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Doug Casey and the Fall of America

20 Jun

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It’s Doug Casey day, here on the Euro Vigilante, with an excellent set of videos from the ‘Fall of America’ series.

Just to help those on mobile devices, where YouTube playlists never seem to work correctly, here are all of the ‘Doug Casey, Fall of America’ YouTube snippets that we could lay our hands on.

Enjoy.

The Largest Criminal Entity on Earth:

The Precipice of the Greater Depression:

The Future of Freedom in America:

The End of the Nation State:

The Federal Reserve:

Sovereignty and Borders of the United States:

Class Warfare:

America Becoming a Police State:

The Charade of Nationalism:

Americans Accepting Control:

The Land of the Free:

Institutionalized Coercion:

The American Idea:

Turn off the programming

15 May

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A correspondent recently wrote that he was tired of watching mainstream media news programming.

Here was my reply:

My solution, a couple of years ago, was just to stop watching the news. It’s all just government propaganda, anyway, delivered by journalists terrified of losing their lobby correspondent passes, BBC sinecures, and other ‘government beat’ reporting privileges.

Most of their stories – except perhaps sex and sport, which provide us proles with relieving circuses – are just government press releases anyway. The government-licensed media franchises suck them in like manna from heaven and treat them as holy gospel (e.g. The plight of the ‘rebels’ in Syria, as written by a Foreign Office policy wonk).

All genuine news comes from the Internet now anyway (e.g. the horror of the Al Qaeda/MI6/CIA Western-government-supplied ‘rebels’ in Syria releasing Sarin gas on civilians and being appalling cannibals). That’s why the self-appointed ‘authorities’ (who failed to receive their ‘authority’ either from me, you, or God) want to wrap the Internet in chains.

The only other supposedly non-government news-reporting sector is business and finance, but that’s a joke, as 95% of financial firms are government-sponsored enterprises run by government-privileged (e.g. FSA-approved) semi-civil ‘servants’, dependent on government-provided fiat money, fiat money insurance, and unstated guarantees of bail-outs.

Do yourself a favour. Just stop watching ‘the news’. Every time in the future you might then occasionally re-watch it, it becomes extremely obvious how manipulated it is, and how the obvious answer to virtually every ‘problem’ it discusses, is that the government should get booted out of whichever area the ‘problem’ is in (e.g. the NHS, various fomented wars around the world, the state of the roads).

It becomes blindingly obvious that private enterprise, the free market, and free competition should be employed instead, which is why you constantly hear about failures of the NHS to supply health sevices, but never hear stories about semi-free supermarkets failing to deliver food services. (I’m sure the British government would like to have created an NFS, a National Food Service, after its second world war, extended upon its rationing scheme. Even now it is constantly interfering in food services to make them worse (e.g. their war against fat). But the horror of an NFS is just too appalling to contemplate – even for the idiots of Whitehall – with endless queues, miserably bad food, and deaths through malnutrition. So even parliament’s clowns are too reticent to do it in the open. Though expect fat rationing and ‘luxury food’ taxes, anytime soon.)

Alas, never hold your breath waiting for any ‘news’ reporter to ask the dreaded question, “Why doesn’t the government just stop making a continual hash of this and simply get out of the way?”

No licensed mainstream journalist is ever going near that particular elephant in the global media garden, because it’s called ‘news programming’ for a reason. The two main programs are that ‘government is always good and always necessary’ and that ‘we need more government’. However, it’s a mark of high intelligence that these two constant messages are making you so tense. Your mind is obviously rejecting the implants. Avoid the propaganda programming entirely. Do yourself a mental favour.

Turn it off.

As the Oracle said in ‘The Matrix’, you’ll start feeling better straightaway.

GoldMoney podcast: Harry C. Veryser: It didn´t have to be this way: Why Boom and Bust is Unnecessary

27 Mar

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Using the cunning expedient of discovering non-Austrian quotes (such as those by Keynes, Soros, and Krugman) to outline and agree with Austrian concepts, Harry C. Veryser discusses his new book, published by the Mises Institute…

Episode 114: Harry C. Veryser, who has written the book “It didn´t have to be this way: Why Boom and Bust is Unnecessary – and How the Austrian School of Economics Breaks the Cycle sits down with Andy Duncan from the GoldMoney Foundation.

