I remember getting a comment from somewhere, where the commenter said,
"Oh, yeah, went to his site and saw all this gold and silver stuff, total psycho."
suggesting that I was some kind of doomsday prepper and if you invested in silver or gold you were pejoratively one of "those guys."
However, let us be very clear what this is. This is nothing more than shaming language deployed by one of the many and varied sorts of (typically) leftists groups that either through ignorance or conscious desire want to bring about their ideological dream by shaming others they don't agree with.
We've seen this many times before.
The traditional, conservative christian movement is berating the men in their congregations to "man up" and "marry up" when the quality and caliber of women isn't even enough for secular bachelors to propose.
The mindless everyday people of a democrat variety who get angry when they find out you've gone Galt and aren't going to work your hardest any more. They have and will continue to claim, "Oh, what, poor baby, picking up his toys and going home!" in an attempt to shame you into working more hours at higher tax rates to, basically, support them.
And of course feminists or liberal women who, if any any point in time you disagree with them about...well....anything, will immediately call you "gay" or claim "you can't get any" etc. etc.
For those of us experienced or independent minded, this is Somali pirates challenging the USS Ronald Reagan. But most other people have a default psychological response to feel shame or start questioning why they are doing things, so let me defend precious metals and prepping and explain why it is very wise.
First, anybody remember Katrina? You remember the public service announcement campaign by FEMA and the Feds telling us to have X amount of days of water, have a back up plan, have a back up communications, etc. etc.
Understand prepping is a wise thing if for any reason else than an emergency. You should, just like you have car insurance, have SOME semblance of a prep plan including a first aid kid, some safety gear, communications gear, a gun, and so forth. Because if an emergency does occur and you are caught out in the open, it will be those same people mocking you for being a prepper that mock you for not being prepared.
Second, investing in gold and silver is not "crazy" nor does it make you "one of those people." Investing in silver and gold is a WISE move that EVERYBODY should do. The reason why is simple - it is an insurance. An insurance against a collapsing currency and a way for you to protect the YEARS of your life you spend building up wealth. And just like health insurance or car insurance, you hope you don't have to use it, but you are happy when a currency collapses that you do have it. To that end.
No idiotic child, ignorant of basic economics who accuses you of being one of "those people" has ever spent a second of their lives to study something like the above chart. It would get in the way of their cable-TV watching time and distract them from having the education-government-parent complex kiss their ass.
But, perhaps as they sit there with their masters in English, working at McDonald's, they'll have enough time to ponder why they're wrong as they serve you "crazy preppers" your fries.
Enjoy the decline!