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2017-05-23
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THE RISE OF THE SUPERFLUOUS CLASS, PART 1 
   Jay's Bar, my hangout back in the 1990s - through the heady years of the early internet, the cypherpunks, and the all-out gas that was the digital gold economy - seems to be coming back to its glory.
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2017-05-16
Feature Article
HOW FREE MONEY FAILS 
   You might think that throwing free money into an economy would create a permanent party, but it never quite turns out that way. And I think it's important to understand why. After all, we've been watching a free-money party since 2008, and if it
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2017-05-09
Feature Article
"Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence" Is Bullshit 
   Apologies to those who are bothered by strong words; I feel that science deserves an especially strong defense.
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2017-05-02
Feature Article
The Gospel of Radicalism 
   As I was writing A Lodging of Wayfaring Men, I felt an overwhelming need to put everything I had into the book. (That's the way you feel when you're very serious about such things and you're not sure you'll ever write another book like it.) S
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2017-04-25
Feature Article
HERBERTS SHOULDN'T WEAR TIE-DYE 
   The term "Herbert" referred to a stiff, rule-keeping bureaucrat. Tie-dye was the clothing of hippies; it was made with bleach and strings. Being old enough to remember how things were "back in the day," I'm always half insulted to see very
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2017-04-24
Feature Article
AN IMPORTANT UPDATE ON THE BITCOIN BLOCK SIZE WARS 
   There is a huge argument going in the Bitcoin world right now, including some (apparently) very devious dealings.
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2017-04-18
Feature Article
WHAT JULIAN ASSANGE IS REALLY DOING 
   Most people know the what about Julian Assange and WikiLeaks - that they publish secret information - but they don't know the why. And that's a great loss, because the reason behind all the leaks is both brilliant and illuminating.
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2017-04-11
Feature Article
A FORBIDDEN THOUGHT: WE ARE NOT INADEQUATE 
   As I've noted before, the dominating systems of the West require us to feel weak, afraid, and insufficient; they couldn't continue if most of us didn't feel that way. And so, by plan, by instinct, or simply by inertia, the friends and operators
Send Letter to Editor
2017-04-09
Feature Article
Why Americans Get Suckered Every Time 
   So, Trump has gone against what he swore he'd do and bombed the hell out of a Syrian air base, to thunderous applause on seemingly every side. His enemies now love him… he's being called Presidential… and once again, millions of Americans hav
Send Letter to Editor
2017-04-04
Feature Article
THE INCONVENIENT SAYINGS OF JESUS 
   Some things just need to be pointed out. I'm not sure I'd go quite as far as P. C. Hodgell when she wrote, "That which can be destroyed by the truth should be," but truth " so long as it's for the purpose of building and improving " sho
Send Letter to Editor
2017-03-28
Feature Article
THE DISGRACE OF WAR 
   Here's a simple question. Give me the first answer that pops into your mind: What's the purpose of the state?...Most people would probably answer, to keep us safe. I can argue that this isn't the state's true purpose (and I will, below), but
Send Letter to Editor
2017-03-21
Feature Article
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU HELD A BABY? 
   Have you ever noticed that pessimistic and depressed people avoid babies? I'm sure there are exceptions to this statement, but on the whole, I think it's accurate. Dark, gloomy minds shy away from babies. I think there's something to learn from
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2017-03-14
Feature Article
THE TRUTH ABOUT HELL 
   Before I drop yet another "sensitive" article into the world, I'd like to add that I'm not writing these to be destructive or to garner controversy. I write on these subjects because they matter a great deal and because no one else seems to.
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2017-03-07
Feature Article
TO THE COLLEGE STUDENT DROWNING IN DEBT AND THE SINGLE MOTHER  
   WHO CAN'T AFFORD INSURANCE...You're in a bad situation; you're depressed, frightened, and need a solution. I'll do my best to give you one. But first, please believe me that I know what it's like to be in desperate circumstances.
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2017-02-28
Feature Article
SIX REASONS WHY CENTRALIZATION IS BAD 
   The other day a friend contacted me, looking for an article that explained why centralization is bad. At first I was sure there had to be many, but I came up dry. Hence today's article.
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2017-02-21
Feature Article
6,000 Years on the Hamster Wheel 
   Modern man is trained to think in certain ways and to turn away from anything that differs… to give authority the benefit of every doubt, instinctively and forever.
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2017-02-15
Feature Article
THREE WORDS YOU MUST REMEMBER 
   The statement I'll be making today is simple… very simple. Nonetheless, I think it's of tremendous importance. It's the type of thing that, if kept sufficiently in mind, can slowly revise your mental universe.
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2017-02-07
Feature Article
YOU'VE BEEN ROBBED 
   You work long, hard days, but you never have enough to be secure. Your husband or wife probably works too, and yet you still never get ahead. Now think about this: Your great-grandparents worked hard, and they did get ahead. You work just as hard, bu
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2017-01-31
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HOW JESUS CONDEMNS CHRISTIANITY 
   People I love and respect are committed to Christianity as it exists today. And so I'm relieved that they've acclimated to me and won't take this personally… because it needs to be said: Modern Christianity is something Jesus would condemn.
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2017-01-24
Feature Article
IS THIS REALLY THE BEST WAY POSSIBLE? 
