Riding the Tides and Suggesting Solutions Here at the Daily Bell
Like most people, I have lived my life swimming through tides of confusion, tides often created by others who desire to control us for their own desired purposes. I have, for whatever reason, a burning desire to "know" the world around me.
It has led me to visit dozens of countries on every continent in the world and to do business in many. And always to ask questions ... many questions ... of those with whom I interact on my journey through this "life maze" of ours.
I first confronted this desire directly while sitting on a beach on Little Palm Island Resort. I remember telling this story to the late, great, libertarian Harry Browne – a mentor and dear friend who participated in my first free-market publishing venture.
I told him how I suddenly felt the need for a pen and paper, yet I had not written anything in years – since business school, to be exact.
I had no idea what was propelling me to desire that pen and paper. After all, the sun was shining on the private beach I was on with my wife and everything was so serene and relaxing. Why would anyone want pen and paper? Especially someone who doesn't or didn't write?
Still to this day I do not know the answer. But what I do know is this. When the pen and paper were in my hands I wrote 11 pages without raising my head or even thinking, for that matter.
The whole experience was very surreal. I ended up writing what became the blueprint for FMNN and The Daily Bell and several books, some ghost-written and some under my own name.
Whatever it was that spawned that moment, it has never subsided. In fact, the understanding of the way the world works and the clarity of vision I have developed on a macro level is clear. Not always comfortable, I will admit.
But with this understanding I have been able to live and work and travel in many countries around the world and do so with "eyes wide open." I have little time for the trivia ...
One thing I have learned throughout this journey, and as a 43-year-old man with a wife and kids, is that there is still much to learn. Many things to uncover and many opportunities that lie hidden beneath the surface of countries and places most people may have read about but rarely visited.
These days, I fall into the camp of believing anything is possible – regardless of birthright circumstances. And throughout my life, perhaps despite the acceptance of the world around us, I have fought to enjoy whatever life's offerings brought.
And believe me, I learned early on what life's offerings can bring ... both good and bad.
See, there was an earlier period in my life when I believed that the world was a "fair" place. It is not. I get quite annoyed at my children when they suggest to each other in friendly squabbles that life isn't fair or this or that isn't fair.
My response is... LIFE IS NOT FAIR!
Get used to that.
I learned the hard way by stepping on the toes of "the banksters" in pursuit of opportunities I felt deserved rightfully to be pursued. I learned rather quickly they yield power beyond their collective checkbooks and that the power was enough to bring the full weight of the state to bear upon anyone who dared compete with their interests.
After a seven-year long battle with mounting legal bills, I was able to come to a "draw" and declare "no fault and no wrongdoing" and pay a US$35,000 fine, along with accepting some time-limited bans.
All this after spending more than US$1 million to defend my innocence and watching the very "smear bandits" that manipulated my accusation end up walking off with assets worth some 100 million!
Good things come from bad. Out of the lessons I learned, I launched Free-Market News Network (FMNN) with a group of willing colleagues.
We all believed in the mission then and today, having found out so much more about what we face, I have to say my determination to reveal how we're being manipulated, impoverished and slaughtered has only increased my desire to spread the word.
First FMNN and now the Daily Bell. An aggregate of up to a million visits a month or more. By sharing these global networks with likeminded people, I've had the privilege of learning and growing – thanks to each and every one of you.
Whether it is for financial preservation purposes, capital growth, or just general lifestyle ideas, I believe that I have a network of ongoing intelligence of likeminded relationships that can benefit all of us.
I will continue to support The Daily Bell and hope you will, too. It will continue to focus on identifying the elite control mechanisms that are designed to enslave our lives and enrich theirs.
But as we go forward, we'll increasingly emphasize solutions. Some will be obvious, some "pragmatic" and some entirely out-of-the-box. You may be surprised! The advisory service we're launching will focus on the solutions side of the equation.
The problem side will continue to be discussed and debated daily in the Daily Bell but it's my hope the global network of "free-market" thinkers we've assembled over this past decade will work together to add value to solutions discovered in these pages.
