With all the turmoil in the last few weeks over websites, censorship, free speech, and leftist tech corporations banning sites they don’t like, I thought it would be a good time to clarify my vision and purpose for The Burning Platform. First, TBP is not an alt-right, white supremacist or pro-nazi website. I also don’t consider it a pro-Republican website. It’s been built by being anti lots of stuff. I don’t want to be part of any group that would have me as a member. My philosophy is practical libertarian. I want to be left alone to live my life as I choose. I don’t care how others live their lives. The less government, the better. The purpose of our military is to protect our country from invasion, not policing the world. The Austrian School of economics makes the most sense to me. Keynesian economists are either liars or brain damaged. I’m a strict Constitutionalist. I despise Wall Street bankers, the Federal Reserve, liberal politicians, GOP establishment politicians, neo-cons, fake news corporate media, the military industrial complex, government apparatchiks, the surveillance state, and the Deep State oligarchs.
Clinging to magical-thinking fixes that change nothing on the fundamental level hastens collapse. Here we stand on the precipice, and all we have in our kit is a collection of delusional magical thinking that we label “solutions.” We are not just morally and financially bankrupt, we’re intellectually bankrupt as well. Here are three examples of magical thinking that pass for intellectually sound ideas: 1. Mainstream neo-classical/ Keynesian economics. As economist Manfred Max-Neef notes in this interview, neo-classical/ Keynesian economics is no longer a discipline or a science–it is a religion. It demands a peculiar faith in nonsense: for example, the environment–Nature– is merely a subset of the economy. When we’ve stripped the seas of wild fish (and totally destroyed the ecology of the oceans), no problem–we’ll substitute farmed fish, which are in economic terms, entirely equal to wild fish.
We live in a world governed by propaganda where the majority of media mouthpieces are gagged by those who own them and only permitted to release information that serves the narrative of the ruling elite or Imperialist powers. I was honoured to be invited to speak at the 2016 Alternative View 7 Conference held in Milton Keynes in May. Ian Rowland Crane, indefatigable organiser of this truly wonderful event has released my talk early, in light of recent events concerning the dreadful murder of Jo Cox and the subsequent Jo Cox fund to raise money for NATO shadow state builders, the Syria White Helmets. This was the introduction to my presentation: We know that our governments lie. We know that our media channels lie. We search for integrity and truth among the rubble of propaganda. We want to pin our hopes on a power for ‘good’.
Episode #136 of SUNDAY WIRE SHOW resumes this Sunday May 22, 2016 as host Patrick Henningsen broadcasts 3 HOURS of LIVE power-packed talk radio on ACR… LISTEN LIVE ON THIS PAGE AT THE FOLLOWING SCHEDULED SHOW TIMES: SUNDAYS – 5pm-8pm UK Time | 12pm-3pm ET (US) | 9am-12pm PT (US) This week’s edition of THE SUNDAY WIRE is broadcasting LIVE from Devon in the southwest of England, from the former imperial port and naval powerhouse of Plymouth, England. This week host Patrick Henningsen is joined live in-studio by UK Column editor Mike Robinson, and 21WIRE’s Vanessa Beeley to discuss the week’s news, an update on the situation in Yemen, as well as a review of last week’s AV7 Conference in Milton Keynes. In the second hour, we’re joined by a special guest on the live link from Damascus with journalist Jamila Assi, editor of Shababeek Souria, to discuss the situation on the ground in Syria and where this conflict is heading in the next 6 months. In the third and final hour of overdrive we’ll attempt to connect with our illusive roving ‘democracy correspondent’, Basil Valentine, for an update life, liberty and pursuit of betting on outcomes in the US elections. SHOUT! POLL: Should the US be able to prosecute international athletes for blood doping? VOTE HERE. Strap yourselves in and lower the blast shield – this is your brave new world… *NOTE: THIS EPISODE MAY CONTAIN STRONG LANGUAGE AND MATURE THEMES* PLEASE CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
This post was published at Spreaker on MAY 22, 2016.