   I was taught in school that our modern governance was the best thing ever, and I suppose that you were too. But do any of us really believe that the way of life we now have is the best possible? I dare say (and hope!) that few of us are that intellec
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2017-01-17
Feature Article
Back to the Crime Scene 
   Now that the Great Distraction of 2016/2017 ("The Russians hacked the election!" "Fake news!") may be winding down, we should return to the things that the news media, politicians, and the entire deep state wanted us to forget. In other words
Send Letter to Editor
2017-01-10
Feature Article
FINANCIAL REPRESSION IS HERE, AND BITCOIN IS THE ONLY ESCAPE 
   When I warned about bankers planning "financial repression" back in 2014, I wasn't sure how long it would be before it arrived, or where. And when I wrote about the banning of cash last February, I was worried that the money monopolists were ac
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2017-01-03
Feature Article
The Ministry of Truth Opens June 21st 
   This is neither a joke nor an exaggeration. Everything we'll cover here has already passed both Houses of the US congress and was signed into law by Barack Obama on December 23, 2016. You can find the entire 969 page bill here (PDF). I'll be quot
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2016-12-28
Feature Article
TALK POLITICS FOR TEN SECONDS AND I'LL KNOW WHERE YOU GET YOUR NEWS 
   Whether the current furor over "fake news" fizzles or ends in state censorship, there is a legitimate issue beneath all the fear-mongering.
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2016-12-21
Feature Article
Screw the Way Things Are, I Want Out 
   This is a beautiful planet, filled, in the main, with decent, cooperative humans. And yet, I want out. Give me any kind of functional spaceship and any reasonable chance, and I'll take it. This place is anti-human. It chokes the best that's in us
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2016-12-16
Feature Article
SO WHAT IF IT WAS THE RUSSIANS 
   This entire episode is a warning of just how rancid the American over-class has become. Is there no one left in the American elite who has some dignity, some class, some measure of perspective? Have they all descended to the level of drunken brawlers
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2016-12-15
Feature Article
THE ELITE ET AL. VS. TRUMP ET AL 
   I thought I'd never write about current events at Free-Man's Perspective. My interests lie in human development, not in the daily crap-fights of politics. Recent events, however, have forced me to reconsider.
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2016-12-13
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IF YOUR CULTURE HOLDS GRUDGES, IT NEEDS TO BE FIXED 
   Cultures don't create us, we create them. Those who maintain otherwise seek to collect our sacrifices and use us as tools.
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2016-12-06
Feature Article
A NEW MARTIAL LAW IS HERE 
   When a military boss is installed as the head of government, displacing civilian leadership, we call it martial law. In the 20th century we expected to see this as the general of an army kicking out a president and taking over. The 21st century has b
Send Letter to Editor
2016-11-29
Feature Article
POLITICS IS POISON 
   Let's be honest about something we see nonstop but seldom appreciate: Politics makes life ugly. Politics turns people you disagree with into twisted, cartoon images of what they really are, and it pushes you into degrading and hating them. In short
Send Letter to Editor
2016-11-22
Feature Article
A Time for Gratitude 
   After a long, dark, painful political season, it's time for us to pull ourselves out of it and reset our attitudes about the world. And there are few better ways to do that than to spend a few moments feeling grateful.
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2016-11-15
Feature Article
When Elite Privilege Breaks 
   Finding parallels with Rome is a fun topic for writers, and just recently I came across some very interesting ones. They grabbed my attention, and they may grab yours as well.
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2016-11-08
Feature Article
Sucking the Blood of a Declining Civilization 
   Civilization has to be transmitted from one generation to another. If it isn't, processes break down and life becomes difficult. Soon there must be a painful reform, or else the civilization will be lost.
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2016-11-01
Feature Article
Could the Elite Survive Without Terrorism? 
   Think of it this way: If we didn't have scary things to fear - if politics operated on reason - our overlords couldn't get half the compliance they get now. That's why they market everything that matters to them through fear. Because, as I
Send Letter to Editor
2016-10-25
Feature Article
Some Truth About Hillary & The Hackers 
   I've been watching ridiculous stories on the "hacked" emails of Hillary, John Podesta, et al, and I think it's time to insert a bit of reality to the discussion. So, if you have any interest in this, here are some points to consider...
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2016-10-18
Feature Article
How the Bible Became an Idol 
   Again I am raising a difficult subject, but again, it's something that needs to be said. And my title is true. The Bible " the holy book of more or less all Christians " has become an idol. And yes, I do mean idol as in "false god."
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2016-10-11
Feature Article
What's Your Slavery Percentage? 
   Very few things in human life are truly all or nothing. Almost everything works on a sliding scale, even slavery. The problem is, very few people have ever studied slavery, leaving them with a few emotional slogans instead of actual knowledge.
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2016-10-05
Feature Article
Why Day Care Is Insanely Expensive 
   Conversations with young parents nearly always leave me horrified over the childcare expenses they're forced to pay. Recently, I was informed by a young man that he and his wife pay $225 per week for day care. (For one child.) Furthermore, this is
Send Letter to Editor
2016-09-27
Feature Article
A Conspiracy Theory About Conspiracy Theories 
   One of the funny things about conspiracy theories, including false flag attacks, is how often they are proven to be true. You have to wonder how long the shame-inducing slam, "That's a conspiracy theory," will keep working.