Over the next weeks and months we'll be announcing exciting opportunities for free-market thinkers ... for those generally who want to make a qualitative difference in their lives and the lives of their loved ones. If you want to join my inner circle of free-market thinkers built up over this past decade, you'll have the opportunity to do that.
The gift of security and financial awareness is the gift of freedom. As the world turns less free and more dangerous over the next decades, freedom will become your most precious legacy.
We've pioneered free-market publishing efforts with a decade-worth of highly successful websites. We've never sought publicity the way some in this business have. But we've had a significant impact and we can see it just in the terminology we've coined – terms such as "free-market thinking," "dominant social theme" and "Internet Reformation."
We've concentrated on being a thought leader, a publishing effort that influences culture from the top down by making predictive and thematic observations about the Way the World Works in the 21st century.
If you are one of the hundreds of thousands that turn to the Daily Bell every month, I think you'll find considerable merit in the solutions we'll be offering. Our increased focus on solutions is simply the other side of the analysis we offer now, and I promise you'll find it intriguing and likely rewarding as well.
Posted by zeno on 09/12/12 10:00 PM
more solutions please.
let's hash them out together.
let's use this internet reformation for the empowerment of everyone who chooses to participate.
we've have come to the fork in the road where continuing to discuss the problems becomes a masochist exercise only worthy of prisoners who need to fill the time of their sentence.
we are free, let's act like it.
many thanks amigo.
Posted by MetaCynic on 09/09/12 03:02 PM
During the first round, the fraudulent banksters forced you to employ the "justice" system weapon to battle them over mere millions, and they won.
During the second round you've picked up a superior weapon, the internet and exposed their crimes to the eyes of the world. They are now on the ropes and stand to lose billions, perhaps even trillions. I bet they now wish that they had never tangled with you.
Posted by Goddessofthehunt on 09/09/12 12:02 PM
The Sunday interviews have always been my favourite part of the Bell but I have to admit Anthony's s editorial is repeatedly running a close second spot. Keep the info coming Anthony, your wisdom is truly admired and sought after.
Posted by Libertarian Jerry on 09/09/12 11:26 AM
Good article Anthony; Sometimes you have to take a stand and say no further to the powers that be. More often then not,you have to pay a price for that stand. How many Americans have lost everything even losing their liberty? How many patriots are sitting in prison because they took on the IRS or the Draft Board or the EPA or whatever? More often then not these martyrs to liberty are forgotten and lost to history. Yet,sometimes,in the long run they were the point men and women that benefitted the rest of society. The individual who fights and wins against tyranny usually pays a high price for their convictions. But,in the end,its society as a whole that benefits from that high price.
Posted by expatriot on 09/09/12 06:32 AM
To mirror Anthony's personal essay with a recent experience of mine (although indeed farther back I lost something bigger than a million dollars and a law suit to the powers that be... but that is too long a story and proof of my thesis is lacking), and welcome back the reinstallation of feedback... (BRAVO! and thank you!)
The menace of control, thus lack of freedom is everywhere and growing worse...
This is a petty case, but no less very real and what is shoved down our throats as "the norm".
As an american freelance photographer in Paris, business has been frightfully slow and so in late August I took some "digitally pushed" images of Paris printed on A3+ ridged paper out on to "Pont Saint-André des Arts" to see if I could sell a few...
It was a lovely hot day, a late afternoon. I found a central part of the fence under the railing that had been damaged, likely by all the locks the tourist put on the wire mesh, thus it had two ugly green solid street fences bolted on the railing to patch the holes... altogether about 15 feel long... this was perfect because it blocked the wind... so... I ran a cord from one end to the other and as I was clipping on the first image, three policemen passed by. I looked at them inquiringly, they looked at me blandly, and went on... Cool!
I was there for about 2 hours chatting with people (one women asked me, as my prices ranged from about 20 to 100 euros) if she really thought anybody would pay 'that much' (about the price of a pair of sneakers) for a print : well, all I know is that my prints are each a one of a kind, signed, titled, and dated, which takes blood sweat, tears and expensive materials to produce :
While anyone can go to Chanel and buy the same, more or less, fancy little handbag they've been making over and over for years for 27,700€ (a bag way too small to fit one of my prints in). I saw this little cherry there the other night during Vogue sponcered "Fashion Evening"... but they don't come in day glow colors (elitist saturnal black only it seems)... so I didn't buy one.
