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Gold is a barbarous relic.

Even most ordinary people who rarely pay any attention to topics in the realm of economics will be familiar with this expression. Like most of the Big Lies from the media propaganda machine, our governments have made sure that most of us have heard this one enough times to have it burned into our psyches.

As with most of these Big Lies, this too is a blatant perversion of the truth. It will come as no surprise to gold-bugs and that dwindling minority who advocate sound monetary policies that the reference to gold as a “barbarous relic” was made by the one-and-only John Maynard Keynes. It was from Monetary Reform, a book Keynes published in 1924 – and it was a reference not to gold itself – but to the gold standard:

In truth, the gold standard is already a barbarous relic…

Thus the original reference was made by the most infamous paper-printer in all of history, desperately searching for some insult he could hurl at the gold standard in order to attempt to make his monetary nonsense sound appealing to the Sheep – i.e. the global economics community.

For those not familiar with the mechanics of national economies, the gold standard has often been referred to over history as “the Golden Handcuffs”. How did it acquire this intimidating nickname? Because it absolutely limits our governments from any extreme/insane fiscal or monetary policies without the consequences of those policies being immediately known to the general public.

A government trying to run huge deficits (like the U.S. government was doing during the Vietnam War), would quickly see its “bank account” (i.e. the national gold reserves) quickly evaporate as paying for those deficits emptied the government’s Treasury. Thus ultimately the primary reason that a gold standard is despised (or rather feared) by all the charlatan money-printers like Keynes and the deadbeat governments of modern Western economies is that a gold standard forces governments to pay their bills.

However, the fear/hatred of the Money-Printers and Deadbeats toward the gold standard doesn’t end there, it only begins. By definition, a gold standard bases all new currency creation on one’s national gold reserves. Thus these Handcuffs also prevent Keynes and all his central-banking ilk from allowing the printing presses to run wild with new money-printing – quickly destroying the value of any currency with dilution. So in addition to forcing governments to pay their bills it also forcibly prevents them from excessive money-printing. Two strikes against the gold standard.

There is yet a third category of social miscreants who fear/despise a gold standard even more than the charlatan economists and deadbeat politicians – the thieving bankers.  The bankers use excessive money-printing as their primary means of stealing all of the wealth of an entire society. Three strikes against the gold standard!

The mechanics are simple arithmetic and thus totally incontrovertible. When you recklessly dilute the nation’s currency at a rate of more than 10% per year (i.e. the 10+% “inflation rate” for the U.S. as calculated by John Williams of Shadowstats.com), but you only pay people near-zero interest rates on their savings then these people are effectively becoming 10% poorer each year with respect to those savings.

Into whose pocket does all that money disappear? The pockets of the Thieving Bankers, who are legally allowed to print-up all this “money” for themselves absolutely for free. This act of theft; the largest, most blatant, and most pervasive form of theft in the history of the human race has been given an innocuous euphemism by the bankers, and their minions in the media propaganda machine: “fractional-reserve banking”.

We have a century of incontrovertible evidence to provide us with proof “beyond a reasonable doubt”. When the Federal Reserve was created almost exactly a century ago, the bankers had just begun their campaign to destroy the gold standard, and a quasi-gold standard was still in effect. Even then, during the Federal Reserve’s Century of Money-Printing (when it was assigned the role of “protecting” the dollar) the U.S. dollar has lost roughly 98% of its purchasing power.

The numbers become even more unequivocal when we look at the 40 years since Nixon assassinated the last vestige of the gold standard in 1971. In just the last 40% of the Federal Reserve’s infamous tenure the U.S dollar has lost close to 80% of its purchasing power.

Impair a gold standard and you inevitably weaken a currency. Abolish a gold standard and you inevitably destroy a nation’s currency. Note that over this century the United States has had “a strong dollar”, as owner of the world’s “reserve currency”. What does this say about the quality of the paper currencies of the rest of the world’s paper-printing governments?

This is not “news”. Every time a nation severs all connection with a gold standard and produces “fiat currencies” (paper which only has value by government decree), the paper money goes to zero, or is simply abolished before that path to destruction has been completed.

This goes back literally a thousand years, to ancient China – the dubious “inventors” of (purely) paper money. Ask the gold- and silver-buying Chinese of the 21st century which form of money is the “barbarous relic” and they would obviously gesture toward the paper they are shedding with zeal – in favor of glittering gold and shining silver.