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2016-09-20
Feature Article
Emerson and Hitler in the Marketplace 
   I really hate using Hitler quotes these days; people take them as ultimate slams, rather than illuminating thoughts from a bad guy. But that said, Adolph did make a very clear and useful statement when he said this: I have not come into this world to
Send Letter to Editor
2016-09-13
Feature Article
Five Core Economic Facts 
   Scores of economic figures go screaming across our screens every day, many of them contradicting yesterday's figures, and perhaps half of them based upon lies.
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2016-09-07
Feature Article
Purpose or Perish 
   Let's be honest and admit that Western civilization has lost its sense of purpose. Western man has nowhere he's going, has no great goal to accomplish. As a result, he and she have become listless, disappointed, and frustrated.
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2016-08-30
Feature Article
The Specter of Suffering 
   Jews know how to suffer. Christians don't, although they once did. Most libertarians don't know how to suffer either.
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2016-08-23
Feature Article
United We Fall 
   Like you, I've heard "united we stand, divided we fall" hundreds of times, probably thousands. If fact, we've heard it so many times that by now it triggers emotions in us: All together we can't be stopped! And so on...Except that it's ma
Send Letter to Editor
2016-08-16
Feature Article
Cornerstones of Oppression: The Upper Middle Class 
   Let me begin by making two things clear: First: Most upper middle class people have no intent to oppress. They've found themselves in an assigned role, and they are simply playing it. And let it further be said that the other class-groups (poor, lo
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2016-08-09
Feature Article
It's Time to Abandon "God" 
   My apologies to anyone who feels hurt by my title. It would have been safer for me to avoid this subject entirely, but I'm convinced that it matters a great deal. So, let's get to it:
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2016-08-03
Feature Article
What I Want from This Year's Circus 
   Years ago, Alvin Toffler convinced me that elections are merely reassurance rituals, and so I take no part in them. But these blaring spectacles - and especially the "every fourth year" variety - do have effects in the world, and so I peek in
Send Letter to Editor
2016-07-26
Feature Article
Calling Things by Their True Names 
   I've found a great deal of value in that little saying. It is, in fact, a fundamental building block of human development. So long as we call things by false names, we maintain our own confusion and contribute to our own abuse.
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2016-07-19
Feature Article
So, You've Been Made Superfluous… 
   In the US, 94 million people have "dropped out of the workforce," and the unemployment situation is often worse in Europe. The ruling systems of the West have made these people superfluous. If you're one of them, I'm sorry. It's happening t
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2016-07-12
Feature Article
Changing the World, Slowly 
   Those of us who have seen beyond the noise and confusion of the present world system tend to become urgent about other people seeing the same things. And while this impulse may be understandable, it's not realistic. By refusing to let go of it, we
Send Letter to Editor
2016-07-05
Feature Article
One Line in the Bible They Need You to Ignore 
   Today I will be ill-mannered enough to address this line. But first, please understand that Luke records these words as coming from Jesus' mouth. That's a fact, and no amount of evasion will change it.
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2016-06-28
Feature Article
How Anger Ruins Liberty 
   The libertarians are right about many things, and the general populace is notably libertarian in many ways. And yet, relatively few people have any interest in the libertarian "movement."
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2016-06-27
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A Short Note to the Bitcoin Community: This Is the Time 
   I'm not sure how much of the Bitcoin community I reach, but I think this is an important moment for us, and I want to get this out. Please pass it along if you see it as useful. Thanks.
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2016-06-21
Feature Article
The Triviality of Terrorism 
   In the general scheme of manmade disasters, terrorism is trivial. That's not even debatable, as I'll itemize below. Westerners who've been consuming televised fears for 15 years straight may object, but fear has nothing to do with truth… and
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2016-06-15
Feature Article
The Rape of the West 
   I wanted to find a less ugly title for this article, but I couldn't find one that still conveyed the depth of the crimes that are under way. So, apologies where they are due.
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2016-06-07
Feature Article
Your Withdrawal of Consent 
   Many of us, either in whole or in part, have withdrawn our consent from the current ruling regime. Up till now, however, I've never seen a form to document such a thing.
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2016-05-31
Feature Article
Seven Shocking Things That You Almost Certainly Didn't Know 
   "You need to tell people about all the interesting things in your subscription letter," one of my oldest friends told me. "We do," I said. "We list them on the site and we even have a free report to get them started."
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2016-05-24
Feature Article
The System Won't Survive the Robots 
   It's really just a matter of time; the working man's deal with his overseers is half dead already. But there's still inertia in the system, and even the losers are keeping the faith. Hope dies slowly, after all.
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2016-05-17
Feature Article
This Is - by Far - the Biggest Threat to Your Investments 
   Have you ever noticed that nearly all the world's surplus rests on Wall Street… or maybe in the City of London? I think this is something we should pay attention to.
