Silver and Gold: The Triumph of Experience over Hope

Rather than discuss the triumph of experience over hope regarding hard money, honest politicians, and free market economics, let’s look at the OPPOSITE.

The Triumph of Hope Over Experience:  (sarcasm alert…)


  • The world has a massive debt problem, but we hope our politicians and bankers will solve it by creating even more debt.
  • The U.S. will elect a president in 2016. We hope he or she will primarily represent the needs of the people, instead of the corporations that paid several billion dollars to elect their servant.
  • We hope that economic and political central planning in the US, UK, and EU is more successful than it was in the USSR and North Korea.
  • The F.A.S.B. in 2009 allowed banks to account for derivative values based on “mark to myth” instead of actual market values. We hope nothing goes wrong with $500+ Trillion in interest rate derivatives.
  • We hope massively over-printed debt based fiat currencies will retain their value and not collapse, as all other fiat currencies have eventually collapsed.
  • Unfunded U.S. pension liabilities are measured in the trillions of dollars but we hope the pension problems will be resolved better than in Puerto Rico, Ukraine, USSR, Venezuela, and Argentina.
  • We hope the crash of the Chinese stock market does not affect western markets.
  • A cup of coffee costs roughly $2.00 at Starbucks. We remember a cup of coffee costing $1.50, $1.00, $0.25 and even $0.10.  But we hope the government statisticians are correct when they say there is almost no inflation.
  • We hope that the powers-that-be don’t crash the global economies and start a war as a distraction.
  • Goldman Sachs is “doing God’s work.” We hope Lloyd Blankfein is telling the truth.
  • Regulations allowing “bail-ins,” such as bank confiscation of depositor money in Cyprus, have been enacted in many countries. We hope they are not needed in Greece, Spain, Italy, the UK, Japan, Canada and the U.S.
  • We hope that those dollars, pounds, and euros we loan to our various governments for 10 – 30 years will be repaid.
  • The social security trust fund was consumed long ago and replaced by IOU’s from the US government. Do you remember the IOU’s from the movie “Dumb and Dumber?”  We hope the US government IOU’s are more reliable than those signed by Mr. Dumb and Mr. Dumber.
  • Bernie Madoff is doing prison time for running a Ponzi scheme. We hope that Social Security is not a Ponzi scheme.
  • We hope the gold that was stored in Fort Knox in 1971 is unencumbered and still locked inside the vaults.






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Rather than face what our experience tells us is real, many of us prefer hope.  Perhaps that is because our experiences with debt, promises, fiat currencies, and wars have been disastrous.

I submit that experience will triumph over hope, gold and silver will triumph over debt, and clear thinking will triumph over delusions.

Additional Reading:

Bill Holter:  I Dare You

Craig Hemke:  The Gold Raid of July 19

Bob Moriarty:  A Tradable Low in Commodities

Steve St. Angelo:  Fear Spreading in Global Financial System

Economic Collapse Blog:  11 Red Flag Events

E.B. Tucker:  Why your Brokerage Isn’t as Safe as You Think

Alasdair Macleod:  China’s 1929 Moment

John Hussman:  Weekly Market Commentary July 27

Experience, not hope!  Gold, not debt!


Gary Christenson

The Deviant Investor






4 thoughts on “Silver and Gold: The Triumph of Experience over Hope

  1. The experience is that gold has been going down for 4 years already, while the gold bugs have been hoping that it will go up all the time.

    An experienced trader doesn’t “hope” that the trend will reverse “any day now” and isn’t trying to pick tops and bottoms. An experienced trader follows the trend. When it turns back – then it will be time to buy. Not before.

  2. Gary – congratulations on a brilliantly written, logical article once again – so well articulated. Most of us would agree on every point you have made. The manipulators around expound illogical arguments so they alone can benefit the most at the expense of the gullible & innocent hard-working folks.
    Yes the day is fast approaching when the tide will turn – gold & silver will rise again while fiat currencies fall, defaults increase & unpayable global debt takes its toll. Logical thinking is critical. Protect yourselves with physical gold & silver while there is still time & totally ignore the financial media hype.

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