The longest war in US history just got even longer. As NATO wrapped up its 2016 Warsaw Summit, the organization agreed to continue funding Afghan security forces through the year 2020. Of course, with all that funding comes US and NATO troops, and thousands of contractors, trainers, and more.
The Dallas shootings have ushered in a very new world for US citizens. For the very first time, drones have been used on US soil to kill Americans without trial or charges. Get past the horror of what Johnson was accused of doing and think about that precedent for a moment. Is it not chilling?
Unfortunately the travel before and after the 4th of July is a different story, with it widely considered one of the worst travel days of the year. While the desire to take advantage of the holiday to enjoy friends and family is a natural product of humans being inherently social creatures, the degree to which this congestion leads to headache and misery rests solely with the institution responsible for them during the rest of the year – the government.
Fear is the go-to emotion that government preys upon. It's so reliable. The fear of the unknown causes most individuals to give away and sacrifice every liberty that they were naturally born with. A population that is perpetually afraid ultimately ends up fearing liberty itself! Government's sales pitch is that you need them. It is they who will protect you from a never-ending carousel of fears. A gigantic lesson can be learned from today's historic event. It proves that fear-mongering has its limits. It's not fool-proof.
Central bankers should not be treated as wise oracles whose guidance is desperately needed. Instead, we should throw off the tyranny of the PhD’s and embrace the decentralization of power that is desperately needed to allow civilization to thrive. Brexit would be a great way to start.
So, Wall Street banks control the boards of directors at the Fed banks. The Fed bank boards of directors appoint the committee members who set monetary policy. And the monetary policy they set ends up being a gigantic tax... a transfer of wealth from the middle class to a tiny group of beneficiaries, including the US government and the banks themselves. This is an unbelievable scam... and it truly is taxation without representation. Unelected bureaucrats impose their will over the entire financial system in a way that benefits a handful of people at the expense of everyone else.
Yellen's recent indignation at (and manipulation of the inputs to) The Taylor Rule, "gives the appearance that one is changing the rule or the inputs to the rule to get an answer. I do not think that reason would go over well in Congressional testimony," exclaimed the rule's creator. And yet, so many of Taylor’s peers in the economic community continue to feed policymakers’ penchant for contorting the world into a fantastical one that only exists in those leaders’ dreams. Is it any wonder so many of today’s leaders in central banking sport God complexes?
If neoconservatives and progressives truly understood fascism, they would stop using the word as a smear term. That is because both groups, along with most political figures and commentators, embrace fascist ideas and policies.