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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 ...
Imperialism, Left and Right
November 09, 2011
No, I am not talking about foreign policy. My concern is with how both Left and Right seem to have their straightjackets into which they want everyone to be strapped, like it or not. It is disturbing in part because a high point of the American way of life has ...
Taking Executive Orders Too Far
November 08, 2011
These are frustrating times for the President. Having been swept into office with a seemingly strong mandate, he enjoyed a Congress controlled by members of his own party for the first two years of his term. However, midterm elections brought gridlock and a clo ...
'Occupy' protests predictably misguided
November 07, 2011
Their anger is directed away from the unsustainable welfare state. Thousands of Greeks have been violently protesting that the freebies they had taken for granted may have to be reduced, even completely cut. Few of them seemed to have a clue about how one ...
Euro-Union Totalitarian Empire Emerges Full Blown with ESM?
November 05, 2011
A recently posted YouTube video, "EU: Treaty of Debt (ESM) - stop it now!" is attracting attention in the blogosphere because of shocking allegations about what the treaty means to Europeans. You can see the video below. It is apparently a totalitarian pac ...
Equality or Diversity? Which One do Leftists Want?
November 05, 2011
You can't have both For the last couple or so decades the universities and colleges where I have taught – and by all accounts, most of them in the USA – have had two mutually exclusive social objectives. (Yes, Virginia, higher education is now mostly e ...
Markets Aren't Zero Sum Games
November 03, 2011
The more I read about "Occupy Wall Street," including the pundits who apologize for it, the more I find that people still believe that market exchanges are zero-sum games wherein for someone to gain, someone must lose. But this is plain bunk, as economists sinc ...
In Defense of the 1%
November 02, 2011
Last week, I spent the afternoon visiting the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in lower Manhattan. I brought a film crew and a sign that said "I Am The 1%, Let's Talk." The purpose was to understand what was motivating these protesters and try to educate them ...
Where Do Things Come From?
November 02, 2011
We all know where babies come from: the stork, right? Ha ha. That, of course, is a tale told to young children by uncomfortable parents. How ridiculous would it be if millions of people in America actually thought that this were so? But the reality is that ...
Leaving Iraq?
November 01, 2011
It is not too often I am pleased by the foreign policy announcements from this administration, but last week's announcement that the war in Iraq was in its final stage and all the troops may be home for Christmas did sound promising. I have long said that we sh ...
Column on Dyson's Nonsense
October 31, 2011
In a recent review essay Freeman Dyson flatly asserts that "social justice demands equality. Fair reward for enterprise and achievement demands inequality." Well, neither of these is true but for soundbites in a publication like The New York Review of Books one ...
Could the Euro and Dollar Go One-to-One?
October 29, 2011
This is a funny question to ask given that the dollar is in the dumps and the euro has had a strong rally since the region's top Eurocrats "saved" the euro this week. But in Europe, where some DB elves are traveling and especially in Spain, those in the banking ...
Occupy Wall Street's Lack of Focus
October 28, 2011
Rolling Stone magazine ran a piece recently arguing that what OWS is doing doesn't amount to attacks on money or banking but is aimed at corruption. While this is a spin that may work for some folks, it doesn't sound credible for me. When someone, some org ...
Liberty and Virtue
October 27, 2011
In order to begin this essay with a degree of coherence, I need first to discuss two types of liberty. The one kind I will designate as metaphysical liberty; it means the capacity for initiating, starting or being the first cause of movement supposedly possesse ...
The Tea Party Nation's Sellout
October 26, 2011
On February 19, 2009, CNBC commentator Rick Santelli put forth a marvelous patriotic rant for several minutes declaring that Americans should stand up and protest the Obama administration's outrageous socialist policies. And he promised to organize a Chicago Te ...
TSA Releases VIPR Venom on Tennessee Highways
October 25, 2011
If you thought the "Transportation Security Administration" would limit itself to conducting unconstitutional searches at airports, think again. The agency intends to assert jurisdiction over our nation's highways, waterways, and railroads as well. TSA launched ...
Did Rubio's Parents Do Right?
