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Our General Solicitation … Opportunity and Pledge
July 11, 2013
Here at The Daily Bell we've pioneered a way of reporting on the big picture. We've focused on how the Internet is a "game changer" via what we call the Internet Reformation and created a new way of looking at financial information using dominant social themes ...
A New American Century?
July 11, 2013
Let's see. Where are we? Dow up 88 yesterday. Gold up $22. What's pushing up the Dow? A lot of chatter about a "new American century"... and an apparent recovery. You know our position: Recovery isn't possible. Drug addicts do not recover by taking more drugs. ...
Why Exactly is Slavery Wrong?
July 10, 2013
Hardly anyone in America disputes that slavery is wrong. It's an institution that must be prohibited, never to be readmitted into society. Indeed, slavery is so wrong that it is very tempting for decent men and women to devote time and resources to ferret it ou ...
New Egyptian War: Americans Lose, Again
July 08, 2013
Looking at the banners in the massive Egyptian protests last week, we saw many anti-American slogans. Likewise, the Muslim Brotherhood-led government that was deposed by the military last week was very critical of what it saw as US support for the coup. Why is ...
The Danger Beyond Employment Numbers
July 06, 2013
A short article posted at the conservative Breitbart website and then posted at Drudge.com shows us clearly how the American Dream is failing. Far from aspiring to a house, two cars and a vacation every year, many US citizens now dream of no more than full-time ...
Shoulder to Shoulder with Edward Snowden
July 05, 2013
Poor Edward Snowden. The man performed a valuable public service. He should get a medal on this Independence Day. Instead, he will have to face the music. "As Snowden looks for asylum, doors slam around the world, " says the International Herald Tribune. Tuesda ...
Scandals, Control Files and Blackmail
July 04, 2013
This week's Solari Story from Catherine Austin Fitts is titled "Scandals, Control Files and Blackmail." Here's a bit of the transcript: It was 1989 at the Department of Housing and Urban Development and a scandal had started called the mod rehab scandal, where ...
Has Washington's Arrogance Undone Its Empire?
July 03, 2013
No one likes a bully, and Washington's NATO puppets have been bullied for six decades. British prime ministers, German chancellors and French presidents have to salute and say, "Yes, Sir." They all hate it, but they love Washington's money; so they prostitute t ...
The Golden Cycle
July 02, 2013
The New York Times had the definitive take on the vicious sell off in gold. To summarize one of their articles: Two years ago gold bugs ran wild as the price of gold rose nearly six times. But since cresting two years ago it has steadily declined, almost by hal ...
If You Like The Surveillance State, You'll Love E-Verify
July 01, 2013
From massive NSA spying, to IRS targeting of the administration's political opponents, to collection and sharing of our health care information as part of Obamacare, it seems every day we learn of another assault on our privacy. Sadly, this week the Senate took ...
Expatriation's Disturbing Trend
June 29, 2013
This one is personal. My wife has renounced her US Citizenship but over time that may not stop the US from pursuing her and others perpetually. And there's something else going on, too – maybe even bigger – that I'll get to at the end of the article. The mo ...
Sock Puppet Kabuki; Nikkei Today Parallels Dot-Com Bust
June 28, 2013
The Japanese stereotype of excessive courtesy is being confirmed by the actions of prime minister Shinzo Abe who is giving the world a free and timely lesson on the dangers of overly accommodative monetary policy. Whether or not we benefit from the tutorial (Ja ...
The $400,000,000 Problem Part II
June 27, 2013
This week's Solari Story from Catherine Austin Fitts is titled "The $400,000,000 Story, Part II." Here's a bit of the transcript: Let me fast forward and continue that story. Several months later – I think it was probably about 9 months later – we ended up ...
Are There Basic Principles?
June 26, 2013
Some of President Obama's recent speeches have raised a vital issue that often lies in the background of particular policy discussions. For example, the president has made it abundantly clear that he is a pragmatist, especially about economic matters. (He does ...
An Important Lesson from Tony Soprano
June 25, 2013
"All due respect, you got no f----g idea what it's like to be Number One. Every decision you make affects every facet of every other f-----g thing. It's too much to deal with almost." – Tony Soprano Whew! The Fed is number one in central banking. And it's fin ...
What We Have Learned From Afghanistan
June 24, 2013
Last week the Taliban opened an office in Doha, Qatar with the US government's blessing. They raised the Taliban flag at the opening ceremony and referred to Afghanistan as the "Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan" - the name they used when they were in charge befor ...
Stasi in the White House
June 24, 2013
On June 19, 2013, US President Obama, hoping to raise himself above the developing National Security Agency (NSA) spy scandals, sought to associate himself with two iconic speeches made at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Fifty years ago, President John F. Kenne ...
