As we’ve said before, the SHTF moment to watch for is the day the dollar loses reserve currency status. As we’ve also said, this day is still probably pretty far off. But one gets the sense that things are very fluid and increasingly so in the global money game these days. It’s almost like a financial “cold war.” Nothing happening which is too hot. Which forces any drastic moves. But a war is being waged none-the-less. The US and dollar dominance are under sustained attack and unfortunately we have exposed ourselves thanks to our profligate ways.

Can we get our act together? Can we act like adults in coming years? I don’t know. We take too much for granted. We’ve been fat and happy for a very long time. Perhaps we aren’t hungry enough.

I do think America can be hungry (in the good sense) again however. But there needs to be fresh blood in leadership – political, financial, and elsewhere.

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China Reports Worst Industrial Production Data Ever Outside Of The Global Financial Crisis

China is the ultimate crony capitalist state, surpassing even Russia (see the previous post) in that regard.

I recently had the pleasure of talking with an economist who specializes in China and who works for the US government. He said that getting some types of business done in China, particularly anything around energy is nearly impossible. The Chinese government sets a price for energy, tells the plants how much to produce whether or not that works with the set price (which it typically does not) which then creates all sorts of downstream distortions in other parts of the economy.

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The world is headed for another debt ‘heart attack’

Debt is addictive. Once one gets on the stuff it is nearly impossible to get off of. And like all hard drugs, sooner or later debt will extract its toll. It certainly did in 2008. But instead of getting sober and real after that fateful year the world went on a binge instead. Not a very healthy thing to do. There will be pain, likely quite a lot of pain when the debt stops “working.”

When will reality come calling? It already has in many parts of the globe. But even the instability we see now is likely only a precursor of what is on the way.

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Is a global economic recession coming? Copper prices (and other developments) point to ‘yes’

Funny, for many people it still feels like we are in a recession, now we’re looking at another one?

China buys more copper than anyone to make the things China makes. If China’s manufacturing slows so to do inflows of copper.

It’s hard to get good information out of the Crony’s Republic of China. But we do know when they stop buying copper, and what that generally means.

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China pumps $65 billion into interbank market

You know how this goes. The economy slows down and the authorities just introduce some more “stimulus.”

Where does this “stimulus” come from? Who cares!

The stimulus duct tape is so thick around the world economy at this point, things have been “patched” over so many times, it’s hard to remember what the world economic engine is actually supposed to look like.

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How China locks down social media (Other countries are taking notes)

6 Years ago while watching a video of Ron Paul on Youtube and while reading a fairly sophisticated debate below the video on the nuances of Austrian economic theory I was hit with a bolt of lightning. Social media was about to revolutionize everything. I soon founded a tiny company which specializes in developing social media strategies.

But just 6 short years ago social media was still a fairly tough sell to businesses. It’s hard to imagine but just a few years ago Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Pintrest, Instagram, and the rest generally weren’t seen as important to almost anyone in the non-tech business world. There was some understanding of social media’s power, but most couldn’t see how vital it would become for pretty much everything. Just 6 years ago.

Fast forward to today and now everyone sees social media’s power including the enemies of information exchange. In the attached article The New York Times examines one such enemy, China’s social media commissar, Lu Wei, and he is not playing around.

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