Archive for the Federal Reserve Category

Careening Toward A Global Totalitarian Authoritarian Behemoth?  And Then There Is The Fed’s Self-Inflicted Great Checkmate. (January 3, 2022)

Posted in Covid / Coronavirus, Federal Reserve, Vaccine on January 3, 2022 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “2021 was worse than 2020.  2022 will be worse than 2021.  2022 may be a year of consequence in the ‘Post-Consequence World’ that imposes no culpability on the culpable and no responsibility on the responsible.”

J          “Not this year.  The system will continue to trudge and trundle along.  No one will be held to account.  Everyone in power is making money fist over hand.”

. . .

K          “With inflation inflating, the Fed’s self-inflicted Great Checkmate cannot be deferred.  If the Fed were stalemated, they could sit tight, but they are in check at this time.  If the fools at the Fed had any sense of etiquette, they would resign before being publicly checkmated or at least be honest with the public.”

J          “The Fed is playing a simple-minded game of checkers in an economy that is not black and red.  They have the one overriding move that can be taken at any time and taken over and over and over again.  They are able to print unlimited dollars.”

. . .

K          “The transition from the Pandemic to the Endemic is a political and an economic challenge, not an epidemiological problem.  However, there is no money in the early treatment and prevention of the Big C-19, so it will not be treated and prevented.  That reality cannot change without much more public awareness and action.” 

J          “One word – Le Vaccine.  The Supremes will provide some guidance on Friday and in the coming week.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at Twenty Sixteen (January 4, 2016)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

A pandemic of the vaccinated.

A pandemic of the unvaccinated.

Ailing, Failing, Wailing And Bailing (September 27, 2021)

Posted in Bail In, Bailout/Bribe, Cryptocurrency, Federal Reserve, Inflation on September 27, 2021 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “The financial and economic system is insolvent not just illiquid.  That will not endure.”

J          “They can and will continue to print their way down Primrose Lane and kick the debt can down the highway.  If any entity is ailing or failing, it can always start wailing and the Federal Reserve will start bailing.”

. . .

J          “We will know that Bitcoin has arrived when the government bails out the holders of Bitcoin.”

. . .    

K          “These things happen in October.”

J          “Not going to happen.  Perhaps next October.”

K          “You’re probably right.  Let’s compare notes.  On Halloween.  This year.”

. .  .

[See the e-commentary at “Is Inflation Inflating!?!? (April 26, 2021)”, “Covid-19 PanICdemic/Plague:  Basically, Back To Basics:  Finding Food; Printing Rutabagas.  Happy Earth Day! (April 20, 2020)”, “Covid-19: BAU v. BAU (February 24, 2020)”, “Twenty Sixteen (January 4, 2016)” and “They Can Print Money (November 2, 2015)”.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

A system that cannot go on forever will not go on forever

Is Inflation Inflating!?!? (April 26, 2021)

Posted in Deflation, Federal Reserve, Inflation, Interest Rates on April 26, 2021 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “‘Shadowstats’ by John Williams.”

J          “‘Chapwood Index’ by Ed Butowsky.”

. . .

K          “$8.99 two years ago, $13.99 one year ago and $22.77 one week ago.  If it is available.”

J          “$577 two years ago, $777 one year ago and $929 one week ago.  If it is available.”

. . .

K          “The inflation in what is generically referred to as ‘higher education’ must be analyzed over ten years.  Tuition is tied to increases in schooling loans. The federal government makes more money available at steep interest rates which triggers the universities to raise tuition and hire more superfluous administrators.”

J          “Housing prices are through the roof and only getting worse with the price of lumber and consumer durables rising.”

. . .    

K          “What happens when inflation undermines the real rates of return in the bond market and forces the Federal Reserve to consider raising interest rates?”

J          “Raising the interest rate increases the cost of paying off the national Debt.  Thus, the Fed must raise interest rates and must not raise interest rates.”

