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Affluent Investor | August 31, 2016

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August 30, 2016 |

The Han Masters Strike at Bretton Woods, Monetary Velocity, & Survival

As the American regime moves to strengthen an alliance regime known as Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in the hope of building up both the industrial base of nation states nominally aligned to the west while pushing back on Beijing’s strategic naval ambitions … Read More

August 29, 2016 |

Seven Principles for Deciding Who to Vote For

This year – like every year – we are faced with imperfect candidates between whom we must choose.

As I write this, the context is Donald Trump, whom many conservatives find appalling, and against whom I fought in the … Read More

August 29, 2016 |

Charitable Giving Growth Rates are Falling

Giving USA recently published its 2015 study. The report posted both positive and negative news on giving.

The positive? In 2015, Americans continued their steady stream of giving, with $373.3 billion going to charity. And in looking to the future, … Read More

August 29, 2016 |

Brexit and the Binding of Satan: Part 1

The disintegration of the EU is not the end of the world. It is a sign that the end of the world is anything but nigh.

Western culture as we know it is dying at the hands of usurpers, … Read More

August 29, 2016 |

Which Countries Are Damaged Most by Low Oil Prices?

This week’s chart looks at costs per barrel, exports, and total oil production.

Oil is by far the world’s most-traded commodity, with $786.3 billion of crude changing hands in international trade in 2015.

While low commodity prices can hurt … Read More

August 29, 2016 |

Growth and Debt and Everything in Between

Dear Valued Clients and Friends,

We will close out the second trimester of the year this week. As of last Friday, markets had a small upside for the month of August. We appear set to complete the sixth consecutive … Read More

August 26, 2016 |

Clinton Offenses Challenge Media Bias

Journalists are, of course, human, and all humans have their own points of view, and their own biases. But there are times when professional reporters and media executives need to at least partially put aside their personal support and provide … Read More

August 26, 2016 |

Arizona Considers Issuing a Gold Bond

The Arizona House of Representatives has convened an Ad Hoc Committee on Gold Bonds. The purpose is to explore if and how the state could sell a gold bond. This is an exciting development, as the issuance of a … Read More

August 26, 2016 |

After Transgenderism, ‘Children’s Sexual Autononomy’

From my perch, I get a glimpse of what’s over the horizon. Recently I gave you a heads up about the concept of “dignitary harm.” That will be (and indeed, is already) the idea used to rationalize trampling the freedom … Read More

August 26, 2016 |

“Scumbag Baby Boomer”… Really?

Ageism. Somehow I missed that “discrimination” category. I must have been napping.

Type the word in Google and up pops the definition: prejudice or discrimination on the basis of a person’s age. Why ageism even has its own Wikipedia … Read More

August 25, 2016 |

Jesus is the Founder of the Liberty Movement

I often say Jesus is the founder of the liberty movement and it sometimes scandalizes people. What are you doing mixing him in there?

I see true liberty as the absence of fear: the fear of death and lack … Read More

August 25, 2016 |

Economic Statistics Indicate U.S. Financial Crisis

There should be little doubt that the U.S. economy is in significant trouble. Indeed, objective criteria, as well as spokespersons from both sides of the political spectrum, indicate an economy approaching crisis levels. A survey of views illustrates the … Read More

August 25, 2016 |

We’re Moving From Short Holidays to Long Vacations, Just Like Europe

On the whole, Europe goes on “holiday” throughout August. The US is trending this direction as well, especially with younger workers. We’re forgetting what holiday means.

Holiday comes from the root, holy day. Taking a break—Sabbath—contributed to holiness, which … Read More

August 25, 2016 |

Who Will Bail Out Insolvent Union Pension Funds?

Bernie Sanders isn’t going to be the next president, but one of the bills he has sponsored, the Keep Our Pension Promises Act (KOPPA) could become law during the next president’s term. That ought to worry anyone who knows … Read More

August 25, 2016 |

Faith Is In the Not Knowing

Consider it.

They were three friends. They were exiles living in a foreign land. Different people. Different culture. They lived under the rule and reign of a king who sought to conform them after himself. He even changed their … Read More

August 24, 2016 |

How American Higher Education Turned into a False Promise

The Department of Education recently proposed new regulations to punish colleges that attract students with misleading claims. But what if the whole system of higher education in America is guilty of that?

In his latest book, Charles Sykes, a senior … Read More