The big news of the week is that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is facing the toughest challenge to her long political career from within her own Union party coalition over immigration. My latest article at Strategic Culture talks about why this issue is so divisive and why it has a real chance to topple Merkel's … Continue reading Crossing the 16% Chasm is AfD’s Goal in Merkel Fight
I have a new Private Blog post up for my subscribers on Patreon discussing the ramifications how Friday's close in Gold and Silver interacts with news about Angela Merkel's potential boot from power in Germany. If you’d like to subscribe to the Private blog head over to my Patreon to sign up for it and the Gold Goats ‘n Guns … Continue reading Private Blog: Father’s Day and the Dollar Trap
With the World Cup in full swing we take some time to discuss the politics surrounding it. Major international sporting events are always opportunities for politicians to act like idiots, using them to further an agenda or subvert a rival. We also discuss where major markets are headed and one possible reason for this week's … Continue reading Gold Goats ‘n Guns Live – Is the World Cup Geopolitical?
Looking at the unfolding trade war between Donald Trump and the world the phrase that should come to mind is "One good turn deserves another." In the case of the insane sanctions on Oleg Deripaska and Russian Aluminum giant, Rusal, back in April, we finally got some clarity as to how Russia can and will … Continue reading Mr. Trump Attacks Aluminum, Russia Attacks the Debt
Now that we've had a few days to let the war-mongers and Democrats (or do I repeat myself) fulminate over the summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un it's important to look at what actually happened and where we're going next. For a good analysis of what was actually accomplished, read this excellent post over … Continue reading The Unfreezing of Korea Begins
The reports out of Germany point to Chancellor Angela Merkel fighting an internal revolt within her own party from CSU Leader Horst Seehofer. This challenge could topple Merkel's fragile coalition which will, in turn, have serious knock-on effects around the European Union. Trump's pressure campaign along with the shifting tide against Merkel doing Soros's bidding … Continue reading Gold Goats ‘n Guns Live – Is the End of Merkel Nigh?
Mario Draghi finally admitted he is trapped. There is no exit from his negative interest rate policy that doesn't end in tears. Now that he has a political reason to be dovish, Trump's aggressive trade and tariff policy towards the EU, he did so this morning. The latest policy statement from the ECB is a … Continue reading Draghi Trapped, Euro Slapped, Gold and Silver Uncapped
It's important for bullies to always win. Because once their weakness is exposed they can no longer be bullies. Empires don't start out as bullies. They start out as the reaction to the last Empire which became a bully after embracing hubris over humility. Empires have to resort to bullying near the end because they … Continue reading Of Carrots, Sticks and How the Empire Fails