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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 ...
Ron Paul Wins the Debate But Will the Federal Reserve Put Him in the White House?
May 07, 2011
The Drudge Report recently announced that according to a CNN Poll, Ron Paul has the best chance to beat Obama of all the potential GOP candidates. The Ron Paul Campaign has certainly been making progress over the past four years but the difference between futur ...
Silver Takes it on the Chin
May 07, 2011
This week saw the type of downside volatility in the precious metals market that will be remembered for years to come. For those of us who have been long gold, and silver in particular, the memories will not be pleasant. While many had been expecting a pullback ...
The Institutional Gold Rush
May 06, 2011
I have worked on Wall Street my entire life, and one thing I've learned is that large institutional investors, like pension funds and endowments, rarely veer from the herd. They manage too much of other people's money to stick their necks out alone - if their i ...
Why Can't I See Bin Laden's Dead Body?
May 06, 2011
I am baffled by this secrecy surrounding Bin Ladens' death. Someone needs to do more explaining than has been done thus far. Why when American taxpayers have funded a massive manhunt and eventual assassination of Osama bin Laden are they forbidden to see Bin La ...
Gaddafi Planned Gold Dinar, Now Under Attack
May 05, 2011
Plans for attacking Muammar Gaddafi apparently go back some 20 years, and even US President Ronald Reagan tried to kill him, deeming him a threat to America power. The latest attacks are in keeping with the larger wave of aggression initiated by the Anglo-Ameri ...
Some Consequences of Mixed Systems
May 05, 2011
China is what political economists call a market socialist country, with political socialism at a virtual dictatorial level (as distinct from, say, democratic socialist and liberal democratic countries) and is thus very precarious when it comes to its political ...
How Global Elites Steal Resources & Technology
May 04, 2011
The banking class – and the corporations that do business with this class – have reconfigured U.S. laws to enable them to facilitate massive mergers and acquisitions over the past several decades. This consolidation took massive financing, so where did the ...
On Constitutional Concerns
May 03, 2011
Last week the media focused on President Obama's basic eligibility to be president while ignoring the unconstitutional manner in which he governs. For example, his recent use of a signing statement to affect a line-item veto on a bill he signed into law as pres ...
Osama bin Laden Is Dead Again?
May 02, 2011
America's number one enemy is dead. "I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al-Qaeda and a terrorist who is responsible for the murder of thousands of inn ...
Does the Internet Have a Dark Side?
April 30, 2011
It is difficult to say with any certainty what knowledge is being disseminated now that will result in tomorrow's destabilization or even how far that destabilization will go. We have argued in the past that such changes do not overthrow the power elite, merely ...
More Foibles of Unlimited Democracy
April 30, 2011
It is certainly no secret that while democracy has certain merits as a method for reaching political decisions, it is liable to be abused without those limits. American democracy was always feared, even by the framers, and unless it is restrained by a good, jus ...
A Most Costly Fallacy!
April 28, 2011
No need to keep readers in suspense - the fallacy is to aim for certainty beyond the shadow of doubt! It is very costly because by holding on to the belief that if one lacks such certainty, it's OK to believe this or that and to do this or that, one is wasting ...
Ayn Rand & Libertarians Grossly Misunderstood
April 27, 2011
In my local paper a letter writer, apparently eager to besmirch Ayn Rand - which many have tried in vain - had this to say: "Rand's libertarianism has an underlying philosophy that says that if you are not particularly smart, ambitious, disciplined or wealthy, ...
Late to The Party … Once Again
April 26, 2011
The only thing more ridiculous than S&P's too little too late semi-downgrade of U.S. sovereign debt was the market's severe reaction to the announcement. Has S really added anything to the debate that wasn't already widely known? In any event, S&P's statement a ...
IMF Austerity Is Headed to America – Watch Out!
April 23, 2011
IMF provisions featuring privatization, tax hikes and public sector "austerity" are designed in my view to provoke the very public anger that Western elites are counting on to fuel a conversation about yet MORE centralization and MORE governmental control – o ...
