Today on CNBC they said one could make a pile of money if one could guess when they would raise rates again. This highlights one of the biggest atrocities in the World’s economic system. Trillions of dollars are tied up in the currency futures, hedging the wild swings in the value of currency, trillions that could be invested in productive activities, if only the world had a stable unit of account. The price of commodities didn’t budge an inch from 1920-1971, 51 years of the greatest economic growth in world history. Then in 1971, at the urging of the monetarists, Nixon closed the London Gold window. Gold was $35 an ounce then, and oil was $3.50 a barrel. Inflation is not a natural occurring phenomenon, and especially not due to growth and prosperity. The only thing that causes inflation and deflation is an imbalance in the amount of liquidity in the system, a balance that is the single and only charter of the Federal Reserve. It is a failure of epic proportions.
I was so excited. This is the email I wrote to her:
Perhaps the largest problem in our and the World’s economy is an unstable unit of account, the wild swings in the value of our money. The sole charter of the Fed is to stabilize our unit of account and yet in a misguided effort, they do just the opposite: they cause the wild swings which result in inflation and deflation that reek havoc on the economy. All that has to be done is for them to target the gold price instead of targeting the interest rate. When the price of gold becomes to high, they should sell bonds to soak up the excess liquidity. When the price of gold becomes too low the can inject liquidity by printing. If they just followed this one simple rule there would be no more inflation or deflation, and the economy would have exactly the amount of liquidity that it demands. I also worry about the ever increasing amount of regulatory power they are being given. They should be reigned in and held accountable, not given more unaccountable power. If they are indeed a branch of the government, they should work for the people and be held accountable to the people and its representatives. If they are not, then the Congress should take back its Constitutional authority to coin money.
Thank you again,
Little Rock, Arkansas
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And the Crisis is purely a fiction. I am listening to Bernanke in the background testifying in the Senate. None of this would be happening without the Mark to Market rule. None of it. 8% of mortgages have defaulted. Mark to Market has caused 100% of them to marked down creating billions of false, paper losses, and a false lowering of assets, which brings in the regulators applying Capital Requirement Rules, which legally keeps the banks from lending. This freeze has been and continues to be created soley by the Federal Government. Pete Townshend is right. We do live on an immanence front, and it is purely a put on.
The Credit Freeze is 100% purely created by the government, and the solution can be implemented in one day. Simply eliminate “Mark to Market” and return the billions in false paper losses to the banks, so that their Capital structure is sound, their stock prices go back up, and they lend again.
I just heard Bernanke say “There is no ‘magic bullet'” Yes there is. There actually is no “Crisis” but since we are playing make believe, the Magic Bullet is simply to illeminate “Mark to Market” and it all magically goes away. But it is more advantageous to the Establishment to have a Crisis, because they know how to use it to their advantage.
It just occurred to me that this is an exact mirror of the false crisis of the immanence of Iraq’s danger to the U.S. used as an excuse to spend a trillion, actually to line pockets with a trillion. This is a false domestic crisis used as an excuse to spend a trillion, actually to line the pockets of legalized thievery with a trillion. Only its in the name of a “Domestic Crisis” instead of a Foreign Affairs “Crisis”
I posted this on the GilderTech Forum. Here were some responses: