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James Grant Calls for a Gold Standard
September 13, 2012
We've always admired James Grant's writing style and self-deprecating wit. But perhaps in this Internet era he has aged out a bit. We don't know why he continues to insist on a formal gold standard. This is a standard in which governments set the price of gold. ...
The Open Secret to Affordability
September 13, 2012
For a little while I was mystified about what would make the health insurance scheme that's at the heart of Obamacare affordable. I was reading about the measure all around the Web and couldn't find much information about this. Why would this be affordable, com ...
Can the SEC Improve if it Does Not Perform a Viable Function?
September 12, 2012
We've written about the dysfunction of the SEC quite a bit and we know where we stand on the SEC's viability ... It never was viable. The main idea behind the SEC is to force individuals to provide full disclosure of their financial offering in such a way as th ...
Middle East Reporting: What's Being Left Out?
September 12, 2012
The Egyptians are getting together with the Iranians, according to legendary military reporter Bill Gertz. This makes our collective head spin. First, a word about Bill Gertz. Here's his current bio ... Bill Gertz is senior editor of the Washington Free Beacon. ...
The Victims of 9/11 Should Not Be Forgotten
September 11, 2012
There is a steady drumbeat of suspicions that simply refuses to subside when it comes to 9/11. 911Truth.org, Patriots Question 9/11 and hundreds of other websites continually question what really happened on 9/11. Majorities in numerous countries do not believe ...
IRS Adopting Tactics of Ancient Rome?
September 11, 2012
The famous author Charles Adams once observed that governments who overtax their citizens are nearly always "hoisted on their own petard." Adams wrote an expansive book about government tax history entitled For Good and Evil: The Impact of Taxes on the Course o ...
A Republic, Not a Democracy
September 11, 2012
Last week marked the conclusion of the grand taxpayer funded spectacles known as the national party conventions. It is perhaps very telling that while $18 million in tax dollars was granted to each party for these lavish ordeals, an additional $50 million each ...
Repeal The Monroe Doctrine
September 11, 2012
John Quincy Adams introduced the Monroe Doctrine on December 2, 1823, when he served as Secretary of State under President Monroe. Basically, it warned European nations not to interfere with or attempt to colonize territories in North and South America or else ...
Elites Play Waiting Game with Europe
September 10, 2012
Is central bank bond-buying the key that unlocks the Euro-crisis and provides a solution? Well ... We still remember the triumphant announcement several years ago that Germany's Angela Merkel and France's Nicolas Sarkozy had saved the European Union by coming u ...
Government Triumphs With Zombie Apocalypse Preparedness
September 10, 2012
The elites we regularly track on this website via their dominant social themes like to set up helpful government entities that protect people from problems. But we have learned during this Internet era that these helpful agencies really are not so helpful. The ...
Jobs in a Free Country
September 10, 2012
The Myth of Job Security From naïve cinematic sentiment to official public ideology is unfortunately not that big a leap. Once during the New Hampshire primaries, former President Bill Clinton was stumping with a speech part of which was aired on National Publ ...
Spinning Bad Financial News Into Good
September 10, 2012
Friday's payroll jobs report says that 96,000 new jobs were created in August and that the unemployment rate (U.3) fell from 8.3% to 8.1%. As 96,000 new jobs are not enough to keep up with population growth, the decline in the U.3 unemployment rate was caused b ...
Judge Napolitano on the Virtues of Private Justice
September 09, 2012
The Daily Bell is pleased to present this exclusive interview with Judge Andrew Napolitano (left). Introduction: Judge Andrew P. Napolitano joined the FOX News Channel (FNC) in January 1998 and serves as its senior judicial analyst. Judge Napolitano is the youn ...
Riding the Tides and Suggesting Solutions Here at The Daily Bell
September 08, 2012
Like most people, I have lived my life swimming through tides of confusion, tides often created by others who desire to control us for their own desired purposes. I have, for whatever reason, a burning desire to "know" the world around me. It has led me to visi ...
Will Hedge Fund Advertising Ruin Wall Street?
September 07, 2012
Parts of the blogosphere are in full cry over allowing hedge funds to advertise. The idea is that hedge fund managers will overpromise and under-deliver. Over at Reuters, columnist Felix Salmon worries that regs are going from "one extreme to the other." All al ...
Black Is White, Up Is Down … If We Want to be Free, Let Government Run Money
September 07, 2012
The faux-alternative Internet media is aflame with excitement over an IMF study recently released, entitled, "The Chicago Plan Revisited" (WP/12/202), by IMF staff members Jaromir Benes and Michael Kumhof. As we can see from the above Yahoo Groups note, there a ...
Work Those Greeks! Advent of Modern Slavery?
