10/20/2011 Portland, Oregon – Pop in your mints…
For those of you who have missed Part I, Part II, and/or Part III, you may read them by clicking on the following links:
Again, for those of you who are too lazy to click the links, here we offer a brief summary to get you up to speed:
Central Banking is the physical expression of Man’s need to safeguard his wealth and to increase trade. A Central Bank’s usefulness and scope were greatly increased when dual entry accounting could be employed to manage a Central Bank’s accounts.
The Central Bank’s role as a storehouse of wealth has generally attracted the attention of the Government, which is the physical expression of Man’s need to protect his life. The Government, in this capacity, does not generate wealth and must maintain itself either by taxing its subjects or borrowing funds.
The Central Bank, as the repository of wealth and facilitator of trade, by default creates a majority of the banknotes which circulate in a society. As such, the Central Bank becomes the natural creditor of the Government. Whether it lends funds directly to the Government or indirectly, the result is the same. That result is that the use of its subject’s wealth by the Government is greatly facilitated by the existence of a Central Bank.
Having established the fact that some form of both a Government and a Central Bank will naturally, in some form, come into existence and become increasingly interdependent, the only question is one of the size and scope of such entities.
Today, that the scale of modern Central Banking is excessive and that the potential for catastrophe is unprecedented.
The reason for the unprecedented scope of Central Banking is that money, as it is widely understood today, does not really exist. Rather, banknotes issued by Central Banks, which are by definition credit instruments, are misunderstood to be money proper by a majority of the people in the developed and semi-developed world.
This misunderstanding flies in the face of 9,000 years of human history, in which Gold and Silver in bar and coin form have been tacitly used as money proper. It is this misunderstanding which has set the stage for the greatest catastrophe in history to occur.
The misunderstanding of money and credit began, like many experiments, in Northern Europe with the establishment of the Bank of Amsterdam. Established in 1609, the Bank of Amsterdam is widely recognized as at least a precursor to modern central banks. For over 400 years since it was established, the use of banknotes issued by a Central Bank which are not directly convertible to coin has slowly but steadily increased.
Modern Central banks issuing banknotes were subsequently formed in Europe, England, and Japan. As these Central banks and their successors began to slowly absorb the true money supply and issue banknotes in their place, man began to slowly transfer the concept of money proper from Gold and Silver and attribute the qualities of money to the banknotes issued by the Central Bank.
This process of wealth absorption greatly accelerated in 1913 when the United States of America granted a 100 year charter to its third Central Bank, the Federal Reserve. The FED, as it is commonly known, was to act primarily as a reserve and to create “money” (read banknotes) as necessary. At the advent of World War I, the FED stepped in and issued bonds to finance the war and after the war the FED was granted exclusive control of the money supply in the United States.
In 1933, in the midst of what was to be the great depression in the US, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 6102 which required citizens to deliver all but a small amount of gold coin and bullion held by them to the FED in exchange for $20.67 worth of Federal Reserve notes (the banknotes issued by the FED) per ounce.
Naturally, most citizens with large quantities of gold at the time had it transferred to Switzerland.
Then, by decree, the Government raised the price of redeeming gold from the FED to $35 per ounce. Redemption could only be made by Foreign parties as, naturally, it was now illegal for US Citizens to own gold.
Federal Reserve notes were now the only form of “money” that an entire generation of Americans were likely to handle. However, foreigners could still redeem the Federal Reserve notes for gold, though they rarely did, at $35 per ounce.
After World War II, the US emerged as the most powerful nation on earth. It was only natural that the western governments would peg their currencies at a fixed exchange rate to the US dollar (Federal Reserve Note) which was redeemable in gold at $35 per ounce. This is commonly known as the Bretton Woods system.
The system held together for around 20 years, accepting that $35 US Dollars were as good as gold until 1968, when things began to get dangerous…
Stay tuned and Trust Jesus.
Key Indicators for October 20, 2011
10 Yr US Treasury Bond: 2.18%
FED Target Rate: 0.07% ON AUTOPILOT, THE FED IS DEAD!
Unemployment Rate: 9.1%
Inflation Rate (CPI): 0.3%
Dow Jones Industrial Average: 11,542