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Society as an Organic Body
October 18, 2012
Karl Marx, in his posthumously published work Grundrisse identified his view of humanity very clearly. Humanity is an organic whole (or body). People aren't individuals but the cells of this organic entity whose development and maturation Marx tried to chronicl ...
Banks Punished For Central Bank and Political Errors
October 18, 2012
In recent decades politicians have increasingly followed the Keynesian prescription of economic growth through continued government borrowing and the creation of undreamt of amounts of fiat money by central banks. To facilitate this process, the larger commerci ...
Inflation: Washington is Blind to Main Street's Biggest Concern
October 17, 2012
Journalists, politicians and economists all seem to agree that the biggest economic issue currently worrying voters is unemployment. It follows then that most believe that the deciding factor in the presidential race will be the ability of each candidate to con ...
Love and Visibility
October 17, 2012
Years ago, somebody asked Nathaniel Branden how you know when you love somebody. His answer was something to the effect that, "When they enter a room, for you, the room gets a little brighter, like the lights had been turned up a notch." What is it that makes l ...
Keeping Up Statistical Appearances
October 16, 2012
Last week, supporters of the current administration rejoiced over job numbers released by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS). For the first time since the administration came to power, the official unemployment number fell below 8%. Keynesian cheerleaders ...
Measurable Improvements
October 16, 2012
What exactly went wrong in Germany? Thomas Jefferson had been dead for 150 years when Adolf Hitler came to power. But he would have recognized the broad outlines of the problem. Jefferson: "My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results fro ...
Don't Vote for Evil
October 16, 2012
Back during the George W. Bush neocon regime, President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela in his UN speech summed up George W. Bush for the world. I am quoting Chavez from memory, not verbatim. "Yesterday standing at this same podium was Satan himself, speaking as if he ...
American Exceptionalism Revisited
October 15, 2012
A fairly prominent perception across the globe is that America has had certain exceptional features. While these are mixed in with various traditional ones, they still manage – or have managed – to make the country unusual in human history. The American Rev ...
The Economic Case for Right-to-Work
October 15, 2012
The current economic crisis that has gripped the United States over the last several years has been especially negative in its affects on the levels and opportunities for employment in various parts of the country. Michigan has been one of the hardest hit state ...
Nobel Backlash Is Symptomatic of a Deeper Elite Issue
October 13, 2012
The European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize, which is usually given to a person. There's been a good deal of astonishment over the award as people have a hard time understanding how an entity so sprawling as the EU could receive a prize ordinarily awarded to i ...
Too Often Regulators Play the Role of Police, Judge and Executioner: Witness Liberty Silver Corp.
October 11, 2012
To say that regulatory democracy is out of control and doing more damage than good ... well, that may be an understatement. In this editorial I will examine a very disturbing recent situation in which the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has once aga ...
Government in America!
October 11, 2012
The central achievement of the American Revolution was to demote government to a role of cop on the beat. The monarch stopped being the sovereign; the citizen became sovereign instead. Self-government became an aspiration for all people not just rulers. The ide ...
Riding Into the Sunset or a Brick Wall?
October 09, 2012
A month ago, I presented the case for why Fed Chairman Bernanke would have strong motivation to launch another round of quantitative easing (QE) before the election. In short, it would save him his job. Now, I didn't predict with certainty that he would do so - ...
Government Dependency Will End in Chaos
October 09, 2012
The media insists on characterizing statements about dependency on government handouts as controversial but in truth such statements are absolutely correct. It's not that nearly half of Americans are dependent on government; it's actually more than half. If one ...
Atlas Shrugged (the movie) Part II
October 08, 2012
This could have been a movie review but I am not quite qualified to write one given that we are talking here about a craft, namely, movie making, with which I am not sufficiently familiar. What I am writing, instead, is a simple thank you note to the producer, ...
Obama Spin Reveals Elite Roots
October 06, 2012
We track power elite dominant social themes large and small. As part of this effort, we've uncovered what we believe to be patterns of "directed history" leading toward ever-bigger government at both national and international levels. Elites love government bec ...
Unlimited Democracy
October 05, 2012
The Magna Carta was an early attempt to rein in government, reduce the scope of monarchical rule. Constitutional monarchy was the result in many countries. When democracies replaced monarchies, the urgency to limit their scope of power waned even though there a ...
