By Marc Faber • November 18th, 2013
As H.L. Mencken opined, 'The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, and intolerable.'
It is no wonder that, according to a Gallup Poll conducted in early October, a record-low 14% of Americans thought that the country was headed in the right direction, down from 30% in September. That's the biggest single-month drop in the poll since the shutdown of 1990. Some 78% think the country is on the wrong track.
Some readers will, of course, ask what this expose about the political future has to do with investments. It has nothing to do with what the stock market will do tomorrow, the day after tomorrow, or in the next three months. But it has a lot to do with the future of the US (and other Western democracies where socio-political conditions are hardly any better).
I have written about the consequences of a dysfunctional political
system elsewhere. In May 2011 I explained how expansionary monetary
policies had favoured what Joseph Stiglitz called 'the elite' at the
expense of ordinary people by increasing the wealth and income of the
'one percent' far more than that of the majority of the American
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Marc Faber is an international investor known for his uncanny predictions of the stock market and futures markets around the world.