"[W]hen you recall that one of the first moves by Lenin, Mussolini and Hitler was to outlaw individual ownership of gold, you begin to sense that there may be some connection between money, redeemable in gold, and the rare prize known as human liberty...
Of course, this is a red herring.
"The subject of a Hitler or a Stalin is a serf by the mere fact that his money can be called in and depreciated at the whim of his rulers.
Irrelevant provided you can store your assets in other things besides money. Like real estate, stocks, etc. Currency is mostly used simply as a unit of exchange, nobody stores their assets in cash except for hoarders.
That actually happened in Russia a few months ago, when the Russian people, holding cash, had to turn it in -- 10 old rubles and receive back one new ruble.
Also irrelevant. The problem most Russians had was that they couldn't legally store savings in anything other than the ruble.
If you have the ability to invest your savings in things other than money (and a defined benefit pension is a money investment, unfortunately) then you don't need to worry about currency devaluations nearly so much. Don't trust the US government? Fine ... invest in the stock exchanges of thirty other countries instead. Still better than gold.