Don't Cry For Us, Mitt Romney
October 04, 2012
Mitt Romney and the GOP establishment desperately need a few million votes in order to beat Obama in the 2012 General Election. The GOP could have had most of the Ron Paul voter support if Romney had named either Ron Paul or Rand Paul as his VP running mate. Ha ...
How Does FATCA Impact You?
October 04, 2012
"If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law." ~ Winston Churchill Until a few weeks ago, I was living under the assumption that by now everyone knew about the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and had a broad understanding ...
The Fed Plays All Its Cards
October 03, 2012
There never really could be much doubt that the current experiment in competitive global currency debasement would end in anything less than a total war. There was always a chance that one or more of the principal players would snap out of it, change course and ...
Gold is Good Money
October 02, 2012
Last year the Chairman of the Federal Reserve told me that gold is not money, a position which central banks, governments, and mainstream economists have claimed is the consensus for decades. But lately there have been some high-profile defections from that con ...
How the Government's Lies Become Truth
October 02, 2012
In my last column, "A Culture of Delusion," I wrote that "Americans live in a matrix of lies. Lies dominate every policy discussion, every political decision." This column will use two top news stories, Iranian nukes and Julian Assange, to illustrate how lies b ...
Remembering 100 Years of Conquered Rule
October 01, 2012
"A people should know when they are conquered." Maximus responds, "Would you, would I?" – From the movie, "Gladiator" One hundred years ago the American republic was overthrown and captured by financial elites and money power during the Taft and Wilson admini ...
'Asking' Versus Forcing Folks to Pay a Little More
October 01, 2012
President Obama raised the issue of why anyone would object to asking the very rich "to give some more." As he put the matter, "What is wrong with 'asking' those who make more to pay a little more?" As it has been pointed out by all too few people, of course, w ...
Google Censorship: A Manufactured Affair?
September 29, 2012
In an article entitled, "How the Courts Are Curbing YouTube," the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation explains to us that judicial pressure is being applied to YouTube to continually expand self-censorship. YouTube is owned by huge search engine provider, Google. ...
Bankers Jumping on the Gold Bandwagon?
September 28, 2012
"Only buy something that you'd be perfectly happy to hold if the market shut down for 10 years." ~ Warren Buffett (taken from a list of "50 Warren Buffett Quotes to Inspire Your Investing," Michael Cramton of investinganswers.com, March 15, 2011) Scott Schamb ...
A Culture of Delusion
September 28, 2012
A writer's greatest disappointments are readers who have knee-jerk responses. Not all readers, of course. Some readers are thoughtful and supportive. Others express thanks for opening their eyes. But the majority are happy when a writer tells them what they wan ...
Frankness About Wealth Redistribution
September 27, 2012
When taxation is part of government, wealth redistribution goes hand in hand with it. Taxation was what feudal systems used so as to pay rent to the monarchy. The monarch, after all, used to own the realm. All of it. So just as owners of apartment houses, monar ...
Familiarity and Renewal
September 27, 2012
When life is unusually stressful or when you've been through something that has taken a lot out of you – like surgery, a concussion or another trauma of some kind – it's important to understand that you don't necessarily bounce back right away. You need tim ...
Operation Screw
September 26, 2012
With yesterday's Fed decision and press conference [Sept 13] , Chairman Ben Bernanke finally and decisively laid his cards on the table. And confirming what I have been saying for many years, all he was holding was more of the same snake oil and bluster. Going ...
Colombia: Opportunities Abound in This Unique Country
September 25, 2012
Amazing Foreign Investor Opportunities In Colombia Last week I had the opportunity to spend a few days in the booming South American nation of Colombia. This is my third visit to the province of Antioquia where the modern, vibrant city of Medellin is located, s ...
Interest Rates Are Prices
September 25, 2012
One of the most enduring myths in the United States is that this country has a free market, when in reality, the market is merely the structural shell of formerly free institutions. Government pulls the strings behind the scenes. No better illustration of this ...
Dworkin's Plain Statism
September 24, 2012
As is usually the case, The New York Review of Books gives ample room to some leftist jurists, like Professors David Cole or Ronald Dworkin, to provide the politically correct commentary on a major ruling by the US Supreme Court. And so unsurprisingly, Professo ...
As Predicted, Third Way Surges to Fore in Middle East
September 22, 2012
Just yesterday, a staff report entitled, "Islam Yearns for a Third Way, US Intel Will Provide," predicted "a third way for Islam that will allow Western-style central banking and finance." Right on schedule, just as if scripted, Libya has erupted once again as ...
