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'A Change Is Gonna Come'
March 13, 2014
This is a good article that leaves out a very important point. It's good because it does try to explain UKIP's attraction in Britain. It is less good, in our view, because it does not mention the part that the Internet has played in the rise of freedom movement ...
Lincoln and the Gettysburg Gospel
March 13, 2014
It has been called "the Gettysburg Gospel" because Abraham Lincoln's 271-word speech in 1863 is a key document in the creation of "civil religion" in America. Ronald Beiner, a professor of political science at the University of Toronto, defined "civil religion" ...
Suit Against Gold Fixing Could Further Undermine Dollar Confidence
March 12, 2014
And so it begins. Regulators are looking into gold fixing in London. They haven't turned it into a formal investigation but they might. Deutsche Bank has resigned from the London gold-fix committee. Others are thinking about it. The Rothschilds resigned long ag ...
On the Cutting Edge of Marijuana Policy Sea Change
March 12, 2014
This is one of a number of articles recently written to try to explain why marijuana is becoming either decriminalized or legalized. These articles will continue to be written, though they are not convincing. It is as if quantity can make up for quality. But in ...
The Logic of Equalization
March 12, 2014
Recently my TV news station reported on how the Federal Communications Commission drafted an order to visit broadcast newsrooms and make sure they treated news items fairly, that they make balanced presentations of the pros and cons on various public policies. ...
Equal Rights vs. Special Privileges
March 12, 2014
One of the major evils of the welfare state in libertarian eyes is that it destroys the concept of objective law (i.e., equal rights under the law) throughout society. This is because the welfare state is based upon the violation of individual rights in order t ...
Nuclear Drama of Directed History?
March 11, 2014
One of the biggest dominant social themes of the power elite has to do with endowing lines on a map with personhood. That is, when a crisis needs to be whipped up, reporting immediately begins to refer to such nonexistent entities as nation-states. It's "Russia ...
Gun Law Chaos: Failing Connecticut Blows Up
March 11, 2014
Connecticut politicos have finally hit the proverbial wall. Following the Sandy Hook shootings of toddlers, Connecticut passed a radical gun-registration law. Here's how RT.com describes it: Legislation enacted after the December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Ele ...
The Continuing Relevance of F. A. Hayek's 'The Road to Serfdom'
March 11, 2014
Seventy years ago this month, on March 10, 1944, The Road to Serfdom by Friedrich A. Hayek was first published in Great Britain. For seven decades it has continued to challenge and influence the political-economic landscape of the world. Hayek delivered an omin ...
Economic Dysfunction! What, Oh, What Should We Do?
March 10, 2014
We refer you, dear reader, to yet another article (excerpted above) professing puzzlement as to how some Americans can be rich while so many remain poor. A proportion of US citizens are wealthy. Many are not. Household income is rising yet employment is not. So ...
Kerry's Climate Change Priority Signals a Revitalized Warmist Meme?
March 10, 2014
We've been writing about climate change a lot because we think the strategy behind this meme has morphed. We see a new wrinkle. Of course, globalists want to promote climate change as a way of controlling carbon dioxide in the air – and thus controlling indus ...
Can We Afford Ukraine?
March 10, 2014
Officially, US debt stands at more than $17 trillion. In reality, it is many times more. The cost of the US invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq may be more than six trillion dollars. President Obama's illegal invasion of Libya cost at least a billion dollars and l ...
George Burdeau on the Magna Carta, Subsistence Culture and the Future of Western Civilization
March 09, 2014
George Burdeau: The Magna Carta and then the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were in some sense part of a formal decentralization of power. But when you look around today, you can clearly see it's not enough. Western governments are extraord ...
Did Deregulation Cause the Great Recession … Or Monopoly Central Banking?
March 07, 2014
Whoops! Harlan Green is a good writer and sophisticated thinker, but his grounding is seemingly Keynesian; thus, this article, which appeared recently in the Huffington Post, drills down to unearth a rich vein of neo-socialist claptrap. Who is Mr. Green? "Harla ...
Cracking the Climate Change Code: OZ DOD Admits to Weather Manipulation?
March 07, 2014
We can't prove that globalist elites are manipulating the weather to justify international governance with an authoritarian caste. But it makes a lot of sense. We've already presented this view here: Climate Change and HAARP – A Working Relationship? Recall, ...
Qatar vs. Saudi Arabia: Next War?
March 06, 2014
Is Qatar the next hot spot? We know the West has been whipping up trouble throughout Northern Africa and the Middle East. And it's an open secret that the Anglosphere in particular has made trouble in Ukraine. But now it looks like the same thing may be happeni ...
