Jim Grant And James Turk Discuss The Endgame Of The Keynesian Experiment

Tyler Durden's picture

Two of our preferred commentators, Jim Grant, of Grant's Interest Rate Observer, and James Turk, of the GoldMoney Foundation, sat down earlier today to discuss the history and mission of the Fed, how mission creep has taken it wildly beyond its initial purpose into the territory of QE, ZIRP and other fiat currency experiments. While not breaking ground on any notably new concepts, they talk about "who benefit from zero interest rates and how savers are
penalized by this easy money policy. They explain that the US have been
off the gold standard since 1913, Bretton Woods being only a shadow of
the classical gold standard." The two also discuss the fiscal profligacy of the US government. Alas, they conclude that
every paper currency in history has eventually gone to zero (see earlier piece on Roman hyperinflation). James and Jim also talk about ZIRP and the absence of the bond
vigilantes after over 30 years of bull market in bonds. How traders no
longer care about fundamentals, like balance sheets, but rather focus on
very short time horizons and the spreads between funding costs and
yields. How this situation is unsustainable. They see gold still as a very under-owned, misunderstood and marginal
asset still shunned by institutional investors, with a few notable
exceptions which indicate that the tide could be turning. They see a
gold standard in the future, although timing is always uncertain. At
the end they talk about the history of US post civil war specie
resumption and parallels to a return to the gold standard in the future.

Courtesy of Gold Money:

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OutLookingIn's picture

For any meaningful return to a gold standard, the old currency system now in use would have to be completely destroyed.  

luk427's picture

Why do we have to destroy it? It will implode all by itself.

Alpha Monkey's picture

This green bow tie guy has questions about a standard that fits the criteria of his idea of money?  He should read the Gold Traill, by FOA.





Turd Ferguson's picture

Hmmm... "The End of The Great Keynesian Experiment".

Where have I heard that before? Can't quite place it...

Fiat2Zero's picture

Turd you are officially "Internet Famous"

The Profit Prophet's picture

From me....about two years ago on Business Insider.  Did you run with it Turd and call it your own?

T.E.I.N. everyone!

Gold...Bitches's picture

"We had to destroy the village in order to save it"

Azannoth's picture

A Green bow tie, honestly!!! And people wonder why no1 takes the gold standard seriously

Henry Chinaski's picture

The tie and hornrim poindexters killed it for me.  Can't watch. 


Tyler Durden's picture

Anyone even remotely familiar with the predictive record of Grant takes him seriously precisely due to this green bow tie.

Bastiat's picture

I'll listen to Jim Grant any day, bow tie and all.

Imminent Crucible's picture

What I have to wonder is, If you're not familiar with Jim Grant and his record, why are you even on this site?

Those who don't recognize Jim Grant would we well advised to do nothing but shut up and listen for the next two or three years.

disabledvet's picture

you got 800 bucks a month?  i think that's GIRO's price.  Plus we have to entertain and be brilliant.  Far harder.

MrSteve's picture

That and the fact Grant has interviewed Sidney Homer, who literally wrote the book on bond trading and yields. Find a copy of Homer's History of Interest Rates and get smart.

Kayman's picture


These are the same mental midgets that would tell Einstein to get a haircut.

baby_BLYTHE's picture

Jimmy Rogers rolls with the bow tie quite well. More of a signature for him than Grant, IMHO

Cynthia's picture

The green tie may not be appropriate, but the gold curtains are.

JW n FL's picture

I have a Ralph Luaren Purple pant and jacket with a green silk shirt!


if you dont get how gangster green and purple are you are just not a gangster! no 2 ways about it!

ISEEIT's picture

A gentle slap:

Perhaps it could be that the 'modern' infatuation with appearences and focus on the messenger, rather than the message is part of the problem? America today has maybe been dumbed down to the highschool level of social intercourse?

When all of the 'right talking, rightlooking' people have so miserabely failed you...

Insanity is repeating the same action and anticipating a different result. (garbled, I know).

Love ya.

plata pura's picture

There be a pamphlet "The World as it is" by one chris hedges

Monedas's picture

My favourite people wear bow ties.....Jim Rogers, Pee Wee Herman (?), Soupy Sales (?), Marc Faber (?), Krudlow (?) ! I'd wear one myself but since I don't wear shirts it might be a problem ! Just cut offs and poor man's baja sandals (old loafers with the toes cut off)! Monedas 2011 A good box cutter works fine for cutting out the toe of the shoe....what a versatile little tool ! http://trololololololololololo.com/

spekulatn's picture

 Marla is that you?

In any event, well said ISEEIT.

