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The Bounty of Fracking
May 03, 2013
We don't believe for a minute that the oil and gas industry suddenly "discovered" fracking, etc. From what we can tell, these technologies have been around a long time. So why have the powers-that-be begun to cautiously indicate the true scale of oil and gas pr ...
Sweden Is Not So Equal
May 03, 2013
When leftists speak about the redeeming qualities of Swedish communitarianism, they don't mention that Sweden has an inbred, titled elite. This is very interesting and might change the context of a conversation that usually celebrates Sweden's confiscatory tax ...
Iraq Readies for Civil War?
May 03, 2013
From an investment and business standpoint this is bad news. We were led to believe by the US government itself and supporters in Iraq that the new government would increase peace throughout the region. But now the cracks are beginning to show. Iraq's Sunni min ...
Law Enforcement's Anti-Business Turn
May 03, 2013
This is a disturbing story based on research that shows quite clearly how the US's premiere national police force is contributing to what we might call the "terrorists among us" meme. The charge that the FBI is manufacturing terrorism – and suspects – rath ...
The Great Gold Redemption
May 03, 2013
The most puzzling part of the investment business is seeing how the vast and largely economically illiterate masses interpret any given piece of news. Take the recent gold selloff: many large players were motivated to sell by news that Cyprus will have to liqui ...
Obamacare: Opportunity Amidst the Wreckage, but Not Forever
May 02, 2013
John Stossel is surely a token libertarian, one that the major US media tolerates ... perhaps because he is photogenic and perhaps because he has perfected the art of dissenting in a tolerably polite way. This article in Human Events is a good example of Stosse ...
Promotion of US-Mexico Union Continues in the Mainstream
May 02, 2013
Tracking elite memes is an art form not an econometric analysis. We do the best we can, and we're fairly convinced that Mexico and the US are on the menu as part of a larger (with Canada) North American Union. We've been writing about this regularly in the past ...
Times Bemoans Poverty, Neglects Solution
May 02, 2013
Another day, another analysis focusing on minority income inequality. The New York Times editors love these articles because they can position the old Gray Lady as beating her breast over the evil in US society without ever demanding substantive change. Several ...
Chinese Should Drop Cash Like Other Modern Economies
May 02, 2013
The globalists who are doing their best to eradicate so-called tax havens have apparently discovered that about a billion Chinese like doing business in cash. Presumably, China is on the menu. The impulse is always the same for the globalists, and it is one of ...
The Power of Local
May 02, 2013
This week's Solari Story from Catherine Austin Fitts is titled "The Power of Local." Here's a bit of the transcript: "I always say that my neighborhood or my county is the molecule, if the body's made up of molecules, and to understand the body we need to under ...
Here Comes the New Fed Boss
May 01, 2013
It seems official now ... Ben Bernanke is leaving at the end of his term. He is said to be exhausted by the past seven years of economic implosion and subsequent quarrels about monetary policy. Of course, from our humble perspective, this is all to the good. It ...
Madness of a Stimulating Fed
May 01, 2013
This is an unusual article to appear in Bloomberg, especially given the headline. But unfortunately, it promises more than it delivers. It would be nice to read a real evaluation of central banking in the modern mainstream press. But perhaps this is as close as ...
A Modest Monetary Proposal
May 01, 2013
This Bloomberg article has an oddly celebratory tone. But we are not so interested in celebrating the demise of tax havens as we are in drawing the appropriate lessons from this event. The first lesson we can draw is that the world is a lot more coordinated tha ...
Is the Consumer Really More Confident?
May 01, 2013
What the heck is The Conference Board and why does it matter? Well, according to Wikipedia, The Conference Board is a pretty big deal. The Conference Board, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit business membership and research group organization. It counts ...
Government Regulations Revisited
May 01, 2013
You might not think it considering my relentless concerns about the growing power of government, but I am not a pessimist. There are many areas of life where liberty is making advances - e.g., gays are no longer being so persistently harassed by government and ...
Another Nail in the Neocon Coffin
May 01, 2013
The recent opening of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity was a watershed moment in American history. There has never been anything quite like it. Ideologically diverse, the Ron Paul Institute reaches out to all Americans, and indeed to people all o ...
EU's Serious Gamble: 'There Will Be More Wealth Confiscation'
April 30, 2013
Whoops, there goes Lars Christensen running his mouth again. Christensen is one of the founders of the idiosyncratic Saxo bank, which began life online, apparently as an "Internet bank." When you read up on Saxo you will be surprised as to how much controversy ...
Who Are the Monarchs of Money?
