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I have said this MANY times before, but feel the need to do so AGAIN.  That is, I am NOT here for fun, or to entertain you.  True, as Marketing Director of a bullion firm, my job is to sell gold and silver.  However, that is NOT the primary reason I dedicate my life to this newsletter!  Per the last slide in ALL “RANTING ANDY” presentations…

Reading “WINTER OF THE WORLD,” I have been deeply affected, in MANY ways.  Not just by a profound view of the world through a fictional account of Nazi Germany, but my recurring fears of human nature itself.

Long-time readers know I am fascinated by both individual and group psychology, and generally pessimistic about its ability – based on historical FACT – to cope in times of extreme duress.  I have written of my views exhaustively, most recently in the Fall edition of the “MILES FRANKLIN QUARTERLY REPORT”…

During 2008-09, I learned important lessons about human nature; particularly how common decency – both personally and professionally – is often lost during times of extreme financial crisis.  Conversely, I also realized a small portion of the population – whom I deem the “good, smart people” – both understand the complex world around them, and strengthen their resolve during times of need, sometimes at great risk to themselves.  In military parlance, these are the people you’d want “in the trenches” with you.

I have said this MANY times before, but feel the need to do so AGAIN.  That is, I am NOT here for fun, or to entertain you.  True, as Marketing Director of a bullion firm, my job is to sell gold and silver.  However, that is NOT the primary reason I dedicate my life to this newsletter!  Per the last slide in ALL “RANTING ANDY” presentations…

, but certainly growing up Jewish played a role as well.  I am not religiously active, but well aware of the global dislike of Jews (particularly in the financial industry), having been taught of the Holocaust throughout my life, and experiencing bouts of anti-Semitism in my home town of Massapequa, New York, in the 1970s.  Seeing the world on the verge of WAR with Israel – and catastrophic currency crisis – my fears are accelerating; not just as a Jew, but an American and, simply, a member of a heavily populated, largely financially-challenged society.

Reading of the horrors of Hitler’s Nazis – perpetrated just 70 years ago – it is hard to avoid the realization it could happen today; just as in countless civilizations throughout history.  As the Vegan alien told Jody Foster’s character, Eleanor Arroway, in Contact

You’re an interesting species; capable of such beautiful dreams, and horrible nightmares.

A particular passage in “WINTER OF THE WORLDpersonifies my fears perfectly, regarding the potentially murderous change in “groupthink” that can accompany extreme hardship; and thus, the HORRORS man is achievable when the SURVIVAL INSTINCT kicks in.  Referring to the day the Nazis coerced the Reichstag to hand over totalitarian power to Hitler…

Lloyd had started the day with false expectations.  He had thought the Enabling Act a crazy idea with no chance of becoming reality.  Now he saw most people expected the act to become a reality.  He was awestruck, having seen naked power brutally wielded – and it was an ugly sight.

Even re-reading that line – by the amazing author Ken Follett – deeply moves me, and moves me close to tears.  Perhaps I am more fearful than others, but I ASSURE you it can happen here, and now.  All the symptoms are in place, with only the CATALYST remaining to start such a horrific chain of events.

Thus, I PLEAD you to…

PROTECT YOURSELF, and do it NOW!

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