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12-22-12 Macro Analytics – RECAPPING 2012 Charles Hugh Smith

As a regular MACRO ANALYTICS Co-Host, Charles Hugh Smith has recorded over 20 session in 2012, each averaging close to 30 slides for over 600 slides and 8-10 hours of viewing. Selecting the highlights is a daunting task.Distilling it down, there are some central messages that are worth taking the time to reinforce.

ALL OF THE FOLLOWING ARE EXPLORED

It starts with LIVING WITHIN OUR MEANS.

The Critical Importance of SOUND MONEY

“It is impossible to grasp the meaning of the idea of sound money if one does not realize that it was devised as an instrument for the protection of civil liberties against despotic inroads on the part of governments. Ideologically, it belongs in the same class with political constitutions and bills of rights.”

The Maintenance of Money as a STORE OF VALUE

The MORAL DECAY that begins to happen when we veer from these previous tenets

The inevitable and UNAVOIDABLE conclusions it leads to

“There is no means of avoiding the final collapse of a boom brought about by credit expansion. The alternative is only whether the crisis should come sooner as a result of a voluntary abandonment of further credit expansion, or later as a final and total catastrophe of the currency system involved” Ludwig von Mises

FINANCIALIZATION
GENERATIONAL CYCLES

LESSON OF HISTORY

A great civilization is not conquered from without, until it has destroyed itself from within. The essential causes of Rome’s decline lay in her people, her morals, her class struggle, her failing trade, her bureaucratic despotism, her stifling taxes, her consuming wars.”
– Will Durant, The Story Of Civilization III, Epilogue, 1944

INEPTOCRACY: “A system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing numbers of producers”.

The inevitable resulting ROADMAP

DOOMED MIDDLE CLASS – Determines the stage of advancement and rate of destruction

CRISIS CONTINUUM

Charles Hugh Smith
At readers' request, I've prepared a biography. I am not confident this is the right length or has the desired information; the whole project veers uncomfortably close to PR. On the other hand, who wants to read a boring bio? I am reminded of the "Peanuts" comic character Lucy, who once issued this terse biographical summary: "A man was born, he lived, he died." All undoubtedly true, but somewhat lacking in narrative.
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