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Cocaine and “Printing Money”

Gary Christenson wrote this article for Miles Franklin. The addictive behaviors of drug addicts are similar to the actions of a modern “Keynesian” economy addicted to “money printing” by central banks and fractional reserve banking. From Psychology Today on Addiction:...

Fort Knox Gold – or Not

Gary Christenson wrote this article for Miles Franklin. Corruption in government is universal, now and throughout history. Like living with gravity, we realize it exists and carry on because we must. Fort Knox gold questions are like corruption and gravity. There are...

Gold Bullion and Ancient Dollars

This article was written by Gary Christenson for Miles Franklin. Consumer price inflation is real. It sneaks into every facet of life. Bags of coffee shrink from 16 ounces to 12 ounces and then to 10 ounces. “Shrinkflation” is policy. That Snickers candy bar is...

The Snowflake Manifesto

Gary Christenson wrote this article for Miles Franklin.  This article includes sarcasm and discusses popular economic nonsense. Silver and gold are partial solutions since politicians will be no help. I am a “Snowflake” and proud. You may sneer at us but I doubt you...

Undeclared Wars on Americans

Gary Christenson wrote this article for Miles Franklin. Wars benefit the political and financial elite. Most wars are on-going, whether they include formal Congressional declaration or military actions. The following wars will continue. War on drugs. War on poverty....

What Is Wrong With These Pictures?

Gary Christenson wrote this article for Miles Franklin. Sometimes details obscure the bigger picture. The following graphs do not show most of the details and “noise.” These log-scale graphs show one bar every four years (plus April 2018) based on official debt on...

Crude Oil and Gasoline Prices in Our Future

Gary Christenson wrote this article for Miles Franklin. We can find many opinions stating crude oil and gasoline prices will rise… and fall. Let’s discuss. Correlate the weekly prices of wholesale gasoline and crude oil over 30 years. The correlation is 0.987—near...

Pareto Thinking and Safety

Gary Christenson wrote this article for Miles Franklin. The Pareto Principle states that results often follow an 80—20 distribution. It is not a mathematical fact, but an observation. Examples: 20% of people do 80% of the productive work. 20% of politicians create 80%...

We Should Know Better!

Gary Christenson wrote this article for Miles Franklin. Most sane individuals believe these basic truths. We cannot borrow our way out of debt. We cannot spend our way into prosperity. We cannot tax ourselves into wealth. We trust sane individuals also understand the...

The Patron Saint of Central Banking

Gary Christenson wrote this article for Miles Franklin. Charles Ponzi was a charming con-artist who operated a century ago in the United States and Canada. He should be the patron saint of central banking, commercial banking, “borrow and spend” politicians and...

Truth and Confidence In Currencies

This article was written for Miles Franklin by Gary Christenson. In 1967 the Jefferson Airplane sang: “When the truth is found to be lies, And all the joy within you dies...” Restate this for global currencies and it becomes: When the truth is found to be lies,...

Markets Peak and Collapse

This article was written for Miles Franklin by Gary Christenson. Markets rise into unsustainable tops and correct. It is comforting to believe every correction is a pause in a larger rally. However, stocks, bonds and commodities rise and sometime collapse. The...

Stock Market Warning – And Silver Opportunity

Stock Market Warning – And Silver Opportunity This article was written for Miles Franklin by Gary Christenson. THE BIG PICTURE: The Dow and S&P 500 Index topped January 26. The NASDAQ 100 topped on March 13-14. What comes next? Is this the best question? The top has...

Ayn Rand Would Laugh

“We can ignore reality, but we cannot ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.” Ayn Rand. This article was written for Miles Franklin by Gary Christenson. The western world has ignored economic realities for decades. It’s not a Republican or Democratic problem....