The Real Reason George F. Will Is Irritated With Obama
June 22, 2013
Big news, from my point of view. Late this week, conservative columnist George F. Will wrote an editorial that compiled a list of what we call dominant social themes, even though he didn't explain them as such. The list was required to buttress accusations he w ...
Tapering the Taper Talk
June 22, 2013
As usual the Federal Reserve media reaction machine has fallen for a poorly executed head fake. It has been fooled by this move many times in the past and for its efforts it has tackled nothing but air. Yet right on cue, it took the bait once more. Somehow the ...
The $400,000,000 Story, Part I
June 21, 2013
This week's Solari Story from Catherine Austin Fitts is titled "The $400,000,000 Story, Part I." Here's a bit of the transcript: I had just started as Assistant Secretary of Housing and one of my deputies came up to me, grabbed me by the shoulder and he said, " ...
Trying to Silence the Rebels Within
June 19, 2013
Many years back I was a candidate for a Congressional Fellowship that was administered by a group of prominent academic philosophers. I had made it into the final list of three and flew East to be interviewed, which would decide the matter of who gets the posit ...
Washington Is Insane
June 18, 2013
In the 21st century the two hundred year-old propaganda that the American people control their government has been completely shattered. Both the Bush and Obama regimes have made it unmistakenly clear that the American people don't even influence, much less con ...
Obama's Syria Policy Looks a Lot Like Bush's Iraq Policy
June 17, 2013
President Obama announced late last week that the US intelligence community had just determined that the Syrian government had used poison gas on a small scale, killing some 100 people in a civil conflict that has claimed an estimated 100,000 lives. Because of ...
Should People Fear Private Sector Snooping More than Government's?
June 15, 2013
Over at The Atlantic, Zachary Karabell has discovered a double standard regarding corporate versus private "big data surveillance." We're approaching the issue all wrong, he writes. We should not accept that the issue is American freedom versus potential Big Br ...
Copernicus, Galileo and Gold – Part II
June 14, 2013
The development of economics and the development of astronomy share interesting parallels. Aristarchus of Samos – the Greek island that produced Pythagoras – was born in 310 B.C. Aristarchus set astronomy on the path that would have led to its correct devel ...
Location-Based Transparency
June 13, 2013
This week's Solari Story from Catherine Austin Fitts is titled "Location-Based Transparency." Here's a bit of the transcript: When I left the Bush Administration I said, "We don't need the government to provide us with annual financial statements. The governmen ...
What the Papers Aren't Reporting About the NSA Scandal
June 13, 2013
Behind every great fortune is a great crime, said French novelist Honoré de Balzac. What crime lies behind Booz Allen Hamilton? Fraud, mostly. More on that in a moment... The Dow fell -116 points yesterday. Gold fell $9 an ounce. Still no clarity in the market ...
What is the Government's Agenda?
June 13, 2013
It has been public information for a decade that the US government secretly, illegally and unconstitutionally spies on its citizens. Congress and the federal courts have done nothing about this extreme violation of the US Constitution and statutory law, and the ...
Copernicus, Galileo and Gold
June 12, 2013
We are deceived when we consent to think about the "price of gold." At the very outset of our thoughts regarding gold, we are wrong, just as astronomers prior to Copernicus were wrong in thinking about the solar system as geo-centric, with the Sun, Moon and pla ...
The Rule of Law – In Classical Liberalism and Libertarianism
June 12, 2013
Classical liberals and libertarians, especially those who admire the works of the famous legal theorists and economist F. A. Hayek, are fond of pointing out that a free society requires the rule of law. Others, critical of this political tradition, note, howeve ...
Crushing the Middle Class
June 11, 2013
Like a carefully memorized religious incantation, politicians and central bankers continually stress how their stimulus policies are designed to promote the interests and prosperity of the middle class. Cynical observers may note that this brave political stanc ...
Government Spying: Should We Be Shocked?
June 10, 2013
Last week we saw dramatic new evidence of illegal government surveillance of our telephone calls, and of the National Security Agency's deep penetration into American companies such as Facebook and Microsoft to spy on us. The media seemed shocked. Many of us ar ...
Krugman Misses the Point
June 08, 2013
Paul Krugman recently published a column called "The Unbearable Lightness of Being Right." In it, he once again explains failures of so-called "austerity" and defends his own perspective, which is thoroughly Keynesian. Now, within the context of free-market eco ...
Thinking an Unthinkable: No Voting Right for Those Living at the Taxpayer's Expense
June 07, 2013
One of the most sacred ideas in our democratic era is the belief in the universal and equal right of all citizens to have the voting franchise. Yet some have argued against this "right." But their challenge to an unlimited right to vote has not been based on gr ...