That and the fact I don't make that much money in a year plus I'm not gay so I don't use women's hand bags... and if somehow I found that much money in a phone booth and then bought such a thing for my wife she kill me for spending so much money on such a trivial stupidity. To be honest, I love classic Chanel clothing... but... she is long gone!
Well, I'll wager my prints will go up in value (maybe even over what Chanel charges for a hand bag someday : I have seen smaller prints from living photographers sell for more than that handbag). That bag, the moment it leaves the shop, will lose at least half if it's value... and my prints are better looking than any hand bag to boot...
Well, after many more pleasant conversations on the bridge about photography, art, the world, and so on...
Returns the young police people with an escort : a hefty middle aged (thus my aged) bald headed plain clothed man leading them. He walks up to me and both quietly and politely tells me he is the bridges security chief and I must pack up and go.
I said ok and very slowly started to pack up while watching these pawns of legality stroll to the other end of the bridge. I knew they'd be back. I wanted to chat up the plane clothing boss who spoke to me... but not before he saw I was being cooperative, not being that big a fool!
So yup... Back they came and of course I was all packed up smelling like a rose of cooperation ; so I called over the the portly bald security man asking him if I could have a word with him... he came over and, smiling, asked him (in French, thick with american accent) "Tell me sir, did you go to a public school in France?"
This question surprised him a second so I goaded, "Well?" Then he answered "Yes of course." I went on "Well then, what was written above the door of your school?". Again this is not at all what he expected so his mind visibly went blank (which of course is a preferred state for most law enforcers everywhere, but I could tell this guy was not an absolute idiot either) so I helped him... "It is written above every public school in France... " as his clouds began to pass I gave him the answer...
" 'Liberty, Fraternity, Equality' sir. The word Liberty is first. You sir in due respect of your function to make sure no one blows up this bridge, nor starts riots, nor murders anyone, nor crashes airplanes into it are taking away my peaceful liberty to work here... what sort of liberty is that and in what way do I pose any threat to security here?"
Well, he explained how "Liberty" does not really mean "Liberty"... but means "to obey the law" and now the law does not permit 'pedlars' on this bridge."
... I thus pointed out to him "Yes, but I am an artist showing my art on a bridge named after art yet I can not work here... you are not an artist, and you can work here... I'm not sure that makes any sense... and I am sure this is not 'liberty' : at least not for me... "
After a bit of such philosophical banter, I asked him why the police (still passively looking on) didn't stop me from setting up as they saw me do it 2 hours earlier and have been strolling up and down the bridge the whole of that time...
"Because I am the security chief so it is my job, not theirs" "Oh I see, so they had to call you?" "No, You were spotted by the cameras on the bridge, they have been there for about six months now... "
Cameras! Reality TV! Shouldn't we all be flattered?! No!
Now, as a photographer, indeed I never try to film (nor spy on) people in any sort of personal way unless they are in fact posing for me... and then for my "jazz" or improvised street images... it is the very reason I began to modify images digitally, to blurr or glass over people's faces and mix reality with a sort of surreal sketch of it... indeed to both respect and protect the people who do seep into my street images...
Our conversation passed in non threatening tones... but of course, that was both the beginning and end of that face to face experiment with public on a bridge the entire world passes over... the real fact is artists can not have an individual voice unless property owners (with spaces called galleries) take interest (and frankly I have yet to ever approached these people on my own behalf)...
But do remember next time you come to Paris, that now 'big brother is watching you' cross a bridge which should be renamed "Saint Andre des Flics" ('Flic' being slang meaning "Cop") As indeed, police are hired to work on that bridge while artists may not work there ! Security is a mere excuse for what is in fact control. Control is the absence of liberty. Hello?!