Mormons, Romney and the White Horse Prophecy
September 22, 2012
As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney could become the first Mormon president of the United States. Questions about how a candidate's religious faith may impact his presidency are always a t ...
What Should Freedom Lovers Do?
September 21, 2012
How can one combine professional life with the advancement of liberty? Of course it is presumptuous to offer a definitive answer since all jobs and careers in the market economy are subject to the forces of the division of labor. Because a person focuses on one ...
QE3 – Pay Attention If You Are in the Real Estate Market
September 20, 2012
I used to have a deputy who said that the FHA mortgage insurance funds were where mortgages went to die. That was, however, before the creation of MERS, derivatives and the explosion of mortgage fraud during the 1990's which in combination with the "strong doll ...
Is Utilitarianism a Sound Ethics?
September 20, 2012
In the recent past, some who failed to disclose that Penn State University's assistant football coach molested several youngsters tried to excuse themselves, saying they remained silent in the hope of preserving the university's good name. In effect they argued ...
The Revolution From Above
September 19, 2012
Today the Western peoples are experiencing the destruction of their well being that is comparable to what the one percent in Rome imposed on Roman citizens and conquered peoples. Here is how John Williams (shadowstats.com, 9-12-12) phrases the wipeout of Americ ...
Looming War in East Asia: Historical Inevitability?
September 18, 2012
On September 11th, 2012, the Japanese government under Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda declared nationalization of the Diaoyu Islands, a traditional Chinese territory under Japanese control. This move caused great fury in China. In protest of Japan's illegal occu ...
Consequences of an Interventionist Foreign Policy
September 18, 2012
The attack on the US consulate in Libya and the killing of the US Ambassador and several aides is another tragic example of how our interventionist foreign policy undermines our national security. The more the US tries to control the rest of the world, either b ...
A Simple Piece of Advice
September 18, 2012
Blow up your TV, throw away your paper, Go to the country, build you a home, Plant a little garden, eat a lot of peaches, Try and find Jesus on your own. – John Prine Sometimes what's most important for your sense of happiness and wellbeing in life is what yo ...
The Seeds of Conflict: Anglo-American and Chinese History
September 17, 2012
"It is this Anglo-American axis (a 'special relationship') that has dominated the Western world for the past 150 years. It is a secretive and closely guarded group of families and individuals with enormous wealth derived from the implementation of mercantilist ...
The Era of Procrustes
September 17, 2012
It used to be considered an ugly trait to be envious. Envy is when one holds that it would be best if everyone were equally badly off. If you are better off than I am, envy will incline me to want you to give up whatever it is that is advantageous and accept bu ...
Rising Middle East Violence a Precursor for US-Based Internal Combustion
September 15, 2012
Recent violence, or blowback if you will, throughout the Middle East is not surprising. Many in the mainstream media are attempting to portray the violent attacks, in particular the one against the US embassy in Benghazi, as the fallout from a recent film title ...
The Open Secret to Affordability
September 13, 2012
For a little while I was mystified about what would make the health insurance scheme that's at the heart of Obamacare affordable. I was reading about the measure all around the Web and couldn't find much information about this. Why would this be affordable, com ...
A Republic, Not a Democracy
September 11, 2012
Last week marked the conclusion of the grand taxpayer funded spectacles known as the national party conventions. It is perhaps very telling that while $18 million in tax dollars was granted to each party for these lavish ordeals, an additional $50 million each ...
Repeal The Monroe Doctrine
September 11, 2012
John Quincy Adams introduced the Monroe Doctrine on December 2, 1823, when he served as Secretary of State under President Monroe. Basically, it warned European nations not to interfere with or attempt to colonize territories in North and South America or else ...
Jobs in a Free Country
September 10, 2012
The Myth of Job Security From naïve cinematic sentiment to official public ideology is unfortunately not that big a leap. Once during the New Hampshire primaries, former President Bill Clinton was stumping with a speech part of which was aired on National Publ ...
Spinning Bad Financial News Into Good
September 10, 2012
Friday's payroll jobs report says that 96,000 new jobs were created in August and that the unemployment rate (U.3) fell from 8.3% to 8.1%. As 96,000 new jobs are not enough to keep up with population growth, the decline in the U.3 unemployment rate was caused b ...
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