‘Our economic system is designed to fail’ – Ron Paul

Indeed it is. Central planning always fails and make no mistake in many ways our economic system is “planned.” Not in the sense that it was planned in the Soviet Union but planned and controlled by the Federal Reserve through the manipulation of interest rates. The Fed creates malinvestment by trying to juice the economy. People over invest with cheap credit on office buildings, homes, cars, infrastructure projects and so on. Then when the reality of the economy hits this juiced economic situation failure occurs broadly.

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Ignorance reigns on Twitter yesterday, #Resistcapitalism trends, Cluelessness abounds

If you are “resisting capitalism” you are “resisting human progress.” You are resisting the voluntary exchange of goods and services. You are resisting opportunity for people to make a better life for themselves through hard work. You are trading that opportunity for a system which rewards the uncreative and unambitious. (And perhaps you understand this.) You are fundamentally resisting FREEDOM and LIBERTY, because “economic liberty,” the right to do what you want with that which you own, is not separate from social FREEDOM and LIBERTY.

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April 5 is yet another “day that will live in infamy.” (The day FDR started confiscating – some prefer the word “stealing” – citizen gold)

(The was a post on Facebook from Lawrence Reed at FEE)

April 5 is yet another “day that will live in infamy.” On this date in 1933, Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 6102, which criminalized the possession of monetary gold. Americans were ordered to hand over their gold coin and bullion to the government in less than a month (by May 1) under penalty of $10,000 fine and/or up to 10 years in prison, so that the government could more easily inflate the money supply.

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Steve Forbes Speaks Out on the Presidential Race, Fed Recklessness, and Gold

Mr. Forbes’s views are his own and do not necessarily reflect the views of ACC.

Mike Gleason, Director, Money Metals Exchange: It is my great privilege to welcome Steve Forbes, Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Magazine, CEO of Forbes, Inc. to our Money Metals Exchange podcast. Steve is also author of many fabulous books,

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Central Planners Freaking Out about Discussion of Gold’s Role

By Clint Siegner, Money Metals Exchange

Sound money issues make for good politics these days. The leading Republican candidates have all suggested reforms to our monetary system. The topic is popping up in debates as well as interviews. Predictably, Fed worshippers and proponents of central planning everywhere are snickering and trotting out the usual responses.

Michael Hiltzik, with the Los Angeles Times,

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The Year Nothing Worked: Stocks, Bonds, Cash Go Nowhere

Flat as your returns.

It is no secret that we at ACC believe there are deep systemic problems in the economy. All the current cronyism, economic obfuscation, over spending, over taxation, government intrusion, and most importantly Keynesian central bank meddling does not bode well for the future. (Though we can and must correct our ways in an historic way.)

Will 2015 be looked upon as the year the “recovery” began to completely stall? Will 2016 be worse than a stall?

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A Free Market in Interest Rates

Gold is real power in the hands of people. This is the main reason central banks, Marx, Lenin, Keynes and many other “planners” throughout history have hated it. The “barbarous relic.” A tool of the petty bourgeoisie. Kind of like guns in the hands of the citizenry, gold has served as a check on the excesses of those in power. Gold flows have historically impacted rates of interest. Those who would prefer to set rates of interest themselves however, find gold very inconvenient.

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Ben Carson Upsets Washington Post for Questioning Fiat Money

The dotted line indicates where the dollar was detached from gold.
Source: Washingtonsblog.com

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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