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Why Honor Politicians?
January 10, 2013
Once, when my son was in elementary school, they had some kind of special event celebrating the achievements of various students – I can't recall just what the festivities were all about. What I do recall vividly is that the principal had invited a local poli ...
Inflation Propaganda Exposed
January 10, 2013
Economists who hold the popular view that expanding the money supply will provide the best medicine for our ailing economy dismiss the inflationary concerns of monetary hawks, like me, by pointing to the supposedly low inflation that has occurred during the cur ...
Zombie Nation
January 08, 2013
Creating and sustaining a nation of zombies is expensive. Large sections of the US population have been turned into zombies. Retirees. Medicare dependents. Food stamp recipients. Disabled people. They are not necessarily bad people. They are not necessarily dis ...
Washington's Hegemonic Ambitions Are Not in Sync With Its Faltering Economy
January 08, 2013
In November the largest chunk of new jobs came from retail and wholesale trade. Businesses gearing up for Christmas sales added 65,700 jobs or 45% of November's 146,000 jobs gain. With December sales a disappointment, these jobs are likely to reverse when the J ...
Taxes versus Revenues: Leslie Stahl's Malpractice
January 07, 2013
As I reach old age I shield myself from unpleasant television as much as I can. Of course, in order to stay apprised of events I cannot afford to skip all of what is irritating but given all the repetition, I have managed to reduce exposure to much that's bad f ...
Axiom 1: Advance Individual and Regional Sovereignty Over Elite and Global Governance Control
January 07, 2013
Advance Individual and Regional Sovereignty Over Elite and Global Governance Control - Fascism is the system of government that cartelizes the private sector, centrally plans the economy to subsidize producers, exalts the police State as the source of order, ...
Are Multinationals Good Citizens?
January 05, 2013
Business Insider has published an interesting article, "Why The World's Most Sustainable Company Publishes CO2 Emissions Next To Its Earnings." It's part of a sponsored "Future of Business" series, which examines how "cutting-edge technologies are rapidly resha ...
Culture, Integrity and Questioning Authority
January 04, 2013
If you want to have your strongest and most positive impact on your culture, the way to do it is to live with integrity – meaning that you know your principles and you live by them and speak from them. There are solitary creatures like pandas and bumblebees a ...
A Note on Socialism as Elitism
January 03, 2013
Since ancient times some people have considered the market place an unruly forum in which to determine whose work and what commodities are worth how much. With Marxism this view acquired a pseudo-scientific status. The complaint that when free individuals and g ...
Rothbard and Money
January 03, 2013
The scholarly contributions of Murray N. Rothbard span numerous disciplines, and may be found in dozens of books and thousands of articles. But even if we confine ourselves to the topic of money, the subject of this volume, we still find his contributions copio ...
What We Can Expect: Ten Top Elite Memes for 2013
January 01, 2013
What a year it's been, marked mainly by increasing worldwide chaos, senseless wars and economic upheaval, all leading inevitably to increased "chaos" out of which shiny, new global government can be born – along with new, more global currencies. The top elite ...
How To Restore the West
December 31, 2012
By any political, cultural or economic measure the nations of the West are in total decline. The historic virtues of hard work, free-market thinking and a common cultural integrity as well as religious and historical principles are gone. They have been subverte ...
Obama and Ayn Rand
December 31, 2012
In a November 8, 2012 interview in Rolling Stone magazine President Obama was asked about what he thinks of Republican VP Candidate Paul Ryan's (admittedly limited) respect for Russian-American novelist-philosopher Ayn Rand. (It is limited because when Mr. Ryan ...
New Year's Resolutions for Congress
December 31, 2012
As I prepare to retire from Congress, I'd like to suggest a few New Year's resolutions for my colleagues to consider. For the sake of liberty, peace and prosperity I certainly hope more members of Congress consider the strict libertarian constitutional approach ...
The Invisible Hand Strikes Back
December 29, 2012
Bloomberg has posted an article entitled "Americans Miss $200 Billion [by] Abandoning Stocks" that is presumably supposed to illustrate the folly of avoiding equities but in my view merely illustrates the difficulty of sustaining this meme. And make no mistake, ...
The Erosion of Our Freedom
December 27, 2012
Often when I argue that governments must not violate our rights – they are supposed to be unalienable, after all – statists have a ready retort: Government is already violating them, good and hard, all over the place. Recently I pointed out that imposing fi ...
Republican Sellout Invites Stagflation
December 26, 2012
While it may not be a surprise that the Republicans are preparing to yield on their vow to oppose tax hikes, it should raise investor concerns the world over that an upcoming budget agreement will likely involve a Congressional surrender of its authority to set ...
