Jim Sinclair’s Commentary
There are economic laws even if the lawless demons of the Hedge Funds deny their existence. It is these laws that will lay low the many Crocouses of today. They can hire their legions of attorneys but their heads will be on the stake.
On Public Credit
by David Hume (26 April 1711 – 25 August 1776)
It appears to have been the common practice of antiquity, make provision, during peace, for the necessities of war, and to hoard up treasures before-hand, as the instruments either of conquest or defence; without trusting to extraordinary impositions, much less to borrowing, in times of disorder and confusion. Besides the immense sums above mentioned, which were amassed by Athens, and by the Ptolemis, and other successors of Alexander; we learn from Plato, that the frugal Lacemonians had also collected a great treasure; and Arrian and Plutarch take notice of the riches which Alexander got possession of on the conquest of Susa and Ecbatana, and which were reserved, some of them, from the time of Cyrus. If I remember right, the scripture also mentions the treasure of Hezekiah and the Jewish princes; as profane history does that of Philip and Perseus, kings of Macedon. The ancient republics of Gaul had commonly large sums in reserve. Every one knows the treasure seized in Rome by Julius Caesar, during the civil wars: and we find afterwards, that the wiser emperors, Augustus, Tiberius, Vespasian, Severus, etc. always discovered the prudent foresight, of saving great sums against any public exigency.
On the contrary, our modern expedient, which has become very general, is to mortgage the public revenues, and to trust that posterity will pay off the incumbrances contracted by their ancestors: And they, having before their eyes, so good an example of their wise fathers, have the same prudent reliance on their posterity; who, at last, from necessity more than choice, are obliged to place the same confidence in a new posterity. But not to waste time in declaiming against a practice which appears ruinous, beyond all controversy; it seems pretty apparent, that the ancient maxims are, in this respect, more prudent than the modern; even though the latter had been confined within some reasonable bounds, and had ever, in any instance, been attended with such frugality, in time of peace, as to discharge the debts incurred by an expensive war. For why should the case be so different between the public and an individual, as to make us establish different maxims of conduct for each? If the funds of the former be greater, its necessary expences are proportionably larger; if its resources be more numerous, they are not infinite; and as its frame should be calculated for a much longer duration than the date of a single life, or even of a family, it should embrace maxims, large, durable, and generous, agreeably to the supposed extent of its existence. To trust to chances and temporary expedients, is, indeed, what the necessity of human affairs frequently renders unavoidable; but whoever voluntarily depend on such resources, have not necessity, but their own folly, to accuse for their misfortunes, when any such befal them.
If the abuses of treasures be dangerous, either by engaging the state in rash enterprizes, or making it neglect military discipline, in confidence of its riches; the abuses of mortgaging are more certain and inevitable; poverty, impotence, and subjection to foreign powers.
Jim Sinclair’s Commentary
I put my money where my words are. These words are in the same place.
Peak Oil… What about Peak Gold?
by Jon Herring on 1/23/2009
Over the years, I’m sure you have heard a lot about “peak oil” – a condition whereby the remaining reserves of oil become harder to find, harder to extract and of lower quality. This results in declining production, even in the face of rising demand.
But you probably haven’t heard much about “peak gold”, where a very similar scenario is playing out.
In a free market, increasing demand and rising prices provide a significant incentive for producers to increase the supply of an item. And that’s usually how it works. But that’s not what is happening in the gold market.
Demand is certainly increasing. According to the United States Geological Survey, the demand for gold reached 1,133 tonnes in 2008, an 18% increase from the previous year. In dollar terms, this represented a 51% increase to an all-time record $31.8 billion.
2008 was also the year when the price of gold hit an all-time high over $1,000 an ounce. In fact, the price of gold has risen every single year since 2001.