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 laceja on 09/08/12 02:25 PM
As others have said here, I also appreciate the writings of the DB. But, just as important, I appreciate the return of the Feedback. Even though I and you do not always agree with what others believe and have to say, it is excellent to have those comments here, so one can draw their own conclusions. You just never know when someone might express a thought that turns on a light, one way or the other. Always good to have differing perspectives.
Posted by Don from the Republic of Lakotah on 09/08/12 12:37 PM
Greetings my fellow remnant! One knows the worm has turned when conventional media covers stories broken by alternative media. My local paper recently felt compelled to play Leviathan apologist on behalf of the Social Security Administration for its purchase of hollow point ammunition. And that's the way it is.
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It is a larger and larger remnant!
Posted by invhand on 09/08/12 11:41 AM
I started reading the Daily Bell in 2009/2010 and it has been responsible for waking me up to how the world really works. The Daily Bell has helped turn me on to Ron Paul, Alex Jones and Jeff Berwick among others.
As a result of reading the Daily Bell I have read books by Henry Hazlitt, Thomas Woods, Frederick Hayek, Ludwig Von Mises and have re-read Orwell. It has helped to re-shape my former Obejctivist/Ayn Rand-ian beliefs, my personal philosophy as well as my investment strategies.
What is a greater power than my own or other's awakening is the viral effect it has on a reader's friends and family. Not all will be influenced or are open or interested in escaping "Dreamtime." The fact that some are is proof that the pen is mightier than the sword.
Thanks you, Daily Bell, for all that you do.
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Thanks for what you do. Every bit helps ...
Posted by Bluebird on 09/08/12 11:08 AM
I just wanted to say thank you for all you do. I cannot say enough good things about The Daily Bell. It has so enriched my life. Thank you!
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And thank you, Bluebird ...
Posted by dave jr on 09/08/12 10:40 AM
Thankyou for sharing that Anthony.
I believe Human Beings are naturally drawn to the light of truth. Depending on ones aim and chosen trajectory in life, the heat generated by the light can either burn or uplift, if one would only spread their wings and let the natural updraft carry them to new heights. It does take effort. Truth does no harm. Truth alleviates the crippling fear that spawns and spreads in darkness.
You are very much appreciated.
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Thank you, Dave Jr.