Send Letter to Editor
2016-05-10
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The Snowden Effect 
   I've never met Edward Snowden, so please understand that I'm not trying to besmirch his character. And the truth is that I was thrilled when his disclosures hit. I was managing a professional-level VPN and traveling widely, warning people (who we
Send Letter to Editor
2016-05-03
Feature Article
EVIL IS WEAK 
   By this definition, any person or persons who purposely manipulate other humans to their own ends - anything from tricking them into a bad business deal to extorting money from them to murdering them - are engaging in evil.
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2016-04-26
Feature Article
WE ARE GREAT 
   Every time I write one of these pieces, a certain number of people freak out, and often quite vocally. But it's a huge mistake to define ourselves by what we're against, and darkness is not all that exists in the world.
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2016-04-19
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HUSTLED THROUGH LIFE 
   As a result, most of us hurry through life, never knowing why. We live as others do, simply because that path is streamlined for us, exposing us to a minimal level of fear and shame. But that path does something else: It keeps us from experiencing ou
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2016-04-14
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THE PROBLEM WITH THE CRYPTO DEBATE 
   A battle is underway about the limits of cryptography. On the one side are people who want to break into iPhones, tap into conversations and decrypt our backups.
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2016-04-12
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THE MILITARY-EVANGELICAL COMPLEX 
   There are evangelical Christians whom I love and respect. Nonetheless, it's time to face this: The military-evangelical complex is not just politically dangerous; it's a corruption of the Judeo-Christian tradition and thus of Western Civilization
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2016-04-05
Feature Article
THE HIDDEN PAYOFF IN THE BRUSSELS AND PARIS ATTACKS 
   I don't have any more secret information than you do. I don't have access to any of the backrooms that matter, and I don't get leaks from "informed sources." I do, however, have experience with protecting data and with a variety of things
Send Letter to Editor
2016-04-01
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Centralization vs. Decentralization 
   While the 20th century unequivocally belonged to the centralization of resources and capital, both human and monetary, we are now undergoing a shift of seismic proportions in the 21st century.
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2016-03-29
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The 18-Year-Olds' League 
   The problem, they saw, was that they kept obeying the bitter and rapacious old men. Swept along by authority and the fear of standing alone, they had been - for millennia - marching off to kill other young people exactly like themselves.
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2016-03-22
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WITH MILLSTONES AROUND OUR NECKS 
   Filters off. Today I rant...Humanity has been progressing steadily over millennia. The terrorist empires of the ancient world are gone.
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2016-03-15
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50 YEARS OF FAILURE 
   Politics has failed to deliver on nearly every promise it has made since the 1960s, and I think it's time to hold it to account.
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2016-03-08
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IS THERE A LIMIT TO THE GOVERNMENT ABUSE AMERICANS WILL ACCEPT? 
   Any student of history learns that people will put up with horrific government abuse before they do anything about it. And so I've been watching for years, waiting to see how much abuse the Western world, and Americans in particular, will accept fr
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2016-03-01
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A LESSON FROM DEVON AVENUE 
   While little appreciated and little studied, there is a gigantic difference between forced associations and free associations. But if you pay attention to the issue, you'll find that the very act of forcing people together carries a poison in itsel
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2016-02-23
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"LAW" AS A JEDI MIND TRICK 
   There is nothing noble, righteous, or even 'conservative' about it. It's a way for you to be abused via ignorance and inertia.
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2016-02-16
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14 WORDS TO TEACH YOUR CHILDREN… IF YOU'RE HONEST 
   Imagine a pretty spring day, you're standing on your front porch or some other pleasant vantage point and looking out at a sunlit landscape: trees, grass, and singing birds.
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2016-02-09
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Banning Cash: Serfdom in Our Time 
   Over the last few months a stream of articles have crossed my screen, all proclaiming the need of governments and banks to eliminate cash. I'm sure you've noticed them too.
Send Letter to Editor
2016-02-02
Feature Article
PLAN B FOR THE INTERNET 
   I've been a wild advocate for the Internet since the beginning, and I still believe in it as a massively liberating technology… but not in the current, popular form.
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2016-01-26
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WHAT RULERS BELIEVE 
   I've been working on collections of quotes lately, and I have one more that I'd like to present… this one on the thoughts of rulers.
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2016-01-19
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WHAT GENIUS THINKS OF EDUCATION 
   As I compiled the thoughts from geniuses last week, one group of thoughts that I left out - simply because there were so many of them - were the thoughts of geniuses on the subject of regimented education.
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2016-01-12
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What Geniuses Come To Believe 
   It recently struck me that the people we think of as "geniuses" tend to arrive, over time, at surprisingly similar sets of conclusions...It further struck me that a simple list of such thoughts might be of value to my readers.
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2016-01-05
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Moritz's Journey 
   It was in 2013 that I first encountered freedom philosophy, after randomly stumbling upon this weirdly beautiful term, "libertarianism," on a blog in some lonely corner of the Internet.
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2015-12-29
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STATUS, EVOLUTION, AND HUMAN NATURE 
   As we move into a new year, I'd like to post something that I feel has fundamental importance. I hope you can take the time to read it carefully.
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2015-12-22
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OUR FUTURE HAS BEEN COMMANDEERED 
   We should be living in the time of humanity's greatest flower. But we're not. Instead, we're stuck in a condition of permanent war, rising xenophobia, endless fear, perpetual distraction, and suffocating conformity.
