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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 ...
The Case for Monetary Freedom and Free Banking
December 09, 2014
There has been no greater threat to life, liberty, and property throughout the ages than government. Even the most violent and brutal private individuals have been able to inflict only a mere fraction of the harm and destruction that have been caused by the use ...
House Chooses New Cold War With Russia
December 08, 2014
Last week the US House voted overwhelmingly in favor of an anti-Russia resolution so full of war propaganda that it rivals the rhetoric from the chilliest era of the Cold War. Ironically, much of the bill condemns Russia for doing exactly what the US government ...
When Choice Matters: Organic Food vs. Organic Investing
December 06, 2014
Morgan Stanley recently predicted a good deal of growth for organic/natural food sellers. In fact, this area is "hot." And because it is, I want to clarify certain concerns regarding organic/natural food from an investment standpoint. Increasingly, we have an i ...
Can I Sell Myself into Slavery?
December 04, 2014
No. The reason requires a considerably lengthier response. Slavery is the social condition in which one human being owns another as property. This means the owner can use and dispose of the slave as he would other property such as a table or dog. Historically, ...
Hayek's Warning: The Social Engineer's Pretense of Knowledge
December 02, 2014
Forty years ago, on December 11, 1974, Austrian economist Friedrich A. Hayek formally received that year's Nobel Prize in Economics at the official ceremonies in Stockholm, Sweden. He delivered a lecture called, "The Pretense of Knowledge," which forcefully cha ...
US Resorts to Illegality to Protect Failed Policies
December 02, 2014
In a blatant and massive market intervention, the price of gold was smashed on Friday. Right after the Comex opened on Friday morning 7,008 paper gold contracts representing 20 tonnes of gold were dumped in the New York Comex futures market at 8:50 a.m. EST. At ...
Who Wants to be Defense Secretary?
December 01, 2014
It seems nobody wants to be Secretary of Defense in the Obama administration. The president's first two Defense Secretaries, Robert Gates and Leon Panetta, both complained bitterly this month about their time in the administration. The president's National Secu ...
Another Marijuana Meme Sours: Cannabis Likely Doesn't Incite Violence After All
November 29, 2014
The meme of marijuana and violence is weakening. As this theme is discredited, cannabis decriminalization and legalization will surely continue to expand. Here at The Daily Bell we see this as an ongoing and even inevitable trend. Vox is the latest media platfo ...
Dazed and Confused: Why Trying to Eat Healthy May Lead to Dizziness
November 29, 2014
The old adage "you are what you eat" has a lot of people horrified these days, as we begin to realize just what it is we're actually putting into our bodies. Anyone who's worked at a beef packing plant, commercial chicken farm or sausage-making facility knows j ...
Confronting the C-Word
November 27, 2014
"The first rule of the politics of fear is that if you want to make something sound scarier than it actually is, you add the word 'culture' at the end of it." – Brendan O'Neill, Editor of Spiked. It is the c-word*: culture. Depending on the political agenda o ...
Alien Tidal Wave Now Assured
November 26, 2014
Reason flees; pygmies rule. Our intellectuals and legislators on both sides of the spectrum have abandoned all sanity regarding immigration, culture, freedom, and common sense. Our country is in free fall. Collapse lies over the horizon like grinning Death with ...
The Ferguson Uprising Is Only a SHTF Preview
November 25, 2014
"The time to buy is when there's blood in the streets." – Baron Rothschild. Events unfolding in Ferguson, Missouri in the "Show Me State," are allowing Americans an opportunity to safely watch on cable news a frightening preview of what will likely happen whe ...
Thanksgiving: Celebrating the Birth of American Free Enterprise
November 25, 2014
This time of the year, whether in good economic times or bad, is when Americans gather with their families and friends and enjoy a Thanksgiving meal together. It marks a remembrance of those early Pilgrim Fathers who crossed the uncharted ocean from Europe to m ...
Swiss Gold Referendum: What It Really Means
November 25, 2014
In a few days the Swiss people will go to the polls to decide whether the Swiss central bank is to be required to hold 20% of its reserves in the form of gold. Polls show that the gold requirement is favored by the less well off and opposed by wealthy Swiss inv ...
Defeat of USA FREEDOM Act is a Victory for Freedom
November 24, 2014
It will not shock readers to hear that quite often legislation on Capitol Hill is not as advertised. When Congress wants to do something particularly objectionable, they tend give it a fine-sounding name. The PATRIOT Act is perhaps the best-known example. The l ...