The Chinese are not alone. Back when pompous Western bankers were maliciously spreading their propaganda that gold was a barbarous relic, they were backing up those evil words with equally evil deeds: dumping approximately 500 tons per year of their own gold onto the market to crush the price of gold – and lend credence to their lies.

But (as the saying goes) “what goes around comes around”. The gold of the Western bankers is gone, and along with that their capacity to destroy the gold market. But the lie lives on. As recently as 2009, Keynesian disciple (and Noble Prize-winner) Nouriel Roubini declared that gold was still “a barbarous relic”, and thus the gold market was a “bubble” that was about to pop.

When Roubini made those bold predictions at the end of 2009, the Money-Printers (i.e. the central banks) were just about to flip-flop from net-sellers of gold to net-buyers of gold (for the first time in two decades), and the price of gold was under $1200/oz. In 2010, the central banks bought a net 87 tons of gold. And their gold-buying rapidly accelerated in 2011, with the central banks adding a whopping 440 tons of gold last year.

This news came out at the same time it was announced that Mexico, Turkey, and Russia added approximately 45 tons more gold to their holdings in March of this year alone. Central bank gold-buying continues to accelerate. So much for Roubini’s assessment of gold as a “barbarous relic”.

Meanwhile, the price of gold soared more than 60% higher than the “bubble price” that Roubini warned us of, only to be temporarily stuffed back down only 40% higher than when Roubini made his feeble predictions. So much for a “gold bubble”. With that alone, we know all we need to know about both Nouriel Roubini and Nobel Prizes. If you’re an economist, and you worship Keynes, you’re going to get a Nobel Prize sooner or later.

But back to the central banks. It has been asked of me by several worried readers if all this central bank gold-buying is being done to stock-up on gold – merely so that the bankers can again crush the market by dumping all the gold they are currently accumulating.

Here individual gold-holders can put their minds at ease. It is governments like China and India and Russia, and many other Asian nations who are doing almost all of the gold buying. The Western central banks who were the perpetrators of all the gold-dumping haven’t bought a single ounce (at least not legally).

They can’t – they are trapped. The metaphor I use is the old line about “how many elephants can you fit through the eye of a needle (simultaneously)?” What would happen to the gold market – and the price of gold – if Western central banks tried to elbow their way to the front of the line to do some gold-buying of their own?

The price of gold would immediately be launched into orbit as all these big-buyers competed for the limited supply: precisely what they have devoted thirty years of fanatical efforts to prevent. Not only would the supply/demand fundamentals alone send the price of gold rocketing higher, but think of the signal it would send to the market?

Western central banks, the biggest gold-haters in the history of the world, the biggest gold-dumpers in the history of the world were now “buying gold”. The same banks which had dumped thousands of tons of gold onto the market at prices of $400/oz and less were now prepared to buy gold as the price soared above $2000/oz.

Equally importantly, for Western central banks to suddenly flip-flop at the present time and try to load up on their own gold (after this bull market has already surged higher for more than a decade) would absolutely contradict and vaporize all their recent, cherished lies that gold is in a “bubble”. You can’t very well call something a “bubble”, and then rush to the buyers’ window, cheque-book in hand…at least not unless you’re a bash-and-buy artist like George Soros.

It is said that “actions speak louder than words”. When the central bankers were shrieking the loudest that “gold was a barbarous relic” they were selling 500 tons of gold per year. Now they are buying 440 tons per year (and the buying continues to accelerate).

What does it tell us about the bankers’ paper money? Nothing that many of us didn’t already know.

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Jeff Nielson
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written by Jeff Nielson, April 28, 2012
...To repeat, this is an outstanding site:

http://usdebtclock.org/index.html

Click on the tab for precious metals, and watch the numbers spinning backwards!


THANKS for the reminder Bobbby!

I admit when I went through your comment the first time I thought "I've BEEN to that link before" (lol).

