Power to the people


Ted Cruz has won the state of Colorado and all its delegates without a single vote being cast. That appears to be the antithesis of freedom.

Not that a constitutional republic ought to rely much on its elected representatives. Yet when the election doesn’t even bother to be rigged, it simply ceases to exist, one struggles to find an adequate explanation as to how this kind of thing can happen in the land of the free.

One answer involves a media conglomerate that camouflages the truth with steadfast resolve.  Nearly every single article one reads on the subject of this Colorado caucus reads the same: “Cruz followed the rules, it’s not fair but neither is life, Trump and anyone who felt they had a right to vote for him is a cry baby”.  If you don’t believe me, you can find that actual tone here, here, and here.  It can be difficult to discern reality in a world where most media is controlled by a handful of people.  Yet freedom still reigns.
The only place any semblance of freedom remains lies within cyberspace – the only domain not under direct control of anyone. And thanks to that, at least the story and its impact can be communicated across blogs and social media. For if it were not the case, many might never even have heard about this unearned-delegate fiasco.

The Washington Post only covers the story because Drudge report covered the story. And somehow they manage to spin it in order to make the fact that Cruz won without an election seem fine and normal:

“If it was just Trump complaining about the “crooked” system, it would seem like sour grapes from a guy who got out-hustled. But The Donald’s allies in the right-wing media, including Drudge and Breitbart, are trying to make Cruz’s wins seem illegitimate in the eyes of the conservative base. If Cruz wins the nomination at a contested convention in Cleveland, he will need these grass-roots activists to rally around him. If regular Drudge readers believe he did not win fair and square, they will be less inclined to do so.”

Oh, now I understand. People who report on the reality that mainstream pundits refuse to acknowledge are just peddling fiction. “Trying to make Cruz’s wins seem illegitimate”…does anyone really have to put forth such effort? Those wins appear illegitimate all by themselves. It seems as though any attempt at stating the obvious would be wasted effort.
And therein lies one of the most often utilized rhetorical tactics of conventional media today: hollow accusations based upon baseless assertions, used to paint an overgeneralized picture of certain people or events.

Interestingly, The Post even manages to involve Ayn Rand in all of this. They cite Donald Trump’s reference of Rand’s book: The Fountainhead. I will include the positive part here:

“ Bottom line, Roark is a self-centered individualist who steadfastly refuses to submit to the will of others. “He is presented as the author’s version of an ideal man — one who embodies the virtues of Rand’s objectivist philosophy,” the CliffNotes character analysis explains. “Roark is an example of free will — the theory that an individual has the power, by virtue of the choices he makes, to control the outcome of his own life. A man’s thinking and values are not controlled by God or the fates or society or any external factor — but solely by his own choice.” “

Notice how they placed emphasis upon that first sentence. When taken out of context, that sentence reminds the reader of Trump, creating the appropriate association. Rather than focusing on the positive aspects of Rand’s work and philosophy, it gets used against anyone who admired her insights. As if anyone who aspires to individual liberty and autonomy must be evil, by definition
And many people implicitly believe this line of reasoning and all rhetorical tactics that proceed from it for one simple reason. It protects their own established worldview and beliefs – no need to pursue life, liberty, and happiness if people who do so appear to be demons. The mediocre becomes the norm. The establishment becomes God. And the state becomes superior to the self.
To be free, individuals must place ultimate value on their own conscious minds. Individual life and liberty must be upheld as the most supreme value in the universe.

What do you think?  Did Cruz steal the election in an obvious power grab?  Or was it all just “how the system works”?  Feel free to post your thoughts below.

Freedom involves the absence of external control

Federal Reserve Building
Federal Reserve Building

“In God We Trust” appears on all of our physical currency in the United States of America.  These currency notes are “legal tender for all debts, public and private”.  They are federal reserve notes (FRNs), issued by the Federal Reserve, our central bank.

The Federal Reserve exists as a private corporation and has no real connection to the government.  It is not beholden to any governmental laws or jurisdiction.

Entire books have been written on the subject of the international monetary system.  Jim Rickards has a potent perspective on such matters, being an insider and financial expert for thirty years.  Peter Schiff also has published excellent works, and so has the publisher of the Boom, Gloom & Doom report, Marc Faber.

The only important point here involves freedom.  Americans can never be free under the tyranny of a centrally-controlled economic and monetary system.  The Founding Fathers never intended that.  The power to issue currency does not belong to some mysterious wizard behind the veiled curtains of central bank mandates.  It belongs to the people.  

The founders of America sought out to create an independent republic free of such arbitrary controls.  For over a century now, we the people have let them down.  Their sacrifices have proven to be all in vain.  For as a country, we have stood idly by and enjoyed the decadence provided by freedom-fueled prosperity…all the while neglecting to protect that precious fuel.

