Historic Debt Is At The Core Of Our Economic Decline

Historic Debt Is At The Core Of Our Economic Decline By Brandon Smith As I predicted just after the 2016 presidential election, a sordid theater of blame has exploded over the state of the U.S. economy, with fingers pointing everywhere except (in most cases) at the true culprits behind the crash. Some people point to the current administration and its pursuit of a trade war. Others point to the Federal Reserve, with its adverse interest rate hikes into economic weakness and its balance sheet cuts. Some blame the Democrats for…

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The Economy Does Not Care Who Won The Midterm Elections

The Economy Does Not Care Who Won The Midterm Elections By Brandon Smith Over the past few weeks I received numerous requests from readers to publish my predictions on the outcome of the midterm elections, but I did not do so for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, I view the election process very differently from many people. I do not see it as legitimate in the slightest; therefore, my predictions of the past have been based not on voter turnouts, polls or any other such nonsense.  Elections are…

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The World Is Quietly Decoupling From The U.S. — And No One Is Paying Attention

The World Is Quietly Decoupling From The U.S. — And No One Is Paying Attention By Brandon Smith This article was written by Brandon Smith and originally published at Birch Gold Group Blind faith in the U.S. dollar is perhaps one of the most crippling disabilities economists have in gauging our economic future. Historically speaking, fiat currencies are animals with very short lives, and world reserve currencies are even more prone to an early death. But, for some reason, the notion that the dollar is vulnerable at all to the…

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How the Trade War Helps Hide Central Bank Sabotage Of The Economy

How the Trade War Helps Hide Central Bank Sabotage Of The Economy By Brandon Smith Almost every aspect of the global economic downturn, which started ostensibly in 2007-2008 and is still ongoing to this day, can be traced back to the actions and policies of central banks. The Federal Reserve, for example, used artificially low interest rates and easy money to create a supposedly no-risk loan environment. This translated into a vast amount of toxic mortgage debt along with a web of derivatives (Mortgage Backed Securities) attached to that debt.…

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Understanding The Tactics Of Subversive Globalism

Understanding The Tactics Of Subversive Globalism By Brandon Smith When the ideology of globalism is discussed in liberty movement circles there are often misunderstandings as to the source of the threat and what it truly represents. This may in some cases be by design. In the latest era of supposed “populism” led by figures like Donald Trump, an entirely new and very green generation of liberty activists find themselves hyper focused on the political left in general, but they seem to be obsessed with attacking the symptoms of globalism rather…

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How People Become Easily Controlled By Tyrants

How People Become Easily Controlled By Tyrants By Brandon Smith The question often arises in liberty movement circles as to how we get to the point of full blown tyranny within a society.  There are numerous factors that determine this outcome, but through all the various totalitarian systems in history there are common denominators – elements that must be there for tyrants to prevail.  When we can identify these common elements in an objective manner, we make it far more difficult for despotic structures to stand. This is a very…

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Economic Contagion? Central Banks Are The Real Culprit

Economic Contagion? Central Banks Are The Real Culprit By Brandon Smith The mainstream news has been awash lately in talk over the danger of economic “contagion,” primarily due to lack of dollar liquidity in emerging markets. This lack of liquidity is being pegged as a trigger for instability in stocks, bonds and forex markets around the world, and this time around it is the nation of Turkey that is being called a potential trigger for a fiscal domino effect spreading through multiple countries. We have heard talk of “contagion” before.…

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Globalists Are Telling Us Exactly What Disasters They’re Planning For The Economy

Globalists Are Telling Us Exactly What Disasters They’re Planning For The Economy By Brandon Smith Years ago when analysts used the term “globalist,” there was an immediate recognition among liberty advocates as to who they were referring. This was back when the movement for small government, the non-aggression principle and true free markets was small but growing. These days, it’s difficult to gauge how many liberty groups there are or even if they know what small government and the non-aggression principle represent, let alone what makes a “globalist” a globalist.…

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