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AEI's Half-A-Loaf Analysis Is Better than None
April 29, 2013
Since we just finished being a bit mean to the AEI in another article in this issue, perhaps it's only fair to write one that gives them a bit of a pat on the back. This article, written to commemorate the ubiquitous and obnoxious Earth Day, is right on target ...
$2 Trillion US Underground Economy Is the Free Market Striking Back?
April 26, 2013
The United States is usually portrayed as a place where – unlike corrupt countries like the former Soviet Union – laws are obeyed, taxes are paid and a grateful nation takes its lead from Congress, the White House and even the military-industrial complex. B ...
NAU Redux: US Military and Civil Officials Set to Police in Canada
April 26, 2013
Just the other day we wrote about ways that the plan to combine Canada, the US and Mexico into one super state was advancing. And now we read that US law enforcement agents are going to effectively be able to treat Canada as part of the US for enforcement purpo ...
Euro Debacle: Is a Big Dominant Social Theme in Trouble?
April 26, 2013
We continually calibrate the clash between globalist dominant social themes and what we call the Internet Reformation. Which side is winning? What does the outcome mean for investments and even for freedom itself? Global warming, the War on Terror, Peak Oil – ...
From German Recession to Euro Jeopardy
April 26, 2013
This is a funny article because it begins by addressing significant issues seriously (see above excerpt) and then abruptly veers off into an analysis of European stocks and then simply winds down without providing any answer to the provocative issues that have ...
Monopoly Central Banking Is Weaker Than You Think
April 25, 2013
Central banking is fundamental to the current crippled economic model of the West. It is a new model, always expanding, always changing. Basically, central bankers fix the value and volume of money, doing so in ways that distort the larger economy and cause fir ...
Did Krugman Win the Austerity Argument?
April 25, 2013
The argument that the head of Business Insider Henry Blodget is making is that cutting government benefits and pursuing monopoly privatization doesn't help economies grow. Only printing debt-based fiat money can do that, apparently. It is a ludicrous argument b ...
Confirmation of Our Austerity Analysis as the EU Stumbles
April 25, 2013
Ironically, at the same time that the influential website Business Insider is running an article by editor Henry Blodget (see other article, this issue) blasting austerity, it is also the recipient of a more acute analysis by Joe Weisenthal. Blodget argues that ...
Again, Reuters Compares Central Bankers to Superheroes!
April 24, 2013
Another day, another editorial in Reuters about central banking superheroes. Are you convinced yet that this is a dominant social theme? And how exactly does this work? Is it coincidence? Do all the Reuters columnists sit down in a room together and decide that ...
Homeland Security Backs Immigration Bill – North American Union on the Way?
April 24, 2013
Thump, thump, thump. The North American Union is being born right under your eyes. The globalists running Washington, DC have clearly stated in many ways that Canada, Mexico and the United States are to form a more perfect union. There are plenty of strategies ...
Why Gold's Real Dilemma Is Not 'Reverting to the Mean'
April 24, 2013
This is an interesting argument from an intriguing mind. Bruce Bartlett, the author, once worked as a staffer for libertarian conservative Ron Paul, yet he is also known as a classical Keynesian from an economic standpoint. Bartlett doesn't seem to like gold ve ...
If You Are Wealthy, You Are Just Lucky
April 24, 2013
For as long as we've been analyzing elite dominant social themes we've been reading these sorts of articles and commenting on them. The thickest, most resonant of these sorts of misleading efforts appear in predictably in the most august mainstream publications ...
What Needs to Be Done
April 24, 2013
The previous article in today's issue, also from Bloomberg, explains to us that "luck" is what determines socioeconomic status and that because luck is inevitably unfair we need government to even things out. The idea that government is necessary to combat the ...
Germany Out of the Euro or the Great Synthesis Has Begun?
April 23, 2013
We would like to be able to write otherwise, but we don't believe much that comes out of Western political systems these days. That's not to say every particular evolution is noxious. In the United States, the Tea Party has contributed to a change in the freedo ...
EU Backs Off Austerity
April 23, 2013
Like the leaders of Germany's pre-war National Socialist Party, the leaders of the European Union have maintained an implacable rigor when it comes to the restatement and continued application of their failing policies. The IMF-style austerity that they've have ...
What is Greece, and What Does It Pull?
April 23, 2013
This editorial is frustrating because it refuses to treat people as individuals but instead refers to them collectively as "Greece." We would submit when this sort of analysis is performed on a country or region it is inevitably incorrect. It must be because al ...
Is Obama Blowing a Bubble?