. . . 

[See the e-commentary on stealth inflation at “Back Door Inflation (July 16, 2007)”, the dubious numbers advanced by the government at “The Economic Numbers Game (May 5, 2008)”, the underpayment of public benefits based on false and distorted information at “Social (In)Security And The C.P.I. (May 29, 2017)”, the consequences of thwarted supply lines at Covid-19: BAU v. BAU (February 24, 2020) and a treatise on housing at “Housing:  Another Bubble Blown By Criminally Low Interest Rates (August 24, 2020)”.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

Whip Inflation When?  How?

Seeing 20/20 In 2021 (January 4, 2021)

Posted in Covid / Coronavirus, Federal Reserve, Vaccine, Wall Street on January 4, 2021 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “We did not see 20/20 in 2020.”

J          “We will see 2020 on steroids in 2021.”

. . .

J          “Despite some concerns, I am ready to take the plunge. They can plunge the needle into my body.”

K          “You know my concerns.  First they said there were no adequate, approved and available treatments which was not true because no available treatments were adequately tested let alone approved.  Second they said their concoctions diagnosed, prevented and treated the disease which is also unproven and unfounded speculation.  I am taking care of myself and thus taking care of the entire community.  I will obtain natural immunity without taking or taxing any public or private resources.  We are in this alone.  I am obliging and accommodating to the reality.”

. . .

K          “Over the last more than dozen years, the economic system has been illiquid with those in power responding by giving more free money / liquidity to the major connected players.  At this time, the system is close to insolvent which cannot be solved by giving away even more money to the major connected players.”

J          “We started the year with this conversation four years ago or so.  This year may be the year.  The problem is giving away money is all they know how to do.  They will continue to give away even more money and give away what is left of our future.  I still hope it is a happy new year.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary one year ago today at “Seeing 2020:  Federal Reserve Logic:  QE =/= QE.  Print, Lie, Print, Lie, Print, Lie.  The Great Financial Coup D’état Rages On. (January 6, 2020)” and four years ago at “Twenty Sixteen (January 4, 2016)” and a few mid-summer reflections and premonitions at “Venturing A Few Unfounded And Unwarranted Predictions (July 13, 2015)”.  “Back Door Inflation (July 16, 2007)” is back knocking at the door.  The coming and not at all paradoxical 1) deflation/drop in the price of “bubble baubles / faux assets” (i.e. ETFs and theme parks) and 2) inflation/rise in the price of “real assets” (i.e. grub and farm land) is discussed in “Stagflation?!?  Hands Down Or Hands Up? (January 14, 2019)”.  In response, “They Can Print Money (November 2, 2015)” and they do print money.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

2021 to 2020:  “Watch this.”

2021 to 2020:  “Hold my beer.”

Keep your stick on the ice

Seeing 2020:  Federal Reserve Logic:  QE =/= QE.  Print, Lie, Print, Lie, Print, Lie.  The Great Financial Coup D’état Rages On. (January 6, 2020)

Posted in Banks and Banking System, Federal Reserve, Interest Rates, Kleptocracy, Repurchase Agreement on January 6, 2020 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “A year ago, Federal Reserve Chairman Powell repudiated a noble but doomed experiment.  After he raised interest rates in an effort to reach a normal, rational and traditional level, he and many others realized that interest rates can never ever ever ever ever be raised again and must be reduced to zero or less than zero to avoid financial collapse.”

J          “On January 30, as I recall, Powell relented because the Federal Reserve realized that the economic and financial system was again on the edge of collapse.  On September 17, as I recall, when the Federal Reserve again recognized that collapse was immanent, it opened up the coffers via the overnight repurchase market and shoveled free money to the banks and hedge funds.  And the free money is still flowing freely.”

. . .