A New Free-Thinking Community for Your Life, Safety and Sanity!
November 22, 2014
What follows in this editorial is one of the most important announcements I'll ever make. A new community is rapidly taking shape in the mountains of Colombia. A number of liberty-minded individuals within the free-market thinking community are taking quick act ...
The New Gun Suspect: Every School Child
November 20, 2014
"[The role of the schoolmaster is to] collect little plastic lumps of human dough from private households and shape them on the social kneading board." ~ Edward Ross, Social Control: A Survey of the Foundations of Order. Five-year-old Elizabeth of Mobile, Alaba ...
The Berlin Wall and the Spirit of Freedom
November 18, 2014
This November marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. On November 9, 1989, as the shaky East German communist government resigned, the Berlin Wall came tumbling down. Large crowds formed on both sides of the Wall. East and West Berliners clim ...
Internet Gambling Ban: A Winner for Sheldon Adelson, A Losing Bet for the Rest of Us
November 17, 2014
Most Americans, regardless of ideology, oppose "crony capitalism" or "cronyism." Cronyism is where politicians write laws aimed at helping their favored business beneficiaries. Despite public opposition to cronyism, politicians still seek to use the legislative ...
The Next Presidential Election Will Move the World Closer to War
November 17, 2014
Glenn Greenwald has revealed that Hillary Clinton is the presidential candidate of the banksters and warmongers. Pam and Russ Martens note that Elizabeth Warren is the populist alternative. I doubt that a politician who represents the people can acquire the cam ...
Ramifications of Naming Piketty's Book as FT 'Business Book of the Year'
November 15, 2014
Bloomberg has posted an editorial, "Why Are We So Obsessed With Everyone Else's Wealth?" This caught my eye because the editorial mentioned that the Financial Times has just named Thomas PIketty's difficult text, Capitalism in the 21st Century, the "business bo ...
Fractional-Reserve Banking is Not Fraud
November 13, 2014
Fractional-reserve banking (FRB) is a flash point within libertarianism and a subject that elicits a rare sight: economists becoming emotional. For many in the Austrian school, FRB is theft, counterfeiting and fraud; some critics call for banning it. To other f ...
Gordon Tullock: Economist Who Explained Why Government Corruptly Grows
November 11, 2014
Why is it that government grows in size and scope, and is so difficult to stop or reverse? Political economist Gordon Tullock, who passed away on November 3, 2014 at the age of 92, was a path-breaker in explaining how and why big government keeps getting bigger ...
More Lies from 'Our' Government: The Latest Jobs Report
November 11, 2014
Just as the German media has destroyed its credibility with lies, the US government is consistently destroying Washington's credibility both with its own citizens and the rest of the world. Russia and China, the other two significant nuclear powers, no longer b ...
What The Mid-Term Elections Really Mean For Peace and Liberty
November 10, 2014
Did the election last week really mean that much? I took to my Twitter account on Tuesday to point out that the change in control of the Senate from Democrat to Republican actually means very little, despite efforts by politicians and the mainstream media to co ...
Can Anarcho-Capitalism Work?
November 10, 2014
The term "anarcho-capitalism" has, we might say, rather an arresting quality. But while the term itself may jolt the newcomer, the ideas it embodies are compelling and attractive, and represent the culmination of a long development of thought. If I had to boil ...
Can't We All Just Trust Our Governments?
November 08, 2014
Reuters has posted an interesting review of a new book by Geoffrey Hosking called Trust: A History. The thesis? Apparently that trust "provides a substitute for prescience. The unchecked pursuit of self-interest can undermine trust." This is surely one more glo ...
Paul Krugman's 'Triumph of the Wrong' Column Is Dead Wrong
November 08, 2014
"Politics determines who has the power, not who has the truth." – Paul Krugman What leads me to conclude Paul Krugman's latest column is dead wrong? First of all, I agree with him on one thing. Krugman offers a summary of supposed conservative, free-market so ...
Robert LeFevre, Paying a Debt Backward
November 06, 2014
I owe an unpaid intellectual debt to Robert LeFevre (1911-1986) with whom I associated in my twenties. LeFevre deeply impacted libertarians who met him personally but current and future generations may not understand why. They will meet only his books, which ar ...
Benjamin Constant: A Principled Voice of Liberty Worth Recalling
November 04, 2014
October 25th marked the 247th birthday of one of the greatest voices of liberty, the French political philosopher of freedom, Benjamin Constant. He may not be a household name to friends of freedom today, but he should be. He wrote one of the most principled an ...
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