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'Thieves Emporium': Part 8 - Prometheus
By Max Hernandez - August 30, 2015
Two years before Dancing Fawn made her first crossing, Arnold Wilson Parker* sat on the veranda of his estate overlooking the Rockies. Next to him sat Edgar Kohrob, CEO of ENGCO, a conglomerate of the largest engineering, design, and construction companies in the ...
'Production Versus Plunder' Part 22 - The Code of Production
By Paul Rosenberg - August 29, 2015
Declining civilizations (and the current moment provides a fine example) are characterized by basing political power on free food and similar handouts. This not only diverts production to foolish ends, but it harshly punishes producers. Worse, it undercuts the ethic ...
Self-Defense and Police State Home Invasions
By Shane Smith - August 28, 2015
It's 3:00 in the morning. Your wife and young children are asleep. You hear a commotion outside, followed by the sound of a window rattling. You get up, grab your 12 gauge and creep down the stairs. You hear window glass breaking. A black-clad man scrambles in, and ...
Reliving the Crash of '29
By Murray Rothbard - August 27, 2015
First published in Inquiry, November 12, 1979. A half-century ago, America — and then the world — was rocked by a mighty stock-market crash that soon turned into the steepest and longest-lasting depression of all time. It was not only the sharpness and depth of the ...
Is Trump the Real Deal?
By Nelson Hultberg - August 27, 2015
The talking heads of the establishment are heaping scorn on Donald Trump like squawking crows defecate on those beneath the phone lines where they sit. The long knives are coming out of the sheaths of the New York-Washington literati. Everyone is attacking Donald ...
The Raping of America: Mile Markers on the Road to Fascism
By John Whitehead - August 26, 2015
There’s an ill will blowing across the country. The economy is tanking. The people are directionless, and politics provides no answer. And like former regimes, the militarized police have stepped up to provide a façade of law and order manifested by an overt violence ...
The Free Market Versus the Bureaucratic State
By Richard Ebeling - August 25, 2015
The U.S. presidential election of 2016 may still be well over a year away, but those who dream of sitting at the desk in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C. are busy scrambling for campaign supporters, financial contributions and potential voters ...
For Immigration Answers, Look to Liberty
By Ron Paul - August 24, 2015
What should be done with the estimated 15 million people living in the United States without the legal right to be here? It seems most politicians and many Americans come down on one or the other extreme. Many Republicans, including Republican presidential candidate ...
'Thieves Emporium': Part 7 - The First Botnet
By Max Hernandez - August 23, 2015
Arnold Wilson Parker sat with his back to the French doors of his upstairs study. Light from a gloriously clear winter sky streamed past his shoulder, fell on the bare wooden floor, and filled the room with a golden glow. Facing him, across a coffee table on a worn ...
'Production Versus Plunder' Part 21 - Who Is God?
By Paul Rosenberg - August 22, 2015
This week, we'll see the truly subversive nature of Jesus' teachings... a subversion that remains unappreciated but potent. One has to wonder what would happen if large numbers of professed Christians took these concepts seriously. Continued from last week… WHO IS ...
Can the States Seize Control of Federal Lands?
By Mises Institute - August 22, 2015
The term “Sagebrush Rebellion” is again showing up in newspapers across the American west as states seek more control over federal lands within their own boundaries. As with the original Sagebrush Rebellion of the 1970s and 1980s, several western states, where the ...
The Bloody Consequences of Entangled Alliances
By Shane Smith - August 21, 2015
The Saudi-led war against Yemen is going very badly for Yemeni civilians. A recent Amnesty International report has revealed the extent of destruction resulting from the fighting that has been raging for the last four months: The conflict has been raging in 20 out of ...
The Banking Oligarchs
By Nelson Hultberg - August 20, 2015
Can anyone stop the overweening lunacy of the banking oligarchs? No more than anyone can stop pythons from devouring rabbits at play. Our bankers are not honorable. They are not farsighted. And they have set in motion forces that no human effort can avert. Moreover ...
