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Scott Lincoln "Omar" Davis


Abu Bakr ibn Abi Maryam reported that he heard the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, say: "A time is certainly coming over mankind in which there will be nothing [left] which will be of use save a dinar and a dirham."

(The Musnad of Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal)



The Islamic Dinar is a specific weight
of 22k gold equivalent to 4.25 grammes.

The Islamic Dirham is a specific weight
of pure silver equivalent to 3.0 grammes. 


"Islam is based on five: testifying that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, establishing the prayer, paying the Zakat, the Hajj and the fast of Ramadan."

Zakat cannot be paid with a promise of payment

Zakat can only be paid with tangible merchandise, called in Arabic 'ain. It cannot be paid with a promise to pay or a debt, called in Arabic dayn.

From the beginning the zakat was paid with dinars and dirhams. Most significant is that the payment of zakat was never allowed in paper money during all the ottoman period right until the fall of the Khalifate.

Shaykh Muhammad Alish (1802-1881), the great Maliki Qadi, said that if you were to pay zakat with paper-money only its value as merchandise ('ayn), that is, its value as paper can be accepted. Therefore, its nominal value is irrelevant as payment of zakat.





Mike Hoy
This is a special article that I am writing for the Holiday Season. I have had several requests to write an article to help educate and awaken our loved ones to the reality of the future. If I am successful in bringing to words, the thoughts that go on in my head, then I hope that this article will make the Holiday Season a little less argumentative and a lot more friendly than some prior Holiday's experienced by some families, including my own, when the subjects of the economy, world and markets come up for conversation. After serious thought, I realized that this is an article that I really want to write. I just hope it turns out in the way that I imagined.


This is an article that all of you can e-mail or share directly with those you really want to help but have never had the chance to quiet, long enough, for them to hear and understand why you think and feel the way you do. You and I both know that reaching these people has been very difficult, if not impossible, and that you are probably wasting your time but you are going to give it another shot simply because you do care about them and know that one day they will awaken to the future but you hope they will wake before it is too late. These "less than totally informed people" have an opportunity to invest in an industry that is in the infant stages of what could be the greatest bull market in history. If just a fraction of this bull market materializes, investors in these markets have the opportunity to change the financial futures of themselves and their families forever.

To understand the risks associated with the events of the future, one does not have to be a rocket scientist. All one really needs to do is spend a little time reading the many articles written by many very welled qualified writers that are posted on many excellent websites.

Most of you, like me, have paid a heavy price for trying to help your family and friends. You have been labeled as negative, un-American, off your rockers and simply not in touch with the rest of the world. Well, the reality of the matter is, you are not any of the above. It's time they wake up and realize that the ones who are not in touch with reality is them and if they don't wake up soon, they will find that one day, when they do wake up, all their hard work and labor has been for nothing as it could evaporate overnight when the time comes for the truth to be uncovered. If they don't wake up they will also miss the greatest investment opportunity of a lifetime. Unfortunately this is another problem you have in dealing with the way you think; and that is the fact that if you are correct in your assessment of the situation, you will profit handsomely by having had the foresight to plan properly; something that they refuse to recognize, and they will be seriously crippled in their financial plans because they never took the time to prepare or listen. It will be painful watching their hopes and dreams fade simply because they never took the time to learn and properly prepare.

Now I am going to talk to "them;" the third party, the people this article is being written for. You people who have caused great concern and many sleepless nights for those who care about you and have tried endlessly to reach you. I do not plan to sugarcoat what I have to say because I know that very few of you will even read this article from start to finish and many of those who do, still won't get it. If I try to write everything that I feel and want you to think about, this will be a long article and that is counter-productive. So I hope to keep it shorter, than I should, and still stir you to begin to question and seek knowledge of what the true facts are and the long lasting effects they will have on your life.

I am going to enjoy writing this article because this is the one time that none of you can interrupt me with the never ending phrase of "you are always so negative and quite frankly I am tired of listening to it" as a response to not listening and learning. Instead maybe you will read and begin to comprehend the risks you face by refusing to educate yourself to the risks associated with being in the dark. You know that if you ever do listen and begin to understand that the changes you would be forced to make in your own lives would be totally against everything that you want to believe. Do you think for one minute that we do not want to believe and have faith in the same things that you believe? Do you know how many times in the past I wish I could have been blind an ignorant to the truth and reality to the facts of life? Do you know how many times we have said to ourselves that "I wish I didn't know now all the things I didn't know then."

For most of you, it is so much easier to believe that the people leading this country really have your best interest at heart and that one day you will wake up and everything will be just fine. Well, I've got some real bad news for you; that is never going to happen under the current paths and policies that our country is now pursuing. One day you will wake up and realize that the only interest they have is to gain or keep political power. This is accomplished by trying to give everyone what they want without having to pay for it.

