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I will not pretend to know countries like the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary (we’ll talk about Slovenia, Croatia, and the rest of the Balkan countries in another article) extremely well. After all, I do not speak their languages (save for a few words to get by), nor did I ever live there for a long period of time. However, I think I can tell a bit about those countries’ national character, because I know their geography and economic structure well enough to dare propose a scenario for them if–no, when–the global economy collapses.
The crisis that began in 2008 with the bursting of the subprime mortgage bubble is no ordinary downturn. All observers understood this intuitively. Something has gone wrong with our world, something lying at the very foundation of our way of living, producing, and consuming—and even of our way of thinking.
This something that has just been broken is our faith in the millenarian mechanism of Progress.
“Nothing is funnier than unhappiness,” Samuel Beckett once quipped, a reminder that, when all else seems to be lost, there is still comedy. Hence, I was prone to take a cheeky attitude about the awful and tremendous dislocations now underway in the so- called “developed” world when I wrote my own recent books about it. As we march toward a reckoning with the mandates of reality, delusional thinking increases in direct proportion to the general anxiety level; the net effect appears to be an aggregate loss of intelligence, especially among people who ought to know better. What is more comically sublime than smart people acting stupidly?
A lot of my readers ask what I think about gold.
Gold and silver have been—since their discovery and ability to be melted and coined into bars, coins, and jewelry—the ubiquitous way for humans to store value. This stuff is unique at the atomic level, it's rare, it's shiny, it's easy to melt and mold, and it has been valued and coveted by almost every human all over the world throughout history. Its usefulness to store value is beyond discussion.