By now most people are aware of the events unfolding in Cyprus. The financial world was rocked by the announcement that the “Troika” of the European Central Bank (ECB), International Monetary Fund (IMF), and European Commission (EC) decided to give the tiny island of Cyprus an ultimatum – either pay a 9.9 percent wealth tax on deposits over 100,000 euros, or leave the EU. This tax would be taken directly from bank savings accounts. The expropriated funds would be used to “bail out” troubled Cypriot banks. Those banks will in turn pay off larger European banks to which they owe money. Because some Cyprus banks will fail, some investors stand to lose up to 40 percent of their deposits and many bank employees will lose their jobs.
To describe the events in Cyprus and their relevance to gold, we can start with the analogy of a peaceful, self-satisfied Western investor asleep in a dark room. He has had trouble sleeping lately because he is starting to become more concerned about the safety of his personal wealth. He is unaware that he is sharing his room with three large elephants. They come each night, but remain hidden by the darkness. He awakens for a moment and lights a candle. Suddenly the room is illuminated and he sees the three beasts. The vision terrifies him, so he races to blow out the candle hoping to forget what he saw. Of course, once the light shines on truth it is difficult to return to a state of ignorance. The events in Cyprus had the effect of turning on the lights, if only for a moment, before the financial media and the world’s central bankers began a blitzkrieg campaign of denying the truth that was briefly exposed. The Internet captured the picture, and allowed those who understand the dark side of international banking and the fiat Ponzi scheme upon which most of our lives depend to share their knowledge of the three elephants.
So what do these three elephants represent?
The three elephants represent three secrets that are a direct threat to the illusion of the fiat Ponzi scheme. The first elephant represents inflation and loss of purchasing power; the second elephant represents public confidence in the fiat system; the third elephant is the biggest, most dangerous of all to the sleep of ignorance—uncompromised gold bullion ownership, gold bullion to which we hold title.