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Do China and America Have 'Inverse' Dilemmas?
July 09, 2013
We are not so sure that China and the United States are "mirror opposites." We do believe that private interests run political systems around the world and always have. And that goes for China, too. We don't believe Chinese politicians are fully in charge of Ch ...
Wrong Question About Gold?
July 09, 2013
For us, asking the direction of gold prices relative to the dollar in the immediate future is perhaps the wrong question. The right question to ask for many is probably whether one has an investment plan – or even a survivalist strategy – and whether it inc ...
Wind Farming Expands as Headwinds Blow
July 09, 2013
Just as in the 1970s, the 2000s have offered a resurgence of interest in alternative forms of energy and transportation. And the results for the most part have been predictable. Solar panel companies have raised lots of money and then gone out of business. Elec ...
What Tea Bags Are Telling Us About the Ties that Really Bind
July 09, 2013
Is it fair to write about Ms. Carney and her preoccupations, given that she is a private citizen and not one of the most powerful people on the planet – like her husband Mark Carney, head of the Bank of England? Our answer is obviously a qualified yes because ...
Greece: Austerity Fails Upward
July 09, 2013
The Greek austerity package has been disastrous, trapping millions in a further cycle of poverty while stripping them of assets and promised retirement benefits. So what has the point of austerity been? We would argue it is simply to assert the primacy of a cer ...
The Real Economic Discussion
July 08, 2013
This is a revealing editorial in Business Insider because it shows more clearly than most what the deeper issues are surrounding Bernanke – and the worldwide discussion regarding his strategies and preferences. The discussion is really about the efficiency of ...
Bank of England: Central Banker as Movie Star
July 08, 2013
We were tipped to what was in store for the Bank of England's new head Mark Carney when former top banker Mervyn King described him as the "best central banker" of his generation. This was a phenomenally unusual description and seemed to us to have been a descr ...
Gazing at Egypt With Shock and Awe
July 08, 2013
In our initial analysis of the Egyptian political mess, we wondered if the Anglosphere, in particular Foggy Bottom and Washington DC, hadn't been dealt one of the most significant setbacks of recent imperialism. While we confessed we didn't know, it is beginnin ...
Tony Blair Calls for Total War?
July 08, 2013
War. Somewhere. Regrettable but necessary. This is what Tony Blair is telling us in this lengthy and merciless article that recently appeared in the (increasingly schizophrenic) UK Guardian newspaper. We call the article merciless not because of its bellicosity ...
Now They Tell Us: China Debt Levels 'Unknown'
July 05, 2013
We return to the ongoing saga of China because we remember only a few years ago that China was the darling of Western investment and Wall Street. We didn't understand how any economy could generate 10 percent growth per year for literally decades, but others se ...
A Better Idea for Carney
July 05, 2013
There are so many complicated terms surrounding central bank policy. Every time central bankers print more money in different ways, they have to give it a fancy name to make it sound scientific. Quantitative easing is just the latest term. It's just another way ...
Global Trade: Another Fiat Money Production
July 05, 2013
Paul Krugman is obviously gratified that world trade is growing though in this little article, he hastens to say there is "no moral" to the point he is making. But globalists are always happy when global trade expands. And Krugman is nothing if not a globalist. ...
Obamacare: Insuring Lawlessness
July 05, 2013
Western law is a plaything in the hands of the powerful. The libertarian think tank Cato makes this point powerfully, above. Here's more: The IRS's unilateral decision to delay the employer mandate is the latest indication that we do not live under a Rule of La ...
Yes, Mr. Johnson, Something Is Changing
July 05, 2013
But we don't. We live in a world increasingly afflicted by determined globalism and wanton lawlessness, in part generated by regulatory democracy itself. "The more laws, the more criminals," the Japanese tell us. And the West has long since departed from the gr ...
US's Man ElBaradei May Head Egypt
July 04, 2013
So perhaps it will be ElBaradei after all ... He's been waiting in the wings and the failure of the Muslim Brotherhood's regime may now bring him to the fore. Here is what we wrote about ElBaradei way back in 2011 in an article entitled "Middle East Dreamtime": ...
What's Happening in Egypt?
July 04, 2013
What the hell is going on? Mohamed Morsi's removal constitutes one of the greatest reversals of US diplomacy and intelligence operations in the modern era? Wasn't Morsi Washington's man? We've stayed away from commenting because there are no "elves" on the grou ...
