[heading]Secession Movements & Precious Metals[/heading]
The winds of independence are blowing throughout the world, and nothing could be better for our future. This host of succession movements is sweeping over the world, from Crimea to Venice to the US and has major implications for the future of life on earth.
One common thread between governments is wanton printing by central banks. Part of the reason why the US has done so well since the 2008 banking nadir has everything to do with the fact other central banks are printing just as much or more of their own currencies. What does this mean? It means that these countries’ currencies are growing weaker in relation to assets like real estate, precious metals, minerals and other commodities and resources. But, since the price of these resources and commodities are tied to paper “ETF” products, their prices are fundamentally distorted anyway.
Well, effectively, the US is printing as much money as emerging economies with a currency that has worldwide circulation and can be rejected from more corners of the world than any other. So, that in many ways is the US’s biggest strength and biggest weakness, all at the same time.
And so it makes sense why people would be uneasy about such political alliances. People see money leaving their regions to fund debt of institutions headquartered often times thousands of miles away.
The secessions have arrived even in the US, as sales of bumper stickers reading “Secede” – one for $2, or three for $5 – have increased at TexasSecede.com. In East Texas, a Republican official sent out an e-mail newsletter saying it was time for Texas and Vermont to each “go her own way in peace” and sign a free-trade agreement among the states. New Hampshire has its own independence movement. California and Oregon do, also, in the form Jefferson State.
A petition calling for secession filed by a Texas man on a White House website has received tens of thousands of signatures. The Obama administration will be tasked with issuing a response. Larry Scott Kilgore plans to run for governor of Texas in 2014, with a main goal of his campaign to secede.
Basically, central governments are fragile. Why? Because they owe the debts. Central governments are the main components of taking on more debt, which benefits banks.
The bright side in all this is that secession is now sweeping Europe due to EU problems and sovereign debt crises, just like the US is experiencing. This means the possibility, albeit one that is far off, of the restoration of formerly independent countries with their own unique cultural and ethnic heritage.
Not only Crimea, but also Venice has looked to being independent of Italy, just as Catalonia has attempted to be independent of Spain. Bavaria has sought similar, and remember the German State was only established in the early 1870s. So, Ukraine, Germany, Greece, Italy, Ireland, Spain and Portugal, if they left the European Union, would have to establish their own national currencies and grow their economies.
Scotland has also cut ties with England, and a current split of Belgium into Flemish and Walloon entities only contribute to independence moving through the west. The US and Canada have also had their own flavor thereof.
It would be smart for any region looking for independence begin hedging the currency crisis that would occur in that society – namely, the lack of a widely accepted currency from the start. That is where, potentially, tangible assets like gold and silver could come into play. Nation-states like China have already moved in this direction, setting precedent.
PRECIOUS METALS & SECESSIONISM
In times of political turmoil, as secession would cause, banks can become problematic. Everyone has seen pictures of bank lines. That’s why it is important to take the advice of the wealthy and acquire assets. Things of value that can be liquidated easily. For many, the best solution is gold and silver. Other precious metals, like platinum and palladium, also offer good options.
This is because precious metals have held value for thousands of years, and it makes most sense for them to most easily fulfill the role of paper money.
It is overall better for economies to become and smaller and more localized. Smaller nations and withdrawal from the EU would be the best thing for Europe’s economy, and much of the same could be said of many of the US states, at least the ones not yet totally destroyed by the economic flux of the times.