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Real Reason for the Cyprus Debacle?
March 20, 2013
This article, an opinion piece, actually, deals with the question of why the European Union and its central bank did what it did regarding Cyprus. It doesn't really come up with an answer, though, in fact, in various analyses we've tried to provide the only log ...
An Evil Story?
March 20, 2013
Is this an ... "evil" story? First, let us describe it. The article focuses on food stamps and people's struggles to survive using government aid. It's well written and sympathetic to the poor people (poor in many ways) who use food stamps and don't find them s ...
Next Weeks May Confirm Our Suspicions About Grillo and Italy's Manipulation
March 20, 2013
Let us see if Italy can form a government or if Beppe Grillo's stubbornness will scupper any such arrangement. If we are correct in our analysis about Grillo, he is actually a kind of political saboteur that has been put in place by powerful Eurocrats to create ...
We Were Right About UK Phone Hacking Scandal After All
March 20, 2013
Not so long ago we wrote that certain big scandals were being manufactured to provide a justification for further regulation. And we were right. Now comes a "crackdown" – out of nowhere – on not just UK mainstream publications but the real target, which is ...
Weeklies Bite the Dust
March 20, 2013
We are not sorry that alternative media (mostly from the US) is withering away. Alternative media in the US was partly an invention of the countercultural movement of the 1960s in the US and abroad and as such the media was innately leftist. People purchased le ...
Spending Patterns Paint Half Truth
March 20, 2013
On March 13th, the Commerce Department announced a 1.1 percent increase in food and services retail sales, doubling a prior Dow Jones survey of economists that forecast an increase of just 0.6 percent. This new data has led to a fresh wave of enthusiastic comme ...
Was the EU Right About Cyprus?
March 19, 2013
Here's a novel approach to the Cyprus situation courtesy of those contrarian thinkers at Reuters. This editorialist's work has appeared regularly at The Wall Street Journal and Time magazine, and he has decided that the European Union was right about demanding ...
Now New Zealand Plans Cyprus-Style Bank Confiscations
March 19, 2013
First Cyprus and now New Zealand. Is it coincidence or something more? Globalists that are trying to create an international monetary solution often implement programs in various countries at once. The question arises as to whether Money Power itself – the ba ...
Euro Leaders … Be Careful What You Wish For
March 19, 2013
Free-Market Analysis: An article of ours – "Do EU Wonks Really Have Endless Time to Get It Right?" – ran yesterday when, unknown to us, this article (excerpted above) posted as well. It makes the same point, generally, that we were making, and though we are ...
The Complexity of Billionaires
March 19, 2013
This weekend I read Forbes' new special edition on billionaires. In his introduction, "They succeed by meeting your needs," Steve Forbes writes: "The overwhelming majority of these people have moved ahead through meeting the needs and wants of other people, not ...
Iraq After Ten Years
March 19, 2013
March 19, 2013. Ten years ago today the Bush regime invaded Iraq. It is known that the justification for the invasion was a packet of lies orchestrated by the neoconservative Bush regime in order to deceive the United Nations and the American people. The US Sec ...
The Debt Crisis Is a Dollar Reserve Crisis
March 18, 2013
the US in terms of what has been promised is closer to US$200 trillion than US$16 trillion. We've written about that here: The US$200 Trillion Debt Which Cannot Be Named. This was not our perspective but that of a mainstream economics professor who wrote an art ...
The Rise and Fall of Military Keynesianism
March 18, 2013
This is, in our opinion, a much better article than the Salon article we commented on above. It is a "big picture" article that takes into account the reality of trends that are affecting the US economy. The article is a "good read" as well because unlike almos ...
The Retirement Crisis That Must Not Be Mentioned
March 18, 2013
A theme that is little explored in the Western mainstream press is that retirement has all but collapsed for many in the middle classes. We have in the past called this condition "dreamtime" – for it was built on central banking initiatives and fostered by ce ...
Do EU Wonks Really Have Endless Time to Get It Right?
March 18, 2013
The idea behind this wire article is that while Europe is suffering, it will "bounce back." Unfortunately, it is more complicated than that and it starts with this word "Europe." There is no Europe – or not as a physical entity. There are regions on a map and ...
Shock: Globalist Plan for IMF Failing in US Congress?
March 18, 2013
Mike Callaghan – Director of the Lowy Institute's G20 Studies Centre – provides us with insight into a big congressional battle going on over the International Monetary Fund. Like most really important struggles, this one is being under-reported, really not ...
The Congressional Budget Debate Is Just A Sideshow
March 18, 2013
Federal spending once again dominated the debate in Washington last week, as House Republicans and Senate Democrats began work on their ten-year budget plans. Contrary to claims, neither party's budget reduces spending. While the Republican plan increases spend ...