K          “The entire financial and the political system is built on a deep and abiding faith in and reliance upon distrust.  Everyone in the banking and hedge fund world possesses enough self-awareness to know that she and he are corrupt and dishonest to the core.  And everyone in the banking and hedge fund world knows that the others in the banking and hedge fund world are corrupt and dishonest to the core.  Perfect knowledge in a world of otherwise imperfect knowledge.  Profound and well-founded distrust undergirds all decisions.”

J          “Actions and behavior are predictable, if one seeks to predict actions and behavior.  No banker or hedge funder wants to lend to another banker or hedge funder because each if given half an opportunity will not pay the money back.  Thus, they simply steal the money that is given freely by the Federal Reserve.  And the free money is still flowing freely.”       

. . .

K          “Now going on a dozen years, the Great Financial Coup D’état rages on and on and on.”

J          “And on and on and on and on and on without public input or congressional approval or MSM comment.  And the free money is still flowing freely.”

. . .

J          “Print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print. print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, print, and then rinse and repeat.”

K          “And then lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie and then rinse and repeat.”

. . .

[See the incisive and insightful commentary in “Wall Street On Parade” researched and written by Pam Martens and Russ Martens; David B. Collum, the other Dave who provides a review of the events of the departing year, delivers his written “2019 Year in Review” in two parts and a podcast titled “Pandemonium” in his own inimitable way available at Peak Prosperity.]

[See the e-commentary at “Quantitative Easing = Money Printing (January 19, 2015)” published five years ago discussing the ongoing Quantitative Easing currently in overdrive and part of the Second Great Bank Bailout taking place without public input, congressional approval or MSM comment; “Coups d’état, Bail Outs And Bail Ins:  Clio’s Diary/Chronology.  Oh, And Happy Constitution Day! (September 17, 2018)” published on the ten year anniversary of the Great Financial Coup D’état; and “Twenty Sixteen (January 4, 2016)” published four years ago at the dawn of the year on the prospects for economic collapse in the near future.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Print, baby, print

Lie, baby, lie

Not all debt is repaid, but all debt is paid

And the free money is still flowing freely

Does Any Institution In America Function? Oh, And Happy Friday The 13th! (December 9, 2019)

Posted in Academia, Banks and Banking System, Congress, Democrats, Federal Courts, Federal Reserve, Institutions, Jurisprudence Award, Kleptocracy, Law, Medicine, MIC, MICAC, Military, MSM, Noble Prize in Jurisprudence, Pushitzer, Pushitzer Prize In Commentary, Republicans, Supreme Court on December 9, 2019 by e-commentary.org

. . .

J          “I need one more day.”

. . .

K          “You don’t have to name three, just nominate one.”

J          “One institution after the other after the other after the other after the other after the other after the other has failed and continues to fail.  And that is even after lowering the standards to the point that the bar is on the floor.  One more day, I need.”

. . .

K          “The legal system at every level is a fraud and a racket.  We live in a country with many, many, many rules and many, many, many laws, but we do not live in a country that believes in or adheres to the rule of law.  There is no law, there is only ideology.”

J          “The medical and health care / sick careless system is a racket and a fraud.  I drive by the health insurance company skyscraper and reflect that not one person in the monolith has ever applied a band aid to a patient.  There is no care, there is only profitability.”

. . .

K          “The economic system is rigged at every step and turn to loot every last dollar from the people for the benefit of the Kleptocrats.  What is the end game for the expendable consumers who soon will have nothing left to bleed?”

J          “The MSM media is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Kleptocrats.  The message is tightly controlled by obedient droves of stenographers.  As a first step, everyone should skip ‘The Wall Street Journal’ and jump over to ‘Wall Street On Parade’ produced by Pam Martens and Russ Martens.”

K          “Academia is a substantially owned subsidiary of the Kleptocrats.  The message on the critical issues is also controlled and shaped by the corporate sponsors.  The campus buildings are all named for brigands; their kids and grandkids are admitted to skip the classes conducted in the namesake halls.  The hallowed halls are hollow holes.  The MIC is now expanded to include Congress and Academia in the MICAC.”