Illegal Marijuana? The Dialectic Doesn't Fool Us Anymore
March 06, 2014
You might think from the way the Obama administration is treating certain individuals involved with marijuana that he intends to fight against legalization as hard as possible. You might think, therefore, that what seems to be a promising groundswell of support ...
What is the Good Life?
March 06, 2014
Every person has a different answer. Nevertheless, there are basic guidelines or advice that I believe benefits anyone looking for "the good life." Certainly they benefited me decades ago when I needed a door through which to exit the endurance contest that had ...
Propaganda Rules The News
March 06, 2014
Gerald Celente calls the Western media "presstitutes," an ingenious term that I often use. Presstitutes sell themselves to Washington for access and government sources and to keep their jobs. Ever since the corrupt Clinton regime permitted the concentration of ...
Secession – Logical Outgrowth of a Modern Reformation
March 05, 2014
We have often written that the Internet Reformation is a process not an episode and indeed, most of our analysis is based on the inevitability of its effects. So we are not surprised by the secession movement in the US, which we have referred to previously. It ...
Out-of-Ideas Obama – and the Budget Ramifications Are Profound
March 05, 2014
Well ... it's politics as usual in Washington DC. President Barack Obama, embroiled in an international confrontation, has a new budget to pump up that seemingly promises something for everyone. In fact, this is how a broken system works. US fedgov frankly recy ...
Drug Prohibition is Both Wrong and Unworkable*
March 05, 2014
Introduction. Many are growing increasingly skeptical of the claims by government officials about winning the war against drugs. Should this war be supported because a smaller percentage of teenagers use marijuana, or should it be opposed because a larger perce ...
As Europe Trembles, US Emerges as 'Safe Haven'?
March 04, 2014
Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. One could certainly say Merkel is out of touch with German reality, but she – and the German media – don't see it that way. The citizens of Angela Merkel's country are quite worried about being part of the euro a ...
Tim Cook at Apple: Massive Sell Signal?
March 04, 2014
Tim Cook has decided that if you believe in global warming you should buy Apple. If not, don't. This is certainly some sort of nadir for Corporate America, which has seen plenty of down moments. Thomas Jefferson warned against corporations and the US founding f ...
The Austrian Economists Who Refuted Marx (and Obama)
March 04, 2014
The president of the United States has publicly declared that he knows the minimum wage any worker in the United States should earn as an hourly salary: $10.10. Why not $11.11 or $9.99 has been left a mystery. But what the president is sure of is that businessm ...
Washington Post: Military Maneuvering is Putin's Fault
March 03, 2014
Is President Barack Obama weak? That's what a spate of articles has implied recently regarding Russia's apparent invasion of Crimea-Ukraine. The uprising in West Ukraine has resulted in the ousting of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. He has fled to East U ...
Freedom Is the Best Monetary Shaper of All
March 03, 2014
Robert Shiller wrote this article, and it caught our eye because it is so complex. Soon, you begin to feel like you're in the middle of a giant math exam. He's parsing this and deconstructing that. Before you know it he's juggling three – count 'em, three – ...
Hagel's 'Defense Cuts' Are Smoke and Mirrors
March 03, 2014
Last week Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel proposed an additional 40,000 reduction in active duty US Army personnel, down to 450,000 soldiers. As US troops are being withdrawn from the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, it might make sense to reduce not only the ...
Federalism: The Founders' Legacy
March 03, 2014
For the first 125 years of our history (1789-1913), America was a country comprised of libertarian politics and conservative cultural values. 1) Libertarian politics is based upon the fact that man was meant to be free. Thus, his government must be strictly lim ...
Mark Thornton on Prohibition, Marijuana and the Loss of Elite Control
March 02, 2014
Prohibition is the major cause of crime. There are the crimes associated with buying and selling prohibited products like heroin and services like prostitution. Then there are crimes and violence associated with prohibition like those related to street gangs an ...
Mt. Gox Bitcoin Bankruptcy – Was the Fix In?
March 01, 2014
Up until Friday, there were reports that the Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange in Tokyo was going to survive in some form. Maybe it would be bought, or the hack, if there was one, would be tracked, or perhaps it was merely a matter of accounting and any bitcoin loss wou ...
FT's Shocking Gold-Manipulation Glitch
February 28, 2014
This is yet more evidence that the current system is breaking down. An article goes up on the website of a major newspaper and then is removed without explanation. Combating the Internet Reformation means dying by a thousand cuts. Any one cut doesn't matter muc ...
Directed History of the Marijuana Meme
February 28, 2014
Two things we believe about the sudden marijuana legalization meme: It is no accident, and it is going to happen in a powerful and efficient manner. There will be glitches, of course, but this movement is just like so many others that alternative media observer ...
