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Decline of Financial Journalism
June 25, 2013
We're not surprised by these terrible statistics but we are surprised by the article excerpted above. It should be evident by now even to the general public that the savings rate is low because the system doesn't support savings. When interest rates are so low ...
BIS Demands Global Depression?
June 24, 2013
There is no avoiding what the Bank for International Settlements has just demanded. The top men at that august institution are demanding a global depression. And just to ensure that people especially in the West are thoroughly confused as they slip into starvat ...
The Real New Hope for the Global Middle Class … Atomization?
June 24, 2013
We've been waiting for the expression of this dominant social theme and now it has arrived, thanks to Reuters. No surprise there. In fact, it is quite predictable. Here's more: Citizens are demanding basic political rights, accountable governments and a fairer ...
Con of Public Banking
June 24, 2013
Ellen Brown has written another statist hagiography called The Public Bank Solution. As a libertarian-oriented website promoting free-market economic approaches, we obviously disagree with her premise. We don't mind disagreeing with her because she is a nice pe ...
Bitcoin … Con or Not?
June 24, 2013
We've written several articles explaining we are suspicious of the bitcoin phenomenon. Given the news of the past few weeks, including this cease and desist order referred to above, we thought we would revisit bitcoin. As proponents of competitive currencies al ...
Spiegel: If People Don't Vote, Then They Must Approve of the Surveillance State …
June 24, 2013
So now that the leaders of regulatory democracies in a concerted fashion have built up the surveillance society over decades, it is up to voters to turn back the proverbial tide in a couple of weeks. This is what Der Spiegel indignantly demands. Sure, the other ...
Paula Deen Forgiven? Mainstream Hurries to Salvage Political Correctness
June 24, 2013
A broken woman, Paula Deen ducked a national US television appearance and instead recently released several YouTube videos abjectly apologizing for things that had been said years ago. As a result, her supporters are organizing a boycott of the Food Network. Se ...
Investors Beware: Vaccines Continue to Be Controversial
June 22, 2013
Big Pharma is big business, some of the biggest business around – and increasingly on the Internet and even in the mainstream its methods of operations are being questioned. One way companies turn a profit while avoiding the scrutiny of Western media is to ta ...
They Don't Know What to Do
June 21, 2013
For years, we've pointed out that central bankers can print money but they don't know what to do when it comes to removing money from the economy. Even assuming that most Federal Reserve notes (dollars) are still trapped in bank (Fed) coffers, there is obviousl ...
Ben Bails Out of the Helicopter
June 21, 2013
This Reuters opinion piece makes a lot of good points. But we don't agree with the ending. Don't skip ahead, though. We'll take you through it logically. To begin with, a point made throughout is that Ben Bernanke's successor as head of the Federal Reserve is g ...
Our Questions for Ben Bernanke
June 21, 2013
First of all, it is really a sad state of affairs that journalists gather to ask the Great Man his opinion on anything related to the economy. As we have learned from free-market Austrian economics – and seen with our own eyes – the kinds of price-fixing th ...
China Blinks?
June 21, 2013
Apparently, overnight, Chinese leaders relaxed their "rigor." Funny how that works. Eurocrats have relaxed their rigor when it comes to "austerity," as well. Men of "iron will" are suddenly not so tough in the face of real world consequences. And so it is with ...
To Tolerate Spying, We Need to Trust Government
June 21, 2013
In our quest to analyze the mainstream media's dominant social themes, we sometimes discover ones that surprise us. This is such a time. This Reuters article makes the case that one need not determine whether what is going on in the Western world regarding snoo ...
Obama Versus the Tea Party
June 21, 2013
The Tea Party rally mentioned above was gathered to hear congressmen that at least to some degree have backed DC's security state. They are obviously for freedom ... but just not too much of it. Nonetheless, what the Gateway Pundit is observing is correct: In a ...
Money Power: Even a Whisper Is a Shout
June 20, 2013
For years, we've tried to explain that monetary policy is what influences markets the most. This is not an idle speculation by any means. If people internalize the realities of modern economics, then they will be better able to protect their own investments and ...
Shale Oil: Desperation of the Globalists
June 20, 2013
This article tends to confirm our thinking that the top globalists are most worried about the ongoing Great Recession and are willing to do almost anything to strike a balance between chaos and prosperity. As we've pointed out in other articles, there seems to ...
Rubio Advances NAU or Just His Own Career?
June 20, 2013
Marco Rubio was seen by some as an up-and-coming presidential contender. But presumably the cost of maintaining his position within the GOP's upper reaches itself is being a point man for this immigration bill. The bill weighs in at 24 pounds, we're told, and t ...
