Want to be right most of the time, with little effort, and with hardly even thinking about it? Just attribute each and every problem you perceive with government to: theft. I can’t, offhand, think of a situation where you wouldn’t be fundamentally correct.
Billy Beck demonstrates how everyone is wrong about one problem, "inflation," and if you use my simple principle, above, you’ll be right. You’ll be right, and Alan Greenspan, for instance, will be wrong (Greenspan, of course, does know what "inflation" is, but he long ago sold out his honesty and integrity for the political spotlight).
You really should work through this yourself (here’s some help), but essentially, the rise in prices is an effect of "inflation," not a cause. "Inflation" is the government stealing your labor, as well as a portion of the return on any investments you hold, such as securities, collectibles, real estate — even a portion of depreciating assets you hold. It is, in essence, an additional tax (theft) on virtually everything that has any monetary exchange value. The government does it by printing money that’s not backed by something tangible.
This does not mean that the cause of "inflation" is the lack of some backing for the currency, such as the gold standard. It just means that it’s far easier for the government to "inflate" the currency without it.
Even on the gold and other commodity standards, governments have always found ways to steal via "inflation." Even in ancient times, with gold and silver coins, the state, in minting coins, would gradually increase the amount of alloy in the coins, stealing the gold and silver they were able to keep out. Of course, prices rise in order to adjust to the reduced amount of gold or silver in each unit of coin.
Do you get it, now? If you do, then you know that "inflation" is merely an euphemism for theft (just like "taxes"). Next time you hear talk of taxes and inflation, think: theft and more theft.