You Know He's Desperate Now
April 23, 2011
Why are these folks not getting it? I suppose the answer to this is manifold but one source is the late Mancur Olson's theory that not until the bottom falls out will people and their lobbyists and politicians stop engaging in what economists call rent-seeking, ...
Political Pygmies and Mad Hatters
April 20, 2011
The debate in Washington over this year's budget that threatened another (ho hum) government shutdown is a sterling example of how modern day pundits and politicians have shrunk their vision of political affairs down to the momentary, the picayune, the superfic ...
Pitfalls of Shared Responsibility
April 20, 2011
President Barrack Obama asserted in a recent speech dealing with the country's enormous debt that what the country needs is to live by an ancient principle, namely, "the principle of shared responsibility." He invoked this in his defense of his championing of t ...
Budget Cuts Are Meaningless Without Fed Transparency
April 19, 2011
Congress focused on issues surrounding government spending this week as talk of deficits, the national debt, and the debt limit saturated the airwaves. This is a positive development. In years past, there was very little concern over how much was spent here in ...
The EU Crack-Up
April 19, 2011
Political upheaval has hit Finland, and it's merely a foreshadowing of bigger changes ahead. The core issue is whether Finland ought to be paying for bailouts for other EU states. In reaction to establishment support for the bailout, voters ousted the pro-bailo ...
Barack Obama's Internet Kill Switch
April 16, 2011
What are the chances of a US Internet Kill Switch? Could it happen? Is it practical? The Foundation for the Advancement of Free-Market Thinking (FAFMT) and The Daily Bell are pleased to bring you a short video presentation titled, Internet Kill Switch. The vide ...
On Demeaning A Straw Men
April 15, 2011
A. C. Grayling, an normally sensible English academic – just check out his book, Liberty in the Age of Terror (Bloomsbury, 2009) – wrote recently in The New York Review of Books: "Of course, people who hold extreme political positions are not troubled by su ...
Atomization & Commodification in Capitalism
April 14, 2011
That free market capitalism, if it existed, would atomize and commodify people is a charge that's been around quite a while. It pops up for sure whenever someone means to disparage the free market economy. Atomization is the idea that people, like the early con ...
The Nanny State Can't Last
April 12, 2011
Last week, Congress and the administration refused to seriously consider the problem of government spending. Despite the fear-mongering, a government shutdown would not have been as bad as claimed. It is encouraging that some in Washington seem to be insisting ...
Essential Capitalism
April 12, 2011
A while back I got caught up in a fracas about using the term "capitalism" to mean the free market, fully voluntary system of economic relations. It didn't surprise me since I am aware that complicated matters often need to be discussed, well, in complicated w ...
Morality and Freedom Again
April 11, 2011
Quite a few people, among them some who are pretty bright and thoughtful, hold that people have moral responsibilities, that these aren't mere preferences, and that a society that fails to accommodate this is flawed. For some who take morality seriously these r ...
Real Toll of Worldwide Regime Change
April 09, 2011
The unrest sweeping the world seems to be growing, and the Internet provides us with global updates cataloguing this powerful phenomenon. An article in All Africa.com "Uprising, Imperialism and Uncertainty," informs us that in addition to uprisings in Tunisia, ...
The Insidious Effects of Japan's Disaster
April 08, 2011
While the world's attention has been focused on the physical destruction wrought by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, the desperate attempts to contain the fallout from the shattered Fukushima Daiichi plant, and the daunting problems that Japan faces in rebu ...
Impeach Bernanke! – An open letter to Congressman Ron Paul of Texas
April 07, 2011
Most people believe, and the media confirm them in that belief, that the Fed can legally create dollars 'out of the thin air' in any quantity, and can do with them as it pleases. This may well be the pipe dream of Dr. Bernanke who is quoted as saying that the U ...
Will a Saudi Collapse Translate Into Soaring Gold and a Falling Dollar?
April 06, 2011
In my view, Sheikh Zaki Yamani's oil price prediction would be the least of our American problems resulting from a Saudi government collapse. The most important question facing the United States today is whether the freedom or color revolutions sweeping the Mid ...
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