April 23, 2013
Here is yet one more example confusing regulation with monetary matters. People won't question the logic of these articles, but truly they are, well ... flawed. Consider: In a monopoly fiat environment, bubbles and blowups inevitably reoccur. Throughout the cen ...
Suddenly Carbon is a US$6 Trillion Bubble
April 22, 2013
Suddenly, the reality of carbon investing is sinking in. According to this Bloomberg article, "banks, funds and institutional investors are seeking clarity from government and central banks about how greenhouse- gas emissions may affect the value of their inves ...
Time Proclaims the Death of Carbon Marts: Enter Coercion
April 22, 2013
In our lead article, we discussed the way government regulation and market forces were being manipulated to pressure corporations to self-regulate when it came to potential carbon production and resources that would add to it. In this article from TIME, we can ...
The Real Problem With the US Economy Is Not Enough Workers and a Sluggish Internet
April 22, 2013
Okay. So now we know. The reason the US is in a Great Recession is because there are not enough people (see excerpt above). From our point of view, the failure of the US economy and European economies has to do with too many regulations, too many taxes and too ...
Jaw-Dropping African Promotion Continues
April 22, 2013
We've run a number of articles now explaining the African meme. Comes now The Economist (again) to reinforce our perception on this matter. Hopefully, dear reader, you see what we see by now. The globalists are at it again, setting up another continent-sized mi ...
US Failing Again: Never Ending Downturn
April 19, 2013
Keynesianism doesn't work. Printing oodles of debt money does not inflate the real economy but merely further distorts it. While the above excerpt was posted in February, things have not improved in the US since then. As NBC recently reported, "For the third ye ...
For Real? CNN Poll Finds All Is Well in US
April 19, 2013
We know it is okay because CNN has commissioned a poll of around 1,000 people in the US and many of these believe the US is "running well" according to Reuters, which profiled the poll. From our point of view, especially given the recent news about the underper ...
Inevitable Futility of Austerity? Britain Down for the Count?
April 19, 2013
We've been writing on this theme for a long time, and to see similar reporting being provided by the quasi-libertarian Business Insider is gratifying in a melancholy way. Austerity as it is being applied in Europe, Britain and America doesn't work. Oh, it sound ...
Gold's Black Market?
April 19, 2013
So here is the conundrum: There are reports from all around the world that it is difficult to buy physical gold and silver. Yet the price of gold has plunged by hundreds of dollars and now mining companies are getting ready to shut down. What's that all about? ...
Central Bank Superheroes in the Gears of the Machine
April 18, 2013
Anyone who disputes our perspective regarding dominant social themes just has to look at articles like this on Reuters to find confirmation of promotional efforts. This dominant social theme is one of the biggest and most powerful. It has to do with the veracit ...
More Hints That Bernanke Is Leaving
April 18, 2013
The Fed may "stay put" but Ben Bernanke seems to be on his way out. We've written about this previously – as Bernanke himself has taken to saying that no one man is irreplaceable, least of all him. But this provides those who value the institution of central ...
An Infinite Contempt for Gold
April 18, 2013
In this issue we've already written one analysis of a central banking meme showing just how deliberate certain monetary promotions are. The globalists who run them and place them in the mainstream media are doing so with full knowledge of their falsity – and ...
Transparency Meme Reemerges at the SEC
April 18, 2013
This seems to be an issue for analyzing the emergence of long-time dominant social themes. We've already written about the godhead of the Federal Reserve, the deification of Ben Bernanke and the illusory value of gold. A subterranean battle is being waged betwe ...
'No Doubt, Pensions Are Screwed'
April 17, 2013
Der Spiegel interviews Harvard economist Carmen Reinhart who has the novel idea that central banks are acting like the "adults" in the room by cleaning up after spendthrift governments. "Governments are incapable of reducing their debts and now central banks ar ...
Is Gold's Fair Value Really US$800 an Ounce?
April 17, 2013
Claude Erb and Campbell Harvey figured out the ratio between the price of gold and the stated price inflation from a historical perspective and determined gold was over-priced based on their numerical analysis. Mark Hulbert writes about this analysis and also t ...
As Gold Declines Will Stocks Fly?
April 17, 2013
We often write of directed history, the idea that powerful forces create conditions for the policies that they want to implement. When it comes to money metals, the idea would be to drive down metals prices while simultaneously affirming that these same metals ...
Does the US Need a Big New War?
April 17, 2013
We cannot figure out if this is satire or a cynical but blunt analysis of what is ailing the United States. Maybe it is a little of both. But in either case, we disagree with the logic of the argument, which is a variant of the broken-window fallacy. The idea i ...
