“By a continuing process of inflation, governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens. There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency. The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner which not one man in a million is able to diagnose.” – John Maynard Keynes
Yes, that quote is by John Maynard Keynes the hero and savior of the likes of Ben Bernanke, Janet Yellen and Paul Krugman… all of whom are proud Keynesians.
And while there is some awakening to the evils of the Federal Reserve and central banking as a whole, notably with the “End the Fed” protests and rallies, for the most part the “not one man in a million is able to diagnose” part is true. It may be closer to one man in a hundred now, though, so there is some hope.
Let’s look at the two most evil facets of communist-style, centrally planned, central banking.