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EU Desperation Using Germany as a Club to Threaten the West

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 02:06
Once more, Germany is being brandished as a club. From what we can tell, this is an age-old meme. The idea is that what the Germans did to Rome 2,000 years ago, they can do to Europe today. Thus: Beware of Germany. We don't have to go that far into the past to find historical precedent, of course. World War 1 and World War 2 provide ample evidence of Germany's bestiality, or so we are told. The Germans, we are instructed, have always been a destructive race – even though the "race" (as an ...

A Meme Grows on the Dow Stock Profits for Another Half-Decade

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 02:04
The Wall Street Journal recently published a passionate plea to young investors regarding the stock market. It is truly a remarkable statement. And in fact, it is only one of several recent editorials that have appeared recently that push such exposure. We last wrote about it about this increasingly evident dominant social theme here: Party On: Reuters Predicts a Stock Market 'Melt Up' That May Last. The editorial was really quite significant because it addressed a fundamental question about our ...

Alien Tidal Wave Now Assured

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 02:02
Reason flees; pygmies rule. Our intellectuals and legislators on both sides of the spectrum have abandoned all sanity regarding immigration, culture, freedom, and common sense. Our country is in free fall. Collapse lies over the horizon like grinning Death with its blood stained scythe. Pity our children. They must live in the desolate country we are creating for them. Those who hold intellectual and legislative power in America today, no doubt, think of themselves as noble and brave in pursuit ...

Is UKIP the Most Significant Political Movement in the UK

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 02:06
Is UKIP now going to be portrayed as a populist party? The Economist uses the word "populist" (see above) to describe UKIP, and this may provide us with a significant clue. That would be disappointing because UKIP is in many ways a "libertarian" party that wants to see a reduction in regulation and taxes and a severing of Britain's linkages with the European Union, or at least the euro. It's also an important issue because UKIP is setting Britain on fire. This much-scoffed-at party may soon be ...

Bloomberg Calls for a US Exit Tax on the Horizon

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 02:04
This Bloomberg editorial fires a beginning salvo for an emigration tax. With seven million US citizens living abroad and the US fedgov apparently in dire need of revenue such a tax might serve two purposes. First of all, it might make emigration more difficult for some, though not presumably for wealthy folk. Second, it would certainly raise revenue. The Bloomberg editorial makes these points, as we can see above. But it also casts the issue as one of social justice – a popular meme that we have ...

Thanksgiving Celebrating the Birth of American Free Enterprise

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 02:02
This time of the year, whether in good economic times or bad, is when Americans gather with their families and friends and enjoy a Thanksgiving meal together. It marks a remembrance of those early Pilgrim Fathers who crossed the uncharted ocean from Europe to make a new start in Plymouth, Massachusetts. What is less appreciated is that Thanksgiving also is a celebration of the birth of free enterprise in America. The English Puritans, who left Great Britain and sailed across the Atlantic on the ...

Swiss Gold Referendum What It Really Means

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 02:01
In a few days the Swiss people will go to the polls to decide whether the Swiss central bank is to be required to hold 20% of its reserves in the form of gold. Polls show that the gold requirement is favored by the less well off and opposed by wealthy Swiss invested in stocks. These poll results provide new insight into the real reason for Quantitative Easing by the Federal Reserve and European Central Bank. First, let's examine the reasons for these class-based poll results. The view in ...

Who Will Watch the Bankers

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 02:06
The Fed has apparently announced that it regrets the way it conducts its bank supervisory role and intends to do better. This is yet further fallout from revelations from Carmen Segarra, a bank regulator for the Fed who published considerable criticism about the way the New York Fed related to Goldman Sachs. Here's more: "ProPublica's Carmen Segarra article is worth another look today. It starts with New York Fed president William Dudley seeking an outside review of the Fed's failings as a bank ...

Events in Mexico and US Give Rise to a Momentous Question

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 02:04
Two momentous events are taking place in the Americas. One is the ongoing implementation of a US-government inspired "immigration overhaul." The other is continued and expansive unrest in Mexico. The BBC, watching the immigration tumult unfold from across the "pond," clinically described the sweep of the Obama administration's actions: "Under Mr Obama's plan, undocumented parents of children who are US citizens or legal residents will be able to apply for work permits lasting three years. Only ...

The Ferguson Uprising Is Only a SHTF Preview

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 02:03
"The time to buy is when there's blood in the streets." – Baron Rothschild. Events unfolding in Ferguson, Missouri in the "Show Me State," are allowing Americans an opportunity to safely watch on cable news a frightening preview of what will likely happen when a real SHTF event takes place. Just take the uprising in the small town of Ferguson (population 21,000) and multiply the mob violence and police/military overreaction somewhere between 200 and 500 times to get a glimpse of the future shoul ...