Most of you don't realize that we have no choice in the way we think. We never wanted to be labeled as un-American and negative. We never wanted to get family upset at holiday gatherings. Believe it or not we really do love you people and when family gatherings turned into nightmares we are the ones who suffer the most because we realize that the real arguments happen as a result of blind loyalty and stubbornness on your part to believe what you are being led to believe by those you trust. What you don't yet realize is the fact that your blind loyalties are terribly misplaced. We would truly love to believe the way you do but unfortunately we have taken the time and made the effort to not give our loyalties blindly. We have spent hours upon hours doing research in search of the truth. This research continually feeds upon itself because the more research we carry out the more we realized the depth of our countries and the world's problems. We know for fact that things are absolutely not the way we have been led to believe.

Remember when you got your teeth kicked in as the tech stock bubble burst? Do you remember how you were so sure that things were different this time and that people like Warren Buffett were "has beens?" Do you remember how you bought into the game of "old economy" versus the "new economy?" Have you even figured out that these two economies were created so that justification could be given to the lofty prices of the tech stocks. The reality of that period of investing came down to the fact that there was absolutely no justification that could be given to the lofty prices that these stocks were trading. As a result the analysts created a totally separate category called "new economy" by doing this; these stocks would then fall into a category that could be justified for breaking all the historic valuations accorded to stocks. It was a fantastic game until the end came. When that happened they recreated another category called "loser!"

Even today I am beginning to hear the words "new economy" again. What do you think this should be telling you about traditional stock and bond market investments? Do you think they could be approaching the overvalued levels again? Of course you can always invest using the "greater fool theory." This just means that there may be a bigger fool, than you, to buy your stock from you at higher prices.

How do all you ex-owners of Kmart and Enron stock feel seeing how you received nothing for your bankrupt company and those who wound up with your assets are reaping the rewards of your failed investments? Do you really want to be involved in a market that runs over you like this?

How do all you investors feel when Elliott Spitzer finds wrong doing in corporations and then settles with the criminals, collects a ton of money for "his" cause and you receive nothing. Then to add insult to injury, he allows the guilty parties to walk away absolutely free without admitting or denying any guilt. What an insult; Spitzer gets his and the guilty parties settles for a paltry fine, which you shareholders pay for, and no one is held accountable, except Martha Stewart, and I have yet to figure out what she did wrong.

Enron collapsed as a result of derivatives and offshore corporations. Our elected officials swore they would get to the bottom of that mess and make changes that could keep it from ever occurring again. So what happened? How come the politicians and Spitzer have not forced other corporations to unwind their financially destructive derivative positions and close their offshore corporations? Did you ever wonder why they buried Anderson as quickly as they did? Since Anderson was the accounting firm that was largely responsible for setting up the fraudulent offshore enterprises; do you think it might have been to cover up the paper trail to all the other illegal offshore corporations?

Derivatives are financial weapons of mass destruction and the brightest financial minds in the world do not have the answers on how to keep our financial markets together when the derivatives implode. Do not forget the failure of Long Term Capital Management in 1998 and how that fiasco almost caused the financial markets to fail. Today, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are possibly the largest derivative abusers and they are in the news right now. These derivative positions will encounter all kinds of problems as interest rates rise. Rising interest rates will cause horrible financial problems for the economy and the shareholders of their companies. You should take every opportunity to learn as much as you can about the risks associated with derivatives and rising interest rates.

The saddest part to this story is the possibility that the state of New York will eventually elect this man, Spitzer, as Governor of New York. Now that is a crime that the residents of New York should be held accountable for.

Have you ever taken the time to understand how the money was created to propel this economy forward? Do you think that the creation of debt is a healthy environment to build a strong and solid economy?

How many of you have been conned into the debt game? How many of you are in a situation where you now have accumulated debt up to your eyeballs? Low interest rates have been a two sided event. On one hand you have the benefits of refinancing your homes at unbelievable low mortgage rates; on the other you have succumbed to the drawdown of all equity from your homes to buy and live beyond your means. The sad truth to this event is; as interest rates begin to rise the equity that has been built up as a result of the low interest rates will evaporate leaving only the debt behind. There is no doubt that at some point in the future you will be underwater on your home with your falling equity and rising interest rates will be the culprit. Do you think that you will be able to sell your homes? Down the road, do you think that you will be able to afford the new increased mortgage payments on your home as a result of the higher interest rates you will be forced to pay as a result of the adjustable rate mortgage on your home?

These are questions you must deal with now because tomorrow may be too late! For those of you who own interest only loans, you better start praying now. With mortgage rates at all time low levels how can you possibly opt for an adjustable rate loan or an interest only loan when you have the opportunity to lock in long term historically low interest rates and payments? As rates rise and you are stuck owning the home you are now in, because you will have a negative equity net worth, you will look back to this time and wonder how you failed to lock in long term rates and how you opted to forego traditional financing for the temporarily lower payment of the arm and interest only loans, just so you could buy a house that you could not afford in the first place. As rates rise the housing market bubble, just like the NASDAQ bubble, will burst leaving financial destruction behind!