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2015-12-15
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NEWS CHANNELS ARE TERROR DELIVERY SYSTEMS; POLITICIANS ARE TERROR EXPLOITATION SPECIALISTS 
   Terrorists need news channels and vice-versa. Politicians need terrorists and vice-versa. There's a symbiosis between these three that works like this:Terrorists create and feed off of fear. News channels deliver fear to the masses. Politicians use
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2015-12-08
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THE MILLENNIALS HAVE BEEN DUMPED UPON 
   So, let me start by saying this clearly: The millennials have been wronged. They are living in a putrid mess that the boomers and the Greats left for them.
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2015-12-05
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The surest escape route I know 
   Congress is making it a whole lot easier for the feds to take away your right to travel...Illinois Republican Rodney Davis introduced Bill H.R. 22 that would allow your passport to be confiscated if you owe money to the IRS.
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2015-12-01
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WE DON'T REALLY KNOW WHAT'S HAPPENING 
   And, believe it or not, this is rather good news. I'll explain...We all like to know what's happening in the world, and for good reason… understanding our surroundings is essential to survival. We instinctively seek information… we need infor
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2015-11-25
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GOLDEN DISOBEDIENCE 
   Inertia is a human frailty. Too often, we go along to get along. We conform. Because of this, those who claim authority can get most of us to do their bidding if it comes with a plausible justification and is only incremental. We get nickel-and-dimed
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2015-11-17
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THE RIGHT TIME WILL NEVER COME 
   Lots of good people are frustrated with the world, and I understand that only too well. They are, furthermore, eager for the world to improve, and I respect that a great deal.
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2015-11-16
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Slayer of Empires: How Bitcoin Could Become Far Bigger Than You Think 
   Paul Rosenberg was recently invited to the Bitcoin Investor's conference in Las Vegas as a keynote speaker. This is the recording of his speech, given October 30th, 2015, at the D Hotel & Casino. We think you'll enjoy it.
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2015-11-10
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Bitcoin: Let It Fork! 
   The first thing that caught my attention was that this idea was being sold with fear. That, to me, is a huge red flag. If you want to sucker humans - if you want make intelligent people act stupidly - fear is your tool; every serious manipulator
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2015-11-03
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THE NECESSITY OF TRANSNATIONAL WARFARE 
   A new type of warfare has sprung up in our era: transnational warfare. These are not wars between states; that was the old model: Germany attacks France, France takes Egypt, and so on. These, rather, are wars conducted only incidentally through state
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2015-10-21
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A CANCER ON THE LIBERTY MOVEMENT 
   I can't believe I actually have to write this article… and I'm deeply disappointed that no one else has. Where are all the other adults? I don't want to wade into Internet crapstorms; I have better things to do with my time.
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2015-10-20
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A SATURDAY NIGHT AT STARBUCKS 
   An unusual set of family events found me sitting in a Starbucks last Saturday night. It had been a reasonably decent day, but there are, as we all know, plenty of things in this world to be depressed about.
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2015-10-13
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More Government, Less Manners 
   I really don't like complaining about government. I find it a waste of time, as well as bad strategy. I'm convinced that it's far more useful to leave the whole mess behind and move on to better things.
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2015-10-06
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Big Brother Is in High Gear 
   Social media and smart phones don't have to be evil - there's nothing bad about talking to your friends, after all - but right now social media and "Big Brother in your pocket" phones are very clearly servicing evil.
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2015-09-29
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Justice Without State 
   You always know you're venturing into interesting territory when you arouse defenses like "Because!," "You're an idiot," or "Everyone knows…"
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2015-09-23
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Why I'm Opposed to Activism* 
   * Before anything else, I need to clarify my meaning: There are "activists" whom I respect and support. (Ernie and Donna Hancock leap to mind, as do several Bitcoin "activists.") I divide these people from the activism of my title, because th
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2015-09-15
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How to Solve the Immigration Crisis Fast, Easy, and Cheap! 
   No, I'm not kidding. I can solve the immigration and refugee crises without more wars, without rounding people up like animals, and while boosting the GDP. It's not hard. All you have to do is stop thinking inside the same old status quo.
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2015-09-08
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Nowhere to Run To; Nowhere to Thrive 
   It's something of a truism in physics that closed systems tend toward entropy. In other words, building walls around a process will make it degrade faster than it normally would. And this principle clearly applies beyond physics.
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2015-09-01
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Peak Obedience 
   Warnings about Peak Oil have circulated widely in recent years, and if accurate, they are important. Peak oil, however, pales in comparison to something that's happening right in front of us… and something that is a good deal more dangerous: Peak
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2015-08-25
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What an Actual Leader Would Say 
   In the current deluge of wannabe leaders clamoring for attention and trying to convince us that they are the boss who should be applying rules to us, it strikes me that all of them are looking backward and none are looking forward.
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2015-08-20
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What the World Would Be Like Without Capitalism 
   Some people say that the search for profit is abusive, heartless, evil, and so on. I'm not particularly in love with profit for its own sake (and I certainly don't think it justifies abuse), but a reflexive condemnation of profit is deeply ignora
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2015-08-18
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I Am Not a Ferengi 
   Call me a businessman if you like; an entrepreneur, a capitalist even… but I am not a Ferengi, dedicated to grabbing as much of your money as I can, however I can.