Defeat of USA FREEDOM Act is a Victory for Freedom

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 02:02
It will not shock readers to hear that quite often legislation on Capitol Hill is not as advertised. When Congress wants to do something particularly objectionable, they tend give it a fine-sounding name. The PATRIOT Act is perhaps the best-known example. The legislation had been drafted well before 9/11 but was going nowhere. Then the 9/11 attacks gave it a new lease on life. Politicians exploited the surge in patriotism following the attack to reintroduce the bill and call it the PATRIOT Act. ...

Morgan Fox How the Midterms Helped Turn the Tide Toward Legalization

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 02:06
Voters in Alaska and Oregon voted to make marijuana legal for adults and regulated like alcohol, and the cities of South Portland, Maine and the District of Columbia made possession of small amounts of marijuana legal for adults. A medical marijuana initiative in Florida narrowly failed, but was approved by more than 58% of voters. Unfortunately Florida law requires ballot initiatives to win by 60%, and now seriously ill patients will have to wait another year at least despite a majority of ...

A New Free-Thinking Community for Your Life Safety and Sanity

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 02:06
What follows in this editorial is one of the most important announcements I'll ever make. A new community is rapidly taking shape in the mountains of Colombia. A number of liberty-minded individuals within the free-market thinking community are taking quick action to be sure they do not miss out on this opportunity and I want to share with you here many of the details about what's developing. Of course, I could write pages about the devastating events unfolding around the world right now and why ...

Internet Reformation Sparks UK Parliamentary Money-Debate

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 02:06
So the British Parliament is meeting to discuss "Money Creation and Society," a scenario that can give rise to numerous different imaginary interactions, many of them potentially amusing. In fact, we don't believe most MPs understand the monetary regime under which they live and work any more than US Congressmen do. Ignorance, wrapped up inevitably in pontifications, is melancholy, humorous or both. Usually both. And it has already started. Even the article in the UK Telegraph, excerpted above, ...

Squeaking of the Swiss National Bank No Gold for Us

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 02:04
Gone is the almost disparaging confidence of Swiss bankers and others when it comes to this anti-fiat referendum that could basically force the Swiss National Bank to back at least 20 percent of assets with gold. Only months and even weeks ago they were almost derisively confident, buoyed by polls that seemed to show that significant numbers of Swiss enjoyed the debasement of their currency at the hands of the EU. Put most simply, the Swiss franc only several decades ago was almost "good as gold ...

Globalism What Good Is It

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 02:06
Such articles as the one excerpted above on globalization seem dishonest to us. The article deems globalization an unmitigated good but makes no distinction between the globalization of governance and the globalization of the marketplace. Nothing wrong with marketplace globalization. But how can globalized regulation, globalized taxation and globalized monopoly central banking be part of a positive trend? Yet internationalism remains a powerful elite theme, perhaps the strongest of them all. ...

Wal-Mart to Offer Healthier Food Prepare for Confusion

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 02:04
The "healthy food" meme keeps growing because it's a profitable one. But like many other things in the modern mercantilist environment, it's not entirely what it seems. We'll try to draw a distinction in this article that will allow us to examine this trend and its ramifications from both a marketing and investment standpoint. We last covered the expanding "organic" phenomenon as it affected companies like Whole Food, which has made a great deal of money by emphasizing the wholesomeness of its ...

The New Gun Suspect Every School Child

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 02:02
"[The role of the schoolmaster is to] collect little plastic lumps of human dough from private households and shape them on the social kneading board." ~ Edward Ross, Social Control: A Survey of the Foundations of Order. Five-year-old Elizabeth of Mobile, Alabama learned two new words last month in kindergarten: suicide and homicide. After drawing what resembled a gun, she pointed her crayon at another child and went "pew, pew." Horrified by the outburst of violence, the school required ...

Japans Real Warning to the World

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 02:06
This is an odd editorial because it seems to rewrite history. We thought "Abenomics" was supposed to be a bold experiment to revitalize the Japanese economy. But now it seems Shinzo Abe hasn't gotten it right after all. This Bloomberg editorial seems to skip over the implosion of Abenomics in favor of a new "solution." But this is odd because Abenomics was the talk of the financial world for months. It WAS the solution. Only now it isn't. Abenomics seems to have spectacularly exploded. Here, ...

More Evidence of the Lucrative Cannabis Surge

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 02:04
Once again we have a lengthy article on the probability of legalization of cannabis in an important US region, in this case the District of Colombia. And where is the article appearing? In the establishment's favorite political newspaper, the Washington Post. And we're not surprised. We've repeated our analysis of cannabis decriminalization and legalization numerous times but honestly, we were the first to predict what's going on and it is no little thing. The "establishment," including powerful ...


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