ISEEIT's picture

My very first ZH validation! I'm excited (really, thank you)

No Marla here though.

I will push it however and state that if Marla doesn't show up shortly after walking through the 'gates', I'm going to get suspicious and ask for a link to ZH.

Kayman's picture

Somehow a bit of cleavage is supposed to make the MSM bullshit taste better.

PulauHantu29's picture

I suggest Andrew Gause's book on the monetary system for a good grip on history of money. It's old but thorough. He has some sort of radio show and has a detail knowledge of the history of money.

Cynthia's picture

Paul Krugman and other Keynesian economists are right to argue that using monetary policy to depreciate the dollar has the effect of boosting exports, thus boosting domestic employment.  But they are wrong to assume that this always works. This only works if our multinational corporations are penalized for shipping jobs overseas and if we were still producing more than we consume, as was the case throughout most of the Industrial Revolution. So until we restore our producer economy and get back to treating our workers as assets rather than as liabilities, no amount of depreciation of the dollar by the Fed will get our employment numbers back to pre-recession levels!

Libertarian777's picture

the SHORT term effects of a depreciating dollar on exports works for a while until the inflation boomerang circles back and hits you in the face.

Why? Depreciate the currency (that oil and commodities are priced in), so your exports get boosted. You make excess profits while your input prices are locked in. However the inflation in commodities (inputs) rises globally, and since its priced in US$, its price goes up (in US$). Since its a global commodity marketplace, producers, even in the US will have to compete with the global markets to purchase those inputs, at now higher prices (as a copper producer, will you sell to a US manufacturer at below a price a guy in China is offering?)

So eventually the input prices have to factor in the inflation that has just occurred due to the depreciaton.

In fact this is exactly what TD has been mentioning about Apple's (and SP500 companies') margin compression.

It's like a HELOC on a house that you own free and clear. Feels good in the short term, because you get a cashflow, until the cashflow stops, then you have no asset (house) and no cashflow, plus you now owe interest.

Currency depreciation never works. If it did, why don't we just debase the US$ and reissue a new US$ at 1:100, then exports will go up 100 times! everything will be solved!

Ask Belarus how that's working for them. All their problems are solved now since they depreciated their currency. Exports are up 40% (in nominal terms).

PulauHantu29's picture

Sounds reasonable. Proding nothing of value seems to result in a false rise in the GDP and predict a bad ending, as many economists have stated.

narnia's picture

Economics 101: Money & Prices by Murray N. Rothbard



plata pura's picture

well post'd; end corporate personhood

gwar5's picture

I'd have to disagree. Nobody has been more wrong than Krugman and the Keynesians, especially about Keynes. Keynes is rolling over in his grave at what is going on.

Depreciating the dollar has led to a downward spiral resulting in real wages and living standards going down. On the other hand, a strong dollar is a competitive advantage because we could buy raw materials at lower relative cost to offset the high dollar and low wage competitors in China and Cambodia. We could use any advantage we can get. We can never compete on wages alone.

Imagine if China revalued the Yuan 40% higher, like Geithner wants. A strong Yuan. They could then buy oil and other raw materials at a 40% discount to everybody else, in addition to their already low labor costs. They could still keep prices low enough to offset the higher Yuan values and they could wipe everybody out.

And it's a mistake to-- "Penalize companies for shipping jobs overseas"

Instead, we should REWARD companies for bringing/keeping jobs to America with a low corporate tax rate and a business-friendly environment. We are currently penalizing them for staying not for leaving. We have the highest tax rate in the world and have a business hostile environment that is extreme pro-union and also extremely left wing environmentalist.

Workers are going to have to demand less pay, work harder, or demand that the government tax their corporate employers less and reduce the regulations put upon their employers. Workers can't expect their employers to pay wages more than the company can produce carrying the governmental burderns.

Kayman's picture


 "We have the highest tax rate in the world."

You are right about Keynes but the tax loopholes/allowances wipe out the effective tax rate. 

JW n FL's picture



I <3 FIAT PAPER!!!! Bitchez!!! no one will ever come between me and my one true Love Paper!!! all of you ha8terz!!! can just keep all that NON-FED printing to yoursleves!


Hold on to that Paper!

if the Fed Printed $3 trillion in debt.. and another $15 Trillion in Loans (this does Not! include swap windows and TARP / TALF and so fucking on...) over three years..


$18 Trillion divided by 3 years ='s $6 Trillion in New Supply is Printed a Year!


$6 Trillion Dollars divided by 365 days ='s $1,643,835,6164 a Day in in New Supply is Printed a Day!!