Both men are in attendance at the Austrian Economics Research Conference 2013, held at Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama.

Harry started writing his book in 2006 and realised that the impending crisis was going to rattle the world and could be explained from the perspective of the Austrian School of economics. Cleverly, as the crisis took hold, Harry was aware that he could find quotes from people, not from the Austrian school but who unwittingly affirmed concepts of Austrian economics.

Harrys´ book also attacks Positivism – which is the attempt to use the physical sciences as a model for social sciences. He examines the shortfalls of using this theory with regards to economics forecasting.

The second part of his book details how we got to where we are today. Harry reminisces about his upbringing in Detroit and then discusses what he sees as an end of the progressive era.

Lastly Harry shares his thoughts on the nature of human action bringing together the wisdom of Aristotle, Aquinas to Mises before tackling the thorny issue of Cyprus and the possible end of the Euro and why it may not necessarily be a bad thing.

This podcast was recorded on 21 March 2013.

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GoldMoney podcast: Tom DiLorenzo on big government

26 Mar

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A fascinating interview with Tom DiLorenzo, in which we discuss his new book, Organized Crime, which discusses how government insinuates itself into free market society…

Episode 112: Today’s theme is gangsters and government as Tom James DiLorenzo, an American economics professor at Loyola University Maryland, discusses his new book Organized Crime, with Andy Duncan.

DiLorenzo, who identifies himself as an adherent of the Austrian School of economics has published many books including 2 on Abraham Lincoln.

With 32 years of research and essays as an economic professor, DiLorenzo decided to go through his work, bring what was needed, up to date and then gather the papers together in one book that deals with such topics as decentralisation of power, workers and unions and money and the state.

DiLorenzo expounds his view on the corrupting nature of nationalised banking systems. Beginning with a fascinating look back to President Hamilton and the war bonds of the American Revolutionary War onwards to the creation of central banks to assist government motivations.

Moving to the present, Duncan asks DiLorenzo about the todays Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSE´s) and their contribution to today’s malaise.

DiLorenzo then discusses what he would do to eliminate some of the problems facing modern economies and what he thinks the current US administration will actually do going forward and the possible consequences.

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Skyfall: What James Bond teaches us about the state

12 Mar

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SPOILER ALERT – The following describes parts of the latest James Bond movie, Skyfall, particularly the opening sequence.

While I was away on a business trip recently, I was sent a DVD of the latest James Bond movie Skyfall to watch on my return. I had watched this movie in the cinema, and although I had found it less gripping than Casino Royale – perhaps a James Bond movie never to be surpassed in quality – I had enjoyed it. I therefore looked forward to watching it again.

Something, however, seems to have happened to me while I was away. Some causal agent has opened up a previously-hidden inner eye. For I found the movie somehow repellent on its second viewing. Although thoroughly evil himself, I also realised that my sympathies lay much more with Raoul Silva, the apocryphal evil villain, than they did with the state-licensed assassin, James Bond.

I think it was the opening sequence that did it. Because I viewed this in an entirely new light, one I had never previously entertained. On my trip, I had been re-reading Professor Hoppe’s edited book, The Myth of National Defense, and the following question arose in my mind as I watched Mr Bond wandering through a blood-filled hotel room at the start of the film:

  • If James Bond was just an agent of a private security company, in a future Hoppe World, would his actions be reasonable in his attempt to capture Patrice, the similarly-talented agent of a rival private security company?

In years gone by, I had never once questioned Mr Bond’s right to do what he did. A fictional Queen has granted him a license to kill through her chief agent, ‘M’, therefore anything he does is completely acceptable, because it’s for Queen and country.

Somehow, I had swallowed the notion that some people (such as fictional queens) possess the power to kill people, merely on their say-so, or that of their agents. Because like many people, I must have partially swallowed at least some of the religious mythology of state worship, which whispers the soothing words that the state is all-knowing and that the state is all-powerful.

