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The World Gangs Up on the Dollar

One of our clients’ recurring concerns is the long-term viability of the US dollar as the world’s “reserve currency.” I have a simple answer for them:

The dollar is doomed.

Wondering Why Stock Prices Are Still Going Up?

Alexander Kearns’ name should be seared into your memory.

The CDC vs. Your Property

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), with the support of the Trump administration, announced a nationwide moratorium on evictions through the end of this year.

The Left Embraces States’ Rights

The COVID-19 pandemic has reignited the debate over the rights of individual states versus the federal government. It’s a debate that began before the Constitution was even ratified in 1788.

What Post COVID-19 America Will Look Like

In the months and years ahead, you’ll do fine and maybe even get rich if you sell weed edibles or become a video game star. If you own a mall, your golden days have passed.

Your US Passport Is Now a Travel Liability

You’ll no doubt be happy to learn that last week, the State Department lifted the “Global Level 4 Travel Advisory” which warned Americans not to travel abroad due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Is It Time to Take Profits in Gold?

Gold prices, measured in US dollars, rocketed to all-time highs last week, reaching a peak $1,970.90 on July 29.

Can the Fed’s Trillion-Dollar Deficits Prop Up the Economy Forever?

Back on April 7, I predicted that the economic downturn spurred by COVID-19 lockdowns would be as bad or worse than the Great Depression of the 1930s.

High Seas Piracy Is Legal for Uncle Sam

Piracy is one of the few activities that nearly everyone worldwide condemns. It’s one of three crimes defined in the US Constitution, and the first federal criminal statute, enacted in 1790, set forth the death penalty for any person convicted of it.

Your Vanishing “Expectation of Privacy”

You may not have noticed, but eyes in the sky were watching when demonstrators marched in American cities last month.

How the War on Drugs Gave Police a “License to Kill”

The War on Drugs is a prime example of America’s gradual descent into a police state. And it’s a textbook case for understanding how cops – once known as “peace officers”...

Need a Passport? Hope You’re Not in a Hurry…

Just over a century ago, a US citizen could journey to almost any other country in the world without a passport. And until only 15 years ago, you could travel to Mexico, Canada, and most Caribbean countries without one.

Do We Really Want the Military Policing Our Cities?

America’s founding fathers were rightly concerned about the potential for the government they had created to descend into a military dictatorship.

Do We Really Need to Exchange Privacy for Security?

The symbol for “crisis” in Chinese contains two characters – 危机. The first character signifies danger. The second signifies “opportunity.”

Why More Americans than Ever Are Saying Farewell to Uncle Sam (and the IRS)

Heads, Big Brother wins. Tails, you lose. That’s the no-win dilemma US citizens who live overseas face when it comes to using a US passport...

COVID-19 Proves the Nanny State Does More Harm than Good

You might call it the “curse of good intentions”: an action we take upon ourselves or require others to take in the expectation it will improve things for us as individuals or for society.

Will COVID-19 Accelerate the Dollar’s Extinction?

An economic truth I revisit periodically is that every fiat currency (a medium of exchange without intrinsic value or without backing by a commodity with intrinsic value, such as gold) will eventually became worthless.

Somersaulting into a Total Surveillance State

Last summer, I spent a weekend in Michigan with a group of old friends from high school. A highlight from the trip was a visit to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Who Needs Markets When You Have the Government Running the Economy?

Last week, I described how former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sander’s call for socialist-inspired initiatives...

We’re All Socialists Now

Last week, Bernie Sanders dropped out of the Democratic presidential race, leaving former Vice President and Senator Joe Biden as the presumptive nominee to challenge President Donald Trump this November.

Why This Downturn Will Be as Bad (or Worse) than the Great Depression

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.

Where Did All the Gold and Silver Go?

One of the most effective ways to sell anything is to claim scarcity. You’ve no doubt seen marketing claims that [insert name of product] is “flying off the shelves” and that “supplies are strictly limited.”

Bankruptcy, Not Bailouts

By the time you read this, Congress may be putting the finishing touches on a $1 trillion bailout to help America cope with the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Covid-19: A New Front in the War on Cash

“You never want to let a serious crisis go to waste.”
--Rahm Emanuel, former Chicago mayor and advisor to President Barack Obama

The Government Is Lying to You About Inflation, Too

Do you remember the first time you realized the government was lying to you?

The Plague of Civil Forfeiture (and One Way to Avoid It)

Under the Alice in Wonderland-type process of civil forfeiture, cops can seize your property – anything you own – if they believe that it’s somehow connected to a crime… any crime.

Don’t Go to War with the IRS

The IRS made headlines last October when a report it submitted to Congress admitted that the agency targets the tax returns of the working poor at about the same rate as wealthy taxpayers.

Preparing for the End of the World as We Know it

A decade or so ago, a client I’ll call Will hired me to give him a list of tactics to prepare for an unforeseen natural or man-made disaster. I presented my research to him when we met a few weeks later.

“Surveillance Capitalism” and Your Privacy

A growing network of companies, along with law enforcement and intelligence agencies, are quietly capitalizing on the explosion of data that most of us unknowingly generate as we go about our day.

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