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Ayn Rand & Murray Rothbard: Diverse Champions of Liberty
January 06, 2012
No one should attempt to treat Ayn Rand and Murray N. Rothbard as uncomplicated and rather similar defenders of the free society, although they have more in common than many believe. As just one example, neither was a hawk when it comes to deploying military p ...
Dealing with Life
January 05, 2012
Life's been pretty tough for most of humankind's existence. War, torture and genocide were much more common to primitive man than even during the severe bloodlettings of the twentieth century. (See Steven Pinker's War Before Civilization and his latest book, Th ...
Cuba Awakes?
January 04, 2012
Cuba's fate over the last half a century has been disastrous, although before that the island wasn't a Caribbean paradise, either. US government policies haven't made it easier for Cubans to escape their misery since instead of opening up the routes of free tra ...
Debt Burden Threatens American Families
January 03, 2012
Last week, as most Americans were celebrating the holidays with family and friends, the Obama Administration announced plans to seek yet another debt ceiling increase in the New Year. While some fiscal conservatives will try to block this increase, their effort ...
So What's Wrong with That?
January 02, 2012
So there is now concern by some so-called journalists that "in his 1987 manifesto 'Freedom Under Siege: The U.S. Constitution after 200-Plus Years,' presidential hopeful Ron Paul wrote that AIDS patients were victims of their own lifestyle, questioned the right ...
Don't Make New Year's Resolutions
January 02, 2012
New Year's resolutions are usually a list of things that you want to do differently, skills that you want to learn, bad habits that you want to stop, good habits that you want to establish. We make these lists and then come January 1st we try to implement them ...
A Happy New Year and Many New Schemes!
December 31, 2011
First, allow me to wish all our readers and viewers a happy new year. This has been a year of growth for our modest publication, and we regularly receive upwards of 20-25 million hits a month. I hope your endeavors have achieved even greater success – however ...
Sobbing for Dictators!
December 30, 2011
As the BBC reported, the late North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il was provided with mass marches throughout the country in mourning of his recent death. As the thousands were shown on TV, they did what is routine on such occasions in countries with absolute rule ...
The NDAA Repeals More Rights
December 27, 2011
Little by little, in the name of fighting terrorism, our Bill of Rights is being repealed. The 4th Amendment has been rendered toothless by the PATRIOT Act. No more can we truly feel secure in our persons, houses, papers and effects when now there is an excepti ...
The BBC's Sorry Journalism
December 27, 2011
The BBC recently published the following in a report about the Republican primary contest in Iowa: "Correspondents say a Ron Paul victory in Iowa would be a major embarrassment to the Republican party as many of his views are seen as too libertarian and isolati ...
Libertarianism and Americanism
December 26, 2011
Given that in the main the American political system is still the closest to protecting varieties of individual liberty – regarding speech, commerce, religion, due process, etc. – most of those who peddle political ideas want to hitch their wagon to the ide ...
Anti-Christian Violence in the Middle East?
December 24, 2011
The UK Daily Telegraph recently posted an article entitled, "How can we remain silent while Christians are being persecuted?" Anybody reading the Daily Bell this past year will not be surprised by this headline, nor the article itself. Turns out that the writer ...
Lotophagian Greed
December 23, 2011
In book nine of Homer's Odyssey, Odysseus tells of how he and his men came upon an island populated by the Lotophagians – people who do nothing but eat the Lotus plant, "which was so delicious that those who ate of it left off caring about home." Odysseus for ...
Property Rights and the Free Press
December 23, 2011
Not as if the point hasn't been made often by now, but repeating it may be of some benefit: Without a firm protection of the right to private property, the rights to freedom of speech, press, religious worship, etc., are under constant threat. The most recent d ...
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Why Ron Paul Can Win
December 22, 2011
If you have been watching the news, you know that Ron Paul is now beating both Gingrich and Romney in the polls and could walk away with a win in Iowa. Some say he could also walk away with a win in New Hampshire, and possibly even win the Republican (GOP) nomi ...
Mainstream Economists' Monetary Insanity
December 21, 2011
Paul Krugman's article in the December 15 issue of The New York Times under the title G.O.P. Monetary Madness takes G.O.P. presidential candidate Dr. Ron Paul to task for his 'ideological' stand on money. For excellent reasons, not all of which had to do with f ...
Beware the Coming Bailouts of Europe
December 20, 2011
The economic establishment in this country has come to the conclusion that it is not a matter of "if" the United States must intervene in the bailout of the euro, but simply a question of "when" and "how." Newspaper articles and editorials are full of assertion ...