We Are the Government: Tactics for Taking Down the Police State
By John Whitehead - August 19, 2015
Saddled with a corporate media that marches in lockstep with the government, elected officials who dance to the tune of their corporate benefactors, and a court system that serves to maintain order rather than mete out justice, Americans often feel as if they have no ...
Agenda for a Freer and More Prosperous America
By Richard Ebeling - August 18, 2015
There is little that happens in society in general and the market economy in particular that most on the political "left" do not think needs more government intervention, regulation and redistribution to make "better." One recent example of this is a lengthy "report" ...
The Seamless Web of Liberty
By Ron Paul - August 18, 2015
Many people think the Internal Revenue Service was violating civil liberties when it harassed tea party groups. After all, the groups were targeted because they wanted to exercise their civil liberty to challenge government policies. However, the specific issue in ...
'Thieves Emporium': Part 6 - Another Gets Caught
By Max Hernandez - August 16, 2015
Synopsis: After crushing almost all of a large international counterfeiting ring, Special Agent Weidemeyer is now cleaning up the details. One by one, he chases down the last few members who managed to avoid having their real names or addresses in the ring's captured ...
'Production Versus Plunder' Part 20 - The Subversive Seed
By Paul Rosenberg - August 15, 2015
Judaism and Christianity, often to the horror of their proponents, are and always were subversive sets of beliefs. The quote I open with below is but one of many that can be found in the Bible. And this set of writings, no matter how desperately abused, has had a ...
Asset-Price Inflation Enters Its Dangerous Late Phase
By Mises Institute - August 14, 2015
Asset price inflation, a disease whose source always lies in monetary disorder, is not a new affliction. It was virtually inevitable that the present wild experimentation by the Federal Reserve — joined by the Bank of Japan and ECB — would produce a severe outbreak. ...
American Hydra
By Shane Smith - August 13, 2015
Sometimes it seems as if the single most defining characteristic of the human race is our ability to dehumanize. What other animal slaughters and subjugates its own species in the way we do? What primordial flaw gives birth to dictator butchers, as well as their ...
Don’t Be Fooled by the Political Game: The Illusion of Freedom in America
By John Whitehead - August 12, 2015
Being a citizen in the American corporate state is much like playing against a stacked deck: you’re always going to lose. The game is rigged, and “we the people” keep getting dealt the same losing hand. Even so, most stay in the game, against all odds, trusting that ...
John Stuart Mill and the Dangers from Unrestrained Government
By Richard Ebeling - August 11, 2015
One of the great voices for personal liberty was that of the British economist and political philosopher, John Stuart Mill. His essay, "On Liberty," though penned well over 150 years ago, is a classic statement that the individual should be respected in his right of ...
Real Education Reform Leaves the Government Behind
By Ron Paul - August 10, 2015
Among the items awaiting Congress when it returns from its August break is reconciling competing House and Senate bills reauthorizing No Child Left Behind. These bills passed early this spring. Each bill is being marketed as a huge step toward restoring state and ...
'Thieves Emporium': Part 5 - The One Gets Away
By Max Hernandez - August 09, 2015
"Father, I'm confused," said twelve-year-old Arnold Wilson Parker II, known to his acquaintances and family as Junior. "Not uncommon. At your age. Not at all," answered his father, expecting to begin a discussion of the world's most confusing subject. "Yes, sir," ...
'Production Versus Plunder' Part 19: Life in the New Empire
By Paul Rosenberg - August 08, 2015
One of the great changes of the last fifty years is that broad populations have lost their respect for politicians. Such changes can have profound effects. Without legitimacy, it's only a matter of time before an empire fails. Continued from last week… LIFE IN THE ...
