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“Traditionally, inflation has been defined as ‘an increase in the amount of currency in circulation’….   Unfortunately, in recent decades, even dictionaries have been offering a revised definition of inflation, as ‘an increase in the price of goods and services’….

The purpose of bank-created inflation is to extract wealth from the populace.  By regularly increasing the amount of currency in circulation, banks create an environment in which the concept of debt appears to be beneficial. As a result, virtually everyone in today’s society not only has debt; he actually believes that he couldn’t improve his life except through debt….  In essence, the inflation concept was invented by banks as an invisible tax—a means by which they could extract wealth from the populace.

In effect, the individual is used by the banking system as a milk cow. For his entire working life, inflation is carefully adjusted to extract as much monetary value from his labours as possible, whilst still leaving him capable of continued production….

Refuse to borrow money for any situation. Yes, it will mean that, as your friends show off their new cars, you’ll be driving an older model. They’ll also live in nicer houses than you and they’ll ‘own’ their own house before you do. But, at some point, since you’re free from debt, you’ll pass them by and eventually retire well.

By understanding inflation, and acting on that understanding, the odds of living your life as a milk cow can be greatly diminished.”

-Jeff Thomas

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“An individual doesn’t enrich himself by borrowing capital.  He can only enrich himself by carefully increasing his utility (his skills), saving his excess production, and investing that capital wisely to further increase his production.” –Porter Stansberry

“Like the repeated doping of a horse, the boom is kept on its way and ahead of its inevitable comeuppance by repeated and accelerating doses of the stimulant of bank credit.  It is only when bank credit expansion must finally stop or sharply slow down, either because the banks are getting shaky or because the public is getting restive at the continuing inflation, that retribution finally catches up with the boom.  As soon as credit expansion stops, the piper must be paid, and the inevitable readjustments must liquidate the unsound over-investments of the boom and redirect the economy more toward consumer goods production.  And, of course, the longer the boom is kept going, the greater the mal-investments that must be liquidated, and the more harrowing the readjustments that must be made.” -Murray Rothbard

“You can’t fake an economic recovery….  Instead of ‘stimulating’ a recovery, the feds have ‘simulated’ one.  They dropped the price of capital to near zero.  Commodity producers took the bait.  They borrowed money and increased production….  You can’t get real demand from empty credit.  Real demand comes from Main Street, not Wall Street.” -Bill Bonner

Real Production

Posted: April 18, 2014 in Money Matters
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“The production of things is not done with money, but with real resources.” -Pierre Lemieux

“Knowledge is the only instrument of production that is not subject to diminishing returns.” -J.M. Clark

“Americans owe more money, collectively, than ever before in our history – far, far, far more. We owe at every level: $17 trillion at the federal level; $13 trillion in mortgages; another trillion in student loans; nearly $3 trillion in state and local government debt. Put all of these numbers together and you end up with a $60 trillion pile of obligations. That’s nearly four years’ worth of our entire country’s total production….  We have collectively become addicted to living way, way beyond our means.  My favorite example about how absurd our debts have become? The state of New Jersey still owes $110 million for a football stadium (Giants Stadium) that was demolished in 2010. It won’t retire this debt until 2025….  Keeping this lie alive… the lie that we can afford our debts (or even our defunct stadiums)… has become the most important national goal.”  -S & A Digest   June 15, 2013