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Bill Holter writes and is partnered with Jim Sinclair at the newly formed Holter/Sinclair collaboration. Prior, he wrote for Miles Franklin from 2012-15. Bill worked as a retail stockbroker for 23 years, including 12 as a branch manager at A.G. Edwards. He left Wall Street in late 2006 to avoid potential liabilities related to management of paper assets as he foresaw the Great Financial crisis coming. In retirement he and his family moved to Costa Rica where he lived until 2011 when he moved back to the United States. He was a well-known contributor to the Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee (GATA) commentaries from 2007-present.

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18 Responses to “KunstlerCast 311 — Yakking with Bill Holter About Financial and Political Turmoil”

  1. Martymcfly December 26, 2018 at 9:59 am #

    Ho, hum. Another “expert” (Mr. Holter not Mr. Kunstler, in this case) predicting the imminent end of the world as we know it. And this one’s selling precious metals, how convenient.

    As for the rest of the discussion – missing gold at Fort Knox, election rigging, massive roundup of political and justice leaders, Chinese domination, etc – it’s all very entertaining. Just like the World Made By Hand series, great fiction.

  2. Walter B December 26, 2018 at 2:35 pm #

    A good call on this one Jim. I see interviews with Bill Holter a dozen times a year or so, but I must say that you did the finest job of discussing the topics with him I have heard. I can see why you sometimes attract detractors because like Donald Trump, you are a very intelligent man, but unlike him you have an excellent ability to ask questions and convey ideas. Perhaps YOU should be the next democratic candidate, oh wait, you can’t be because you are not corrupt, are you? Not that the republicans are not as well.

    A lot of the issues that Bill and all of the hard money guys discuss piss off the deniers out here in Consumerland and for good reason. Consumers cannot allow themselves to ever think that their consumption can ever end lest they go insane and chew through their own wrists. They must convince themselves that nothing can ever happen to upset their apple carts, that life as they know it is guaranteed ad infinitum. If that is what they need to maintain what little sanity they now have, well I suppose it is a good thing, but a lot of us would rather consider possibilities and maybe even change the way we do things to make our lives easier in the event that happy, happy develops serious glitches. It is a documented fact that the number one issue that our government is concerned with, if not every government is, is C.O.G. after a number of “problem” events. We consider it, plan for it, and prepare for it, even at the small, local levels with our Emergency Management officials , CERT Teams, and fire and EMS personnel. Deniers can deny all day long but in the end, they shall be the victims that we care for and corral afterwards.

    Your discussion today actually exposed a serious flaw in my own “portfolio” when Bill stated that American PM coinage may one day be the only stuff recognized by the government. I am pretty darned glad that I heard that one my friend, thank you. Looks like changes need to be made for Bill made a lot of good sense with what he said in this regard. It can’t hurt to convert. Hey that rhymes!

    Great work once again.

  3. trolleybill December 27, 2018 at 10:29 am #

    Great interview with Bill Holter who I concur with about the hammer about to drop on the Obama / Hillary cabal of alphabet agencies. I also think the country is 75% patriots and 25% socialist and of those only 10% hardcore commies. The idea of daily items going up like food and fuel may get mass transit popular along with walking, bicycling and gardening all healthy.
    From Bill’s take cities and their suburbs may not be safe and the zburbs may turn out to be the place. I lived for most of my adult 69 yrs in them and think bus service could handle it well and remember these zburbs once had settlers living with the horse as the means of travel. My area of N.E. Ohio had the interurban (circa 1900) and a passenger rail since the 1850’s. Necessity is the Mother of bringing old stuff back. Remember the interurban came about before motor vehicles (or affordable one) so if the bus was invented would there of been a interurban?

  4. 100th Avatar December 27, 2018 at 4:40 pm #

    He yearns for a return to the rule of law, but the desire for living under the rule of law, or at least knowing what the rules are and how to live with them is a distinctively middle-class trait. Yet by his own admission we are a society with a diminishing and disappearing middle class.

    Over the course of human civilization the rules, e.g., the laws and the norms applied only to the mercantile and bourgeoise classes (potential threats to the aristocracy) for the aristocracy did not swim in that pool, nor were they expected to, and the poor, well, in a world of daily existential threats artificial socio-constructs seem rather fanciful to say the least.