Historical Opportunity for 21st Century Economics
July 04, 2013
So we can see from this article provided by the AP to the Wall Street Journal that influential economists are apparently all of a socialist strain. Here's the list: 2013 1. Paul Krugman 2. Joseph Stiglitz 3. Bill Gates 4. Michael Porter 5. Thomas Friedman 6. Er ...
Ascension of Central Banker Carney Continues to Instruct Us
July 04, 2013
We've been chronicling the arrival of the "most powerful" central banker of his era, the new head of the Bank of England, Mark Carney ... and this latest news squib is certainly worthy of mention. It provides yet one more example of how those involved with cent ...
Genius of Carney, Deterioration of a Meme
July 04, 2013
We've learned a lot about Mark Carney's style, but there is a good deal of substance to the newest and most important central banker of them all. Or so the Guardian tells us. There has been much talk in the UK about the recovery being strong enough for the Bank ...
'World War Z' and the Blessings of the Internet
July 04, 2013
We were struck by this commentary about "World War Z" over at top libertarian website LewRockwell.com because it parallels some commentary that appeared in these pages a while back. Here's what Anthony Wile wrote in an opinion piece on December 12, 2012: A movi ...
Will Tightening Cure as Carney Takes Over in Britain?
July 03, 2013
Now comes the test! Will Carney vote for more monetary debasement or less? Will the price-fixing of money be compounded by hyperactivity or will it be slightly lessened? The proposition is equivalent to asking someone if he has ceased to beat his wife so often. ...
Ship of Fools? July 4th Protest Sets Sail
July 03, 2013
PCWorld is owned by IDG, a huge conglomerate that solicits advertising from the entire spectrum of Silicon Valley tech companies. These companies have been cooperating intimately with US intel for a decade or more. We are supposed to believe that these same com ...
Why the Beeb Fails to Care …
July 03, 2013
There are a variety of problems with the public administration of private funds, and this article mentions the latest outbreak of Anglo-American difficulties centering on the BBC. Apparently, the BBC had been paying off disgruntled managers with huge cash settl ...
What the US Congress Should Do? Work Harder??
July 03, 2013
Why does Wonkbook call for this? It is surely a dominant social theme that if US citizens want to do well, Congress has to do better. For US society to do well, Congress ought to work hard at one thing: repeals. The main legislation to be turned back has to do ...
This Forbes Article Took Our Breath Away
July 03, 2013
Milton Friedman is seen as the dominant free-market thinker of his age. And yet during his lifetime he created withholding for the graduated income tax, called for a "steady state" central bank and now, it turns out, was behind the myth that corporations should ...
Ms. Couric's Serious Issue
July 03, 2013
Ms. Couric once anchored one of the most important news programs in the US, and thus in all the world. She is a reporter of consequence, even if she is not consequential at all. She rose to prominence as "perky" Katie on the "Today Show," first as a second fidd ...
Happy Endings in China?
July 02, 2013
The question haunts many an investor and economist: Will China experience a soft landing? To us the answer to the question is obvious: China is destined, sooner or later, to land "hard." How can it be otherwise? The Chinese central bank has been extraordinarily ...
Obama's African Boosterism Is No Surprise to Us
July 02, 2013
In a series of articles, we've tried to explain that Africa is likely next on the menu when it comes to the Westernization of the global economy. First came Japan and then China. And if you go back far enough, you will come to the Marshall Plan, which industria ...
The Surveillance State: Its Ramifications and Opponents
July 02, 2013
Yesterday, we pointed out that the media was considerably more interested in examining the question of US surveillance and its necessity, or lack thereof, than in reviewing the many questions lingering around 9/11. Today, we bear witness to an object lesson reg ...
Afghan Bloodshed and Turmoil May Only Be Beginning
July 02, 2013
Those who are waiting for the "navel of the world" to calm down – for a reduction in hostilities, in other words – may have a longer wait than expected. While the Taliban have made noises about negotiating an end to the current episode of the West's century ...
What Is a Surety?
July 02, 2013
The puzzling thing about the decline in the price of gold relative to dollars is that there is demand for the physical stuff, and now that physical demand may be translating into higher prices generally ... as Bloomberg notes. Certainly, the physical demand has ...
Garbage In, Garbage Out
July 01, 2013
This article makes good points, but why does it begin with the idea that inflation is by definition a rise in prices? Inflation is monetary and must precede a rise in prices. One is an instigator, the other a result. Not for the author of this article, though. ...
'Careful-With-Money' Carney Takes the Reins
July 01, 2013
We've been tracking the fulsome articles about Mark Carney in the UK Telegraph, which is an influential royalist newspaper in Britain. This is the best one yet. While the Telegraph publishes many interesting articles that debunk mainstream verities, when it com ...