The Soviet Goal in the Cold War
March 18, 2013
For a very long time after I left communist Hungary I have been witnessing how numerous Western "Sovietologists" have been trying to clear the USSR of any responsibility for imperialism and, thus, the Cold War. In the April 2013 issue of Harper's magazine one J ...
Wendy McElroy on the Right to Pornography and The Art of Being Free
March 17, 2013
The Daily Bell is pleased to present this exclusive interview with Wendy McElroy. Here's a brief snippet. Daily Bell: Where do you stand on issues such as gay marriage? Is it important for the state to sanction marriage? Wendy McElroy: The first thing to note a ...
Greenspan Discusses the End of the Fed … What Comes Next?
March 16, 2013
An interesting article in Forbes entitled "If Alan Greenspan Wants To 'End The Fed', Times Must Be Changing," informs us that the predictions we made long ago about the Federal Reserve are coming true. The author of the article is Nathan Lewis, an economist, fo ...
Bombshell Confirmation the Paper Money Hoax Is Real
March 15, 2013
Free-Market Analysis: This little article is about one of the biggest conspiracies of the modern age: the fiat-money hoax. Over the past year or so the powers-that-be have apparently launched fervid campaign to discredit free-market thinking and central banking ...
Shock: Chinese Leaders Contemplating Harsh Austerity Measures?
March 15, 2013
Is harsh austerity in China's future? Like Greece and Spain (and eventually the US), will China be subject to an austerity binge? Caixin is a flagship Chinese media group and thus its pronouncements are of interest. It is likely representing the views of Chines ...
Reuters Editorial Celebrates Bureaucracy
March 15, 2013
Here's a surprise. An editorialist for a major, mainstream newswire service has gone out of his way to write an editorial celebrating ... bureaucracy. The article is fraught with what we call dominant social themes. It is making the argument that governments ar ...
Will China's Social Revolution Turn Out to Be Something More?
March 15, 2013
We wrote a number of articles about the threat of social unrest in China using the logic of "three strikes." The first strike was the great famine under Mao; the second famine was Tiananmen Square; the third strike would be an unwinding of the modern Chinese ec ...
Libor Scandal to Reveal Metals Manipulation?
March 15, 2013
Now gold is being sucked directly into the Libor scandal. Of course, we are on record as pointing out that it can hardly be much of a scandal when central banks set the price and volume of money every day. But nonetheless, the mainstream press has been buzzing ...
The Two Faces of Eve … er, Credit Suisse
March 14, 2013
From the above excerpt we can see that Credit Suisse has changed its mind about equities. A month ago ... no way. And now ... way to go! The recommendation comes on the heels of reports that various billionaire holders of equity are selling out of the equity ma ...
And You Thought the Particle Was Confirmed?
March 14, 2013
It's all over the news today. There are strong indications that the "God Particle" – the Higgs Boson – has been discovered. Scientists have been going over the data developed by the Large Hadron Collider last year and now are confident that the particle may ...
Shocker: Desalinization Breakthrough as Memes Fall One by One
March 14, 2013
This is a shocker. In another article in this issue we pointed out that bigness did not guarantee creativity and usually retarded it, from what we can tell. But there is no doubt that given the trillions – literally – tossed at the scientific community, now ...
Who Will Win the Electric Car Prize?
March 14, 2013
Free-Market Analysis: We've written about electric cars quite a bit because it is such an obvious elite meme. There is no use for electric cars that we can see, no clamor for them. But nonetheless they have been rolled out in endless waves accompanied by great ...
A Few Choice Quotes to Consider*
March 14, 2013
Bannister on Theories: "... the psychologist cannot present a picture of man which patently contradicts his behavior in presenting that picture." From Borger & Cioffi/Bannister, eds., Explanation in the Behavioural Sciences (Cambridge UP, 1970), p. 417. Aristot ...
Congressman Jeb Hensarling Vs Rand Paul – Which One Has the Better Idea?
March 14, 2013
Free-Market Analysis: Why do US consumers need protection from the private sector? Shouldn't competition winnow out the bad guys and reward the good? And if the CFPB is a bad idea – and from a free-market standpoint it certainly is – then why don't federal ...
Federal Finances and Law
March 14, 2013
This week's Solari Story from Catherine Austin Fitts is titled "Federal Finances and Law." Here's a bit of the transcript: "The federal finances are subject to constitutional requirements about how our money's managed. So the Constitution lays out a framework a ...
Europe Needs Rigor?
March 13, 2013
This editorial over at Reuters explains to us that leadership involves fixing the price and value of money. Also that Europe's political leaders must show "implacable rigor" (our term) in proving they have the "will" to salvage both the EU and the euro. When ar ...
Is Dallas Fed Bank President Dick Fisher … Ironic?
