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Fixing the Dollar Machine
May 03, 2010
This Washington Post story is a great example of how the mainstream media goes about supporting a power elite dominant social theme. In this case the fear-based promotion is that there will be another financial meltdown if "reform" isn't enacted. And to put the ...
Is Fed Independence Good?
May 01, 2010
This article appearing recently at the Huffington Post by James Bacchus, a "former member of Congress," is noteworthy because it musters all the arguments against a Federal Reserve audit and, generally, Fed transparency. While Ron Paul (R-Tex) and others have b ...
Real Story of Offshore Drilling
May 01, 2010
We blame American oil companies for this most recent oil spill, but not for the predictable reasons. American oil companies, in our opinion, have helped set up a situation where there is a substantial amount of oil production offshore, even though there doesn't ...
Greek Elites Whack Greeks Over Crisis
April 30, 2010
We promised ourselves not to write about the Greek/Euro crisis again for a couple of days, but we can't help but return to it when we see articles like the one excerpted above. In our view, the Greek crisis seems designed to provide real-life examples of what w ...
Mayor Bloomberg Blasts Arizonians Over Immigration
April 30, 2010
We've been reading the reactions to the Arizona anti-immigrant bill, and we've seen how the bill is being utilized to ignite a seeming groundswell of support for upcoming immigration legislation planned by the administration. Arizona's new law makes it easier t ...
Analyzing the Real Greek Failure
April 29, 2010
To the degree that these elites will use the financial crisis to further concentrate power and wealth, we think that increased, monetary chaos is a possibility. If, on the other hand, national economic elites allow a semblance of a marketplace for money to oper ...
Gold Shines Brightly
April 29, 2010
We agree with Eric Sprott about gold, or at least as his comments are reported in the above excerpted article. And of course we take into account that his optimism is colored by his launch of a gold hedge fund with a perceived superiority because investors can ...
Geithner Dislikes Wall Street
April 28, 2010
US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner doesn't want to be seen as being affiliated with Wall Street, and we can't blame him. But what's odd from our perspective is that he does want to be known for being associated with "public service." We think this is very r ...
Wrong Law, Wrong Time?
April 28, 2010
Immigration is one of the most politicized issues of the modern nation-state. We would have preferred if Napolitano had offered up a libertarian position rather than a political one, as this sort of analysis only further reinforces people's perception that the ...
The Dishonesty of Obama's Keyensian Reform
April 27, 2010
We think President Barack Obama's statement that the upcoming US financial regulation bill could end boom-and-bust cycles is an unfortunate one. It illustrates a fundamental rhetorical dishonesty, because even the socialist economist John Maynard Keynes did not ...
Is the Afghanistan War Over?
April 27, 2010
We, too, believe that the Afghanistan war is winding down. Maybe the US military would like to continue it a while longer, but the home populations of the Dutch, the Canadians, the Germans, and even the British, are evermore opposed to it. From our point of vie ...
Fight to Maintain Fed for Small Banks
April 26, 2010
So small banks want to retain the Federal Reserve as their regulator. We wonder why. It could be that the alternative the Dodd bill is offering is worse, but the article, excerpted above, taken on face value is somewhat bizarre to say the least. What did the Fe ...
9/11 Conspiracy Theories Gaining Momentum
April 26, 2010
The controversy around 9/11 is nearly a decade old now but it will not subside. People like David Ray Griffin continue to be in demand from a speaking standpoint and the amount of people who don't believe in the official 9/11 story may amount to as much as one- ...
Jesse Ventura Hammered Over 9/11 Statements
April 24, 2010
The news in this article, excerpted above, has hit the US blogosphere hard. Throughout Friday, there were more and more comments, like an inflowing tide – as could be seen if one did a little bit of research on Google. What was it in the article that caused s ...
U.S. Goes Broke?
April 23, 2010
How did the world's biggest republic come to this pass? Twenty-five years ago, it seemed that America was indeed a shining light on a hill, or at least moreso than it had been for some time. The nation's rhetoric was shaped by its most libertarian president in ...
Murdoch Goes Off
April 23, 2010
There are many reasons why James Murdoch, the son of perhaps the most powerful media mogul in the world, might have wanted to confront his father's detractors. It could simply have been personal pique or perhaps he could have had some sort of professional or co ...
CATO Blasts Mercantilism
April 22, 2010
In the best of all worlds, money itself would be privatized through the adoption, perhaps, of free-banking and the resultant evolution of a private gold and silver standard. People would rely on competition and private (common law) to sort out grievances having ...
