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Venezuela’s Lessons for the United States

Opposition supporters clash with police during protests against unpopular leftist President Nicolas Maduro in San Cristobal, Venezuela April 19, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Eduardo Ramirez by Future of Freedom Foundation Lesson 1: Socialism doesn’t work. Free schooling. Free health care. Free retirement. Free welfare. Free everything. It just doesn’t work. Taking from the rich and giving to the poor ultimately makes everyone poor—i.e., the total equality of wealth that leftists love. Socialism produces economic crises, which then produce calls for more socialism and interventionism, which produce more crises. The cycle continues until there is a complete government takeover of economic activity, which necessarily entails a complete takeover of people’s lives and resources. Lesson 2: Democracy is not freedom. Oftentimes it destroys freedom. […]

the dollar approaches invisibility

Woodrow Wilson from his deathbed: “I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the civilized world — no longer a Government by free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men.” What made President Wilson so unhappy? He is the guy […]

government sky rockets

This chart tells many tales. Let’s first talk about inflation figures as published by your government compared to what you see here. They claim that health, food, housing and college costs are “too volatile” to include in their calculations and would confuse people. Therefore they calculate oaf-fish-al inflation without those skyrocketing prices. They happily report that they are “doing a great job managing the economy”, with 2% or 3% reported. They also explain how wonderful inflation is for us. Sure, that’s what the unemployed and underemployed need, is higher food, housing, child and health care costs. Ah yes, but look at how affordable televisions are 🙂 Darn near anybody can afford to have Big Brother leering in their living […]

feral reserve high

The Feral Reserve prints money out of thin air. Electronically now more than physically, but they have been making money, as opposed to earning money, since 1913. This is the what the final stages of FIAT currencies look like … every time … no exceptions. Austrian economists can explain the steps and stages in great, irrefutable detail. But the Keynesian economists are the ones the Feral Reserve and friends put in place to teach and explain economics … to make the masses accept the theft. The Keynesians say that bankers buying everything in sight with their paper money is good for the economy. Austrian economists call that grand theft. The Keynesians tell everyone who will listen to them that […]

economics: university VS real world

Keynesian Economics was invented by John Maynard Keynes a century ago. It is a theory that claims political leaders can spend money far beyond what the economy produces and bankers can print money far beyond assets they have to back their loans … and that it is good for all of us. The banks love it because printing lots of money makes them incredibly rich. Country leaders love it because it says they can buy votes, pass out favors and live like royalty for the rest of their lives. Keynesian Economics is the theory taught in colleges and universities because it justifies the world that the leaders want to live in. It is what I learned at Sonoma State University. […]

unemployment

Every once in a while I go to ShadowStats.com to check the real numbers. When the liar in chief says his country has a 5% unemployment rate, do you nod and figure that isn’t much? Or do you think he is getting numbers from somewhere besides the country you occupy? Do the numbers from ShadowStats.com seem more like your real-world experience? Yeah, me too.

small business

A small business association was interested in how I felt about their constituency. I have created, grown and sold a couple of them myself, in addition to raising my three daughters almost exclusively via my small business. Probably the best way to explain my sentiments for this group of creative entrepreneurs is to share the brochure I single-handedly created years ago… that is I took the photos, interviewed the business people, wrote the text, designed the brochure and printed a bunch of them. As you can probably tell, I designed it to be a tri-fold handout printed on both sides to promote the Libertarian Party of Idaho and my election campaign of 2006. Here is a .pdf of that document […]

dollars vs gold

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Andrew Hoffman: As Fiat Currencies Collapse Around the World, Gold’s Shine Brightens With Daily Bell Staff – February 14, 2016 Introduction: Andrew (“Andy”) Hoffman, CFA joined Miles Franklin, one of America’s oldest, largest bullion dealers, in October 2011 and serves as Marketing Director. For a decade, he was a US-based buy-side and sell-side analyst, most notably as an II-ranked oil service analyst at Salomon Smith Barney from 1999 through 2005. Since 2002, his focus has been entirely on precious metals, and since 2006 has written free missives regarding gold, silver and macroeconomics. Prior to joining the company he spent five years working as an investor relations officer or consultant to numerous junior mining companies. Andy’s articles can […]

hi ho silver

Silver Will Be The Trade Of The Decade At It’s Current Price I’m starting to warm up to the idea that the fraudulent silver price fix on the LBMA a couple weeks ago marked the final “capitulation” of the nearly 5-year price pullback in silver and 4+ year pullback in gold. We have yet to hear a satisfactory explanation from the LBMA for the exceedingly odd price behavior of silver seconds before the a.m. London silver price was set on January 28th. I believe that event marked the “last gasp” effort by the highly corrupt LBMA bullion banks to shakedown the physical silver market in order to get their hands on as much physical silver as possible at as […]