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Criminal Malpractice: Fitch Blasts China, Predicts Implosion
June 17, 2013
At the end of this article, we'll reveal where the "malpractice" mentioned in this headline lies. But first, at the risk of repeating ourselves, let us remind readers, "We told you so." For years we've been writing that the Chinese Miracle is nothing more than ...
Chinese Leaders Turn to Urbanization to Cure Economic Woes
June 17, 2013
In the previous article, we pointed out that Fitch just discovered what Daily Bell readers have known for years, that the Chinese Miracle isn't exactly what it seems to be. What created the "miracle" and continues to support it is an almost-impossible-to-compre ...
Inaccuracy of TIME
June 17, 2013
Those who run TIME magazine are virtual card-carrying members of a globalist elite that constantly seeks a more internationalist business and economic environment. This "poll" can surely be seen as just another "limited hangout" designed to protect the agenda o ...
Obama's Syria Policy Looks a Lot Like Bush's Iraq Policy
June 17, 2013
President Obama announced late last week that the US intelligence community had just determined that the Syrian government had used poison gas on a small scale, killing some 100 people in a civil conflict that has claimed an estimated 100,000 lives. Because of ...
Richard Ebeling on Higher Interest Rates, Collectivism and the Coming Collapse
June 16, 2013
The Daily Bell is pleased to present this exclusive interview with Richard Ebeling. Daily Bell: It seems like a symptom of a larger dysfunction. You wrote an article recently implying the US was slipping into fascism. Is that a present danger, in your view? Ric ...
Should People Fear Private Sector Snooping More than Government's?
June 15, 2013
Over at The Atlantic, Zachary Karabell has discovered a double standard regarding corporate versus private "big data surveillance." We're approaching the issue all wrong, he writes. We should not accept that the issue is American freedom versus potential Big Br ...
Now Naomi Wolf Has 'Creeping Doubts' About Edward Snowden
June 15, 2013
Naomi Wolf has doubts, too. A brilliant libertarian, she is seeing what we see regarding this affair. We've written about it already. You can see the article here: Is Snowden for Real? Doubts Set In Our doubts about Snowden have to do with the tremendous amoun ...
US Citizens Doubt Their Political Institutions, Especially Congress
June 15, 2013
Surely this is a trouble number, that only ten percent of the US population has any confidence in the US Congress. Of course, we are aware that these same individuals may have more confidence in their own congressperson than in the larger group. But still this ...
Bloomberg: Government Directs the Private Economy … Is There a Name for That?
June 15, 2013
This Bloomberg article is a good example of an emergent dominant social theme ... that private contractors work with the government for the good of the republic. The article actually quotes a top government man as saying this. Our question is ... what republic? ...
The Fire Next Time: Protests Against Free Markets Fizzle?
June 14, 2013
First Occupy Wall Street and now the G8 protests – the efforts at further demonizing free-markets seems to be failing. It has an old history, of course, going back to US hearings in the 1930s that created public markets, self-regulatory organizations and, in ...
Striking a Blow for More Efficient Taxation
June 14, 2013
Free-Market Analysis: The research by Morse and Tsoutsoura (see above) continues to make a splash and has been codified in this Spring issue of Chicago Booth magazine because it offers government officials a new way of calculating tax evasion. By using bank loa ...
Superman Subsiding? Emphasis on Superheroes Reveals Multi-Culti Crisis
June 14, 2013
Is Hollywood relying on superheroes to create mass-marketed movies because society's dominant social themes don't work anymore? All human societies rely on cultural myths to provide the "glue" of commonality. But what can you say about a culture that uses made ...
Public Television Eats Its Own
June 14, 2013
In both Britain and the US, public broadcasting is responsible for the cult of the politician. These programs regularly market the genius of Churchill, Lincoln and FDR. Other leaders are equivalently demonized. Bureaucracy is held up as absolutely necessary. Th ...
Another Pundit Bites the Dust
June 14, 2013
The Internet does us the favor of occasionally freezing people's beliefs in a kind of intellectual amber. Even top pundits are revealed this way. R. Emmet Tyrrell, an eminent conservative commentator and longtime editor of The American Spectator, a droll and wi ...
Take Time to Understand Banking
June 14, 2013
In an article yesterday, we pointed out that central banks are the unacknowledged aggregate sun of the financial solar system. In this article from Reuters we find further proof of this perspective. The editorial is stating just what we explained: That too much ...
Copernicus, Galileo and Gold – Part II
June 14, 2013
The development of economics and the development of astronomy share interesting parallels. Aristarchus of Samos – the Greek island that produced Pythagoras – was born in 310 B.C. Aristarchus set astronomy on the path that would have led to its correct devel ...
Why Is the Fed's Incredible Clout Not Even Worth Questioning?
