05 May 2010

Currency Wars

"In his latest letter, Mylchreest reckons we are now in the ‘Third Gold War' since the Second World War and this is being waged between the USA in conjunction with other western countries/institutions, notably the IMF, and various opposing sectors worldwide. In his contention, the U.S. and its allies lost the first of these ‘gold wars' to the French (then under De Gaulle) and the second to the Middle East, helped significantly by the then pro-gold stance and purchasing power of the German Deutsche Bank .

This latest Gold War has been/is being fought covertly. "High profile sales of physical gold have, for the most part, been replaced by sales of "paper gold" in the form of futures, OTC options and unallocated gold, etc." asserts Mylchreest. But this time he reckons the veil has been lifted and the whole charade is beginning to unravel. Instead of France or Arab nations, the opponent this time is China - the 800 pound gorilla - potentially an even more formidable opponent, with a huge treasury of trillions of dollars with which to back its moves. It's not just that it is the Chinese government which is the major participant, but also now that gold and silver ownership is being promoted to the populace there by government institutions, there is the huge pent-up, and growing interest in precious metals of the rapidly increasing Chinese middle class and its potential to affect the global demand patterns."

China: the Gorilla in the Third Gold War, Lawrence Williams

The gold war as described above is just one front in a greater and more general 'currency war' that is evolving as the empire of 'the US dollar as the reserve currency,' which has been in place since the end of WW II, declines and finally falls in the profligacy and crony capitalism of the Federal Reserve Bank and the Treasury.

This battle may manifest itself more publicly later this year in the debate over the reconstitution of the basket of currencies that the IMF's Special Drawing Rights (SDR) will contain.

What Will Be the New World Reserve Currency

Russia Calls for Changes to the SDR

The SDR may not be the successor to the dollar hegemony in the short term. The BRICs may lobby hard enough to legitimize it, and even to include some gold and silver content in addition to the fiat currencies of a greater number of countries. I do not believe that they can be successful without some support from the Petrodollar countries in the Mideast.

I realize that the SDR is just another fiat currency, a somewhat artificial construct for the accounting of international trade, a fiat of fiats if you will. It may even be inherently unstable in the midst of the controlled demolition of most fiat currencies that is now underway.

But from a portfolio perspective it could be useful to take some of the power to control the world's money supply away from the Anglo-American banking cartel and its politicians who have proven themselves to be unworthy of such a great responsibility.

I don't think a direct transition to specie is feasible. Inclusion of gold and silver in the SDR provides an evolutionary path.

One cannot help but wonder if the current bear raids on the EU and the euro by the financial predators and economic hitmen, the gangs of New York, is designed to bring them to heel in the SDR debate tne this phase of the currency war, and to diminish the potential role of the euro in the newly created basket of world currencies.

If the new currency unit the SDR is used only for international settlements and reserves it may be successful. However, if it is promoted as a general currency for domestic usage, then one only has to look at the current troubles in Europe to understand what a trap this is.

Unity of currency without unity of government and fiscal policy and taxation is difficult if not impossible to maintain. One world currency is the step to one world government. And those who control the currency will, almost inevitably, control the people of the world.

"Basically, what Economic Hit Men are trained to do is to build up the American empire. To create situations where as many resources as possible flow into this country, to our corporations, and our government, and in fact we've been very successful...We knew Saudi Arabia was the key to dropping our dependency, or to controlling the situation. And we worked out this deal whereby the Royal House of Saud agreed to send most of their petro-dollars back to the United States and invest them in U.S. government securities...The House of Saud would agree to maintain the price of oil within acceptable limits to us, which they've done all of these years, and we would agree to keep the House of Saud in power as long as they did this, which we've done, which is one of the reasons we went to war with Iraq in the first place...So we make this big loan, most of it comes back to the United States, the country is left with the debt plus lots of interest, and they basically become our servants, our slaves. It's an empire. There's no two ways about it. It's a huge empire. It's been extremely successful...This empire, unlike any other in the history of the world, has been built primarily through economic manipulation, through cheating, through fraud, through seducing people..."

John Perkins, Confessions of an Economic Hitman

“Currency warfare is the most destructive form of economic warfare."

Harry Dexter White, US Representative to Bretton Woods, 1944

"History teaches us that the capacity of things to get worse is limitless. Roman history suggests that the short, happy life of the American republic may be coming to its end... [the US will probably] maintain a facade of constitutional government and drift along until financial bankruptcy overtakes it. Of course, bankruptcy will not mean the literal end of the United States any more than it did for Germany in 1923, China in 1948, or Argentina in 2002-03. It might, in fact, open the way for an unexpected restoration of the American system, or for military rule or simply for some development we cannot yet imagine. Certainly, such a bankruptcy would mean a drastic lowering of our standard of living, a loss of control over international affairs, a process of adjusting to the rise of other powers, including China and India..."

Chalmers Johnson