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Bitcoin: The Other Crash?
January 16, 2016
People are grappling with market turmoil after Friday's equity slide, but there was a good deal of action in another financial instrument: Bitcoin. Bitcoin moved down some 10 percent on Friday after one of its significant developers, Mike Hearn, claimed in a st ...
There's Always a Bull Market Somewhere
January 09, 2016
Paul Craig Roberts has done us the service of analyzing the recent jobs report. It came in better than expected but didn't move the markets much on Friday. From an investment standpoint, this is a problem. When markets don't react to good news, they're probably ...
Three Trends for 2016
January 02, 2016
In this issue I wish to remind our readers of the "big three" trends that drove much of the news in 2015 and doubtless will be prime motivators in 2016. These include war, monetary debasement and media coverups. When historians – if they still exist – look ...
Colombia Crowns Herself
December 22, 2015
As many readers and observers around the world are aware, this week featured the highly embarrassing un-crowning of a Colombian beauty queen who was mistakenly announced as the winner of the Miss Universe competition by host Steve Harvey. And, yes, this was a v ...
In the Internet Era, It's Harder to Make Memes
December 19, 2015
International Business Times has posted an article entitled, "US did not trigger Arab Spring, Obama says." Obama's denial was made in an end-of-year news conference at the White House in Washington on December 18, 2015. President Obama commented on Syria, the A ...
Is Credible Media Both Anti-State and Anti-War?
December 12, 2015
The Hill, not necessarily known as a conservative-leaning publication, has published an article entitled, "The shrinking impact of mainstream media," by Patrick Maines. The article announces that the mainstream media is a "carrier" of left-leaning news and opin ...
Directed History? Hey, We Told You So
December 05, 2015
The news is catching up to us. The Daily Bell was founded on the idea that Western culture was invaded by elite memes that shaped public opinion. Today that doesn't seem so radical but even a decade ago when The Daily Bell's approach was being formulated, most ...
Watching the Anti-Freedom Actions of Francois Hollande
November 28, 2015
Francois Hollande has come into his own. After nearly bankrupting France and raising taxes so aggressively that he has driven many of France's best and brightest abroad, Hollande has found his voice as a wartime president. He is leading the charge against "terr ...
Is the Fed Due for Downsizing?
November 21, 2015
Politico tells us that the "Fed pushes back as Congress eyes its billions" and that "Congress is aiming to take billions out of the Fed's accounts to help pay for a new highway and transit bill." Beyond explaining the intentions of Congress in this regard, the ...
President Juan Manuel Santos Positions Colombia to Take a Giant Step Forward
November 14, 2015
This week the government of Colombia took a giant step forward in its peace process. How? Well, if you haven't heard yet, Colombia announced it had formalized a legal framework to regulate the research and development, legal cultivation, processing and exportat ...
The Inevitable Collapse of the World's Economic System – It's Coming
November 07, 2015
The world's economic implosion is getting closer. It's not something that is a staple on the nightly news, but it is taking place. Because it is not commonly reported, investors may not understand fully how debased the economic environment has become. Japan, Ru ...
As Passport Wars Heat Up, Time to Consider Countermeasures
October 31, 2015
Have you noticed the passport wars are heating up? I have. For instance, numerous outlets have now reported on Britain's "Harsh New Anti-Terror Laws." While the laws deal with a number of anti-terror activities, including shutting down mosques and punishing med ...
History Repeats: Cannabis Investors Would Be Wise to Remember That
October 24, 2015
As most readers of The Daily Bell are well aware, we at High Alert Investment Management are actively involved in investing in what we believe are the best opportunities for developing significant wealth over the next several years in the global cannabis indust ...
Why Most Gold Stocks Are Bad Investments
October 17, 2015
I know this editorial is not going to sit well with many in the hard money industry. Oh, well. Tough to please everybody. Of course, that's never been the purpose of The Daily Bell or my editorials, to try and please everyone. The purpose of my editorials and w ...
Let's Get This Show on the Road
October 10, 2015
Hello, my friends. Over the past few months I've been actively involved in several private business initiatives, which have and will continue to occupy the majority of my time and focus, but now I'll also be appearing in these pages regularly once again. As I w ...
No More 'Free Trade' Treaties: It's Time for Genuine Free Trade
October 09, 2015
It is erroneous to believe that free traders have been historically in favor of free trade agreements between governments. Paradoxically, the opposite is true. Curiously, many laissez-faire advocates fall into the government-made trap by supporting "free-trade" ...
Gun Control and the Chimera of Perfect Security
October 08, 2015
Another nutcase has shot up a college again, killing nine people, before turning his gun on himself, as so many mass murderers are wont to do. As with most of these mass murders, everyone seems to have a theory as to why the killer did what he did. Every enviro ...
