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IMF's Lagarde – Perpetuating Untruths on a Massive Scale?
June 09, 2014
If Britain's economy is improving, it's due to monetary stimulation not natural causes. Ms. Christine Lagarde ought to comment on the mechanism of "economic improvement," but she won't. She should comment on it because the kind of low-interest, high-money print ...
Profoundly Immoral, Increasingly Popular, the 'Unconditional Basic Income' Becomes a Meme
June 09, 2014
The libertarian media has been extraordinarily successful in this era of the Internet because freedom is the default preference of most people. Ask individuals if they want to pay high taxes, have their movements restricted by a plethora of passports and visas, ...
Obama's Foreign Policy Rhetoric Does Not Match US Actions
June 09, 2014
President Obama's recent foreign policy speech, delivered at this year's West Point graduation ceremony, was a disappointment to anyone who hoped the president might be changing course. The failure of each US intervention thus far in the 21st century might have ...
Paul Armentano on Individual Liberty, NORML and Marijuana Legalization vs. Decriminalization
June 08, 2014
I believe that it is an inappropriate use of state power to infringe upon the liberties of an individual simply based upon what he or she puts in their body. And nowhere do I believe this infringement upon the individual's liberty is more egregious than in situ ...
Reefer Madness Redux
June 07, 2014
The Christian Science Monitor has published an attack on marijuana legalization entitled, "The real marijuana story." The cut line explains, "The common assumption that it's a harmless drug is challenged in a prominent medical journal." That medical journal is ...
Equity Benefits From Central Bank Paper Shuffling: The Economy Not So Much
June 06, 2014
Read the above explanation for why stocks have "made a new record," and one can come away with the idea that the market is being driven by fundamentals like "employment" ... along with necessary strategies involving deeply discounted interest rates. The overwhe ...
#ResetTheNet Versus Deeper Change
June 06, 2014
Excuse us for being cynical, but this is not the way real change occurs. This is kinda ... Hollywood change, where large groups get together spurred on by "leaders" and society evolves in ways that are admirable and well-intentioned but ultimately ineffective. ...
The Modern Freedom Movement, 1940-2014
June 06, 2014
It began in the early 1940s. FDR had launched the New Deal's collectivization of America, and a small but prescient group of libertarian and conservative intellectuals were in rebellion – such thinkers as Richard Weaver, Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich Hayek, Joh ...
The Golden Bear: Pure Directed History?
June 05, 2014
Is the gold bull market really over? Bloomberg says it is. We see the world a little differently, of course. We don't see any real lessening of demand for gold, or for silver for that matter. But Bloomberg has a narrative and they're sticking to it. Here's more ...
Fed Money Pumping Brings Results: The Affluent Society Returns – For Now
June 05, 2014
Let the good times roll. Once again, monetary inflation is being confused with high-end entrepreneurialism. If there was any question about our Wall Street Party meme, this article should help dispel it. Always, these sorts of articles show up when the stock ma ...
The Achilles Heel of Libertarian War Theory: Who Decides?
June 05, 2014
Can a libertarian support or engage in war? Some libertarians point to the right of self-defense to justify going to war. An individual has the right to defend himself with deadly force, if necessary, against an aggressor. If you multiply the justified individu ...
Whatever Became Of Morality?
June 05, 2014
What are we to make of this? http://edition.cnn.com/2014/06/03/justice/wisconsin-girl-stabbed/index.html Two 12 year-old white American girls who look perfectly normal stabbed their 12-year old friend 19 times in a murder attempt. By murdering their friend the ...
Do Not Look to Politics to Remedy NSA Overreach
June 04, 2014
Many now know about the security overreach in the West and especially in the United States, thanks to Edward Snowden's exposes. We are not so sure about the Snowden narrative, believing that it at least partially served the interests of a Western intelligence t ...
The Direction of Equity Marts Seems Clearer than the Economy's
June 04, 2014
We believe equity marts are headed higher still. But we are not so certain about the direction of the larger economy, either in the US or overseas. However, this article, excerpted above, seems to take it as a given that the US economy is headed up. In the long ...
On Man And Perfection
June 04, 2014
A great many theories of government and social organization rest on consideration of man's perfection. From the time of Plato, philosophers and political theorists have formulated much of their thinking about political communities in line with some view about t ...
Is It a Crash Yet?
June 03, 2014
In keeping with one of our newer dominant social themes, we present the above excerpt on the possibility of a near-term stock market crash and how investors seem to be ignoring it. We call this meme the "Wall Street Party." Now ,why would there be a party durin ...
Mainstream Media Versus National Security: A Portrait in Irony
June 03, 2014
We have sympathy for James Risen, even admiration, but it is considerably tempered by the newspaper for which he works. The New York Times – as the face of the Eastern metropolitan elite – has consistently enabled the US imperium and provided justifications ...
