I gave a 45-minute presentation on Yield Purchasing Power at American Institute for Economic Research in Great Barrington, MA on October 14, 2016. I am grateful to the Institute for recording video of my presentation plus extended Q&A.
For those who still believe in the concept of individual freedom, Adolf Hitler had this to say: “Society’s needs come before the individual’s needs.” This concept has been thoroughly supported by modern day American politicians of both parties. Hillary Clinton echoes the Fuehrer’s view as follows: “We must stop thinking of the individual and start thinking about what is best for our society.” The Sedition Act has now become a permanent condition in the US, and Europe is not far behind.
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." Nowhere in there do we see an exception for “conspiracy theories,” but apparently Constitutional scholar Barack Obama has an alternative interpretation.
Just when you thought it was safe to selfie you latest WalMart-looting or molotov-cocktail-throwing night out, think again. According to the ACLU, law enforcement officials implemented a far-reaching surveillance program to track protesters in both Ferguson and Baltimore during their recent uprisings and relied on special feeds of user data provided by three top social media companies: Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Crowds gathered after an unarmed black man who was "behaving erratically" died after being shot by a police officer in El Cajon in southern California on Tuesday, the local police department said, appealing for calm.
"I will gladly stand again, when ALL AMERICANS are afforded the same freedom... The Navy has decided to punish me for defending the Constitution and has taken away my equipment I need to do my Naval job. "
The San Francisco police union sent a scathing letter to the CEO of the 49ers and the NFL Commissioner regarding Kaepernick's comments...apparently they don't like being called racist murderers with less skill than a hairdresser
"The [American Bar Association] wants to do exactly what the text calls for: limit lawyers' expression of viewpoints that it disapproves of... state courts and state bars should resist the pressure to adopt it."
“It is no wonder that so many of them have developed a healthy disrespect for the principles of the First Amendment. They are being trained - not taught, but trained - to think everything that offends them is a bias incident.”
Technology developed to jam cellphones during the Iraq War may be getting deployed against journalists reporting on protests against the political establishment in the United States. Both citizen journalists and mainstream media reporters found they couldn’t share photos or video when they approached the gates of the Democratic National Convention, leading many to believe that their cell signals were being jammed... "It's scary for me as a journalist because that’s how state suppression of events occurs..."
Over the last two years, the Fed Up Campaign has routinely brought a coalition of low-wage workers to Jackson Hole, Wyoming to protest Federal Reserve hike rates amidst the unequal “economic recovery.” The Jackson Hole event is invite only, closed to the public and costs $1,000 per person to attend. It appears that this year, Janet Yellen and company went out of their way to ensure there would be no such protests diverting the attention of the nation's most esteemed economists.
When a coworker “repeatedly wore a cap with an insignia of the Gadsden Flag,” Shelton (not his real name) said he found the cap to be “racially offensive” because the man who designed it in 1775, Christopher Gadsden, was a slave owner and because the insignia was a “historical indicator of white resentment against blacks stemming largely from the Tea Party.” The Equal Employment Commission - the government body that oversees “hostile work environment” harassment claims - appears to agree.