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Practiced Obfuscation of Central Banking: Fischer Gives A Speech
August 12, 2014
This article in the Financial Times is a good example of reporting on something without saying anything. That's not the fault of the Financial Times so much as it is of the vice-chairman of the Federal Reserve, Stanley Fischer. Fischer has given a Keynesian spe ...
Freedom Is No 'Fantasy,' as the NY Times Is Finding Out
August 12, 2014
Probably the most insufferable thing about this editorial is its smug tone. But running a close second is its tendency to err regarding facts. It's as if the editors have kinda ... given up. Recently, the Times published an opinion piece regarding wild fires wi ...
Income Disparity and Its Problematic Promotion in the 21st Century
August 11, 2014
In numerous recent articles, we've tracked the "income disparity meme," and this Reuters editorial continues the trend. This important elite meme blurs the reality of what destroys economies – monopoly central banking and corporate personhood. Top globalists ...
Times Article on Forest Fires Shows Why the Mainstream Media Is in Trouble
August 11, 2014
When little fires are denied, big ones are inevitable. But this rant in the New York Times doesn't even mention fire suppression. Instead, it tries to make political points and thus inadvertently becomes yet another exhibit in a long line of articles and analys ...
New York Times: Rand Paul and Libertarianism Have Arrived on the Main Stage
August 08, 2014
The New York Times has discovered libertarianism – and Rand Paul – and we are not surprised. We've predicted this moment and especially the part that Rand Paul is playing in it. The Times article presents Rand Paul, the Republican junior senator from Kentuc ...
Schadenfreude: The Transitory Misery of DEA Officials as Marijuana Is Legalized
August 08, 2014
It is hard to be a DEA agent these days. For years, narcotics agents have terrorized anyone involved with marijuana. Millions have gone to jail; young people have lost college scholarships and had careers crushed; children have lost parents; families have disi ...
Lesser Libertarian Arguments … and How to Make Them More Effective
August 07, 2014
One of the most prominent and certainly one of the richest libertarians in the USA has written an editorial in USA Today presenting free-market oriented suggestions that would make the US a more prosperous and satisfying place to live. The points being made are ...
Portmanteau Memes: A New Media Wrinkle
August 07, 2014
This is a good example of how difficult it is to write about elite themes without lapsing into what the mainstream media would call "conspiracy nuttery." Breitbart is writing some good articles these days about the media and this one recognizes two separate med ...
Africa Rises – and Begins to Roar
August 06, 2014
We started following this Africa Rising meme long ago, and we've watched its construction closely. It began with a murmur and now has turned into a roar. This week, the White House hosts African leaders along with the Anglosphere's top multinationals, as we can ...
As Predicted, Income Inequality Meme Is Now Portrayed as an Economic Threat
August 06, 2014
We weren't going to write another article on the income inequality meme, but it's like a train wreck – we can't look away. Here's ANOTHER article on "income inequality" – and it's not even a standalone item but one that deals with an exhaustive S&P research ...
Income Inequality: A Wounded Meme Dies Hard?
August 05, 2014
This Bloomberg article states flatly that US income disparities are a growing problem that badly needs to be addressed. You would think with the wars, disease and starvation in the world that there would be more to write about than the climbing wealth of the ri ...
Gulf of Tonkin Anniversary: Ignore the Dialectic at Your Peril
August 05, 2014
Fifty years on, Vietnam is being re-analyzed in the mainstream media. This Politico article is one of the better ones, but unfortunately, it still doesn't present the full perfidy of that war's progression, nor the manipulated dialectic that it was part of. Mod ...
Spin Reuters Backward to Understand the True Meaning of Globalist Argumentation
August 04, 2014
This article, written by Mark Leonard, the absurdly young-looking Director of the European Council on Foreign Relations, claims that the growing tensions between Russia and the West have ended the dream of globalization. But we are used to analyzing these sorts ...
British Police Scandal: The Internet is Increasingly Unkind to Government Corruption
August 04, 2014
Like the US, Britain has a plethora of policing services and secret-service facilities. And as in the US, these services are growing increasingly corrupt. Of course, corruption is in the eye of the proverbial beholder, and one can make the argument that any sor ...
Is the Wall Street Party Over?
August 01, 2014
Bail out. The party's over! That's what we're reading in some publications now that markets have taken a tumble. We're not so sure. Our short-term perspective has been that this faux Wall Street Party can go on at least until the fall – as we've been writing ...
The Marijuana Meme Rolls On: Canadian Poll Shows Support
August 01, 2014
Those that honor us with their patronage know that we have been ahead of the proverbial curve when it comes to what we call the marijuana meme. This poll proves it once more. Think about it. Does the Canadian government takes polls and advertise them on subject ...
