Currency vs. Money is the 1st Episode of Mike Maloney’s Hidden Secrets of Money, a series presented by Mike Maloney as he travels the world to uncover the Hidden Secrets of Money.

Mike Maloney takes you to Egypt to unravel the difference between currency and money. This is one of the most important lessons you will ever learn, and will pave the way for your understanding of future episodes. Because without knowing exactly what money is… how can we expect to understand the ramifications of how it is treated by different civilizations, politicians, and central bankers?

Transcript

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your true wealth is your time and
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freedom money is just a tool for trading
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your time it’s a container to store your
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economic energy until you’re ready to
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deploy it but the whole world has been
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turned away from real money and has been
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fooled into using currency a deceitful
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imposter that is silently stealing your
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two most valuable assets your time and
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your freedom welcome to the rabbit hole
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we are entering a period of financial
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crisis that is the greatest the world
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has ever known the wealth transfer that
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will take place during this decade is
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the greatest wealth transfer in history
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wealth is never destroyed it is merely
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transferred and that means that on the
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opposite side of every crisis there is
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an opportunity the great news is that
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all you have to do to turn this crisis
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into your great opportunity is to
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educate yourself I believe that the best
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investment that you can make in your
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lifetime is your own education education
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on the history of money education on
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finance education on how the global
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economy works education on how all of
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these guys to central bankers the stock
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market how they can cheat you how they
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can scan you
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if you learn what is going on and how
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the financial world works you can put
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yourself on the correct side of this
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wealth transfer Winston Churchill once
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said that the further you look into the
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past
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the further you can see into the future
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this program is all about creating your
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own crystal ball being able to gaze into
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the future being able to change this
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crisis the greatest crisis in the
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history of mankind into your great
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opportunity
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you
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the hidden secrets of money some of them
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are hidden in plain sight they’re like
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right in front of you the way the
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monetary system works is something that
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isn’t actually hidden away from all of
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us it’s out in the open but it’s complex
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and people just don’t they can’t see how
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it works
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it’s hard for them to imagine that we’re
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living in such a hoax others are meant
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to be secret but the truth is slowly
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coming on like the Federal Reserve being
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a private corporation and not really
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part of the US government but when I
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started studying this what I found was
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that there was no place that I could
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point people to where they could get it
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all in one spot and so I basically
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decided to write my book about it and
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consolidate monetary history economics
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the markets fundamentals of gold and
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silver there’s a lot of smoke and
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mirrors in economics and I’ve sort of
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made it my job to lift the fog for
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people
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welcome to Egypt this is where it all
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began
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roughly 5,000 years ago the Egyptians
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started using gold and silver as their
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predominant form of currency but it was
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not yet money the pieces of gold and
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silver that they were using were odd
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sizes and weights odd purities so it
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still was not interchangeable where each
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unit is the same as the next
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this meant that nothing really had a
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price yet you couldn’t put a price of so
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many coins on something because they
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didn’t have coins yet trade was still
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difficult it was still a guessing game
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when it came to the exchange of values
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one of the reasons that we are in the
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financial mess that we are today
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globally is that people do not
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understand the difference between
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currency and money currency is a medium
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of exchange a unit of account it is
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portable durable divisible and something
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called fungible fungible means that each
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unit is the same as the next unit a
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dollar in my pocket buys the same amount
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as a dollar in your pocket
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money is all of those things plus a
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store of value over a long period of
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time even financial planners bankers
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your account they don’t understand the
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difference between currency and money
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the currency in your pocket is a medium
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of exchange it’s a unit of account
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because it’s got numbers on it it’s
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somewhat durable it’s portable it’s
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divisible in that you can make change
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and it’s fungible a dollar in my pocket
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buys the same amount as a dollar in your
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pocket but because government’s can
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print more and more and more of it and
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dilute the currency supply it’s
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continually transferring wealth out of
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your pocket out of your bank account to
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the government and to the banking system
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the reason that gold and silver are the
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optimum form of money is because of
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their properties it’s an easy medium of
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exchange because gold and silver store a
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large amount of value in a very small
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area it’s a unit of account pure gold
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has the same value all over the planet
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so an ounce of gold buys the same amount
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here in Egypt as it would in China or in
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the United States it’s durable the same
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gold that Egyptians were using in trade
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5,000 years ago is still here with us
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today
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it does not corrode it’s divisible you
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can make change with it it’s very
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portable you could use something like
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oil as money it’s just that you can’t
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carry around a barrel of oil on your
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back it’s fungible pure gold is the same
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wherever it is on earth
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pure silver is the same wherever it is
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on it’s limited in quantity that’s the
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reason that it maintains its purchasing
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power governments cannot print it over
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the last five thousand years only gold
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and silver have maintained their
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purchasing power there have been
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thousands upon thousands of fiat
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currencies currencies that are unbanked