April 30, 2013
We have been noting the spate of adulatory articles appearing in the mainstream press regarding central banks and central bankers. It really is quite amazing. Reuters has run several articles comparing central bankers to superheroes. And now comes the Canadian ...
300 Million Young People Out of Work? Economist Mag Suggests 'Solution'
April 30, 2013
The bad news goes on and on. From the Economist magazine we learn that some 300 million young people are out of work in emerging markets. We suppose this does not count the tens of millions out of work in Southern Europe and a similar number in the US. What rea ...
The Impossible Problem of Old People
April 30, 2013
This is a terrific analysis provided by Standard and Poor's about the problems caused by old people and how leaders will struggle with this grave crisis. Of course, in writing the above sentence, we are being somewhat sarcastic. This is, in reality, just one mo ...
Fisker's Spendthrift Tale: Failure of Green Government Action
April 30, 2013
We've written about many of the farcical elements of Green industry in the past and identified Fisker as one of the most egregious offenders. Unfortunately, the resurgence of electrical motoring caught the attention of buyers and investors with predictable resu ...
Self-Delusion of Barry Diller?
April 30, 2013
Barry Diller has buyer's remorse, as we can see from this video. He comes across as cogent and even eloquent about the changes in the news media ... and yet one wonders why he purchased a failing magazine. Newsweek was not worth a dime when Diller purchased it ...
Gun-slinging Woman Takes on Effete Fed – and Makes It Better!
April 29, 2013
Presumably we are supposed to feel better because there is now a hawkish woman of integrity voting against accommodative Federal Reserve policies. We're not actually especially impressed by her but we are always impressed generally with Reuters's endless effort ...
Farce of the Bundesbank
April 29, 2013
Excuse our cynicism. This all looks to us like a kind of monetary passion play. The outcome is predictable and the drama is being presented for the gratifications of the rubes. We are supposed to worry – or at least follow with fascination – what the German ...
Advocates for Monetary Central Planning Grow More Confused by the Day
April 29, 2013
Here's an interesting article in the Washington Post explaining how US fiscal austerity needs to be offset by Federal Reserve pump priming. We would argue, not to put too fine a point on it, that it is a confused mess. The logic is lacking and the facts are in ...
True Cost of Energy Efficiency?
April 29, 2013
Like you, dear reader, we were very happy to see that the US had the most energy efficient economy in US history. But unlike the Energy Information Agency (EIA), we don't consider this an unalleviated good. We would rather the US had an ECONOMY – which seems ...
AEI's Half-A-Loaf Analysis Is Better than None
April 29, 2013
Since we just finished being a bit mean to the AEI in another article in this issue, perhaps it's only fair to write one that gives them a bit of a pat on the back. This article, written to commemorate the ubiquitous and obnoxious Earth Day, is right on target ...
Liberty Was Also Attacked in Boston
April 29, 2013
Forced lockdown of a city. Militarized police riding tanks in the streets. Door-to-door armed searches without warrant. Families thrown out of their homes at gunpoint to be searched without probable cause. Businesses forced to close. Transport shut down. These ...
Recovery for the 7 Percent
April 29, 2013
"From the end of the recession in 2009 through 2011 (the last year for which Census Bureau wealth data are available), the 8 million households in the U.S. with a net worth above $836,033 saw their aggregate wealth rise by an estimated $5.6 trillion, while the ...
Larry Parks: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Money Metals
April 28, 2013
The Daily Bell is pleased to present this exclusive interview with Dr. Lawrence Parks. Here's a snippet: Daily Bell: So what you seem to be saying, Larry, is that the Constitution has been usurped in order to facilitate what is clearly a fraud on the people wit ...
The Biggest Price-Fixing Scandal Ever – and the VESTS Solution
April 27, 2013
Uber financial investigative journalist Matt Taibbi has discovered what we too realized when we began to scrutinize the financial industry. In his latest article, he writes, "Everything Is Rigged: The Biggest Price-Fixing Scandal Ever." The article's cut line i ...
Changing the Conversation
April 27, 2013
Don Draper, Mad Men's master advertiser likes to say "when you don't like what they are saying, change the conversation." When it comes to the current economic weakness, which was confirmed again today by the release of lower than expected GDP data, Washington ...
$2 Trillion US Underground Economy Is the Free Market Striking Back?
April 26, 2013
The United States is usually portrayed as a place where – unlike corrupt countries like the former Soviet Union – laws are obeyed, taxes are paid and a grateful nation takes its lead from Congress, the White House and even the military-industrial complex. B ...
