• Steve H. Hanke
    05/04/2016 - 08:00
    Authored by Steve H. Hanke of The Johns Hopkins University. Follow him on Twitter @Steve_Hanke. A few weeks ago, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) sprang a surprise. It announced that a...

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Why Belgium Is Ground Zero For European Jihadis





"Returned Syria fighters are a huge threat... It is absolutely unbelievable that our governments allow them to return... Every government in the West, which refuses to do so [lock them up], is a moral accessory if one of these monsters commits an atrocity. ... Our citizens are in mortal danger if we do not restore control over our own national borders."

 
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Fascism, American Style





If Donald Trump is a fascist - as nearly half of Americans surveyed believe - then so is every other politician in office or running for office in America who has ever prioritized money and power over human beings. Consent of the governed, however, no longer applies. Actual control has finally passed to the oligarchic elite controlling the government behind the scenes.

 
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"Free" Trade, Jobs, & Income Inequality: It's Not As Easy As We Might Think





Slapping fees on imports (which by the way is illegal in treaties such as the WTO) will not solve the larger problems of reduced employment, stagnant wages and rising income inequality. To make a dent in those issues, we'll need to tackle central bank and central-state policies that have pushed finance and speculative churn to supremacy over the productive economy.

 
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The Goals Of The Rule-Or-Ruin Republicans





Whatever one may think of Donald Trump, his campaign has done us a service - exposing the underbelly of a decaying establishment whose repudiation by America’s silent majority is long overdue.

 
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Mystery Billionaire Members Of "Stop Trump" Campaign Revealed





Earlier this month in “GOP Leaders, Tech Execs Plot Against Trump At Secret NeoCon Island Meeting,” we discussed the American Enterprise Institute’s annual World Forum, a secretive event held on Sea Island, Georgia. At this year’s gathering the main topic, according to Huff Post, was “how to stop Trump.” Thanks to FEC filings out Sunday we discover still more evidence that conspiracies to stop The Donald are proliferating.

 
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Trump "Would Be Impeached" Over China, Mexico Tariffs, Chamber Of Commerce CEO Says





Donald Trump has proposed a 35% import tax on goods from Mexico and a 45% tax on goods imported from China. If implemented, it would be a disaster for American consumers, Tom Donohue says.

 
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Gawker Ordered To Pay Hulk Hogan $115 Million In Sex Tape Lawsuit





In a closely watched trial by the media community, shortly after 7pm on Friday night, and less than six hours after starting deliberations, the jury sided with ex-pro wrestler Hulk Hogan and awarded him $115 million in his sex tape lawsuit against Gawker Media. The trial lasted two weeks. The award consists of $55 million for economic injuries, and $60 million for emotional distress. It may also mean the end of Gawker.

 
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The Trump Rebellion - Suicide Of The GOP... Or Rebirth?





The Trump campaign is not a hostile takeover of the Republican Party. It is a rebellion of shareholders who are voting to throw out the corporate officers and board of directors that ran the company into the ground. Only the company here is our country.

 
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Day Of Reckoning Looms





Stock markets are said to “discount the future.” Maybe they see something we don’t. Or maybe they are simply preparing for a more spectacular day of reckoning by drawing more mom-and-pop investors into deeper water; as always, we wait to find out.

 
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EU, Turkey Strike Migrant Deal; Erdogan Gets €6 Billion





The migrant crisis is over and Europe is fixed. Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu was in Brussels on Friday in an effort to hammer out a deal with EU officials that will help stem the flow of asylum seekers into Western Europe. As it turns out, eurocrats aren't very good at negotiating with an autocrat's messenger, which is why Europe came away with a set of promises that are impossible to enforce and Erdogan got €6 billion plus accelerated EU membership.

 
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Putin & The Failure Of Washington's Propagandist Predictions





The American presstitutes are captives of their own propaganda and are now surprised at the failure of their propagandistic predictions. Having stripped the Islamic State of offensive capability and liberated Syria from the Washington-supported terrorists, Putin has now shifted to diplomacy. If peace fails in Syria, the failure cannot be blamed on Russia.

 
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