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Mastering Emotions
August 10, 2012
Sometimes what you feel is what makes life worth living: love, joy, ecstasy, delight, curiosity... Your emotions bring you these experiences and fill you with the meaning and motivation that bring that experience to life. Sometimes what you feel can throw you i ...
Elementary, Dear Obama
August 09, 2012
Ok, so none of us creates or produces anything ex nihilo. What if anything follows from this? Our teeth weren't made by us, nor our hair or nose or eyes. Yet we often benefit because of these. Our beautiful eyes may impress someone and may even land us a movie ...
Decision Points
August 08, 2012
Psychology has always had an air of mystery to it. From its root word psyche, meaning soul, and drawn from the Greek myth of psyche and cupid, to Anton Mesmer's introduction of hypnosis (then called "Mesmerism") and Freud's mysterious unconscious, practitioners ...
Moving Toward War in Syria
August 07, 2012
Last week the House passed yet another bill placing sanctions on Iran and Syria, bringing us closer to another war in the Middle East. We are told that ever harsher sanctions finally will force the targeted nations to bend to our will. Yet the ineffectiveness o ...
Sound Money, Monetary Freedom and the State
August 07, 2012
(The following testimony was delivered before the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology, chaired by Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas), on "Sound Money: Parallel Currencies and the Roadmap to Monetary Freedom," in Washingt ...
Friday's Jobs Report: More Lies From our Big Brother
August 07, 2012
In his report on the Bureau of Labor Statistics' latest jobs and unemployment report, statistician John Williams (shadowstats.com) writes: "The July employment and unemployment numbers published today, August 3rd, were worthless and likely misleading. . . . Sus ...
Acceptable Selfishness?
August 06, 2012
A big debate among business ethics professionals – teachers, consultants, etc. – concerns who should be the beneficiary of business management, share (or stock) holders or so called stakeholders. Ordinarily, it is the former who are owed service from manage ...
What Is the Status of the Real Unemployment Debate?
August 04, 2012
Brad Plumer recently posted an article at the Washington Post's Wonkblog entitled "July jobs report: Why the unemployment rate just won't budge." Plumer was responding to a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that the US economy added a disappointing 163 ...
A Very Brief Note on Minarchism and Monopoly
August 03, 2012
For a while an inordinately long essay has been posted all over disputing my views on government. The author is Nicholas Dykes. I wish to inject just one short comment in support of my position. One charge made against it is that it advocates coercive monopoly, ...
Why Are there Theories?
August 02, 2012
Over the years, especially since the Internet became prominent and widely used, my own ideas have received a lot of challenges. Some of these come from people with different positions on this or that but quite a few actually come from people who find advancing ...
The Neoconservative War Criminals in Our Midst
August 02, 2012
The State Department has an office that hunts German war criminals. Bureaucracies being what they are, the office will exist into next century when any surviving German prison guards will be 200 years old. From time to time the State Department claims to have f ...
We've Been Aiming at the Wrong Adversary
August 01, 2012
We often think of Karl Marx or the progressive movement as the main source of our political troubles; but the more fundamental source of America's political conflicts goes back to a time before America's founding, finding its most powerful expression during the ...
Audit the Fed Moves Forward!
July 31, 2012
Last week the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed my legislation calling for a full and effective audit of the Federal Reserve. Well over 300 of my Congressional colleagues supported the bill, each casting a landmark vote that marks the culmination o ...
Troubles of Public Resources
July 30, 2012
Some insist that street vendors around the country should be banned. Why? Because the majority of those doing business adjacent to the street want them to be. The issue has come up in most major cities, including New York, NY, and Santa Ana, CA. We are talking ...
Auditing the Fed Is a Sideshow: Who Audits the Auditors?
July 28, 2012
An audit of the Federal Reserve would be nice but really it wouldn't change anything. In fact, it would likely prove a kind of sideshow from reality, which is that monopoly central banking should simply be abolished. And that probably won't happen until people ...
Ron Paul Statement: Financial Services Committee Hearing
July 27, 2012
Before the United States House of Representatives, Committee on Financial Services, Hearing on the Annual Report of the Financial Stability Oversight Council, July 25, 2012 Mr. Chairman, I welcome this hearing to receive the report of the Financial Stability Ov ...
Another Plea For More Statism!
July 26, 2012
I recently read Zadie Smith's essay, "North West London Blues," in The New York Review of Books, and found it an insulting, devious, and roundabout way of trying to justify statism. The quote from the late Tony Judt tells it all. Here is what he said: "We have ...