Ideological Thinking Revisited
December 19, 2011
Following the December 15th Republican "debate," New York Times columnist Paul Krugman wrote once again about the evils of ideological thinking. Krugman did begin his piece by criticizing Mitt Romney for his repeated vacillations about which public policies he ...
Desperate Defense? … Our Memes Are 'Emotionally Honest'
December 17, 2011
In an interesting and important article reposted at Rense.com, the BBC is "laid out" with some relish by its private competitor, the Daily Mirror: "BBC: We Fake It All The Time." Now, is this the issue in particular that I want to address? No. But it is a conve ...
Capitalism & Socialism Rightly Understood
December 15, 2011
In a recent op-ed for The New York Times, Professor Gar Alperovitz of the University of Maryland, who teaches political economy there, has written that "something different [from what OWS wants] has been quietly brewing in recent decades: more and more American ...
Libertarianism in One Lesson
December 14, 2011
Essay from Machan's Archives: This essay should come in handy these days when "libertarianism" has become almost a household word. Here is a summary discussion of its central tenets, at least as seen by some prominent libertarians. Libertarians uphold the sove ...
No Mandatory Mental Health Screening for Children!
December 13, 2011
Maryanne Godboldo, a mother in Michigan, noticed that pills prescribed by her daughter's doctor were making her condition worse, not better. So Ms. Godboldo stopped giving them to her. That's when the trouble began. When Child Protective Services (CPS) bureaucr ...
Are Societies Owned?
December 12, 2011
Libertarians tend to view taxation as unjustified. It is something associated with statism, a kind of coercive institution that expropriates resources from members of society rather than securing the resources voluntarily. Statists, however, criticize the liber ...
500 Year Old Global 'Roll-Up' Founders?
December 10, 2011
And another one gone, and another one gone ... Another one bites the dust - Queen Is it possible that the biggest roll-up in history is foundering? What roll-up? Well ... roll-up, of course, is a money-industry term of art. It means that someone - an enterprisi ...
Needing Doesn't Justify Stealing
December 09, 2011
What one needs depends on one's goals. And much of the time what one needs to pursue various goals is produced by other people, including some rather important stuff or services. Nonetheless, among genuine free men and women, whatever it is that one needs may o ...
Just Another Day in the USA
December 08, 2011
Today was like every other day in the United States during the last few decades. Washington taxed more private wealth to generate government revenue. Congress added more national debt to future generations so they could pay benefits and buy votes today. The Fed ...
Statism and Snobbery
December 07, 2011
Satisfaction and happiness in life is significantly dependent upon an individual's ability to make things happen effectively in his or her life. Having activities that you can focus on, act on and engage in competently and effectively is part of what makes life ...
Euro Crisis Destabilizing the Dollar
December 06, 2011
In response to pressure from Wall Street, the White House and central banks in Europe, the Federal Reserve last week drastically cut interest rates for currency swaps to benefit troubled European banks. This will flood world markets with more dollars and will s ...
Scientism versus Liberty
December 05, 2011
The steady but slow march toward liberty has for some time come up against the appeal of scientism. This is the idea that everything in nature behaves just like matter-in-motion. So people, too, move only when moved by stuff around – or within – them, never ...
Islamist Tide Re-emerges?
December 03, 2011
An initial article of ours on the issue of the Islamic resurgence in the Middle East was entitled, "Western Elites Secretly Still Building Islam." You can see it here. At the time it caused a bit of controversy but we believed it to be accurate. And it doesn't ...
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What is Fiat Money?
December 02, 2011
A Short Primer The term "fiat money" - more correctly "fiat currency" - is becoming more wide-spread than it was seven years ago when we put out a movie called FIAT EMPIRE. I certainly didn't invent the term, so I am just going along with the economic jargon a ...
The Folly of Sanctions
November 29, 2011
Many people have the misconception that sanctions are an effective means to encourage a change of behavior in another country without war. However, imposing sanctions and blockades are not only an act of war according to international law, they are most often t ...
Just Because You Hurt Doesn't Mean You're Broken
November 28, 2011
Sometimes you can think that a problem you are having or the emotional pain you're experiencing is a symptom of some kind of psychological problem. But more often than not, what you're experiencing is part of the natural challenges of life. I don't mean to say ...
Is the Sovereign Debt Crisis a Replay of the Versailles Treaty?