But that was obviously BEFORE all the other bells-and-whistles were added. Quite the impressive collection of data-streams!
bobbbny
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written by bobbbny, April 28, 2012
Jeff, I couldn't agree more.
My basic calculations show that to back the currency, (not the money markets, checking accounts, or digital book entry money), in the US today would require pricing gold at $10,000.
That would put silver at an even more astronomical $1,000.
To repeat, this is an outstanding site:

http://usdebtclock.org/index.html

Click on the tab for precious metals, and watch the numbers spinning backwards!
Jeff Nielson
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written by Jeff Nielson, April 28, 2012
Hey Doc;
I don't know what kind of machinations JP Moremoney is up to today, but it has always smelled bad.
Thats why I wouldn't buy SLV with someone else's money.
It makes you wonder how that much silver can be allegedly bought & sold every day when Eric Sprott needs a few months to buy 5 million ounces.
In any event, (thanks for the prod, Jeff), here is something very interesting.
It seems Jeffrey Christian has inadvertently admitted what we already know; the physical stock of silver is a mere 10 times that of gold, not the 50:1 implied by the price.
Courtesy of Bix Weir:

The latest release from the Banking Cabal's more than bizarre egomaniacal mouthpiece, Jeffrey Christian of CPM Group, inadvertently makes a rather strong case for $359/oz silver while trying to trash gold. I'm sure that it was not his intention to promote silver as his release was clearly designed to pour cold water on any hopes for gold to take off but true to form - he put his foot in his mouth again!

5 Billion Ounces of Gold
http://cpmgroup.com/free_library1/GENERAL_ARTICLES_AND_COMMENTARIES/3_CPM_Market_Commentary_-_5_Billion_Ounces_of_Gold_April_2012.pdf

His main argument in this article is that there is an astounding amount of gold out there available for sale. He tries to back this up by showing us how his historical numbers are derived. This is the first time I've heard him tell the world where his historical gold numbers come from and I find it fascinating that the origins come from the 1960's estimates commissioned by Harry Oppenheimer. Oppenheimer was a key henchman for the Banking Cabal controlling the Gold and Diamond trades coming out of South Africa. If there's anyone who would have a vested interest in claiming that there was very little gold available in the world it would have been Harry Oppenheimer!

I'll save that analysis for another day but what I find most interesting in the CPM report is that in their burning desire to trash the gold psyche they state...

"On 17 May CPM Group will release its Silver Yearbook 2012. In that report we will show that cumulative world silver production is estimated to have surpassed 50 billion ounces in 2011, ten times as much as gold. In stark contrast to gold, about 46% of the silver mined throughout history is estimated to be lost or undetermined in its location. People will lose silver, or use in it an industrial or household application from which it does not get recovered(e.g. mirrors). People tend not to lose gold."

So if we are to believe Christian when he claims that there is 23B ounces of silver above ground (50B x 46%) and 5B ounces of gold above ground then the silver-gold price ratio should be 4.6-to-1 rather than the 53-to-1 current price ratio.

With gold currently trading at $1,650 isn't Christian making a case that silver is MASSIVELY UNDERVALUED at $31/oz? According to his own data, available above ground silver should be trading at a ratio of 4.6-1 of the fair market value of gold or $359/oz.

Maybe he'd like to have a "DO-OVER" of last year's Silver Manipulation debate!

The Great Silver Debate
http://youtu.be/7hnIqE1_ZGU

Of course we know there is not even close to 23B ounce of silver available but you get the idea. Silver, even according to the Banking Cabal's mouthpiece Jeffery Christian, is MASSIVELY UNDERVALUED!

Load up while you still can.

May the Road you choose be the Right Road.

Bix Weir
www.RoadtoRoota.com

For further confirmation of this, go to USdebtclock.org.

This site is a fountain of truth.
There is a tab on the bottom labeled precious metals.
There you will see both the current mining & the above ground supply at roughly 9:1.
Considering these are "official" statistics, the number could, in fact be lower.



Thanks for the detailed post Bobbbny!

In particular the RATIO issues are salient:

Silver EXISTS (in the Earth's crust) at a 17:1 ratio with gold.

It's PRODUCED at only a 10:1 ratio (because of the constant attacks/persecution of the silver miners).

This DIRECTLY implies a price ratio somewhere between 17:1 and 10:1 TODAY, not the fraudulent, made-in-JP Morgan price...and that is WITHOUT considering the destruction of silver stockpiles.

When we note the ratio of PHYSICAL stockpiles is somewhere between 6:1 and (perhaps) a majority of GOLD in the world, then clearly we see that the price of silver should be at LESS THAN a 10:1 ratio - TODAY.