Yes, I know intellectually that ‘the state’ is nothing more than a loose contractual association of assorted thugs, vagabonds, socialist intellectuals, crooks, and other politicians, but emotionally I was still partially inside the zone of believing in the state, whilst just bobbing up onto a raw emotional threshold of finally realising my mistake.

The pictures on the TV screen had somehow become green blobs of computer code going up and down and had stopped being part of a compelling story. So how had my emotional mind managed to make the transition? You may already have guessed where I’m going with this. However, let’s examine that opening sequence as if Bond is working for a private security company, charged with protecting a disk drive, as opposed to working for a state security organisation. We’ll call his employers Universal Exports Ltd (UE).

The first thing Bond does is abandon a Universal Exports colleague, at the orders of the CEO who sent that friend into danger. So far, that’s probably allowable on a private security company contract. Life can be tough.

However, then it starts to get interesting. On the basis of a second UE female agent saying “he’s in an Audi”, Bond takes the safety off his gun, ready to kill this potentially completely innocent man, who might work for the Illuminati corporation, their main private security rivals. This second UE agent then smashes both wing mirrors on their car without worrying for a second about the cost to the UE shareholders who financed the car. That’s the first sacking offence, if she was a private employee working for me, and I was the CEO of Universal Exports.

All of this action is happening, without permission, on the privately-owned territory of a third organisation, which we can call Istanbul City Corporation. Fortunately, it has three of the most vigilant and brave security officers I’ve ever seen, who chase after the protagonists as if their lives depended upon it. You rarely see that kind of dedication from British police officers.

So Bond, his female colleague, and the possible Illuminati agent are all trespassing and causing wanton damage on another’s property.

Bond then rams and attempts to kill this potentially innocent man, who we later learn is called Patrice. Bond destroys the man’s vehicle, risking the lives of many pedestrians in the process. Doing what any sensible person would do in Hoppe World, if attacked at random by armed hoodlums, the man first fights back then escapes the scene. Alas, he also commits crimes of his owns, by killing the chasing security officers, so that turns him from a possible suspect into a probable suspect.

Both agents now steal more property from others, in this case motorbikes, both of which they trash.

The female UE agent then fires a stream of bullets into a crowd of innocent bystanders in the hope of murdering this unconvicted and untried man. She bears absolutely no remorse for the chance that she might have killed several other people in the process.

Bond then wrecks half a dozen private vehicles on a train, before cutting this private train in two. All without permission from any of the owners.

At last, we finally see evidence that the man Patrice does actually have a hard drive, while he fights off Bond on top of the train. But what if he obtained this hard drive back at the hotel from rogue UE employees, in a valid private transfer, and then somebody else killed all those men while he drove away from them in his Audi?

It’s of no consequence. Back in London, the Universal Exports CEO orders his Judge-Dredd-style execution.

And nobody bats an eyelid. This is all perfectly normal behaviour for the state. Trespass, property destruction, killing, collateral damage, and execution.

Whether consciously or unconsciously inserted, like many others, this movie is absolutely stuffed full of such state-worshipping memes. Yes, perhaps that was already obvious to you, especially as it’s about a state’s secret agent, but this is the first time I’ve seen it so clearly.

Thank goodness for Professor Hoppe.

But has he now ruined forever my James-Bond-watching pleasure?

Do I have to give up being a Rothbardian to enjoy such future movies? Well, I think I’ll cope, as long as I fully realise that it’s just meme-directed entertainment. If they also keep putting in carnal second-string love interest stars such as Caterina Murino, Gemma Arterton, and Bérénice Marlohe, I’ll fight my way through the suddenly obvious protrusions of state worship.

It’ll be tough, I know. But somehow I think I’ll cope.

So what does this movie teach us about the state? That it will steal, destroy, and kill everything in its path, without remorse, merely to serve the private interests of its members, best summed up in the word association phrase:

“Murder; Employment.”

And it’s all there in plain sight if you know how to see it. How strange it is that I’ve never seen it so clearly before.

The state’s war on cash is the state’s war on liberty

9 Mar

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“Civilization, in fact, grows more and more maudlin and hysterical; especially under democracy it tends to degenerate into a mere combat of crazes; the whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.”

