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Liberty Blitzkrieg - 2019-12-18 - Original post - cached version

The United States has historically bragged about its free and transparent markets. But what the Fed is doing today is pulling a dark curtain around the financing of this so-called free and transparent market. The public has no idea which Wall Street firms have received this $3 trillion...

Liberty Blitzkrieg - 2019-12-10 - Original post - cached version

But greed is a bottomless pit
And our freedom's a joke
We're just taking a piss
And the whole world must watch the sad comic display
If you're still free start running away
Cause we're coming for you!

- Conor Oberst, "Land Locked Blues"

It's hard to...

Liberty Blitzkrieg - 2019-12-03 - Original post - cached version

Since a few things became clear to me last year, I've consistently forecasted a significant worsening in U.S.-China relations and remained adamant that all the happy talk of trade deals and breakthroughs is just a lot of hot air. What first appeared to be a unique quirk of Donald Trump...

Liberty Blitzkrieg - 2019-11-25 - Original post - cached version

From a big picture perspective, the largest rift in American politics is between those willing to admit reality and those clinging to a dishonest perception of a past that never actually existed. Ironically, those who most frequently use "post-truth" to describe our current era tend to...

Liberty Blitzkrieg - 2019-11-18 - Original post - cached version

 Stiegler insists, however, that authentic thinking and calculative thinking are not mutually exclusive; indeed, mathematical rationality is one of our major prosthetic extensions. But the catastrophe of the digital age is that the global economy, powered by computational “reason” and...

Liberty Blitzkrieg - 2019-11-12 - Original post - cached version

Two days before Bolivian president Evo Morales was pushed out by the country's military, Mark Weisbot of the Center for Economic and Policy Research penned a warning about what was happening, and what might unfold, in a Nation article titled, The Trump Administration Is Undercutting...

Liberty Blitzkrieg - 2019-11-04 - Original post - cached version

“Major movers” such as China, Russia and the European Union have a strong “motivation to de-dollarize,” said Korin, co-director at the energy and security think tank, on Wednesday.

“We don’t know what’s going to come next, but what we do know is that the current situation is...

Liberty Blitzkrieg - 2019-10-29 - Original post - cached version

As President Trump has said many times, we rebuilt China over the past 25 years. No truer words were spoken, but those days are over.

The United States now recognizes China as a strategic and economic rival.

- Vice President Mike Pence during a speech last week at the...

Liberty Blitzkrieg - 2019-10-22 - Original post - cached version

The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling – their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability.

- Arundhati Roy

Last week, Hillary Clinton called Tulsi Gabbard (and Jill Stein) Russian...

Liberty Blitzkrieg - 2019-10-15 - Original post - cached version

U.S. Attorney General William Barr, along with co-conspirators in the UK and Australia, recently wrote a letter to Mark Zuckerberg requesting he not move forward with a plan to implement end-to-end encryption across Facebook's messaging services. A draft of the letter was published...

Liberty Blitzkrieg - 2019-07-09 - Original post - cached version

To appreciate the significance of what I'm about to share, you really need to go back and read yesterday's post: The Jeffrey Epstein Rabbit Hole Goes a Lot Deeper Than You Think.

In that piece, I shared many lesser known, but extremely bizarre facts about Jeffrey Epstein and the...

Liberty Blitzkrieg - 2019-07-08 - Original post - cached version

Like many of you, I've been following the Jeffrey Epstein story with horror, disgust and open eyes for several years. While it's always been a creepy, twisted and completely bizarre saga, I was unaware of just how inexplicable and strange it is until I did some more digging earlier today...

Liberty Blitzkrieg - 2019-07-03 - Original post - cached version

As Americans head off to Independence Day celebrations, they'll be greeted with a plethora of headlines about record highs in the U.S. stock market. What I find most interesting about the latest bout of exuberance is the fact that priced in gold, stocks remain far below last fall's peak...

Liberty Blitzkrieg - 2019-06-27 - Original post - cached version

We cannot content ourselves with simplistically dividing civilization into a workday world of everyday life that is properly social, as I call it, in which we reproduce the conditions of our individual existence at work, in the home, and among our friends, and, of course, the state,...

Liberty Blitzkrieg - 2019-06-19 - Original post - cached version

ZUCK: yea so if you ever need info about anyone at harvard
ZUCK: just ask
ZUCK: i have over 4000 emails, pictures, addresses, sns
FRIEND: what!? how'd you manage that one?
ZUCK: people just submitted it
ZUCK: i don't know why
ZUCK: they "trust me"
ZUCK...

Liberty Blitzkrieg - 2019-05-30 - Original post - cached version

War is not a foregone conclusion or a national necessity. Each successive occupant of the White House only needs you to believe that in order to centralize the power of an increasingly imperial presidency, stifle dissent, and chip away at what remains of civil liberties.

- Danny...

