Inflation: Ron Paul Explains How We Got Into This Mess

Ron Paul explains how we got into this mess:

“There were several stages. From the inception of the Federal Reserve System in 1913 to 1933, the Central Bank established itself as the official dollar manager. By 1933, Americans could no longer own gold, thus removing restraint on the Federal Reserve to inflate for war and welfare.

“By 1945, further restraints were removed by creating the Bretton-Woods Monetary System making the dollar the reserve currency of the world. This system lasted up until 1971. During the period between 1945 and 1971, some restraints on the Fed remained in place. Foreigners, but not Americans, could convert dollars to gold at $35 an ounce. Due to the excessive dollars being created, that system came to an end in 1971.

“It’s the post Bretton-Woods system that was responsible for globalizing inflation and markets and for generating a gigantic worldwide dollar bubble. That bubble is now bursting, and we’re seeing what it’s like to suffer the consequences of the many previous economic errors.

“Ironically in these past 35 years, we have benefited from this very flawed system. Because the world accepted dollars as if they were gold, we only had to counterfeit more dollars, spend them overseas (indirectly encouraging our jobs to go overseas as well) and enjoy unearned prosperity. Those who took our dollars and gave us goods and services were only too anxious to loan those dollars back to us. This allowed us to export our inflation and delay the consequences we now are starting to see.

“But it was never destined to last, and now we have to pay the piper. Our huge foreign debt must be paid or liquidated. Our entitlements are coming due just as the world has become more reluctant to hold dollars. The consequence of that decision is price inflation in this country – and that’s what we are witnessing today. Already price inflation overseas is even higher than here at home as a consequence of foreign central bank’s willingness to monetize our debt.

“Printing dollars over long periods of time may not immediately push prices up – yet in time it always does. Now we’re seeing catch-up for past inflating of the monetary supply. As bad as it is today with $4 a gallon gasoline, this is just the beginning. It’s a gross distraction to hound away at ‘drill, drill, drill’ as a solution to the dollar crisis and high gasoline prices. It’s okay to let the market increase supplies and drill, but that issue is a gross distraction from the sins of deficits and Federal Reserve monetary shenanigans.

“This bubble is different and bigger for another reason. The central banks of the world secretly collude to centrally plan the world economy. I’m convinced that agreements among central banks to ‘monetize’ U.S. debt these past 15 years have existed, although secretly and out of the reach of any oversight of anyone – especially the U.S. Congress that doesn’t care, or just flat doesn’t understand. As this ‘gift’ to us comes to an end, our problems worsen. The central banks and the various governments are very powerful, but eventually the markets overwhelm when the people who get stuck holding the bag (of bad dollars) catch on and spend the dollars into the economy with emotional zeal, thus igniting inflationary fever.

“This time – since there are so many dollars and so many countries involved – the Fed has been able to ‘paper’ over every approaching crisis for the past 15 years, especially with Alan Greenspan as Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, which has allowed the bubble to become history’s greatest.

“The mistakes made with excessive credit at artificially low rates are huge, and the market is demanding a correction. This involves excessive debt, misdirected investments, over-investments, and all the other problems caused by the government when spending the money they should never have had. Foreign militarism, welfare handouts and $80 trillion entitlement promises are all coming to an end. We don’t have the money or the wealth-creating capacity to catch up and care for all the needs that now exist because we rejected the market economy, sound money, self reliance and the principles of liberty.”

Until tomorrow,

Bill Bonner
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Since founding Agora Inc. in 1979, Bill Bonner has found success and garnered camaraderie in numerous communities and industries. A man of many talents, his entrepreneurial savvy, unique writings, philanthropic undertakings, and preservationist activities have all been recognized and awarded by some of America’s most respected authorities. Along with Addison Wiggin, his friend and colleague, Bill has written two New York Times best-selling books, Financial Reckoning Day and Empire of Debt. Both works have been critically acclaimed internationally. With political journalist Lila Rajiva, he wrote his third New York Times best-selling book, Mobs, Messiahs and Markets, which offers concrete advice on how to avoid the public spectacle of modern finance. Since 1999, Bill has been a daily contributor and the driving force behind Markets and Money.
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Unpopular Truth

It’s a shame he’s so unelectable for Americans :) He actually sounds like he understands the root cause of the problems at the moment with the money supply.

His biggest problem would be that the plans he’d try and put in place would effectively require a dictatorship to implement, as he would never get the bipartisan support necessary to fix the situation.

That or a military coup.

william pix

Dr No is so good for the soul. I love reading his commentry and watching his interviews and lament that he is largely ignored. Hes so bleeding logical yet people dont get it..AAARRRRHHH


Love it. Especially the part where Alan Greenspan is to take the blame for his role.

Smack MacDougal
It’s Currency Accretion (Growing Money in Circulation) NOT “inflating the money supply” nor “inflating the monetary supply”. It’s Loss of Buying Power or Currency Debasement NOT “price inflation”. Until men get the names right, the names they use to label concepts, they shall never fix themselves upon a right course of action. Inflation is a deliberate process undertaken by a Central Bank when that Central Bank controls the Price of Legal Tender Decreed Money. Everytime a Central Bank lowers the Price of Money by declaring a Lower Rate of Interest, the Central Bank engages in Inflation. The Purpose of Inflation… Read more »
Stuart Davies
I’ve been wanting to write a response to several of your recent articles to try to get you to take a look at the root causes of this dire mess we find ourselves in, so I was very happy to see this article finally getting to the heart of the matter. Yes, indeed, it is the long standing collusion of the central banks, with each other and with their captive politicians in governments around the world, that has led us to this pass. The creation of the Fed – which most people do not realize IS NOT part of the… Read more »
Dimi Basking Ridge NJ
Dimi Basking Ridge NJ

1. 70% of Americans live from paycheck to paycheck and have no time to listen.
2. Those who do listen get distracted from the media and the pundits who discredit him.
3. From the 30% of Americans that understand him, half (15%) don’t want change, the other half (15%) do not have enough power. Note that this is the approx. % that he received in the primaries.

What we need is for the US to default in all of its obligations and start from scratch. Total catharsis. Utopian no?


We here in the U.S. are going the way of Germany before WWII.


Reply to Unpopular Truth;
While I am an avid fan of Democracy, I believe that with the right dictator, dictatorship can absolutely work. Unfortunately, the right dictator is very very rare. Its a pity, because of the way we could instantly heal the situation, the only problem is complaining people who don’t want to change.

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