The Wisdom of Adam Smith for Our Own Times
June 03, 2014
The continuing growth in government spending, taxing and regulation of economic affairs in the United States and in many other parts of the world has raised anew the essential issue of political control and intervention in the market place. With June 5th markin ...
Facing the Invasive Onset of GATCA, Take Human Action
June 02, 2014
International Man has offered a timely update on the implications of FATCA and how this invasive global facility is likely to expand via something called GATCA. The end result of all these acronyms can be seen above. Our excerpt concludes: "In the end, this mea ...
EU Political Response May Increase Chance of Violence
June 02, 2014
This Reuters editorial shows us clearly how pro-EU forces are reacting to recent elections (Reuters being one such). These elections made it clear that large parts of the European electorate are fed-up with the euro and the EU as well after some six years of er ...
Mental Health Screening a Good Way to Decrease Liberty, Poor Way to Increase Security
June 02, 2014
Last week Americans were shocked and saddened by another mass killing, this one near a college campus in California. We all feel deep sympathy for the families of the victims. As usual, many people responded to this shooting by calling for new federal gun contr ...
Is the War on Drugs Over?
May 31, 2014
The US House of Representatives has voted to block federal law enforcement from pursuing users of medical marijuana in states that permit that use. This is just the latest move in the unraveling of marijuana prohibition. It may look as if a spontaneous movement ...
Flawed Assumptions of Bilderberg Secrecy
May 30, 2014
Do an Internet search about the Bilderberg conference now underway in Denmark and you'll find remarkably little news from the mainstream press. There are articles and videos – but as before, it's the alternative media on the scene: Infowars, AFP, etc. This ar ...
The Strange Tale of Swiss Banking – And What It Means for You
May 30, 2014
What, really, do the Swiss have to offer now? Is it possible that the UBS scandal was in some sense planned to bring down the system. The damage is certainly clear; the Swiss government and banking community sacrificed centuries of banking history and culture t ...
Capitalism, Worth Fighting For?
May 29, 2014
There is apparently consternation among those who define the West's dominant social themes. Keynesian economics is clearly not working and needs a reset (or so we are told), as we analyzed in yesterday's article. And now we can see clearly in the above excerpt ...
Olympics, a Collapsing Meme
May 29, 2014
In keeping with the modern propensity for "bread and circuses," the Olympics have grown vastly over the past century. But now that growth seems to be halting, as we can see from this article excerpt. Is that so bad? In fact, the Olympics are a kind of moral fai ...
The Soul-Killing Effect of Owning Slaves and Some Feminism
May 29, 2014
In the early 19th century, the American anti-slavery movement called abolitionism made an intriguing argument. Without denying or diminishing the horror of being a slave, abolitionists claimed that the slave owner was also a victim because owning another person ...
Reuters Suggests a New Economics to Take the Place of the Neoclassical Model: Good Luck With That
May 28, 2014
The reason we follow the Reuters opinion page is because we often find substantial rebuttals to what we call the Internet Reformation posted there. This editorial seems to be groping toward a new elite dominant social theme designed to negate points made by fre ...
Africa Rising: The Military-Industrial Complex Gets to Work
May 28, 2014
We've often pointed out that there seems to be a globalist plan to swap in Africa for Japan and China when it comes to creating nation-states and regions that can buy US Treasuries. We have named this meme "Africa Rising," and you can see some of our articles h ...
Implications of the Fatal Conceit
May 28, 2014
Last week I watched President Obama give a talk about his VA problems. Those of us who have learned the lessons of history and some brilliant political economists, such as the late F. A. Hayek, were not shocked to witness that the VA has been unable to meet its ...
Puerto Rico – A Tax Haven Uncle Sam Tolerates?
May 27, 2014
Puerto Rico is hot – not weather-wise but as a business destination. And perhaps there's a reason. Uncle Sam is well aware that many are doing their best to move their money and themselves out of the US; But if the funds have to go anywhere, US bureaucrats pr ...
The Importance of the Second Amendment
May 27, 2014
For millions of Americans the Second Amendment and its guarantee of the right of the individual to bear arms appears irrelevant and practically anachronistic. It seems a throwback to those earlier days of the Wild West, when many men, far from the law and order ...
Europe Sinks … As Predicted
May 26, 2014
The headlines exploded last night with EU election results showing clearly that voters in France, England, Germany, Denmark, Hungary and Greece (among others) had had enough of the EU. Of course, our readers are not surprised. We've been predicting this for yea ...
