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Vaccine Controversy Shows Why We Need Markets, Not Mandates
February 09, 2015
If I were still a practicing ob-gyn and one of my patients said she was not going to vaccinate her child, I might try to persuade her to change her mind. But, if I were unsuccessful, I would respect her decision. I certainly would not lobby the government to pa ...
Is Jeb Bush a GOP Leader, or Symptom of a Larger Problem of the US Political System?
February 07, 2015
A recent Reuters editorial asks, "Is Jeb Bush just another 'big government' liberal?" The article then goes on to discuss the differences between the "liberal" and GOP conservatives. This is an interesting analysis but I will try to show that it leaves out a th ...
Military Metaphysics: A Military Definition of Reality
February 05, 2015
The political sociologist C. Wright Mills (1916-1962) coined a new term, The Power Elite, through the title of his popular 1956 book. The term described the relationships of power between people who occupied leadership positions in three key segments of society ...
How Reality TV Is Teaching Us to Accept the American Police State
February 04, 2015
Americans love their reality TV shows – the drama, the insults, the bullying, the callousness, the damaged relationships delivered through the lens of a surveillance camera – and there's no shortage of such dehumanizing spectacles to be found on or off scre ...
The Ghosts of Yalta Still Haunt the World
February 03, 2015
Seventy years ago, during the week of February 4-11, 1945, the most momentous conference of the Second World War was held at Yalta in the Crimea between Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin. Their decisions have affected much of the world ...
The Failed 'Yemen Model'
February 02, 2015
Last September President Obama cited his drone program in Yemen as a successful model of US anti-terrorism strategy. He said that he would employ the Yemen model in his effort to "degrade and ultimately destroy" ISIS in Iraq and Syria. But just a week ago, the ...
Central Bankers, Please Do Not Unite on a Neo-Plaza Accord
January 31, 2015
We read on Bloomberg that central bankers ought to get together to create a new Plaza Accord, similar to the one that formally devalued the US dollar back in the mid-1980s relative to a number of countries, most notably Japan. Of course, central bank activities ...
The Libertarian Principle of Secession
January 30, 2015
For a century and a half, the idea of secession has been systematically demonized among the American public. The government schools spin fairy tales about the "indivisible Union" and the wise statesmen who fought to preserve it. Decentralization is portrayed as ...
'Sons of Liberty': A Review
January 30, 2015
The History channel's new miniseries, "Sons of Liberty," will anger the purists and the prudes. But it will delight the swashbuckler in the rest of us. It is a big, bodacious screening with superb production values that covers the lead-up years to the American ...
In Praise of Working People
January 29, 2015
A prominent difference between the 19th-century libertarian movement and the contemporary one lies in their attitudes toward working people. These are people who are not primarily interested in reading economic or political theory, but who focus their energies ...
Handcuffs, Leg Shackles and Tasers: The New Face of Punishment in the Public Schools
January 28, 2015
Roughly 1500 kids are tied up or locked down every day by school officials in the United States. At least 500 students are locked up in some form of solitary confinement every day, whether it be a padded room, a closet or a duffel bag. In many cases, parents ar ...
Europe's Move in the Direction of More Monetary Mischief
January 27, 2015
The European Central Bank has announced its intention to create out of thin air over one trillion new euros from March 2015 to September 2016. The rationale, the monetary central planners say, is to prevent price deflation and "stimulate" the European economy i ...
Education is Too Important Not to Leave to the Marketplace
January 26, 2015
This week, events around the country will highlight the importance of parental control of education as part of National School Choice Week. This year's events should attract more attention than prior years because of the growing rebellion against centralized ed ...
Freedom, Where Are You?
January 26, 2015
Not in America or Europe - When the former Goldman Sachs executive who runs the European Central Bank (ECB) announced that he was going to print 720 billion euros annually with which to purchase bad debts from the politically connected big banks, the euro sank ...
The Great Davos Echo Chamber
January 24, 2015
We've been covering the Economic Forum in Davos from the standpoint of its "mood" ... which is said to be distinctly downbeat this time around. But I want to comment on notable speeches being presented by various august personages. First up is Bill Gates who ac ...
Safe Haven 101: For Investors Concerned About the Future
January 23, 2015
Dictionaries broadly define a safe haven as a place of refuge or sanctuary. I'm using the term to describe a hoped for place of security if a future catastrophe should take place. Possibilities include a major natural disaster, the coming end of the forced petr ...
America's Growth Industry: Probation and Parole
January 22, 2015
The true and staggering rate of incarceration in America is masked by the unconventional cages that are rarely factored into the head count. Many people are caged in an unconventional manner for trivial and nonviolent offenses such as driving without a license ...