Thus given these fundamental parameters, the MINIMUM "fair market price" for silver today would be $160/oz.
Jeff Nielson
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written by Jeff Nielson, April 28, 2012
Jeff: it appears that going forward under some time line which is probably sooner rather than later, a country (China, Russia or perhaps even Germany) will call the US bluff on its gold holdings and institute at least a partial peg to gold. At that point it would be game over and a final realization of free market price by the gold bugs, but with the unintended consequence of the total loss of whatever freedom we may have left. The oligarchs, elites, or whomever have not spent the last two plus centuries manoevering to the current situation through the effective corrupt political and economic takeover of sovereign nations without planning the end game which all evidence points to is the ultimate totalitarian takeover. The evidence around us is overwhelming as the fascist prison closes in. The US Constitution has been trashed and the cherished Bill of Rights has been incrementally abrogated, and we all, even you Canadians, have watched it unfold. We are now just so many frogs in the boiling water.


Thanks for the comment Apberusdisvet.

The transition away from the USD is a topic I've covered before, but more than two years ago now, so perhaps it's time for me to do a reprise of that theme?

"After the 'Peg': a Golden Future"
http://www.bullionbullscanada.com/gold-commentary/7711-after-the-peg-a-golden-future

In that piece I point out that while it's hard to predict exactly what we WILL see that I can predict one thing we WON'T see: a DIRECT move from the USD as "reserve currency" to a different, gold-backed currency.

Why can't that happen? There would be MASSIVE, GLOBAL CHAOS. Give people a choice between the USD and other (nearly as worthless) forms of paper and we can have a semblance of stability. Give people a choice between (worthless) USD's and a gold-backed currency and we would see the Mother of ALL Stampedes (lol).

So we MUST have a transition from the debauched/discredited USD to another form of (more stable) fiat-paper FIRST. Only AFTER that transition has been completed (likely TO the renmimbi) can China THEN officially back or peg its currency to gold.
apberusdisvet
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written by apberusdisvet, April 27, 2012
Jeff: it appears that going forward under some time line which is probably sooner rather than later, a country (China, Russia or perhaps even Germany) will call the US bluff on its gold holdings and institute at least a partial peg to gold. At that point it would be game over and a final realization of free market price by the gold bugs, but with the unintended consequence of the total loss of whatever freedom we may have left. The oligarchs, elites, or whomever have not spent the last two plus centuries manoevering to the current situation through the effective corrupt political and economic takeover of sovereign nations without planning the end game which all evidence points to is the ultimate totalitarian takeover. The evidence around us is overwhelming as the fascist prison closes in. The US Constitution has been trashed and the cherished Bill of Rights has been incrementally abrogated, and we all, even you Canadians, have watched it unfold. We are now just so many frogs in the boiling water.
Jeff Nielson
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written by Jeff Nielson, April 27, 2012
not gold...but JP Morgan is loading up on silver. They adjusted nearly their entire customer silver book into their own dealer vaults yesterday...nearly 5 million ounces!

They've never done anything like this since they opened their own vault a couple years ago...


Very interesting numbers Doc.
bobbbny
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written by bobbbny, April 27, 2012
Hey Doc;
I don't know what kind of machinations JP Moremoney is up to today, but it has always smelled bad.
Thats why I wouldn't buy SLV with someone else's money.
It makes you wonder how that much silver can be allegedly bought & sold every day when Eric Sprott needs a few months to buy 5 million ounces.
In any event, (thanks for the prod, Jeff), here is something very interesting.
It seems Jeffrey Christian has inadvertently admitted what we already know; the physical stock of silver is a mere 10 times that of gold, not the 50:1 implied by the price.
Courtesy of Bix Weir:

The latest release from the Banking Cabal's more than bizarre egomaniacal mouthpiece, Jeffrey Christian of CPM Group, inadvertently makes a rather strong case for $359/oz silver while trying to trash gold. I'm sure that it was not his intention to promote silver as his release was clearly designed to pour cold water on any hopes for gold to take off but true to form - he put his foot in his mouth again!

5 Billion Ounces of Gold
http://cpmgroup.com/free_library1/GENERAL_ARTICLES_AND_COMMENTARIES/3_CPM_Market_Commentary_-_5_Billion_Ounces_of_Gold_April_2012.pdf

His main argument in this article is that there is an astounding amount of gold out there available for sale. He tries to back this up by showing us how his historical numbers are derived. This is the first time I've heard him tell the world where his historical gold numbers come from and I find it fascinating that the origins come from the 1960's estimates commissioned by Harry Oppenheimer. Oppenheimer was a key henchman for the Banking Cabal controlling the Gold and Diamond trades coming out of South Africa. If there's anyone who would have a vested interest in claiming that there was very little gold available in the world it would have been Harry Oppenheimer!

I'll save that analysis for another day but what I find most interesting in the CPM report is that in their burning desire to trash the gold psyche they state...

