Does Another Depression Loom In America?

May 19, 2015

In capitalist economies, capital, i.e. ‘money’, is created by central banks in the form of credit; and the cost of that credit—central bank interest rates—determines the rate of economic growth. In the end game, however, this is not so.

In the end game, credit’s expansive and inflationary incentives are offset by the collapse of massive speculative bubbles resulting in dangerously low levels of economic activity and a commensurate plunge in the velocity of money.

When this happens, central banks cut interest rates hoping that cheaper credit will revive growth. But, in the end game, attempting to revive growth by lowering the cost of credit is like pushing on a string; a phrase used in 1935 when Fed Governor Marriner Eccles was asked about Fed attempts to revive the US economy.

[Fed] Governor Eccles: Under present circumstances there is very little, if any, that can be done.

Congressman Goldsborough: You mean you cannot push on a string.

[Fed] Governor Eccles: That is a very good way to put it, one cannot push on a string. We are in the depths of a depression and… beyond creating an easy money situation through reduction of discount rates, there is very little, if anything, that the reserve organization can do to bring about recovery.

In the 1920s, excessive monetary creation by the Fed fueled an historic stock market bubble. The greed and speculation ended on October 29, 1929 when the bubble burst, stocks plummeted, banks closed, savings were lost and unemployment soared—plunging the US into the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Deflationary depressions are always and everywhere a monetary phenomenon. Excessive monetary growth creates large speculative bubbles, the bubbles burst and economic growth collapses, even when the quantity of money is increased. This is—always and everywhere—the cause of deflationary depressions.

DRSchoon, Neo-Friedman Monetarism in an Age of Monetary Debasement


US Money Supply, 1980 – 2012


In 1933 to prevent another Great Depression, the US Congress passed the Glass-Steagall Act. By separating investment banking (leveraged betting) from commercial banking (savings & loans), banks were legally prevented from betting the savings of America as they had in the 1920s.

In 1933, the U.S. Congress passed the Glass–Steagall Act mandating a separation between commercial banks, which take deposits and extend loans, and investment banks, which underwrite, issue, and distribute stocks, bonds, and other securities.

In 1999, in a rare bipartisan effort, a Republican Congress and a Democrat President, Bill Clinton, repealed Glass-Steagall; allowing investment bankers to once again place dangerously leveraged bets using America’s savings in Wall Street casinos.

Bipartisan usually means that a larger-than-usual deception is being carried out.

George Carlin

Between 1999 and 2008, Wall Street banks again bet America’s savings and again lost—this time with dodgy bets on suspect subprime mortgages; triggering the greatest financial crisis since the crash of 1929. Once again banks closed, economic activity plummeted and the velocity of money plunged.



On May 6, 2015, Stephen King, chief economist at HSBC, wrote in a note to HSBC clients:

The world economy is like an ocean liner without lifeboats. If another recession hits, it could be a truly titanic struggle for policy makers… Whereas previous recoveries have enabled monetary and fiscal policymakers to replenish their ammunition, this recovery — both in the US and elsewhere — has been distinguished by a persistent munitions shortage. This is a major problem. In all recessions since the 1970s, the US Fed funds rate has fallen by a minimum of 5 percentage points. That kind of traditional stimulus is now completely ruled out.

Stephen King, Chief Economist HSBC,

In 2006, the Fed funds rate was 5.25%. After the 2008 financial crisis, the Fed lowered the discount rate to 0.00 – 0.25%, the 5 percentage point traditional stimulus at which economies regain inflationary momentum. They didn’t.

We have global bond yields going back to the 16th century and only in the 1570s and 1930s have yields been as low as they have been in recent months.

David Rosenberg, May 6, 2015

Today, after six years of zero interest rates, the specter of another deflationary depression is growing in every advanced, i.e. overly-indebted, economy in the world—the US, the UK, the EU, Japan, China, etc.

Offered zero rate sovereign bonds as an investment, investors are choosing to invest in negative rate bonds hoping against hope that central bankers can restore the requisite balance between credit and debt necessary for their ponzi-scheme to survive.

Arbitraging the cost of capital doesn't work when capital is free

Central banks have now, quite literally, bet the bank. However, once quiescent deflationary forces, awakened by the collapse of the 1990 Japanese Nikkei, the 2000 US and 2008 US real estate bubbles, are about to be further inflamed by the coming collapse of China’s real estate and stock market bubbles.


China’s monetary growth

Deflationary depressions are always and everywhere a monetary phenomenon. Excessive monetary growth creates large speculative bubbles, the bubbles burst and economic growth collapses, even when the quantity of money is increased. This is—always and everywhere—the cause of deflationary depressions.

DRSchoon, Neo-Friedman Monetarism in an Age of Monetary Debasement

Hanging by a noose

Pushing on a string

Bankers wondering what

Tomorrow’s going to bring


Humanity is in the midst of a historic and momentous paradigm shift. Governments will fall, natural disasters will increase and the present world will pass away, paving the way for the better world to come.

DRS, Silver – the Canary in the Gold Mine, April 11, 2011

…the number of natural and geophysical disasters taking place each year is noticeably skyrocketing…In 1970, the average of natural disasters that were reported was 78; in 2004, this number jumped to 348.

On May 18, 2015, Andrew Freedman wrote:

It’s only May, which means the tropical cyclone season in the Northern Hemisphere is still in its infancy. The Atlantic season doesn't officially start until June 1, after all…Yet already, in just the first four-and-a-half months of the year, the planet has had more Category 5 storms — the most destructive category — than its average annual total of such powerful tempests.

The increasing number of natural disasters is a part of a far larger paradigm shift now taking place. Triggered in part by the current economic crisis, the fundamental changes will affect political, cultural, religious and economic institutions on a global scale.

On May 15th, Eric King interviewed David Stockman regarding the collapse of the present monetary system and the role of gold in such times:

… when a monetary system finally fails, there will be a flight to the only money that’s left in the system and that will be gold.  That will be the hour in which the next great surge in the gold price occurs.  You can’t predict the exact moment, but you can certainly have a pretty confident view of the direction (parabolic).

The central banks are clearly destroying the monetary system that emerged after Nixon went to Camp David in August, 1971.  So here we are 45 years later and we are nearing the end of an unstable fiat central bank driven system and the alternative is fairly obvious — at some point going back to real money [gold].  I don’t think governments will do that voluntarily, but certainly people trying to protect their wealth will.  When that happens it will trigger a huge political crisis and hopefully an opportunity to change the regime and get back to some kind of viable and sound financial and monetary system.

My youtube video,  America 2.0 – the Second Revolution, discusses America’s current political crisis and what I believe is going to happen, see,

The present system is untenable and the future cannot yet be seen; and, yet, whether we know it or not, humanity is part of something far greater than it knows and/or believes. You can bank on it.

Buy gold, buy silver, have faith.

Darryl Robert Schoon

Darryl Robert Schoon writes and lectures on the causes and significance of the economic collapse. His book, Time of the Vulture: How to Survive the Crisis and Prosper in the Process predicted the collapse and the following severe downturn. He graduated from UC Davis (1966) in political science with a focus on East Asia. His immersion in the 1960’s subculture in the Haight-Ashbury radically altered his outlook contributing to the unique point-of-view through which he views the collapse of the present economic system. He has lectured in Europe, Australia and the US and has written five books. Visit his website

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