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The Salvaging of Mainstream Media
October 08, 2010
We have noticed a kind of phenomenon taking place within the US media circles. It has to do with great media properties that have essentially be ruined by the Internet and then offered for a single dollar. We read reports that this was the initial nominal price ...
Good Grief… Another Round of Stimulus!
October 07, 2010
In our attempts to track the fading of the elite's central banking promotion, we have sensed a kind of turning point. No doubt many others have as well but since we have been predicting the decline and fall of central banking for some two years now (actually te ...
A Tale of Two Contacts
October 07, 2010
Unlike most of the mainstream press and even a good deal of the alternative press, the Daily Bell has continually expressed skepticism over the war in Afghanistan. We are in fact almost alone in our conclusion that the Iraq "surge" had little or nothing to do w ...
The Cost of Lack of Trust
October 07, 2010
Over the last couple of days a bunch of announcements came from our government, including warning about travel to Europe where terror plans are said to be afoot by Al-Qaeda. Another warning came from the man convicted of trying to blow up Times Square - he said ...
IMF Article Predicts New World Order
October 06, 2010
As we have written plenty of times before, it's startling to see how fast the Anglo-American power elite is willing to move now toward a more specific and comprehensive global governance. When we read this article, even just the beginning, it was obvious to us ...
UFOs in Worldwide Revelation on Oct 13
October 06, 2010
We were going to write an article about Afghanistan, which is not going especially well for the West, when our collective concentration was entirely ruined by a feedbacker who forwarded to us the article excerpted above. It's been around almost a month now, but ...
Free Markets Create Jobs
October 06, 2010
In this struggling economy it is essential for politicians to take a step back and think about what government has been doing to business in this country. In less than 200 years, the free market, property rights, and respect for the rule of law took this nation ...
Insider Trading and Central Banks
October 05, 2010
We've written about the insanity of insider-trading laws before but this article brings it all back to us. Many laws and regulations these days are written as a kind of pre-emptive propaganda and insider-trading regulations are among the most pernicious in this ...
UFO Promotion Goes Mainstream – Quick Hide!
October 05, 2010
We've dealt with the UFO phenomenon as an elite fear-based promotion, but it turns out we're not the only ones who are somewhat dubious about what's going on. There doesn't seem any doubt to us that the pace has picked up. Reuters recently carried a press relea ...
China Joyfully Bails Out EU?
October 04, 2010
Joy! That was the word that caught our eye. Premier Wen sat straight up in bed one morning, teary-eyed. He was overwhelmed with joy ... at Greece's recovery! "China," he muttered to no one in particular (he really did), "is prepared, hand in hand with the EU, a ...
Rolling Stone and Taibbi's Dilemma
October 04, 2010
Human beings, above all, are metaphorical creatures and here at the Bell we are no exception to this rule. Thus it is, we sometimes see certain cultural excrescences as symbolic of larger economic and sociopolitical trends. Matt Taibbi, bless him, is one such w ...
Kate Zernike's Stupid Outrage
October 04, 2010
In a news report on October 2nd, 2010, titled "Movement of the Moment Looks to Long-Ago Texts," New York Times reporter Kate Zernike tells us that books like Frederick Bastiat's The Law, from 1850, and F. A Hayek's The Road to Serfdom from 1944, are selling lik ...
Steve Horwitz on GMU, the Mises Controversy and the Promise of Austrian Economics in the 21st Century
October 03, 2010
The Daily Bell is pleased to present an exclusive interview with Steve Horwitz. Dr. Horwitz is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Economics at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. He completed his MA and PhD in economics at George Mason University and received ...
A Quiet, Global Revolution
October 02, 2010
It is no coincidence, in our view that the rise of the United Nations and various forums that allow for "understandings" between nations have paralleled what can be seen reasonably as a rise in various repressive mechanisms of the state. The war on terror, in f ...
Austerity Bites Ireland and Elite
October 01, 2010
The EUs condition continues to deteriorate and austerity has fanned the flames of resentment as we predicted it would. Ireland is in fact a kind of poster child for the uselessness of what is occurring now. And here at the Bell, we would like to make sure that ...
Failing Water Promotion Drives Elite Insecurity
October 01, 2010
We are returning to this promotion once more (after our recent article) because water scarcity and food scarcity were evidently and obviously going to be the next themes that the power elite was going to heavily promote. This makes a good deal of sense given th ...