Our fuel will soon run out, as the noose tightens around our neck.  The destroyers’ control has led to untenable systemic risk.  And just as in times past, when that control leads to collapse, it will be freedom that takes the blame.  “Capitalism has failed, we need government intervention to save it”.  This fallacy has been perpetuated upon the masses for generations, and will be utilized by the ruling-class again.

As one can see here, M2 velocity of money has fallen off a cliff in recent years.  Velocity of money can be likened to the pulse of an economy.  The more economic activity, the greater velocity (amount of times a piece of currency changes hands).  M2 at all-time record lows does not bode well for America or the global economy.

Global trade has also collapsed.  As seen here, the Baltic Dry shipping index has fallen to record lows.  Though it has since bounced off the bottom, world trade has still never been more stagnant.  No demand exists – hence no goods need to be shipped.

In the midst of this global economic crisis lie the central bankers.

Now backed into a corner of their own creation, their shenanigans shall be exposed for the entire world to bear witness to in the near future.

For generations, these unelected bureaucrats have been perceived as omnipotent demigods.  Now, at last, they will be revealed as the incompetent cowards they have always been.

The public has begun to lose faith in these institutions, and rightfully so.  Their actions make even less sense than their words; and soon they will be forced into actions that will precipitate their own demise.

It will be one glorious day for freedom indeed.

What do you think?  Do you enjoy having your fate placed in the hands of unelected bureaucrats?  Feel free to leave a comment below, and share this post on social media by clicking the title and using the share buttons at the bottom.



Cryptocurrency sector sees new capital in-flows


Bitcoin continues its rise against the US dollar. Increasing in market cap from ~6.34 Billion to almost exactly 6.5 Billion in a matter of weeks, the cryptocurrency has seen a corresponding rise in USD price.

As seen on the 3-month chart here, Bitcoin has rallied 5% against USD in the past month, and almost 13% the past two months.  This comes after Bitcoin was the best performing asset & currency on the face of the planet in 2015 (I cite zero hedge for that reference, yet one can as easily cite CNBC or a number of other sources).

Not only has bitcoin seen appreciation in Q1 2016, but so have several alt coins.  Ethereum may be the most notable, being worth in excess of $10.00.  Cure coin has also seen its price almost double from $0.02 to just shy of $0.04.  Several other alt coins have performed very well in recent months also.  Some have speculated this to be the result of new capital coming into the marketplace.  And judging by the rapid increase in market caps – amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars flowing into the cryptocurrency sector – those speculations appear to be spot on.

I don’t cite any sources for those numbers.  All one needs to do involves clicking around on any large exchange for alt coins, or visiting a site like Coindesk.com for Bitcoin (I prefer to follow Coindesk on Twitter, as they tweet charts with market cap info).  Volume & market cap information all exist as public knowledge.

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Brazilian Revolution

Demonstrators protest against Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, March 13, 2016. Brazilians are taking to the streets for a day of nationwide protests against embattled Rousseff. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Demonstrators protest against Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, March 13, 2016. Brazilians are taking to the streets for a day of nationwide protests against embattled Rousseff. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

If you watch mainstream news, you might not even have heard about the recent rioting in Brazil.  In short, the Brazilian economy has been in big trouble for many months, and while the people witness their purchasing power decrease, they have begun to get very angry.

At last, they have begun to revolt against their own government.  While this ought to be hailed as a good thing, and at minimum a step in the right direction, Zerohedge takes a different tone.  A tone that tends to mock those seeking freedom.

The following comes from a recent Zerohedge article:

“…said Christopher Garman, the half-Brazilian head of country analysis at political consulting company Eurasia Group in Washington. “The notion that a new government can easily turn the corner on this crisis is overstated.

First off, who is this guy, and why do we care about his opinion?  What vested interest might Eurasia Group have in this ordeal?

And second, what are Brazilians supposed to do, just take it lying down?  “All this revolting business is absurd, people must learn to be looted and like it”.  Who said the corner could ever be easily turned, anyway?  It’s not easy.  But it would be a lot easier if people shed their slave mentalities and wanted to fight the powers that be instead of each other.

The criticisms leveled against certain alternative media sources such as Zerohedge can be substantiated in some ways.  For example, the whole “pessimism” complaint.  Articles like this do in fact conform to that criticism, since the overall tone denotes a sense of helplessness.  Any potential solution gets ridiculed to no end.  Resistance is futile.

Overall, while alternative news focuses more on obscured topics of importance, it also seeks to put its victims in a state of psychological fear and helplessness.  All this while the mainstream media does the converse: focusing on mainstream topics of little importance, while seeking to put its victims in a state of distraction, apathy, and of course, fear (albeit a more mild variety than that of fire & brimstone, doom & gloom media).

Then you have those who blur the lines between mainstream and alternative.  Take Michael Snyder of theeconomiccollapseblog.com, for example.  He warns people of what’s really going on in the global economic & financial system.  His website has become very popular, and profitable.