H. L. Mencken, In Defense of Women (1918)

First the king took away our private gold coins, and insisted that the only allowable gold coins must have his head stamped upon them. People agreed with this, because they trusted the king to be true with his weights and measures.

Then the king took away his gold coins, and insisted that the only allowable money must be gold paper notes with the king’s head printed upon them. People agreed with this, because they trusted the king to have a fixed weight of gold behind every paper note.

Then the king took away his gold paper notes, and insisted that the only allowable currency must be plain piece of papers with his head printed upon them. People agreed with this, because they believed the king’s Keynesians and the king’s monetarists that gold was a useless and expensive barbarous relic.

Then the king took away his plain pieces of paper, over a limit of 15,000 currency units, and insisted that everything above that must be unencrypted electronic bits traceable by his minions. People agreed with this, because of all the hobgoblin evil people out there – such as those selling goods that people wanted, but which the king had ruled that he disapproved of – had to be traced and locked up in the king’s jail cages. (And this was despite the king and his minions buying large quantities of these goods themselves, especially in their university days, though most of them refused to acknowledge whether they ever inhaled.)

As very few people ever bought anything over 15,000 currency units, just like frogs in a bath of warm water they hardly noticed the change anyway.

Then the king started to ratchet this 15,000 limit ever downwards, first to 10,000 units, then to 1,000 units, until one fateful day the only currency the king would allow – even for a single cup of coffee – was this government-approved stream of unencrypted electronic bits, all of them traceable by the king and all of the king’s minions.

The electronic bars of the electronic Gulag had finally been lowered into place. And if this meant that the king’s fractional reserve banking system need never worry again about bank runs, and if the king’s enormous legions of well-paid tax men could harass you down to the tiniest centime of your income, then this was just a meaningless and irrational coincidence, and how dare you entertain or contemplate such a disgraceful thought.

If you have nothing to hide, then you have nothing to worry about.

You may, yourself, have found it odd a few years ago when people in coffee-shop queues ahead of you started buying single cups of coffee with a plastic card and a PIN number, to slow your queue down, and in the process generate a full electronic record of this transaction and a small fee for the banking merchant.

And then it started being half the people in the coffee queue, slowing it down to glacier-like levels, to the point now in my part of the world, where virtually everyone hardly ever uses cash except for things they would rather people failed to know about (for whatever reason). I even get scowled at by coffee shop staff for still daring to use coins, and one man at a frozen yoghurt stall recently let me have one of his products for free because he had absolutely no change for a small denomination fiat cash note.

And the state is going to grow ever more relentless in banning anonymous cash transactions, until every single piece of freedom left in a society will have been sucked into your nearest PIN machine. As well as being implicit tax farm prisoners, we will finally become explicit tax farm prisoners.

However, as Joe Salerno points out in this article, we should resist this international war against cash. In his article, Professor Salerno quotes another writer, Wolf Richter, from his recent piece in The Testosterone Pit:

“With this law [proposing a cash limit of €1,000 euros], the French government will be able to tighten the vise on its people one more turn, restricting their freedom of choice (how to pay), wiping out any privacy in those transactions, and imposing another layer of government control. Once people have gotten used to the €1,000 limit—based on the great principle of incrementalism with which restrictions of freedom come to pass in democracies—the vise will be tightened further, until the government can document every purchase made by ‘fiscal residents.'”

What this tells me is that it is important for us to escape remaining ‘fiscal residents’ of one particular state. And the best way to do that will be to secure yourself more than one valid passport, with the second citizenship being in as free-range a tax farm as possible.

And while we’re doing what we can at the Euro Vigilante to help provide you with such passport brokerage services, you may wish to avoid waiting for us to get you what you need. Yes, we’ve launched passport services for St. Kitts & Nevis and the Dominican Republic. However, both of these services are still extremely expensive, compared to the price of a single coffee. While we work our way down the brokerage fee charts, we will get cheaper. However, this kind of service is never going to be cup-of-coffee cheap.

So if you’re an American with Irish heritage, get yourself an Irish passport; if you’re an Australian with English heritage, get yourself a British passport; or if you’re an internationally-famous French movie actor and you know Vladimir Putin, then get yourself a Russian passport. Just do whatever it takes. Or as Stephan Kinsella said at the most recent Property and Freedom Society conference, get yourself rich to protect your freedom with money (which also means you’ll be able to purchase one of our top-of-the-range passport services).