  5. Don December 30, 2018 at 4:15 am #

    I was on board with your guest until he started denouncing liberalism/humanism and praising conservatism. I do think the financial markets and our debt is a time bomb, but I don’t think it’s the time for rabid selfishness, but the time to embrace one’s neighbours, because we will all need to help one another when the SHTF, not kill our neibhbours and steal their stuff.

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    • Walter B January 1, 2019 at 12:48 pm #

      You make a good point about going full self-center, because if and when there is severe calamity, it shall be then that we need others even more. Pile your supplies high and then guard your store against all the world and you will soon be eliminated and your place looted. The most precious item to have in calamity is good people and plenty of them. I do not think that Bill Holter was talking about liberals though, but those violent, Obama progressives, the “social justice warrior” types who demand conformance to their ideas . THEY are and will be the real problem.

  6. TiredOfTheTreadmill January 4, 2019 at 8:01 pm #

    Finally had a chance to listen to this one today. Lots of same old, same old that we’ve been for well over 10 years now. Maybe they are right this time. Maybe. Time will tell.

    Plus, this guy, like most gold bugs, also has to throw in his whole take on conservative ideology, which is as predictable as sunrise no matter who is spewing it. It’s kind of a tragic irony how predictable theseguys can be while their own preditions have failed so consistently thus far. However, we do have a true mental midget in the WH these days and their boy is inept enough to deliver the economic hell they have proffered for over a decade. Again, we shall see.

    Believe me, I am a full out declinist, so I too see troubling times ahead. I just get leery of any ideologues’ take on things. Their built in filters never quite shit clearly. Especially their own shit.

    • TiredOfTheTreadmill January 4, 2019 at 8:07 pm #

      Since there is no edit function here is one edit:

      “Their built in filters never quite see shit clearly. Especially their own shit.”

      I should know betterthan to type on my tablet.

  7. Martymcfly January 6, 2019 at 7:57 am #

    Mostly agree, Tired. But it’s been going on a lot longer than ten years – pretty much forever, as far as I can tell. There have always been a few (or more) predicitng the end of the world as we know it. The reasons change, but the predictions remain the same.

    • Walter B January 8, 2019 at 3:12 pm #

      But it is not the end of the world that was being discussed Marty, only the failure of a monetary/economic system and such happenings have been going on since the dawn of time. The objective of the discussion was not to kill yourself before it all craps out, but rather to plan a little to put yourself in a better position to deal with it rather than utter surprise. That is what non-losers, non-victims do, they watch, learn and change plans to suit circumstances as they unfold.

      • Martymcfly January 11, 2019 at 9:01 am #

        Who said anything about the end of the world? I did say the end of the world as we know it. The failure of our “monetary/economic system” would most definitely fit into that category.

        Who said anyone should “kill yourself before it all craps out”, other than you?

        I did say that folks have been prediciting the end of all sorts of things, especially including our monetary/economic system, forever. That is true, and so far they have all been wrong. Might they be right this time? In short, no. They are wrong again.

        Mr. Kunstler’s predicitons (especially the economic ones) are quite entertaining, but anyone who believes them in any literal sense is sadly mistaken.

        • Walter B January 11, 2019 at 6:51 pm #

          Thank you for your clarification, it cleared things up. I cannot say that the financial and economic system simply have to collapse, but I WILL insist that they simply cannot go on and slowly degrade forever. It is truly amazing that they have held together this long especially when you consider that at least the financial system is totally faith, trust based. Anybody seen any of those commodities around, because I have not.

  8. TheNeosNeo January 8, 2019 at 6:58 pm #

    That was going nicely, and then out of nowhere, pedophiles and QAnon showed up, and I was like, WTF happened to the KunstlerCast? Bizarre episode.

    • Walter B January 10, 2019 at 12:27 pm #

      Yes that was off topic but it is one of the issues that Bill Holter has taken on and often brings up. So many seem to deny it, ignore it or call anyone who talks about it a conspiracy theorist, but I attended an information session given by out county government and it is a real and growing problem. It is growing even quicker now with the mass immigration problem according to the organizations that care and are working on dealing with it.

  9. tmazanec1 January 9, 2019 at 8:23 pm #

    Oil fracking has already peaked in America:

  10. ObsoleteDogma January 18, 2019 at 9:39 am #

    I’m old enough to remember when James
    was “allergic to conspiracies”. I miss that JHK!

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