The Great Western Economic Depression – Jeff Nielson

April 18, 2017

Western economies are “recovering”. How do we know this? We
are told this, over and over and over again by our governments. Then this
assertion is repeated thousands of times more by the dutiful parrots of the
Corporate media.

The problem is that in the real world there is not a shred of
evidence to support this assertion. In the U.S.; ridiculous official lies were
created claiming the creation of
15 million
new jobs
. In reality, there are three million
less Americans
with jobs today than at the official end of the “recession”.

These imaginary jobs are invented by assorted statistical
frauds, with the primary deceit being so-called “seasonal adjustments”. To be
legitimate, all seasonal adjustments must to net to zero at the end of each
year. Instead, in the U.S.A., the biggest job creator in the nation every year
is the calendar.

Beyond the grandiose but absurd claims of new jobs in the
U.S., there have been few signs of economic health across the Corrupt West.
Despite this, these traitorous regimes continue the pretense that their
horrific mismanagement of our economies is making things better rather than
worse.

There are numerous subtle means of demonstrating that Western
economies have never been in more calamitous ill health than they are today.
Fortunately, there are also
two very
large and important indicators which provide absolute proof that all of the
economies of the Corrupt West are in a Greater Depression
: interest rates
and energy demand.

Regular readers have often seen the observation in these
commentaries that interest rates across the West have never been this low for
this long in the entire history of these nations – not even close. Why not? Two
reasons:

  1. Interest rates this low have always been
    perceived (by our governments and all legitimate economic commentators) as
    being so reckless that any short-term benefit from such rates would have been
    more than offset by long-term harm.
  2. The reason why
    our governments have always deemed interest rates this low to be reckless is
    that in remotely healthy economies such rates would cause these economies to
    “over-heat” so rapidly and extremely that they would reach unsustainable levels
    of production and demand.

Are our economies over-heating? No. Nothing could be further
from the truth. We see nothing but over-capacity all around us: one hundred
million
permanently
unemployed people
across the West, relentless
business closures
, declining real wages,
and near-empty shopping malls (in “consumer economies”).

Interest rates this low are supposed to cause such rapid
business expansion that the economy suffers from a labour shortage. Why are
there a hundred million people unemployed across the West instead of labour
shortages?

Regular readers have seen this question answered in the past
in the form of a metaphor. Consider 0% and near-zero interest rates to be the
economic equivalent of a defibrillator: the most-extreme, last-resort attempt
to “stimulate” the human body when it is near death.

Our economies have had this economic defibrillator attached
to them for
more than eight years
without the slightest glimmer of life. What would happen to a human body if it
was defibrillated continuously for more than eight years? Charred meat. This is
what Western economies have become: charred meat.

In the case of the Corrupt West, we see this charred meat in
the form of asset bubbles. Why are extremely low interest rates deemed to be so
incredibly reckless?
Asset bubbles.
Near-zero interest rates are literally rocket fuel for the acceleration of
asset bubbles.

We’ve been fueling our housing markets and our equity markets
with this bubble-producing rocket fuel for more than eight years. What has been
the result? Surprise, surprise: we see the biggest asset bubbles in history –
especially in
real estate
markets
.

In the United States, both its stock market bubble and bond
market bubble are at all-time highs,
simultaneously.
This is not even theoretically possible
in
legitimate markets
. Stocks and bonds are counter-cyclical
markets.

These insane, reckless bubbles have created a thin veneer of
“health” in Western economies. The absurd bubble levels (and temporary prices)
in equity markets create what crooked bankers like
B.S. Bernanke
call “a wealth effect”: bubble prices create the illusion of greater wealth.
However, with more than 80% of all equities held by the top-10%, it’s a fairly
narrow illusion.

Much broader is the “wealth effect” (illusion of wealth) seen
in our real estate markets. Real estate is held across a larger segment of
society than equities. Also,
constructing millions of superfluous
housing units across the West just to satisfy the demand from speculators

has created significant amounts of temporary
employment
in the construction and real estate industries.

What happens when the bubbles are burst, all of this illusory
“wealth” evaporates, and all of the temporary employment disappears? Don’t
answer that question yet.

