On a different level, I want to cover what seeing Jim speak in person was like. Most of us only see him on TV or in online videos. What was interesting to me is how this talk had a very academic feel to it. Much like if you had a favorite professor back in college who was able to get you to "think out of the box" and consider new ideas. It was clear to me that Jim has a deep passion for his topic and wants people to understand the academic basis for his alternative views on how markets work. He sees his work as the start of a new way of thinking that challenges the existing paradigm. I will cover that aspect in a second article.
The talk was sponsored by the National Center for Policy Analysis (which has a local headquarters based in Dallas). This speech by Jim Rickards was the start of a new initiative this organization has which they call their "Financial Crisis Initiative". They hope to bring awareness of the issues Jim Rickards talks about (coming monetary system changes) to the masses and will be producing online videos in that regard.