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managed economies – the dream turns to trash

In the late 1980s, Soviets were allowed to keep the wealth they created by raising vegetables on their garden plots. Although these plots composed only about 2% of the agricultural lands in the Soviet Union, they produced 25% of the food! When Soviets kept the wealth they created, they produced almost 16 times more than when it was taken from them, at gunpoint if necessary! Mary Ruwart   “Just as there is a very short distance between the U.S. and Cuba, there is a very short distance between a democracy and dictatorship where the government gets to decide what to do, how to think, and how to live. And sometimes your freedom is not taken away at gunpoint, but […]

10 Amazon Warehouses Hit With COVID-19

We are avoiding Meat-Space in droves. Little towns, big towns, grand malls … they are all hollow echoes of their ever-so-recent past. THE MASSES have discovered online ordering. We don’t touch keypads a hundred others have touched. We do not handle paper money a hundred others have recently handled. We aren’t gripping shopping cart handles a hundred others have grabbed in the last two days. ONLINE ORDERING HAS EXPLODED. Big box stores were right on top of it. Minor chains were hot on their tails. Mom-N-Pop were right behind them, sometimes in front. Darn near everybody whose income HAD depended on floor traffic have come up with ways to deliver their services (and get paid for them) while minimizing virus […]

The Health Ranger yanks me off the Coronovirus fence

I have refused to get sucked in to either side of the virus reality debate. Partisans for both sides have long, well-established, thoroughly-warranted reputations for exaggerating, understating and flat-out lying more often than truthing. My guarantee has been that the second- and third-order effects will be dramatic and life-changing for all of us. That is still true, but having read the article and watched two ten-minute videos from Mike Adams has convinced me the very real effects of COVID will itself kill, sicken and weaken huge swaths of the world population. I highly recommend you review his look at the medical and political situation in the article and videos below. He is calm, thoughtful and absent the excesses typical […]

2nd order effects kicking in

The media demonizes them as hoarders. Shoppers following in their wakes curse them as preppers. They are, however, neither of those. Preppers know that an event disrupting the intricate just-in-time delivery system of our society is inevitable. Analyzing what is really important for family survival, perhaps comfort, and insuring a reasonable supply is not only a way of life for them, it is subject matter they study and regularly review. Conservative planning centers around being ahead of the rush WHEN it happens, not IF it happens. The current crop of Costco Raiders are rather the great middle of our society. Those who have some ability to spend cash or credit when triggered by the media onslaught. Those a day […]

black swan

Presumably you too are hearing, reading and learning that regarding China, it is not business as usual. Whether it is natural, man-made, under-reported, over-reported, engineered, hyped-up, or any other combination, the second and third order effects are very real and will very soon be felt HARD! Black Swan Events The term was popularized by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, a finance professor, writer, and former Wall Street trader. Taleb wrote about the idea of a black swan event in a 2007 book prior to the events of the 2008 financial crisis. Taleb argued that because black swan events are impossible to predict due to their extreme rarity yet have catastrophic consequences, it is important for people to always assume a black swan […]

Enjoy The Decline

Accepting and Living with the Death of the United States By Aaron Clarey I just finished reading, and enjoying this book. He is a very good writer with balanced modesty and excellent insights into our cultural and economic decline. The swelling number of socialists, parasites and plain old goofballs will succeed in destroying our free country. Choosing to quit carrying the burden they represent is the best solution to the insanity. This immediately brings to mind the massive Atlas Shrugged 1957 novel by Ayn Rand. Aaron’s is much more accessible. He is guilty of accepting the definition of our government as “a democracy”. This common mistake is a reality in its operation, but not the facts of our Constitution. […]

Socialism explained

In this primarily photo, graphic, poster-centric post I am focusing on declared socialism and how it works when applied in the real world. This results-based view is quite unlike the academic socialism that sounds so good in theory to youngsters still in school expounded by adults who never left academic circles for productive, competitive life. Failure is not occasionally, or even usually. It is ALWAYS. There are reasons that this country was established as a Constitutional Republic rather than any other of the governmental organizations that were known in 1780. Just as there are reasons subversives took over politicas, education and media to uniformly push the idea that this country is a “democracy” and that “spreading democracy” throughout the […]