Rand Paul Drives Libertarian Politics Toward the Top
February 27, 2014
Readers of these pages will not be surprised by this article in the National Journal, which is reflective of the way libertarianism has grown in the past decade. The National Journal, in whose pages this article appeared, is part of a larger publishing company ...
US Points the Finger of Corruption Elsewhere as a Strategic Distraction
February 27, 2014
We've been reporting on the Swiss banking saga for years now and have always been irritated by the hypocrisy and power politics surrounding it. The US government has likely spent tens if not hundreds of millions attacking Swiss private banking because Swiss ban ...
How to Achieve the Good Life
February 27, 2014
Imagine two scenarios. 1. A friend is visiting and excuses herself to use your washroom. In there, she notices an expensive diamond necklace lying in a corner of the room. It is the necklace you've said is missing and you fear is lost. Your friend's rent is ove ...
Bitcoin – Did We Tell You So?
February 26, 2014
Mt. Gox, the bitcoin exchange, is gone and bitcoin closed under US$500 today, which is nowhere near its high. More importantly, many questions have arisen ... and the answers as we are seeing are not necessarily positive. We don't take any great pleasure in wha ...
The Internet Reformation Versus Snowden's Revelations
February 26, 2014
We've been writing about the creeping (galloping) authoritarianism of Western governments for years now. But we've tried to be careful because of the import of what's taking place. It's not easy to overstate it, but at the same time, one can easily be branded a ...
Marching Toward Genuine Collectivism?
February 26, 2014
Whenever one is involved in a debate or argument about normative matters – ethics or politics, for instance – certain moves are made by means of using labels. One might characterize another's position as "extreme right or left wing," "fascist," "socialist," ...
Markets Climbing a Wall of Worry – or Manipulation?
February 25, 2014
What can we say about a stock market like this? We do understand why the market keeps moving up, though most people probably don't. Of course, the large stock market players probably do understand. They're well aware of the various mechanisms that have been put ...
Smugness of the Climate Changers
February 25, 2014
We focused yesterday on the sudden reoccurrence of the singularly obnoxious Al Gore and his rejuvenated climate change pitch in the face of so much seeming weather turbulence. This Bloomberg article, excerpted above, following on the heels of Gore's drumming is ...
For Healthcare the Best Government Plan Is No Plan
February 25, 2014
One of the most difficult lessons for people to understand and learn is that sometimes you just have to "let go." That is, you must accept the fact that not everything can be controlled and trying to do so sometimes can make a situation worse. This is never mor ...
Advancing the NAU – We Told You So
February 24, 2014
Well, color us paranoid (regularly). We don't find the above discussion of the advantages of a "closer" North American Union to be coincidental in any manner, shape or form. Now, from our perspective, the true reasons for NAFTA and CAFTA become clearer. Those w ...
Climate Change and HAARP – A Working Relationship?
February 24, 2014
Al Gore is back at it again. One of the best-known climate doomsters is apparently on the hustings once again, and for various reasons that we will mention in this analysis, his reappearance is disturbing, indeed. At a time when the charlatans behind global war ...
Leave Ukraine Alone!
February 24, 2014
Last week Ukraine saw its worst violence since the break-up of the Soviet Union over 20 years ago. Protesters occupying the main square in the capitol city, Kiev, clashed with police leaving many protesters and police dead and many more wounded. It is an ongoin ...
Fred Sheehan on the Futility of Wall Street, the Coming Derivatives Disaster and the Craziness of Keynes
February 23, 2014
I am inclined to believe the only formal economics taught in the past 80 years in the U.S. of any use were the "home economics" courses taught to high school girls many moons ago. I did not receive such training, but the Austrian economists are the only school ...
Deification of Yellen or Directed History?
February 22, 2014
Yellen continues to garner good press. We are not surprised. This is Janet Yellen's honeymoon phase. As we have written previously, she ought to enjoy it while she can. The US media is making it easy for Ms. Yellen to appreciate her press. Almost three weeks si ...
Elite Free Trade: Smell the Panic
February 21, 2014
The power elite does not take kindly to political interference with one of its most sacred causes – so-called free trade. We say "so-called" because the kind of free trade being practiced by nation-states these days is anything but "free." Each modern free-tr ...
Decriminalization to Legalization – It's Happening Fast
February 21, 2014
We've been predicting that the movement to decriminalize marijuana would eventually end up at legalization but we never expected things would move this fast. On the other hand, we believe this entire movement to be a kind of dominant social theme. For one reaso ...
Is Ukraine Drifting Toward Civil War And Great Power Confrontation?
February 21, 2014
People ask for solutions, but no solutions are possible in a disinformed world. Populations almost everywhere are dissatisfied, but few have any comprehension of the real situation. Before there can be solutions, people must know the truth about the problems. F ...
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