October 24, 2011
Despite what Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio has reportedly believed throughout much of his political career, it seems that his parents didn't flee Fidel Castro's communist Cuba for political freedom in the US. What some media appear to have "revealed" i ...
Limited Hangout at the Fed vs. the Internet Reformation
October 22, 2011
The Federal Reserve needs more transparency, as noted in a report last week from the Government Accountability Office, a "nonpartisan" research division of Congress. But this is nothing but an elite limited hangout. In this article I'll try to explain why. ...
The Evil 1%
October 21, 2011
The "occupy" protest movement is thriving off the claim that the 99% are being exploited by the 1%, and there is truth in what they say. But they have the identities of the groups wrong. They imagine that it is the 1% of highest wealth holders who are the probl ...
Trust and Freedom
October 21, 2011
"I just don't trust that people are smart enough to make the right choices. Do you really think that there are enough intelligent people to have this kind of freedom?" This is a sentiment that I've heard many times from seemingly goodhearted people on the left. ...
What Chinese Unemployment?
October 20, 2011
"There is gold in them thar hills!" Occasionally we read in various columns of mainstream journalists that the Chinese have shot themselves in the foot when they (in violence of Friedmanite precepts) failed to revalue their currency upwards. The world will reta ...
Why are You so Bullish on the Dollar?!
October 20, 2011
A reader recently asked me why I was "so bullish on the (US) dollar." I'd like to comment on that to avoid any possible confusion or misunderstanding. Am I bullish on the dollar? The answer depends, as so often, on the time horizon we are referring to. Thu ...
Abusing the Social Contract
October 19, 2011
At the outset it needs to be noted that whatever is called the social contract, it is not actually a contract, which is "an agreement entered into by two or more parties with the serious intention of creating a legal obligation or obligations, which may or may ...
Musings on GOP Follies
October 19, 2011
The Empty Suit...In the wake of the recent New Hampshire debate televised on Bloomberg October 11th, one has to conclude that Rick Perry's star is not just fading; it has crashed into that horrible fate known as FIP (flash in pan). He desperately needed to thro ...
The Business of Government
October 18, 2011
Amid the din of economic nonsense being bandied about since the collapse of the housing bubble and the steep ramping up of our national debt, there has been the persistent refrain that Washington should be run more like a business. If only more business people ...
The Dawn of Late Fascism
October 18, 2011
The downgrading of US debt this summer didn't have huge economic consequences, but the psychological ones were truly devastating for the national elites who have run this country for nearly a century. For a State that regards itself as infallible, it was a huge ...
The Moral Unraveling of the EU, Bailouts and Central Banking
October 15, 2011
Slovakia has now approved European debt-crisis bailout fund, but the problems Europe is experiencing are similar to those faced by America in the grip of the Fed's immense bailouts of the past two years. Increasingly, these are seen as morally repugnant by citi ...
Warren's Non-Sequitur
October 15, 2011
So Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts candidate for the US Senate, says "there is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody." And so she is said to reject that it is possible for Americans to become wealthy "in isolation." (As if someone defended that ...
A Dangerous Precedent
October 11, 2011
According to the Fifth Amendment of the US Constitution, Americans are never to be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law. The Constitution is not some aspirational statement of values, allowing exceptions when convenient, but rather, ...
The Ron Paul Revolution Past 2012
October 10, 2011
Times of great crisis in history are usually the crucible from which nations form new leaders and new visions. Such leaders seem to suddenly appear, often out of nowhere, to alter the national path pursued, to cleanse the old ways and stake out a saner, more ju ...
Greece in America
October 10, 2011
Most of us who are aware of world financial trends know that earlier this year thousands of Greeks took to the street and mercilessly engaged in destruction of property around Athens. They were upset about having to tighten their belts in the wake of the possib ...
Hope for Occupy Wall Street?
October 08, 2011
It is interesting to watch the expansion of the Occupy Wall Street movement. As I wrote last week, I hoped it would provide an opportunity to for people to proclaim clearly that central banking was the fundamental problem with the Western world today. The artic ...
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