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by gold or silver and they have all gone
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to zero it’s a one hundred percent
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failure rate
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well fiat currency of course is a
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currency that is exists at the dictate
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or by Fiat from from a government do you
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see they have their printing presses and
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the paper money rolls off the printing
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presses and then they give that the Fiat
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designation which makes the currency
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official it’s just worthless paper but
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when Ben Bernanke gives it to special’
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sign and they have the cult meeting at
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the Federal Open Market Committee
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meetings it suddenly becomes currency
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if you look at what’s really going on
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it’s it’s a con game
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and so there’s confidence well the
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Federal Reserve is very forthright about
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what they’re doing if you read their
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websites they’ll tell you it’s a
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confidence game they tell you that
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there’s no intrinsic value in their
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money they’ll tell you that they print
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it back by absolutely nothing they
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actually display all these facts but if
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you tell somebody in the public that
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this stuff is created out of thin air
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there’s no backing whatsoever it’s
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absolutely worthless it’s about as
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valuable monopoly money
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they’ll look at you like you’re not is
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there an example throughout history of a
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fiat currency a piece of paper that’s
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unbag by anything
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surviving short answer no long answer no
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and here’s one when Addison Wiggin took
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over at the Daily Record I got cranked
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up Bill Warner asked him to catalogue
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all of the fiat currencies throughout
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history what happened to each other
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Addison dutifully went to work within a
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short period of time he had gone through
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the alphabet all the fiat currencies
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started with the letter A were done they
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all went to zero he was halfway through
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the letter B and all the fiat currencies
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start with the letter B and there were
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600 of them in just the first letter and
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a half of the alphabet and every single
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one of them went to zero every one 600
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fiat currencies that start with the
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letter A and half of the ones that start
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the letter B are 600 of these things no
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one ever came close do you think this
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one united states gonna be the first one
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after all that I don’t think so no no
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currency fiat currencies ever survived
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none
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think about money is there actually is a
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fairly well accepted definition of what
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money is the question is as you apply
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that definition to particular things
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that are people claimed to be money do
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they fit the definition well just take
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the paper dollar for example how well
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does it perform those functions well
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store a value the dollars lost 95
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percent of its purchasing power since
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the creation of the Federal Reserve in
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1913 so not very good as a store value
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one of the things I do is just a way to
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get the audience’s attention is I have a
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slide and there are three pictures on
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the slide one is a pile of monopoly
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money
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the other one is a pile of Federal
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Reserve notes what Americans would call
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paper money the other one is a solid
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gold American Eagle one ounce coin and
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the title of the slide is which of these
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is not like the other and if you know
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the show Sesame Street or you have
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children who watch it it’s one of the
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favorite vignettes and Sesame Street and
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what it really is is a kind of IQ test
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for five year-olds they’re supposed to
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look into three things and look at
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characteristics and find the one that’s
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not like the other well I’ve shown this
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slide two groups of you know Ivy League
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university professors and I’ve also
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shown it to you know children you know
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what kind of five result my nieces and
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nephews and so forth and when the
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professor’s look if they say well
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clearly the the dollars are not like the
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others because gold has no role as money
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and monopoly money is junk and the
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American dollars are Stewart value so
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that’s not like the other but the
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children look at it and they say well
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the gold coin is not like the other
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because the other two are just piles of
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paper and the gold coin is clearly
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something different so my question to
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the audience is who’s smarter a
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five-year-old or an Ivy League professor
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before World War one each note that a
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Treasury issue would say that there have
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been deposited with the United States
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Treasury $20 in gold coin payable to the
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bearer upon demand the money was in the
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vault the currency was a note they gave
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you that was a claim check only a claim
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check on the money the same as if you go
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to the drycleaners and you give them
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your shirt and they give you a claim
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check for your shirt the value is that
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shirt at the drycleaners not the piece
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of paper that says that you own that
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shirt
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so our currency that circulate
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was the paper US Dollars and they were
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claim checks on money the next hidden
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secret is the difference between
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currency and money money must be a store
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of value and maintain its purchasing
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power over long periods of time as we
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progress through this series you’ll
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learn that national currencies are
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really a tool used by the government in
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the financial sector to leech away your
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time and your freedom by stealing your
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purchasing power so rather than storing
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your economic energy currencies leak now
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compare that to the gold and silver the
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Egyptians were using like I started with
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it still wasn’t money because it wasn’t
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interchangeable yet but they were on the
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right track as gold and silver have
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proven over thousands of years to be the
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ultimate store of value gold is only
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formed when a star explodes a supernova
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and it stays around forever this is one
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of the properties that make it the
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ultimate money
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you know people are amazed that after
