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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 ...
Perils of Originality
November 12, 2012
At the outset I should confess that this may be something of a self-justification. I am not one whose ideas have been or have been meant to be original. At first this was just a plain matter of circumstance. Too many of the thoughts that I had were clearly unor ...
Obama's Hammer and the Progress of The Daily Bell
November 10, 2012
The New York Times is out with a political article, "Question for the Victor: How Far Do You Push?" The Times points out that President Obama has obtained a second chance to fix a country on the "wrong track." The electorate has renewed his "contract" ... "We h ...
To Romney and the GOP Elites: What Goes Around Comes Around
November 10, 2012
On November 6th a large percentage of the Ron Paul supporters (10% of the GOP electorate) in the primary season exited the corrupt GOP voting process, stayed home, watched our television screens (like I did) and followed through with our warning to the GOP esta ...
A New Kind of Freedom
November 09, 2012
Karl Marx was asked once how he could justify advocating a political system of slavery for the individual, which is what socialism is. He replied that socialism is not slavery; it is a "new kind of freedom." As all perceptive students of history know, the intel ...
Yeah, Though I Walk Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death
November 09, 2012
"We all live in the South Bronx because that neighborhood is the unavoidable proof that American civilization can stop. It can stop literally right around the corner, and if it does nobody can do a thing about it. . . . " ~ Michael Ventura. It's the look that g ...
Report Raises Questions About Central Bank Gold Holdings
November 08, 2012
For years I have cautioned that changes in the ownership of gold held in the vaults of key central banks around the globe may not have been accurately reported. A report issued last month in Germany has once again brought these issues to the fore. In today's en ...
Reexamining Democracy
November 08, 2012
Over the last several decades of American political life the idea of liberty has taken a back seat to that of democracy. Liberty involves human beings governing themselves, being sovereign citizens, while democracy is a method by which decisions are reached wit ...
The Special Interests Won Again
November 08, 2012
The election that was supposed to be too close to call turned out not to be so close after all. In my opinion, Obama won for two reasons: (1) Obama is non-threatening and inclusive, whereas Romney exuded an "us vs. them" impression that many found threatening, ...
Obama Wins A Second Term: Now What?
November 07, 2012
I'm certainly glad the election is finally over. While I have loved politics my entire life, this presidential election has gone on for over three years, including the GOP primaries, and I've had my fill of meaningless slogans and counter-slogans, lies and coun ...
Training for What You Want
November 07, 2012
Last week I asked you to define three things: Something you want to stop doing, something you want to start doing – or do more of and a longer-term goal that you want to reach. Today I want to give you the beginning of a training regimen that will strengthen ...
Best Way to Make a Difference in Today's Vote
November 06, 2012
The Washington Post published an interesting editorial yesterday, entitled "What kind of president would Obama be in second term?" I have my own thoughts, but let's take a quick look at this article, which provides us with a serious, even scholarly, set of ques ...
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