In the effort to inject interesting economic thought into the discussion at ACC we present the following video by Jeff Deist recorded at the Mises Institute. This lecture will likely challenge many of your assumptions about money.
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. When this bubble bursts there will be serious dislocation economically and politically.
Below Marc Faber opines on Carl Icahn’s comments.
Indeed it does. Gold is a little bit of power you can put in your pocket. It is a direct and ongoing challenge to the current system of fiatism. (And by extension crony capitalism.) Central Banks can’t print gold. Gold limits the power of the Fed and its brethren. Gold limits the power of the banks which suckle at the teat of central banks. Gold limits the power of governments to indebt their peoples. Gold limits the ability of governments to wage war.
Gold encourages discipline.
Is it any wonder why gold is often called God’s money and why some people despise it so?
It was only a couple of years ago that outside of a few anarcho-capitalist and libertarian circles Bitcoin was completely unknown. Times have changed.
We’ve had an amazing run in the markets and many people think the bull will just keep on running. Maybe so. But eventually every bull runs out of steam even ones which are fed by the Fed.
Say what you want about gold but it has held its value for thousands of years. The fiat dollar? Well let’s just say its been a steady march toward becoming trash.
If we want a high value economy, if we want high value jobs, we should have “high value” money. Sound money. Gold backed money. We should have money which can’t be eroded at the whim of our central bank.
Gold is honest money. Gold has been valued throughout the millennia at roughly the same real amount. The old example is that the cost of a nice tunic and a good pair of sandals in Jesus’ time was roughly an ounce of gold. In 1900 the cost of a nice suit and a good pair of shoes was roughly an ounce of gold. Now, today, at $1300/ounce this example still holds. The real value of gold has of course varied a little over time. A little bit up, and a little bit down, but generally gold is a steady Eddie when valued in real goods (not dollars).
It is an idea that is popular in at least 4 states.
Rickards is a guy I listen to. This is an interesting talk.
It won’t happen tomorrow but slowly but surely the world is moving from dollars. The petrodollar system which has been key to the world economy over the last 40 years is eroding. More and more country to country deals are being done in currencies other than the dollar. The economic world as we have known it, after Bretton Woods in the Cold War Era, the post Cold War era, and the post 9-11 era is fundamentally shifting. The dollar is not what it once was. It is no longer “almighty” and one should be prepared.
We have followed Bitcoin from its birth. It is a challenge to the world’s central banks. It is a challenge to the world’s governments. It is a challenge to the super crony capitalists on Wall Street.
This is street fighting money.
Many people are mystified by the kids at the Ron Paul rallies screaming “End the Fed!”
They ask themselves, “Why should we end the Federal Reserve? The Fed helps maintain economic stability right? Every country has to have a central bank. These “End the Fed” kids are nothing but “Paulbots.” The people on CNBC and Bloomberg tell me that the Fed acts in my best interest. I think the people on Bloomberg and CNBC ought to know what’s right for me and my money. Harry Reid is right. Those hard money people and kids at the Ron Paul speeches are nothing but a bunch of anarchists!”
But the main reason many people feel this way is because they fundamentally don’t understand what the “End the Fed” people are really saying and why they are saying it.
What can I say? The guy is right. He’s right almost all of the time, and on this point he is especially right.