21st Century Wire MILTON KEYNES – This weekend saw a packed house for the seventh installment of the Alternative View’s AV7 Conference in Buckinghamshire, a three day event that featuredover a dozen international speakers covering a diverse set of issues ranging from geopolitics, to common law and health. AV employs a slightly different format from other similar conferences and symposiums, with a more interactive format, including an intimate, round table seating arrangement for delegates, open forums and break-out workshops, and general access to speakers and presenters. The event also hosted one of the most diverse audiences seen thus far by AV organizers. AV7 master of ceremonies and international activist Ian R. Crane explained, ‘The speakers and the audience represented almost every demographic imaginable. People from all parts of the social spectrum, almost every political persuasion and varying religious and philosophical viewpoints came together at AV7, united in their knowledge that ‘something isn’t right.’’
We read on Wikipedia: The phrase “ash heap of history” (or “dustbin of history”) figuratively refers to the place to where persons, events, artifacts, ideologies, etc., are relegated upon losing currency and value as history. A notable usage was that of the Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky referring to the Mensheviks: “You are pitiful, isolated individuals! You are bankrupts. Your role is played out. Go where you belong from now on — into the dustbin of history!” in response to the Menshevik faction walking out of the All-Russian Congress of Soviets (25 October 1917) in Petrograd, which allowed the Bolshevik faction to dominate the party. In a speech to the British House of Commons (8 June 1982), U. S. President Ronald Reagan said that “freedom and democracy will leave Marxism and Leninism on the ash heap of history.” It is now the Keynesians’ turn to join the losers of history. They do not see it. Their critics do not see it. But it is a fact. Allow me to shift metaphors away from the ashcan of history. One of the most inspiring stories in the Bible is the story of the final night of the rule of the Babylonian Empire. The Bible does not tell us what had happened. We know from secular history what happened. The general in command of the Medo-Persian forces had ordered his troops to redirect the Euphrates River to bypass the city. This left the river’s entry point into the city undefended. The Army streamed into these undefended points and conquered the city. The rulers of the city had not seen it coming. They should have seen it, but they didn’t. They undoubtedly had reconnaissance information on the fact that the Medo-Persian army was at work up the river to redirect the river. But they did not respond fast enough. They did not see what was coming. We may see this in retrospect as abnormal, but it is normal. Rulers at the end of the dynasty or an empire think it will go on forever. It may not last the night. We are told that the King of Babylon invited the prophet Daniel to assess the situation. There follows one of the most famous incidents in the Bible.
This post was published at Gary North on February 12, 2016.
On January 1st of this year the European Union passed into law an official ‘bank bail-in’ clause. The bail-in legislation put into law, across Europe, what was done in Cyprus in 2013 where bank account holders had their funds seized to ‘save’ the bank. To us, and anyone who is paying half-attention, this was a clarion call to get your funds out of European banks. Not only was it clear that the European Union knew what was coming but it was also clear, again to anyone paying attention, that what happened in Cyprus would happen throughout the European Union. In fact, I have said this numerous times, including last July in this interview in which I explained clearly what was going to occur, and probably sooner rather than later. Jeff Berwick On The Financial Repression Authority – The Shemitah And Keynesian Insanity … Government debt in most countries has become so high that minor increases in the interest rate would lead to immediate default … ‘What is happening in Greece right now is just the beginning. It will eventually happen in other eurozone countries like Spain, Portugal, Italy, France and in countries all around the world, including the US.’
In one of the most comical expressions of failed Keynesian logic, two months ago, Deutsche Bank boosted its German GDP forecasts as a result of the “surge in immigration” – because no crisis can be wasted, the record influx of Syrian (and ISIS?) refugees…
.. was to be immediately spun as being for the greater good. This is what DB predicted would happen:
This post was published at Zero Hedge on 12/28/2015.
As the New Cold War expands, so does the range of our weekly update from Batchelor and Cohen as the discussion turns from Ukraine to include The Baltics and Syria, as well. As usual, please try to make time to listen to this week’s update from John and Steve. The geo-political component of The End of The Great Keynesian Experiment is something that deserves your regular attention. TF SOURCE
Earlier this year, I highlighted an excellent article by David Graeber in the post: A Practical Utopian’s Guide to the Coming Collapse – David Graeber on ‘The Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs’. Here’s an excerpt: Graeber’s argument is similar to one he made in a 2013 article called ‘On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs’, in which he argued that, in 1930, economist John Maynard Keynes predicted that by the end of the century technology would have advanced sufficiently that in countries such as the UK and the US we’d be on 15-hour weeks. ‘In technological terms, we are quite capable of this. And yet it didn’t happen. Instead, technology has been marshalled, if anything, to figure out ways to make us all work more. Huge swaths of people, in Europe and North America in particular, spend their entire working lives performing tasks they believe to be unnecessary. The moral and spiritual damage that comes from this situation is profound. It is a scar across our collective soul. Yet virtually no one talks about it.’
