“I hope I am over wary; but if I am not, there is, even now, something of ill-omen, amongst us. I mean the increasing disregard for law which pervades the country; the growing disposition to substitute the wild and furious passions, in lieu of the sober judgment of Courts; and the worse than savage mobs, for the executive ministers of justice...At the close of that [revolutionary] struggle, nearly every adult male had been a participator in some of its scenes. The consequence was, that of those scenes, in the form of a husband, a father, a son or brother, a living history was to be found in every family-- a history bearing the indubitable testimonies of its own authenticity, in the limbs mangled, in the scars of wounds received, in the midst of the very scenes related-- a history, too, that could be read and understood alike by all, the wise and the ignorant, the learned and the unlearned.But those histories are gone. They can be read no more forever. They were a fortress of strength; but, what invading foeman could never do, the silent artillery of time has done; the leveling of its walls. They are gone. They were a forest of giant oaks; but the all-resistless hurricane has swept over them, and left only, here and there, a lonely trunk, despoiled of its verdure, shorn of its foliage; unshading and unshaded, to murmur in a few gentle breezes, and to combat with its mutilated limbs, a few more ruder storms, then to sink, and be no more.They were the pillars of the temple of liberty; and now, that they have crumbled away, that temple must fall, unless we, their descendants, supply their places with other pillars, hewn from the solid quarry of sober reason. Passion has helped us; but can do so no more. It will in future be our enemy. Reason, cold, calculating, unimpassioned reason, must furnish all the materials for our future support and defence.Let those materials be moulded into general intelligence, sound morality, and in particular, a reverence for the constitution and laws: and, that we improved to the last; that we remained free to the last; that we revered his name to the last; that, during his long sleep, we permitted no hostile foot to pass over or desecrate his resting place; shall be that which to learn the last trump shall awaken our Washington.Upon these let the proud fabric of freedom rest, as the rock of its basis; and as truly as has been said of the only greater institution, 'the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.'"Abraham Lincoln, Lyceum Address, January 27, 1838
10 March 2015
Gold Daily and Silver Weekly Charts - The Gathering Storm
Gold and silver did very little today, despite the brisk sell off in equities. The denizens of the bucket shops were busy picking pockets in other markets.
The global economy is in a very difficult circumstance, and the Fed is at the heart of it. I have no sympathy for them whatsoever, because they have placed themselves there, repeatedly, by their actions and omissions as manager of the world's reserve currency and key regulator of one of the world's most influential financial markets.
Will the Fed raise rates as they have now led the world to expect, or will they do nothing, and essentially cut them by once again kicking those who believe them in the expectations?
Most Americans do not understand what is going on in the rest of the world. It is not pretty. Europe is hanging by a much thinner thread than I think the plutocrats in Frankfurt and Brussels realize.
The emerging markets are absorbing a great deal of inflation being generated and exported by the US. It would be extremely interesting to have access to a reliable estimate of Eurodollars. I think we are experiencing yet another Eurodollar short squeeze as the debts contracted for by overseas companies in dollars feel the stress of a disjointed global financial system.
It took a little over twenty years for the unease that Lincoln describes above to explode upon the landscape in a bloody civil war. It might be worth reading his entire Lyceum speech. It surely does not describe what we might think of as domestic tranquility and pastoral bliss. The republic endured, but at a terrible cost.
In our age reason and morality and honour have fallen to the despicable cheapness of 'greed is good' and the foul god of the market.
Have a pleasant evening.
Posted by Jesse at 5:16 PM