How many of you seniors have pulled your money out of the safety of cd's and short term governments to receive a higher rate of return? I know that the returns that have been given for the last two to three years have been horrible but I also know that rising interest rates are just around the corner and rising interest rates will destroy the value of your principle in these new long term fixed investments. If you have invested in long term bonds, where your capital is tied up for years, you need to be fully aware of the risks that you face. The major risk you face is loss of principal in the event rates rise and you need to cash in your long term bonds, which have fallen in value, to reflect the higher interest rates since you made your original investment. I won't even begin to talk about the risks associated with Junk Bonds and Ginnie Mae's, because that is a whole separate topic. If rates rise dramatically, these long term bond investments may be worth a fraction of what you paid for them in the event you need to sell and get your money before they mature.

Very few investors understand the circumstances surrounding the high interest rates experienced in the late 70's and early 80's. The important point to know and understand is that the circumstances surrounding the events that gave us a 20.5% prime interest rate in 1980 are in place today and the magnitude of seriousness dwarfs the events of the late 70's and early 80's. Debt is the most serious event that a consumer, corporation and government must deal with in securing the sound financial and social future of that entity. Entities do not go broke when they have no debt. Debt is the cancer that has destroyed every democratic society ever created. The disastrous amounts of debt in our society today, on every level, family, corporate and governmental are unprecedented in the history of mankind. There is very little chance that most of this debt can be collected. Our elected officials are doing everything in their power to continue this debt buildup.

The sole purposes of several years' worth of falling and low interest rates were to force savings out of traditional investments in an attempt to resurrect the ".com boom" and to give added liquidity and buying power to other industries, such as housing, in an attempt to try and buy our way to prosperity. Our leaders have done everything in their power to stimulate and resurrect the "Good Old Days" but it seems that the only thing they have succeeded in achieving is building an unprecedented amount of debt that eventually will have to be paid back or defaulted upon. What type of economy do you think we will have as we direct our family's resources to paying off our debt? As more of our hard earned money is directed to paying off our debt there is less to spend on the luxury items, which we have become so accustomed to owning and accumulating in the process of amassing the debt. Do you believe that growth will be negatively affected by the amount of money being used solely to pay down debt versus building our economy and our family's needs?

There is no question that when the time comes to pay our debts that growth in the economy will slow. When this time comes families will be forced to make budget cuts and there are a lot of industries that will suffer. The only long term solution is to pay off or pay down debt and build savings. Investment capital for economic growth should be fueled from savings rather than borrowing.

The important point that many of you do not realize is that the price of running huge budget and trade deficits is higher interest rates. This is not a complicated subject to understand as all one has to recognize is the fact that there is only so much of a good thing that anyone can want or have. Take our dollar for instance; for years foreigners and foreign central banks have collected huge quantities of our dollar. In the beginning this made sense as the dollar had value to it and these foreigners enjoyed a huge trade advantage in the currency game, by creating a strong dollar versus their own currency. After years of excessively huge increases in debt, both trade and budget, these foreigners are asking themselves whether they need to accumulate any more dollars, particularly when the dollar has fallen by more than 30% in the last two years. As a result of the internal growth that they are experiencing within their own countries, the necessity of a cheaper currency in relation to the dollar is not as important as it once was. In short, the US is on a path to being replaced, as the only or largest market for foreign trade and goods. These foreign countries have taken a beating by owning the dollar versus other options that are available to them, and they are tired of seeing their wealth destroyed simply because the US is completely out of control in its spending.

If our Government were a business would you want to loan it money when their debt is running at unprecedented and out of control levels with no end in sight? At what point do you begin to ask yourself whether the US can pay its bills with anything other than more "worth less paper?" Very few American people have asked themselves this question; foreigners, who are getting creamed, by owning our dollars, are asking themselves this question everyday. It is only a matter of time before they abandon ownership of the dollar for a less "printable" form of savings and reserves.

As these foreign holders, of our debt, begin to realize that they no longer have a taste for funding the frivolous buying habits of the American People they will then turn to other investments that offer benefits to their own people and wealth that is not created by a printing press. The only recourse our officials have will be to enrich the paper return of holding our debt; this will be attempted with rising interest rates. Initially this strategy may have limited success but the fact remains that the only asset these foreign countries have is easily created paper and the "Full Faith and Credit" of you the US Citizen.

We know, in our own personal lives, the debt we have accumulated is about all we can afford. Just imagine having to tack on another $25,000 per person to satisfy the government's part of the debt that YOU OWE! Are you thinking yet? This is a conservative figure that does not include the Governments obligations to the future amounts it "hopes" to be able to pay for programs like social security and the social programs. This is serious business and measures must be taken to change the path we are on. These foreign owners of our debt have us at their mercy and they possess "financial weapons of mass destruction" which they will use for their own benefit and at their own time of choosing. Americans also have short memories and therefore we forget that these foreign countries do not have American interests at heart but their own interests at heart. Turn the calendar back twenty-five years and remember the relationship we had with these foreign countries. We may have short memories but do they?