Change Your Brain with Your Mind: Overcome Obsessions and Compulsions
July 25, 2012
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a painful, debilitating and embarrassing psychological condition. Howard Hughes is a famous sufferer of OCD, and because he had the means to indulge his compulsive habits, they grew in strength, expanded in scope to an ext ...
Security and Self-Governance
July 24, 2012
The senseless and horrific killings last week at a movie theater in Colorado reminded Americans that life is fragile and beautiful, and we should not take family, friends, and loved ones for granted. Our prayers go out to the injured victims and the families of ...
What's the Fuss About those Uniforms?
July 23, 2012
Senate Majority Leader Reid expressed outrage about the fact that the uniforms American athletes were going to wear at the opening ceremonies for this summer's Olympics in London, UK, were manufactured in China. No, he wasn't complaining because the places wher ...
The Cost of the Left-wing's Ongoing Vendetta Against Reagan
July 23, 2012
What causes some people to feel compelled to make uninformed digs at President Reagan? Is it just that they are brainwashed or, if they are thoughtful people, just too involved with other matters to be well informed about Reagan? How many of the digs at Reagan ...
What Is the Real Reason for Doyle's Letter Blasting the IMF?
July 21, 2012
A senior economist for the International Monetary Fund, Peter Doyle, has merely reaffirmed what is evident and obvious about the IMF ... that it is not a proactive organization when it comes to defusing global financial crises. Here's a question, however. Doyle ...
Who is Responsible for What You Do?
July 20, 2012
"He didn't invent iron ore and blast furnaces, did he?" "Who?" "Rearden. He didn't invent smelting and chemistry and air compression. He couldn't have invented his Metal but for thousands and thousands of other people. His Metal! Why does he think it's his? Why ...
Warren's Non Sequitur Revisited
July 20, 2012
This column addresses President Obama's fallacious reasoning about property rights. I wrote it a few months ago (updated here) when Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts candidate for the US Senate), said, "There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nob ...
The Libor Scandal In Full Perspective
July 20, 2012
The [previous] article about the Libor scandal, coauthored with Nomi Prins, received much attention, with Internet repostings, foreign translation, and video interviews. To further clarify the situation, this article brings to the forefront implications that mi ...
Jobs From Forced Charity – The Socialist Way
July 19, 2012
It appears, based on the economic philosophy he has been outlining in recent weeks, that President Obama believes that jobs based on economic transactions, exchanges, trade and so forth do not matter, have no significance. This has a very serious foundation, to ...
Stress and Happiness
July 18, 2012
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines stress as: "1) A force exerted when one body or body part presses on, pulls on, pushes against, or tends to compress or twist another body or body part; especially the intensity of this mutual force commonly expressed in p ...
Inflation is a Monetary Phenomenon
July 17, 2012
Later this month Congress will have an unprecedented opportunity to force the Federal Reserve to provide meaningful transparency to lawmakers and taxpayers. HR 459, my bill known as "Audit the Fed," is scheduled for a vote before the full Congress in July. More ...
War On All Fronts
July 17, 2012
The Russian government has finally caught on that its political opposition is being financed by the US taxpayer-funded National Endowment for Democracy and other CIA/State Department fronts in an attempt to subvert the Russian government and install an American ...
Constitutional Anomalies
July 16, 2012
As a lay student of the law, it has always struck me odd that in the US system the First Amendment to the Constitution exempts the ministry and journalism from government regulation while it appears to accept the regulation by all levels of government of numero ...
Economist Mag Scribes Happy That America is 'Coming Back' – But I Am Not So Sure
July 14, 2012
This is a really irritating article, and that's saying something considering it appears in The Economist magazine, which is regularly obnoxious on a variety of fronts. Of course The Economist is fun to read and is erudite and self-consciously witty. Its owners ...
Obama's Immigration Machinations
July 12, 2012
Not for a moment do I buy that President Obama has suddenly grasped the plight of illegal immigrant children. For one, he is on record declaring that the law ties his hands about the matter – that he cannot act unilaterally, or so he said in a widely availabl ...
The Final Executive Order: Death of the Republic
July 10, 2012
This is a fictional story showing how the last vestiges of the republic, your personal wealth and gold could disappear in 24 hours. "The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becom ...