Elite Between Rock and Hard Place
September 30, 2010
There is an argument made by some, especially in the alternative Internet media that the powers-that-be are trying to undermine the US dollar in order to set up a more globalized currency. But we think this perception may give policymakers a bit too much credit ...
Paul Family Dynasty Ends Before It Began?
September 30, 2010
The mainstream media continued to flog the usual sub dominant social theme of Rand Paul "free-market thinker, racist and capitalist," but we were beginning to think the libertarian threat was greatly exaggerated. Yes, we were coming to a different conclusion ab ...
Rejecting Anti-Natural Rights
September 30, 2010
President Obama's friend and former colleague Cass Sunstein, now apparently on leave from Harvard Law School, would have us believe that our rights are granted to us by government. Sunstein and his co-author Stephen Holmes have argued in their book, The Cost of ...
Who Needs Banks?
September 29, 2010
We've often pointed out that banking is the "biggest bubble" - at least until a feedbacker pointed out to us that government actually is. But banks probably run a close second. In the 20th century, especially, central bankers were the unacknowledged priests of ...
Comics Are an Elite Super Weapon – Water Man to the Rescue!
September 29, 2010
We were doing some research into the United Nations the other day (all 1,000 of us) when we came across a couple of articles dealing with an apparently abortive comic book enterprise that was to the feature the UN. The headline: "Marvel Comics to Produce United ...
Healthcare Reform: A Huge Misdiagnosis
September 29, 2010
This week marked six months since Congress passed the healthcare reform bill in what has become all-too-typical legislative chicanery. Those in power crafted a mammoth piece of legislation and rammed it through Congress under a dire sense of emergency. Insistin ...
A Misguided Distinction – or Not?
September 29, 2010
When working out what should guide public institutions and policies in our lives and human communities, those who chime in from ancient to contemporary times have advanced various proposals and they have often been divided into two groups. Members of one of the ...
Bernanke Stops Making Sense
September 28, 2010
Ben Bernanke is on the rebound. Given the idea that the best defense is a good offense, Bernanke has apparently decided to make elaborate speeches justifying American economics and his actions - and the actions of the Fed. Dominant social theme: We're on top th ...
UN Sets for Space Aliens
September 28, 2010
We really do think we see signs of an elite fear-based promotion having to do with space aliens. In fact, we've already broached this idea in the fairly recent past. But this article (excerpted above) brings the subject up again. Seem wacky? After the insanity ...
The Donkey in the China Shop
September 28, 2010
President Obama has just issued a blackmail to Prime Minister Wen Jiabao of China: "You immediately revalue the yuan or else..." According to an article of David E. Senger in The New York Times dated September 23, 2010, the two leaders met at the United Nations ...
Why Rip Off The Rich?
September 28, 2010
This fracas about letting the Bush tax cut expire for those making more than the arbitrary amount of $250K per year is bizarre. Never mind for now that the entire system of taxation in a bona fide free country is criminal - not different, in principle, from a s ...
Project Mockingbird for Patriots?
September 27, 2010
People who visit the Bell regularly know that we usually begin analysis of a power elite dominant social theme with a mainstream media article. But occasionally we depart from this formula when we find a non-mainstream or alternative press analysis that adds to ...
EU Leaders Save the Union?
September 27, 2010
Reporting the arguments of EU leaders may provide a human face. But it likely does nothing to ameliorate the underlying stresses. Elite promotions can fail when they are discovered or debunked. In this case, the promotion seems simply to be outrunning reality. ...
Jim Powell on US Political Dysfunction and Four Freedom-Oriented Nobel Prize-Winners
September 26, 2010
The Daily Bell is pleased to present an exclusive interview with Dr. James L. Payne. Dr. Powell, senior fellow at CATO, is an expert in the history of liberty. He has lectured in England, Germany, Japan, Argentina and Brazil as well as at Harvard, Stanford and ...
Oliver Stone, Central Banking Apologist
September 25, 2010
This new Oliver Stone financial film, "Money Never Sleeps," (a follow to his big 1980's hit "Wall Street") is notable for what it leaves out. Even with immense pressure on the Federal Reserve from a variety of sources, Oliver Stone fails to put recent central b ...
Remobilize Gold to Save the World Economy
September 25, 2010
An open letter to Paul Volcker, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, 1979-1987; Chairman of President Obama's Economic Recovery Advisory Board, presented to him, in person, last year. Dear Paul: In 35 years our paths have crossed for the s ...
State Fundamentalism
September 25, 2010
True, the idea came to me after having read many of Paul Krugman's missives, both his columns in The New York Times and essays in such magazines as The New York Review of Books. In his often very polemical writings - for a Nobel Laureate he does seem to indulge ...
