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Former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan was the keynote speaker at last week’s New Orleans Investment Conference.
When questioned as to why he left his Austrian roots, Greenspan claimed he has always remained true to Austrian economics and the principle of sound money.

He fell into his role as Fed Chairman purely by accident, he claimed, and what he did there, he did it because he had to.
He explained that the capital needs of the Federal government were so massive that the only way to prevent disaster for the rest of the economy was to keep feeding the beast with cheap money. If the Fed hadn’t created and circulated new money, the Treasury’s insatiable demand for capital would certainly have ‘crowded out’ the rest of the economy, wrecking the entire private credit system.
Political realities, he explained, in the form of entitlement spending and off-balance sheet obligations of the US government, trump the need for sound money every time.
Regarding whats in store for the US economy, Greenspan might have an inkling of something he’s not telling.
Here’s what the former Fed Chairman had to say about the direction of gold and interest rates:

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The collapse of the Soviet Union should have been a lesson. The world should have learned that central planning cannot work, even in something simple like food or iron production. The USSR was plagued with shortages of everything.
America today does not have central planning of simple things like food. Farmers make the allocation decisions for corn, and ranchers determine the size of their herd for the most part.
We have central planning of the most complex thing of all, credit. Credit affects everything else including corn and beef.
It’s not only unstable, but it is moving inexorably towards collapse.   This disaster is way beyond the pay grades of the economists who would be our economic dictators, like Ben Bernanke and Janet Yellen.
The Fed is naught but a whole pile of perceptions.
One way or the other, we are going to rediscover the use of gold as money. When that happens, the perceptions that prop up the Fed will be dispelled.   Strip those away, and there is no case for the Fed to exist at all.

fedPeople who were sitting on the board of the NY Fed, were directing some of these bailout funds directly to their own banks in a blatant, absolutely undeniable conflict of interest that again represent the very heart of this system: it is a system run and operated by bankers, for bankers, and in which bankers tend to do very well, while the rest of the country MELTS DOWN.

fedNo new business can borrow Fed money for zero interest. The only entities that can borrow the Fed’s free money are banks and other financial parasites.
The truth is the Fed incentivizes and rewards the most parasitic, least productive sector of the economy and forcibly transfers the interest that was once earned by the productive middle class to the parasites.   Though the multitudes of apologists, lackeys, toadies, minions and factotums of the Fed will frantically deny it, the inescapable truth is that the nation and the bottom 99.5% would be instantly and forever better off were the Fed closed down and its assets liquidated.
The only way to eliminate the financial parasites is to stop subsidizing their skimming and scamming, and the only way to stop subsidizing the financial parasites is to shut down the Fed.

Bernanke-Dimon-Fed-TunnelAhead of today’s FOMC statement (and in light of Eric Sprott’s 2nd installment of Do Western Central Bankers Have Any Gold Left?), we thought it a good time to recall a conversation between Alan Greenspan and others made at a December 1992 FOMC meeting in which key secrets were revealed regarding manipulation of the gold market by Western Central bankers.

As The Doc discussed with Eric Sprott in our recent interview, the US exported $4 billion in gold in December.   Eric pointed out that $4 billion is 2.5 million ounces of gold exported in a single month, when the US produces 8.8 million ounces annually.  Eric asked rhetorically where 2.5 million ounces of gold were coming from.
Courtesy Former Chairman Alan Greenspan and the minutes from a Dec 1992 FOMC meeting, we just may have the answer for Mr. Sprott…

Jim Sinclair sent an email update to subscribers this afternoon regarding media reports that Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke will step down and retire when his current term expires in January of 2014.

Sinclair states that like former Chairman Alan Greenspan who retired immediately preceding the collapse of the housing bubble leaving Bernanke holding the bag, if Bernanke steps down a year from January, it will indicate a monetary mushroom cloud of EPIC PROPORTIONS looms on the immediate horizon and Bernanke has no tools to prevent it.