Fractional Reserve Banking, Government and Moral Hazard
July 10, 2012
Last week my subcommittee held a hearing on fractional reserve banking and the moral hazard created by government (taxpayer) insured deposits. Fractional reserve banking is the practice by which banks accept deposits but only keep a fraction of those deposits o ...
Whose Life is it Anyway?
July 09, 2012
There was a movie with this title some time ago, starring Richard Dreyfuss, that had to do with whether a person has the right to end his or her own life. If one has a right to one's life, that choice is surely one's own. Having rights has to do with freedom or ...
Who is on the Wrong Side of History?
July 07, 2012
Because of the Internet's success, numerous attempts have been made to weaken it and make it less of a problem for the power elite that it is inconveniencing and exposing. We call the process the Internet Reformation and we're creating a society to formalize su ...
Build a Growth Mindset
July 06, 2012
When you think of what you do in your life, how do you think of yourself? If you think thoughts such as, "I'm intelligent," or "I'm talented," or "I'm a failure," you're thinking of yourself in terms of traits. Traits are fixed qualities that do not change much ...
Markets and Generosity
July 05, 2012
A frequent though quite unjustified charge against free markets is that they encourage what Karl Marx called the cash nexus or, as it is also put, commodification, treating people as items for sale. The claim is that when people engage in commerce, they are har ...
An American Declaration of Independence From Big Government
July 04, 2012
The Declaration of Independence, signed by members of the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, is the founding document of the American experiment in free government. What is too often forgotten is that what the Founding Fathers argued against in the Declarati ...
Audit the Fed Headed for the House Floor!
July 03, 2012
Last week supporters of Federal Reserve transparency had a major victory when the House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform passed my Audit the Fed bill, HR 459 unanimously with all major audit provisions intact. This clears the way for a House floor v ...
My Fourth of July Reflections
July 02, 2012
For some people the Fourth of July is the most important holiday in America. Sadly, not for all, especially not just now when most of the leadership of the country has made it clear that principles do not matter. What matters is what is expedient or practical, ...
Memento Mori …
June 30, 2012
Sometimes you find yourself in a quiet place and ask yourself questions. Here are some of mine. What if someone set up a society that would first and foremost offer a path to promote self-reliance strategies and positive expectations about life and living? What ...
Gigantic Global Money Supply Expansion Underway
June 28, 2012
We are amidst an economic phase of volatility and sequential recessions followed by quasi-recoveries. We have titled this overall economic scenario a "Reflationary Debt Trap." I expect this scenario to hold for the coming months. In my view, European leaders wi ...
Anticipated Reasoning by the Court
June 28, 2012
A few weeks ago I wrote in one of my columns as follows: "...[T]he discussion of President Obama's federal policy requiring that everyone obtain health insurance has frequently focused on the fact that either an employer or individual would be forced to obtain ...
No Risk, No Fun, No Freedom
June 27, 2012
Those of us over about age 30 can remember the days before America was (at least less of) a Nanny State. Some friends of ours just got back from a mission trip to Tijuana, Mexico. They brought their kids to a park there to play, and saw all the equipment that i ...
Government is Already Too Involved in Healthcare
June 26, 2012
This week the Supreme Court is expected to issue its long-awaited decision regarding the constitutionality of the "Obamacare" law. I recently discussed absurd legal arguments by Obamacare advocates that Congress can compel the purchase of health insurance, and ...
The Distortions Never Went Away
June 25, 2012
I have been reading into Herbert Croly's The Promise of American Life (1909). Croly was the founder of The New Republic, which has remained a foremost middle way publication on the American political scene, a champion of the welfare state, of a half way between ...
Hey, Thanks For All You Do … We Wouldn't Have a Website Without It!
June 23, 2012
Thank you, O mighty State, for protecting us ... Thank you, O mighty Central Bankers, for continuing to create piles of monopoly money to fuel the State's efforts ... And special thanks also to the major media conglomerates who continue to assist their readers ...
The Real Scoop on Public Service Unions – Part II
June 21, 2012
In many states of the country, including California, there is a crisis brewing in the public service employment region. No longer are public service employees expected to be motivated by service, as distinct from their private sector colleagues who are pretty m ...
A Market Alternative to Psychotherapy
June 20, 2012
Psychotherapy, done well, can be a great help to people who need it. For a wide range of psychological symptoms and troubles, or for dealing with a certain range of relationship issues, some time spent with a good psychologist or counselor can be extremely valu ...
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