Will Israel Bomb Iran?
April 22, 2010
This is a dangerous game in the era of the Internet. Generally, thanks to the 'Net, a minority of citizens in the West are quite aware of the kinds of elite manipulations that have taken place in the past and are opposed to a repeat. While sanctions may continu ...
Computer Models Ruining EU?
April 21, 2010
We find the emerging explanations for the mess in Europe to be both compelling and predictable. Perhaps the Eurocrats (and the British) were wise to ban all flights for a period of time. But we assumed in our innocence that EU officials had done significant tes ...
Is Karzai a Nut?
April 21, 2010
This interview with Professor Nick Mills of Boston University is interesting because he apparently knows Hamid Karzai first-hand and has written a book about him. Thus the interview contained in this interview has not been sanitized so far as we can tell by the ...
Germans Desperate Over EU, Greece
April 20, 2010
The dominant social theme as regards the European Union seems simple enough: "Things are getting better" or, perhaps, "the market is calm and optimistic about Greece." But why is the elite orchestrating these sorts of sentiments – followed by wild gyrations i ...
What Happened to Intellectuals?
April 20, 2010
We have often wondered about the issues that Dr. Thomas Sowell is tackling. His point seems to be – and we confess we are responding to a book review ABOUT his book (called "Intellectuals and Society") – that the thrust of the Western intelligentsia in the ...
Wall Street Is to Blame!
April 19, 2010
The beat goes on. We identify dominant social themes for a living here at the Daily Bell, and one of the themes we have been anticipating is, "Financial firms made the mess." This is a predictable promotion of the power elite and one that was last trotted out m ...
Gore Cranks Up Pressure on Water Promotion
April 19, 2010
We are not surprised, either, to find Al Gore right in the middle of this upcoming promotion. As we have pointed out, these promotions are supposed to be inter-related. They stem from a perspective that human beings are blight, a ravenous horde of bipedal locus ...
In Defense of Goldman
April 17, 2010
We have no great affection for Goldman Sachs. The firm is a mercantilist excrescence that makes obscene profits by exploiting government laws and Western-style, modern central banking. More than almost any other "private" entity, Goldman Sachs has benefited fro ...
Germany & US Integrate Air Travel Surveillance Programs
April 17, 2010
It all starts with 9/11. If one accepts – and we do – that there are a massive amount of unanswered questions about 9/11, then much of what flows from 9/11 – the creation over the past decade of embryonic police-states in Europe and America and the endles ...
Soros: EU May Collapse
April 16, 2010
We think this is how the EU may end, not with a bang but with a whimper. Right now the European elite is fighting hard to prevent a break up and set new sociopolitical power precedents about what Brussels can do to supersede national rule. But we have a hard ti ...
Ron Paul Ties Obama in Polls, U.S. Polarization Grows
April 16, 2010
Wherever government is intrusive, society polarizes in this manner. America, with an entrepreneurial culture and vast middle class has proven to be resistant to this sort of polarization. But the economy itself, with its dependence on central banking and its re ...
Five More Years of Hard Times
April 15, 2010
Fiat money can stimulate stocks but it cannot rebuild badly distorted economies. Such events do not occur very often, perhaps every 50-75 years within any given fiat money cycle. But since the advent of the world's most powerful central bank, the Federal Reserv ...
Germany – Done With American Wars
April 15, 2010
The Afghanistan war continues to stumble from bad to worse from the West's point of view. It's hard to tell exactly what's going on because while success has many fathers, failure has only conflicting justifications. What's clear is that increasingly Europe is ...
Iceland Alone in Bank Criminality?
April 14, 2010
We are not surprised that financial clout as regards Iceland's major banks was concentrated in only a few hands. We were fairly sure this would be the case, just as we were sure that Iceland's central bank itself would be found wanting. The Telegraph reports th ...
Lieberman: U.S. Must Plan to Attack Iran
April 14, 2010
So it has come to this. The chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, one of the most powerful men in Washington DC – and therefore the world – has declared that the "world is at turning point" and that the US must make plans ...
Greek Deal Really Done?
April 13, 2010
We marvel at the announcement of the latest "deal" supporting Greece, the latest in a long line of such pronouncements, though the market itself rallied on the news. Now, apparently, the IMF and the EU stand side-by-side, ready to hand over massive sums of mone ...
