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Politics

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Obama Wins, But the People Can Still Lose / Politics / US Politics

By: Danny_Schechter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleNew York, New York: A year into his presidency, Barack Obama began to plan his reelection bid. Having assessed the lessons of 2008, it was clear that grass roots mobilizations would be essential to assuring a turnout the next time around.

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Politics

Thursday, November 08, 2012

America Say Hello to Your Same as the Old Murder In Chief / Politics / US Politics

By: Jeff_Berwick

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs I write I am flying through the air at 600mph in a reclining chair on my way to Santiago, Chile. At the same time I am watching a documentary on one of, if not the most, prolific advancers of human knowledge and quality of life in history, Nikola Tesla.

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Politics

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Why Mitt Romney Lost the U.S. Presidential Election / Politics / US Presidential Election 2012

By: Ian_Fletcher

If Romney had won, I'd be saying it was because Americans have a long, long history of booting incumbents who preside over high unemployment and economic weakness.

This much is true. In fact, I think Romney counted on it all too much. In the end, his case against Obama came down to “Your economy sucks.”

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Politics

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

U.S. Elections, Gridlock and Foreign Policy / Politics / US Politics

By: STRATFOR

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe United States held elections last night, and nothing changed. Barack Obama remains president. The Democrats remain in control of the Senate with a non-filibuster-proof majority. The Republicans remain in control of the House of Representatives.

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Politics

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

RIP America, Born 1776, Died 2012 / Politics / US Politics

By: Submissions

Craig Maus Submits:

Dear Patriots,

Tonight, this Country’s Special Interest Groups, by a narrow margin, decided that their own self- interests were more important than that of the Country’s and in so stating said: to hell with the Country as long as the Feds and Obama provide me with more continued Free-Bee’s.

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Politics

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Lunacy of FEMA Hurricane Insurance Subsidy / Politics / US Politics

By: BATR

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOne of the most ludicrous fantasies of the self-indulgent is that a property owner has an entitlement of subsidized government flood insurance. The inherent risk of building along the ocean shoreline is self-evident. The benefits that enhance the pleasure of proximity to the seaside seem unending. However, when the forces of nature thrust her fury and a wall of water inundates pristine dwellings, the first question asked after the storm usually involves rebuilding. The cost of repairs and renovated construction, once paid by private insurance, now normally requires a federal guaranty.

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Politics

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

The Lull Before the Civil Unrest Storm / Politics / Social Issues

By: Jack_D_Douglas

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleVast social revolutions and wars are often preceded by periods of giving up on reforms, despairing withdrawal from public life by the best and brightest, and even peacefulness which seems to have become the normal condition in spite of deep conflicts and growing crises beneath the surfaces of public life. Often, earlier periods of intense conflicts and crises have been overcome and resolved, so it comes to look like that is the normal in life. This lulls most people into assuming their worse fears cannot happen, but this leads them to lowering their guards against growing conflicts and crises, so small ones can more easily cascade down into massive ones. If people expected they could become vast wars or revolutions or implosions, they would take more precautions to prevent that. But when lulled in expecting the worst cannot happen, the worst than they could ever imagine often explodes suddenly.

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Politics

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Obama Wins A Second Term: Now What? / Politics / US Politics

By: Ron_Holland

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI'm certainly glad the election is finally over. While I have loved politics my entire life, this presidential election has gone on for over three years, including the GOP primaries, and I've had my fill of meaningless slogans and counter-slogans, lies and counter-lies. I had to quit watching political news the last few weeks, as I thought I would become physically sick if I watched any more establishment political "experts" give their required opinions and propaganda bites.

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Politics

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Ron Paul's U.S. Presidential Election 2012 Lesson: Obeying the Constitution, No Sure Path to Freedom / Politics / US Politics

By: Jeff_Berwick

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJustin O’Connell writes: What is one to deduce from the 2012 Presidential elections? In my opinion, it is that obeying the Constitution is no sure path to freedom, and that voting is a real waste of time. The campaign of Ron Paul was by far one of the most popular campaigns in recent memory. It made the third party runs of Ross Perot (18% of the vote in 1992; 8.4% of vote in 1996) and Ralph Nader (.38% of the vote in 2004) appear tiny. Nobody in recent memory has captured the heart of a lost-but-looking-USA quite as much as has Paul.