Some readers may still refuse to believe that Western
economies are mired in a permanent depression, despite the fact that eight
years of defibrillation-by-interest-rate has produced no discernible reaction
in these Corpse Economies. Eight years of hard-core “recovery” propaganda can
be very convincing.

However, as stated at the beginning, there is a second means
of proving that Western economies are mired in a Greater Depression: energy
demand – meaning the lack of energy demand in the West.

It’s a simple equation. Economies use energy. Growing
economies use more energy. There is no exception to this economic tautology.
Even very efficient economies will require some incremental amounts of energy
to grow. And our economies are
not
“very efficient” from an energy standpoint – the Right Wing has fought very
hard for decades to prevent this.

For our economies to grow, they must consume more
energy. Western economies are
not
consuming more energy.

Over the past eight years, all increases in global energy
demand have come from the Rest of the World. According to the Western media,
growth rates in the Rest of the World over the past eight years have been
dismal, and those economies are using
more
energy.

Observe this July 2015 headline
from the World Economic Forum:

The
surprising decline in US petroleum consumption

The only reason this declining consumption is a “surprise” is because the
corrupt liars in the U.S. government continue to pretend that this train-wreck
economy is growing. If the U.S. government was honest and acknowledged the U.S.
Greater Depression, this is the headline we would have seen at the WEF:

The
decline in U.S. petroleum consumption is expected

Growing economies use more
energy; shrinking economies use less
energy. And if the Corrupt West wasn’t using its energy-intensive war machine
so regularly, the collapse in energy demand in the Western world would have
been even more pronounced.
No economy with flat energy demand can pretend to be growing.
No economy with its interest rates set permanently at near-zero levels
can pretend to be growing.
Both of those preceding statements are economic tautologies. Absolute
proof. Western economies are not growing because two absolutely unequivocal
economic fundamentals indicate such growth to be impossible.
Here is a quote from the WEF article:

Petroleum consumption in the US was lower in 2014 than it was in 1997,
despite the fact that the economy grew almost 50% over this period.

Here is the correction
to that quote:

Petroleum consumption in the US was lower in 2014 than it was in 1997,
despite the fact that
the U.S.
government pretended
that the economy grew almost 50% over this period.

The convenient thing
about imaginary economic growth is that it requires no energy to fuel it. There
has been some small degree of divergence in the U.S. from petroleum consumption
into alternative energy sources. Putting the statement above into context,
since 1997, there has been very little real growth in the U.S. economy – and
none in the last ten years.

Note one of the implications of two decades of imaginary U.S. GDP. The U.S. government claims the U.S. economy generates total GDP of $16.77. But in 1997; official U.S. GDP was below $10 trillion – and now we can see that most of the “GDP” since then is just more statistical smoke-and-mirrors.

The U.S. national debt might have already hit $20 TRILLION by the time this article is read. And that number excludes countless $trillions of debt which previous regimes have hidden with assorted accounting frauds. This is how/why U.S. “unfunded liabilities” exceed $200 TRILLION – because significant amounts of actual debt have been transformed into mere “liabilities” via accounting fraud.

Real U.S. debt is well above $20 trillion. Real U.S. GDP is down around $10 trillion. Without this extreme, permanent accounting fraud and years and years of falsifying GDP, it would be impossible for the U.S. government to pretend that the United States wasn’t already bankrupt. Other Western economies are only in marginally better condition – while their Traitor Governments run these economies into the ground as quickly as possible.

Look at the extreme, reckless (criminal) interest rates across the Western world. Understand what those rates mean. Look at the anemic energy demand across the Western world. Understand what it means.

The Western world is mired in a Greater Depression. To people who are paying attention, it couldn’t be more obvious.


Jeff Nielson is co-founder and managing partner of Bullion Bulls Canada; a website which provides precious metals commentary, economic analysis, and mining information to readers and investors. Jeff originally came to the precious metals sector as an investor around the middle of last decade, but with a background in economics and law, he soon decided this was where he wanted to make the focus of his career. His website is www.bullionbullscanada.com.


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