When they decide they no longer want to own our debt they will begin to spend those dollars to buy the natural resources to build their own countries. I do not blame them in the least for thinking of themselves. I believe they will buy the best companies in the world to meet the supply shortfall they have in their own countries. These foreigners own hundreds of billions of dollars and when they make up their minds to liquidate their dollar positions we will have some very serious problems in this country. Not only will they buy our best companies and force interest rates to much higher levels, but they will also force us to deal with inflation as we try to absorb these dollars coming home.

This is a very complicated issue to understand but it is an issue that you must begin to deal with or be swept away in the losses that will result in the changing of the guard. The Asian Countries are beginning to gain a taste of what Americans have taken for granted for years and they want more. The Asians are beginning to awaken to the 21st Century and this is creating a huge demand on the dwindling supply of the world's natural resources. This will cause huge natural resource shortages and inflation that will only worsen as the years pass. The Chinese are coming and they want what you and I have and there are 1,300,000,000 of them. Ten years from now it will be the Chinese that are calling the shots and we may find ourselves dancing to their tune. This does not have to be a bad thing if you properly plan and prepare. You need to recognize that the affordability of things like cheap sources of fuel is a thing of the past. Fuel to run our economy, heat our homes and drive our cars is going to be more expensive and the things we take for granted may become luxury items down the road. Very few Americans have the foresight to see and understand these unfolding events. The Chinese are going to exert tremendous new demand on the world's natural resources at a point in time where the supply of the world's natural resources has peaked and begun to fall. I believe that five years from now the US will be very sorry we ever outsourced a single job overseas.

I hope I have been able to generate a series of questions in your head that propel you to seek answers. I hope you begin to listen to those who are so desperately trying to reach you. You must realize that they are only trying to help you. They have websites that they can share with you where you will be able to more clearly understand the reasons why we think the way we do. If you where to have an understanding of the events that we feel are about to unfold then we believe you may view things differently and adjust your investment portfolios and your thinking accordingly.

You must begin to realize that a dollar bill is not a payment of debt but an IOU. You must begin to realize that those people who have accumulated the most dollar bills are beginning to take offense to the fact that the US just prints more dollar bills as a means to spend money it does not or will not have. They realize they must liquidate these dollars to protect themselves against the further printing, or devaluation, of their reserves. You must begin to recognize that these people are going to want to convert those dollar bills into an asset that cannot be duplicated by the simple printing of paper. When you begin to realize that that IOU will someday be converted into hard assets then you will begin to understand why we think and feel the way we do.

When you understand that the printing of money is destroying the system that we so strongly want to support, then you will be leading the discussion and others will call you negative. It will be at this point in time that you will fully understand how we feel and why we think the way we do; welcome to the "Real World!"

Yes we are "gold bugs" and damned proud of it! We know that the only true money is gold as it is the only form of money that is not an IOU. Gold is pure wealth and it stands on its own. You cannot print gold. To mine gold from the ground is a very expensive and time consuming event. Gold must first be found, then proved out through drilling, then put into production. To discover a body of ore and turn it into a producing gold mine takes seven years on average. In essence; what you have above ground is what you "got." This is why gold maintains its value. From the beginning of the monetary system gold has been used, universally, as money. An ounce of gold is an ounce of gold; it stands on its own merit, it is not an IOU or a piece of paper that can easily be duplicated.

Those people who fully understand this have been quietly accumulating gold for years and they now have a great deal of it and one day they know that paper will crash and gold will be back and those who have the gold will make the rules.

I hope this article will be of help to all in understanding that you need to be responsible for yourselves and the decisions you make which will dictate your financial futures. You need to learn as much as you can so that you will better understand how the future will unfold. I would love to say that I have the answers, but I don't and I have yet to meet anyone who does. I only know that exponentially expanding our debt is the absolute worst thing that your families and our nation can do in an attempt to resurrect a period of time that was fueled, by the invention of the internet and Y2K, and not to be repeated. You must begin to pay down your debts and start to save. You must fuel growth from savings and not debt. I only hope it is not too late.

This is a very serious subject and I hope I have been successful in reaching, a few of you, to stir the desire to learn and educate yourselves. Do not accept, blindly or as gospel, the explanations that you are being given today by those who have a vested interest in the outcomes they hope to achieve, by encouraging and practicing the worst of unsound financial practices available to man. As money dries up for all the "free-be" programs of the future, you will recognize that you are responsible for the poor decisions you make along the way. The time will come where the topics, I have, just touched upon here, will become painfully and blatantly obvious to all; the only question you need to answer for yourself is the question of whether you will be a survivor or a victim. You are the only one who can decipher the outcome to this question; at that point in time you will have only yourself to blame for not taking the time to educate yourself to the truth.

For those of you on my e-mail list I am sorry that I have not sent out an article recently. I have been very busy. I believe I will have some very interesting surprises and information to share. I have a couple of companies that have been brought to my attention that I am currently researching and I feel hold great promise. I hope to have a complete article for you shortly after the beginning of the year. I am very excited about what I am working on. For those of you not on my e-mail list there is room as I am completely up to date and can accommodate new subscribers. You can get on my e-mail list, at no charge, by responding to the e-mail address below.