According to himself, Michael Snyder was just an average law school graduate in D.C. before he took up blogging full-time and began to make a living at it.  He now lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and children.

He truly can be considered a modern American success story.  I hope this website one day achieves a tenth of the popularity and traffic that theeconomiccollapseblog.com does.    Maybe one day he will let me write a guest post for his blog.



Political Freedom

In America today, our democracy has lost all credibility.

In 2004, for example, more people voted for Al Gore than for G.W. Bush, yet Bush still became president.  A link to that info can be found on another site of mine.

On my other blog, bnibley.blogspot.com, I explained in a recent post how Hillary Clinton has already won the 2016 Presidential Election by default.  She has won due to the way the electoral college system functions.  No other outcome appears to be possible.

All that aside, there remains little difference between any candidate in either of the two major parties.  Yes, they all talk nice, depending on who you worship and admire.  Yet in the end, does anyone expect that a Republican or Democrat will enact change that previous R & D’s have not?

The climate has turned ripe for the burgeoning of new political movements.  Look at Europe, for example.  Populist parties have become very, well… popular.  They propose breaks from established traditions that have led entire populations into stagnation, poverty, despair.  This resonates with people who find themselves coping with such a reality.

Likewise, the rise of “outsider” candidates (funny, considering anyone within the two major parties cannot be an outsider) in America reflects similar frustrations.  In America, the only legitimate third-party option today remains the Libertarians.  John Mcafee, creator of Mcafee anti-virus software, will be their candidate for this year’s election.

In the near-future, other parties will rise to legitimacy.  Among them include Twelve Visions Party, one which proposes a new paradigm of government altogether – one that pushes government into the marketplace, thereby eliminating its coercive power through initiatory force.  The free-market competition created by such a political paradigm will drive prices down in an instant, through rapidly advancing new technology, raising standards of living for all.

No matter one’s political orientation, it seems clear that a break from tradition will be in the cards in the new future.  And as of the last few decades, a distinctive trend of totalitarianism, social, and tyranny has taken hold of American politics.  Many have become aware of this, and outraged.

Soon opportunities will prevent themselves to alter the established power structure.  The establishment understands this, and continues to wreak havoc around the world in one last futile attempt to maintain control.  They will ultimately fail.


Meaning Of Freedom

Hello, and welcome to my site.  This will be the central hub for all my work.  Here you will find links to my other blogs, my books on available on amazon.com, my youtube channel, social media profiles, and more.

My purpose will always be to remind people of the real meaning of the word “freedom”, in its purest form.

Why such a mundane purpose?  In George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel, 1984, the word “Freedom” had been reduced to a single meaning.  That meaning had nothing to do with liberty or freedom of choice.  Once the word and associated concept had been reduced to nothing more than a way of describing a state of lacking something (e.g., this street is free of trash), people lost all knowledge of what it meant to be free.

To begin, it seems appropriate to list all 17 of the current definitions of the word “freedom” as according to Dictionary.com.  Notice a few things: first, the phonetic pronunciation of the word freedom (free-duh-m).  In other words, humans are FREE, DUH!.

Also note certain definitions, such as #2 & #17, that have particular relevance for our purposes here.  Here’s the list (emphasis added)…

[free-duh m] 

the state of beingfreeor at liberty rather than in confinement orunder physical restraint:

He won his freedom after a retrial.

exemption from external control, interference, regulation, etc.

the power to determine action without restraint.

political or national independence.

personal liberty, as opposed to bondage or slavery:

a slave who bought his freedom.

exemption from the presence of anything specified (usually followed by from):

freedom from fear.

the absence of or release from ties, obligations, etc.

ease or facility of movement or action:

to enjoy the freedom of living in the country.

frankness of manner or speech.

general exemption or immunity:

freedom from taxation.

the absence of ceremony or reserve.

a liberty taken.

a particular immunity or privilege enjoyed, as by a city orcorporation:

freedom to levy taxes.

civil liberty, asopposed to subjection to an arbitrary or despotic government.

the right to enjoy all the privileges or special rights of citizenship,membership, etc., in a community or the like.

the right to frequent, enjoy, or use at will:

to have the freedom of a friend’s library.

Philosophy. the power to exercise choiceand make decisions without constraint from within or without; autonomy; self-determination.

Comparenecessity(def 7).
There you have it.  That was enlightening, was it not?  I learned a thing or two myself from that.  I had no idea that the number two definition of “freedom” was as follows: exemption from external control, interference, regulation, etc. 
Did you catch that?  That word – regulation.  It often conjures up images of government control, ostensibly being “for the social good”.  When in reality, as one can see here with ease, by its very definition regulation cannot aid the social good, for regulation will always be antithetical to freedom.

Freedom of speech. Freedom from the tyranny of central banking.

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