March 13, 2013
Top Federal Reserve "big brain" Richard Fisher is back with his prescription for fixing what has gone wrong with the US's financial economy. He has a three-part solution. First, the federal government ought to provide deposit insurance and access to the Fed's d ...
Why the EU's New Bill of Rights for Airline Passengers Won't Fly
March 13, 2013
The European Union is trying to make it easier for people to fly. But as we can see from another article in this issue, the EU and supporters use the implacable authority of government and the threat of force and monetary manipulation to support an ongoing expa ...
Can New UK Health Czar Cure NHS's 'Enormous Sickness'
March 13, 2013
Another article in this issue analyses a "bill of rights" issued by the European Union to try to make air travel more tolerable. But the same problems that afflict air travel also bedevil Britain's one-size-fits-all National Health System. Government-run health ...
Italy's Top Pol Beppe Grillo Being Groomed for Disruption by Soros?
March 12, 2013
Free-Market Analysis: Grillo's stunning ascent in Italy's political firmament is both insular and astonishing. There is something about it that is manipulated as well as genuine. Thanks to various DB feedbackers for pointing this out. We've written about it alr ...
Japanese Solution for Collapsing Portugal?
March 12, 2013
The Southern PIGS have a third way when it comes to the horrible austerity-drama that is playing out in Europe. Call it the "collapse gambit." First, some background. The disaster in Southern Europe was manmade and based on government profligacy and an EU monop ...
Why Rand Paul Is in Position to Become DC's Most Powerful Pol
March 12, 2013
One of our main points throughout the life of this Website has been that the Internet itself is increasingly creating fungible coalitions of those who believe in freedom and free markets on both sides of the political spectrum. This seemed to us to be especiall ...
Greece's Futile Austerity
March 12, 2013
So there will be no more austerity? To continue with the horrible metaphors surrounding the Greek situation, now that the patient is dead there will be no further attempts to cure him. The Greek situation is beyond wretched. Top earners are being pursued by hel ...
Klarman Yelp: The Fed Has No Clothes
March 12, 2013
This yelp from Klarman (above) is worth noting because the atmosphere of intimidation and fear surround the Federal Reserve is palpable and precludes obvious criticisms. We've often compared what is going to the famous fable, The Emperor's Clothes. In this tale ...
Staring Armageddon In The Face But Hiding It With Official Lies
March 12, 2013
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the US economy created 236,000 new jobs in February. If you believe that, I have a bridge in Brooklyn that I'll let you have at a good price. Where are these alleged jobs? The BLS says 48,000 were created in construc ...
Ben Bernanke's Hollow Victory
March 11, 2013
The US as a nation owes more money than it can possibly pay back and has had its credit downgraded, unemployment is around 20 percent (or more), though the official figures don't reveal that, inflation is probably close to 10 percent or more and there is probab ...
Feedbackers Against British Keynesian Schemes
March 11, 2013
How did Britain arrive at this place? A leading business group, the British Chamber of Commerce (BCC), calls on the government to spur the building trades by funding 50,000 houses. This provides us with two examples of economic illiteracy. First is the idea tha ...
The African Investment Meme Continues
March 11, 2013
We've written a number of articles on Africa now, explaining the way "investing" works on a macro level – and why Africa is the next "chosen one." This article is just one more example of why we're reporting on it. Just as we were among the very first to dete ...
Revisiting Our Basic Rights
March 11, 2013
Professor Lynn Hunt's recently published book on rights, titled Inventing Human Rights, is filled with a great deal of very useful, important information about the emergence of the idea of basic human, individual rights but it also perpetuates, perhaps entirely ...
Congress, Drones and The Imperial Presidency
March 11, 2013
Last week the US Senate took a break from debating the phony cuts known as "sequestration," for Senator Rand Paul to hold a 13-hour filibuster to force the Obama administration to state whether it believes the President has the right to kill American citizens w ...
Why Central Planning Fails
March 11, 2013
The Dow is still rising. It rose another 125 points yesterday [Marh 5] ... hitting a new record high. Gold is dawdling. We're still thinking about how so many smart people came to believe things that aren't true. Krugman, Stiglitz, Friedman, Bernanke — all se ...
Tibor Machan on Individualism and Its Progress in the 21st Century
March 10, 2013
The editors of The Daily Bell are pleased to present another interview with well-known libertarian philosopher Tibor R. Machan. Here's a brief snippet. Daily Bell: Our theme for this interview is the progress of freedom in the Internet era – within the contex ...
Does Surprising Guardian Article Provide More Clues About Pan-African Investing?
March 09, 2013
An article in the UK Guardian, "Why Bob Geldof is wrong about Africa," caught my attention because – unusually – it argued that the private sector was a good deal more effective at helping people and economies than occasional large doses of publicly adminis ...
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