Comfortably Numb

Monday, July 15, 2013
By Paul Martin

Monday, 15 July 2013

As the lyrics from the immortal above titled Roger Waters master piece originally performed some 30 years ago now implies, which means we’ve been on this train for some time now, people have grown increasingly debased and debauched to the point complacency rules supreme these days, almost completely detached from reality in terms of perspective and sustainable behavior. But this is what happens when you debase the currency. Not long afterwards a society’s moral fabric begins to deteriorate as well. So it wasn’t long after Nixon went off the Gold Standard in 1971 our decline began to accelerate, where today the ‘new normal’ is measured by how much you can steal or defraud you neighbor for, with the objective of ‘getting more stuff’ (thank you George Carlin) just for the sake of accumulating fundamentally worthless things at the expense of what should be cherished relationships with our families and friends.

It’s true. Unfortunately we have become a society of morally challenged cake eaters, heaped in denial of a false prosperity built on domed premises in the process of blowing up as we speak. Because neither crony capitalism nor socialism work in building a sustainable working model for economic organization, however unhappily these are the basis of our global economy wrapped up in an out of control fiat currency system that is destined to end in some degree of accelerated inflation. You should realize that’s the big ‘game changer’ that will have a material impact on just about everybody. The reserve currency(s) cannot be debased on an accelerating rate forever without such an outcome. Historically no pure reserve fiat currency has lasted longer than 40-years without needing to be replaced, and this is playing out for the USDollar ($) as well given the pace it’s being phased out as hegemony and petrocurrency.

But that’s not what will finally do the $ in. What will finally do the $ in is when ballooning deficits get visibly out of control forcing central authorities to accelerate monetization (QE) programs both in terms of scope and size. This is coming over the next five years. Right now central authorities are playing logistical games with the deficits because of positive carry provided by previous QE (think increasing paper economy momentum), but this will not last forever. That’s because fiat currency economies subject to rapid deterioration because of diminishing returns associated with currency debasement, which is of course why taper talk is a load of bullshit (BS). Soon we will see everything from domestic serial debt bubbles that are ready to pop, to European banks ready to meltdown, to China’s malaise shatter this dream.

And they are extending their BS story to the BIS now in an attempt to give it a ere of credibility, attempting to get moron traders to believe cutting back on money printing is good for growth in fiat currency economies, bringing a new level of ridiculous to the party. And of course we now have a new BS story in the US as well, that being the Fed is actually cutting back on QE. The last time I checked it’s still printing $85 billion a month, so all this selling is misplaced on this basis for sure, designed purge margin players so they can come back in during the Fall when the Fed changes policy comment (jawboning) once again. Because maintaining their BS story will become more difficult as time goes on as the economy begins to show unmistakable signs of slowing, which will bring QE Infinity back into view.

But the propaganda, obfuscation, and mind control come thick these days, which not only has the effect of numbing the mind, but also dumbing down as well. This unfortunate condition is now epidemic, and continues on a systematic basis in our schools, which ensures future generations will be even worse. So, most people won’t see this coming. And some that should know better are still ill prepared. They have been convinced (forced) to think in terms of the ‘new normal’. The masses become happy to eat any BS story that comes their way. Like right now the central banks want you to think they realize the evil of their ways and are pulling back on money printing. This is just a very clever BS story. They will never stop printing money. And make no mistake, when push comes to shove they will be monetizing everything that’s not nailed down.

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