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What Happens If People Decide the War on Drugs Was Not Only Dysfunctional but Also False?
December 08, 2014
So it begins. In fact, we asked the question quite a while ago regarding the thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands in jail for using cannabis. "Where is the justice?" we asked. By phrasing the question this way, we positioned it as moral issue. And, yes, the ...
House Chooses New Cold War With Russia
December 08, 2014
Last week the US House voted overwhelmingly in favor of an anti-Russia resolution so full of war propaganda that it rivals the rhetoric from the chilliest era of the Cold War. Ironically, much of the bill condemns Russia for doing exactly what the US government ...
Andy Hoffman: Central Banks Have Confused Investors About the Value of Gold
December 07, 2014
Remember, all markets are now manipulated on a 24/7 basis. It is the only way TPTB have been able to maintain their fiat Ponzi scheme this long, by "painting" markets like stocks and precious metals to tell the story they want told. Of course, not all markets ...
When Choice Matters: Organic Food vs. Organic Investing
December 06, 2014
Morgan Stanley recently predicted a good deal of growth for organic/natural food sellers. In fact, this area is "hot." And because it is, I want to clarify certain concerns regarding organic/natural food from an investment standpoint. Increasingly, we have an i ...
EU Deflation: Real Problem or Eurocrat Exaggeration?
December 05, 2014
This is predictable. EU officials are now stating they are going to do what they want to do whether or not the EU agreements allow it. We've mentioned it numerous times because onetime EU top man Romano Prodi is on record as suggesting that this would happen so ...
In Celebration of What George Orwell Understood – and What He Didn't
December 05, 2014
Reading about Orwell in The Economist magazine is a bit like reading about a celebration of the Internet in China. You can expect that a lot has been left out. Defending its lack of substance, the article retreats into the kind of archly intellectual tone that ...
The Crashes and Profits Yet to Come
December 04, 2014
Elite memes have two sides and we can see this when it comes to the stock market. On the one hand, there are plenty of articles in the mainstream media indicating that the current "rally" could go on indefinitely. And then there are articles like this that prov ...
Scientific American Warns Against the Damage Done by Government Shutdowns
December 04, 2014
Scientific American often provides us with memes we recognize, especially when it comes to global warming. Another theme is the virtue of government science. For the editors at Scientific American, there can be almost no significant breakthroughs without govern ...
Can I Sell Myself into Slavery?
December 04, 2014
No. The reason requires a considerably lengthier response. Slavery is the social condition in which one human being owns another as property. This means the owner can use and dispose of the slave as he would other property such as a table or dog. Historically, ...
Bloomberg Spins Economic Fairy Tale to Cover Up Deeper Realities?
December 03, 2014
What's funny about this Bloomberg editorial is that it criticizes gold purchasers for following "stories" but somehow neglects to explain that those who purchase stocks, bonds, commodities and real estate are also following certain narratives. To put it another ...
Porn Ban Reveals Broader Agenda for Social Control?
December 03, 2014
Yesterday came word that Britain was banning the filming of numerous kinds of "violent" sexual acts including spanking. We're not going into the specifics of what was "banned" because it really doesn't matter. What does matter is that elites, specifically Briti ...
Rand Paul Expands the Political Dialectic – And That's a Good Thing
December 02, 2014
Rand Paul is back in the news with statements about the war on drugs creating a "culture of violence" that puts police into an impossible situation. In the same editorial, he also said the criminal justice system targets more blacks than whites but that nonethe ...
Slate Strikes Out: Analysis of Thanksgiving Tale Draws the Wrong Conclusions
December 02, 2014
It didn't take that long for the mainstream media to start debunking an increasingly favorite libertarian report regarding the "First Thanksgiving." We recently presented the libertaraian narrative here at The Daily Bell in a scholarly retelling by Richard Ebel ...
Hayek's Warning: The Social Engineer's Pretense of Knowledge
December 02, 2014
Forty years ago, on December 11, 1974, Austrian economist Friedrich A. Hayek formally received that year's Nobel Prize in Economics at the official ceremonies in Stockholm, Sweden. He delivered a lecture called, "The Pretense of Knowledge," which forcefully cha ...
US Resorts to Illegality to Protect Failed Policies
December 02, 2014
In a blatant and massive market intervention, the price of gold was smashed on Friday. Right after the Comex opened on Friday morning 7,008 paper gold contracts representing 20 tonnes of gold were dumped in the New York Comex futures market at 8:50 a.m. EST. At ...
Reuters Discovers the Great Convergence of Global Stock Market Stimulation
December 01, 2014
This Reuters article states clearly what we've been pointed out in our Wall Street Party meme: It's not just a US phenomenon. We noted this as quantitative easing began several years ago in the US. The EU, too, was stimulating European economies at the time as ...