Liberty Blitzkrieg - 2019-05-22 - Original post - cached version

Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority: still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority. There is no worse heresy than that the office...

Liberty Blitzkrieg - 2019-05-14 - Original post - cached version

Today's the first day in a long time financial markets appear willing to at least consider the reality of the geopolitical situation on the ground for what it is, as opposed to what most people would like it to be. As I've noted for months, the "trade war" is just one battle in a much...

Liberty Blitzkrieg - 2019-05-07 - Original post - cached version

Yesterday, Trump took to Twitter and unexpectedly threatened to raise tariffs on Chinese goods this coming Friday. This caught most people by surprise given incessant commentary over the past several months about how good trade talks were going and how close both sides were to signing a...

Liberty Blitzkrieg - 2019-04-23 - Original post - cached version

There was a postwar order, but was it liberal?  Like most political orders, it looked much better on paper than it did in practice and to the core members of the order than those on the margins...

Liberal values were only remotely attached to the postwar institutions.  Sovereign...

Liberty Blitzkrieg - 2019-04-16 - Original post - cached version

Without an unfettered press, without liberty of speech, all of the outward forms and structures of free institutions are a sham, a pretense - the sheerest mockery. If the press is not free; if speech is not independent and untrammeled; if the mind is shackled or made impotent through...

Liberty Blitzkrieg - 2019-04-09 - Original post - cached version

Though not surprising, it's nevertheless extraordinary to watch Donald Trump publicly and shamelessly morph into a George W. Bush era neocon when it comes to foreign policy, and a CNBC stock market cheerleader when it comes to the economy. Just like Barack Obama before him, Trump talked...

Liberty Blitzkrieg - 2019-04-02 - Original post - cached version

A hefty case can be made that the Empire of Chaos currently has no allies; it’s essentially surrounded by an assortment of vassals, puppets and comprador 5th columnist elites professing varied degrees of – sometimes reluctant – obedience.

The Trump administration’s foreign policy...

Liberty Blitzkrieg - 2019-03-26 - Original post - cached version

I have certain rules I live by. My first rule: I don't believe anything the government tells me. Nothing. Zero.

- George Carlin

Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community and they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you.

- Senate Majority Leader...

Liberty Blitzkrieg - 2019-03-19 - Original post - cached version

The Worship of Mammon by Evelyn De Morgan.

One of the first things to become apparent as I began reading about the deadly crash of Ethiopian Airlines’ Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane on March 10th, was the fact that nobody seemed to trust U.S. authorities.

As Fortune noted:

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Liberty Blitzkrieg - 2019-03-12 - Original post - cached version

One of the most famous, and prescient, financial cartoons in American history is the above depiction of the Federal Reserve Bank as a giant octopus that would come to parasitically suck the life out of all U.S. institutions as well as free markets.

The image is taken from Alfred...

Liberty Blitzkrieg - 2019-03-05 - Original post - cached version

If you receive your news via Donald Trump tweet, or courtesy of proclamations by Larry Kudlow, you'd be forgiven for eagerly anticipating a groundbreaking U.S.-China trade deal to be announced imminently, and thinking such a deal will save the global economy from rolling over into a...

Liberty Blitzkrieg - 2019-02-26 - Original post - cached version

2018’s valuation records are astounding in that they show the S&P 500 to be more fundamentally over-valued than it was at the prior two historic stock market valuation peaks in 1929 and 2000, bona fide speculative manias.

- From Crescat Capital's recent investor letter

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Liberty Blitzkrieg - 2019-02-21 - Original post - cached version

From time to time, I think it's necessary and healthy to take a step back and reflect on what you're doing and why. I recently did that with regard to my work and website.

When I quit my job on Wall Street nearly a decade ago, I had no idea how life would unfold. I walked away...

Liberty Blitzkrieg - 2019-02-12 - Original post - cached version

While the evolution of Google's YouTube from a free expression platform into something entirely different has been underway for a while, it just took another step in a very short-sighted and restrictive direction. NBC News reports:

YouTube has announced that...

Liberty Blitzkrieg - 2019-02-08 - Original post - cached version

- Saturn Devouring His Son (image above) is the name given to a painting by Spanish artist Francisco Goya. It depicts the Greek myth of the Titan Cronus, who, fearing that he would be overthrown by one of his children, ate each one upon their birth. 

Deny it all you want, but the...

Liberty Blitzkrieg - 2019-01-31 - Original post - cached version

By now it’s no longer restricted to individual companies or even to the internet sector. It has spread across a wide range of products, services, and economic sectors, including insurance, retail, healthcare, finance, entertainment, education, transportation, and more, birthing whole new...

Liberty Blitzkrieg - 2019-01-25 - Original post - cached version

Many people are coming to quick takes on yesterday's extraordinary decision by the U.S. government to recognize an unelected opposition leader as interim President of Venezuela based on their view of Maduro and his government. Similar to the emotional responses to those first clips of...

