This weekend's events have a significance far beyond the utterly immaterial problems of Cyprus.
Economically it is tiny and the entire funding required is equivalent of one weeks deficit in the US, so why is it so important?
For many months the EU elites aided and abetted by the ECB have practiced financial repression against savers, the backbone of the economy, by imposing zero interest rates, depriving savers of income on their cash; supporting corrupt and bankrupt banks, who are given virtually a licence to steal to reconstitute their capital, lost on speculative ventures and massive unjustified bonuses. In addition, QE or money printing, destroys the value of existing cash by driving inflation. Add to this rising taxes and we have the proven Marxist model for destruction of the middle classes.
As if this were not enough, if the proposals are approved, we are witnessing straight forward theft, from existing private bank accounts, by way of a "tax" in direct violation of EU laws and treaties.
One of the most chilling documents I read in my lifetime, was a letter sent to the parents of a Jewish friend, who owned an apartment in Paris during the last War. It simply said as of next week you will move out and a certain German army officer will take over the apartment. Their wealth expropriated by the Nazi regime they were left destitute in the street and with a tragic future.
This Cyprus expropriation is potentially the thin end of a very large wedge, and who is to say where it stops, a 10% wealth tax, and next time 20%. Will the PIIGS Government desperate to save themselves try the same thing; will there be a property tax next; or a wealth tax; or will they simply rob your pension plan; and when some person cannot or refuses to pay, will their fate be like that of my friend's parents.
Make no mistake, this is a test case masked in a veil of breathtaking incompetence, but the intentions have never been clearer, and anyone who does not see this for what it is, will live to regret it.
We must all confront and strongly oppose this tyrannical oppression now before it is too late. I know many will say this is gross exaggeration how could this possibly happen. My answer would be, don't you mean ...AGAIN?
While I do not give investment advice, if I personally were either a citizen of, or resident in, a PIIGS country I would be moving all surplus liquid assets out of the EU entirely. If enough people do so, it could trigger a bank run and an economic collapse. Is it not better that this happens before all your assets have been stripped from you?
I quote the famous words of a Holocaust survivor:
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me--and there was no one left to speak for me.