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Elites Crush PIGS – Old Game Plan Made Anew?
March 27, 2012
Did you hear that about half of Europe is in recession or headed that way? We can see from the above excerpt that Spain is certainly headed that way. Greece, Portugal and Ireland are also in various forms of economic collapse. Call it recession, depression or s ...
Stockholm Syndrome: Wall Street Execs Flog Themselves Hard
March 27, 2012
When the bought-and-paid-for mainstream media starts analyzing non-existent aggregations like "Wall Street" (see above) you can almost be sure a dominant social theme is in the works. In fact, this IS the meme the power elite is flogging relentlessly right now: ...
A Fistful of Euros
March 27, 2012
This week, my congressional committee will hold a hearing to examine how the Federal Reserve bails out European banks, propping up spendthrift European governments in the process. Unfortunately, this bailout comes at the expense of American citizens, in the for ...
UN Warns Against 'Land Grabbing'
March 26, 2012
On the surface it sound reasonable, that the UN would sound the warning on private land purchases, given they are occurring in the poorest of countries and can deprive farmers of land to grow food. This is called "land grabbing." But nothing the UN does is aime ...
Lawrence Summers Discovers a New Meme: Contingency
March 26, 2012
Lawrence?Summers, one of the most important and famous economists in the United States, has written an article about something called contingent commitments. Like most strange and mysterious phrases, this one is aimed at the usual culprit: central banking. Ther ...
The Tenacity of the Nihilists
March 26, 2012
In the book Reading Obama (Princeton, 2010), James T. Kloppenberg makes a case for how the kind of approach President Obama takes to public policy is now widely preferred, to put it paradoxically, on principle at the most prestigious universities. Obama's rejec ...
The FATCA Partner Framework – Automatic Information Exchange is Firmly Planted
March 26, 2012
"A great wave of oppressive tyranny isn´t going to strike, but rather a slow seepage of oppressive laws and regulations from within will sink the American dream of liberty." ~ George Baumler (Libertarian, Blogger 'Baumler's Rant') Across the world, but particu ...
Ernest Hancock on Libertarianism and 'Living Free in an Unfree World'
March 25, 2012
The Daily Bell is pleased to present this exclusive interview with Ernest Hancock. Introduction: Ernest Hancock has been extremely active in the Libertarian Party and a candidate for both the US House of Representatives and the Senate. He is the author of numer ...
UN Strikes Back at 'Net With ITU Agency?
March 24, 2012
The Empire is most definitely striking back. Between the huge and secretive data center being built in Utah to intercept and analyze the world's communications, Barack Obama's newly signed executive order that allows him "emergency" powers and the near-passage ...
There are No Magic Shortcuts to Genuine Human Love and Caring
March 24, 2012
When I was a boy, I was very impressed by an old 1936 movie based on an H.G. Wells short story called "The Man Who Could Work Miracles." I am about to spoil the movie for you. George McWhirter Fotheringay is given the power to perform miracles. He stumbles abou ...
SEC Hopes to Trim Computer Investing?
March 23, 2012
As predicted in these modest pages, the US Securities and Exchange Commission is now taking aim at computers and trading. The proximate cause of the probe is the so-called Flash Crash in May 2010, when stocks fell hard and rose rapidly without an identifiable c ...
Central Bankers Gather in Fearful DC Huddle
March 23, 2012
It is all falling down about their heads and now they are meeting in Washington DC, fearfully, to try to decide what to do next. Nothing the money printers have done has stemmed the growing, global depression. But they have to do something. The system itself se ...
Bernanke's Banking Misdirection
March 22, 2012
This is surely a dominant social theme – that banks can be seen as healthy due to so-called stress tests. The whole idea is that the paper money reserves held by banks must be adequate to surmount any larger financial downturn. Of course, the exercise is kind ...
The Psychopathology of 'Tim Tebow Time'
March 22, 2012
In a previous article about Tim Tebow we wrote pointed out that sportswriters are the worst of the mainstream breed, almost like lemmings. But since we wrote that article in October 2011, things have gotten much, much worse, mostly because the fascination with ...
Prudence versus Greed
March 22, 2012
Most people mean by greed an "excessive or rapacious desire, especially for wealth or possessions." As to prudence, it is the quality of being cautious with regard to practical matters and especially in regard for one's own economic interests, being careful in ...
The Insanity of Carbon Capture
March 21, 2012
Imagine that someone proposed to freeze oxygen and store it below ground in a semi-solid form. Imagine that this was supposed to be turned into an industry. Imagine that people pursued oxygen with butterfly nets, so that you had plenty of "capturers" running ar ...
Bernanke Fights Back Against a Gold Standard
March 21, 2012
Ben Bernanke has come out forcefully against what may be seen as a burgeoning support for a monetary gold standard in the financial community and among the alternative media. This is newsworthy, because it begins to show what the power elite REALLY thinks about ...