June 13, 2013
Here is a dominant social theme so subtle and powerful it is not even commented on. This article makes much of the Fed's Ben Bernanke's power when it comes to influencing markets. But the idea that one man and his backers should have so much clout is never even ...
Italy Confronts Germany, Adding Additional Euro Pressure
June 13, 2013
Greece has been relegated to the status of a Third World country, the complicity of German leaders with the ever-inflating ECB is due for a judicial hearing, British leaders are committed to a referendum on whether Britain should pull out of the EU entirely, Sp ...
Is Snowden for Real? Doubts Set In
June 13, 2013
Over the weekend, we published two initial articles explaining why what we will call the Snowden affair is not to be taken literally. As some Daily Bell feedbackers have pointed out, it doesn't matter much, however, as the explosive leaks have set off a volcani ...
Farce: Silicon Valley Will Fight Against Government Snooping
June 13, 2013
Mozilla is striking a blow against US government snooping. This was predictable, though the level of hypocrisy is high, indeed. In the above excerpt, Mozilla states that revelations about government snooping "confirm our worst fears." But Mozilla gets most of i ...
Location-Based Transparency
June 13, 2013
This week's Solari Story from Catherine Austin Fitts is titled "Location-Based Transparency." Here's a bit of the transcript: When I left the Bush Administration I said, "We don't need the government to provide us with annual financial statements. The governmen ...
What the Papers Aren't Reporting About the NSA Scandal
June 13, 2013
Behind every great fortune is a great crime, said French novelist Honoré de Balzac. What crime lies behind Booz Allen Hamilton? Fraud, mostly. More on that in a moment... The Dow fell -116 points yesterday. Gold fell $9 an ounce. Still no clarity in the market ...
What is the Government's Agenda?
June 13, 2013
It has been public information for a decade that the US government secretly, illegally and unconstitutionally spies on its citizens. Congress and the federal courts have done nothing about this extreme violation of the US Constitution and statutory law, and the ...
Worthless Constitution?
June 12, 2013
Nope. The US Congress is a political institution and in the modern era, political institutions are part of the problem, not part of the solution. In fact, Western regulatory democracy is only about 400 years old, and for most of the past millennia, the idea tha ...
Western Workers Lose Faith in Retirement?
June 12, 2013
Modern stock markets can provide profits, even tremendous profits, but they surely should not be seen as a panacea for a larger commitment to self-sufficiency and monetary diversification. Those who trusted government propaganda over the efficacy of equity and ...
Progressive Thom Hartmann Calls for Disbanding of Homeland Security. Is it Enough?
June 12, 2013
You know something has gone wrong with modern Leviathan when even the great progressive Thom Hartmann demands a rollback. Hartmann has wide distribution via Aol.com and various radio channels. He is very good, too, as a political commentator because he has an a ...
Copernicus, Galileo and Gold
June 12, 2013
We are deceived when we consent to think about the "price of gold." At the very outset of our thoughts regarding gold, we are wrong, just as astronomers prior to Copernicus were wrong in thinking about the solar system as geo-centric, with the Sun, Moon and pla ...
The Rule of Law – In Classical Liberalism and Libertarianism
June 12, 2013
Classical liberals and libertarians, especially those who admire the works of the famous legal theorists and economist F. A. Hayek, are fond of pointing out that a free society requires the rule of law. Others, critical of this political tradition, note, howeve ...
Cameron Attacks Little Englanders
June 11, 2013
Free-Market Analysis: We recently ran an article about David Cameron's latest promise to hold an in-or-out referendum on Britain's involvement in the European Union; in it we explained that this time the Tory promise was to be enshrined in legislation, and thus ...
IEA Shock Reversal: Governments Should Use Force to Ration Coal
June 11, 2013
A huge change in sociopolitical policy is about to take place. The hammer is coming down on Green economics ... specifically the use of coal. Once upon a time, there was alcohol prohibition. Now there is to be coal confiscation. Force is to be substituted for m ...
No Fan of Natural Law, Boehner Calls Snowden a Traitor
June 11, 2013
Sometimes an event comes along that crystallizes an individual's real character and set of beliefs. The Internet itself often galvanizes this by relating the solution directly to the problem. One can see the reality so much more clearly. In this case, with four ...
Crushing the Middle Class
June 11, 2013
Like a carefully memorized religious incantation, politicians and central bankers continually stress how their stimulus policies are designed to promote the interests and prosperity of the middle class. Cynical observers may note that this brave political stanc ...
Edward Snowden: Limited Hangout or a Globalist Step-Back?
June 10, 2013
You read it here first over the weekend: Like Julian Assange and Occupy Wall Street, Edward Snowden is likely part of a larger dominant social theme, a manipulation created and supported by globalists who have created the world's mega-surveillance state and now ...
Where Was Mainstream News While the Surveillance State Was Expanding?
