Silver is somewhat different story though, since it was at it's lows...and also kept artificially there by JP Morgan with a whole bunch of naked shortselling. Gold is the better indicator.
Supply and demand drives prices of commodities, but if theres is little fluctuation in the actual products value, the price remains somewhat stable to gold.
Meaning price changes has more to do with actual market forces, instead of the political forces.
Any upheaval is irrelevant, it's simply a process...a transition. All which needs to be done, is simply make it legal for competing currencies. People will sort out whats best, and which they have more confidence in. That is all that is required.
And isolationist is incorrect, because it requires two factors
Non-interventionism – Political rulers should avoid entangling alliances with other nations and avoid all wars not related to direct territorial differences (self-defense). (Ron Paul)
Protectionism – There should be legal barriers to control trade and cultural exchange with people in other states. (not Ron Paul)
Which means isolationist label falls flat on its face, and the propper one should be applied. Non-interventionist.
Have you ever held a gold coin? Have you held a very small gold coin? I have one which is maybe the size of quarter, and it's worth more then 100 dollars.
This little thingy is now worth around 1700 dollars