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To Build up the Land, Thoughts on Mankind’s uneasy intercourse with Nature

To Build up the Land
To Build up the Land

Our latest ebook offering here at The Mint, To Build up the Land, Thoughts on Mankind’s uneasy intercourse with Nature, is now available on Smashwords and Amazon’s Kindle.

It is a thought provoking look at the root cause of climate change and the origins of mankind’s interaction with the land.

From GMOs to CAFOs and back through to the elusive Garden of Eden, To Build up the Land explores how the modern day urban centric worldview has given rise to both the myth of overpopulation as well as the all too real phenomenon of climate change.

However, rather than searching out the usual suspects of increased carbon footprints, fossil fuels, and over development, we masterfully pinpoint the root cause of climate change.  It is a cause that is seldom recognized or addressed, yet it lies at the heart of the myriad of crises which increasingly besiege our planet.

As a special offer to our loyal readers, you can pick up a free copy here at The Mint until June 11th.  Just click here and follow the check out process.

Visit Smashwords.com, Amazon’s Kindle Store, or pick up your very own Mint edition today!

Why the monetary premium must be attributed to a tangible good – To Build up the Land – Part IV

4/1/2013 Portland, Oregon – Pop in your mints…

On this April fool’s day we will attempt to lay out yet another premise.  It is the underlying premise and our ultimate contribution to man’s understanding of monetary theory.

Our choice to present the premise today may mean one of three things:

1.  If it is so absurd as not to be accepted by any thinking human being, we may attribute it to a cruel April fool’s joke.

2.  It may be received as such a revelation that mankind will take what they have assumed to be money for a cruel April fool’s joke.

3.  It just happens to be April 1st as we are writing.

We can assure you of that the third reason is absolutely true, as for which of the first two may be valid, we leave the decision up to you, fellow taxpayer.

The premise is the following:  The monetary premium, which is the increase in the value of an object owed to its usefulness as a store of value, medium of exchange, and/or unit of account, must be primarily attached to a tangible good for the activities which mankind carries out to be in balance with the resources that exist in natural world.

The world has operated on a system of fiat currency, or currency by decree, on and off for as long as there has been an Empire capable of dictating what its subjects must use as money in settlement of debts.  Fiat currency is not harmful in and of itself.  In fact, given enough time, any fiat currency which is not flexible enough to change with the needs of the economic activity which it is intended to aid will either self destruct on its own, owed to it being eschewed in favor of a more suitable currency, or, if its use is rigidly enforced, cause the underlying economic activity to self destruct or cease, causing another form of fiat collapse.

To control what is used as money and the monetary premium represents the ultimate power in the material world.  As such, such control can never be gained by force.  Rather, it must be created by a great many deceptions which cause otherwise rational persons to hand over control over this most important of decisions.

For over 40 years now, much of the world has not only subjugated itself to accepting a form of fiat, it has come to accept as money the worst form of fiat, a fiat currency that comes into being as a debt instrument.  As a result, mankind has attached this precious monetary premium to credit, which is not dependant upon the production of goods in the real world, nor on existing property, rather, it is primarily dependent upon the character of a man.

Today we read a list of quotations compiled by Frederick Sheehan which came to us via Credit Writedowns.  Two of the quotes speak directly to the nature of credit, which will help to underscore our premise:

“Credit is not money.  Credit is trust. Trust can vanish in an instant.” – Frederick J. Sheehan, March 25, 2013

In response to questioning by Samuel Untermeyer during the Pujo Committee hearings, J.P. Morgan famously made the following observations on money and credit:  {Editor’s note: You may read the Pujo Committee, formally known as the Money Trust Investigation, testimonies here via the St. Louis Fed.

Untermyer: ‘The basis of banking is credit, is it not?”

Morgan:  “Not always. That is evidence of banking, but it is not the money itself.  Money is gold, and nothing else.”

Then, during the same lime of testimony:

Untermyer: “Is not commercial credit based primarily on money or property?

Morgan: “No sir, the first thing is character.

Untermyer: “Before money or property?

Morgan: “Before money or property or anything else.  Money cannot buy it”

Both Sheehan and Morgan’s observations on credit are sufficient to gain an understanding of what credit really is.  Most persons are conditioned to assume that credit is backed by collateral.  However, were credit backed by collateral, it would cease to be credit.

The essence of credit is trust.  Trust, by definition, is created by the belief in an inherently uncertain future outcome.  Again, by definition, trust may not always be well placed.  The plans upon which the credit and underlying trust are built may just as well not turn out as planned.

Money cannot be destroyed, it can only change hands.  Credit and trust, however, can be destroyed in an instant, for they are subject to the fickle decisions and imperfect plans of men.

When money is based on trust, the world moves to a very dangerous place with regards to the planning of daily activities.  This is where the world is today, circa 2013, after 40 years of what we refer to as the insane debt is money financial system.

