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2013-03-08
Opinions
03-08-2013 
PIGSTY 
   I was reminded of Animal Farm recently when I flew into my home airport. As I was walking to the parking lot, I noticed a very nice, expensive car parked in the “Authorized Cars Only” area of the airport. This parking area is much closer to the termi
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2012-12-28
Opinions
12-28-2012 
Guns are bad!! 
  
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2012-11-03
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The Liberty Classroom 
   So you wanna learn about Austrian economics and logic, as well as getting the real scoop on history. This is the place to start.
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2012-09-19
Opinions
09-19-2012 
More lessons from The Outlaw Josey Wales 
   "Governments don't live together. People live together."--Clint Eastwood in The Outlaw Josey Wales
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2012-09-14
Opinions
09-14-2012 
Ben Bernanke as The Bounty Hunter 
   With the announcement of QE3, the Fed just doing what central banks do. Someday, the market will do what it does, too--destroy the malinvestment and bubbles the central bank creates.
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2012-09-09
Opinions
09-09-2012 
Malthus was right...sort of 
   We may well be facing a Malthusian catastrophe--in which the world's population proves unsustainable in regards to the resources available--in the near future. But it won't be the fault of the free market.
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2012-09-05
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Ending Tyranny Without Violence 
   The prime task of education, then, is not simply abstract insight into governmental "errors" in advancing the general welfare, but debamboozling the public on the entire nature and procedures of the despotic State.
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2012-08-25
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Obama vs. Romney Electoral Map 
   Forget about national poll results, it's the electoral college that counts.
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2012-08-14
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Paul Ryan Begs Congress to Pass TARP 
   Don't let this fall down the memory hole, and read America's Great Depression to see how Ryan (and almost everyone else) is mistaken about Hoover's supposed "do nothing" approach to the Great Depression.
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2012-06-28
Magazine Article  •  Economy - Economics USA
Taxmageddon−It’s Worse Than It Sounds
by Glenn Jacobs
Despite all ofthe Federal Reserveʼs interventions, the U.S. economy remains moribund. To borrow a term from Lord Keynes, the Fed is “pushing on a string.”
2012-07-04
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Is it time to alter or abolish our present form of government? 
   "...That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it..."--the Declaration of Independence
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2012-06-28
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John Butler, The Golden Revolution 
   The Golden Revolution looks at how the world is rapidly moving toward some form of global metallic standard, in which money, at least in official, international transactions, is linked directly to gold, silver, or both.
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2012-06-16
Opinions
06-16-2012 
Bernanke and Obama's Next Step? 
   Despite all of the Federal Reserve’s interventions, the U.S. economy remains moribund. To borrow a term from Lord Keynes, the Fed is “pushing on a string.” What is a central planner to do?
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2012-02-01
Magazine Article  •  WAR: About that War
Glenn Jacobs narrates Smedley Butler's 'War is a Racket'
by Glenn Jacobs
A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small "inside" group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of
2012-03-27
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Ever Heard of the SWIFT System? 
   The US has pressured SWIFT, the international financial messaging service, to drop Iran from its network. According to legendary gold investor Jim Sinclair this will backfire with dire consequences for the dollar.
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2012-03-14
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THRIVE: What On Earth Will It Take  
   An unconventional documentary that lifts the veil on what's REALLY going on in our world by following the money upstream -- uncovering the global consolidation of power in nearly every aspect of our lives.
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2012-01-22
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What a Dollar Meltdown Could Look Like 
   From the 1981 movie Rollover. The risk of inflation or confiscation of pension funds.
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2011-12-30
Magazine Article  •  Economy - Economics USA
A Bad Dream
by Glenn Jacobs
Freed from the constrains of any link to gold, the Fed was free to inflate at will. Within five years, the nation was in the grips of a horrendous stagflation--high inflation amid an economic downturn--something that the Keynesian economic paradigm c
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2011-06-20
Magazine Article  •  Declaration of Independence
The Worldwide Evolution
by Glenn Jacobs
The American Revolution began long before the Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776 or even before the warʼs first shots were fired at Lexington and Concord a year earlier on April 19, 1775.
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2011-05-27
Magazine Article  •  Government
Power or Liberty?
by Glenn Jacobs
Our goal is to free as many minds as we can.
2011-05-22
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Financial Repression: The New Buzzword 
   "Financial repression includes directed lending to government by captive domestic audiences, caps on interest rates, regulation of cross-border capital movements, and a tighter connection between government and banks." PDF download.
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2011-04-22
Feature Article
VFP Issues Statement About Libya 
   Veterans for Peace has issued the following statement concerning the war in Libya.
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2011-03-10
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The Billion Price Project 
   The Billion Prices Project is an academic initiative that collects prices from hundreds of online retailers around the world on a daily basis to conduct economic research. We currently monitor daily price fluctuations of ~5 million items sold by ~300
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2011-03-07
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A History of Labor Unions from Colonial Times to 2009 
   Labor unions have been defined as "private combinations of workingmen" that try to increase wages and improve working conditions for members. But how? What means do labor unions use? As Henry George suggests, trade unionists are hardly known for thei
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2011-02-18
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The Philosophy of Liberty: Property 
   Another great short video illustrating the foundational concept of libertarian philosophy: self-ownership.
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2010-10-25
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The Central Banker's Central Bank 
   Three years ago, the International Monetary Fund was irrelevant, an object of derision for all opponents of globalization. Under director Dominique Strauss-Kahn and as a result of the global economic crisis, the IMF has since become more influential
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2010-07-26
Feature Article
Fred Childress, Libertarian Hero and Friend 
   A motorcycle accident claimed the life of Tennessee Liberty Alliance president Fred Childress this past Saturday. Fred was a dedicated, principled libertarian and a good friend.
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2010-07-01
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Is Alan Greenspan John Galt? 
   I don't think so, but this website makes for some interesting reading.
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2009-08-03
Feature Article
Me and Barney 
   I ran into Congressman Barney Frank at the Boston airport today.  We had an interesting conversation.