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5,000 years the pyramids are still here
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but what I’m more amazed at is that the
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currency that the people that built this
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we’re using that currency that gold and
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silver that they were using and trade on
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a daily basis is still around today it
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may have been melted down and re refined
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and it’s in a coin or a bar or in some
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piece of jewelry but it’s still with us
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today and it still purchases something
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yes it is the ultimate money because
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there is nothing else even in the same
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league it’s divisible it’s permanent
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it’s store of value it’s all in the unit
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of accounts got everything you want out
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of money but it doesn’t go away and it
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can’t be increased that is what makes
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gold the most beautiful money of all
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what more can you ask out of a money
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it keeps governments under control you
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can maintain a solvent system
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governments don’t like gold at present
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because they’re getting away with the
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fiat currencies and they’ll do
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everything they can to discredit it as
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an asset class I mean my goodness gold
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is outperform the Dow Jones Industrial
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Average in each of the last seven years
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yet it’s not considered a legitimate
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asset class why again it’s the fear that
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maybe gold will be imposed on the system
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that it will constrain government
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ability to spend beyond
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they can’t print it the kemper touch
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know the proper definition of inflation
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I use Milton Friedman’s definition
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inflation is an expansion of the
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currency supply deflation is a
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contraction of the currency supply if
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you expand the currency supply
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eventually prices will rise and if you
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contract the currency supply eventually
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prices will fall this is a pool but it’s
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not a pool of water thus the currency
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pool and these are prices and if you
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expand the currency supply prices like a
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sponge in water have to rise to suck up
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the excess currency governments never
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stop printing more currency and adding
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currency to circulation therefore prices
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keep on going up not because the stuff
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that you’re trying to buy is changing
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the real estate doesn’t change what has
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changed is the currency purchases less
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and less it’s the currency going down
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not prices going up the truth is what we
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have that makes our world work right now
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is a big story
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not if it’s real it’s all just promises
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and if you think about it that’s our
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currency began to work in beginning you
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know before we had currency we had
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butter I’ll give you three coconuts and
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you give me four fish because that’s
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kind of a fair exchange on coconuts to
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fish but that got complicated so we had
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to invent this thing called money to be
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a divisible portable medium of exchange
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and challenges is that we lost that a
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long time ago we lost having things of
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value be our currency now we have this
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thing called numbers and accounts but
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trust me it is not real it’s a big
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made-up story one of the biggest
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make-believe stories ever is called
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quantitative easing which sounds complex
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but it’s really just a smoke and mirrors
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term for currency
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qe started with the banking bailouts
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back in 2009 this currency was created
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out of thin air and then given to the
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banks who paid themselves record bonuses
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and reward for crashing the world
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economy this is a global phenomenon but
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all you have to remember for now is that
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whether it’s QE bailouts or stimulus
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programs these are all just voodoo hocus
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pocus terms for increased currency
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creation I believe gold and silver will
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reassert themselves as money and when
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they do there just isn’t enough and
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their purchasing power is going to go up
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many many many times
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Egypt is an amazing place there’s a
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franticness about it uh tur chaos
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especially like the traffic but when it
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comes to like all of the merchants that
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are trying to get every last dime out of
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you you get fleeced to the point where
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you come back with an empty wallet but
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you know what they’re amateurs compared
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to Wall Street in the past several years
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I’ve spoken in many countries about the
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crisis that’s coming and a lot of people
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think that they’re going to be okay in
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their country that it’s only going to
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happen to the United States or maybe the
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United States in Europe but what they
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don’t realize is that this is a global
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phenomenon I got to show you something
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here this is base currency in the United
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States this is a number of paper dollars
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that exist basically it took 200 years
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to go from no dollars in existence to
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eight hundred and twenty five billion
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and then we had the bailouts and then we
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had QE one quantitative easing one then
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qe2 and then we had QE three and then QE
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four and then soon we’re going to have
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QE 57 and QE 382 and it isn’t just here
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this is what the Canadian currency
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supply looks like this is Australia
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South Africa Russia now this starts out
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in just the year 2001 and this is like
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18 times more currency in existence in a
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little over a decade
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here’s Singapore same story look at that
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since the crisis just BAM India China
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every government on the planet is doing
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this insane deficit spending and
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expanding their currency supplies doing
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bailouts and history shows that there is
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no example of this turning out well it
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is sometimes amazing that we haven’t
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experienced more inflation than we have
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if they keep expanding the money supply
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so vastly why aren’t our price is
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growing faster than they really are and
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the answer is that a good chunk of the
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money that the Fed created has been
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shipped overseas I remember early in my
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research I heard this expression that
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the Americans have exported their
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inflation nothing when is that how can
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you export your inflation put it in a
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box and send it what do you do well now