The very idea of European unification creating one government to end European wars has grown out of a lesson learned from the disaster of World War II and the German Nazi dictatorship. The Nazi movement wanted to rule Europe in part as retribution for the oppression of the German people following World War I with the harsh reparation payments that even Keynes objected to. Yet this extraction of wealth that opened to door for Adolf Hitler to come to power on the heals of oppressing the German people for the mistakes of the political leaders, if being reimposed upon Greece today. The Troika wrong see this as they cannot compromise with a left wing government in Greece or they will encourage that to rise in Portugal and Spain no less Italy and France. Yet the the whole idea of a new European Union with a single currency was indeed the same goal of Hitler and Napoleon. It was adopted this time by the Treaty of Rome and was expected to lead to peace, democracy, social welfare, economic development and environmental sustainability later. These are the common values -for which Europe should stand, but not at the price of killing democracy.
Another Keynesian Voodoo Economist Wants to See Cash Abolished We have a few more bad news and for a change also some good news with respect to the ongoing attempt to prepare the ground for a ban of cash currency. By now everybody should know how this works: Whenever another step to curtail individual liberty further is in the preparatory stage, the ruling class starts trial balloons in the mainstream media, flanked by ‘expert’ opinion pieces, to see how people react. If there is an uproar, they will pull back and wait for a better opportunity. If there is no uproar, you simply wake up one morning with yet more of your personal freedom taken away for the ‘collective good’. This is why contrary to what some people seem to think, it is not a good idea to ignore what superficially appear to be outlandish notions. After all, as current EU commission president Jean Claude ‘we lie if we have to’ Juncker once explained, this is precisely how the EU’s centralizers go about imposing policies which they suspect might be unpopular with voters. They float trial balloons and accompanying propaganda pieces in the media and then gauge the public’s reaction. If there is no major protest, they quietly implement yet more regulations, bringing us one step closer to their wet dream of a socialist superstate under complete bureaucratic control. Recently numerous establishment economists have come out in favor of outlawing currency in order to enable the planners running the central banks to impose their destructive policies more effectively by closing down one more avenue for savers intent on holding on to their hard-earned money. A ban on cash currency is offered as a ‘solution’ to the alleged ‘problem’ of the interest rate zero boundary.
This post was published at Acting-Man on May 18, 2015.
Following meetings with Sec. of State John Kerry, Defense Sec. Ashton Carter, Japanese officials, it appears, have been shown the endgame now that the Keynesian farce is over… As AFP reports, Japan’s military to take on more assertive role, according to Japanese officials as Japan and US bolster their alliance for the first time in 18 years. Noting the alliance “serves as the cornerstone of peace in AsiaPac,” and that the Senkakus will fall under protection of this new treaty, we suspect the Chinese will have more than a few things to say about this. As AP reports, The United States and Japan are boosting their defence relationship to allow a greater Japanese role in global military operations with an eye on potential threats from China and North Korea. Before Japan’s prime minister visits Washington this week, the two countries’ foreign and defence ministers on Monday signed off on revisions to the U. S.-Japan defence guidelines. They are the first changes to the treaty allies’ joint strategy in 18 years. Any changes are subject to security legislation pending in Japan’s parliament. The revisions boost Japan’s role in missile defence, mine sweeping and ship inspections amid growing Chinese assertiveness. The new arrangements also allow Japan to dispatch its armed forces beyond the region for logistical backup of U. S. military’s global operations, in distant areas including the Middle East.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on 04/27/2015.
