Fiat World: Uprising and Down Falling
Source: James West, Midas Letter (2/11/11)
"What has changed fundamentally to justify $2 billion in redemptions of GLD?"
Napoleon in Russia, Rommel in North Africa, the Japanese at Pearl Harbor, the Romans, the Incas, Vikings, Mongols—all representative of empires whose downfall was precluded by geographic overextension of the armed forces, one of the aforementioned ubiquitous characteristics of regimes whose days are irrevocably numbered. And then currencies: the German mark, the Italian lira, the Zimbabwean dollar—diluted and inflated to astronomic excess—another sign of a civilization on the brink of decline, and perhaps, collapse.
Literature assures us that a nation who refuses to learn from the mistakes of previous generations is bound to repeat them. That legacy is now before us.
The surest symptom of a country that has lost the ability to objectively and correctly assess its position in the global pecking order and thus act appropriately is when it begins to abandon allies because the allegiance is no longer convenient.
Does this sound like anyone we know?
In the news from Egypt, an American-originated declaration of Mubarek's impending resignation and departure is resoundingly refuted by that embattled leader. The United States Federal Reserve announces it will buy "back" $97 billion in debt, according to MarketWatch, which goes on to state the Fed has bought "$397 billion in U.S. debt since August." The world's most powerful nation in the 20th century has in the 21st passed its prime and is suffering horribly from dementia. It's like watching a faded starlet in Hollywood try to strut down Rodeo Drive, a laughingstock to passersby, but she convinces herself that she's still 'got it,'
How does the central bank of a nation $14 trillion in debt keep coming up with money to buy its own money? Is it not supremely revealing of the extreme depths of delusion to which this so-called bank and its governors have now descended? The fraud inherent in this perpetual shell game is obvious to all except the hucksters moving the shells around and the dupes naively trying to follow the pea shell in the hopes of winning a prize. The audience knows there is nothing under any of the shells.
The concentrated ownership of mainstream financial media among six major U.S. corporations is evident in the perpetual fact warping that now passes for news. Any measly percentile of fabricated statistic is seized upon as rosy evidence of a return to robust economic health, while the plethora of legitimate indications to the contrary is completely ignored.
The de facto collapse of American influence over the Middle East is ominous for Israel, gathering frigates and aircraft carriers of the U.K./American allied forces notwithstanding. If the solution in Egypt is to be democratic and moderate, it will be under the impetus of the Egyptian people forthwith, and no American proxy will be legitimized. Bu continuing to meddle in the politics of the region, the United States galvanizes new enemies among those formerly who only harbored a distaste.
Authoritarianism has come to an end in Egypt for the time being. The outcome of what looks like will be free and fair elections will determine who is in charge of the very large and entrenched system of violent domestic control. Mubarek might be gone, but the secret police apparatus is intact, and will pass in one form or another to the next government. Should fundamental Islam prevail, the might just be a step into darkness, as opposed to towards light.
Russia has an authoritarian regime and no democracy. The wall came down but state control is now back in force, stronger than ever, as evidenced by that nation's propensity for violence towards journalists and dissenters.
And what is the difference between the clashes with students in Beijing in Tiananmen Square and the protests in Tahir Square in Cairo? The main one is that whereas in Cairo, the army sided with the people, in Beijing the army is fanatically aligned with the leadership.
Gold Doesn't Care
The fact that gold's price performance in the last 40 days or so digresses thoroughly from its normal course during times of Mideast instability amid severe monetary and price inflation is evidence that either the price of gold is directly manipulated by banks, or that the coordinated campaign of disinformation by the Big 6 media division of the U.S. Treasury has finally become so finetuned as to hypnotize recipients of its message. In either case, $2 billion in redemptions of Gold ETF GLD makes one wonder what has changed fundamentally to justify such a selloff in a month where global instability and inflation are robust?
Or have those with a vested interest in the appearance of a stable dollar realized that they could use the billions of dollars in quantitative easing to directly influence demand for and thereby price of gold by incrementally building large holdings in gold ETFs, and then dumping them in compressed timelines to help generate severe price swings?
How very ingenuous to use the strength of gold's demand and price metrics to undermine those very same dynamics! Buy up ETF shares with dollars fabricated out of thin air, and then dump the built-up position in a single month to drive superficial dollar demand and coincident gold aversion. Whoever dreamed that up should get the Congressional Medal of Honor and go straight to jail.
These short-term machinations aren't relevant in the long run, however, and only provide buying opportunities for those building a store of value in precious metals. Pundits speculate on an impending day of default for the U.S. dollar, when to sovereign bondholders, that day has come and gone, and the big players are tiptoeing to the exits accumulating gold as they go. When we finally shine the light on them and acknowledge the default has already occurred, the gold and silver price explosion to the upside beyond $2,000 will begin in earnest.
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Fiat World: Uprising and Down Falling