Corruption

Democrats, Trump, And The Ongoing, Dangerous Refusal To Learn The Lesson Of Brexit

The parallels between the U.K.’s shocking approval of the Brexit referendum in June and the U.S.’s even more shocking election of Donald Trump as president Tuesday night are overwhelming. While elite circles gorged themselves on globalism, free trade, Wall Street casino gambling, and endless wars (wars that enriched the perpetrators and sent the poorest and most marginalized to bear all their burdens), they completely ignored the victims of their gluttony.

Frontrunning: December 9

  • Futures rise as 'Trump rally' rolls on (Reuters), Oil Advances as European Stocks Extend Gains; Korean Won Slides (BBG)
  • Syrian government forces press attack in east Aleppo (Reuters)
  • Trump: China Will Have to ‘Play by the Rules’ (BBG)
  • Trump’s Cabinet Picks Signal Coming Deregulation Moves (WSJ)
  • Russia’s Military Buildup on the Baltic to Test Trump on NATO (WSJ)
  • OPEC’s Historic Deal Won’t Be Enough to Drain Oil Stockpiles (BBG)

South Korea President Park Impeached In Corruption Scandal

Overnight, political turmoil migrated to Asia after South Korean lawmakers voted 234-56 to impeach President Park Geun-hye over accusations of bribery, abuse of power and violating her constitutional duties, setting the stage for her to become the country's first elected leader to be expelled from office in disgrace.

France: Decomposing In Front Of Our Eyes

France will elect a new president in May 2017. Politicians are already campaigning and debating about deficits, welfare recipients, GDP growth, and so on, but they look like puppets disconnected from the real country. What is reality in France today? Violence. It is spreading. Not just terrorist attacks; pure gang violence. A climate of civil war, however, is spreading visibly in the police, schools, hospitals and politics.

Indian Economy Crashes As Modi's "Black Money" Theory Collapses

Amid social unrest and loss of faith in the nation's currency, India's economy has ground to a halt with its Composite PMI crashing by a record in the last month as demonetization strikes. However, even more problematic is that Indians have validated 82% of bank notes rendered worthless by PM Modi, dramatically undermining the government’s estimate of unaccounted wealth in the economy.

Power To The People: John Lennon's Legacy Lives On

All of the many complaints we have about government today - surveillance, militarism, corruption, harassment, SWAT team raids, political persecution, spying, overcriminalization, etc. - were present in Lennon’s day and formed the basis of his call for social justice, peace and a populist revolution. Little wonder, then, that the U.S. government saw him as enemy number one.

Colorado "Hamilton Electors" Sue To Block Trump, Void Vote Mandate

Just a day after a Texas Republican "faithless elector" explained why he will not cast his vote for Donald Trump, The Denver Post reports two Democratic Colorado electors are filing suit challenging a state law requiring them to vote for the winner of the state’s popular vote. Their hope is to set a precedent enabling Republican electors in other states to vote for a third-party candidate to keep Trump from receiving 270 electoral votes.

Carrier & The Slippery Slope

Time will tell whether this Carrier deal was just a symbolic line in the sand, or whether it is a sign of future government interventionist policies which will ultimately backfire. In the long run, the less government, the better.

Meet The Competitors In Italy's Referendum

Whether or not the referendum fails and subsequent early elections are held, the possibility that the Five Star Movement will eventually triumph at the national level cannot be discounted, because more and more Italians have grown weary of traditional political parties after decades of mismanagement and corruption.