Gold Manipulation Goes Mainstream
April 13, 2010
Long ago at an international confab, the mainstream press was supposedly thanked by a powerful personage for keeping quiet about various maneuvers leading to world government. But today the mainstream media, led by "conservative" media titan Rupert Murdoch, is ...
What Taxes Are Necessary?
April 12, 2010
We are not sure that comparing American tax rates to Europe's is a salutary way of figuring out an optimal tax rate. We think, in fact, that the governments in many countries in Europe are somewhat profligate. Can citizens of Western countries say with certaint ...
Senate Global Warming Bill on Track
April 12, 2010
An American global warming bill is more important than ever. But why? With even a broad panorama of mainstream media reporting on the lack of evidence that a bill to reduce greenhouse gases will make any difference, and with the scandal about fraudulent evidenc ...
Obama Plots Open Borders
April 10, 2010
Unfortunately, the further the US moves away from a market-based society, the more problems it has and the more contentious such issues as immigration tend to get. The nation has moved so far, in fact, that most people don't even consider a private-market solut ...
Bernanke, the Strong Man
April 10, 2010
Ben Bernanke is back and talking tough! According to the Bloomberg article excerpted above, the mild-mannered Princeton economics professor has a "strong man" inside of him dying to get out. Bernanke wants to portray himself as decisive, a Federal Reserve chair ...
Greenspan in Elite Plot?
April 09, 2010
We start with Greenspan and his recent denial of any role in provoking the current financial crisis by keeping interest rates very low for an extended period of time. We are a bit baffled by his denials. This is a man who was a preeminent acolyte of Ayn Rand, a ...
How the Internet Dies?
April 09, 2010
The Internet ... finished? In fact we don't think there is much chance of that. As we mentioned in a previous article on Chinese Internet censorship, there are numerous ways to get around the current kinds of censorship being applied. In any event, history show ...
Happy Days Are Here Again?
April 08, 2010
Are American consumers really a bit "giddy?" We have mentioned already the amazing amount of attention in the mainstream press to the nation's recovery, even though we have a hard time discerning one. For us, a recovery begins with jobs, and it hard to see how ...
IRS Targets High Wealth Individuals
April 08, 2010
This is a very interesting development in that it would tend to confirm the perception of the Daily Bell that the US has been engaged for quite some time in the projection of its influence beyond its borders not to support regulatory democracy or for general pu ...
Baby-Boomers Rule?
April 07, 2010
This book review by Boris Johnson is actually disguised social criticism, and later on he brings another book into the fray against with which he contrasts Willetts' book. As we can see from the above excerpt, he is not willing to grant Willetts' argument that ...
Now It's Spain's Turn
April 07, 2010
It is nice to see that the mainstream media has woken up to one of the biggest stories of the 21st century, the foundering of the European Union – the grand socialist experiment that began as a modest trade union and has ended in an attempt to squash together ...
Water Scarcity Promotion Begins?
April 06, 2010
Unlike the 20th century, power elite promotions are increasingly foundering in the 21st as the Internet seems to expose them. The first area an investor ought to look into is whether or not the specific promotion he wishes to support is feasible long-term or is ...
Bye, Bye SUVs
April 06, 2010
We weren't surprised by this move. The American president does nothing by suggestion when he can demand it. Barack Obama is indeed the most amiable and soft spoken of authoritarians. First, he "bailed out" two of America's three car companies and in the process ...
Obama Now Seen as Superman
April 05, 2010
Certainly, the powers-that-be shall try to manipulate the Internet for their own ends, but as it was with the Reformation, the results will not be predictable and likely not favorable, at least in part, for those intending to use the 'Net to further consolidate ...
NY Times: Marja Undone?
April 05, 2010
This is an astonishing story that has appeared in the Times, given the lack of real reporting about what's going on in Afghanistan. Marja, which the Times spells without an "h" on the end, is not a city, not even town, it turns out. Just a rural, agrarian colle ...
Fear Rises as U.S. Officials Threaten Iran
April 03, 2010
Again, the drums beat - and the fear and frustration in America thicken until they seem almost palpable. War is certainly a racket, as General Smedley Butler wrote, but it is one that America's power elite has deployed with grim efficiency over the past decade ...
U.S. Down, Trans-Texas Corridor Up
April 02, 2010
It's not a done deal, of course. What may halt this relentless drive toward super-regionality is the growing tide of American (and Canadian) anger – given that both of these countries have a good tradition of self-rule and individualism and a high literacy ra ...
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