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2015-08-11
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It's 460 AD in Rome: This Won't Be Fixed 
   Another American election cycle is upon us, and large numbers of people are lining up to pour their time and money into the sewer of politics, to be lost forever.
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2015-08-04
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Why You Must Dump Microsoft NOW 
   As of August 1, 2015 (that is, a few days ago), Microsoft announced a new privacy policy and a new services agreement. In the words of one network professional, "Basically, they redefined their operating system to be spyware."
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2015-07-28
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War Isn't Actually Pointless 
   Naturally the common people don't want war: neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood.
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2015-07-21
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Word Formulas Are the Wrong Path 
   Recently, an argument was made that libertarianism is okay with hate, since a word formula that libertarians like, the non-aggression principle, or "NAP", didn't exclude hate.
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2015-07-07
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Man Is Not Always Blind 
   Our present government/corporate culture the loud, flashing, vapid cloud of distraction and fear that surrounds us not only promotes blindness toward anything outside of itself, but requires this blindness for its very continuance; this is tr
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2015-07-01
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Who Will Be the Last to Crash? 
   This is the question that astute investors are forced to ask themselves these days. No reasonable person believes that a system of ever-expanding debt can resolve painlessly. It simply cannot happen… not, at least, until 2+2 stops equaling four.
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2015-06-23
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We Need to Get Past Our Gurus 
   There is a serious difference between appreciating someone's work and hanging on their every word and joining yourself to their cause. The first is healthy; the second is not.
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2015-06-16
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There Will Never Be Enough Good Jobs Again 
   It's over. Except for a short moment or a wild and self-exhausting governmental mandate (both of which are doubtful), there will never again be enough "good jobs" to go around. That model is gone and we need to root it out of our imaginations.
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2015-06-09
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Please Do NOT Support a Candidate 
   Instead of sending money to politicians… instead of spending endless hours arguing about Candidates A, B, C, D, and E… tend a garden or plant a couple of fruit trees… these things will supply your family with good food, probably with some left
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2015-06-02
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At Eight Years Old We Learned to Torture 
   Sometimes their faces pop up in my mind and I shudder. I don't want to recall their suffering but I also can't pretend it never happened.
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2014-08-01
Feature Article
Changes Are Afoot for Freeman's Perspective 
   I'm happy to announce that we are moving our free blog over to Casey Research. I've known Doug Casey for many years, and he's been inviting me to his community in Argentina for quite some time. So when I was invited to speak at a conference there a f
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2014-07-22
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07-22-2014 
Coming for Your Accounts: Solutions 
   After running last week's article (They're Coming for Your Accounts), we received a number of questions about how to actually protect oneself. So, this week I'd like to address that subject.
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2014-07-16
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07-16-2014 
They're Coming for Your Accounts 
   Nearly all of us grew up thinking that we registered ourselves to prove that we were safe and responsible. We advertised our services as "registered" or "licensed," and we never thought about it beyond that point. After all, that was the way things w
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2014-07-09
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07-09-2014 
We Have Undervalued Ourselves 
   Growing up, I heard lots of complaints from parents and teachers about children being conceited, proud, and arrogant. Looking back, it seems to me that most of these complaints were related to a failure to obey. We did have one or two kids who were a
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2014-07-02
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07-02-2014 
Switching Scripts 
   What is promoted isn't working for most of us, and government/corporate promoters will change last of all...So, what is to be done?
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2014-06-27
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06-27-2014 
(They) We Just Don't Get It 
   We have grossly underestimated the kind fight we're in. We thought it was about economics and politics, but it's much more than that. What we're really fighting is idolatry. If that doesn't make sense to you initially, I can't blame you, but allow me
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2014-06-18
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06-18-2014 
Yes, the Iraq War Was All for Nothing 
   As stories circulated of Iraqi cities falling to Sunni militia groups, I was struck by the words of Former Marine Staff Sgt. Keith Widaman, who spent a tour in Iraq: "When I left in April 2009, I said, 'In five years there'll be a civil war.'"
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2014-06-11
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06-11-2014 
An Update on Ross Ulbricht, a.k.a., the Dread Pirate Roberts 
   When Ross was arrested last fall, the FBI immediately publicized accusations that Ross was hiring hit men and had paid them to kill people. Millions of people heard this, and, understandably, thought it was a bad thing.
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2014-06-06
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06-06-2014 
Bribery in America 
   I know something about bribery. When I was a teenager, my dad was in the construction business in Chicago. So, as soon as I got my driver's license (at 16), I was sent out delivering bribes. That's just the way things were done, and my dad let me
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2014-05-28
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05-28-2014 
What Do We Mean by Legal? 
   In order to secure long-term, effective obedience from humans, some rationale beyond a fear of violence must be used. People must believe that obeying the enforcer’s word is the right thing to do. That’s why codes of law invoke some type of unseen hi
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2014-05-27
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05-27-2014 
Get Ready for the Next Terror 
   If I had to bet, I think I’d put my money on some type of “cyberwar” event coming in the not-too-distant future. But whether it’s that or something else, a new terror will be coming. That much is more or less inevitable.
