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Revisiting Selfishness – Again
July 02, 2011
Why do so many who speak up about how we ought to act make a special effort to denigrate self-interested conduct? The main reason is that there is serious problem about what most people understand by "self" or "ego." Two versions need to be considered. The se ...
Where Will You Go When the Sovereign Debt Volcano Blows?
June 30, 2011
Although you may have some time, nothing else has to happen before a big collapse could take place, even within days. Consequently, after 30 years of watching, writing and creating protective retirement planning and financial strategies, today I'm finally going ...
Morality, the Professions and Politicians
June 30, 2011
While I see strong merits to an ultraminimal government idea, whereby the state has no other function than to protect the rights of the citizens from criminals and foreign aggressors, I do not share the view that politicians are necessarily corrupt. Sure, a wel ...
The Times' Kudos to European Petty Tyrants
June 29, 2011
In The New York Times of Monday, June 27th, an editorial heaps compliments upon the bureaucrats of many European cities who have imposed innumerable obstacles to their fellow citizens who want to use the automobile for transportation. This piece of cheer-leadin ...
How Should Government Treat Energy Producers?
June 28, 2011
As the economy continues in its downward spiral and talks in Congress about reducing spending have only amounted to political theater, the subject of how the tax code treats energy has become a topic of controversy. Specifically, should we subsidize, enforce ma ...
Bad Vs. Good Pitch to Voters
June 27, 2011
Do voters actually believe it when candidates promise them health, happiness, vacations, clean air and all those other goodies while also demanding that they stop being selfish, stop joining special interest groups and dedicate themselves only to the public goo ...
Mainstream Media Agrees on Empire's End?
June 25, 2011
Peter Oborne, the Daily Telegraph's chief political commentator, has written an article entitled, "In fleeing Afghanistan, the West relinquishes its grip on the world." What is striking, to me anyway, is how closely it parallels analyses we've provided in the r ...
The Hubris of George Soros
June 22, 2011
Quite a few well known rich people aren't satisfied with being rich and being able to do all the things they believe are important. They want to advertise this and to take up the role of teachers to the rest of us. The Hungarian born billionaire financier Georg ...
Strange Definitions of War and Peace
June 21, 2011
Last week I joined six Republican and three Democrat colleagues to file a lawsuit against the Obama administration over its illegal war against Libya. Now that more than 90 days have passed since the president began bombing Libya, no one can seriously claim tha ...
Self-Defense vs. Isolation
June 21, 2011
Where the idea comes from is not really relevant – it could be neo-conservatism, imperialism, compassion, whatnot. But it is right that it should be debated, especially by Republicans who aren't beholden to the legacy of Woodrow Wilson in matter of foreign re ...
How to Take a Bone From a Dog
June 21, 2011
Most people, provided they have a minimum of experience, know that taking a bone from a dog is a risky proposition. In terms of political power, few dogs are bigger than the American voting public. Taking away, or even threatening to take away, the major entitl ...
How the Internet Makes False Flags More Difficult
June 18, 2011
The "Internet Reformation" (as we call it) is a natural outgrowth of our perception that the 'Net itself is a kind of modern-day Gutenberg press. It's a concept we've been writing about for nearly a decade. Initially, it seemed like an interesting theory, but e ...
Hail Sandel!
June 16, 2011
Thomas Friedman, prominent New York Times columnist, recently penned a kudos to Harvard University professor of government Michael J. Sandel because Sandel received some fine notices recently in China Newsweek (not part of the American publication). Friedman co ...
Gay Ops of American Intel?
June 15, 2011
A strange thing happened the other day. The blogosphere was swept by the confession of one Tom MacMasters that he was behind a well-known blog supposedly written by a lesbian and called Gay Girl in Damascus. It was convincing for the most part, and he even stol ...
The Marginal Utility of Silver
June 15, 2011
The writing is on the wall: Mene tekel upharsin - the dollar has been put on the scale and found wanting. The Chinese will open their Mint to silver in their own good time. It is their destiny. If they don't talk about it, that's because they want to give a cha ...
Free Coinage Of Gold & Silver – Then And Now
June 15, 2011
Some people think that one of the fundamental institutions of the 19th century should be restored; we single out Great Britain as the great leader embracing this institution. This institution was the free minting of gold practiced by Great Britain in its heyday ...
