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Jeff Thomas | May 17, 2022

Libertarians and others who seek to be left alone to run their own lives, habitually ask themselves the above question regarding their government. So, what’s the answer? Are they out to get you? Well, unfortunately, the answer isn’t a simple “yes,” or “no.” In fact, it’s “yes,” and “no.”

Jeff Clark | May 16, 2022

You’ve likely heard about the idea of a social credit score, where citizens could be graded on how environmentally or socially responsible they are. You recycle? Score one. You don’t recycle, minus one. You drive an electric vehicle? Score ten. You drive a carbon-spewing SUV, minus ten. We can debate how effective something like this would be, and the scary ways it could be abused by the government, but in my view there’s a more important scoring system that should be implemented. It has direct bearing on your financial future…

Jeff Thomas | May 5, 2022

Benito Mussolini stated that “Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism, as it is the merger of corporate and government power.” Quite so. Interestingly, many, and perhaps most people today, lack an understanding as to the system under which they are ruled. In the US in particular, most people who vote Republican take pride in believing that the US is a capitalist state. Democrats, too, regard the US as a capitalist state, and take the view that that’s what’s wrong with America today. Increasingly, they seek a move in the socialist (or collectivist) direction to save them from the perceived evils of capitalism. Interestingly, though, the evils to which they refer are the socio-economic inequalities that exist and the fact that those on the lower levels of society have decreasing opportunity to improve their lot in life. And, of course, since they believe they live under a capitalist system, they assume that capitalism must be the problem. But this is not the case.

Jeff Clark | Apr 18, 2022

Silver and gold were up in Q1, and stock indexes were down, so their ratio to one another saw a big shift, right? No! The change is barely discernible. In fact, in the big picture, silver and gold remain near all-time lows relative to the stock market.

Jeff Thomas | Apr 12, 2022

That was a popular phrase in the past. And, because the dollar has been the world’s reserve currency for nearly eighty years, there’s a temptation to assume that the dollar will remain the king of currencies. But history shows us that all fiat currencies eventually come to a bad end, and the dollar is most assuredly a fiat currency, having lost its backing by gold in 1971 – something that US President Nixon promised would be a “temporary measure.” But why should this be? Why should it end at all?

Jeff Clark | Apr 12, 2022

The headlines were big in Q1, all of which pushed precious metals higher. Our quarterly ITV report examines the performance of precious metals vs. other major asset classes during the first quarter of 2022, along with a watchlist of conditions that could propel them higher.

Jeff Thomas | Apr 5, 2022

Recently, I was in a pharmacy and overheard the pharmacist say to someone, “There’s so much unpleasantness on the news these days. I’ve stopped watching.” The pharmacist has my sympathy. I’d love to be able to ignore the deterioration of the First World. It is, at turns, tedious, depressing, disturbing and infuriating. Unfortunately, we’re now passing through what, before it’s over, will be the most life-altering period in our lifetimes. As much as we’d like to behave like ostriches right now, we’d better keep our heads out of the sand and be as honest with ourselves as we can, if we’re going to lessen the impact that these events will have on us. I stated in a recent article, “I cannot emphasize too strongly the importance of this (a possible shortage of food). History is filled with examples of cultures that would endure most anything and still behave responsibly….Nothing will cause greater, more unpredictable nor more violent behaviour in a people than a lack of food.” Interesting to note that, whenever I converse with people on the finer points of the Great Unraveling, when I mention the words “famine” or ‘food riots”, even those who are otherwise quite comfortable discussing the subject, tend to want to discount the possibility that these will be aspects of the troubles that are headed our way. For this very reason, I believe that we should shine a light on this eventuality.

Jeff Clark | Apr 5, 2022

The topic of de-dollarization has taken on new life, a result of major geopolitical conflicts around the world. And the ultimate act of de-dollarization would be a non-US country initiating a gold standard. Russia grabs a lot of headlines right now, but the leading candidate for realistically instituting a gold standard is China. Would China really do that? And do they have enough gold Reserves anyway? The USA (and West) hold immense control over global trade, and one advantage of that is its ability to fund a massive military using the dollar. China wants to exert more power in the world and has global ambitions of its own, and to achieve them it needs to dethrone the dollar. It has been taking a number of steps recently to do just that—and you may be surprised to learn that gold is playing a role in it. How much of a role and what could it do to the gold price? To answer those questions we first have to talk about China’s motivations to leave the dollar system…

Jeff Thomas | Mar 30, 2022

“Progress may have been all right once, but it has gone on too long.” I’ve always been fond of that quote. Back when Ogden Nash wrote it, it was quite clever. Today, the quote is a bit less entertaining, as we are living in a period when, more and more, world leaders seem to be headed in the wrong direction – away from progress. As the Great Unravelling plays out, people are coming to the conclusion that the directions taken by their leaders are (in Doug Casey’s well-chosen words), not only the wrong thing to do, but the exact opposite of the right thing to do.

Jeff Thomas | Mar 22, 2022

Where’s Your Loyalty? Recently, after reading an essay of mine, a reader angrily questioned my loyalty to the USA. My immediate reaction was that I’m not a US citizen. I therefore tend to observe the US dispassionately, just as I’d observe any of the nearly 200 “foreign” countries in the world. But, as I’m British, what if he’d questioned my loyalty to the UK? Would he have a valid point? Well, at the very least, he’d certainly have a question worthy of an answer. I, of course, have a legal right to live and work in the UK, and yet I choose not to. It’s simply not my idea of a great country in which to reside. As much as I regard the traditional English village to be an ideal environment in which to live, I reside elsewhere. The reason is that I place a very high value on personal freedom, a non-intrusive government and a populace that doesn’t feel that it’s entitled to largesse that’s been forcibly taken from another segment of the population. But that doesn’t exactly address the question of “loyalty,” does it? Well, there, I must confess, I tend to answer the question with another question. Whenever someone speaks to me of his loyalty to his country, I’m inclined to ask him to define “country.”

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