International Forecaster July 2010 (#3) – Gold, Silver, Economy + More
By: Bob Chapman
Sunday, 11 July 2010
Our first glimpse of the European Common Market came in the late 1950s in Europe where we lived. The evolution came late in the 1950s in the beginnings of Common Market and the formation of EFTA. That consolidated during the 1960s along with the miracle of Germany’s recovery. In the ensuing years more consolidation took place leading up to the European Union, eventually the end of the Soviet Union, the Maastricht Treaty and the euro. Most people during those years did not realize that this amalgamation was really a reconstruction of the centralization of what was once the Roman Empire.
As we wrote many years ago it was a union doomed to failure. It was an unnatural alliance of tribes that had been in conflict since the beginning of time held in part together by a currency based upon one interest rate that would fit all. The social and political ramifications were enormous. The theory of one-interest rate fits all doomed the alliance from the very beginning, as it was the vehicle for a major malinvestment of funds. It fostered misallocation throughout the entire union and even worse was accompanied by a creeping loss of sovereignty. This is what can happen when economic, financial and social considerations are harnessed by political stupidity or perhaps opportunism. As we wrote many years ago these efforts were doomed to failure. It was finance and economy run by politically motivated bureaucrats, most of whom were interested in world government. The result is what we have today – a Europe on the edge of failure and breakup. A system that not only wanted to act as a gateway to one-world government, but one that at least for a time would channel the power of Germany. The last barrier for Germany was unification done in a way that cost West Germany a fortune and retarded growth for about ten years.
Now we have a bailout to contend with. Austerity throughout Europe and England in order to find the financial wherewithal to pay the bankers the debt incurred by five-euro zone nations. Debt created by banks out of thin air to now be repaid from the hides of not only the nations in trouble, but by lenders as well from other sovereign states, such as France, Germany and others.
We believe in the long run central European nations will tend to again diversify and revert back to nationalistic tendencies after having been unsuccessful in union and in a currency union. The core states had learned that the overly ambitious and poorly constructed euro had become a dependency trap and the centralization had become a bureaucratic nightmare. Germany had paid a dear price for German reunification of East and West Germany. The one for one exchange of the two marks proved very expensive and addition to the reconstruction of the Eastern zone, which was 20 years behind the West – an example of retarded growth. In addition, the work ethic had been lost. From the German viewpoint it had to be done. The US, and particularly the British and the French were very happy with the reunification, because they knew it would retard growth for about ten years, and make Germany less assertive and less competitive. After that the euro was a millstone around the neck of the country. Only half of Germans wanted the EU and 68% to this day did not want the euro. In fact, they wouldn’t accept euros printed by other members of the euro zone.
If you remember the French and the Dutch voted down the EU Constitution, and there was no referendum in Germany. The bought and paid for politicians voted in their behalf essentially selling them out. As you know a constitution was illegally shoved down their throats. Without a constitution first and then a monetary union to follow. There was no chance the venture could ever work. The outcome was a 27-nation union run by a 16-nation currency. The collapse of which, as we mentioned earlier, will bring decentralization and nationalism. This tribalism is perfectly normal, especially with a commonality of religion throughout Western and Central Europe. We must say though religion never kept Europeans from killing each other, as we have seen over and over again. That, of course, has been the work of bankers, which is another story for another time.
As a result of these changes coming about Europe will function in traditional ways and prosper even more than before. The weaker countries, that had been subsidized, will again fall behind. That simply is the way societies work. We believe ultimately all nations will return to tariffs on goods and services, because Europe and the US cannot compete with low cost labor, thus the EU and WTO will probably cease to exist. The leader in such a change could well be England and the US. Such developments could also bring difficult times for Muslims and illegal aliens in England and on the continent.
The one-world, new-world order concept could very well be laid to rest unless, of course, the elitists decide to start another world war. One thing is for sure the misallocation of assets would end. No more one-interest rate fits all, and no more subsidies. Banks and sovereigns are also going to find out that the debt owed by these five countries is going to have to be restructured. If it is not lenders are going to realize they face a general default. This is going to become a financial and political reality. Responsible reaction is not a luxury these nations can afford and remember that the lender is 80% responsible for the loan. They crafted the terms and created the loan from nothing. A 70% haircut on debt would be workable, but it would engender lenders taking losses of $1.4 trillion. Sovereigns such as Germany, France and Holland could handle the losses, but lesser countries and banks might not be able too. Then again, they should have thought about that when they made the loans. The blame question also arises due to former actions by regulatory powers that did everything short of forcing banks and insurance companies to buy questionable debt. It shows you how insidious the history of these loans have been. This is why strong centralized control does not work. In some situations they were selling quality paper to buy junk as directed by bureaucrats in Brussels. The result is the reality is all there. The fallen nations cannot pay without a 30 to 50 year depression. That means they won’t be doing much business with the healthier states, which would tend to spread the depression. That means a big meeting is coming, which would and should include the UK and US, and as we forecast months ago, default and devaluation will go forward. Such an arrangement won’t stave off depression, but it will shorten it. The big losers will be lenders, solvent nations and individuals. The latter because their wealth will fall by 2/3’s, as their currencies are devalued and they enter structured default. If you are unconvinced just look at the deteriorating pricing of debt reflecting default in Europe. As example is the debt of Greece. It is an established fact. The Greek, euro zone and EU approach has been incremental or the death of 1,000 cuts. If the players were smart they would restructure and cut Greece loose from the euro. No, they are not doing that and what we find is the PM selling off the Greek Islands to Bilderberger friends throughout Europe. The key for Greek survival is no euro and back to a low valued drachma.
This time Northern Europe does not need zero interest rates. It was low interest rates in the PIIGS countries that caused these problems initially. The way for the ECB to remedy that is to raise interest rates, but they can’t do that. The US and the Fed would be all over them. The alternative is to have the ECB allow each nation’s central banks to set their own rates. That would work, but power would be taken from the European Central Bank, so they won’t want to do that. As a result the euro will then collapse from within. A breakup of the euro would relieve stronger members of having to buy debt from suspect countries and those funds would be invested in new products, real estate and expansion – things that increase profits and lead to less taxes and more stable government. The longer it takes to remove the 5 PIIGS from the euro zone and get rid of the euro the better off all of Europe will be. In spite of looming unpayable debt the stronger European countries will do very well after a period of adjustment. They will be no longer shackled by political bureaucrats from Brussels.
Markets in Europe will return to their historical tribal roots and live naturally. Most countries will be far more prepared to enter a new free market and be comfortable doing so. This would include decentralization and diversity. Getting rid of the euro and the EU will be the best thing in years that has happened to European countries. Needless to say, this won’t go over very well with the New World Order crowd. They will again have been unsuccessful.