Back to the original intent of this thread, I found the following the other day in a Casey Research free publication on line. VERY interesting, given the source (not an individual or a family, but a large corporation):
In a move that is sure to draw criticism from the mainstream press, Jonathan Johnson, chairman of online retail giant Overstock.com (OSTK), publicly stated that the company has stockpiled gold and food in preparation of a U.S. financial crisis.
Johnson recently told an audience at the United Precious Metals Association:
We are not big fans of Wall Street and we don’t trust them. We foresaw the financial crisis, we fought against the financial crisis that happened in 2008; we don’t trust the banks still and we foresee that with QE3, and QE4 and QE n that at some point there is going to be another significant financial crisis.
Quantitative easing (QE) is when a central bank creates money from nothing and injects it into the financial system. It’s basically another word for money printing.
Johnson went on to explain the company’s preparations.
So what do we do as a business so that we would be prepared when that happens? One thing that we do that is fairly unique: we have about $10 million in gold, mostly the small button-sized coins, that we keep outside of the banking system. We expect that when there is a financial crisis there will be a banking holiday. I don’t know if it will be two days, or two weeks, or two months. We have $10 million in gold and silver in denominations small enough that we can use for payroll. We want to be able to keep our employees paid, safe, and our site up and running during a financial crisis.
We also happen to have three months of food supply for every employee that we can live on.
Taking preventive steps to keep family and friends safe in a financial crisis is common sense to many people. But to the limousine liberals in mainstream press who tow the line for big banks and the government, this type of preparation is only for “weirdos” and “conspiracy theorists.”
Disclaimer: I am not giving a blanket recommendation for Casey publications any longer, since the Porter Stansberry acquistion of the company. It is simply not the company Doug Casey founded and ran for so many years (sadly). But occasionally there are still some very good articles in the company’s publications – this was one of the more interesting ones.