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Coming for Your Accounts: Solutions

planB 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. First Words I need to make an important point before I proceed, however: I am not involved in the financial industry, and I do not know the many rules that apply to IRAs, 401(k)s, and so on. So, please understand that I’m speaking in rough terms and that ...

They’re Coming for Your Accounts

debt 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 were done, and we knew that it would help our customers trust us. There is, however, another side to registration, one that’s about to bite a lot of decent people… and hard. What Is Registration, ...

We Have Undervalued Ourselves

undervalued 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 arrogant jerks, but the rest of us received the same comments they did. But whatever motivated the adults of my youth, they were mostly wrong – it’s not our overvaluation of ourselves that is the ...

Switching Scripts

script Almost all of us were raised to follow a more or less uniform script through our lives. Sometimes it was specifically taught to us, and other times we just absorbed it by watching others. But regardless of how we were trained, there are two primary problems with following this script: Following a script is unbecoming to a thinking being and leads in bad directions. Such scripts reflect what worked a generation ago, and yesterday is gone. We all ...

They We Just Don’t Get It

chess I got an email from a reader a few days ago, asking about something we’ve all faced. Here’s a snip: It gets a little lonely sometimes. At times I feel a little resentful, sometimes just plain angry that so few people know or care to know about economics and/or philosophy when they are so important. I’m sympathetic, of course, having felt similarly more than once. But, as I often say, perspective is key. We’ve all complained ...

Yes, the Iraq War Was All for Nothing

Iraq 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.’” Mr. Widaman was right, as we’ve all seen over the past few days, and the “high officials” were wrong. The result – and I say this with sympathy for the dead, injured, and traumatized ...

An Update on Ross Ulbricht, Allegedly the Dread Pirate Roberts

ross In 1998, Virginia Postrel wrote a book called The Future and Its Enemies. I’d be hard-pressed to find a better description for the current legal battle between the young man pictured above and the US government. That young man is Ross Ulbricht, and he seems to have been the agent of the future who created the Silk Road free market. I say “seems to,” because the people who are saying so are the US government, which has a checkered record ...

Conscious Resistance – An Interview with Paul Rosenberg

interview Mark Wallace (http://capitalistexploits.at/) interviews Paul Rosenberg: I have yet to meet Paul Rosenberg, but I’ve followed his work for years. He’s a brilliant thinker, and from what I can gather via my communications with him, just a damn nice guy! Paul knows a lot about a lot of things. An adventure capitalist with a broad range of interests and experiences under his belt, current passions include philosophy, theology, history, psychology, ...

Bribery in America

bribery-hands 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 drive a fancy car (with an FM radio!) to make the deliveries. I delivered leather coats to wives, envelopes to government offices, other envelopes to politicians at their fundraisers, booze ...

What Do We Mean by Legal?

legal-280x135 We’re surrounded by concerns over what is legal and what isn’t. But what, really, do we mean by “legal”? The first and most practical meaning of the word, of course, is “things you won’t be punished for doing.” That definition, however, has never been sufficient for public use. That’s because it’s too stark. If the situation was as simple as a law enforcer saying to John Doe, “Do it the way I tell you or I’ll ...

Get Ready for the Next Terror

Fear280x135 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. The reason is easy: We have people with control-biased minds in positions to create such events, or at least to make the most of them when they do occur. The Problem Put bluntly, our problem is that our current world ...

Great Books You May Never Have Read

great-books280x135 A few months back, at the request of several readers, I put together a list of history books. This week I’d like to broaden that a bit and list a number of books that are not terribly well-known, but which are important. There is a wide variety of books on this list, but they are all unique and well-worth reading. Listen Little Man!, by Wilhelm Reich. The next time you have a nasty day and want to shake the world by the lapels and scream into ...

Politics Makes Life Ugly

political ideologies 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 that goes against their ideology, and then they turn into bitter adversaries. This abrupt change from Ms. Nice to Ms. Nasty can be rather troubling when you see it up close. And for good reason: it’s ...

Could You Do This for Just One Day?

goodness 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 people are more disturbed and unhappy than they need to be. In other words, we make ourselves far more miserable than is justified by the actual facts. So, I have a challenge for you (one that ...

The Truth About War Heroes

war heroes For the past dozen years or so, Americans have been deluged with talk about “heroes,” and especially “our brave soldiers.” I was at a funeral recently, and was shocked to see the funeral director conduct a ritual: he had all past or current members of the military line up and touch a flag for the deceased. This is not only stupidly out of proportion, but it is deeply damaging to the “heroes.” As I’ve said before, I understand how ...

Today’s Youth Have Never Been Young

youth To be young means to undertake to demolish the world and to have the gall to wish to erect a new and better one in its place. – Nikos Kazantzakis Sadly, a lot of young people today have no image of youth except drunkenness. They grew up in an advertising-based culture that uses youth as a sales tool, and has dragged it down to the level of the lowest manipulable denominator. Young people these days are trained in status quo conformity, and express ...

We Were Young and Headed to the Stars

stars It’s hard for modern young people to understand what it was like to grow up as a scientifically minded child in the 1960s. It was a special time that has, sadly, passed. Each week there was a new step toward the stars. And this was not science fiction, this was reality. Satellites had never existed in all the long history of mankind, but we saw them going up – and functioning – one after another. As the Gemini program moved forward, we saw ...

New Articles Coming Next Week

Dear Reader, We're are unexpectedly short-staffed this week. But, we will be back next week with new articles on our regular schedule. Sincerely, The Freeman's Perspective Team

Bitcoin Is a Revolution, Not an Investment

bitcoin revolution 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 guys got rich.) The idea of getting rich quick always sells, and it did this time too. Along with it came a lot of investment talk, complaints about volatility, well-publicized government raids, central ...

The War Drums Are Beating

war in syria Last year, lots of powerful groups tried to get a war going in Syria. It seemed to me that the necessary ground work hadn’t been done and that they might not be able to pull it off. Thankfully, that’s how it happened. And by “necessary ground work,” I’m not referring to the military operators the US government had in Syria for a year or two prior; I’m talking about making the American populace eager for a new war. That’s ...