The Strange Case of Lagarde, Influence Peddling and the IMF
June 20, 2013
We are led to believe that world leaders are hardly flesh and blood. They arrive at the pinnacle of success via terrific intellectual vigor and by almost supernatural cleverness. In fact, as this letter reveals, the topmost leaders in the world are enmeshed in ...
Gallup: Faith in Basic US Institutions Erodes
June 20, 2013
Maybe people aren't paying attention, but the news about US institutions is abysmal. Congressional approval is near the single digits and even President Barack Obama is not receiving the adulation of years past. In Germany some 300,000 once turned out to hear h ...
Is India's New Snooping a Good Idea?
June 20, 2013
It is fashionable to pooh-pooh the idea of directed history. But how does one explain the convergence of large democracies and their increasing affection for authoritarian invasions of privacy and freedom? Now apparently India is embarking on the same pathway o ...
UK Telegraph: 'We No Longer Have Free Markets'
June 19, 2013
We can hardly keep track of how many times the alternative 'Net media, including ourselves, have been proven correct in the past few months. The war in Afghanistan is an admitted failure; the world is swimming in shale oil; central banking's credibility shatter ...
Prosecuting Ratings Agencies for Mortgage-Backed Failures Misses the Point
June 19, 2013
US prosecutors are upset that Standard & Poor's apparently was "over-optimistic" about certain mortgage-backed securities in order to "grow its ratings share" and generate increased fees. Supposedly, S&P and other ratings agencies should have been firm about ma ...
Will Globalism Invade the US via its Cities? The Daily Beast Thinks So
June 19, 2013
It is almost impossible to defend the US federal government these days. Mired in something like 50 wars, endless corruption, attacking certain ideologies with destructive taxation and spying on whole populations of citizens, even the Daily Beast has apparently ...
Apple Co-Founder: This Is Not My America
June 19, 2013
Just the other day, we wrote about how when a culture loses its intellectual "buy in," that culture begins to lose cohesion. The long slide begins. A feedbacker was kind enough to send us some quotes from legendary free-market economist Ludwig von Mises. He wro ...
Central Banking: From Bad to Worse
June 18, 2013
Another quietly adulatory article. One would not think, given the continued coverage of Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke and other powerful central bankers, that the prestige of the entire institution has come under considerable attack in the past decade a ...
Vietnam Redux? US-Taliban Peace Talks Announced
June 18, 2013
The final act of this phony war has commenced, and it is no more sincere than any other part of it. The Taliban "terrorists" have not been defeated and presumably there is no need for them to negotiate in good faith. Taliban leaders – both Afghan and Pakistan ...
Cameron's Transparent Trade Ploy
June 18, 2013
British Prime Minister David Cameron is under attack on all fronts. The British economy is sprawled on the world stage like road-kill, British unemployment remains agonizingly high and the furor over Britain's continued presence in the European Union is causing ...
Central Planning Is Responsible for Germany's Green Catastrophe
June 18, 2013
This Economist blog article starts out in a promising way by analyzing the reality surrounding Germany's power industry: State policies are contradictory and not working. In fact, the Energiewende was destined not to work because Germany's energy policy, like E ...
Shock: Iceland Defies EU, Freezes Membership Bid
June 17, 2013
The mainstream press was in full cry over Edward Snowden late last week, but there was big news regarding Iceland and the EU. Iceland's new government is no more apt to speed an entry into the EU than previous administrations. Representatives reaffirmed a decis ...
Shut Down the IMF
June 17, 2013
Actually, the IMF has been getting it resolutely wrong for decades. But we are supposed to accept its wisdom because it is large and the governments of countries around the world contribute to it. For us, that mostly shows the power of the Anglo-American allian ...
Syrian War Is Probably a Good Investment Opportunity for Some
June 17, 2013
We expect the US to go to war fairly directly with Syria any time now. The only real suspense is how US, British and NATO leaders will justify it. All this palaver and breast-beating is just for show. The West, under its critical mass of generals, politicians a ...
Criminal Malpractice: Fitch Blasts China, Predicts Implosion
June 17, 2013
At the end of this article, we'll reveal where the "malpractice" mentioned in this headline lies. But first, at the risk of repeating ourselves, let us remind readers, "We told you so." For years we've been writing that the Chinese Miracle is nothing more than ...
Chinese Leaders Turn to Urbanization to Cure Economic Woes
June 17, 2013
In the previous article, we pointed out that Fitch just discovered what Daily Bell readers have known for years, that the Chinese Miracle isn't exactly what it seems to be. What created the "miracle" and continues to support it is an almost-impossible-to-compre ...
Inaccuracy of TIME
June 17, 2013
Those who run TIME magazine are virtual card-carrying members of a globalist elite that constantly seeks a more internationalist business and economic environment. This "poll" can surely be seen as just another "limited hangout" designed to protect the agenda o ...