I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I hope the future brings great happiness and prosperity.

Merry Christmas


Mike Hoy

26 December 2004



October 3, 1849 issue of The Bradford Reporter, of Towanda, Pennsylvania.


By E. mason
Ah, little gold dollar, republican name,
Let peace be thy motto, and freedom thy fame;
may all use thee kindly and not hide thy face
Like misers and bankers in some lonely place,
But gain thee by labor or calling that's just,
And part with thee freely whenever they must;
Let labor's adore thee as both kind and civil,
Though bankers may make thee the root of all evil.
''Twas labor that caus'd thee to leave the gold mine
''Twas labor that made thee in splendor to shine,
''Twas labor that coin'd thee and fashion'd the mold
To shape thee so nicely a dollar of gold.
Since dollars and labor are nearly allied
In payment for labor they should be applied;
And all who will labor six days out of' seven,
Gold dollars in payment should always be given.
'Tis cheating of' labor when misers do hold
And store up so useless those dollars of' gold;
'Tis knavery that bankers should keep them in gabs,
And substitute for them a vile trash of rags;
A bill made of' paper, pure gold to alloy,
To build up the rich and the poor to destroy.
Unknown to our fathers who fought for our freedom,
Forbid it ye younger who doth now succeed them.

Arise then ye freemen, use liberty's hand
And drive this vile paper from liberty's land,
And let the gold dollar be coin for the poor
And circulate freely to every man's door,
Awake up to freedom and not be controll'd,
Submit not to bankers to pocket your gold.
Put down the whole system of legalized knaving
And down with the brokers who now live by shaving.
Now look about the country and see those that shirk
Too idle to labor, too lazy to work,
Bank bills are their hobby, they live at their ease,
And make a new issue whenever they please;
They sport on the inter'st of' bills they have lent,
Whose capital value is not worth a cent.
And cheating so common, the nicest inspector
Is forced to keep by him a bank note detector.
Then freemen use wisdom, be free when you can
Drive all the small paper from liberty's land,
Send back to the bankers all notes under tens,
And draw back the specie to make you amends;
And henceforth refusing this paper disgrace,
Gold dollars and silver will soon take their place.
Our country will stand on a footing more civil,
And freemen rejoice at the downfall of' evil. 




"The Possession of Gold has ruined fewer men than the Lack of It." 

 Thomas Bailey Aldrich

"The desire for gold is the most universal and deeply rooted commercial instinct of the human race."

Gerald M. Loeb


"Gold was not selected arbitrarily by governments to be the monetary standard. Gold had developed for many centuries on the free market as the best money; as the commodity providing the most stable and desirable monetary medium."

Murray N. Rothbard


"Even during the period when Rome lost much of her ancient prestige, an Indian traveler observed that trade all over the world was operated with the aid of Roman gold coins which were accepted and admired everywhere."

Paul Einzig


"The history of fiat money is little more than a register of monetary follies and inflations. Our present age merely affords another entry in this dismal register."

Hans F. Sennholz


"As fewer and fewer people have confidence in paper as a store of value, the price of gold will continue to rise."

Jerome F. Smith


"Those entrapped by the herd instinct are drowned in the deluges of history. But there are always the few who observe, reason, and take precautions, and thus escape the flood. For these few gold has been the asset of last resort."

Antony C. Sutton


"For more than two thousand years gold's natural qualities made it man's universal medium of exchange. In contrast to political money, gold is honest money that survived the ages and will live on long after the political fiats of today have gone the way of all paper."

Hans F. Sennholz


"When paper money systems begin to crack at the seams, the run to gold could be explosive."

Harry Browne



"In a country whose currency is not convertible into gold, inflation leads to its continuous devaluation in terms of foreign currencies."

Michael A. Heilperin



"Until government administrators can so identify the interests of government with those of the people and refrain from defrauding the masses through the device of currency depreciation for the sake of remaining in office, the wiser ones will prefer to keep as much of their wealth in the most stable and marketable forms possible - forms which only the precious metals provide."

Elgin Groseclose



"Gold would have value if for no other reason than that it enables a citizen to fashion his financial escape from the state."

William F. Rickenbacker



"America today has insufficient savings to finance both crucial investment and its consumption of imports."

James Dale Davidson



"We need only take our heads out of the sand to see clearly that interventionism not only has failed to provide the promised something-for-nothing, but has led to all sorts of undesirable consequences. Indeed, many are just beginning to realize that we are moving towards disaster even though we have been on a wrong heading for decades."

Leonard Read



"Do the American voters know that the unprecedented improvement in their standard of living that the last hundred years brought was the result of the steady rise in the per-head quota of capital invested? Do they realize that every measure leading to capital decumulation jeopardizes their prosperity?"

Ludwig von Mises



"The dollar will be wiped out."

Dr. Franz Pick



"The way I see it, gold is headed over $1000 an ounce, probably much higher. At anywhere near current prices, it's the lowest risk, highest potential investment I can think of."