. . .

K          “Every agency from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) – in the air and on the sea – is corrupt and incompetent.  Regulatory capture exists at just about every regulatory agency.”

J          “Furlough the ‘L’ out of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (B“L”S).  To determine the real rates of unemployment, a citizen must search in the shadows at “Shadow Government Statistics” prepared and analyzed by the dedicated and informed John Williams.”

K          “And then there is the Federal Reserve.  Probably no other institution, less one and perhaps two, has inflicted more grief and despair on the ordinary citizen with less publicity and notoriety than the Federal Reserve.”

J          “And related agencies such as the Securities And Exchange Commission (SEC), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) are pernicious because they fool the citizen into believing that someone is watching out for him or her.”

K          “And the Department of Defense (DoD) exists primarily to spend money, drop bombs, and kill people but not to provide for the common defense.”

. . .

J          “The CIA and the FBI are a threat to every citizen at home and abroad and now may be affiliated with and advancing the interests of one political party.”

K          “The police in every burg and borough are paramilitary forces occupying the city and the county and the country.  Very few understand that the real Occupy movement in America grinds on.”

. . .

K          “Even many of the vaunted NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) surreptitiously serve the government’s interests.  The  Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is a front for the MICAC and shielded by the MSM that advances the propaganda.”

. . .

J          “Local EMTs and fire departments are generally contributing to the public good.”

. . .

J          “The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) is a credit worthy institution administering its duties dutifully.”

K          “Despite unrelenting opposition from the White House, Republicans and industry, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is doing what it can to reduce the plundering and the pummeling of the Planet.” 

. . .

K          “The ACLU is fighting the good fight.”

J          “Planned Parenthood is improving our plight.”

. . .

[See “Journalist:  Newsweek Suppressed OPCW Scandal And Threatened Me With Legal Action” and other articles in “caitlinjohnstone.com” by Caitlin Johnstone, the 2019 recipient of the Pushitzer Prize In Commentary, dated December 8, 2019 and the discussion of e-con-omics in “Against Economics” in “The New York Review of Books” by David Graeber dated December 5, 2019.]

[See the e-commentary at “Here Comes Da Judge; Dere Goes Da Justice (August 31, 2015)”, “The FBI File:  The American Imprimatur Of Success (January 18, 2016)”, “Suing Law Schools; Suing Gun Makers.  Oh, And Happy Law Day! (April 30, 2018)” and “Clinton, Inc., Trump, Inc., Bush, Inc., Kennedy, Inc., O’Bama, Inc. (October 24, 2016)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

“Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.”  Eric Hoffer

America is a racket not a republic.

“If the misery of the poor not be caused by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.”  Charles Darwin 

There is nothing you can do to make any material change of any kind in any way today.

“Start where you are.  Use what you have.  Do what you can.”  Arthur Ashe

Economics And Finance:  Girls v. Boys (June 4, 2018)

Posted in Banks and Banking System, Bernanke, Federal Reserve, Gender, Greenspan on June 4, 2018 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “What do Nomi Prins, Terry Gross, Yves Smith, Lynette Zang, Catherine Austin Fitts, Nicole Foss, Ellen Brown, Danielle DiMartino Booth, Brooksley Born, Sheila Bair, Janet Tavakoli, Gail Tverberg, Gretchen Morgenson, Michelle Singletary and Lionel Shriver have in common?”

J          “ . . .  How many guesses?”

K          “Who’s counting?  Take your time.  The face-off does not fall for an hour.”

J          “ . . .  They all have vowels in their names.”

K          “To a person.  Nothing gets by you.”

J          “Nothing.  Not.  a.  chance.”

. . .

J          “And consonants, too.  Two consonants, too.”

. . .

K         “No ‘Québec’ in any of the names.”

. . .