‘Neutralizing’ John Lennon: One Man Against the ‘Monster’
October 07, 2015
John Lennon, born 75 years ago on October 9, 1940, was a musical genius and pop cultural icon. He was also a vocal peace protester and anti-war activist and a high-profile example of the lengths to which the U.S. government will go to persecute those who dare t ...
Time to End Monetary Central Planning
October 06, 2015
Editor's Note: Dr. Richard Ebeling's latest book, Monetary Central Planning and the State, published by the Future of Freedom Foundation, is now available. The 228-page digital book is available for Kindle. … There is no way to describe current Federal Reser ...
I Wish Nobody Was Bombing Syria
October 05, 2015
The US regime change policy for Syria has been a catastrophe. More than 200,000 killed and an entire country reduced to rubble at least partly because President Obama decided that "Assad has lost his legitimacy." How is it that the president of a country 6,000 ...
The Menace of Egalitarianism
October 05, 2015
A sharp Martian visiting Earth would make two observations about the United States – one true, the other only superficially so. On the basis of its ceaseless exercises in self-congratulation, the US appears to him to be a place where free thought is encourage ...
Stolen Files – 'Thieves Emporium' 13
October 04, 2015
Synopsis: In her search for her missing husband, Fawn has found that a stolen file on him is for sale in the Thieves Emporium. Gathering all the information she can on it, as well as other files like it that are also for sale, she asks a friend (Nairobi) who ru ...
'Production Versus Plunder' Part 27 – The Great Common Law
October 03, 2015
A great problem of our era is that law no longer guarantees justice, or even gets terribly close to it. Our law is far removed from its original roots, where it was produced by average people, for their own needs. Once taken over by rulership, law becomes merel ...
The Coming Corporate Crime Wave
October 02, 2015
In a recent appearance before Congress, Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates declared that the US Department of Justice is going to ratchet up its prosecution of individuals employed in corporations as part of a larger push against “white collar crime ...
Planned Parenthood, Social Peace and the Libertarian Approach
October 02, 2015
The controversy raging over Planned Parenthood is one of the most acrimonious public discussions in recent memory. While the immediate issue concerns the disposition of fetal tissue after abortion (pregnant women can have tissue donated for medical research), t ...
How Many Bailouts Will Obamacare Receive Before It's Scrapped Entirely?
October 01, 2015
As state governments continue to buckle under the weight of skyrocketing insurance claims, one has to wonder just how long the Obamacare charade can continue. A New York Times article from July of this year reports that the new health insurance customers, benef ...
‘Minority Report’ Is 40 Years Ahead of Schedule: The Fictional World Has Become Reality
September 30, 2015
We are a scant 40 years away from the futuristic world that science fiction author Philip K. Dick envisioned for Minority Report in which the government is all-seeing, all-knowing and all-powerful, and if you dare to step out of line, dark-clad police SWAT team ...
Crony Capitalism the Cause of Society's Problems
September 29, 2015
Since the economic downturn of 2008, the critics of capitalism have redoubled their efforts to persuade the American people and many others around the world that the system of individual freedom and free enterprise has failed. These critics have insisted that i ...
Obama Deifies American Hegemony
September 29, 2015
Today is the 70th anniversary of the UN. It is not clear how much good the UN has done. Some UN Blue Helmet peacekeeping operations had limited success. But mainly Washington has used the UN for war, such as the Korean War and Washington's Cold War against the ...
Congress and the Fed Refuse to Learn From Their Mistakes
September 28, 2015
This month marks the seventh anniversary of the bursting of the housing bubble and the subsequent economic meltdown. The mood in Congress following the meltdown resembled the panicked atmosphere that followed the September 11th attacks. As was the case after Se ...
'Thieves Emporium': Part 12 – FEMA Death Certificates
September 27, 2015
Synopsis: Nairobi Bombay, a blogger for an anonymous Internet site, is investigating reports that unusually large numbers of people are dying in the new homeless camps. Meanwhile, Dancing Fawn also uses anonymous Internet links in an attempt to track down her m ...
'Production Versus Plunder' Part 26 – The Natural Progress of Things
September 26, 2015
"The natural progress of things," Thomas Jefferson once wrote, "is for liberty to yield and for government to gain ground." Today we'll see how this process began in Europe, and one of the first steps in the evolution of European law. THE GUILDS Medieval guilds ...
The Economics of Hillary Clinton
September 25, 2015
In a recent Labor Day speech to union workers in Illinois, Hillary Clinton declared that if she is elected president of the United States, she would make sure that “some employers go to jail for wage theft and all the other abuses they engage in.” Her incen ...
Canine Lives Matter
September 24, 2015
A seven-year old story that occurred in Prince George's County, Maryland, has stuck in my mind more firmly than any other as an example of the indiscriminate barbarism that can happen at the hands of the police state's knuckle-draggers. The story is this: A pa ...