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Politics

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

“TOP SECRET” ECB Debt Crisis Report / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: David_Hague

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDear reader, by now you will have read at least 1000 articles discussing the debt crisis and/or the fiscal cliff. Like me, you have probably concluded that both the debt crisis and the fiscal cliff will land badly with severe consequences to the global economy.  Let us dispense with any more debate about our predicament. Collectively, central governments owe 50 trillion dollars. It will never be repaid; there will be a cascade of defaults by sovereign nations. The defaults will cause chaos in the global banking system. As well, the sovereign defaults will trigger dramatic social and economic upheaval on an epic scale.   There will be no capital available for the private sector for a very long time.  To argue against these outcomes is nonsense. Only an idiot or a Nobel Prize winning economist would postulate that other outcomes are possible.

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Politics

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Eurozone Civil War: It's North vs. South, Washington to the Rescue? / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Peter_Schiff

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJ.Luis Martìn writes: Although the eurozone crisis did not make it into the US presidential debate on foreign policy in October, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner did remark earlier in the month: "We are very worried about the risk of collapse in Europe." Indeed, he should be, for a collapse of the euro would not only send shockwaves through the already fragile world economy, but would also undermine America's own escape strategy of currency debasement. This makes preservation of the status-quo in Europe an essential part of the United States' plan to avert its so-called fiscal cliff - even if it means that Washington has to increase its exposure to the faltering economies across the pond.

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Politics

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

U.S. Presidential Election, Which Slave Master Do You Want? / Politics / US Politics

By: LewRockwell

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article"People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use." ~ Søren Kierkegaard

Ah, election season! If there is any one time that guarantees a radical libertarian a barrel of laughs, it is the periodic selection of slave masters, masquerading as a key component of freedom. For the record, selecting which arrogant, well-connected megalomaniac will: kill foreigners (supposedly) on your behalf; redistribute your money to whomever he pleases ostensibly on behalf of helping those who cannot help themselves; and, maintain the cash cow that fictitious property – otherwise known as intellectual property – has provided for firms like Microsoft and Apple, all via the barrel of a gun, is not a practice endemic to freedom. It is exactly the opposite.

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Politics

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

American's Voting for the Next Thief-in-Chief / Politics / US Presidential Election 2012

By: LewRockwell

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMichael Scheuer writes: Having listened to a campaign in which Governor Romney explained how he would fix the U.S. economy and carry a big stick around the world, and President Obama continually blame George W. Bush for all our economic problems and try to depict Romney as the evil-millionaire Mr. Potter from Frank Capra’s, It’s a Wonderful Life, voters can take their pick on Tuesday. But when doing so they must realize that no matter who wins, the next president’s biggest problem will be fighting wars overseas with a war weary populace and an undermanned and ill-equipped military. And no matter who is elected, the new president will only have himself and his interventionist party to blame.

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Politics

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

How the State Subverts Responsibility / Politics / US Politics

By: Jeff_Berwick

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article[The following post is by Menno Troyer, TDV Subscriber and a pioneer of the Free State Project] : One of the most destructive influences of "the State" upon society, is the way it subverts responsibility.

In order to understand the nature of this subversion, one has to understand what "the State" really is, and the irrational paradigm in the minds of its subjects which its agents rely upon to sustain their diabolical power to rule over others without individual consent.

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Politics

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Hurricane Sandy, the Economics of Disaster / Politics / US Politics

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

Hurricane Sandy was one of the worst natural disasters the east coast has ever seen. Clean-up and recovery will take months, if not years and estimates run in the tens of billions of dollars. Parts of New York and New Jersey will never be the same. Entire seashore communities have been wiped out, but the determination to rebuild has been lauded as courageous and admirable. Yet as with all natural disasters, Sandy raises uncomfortable questions about the extent to which taxpayers should fund the cleanup and the extent to which government programs create moral hazards.

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