$1,643,835,6164 Billion a Day divided by 24 hours in a Day ='s $684,931,506 an hour in New Supply is Printed an Hour!!!


http://goo.gl/FnxBZ  Treasury Direct $14 Trillion Debt

http://goo.gl/TMl74   $15 Trillion in Loans

http://goo.gl/EXzal  / ='s $29T



so, you hold on to your paper while my Gold and Silver dont rise in price.. Good Luck with that program!




No cash to pay your debts? We'll take your gold, Greece!


luk427's picture

“Whenever destroyers appear among men, they start by destroying money, for money is men’s protection and the base of a moral existence. Destroyers seize gold and leave to its owners a counterfeit pile of paper. This kills all objective standards and delivers men into the arbitrary power of an arbitrary setter of values. Gold was an objective value, an equivalent of wealth produced. Paper is a mortgage on wealth that does not exist, backed by a gun aimed at those who are expected to produce it. Paper is a check drawn by legal looters upon an account which is not theirs: upon the virtue of the victims. Watch for the day when it bounces, marked: Account Overdrawn.” ~ Ayn Rand, from “Hymn to Money”

Tedster's picture

How much you want to bet Alan G. wrote that part? It dovetails nicely with the 1966 article he wrote "Gold and Economic Freedom" and of course everyone knows they hung out together. Seems obvious now.

Tedster's picture

How much you want to bet Alan G. wrote that part? It dovetails nicely with the 1966 article he wrote "Gold and Economic Freedom" and of course everyone knows they hung out together. Seems obvious now.

Bay of Pigs's picture

Great stuff. Very informative, educational and spot on. Grant and Turk know their financial history. The Keynesian comics, clowns and retards so prevelant today have no historical grasp on the topics these men talk about. None.

Gold Bitchez.

Piranhanoia's picture

situational buying, or, speculation, is the main driving force,  or swimming away from the whirlpool that is the porcelain oracle of flush?

What about a story on what the big players are doing behind the scenes?   Are the rich ready to move to their farms?  are they there now?   Are islands being fortified?  Or is everyone heading for Abu Dhabi and a condo?    Will there be a Serbia section, Berlusconi's Bunga-Bunga retreat?

It would be nice to know who's backing up their statements.

New American Revolution's picture

The real question is whether the next gold standard they are talking about is a 'classic gold standard', or a 'phony gold standard', the difference being one where the average citizen can change his gold reserve certificate (paper dollar currency) for specie (gold coin) being the former 'classic gold standard', or the latter, a phony gold standard (i.e. Bretton Woods or the post WWI English Pound Sterling gold standard).   

The difference is huge as the former leaves the control of money supply in the hands of the Nations citizens and the latter allows for the same ol' money pump built around a 'reserve currency', where everything is all right as long as everyone (nations) inflate their currencies in concert with one another and governments continue to operate the fiat paper money scam until they destroy the phony gold standard, at which time, this time around, all of America's money will be gone and we are forced into a monetary system along the lines of the 3rd Riech.

Maybe Barry Soetoro will stick around for that round by altering the Constitution to extent terms of 'service' ala' Venezuala.

AgShaman's picture

I'm sure it's probably just a "placebo effect"....since I've assassinated a good number of brain cells in my lifetime, but I do feel a few percentage points smarter after listening to these 2 Cats with such a good grasp of monetary history.

Turk has some good interviews indeed. His recent one with Egon Von G. was also quite good I thought.

Thanks ZH for bringing them forth.

GFORCE's picture

Lose the bow tie douche!

Shell Game's picture

Lose being a pawn to visual staging.

Kayman's picture

Lose the bow tie douche!

GForce, with that powerful insight of yours, perhaps you could go to the movies with PeeWee Herman, while the adults have an intelligent discussion.

hampsterwheel's picture

He presents a good arguement but discounts the master plan - collapse each Country's fiat system (hopefully all at one time) and go to a new and improved global fiat using carbon credits as the taxing mechanisim for wealth redistribution. A new global fiat will kick the can down the road for a good 40 more years; this video series lays it all out...  - http://www.swarmusa.com/vb4/content.php/291-Renaissance-2-0

tejbear's picture

Austrian Economics works, Keynesian economics works,… for a while... But both fail in a rigged game.   China, by keeping the “value” of Yuan cheaper than the dollar, is doing an end-run around these theories. China’s currency manipulation is essentially economic guerilla warfare against the USA. Heads: China wins, tails, the USA loses. Who can blame China? They just took a winning routine out of Japan’s play book. The USA government either doesn’t have the balls to confront China on this point, or more likely, in an effort towards NWO, doesn’t want too.

Shell Game's picture

Great interview. Thanks, Tyler.