Now Naomi Wolf Has 'Creeping Doubts' About Edward Snowden
June 15, 2013
Naomi Wolf has doubts, too. A brilliant libertarian, she is seeing what we see regarding this affair. We've written about it already. You can see the article here: Is Snowden for Real? Doubts Set In Our doubts about Snowden have to do with the tremendous amoun ...
US Citizens Doubt Their Political Institutions, Especially Congress
June 15, 2013
Surely this is a trouble number, that only ten percent of the US population has any confidence in the US Congress. Of course, we are aware that these same individuals may have more confidence in their own congressperson than in the larger group. But still this ...
Bloomberg: Government Directs the Private Economy … Is There a Name for That?
June 15, 2013
This Bloomberg article is a good example of an emergent dominant social theme ... that private contractors work with the government for the good of the republic. The article actually quotes a top government man as saying this. Our question is ... what republic? ...
The Fire Next Time: Protests Against Free Markets Fizzle?
June 14, 2013
First Occupy Wall Street and now the G8 protests – the efforts at further demonizing free-markets seems to be failing. It has an old history, of course, going back to US hearings in the 1930s that created public markets, self-regulatory organizations and, in ...
Striking a Blow for More Efficient Taxation
June 14, 2013
Free-Market Analysis: The research by Morse and Tsoutsoura (see above) continues to make a splash and has been codified in this Spring issue of Chicago Booth magazine because it offers government officials a new way of calculating tax evasion. By using bank loa ...
Superman Subsiding? Emphasis on Superheroes Reveals Multi-Culti Crisis
June 14, 2013
Is Hollywood relying on superheroes to create mass-marketed movies because society's dominant social themes don't work anymore? All human societies rely on cultural myths to provide the "glue" of commonality. But what can you say about a culture that uses made ...
Public Television Eats Its Own
June 14, 2013
In both Britain and the US, public broadcasting is responsible for the cult of the politician. These programs regularly market the genius of Churchill, Lincoln and FDR. Other leaders are equivalently demonized. Bureaucracy is held up as absolutely necessary. Th ...
Another Pundit Bites the Dust
June 14, 2013
The Internet does us the favor of occasionally freezing people's beliefs in a kind of intellectual amber. Even top pundits are revealed this way. R. Emmet Tyrrell, an eminent conservative commentator and longtime editor of The American Spectator, a droll and wi ...
Take Time to Understand Banking
June 14, 2013
In an article yesterday, we pointed out that central banks are the unacknowledged aggregate sun of the financial solar system. In this article from Reuters we find further proof of this perspective. The editorial is stating just what we explained: That too much ...
Why Is the Fed's Incredible Clout Not Even Worth Questioning?
June 13, 2013
Here is a dominant social theme so subtle and powerful it is not even commented on. This article makes much of the Fed's Ben Bernanke's power when it comes to influencing markets. But the idea that one man and his backers should have so much clout is never even ...
Italy Confronts Germany, Adding Additional Euro Pressure
June 13, 2013
Greece has been relegated to the status of a Third World country, the complicity of German leaders with the ever-inflating ECB is due for a judicial hearing, British leaders are committed to a referendum on whether Britain should pull out of the EU entirely, Sp ...
Is Snowden for Real? Doubts Set In
June 13, 2013
Over the weekend, we published two initial articles explaining why what we will call the Snowden affair is not to be taken literally. As some Daily Bell feedbackers have pointed out, it doesn't matter much, however, as the explosive leaks have set off a volcani ...
Farce: Silicon Valley Will Fight Against Government Snooping
June 13, 2013
Mozilla is striking a blow against US government snooping. This was predictable, though the level of hypocrisy is high, indeed. In the above excerpt, Mozilla states that revelations about government snooping "confirm our worst fears." But Mozilla gets most of i ...
Worthless Constitution?
June 12, 2013
Nope. The US Congress is a political institution and in the modern era, political institutions are part of the problem, not part of the solution. In fact, Western regulatory democracy is only about 400 years old, and for most of the past millennia, the idea tha ...
Western Workers Lose Faith in Retirement?
June 12, 2013
Modern stock markets can provide profits, even tremendous profits, but they surely should not be seen as a panacea for a larger commitment to self-sufficiency and monetary diversification. Those who trusted government propaganda over the efficacy of equity and ...
Progressive Thom Hartmann Calls for Disbanding of Homeland Security. Is it Enough?
June 12, 2013
You know something has gone wrong with modern Leviathan when even the great progressive Thom Hartmann demands a rollback. Hartmann has wide distribution via Aol.com and various radio channels. He is very good, too, as a political commentator because he has an a ...
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