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I understand you export your inflation
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by simply sending all these dollars that
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you created to these other countries and
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then they send you their refrigerators
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and their cars and whatever their TV
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sets so you get hardware and they get
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little pieces of paper it’s a great deal
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for the American people for a while for
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a while sooner or later all of those
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pigeons come home to roost when the time
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comes as it looks like it’s now coming
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when the rest of the world is saying we
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don’t want to play this game anymore
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Uncle Sam’s dollars are just becoming
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worthless they’re too many of them we’ve
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got to find something else other than
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American dollars then those dollars
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start to come back to America people we
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don’t want them anymore what do we do
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with them once this revs up and we’ve
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got this this little trickle of money
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coming back that we previously exported
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when once it becomes a flood and it
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starts to rush back now we are getting
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our former exported inflation brought
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back to us and then we’ll see the
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quantity of money inside the United
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dates grow much more rapidly even than
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the Federal Reserve can create it
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because we’re getting a previous money
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back and that’s when we will really see
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the tanking of the US dollar in terms of
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what it will buy during the second round
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of quantitative easing global food
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prices went up 60 percent and this
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created a humanitarian disaster for the
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two billion people on earth who live on
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less than $2 a day these people were
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hungry to start with that became
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hungrier and some of them started
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overthrowing their governments in North
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Africa and around the Middle East so
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quantitative easing was the spark that
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ignited the Arab Spring so that’s that’s
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it when you create money you get some
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sort of inflation it just depends on
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where the inflation goes given the
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premise that you have a permanent
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underclass or poor class and how does
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inflation affect them disproportionately
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it affects them basically in the
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percentage of their income that goes to
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food and we see this as a ratio and we
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know that there are some danger points
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for example in Egypt recently once that
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ratio got to 40 percent of income going
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to food and the price of food rising due
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to inflation when he got to 40 percent
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that’s historically a point where people
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actually staged a revolution that’s
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exactly what we saw the French
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Revolution similarly was all around the
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price of food getting to a certain
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critical point where people simply the
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risk reward for revolution was favorable
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toward revolution when they branded
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well exactly right because when you have
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a runaway inflation it’s punishing the
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very people who are most productive in
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society in other words the people that
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produce more than they consume and save
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the difference the problem is is that
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those productive people the savers save
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in their national currency and
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unfortunately the national currency is
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just a Fiat piece of paper at this point
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so when it’s destroyed through runaway
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inflation that $100,000 that you are
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hoping to retire on doesn’t exist and
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the things that you are going to buy
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with it and provide for others don’t
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exist either now what are you going to
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do
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so that all seems pretty scary
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however the you know this is going to
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happen and you can only play the hand
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that you’re dealt but the great news is
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that gold and silver always end up doing
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an accounting of the expansion of the
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currency supplies basically the will of
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the public in the free markets when
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governments do this kind of stuff to
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their currency supply they debase it
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eventually it comes back in inflation
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people sense the loss of their
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purchasing power they rush back to gold
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and silver and they bid the value of the
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gold and silver up in the country until
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it meets or exceeds the value of all the
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currency in circulation this is a
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process that’s been going on over and
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over again throughout history except
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this time it’s happening on a global
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scale it has never before happened in
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all countries at once and that means
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that this is the greatest wealth
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transfer in history therefore it’s the
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greatest opportunity in history and it’s
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not going to happen again in your
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lifetime so now we’ve learned that your
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true wealth is your time and your
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freedom money is a trading tool that
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stores the economic energy that is your
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time and freedom whereas currencies leak
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them away gold and silver are the
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ultimate money simply because of their
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properties fiat currencies are based
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solely on confidence and always return
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to their intrinsic value of zero
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governments don’t like gold because it
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imposes restraint rising prices are a
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symptom of an expanding currency supply
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and gold and silver always account for
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an expanding currency supply so that’s
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it for this episode join me next time as
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we begin to investigate how monetary
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history just repeats and repeats and how
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gold and silver always win the battle
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between currency and money until then my
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challenge to you is to stop calling
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currency money it’s a crucial first step
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towards setting your mind free of all
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this economic voodoo and changing your
24:39
context you can learn more by watching
24:41
the bonus features on our website and if
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you have any questions you can post them
24:45
there and we’ll answer some of your
24:47
questions in future bonus features
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so good luck thanks for watching and
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we’ll see you next time
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with this fiat me it comes from the
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latin for crappy car the desert in a
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suit my camel died you’re not too sure
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about that
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I am ready for a good long nap
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hi welcome to this bonus feature for the
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very first episode of hidden secrets of
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money and this is currency versus money
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so that’s the major topic

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