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Thoreau as a Lone Crazy
June 19, 2014
Murray Rothbard used the "lone crazy" theory to describe the individual who comes out of nowhere and dramatically alters the course of history; perhaps he assassinates a president. The lone crazy could also be an event, such as 9/11. Its essence is surprise, im ...
Confirmed: The People Printing the Currency Are Inflating the Stock Market
June 18, 2014
For many years, we've been writing that Western stock markets are pushed upwards via central bank money printing. So the idea that central banks are directly holding equities is no surprise. What is slightly surprising is that the OMFIF is being allowed to publ ...
Drug Legalization: A Meme That Continues to Be in Play
June 18, 2014
We offer this analysis as further proof that the meme we've discerned regarding the legalization of drugs – all drugs – remains in play. Context is important, and so we note that Rand Paul's perspective on drug legalization founds its way into the Huffingto ...
Right to Bear Arms
June 18, 2014
Arms are weapons with which to physically overpower others. There are justified and unjustified cases of overpowering others. Self-defense is clearly a case of the former. Aggressing upon another, robbing, murdering, raping, assaulting or kidnapping another wou ...
Washington Is Beating The War Drums
June 18, 2014
I wish I had only good news to bring to readers, or even one item of good news. Alas, goodness has ceased to be a feature of US policy and simply cannot be found in any words or deeds emanating from Washington or the capitals of its European vassal states. The ...
When Asset Bubbles Expand, Vigilance Is Its Own Reward
June 17, 2014
Another article about the lifestyles of the rich and famous provides yet more evidence of growing asset bubbles. The biggest bubble of all is in equity markets, especially US equity markets; for those who want further proof of how central bank economies work, t ...
Tentacles of Authoritarianism
June 17, 2014
This is a tough article about Homeland Security and what it is doing to what's left of US freedoms. The author is John Whitehead. Here, from his bio: John W. Whitehead is an attorney and author who has written, debated and practiced widely in the area of consti ...
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Gold, Government and Monetary Freedom
June 17, 2014
For more than two hundred years, practically all of the leading advocates of individual liberty and free markets have assumed that money and banking were different from other types of goods and markets. From Adam Smith to Milton Friedman, the presumption has be ...
The Warning Inherent in Escalating Official Lawlessness
June 16, 2014
This is a good example of the deteriorating level of US government behavior. It's disturbing because it seems to shows an escalating level of recklessness. We last wrote about this here: When It Comes to Lawlessness in the US, Preparation Is the Essence of Fore ...
Growing Warmist Intolerance Threatens Social and Legal Fabric
June 16, 2014
Western officials are increasingly willing to make threats in support of elite dominant social themes. Not surprisingly, we're seeing this sort of behavior as regards global warming. There is no doubt that warmist sentiment is waning in the West but this does n ...
Haven’t We Already Done Enough Damage in Iraq?
June 16, 2014
In 2006, I invited the late General Bill Odom to address my Thursday Congressional luncheon group. Gen. Odom, a former NSA director, called the Iraq war "the greatest strategic disaster in American history," and told the surprised audience that he could not und ...
Nick Giambruno on FATCA, GATCA and the Changing Investment Scene, Worldwide
June 15, 2014
International diversification strategies are important, in short, because they allow you to be not wholly dependent on any one particular country. When you are internationally diversified what you are doing is diluting the amount of control your home government ...
An Ever Deeper EU to Join the Wall Street Party?
June 14, 2014
European Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs László Andor has delivered a historic speech calling for a deeper union. It is at least in part a response to recent Euro-elections that showed the EU electorate is fed up with "Europe." In "European Com ...
The Biggest Political Problem of All
June 13, 2014
We didn't intend to comment on the Cantor defeat again, having just written about it yesterday. But our attention was drawn to this article in the National Review because of the description of the Tea Party as "radical, anti-institutional, anti-leadership, anti ...
Drug Warriors, Grab Your Resumes
June 13, 2014
Do you work for the DEA on issues related to the continued criminalization of marijuana? Better have your resume handy ... As we've pointed out many times before, increasingly the "marijuana meme" is not up for discussion. There are powerful forces at work supp ...
The People Struggle to Find and Retain Representation
June 13, 2014
Dave Brat, a professor of economics at Virginia's Randolph-Macon College, is a marked man. Professor Brat defeated Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a prime trophy of the Israel Lobby. I doubt that Eric Cantor ever lost an opportunity to place Israe ...
Nikkei's Turn to Soar?
June 12, 2014
From a UK Telegraph article we learn that, "Authorities are about to funnel large sums into Japanese stocks openly and deliberately under the next phase of Abenomics, both by regulatory fiat and by purchasing the Nikkei index directly with printed money." Does ...
Cantor's Defeat Provides Further Support for the 'Reagan Meme'
June 12, 2014
Cantor wasn't tough enough on immigration, and that's why he lost. This "explanation" fits in with a larger meme that we've presented in the past: There's no stopping the Tea Party, at least at a personal, non-organizational, level. Of course, parts of the poli ...
Do You Really Want to Be Correct?
June 12, 2014
"Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk." – Henry David Thoreau Evidence that something is wrong with a theory is rarely as obvious as a trout in the milk. This is particularly true when a belief is deeply-held or in ...
Repudiate the Public Debt? How About Corporate Personhood and Monopoly Central Banking?
June 11, 2014
Just yesterday we criticized the movement to create a universal basic income. This movement to repudiate public debt makes us uneasy as well, unless it is accompanied by a rollback of the fundamental building blocks of the modern state: corporate personhood and ...
Sell Gold, Buy Equities?
June 11, 2014
The Indian media, like the Indian government, has been "talking down" gold for quite a while now. This is unusual in a country where so many people buy gold, especially gold jewelry, on a regular basis. But it is symptomatic of a larger "bankers' war" being wag ...
An Essay on Property Rights
June 11, 2014
To begin with, I want to make it clear that human beings have a moral nature. That is the kind of individuals they are. This is controversial because a good many people in the social sciences and in society in general have some problems with the idea that we ar ...
When It Comes to Lawlessness in the US, Preparation Is the Essence of Foresight
June 10, 2014
The world grows more lawless. It is especially obvious in the US, where bold, public displays of lawlessness have been not been a common occurrence in the past ... These days, there seems to be a steady stream of questionable activities taking place. Obamacare ...
One Relentless Equity Party
June 10, 2014
Again the market climbs. And this is why ... A nearby comet made of salt has focused certain gravitational flows by seasoning the appropriate neurons. This has created higher stock prices by acting on the Big Board the way the moon acts on the tides. We can do ...
The Case for Liberty, Through Thick and Thin
June 10, 2014
The advocates of the "thin" version of a defense of liberty argue that the primary and essential issue concerns the principle and logic of "non-aggression." That is, the classical liberal or libertarian basically should be concerned with one, and only one, issu ...
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 ...
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