Money completely free of government is the only money that has a chance of being honest money. From John Stossel at townhall.com:
Source: AP Photo/Susan Walsh
House members summoned Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg to Washington, D.C., and grilled him — harshly — about his plan to create a new currency, Libra.
“Why should we trust you?!” asked Congressman Mike Doyle.
I liked it when Zuckerberg said, “I actually don’t know if Libra’s going to work, but I believe that it’s important to try new things.”
He was right. That’s very important.
The Libra would make it easier to transfer money anywhere in the world. It also promises stability. Its value would be based on a basket of currencies from different countries, which would protect Libra owners from inflation in any one country.
Ray Dalio runs one of the world’s largest hedge fund complexes. He offers a good diagnosis of the world’s very sick financial system. From Dalio at Linkedin.com via zerohedge.com:
I say these things because:
- Money is free for those who are creditworthy because the investors who are giving it to them are willing to get back less than they give. More specifically investors lending to those who are creditworthy will accept very low or negative interest rates and won’t require having their principal paid back for the foreseeable future. They are doing this because they have an enormous amount of money to invest that has been, and continues to be, pushed on them by central banks that are buying financial assets in their futile attempts to push economic activity and inflation up. The reason that this money that is being pushed on investors isn’t pushing growth and inflation much higher is that the investors who are getting it want to invest it rather than spend it. This dynamic is creating a “pushing on a string” dynamic that has happened many times before in history (though not in our lifetimes) and was thoroughly explained in my book Principles for Navigating Big Debt Crises.
Posted in banking, Business, Capitalism, Collapse, Currencies, Debt, Economics, Economy, Financial markets, Governments
Tagged Negative interest rates, Reserve Currencies, Wealth inequality
Despite the best efforts of the US government to get Europeans to buy higher priced American liquified natural gas, the Europeans inexplicably want the cheaper gas Russia offers, so the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Europe will go through. From Irina Slav at oilprice.com:
This week, Denmark granted Gazprom approval for its Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, a project that is set to bring 55 billion cubic meters of Russian gas into Europe annually. It is one of the most controversial pipeline projects in the world and is now moving ahead despite strong opposition from multiple EU members and the United States.
The geopolitical tensions surrounding the development of Nord Stream 2 are unprecedented. To begin with, Russia has very poor relations with the Baltic states and Poland, nations who will almost always fight against anything they see as empowering Russia geopolitically. Then there is Ukraine, a nation that is strongly against the pipeline due to its fear of losing the transit fees that it currently charges Russia for exporting gas to Europe. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the United States sees this pipeline as a direct threat to its soft power in Europe as well as a threat to its growing LNG exports.
Posted in Business, Capitalism, Economics, Energy, Foreign Policy, Geopolitics, Governments, Trade
Tagged Denmark, Europe, Natural gas, Nord Stream 2, Russia
No matter who gets elected government just gets bigger, and it’s a global phenomenon. From Ryan McMaken at mises.org:
Federal spending and federal taxation in the United States set new records in 2019. And the federal budget deficit swelled to more than a trillion dollars. Europe is in the middle of an enormous spending binge. But apparently hard-core laissez-faire libertarian purists have taken over the world’s governments.
At least, that’s the case in the minds of many leftists and conservatives who have convinced themselves that “market fundamentalists” have conquered the world’s institutions, and have enacted a global regime of near-zero taxation, free trade, and almost totally unregulated markets.
We hear this over an over again when everyone from The Pope to Bernie Sanders claims “neoliberalism” — a term used to “denote… a radical, far-reaching application of free-market economics unprecedented in speed, scope, or ambition” — has forged the world into a paradise for radical libertarians.