GOLD AND BASE METALS FOR CURRENCY AND INDUSTRY
An Op Ed posted in the New York Times 04-12-2013 by Economist Paul Krugman,
Ph.D. currently Distinguished Professor, Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and Columnist for the New York Times explains the differences between Fiat Currency elitists and "Gold bugs."
"What do I mean by goldbuggism? Not the Notion
that buying gold sometimes makes sense. Gold has been a very good investment since the early 2000s, and it’s probably
not all bubble. One way to think about this is that gold is like a very long-term bond that’s protected from inflation;
and actual long-term inflation-protected bonds have also seen big price increases, reflecting a general perception that there
aren’t enough alternative good investments.
No, being a goldbug means asserting that gold offers unique security in troubled times; it also
means asserting that all would be well if we abolished the Federal Reserve and returned to the good old gold standard, in
which the value of the dollar was fixed in terms of gold and that was that. And both forms of goldbuggism soared after 2008."