For many years; one of the standard lines of the Corporate media in its anti-precious metals propaganda was that “gold generates no income” (i.e. interest payments) in comparison to the dubious paper currencies of our “fiat currency” monetary system. Of course that feeble argument ignored the fact that (in the real world) our paper currencies were losing value at the rate of roughly 10% per year (the real rate of inflation), meaning that real interest rates on all Western paper were already deeply negative.
Regular readers are well aware of an unresolved problem/issue which has permeated these commentaries for (especially) the past three years: the lack of any rational or objective means for pricing assets, most notably precious metals themselves. There are two enormous obstacles facing any analyst, in attempting to resolve this issue.
Unsustainable. Self-destructive. Readers have heard these terms again and again over the past 6+ years. They accurately encompass the status of our societies/economies (unsustainable), and the process by which we are governed (self-destruction). But what happens after the “unsustainable” cannot be sustained for one more day/hour/minute? What happens after the banksters whom are destroying our economies succeed?
For the past quarter century; the most effective “stimulus” for the U.S. economy has been a fall in gasoline prices. This is no great surprise, given that the United States had been the most gas-guzzling nation on the planet – and by a wide margin. But times have changed!
“Tax the wealthy.” While it’s gradually, grudgingly becoming a more-popular refrain in our ultra-unequal societies, it falls far short of ranking as any sort of brilliant insight. Instead, it belongs under the category of “nothing could be more obvious” for a multitude of reasons, but three stand out.
On December 4th, 2008; Canada ceased to have a legal, legitimate government. It was on that date that Stephen Harper (and his Conservative regime) demanded that Parliament be illegally suspended, on the (supposed) grounds of a “national emergency”. And on that date; Canada’s Governor General, Michelle Jean, rubber-stamped Harper’s demand.
The world is running out of oil. Peak Oil is a reality, all that is open to debate is how fast production will drop off, and how quickly the world will simply run out of oil. The lack of certainty is due to the fact that (as with everything else) we can’t trust the “official” numbers fed to us, with respect to either global production or global reserves.
A major economic event has occurred. The government of Switzerland ended its “peg” to the euro with its own currency, the Swiss franc. This resulted in the franc catapulting higher in its exchange rate versus the euro (as well as other currencies). We know this is a major economic event, because the Corporate media has expended a considerable amount of time/energy “covering” and “explaining” this event.
The quick-and-easy way to categorize the retail sector of the U.S. economy would be to use the metaphor of “falling off a cliff”. However, such a characterization would be overly simplistic. A more accurate analogy would be to consider someone sliding halfway down the side of a mountain – and then falling off a cliff. This represents the retail sector of the largest “consumer economy” the world has ever seen.