We all know that something is wrong. Most people can’t put their finger on it because like most things, it’s complicated. Life is pretty good for most of us, yet every year more Americans suffer from anxiety than the year before. Everything seems to get more expensive every year; health care, groceries, housing, college tuition. In the meantime, it doesn’t seem like any of us are making any more money. Some ambitious, smart, and hardworking folks do very well, but the average middle class American hasn’t seen a pay raise in decades. Long gone are the days when a man can graduate from high school, get a job at the mill, and provide a nice modest life for his wife and children. We all saw the big banks and major corporations that have “men in Washington” get bailed out in 2008/2009 when the consequences of their bad bets came home to roost. American taxpayers even helped prop up European banks, not that anyone asked the American taxpayer if that’s what he wanted to do.
Relative to the rest of the world, us Americans have had it pretty easy. Just a few years ago people who had large deposits in banks in Cyprus were offered the involuntary privilege to help their country and their friendly banker stay solvent by having some of their money confiscated in a process the banksters called a “bail in.” Sure, some of these depositors were wealthy Russian mafiamen, but some of these depositors that had their money confiscated were working men and women who had spent years saving for retirement. Elsewhere in Europe negative interest rates became common. Can you imagine being punished for saving money? I don’t think Ben Franklin would be impressed by this situation.
I’ve had enough. Luckily, I don’t have much saved up for the banksters to steal, but I’m planning to start saving now to help provide security for my family in an uncertain future. I can’t stand the thought of having the money I’ve broken my body working to produce, and somehow managed to keep away from the government’s tax goons, sucked up by some crazy negative interest rate or bank bail in scheme.
There is a better way. I don’t know if the way is cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, or if the way is precious metals such as gold or silver. I suspect that the best way to store value may be a combination of cryptocurrency and precious metals. I’m going to look into every way I can find to opt out of central bank owned and operated fiat currency schemes. I’m going to post what I find here, so you can benefit from my research and save your wealth from the people who have found it’s easier to steal than to create.