September 06, 2012
Are leaks always a mistake? Someone may have wanted this memo disseminated and we figure it might be the troika itself: the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund. These are the new powers in Europe and represent the construc ...
What Is the Real Legacy of NASA After Armstrong's Death?
September 06, 2012
A recent article over at Forbes, above, gives us a jumping off point to evaluate the legacy of America's manned space program. After all, the legacy of the space program is deeply ingrained in America's collective heart and mind. We've run articles in the past ...
Phony Intimacy
September 06, 2012
Mrs. Obama was praised for reporting in her speech at the Democratic National Convention that President Obama takes his mission to be a personal one, that he treats the citizenry intimately, attending to the private problems of citizens. Actually, it is a very ...
The Ron Paul Hoax?
September 05, 2012
The Reality Blog is written by "Clint Richardson," another anti-usury alternative media writer. Thanks to feedbacker Danny B. for drawing our attention to it. Despite Mr. Richardson's erudition and good writing skills, we recognize areas of predictability. He c ...
On 15th Anniversary of Princess Di's Death, Reasons Have Probably Become Clear
September 05, 2012
Late last week, the British and American press were in full cry over Princess Diana, the "People's Princess," and how lovely she was – and how she is missed. Of course, it is always sad when a young person dies an untimely death but in this case one can certa ...
The Republicans Cross the Rubicon
September 05, 2012
Does anyone remember when National Public Radio was an independent voice? During the 1980s NPR was continually on the case of the Reagan administration. NPR certainly had a Democratic slant, and a lot of its reporting about the Reagan administration was one-sid ...
Your Brain Needs Your Heart Needs Your Mind
September 05, 2012
There has been a lot of research that connects the healthy function of your heart with the healthy functioning of your brain. Today I want to talk about how you can use that knowledge to improve the health of your heart and your brain. In Pulmonary Function as ...
End of the GOP?
September 04, 2012
Here's a question: If the Republicans want to win the election, why did they just commit fraud against their libertarian/conservative wings? The Republican leadership used a series of dubious tactics to ram through a series of rule changes that are seemingly de ...
Reuters Gets It Right … Sort Of
September 04, 2012
Jack Shafer has written a pretty good article here, considering it appears in Reuters. As you can see above, he is defending the unfortunate David Chalian who had the misfortune of making a private sentiment public. It is startling because Reuters provides us w ...
How Long Will the Dollar Remain the World's Reserve Currency?
September 04, 2012
We frequently hear the financial press refer to the US dollar as the "world's reserve currency," implying that our dollar will always retain its value in an ever shifting world economy. But this is a dangerous and mistaken assumption. Since August 15, 1971, whe ...
Let Central Banking Lose Its Franchise, Not Its Independence
September 03, 2012
Here at the Daily Bell, we have simple questions that we ask regularly about central banking: How much money is enough, and how do central bankers know it? The answer is that central bankers DON'T know how much money is too much. Only the market can inform us o ...
Can't the Parties Just Get Along?
September 03, 2012
This is some daydream that New York Times political correspondent Mark Leibovich has regarding the main candidates of the main US parties! He wants everybody to just get along. We'd argue at the top they already do. Of course, we wouldn't mind seeing America's ...
Clint Eastwood and Disrespect
September 03, 2012
The political left in America is outraged at Clint Eastwood's recent presentation at the GOP convention. The shock and disbelief of Rachel Maddow at MSNBC and the Blitzer gang at CNN is heavy with condemnation of this inimitable American icon. The establishment ...
The New York Times Meets Property Rights
September 03, 2012
Over the last several years I have subscribed to The Sunday New York Times, mainly because it came with accessibility to its daily online editions. I like to read the Op Ed pieces and editorials and chime in here and there with some sanity where the paper lays ...
John Butler on Free-market Economics and the Upcoming 'Great Crisis'
September 02, 2012
The Daily Bell is pleased to present this exclusive interview with John Butler. Introduction: John Butler is a Marin County native who studied economics, history, philosophy and international politics at university before embarking on a career in the financial ...
Ben Bernanke Plots More Mayhem?
September 01, 2012
Hasn't he done enough? Apparently not. Meeting at an annual Jackson Hole central banking get-together, Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke apparently announced his determination to continue to print money, thus further debasing the value of the dollar in his ...
Mitt Romney Game Changer
August 31, 2012
The most salient fact you need to know about Mitt Romney is that during his term as governor of Massachusetts, he passed a state-only version of "Obamacare" and now he's going to run AGAINST it – basically – on the national level. One can ask what Mitt Romn ...
Wealthy Yacht Owners Subject to Elite Divide and Conquer Scheme
August 30, 2012
The disease of class envy is upon us once again. We've watched the power elite whip up this meme and it is truly off-putting if you are sensitive to these things. We cover elite themes so we do indeed notice what is transpiring and, of course, how it is all con ...