The war on ‘fiscal residents’ is only going to ratchet tighter, as the state and its friends in its banking system clamour for ever more electronic money of the unencrypted kind. So do what you can to avoid being caught in the net.

Which brings us on to encrypted electronic money, of course. However, I’ll leave that subject for another day.

Shock news just in! – Western central bankers have just discovered how to rescue us all

8 Mar
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An essential central banking policy tool

Stop all the Bloomberg feeds, cut off all the cell phones, prevent the press from thinking with a juicy story about the failed politician’s marriage. Because the new governor of the Bank of England, the extremely well-compensated Mark Carney, has just discovered how to fix Great Britain’s economic woes. Can you guess what it is yet? Yes, you might be ahead of me on this one, but he’s going to ‘rescue’ Britain’s economy by printing more money. Who would have thunk it?

(If you can get through the Financial Times paywall, you can read about this here.)

It seems Mr Carney is going to be granted a Federal-Reserve-style mandate of ‘targeting’ both unemployment and price inflation, as opposed to just price inflation. However, since the Bank of England has failed to hit their price inflation target for quite a number of years now, who was counting anyway? This Keynesian dual-targeting of both unemployment and inflation is hilariously based on the 1958 Phillips Curve, which never really worked as a model even back in 1958 and which was repeatedly smashed on the Procrustean rocks of stagflation in the 1970s, to the point where teenage boys would laugh at economics professors who tried to teach it in the ivy league halls of the United States.

However, Keynesians never let history, lost decades, or indeed logic and the unchanging nature of the human condition, ever get in the way of a good mathematical curve, especially when completely unrelated to reality and where it can be used to justify million dollar salaries for themselves personally (once again proving the unchanging nature of the human condition).

And so, after five years of quibbling with a mere half a trillion dollars of quantitative easing, the Bank of England has finally decided to really ‘rescue’ Great Britain, just as Mr Ben Bernanke has ‘rescued‘ the United States, Mr Shinzo Abe has decided to ‘rescue‘ Japan, and Mr Mario Draghi has decided to ‘rescue‘ Euroland. It seems remarkable that they’ve all hit upon the same solution, which is to print more money. Who knew it was that easy?

So why has the Bank of England waited so long outside the western central banking party before deciding to ‘rescue’ Great Britain by flooding it with quadrillions of paper currency units? Before they drown us in yet more digital scrip, however, perhaps they ought to speak first to Mr Gideon Gono, the governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe. I’m confident he has an opinion on this crucial central banking tool.

Maybe they decided against this because money printing is the only central banking tool, and if they’re to be denied this wonder drug, they may as well just all sack themselves? Though it does seem amazing to me that you have to pay a man a million dollars a year to tell you that he’s going to swing the only golf club available in the bag. However, I suppose if he wears a suit nicely, sounds vaguely foreign, and looks ‘authoritative’ on financial news programmes, it’s cheaper than hiring Brad Pitt.  We must also remember that although money printing has never done any general society any good, it has done one group of really special people lots of good, especially over the last few years, when most of them should have been made bankrupt. These people are of course the closet friends and the shadowy shareholders of the western central banks, the über-wealthy bank-rollers of the western political classes.

For they just love money printing, especially when it is used to bail out the banks they own and operate. And they’re still über wealthy as a result, when many of them should be pushing trolleys around supermarket car parks. Though collecting supermarket trolleys is honest work, and honest work is something the über-wealthy long since gave up on. Why work when printed money can steal the production of others? Just make sure that you control the people who do the printing. You can ask any mafia gang controlling a high-quality basement counterfeiter about that. And if the money you’re printing is such high quality that it is the currency of the realm, then you can laugh all the way to the Bank of England. So long as you possess the collective morals of a cackle of hyenas.

And so, as the western world wends its weary inevitable way into a full-scale paper money collapse, singing about recovery-around-the-corner all the way down the rabbit hole, we at the Euro Vigilante have a question to ask.

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