Blocked up With Yucky Stuff
June 07, 2013
Yesterday, Mr. Bernanke's price-fixing scheme ran over a speed bump. The Dow dropped 216 points. Just a jolt, for now. The brick wall is still ahead. But we will try to give the devil his due. First, this from our own right-hand man, Chris Hunter (investment di ...
Federal Financial Ignorance
June 06, 2013
This week's Solari Story from Catherine Austin Fitts is titled "Federal Financial Ignorance." Here's a bit of the transcript: "It was 1989 when I became Assistant Secretary of Housing. I’m a great believer that the first thing you want to understand about an ...
Coming to the End of a Deceptive Lull
June 05, 2013
"Some debts are fun when you're acquiring them, but none are fun when you set about retiring them." ~ Frederic Ogden Nash We may be coming to the end of a phase that was widely perceived as "a return to normalcy." Recovery hopes have been held high, sponsored m ...
A Precis on Humanism
June 05, 2013
In modern times humanism has been associated with Karl Marx and one of his teachers, Ludwig Feuerbach. The latter was an atheist who believed that it wasn't God who created man but the other way around. Since, however, this left no one to command us to do the r ...
America's Greatest Affliction: The Presstitute Media
June 04, 2013
When Gerald Celente branded the American media "presstitutes," he got it right. The US print and TV media (and NPR) whore for Washington and the corporations. Reporting the real news is their last concern. The presstitutes are a Ministry of Propaganda and Cover ...
Iraq Collapse Shows Bankruptcy of Interventionism
June 03, 2013
May was Iraq's deadliest month in nearly five years, with more than 1,000 dead – both civilians and security personnel – in a rash of bombings, shootings and other violence. As we read each day of new horrors in Iraq, it becomes more obvious that the US inv ...
What Side Are You On as the West Declines?
June 01, 2013
AlterNet has posted an article reporting on Census Bureau numbers showing that one out of six Americans lives in poverty. This once again confirms our message here at The Daily Bell since inception, and even before in other forums, that the current central bank ...
The Great Reflation
June 01, 2013
This week economists, investors and politicians were treated to some of the "best" home price data since the frothy days of 2006 when home loans were given out like cotton candy and condo flipping was a national pastime. The Case-Shiller 20 City Composite Home ...
Can Central Banks Really Keep Interest Rates Down?
June 01, 2013
"It is well that the people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning." ~ Henry Ford Ben Bernanke, Mario Draghi and Shinzo Abe are the modern-day heroes. They ...
The Smoke of ZIRP and the Mirrors of QE…
May 31, 2013
The front pages of yesterday's newspapers were full of good news. A strong rebound in real estate prices, they said, meant a full recovery was in the bag. From Reuters: Home prices accelerated by the most in nearly seven years in March as the spring buying seas ...
Why Disinformation Works
May 31, 2013
Have you ever wondered how the government's misinformation gains traction? What I have noticed is that whenever a stunning episode occurs, such as 9/11 or the Boston Marathon bombing, most everyone whether on the right or left goes along with the government's e ...
Understanding Gold Market Dynamics
May 30, 2013
To an extent that reveals a thorough misunderstanding of the market forces, the financial media has failed to consider the different motivations and beliefs that drive the different types of investors who are active in the gold market. By treating the gold mark ...
The Red Button
May 30, 2013
This week's Solari Story from Catherine Austin Fitts is titled "The Red Button." Here's a bit of the transcript: "The moral of the story is: Never have an epiphany in the middle of a speech. "I had been asked by a friend to speak to a group called Spiritual Fro ...
The Case for Freedom and Free Markets in the Writings of Ludwig von Mises, F.A. Hayek and Ayn Rand
May 29, 2013
Three names are widely associated with the cause of human freedom and economic liberty in the 20th century: Friedrich A. Hayek, Ludwig von Mises and Ayn Rand. Indeed, it can be argued that Hayek's The Road to Serfdom (1944) and The Constitution of Liberty (1960 ...
My 'I Told You So' World
May 29, 2013
All of us who have long concluded that big government - which is to say, government with wide, nearly unlimited scope of power over the population it is supposed to serve - is a menace, no better than a gang of embezzlers and extortionists, can shout out "I tol ...
'Common Core' Nationalizes and Dumbs Down Public School Curriculum
May 27, 2013
In addition to shredding civil liberties, launching a utopian global war for democracy, and going on a spending spree that would make LBJ blush, the so-called "conservative" Bush administration dramatically increased federal control over education via the "No C ...
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