Be a Good Neighbor...If It’s Convenient

“Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there,” is the trademarked jingle originally penned by Barry Manilow back in 1971, the same year Richard Nixon closed the gold window. Some neighbor! He sold the farm.

Suddenly now everyone wants...everyone else...to be a good neighbor. The Wall Street Journal recently reported: “The Group of Seven leading economies last Tuesday attempted to head off a potentially destabilizing round of currency devaluations, issuing a statement that reaffirmed their commitment to let market forces determine exchange rates, and saying central bank policy will be focused solely on domestic objectives.”

The Journal’s Sudeep Reddy noted: “The question of currency devaluations is an awkward one for industrialized nations, many of which have embarked on monetary policies designed to boost their economies that have the side effect of lessening the value of their currencies. The U.S. Federal Reserve’s bond-buying policy has previously sparked world-wide concern given its impact on the dollar.”

Writing in the Financial Times, Komal Sri-Kumar, president of Sri-Kumar Global Strategies, wrote how we got to this strange place in economic policy “The pursuit of an exchange rate level as a target in itself has...resulted in misplaced priorities. The US Treasury and Senate have spent the past 15 years criticising Chinese authorities for not permitting a bigger appreciation of the yuan. This was time wasted. Foreign exports to China did gain competitiveness in recent years, but due to increased Chinese wage costs rather than from a stronger yuan.” He added: “Instead of focusing on the yuan’s exchange rate with the dollar, foreign negotiators should have pushed China to open its markets to foreign competition, and to reduce restrictions on foreign capital inflows. Trying to force Chinese monetary authorities to move the exchange rate faster shifted the focus of western governments from the need for structural reforms in the Chinese economy.

Dr. Sri-Kumar observed: “As central banks in the US, Europe, Japan and China wrestle with recession or slower growth, they will find that competitive monetary easing measures, and uncertainty about exchange rates, hold back rather than promote recovery. Providing the security that comes from fixed exchange rates, and pursuing policies compatible with those rates, would be more effective in reviving growth.”

So there they have it: The same policies that have been touted as the salvation of the developed world are coming back to haunt efforts to stimulate growth.

So too that day on August 15, 1971 when Richard Nixon cut the last link between the dollar and its monetary base. It’s like Barry Manilow sang in “Every Single Day.”

Every single day.

We'll remember what we do today

Words we didn't say

We'll remember every single day

 

Then years go by

To wonder why and wonder what we learned

Was that the bridge we should've crossed

The one we burned?

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The Most Important Thing Holding Up the US Dollar

by Ron Paul

Today’s economic conditions reflect a fiat monetary system held together by many tricks and luck over the past 40 years. The world has been awash in paper money since removal of the last vestige of the gold standard by Richard Nixon when he buried the Bretton Woods agreement — the gold exchange standard — on August 15, 1971.

Since then we’ve been on a worldwide paper dollar standard. Quite possibly we are seeing the beginning of the end of that system. If so, tough times are ahead for the United States and the world economy.

Piketty’s Gold?

April 21, 2014

In terms of public policy, though, we favor honest money. It works out better for more people. And there is a moral dimension to the question of honest money. This was a matter that was understood — and keenly felt — by the Founders of America, who almost to a man (Benjamin Franklin, a printer of paper notes, was a holdout), cringed with humiliation at the thought of fiat paper money. They’d tried it in the revolution, and it had been the one embarrassment of the struggle. They eventually gave us a Constitution that they hoped would bar us from ever making the same mistake.

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The Rueffian SynthesisJohn D. Mueller

Publisher's Note: Originally released in June/July of 1991, this detailed report discusses Jacques Rueff's economic theories and applies them to modern economic events.

By John D. Mueller

Rueff Restates the Quantity Theory of Money

... Rueff argued that the real problem with the monetarists is not that they focus too much, but rather too little on the supply of money; namely, they assign too little importance to the concrete mechanisms by which money is actually created. Most monetarists adopt the convention that the government can control the nominal supply of money, while demanders of money control its value. Rueff pointed out that under a properly functioning monetary system, even the nominal supply of money is determined by people’s demand for it.

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by Lewis E. Lehrman

"The economist defines money as a medium of exchange. It is the token we supply in order to effect payments for the goods we demand. Money is especially a standard like a yardstick – a unit of measure by which we value and price economic goods. Money units express prices which are the vital information necessary for efficient exchange. Money is surely a store of value."

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Laksmi, The Goddess of Prosperity

Ralph J. Benko  |  Apr 24, 2014
Indian culture long has held a high appreciation for gold.  The Vedic faith records four historical ages, the highest being the Satya Yuga.  Per Wikipedia, "when humanity is governed by gods, and every manifestation or work is close to the purest ideal and humanity will allow intrinsic goodness to rule supreme.

So Long, So Slow: IMF Not So Optimistic on World Recovery

Kathleen Packard  |  Apr 23, 2014
“Here’s the short story: The U.S. has exited from financial crisis: Asia and Europe have not,” wrote Rana Foroohar in TIME at the beginning of this year. “China, the second largest economy in the world, is pretty much where the U.S. was five years ago – deeply in debt...Japan, where...
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