It only took a few hours before the mainstream media faux journalists began to peddle the statist excuses for the National Weather Service epic failure. In a shocking development, the government loving Keynesian control freaks blame lack of funding for the complete and utter failure of a government agency to correctly predict the weather three hours in advance. Marketwatch printed this drivel by Tuesday afternoon: The search is on for scapegoats after a missed weather forecast turned the City That Never Sleeps into a ghost town on Monday night. One prime suspect: budget woes at the National Weather Service. The weather agency’s budget has hardly risen over the past five years, topping slightly over $1 billion for the current fiscal year. In the past decade, its budget has increased much slower than overall federal spending. The NWS was also was hurt by the so-called budget sequester in 2013 that required most federal agencies to cut spending and impose a hiring freeze. The article blamed the awful austerity imposed on the NWS as the reason their computer models weren’t able to predict what would happen in the next six hours. Of course, their own words undercut their argument. The NWS uses multiple computer models to verify their forecast. They use the European model, along with their own models. Of course, all the models were wrong.
When the only tool in your kit is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. When the only tool in your kit is a currency board, then…. Over the last month or so, I’ve read several pieces calling for Russia to set up a currency board today, just as Keynes did for Russia 100 years ago. I do not agree with that prescription. The US went to (economic) war with Russia almost a year ago by imposing sanctions ostensibly because of Russia’s military actions in Ukraine. Forgotten is that the US fomented the coup in Ukraine which toppled the previous pro-Russian government.
This post was published at Gold-Eagle on January 15, 2015.
After the peace came $7.2bn of relief funds from international donors and the Indonesian government in one of the world’s biggest and most complex disaster reconstruction efforts. It left Aceh with some of the country’s best roads and hospitals, 140,000 new homes and 1,400 new schools. The funds also gave a big boost to the economy, turning Banda Aceh, the regional capital, into a boomtown with new hotels, two shopping malls and coffee shops full of students working on laptops and smartphones. However, the province’s young population is more concerned about the future than the past. Corruption, economic stagnation, environmental degradation and the politicisation of Islam are threatening Aceh’s prospects. Like the rest of Indonesia, southeast Asia’s biggest economy, Aceh is finding out the limits of an economy built on consumption and natural resource extraction. But its problems are more acute. While Indonesia’s economy grew at 5 per cent in the third quarter, Aceh grew at just 2.7 per cent, the second slowest rate of the country’s 34 provinces. About 18 per cent of Acehnese live below the official poverty line of $0.95 per person a day, well above the national average of 11 per cent. Rather than tackling the province’s problems, the former fighters who run the local government under a special autonomy deal with Jakarta squabble over contracts, politics and Islamic dress codes for women. In Aceh’s many mountainous hamlets and fishing villages, people are struggling to make ends meet, facing new threats from floods and droughts, and harassment from the sharia police, who uphold Islamic law. ‘After the tsunami, people made a lot of money from the international NGOs but that ran out after five years,’ says Teuku Ahmad Dadek, the head of planning for the local government of West Aceh, which incorporates Meulaboh. He argues that physical reconstruction was successful but that infrastructure alone does not generate economic growth. ‘Now we have beautiful roads thanks to American and Japanese money but we don’t have any new jobs.’
The specter of currency wars once again haunts the international chattering classes. Remember back in 2011, when Brazilian finance minister Guido Mantega blamed the U. S. for deliberately weakening the greenback to gain a competitive advantage? Well, now the shoe is on the other foot. The Yen – an important regional currency – recently sank to a seven-year low against the now mighty U. S. dollar (USD). This is putting downward pressure on the Korean won and other Asian currencies. The situation is similar in Africa where the Kenyan shilling has hit a three-year low against the USD; the Nigerian naira recently set an all-time low against the dollar; the Ghanaian cedi has shed over 25 percent of its value against the greenback this year. The big Latin American loser is the Venezuelan bolivar, followed by the hopeless Argentine peso. Moving to Europe, Ukraine’s hryvnia has lost over 88 percent of its value against the USD this year, while the Russian ruble has racked up a loss of over 43 percent against the greenback in the same time span. The list could go on, but let’s focus on Russia and the travails of the ruble. The ruble, while it has not been hit as hard as the hryvnia, has sharply depreciated because of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict and the sanctions that it has spawned. The sanctions are, of course, a mug’s game. Indeed, sanctions have almost universally failed to achieve their objectives. The one thing they do, though, is to impose real costs on many intended and unintended victims, including the international economic system. It is noteworthy just how predictable the unintended consequences are. While the sanctions imposed against Russia have clearly contributed to ruble weakness, they have massively strengthened President Vladimir Putin’s hand. Thanks to the sanctions imposed against Russia, President Putin’s support rose to 88 percent in October, according to Russia’s most independent polling group, the Levada Center. Undoubtedly, Putin got another boost in the polls after the shabby treatment he received in Brisbane, Australia at the meeting of the Group of Twenty (G20).
