acting-man.com / Keith Weiner / July 17, 2017
Hostages of Irredeemable Scrip
Stockholm Syndrome is defined as “…a condition that causes hostages to develop a psychological alliance with their captors as a survival strategy during captivity.” While observers would expect kidnapping victims to fear and loathe the gang who imprison and threaten them, the reality is that some don’t.
There is a loose analogy between being held hostage and being an investor in a regime of irredeemable paper currency and zero interest rates. In both cases, the victim has little hope of escape and must seek to somehow survive under malevolent conditions.
Key behaviors displayed by victims of Stockholm Syndrome are positive feelings for their captors, a refusal to work with law enforcement afterward, and even a belief in the humanity of the terrorists.
Key behaviors of investors today show eerie parallels: a desire to bid on dollars with their assets, a refusal to support the gold standard, and even a belief that the dollar is money. This last always shows when someone — even a gold bug — says gold is going up, or gold is the best performing currency, or gold has good returns.
These words up, performance, and returns indicate that the victim accepts the dollar as money, the dollar as the measure of value, the dollar as the unit of account. The victim seeks to view gold in terms of his captor’s paradigm. Much like the kidnapping victim seeks to understand his capture and even geopolitics in terms of his captor’s world view.
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