How Is This Man a Pundit?
July 01, 2013
Paul Krugman has decided, as he does in almost every column, that if he were in charge of monetary policy, the world would be a better place, especially the US. For Krugman, who is a winner of the "fake" Nobel Prize in economics, money is paper printed by a mon ...
Who Gave Them the Money?
July 01, 2013
A conversation was recently leaked in the Irish press that might seem to confirm the worst fears about evil bankers. In the reports circulating first in the Irish media and now throughout the world, two top bankers are heard on the phone agreeing that the estim ...
Ignoring UKIP Is a Non-Starter
July 01, 2013
An argument is being made that Britain's nascent freedom movement ought not to receive a reaction because it is unimportant. UKIP, running mainly on the idea of removing Britain from the EU, has received an enthusiastic response from the British public. And tha ...
Revelations Rearrange the Focus of What Ought to Be Asked
July 01, 2013
We have noticed, depressingly, that it is all about calibration at the moment. What we will call the Snowden affair is in the process of changing the context of important issues. A courageous whistleblower, Edward Snowden has shown the world the reality of the ...
Mystifying Amateurs or Predictable Ones?
June 28, 2013
This article, brilliantly written as usual, misses the point. The question that should be asked is not why the Federal Reserve is doing something stupid. (That's a given.) The question that should be asked is why a small group of (mostly) men is in charge of mo ...
Europe: Agony of Agglomeration
June 28, 2013
Because this is a Der Spiegel article, it avoids the main issue regarding Southern Europe, which is that countries like Greece and Spain in particular are not cohesive entities. This point is verboten because it would bring this article into the realm of politi ...
There Ought to Be Consequences
June 28, 2013
There ought to be consequences for this kind of article. We know from historical narratives that Wall Street helped FUND the Russian Revolution because the bankers of the day needed to create an enemy to solidify the kind of authoritarianism they had in mind fo ...
Is There a Bigger Plan?
June 28, 2013
Anyone who has been following the alternative media over the past years knows that the various "youth" revolutions in Africa and now in the Middle East are controlled and sponsored. The US in particular has had a hand in these agitations and various agencies ha ...
Celebrating the Squeeze
June 28, 2013
How long is this supposed to go on? The middle classes of both Great Britain and the US have been speared on the sharp tip of monetary policy – and yet the mainstream media is filled with celebrations of the system. In Britain, especially, anticipation is hig ...
The Sport That Benefits Only a Few
June 28, 2013
Lance Armstrong is back in the news again, and we can see from the above excerpt that others are not happy with the comments he is making. Go online and you will find comments made about Bernard Hinault, as well. Many simply do not believe – along with Lance ...
Shale Energy Is an Explosive Trend
June 27, 2013
We've written about the sudden miracle of shale oil and pointed out that if you research the process, you find out it's been available for decades. Peak Oil, as we've long pointed out, was simply a hoax, developed by the technocractic movement to justify the in ...
Don't Become Entangled
June 27, 2013
This article in the Telegraph focuses on an antidote to state invasiveness ... transparency. As we have long pointed out, the transparency meme is a major dominant social theme these days. For instance, there is a global transparency organization headed by a fo ...
Rubio Apologizes for Reform?
June 27, 2013
Marco Rubio is trying to salvage his political base and as a result is explaining that what he has to do regarding US immigration is distasteful but necessary. Really, he ought to be apologizing for the advent of what some call the North American Union. While t ...
Holy Moly, CNN Posts a Truthful Story
June 27, 2013
For decades, US and British law enforcement, encouraged by their corporate, political and banking betters, have colluded to extend the penal reach of their regulatory democracy around the world. To some extent they have succeeded, but the Snowden blowback is so ...
They Don't Know What to Do … Redux
June 26, 2013
In a previous article on this subject, we pointed out that central bankers generally (and the Fed in particular) had no idea of how to remove money from the financial system. This Bloomberg article just reconfirms the point. In a recent article on these pages, ...
Fisher Warns Wall Street Not to Be Too Obvious
June 26, 2013
Richard Fisher comes out of Wall Street but now as a member of the Federal Reserve he has nothing but contempt for the Street, calling those who populate it "feral hogs." This is part of the ridiculousness of the system, that those who fix the price and volume ...
Internet Reformation Spreads to Brazil?
June 26, 2013
There are probably at least two reasons why Brazil is roiled by protests. Begin at the beginning: Only a fool or a naïf would insist that US Intel may not have at least brushed these protests. What happens in South America that is at least to some extent not i ...
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