This post was published at Gold-Eagle on December 20, 2014.
https://s3.amazonaws.com/tfmrmedia/audio/JBSFC11-25.mp3 Fifteen thousand casualties, which includes over five thousand dead, and a country in ruins. And it didn’t have to be this way. This week, John and Steve recap the events of the past year and remind everyone of just how disastrous this “revolution” has been for the people of Ukraine. If you have the time this holiday weekend, please give this entire podcast a listen. I know you’re busy, though, with family and friends. Therefore, if anything, try to carve out some time to listen to the first 10 minutes. In just those first 10 minutes, Professor Cohen: Revisits the origin of the crisis Discusses the changes to US/NATO relations Assesses the New Cold War Describes how these events have led to a new Russia/China alliance (which, ultimately, brings us all closer to The End of The Great Keynesian Experiment)
Reuters has posted an interesting review of a new book by Geoffrey Hosking called Trust: A History. The thesis? Apparently that trust “provides a substitute for prescience. The unchecked pursuit of self-interest can undermine trust.” This is surely one more globalist meme: Capitalism is a fragile endeavor and only regulations, rigorously enforced by vast government enterprises, can create and nurture trust. (My paraphrase.) Here’s a larger excerpt: What is the glue which holds an economy together? Disciples of Adam Smith would argue that self-interest serves as the organising principle. The problem with this way of thinking is that it overlooks the fact that man is not an island unto himself. He is a social animal, who must have constant dealings with other people. Besides, according to John Maynard Keynes, it is impossible to pursue our self-interest rationally, because we don’t have enough information to make probabilistic judgments about the future. Instead, we must rely on irrational animal spirits as a spur to action. Hosking traces the genealogy of trust from its origins in family life, where it is imbibed in infancy, through organised religion – faith and trust being closely related concepts – to its secular role in modern economic life. Throughout this progression, our capacity to trust has become ever more extensive. “The advantage of being able to trust one another,” wrote John Stuart Mill, “penetrates into every crevice and cranny of human life; the economic is perhaps the smallest part of it, yet even this is incalculable.” Or in the blunt expression of one sociologist cited by Hosking, without trust we could not get out of bed in the morning.
Before I get to the Dissident Dad’s latest post, I want to provide my own perspective with regard to this very important debate. While I agree that voting is generally meaningless in our current system, this is because the two choices we are given are 99% of the time captured cronies of the two corrupt political parties. So this begs the question, can we ever get real choices on the ballot? I believe we can, but we need a much larger percentage of the population aware and engaged. While I completely respect the decision to not vote for either false choice (for example, in Colorado both choices for Governor are horrific), I hope people who make this choice don’t altogether give up on grassroots activism and civil disobedience, but rather direct their energy elsewhere. I hope that Liberty Blizkrieg readers will take to the comments section and discuss this very important debate… The Ritual of Voting This year, my wife and I will – for the second time in our adult lives – not vote. Previously, I would have seen this stance as many people do: as an irresponsible act. The ritual of voting is very much like taking communion in church for half of this country. As a father, I want to raise responsible adults, which is why my wife and I will not be heading to the polls this election. I want to always help my children understand that they are sovereign men and women, and have no obligation to any government. When it comes to voting, my wife and I are personally opting out of the system. There are a lot of reasons for us not to vote, but at the core it comes down to not wanting to enforce our will on others. I’m fine with making our voices heard, but when the vote has a direct impact on how much money is stolen from another family, I want nothing to do with it. Both Democrats and Republicans support militarism, taxation, spying on us, inflation, redistribution of wealth, Keynesian economics and corporatism once they get in office.