K          “What do Allan Greenspan, Philip Gramm, Larry Summers, Tim Geithner, Ben Bernanke, Hank Paulsen, and Robert Rubin have in common?”

J          “They too have vowels in their names, but they never should have been allowed to get near the bowels of the body politic.”

K          “They never should have been allowed to have any proximity to the bourse, the boardroom or the blackboard.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at “The Kids (At The Fed) Are Not Alright (January 30, 2012)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Girls are alright

From available sources, Ben Bernanke made the following statements and prognostications:

July 2005:  “We’ve never had a decline in house prices on a nationwide basis.”

November 2005:  “With respect to their safety, derivatives, for the most part, are traded among very sophisticated financial institutions and individuals who have considerable incentive to understand them and to use them properly.”

March 2007:  “All that said, given the fundamental factors in place that should support the demand for housing, we believe the effect of the troubles in the subprime sector on the broader housing market will likely be limited, and we do not expect significant spillovers from the subprime market to the rest of the economy or to the financial system.”

October 2007:  “It is not the responsibility of the Federal Reserve – nor would it be appropriate – to protect lenders and investors from the consequences of their financial decisions.”

January 2008:  “The U.S. economy has a strong labor force, excellent productivity and technology, and a deep and liquid financial market that is in the process of repairing itself.”

And last but definitely not least when it comes to misleading and dangerous drivel:

January 2008:  “The Federal Reserve is not currently forecasting a recession.”

Going Forward With The “Reverse Stock Split” (February 5, 2018)

Posted in Crime/Punishment, Dow Jones, Federal Reserve, Kleptocracy, Rackets, Rule of Law, Stock Market on February 5, 2018 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “The Federal Reserve has purposely pursued a policy to punish citizens, including millions of hard working and God fearing Americans in their retirement, who merely seek a predictable and reasonable rate of return on their money.  If citizens want any real return on their money, the Fed forced them into the stock market racket.”

J          “Which is a crime and really should be punished as a crime.”

K          “Except we subsist in a country without the rule of law.”

. . .

K          “The Dow was at about 26,000 last week before today’s collapse, yet the real value of the underlying stocks measured by realistic price/earnings ratios is only about 13,000 to perhaps 15,000.”

J          “But that type of thinking undermines the consensus that all Americans are financial geniuses.”

K          “The ‘Wealth Effect’ is surreptitiously impoverishing many of those financial geniuses.  Too many investors/speculators are spending more money or, even worse, incurring more debt without realizing that their faux wealth will soon vaporize.”

J          “The ‘Poverty Effect’ will be a bodacious and stupendous bummer.”

. . .

K          “Check this out.  In a typical stock split, one share at $100 per share is split into two shares at $50 per share.  That thinking is so outmoded and outdated.  Everything in the stock market is hocus pocus.  I propose a reverse stock split where one share at $100 per share is split into two shares at $100 per share.  We need to create wealth.”

J          “Count me in.  The Dow at 52,000.  Just like that.  Twice as rich.  But with the absurdity, the insanity, the depravity and the irrationality that defines our reality, why not a three for one split and thus a Dow of 76,000.  Thrice as rich.  Just like that.  We need to concoct wealth.”

K          “Pocus hocus.  Count me in.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at “The Dow Is The Canary (April 26, 2010)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

The Dow at 104,000!!!!!!!!!!!

Or not.

“Adjunktification” In The S.I.C. (Schooling Industrial Complex) (March 13, 2017)  

Posted in Adjunktification, Education, Federal Reserve, Schooling, Schooling Industrial Complex, Sports, Trumpi on March 13, 2017 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “I love ideas.  I think there are others who also like them.  But not many others.”

J          “Finding a critical mass of folks who are interested in ideas is challenging.  Everyone is too busy struggling desperately to make it through the day economically, emotionally and physically.  Unrestrained contemplation is an unaffordable luxury today.”

K          “College is that rare, brief and fleeting period of time when one is free to think.”

