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A reader asked me to comment on socialism & Bernie Sanders.

Socialism rests on two presuppositions: that the eighth commandment is no longer valid, and that the state can correct social or economic inequities. Both are false & can only produce evil consequences.

Theft with good intentions, by the state, remains theft & perverts government's purpose. Socialism institutionalizes both theft & envy, thus shattering the 10th commandment, too.

The state -- civil government -- cannot create or produce anything. It can only (1) punish evildoers and (2) reward well-doers. Anything else it tries will end in catastrophe, as you see all around you already. The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

Bernie Sanders may be sincere about stealing other people's money to frame the government-run economy he wants. That only proves he has no discernment whatever or morality. Besides, sincerity is never a criterion for truth. Adolf Hitler & Joseph Stalin were both sincere.

The curse of socialism has landed on us because the Church and individuals refuse to help the poor. If the Church did its job relieving the poor, & if masters (employers) cared for their servants' (employees') welfare according to the 8th commandment's positive duties (promote their well-being), the poor would be cared for and scarce.

That's what I think about socialism: it is theft and envy grounded on cheap, wicked sentimentality posturing as goodness. Central banking, by the way, is socialism, too -- socialism for Big Money.

Again today the Fed illustrated its ability to roil markets. With the usual mumbling the Fed blew hot and cold out of both sides of its mouth. Stocks had held up well until the Fed statement at 2:00, when a giant vacuum cleaner hose snaked up out of the Earth's Core and began sucking them down. Dow lost 222.77 (1.38%) to 15,944.46, casting any rally in doubt. S&P500 dropped 20.68 (1.09%) to 1,882.95. Bad, bad juju, Janet. You ought to just keep your mouth closed.

US dollar index also hit the skids, dropping through the bottom boundary of that rising wedge (bad, bad) and closing at 98.95, barely above its 50 DMA (98.89) but below the 20 DMA (98.97). This is not yet fatal, but another 20 basis points and it will be. Euro rose 02.24% and may have broken out upwards, but the Yen dropped 0.2%. Go figure.

That central bank socialism really works, don't it? Just like a rattan steam engine.

Gold backed off $5.60 (0.5%) at $1,116.10 at the 12:30 Comex close, but soon as the Fed's news hit the wires, jumped up $10 to $1,125.60. Silver on Comex fell 10.4¢ or 0.7% to 1444¢ but rose only 2¢ in the aftermarket.

Let's focus on gold, because silver is the follower right now. It reached up and touched the downtrend line from the October 2012 high. Nearly reached the 200 DMA at $1,133.64, but not quite. Expect gold to show itself strong tomorrow. Very strong. Maybe strong enough for the Nice Government Men -- bless their tinted-window white Plymouths! -- to want to hit gold on the head. Doesn't matter, gold is ready to rumble.

Y'all have had your signal: you ought to be buying silver & gold.

On 27 January 1825 Congress approved the Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma), opening the way for forced relocation of the Five Civilized Tribes on the Trial of Tears. Never trust congress offering to do you a favor.

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27-Jan-16 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,116.10 -5.60 -0.50%
Silver, $/oz 14.44 -0.10 -0.72%
Gold/Silver Ratio 77.292 0.168 0.22%
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0129 -0.0000 -0.22%
Platinum 880.40 5.20 0.59%
Palladium 500.55 8.80 1.79%
S&P 500 1,882.95 -20.68 -1.09%
Dow 15,944.46 -222.77 -1.38%
Dow in GOLD $s 295.31 -2.63 -0.88%
Dow in GOLD oz 14.29 -0.13 -0.88%
Dow in SILVER oz 1,104.19 -7.42 -0.67%
US Dollar Index 98.95 -0.18 -0.18%
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