Sounds of EU Squawking
September 24, 2010
We have puzzled some readers with our insistence that EU austerity was another fear-based promotion of the power elite, but in this article we will seek once again to why the elite has attempted to enforce austerity and why it is failing. Anyone, in our estimat ...
Big Science Shrinks?
September 24, 2010
While we have written numerous articles on the bureaucracy of big science and its varying incompetences, we have neglected to point out the impact that the unrolling financial crisis is having on what the Register (see above article excerpt) calls "boffins." We ...
Politicians' Criminal Minds
September 24, 2010
In our time, not entirely unlike in others, the main appeal politicians hold out for millions is that they join them in their resentful bashing of the rich. This is a successful ploy because in the past, of course, most riches came from conquest, from governmen ...
How Globalism Emerges – in a Rush
September 23, 2010
The power elite used to move along the waters of the world like a majestic supertanker with plenty of time to take evasive action when an obstacle was sighted. These days it races along like nuclear-powered destroyer. An additional dominant social theme might b ...
Fracturing of Global Sports
September 23, 2010
Just yesterday, we wrote about NFL quarterback Michael Vick who ran a violent dog-fighting ring and who, years after the offenses, remained something of a sports pariah from a reporting standpoint. We pointed out that the sports-writing community in particular ...
Are Consumers Finally Winning in Washington?
September 23, 2010
This past week the administration announced its choice for the first credit czar at the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. This bureau was created as part of the supposed Wall Street reform bill recently passed by Congress. This new bureau, which represe ...
No Way Could I Support Republicans
September 23, 2010
At times I have the impression that maybe there are practicing political allies out there somewhere, ones who are involved with current affairs, and at times it looks like these would be Republicans and especially conservative ones. That's because strictly spea ...
Land Ho!
September 22, 2010
Savvy investors – having realized that the stock market is not necessarily the way to generate terrific riches – are going back to the land. The dominant social theme might be, "Who can trust these paper products? Give us tangible, productive investments th ...
Does Vick Deserve Redemption?
September 22, 2010
We've watched the Michael Vick story unfold with some fascination. It tends to confirm what we think about sports reporters in general, that they exaggerate every single wrongheaded characteristic of mainstream reporters. This stands to reason after all; it tak ...
Markets Reject EU Austerity?
September 21, 2010
The UK Telegraph remains a mainstream anomaly; articles by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard often do not buttress the dominant social themes that the power elite is trying to promote. On the other hand, Evans-Pritchard is no free-market monetarist. He seems to believe i ...
The Rise of Iran
September 21, 2010
Is it jaw-jaw rather than war-war with Iran? Portions of the US military industrial complex obviously want war-war, but the pushback from other US military, intelligence and civilian sectors seem to mitigate against it. We remember when it seemed certain that t ...
Property Rights and Law
September 21, 2010
Some have been demeaning the right to private property - which is very closely linked to America's political tradition and if sufficiently discredited would also help destroy the country - because such a right is supposedly created by a legal system. If so, the ...
Gold: The Anti-Bubble
September 20, 2010
The Gold Council research makes the point that "The gold price is consistent with its long-run average level compared with a range of different assets, including equity indices and hard assets like oil." Or to put it another way, there is a new dominant social ...
Is the Tea Party a Modern-Day Renaissance?
September 20, 2010
We can only repeat that what is happening is a process, not a series of inexplicable, serial events. Of course, we may yet be wrong. Perhaps the power elite can - via censorship and military force - reverse the trends that we see continuing to grow. But think f ...
Tony Judt's Last Prevarications
September 20, 2010
As a loyal though reluctant reader of The New York Review of Books – too masochistic an experience at times but in my line of work unavoidable – I have read a lot of essays by the recently deceased public intellectual and NYU professor Tony Judt. A skilled ...
Tibor Machan on the US Tea Party, Its Influence and What the Future May Hold
September 19, 2010
The editors of The Daily Bell are pleased to present an interview with well-known libertarian philosopher Tibor R. Machan. Dr. Machan is currently Professor Emeritus, Department of Philosophy, Auburn University, Alabama, and holds the R. C. Hoiles Endowed Chair ...
Why Does the US Need a Consumer Czar?
September 18, 2010
There is so much that is strange about this consumer financial protection bureau that it is not easy to know where to start. First of all transactions between someone borrowing money and someone lending it do not strike us as "consumption." We think of consumpt ...
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