Central Banking Was Responsible for 2008 Meltdown – Nothing Else
March 20, 2012
Following the 2008 global economic crash on an almost day-to-day basis, as we have, we've regularly made the argument that it was caused by central banking monetary inflation and that its result is bound to be the eventual demise of the dollar reserve system. W ...
Libertarian Truths and the Big Lie of Peak Oil … Now Confirmed?
March 20, 2012
There is no doubt the elite dialectic is shifting. Used to be that the mainstream media faithfully reported the meme that world was running out of oil, and this was later refined into the Peak Oil meme. Now, thanks to the Internet, the powers-that-be are hastil ...
Demolishing Due Process
March 20, 2012
It is ironic but perhaps sadly appropriate that Attorney General Eric Holder would choose a law school, Northwestern University, to deliver a speech earlier this month in which he demolished what was left of the rule of law in America. In what history likely wi ...
Hush-Hush Congressional Research Report: The Myth of Social Mobility … Not
March 19, 2012
Here's a big myth: US social mobility is fungible and anyone can grow rich. Now a report from the Congressional Research Service has found that income inequality in the US is extreme and growing worse. Also, that where you're born, socially speaking, is where y ...
Schwarzenegger's Horrible UN-Backed Sustainia Project
March 19, 2012
Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to rule the world. First, he was the world's best bodybuilder and then the biggest movie star. After that he was the governator of the Biggest Show on Earth (California) and now he has signed on to be the award presenter for the star ...
A Prominent Pair of False Alternatives
March 19, 2012
Jon Gertner, author of the forthcoming The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation,* writes for The New York Times (in an excerpt from his book), about innovation in America. I spotted the piece and immediately suspected there was a hid ...
Stephan Kinsella on the Logic of Libertarianism and Why Intellectual Property Doesn't Exist
March 18, 2012
The Daily Bell is pleased to present this exclusive interview with Stephan Kinsella. Introduction: Stephan Kinsella is a libertarian scholar and attorney in Houston. The Executive Editor of Libertarian Papers and Director of the Center for the Study of Innovati ...
Winning
March 17, 2012
We track dominant social themes here at The Daily Bell, and the spectacular implosion of the "Stop Kony 2012" campaign is a further example of how these memes are disintegrating under the pressure of what we call the Internet Reformation. We commented on this i ...
NYT – India's State-Run Banks Founder
March 16, 2012
One of the big elite promotions in the past five years or so has been, in our view, an outpouring of prose celebrating the efficacy of state-run banks and "public" central banks. In this New York Times article, we see that India's state-run banks are having a g ...
The World Is Running Out of Water … Again
March 16, 2012
Another day, another elite scarcity meme. Once you know how the elites are operating, it becomes almost ludicrously easy to spot the propaganda. We do it all the time ... as a kind of public service, though goodness knows there are plenty of others within the a ...
Is Goldman Resignation Part of an Elite Plot?
March 15, 2012
Hoo boy. Here's what we really need: New "Pecora Hearings." We have no doubt that's what all this fuss is about and why Goldman is being pilloried once again. It's a deliberate hit job of sorts. But it's so compelling – and people hate the system so much – ...
New Wall Street Hearings Redux: Now It's JP Morgan's Turn?
March 15, 2012
ZeroHedge is carrying an analysis (see excerpt above) of this weird open letter that has just been posted on the CFTC website. The ZeroHedge mavens castigate the letter writer for likely being a phony. In other words, the allegations may be correct – as they ...
Is Regulation Good for You?
March 15, 2012
This article posted over at governing.com is an interesting one. It is written by Dr. Mark Funkhouser, a former Kansas City mayor and auditor, who is the director of the Governing Institute. It focuses on the "big picture" of regulation, which is that while pri ...
Thanks for the Technology!
March 15, 2012
In 1972 I bought a Volvo P1800 off the Chevy used car lot in Santa Barbara, California. I owned that car for 20 years and am still sad to have had to sell it in 1992, after putting 250,000 miles on it and driving it back and forth over the USA about 17 times. I ...
The Virtue of Independent Thought and Action – In Your Investments, Too!
March 15, 2012
"For those who would joyously march in rank and file, they have already earned my contempt, for they were given a large brain by accident when a spinal cord would have sufficed." ~ Albert Einstein In order to keep up with what is going on in the world, and in o ...
Photo Signifying End of the European Union?
March 14, 2012
The UK Telegraph has posted a photo of Jean Claude Juncker, head of the group of 17 eurozone finance ministers, strangling his Spanish counterpart, Luis de Guindos. Sometimes photos are extraordinarily revealing. Does this one mark the end of the EU, or at leas ...
Does the Market Really Want 'Smart Meter Version 2.0'?
