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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

August 24, 2016 |

Is the American Bond Selloff Underway?

They told us not to worry. The United States would never lose its Triple-A bond rating (but of course we did). The dollar would always be the only real reserve currency (but of course it could be losing that status according … Read More

August 24, 2016 |

Mapping the Greatest Empires of History

Just like the stock market, the history of the greatest empires is cyclical in nature. Even the most powerful empires have crashed and burned – and it is this creative destruction that creates the next opportunity for new civilizations and … Read More

August 24, 2016 |

Should Government Give Us the Infrastructure?

An argument against absolutely free markets comes up often. What about so called natural monopolies? So called infrastructure (e.g. sewage plants) have high barriers to entry, and are a challenge to true competition. Therefore if left to private companies, they … Read More

August 24, 2016 |

Putting Retirement to Pasture

I am sometimes asked, “How long do you plan to work?” For some reason, it sounds better than people asking about “retirement.” Of course, it gets to be a logical question when one approaches the age of 65—which I … Read More

August 23, 2016 |

How Donald Trump Could Fix the Middle East

The first step to finding a solution is to know that there’s a problem. Donald Trump understands that the Washington foreign-policy establishment caused the whole Middle Eastern mess. I will review the problem and speculate about what a Trump administration might do about … Read More