Trust is good and necessary to a point, however, it can vanish in an instant.  When there is an excess amount of trust, or promises to pay, circulating in relationship to a finite number of money, goods, and capital in the real world, there are bound to be a few broken promises.

If kept to a minimum, the economic systems which are organically created by man to trade and deal with scarcity, a state of being that we call True Capitalism, will correct the errors that result from misplaced trust which manifests itself by credits which are defaulted on.  The activities of men will then return to balance with the underlying natural resources which the earth affords him.

Forest Clearing in Cameroon, and example of man's imbalance with nature? Photo credits:  © Greenpeace / Alex Yallop
Forest Clearing in Cameroon, and example of man’s imbalance with nature?
Photo credits: © Greenpeace / Alex Yallop

However, if misplaced trust in the form of bad credits are allowed to perpetuate themselves, men will have no incentive to investigate whom amongst them is worthily of the trust that credit represents.  This state of being will, and indeed does, cause much of the earth’s natural resources to fall into unproductive hands where it will ultimately be squandered.

Meanwhile, those who are capable will not be able to coordinate their efforts with their fellow men in any meaningful way.  Indeed, the capable ones will simply learn how to take advantage of the over abundance of trust which is being created in the world.

This proliferation and misallocation, if we can call it that, of trust has two real world consequences:

1.  Natural resources are wasted at an alarming rate.  For this reason we believe that the placement of the monetary premium on credits has lead to the crisis that most people have come to call “Climate Change.”  It was previously known as “Global warming.”  This represents a myriad of symptoms whose root cause is that man’s activities are severely out of balance.  The cause of this imbalance in the current situation is that man’s activities, both those worth of trust that have succeeded and those that have failed miserably, have been greatly accelerated by the dangerous mix of credit and the monetary premium that circulates as currency.

Man is in a desperate race to meet a timetable that the earth’s resources cannot provide for.  The result is the severe imbalances which we are now observing.  It is this, and not the industrial revolution, fossil fuels, or any of the other symptoms that is the root cause of climate change.

2.  While there are a great deal of men who are busy scorching the earth with their activities, the wise have learned to concentrate their efforts not on the productive activities to which they would otherwise dedicate themselves, but to profiting from the explosion of trust and credit, from the misjudgments and miscalculations or their fellow men.

The land is either laying fallow or being scorched by the misguided activities of men, rather than being built up, as Old Jules encouraged.

However, it is not man himself or any of his inventions which constitute the root cause of the problem.  Rather, it is the simple misplacement of the monetary premium on credit instruments which emits the false signals that we all either follow or are forced to follow in the planning and execution of our daily activities.

This is our premise.  If one man in a million will grasp it, we can change the world.  Will it be you?

Stay tuned and Trust Jesus.

Stay Fresh!

David Mint

Email: davidminteconomics@gmail.com

Key Indicators for April 1, 2013

Copper Price per Lb: $3.40
Oil Price per Barrel:  $97.07
Corn Price per Bushel:  $6.42
10 Yr US Treasury Bond:  1.84%
FED Target Rate:  0.13%  ON AUTOPILOT, THE FED IS DEAD!
Gold Price Per Ounce:  $1,599 THE GOLD RUSH IS STILL ON!
MINT Perceived Target Rate*:  0.25%
Unemployment Rate:  7.7%
Inflation Rate (CPI):  0.7%
Dow Jones Industrial Average:  14,573
M1 Monetary Base:  $2,425,000,000,000 LOTS OF DOUGH ON THE STREET!
M2 Monetary Base:  $10,547,600,000,000

Global Banking Collapse, Global Cooling, Opinions on Climate Change

8/10/2011 Portland, Oregon – Pop in your mints…

Gold hit $1,800 today.  That should tell you all you need to know about what is happening.

We are trying not to look at the markets today.  It gives us the morbid feeling that one gets as they are about to witness a train wreck or other catastrophe.  Our curiosity begs us to look but our morality forbids it.

What we are hesitant to watch as it gets underway is some form of global banking collapse.  From CNBC:

“Rochdale banking analyst Richard Bove said there is little chance of a French bank default.

“If a bank in Europe went under, it would cause huge counterparty risk. It wouldn’t be that bad for 99 percent of the banks in the country. It would be bad for the biggest banks…Why are all the banks falling in price? The deeper issue is what the Federal Reserve did yesterday,” said Bove.

The Fed, in an unusual move Tuesday, revealed that its “extended period” to hold rates at zero runs until the middle of 2013. The Fed also downgraded its view of the economy to a picture of slow growth.

“The Federal Reserve told me, number one, that the economy is weakening and my loan losses just went up,” Bove said. “The ability to make new loans is hampered by the weaker economy, and on top of that, the Federal Reserve said they were going to keep margins on my product down,” he said, explaining banks need higher rates to make profits on lending and deposits.”

