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How Berlin Forgot the Crimes of the Soviets

Communism was a colossal failure… morally and economically. Too bad people forget so quickly.

The Great Depression II

Leading up to the first Great Depression, those in the financial sector had become unusually creative. Sound familiar?

Cyprus, Crisis and Cryptos – Lessons from the Sea of Debt

Bitcoin flourishes in times of dire uncertainty. Indeed, it was forged in the crucible of the 2008 financial crisis.

Is Argentina in America’s Future?

Never before has so much fake money created so much fake prosperity and faked out so many people.

Europe’s Last Dictator

Media hyperbole aside, here’s what a real dictator looks like.

Thoughts on the Institution of Government

In case you have not guessed, I loathe governments. Since the beginning of history, they have been despicable organizations that attract the worst kinds of people — those who obey orders without regard to ethics.

What if Venezuelan Hyperinflation Came to the US?

Mike Maloney thinks that hyperinflation is a distinct possibility in the US. So when I read about the runaway inflation rates in Venezuela, I wondered how that would play out in the US if he’s right.

Choosing Your Immigrants

There are always some people who understand work ethic and responsibility. They are the producers. There are also always some who have no desire to work or otherwise take responsibility for themselves. They are the parasites.

The War on Some Drugs

Drugs are a charged subject everywhere. They’re a “hot button” topic. Everyone has a strong opinion, often irrational, that seems to come from deep in the most reactive recesses of their collective minds.

MAGA: Mission Accomplished?

Maybe Mr. Trump is smarter, more dynamic, or just luckier… Possibly. But the gods lay traps for those who think they are… and laugh at them later.

The Final Blowout Sale

Increasingly, both Europeans and North Americans whom I meet are expressing their concern that the social structure of their countries appears to be breaking down.

The Right to Bear Arms

In recent decades, the US government has been doing its best to find a way to limit the ability of its people to bear arms. And, in turn, the people respond vehemently that their Constitution guarantees them the right to bear arms. Regardless of which side of the argument any particular American is on, I’ve […]

Doug Casey on Trump

Joel Bowman, writing today from La Condesa, Mexico City… “I’m going to talk about why bitcoin and the crypto revolution is actually going to be very good for gold…” Leave it to Doug Casey to ruffle the feathers of both camps. Recommended Link America’s Third Power Shift The last two power shifts created millions for […]

How Inflation Destroys Civilization

Yesterday I told you about the unstoppable trend towards more socialism in the US. I think inflation is the primary factor driving this trend. Americans feel squeezed because the cost of rent, medical insurance, and tuition, as well as other basic living expenses, is rising much faster than their wages. This creates very real problems […]

Profit from the Threat of Accidental War: Why you should own Defense Stocks

7/17/2018 Are we about to repeat the battle of Jumonville Glen? In 1754, a British militia company under the command of a lieutenant colonel arrived at Jumonville Glen, about 40 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. There the British force of 47 men encountered a French force estimated at 35. The lieutenant colonel was inexperienced. Finding himself […]

The Value in Being of Little Consequence

In recent times, we’ve witnessed great turmoil in the Middle East. Countries such as Iran, Iraq, Libya, etc. would seem, on the surface, to be relatively valueless deserts yet, for a hundred years, other countries have squabbled over them. And, of course, we know that the reason is oil – a highly profitable commodity that’s […]

The Coming of the Roman Tax Collectors

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire has been written about many times over the last two millennia, most notably in Edward Gibbon’s six-volume set of books of the same name. However, one significant aspect to the decline began in the fourth century that has received little attention from those who have written on […]

When a Train Wreck Is No Accident

It’s still possible to back out of the system, but it’s getting more difficult every day.

A Brief History of Currency Wars

Currency wars are one of the most important dynamics in the global financial system today.

Three Ways “Old Money” Hangs On to Its Riches

How to replicate the investing strategies of wealthy families without being a Rockefeller or Rothschild.

Three Ways “Old Money” Hangs On to Its Riches

How to replicate the investing strategies of wealthy families without being a Rockefeller or Rothschild.

Weimar Greece

In 1919, the Treaty of Versailles was signed as a peace agreement after World War I. Under the treaty, Germany accepted that they had caused the war and therefore were obligated to pay reparations to the tune of US $31.4 billion (US $442 billion in today’s money).

Living in Hope

Pioneers moved to America to find freedom, and nowadays, new pioneers are leaving the continent in the same search. The search gives them hope, but what of the country they’re leaving? Is there hope for that place, wherever that may be? Jeff Thomas examines and offers hope, while seeking to diminish false hope.

War

Economic hardship begets anger, and anger begets riots. And war. Why? And what can we do about it? Jeff Thomas examines some causes of riots and war before turning his attention to an unconventional insurance policy worth considering.

Germany Invades Poland

Is the US taking a cue from Hitler and 1939 Germany in dealing with other nations? If so, what might be the outcome of such tactics? Jeff Thomas examines and compares Hitler’s Germany and present-day USA.

Be Careful What You Wish For

At least when it comes to the media, Ron Paul has it rough. They started out by ignoring him but have now moved onto denigration and defamation of character. But how far will it all go? Jeff Thomas considers the possibilities, however extreme some may be…

The Political Party Illusion

Feudalism in the past has always been a dictatorship in which the common people (serfs) worked hard to provide for their overlord (the king), and sometimes had a little left over to provide for their own families. Today, things are different.

Question Everything

Jeff talks about one reader who had some choice words, calling him a “chattering nabob”. (The comment is particularly interesting as the very similar “nattering nabobs” was coined by Spiro Agnew, Vice President under Richard Nixon who became only the 2nd US Vice President to resign during his term and the first due to criminal allegations) What caused such a strong reaction? Jeff discusses the topic in today’s article…

The American Berlin Wall in Cuba

Due to the US embargo, most of what Americans know about Cuba comes from their mainstream national media – not exactly the most impartial source. Yet there is much to learn, and in today’s feature, Jeff Thomas attempts to enlighten us.

Seeking Inspiration in Going Forward

No one could doubt that we are living in difficult times, or that the economic, political and social conditions we are experiencing are unprecedented in our lifetimes. Where, then, do we turn for guidance? Well, as luck would have it, history is rich with fine people who have gone before us.

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