"On 17 May CPM Group will release its Silver Yearbook 2012. In that report we will show that cumulative world silver production is estimated to have surpassed 50 billion ounces in 2011, ten times as much as gold. In stark contrast to gold, about 46% of the silver mined throughout history is estimated to be lost or undetermined in its location. People will lose silver, or use in it an industrial or household application from which it does not get recovered(e.g. mirrors). People tend not to lose gold."

So if we are to believe Christian when he claims that there is 23B ounces of silver above ground (50B x 46%) and 5B ounces of gold above ground then the silver-gold price ratio should be 4.6-to-1 rather than the 53-to-1 current price ratio.

With gold currently trading at $1,650 isn't Christian making a case that silver is MASSIVELY UNDERVALUED at $31/oz? According to his own data, available above ground silver should be trading at a ratio of 4.6-1 of the fair market value of gold or $359/oz.

Maybe he'd like to have a "DO-OVER" of last year's Silver Manipulation debate!

The Great Silver Debate
http://youtu.be/7hnIqE1_ZGU

Of course we know there is not even close to 23B ounce of silver available but you get the idea. Silver, even according to the Banking Cabal's mouthpiece Jeffery Christian, is MASSIVELY UNDERVALUED!

Load up while you still can.

May the Road you choose be the Right Road.

Bix Weir
www.RoadtoRoota.com

For further confirmation of this, go to USdebtclock.org.

This site is a fountain of truth.
There is a tab on the bottom labeled precious metals.
There you will see both the current mining & the above ground supply at roughly 9:1.
Considering these are "official" statistics, the number could, in fact be lower.
The Doc
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written by The Doc, April 27, 2012
not gold...but JP Morgan is loading up on silver. They adjusted nearly their entire customer silver book into their own dealer vaults yesterday...nearly 5 million ounces!

They've never done anything like this since they opened their own vault a couple years ago.

http://www.silverdoctors.com/jp-morgan-increases-registered-silver-inventories-500-overnight/
Jeff Nielson
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written by Jeff Nielson, April 27, 2012
With China, Russia, India, Saudi, and many more Emerging Countries buying GOLD and silver; the handwriting is on the wall for the future currencies of the world to be backed buy a large percentage of precious metals, oil, and other valuable commodities. The Petro dollar is fading away fast, as Saudi cuts deals with other major nations without the Perto Dollar in the Trade. It is obvious the majority of the world is Fed up with the FED printing dollars as fast as we manufacture toilet paper; same for the Euro.


Exactly Paxjds!!

There is a HUGE movement (well-advanced) to "dump the dollar", so I say for the millionth time: WHO is buying U.S. Treasuries (other than B.S. Bernanke with his secretly counterfeited USD's)??

Obviously with NO ONE in the world having spare $BILLIONS to throw around, AND the world's nations collectively SHEDDING their USD holdings, it is the most laughable charade in the history of human commerce to pretend there are BUYERS for U.S. Treasuries paying MAXIMUM prices with MAXIMUM supply on the market.

It is literally 100% opposite to any possile reality...

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paxjds
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written by paxjds, April 27, 2012
With China, Russia, India, Saudi, and many more Emerging Countries buying GOLD and silver; the handwriting is on the wall for the future currencies of the world to be backed buy a large percentage of precious metals, oil, and other valuable commodities. The Petro dollar is fading away fast, as Saudi cuts deals with other major nations without the Perto Dollar in the Trade. It is obvious the majority of the world is Fed up with the FED printing dollars as fast as we manufacture toilet paper; same for the Euro.
With BRICS forming their own World Bank and settling trades without the once Almighty Petro Dollar, this is Obviously the Beggining of the End for the Petro Dollar as the Worlds Reserve currency. I cannot see the relavence of the Petro dollar past 2014 or 2015. It appears the major governments of the world are setting up Gold, Silver, and Oil to be part of their currency backing; whereas America and Europe cling hopelessly to mass produced Fiat currencies with their Religious Zeal for Kensian economic that is failing them miserably.
It appears the Great Socalist experiments by America and Europe is about to end very similar to the death of the old socialistic USSR. It is to bad the Western bankers and governments are to stupid to learn from recent history. Apparently the non Western MBA's and MM's while studing in the West learned one hell of a lot more than the students from Western nations! The coming total collapse of the Western Paper Money is Gauranteeing the Barbellic Relic's rise to its historic standard of being the Real Money that the people of the World Trust and Know.

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