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They Just Can’t Stop It: US Planning New Rebel Training Program For Syria

By Daniel McAdams Ron Paul Institute January 15, 2016   They Just Can’t Stop It: US Planning New Rebel Training Program For Syria     After innumerable failed schemes to train rebels to overthrow the Syrian government (and then training more rebels to take on the rebels they had previously trained who went over to […]

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Israel’s al-Qaeda Rescue Program

By Daniel McAdams Ron Paul Institute December 14, 2015   Israel’s al-Qaeda Rescue Program     While the US government continues to face — and vigorously deny — charges that it secretly helps ISIS and other extremists in Syria to keep alive Obama’s regime-change policy for Assad, Washington’s closest ally in the region makes little […]


Politicians Seek Short-Term Advantages by Lecturing Capitalists about the Long Term

By Gary Galles Mises.org August 5, 2015   Politicians Seek Short-Term Advantages by Lecturing Capitalists about the Long Term Hillary Clinton’s latest campaign salvo attacked “quarterly capitalism,” the supposedly irresponsible corporate focus on short-term results at the expense of long-term growth. She promised government fixes. Short-Termism, Share Prices, and Incentives Is there too much short-termism […]

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The Washington Intellectual Gravy Train

By James Bovard Mises.org June 11, 2015   The Washington Intellectual Gravy Train   Intellectuals have long been glorified as champions of truth and defenders of society’s highest values. But in Washington, they serve as Leviathan‘s Praetorian Guard. Intellectuals are thriving in DC thanks in large part to the ruinous policy advice they proffer. The […]

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Ben Bernanke’s Latest Defense of the Fed’s Failures

By Brendan Brown Mises.org April 13, 2015   Ben Bernanke’s Latest Defense of the Fed’s Failures   Fed officials have been busy lately spreading the view that incessantly low interest rates are symptomatic of a still-dim economic reality rather than a result of their own monetary experimentation. Indeed they are full of self-praise for not […]


The Cultural Price of Intervention

By Elliot Tinguely The Fifth Column April 11, 2015   The Cultural Price of Intervention   When the cost in human life is so immeasurably high, it’s difficult to see other faults of a western policy of intervention. The psychological, emotional, and other tangential factors fall by the sidelines; it’s difficult, if not disrespectful, to […]

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A Portrait of the Classical Gold Standard

By Marcia Christoff-Kurapovna Mises.org April 6, 2015   A Portrait of the Classical Gold Standard   “The world that disappeared in 1914 appeared, in retrospect, something like our picture of Paradise,” wrote the economist Cecil Hirsch in his June 1934 review of R.W. Hawtrey’s classic, The Art of Central Banking (1933). Hirsch bemoaned the loss […]


Give’em the Old Razzle Dazzle

By Peter Schiff Euro Pacific Capital March 24, 2015   Give’em the Old Razzle Dazzle   Janet Yellen channels Billy Flynn? Last week the Fed Chairwoman treated us to a master class of rhetorical misdirection which produced some memorable examples of doublespeak, including the soon to be classic “Just because we removed the word ‘patient’ does not mean […]

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Why Do American Weapons End Up in Our Enemies’ Hands?

By Ron Paul Ron Paul Institute March 21, 2015   Why Do American Weapons End Up in Our Enemies’ Hands?     It happens so often you wonder whether it is due to total ineptness or a deliberate policy to undermine our efforts overseas. It’s most likely a result of corruption and unintended consequences, combined […]


A Patient Fed Considers Losing Patience

By Peter Schiff Euro Pacific Capital March 12, 2015   A Patient Fed Considers Losing Patience   I have always argued that quantitative easing and zero percent interest rates were misguided policies to combat economic weakness. But as the years went on, misguided turned into irresponsible, which led to ridiculous, and then turned into dangerous. But […]

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What To Do While Waiting to End the Fed

By John P. Cochran Mises.org February 25, 2015   What To Do While Waiting to End the Fed   There is a sliver of good news on the central banking front. Given the Fed’s poor performance before and after the 2007–08 financial crisis and Great Recession, and its now recognized 100 year history of failure, […]


TN City of South Pittsburg Bans Free Speech on Social Media

(Amancay Maahs) By Barry Donegan BenSwann.com   TN City Bans Negative Social Media Comments About City Government, Employees, Contractors At a December city commission meeting in South Pittsburg, TN, commissioners voted 4 to 1 to enact a policy forcing city contractors, employees, elected officials, and anyone doing business in any capacity with the city to […]

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How Change Is Stymied

By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts Paul Craig Roberts.org   How Change Is Stymied   The gangsters who run the US financial system have determined opponents. Among them are Elizabeth Warren, Nomi Prins, Pam and Russ Martens, Michael Hudson, and David Stockman. I have often expressed my admiration for Warren, Prins, Martens, and Hudson. In his […]


Breaking: Hagel Out, Assad Next

By Daniel McAdams Ron Paul Institute Breaking: Hagel Out, Assad Next   Washington is abuzz with news that Chuck Hagel is out as President Obama’s Secretary of Defense. The Secretary was said to have never meshed with the rest of Obama’s foreign policy team, led by National Security Advisor Susan Rice and flanked by US Ambassador […]

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