The Keys to Economic Growth
June 14, 2011
Recent economic data show that U.S. job growth in May was negligible, while the official unemployment figure - at least the figure the Labor Department admits to - rose to 9.1%. The real unemployment figure, however, as compiled by economist John Williams, may ...
End Game
June 14, 2011
Economic data over the past weeks, punctuated by last week's dismal employment reports, confirm the diminishing impact of the stimulus efforts orchestrated by the Obama Administration and the Federal Reserve. In what must be a huge disappointment to Keynesian e ...
China Tries to Start a War?
June 11, 2011
When economic times sour, elites turn to war, or at least start to escalate military tensions. Europe and America are involved in at least four wars now, and unfortunately the West's escalating military involvement probably won't stop there. The West, in fact, ...
Deciphering Paul Krugman
June 11, 2011
It is hardly ever explicit in Paul Krugman's columns except that he has made it clear that he is a pragmatist and finds all ideologues off base. But what is an ideologue to Krugman? Someone who invokes principles as he or she thinks and copes with the real wor ...
The Weiner Paradox
June 08, 2011
What is most puzzling about the scandal with Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-New York) isn't how stupid the man has been and apparently manged to be to the last moment before he came clean (enough). What is really puzzling is why in the face of repeated scandals and cor ...
Interdependence Vs. Independence – Apologists of the Liberal World Order Forget Their Science
June 07, 2011
One of the most interesting aspects of the physical universe is its ability to "scale." Scale simply means that, as one looks more deeply at an object, its internal structure resembles its external structure; close up shots look similar to wider shots, the micr ...
Holding the President Accountable on Libya
June 07, 2011
Last week, more than 70 days after President Obama sent our military to attack Libya without a congressional declaration of war, the House of Representatives finally voted on two resolutions attempting to rein in the president. This debate was long overdue, as ...
Elements of Discrimination
June 06, 2011
Most folks now consider discriminating against people because of their race, color, culture, age, sex etc. wrongful, unjust or unethical. At one time, though, being discriminate was deemed a good thing but that was when the idea was used to mean something like ...
If Yemen Falls, so Does the Dollar Reserve?
June 04, 2011
How is it that the world's fortunes hang on the life or death of a murderous thug that the US has been supporting for 30 years? And why, in fact, if Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh is so important, isn't it common knowledge? Saleh was wounded yesterday whe ...
Killer Cukes, Wait Just a Minute!
June 03, 2011
Everybody is panicking again. Remember Mad Cow disease? Foot-and-Mouth Disease? Now it's the Attack of the Killer Cukes! I don't know what the result of all this will be from a medical standpoint, but I am sure those who want and promote world government will b ...
Students and Their Education
June 03, 2011
Columnist David Brooks of The New York Times, now sadly a reliable lapdog of conservative statism, has come out, in his May 31, 2011 column "It's Not About You," against college and university students regarding their education as a means for advancing themselv ...
After the Dollar: What Comes Next?
June 02, 2011
My readers are familiar with my forecast that the US dollar is in terminal decline. America is tragically bankrupt, unable to pay its lenders without printing the dollars to do so, and enmeshed in an economic depression. The clock is ticking until the dollar fa ...
The Tragedy of Immigration Enforcement
June 01, 2011
Here's the problem. If you give government a job to do, even one that seems justified in the abstract, it will use its power to make a terrible mess in practice. This is true in a host of areas from welfare to warfare, but it is even true in the complicated are ...
A Brief On Time
June 01, 2011
I consider much of common sense to be correct about the world, not always muddled or, let alone, wrong. This is a position associated with the Scottish philosopher Thomas Reed and, also, with Aristotle. So I wish to briefly defend the view that time is real. B ...
Enabling a Future American Dictator
June 01, 2011
These are truly troubling days for liberty in the United States. Last week the 60 day deadline for the president to gain congressional approval for our military engagement in Libya under the War Powers Resolution came and went. The media scarcely noticed. The b ...
My Fathers' Day Reflections
May 31, 2011
On my drive to work the other day I was listening to the local all news radio station and suddenly I am hearing President Obama chiming in with one of those "public service" messages on how fathers should comport themselves toward their children. Maybe this wa ...
Turning Points of Empire's End?
May 28, 2011
It was all over the news yesterday that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff had paid an unannounced visit to top Pakistani leaders. As The Daily Bell reported in an editor's note, Clinton made a fa ...