More Distractions From Occupy Wall Street
August 30, 2012
Turns out Occupy Wall Street is getting ready for a new series of high profile protests. We learn from Bloomberg of a plan for Wall Street protests on Sept. 17 ... AKA"S17." This is no spur-of-the-moment protest plan but follows "months of internal debate and f ...
Pragmatism's Problems
August 30, 2012
It has now become something of a badge of honor to be a pragmatist, especially in public policy matters. Being pragmatic means promoting policies that work, being practical or even expedient. President Obama has often made mention of his own pragmatism. So have ...
Federal Reserve Emphasizes Transparency, as If It Matters …
August 29, 2012
We are to believe that the Federal Reserve's openness marks a great step forward in ... what? The problem with the Fed is that it is a monopoly central bank printing money-from-nothing and thus causing ruinous booms and terrible busts. We're living through one ...
Now the Real Killing of bin Laden Is Revealed?
August 29, 2012
No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden, by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer, should probably be withdrawn for being a lie. When Clifford Irving famously concocted a tale about Howard Hughes he ended up serving 19 months in the ...
The American Onslaught Against International Law
August 29, 2012
A new film, "Compliance," examines "the human desire to follow and obey authority." Liberal institutions, such as the media, universities, federal courts, and human rights organizations, which have traditionally functioned as checks on the blind obedience to au ...
The Deception at the Heart of the Upcoming US Presidential Election
August 28, 2012
It is almost time for the US presidential election. Let the lying begin. The biggest lie of all – an elite dominant social theme – is that Romney's running mate, Paul Ryan, is some sort of small-government budget cutter, and that Romney now shares that view ...
Why Is the UN Installing Mutual Credit/Pure Fiat Systems Around the World?
August 28, 2012
Are we being scammed, folks? We first became aware of the full extent and history of fiat-money systems when attacks were launched against free-market thinking within the past year. It was implied, for instance, that Austrian Ludwig von Mises was funded by Rock ...
Ron Paul and the Future
August 28, 2012
One of the most thrilling memories of the 2012 campaign was the sight of those huge crowds who came out to see Ron. His competitors, meanwhile, couldn't fill half a Starbucks. When I worked as Ron's chief of staff in the late 1970s and early 1980s, I could only ...
Meaningless Words in Politics
August 28, 2012
As we enter the fall political season, we will hear a great deal of rhetoric from both major political parties and their many candidates for office. It's important for us to remember, however, that words can be made meaningless by misuse or overuse. And when we ...
Romney: Reappoint Bernanke After All …
August 27, 2012
The best metaphor we can come up with for Mitt Romney is that he reminds us of Linda Blair in the "Exorcist" movie. Remember that scene when her head rotates all the way round like it's not attached to anything? Well, that's Romney. With almost any issue he see ...
Steven Spielberg to Make Phony Movie of Fake Osama Death Book?
August 27, 2012
A former Navy Seal has written a book entitled No Easy Day about May 1, 2011 in Pakistan, when a group of Navy SEALS invaded the compound of the infamous terrorist Osama bin Laden and killed him. According to the official story, they took photos and DNA samples ...
Why Everybody's Going To War in the Middle East
August 27, 2012
"Everybody's going to war but we don't know what we are fighting for." – Nerina Pallot, from "Everybody's Gone to War" Iran Wants War Although a peaceful nation for hundreds of years, Iran was invaded and occupied by the Allies in both World War One and Two. ...
Socialism American Style
August 27, 2012
Mr. Milos Foreman is a renowned film director but not a good political economist. This is evident in his New York Times op-ed defense of Barack Obama from those who charge the president with being a socialist. (See his essay, "Obama the Socialist? Not Even Clos ...
Doug Casey on the 'Worsening Storm,' QE3 and the Hard Assets Alliance
August 26, 2012
The Daily Bell is pleased to present this exclusive interview with Doug Casey. Introduction: Doug Casey has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV shows, and has been the subject of articles in People, US, Time, Forbes, The Washington Post and numerous other publ ...
Lance Armstrong and Kim Dotcom … Guilty Until Proven Innocent?
August 25, 2012
Here at the Daily Bell we've always maintained that the dominant social theme of Western "justice" would be the last to tumble because it is bound to be ferociously defended. But just as many others memes have been debunked with startling speed over the past de ...
Is a State Run Gold Standard Really the Answer?
August 24, 2012
The problem with a state run gold standard is that the state is running it! Facetiousness aside, this article gives us the opportunity once again to analyze what a gold standard really is and how a free-market one might work. It is probably safe to say that wha ...
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