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2009-08-02
Feature Article
Get Ready for Son of Stimulus 
   Harold Ford, Jr. (D-TN), "we may need a second stimulus."

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2009-08-01
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The Anatomy of the State 
   We must, therefore, emphasize that "we" are not the government; the government is not "us." The government does not in any accurate sense "represent" the majority of the people.

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2009-07-21
Feature Article
Kohn Channels Biddle 
   In 1834, the Second Bank of the United States headed by Nicholas Biddle caused a recession to try to force President Andrew Jackson to re-charter the bank.  With Ron Paul's H.R. 1207 gaining momentum, the Fed threatens to resort to the same tactic.

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2009-07-20
Opinions
07-20-2009 
Some Food for Thought on Immigration 
   Thomas Paine:  “He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach himself.”  In other words, be careful what you ask the government to do because it may do it to you. 



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2009-06-02
Opinions
06-02-2009 
The New Anchor Store 
   Government--the anchor store of the new economy.
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2009-03-27
Opinions
03-27-2009 
The Toxic Trio: Geitner, Greenspan, and Bernanke 
   The Toxic Twins of Steve Tyler and Joe Perry ain't got nothing on the Toxic Trio of Tim Geitner, Alan Greenspan, and Ben Bernanke. Unlike Tyler and Perry, who mainly hurt themselves with their actions, the Toxic Trio is proving lethal to the hea
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2009-03-21
Opinions
03-21-2009 
Congress Should Quit. 
   Americans are ready to grab the torches and pitchforks and march on the AIG headquarters. They should turn their anger toward Capital Hill.
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2009-03-13
Feature Article
Boston's Gun Bible on Watch List 
   According to author Boston T Party federal agents are encouraging book stores to stop carrying his Boston's Gun Bible which many firearms enthusiasts consider the best gun book ever written.
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2009-03-12
Feature Article
SPCA, Police Raid FSPer's Farm 
   Twelve horses were taken in the raid but questions abound about the legality of the raid. Was this raid politically motivated?
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2009-01-27
Opinions
01-27-2009 
Our New Dictator 
   According to the United States Constitution, “all legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States.” The President, on the other hand, is vested with executive power, meaning that his office is supposed to enforce
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2009-01-15
Opinions
01-14-2009 
On Ladders and Models 
   President-elect Barack Obama claims his economic stimulus plan will create over 3 million jobs. How did he arrive at that number? Well, his economic team fell into a hole and figured a way out.
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2009-01-14
Feature Article
Ron Paul at Financial Services Committee Meeting 
   Ron Paul explains how we got into this mess at a House Financial Services Committee meeting. Where was Ben Bernanke?
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2009-01-10
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Michael Crichton on Applying Models to Complex Systems 
   Just as the global warming crowd bases their climate predictions on the use of computer models, Keynesian economists try to explain economic activity using mathematical formulas. As Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman explains in his new book, The Retur
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2009-01-10
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Diminishing Returns for Each $1 of New Debt in Economy 
   Every bust cycle requires more government spending than the previous cycle to achieve the same stimulus effect.
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2009-01-05
Opinions
01-05-2008 
Don't Cheer Obama's "Tax Cuts" 
   President-elect Obama proposes over $300 million in tax cuts but also proposes massive spending increases. Schemes such as this don't reduce the tax burden; they just shift it from direct taxation to the indirect tax of inflation.
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