American Consequences - February 2019

Federal Reserve. This will cause a dramatic increase in the most insidious of taxes: the inflation tax. As the Federal Reserve erodes the value of the dollar, thus reducing the value of both earned paychecks and government-provided welfare benefits, a large number of Americans who believe they are entitled to economic security will react by engaging in acts of violence. Politicians will use this violence to further crack down on civil liberties. The resulting economic and civil unrest will further the growth of authoritarian political movements. An economy built on ǻEXGYVVIRG]ERHTYFPMG and private debt is unsustainable. Eventually the bubbles will burst. Fortunately, the liberty movement continues to grow. This movement counters the authoritarian lies with the truths of Austrian economics and the non-aggression principle. While the years ahead may be tough, if those of us who know the truth work hard to educate others, the cause of liberty can prevail. This article originally appeared at the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity. Copyright © 2018 by Ron Paul Institute.

The welfare state is fueled by the Federal Reserve’s easy-money policies, which are also responsible for the boom-and-bust cycle that plagues our economy. The Federal Reserve’s policies do not just distort our economy, they also distort our values – as the Fed’s dollar depreciation causes individuals to forgo savings and hard work in favor of immediate gratification. This has helped create an explosion of business and individual debt. There has been a proliferation of bubbles, including in credit-card debt, auto loans, and student loans. There is even a new housing bubble. An economy built on fiat currency and public and private debt is unsustainable. Eventually the bubbles will burst. The most likely outcome will be the rejection of the dollar’s world reserve currency status due to government debt and the Federal Reserve’s monetization of debt. When the bubbles pop, the result will be an economic crisis that will likely dwarf the Great Depression. The fall of the dollar and the accompanying economic downturn will make it impossible for the government to continue running up huge debts to finance a massive welfare- warfare state. Thus, Congress will be forced to raise taxes and cut benefits. Cowardly politicians will likely outsource the jobs of raising taxes and cutting benefits to the

Dr. Ron Paul is a former member of Congress and former presidential candidate. While in Washington, D.C., he was one of the few voices advocating for limited government, MRHMZMHYEPPMFIVX]ERHWSYRHǻWGEPTVMRGMTPIW-IMWXLIEYXLSVSJXLI3S3I[=SVO Times bestselling books The Revolution: A Manifesto and End the Fed .


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