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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 ...
Catalonia Votes For Independence, Press Lies As Usual
November 28, 2012
"Secession is a deeply American principle. This country was born through secession." ~ Ron Paul On Sunday, pro-independence voters in Catalonia captured almost two-thirds of the regional parliament. While the establishment press attempts to hide the secession v ...
How to End the Tragedy in Gaza
November 27, 2012
As of late Friday the ceasefire in Gaza seems to be holding, if tentatively. While we should be pleased that this round of fighting appears temporarily on hold, we must realize that without changes in US foreign policy it is only a matter of time before the kil ...
The Osama bin Laden Myth
November 26, 2012
The interview below with Osama bin Laden was conducted by the Karachi, Pakistan, daily newspaper, Ummat, and published on September 28, 2001, 17 days after the alleged, but unsubstantiated, al Qaeda attack of September 11, 2001, on the World Trade Center twin t ...
Capitalism, Socialism and Human Dignity
November 26, 2012
Capitalism means human individual freedom, especially in the sphere of striving to become prosperous. To defend the system is a challenge because of its ties to individualism, even ethical egoism. For centuries the ethical and moral guidelines people have been ...
No Surprise: Britain's PM Continues His Support of the EU
November 24, 2012
British Prime Minister David Cameron is standing up for Britain against Brussels, or that is what we're led to believe. But actually, it is to a large degree simply more posturing and confirms what we've argued for years: At the top, Britsh consensus is in fact ...
How Government 'Works'
November 24, 2012
In the case of Egypt, people listened and obeyed — at least, as much as they did — because Pharaoh was, in theory, a god. In the case of Rome — with the exception of Caligula's claims — and the Mongol empires, the theory was similarly simple, though dif ...
The Thanksgiving Breakfast Beer Surprise
November 23, 2012
Thanksgiving Day, 2012 - The collapse of the West seems surely upon us as we look at the mess made by the banks and politicians to our economy along with open borders and exporting jobs, but is it? I arrived at one of the London airports this morning from Europ ...
Rat Brain
November 23, 2012
Some years back, some scientists were experimenting with rats and electrodes. They thought they were going to administer a shock to a particular rat and watch how it behaved in relation to the punishment. But something funny happened. The rat seemed to like the ...
Another Effort to Void Our Basic Rights
November 22, 2012
In this short essay I address an argument concerning welfare rights made against the late Robert Nozick by Adrian Bardon a while back. Bardon brings up an issue that's central concerning the nature of basic individual rights that the American founders proposed ...
The Rule of the Downside
November 21, 2012
Energy is a good thing. But it is as obedient to the law of Declining Marginal Utility as everything else. The point is obvious, but I'll prove it anyway. The real question on the table in this section is this: does it also obey the Rule of The Downside? Do you ...
Euro Crisis: Major Implications For Investors
November 21, 2012
The euro crisis has begun to feel like an everlasting steeplechase with high hedges and water obstacles blocking the path to economic resurgence on the Continent. Each time a hurdle has been cleared another problem emerges to potentially block the track. The la ...
Secession: Are We Free To Go?
November 20, 2012
Is all the recent talk of secession mere sour grapes over the election, or perhaps something deeper? Currently there are active petitions in support of secession for all 50 states, with Texas taking the lead in number of signatures. Texas has well over the numb ...
Puppet State America
November 20, 2012
The United States government and its subject peoples think of the US as "the world's only superpower." But how is a country a superpower when its entire government and a majority of the subjects, especially those members of evangelical churches, grovel at the f ...
PBS and NPR, America's Pravda and Izvestia
November 19, 2012
It is a feature of American culture that's most upsetting, though hardly anyone makes much of it at all. Indeed, I know several avid defenders of the free society who make regular and eager appearances on National Public Radio and I have to confess that I mysel ...
Secession's Violent Subtext
November 17, 2012
"Post-election secession talk misses the point," writes the Nashua Telegraph in a guest editorial from The Keene Sentinel. It pulls together a lot of secessionist strands from around the United States. The Telegraph's coverage of this movement is both condescen ...
Farewell to Congress
November 15, 2012
This may well be the last time I speak on the House Floor. At the end of the year I'll leave Congress after 23 years in office over a 36-year period. My goals in 1976 were the same as they are today: promote peace and prosperity by a strict adherence to the pri ...
American Statism
November 15, 2012
William H. Gass is one of the cheerleaders of American statism and he has done his fair share of work in support of the near total state (having done stints at the White House, if memory serves me right). His latest efforts are in the November 2012 issue of Har ...
Electronic Publishing and the Internet Reformation
November 14, 2012
Mike King of The Motley Fool tells us of "more large falls in newspaper circulation." This is an ongoing story but one that King flips around in a recent article on the subject. "Offsetting the decline, digital sales of newspapers appear to be rising," he write ...
Secession Petitions: Good PR But Bad Politics
November 13, 2012
And the Lord spoke unto Moses, go unto Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord: "Let my people go ... " – Exodus 8:1 Tens of thousands of Americans are now petitioning the White House wanting to withdraw from the union. Although peoples and regions aro ...
In Praise of Price Gouging
November 13, 2012
As the northeastern United States continues to recover from Hurricane Sandy, we hear the usual outcry against individuals and companies who dare to charge market prices for goods such as gasoline. The normal market response of rising prices in the wake of a nat ...
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