Doug Casey



"In the long run, the gold price has to go up in relation to paper money. There is no other way. To what price, that depends on the scale of the inflation - and we know that inflation will continue."

Nicholas L. Deak



"Gold bears the confidence of the world's millions, who value it far above the promises of politicians, far above the unbacked paper issued by governments as money substitutes. It has been that way through all recorded history. There is no reason to believe it will lose the confidence of people in the future."

Oakley R. Bramble



"In the end, more than they wanted freedom, they wanted security."

Edward Gibbon



"The paper standard is self-destructive."

Hans F. Sennholz



"With the exception only of the period of the gold standard, practically all governments of history have used their exclusive power to issue money to defraud and plunder the people."

F.A. von Hayak



"The fate of the nation and the fate of the currency are one and the same."

Dr. Franz Pick



"The history of paper money is an account of abuse, mismanagement, and financial disaster."

Richard M. Ebeling



"The first requisite of a sound monetary system is that it put the least possible power over the quantity or quality of money in the hands of the politicians."

Henry Hazlitt



"Whom the gods would destroy, they first subsidize."

George Roche



"All of the government's monetary, economic and political power, as well as its extensive propaganda machinery, will be enlisted in a constant battle to drive down the price of gold - but in the absence of any fundamental change in the nation's monetary, fiscal, and economic direction, simply regard any major retreat in the price of gold as an unexpected buying opportunity."

Irwin A. Schiff



"If ever there was an area in which to do the exact opposite of that which government and the media urge you to do, that area is the purchasing of gold."

Robert Ringer



"Were we to be directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap, we should soon want bread."

Thomas Jefferson



"The truth is that capitalism has not only multiplied population figures, but at the same time, improved the people's standard of living in an unprecedented way. Neither economic thinking nor historical experience suggest that any other social system could be as beneficial to the masses as capitalism. The results speak for themselves. The market economy needs no apologists and propagandists. It can apply to itself the words of Sir Christopher Wren's epitaph in St. Paul's: 'Si monumentum requiris, circumspice.' (If you seek his monument, look around.)"

Ludwig von Mises



"We are in a world of irredeemable paper money - a state of affairs unprecedented in history."

John Exter



"Public works are not accomplished by the miraculous power of a magic wand. They are paid for by funds taken away from the citizens."

Ludwig von Mises



"No other commodity enjoys as much universal acceptability and marketability as gold."

Hans F. Sennholz



"Of all the contrivances for cheating the laboring classes of mankind, none has been more effective than that which deludes them with paper money."

Daniel Webster



"If you don't trust gold, do you trust the logic of taking a beautiful pine tree, worth about $4,000 - $5,000, cutting it up, turning it into pulp and then paper, putting some ink on it and then calling it one billion dollars?"

Kenneth J. Gerbino


"It is important to remember that government interference always means either violent action or the threat of such action.....taxes are paid because the taxpayers are afraid of offering resistance to the tax gatherers. They know that any disobedience or resistance is hopeless. As long as this is the state of affairs, the government is able to collect the money that it wants to spend. Government is in the last resort the employer of armed men, of policemen, gendarmes, soldiers, prison guards, and hangmen. The essential feature of government is the enforcement of its decrees by beating, killing, and imprisoning. Those who are asking for more government interference are asking ultimately for more compulsion and less freedom."

Ludwig von Mises



"Borrowers will default. Markets will collapse. Gold (the ultimate form of safe money) will skyrocket."

Michael Belkin



"The international monetary order is more precarious by far today than it was in 1929. Then, gold was international money, incorruptible, unmanageable, and unchangeable. Today, the U.S. dollar serves as the international medium of exchange, managed by Washington politicians and Federal Reserve officials, manipulated from day to day, and serving political goals and ambitions. This difference alone sounds the alarm to all perceptive observers."

Hans F. Sennholz



"Deficit spending is simply a scheme for the 'hidden' confiscation of wealth. Gold stands in the way of this insidious process. It stands as a protector of property rights."

Alan Greenspan



"Politicians can't give us anything without depriving us of something else. Government is not a god. Every dime they spend must first be taken from someone else."

Barry Asmus



"The gold standard, in one form or another, will prevail long after the present rash of national fiats is forgotten or remembered only in currency museums."

Hans F. Sennholz



"Increasingly, the wealth of the modern world has come to be represented by financial assets rather than real assets, and this to me is a very unhealthy situation, because financial assets are inherently unstable. Financial assets (currencies, bonds, mortgages, stocks, bank credit, etc.) can be quickly and violently reduced in value, or destroyed completely by either inflation or deflation."

Donald J. Hoppe



"It is a socialist idea that making profits is a vice. I consider that the real vice is making losses."

Winston Churchill



"All previous attempts to base money solely on intangibles such as credit or government edict or fiat have ended in inflationary panic and disaster."

Donald Hoppe



"There can be no other criterion, no other standard than gold. Yes, gold which never changes, which can be shaped into ingots, bars, coins, which has no nationality and which is eternally and universally accepted as the unalterable fiduciary value par excellence."