Government Security is Just Another Kind of Violence
December 24, 2012
The senseless and horrific killings last week in Newtown, Connecticut reminded us that a determined individual or group of individuals can cause great harm no matter what laws are in place. Connecticut already has restrictive gun laws relative to other states, ...
Gun Control Obscenities
December 24, 2012
When the massacre occurred in Connecticut, there was no call for commentary, certainly not from me who lives thousands of miles from where it occurred and knew none of the victims, the culprit or their families. Silence was probably the right reaction, and some ...
Now Paul Craig Roberts Wonders About RT
December 22, 2012
We carry columns by Paul Craig Roberts – former Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury – and one published this past week entitled "Agenda Driven News" dealt with a topic we'd just discussed here at The Daily Bell. I'd written that the big Russian news chan ...
The Astonishing Ron Paul
December 21, 2012
As 2012 draws to a close, it's hard not to be reminded that 2013 will begin with Ron Paul retired from Congress. For all those years he was a fearless truth-teller, who exposed and denounced the horrors, domestic or foreign, of the regime. His farewell address ...
Outlook for 2013: More 'Easy Money'
December 20, 2012
"The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." ~ Alexis de Tocqueville We are quickly approaching the end of the year and a time during which, in the world of investing, a frenzy of for ...
Internalized Oppression
December 19, 2012
Over the summer, my family and I went for a walk in the nearby woods. There is a shallow creek winding its way through a beautiful redwood forest and we thought it would be fun to take our Malamute puppy, who loves the water, for a slosh up the creek. There we ...
Promises Will Be Broken
December 19, 2012
When wealth was easy to identify and easy to control - that is, when it was mostly land - a few insiders could do a fairly good job of keeping it for themselves. The feudal hierarchy gave everybody a place in the system, with the insiders at the top of the heap ...
Right to Work is Part of Economic Liberty
December 18, 2012
Many observers were surprised when Michigan, historically a stronghold of union power, became the nation's 24th "Right to Work" state. The backlash from November's unsuccessful attempt to pass a referendum forbidding the state from adopting a right to work law ...
The Fiscal Cliff Is A Diversion: The Derivatives Tsunami and the Dollar Bubble
December 18, 2012
The "fiscal cliff" is another hoax designed to shift the attention of policymakers, the media, and the attentive public, if any, from huge problems to small ones. The fiscal cliff is automatic spending cuts and tax increases in order to reduce the deficit by an ...
Doubting One's Mind
December 17, 2012
A central topic of philosophy throughout the ages has been whether human beings can trust their minds, including their sensory awareness and thinking. Skepticism about this has been a major challenge and many from Socrates to such recent and current thinkers as ...
'World War Z' Seems to Be a Good Example of Elite Dominant Social Themes
December 15, 2012
Recently, I wrote about elite dominant social themes and economics but for a change of pace we'll take a look at a blockbuster movie set for release next summer ... "World War Z," starring the major movie star, Brad Pitt. Over at Infowars, Alex Jones has recent ...
On The Controlled Media Matrix and Collateral Damage
December 14, 2012
Although George Carlin's often-crude language can upset some, given his understanding of the world we live in, the "shock" value is necessary to get his point across, that a tiny elite intends to control and manage the world like a global plantation and we are ...
Ethics and Gouging
December 13, 2012
During most emergencies there are those who could certainly use quite a bit of help and it is on such occasions that complaints about gouging surface most vociferously. The recent storms and hurricanes in the Northeast and elsewhere saw many people having to bo ...
Emerging Market Economies – A Structural Reduction of Portfolio Risk
December 13, 2012
Emerging market economies appear increasingly sound. This improvement, in part, can be attributed to commodity exports and wage advantages, which, in combination, have led to increased foreign currency reserves. Contrary to many of the 'developed economies,' em ...
More Too Much of a Good Thing
December 12, 2012
Parley-vous francais? You can learn that much French in about 5 minutes. If you knew no French before, this represents an infinite increase. In about 5 more minutes you can learn "Je m'appelle Todd," an increase of about 100% on what you knew before. Thereafter ...
Expanding Covert Warfare Makes Us Less Safe
December 11, 2012
Earlier this month we learned that the Obama Administration is significantly expanding the number of covert Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) agents overseas. From just a few hundred DIA agents overseas today, the administration intends to eventually deploy som ...