Liberty Blitzkrieg - 2019-01-15 - Original post - cached version

You don't need me to tell you how completely crazy and distorted the financial markets have become over the last decade. Anyone reading this already knows that, which is partly why I stopped writing on the topic several years ago. I came to the conclusion there was no point in constantly...

Liberty Blitzkrieg - 2019-01-11 - Original post - cached version

If you don't follow me on Twitter, you've been missing out on some good stuff. With the brith of our third child a couple of months ago, it's been increasingly hard for me to find the time to sit down and write longer posts, so I've been putting more and more content on Twitter. Last Friday,...

Liberty Blitzkrieg - 2018-12-31 - Original post - cached version

2018 was a slog, and the more I mention this to friends, the more I realize a lot of other people feel the same way. It wasn't a bad or terrible year for us, but at the same time nothing came easy. Anything we tried to accomplish came with all sorts of unexpected pitfalls and hurdles, and in...

Liberty Blitzkrieg - 2018-12-21 - Original post - cached version

The defining question about global order for this generation is whether China and the United States can escape Thucydides’s Trap. The Greek historian’s metaphor reminds us of the attendant dangers when a rising power rivals a ruling power—as Athens challenged Sparta in ancient Greece, or...

Liberty Blitzkrieg - 2018-12-12 - Original post - cached version

When it comes to the relationship of U.S. citizens to the politicians and bureaucrats in Washington D.C., there’s no indication that anything remotely resembling self-government is happening. Rather, the relationship is far more like that of a servant to a master.

From the October...

Liberty Blitzkrieg - 2018-12-06 - Original post - cached version

Although I haven't paid close attention to Beto O'Rourke, he's been on my radar for a couple of years after noticing certain media outlets had anointed him a "rising Democratic star." One of my principal rules of political analysis is whenever you hear mass media proclaim an obscure...

Liberty Blitzkrieg - 2018-12-03 - Original post - cached version

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Liberty Blitzkrieg - 2018-11-29 - Original post - cached version

WAR is a racket. It always has been.

It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.

A racket is best described, I...

Liberty Blitzkrieg - 2018-11-22 - Original post - cached version

On this special day for families across these United States, I want to share the timeless words attributed to Shawnee Chief, Tecumseh, which I’ve shared with readers on many past Thanksgivings.

Live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart.
Trouble no one...

Liberty Blitzkrieg - 2018-11-13 - Original post - cached version

Last week, our family experienced the joy of welcoming a new baby girl into our home. Everyone's doing great and her older brother and sister are already thrilled to have another little one join the team. The feeling of wonderment and overwhelming love that accompanies a new birth never ceases...

Liberty Blitzkrieg - 2018-10-30 - Original post - cached version

In short, every major political institution has been increasingly discredited as Brazil has spiraled deeper and deeper into a dark void. And from the abyss emerged a former army captain and six-term congressman from Rio de Janeiro, Jair Bolsonaro, with the slogan “Brazil above everything...

Liberty Blitzkrieg - 2018-10-23 - Original post - cached version

Unbelievably – Rothkopf has the audacity to criticize Trump for having “repeatedly shown great fondness for foreign leaders—even despots and known murderers, human rights abusers and criminals”, while Rothkopf himself is literally a paid agent working to disseminating propaganda for one...

Liberty Blitzkrieg - 2018-10-16 - Original post - cached version

The roots of that lobby’s rise to prominence in Washington lie in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. As you may remember, with 15 of those 19 suicidal hijackers being citizens of Saudi Arabia, it was hardly surprising that American public opinion had soured on...

Liberty Blitzkrieg - 2018-10-09 - Original post - cached version

And we recently discovered, if it was not known before, that no amount of power can withstand the hatred of the many.

- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Americans are brought up to believe all sorts of myths about the country we call home. We're told our economy is a free market meritocracy...

Liberty Blitzkrieg - 2018-10-02 - Original post - cached version

For the many low wage Amazon workers -- both full time and temporary -- set to receive a raise thanks to the just announced boost in minimum pay to $15/hour, the news is certainly a big plus. It should also be noted that had Amazon not been subject to intense scrutiny and criticism from...

Liberty Blitzkrieg - 2018-09-25 - Original post - cached version

Don't say things. What you are stands over you the while, and thunders so that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary.

- Ralph Waldo Emmerson

This past Friday, PayPal informed Alex Jones' Infowars it was severing ties with the website and that it had ten days to find an...

Liberty Blitzkrieg - 2018-09-18 - Original post - cached version

The deal those bankers cooked up was to save the banks from capitalism.

- From Matt Taibbi's recent piece: Ten Years After the Crash, We’ve Learned Nothing

While Google executives still attempt to portray themselves as scrappy, enlightened, countercultural tech luminaries,...

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