Surprise! … UN Involvement Promoted to Advance the Marijuana Meme
May 26, 2014
In numerous articles, we've pointed out that the globalist power elite was backing what we call the marijuana meme – the decriminalization and eventual legalization of cannabis. We believed that this was an important perspective. The elite's support of legal ...
The VA Scandal is Just the Tip of the Military Abuse Iceberg
May 26, 2014
President Obama held a press conference last week to express his outrage over reports that the Veterans Administration was routinely delaying treatment to veterans, with some veterans even dying while on alleged secret waiting lists. The president said that, "i ...
Why War Is Inevitable
May 26, 2014
Memorial Day is when we commemorate our war dead. Like the Fourth of July, Memorial Day is being turned into a celebration of war. Those who lose family members and dear friends to war don't want the deaths to have been in vain. Consequently, wars become glorio ...
Ron Holland on the US Imperium, Coming Dollar Difficulties and the Advantages of Investing Abroad
May 25, 2014
I'm on the beach in the Caribbean today as I respond to the interview questions so for me, personally, like the Zac Brown Band sings in their hit song, "Toes", "I got my toes in the water, *ss in the sand not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand. Life i ...
The Lie of Moral Mercantilism
May 24, 2014
Three news items caught my attention recently. They speak to mercantilist immorality, and I'll explain more clearly what that means toward the end of this article. First, let's look at the news items. An article entitled, "Car Exec Loses Money On Electric Cars, ...
Speaking Truth to Monetary Power
May 24, 2014
Until Ron Paul raised the issue at the national level in 2007, the Federal Reserve System had been treated with the kind of lazy indifference or acquiescence with which the public gradually comes to accept any institution of long standing. To be sure, most of t ...
Hawks Take Flight: Why the Fed's Hypocritical Dialectic Continues
May 23, 2014
Once more, uneasy institutional voices are raised about the Fed's money printing. The idea is that the unholy trillions created by the Fed have been offered to commercial banks and may be used as loans at some point. Too many loans and too much currency can cre ...
First Pot, Now Hemp: Directed History of Cannabis Legalization Evolves
May 23, 2014
Now Bloomberg is promoting the marijuana meme or at least beginning to support its affiliated product – hemp. This is right in line with what we have been predicting. The marijuana meme did not emerge simply from popular action. It is surely part of a larger ...
Europe's Unraveling Is Not Political but Technological
May 22, 2014
This article in the UK Telegraph points out succinctly the problems faced by the EU but spends a good deal of time wondering why European leaders like Francois Hollande are pursuing policies that are giving rise to extreme opposition and further damaging econom ...
Underestimate the Internet at Your Peril
May 22, 2014
Despite regular efforts to downplay the political change taking place around the US, events like this one – in the excerpt above – show that the sociopolitical fabric itself is being attacked by citizens who for one reason or another have had enough. They w ...
If You Meet John Galt On The Road, Kill Him
May 22, 2014
John Galt is the protagonist of Ayn Rand's novel Atlas Shrugged and expresses her vision of the ideal man. The title of this article flashed at me during a discussion with a fellow who argued adamantly against idealism. He wanted it stamped out of libertarianis ...
Recognizing Government for What It Is
May 21, 2014
Here is a mainstream media article about the necessity for governments to reduce their size and scope. It is surprising for the strong language it uses in tracking the West's current dilemma regarding expanding and divisive bureaucracies. Nevertheless, it does ...
Immorality of Biotech?
May 21, 2014
High Alert has taken a position that some investments are more palatable than others. But unlike the mainstream media, we don't believe that adhering to elite dominant social themes defines "morality." Ethical investing often focuses on "saving the planet" by s ...
Short Lesson in Schools of Ethics
May 21, 2014
I teach ethics, mainly business ethics, and here is a brief outline of some of the more prominent schools I discuss in class: A. Ethical hedonism is the view that everyone ought to seek to obtain as much physical pleasure in life as possible. This has appeal be ...
More on the Belgium Treasury Purchase
May 21, 2014
In response to our account of the mysterious large rise in Belgium's Treasury purchases, it was suggested that the transaction would show up on the Fed's balance sheet. However, the Fed is under no obligation to show the transaction. The $141.2 billion in Treas ...
Does the National Security Media Abet the Surveillance State?
May 20, 2014
This interesting Reuters article provides us with a quasi-review of Glenn Greenwald's new book, No Place to Hide, and concludes that Greenwald is occasionally overwrought. The real issue seems to be that Greenwald doesn't think much of "national security" repor ...
Global Warming: The Incredible Shrinking Meme
May 20, 2014
In the past few days we've read numerous articles about how the Antarctic is melting and that it is too late to stop it now. Being long-time analysts of dominant social themes, we didn't take the meme seriously even though it was repeated over and over again. B ...
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