Budget Farce Suggests Term Limits Needed
December 11, 2012
Put simply, the fiscal cliff debate is an illustration of staggering political cowardice. Politicians of both parties are unwilling to ask voters to pay for all of the big government promises that they made on the campaign trail. They would rather risk the coun ...
The Myth of Non-coercive Paternalism
December 10, 2012
The father-son team Robert and Edward Skidelsky – the former a recent biographer and avid champion of John Maynard Keynes, the latter a professor of philosophy – have written a book that joins the long list of anti-free market tirades available to us from w ...
More Phony Employment Numbers
December 10, 2012
Statistician John Williams (shadowstats.com) calls the government's latest jobs and unemployment reports "nonsense numbers." There are a number of ongoing problems with the released numbers. For example, the concurrent-seasonal factor adjustments are unstable. ...
FDR, Lincoln … and a Disturbing Supposition Regarding Barack Obama
December 08, 2012
Here's a new dominant social theme: US presidents are good and they ought to be in movies. Of course, it helps if you are a socialist leader and make maximum use of the awesome power of Leviathan. The two presidents currently being lionized – surprise, surpri ...
I Told You So! Of Course Washington will Steal Your Retirement Benefits
December 06, 2012
Today the twin fake memes of a "Fiscal Cliff" and "Austerity" are combining to create a contrived excuse to tax and steal far more of your wealth and income, including your retirement benefits. The press is filled with articles and editorials like one recently ...
Defending Ideology
December 06, 2012
It is very common among intellectuals in our time to demean ideology. Thus if one supports, say, free trade with foreign firms, one is belittled for doing so on grounds of one's conviction that free trade is generally better than trade that is regimented by gov ...
Central Banks Hedge Their Bets
December 05, 2012
Gold appears to be headed for an impressive price appreciation for the second half of 2012. Since the beginning of July, gold is up almost 10 over the same time frame. What is noteworthy here is that in recent months, fears of a worldwide recession have increas ...
Envy and the Fixed Trait Mindset
December 05, 2012
Envy is passive greed. It is also the result of a particular way of thinking of yourself. Greed, as the word is commonly used, refers to an "excessive or rapacious desire, especially for wealth or possessions." Of course, there can be a beneficial effect to a d ...
Headed Toward the 11th Hour Compromise
December 04, 2012
As the year draws to an end, America faces yet another congressionally-manufactured crisis which will likely end in yet another 11th hour compromise, resulting in more government growth touted as "saving" the economy. While cutting taxes is always a good idea, ...
What About Wealth Redistribution?
December 03, 2012
Ever since then candidate Obama's brief exchange with "Joe the Plumber" there has been plenty of mention of wealth redistribution in the major media. Then came the recovery of a 2001 interview in which the former Senator faulted the framers of the US Constituti ...
What's a Real Libertarian?
December 03, 2012
Here is the introduction to the new edition of For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto. There are many varieties of libertarianism alive in the world today, but Rothbardianism remains the center of its intellectual gravity, its primary muse and conscience, ...
Our Collapsing Economy and Currency
December 03, 2012
Is the "fiscal cliff" real or just another hoax? The answer is that the fiscal cliff is real, but it is a result, not a cause. The hoax is the way the fiscal cliff is being used. The fiscal cliff is the result of the inability to close the federal budget defici ...
What's the REAL Story About the Flu Vaccine?
December 01, 2012
We analyze memes here at The Daily Bell, the dominant social themes an evident and obvious power elite purvey to ensure that society keeps progressing toward what seems to be a goal of world government. A good example of a subdominant social theme is this artic ...
Fiscal Cliff Austerity: Just Another Meme Designed to Steal What is Yours
December 01, 2012
"Since a politician never believes what he says, he is quite surprised to be taken at his word." – Charles De Gaulle In my home country, the United States, we are watching the German and EU austerity demands destroy economies, social structures and entire nat ...
Machiavelli and State Power
December 01, 2012
As libertarianism has acquired a higher profile in American life over the past several years, the attacks on and caricatures of libertarians have grown almost as rapidly. Libertarians, we read, are antisocial, and prefer isolation over interaction with others. ...
Don't Let Your Dreams Be a Clothes Tree
November 30, 2012
Have you ever tried to start an exercise program on your own? The world is full of home exercise equipment displayed as modern art forms like Duchamp's famous and ridiculous "sculpture," Fountain, which is just a urinal turned in a different orientation. Today ...
It's All About Choices, Stupid
November 29, 2012
There is a phony conflict afoot that statists are fond of bringing up when they try to discredit the free society. It is about the individual versus the community. Champions of human liberty are often mis-characterized as denying the significance of human commu ...
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