June 10, 2013
This is a factual article about the erosion of Western freedoms over the past 100 years. Even now, however, it does not mention the proximate cause for this erosion is central banking and the ability of a privileged few to control entire economies via money pri ...
Austerity Has Failed … So Guardian Suggests 20th Century Regulatory Leviathan
June 10, 2013
This opinion piece in the UK Guardian is a mixture of profound insight and naïve analysis. It also provides us with a predictable meme: Government knows best. The article is advancing the idea that the financial elites running the IMF and the rest of the world ...
Did Small Business Doom Portugal?
June 10, 2013
This article advances the notion that government corruption has kept business small in Portugal and resulted in a lack of manufacturing progress. The article asks us to believe that small is inefficient, large is efficient and that sheer size can force economie ...
Have Obama's Backers Decided to Jettison Him?
June 10, 2013
There are many theories about why Richard Nixon was impeached and removed from office but the most sensible one we've heard is that his topmost backers grew angry with his tariffs and generally protectionist attitude regarding US business. Soon, Nixon was depos ...
Government Spying: Should We Be Shocked?
June 10, 2013
Last week we saw dramatic new evidence of illegal government surveillance of our telephone calls, and of the National Security Agency's deep penetration into American companies such as Facebook and Microsoft to spy on us. The media seemed shocked. Many of us ar ...
Mark Skousen on FreedomFest 2013 and Why It Will Be the Biggest and Best Ever
June 09, 2013
The Daily Bell is pleased to present this exclusive interview with Mark Skousen. Here's a snippet. Daily Bell: What kind of financial workshops might take place at FreedomFest? Mark Skousen: We offer a full 3-day investment seminar at FreedomFest, with top expe ...
Krugman Misses the Point
June 08, 2013
Paul Krugman recently published a column called "The Unbearable Lightness of Being Right." In it, he once again explains failures of so-called "austerity" and defends his own perspective, which is thoroughly Keynesian. Now, within the context of free-market eco ...
Reuters: People Demand Government Action to Subdue Internet Surveillance
June 08, 2013
Here's an interesting twist. The mainstream media is filled with reports of vast surveillance mechanisms that have now been emplaced thanks to the evolving structure of the Internet. Now, any time the mainstream media gets involved in broadcasting a particular ...
Was Guardian 'SpyGate' Article Planted to Support Pending British 'Snooper' Law?
June 08, 2013
Please excuse our cynicism. When it comes to major Western media, nothing is what it seems. Bottom line: Major media in the West is without doubt controlled by major corporate entities, often globalist in terms of their sympathies. The Guardian, a leftist newsp ...
What Don't We Understand at This Point About Economics and Unemployment?
June 07, 2013
This is a statistic that just doesn't budge. Much of the happy talk about high stock markets and rising real estate prices doesn't affect the basic reality of the US economy: It has nowhere else to go but up, but it is not getting there. This lends itself to cl ...
Do Generations Need to Compete Over Healthcare?
June 07, 2013
What is a nation anyway and why should different age groups be pitted against each other? That seems to be the fashion, however, when it comes to analyzing retirements and how they operate. We've commented on this before because the Baby Boomer generation has b ...
Deviant Globalization: Another Sign of the Internet Reformation?
June 07, 2013
Let us try to put this as plainly as possible. What is being labeled here is the ability of individuals to link together using electronic devices to do things that the state is not in favor of. Whether it is Bitcoin or various kinds of information sharing that ...
Thinking an Unthinkable: No Voting Right for Those Living at the Taxpayer's Expense
June 07, 2013
One of the most sacred ideas in our democratic era is the belief in the universal and equal right of all citizens to have the voting franchise. Yet some have argued against this "right." But their challenge to an unlimited right to vote has not been based on gr ...
Blocked up With Yucky Stuff
June 07, 2013
Yesterday, Mr. Bernanke's price-fixing scheme ran over a speed bump. The Dow dropped 216 points. Just a jolt, for now. The brick wall is still ahead. But we will try to give the devil his due. First, this from our own right-hand man, Chris Hunter (investment di ...
Lies the IMF Tells?
June 06, 2013
Who believes this stuff anymore? The point of the IMF's attack on Greece, so far as we can tell, was to show the rest of Europe that the arm of Brussels was long and strong. The unbreakable will of the Eurocrats was to be on full display and those who were to c ...
Obama Admin Ups Social Costs of Carbon Damage by 60 Percent
June 06, 2013
The whole issue of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is questionable but that doesn't stop the Obama administration from enshrining carbon costs in the larger regulatory structure, as we can see from this insightful article. The moves of the administration in th ...
Federal Financial Ignorance
June 06, 2013
This week's Solari Story from Catherine Austin Fitts is titled "Federal Financial Ignorance." Here's a bit of the transcript: "It was 1989 when I became Assistant Secretary of Housing. I’m a great believer that the first thing you want to understand about an ...
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