J          “Sometimes it seems that only a few folks are actually thinking in college.  And it sure is far from free.”

. . .

K          “Does even one percent (1%) of the money spent on the American Schooling Industrial Complex (S.I.C.) get spent on the creation and transmission of ideas?”

J          “Between foot/basketball and bureaucrats, surely not much more than two percent (2%) of the money is committed to ideas.”

K          “Someone should calculate the historic ratio of dollars spent on bureaucrats versus students and calibrate a percentage ceiling on expenditures for ballers and bureaucrats.  Some Assistant Provost Dean may need to go back to teaching or go.”

. . .

K          “‘Adjunktification’ is the new paradigm.  The adjunkts now carry the burden of transmitting ideas, although they may not have enough free time to create ideas.  They are not junk, but they are treated like junk.”

J          “Academia is replicating life.  A bloated mass of overpaid bureaucrats at the top exploit a small underpaid cadre at the bottom doing the work.”

K          “When you reflect on it, perhaps academia does prepare one for life.”

. . .

K          “In the election, so many voters for Trump realized that those who pass themselves off as the intellectual elite in America are a fraud.”

J          “The apparatchiks and the nomenklatura are the errand boys and the errand girls with gilded certificates serving the interests of the gilded class.”

K          “And making a little gold.  The S.I.C. is parcel and part of the carefully calibrated system of checks and balances that advances the obedient and the compliant through the system.”

. . .

K          “So many departments of academia today are not even about ideas.  They are about credentials from top to bottom.  The only realistic and economically viable solution is to bestow a Ph.D. on every citizen at the age of eighteen.  Particularly in economics which is a religion calculated to obscure the truth and protect the wealthy.”

J          “Would they have to show up to get it?”

. . .  

[See “The 2016 Nobel Prizes in Economics Go to those Who Pushed Criminogenic Policies” in “New Economic Perspectives” by William K. Black dated February 27, 2017 and the e-commentary at “First Annual Noble Prize In Eco-nomics (October 10, 2016).”]

[See the e-commentary at “Unionizing Athletes And Adjuncts (And Sherpas) (April 21, 2104)” and review the previous e-commentary on “Education” and “Schooling.”]

Bumper stickers of the week / Foam Fingers of the week:       

The Federal Reserve is “checkmated” by moves it alone commandeered and engineered.  The “king” now is in check with no way to remove the threat.  The Fed cannot maintain rates and cannot raise rates and cannot lower rates.  . . .  If you are the only one who can make the moves on a board you control, how can you maneuver yourself into checkmate?

We’re Number 1 (at something)

March Madness seems like a delightfully ironic phrase.

Do you fill in your brackets?

“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been.  The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’”  Isaac Asimov, “A Cult of Ignorance”, Newsweek, January 21, 1980.  

The Mandibles, FRNs, SDRs, IMF, G20, WTD! (September 5, 2016)

Posted in Book Reference, Collapse, Courts, Debt/Deficits, Dollar - World's Reserve Currency, Federal Reserve, Gold, Gold Standard, Guns, INFORM Act, International Finance, International Monetary Fund, Journalism, Money, Newspapers, Petrodollar, Press/Media, SDR - Special Drawing Rights, Silver, Silver Standard, Special Drawing Rights (SDR), World's Reserve Currency on September 5, 2016 by e-commentary.org

. . .

X          “Some of the folks at the G20 Summit may kick around the future composition of the ‘Special Drawing Rights’ that is emerging as the new world’s reserve currency.  The International Monetary Fund formally sets the composition of the SDRs, yet the major players gathered in China yesterday to discuss such matters.  A thing is now being described as a right.”

Z          “Sounds like they are creating a right to reach first for your gun.”

X          “Or they are sketching a new picture of the economic future based on rights rather than on power and circumstance.”

Z          “Or someone special who has been allowed to have the only gun in the great currency gunfight now must play well with others who are suitably armed.”

