Ben Carson Upsets Washington Post for Questioning Fiat Money

The dotted line indicates where the dollar was detached from gold.

One the most important things about gold as a monetary foundation is that it forces financiers and economists to deal with reality. Gold is the North Star by which economies and currencies are judged. It’s been this way for millennia, and it likely will remain the case for many years to come. But we have detached our money from gold, and reality. In 1971 Richard Nixon severed the last ties the dollar had to gold.

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Peter Schiff on His Forecasts, Past and Present, and What to Do in a Bubble Economy

Peter Schiff and I diverge on some important points. For instance I don’t think he gives the Chinese economic system a hard enough time. I think he totally recognizes the crony nature of the place but I think it’s more fragile than he does.

And he’s been plenty wrong at times. (Who hasn’t been?)

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Texas Challenges Federal Reserve with its Gold-Backed Bitcoin Loving Bank

The a new front opens up for the Federal Reserve.

Also one definitely gets the sense that the recent decline in gold is looking more and more like an opportunity to put away some real wealth at relatively low cost. This is definitely on the mind of the Chinese, and perhaps the guys in 10 gallon hats.

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The world is defenseless against the next financial crisis, warns ‘central bank of central banks’

The reason we had the Crash in 2008 was because the Fed kept rates too low for too long. In response to the tech implosion and then the 9-11 attacks Allan Greenspan and the FOMC panicked and ended up inflating a worldwide housing boom which morphed into the disaster (to put it mildly) which is the Great Recession. There’s more to it than that but that’s basically what happened.

Consider now that Ben Bernanke (and Janet Yellen) have kept interest rates much lower for even longer than Greenspan did.

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Billionaire investor Icahn, We are in a bubble, could be “very very destructive.” (Video)

Yeah, the reckoning has been coming for a very long while. The Fed is out of control and lost. The stock market as it is is not sustainable. Many other markets are in the same boat.

Any market which reflects the wants and desires of the rich (aka those closest to newly “printed” money) is pretty much in a bubble. Art, wine, etc. Even residential real estate in places like London and New York are bubblicious.

It isn’t going to keep going.

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There’s a new cryptocurrency coming, and it’s backed by gold

A couple of years ago I spent an evening talking economics and entrepreneurship with the developer of the new gold backed cryptocurrency The Business Insider reports on below.

I’ll say this. Anthem is darn sharp and I love that he has named his currency the Hayek. He told me about this venture when we met and I am pleased to see that his dream has become reality.

A gold backed virtual currency is just smart.

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A desperate socialist Venezuela pawns its gold to Citibank

All the paper bugs out there can say whatever they want. Gold is a “barbaric relic.” It’s just a yellow rock. Yet, when the dung hits the fan, it’s the gold which gets sold. (Or in this case pawned.) As true for the degenerate gambler in Atlantic City as it is for the degenerate politicos in in Venezuela.

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Townhall: Libertarians Outnumber Both Liberals and Conservatives

Many of our readers are probably aware that Townhall Finance regularly features our work. John Ransom, the editor there does an excellent job and we encourage everyone to check out the site if you have not visited. It’s a very good mix of free market thinkers from different schools. Though it is generally not “libertarian.”

That is why I was particularly pleased to see this article in Townhall. A new and broad political disposition is clearly emerging.

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Another Oligarch Preaches to the Peasants – Charlie Munger Says “Prepare for Harder World”

I’m not a fan of Charlie Munger, Warren Buffett’s right hand man. I haven’t been a fan for a long time but this statement back in 2012 really annoyed me.

Such arrogance. I’m sorry Mr. Munger but not all of us get to drink from the Fed’s fire hose of easy money. For many of us gold is a last resort. Not an investment per se, but a hedge against guys like you. Of course you know that and that’s why you said what you said.

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When FDR made gold illegal to own for everyday people – At the point of a gun (A short video)

FDR, the man who studied Mussolini, who birthed the current intrusive state, who started the drug war in earnest, who put Japanese Americans into concentration camps, who extended the Depression years longer than it needed to be and thereby contributed to the genesis of the Second World War, who tried to pack the Supreme Court, who gave away half of Europe to the Soviets at Yalta,  and who confiscated the gold – the real wealth – of the American people.

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“It’s Carnage” – Swiss Franc Soars Most Ever After SNB Abandons EURCHF Floor; Macro Hedge Funds Crushed

There was some debate a few months ago as to whether the massive drop in oil prices constituted a “black swan” event. Meaning that it was a completely unforeseen highly important event which had the potential to change economic sentiments quickly.

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Ron Paul: “The Federal Reserve is immoral, unconstitutional” – speech at the CATO Institute (Video)

In light of some of the questions asked recently on monetary policy I post this relatively short speech given by Ron Paul at the Cato Institute on the subject of the Fed.

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