Charles De Gaulle



"Betting against gold is the same as betting on governments. He who bets on governments and government money bets against 6,000 years of recorded human history."

Gary North



"Gold is forever. It is beautiful, useful, and never wears out. Small wonder that gold has been prized over all else, in all ages, as a store of value that will survive the travails of life and the ravages of time."

James Blakely



"The proper and limited use of government is to invoke a common justice and keep the peace - and that is all."

Leonard Read



"Gold is not going to fade away and just become another useful metal."

Donald Hoppe



"Never have the world's moneys been so long cut off from their metallic roots."

Murray M. Rothbard



"The gold standard sooner or later will return with the force and inevitability of natural law, for it is the money of freedom and honesty."

Hans F. Sennholz



"Every individual is a potential gold buyer, although he may not need the gold. It may be added to the store of personal wealth, and passed from generation to generation as an object of family wealth. There is no other economic good as marketable as gold."

Hans F. Sennholz



"To prefer paper to gold is to prefer high risk to lower risk, instability to stability, inflation to steady long term values, a system of very low grade performance to a system of higher, though not perfect performance."

William Rees-Mogg



"Start now buying gold coins, any kind, and hoarding them."

Dr. John L. King



"The gold standard makes the money's purchasing power independent of the changing, ambitions and doctrines of political parties and pressure groups. This is not a defect of the gold standard; it is its main excellence."

Ludwig von Mises



"Place 5 percent to 10 percent of your total assets in gold bullion and selected gold and silver coins. No one knows with certainty whether the coming depression will be inflationary or deflationary."

James Dale Davidson



"The standard of living of the common man is higher in those countries which have the greatest number of wealthy entrepreneurs."

Ludwig von Mises



"...there seems to be a correlation between the intensity of the official attacks on gold and the severity of monetary crises."

Hans F. Sennholz



"I see a great future for gold and silver coins as the currency people may increasingly turn to when paper currencies begin to disintegrate."

Murray M. Rothbard



"Nothing beats a little cash in a bear market, of course, and the oldest form of cash is gold."

James Grant



"Gold is as steady as a rock, a standardbearer by which all currencies can be accurately measured."

Mark Skousen



"Buy gold and sit on it. That is the key to success."

Dr. Franz Pick



"Whenever an overall breakdown of a monetary or financial system occurs, return to gold always restores order, revives confidence and brings back prosperity."

Donald Hoppe



"The possibility of a discriminatory capital-gains tax on gold 'profits,' or even of outright confiscation, cannot be wholly dismissed. We must remember that in 1933, when private citizens began to exercise their clear legal right to convert their Federal Reserve notes and gold certificates into gold, President Franklin D. Roosevelt suspended the conversion, ordered the citizens to exchange their gold for paper money, and made it illegal for private citizens to hold or own gold. In other words, the government not only broke its solemn and explicit pledge to convert its notes into gold on demand, but treated the holder (and dupe) who had taken the pledge seriously as the real culprit."

Henry Hazlitt



"The authorities in the United States confiscated private gold holdings in the Depression of the 1930's. They may seek to do so again in the Depression of the 1990's."

James Dale Davidson and Lord William Rees-Mogg



"From a strictly economic point of view, buying gold in a major inflation and holding it probably presents the least risk of capital loss of any investment or speculation."

Henry Hazlitt



"An ounce of gold is an ounce of gold, whether it consists of guineas, sovereigns or eagles."

Hans F. Sennholz



"Regardless of the dollar price involved, one ounce of gold would purchase a good-quality man's suit at the conclusion of the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, the presidency of Franklin Roosevelt, and today."

Peter A. Burshre



"When you buy gold equities you're buying gold that hasn't yet been mined. Making an astute investment will demand an understanding not only of the forces that drive gold prices but also a grasp of the workings of the stock market and the fundamentals of the stock - the company's reserves, production costs, earnings, dividends and management."

Pierre Lassonde



"The great merit of gold is precisely that it is scarce; that its quantity is limited by nature; that it is costly to discover, to mine, and to process; and that it cannot be created by political fiat or caprice."

Henry Hazlitt



"As the prosperity of the nation and the height of wage rates depend on a continual increase in the capital invested in its plants, mines and farms, it is one of the foremost tasks of good government to remove all obstacles that hinder the accumulation and investment of new capital."

Ludwig von Mises



"It is the greenback which is unstable, and not bullion."

Dr. Franz Pick



"Gold will be around, gold will be money when the dollar and the euro and the yuan and the ringgitt are mere memories."

Richard Russell



"Civilization can only revive when there shall come into being in a number of individuals a new tone of mind independent of the one prevalent among the crowd and in opposition to it. A new public opinion must be created privately and unobtrusively. The existing one is maintained by the press, by propaganda, by organization, and by financial influences which are at its disposal. The unnatural way of spreading ideas must be opposed by the natural one, which goes from man to man and relies solely on the truth of the thoughts and the hearer's receptiveness of new truth."