November 26, 2011
Here at The Daily Bell we track dominant social themes of the Anglosphere power elite (the only elite that matters) and recently we've been pointing out that much of what is going on in the (Western) world is a repeat of the early 20th century. In an article en ...
Who Needs Austerity When Some Are Rich?
November 25, 2011
Portugal is broke but austerity measures there are protested persistently. Greece is in the same fix. And indeed in America, too, the Occupy Wall Street crowd appears to believe that if even a few folks are doing very well, no one need tighten his belt since al ...
Look for the Best in People and You'll Find It
November 24, 2011
Look for the best in people and you'll find it; look for the worst and you'll find that, too. How we view others can generate a self-fulfilling prophecy: you believe that they will behave in a certain way, or that you'll be affected by them in a certain wa ...
State Sovereignty: America's Final Solution to Tyranny
November 24, 2011
At the end of this article is a copy of the proposed state sovereignty amendment that Ron and Donnie Kennedy are promoting as the final solution to federal abuse. They believe that anything less will only continue the course of federal supremacy and the ultimat ...
But is Everything Gonna Be All Right?
November 23, 2011
"How much pain have cost us, the evils that have never happened." – Thomas Jefferson Worrying about the many economic threats in the news today really is a waste of time. So many people come up to me depressed, concerned and frozen into a total inaction ...
Inequality
November 23, 2011
Much consternation is spent on income and related inequality. Or call it unequal advantages in life. As if it were some kind of moral or political imperative that we must all enjoy equal benefits and burdens, though few will say why that would be a good thing o ...
On the Super Committee
November 22, 2011
This week marks the deadline for the so-called congressional Super Committee to meet its goal of cutting a laughably small amount of federal spending over the next decade. In fact the Committee merely needs to cut about $120 billion annually from the federal bu ...
The European Union Uber Alles
November 21, 2011
(Translation: The EU Over All) "Consider that the entire Western world is outraged that the Greek prime minister announced that he is going to permit the Greek people to decide their own fate instead of having it decided for them by a handful of banksters, ...
Why Gold Sells Off and What Will Happen Next …
November 19, 2011
Reuters just published an interesting article that makes the following point: "As the Dow struggled over the past few weeks, gold has confounded market watchers by tracking equities, even as the European debt crisis escalated. U.S. December gold futures fell $3 ...
Is the US Government Anti-Monopoly?
November 18, 2011
So you may have heard that the US Federal Government is opposed to monopolies and that is why the Department of Justice has its various rules against them. All those antitrust provisions are supposed to keep competition going and prevent any business from becom ...
Liberty and Willpower
November 18, 2011
"We're just showing the rich people that we can do what we want." – London rioter, in August This quote, and the people who acted it out – and who are acting it out presently in the "occupy" demonstrations right now in the US – show what liberty disc ...
From Russia with Trepidations
November 17, 2011
The invitation was just too nice to turn down despite my increasing reluctance to do very long trips. (I did some such a while back, like twice to New Zealand and twice to Cape Town.) Back and knee troubles tend to impede such ventures these days. But my hosts ...
European Debt Crisis Threatens the Dollar
November 15, 2011
The global economic situation is becoming more dire every day. Approximately half of all US banks have significant exposure to the debt crisis in Europe. Much more dangerous for the US taxpayer is the dollar's status as reserve currency for the world, and the U ...
Government Power Undermines Empathy
November 14, 2011
The fundamental quality of human relationship is empathy. Empathy enables you to understand another person's situation, make sense of their behavior, and distance yourself from your own initial self-absorbed reaction to what other people do. It is a supreme exp ...
A Realistic Economic Bill of Rights Is Not Possible
November 12, 2011
Is an economic bill of rights possible? Ellen Brown thinks so. And her newest article, "Now Is the Time for an Economic Bill of Rights," is the lead story of the new Occupy Wall Street news feed at OWSnews.org. As with everything written by Ms. Brown, it i ...
What about the Cain Fracas?
November 11, 2011
I am not a devoted supporter of Herman Cain although I do find him an appealing person, someone who seems to be a straight shooter when it comes to discussing the issues facing candidates these days. But I have not committed to him in part because there are ot ...
The Moral Virtue of Self-Interested Work
November 09, 2011
People are appreciated when they give to others through charity, volunteer work, or other acts of kindness, and rightly so. When you can help another person in some way that helps them with their troubles, it creates a spirit of goodwill, and it's good for your ...
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