The following commentary comes from an independent investor or market observer as part of TheStreet's guest contributor program, which is separate from the company's news coverage.NEW YORK ( ChrisMartenson.com) -- The price of gold is being actively managed by central planners and their proxies. The main culprit here appears to be the U.S. authorities, as the manipulation is most apparent in the U.S. open gold market. For the most part, this "management" has resulted in letting the price of gold rise, but not too much, or too quickly. The price of gold has always been an object of interest for governments and central bankers. The reason is simple enough to understand: Gold is an objective measure of the degree to which fiat money is being managed well or managed poorly.