Swiss Gold Repudiation Doesn't Undermine Larger Internet Era Trend
December 01, 2014
The numbers were more skewed than we expected, but the anti-gold vote was not a surprise. For a variety of reasons, the Swiss don't seem to seek a return to a quasi-gold standard. There are, of course, various speculations regarding this vote. Some believe, as ...
Who Wants to be Defense Secretary?
December 01, 2014
It seems nobody wants to be Secretary of Defense in the Obama administration. The president's first two Defense Secretaries, Robert Gates and Leon Panetta, both complained bitterly this month about their time in the administration. The president's National Secu ...
Glen Roberts: Why I Renounced My Citizenship
November 30, 2014
I think that in my experiences living outside the USA for a decade, I came to see life as a need to find peace within ourselves. Taking an allegiance to a country, a group of political leaders, is inherently contrary to that. I have seen many write that one's i ...
Another Marijuana Meme Sours: Cannabis Likely Doesn't Incite Violence After All
November 29, 2014
The meme of marijuana and violence is weakening. As this theme is discredited, cannabis decriminalization and legalization will surely continue to expand. Here at The Daily Bell we see this as an ongoing and even inevitable trend. Vox is the latest media platfo ...
Dazed and Confused: Why Trying to Eat Healthy May Lead to Dizziness
November 29, 2014
The old adage "you are what you eat" has a lot of people horrified these days, as we begin to realize just what it is we're actually putting into our bodies. Anyone who's worked at a beef packing plant, commercial chicken farm or sausage-making facility knows j ...
Big Banks: What Happens When Customers Cease to Believe?
November 28, 2014
This article presents us with a predictable meme regarding financial centralization as a competitive advantage. When it comes to banks, this is an especially ubiquitous theme. That's because those behind the century-old banking consolidation are desperate to es ...
Assange: Google as a Creature of the State Department
November 28, 2014
This report from the Russian news agency Tass (via Spanish Publico) might be easily dismissed; but for several reasons it is likely not. First, the report is not firsthand but apparently is part of a book being written by WikiLeaks's Julian Assange. Second, we' ...
Fed Numerical Inputs Mislead Officials and Media Alike
November 27, 2014
This is an interesting critique because it deals specifically with the inputs that Fed officials use to decide on the value and volume of money at any given time. We've often pointed out that the rationale for central banking generally is, well ... economically ...
Mainstream Media Negativity On Swiss Gold Referendum Conceals the Truth
November 27, 2014
USA Today has weighed in on the upcoming gold referendum in Switzerland with a predictable anti-gold article. In fact, the anti-gold tone when it comes to the mainstream media is overwhelming. Central bankers hate the yellow metal because it restricts their fre ...
Confronting the C-Word
November 27, 2014
"The first rule of the politics of fear is that if you want to make something sound scarier than it actually is, you add the word 'culture' at the end of it." – Brendan O'Neill, Editor of Spiked. It is the c-word*: culture. Depending on the political agenda o ...
EU Desperation: Using Germany as a Club to Threaten the West
November 26, 2014
Once more, Germany is being brandished as a club. From what we can tell, this is an age-old meme. The idea is that what the Germans did to Rome 2,000 years ago, they can do to Europe today. Thus: Beware of Germany. We don't have to go that far into the past to ...
A Meme Grows on the Dow: Stock Profits for Another Half-Decade?
November 26, 2014
The Wall Street Journal recently published a passionate plea to young investors regarding the stock market. It is truly a remarkable statement. And in fact, it is only one of several recent editorials that have appeared recently that push such exposure. We last ...
Alien Tidal Wave Now Assured
November 26, 2014
Reason flees; pygmies rule. Our intellectuals and legislators on both sides of the spectrum have abandoned all sanity regarding immigration, culture, freedom, and common sense. Our country is in free fall. Collapse lies over the horizon like grinning Death with ...
Is UKIP the Most Significant Political Movement in the UK?
November 25, 2014
Is UKIP now going to be portrayed as a populist party? The Economist uses the word "populist" (see above) to describe UKIP, and this may provide us with a significant clue. That would be disappointing because UKIP is in many ways a "libertarian" party that want ...
Bloomberg: Calls for a US Exit Tax on the Horizon
November 25, 2014
This Bloomberg editorial fires a beginning salvo for an emigration tax. With seven million US citizens living abroad and the US fedgov apparently in dire need of revenue such a tax might serve two purposes. First of all, it might make emigration more difficult ...
The Ferguson Uprising Is Only a SHTF Preview
November 25, 2014
"The time to buy is when there's blood in the streets." – Baron Rothschild. Events unfolding in Ferguson, Missouri in the "Show Me State," are allowing Americans an opportunity to safely watch on cable news a frightening preview of what will likely happen whe ...
Thanksgiving: Celebrating the Birth of American Free Enterprise
November 25, 2014
This time of the year, whether in good economic times or bad, is when Americans gather with their families and friends and enjoy a Thanksgiving meal together. It marks a remembrance of those early Pilgrim Fathers who crossed the uncharted ocean from Europe to m ...