The long and short of it is that the super rich super elite robber barons of this world own over 100 private central banks which run our governments and buy both the left and right parties to do their bidding. They own directly or indirectly own the mass media and their names never appear in anything except some of the petty front page making donations to hospitals and such... which belong to them in the first place and thrive at a profit since they also own the food chain which is mostly spiked with chemicals and non food fillers which insure you will need a hospital sooner than later...
indeed, the very first action anyone can take against this ultra omnipresnet super mafia is to avoid all name brands... particularly food brands... get food from people, not from corporations! The fast fun easy world of becoming thoughtless slaves starts by accepting easy rather than healthy... Soft drinks (for example) do NOT "add life"... they add fat cells and heart disease...
Posted by Hapa on 09/09/12 02:58 AM
I've been enjoying my frequent visits to the Daily Bell these last 4 months, having first heard of it from your fan, author Joseph P. Farrel, over at Giza Death Star.
It is heartening to know that truth can be spoken to power still. Keep up the good work and let the call for freedom shine. We are all patriots willing to fight for the soul of our country.
Posted by dauden on 09/08/12 11:48 PM
I read and I learn... .between homeschooling 4, 2 businesses, marriage, and friends, life keeps evolving toward enlightenment. Love this site!
Posted by Agent Weebley on 09/08/12 11:20 PM
Very nice essay, Anthony.
You said: "As the world turns less free and more dangerous over the next decades, freedom will become your most precious legacy."
We're just as free and even freer than before! Thanks to you, you (collectively,) us, and the InterWeb, I think we have discovered these clown faces are not vibrating on our level, Anthony. Cheer up, lad. Here . . . have a balloon dog.
For example, I am in the middle of a red pill / blue pill explanation on boards.ie in Ireland at the moment. I've been writing daily . . . a "Twilight Zone" story about time stopping, 7/13/12, on that website's Creative Writing thread. The story is an extension and intertwining of ARG MetaPhoria, but I cannot tell them that . . . it would be considered "self-promotion," and I would be banned (again;) I am a bit of a black sheep there, hahahaha.
I have found, through writing that story and seeing the feedback (or lack thereof,) there are a lot of people in Ireland that are only thinking of the moment, cannot concentrate for extended periods of time, and subsequently, think below the waistline . . . a typical response to hopelessness.
It's a big chess game, Anthony, but we are switching it to Fidcheall Chess . . . an ancient Druidic game . . . clown faces don't know how to play that version.
If you want to catch my story, it is here: http://boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=2056709527
I will include a reference to your most excellent adventure/article in tonight's episode. [Is there any chance of correcting the missing "e" when you were on the private beach with your wife? It may give the wrong message to the 200 or so readers.]
Posted by johnblenkins on 09/08/12 06:30 PM
Focus on solutions: Very timely and most needed. Great Idea.
With the smart cookies on this site, can only be for the good.
Thank you Mr Wile.
Posted by Danny B on 09/08/12 06:25 PM
Yes, it's me again.
"I learned rather quickly they yield power beyond their collective checkbooks"
Don't worry Anthony, we know what you meant.
Yes, dear Bell, you are doing a wonderful job of focusing on important issues and clarifying them. The "normalcy bias" is getting more strained every day. MSM is looking more ridiculous every day.
But, since academia is bought-and-payed for, I don't see a large scale awakening.
You have to look at the two professors from Princeton; Martin Armstrong and Big, Bad, Bald, Ben Bernanke. Armstrong was uber-competent. Bernanke was quite the opposite. So, the bankers put Armstrong in prison and Bernanke in charge.
I'll skip all the in-between stuff. The bankers were trying to keep the party going regardless of economic reality. Dissipation of capital is very similar to dissipation of heat;
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The day of reckoning has arrived. MANY high-level bankers have quit.
It's likely that the rest are going to go down with their presses running at full capacity. Reportedly, they are working diligently to avoid jail time.
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The S&L crash was just a warm up. The speculation is that [bank controlled]GOV will default to to the banks. GOV will pay off the banks with valuable tangible assets;
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Think "Greek islands" but on a larger scale. This privatization-path has been common in other countries. I do hope that we can avoid it.
Posted by abdulHadiscott on 09/08/12 05:41 PM
Greetings and thanks to Anthony and his team, I don't often comment, but read you daily, and have sorely missed the commentaries. God Bless you and further your efforts in the pursut of Truth.