The Dire State of Our Nation (What You Won't Hear from the Politicians)
January 22, 2015
No matter what the politicians might say about how great America is, the fact is that the nation seems to be imploding. Consider the following facts: Our government is massively in debt. Currently, the national debt is somewhere in the vicinity of $18 trillion. ...
Global Free Trade Makes for Mutual Prosperity and World Peace
January 20, 2015
The recent brutal events in France have reminded us how small the world is that we all share. Violence and conflicts that have their origin in one part of the globe shows itself in another part of our planet. And mass media immediately shares those events with ...
If the Fed Has Nothing to Hide, It Has Nothing to Fear
January 19, 2015
Since the creation of the Federal Reserve in 1913, the dollar has lost over 97 percent of its purchasing power, the US economy has been subjected to a series of painful Federal Reserve-created recessions and depressions, and government has grown to dangerous le ...
Alarmism Goes Global: Now Comes the 'Tipping Point' Meme
January 17, 2015
Common Dreams has posted an article entitled, "In Just 60 Years, Neoliberal Capitalism Has Nearly Broken Planet Earth ..." The idea according to researchers at the Stockholm Resilience Centre is that "four of nine planetary boundaries have now been crossed as a ...
The Proofiness of the Politically Correct Rape
January 15, 2015
A legion of the politically correct who make a living from the alleged oppression of women were gleeful and almost goofy with proofiness this week. The incident is a window into how statistical myths are created. Charles Seife, a journalist and a professor at N ...
Lessons for Winning Liberty in a World of Statism
January 13, 2015
Friends of freedom often become despondent when it seems that every day brings another growth and intrusion of government over people's lives. But there is no reason to be disheartened, because there are lessons for winning liberty – from the opponents of fre ...
Lessons from Paris
January 13, 2015
After the tragic shooting at a provocative magazine in Paris last week, I pointed out that given the foreign policy positions of France we must consider blowback as a factor. Those who do not understand blowback made the ridiculous claim that I was excusing the ...
The Police Threat Is Too High
January 12, 2015
The hypocrisy of American police is beginning to bother even law and order conservatives. The New York Police Department is rivaling the black community in Ferguson in keeping alive the murders of their community members. We are constantly reminded of how dange ...
Top Speculator Peter Thiel Makes a Big Bet on the Cannabis Industry
January 10, 2015
As we predicted long ago, cannabis is gradually emerging as an industry. Those of us who saw the opportunity knew the large money would be made as the market gradually developed venture-capital and IPO participation. That's what is occurring now. Ultimately, th ...
Inner City Turmoil and Other Crises: My Predictions for 2015
January 09, 2015
If Americans were honest with themselves they would acknowledge that the Republic is no more. We now live in a police state. If we do not recognize and resist this development, freedom and prosperity for all Americans will continue to deteriorate. All liberties ...
Victims Frantically Search For Offense
January 08, 2015
Microaggression. The word may soon be knocking on your door to demand supplication or another form of payment. Microaggression is the new politically correct campaign being launched by "disadvantaged" elites who are running out of even vaguely real transgressio ...
A New Year's Resolution: Become a Light of Liberty
January 06, 2015
With the beginning of 2015, what might be a "New Year's resolution" for a friend of freedom? I would suggest that one answer is for each of us to do our best to become "lights of liberty" that will attract others to the cause of freedom and the free society. Fo ...
Ten New Year’s Resolutions for Congress
January 05, 2015
Since New Year's is traditionally a time for resolutions, and since the new Congress convenes this week, I thought I would suggest some New Year's resolutions for Congress: 1) Bring the troops home — Congress should take the first, and most important, step to ...
Notes on a New Year, as Power Shifts From North to South
January 03, 2015
In a staff report this week, we made some predictions regarding next year. The staff article was entitled, "Some Modest New Year Predictions Based on Dominant Social Themes." Our conclusion is what I want to discuss more thoroughly. We wrote: "Examine where ass ...
Medicine's False Paradigm
January 02, 2015
Pernicious drugs dominate our lives today like restrictive manacles control a southern chain gang. We are prisoners. And it's not evils like cocaine and heroin that are the real enslavers; they control but a pittance of people. The real chains around us are fas ...
The Brain Drain, Gain and Retain
January 01, 2015
America is making emigration more difficult and expensive. Last year, for example, the cost of renouncing U.S. citizenship rose by over 400% from $450 to $2,350. Those who take the far more common step of simply and quietly leaving still remain vulnerable to a ...
Forecasting the Future and Winning Liberty
December 30, 2014
As a new year begins, it is easy to consider that the prospects for freedom in America and in many other parts of the world seem dim. After all, government continues to grow bigger and more intrusive, along with tax burdens that siphon off vast amounts of priva ...