Why We Should Abandon the State
By George Smith - August 07, 2015
Revisionism, according to Harry Elmer Barnes, is bringing history into accord with the facts. Why would history and factual evidence be at odds? Because governments, per Orwell, falsify the past to keep the population subservient. If people really knew what ...
Truman, A-Bombs and the Killing of Innocents
By Sheldon Richman - August 07, 2015
Seventy years ago today [August 6] a president of the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki, a city full of innocent Japanese. It was the second time in three days that Harry Truman had done such a thing: He had bombed Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. The ...
In Greece, Reliance on Public Funds Is the Central Problem
By Mises Institute - August 06, 2015
Greece is a hot topic at the moment, mostly with the continued negotiations over bailouts from the European Union and, through institutions like the IMF, the world at large. Much of the discussion paints the image that Greece is only a debt-restructuring away from a ...
Ron Paul: Champion of God's Peace
By Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr. - August 06, 2015
Ronald Reagan used to be called the Teflon president, on the grounds that no matter what gaffe or scandal engulfed him, it never stuck: he didn’t suffer in the polls. If Reagan was the Teflon president, the military is America’s Teflon institution. Even people who ...
They Live, We Sleep: A Dictatorship Disguised as a Democracy
By John Whitehead - August 05, 2015
We're living in two worlds, you and I. There's the world we see (or are made to see) and then there's the one we sense (and occasionally catch a glimpse of), the latter of which is a far cry from the propaganda-driven reality manufactured by the government and its ...
Practicing Freedom: Markets, Marriage and Migration
By Richard Ebeling - August 04, 2015
Liberty is a demanding ideal to believe in and live by. It requires consistency of principle and acceptance of much in the actions of others that we may disagree with or even find personally repulsive. Unfortunately, too many in our society do not sufficiently value ...
Politics Is Not the Path to Pro-Life Victory
By Ron Paul - August 03, 2015
During my time in Congress, I regularly introduced legislation forbidding organizations that perform abortions from receiving federal funding. The US Government should not force taxpayers to subsidize an activity they believe is murder. Thus, while I was horrified by ...
'Thieves Emporium': Part 4 - The State Strikes Back
By Max Hernandez - August 02, 2015
The counterfeiting business, like any other, has fundamental economic constraints. At one end, operators must produce a product. That, in turn requires very specialized equipment and supplies, all of which cost money. The better the product is to be, the more it will ...
'Production Versus Plunder' Part 18: The Re-conquest
By Paul Rosenberg - August 01, 2015
It takes more than raw power to run a successful state; people must believe that laying their wealth at your feet is a righteous thing to do. This week, we'll look at a big part of how this idea came to Europe. Continued from last week… THE RE-CONQUEST The Church was ...
Nowadays, Health Insurance Isn’t Really Insurance
By Mises Institute - July 30, 2015
Due to Obamacare, my health plan has become something other than insurance. It is now, for the most part, nothing other than a wealth transfer scheme to benefit the politically connected over others. In order to identify the difference between health insurance and ...
Drivers, Beware: The Costly, Deadly Dangers of Traffic Stops in the American Police State
By John Whitehead - July 29, 2015
Samuel Dubose, also unarmed, was pulled over for a missing front license plate. He was reportedly shot in the head after a brief struggle in which his car began rolling forward. Levar Jones was stopped for a seatbelt offense, just as he was getting out of his car to ...
The Freedom to Move: Personal Liberty or Government Control, Part II
By Richard Ebeling - July 28, 2015
There are many economic fallacies that surround the issue of freer or open immigration into the United States, and few of them can stand up to serious critical examination. The Fallacy that Immigrants "Steal" Jobs from Americans: Opponents of more open immigration ...
Do We Need to Bring Back Internment Camps?
By Ron Paul - July 27, 2015
Last week, Retired General Wesley Clark, who was NATO commander during the US bombing of Serbia, proposed that "disloyal Americans" be sent to internment camps for the "duration of the conflict." Discussing the recent military base shootings in Chattanooga, TN, in ...