The Crisis of the Now: Distracted and Diverted from the Ever-Encroaching Police State
September 23, 2015
Caught up in the spectacle of the forthcoming 2016 presidential elections, Americans (never very good when it comes to long-term memory) have not only largely forgotten last year’s hullabaloo over militarized police, police shootings of unarmed citizens, asse ...
Low Interest Rates Cannot Perpetuate a House of Cards
September 22, 2015
When is the price of some marketable good or service at or near zero? When either the supply of it is so plentiful that virtually any demand, no matter how great, can be satisfied or when no matter how large or small the supply of it may be, people's demand for ...
Blame America? No, Blame Neocons!
September 21, 2015
Is the current refugee crisis gripping the European Union "all America's fault"? That is how my critique of US foreign policy was characterized in a recent interview on the Fox Business Channel. I do not blame the host for making this claim, but I think it is i ...
'Thieves Emporium': Part 11 – The Emporium
September 20, 2015
Synopsis: Dancing Fawn, an abandoned mother with few options, has discovered a little piece of cyberspace where all communications are anonymous and untraceable. After setting up a business there, she decides to explore a bit and maybe find out why the place is ...
'Production Versus Plunder' Part 25 – Europeans See to It Themselves
September 19, 2015
It is a striking fact that as central power increases, human initiative decreases. (Regulation forbids adaptation.) When private actions are punished, fewer of them are seen. Individual initiative, however, stands at the base of human progress. We need more of ...
Vote with Your Feet: Free States Are Happier and Richer
September 18, 2015
The greater the economic freedom, the wealthier and happier the people. From minimum-wage laws to higher progressive taxation to greater unionization to larger welfare programs to more regulation, left liberals demand a stronger and more economically active cen ...
Capitalism and the Future of Liberty
September 17, 2015
Capitalism is the engine of a society's prosperity. It remains mostly hidden, unnoticed, but attacked and reviled when attention is focused on it as a result of some scandal. But what drives this hostility toward capitalism? To clarify: What drives the hostilit ...
Public School Students Are the New Inmates in the American Police State
September 16, 2015
In the American police state, you’re either a prisoner (shackled, controlled, monitored, ordered about, limited in what you can do and say, your life not your own) or a prison bureaucrat (police officer, judge, jailer, spy, profiteer, etc.). Indeed, at a time ...
Austrian Economics and the Time for Monetary Freedom
September 15, 2015
For over a decade, now, the American economy has been on an economic rollercoaster, of an economic boom between 2003 and 2008, followed by a severe economic downturn, and with a historically slow and weak recovery starting in 2009 up to the present. Before the ...
Congress Fiddles While the Economy Burns
September 14, 2015
Reports that the official unemployment rate has fallen to 5.1 percent may appear to vindicate the policies of easy money, corporate bailouts, and increased government spending. However, even the mainstream media has acknowledged that the official numbers unders ...
'Thieves Emporium': Part 10 – Raided!
September 13, 2015
Synopsis: Dancing Fawn has decided to use a hidden area of the Internet to support herself and her twin daughters. She knows any activity she engages in there will probably be illegal, but she must take the chance. Her children are worth the risk. What she does ...
'Production Versus Plunder' Part 24 – The Centuries of Reset
September 12, 2015
Failed civilizations require surprisingly long periods of time to reset. During these periods, power devolves and legitimacy – the belief that it is right for us to serve rulers – falls apart. Resetting legitimacy is ultimately more critical than restoring ...
9/11 Fourteen Years Later
September 11, 2015
Millions of refugees from Washington's wars are currently over-running Europe. Washington's 14-year and ongoing slaughter of Muslims and destruction of their countries are war crimes for which the US government's official 9/11 conspiracy theory was the catalyst ...
The Immorality of Eating Steak and Why I Acknowledge Your Right to Eat It
September 10, 2015
Being humble or even productively self-critical isn't fashionable. People groundlessly and publicly proclaiming, "I'm the greatest" or "Nobody is as smart as me" seems commonplace today. When people hold differing opinions, I have noticed many people "listen" t ...
‘Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death’: The Loss of Our Freedoms in the Wake of 9/11
September 09, 2015
“Since mankind’s dawn, a handful of oppressors have accepted the responsibility over our lives that we should have accepted for ourselves. By doing so, they took our power. By doing nothing, we gave it away. We’ve seen where their way leads, through camps ...
The Human Cost of Socialism in Power
September 08, 2015
The attempt to establish a comprehensive socialist system in many parts of the world over the last one hundred years has been one of the cruelest and most brutal episodes in human history. Some historians have estimated that as many as 200 million people may ha ...
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