George Orwell

From Nuisance To Threat: The High Cost Of Truth

"I am convinced that the US, and probably the entire Western world, that is, the American Empire, has entered an era in which respect for truth does not exist in public and private institutions."

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Last week a new phrase was introduced into our lexicon by Trump Adviser Kellyanne Conway. When asked about why press secretary Sean Spicer had made statements that were (according to the press) unverifiable she said that he had used ‘alternative facts’.

Hated By Those Who Hate Russia

In the 1940s, George Orwell wrote “during times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” This is our precise position today... "Marie Krarup, a member of the Danish Parliament contacted me to say that an EU task force has placed me on a list branding me as a pro-Russian propagandist (accusing me of spreading Russian disinformation)."

Germany Unleashes New 'Ministry Of Truth'

It seems that all ideas suspected of being "populist" - or simply those ideas without the blessing of the elites - will now be banned in Germany. As in communist dictatorships, the more obvious the failings of the government, the more aggressively the establishment attacks those who speak out about them.

The Corporate Bond Market: Binge-Borrowing

For those tapping the fixed income markets, the borrowing bingefest is conspicuous in its constancy. Not only did global bond issuance top $6.6 trillion last year, a fresh record, sales are off to a galloping start thus far in January.

Fiat Money, Fiat News

Gresham’s Law: bad money drives good money out of circulation.

Hunt’s Law: fake news drives real news out of circulation.

The Orwellian War On Skepticism

Under the cover of battling “fake news,” the mainstream U.S. news media and officialdom are taking aim at journalistic skepticism when it is directed at the pronouncements of the U.S. government and its allies.