Posted by Just John on 09/08/12 05:24 PM
Oh and read the novella '... And Then There Were None' by, Eric Frank Russel 1951
Posted by Ol' Grey Ghost on 09/08/12 05:23 PM
As Mark Twain once said, "History doesn't repeat itself - but it does rhyme."
I strongly believe that we are coming to another of those points of great change in human civilization and hopefully we can steer the tide, as we certainly can't herd it, in the same direction as those of our past who wanted to live free and share liberty with their families, friends, and neighbors.
"Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead... "
Posted by Just John on 09/08/12 05:07 PM
Bartering and trading Obs, turning mulch into soil, growing your own food in said soil, kama'aina in your heart, owe no one outside family, speak no lies, keep eyes and ears open at all times, live peacefully with your neighbors.
Staying home and hunkering down, keeping family close and aware.
Posted by Wrusssr on 09/08/12 04:56 PM
I judge a website by the quality of its posts and the depth of its responses.
They don't get any better than The Bell.
Keep on truckin'.
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Posted by William3 on 09/08/12 03:20 PM
Wonderful news, Anthony! I'll eagerly await what's coming.
I've been tailoring my own life and work toward the "solution" side of the ledger, having reached my own consistent understanding of the "problem," as you have. Your new effort will be a welcomed addition.
Posted by CelticFire69 on 09/08/12 03:04 PM
Anthony a big thank you to you and your cohorts!!!! You have built the best intelligence gathering operation liberty has available to it! You all are always on my recommended list!
Posted by Let it be on 09/08/12 03:03 PM
Thank you for all your work AW and the rest of the elves at The Bell as well.
I know you have contributed to the education of many, including myself.
I would go as far as to say the meeting has been life changing. I don't look at the world the same way or a better way to put it is, now I can see.
The daily bell is a part of my daily routine, I love it.
Your candidness is a refection of your character which is part of the free market character.
Free market people that I have met, many because of The Bell, look the world squarely in the face and say I will do right and insure I am done right by, I will not walk around being dictated to from other people whom believe they are from a privileged stock.
I see through the BS that is everywhere and have the tools to make choices based on what I know to be true.
I don't need a Queen or a President or the PE to guide my life.
I am free and free to chose.
These words are powerful and I truly thank you and everyone else who has been an influence on my education. The education that has allowed me to finally live free in unfree world.
Posted by Jaque on 09/08/12 02:41 PM
Interesting editorial. I think it is valuable to offer insights into how to deal with the various "problems" you discuss here. I look forward to reading your thoughts.
Posted by Martin on 09/08/12 02:29 PM
Finally a chance to get to know the "Anthony" behind the Daily Bell. Although I seldom comment I must add my thanks to the others already who have stated what the DB has meant to them. Also I like the new solution oriented approach Anthony says this website will be moving toward.
I believe the last 12 months in the US and Europe have shown the fallacy that is political action in a political environment totally controlled by enemies of liberty and free-market thinking. Throwing valuable time and money into political action is a waste of time except for educational purposes because the system is totally corrupt and controlled by a few wealthy elites. The real political world we live in today is like a high school election where the promises are meaningless because the students have no say so or even impact on the administrators. it may make us feel better to vote, contribute or campaign but the outcome or direction of the school we are in or the country we live in will continue in the direction that most benefits the financial elites and the scumbag neocon elites and advisors.
Today to use the name of a popular but extreme website, "Prison Planet" all of us are prisoners of institutions that rule and decide the future of our lives and the worth of our savings from a few politicians vetted and allowed to participate and win beauty contests i.e. elections. There is zero real difference in both American parties or presidential candidates or in the major policies and actions they will take.
For my future and that of my family not sucked into the sheep like existence of the masses yet, I hope the Daily Bell and Tony Wile gives me some worthwhile non-self-serving solutions to live a better and more productive life and the opportunity to amass wealth, profits and liberty regardless of where the sheeple vote and waste their time in meaningless gestures and activities designed to hide their lack of choice and real captive status.