NAU Redux: US Military and Civil Officials Set to Police in Canada
April 26, 2013
Just the other day we wrote about ways that the plan to combine Canada, the US and Mexico into one super state was advancing. And now we read that US law enforcement agents are going to effectively be able to treat Canada as part of the US for enforcement purpo ...
Euro Debacle: Is a Big Dominant Social Theme in Trouble?
April 26, 2013
We continually calibrate the clash between globalist dominant social themes and what we call the Internet Reformation. Which side is winning? What does the outcome mean for investments and even for freedom itself? Global warming, the War on Terror, Peak Oil – ...
From German Recession to Euro Jeopardy
April 26, 2013
This is a funny article because it begins by addressing significant issues seriously (see above excerpt) and then abruptly veers off into an analysis of European stocks and then simply winds down without providing any answer to the provocative issues that have ...
How to Get the US Economy Going Again
April 26, 2013
I am reading a great deal of alarming information regarding impending economic collapse in the US. I feel sure that most of the predictions I read are based on facts, and ought to scare the living daylights out of all readers. What I fail to see is an explanati ...
Monopoly Central Banking Is Weaker Than You Think
April 25, 2013
Central banking is fundamental to the current crippled economic model of the West. It is a new model, always expanding, always changing. Basically, central bankers fix the value and volume of money, doing so in ways that distort the larger economy and cause fir ...
Did Krugman Win the Austerity Argument?
April 25, 2013
The argument that the head of Business Insider Henry Blodget is making is that cutting government benefits and pursuing monopoly privatization doesn't help economies grow. Only printing debt-based fiat money can do that, apparently. It is a ludicrous argument b ...
Confirmation of Our Austerity Analysis as the EU Stumbles
April 25, 2013
Ironically, at the same time that the influential website Business Insider is running an article by editor Henry Blodget (see other article, this issue) blasting austerity, it is also the recipient of a more acute analysis by Joe Weisenthal. Blodget argues that ...
Trusted Sources
April 25, 2013
This week's Solari Story from Catherine Austin Fitts is titled "Trusted Sources." Here's a bit of the transcript: "The first place you should go for good, trustworthy information is to yourself. What I find is most people have very good intuition if they will u ...
Again, Reuters Compares Central Bankers to Superheroes!
April 24, 2013
Another day, another editorial in Reuters about central banking superheroes. Are you convinced yet that this is a dominant social theme? And how exactly does this work? Is it coincidence? Do all the Reuters columnists sit down in a room together and decide that ...
Homeland Security Backs Immigration Bill – North American Union on the Way?
April 24, 2013
Thump, thump, thump. The North American Union is being born right under your eyes. The globalists running Washington, DC have clearly stated in many ways that Canada, Mexico and the United States are to form a more perfect union. There are plenty of strategies ...
Why Gold's Real Dilemma Is Not 'Reverting to the Mean'
April 24, 2013
This is an interesting argument from an intriguing mind. Bruce Bartlett, the author, once worked as a staffer for libertarian conservative Ron Paul, yet he is also known as a classical Keynesian from an economic standpoint. Bartlett doesn't seem to like gold ve ...
If You Are Wealthy, You Are Just Lucky
April 24, 2013
For as long as we've been analyzing elite dominant social themes we've been reading these sorts of articles and commenting on them. The thickest, most resonant of these sorts of misleading efforts appear in predictably in the most august mainstream publications ...
What Needs to Be Done
April 24, 2013
The previous article in today's issue, also from Bloomberg, explains to us that "luck" is what determines socioeconomic status and that because luck is inevitably unfair we need government to even things out. The idea that government is necessary to combat the ...
Public Choice Theory is Overlooked
April 24, 2013
Whenever public officials promise to manage affairs of state, I am baffled how they fail to pay heed to public choice theory. This is the idea for which the late, great James Buchanan, earned his Nobel Prize (an idea he developed with his friend and colleague G ...
Germany Out of the Euro or the Great Synthesis Has Begun?
April 23, 2013
We would like to be able to write otherwise, but we don't believe much that comes out of Western political systems these days. That's not to say every particular evolution is noxious. In the United States, the Tea Party has contributed to a change in the freedo ...
EU Backs Off Austerity
April 23, 2013
Like the leaders of Germany's pre-war National Socialist Party, the leaders of the European Union have maintained an implacable rigor when it comes to the restatement and continued application of their failing policies. The IMF-style austerity that they've have ...
What is Greece, and What Does It Pull?
April 23, 2013
This editorial is frustrating because it refuses to treat people as individuals but instead refers to them collectively as "Greece." We would submit when this sort of analysis is performed on a country or region it is inevitably incorrect. It must be because al ...
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