Category Archives: Viewpoint

Editorials, commentary and education by a number of known and not-so-well-known writers.

How States/Empires Collapse in Four Easy Steps

The promises cannot be met, and so society decays into warring elites and competing constituencies. There is a grand, majestic tragedy in the inevitable collapse of once-thriving states and empires: it all seemed so permanent at its peak, so godlike … Continue reading

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Smith: End of the Line

The economy has surpassed all normal ebbs and flows, corrections, by approximately five years, since on average in each past cycle it rose for 56 months before collapsing. We’re about four and a half years past that point and our … Continue reading

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Times a-Changin’ – But Gold Permanent

Long term holders of gold have a different perspective of the world. They are not believers in instant gratification. Nor do they believe that a world based on money printing and debt can create sustainable wealth. They also know that … Continue reading

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YEAH – Closing the Government is a good idea…

Shut it down… Then Burn the Train!

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Crypto-Scam?

Bitcoin is close to becoming worthless Just one year has passed since bitcoin enthusiasts forecasted that the cryptocurrency would hit a price of $1 million. But that was then. With the price of bitcoin having fallen almost 80% from its … Continue reading

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Ross: Fate Has A Sense of Irony

“All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise, not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from the downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation.” ~ … Continue reading

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Where Were You 31 Years Ago?

Q: How do you get your broker out of a tree? A: Cut the rope. ~ Common joke from October 1987 It was 31 years ago, on Oct. 19, that I watched a $300,000 stock portfolio begin to vaporize, with … Continue reading

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How the Myth of the ‘Robber Barons’ Began—and Why It Persists

The widely-accepted “history” of America’s Gilded Age was grossly inaccurate, but it told a compelling story that many fell for hook, line, and sinker…

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