The Outlook for the New Year
December 30, 2014
The conflict that Washington has initiated between the West and Russia/China is reckless and irresponsible. Nuclear war could be the outcome. Indeed, Washington has been preparing for nuclear war since the George W. Bush regime. Washington has revised US war do ...
The Real Meaning of the 1914 Christmas Truce
December 29, 2014
One hundred years ago last week, on Christmas Eve, 1914, German and British soldiers emerged from the horrors of World War One trench warfare to greet each other, exchange food and gifts, and to wish each other a Merry Christmas. What we remember now as the "Ch ...
Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus
December 27, 2014
We've posted variations of the following editorial around Christmastime on several occasions, most recently in 2013. It commemorates the famous reply to a letter from little Virginia way back in 1897, entitled, "Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus." Eight-yea ...
Putin: It Is Time to Play Your Ace in the Hole
December 26, 2014
The entire world is watching Putin play poker with the Western politicians lead by Obama and followed by Washington quislings in London, Brussels and Berlin. America's goal since the end of the Cold War has been to weaken by financial, economic and, if necessar ...
The Power of Gratuitous Kindness
December 25, 2014
Every Christmas reminds me of an anonymous act of kindness that changed my life. I have no one to thank. I don't know if my good Samaritan was white or black, male or female. It was an act of pure compassion that did not seek even the reward of recognition. It ...
Yes, Virginia There is No Political Santa Claus
December 23, 2014
At a time of the year when gift giving and charitable good spirit fills the air, please allow me to be the one who rains on the parade: "Yes, Virginia, there is no Santa Claus!" I don't mean the Santa who comes down the chimney with toys for every girl and boy. ...
The Lawless Manipulation of Bullion Markets by Public Authorities
December 23, 2014
The Federal Reserve and its bullion bank agents are actively using uncovered futures contracts to illegally manipulate the prices of precious metals in order to keep interest rates below the market rate. The purpose of manipulation is to support the U.S. dollar ...
Janet Yellen's Christmas Gift to Wall Street
December 22, 2014
Last week we learned that the key to a strong economy is not increased production, lower unemployment, or a sound monetary unit. Rather, economic prosperity depends on the type of language used by the central bank in its monetary policy statements. All it took ...
David Stockman Presents High Alert's VESTS Analysis
December 20, 2014
I noticed an article by David Stockman, "Central Banks Are Now Uncorking The Delirium Phase," and I want to comment on it because he shed light on some of the same conclusions we've come to regarding this ongoing "Wall Street Party." Stockman also makes a case ...
Renegade Liberals and 'Oppressed' Elite Feminists
December 18, 2014
Everyone has heard the statistic. One in five female students will be raped during her time on campus. Only they won't because the rate of campus rape is far, far lower and it is consistently falling. A Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) report disproves the 1- ...
Financial Market Manipulation Is The New Trend: Can It Continue?
December 18, 2014
Financial Imperialists Attack Russia: A dangerous new trend is the successful manipulation of the financial markets by the Federal Reserve, other central banks, private banks, and the US Treasury. The Federal Reserve reduced real interest rates on US government ...
The False Promises of Controlled Two Percent Inflation
December 16, 2014
A specter is haunting the world, the specter of two percent inflationism. Whether pronounced by the U.S. Federal Reserve or the European Central Bank, or from the Bank of Japan, many monetary central planners have declared their determination to impose a certai ...
All I Want for Christmas is a (Real) Government Shutdown
December 15, 2014
The political class breathed a sigh of relief Saturday when the US Senate averted a government shutdown by passing the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill. This year's omnibus resembles omnibuses of Christmas past in that it was drafted in secret, was full of s ...
Central Banking Dysfunction in an Era of Stock Market Volatility
December 13, 2014
A recent article in The Market Oracle caught my eye: "Largest Financial Bubble in History – 10 years of 'Why Sell Now?' " The article was written this past week during a powerfully slumping market that trimmed hundreds of points off the Dow Jones industrial a ...
The Rape Culture Hysteria
December 11, 2014
A rape culture dogma has been created in North America by politically-correct (PC) feminists who claim sexual assault against women is a systemic problem throughout society. It does not matter that rape is a heavily punished crime or that the mere accusation of ...
Safe Haven Colombia: Peace, Pyramids, Parrots and Profits
December 10, 2014
"First, let me try to tell you about the setting of the Terra Viva, or Living Earth, community in such a way that I can convey even an inkling of the spectacular appeal of this magical place." Anthony Wile. Yes, Anthony is a great writer and this sounds like a ...
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