Monday, July 12, 2010

Preventing Your Government From Stealing Your Gold

With the U.S. government having already stolen the gold of its own citizens once, a question which I have often been asked by American readers is “do I think the U.S. government will steal [their] gold again?” My reply has always been that in the absence of a gold standard there is no motive for simply confiscating all gold again.

With U.S. debts and liabilities exceeding $100 trillion, while all the gold inside the U.S. is worth considerably less than $100 billion (at current values) even a quadrupling of the gold price from today's price would still make it totally inconsequential in restoring solvency to the U.S. government. If the government were to stoop to directly (and openly) stealing from its citizens, it would be much more likely to pillage their bank deposits, which are more than ten times as large as their gold holdings.

However, there is a further point which I should have made which relates to this issue. Specifically, even without formally “confiscating” our gold, all of our governments have already created a vehicle to steal a portion of our gold: our taxation systems. The pretext our governments use/will use to steal our gold (and silver) via taxation is “capital gains”. This is such a perversion of the concept of a “capital gain” that such tax treatment for gold and silver is simply evil. (more)

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