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2014-05-07
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05-07-2014 
Politics Makes Life Ugly 
   We all know people, probably a lot of them, who are decent and well-meaning in most aspects of their lives but whose brains switch into an ugly mode of operation once politics comes up. They are fine neighbors or coworkers until you say something tha
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2014-05-05
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05-05-2014 
Could You Do This for Just One Day? 
   A point I’ve made several times in our subscription newsletter is that most people give their attention to the negative things in the world and pass right over the good things. If you think about that for just a moment, it’s easy to understand why pe
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2014-04-10
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04-10-2014 
Bitcoin Is a Revolution, Not an Investment 
   It has been interesting to see large numbers of people pay attention to Bitcoin in the past year or so. The reason for that attention was the exchange price of Bitcoin, which made a lot of early adopters wealthy. (One of the few times when the right
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2014-03-28
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03-28-2014 
The Suppression of Happiness 
   One of the great errors of freedom people (myself included) is that we’ve sometimes based our arguments on less-than-optimal grounds. What I mean is that we argued for freedom on political or legal grounds.
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2014-03-21
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03-21-2014 
Yes, You Are Being Manipulated by Your Government 
   The truth that government agents are influencing people online has been visible for some time to those who were looking. For example, in 2011, we got proof that military contractors and the US Air Force were doing this.
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2014-03-19
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03-19-2014 
Your Relationships Have Been Defiled 
   Relationships matter, a lot. We are formed by relationships with other people: parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, neighbors, spouses, children, business associates, and more. The impact of relationships in our lives is profound.
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2014-03-17
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03-17-2014 
Why the Founding Fathers Made Their Own Money 
   It is an interesting historical fact that people who take part in rebellions tend to coin their own money " not when the rebellion concludes, but as it starts.
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2014-03-11
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03-11-2014 
The End of the Great American Fantasy 
   Through all of my life there has been an odd and persistent bias on the part of otherwise honest Americans: What America does overseas is always good and right. We do not speak against it.
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2014-03-06
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03-06-2014 
Why the Banksters Don’t Care About Your Gold 
   I regularly hear how important it is to hold silver and gold and how dangerous the central banks and their banksters (a combination of bankers and gangsters) really are. I’m sympathetic, of course, since I don’t like central banks and I do like silve
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2014-02-27
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02-27-2014 
Jefferson’s Final Warnings 
   People remember Thomas Jefferson for the Declaration of Independence, which he wrote in 1776. A few will remember that he served as president from 1801 to 1809, but aside from that, they know almost nothing of his life and work.
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2014-02-26
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02-26-2014 
The Secret Appeal of Politics 
   The Internet is full of stories about politicians acting badly and doing the opposite of what they promised. Talk radio is full of the same things, all day, every day. Even around office water coolers, almost everyone will admit that politicians are
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2014-02-22
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02-22-2014 
A Way to Prove We’re All Born Libertarian 
   So, if we want to get a glimpse of human nature before it’s stressed and shaped during the crazy years, we should really go to pre-teens.
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2014-02-18
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02-18-2014 
Two Ways the Bitcoin “Crackdown” Could End 
   I read a story recently about a group of dandies who want to “help regulate Bitcoin, for its own good.” The thing about these guys is that they don’t really care about Bitcoin as a beautiful, disruptive technology or even for the great benefit it bri
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2014-02-12
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02-12-2014 
A Report from Middle America 
   I was recently involved in a day of meetings with small business owners in the American Midwest. It was both encouraging and sad at the same time.
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2014-02-07
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02-07-2014 
A Frank Letter to the Homeless Man Under the Bridge 
   I see you standing here, asking for help, about once a week. You are always polite, and I respect that. I’d like to do something for you… something that would matter long-term. Giving you a few notes or coins now and then may be fine, but I’d really
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2014-02-04
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02-04-2014 
Where the *Bleep* Is Germany’s Gold? 
   You may have heard something about this story, but I think it’s important to take a few minutes to restate the facts clearly. In the modern news environment, stories come and go so fast " and in so many parts " that it’s very easy to get lost along t
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2014-01-30
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01-30-2014 
What Would You Do for “Truth”? 
   Either we have the guts to stand by our beliefs or we don’t. (Which is why a lot of people avoid them " they haven’t the guts to choose.) Holding to our beliefs under fire is the crucial test " not of our beliefs, but of ourselves.
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2014-01-23
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01-23-2014 
Destroying the Myth That Military Power Equals Freedom 
   As I was finishing up my liberty entertainment article a few weeks ago, I checked lists that other people had made, just to see if I had forgotten something. As I did, I was dismayed to find that in most of these lists, pro-liberty really meant pro-m
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2014-01-17
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01-17-2014 
Proof that the Bible is Anti-Government 
   Judaism and Christianity are, at their cores, subversive, anti-government religions. This is strongly reflected in the holy books of these religions, a.k.a. the Bible.
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2014-01-15
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01-15-2014 
They’re Not Gods " They’re Not Even that Smart 
   I hear people making all sorts of predictions of what the powers that be (TPTB) will allow or not allow. Honestly, they treat this group as though they are omnipotent.
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2014-01-08
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01-08-2014 
The Death (and Rebirth) of the Middle Class 
   It’s been well covered, but in this first article of the year, let’s take a look at the collapse of this most important segment of society.