Steady-As-She-Goes Yellen Intends to Continue the 'Wall Street Party'
July 31, 2014
Recovery? Really? Now the trumpets are sounding for a US recovery, but as we've pointed out many times, what is going up mostly is the stock market as the Fed determinedly debases currency. And as we've predicted, Ms. Yellen has no intention of stopping. She is ...
Income Inequality: The New York Times Throws a Temper Tantrum
July 31, 2014
Boy, this is a patronizing story from the New York Times. It basically says that people are stupid and they should be rioting in the streets over "income disparity." They just don't know it yet! We're well aware of this meme, and have written about it a lot. We ...
Abenomics Keynesian Approach to Japanese Success Wanes?
July 30, 2014
So we learn that Abenomics is not working so well. Okay ... we never expected it to. Honestly, where has a Keynesian economic program ever really rebuilt an economy? FDR tried it in the US, but the US economy didn't recover until the end of World War II when vi ...
Competing Histories of Marijuana Prohibition Emerge
July 30, 2014
The New York Times is out with what is apparently intended to be a definitive history of why marijuana was criminalized. This is a very important issue because the sudden reversal in marijuana laws and regulations is bringing up a question about criminal justic ...
The Misleading Technocratic Meme of Modern Portfolio Theory
July 29, 2014
Here is an article that probably has been written to remind people that it is possible to approach the stock market rationally using the tools provided by Great Minds. The subtext of the article is the efficacy of modern portfolio theory, which we shall see is ...
Water Scarcity: Blame It on Corporate Manipulations, Not Markets
July 29, 2014
We've predicted this in a series of articles. Enforced scarcity is how the power elite initiates further globalism and exercises controls. Of course, the mainstream media is sure there's a water problem, one that is only going to be compounded by a capitalist t ...
The Fed Is Blowing a Titanic Stock Market Bubble Despite Media Denials
July 28, 2014
If the government or mainstream media say something definitive, assume the opposite. This article explains to us that the Fed has little power to create "irrational" bubbles. And that the current stock bubble – bigger than any bubble in history – is a ratio ...
Exploiting The Ebola Tragedy?
July 28, 2014
We are very sad for the chief Ebola doctor, Umar Khan, who is only 39 years old and a valiant fighter against this terrible disease. Wikipedia describes it as follows: "Manifestation of Ebola begins abruptly with a sudden onset of an influenza-like stage charac ...
Bubble Bashing Bankers: Don't Fear Asset Inflation
July 25, 2014
It began with a bizarre statement by Janet Yellen. "Monetary policy faces significant limitations as a tool to promote financial stability," Yellen told an audience at an event put on by the International Monetary Fund. We covered this announcement via a write- ...
Meaningless 'Minder' Interviews Are Not the Real Problem
July 25, 2014
This article supports the meme that the mainstream media in the West is engaged in a meaningful news exercise. It is not, but pretending it is sustains the larger media fiction. It is amazing how intricate journalism has gotten in the past century. Unfortunatel ...
Shock: Colombia to Legalize Marijuana
July 24, 2014
The news regarding Colombia's intention to legalize marijuana – as yet little reported in the wider, Western world – is truly shocking, though regular readers of our publications will not be much surprised. More than almost any other publication we know of, ...
Obama: Pro-Business or Corporatist?
July 24, 2014
Our perception has changed. Once this article would have made a kind of sense to us (long ago). But it surely doesn't now. It's jam-packed with various sorts of financially illiterate assumptions. Sorry for picking on it; there are hundreds if not thousands of ...
Another Chinese Economic Problem: Sky-High Debt Ratios
July 23, 2014
This UK Telegraph article, predictably by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, gives us some more insight into how China's impossible boom has been created, leveraged and elongated, possibly to the breaking point. It's not a pretty picture. Years ago, we began to write tha ...
More Voter Participation? Mainstream Pols Better Be Careful What They Wish For
July 23, 2014
We heartily encourage people not to vote. Your vote doesn't really matter within the larger scheme of things. Anyway, many voting districts are so gerrymandered that the incumbent would have to perform a ghastly crime in broad daylight to stand any chance of lo ...
The Manipulated Dialectical Destiny of the BRICS
July 22, 2014
This pernicious elite meme amply illustrates what we call directed history. In this case endless articles are appearing to explain why the dollar is in terminal decline as the BRICS (including South Africa) are ascending. We last wrote about this issue here: Do ...
Rand Paul: Presidential Victory and Then a Long Repentance?
July 22, 2014
Will Rand Paul be the next US president? We believe it's perfectly possible, and thus we've been following this meme. Now it seems Rand Paul – and the news media – are coining a new phrase, "conservatarian." We weren't familiar with the term, but we found n ...
The Logical Conclusion of the Modern, Monetary Argument
July 21, 2014
This is an interesting article because it shows clearly that controlling the Fed's business practices is a kind of non-starter. Reining in Fed behavior won't make a real difference. The article revolves around a Republican proposal having to do, in part, with r ...