The Political Doctrine of Statism
May 27, 2011
The Patriot Act that was rammed through after the September 2001 attacks was one of the more egregious blows against liberty in our lifetimes. It shredded core rights and liberties that had been taken for granted for centuries. Liberties are never lost all at o ...
Protesting Austerity Measures
May 26, 2011
Throughout Europe it is now routine - but it is not unfamiliar by now in the US either - for people to march and otherwise protest (sometimes with out and out reckless violence) austerity measures the government officials have decided to deploy so as to cope wi ...
Stop Raising the Debt Ceiling
May 24, 2011
The federal government once again has reached the limit of its legal ability to borrow money, meaning it cannot issue new Treasury debt without action by Congress to increase the debt ceiling limit. As of this month, our "official" national debt- which doesn't ...
Israel & Obama: What's Up With That?
May 23, 2011
Once again I hasten to point out that this isn't something I know very much about, especially if to understand it one has to be informed about the entire history of the conflict between Israel and Palestine. Still, as my mother used to say in the last years of ...
Obama's Speech Fumbles Elite Themes
May 21, 2011
The speech on the Middle East given by Barack Obama the other night was yet more evidence of how the power elite is having a good deal of trouble implementing its dominant social themes in the 21st century. The speech itself was supposed to be another "historic ...
The Predator State Attacks Google – For Big Pharma
May 17, 2011
The American pharmaceutical system is a highly controlled apparatus for restricting access to much-needed drugs and violating the rights of those who want to purchase them. This has long been true. Vast amounts of drugs that people should be permitted to purcha ...
The Milk Police
May 17, 2011
On April 20th, after a year-long undercover sting operation, armed federal agents acting on behalf of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) raided the business of Pennsylvanian Amish farmer Dan Allgyer to prevent him from selling his unpasteurized milk to will ...
Individualism Isn't Ridiculous
May 17, 2011
Some critics of individualism propose an alternative social philosophy and defend it so it is then possible to compare their case to the individualist position. But more often than not what critics do is caricature individualism, suggesting that individualist b ...
Raising the Roof on Debt
May 17, 2011
Today the U.S. government officially borrowed beyond its $14.29 trillion statutory debt limit. And even though the Obama administration has assured us that accounting gimmickry will allow the government to borrow for another few months, the breach has given see ...
Some Serious Flaws of Egalitarianism
May 16, 2011
Egalitarianism teaches that everyone deserves to be treated with equal consideration and respect. Mostly this is meant to stress how everyone should be provided (as a matter of public policy) with basic necessities like food, health care, schooling, etc. But th ...
Why Mainstream Media Refuses to Report the West's Shocking New Colonialism
May 14, 2011
To ask the question is to answer it. The Western mainstream media is entirely controlled and beholden to globalist interests emanating from the City of London. Reports and exposes of neo-colonialism are not likely to find a place on the front pages of the great ...
Monetary Policy, the Federal Reserve, and the National Debt Problem
May 14, 2011
Government Debt and Deficits. The current economic crisis through which the United States is passing has given a heightened awareness to the country's national debt. After a declining trend in the 1990s, the national debt has dramatically increased from $5.7 tr ...
Secession: An Answer to the Sovereign Debt Crisis
May 12, 2011
Get ready as secession is coming soon to a failed union near you. Over the weekend, the news has been full of reports about Scotland getting ready to vote on independence from the United Kingdom after the election victory by the Scottish National Party. The UK ...
On the Elimination of Osama bin Laden
May 10, 2011
Last week marked an important milestone in the war on terrorism for our country. Osama bin Laden applauded the 9/11 attacks. Such deliberate killing of innocent lives deserved retaliation. It is good that bin Laden is dead and justice is served. The way in whic ...
Hayek on Morality
May 10, 2011
As Hayek put it elsewhere, "It is only where the individual has choice, and its inherent responsibility, that he has occasion to affirm existing values, to contribute to their further growth, and to earn moral merit." ("The Moral Element in Free Enterprise," St ...
Revisiting Selfishness
May 09, 2011
Because I am always eager to do well for myself – have done this for as long as I can recall, starting with wanting to succeed in school, on the athletic field, in trying to be healthy and fit, and wanting to escape the brutal Soviets when I was only 14 – I ...
Ivory Coast Disaster Shows Validity of Meme Investing
May 07, 2011
A recent article on the Ivory Coast in The Financial Times illustrates the point this publication regularly makes about investing via dominant social themes. One has to decide if elite perspectives are accurate or if what we call the Internet Reformation is goi ...
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