Swiss Gold Referendum: What It Really Means
November 25, 2014
In a few days the Swiss people will go to the polls to decide whether the Swiss central bank is to be required to hold 20% of its reserves in the form of gold. Polls show that the gold requirement is favored by the less well off and opposed by wealthy Swiss inv ...
Who Will Watch the Bankers?
November 24, 2014
The Fed has apparently announced that it regrets the way it conducts its bank supervisory role and intends to do better. This is yet further fallout from revelations from Carmen Segarra, a bank regulator for the Fed who published considerable criticism about th ...
Events in Mexico and US Give Rise to a Momentous Question
November 24, 2014
Two momentous events are taking place in the Americas. One is the ongoing implementation of a US-government inspired "immigration overhaul." The other is continued and expansive unrest in Mexico. The BBC, watching the immigration tumult unfold from across the " ...
Defeat of USA FREEDOM Act is a Victory for Freedom
November 24, 2014
It will not shock readers to hear that quite often legislation on Capitol Hill is not as advertised. When Congress wants to do something particularly objectionable, they tend give it a fine-sounding name. The PATRIOT Act is perhaps the best-known example. The l ...
Morgan Fox: How the Midterms Helped Turn the Tide Toward Legalization
November 23, 2014
Voters in Alaska and Oregon voted to make marijuana legal for adults and regulated like alcohol, and the cities of South Portland, Maine and the District of Columbia made possession of small amounts of marijuana legal for adults. A medical marijuana initiative ...
A New Free-Thinking Community for Your Life, Safety and Sanity!
November 22, 2014
What follows in this editorial is one of the most important announcements I'll ever make. A new community is rapidly taking shape in the mountains of Colombia. A number of liberty-minded individuals within the free-market thinking community are taking quick act ...
Internet Reformation Sparks UK Parliamentary Money-Debate
November 21, 2014
So the British Parliament is meeting to discuss "Money Creation and Society," a scenario that can give rise to numerous different imaginary interactions, many of them potentially amusing. In fact, we don't believe most MPs understand the monetary regime under w ...
Squeaking of the Swiss National Bank: 'No Gold for Us!'
November 21, 2014
Gone is the almost disparaging confidence of Swiss bankers and others when it comes to this anti-fiat referendum that could basically force the Swiss National Bank to back at least 20 percent of assets with gold. Only months and even weeks ago they were almost ...
Globalism – What Good Is It?
November 20, 2014
Such articles as the one excerpted above on globalization seem dishonest to us. The article deems globalization an unmitigated good but makes no distinction between the globalization of governance and the globalization of the marketplace. Nothing wrong with mar ...
Wal-Mart to Offer Healthier Food: Prepare for Confusion
November 20, 2014
The "healthy food" meme keeps growing because it's a profitable one. But like many other things in the modern mercantilist environment, it's not entirely what it seems. We'll try to draw a distinction in this article that will allow us to examine this trend and ...
The New Gun Suspect: Every School Child
November 20, 2014
"[The role of the schoolmaster is to] collect little plastic lumps of human dough from private households and shape them on the social kneading board." ~ Edward Ross, Social Control: A Survey of the Foundations of Order. Five-year-old Elizabeth of Mobile, Alaba ...
Japan's Real Warning to the World
November 19, 2014
This is an odd editorial because it seems to rewrite history. We thought "Abenomics" was supposed to be a bold experiment to revitalize the Japanese economy. But now it seems Shinzo Abe hasn't gotten it right after all. This Bloomberg editorial seems to skip ov ...
More Evidence of the Lucrative Cannabis Surge
November 19, 2014
Once again we have a lengthy article on the probability of legalization of cannabis in an important US region, in this case the District of Colombia. And where is the article appearing? In the establishment's favorite political newspaper, the Washington Post. A ...
Party On: Reuters Predicts a Stock Market 'Melt Up' That May Last Years
November 18, 2014
We've been writing about the Wall Street Party for at least a year now, and our track record has been fairly accurate. We've pointed out this market is an entirely manipulated one and that all the manipulation runs to the "up" side. This Reuters editorial makes ...
Sanctions Drive Russia into Gold's Embrace?
November 18, 2014
Here's irony ... The West is driving Russia into the arms of the much despised (by bankers anyway) yellow metal. Vladimir Putin realizes the ruble is under attack and apparently his plan is to bolster it with gold. Which begs the question: Did the US and EU off ...
The Berlin Wall and the Spirit of Freedom
November 18, 2014
This November marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. On November 9, 1989, as the shaky East German communist government resigned, the Berlin Wall came tumbling down. Large crowds formed on both sides of the Wall. East and West Berliners clim ...
Protect Your Assets Against G-20 Meetings
November 17, 2014
The global economy apparently still isn't healthy so the G-20 is implementing a rescue. From the standpoint of free-market analysis, this sort of rescue is nothing more than a waste of US$2 trillion. In fact, one could argue that the regulatory, fiscal and mone ...
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