Drug Decriminalization: Lesson Learned
July 21, 2014
US fedgov is going to reduce sentences for drug offenders. With a push on to decriminalize and legalize drugs, why should people continue to stay in jail? We asked that question a while ago and now have our answer. People won't. A bigger question, of course, is ...
Illiterate Twofer: Rise of Robots Demands Universal Basic Income
July 18, 2014
Dominant social themes are almost always economically literate. But rarely do we discover linkages that allow the presentation of two at once. This article offers one untruth – that robots will put almost everyone out of work – and then compounds it with an ...
Answer to the 'Right to Be Remembered' Is Natural Law
July 18, 2014
There are two ways to confront this wrongheaded Reuters editorial. One way is by pointing out that aggregators like Google (and others) are protected by various legislative and court rulings that allow them to post the most salacious and destructive information ...
Trillion Dollar Google: The Myth of Capitalist Enterprise
July 17, 2014
Nope. We are past believing in such fantasies as a trillion dollar company. These will not be companies but titanic mercantilist organizations. Of course, for smaller, nimbler companies, such vastness is a good thing. As stock markets climb and trillions slosh ...
Fallout of IRS Scandals May Be More Serious Than Seen
July 17, 2014
We've noticed this meme is gaining popularity "on the left." The idea is that tax-exempt social welfare organizations should not engage in politics, and that when the IRS began to examine these organizations, Republicans moved in with trumped up charges because ...
Santelli Vs Liesman: A CNBC Shootout That Ultimately Misses the Point
July 16, 2014
This is one of the better articles we've read in the mainstream media recently because it efficiently covers two sides of the Western economic argument. Only at the end does it fail to come to logical conclusions. But what it does provide is both entertaining a ...
Mission Accomplished: Abe Remilitarizes Japan
July 16, 2014
Japan is going to create a standing army; supposedly truculent Premiere Shinzo Abe is leading the way. But there seems to be another side to Abe. Apparently, he can be politically astute and considerate when he wishes to be. At least that's what we read in The ...
Let's Tax the Poor and Call It Progressive
July 15, 2014
This article from Slate makes several arguments regarding higher taxes: Taxes are necessary and higher taxes are even more important for social comity. Why the "left" (if we can characterize Slate a leftist rather than corporatist) always seems to want to justi ...
CIA Scandal Shows Necessity of 'Living Free in an Unfree World'
July 15, 2014
We cover dominant social themes and often you find these in the mainstream media. But sometimes a meme is revealed by its absence. One such case is this article posted at the World Socialist Website, which provides us with an elite theme that has not really bee ...
Improving the Fed: So Many Windy Words …
July 14, 2014
Another article, among thousands every year, explaining how the Fed can be more effective if it would just do ... this. Or that … The rhetorical element always involves explaining what the Fed has done wrong, and continues to do wrong, and why the Fed can bec ...
Atlantic Mag Shock: US No Longer Under 'Rule of Law'
July 14, 2014
Here comes The Atlantic magazine – that bastion of international socialism – with a scathing article about the US's rising lawlessness. Of course, we have no idea why this article appeared in The Atlantic, a publication dedicated to advancing an ever-closer ...
Al Jazeera: Hike Taxes to Create Prosperity?
July 11, 2014
Al Jazeera wants to make sure that people are aware that tax cuts are not beneficial. Presumably additional taxes would be helpful, using this logic. These sorts of articles remind us of why US citizens in particular are economically illiterate. Of course, the ...
Legislative Dysfunction Is a Hopeful Sign
July 11, 2014
Thank goodness for a do-nothing US Congress. We've written about this before but it is worth repeating. Every law and regulation produced at a federal, state or local level in the US – or in the EU, anywhere really – is a price fix, a redistributive act, ta ...
Don't Be Fooled by Transcontinental Rivalries
July 10, 2014
The temptation always is to believe that Russia and China operate systems that are much different than the West's. But perhaps not. Two recent articles remind us that what seems separate includes significant elements of compatibility. The world's leaders run in ...
Don't Fall for the Energy Hype
July 10, 2014
Anthony Evans-Pritchard has made a bold statement in the pages of the UK Telegraph, the newspaper he writes for: He is predicting the eventual implosion of the oil and gas industry. Of course, green-energy types have been predicting the end of oil and gas for d ...
As Tax Collectors Grow More Aggressive, Payers Are Caught in the Middle
July 09, 2014
Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs doesn't have enough power, or so the British Parliament is told. HMRC wants to be both judge and jury when it comes to recalcitrant taxpayers. It wants to the ability to "raid bank accounts" and to do so without a court warrant. ...
Why Popular Music Is Less Successful These Days
July 09, 2014
Another meme is souring. We've tracked the gradual decline of movies, television, modern art and meaningful fiction. Now we see the same thing when it comes to popular music. And we should note that popular music has had a strong run in Western culture ever sin ...
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