Is the US losing its grip on the world? And could the dollar ultimately be dethroned from its spot as the world’s reserve currency?
We’ve reported extensively on countries working to undermine dollar hegemony and reduce the United States’ ability to weaponize the dollar as a foreign policy tool, along with the global gold rush on the part of central banks. Last week, Peter Schiff appeared on RT, along with former Pentagon official Michael Maloof, to talk about the world’s growing frustration with America. Peter said countries worldwide are ready to dump the US.
Venezuela’s economy is in chaos. It’s gotten so bad that a year ago, video game money was worth seven times more than the Venezuelan bolivar. Meanwhile, the Venezuelan people have suffered horrible food shortages. Many people in Venezuela have turned to barter just to survive.
Not so long ago, left-leaning publications in the US were touting Venezuela as a socialist success story. Today, any attempt to point to Venezuela as socialist disaster will be met with the refrain, “That’s not real socialism!”
Apologists for socialism also blame the collapse of the Venezuelan economy on US sanctions. But as Jon Aldekoa explained in an article published on the Mises Wire and UFM Market Trends, actual data reveals it was indeed real socialism that wrecked Venezuela.
Secretary of State Mike Pompano recently announced the US will impose the “strongest sanctions in history” on Iran. This follows Trump’s decision to pull the US out of a nuclear deal agreed to during the Obama administration.
Sanctions will certainly put significant economic pressure in Iran, but the country may be able to weather the storm using gold – and this could help push the price of the yellow metal up.
Earlier this month, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin threatened China, saying the US would “put additional sanctions on them and prevent them from accessing the US and international dollar system” if they don’t go along with the most recent round of sanctions slapped on North Korea. We argued that the threat may be meaningful, but it also might be empty.
In a recent article published on the Mises Wire, Ryan McMaken added another layer of analysis, arguing that if the US were to follow through on the threat, it would imperil the US dollar. McMaken’s reasoning dovetails with a point we’ve made more generally about Trump’s penchant for tariffs – that they will undermine the dollar. Of course, that’s good for gold.