Doomsayers Doomed in Washington State Marijuana Debate
By Mark Thornton - July 27, 2015
Legal recreational marijuana use in the state of Washington is now two-and-a-half-years old and retail sales of marijuana have been legal for one year. What are the results of this experiment? Who was wrong and who was right on legalization? A new study has been ...
'Thieves Emporium': Part 3 - Twin Banknotes
By Max Hernandez - July 26, 2015
Seven years before Dancing Fawn made her first crossing, two men sat in a large, well-appointed Federal Government office. One, the older, leaned over his heavy desk with the air of patient expectation. The other, the younger of the two, sat at a table in the middle ...
'Production Versus Plunder' ~ Part 17: Plato's Apostle
By Paul Rosenberg - July 25, 2015
There's a reason why Hobbes and Rousseau are revered thinkers to this day: they saved the legitimacy of rulership as the Divine Right of Kings was failing. Performing the same job more than a thousand years earlier was a man named Augustine of Hippo. We'll examine. ...
No 'Compensation' to Israel for Iran Deal
By Sheldon Richman - July 24, 2015
In The Joys of Yiddish, Leo Rosten defined chutzpah as "that quality enshrined in a man who, having killed his mother and father, throws himself on the mercy of the court because he is an orphan." Today we have a new paradigm for chutzpah: the Israeli government's ...
Central Banks and Our Dysfunctional Gold Markets
By Mises Institute - July 23, 2015
Many investors still view gold as a safe-haven investment, but there remains much confusion regarding the extent to which the gold market is vulnerable to manipulation through short-term rigged market trades, and long-arm central bank interventions. First, much of ...
The American Nightmare: The Tyranny of the Criminal Justice System
By John Whitehead - July 22, 2015
Justice in America is not all it’s cracked up to be. Just ask Jeffrey Deskovic, who spent 16 years in prison for a rape and murder he did not commit. Despite the fact that Deskovic’s DNA did not match what was found at the murder scene, he was singled out by police ...
Falsifying History in Behalf of Agendas
By Paul Craig Roberts - July 22, 2015
In an article on April 13, I used the so-called Civil War and the myths with which court historians have encumbered that war to show how history is falsified in order to serve agendas. I pointed out that it was a war of secession, not a civil war as the South was not ...
The Freedom to Move: Personal Liberty or Government Control, Part I
By Richard Ebeling - July 21, 2015
The immigration issue has once more bubbled to the surface in America because of the provocative statements and assertions by one of the Republication contenders for the party's presidential nomination. Immigrants – especially illegal immigrants – are accused of ...
Iran Agreement Boosts Peace, Defeats Neocons
By Ron Paul - July 20, 2015
Last week's successfully concluded Iran agreement is one of the two most important achievements of an otherwise pretty dismal Obama presidency. Along with the ongoing process of normalizing relations with Cuba, this move shows that diplomacy can produce peaceful, ...
'Thieves Emporium': Part 2 - The Envelope
By Max Hernandez - July 19, 2015
Part 2: The Envelope - The young mother got off the bus less than a block from the Cleveland Boxing Club with only twenty minutes until her meeting. She planned to have more time to get to know the neighborhood, but the buses were running late because of some ...
'Production Versus Plunder' ~ Part 16
By Paul Rosenberg - July 18, 2015
Rome, it must be said, adapted greatly as it failed. This rather begs the question of what types of ruling adaptations we will be seeing in the not-too-distant future. Continued from last week… THE CHURCH IS ESTABLISHED Of course, Constantine hoped that his money ...
Rothbardian Thoughts on Strategy
By Sheldon Richman - July 18, 2015
In thinking about libertarian strategy, I find it useful to revisit the framework set out by Murray Rothbard in "For a New Liberty" (FNL). What counts here is not that Rothbard, a builder of the modern libertarian movement, was the author, but that it is an eloquent ...
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