Posted tagged ‘Currency Debasement’

The Federal Reserve’s Money Laundering Scheme

March 3, 2016

 

 

John Maynard Keynes from “The Economic Consequences of the Peace”, 1919; “There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency. The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side off destruction, and does it in a manner which not one man in a million is able to diagnose.”

The above quote says it is difficult to understand what happens when government prints money {debases the currency}. So difficult in fact that if you and I understand what happens, there are over 2 million people who don’t understand it. In this article titled Understanding The Federal Reserve’s Shell Game, at mises.org, Dan Sanchez does a great job explaining the abstract economic concept of what happens when The Fed electronically prints counterfeit money.

Here are some excerpts from the article.

The Federal Reserve is a key component of the American Transfer State. Under the guise of “macroeconomic management,” it redistributes vast amounts of wealth on an ongoing basis through inflation. The victims of these transfers are ordinary Americans. The beneficiaries are the government and its elite cronies.”

“The true wealth of society  —  what actually sustains human life and makes it more comfortable and delightful  —  is the stuff we buy with money; not money itself. It’s the food, clothing, housing, smartphones, mountain bikes, and other consumers’ goods. It’s also the farmland, factories, robots, raw materials, labor and other producers’ goods used to make those consumers’ goods.”

Creating new money does not create any additional stuff to go around.”

The new money reaches some people early and some people late. By the time the new money reaches the late receivers, bidding up their selling prices, it has already bid up the prices of the things they buy to an even greater extent. So the late receivers get poorer, while the early receivers get richer.”

And the earliest receivers always include the government and its partners, while the late receivers are usually workers and small business owners who don’t have such lofty connections. So these “commoners” are effectively taxed for the benefit of the government-connected elite. But, since the taxation was effected through inflation, the public doesn’t realize that.

Instead of obnoxiously demanding that the public hand over its wealth, the government just quietly siphons it away. This way it avoids public outrage and resistance, and so is able to maximize the loot. As Jean Baptiste Colbert (finance minister to King Louis XIV of France) put it, “The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to get the most feathers with the least hissing.” With inflation, the geese hardly hiss, because they think they are simply molting, and are unaware they are even being plucked.”

Read the whole article it walks you through how the money laundering happens.

In the article it talks about a general inflation as the money leaks out into the whole economy. But as we saw in the housing boom and bust in the early 2000s, and as we now see in the current financial bubble, the printed money can be pushed into particular sectors of the economy. But the result is the same. The first receiveea benefit at the expense of the people farther down the food chain.

At some point people have to be made to understand that they are getting fleeced by the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy. We have to educate people one person at a time because as Keynes said, “…it’s done in a manner that not one in a million is able to diagnose.” Elite politicians, bureaucrats, and our educators won’t educate people because they benefit from the money printing. It has to come from the bottom up. Spread the word.

In another article titled The Long History of Government Meddling In The American Marketplace, at mises.org, Mike Holly shows that money printing isn’t a new thing, the Federal Reserve started counterfeiting money almost as soon as it came into existence in 1913.

Here are some articles to help understand Fed money printing.

Related ArticleA Tornado vs. The Fed: Which Is More Destructive, at austrianaddict.com.

Related Article Thomas Woods Explains The Austrian Business Cycle Theory, at austrianaddict.com.

Related ArticleFederal Reserve Policies Cause Booms And Busts, at austrianaddict.com.

 

 

Your Econonomic Homework

October 22, 2014

Business Woman Present Business Cycle - stock photo

I like reading economic articles by Richard Ebeling. He explains abstract economic concepts in ways that are understandable for regular people. Although we have written about these concepts in the past, we can always gain greater insight by reading different explanations by different writers. Even if you understand these economic concepts, this article may help when you try to explain them to people who don’t have the same level of understanding.

KEYNES LEAKS THE  TRUTH ABOUT DEBASING THE CURRENCY

As John Maynard Keynes said, “There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency. The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner which not one man in a million is able to diagnose.”

The only way Central Banks have gotten away with electronically printing counterfeiting money is because it is difficult to understand. Our job is to shrink that one in a million ratio, because the only way our current problems change is if more people truly understand what results when the Fed intervenes in the market.

RICHARD EBELING ARTICLE

The article, Ludwig von Mises And The Austrian Theory Of Inflations And Recessions, by Richard Ebeling, at epictimes.com, explains, 1) How money emerges from markets not Government, 2) Saving and investment, 3) How central banks cause business cycles, 4) Inflation and misallocated resources, 5) Recession corrects the Fed caused misallocations.

Here are some excerpts from the article.

“Money is a market-based and market-generated social institution that spontaneously emerges out of the interactions of people attempting to overcome the hindrances and difficulties of direct barter exchange……Historically, gold and silver were found through time to have those attributes most desirable for use as a medium of exchange to facilitate the ever-growing network of complex market transactions that enabled the development of an ever-more productive system of division of labor.”

“Like all other prices on the market, the rates of interest on loans coordinate the choices of savers with the decisions of borrowers so to keep supplies in balance with demands for either consumer goods or future-oriented investment goods.”

“An economic recession, therefore, is the discovery period of misallocations of scarce resources in the economy that requires a rebalancing and a recoordination of supplies and demands for a return to market- and competitively-determined harmony in the society’s economic activities for long-run growth, employment, and improved standards of living.”

Related ArticleFederal Reserve Policies Cause Booms And Busts by Richard Ebeling, at austrianaddict.com.

Related ArticleKeynes Was Right In 1919, by austrianaddict.com.

Keynes Was Correct In 1919!

March 30, 2013
John Maynard Keynes

John Maynard Keynes (Photo credit: Steve Hunnisett)

When Keynes wrote in “The Economic Consequences of the Peace”,  (1919) “There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency. The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner which not one man in a million is able to diagnose.” , little did he or we know how correct he was.

The Feds policy of counterfeiting money, and artificially lowering interest rates, created and grew the U.S.’s housing bubble from 2000 to 2007. Market forces tried to liquidate this misallocation of scarce resources (the bubble, which was the result of the Feds policies), starting in late 2007, but the Fed wouldn’t allow the correction to happen. It propped up a false bottom by (more…)

Detlev Schlichter Talks About The Results When Governments Counterfeit Paper Money.

November 12, 2012

Detlev Schlichter author of “Paper Money Collapse”, talks about the present state of our paper money system in this interview by Jeff Randall on Sky News.

For a more in-depth analysis on what happens when the State, through Central Banking policy, continually props up the results of previous counterfeiting with even more currency debasement, read this article titled “We Are On The Road to Serfdom” by Detlev Schlichter. Then read this article titled “But There is no Inflation- Misconceptions About the Debasement of Money” also by Detlev Schlichter. Warning: You have to be mentally “all in” if you are going to tackle these articles.

Currency Debasement Unleashes More Then Just The Economic Forces Of Correction.

October 20, 2012
The execution of Robespierre and his supporter...

The execution of Robespierre and his supporters on 28 July 1794 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This article at Zero Hedge, “From Currency Debasement To Social Collapse“, talks about processes that are put into play when the currency is debased. The inevitable destruction of the present capital structure, leading to a loss of wealth, is one process that more of us are starting to understand because we have been operating inside of this counterfeiting reality since the mid 90’s. The tech bubble and the housing bubble  destroyed capital which was misallocated during these bubbles. The present financial and asset bubble will destroy more misallocated capital when the Fed has to pull out the expansionary rug from underneath it.

It’s uncomfortable to allow a passing thought about social collapse to enter our mind. To actually look at some present and historical examples of debasement and collapse (more…)