Make Kitco Your Homepage

Ron Paul on the next economic collapse, America's future, and universal basic income

Kitco News

We need less, not more government intervention, and the stimulus that Americans have received is only going to exacerbate the current economic bubble that we’re in, said Ron Paul, former Congressman and host of the Liberty Report.

“When the inevitable correction comes it’s going to be more violent than ever before,” Paul said.

Paul’s comments come as 900,000 jobless claims have just been filed last week.

“The proper policy is really tough under these circumstances because the proper policy in a free market is just radically reduce the size and scope of government,” he said.

Stimulus checks are also not the right solution, Paul noted.

“If you had done the right thing, they would never have started,” he said. “You’d have to accept the principle that creating money and creating debt does not create more wealth. People think that if they just print a lot of money and pass it out the country will be wealthier. I just think that whether it’s the recession 10 years ago or what’s going on this past year, people haven’t gotten wealthier by governments passing more money.”

While debt has risen in the U.S., the government is going to have to rely on inflation to reduce the value of the debt.

“Real debt has to be liquidated in order to ever get back on our feet again, and it gets liquidated by inflation and that’s what they’re working on,” he said.

On universal basic income, Paul said that would just exacerbate poverty.

“A guaranteed wage can’t work because you have equate productivity to know whether [people] can get more money,” he said.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and may not reflect those of Kitco Metals Inc. The author has made every effort to ensure accuracy of information provided; however, neither Kitco Metals Inc. nor the author can guarantee such accuracy. This article is strictly for informational purposes only. It is not a solicitation to make any exchange in commodities, securities or other financial instruments. Kitco Metals Inc. and the author of this article do not accept culpability for losses and/ or damages arising from the use of this publication.