As we alluded to yesterday, the Federal Reserve essentially ended its storied career yesterday.  In an all out attempt to goose the markets it spent its last bit of credibility.  It is currently being carted off the field to cheer its losing team from the sidelines.  It may come back, but, like Brett Farve, it may find its former glory elusive.

With the FED injured and out of the game, the world’s largest banks are readying to show the world that there really is no entity on the planet which is “too big to fail,” starting with themselves.  There is no doubt that the ECB will pull out all the stops to save the large French banks, as Mr. Bove suggests above.

They will be carted off behind the FED.  But enough of the markets, it is just too ugly to gaze upon.

Let’s talk about the weather!

It is an unusually cold “summer” day here in Portland.  We loosely use the term summer because it now seems that summer has taken its own vacation and left the inhabitants of the Northwest with a straight shot from Spring to Fall.  Not so bad, provided we get the best of both seasons.

Still, the lack of sunshine at this time of year seems to be taking its toll on people.  When the sun comes out here, you suddenly become aware that the city has about triple the number of inhabitants than you once thought.  People literally hibernate here and when the sun brings them out it can be startling if you are not expecting it.

Logic would follow that, with the recent weather data taking a turn for the cooler, the global warming crowd would declare victory and let the planet move on to bigger and better things.   Now that the myth of global warming is apparently being disproved by nature herself, scientists are clinging onto the term “climate change” to justify the right to determine who needs how much energy.  The right to energy in recent times was determined by wars so perhaps this is an improvement. 

Many will quickly note that we have certain facts wrong about global warming/climate change and will want to correct us in our error.  To them we say, please do not waste your time.  We do not pretend to be an expert at anything here at The Mint, we are merely opinionated.  The most normal thing is for us to be wrong, it helps keep us humble.

Flooding on the Missouri River at Omaha, Nebraska - July 2011

That said, we base our “the globe is now cooling” opinion on two anecdotes that we heard while in Nebraska recently.  First, Lake McConaughy, which just five years ago was nearly bone dry is now full to overflowing.  The “experts” said that it would take 50 years to reach normal levels.

Second, we spoke with a guy from northern Wyoming who said they are seeing new GLACIATION taking place right before their eyes.  In a valley where last season there was merely a stream coming down from the mountains now stands a new glacier over 50 feet high.  Not just snowpack, a glacier.  He could not recall this ever happening there before.  Let alone so quickly.

Then there are the bears.  Rumor has it that they are moving to lower altitudes in the Northwestern US because snowpack in the mountains is not receding as it normally did and this is driving the bears closer to populated areas in search of a feast to fill their bellies for the winter.

More Flooding near airport on the Missouri River at Omaha, Nebraska - July 2011

And finally, everyone is aware of the flooding taking place along the Missouri and Mississippi rivers this season.

To us, here in the Northern Hemisphere, it appears that the globe is now cooling at an alarming rate.  Is the solution now to burn more fossil fuels?

Our point is that the weather is something that no man, no matter how many terms he has spent in Congress, can control.  Those who believe that mankind can somehow master the weather (the logical implication and end of most policies invoked in the name of stopping “climate change”) are innocently deluded at best and in the worst case may be power hungry control freaks.

As for allowing Wall Street first dibs at selling us the air we breathe (cleverly disguised as “carbon credits”), any thinking person should quickly identify this notion as just plain insanity.

On the other hand, we have great respect for people who are deeply committed to taking care of the environment.  We wish them well and whole heartedly support their dream of bringing peace to the earth and balance to what occurs on it.

Our disagreement with most mainstream climate policy is a question of methods.  While most see a problem with what mankind currently uses to create energy, we see as a problem with what mankind has chosen to use as money.

Once the monetary system is fixed (which may be occurring shortly), we suspect that the earth will be cleaner and greener than even the most ambitious environmentalist has ever imagined.

Best of all, the change will be a product of mankind’s collective free will, not of the hollow decrees of a governmental edict.

Imagine.

Stay tuned and Trust Jesus.

Stay Fresh!

David Mint

Email: davidminteconomics@gmail.com

Key Indicators for August 10, 2011

Copper Price per Lb: $3.91
Oil Price per Barrel:  $82.89

Corn Price per Bushel:  $6.78  
10 Yr US Treasury Bond:  2.13%

FED Target Rate:  0.10%  TIGHTENING?  NOT!

Gold Price Per Ounce:  $1,795 PERMANENT UNCERTAINTY

MINT Perceived Target Rate*:  2.00%
Unemployment Rate:  9.1%
Inflation Rate (CPI):  -0.2%!!!  PULL OUT THE HELICOPTERS!!!
Dow Jones Industrial Average:  10,719  TO THE MOON!!!

M1 Monetary Base:  $2,012,200,000,000 RED ALERT!!!
M2 Monetary Base:  $9,226,100,000,000 YIKES!!!!!!!