X          “Or the one with the big gun is now being disarmed.”

. . .

X          “Felicitous publication really.”

Z          “Timely, even.  The times they are changin’ the way we will make change in the near future.”

X          “In The Mandibles, Lionel Shriver adopts Keynes’ term ‘Bancor’ rather than the new age term ‘SDR’ to describe supplementary foreign exchange reserve assets.  As the U.S. Petrodollar slips as the world’s reserve currency and then as the dominant component of the SDR/Bancor, the United States people will slip to second-world status in the world.”

Z          “The way I describe it, when the Petrodollar is no longer the big dog, the United States is no longer the leader of the pack.”

X          “Prices will increase and perhaps double in short order before more structural disorder devolves.  Our McMansions still will sport baroque brushed nickel bathroom fixtures in the multiple bathrooms, yet in due course the water coursing through the corroding pipes will be increasingly intermittent and decreasingly safe.”

Z          “Many of us have those problems now while everything appears to be dory hunky.”

. . .

X          “Her description of the human consequences is very plausible, yet her explanation for the underlying causes is only partially complete.  Contemporary economic doctrine is exposed as voodoo and a specious secular religion that rationalizes those in power acquiring and retaining wealth.  The entitlement Ponzi scheme receives appropriate blame.  The pernicious involvement of the Federal Reserve is alluded to obliquely, yet the entrenched corruption and incompetence in every quarter are not addressed.”

Z          “She does not describe the institutions that are failing systematically and simultaneously.  Congress, courts, executives and executive agencies, bureaucrats, universities, news outlets, parents, preachers, prophets, you name it.  At some time, a fragile, fractured, fissured and fundamentally weak system of manipulation and intervention will fail with consequence.”

X          “She does observe that the traditional news fashioners are defunct.”

. . .

X          “‘The Chip’ is first described in an e-commentary titled ‘Monitoring The Masses:  The Card And The Chip’ published on January 12, 2015.  She further develops the human impact of implanting ‘The Chip’ to control and corral the masses.  ‘The Chip’ is so much more efficient and effective than the corn chip and football at sating the populace.”

Z          “‘The Chip’ is an electronic lobotomy that is more powerful, pervasive and perverse than fear or drugs.  Technology saves us.  I think that is what one would conclude.  Surely.”

. . .

X          “An empire cannot continue to mimeograph a fiat currency and force it on the rest of the world at great cost and consequence to the rest of the world without the rest of the world demurring at some point.”

Z          “And the rest of the world is becoming restive.”

X          “They are issuing SDR-denominated bonds.”

Z          “And they are selling oil without even acknowledging the Petrodollar.”

. . .

X          “In her novel, the U.S. government confiscates gold and disregards even basic civil liberties while confiscating the yellow stuff.”

Z          “Survey the universe of commentary on the subject and you discover that no one has ever even questioned that the government will confiscate gold when the stuff competes with the fake stuff.”

X          “The people of the United State of Nevada who seceded from the dysfunctional disunion agree that it is ‘dumb’ and ‘arbitrary,’ but they base their currency the ‘Continental’ on the gold standard.”

Z          “She does not see that the government would have eliminated cash of any kind years or decades earlier.”

X          “That is one of the harbingers of great danger.  When the government outlaws or confiscates Au, Ag, Fe, Pb, or even worthless fiat cash, the end of civil rights and civil liberties is near.”

Z          “Or here.”

 . .

[See the e-commentary at “Monitoring The Masses:  The Card And The Chip (January 12, 2015)”, “Brave 1984 Farm:  The Best Of All Possible Worlds (March 19, 2012)” and the e-commentary on the institutional distractions in our society at “Foot Longs and Football (September 2, 2013).”]

Bumper stickers of the week:

G20 > G7; SDR > FRN; World > USA   

In the intermediate run, a Kleptocracy is unsustainable.