Lying About Inflation ​Won’t Make It Go Away

The Ron Paul Liberty Report is the inside-out view of Congress and how they view us. The two co-hosts discuss run-a-muck spending(I know, amok) by people who do not have to pay for it and show no concern for those who do. How we pay – let me count the ways. Congressman Ron Paul continues his personal mission to make this better understood. His little bit to restore sanity in our used-to-be Free Country.

enemy of the state

I am in good company. Perhaps the greatest ever is Murray Rothbard (March 2, 1926 – January 7, 1995). I use the present tense because he not only was an economic, cultural and political genius, he also was a prolific author of books that clearly explained the real world in contrast to the ones the supreme charlatans would have us believe in. His lessons live on through his writings and his students. I am a relatively inconsequential disciple of his, with America’s Great Depression and What Has Government Done to Our Money? among the more significant books in my reference library. Those two, by the way, along with Albert Jay Nock’s Our Enemy, The State and F. A. Hayek’s The […]

Economics 2019 – where we are now

I will start of this collection with The Unraveling. A post rich with charts, examples, data and ultimately the truth. Click on the link above to check it out. I give you a few paragraphs below. The chart to the right, by the way, proves beyond a shadow of a doubt who is manipulating, and who is winning the cultural battle for dominance. Allowing them THAT VICTORY is a choice average people make. The unraveling is gathering momentum because prices have been pushing higher while wages lag, feeding the rising precariousness and inequality of our economy. In our era, trust in the legitimacy of our institutions is unraveling because the statistics presented as “facts” are so clearly designed to support […]

dumb-ocracy

Knowledgeable students of political science, like those who were in 1778 Philadelphia, understand democracy to be arguably The Worst form of government known to mankind. Alternatively known as mob rule, and mobocracy, the majority takes from the minority until all productivity shrinks to what little the producers can defend from the confiscators. It is not accidental, by the way, that educational institutions were taken from the people by local governments, from local by state governments and finally controlled by the central government – which, in turn, stopped teaching The Constitution, that this country was legally a republic, and began the ritualistic chanting of pro democracy sologans. In the article below, Doug Casey does a very good job of explaining […]

Dr. Copper on our economic future

Economists call the spot price of copper, “Dr. Copper” because it is such a reliable indicator of our economy. The metal is used in manufacturing, construction, automobiles, electronics … darn-near all the hard goods created in our world have significant copper content. When producers stop ordering copper, supply-and-demand makes it cheaper. Plunging copper prices are a sure indicator that production has slowed down. Next up will be laying off human employees which will reduce incomes, in turn reducing demand for manufactured stuff. On a related note, the money manipulators, also known as central banks, and locally as the Feral Reserve, are cheapening world currencies to keep the economies artifically alive. The downside to that response is that each yen, […]

Milton Friedman the Trojan Horse economist

Admired by many who understand the unmitigated disaster that is Keynesian economics, Milton believed and acted as though being A Little Bit Pregnant was do-able. He was somewhat non-Keynesian, but way too much a statist and apologist for big government and central bank theft. Friedman only gets part of what government did to create The Great Depression. FDR’s Folly and Rothbard’s America’s Great Depression explain in detail that every diversion of resources from the private sector to government exacerbated the problem. His championing “steady, moderate” expansion of the money supply is arguing for a modest amount of outright theft from productive people to the banksters. Five percent a year adds up A LOT in the long run. Government make-work […]

Bowling Alone

How Washington Has Helped Destroy American Civil Society and Family Life from Ammo.com Church attendance in the United States is at an all-time low, according to a Gallup poll released in April 2019. This decline has not been a steady one. Indeed, over the last 20 years, church attendance has fallen by 20 percent. This might not sound like cause for concern off the bat. And if you’re not a person of faith, you might rightly wonder why you would care about such a thing. Church attendance is simply a measure of something deeper: social cohesion. It’s worth noting that the religions with the highest rate of attendance according to Pew Forum have almost notoriously high levels of social […]