Soros: Gold a Safe Haven No Longer
April 16, 2013
For those of us who spend time documenting various globalist themes designed to convince us that global centralization is preferable to disparate power centers, George Soros is literally a "gift" that keeps on giving. In this one tiny article excerpted above we ...
Gold: Enter the Conspiracies …
April 16, 2013
Market sentiment can shift, even in a day, and perhaps it was merely market sentiment that has been driving the price of gold and silver and has resulted in recent crashes. But those who buy and hold gold in sizeable quantities often do so because their faith i ...
Does Summers Suffer From 'A Lack of Vision' – or the US?
April 16, 2013
Lawrence H. Summers, former US Treasury Secretary and current Reuters blogger, believes the United States demos is not broken but that the US suffers from a lack of vision. This is one of those articles that – like many of the articles of George Soros – use ...
Is China Turning Into a Service Economy?
April 16, 2013
We've run articles fairly regularly on China and the problems of running a full-bore industrial economy in a world of falling demand. We've tried to cover a variety of issues regarding the challenges that one of the world's largest economies faces but it never ...
Complexity of the Modern Algae-Powered Building
April 16, 2013
It is getting more difficult to live, isn't it? We only need to look at this example in Hamburg, Germany to understand that living in a modern home is an undertaking of a "village" not an individual. Once upon a time, especially in the frontiers of the US, hous ...
Stock Markets Up, Gold Down – Is Something Wrong With This Picture?
April 15, 2013
The mainstream media is filled with reports of stock markets moving up and precious metals moving down. One would think the bad times were over and the good times had begun again. But what if it is all a kind of chimera based on a lack of understanding about pr ...
Gold, Why So Volatile?
April 15, 2013
It is a big conundrum for those holding gold and silver. Buy more, hold what you have or sell now ... We know that Europe has not recovered, that the US recovery is a technical one that doesn't include increased employment (see lead article, this issue) and the ...
China's New Economic Efforts in a Long March?
April 15, 2013
Everyone knows that China is going to take over the world but ìs such an event going to be the result of a "long march" or a short one? The current numbers on the economy show us once again that it is not easy to build a world-class economy year-in and year-ou ...
Will EU Wipe Out the Value of Big Euro Notes? A Case Is Being Built …
April 15, 2013
Here's an innovative idea ... let's print a lot of money and then declare it worthless. This seems like a Western trend these days. At least the "worthless" part. Turns out that certain Cyprus bank accounts were worthless, or at least not worth as much as the o ...
Is Cobalt-60 Another Wild 'Net Rumor?
April 15, 2013
We have wondered recently why the US has not acted more forcefully as regards North Korea's various "provocations." One theory being floated by certain more "far out" aspects of the alternative media is that North Korea has placed cobalt in its underground bunk ...
Why Obscure Freedom's Fundamental Facts?
April 12, 2013
It is Austrian economics that underlies much of what passes for the mainstream economic conversation. Austrian free-market economics was always the underlying target of the financial press, even before free-market economics went mainstream following the advent ...
Austerity Comes to America
April 12, 2013
People don't seem to realize that a Greek-style austerity is being imposed on the US. It is actually an International Monetary Fund oriented solution. Taxes and regulations increase and public benefits go down. The only part not being applied currently is a mas ...
The China Syndrome and the African Gambit
April 12, 2013
We are not surprised that China imported more than it exported in March. The idea that has gained in currency in China is that since the West can no longer be an engine of consumerism, China will have to turn its own citizens into consumers. We were always doub ...
Was Cyprus Attack Also an Attack on Gold?
April 12, 2013
Globalists hate gold. Those who want to expand internationalism find it much more convenient to do so via fiat money than in any other way. Central bank fiat-money expansions drive internationalism in much the same way as global trade agreements. These are the ...
Thatcher's Big Mistake
April 12, 2013
The Guardian is probably correct in its analysis that Margaret Thatcher's free-market policies made Britain a less fair and socially equitable place to live. But that is only because Thatcher's policies neglected to reform the most heinous part of Britain's eco ...
EU Mess, Libertarian Foretelling …
April 11, 2013
Is it really getting better? And how long can top EU officials keep warning people about Eurozone instability? Now it appears that France is being drawn into the mess that is the European currency crisis. This has all been predicted, by the way, just not by Eur ...
New Book on EU Corruption Gets Author Investigated
April 11, 2013
Ashley Mote is a convicted felon, but also a prolific freedom-author, and he seems to have written an interesting book. The book is based on his experiences from 2004 to 2009 as an independent member of the European Parliament. Once in Brussels, Ashley Mote des ...
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