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2013-12-24
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12-24-2013 
Get Ready for Adversity Now 
   I’m not pessimistic about the future, mind you, I’m optimistic. Once we get through the present transition (and presuming the world doesn’t descend into deep darkness), human life will massively improve. Our descendants will look back at our time as
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2013-12-20
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12-20-2013 
You Don’t Have to Look Far to Find a Certain Kind of Freedom 
   Liberty is important, not for its own sake, but because it’s the condition that allows life to flourish. So, you could call the list below “pro-life.” However, since we don’t want to confuse this with an abortion debate, let’s just call it “Pro-Freed
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2013-12-17
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12-17-2013 
Today I Say Something Nice about a Politician 
   I’m obviously no fan of politicians, but I also like to give credit where it is due. I did pick up one very valuable lesson from a politician, something that contributed substantially to my life.
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2013-12-17
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12-17-2013 
The Enforcers Just Watered the Seeds of Their Destruction 
   Today, there are at least six new, Silk Road-type marketplaces, including a Silk Road 2.0, with a new Dread Pirate Roberts.
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2013-12-12
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12-12-2013 
You’ll Stop Being a Serf When You Do This… 
   I hear the same complaints about politicians that you do. And while I understand them (I’ve complained plenty myself), the fact is that complaining accomplishes very little. And there is a very simple reason why complainers have no effect: Because th
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2013-12-05
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12-05-2013 
How I Learned My History 
   I’ve recently received requests for history book recommendations. I know I’m leaving out a lot, but I think I’ve compiled a good starter list.So, without further ado:
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2013-12-04
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12-04-2013 
We Should All Be Like the Hippies in this One Way 
   The hippies were preceded by the Beat movement, a group of young people who rejected the conformity of the 1950s " a very “corporate” time.
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2013-12-02
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12-02-2013 
Why Gary North Is Wrong About Bitcoin 
   I like Gary North. I appreciate his work and I spent a very pleasant hour hanging out with him at FreedomFest a few years back. We have mutual friends. I saw the headline for his anti-Bitcoin article but didn’t take time to read it until we got sever
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2013-12-02
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12-02-2013 
Here come the “Purity Police” 
   There is magic in doing. There’s none in endless talking.
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2013-11-22
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11-22-2013 
The Free Man’s 7-Point Bill of Rights 
   The Roman Catholic Church was guilty of many abuses in Europe all through the Middle Ages, and I think the people of Europe had good reason to walk away from it. But as they did, they made a massive error: They didn’t replace it with anything better.
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2013-11-21
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The Biggest Mistakes and Best Ways to Use Bitcoin 
   Freeman's Perspective has just released a report on Bitcoin " the best ways to buy, spend and store it safely and securely... Written by a true insider of the "cryptocurrency" world.
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2013-11-20
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11-20-2013 
What the World Would Be Like Without Capitalism 
   Slavery was almost entirely about surplus. (Surrounded by creative justifications, of course.) It was a type of enforced thrift.
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2013-11-14
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11-14-2013 
Have the Atheists Become the Gorillas? 
   Every time I write an article that mentions god " even if used as a descriptive reference to “the gods” " I get insulting and arrogant comments from atheists. And it’s not just me; you can see the same thing all over the Internet.
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2013-11-12
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11-12-2013 
History is Written for the Suckers 
   It’s often said that history is written by the victors. I don’t think that is entirely true, but I can definitely tell you who history is written for, and that’s the suckers.
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2013-11-07
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11-07-2013 
Midway Between Gorillas and Gods 
   This is not what we can be, this is what we are. What we become in the future depends on whether we choose gorilla things or god things, here and now.
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2013-11-06
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11-06-2013 
How Many Lives the Government “Eats” Each Year 
   Governments always present themselves to people as saviors, but everything they do is paid for with money. And the ultimate source of all that money is the people who are supposedly being saved.
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2013-11-01
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11-01-2013 
Why Obamacare Will Not Conquer American Culture 
   It’s become quite obvious that, politically, Obamacare has conquered America. (It now has the power of law.) However, it will eventually fail. In fact, it’s failing already because of something that transcends politics " our ingrained culture.
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2013-10-29
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10-29-2013 
The Economy Can Never Fully Recover as Long as This Remains… 
   When I was a young man, the older men I admired were the independent businessmen. Being a corporate suit issuing orders to underlings never appealed to me, but being a successful man who controlled his own life and business… that did.
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2013-10-24
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10-24-2013 
Is Bitcoin More Dangerous than “Cartel Money”? 
   Satoshi Nakamoto began the original Bitcoin document by saying that he wanted to, “allow online payments to be sent directly from one party to another without going through a financial institution.”
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2013-10-23
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10-23-2013 
The Road to Hell Is Paved… With Fear 
   The conclusion that fear is the enemy of mankind doesn’t require religion, of course. We can reach the same conclusion just by recognizing that fear (and especially the chemicals associated with fear) damage our health.
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2013-10-18
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10-18-2013 
What You Need to Know About Microsoft’s Spying Ways 
   I had a conversation the other day with the best and most knowledgeable computer guy I know. After discussing privacy threats, he made this statement: Everybody buying a Windows computer today is a traitor to humanity.
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