March 14, 2012
All right, here we go. Smart Meters aren't doing so well these days. But it turns out, like the soldiers hitting the beach on D-Day, there are troops in reserve. The "free market" rolls on, as we can see from this report in the UK Telegraph. Is all as it seems? ...
The Rare Earth Meme – Another Scarcity Hoax
March 13, 2012
Rare earth elements are not rare. You can count on it. Oil is not rare. Food is not rare. Water is not rare. These are all dominant social themes – scarcity memes – fear-based promotions of the power elite. The idea is always the same. Manufacture the perce ...
An Administration Gone Rogue
March 13, 2012
Have certain parts of the Constitution become irrelevant, as a former Republican leader once told me at a Foreign Affairs Committee hearing? At the time, I was told that demanding a congressional declaration of war before invading Iraq, as Article I Section 8 o ...
Elite Promotion Rolls On – Are BRICs the Hope of the World's Future?
March 12, 2012
The power elite and its controlled mainstream media continue to "talk up" the BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. This is a swelling dominant social theme and one that bears watching because the powers-that-be will do anything to continue t ...
Economist Mag: Japanese Disenchantment With Government Leads to Rise of … Corporatism
March 12, 2012
The Economist magazine, being what it is, is always astute and never accurate. Its writers, as we have pointed out many times, finally analyzed the inception of what we call the Internet Reformation and then promptly attributed it to social media. The idea of c ...
Having to Fund Immoral Policies
March 12, 2012
At the outset I am talking about what someone considers immoral, not what is objectively immoral. Nonetheless, millions are coerced by governments, backed by other millions, to work and pay for what they consider morally wrong. Is that right? Is it avoidable in ...
Wendy McElroy on Sex, Rape and Libertarian Feminism
March 11, 2012
The Daily Bell is pleased to present this exclusive interview with Wendy McElroy. Introduction: Wendy McElroy is a prolific book author, columnist, speaker and contributor to prestigious journals and magazines, often with an "alternative" slant. She made her re ...
Real Reason for Prosecutions of Bodog.com and Megaupload?
March 10, 2012
With the attacks on Internet websites Megaupload and Bodog we find what we call the Internet Reformation is providing us with a good look at the evolving face of Western-style civil and criminal justice. Kim Dotcom, the founder of Megaupload, a file-sharing fac ...
No Paul = No Vote in November
March 10, 2012
I would also say of Ron Paul – he doesn't need to win. In his view he is winning already. This is an ideological point he is making. But here's why it's electorally significant – a lot of people, I mean 41 percent in Virginia, only two people on the ballot, ...
Cost-Benefit Analysis – Another Questionable Meme
March 09, 2012
This is an interesting little article because it actually manages to compound the regulatory "problem" with yet another faux-facility: cost benefit analysis. The conflation of these two concepts – regulation and analysis – adds yet more confusion to a marke ...
Fed Saves the Day by Sterilizing Money
March 08, 2012
Another day, another power elite dominant social theme. The more we study monopoly-fiat central banking, the more shocking it becomes. Now we are hearing once more about monetary sterilization as a "tool" in the Fed's arsenal. What these reports (see above) rea ...
Egalitarian Fallacies Galore!
March 08, 2012
I assume that writers like me want to be read, not ignored. But, alas, there isn't much we can do about this except perhaps fine-tune our craft. Even that merely improves the odds. No one can make others read one's works. Thousands are simply left unread. (Do t ...
Stanford Conviction Re-Emphasizes Regulatory Questions
March 07, 2012
One of the areas that we've often commented on is the inability of regulatory democracy to work as advertised. Now (if reports are to be believed) it turns out that Allen Stanford was running a Ponzi scheme with about US$7 billion of customer assets. It also tu ...
Private Enterprise Is Deadly to Archeological Sites?
March 07, 2012
This is an elite meme we've been meaning to point out for some time. The Western world's power elite never sleeps when it comes to finding ways to reinforce the idea that government and non-profit efforts are good and private enterprise is bad. The idea is to e ...
Culture and Envy
March 07, 2012
We have a genuine problem. Envy, fear of envy and deflecting envy may be the most dangerous and difficult aspects of human nature for us to wrestle with as we seek to progress toward greater freedom. As formerly poor and unfree countries open up and allow the p ...
'Blind' Fed Owns More US Treasuries Than China – Ruining Fixed-Income Policy Gauge
March 06, 2012
Merk Funds' Axel Merk just issued a commentary in which he points out, astonishingly, that the Fed "now owns more U.S. government debt than China." The ramifications are immense. Merk has founded several currency funds during the decade and has been, from time ...
More Evidence Emerging that Balochistan is Afghan's New War Front
March 06, 2012
So Balochistan is next on the hit list? It wasn't enough to destabilize the Ivory Coast, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt and Syria – now Balochistan, too, must be converted into a raging inferno? This is the idea we're getting anyway. We DO believe that the US, the Sta ...
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