Albert Schweitzer



"In brief, the jig is about up and painless extrication from our predicament just isn't going to be possible."

Alfred A. Malabre, Jr.



"How rare is gold? If you could gather together all the gold mined in recorded history, melt it down, and pour it into one giant cube, it would measure only about eighteen yards across! That's all the gold owned by every government on earth, plus all the gold in private hands, all the gold in rings, necklaces, chains, and gold art. That's all the gold used in tooth fillings, in electronics, in coins and bars. It's everything that exists above ground now, or since man learned to extract the metal from the earth. All of it can fit into one block the size of a single house. It would weigh about 91,000 tons - less than the amount of steel made around the world in an hour. That's rare."

Daniel M. Kehrer



"Bullion doesn't pay interest or dividends, nor does it grow or expand by itself. That's the price you pay for tranquillity."

Pierre Lassonde



"At a minimum, gold will rise to $3,000. A more likely scenario, however, is that the world's financial system will break down completely. (The basis of that system is the U.S. dollar.) In that case, gold will rise as high as $10,000 to $40,000 - a point at which all credit - paper will be backed by gold."

Steve Puetz



"Start buying gold now, regardless of the price. By acting now, you will not have to react when it's too late. Too late will be when the majority of the public finally figures out what is happening to paper money and frantically tries to get aboard. Remember, if you're one of the ones holding paper in the end, you will have given away your products and services for nothing."

Robert Ringer



"Gold is not less but more rational than paper money. Money holds value so long as it is in limited supply; gold will always be in limited supply, and would require real resources to produce even from the sea; paper and printing ink are not in limited supply. The gold system is much closer to a modern automatic scientific control system than the crude and relatively unstable system of paper."

William Rees-Mogg



"By common consent of the nations, gold and silver are the only true measure of value. They are the necessary regulators of trade. I have myself no more doubt that these metals were prepared by the Almighty for this very purpose, than I have that iron and coal were prepared for the purposes in which they are being used."

Hugh McCulloch



"Although gold and silver are not by nature money, money is by nature gold and silver."

Karl Marx



"Like Liberty, gold never stays where it is undervalued."

J.S. Morrill



"Gold is not necessary. I have no interest in gold. We'll build a solid state, without an ounce of gold behind it. Anyone who sells above the set prices, let him be marched off to a concentration. That's the bastion of money."

Adolf Hitler



"The modern mind dislikes gold because it blurts out unpleasant truths."

Joseph Schumpeter



"The tongue hath no force when gold speaketh."




"As good as gold."

Charles Dickens



"You have to choose [as a voter] between trusting to the natural stability of gold and the natural stability and intelligence of the members of the government. And with due respect to these gentlemen, I advise you, as long as the capitalist system lasts, to vote for gold."

George Bernard Shaw



"It is extraordinary how many emotional storms one may weather in safety if one is ballasted with ever so little gold."

William McFee



"Though wisdom cannot be gotten for gold, still less can it be gotten without it."

Samuel Butler



"Chains of gold are stronger than chains of iron."

Thomas Fuller



"Man prates, but gold speaks."




"Gold opens all locks, no lock will hold against the power of gold."

George Herbert



"Foul cankering rust the hidden treasure frets, but gold that's put to use more gold begets."

William Shakespeare



"Gold were as good as twenty orators."

William Shakespeare



"Gold is a deep-persuading orator."

Richard Barnfield



"Gold is worshipped in all climates, without a single temple, and by all classes, without a single hypocrite."

Caleb C. Colton



"Gold is a treasure, and he who possesses it does all he wishes to in this world, and succeeds in helping souls into paradise."

Christopher Columbus



"Gold is the soul of all civil life, that can resolve all things into itself, and turn itself into all things."

Samuel Butler



"Gold gives an appearance of beauty even to ugliness."

Nicholas Boileau



"Put forth thy hand, reach at the glorious gold."

William Shakespeare



"Gold is proved by touch."

French Proverb



Gold can a path through hosts of warders clear. And walls of stone more swiftly can displace than ever lightening could."




"When gold argues the cause, eloquence is impotent."

Publilius Syrus



"There can be no doubt that the international gold standard, as it evolved in the 19th century, provided the growing industrial world with the most efficient system of adjustment for balance of payments which it was ever to have, either by accident or by conscious planning."

W. M. Scammell



"Water is best, but gold shines like fire blazing in the night, supreme of lordly wealth."




"There are about three hundred economists in the world who are against gold, and they think that gold is a barbarous relic - and they might be right. Unfortunately, there are three billion inhabitants of the world who believe in gold."

Janos Fekete



--- "And in the end, what meaning does the outcome of the paper fight really represent to the deeper fight within each soul to find true wealth." ----

--- " Gold is not valuable because it is rare or hard to come by. It is valuable because it can serve as an anchor to the "heart/soul" of the "global economic mind" to return once again to the common ground which holds humans together...the untarnishable "trust" that resides within us all and can never be destroyed.---"

Solomon Weaver (USAGOLD Forum)



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