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The Keys to Political Happiness

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I was going to write a nice piece on the situation in Greece, talking about why nothing that the Greek state is planning to do will solve any of their problems, but I’ve come to conclude that it’s not even worth commenting on.  People who enjoy reading my articles already know that the “growth” policies…

Touring Rome In My Underwear

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Ahhh, the glories of the internets.   Through the power of technology, I was able to take a tour of Rome just now using Google Maps with Street View, while sitting in front of my computer half naked. What a shit hole. Seriously, the tour made me want to kill myself. By American standards, these…

The Story of The Mafia and The Businessman

There once was a grizzled old man named Irwin who owned an insurance brokerage business.  Irwin was a good businessman that people trusted to insure their possessions.  Because Irwin was so good at serving his customers, he ended up making a lot of money. As Irwin set about growing his business and reinvesting his profits, the…

Finding and Maintaining Peace While Under Great Duress

As America continues its devolution into a kleptocratic authoritarian fascist wasteland, psychological suffering has begun overwhelming many people.  Anti-depressant usage by the adult population has increased by over 400% since 1988.  Self-medication with marijuana, which acts as an anti-depressant, has also increased to its highest recorded point across practically every metric since 2002.  For example, the population…

The Cult of the State: What The Kent State Massacre Anniversary Should Teach Us

Today is the anniversary of the Kent State shootings by the Ohio National Guard.  The shootings should serve as a reminder to us of what underlies all political processes: violence.  The political process should more aptly be named the process of violent imposition, because any edict, no matter how small or inconsequential, is ultimately enforced with the threat…

Government Employees Should Not Be Taxed

One of the things I find to be humorous about mainstream economics is the inclusion of government spending in the GDP metric. When government spending is included in this metric, it makes the assumption that government spending adds to the real wealth of the nation. Since “real” wealth translates into actual material goods and services that benefit humanity,…

Why Ben Bernanke and Paul Krugman Are Destroying the Economy

In 1974, Friedrich Hayek (an Austrian Economist) won the Nobel Prize in economics. The following excerpt is part of his prize lecture. I will be adding commentary to demonstrate why Hayek’s speech from 1974 is still relevant today. In the speech, Hayek points out the problems with mainstream economics (which has changed relatively little since…