The Anger of the Unprivileged Is Rising Globally

This goes nicely with the previous post.

People are waking up. They are using the information at their disposal. Do not take this information for granted.

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How the West (and the Rest) Got Rich

I find it funny (and terribly sad) that so many supposedly informed and educated people don’t understand what a miracle capitalism (and the Western tradition, including English common law) truly is. Many of us, perhaps most of us wouldn’t even be alive today if it was not for the concepts which spread from northwestern Europe, to North America, and then beyond. We live in amazing wealth. Even the poor in the West have amazing wealth relative to the poor throughout history and relative to parts of the world where commerce is stifled by statism,

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US Can’t Say Whether or Not $759 Million Spent on Education in Afghanistan Helped Anything

Our government system is so big, so massive, that $759 million can just be unaccounted for. No reason to keep track of what it did or didn’t do. Or to whom it went. Or, well, anything. It’s all just play money for our politicians and bureaucrats. The way the system “works.” “Good enough for government work” and all that.

Now, it’s not like that $759 million represents money taken from taxpayers. Nope, just play money which the bureaucrats don’t need to pay attention to.

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Too much is being made of The Economists crony-capitalism index

The man who founded the religion which gave crony capitalism a degree of respectability for too long. J.M. Keynes.

We absolutely agree. As we have said in the past the effort is laudable and we will continue to watch it. And it appears that the folks at The Economist are heading in the right direction. The most recent edition is much better than the initial effort for instance. Our hope is that this trend will continue.

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How Wartime Washington Lives in Luxury

War can be excellent business. It is also often hell. So that leaves us in a weird place.

This article needs to be read, particularly by people who are not familiar with Washington DC, our wealthiest American metropolitan area by far. That’s right, not New York, not San Francisco, Washington.

It didn’t used to be this rich. It didn’t use to be this rich not that long ago. And as you know dear readers we have nothing against people being rich.

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Fiscal Responsibility is a National Security MUST

(From The Conservative Review)

Last year, dozens of congressional Republicans teamed up with Democrats the break the spending caps that conservatives won in 2011. This year, Senator Barbara Mikulski (F, 2%), the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee, has extended the same demand – there must be “parity” between increases in defense and domestic spending.

And sure enough, some in Congress have already called for more military spending beyond the massive bump they received last year.

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Both Sanders and Clinton have received more money from defense contractors than any GOP candidate

Surprise!

We run this video (the distilled version) once a year or so and this seems an appropriate time to run it again. Below is perhaps one of the most important speeches ever given by a president. Eisenhower, the former General of the Army, addresses the danger of the Military Industrial Complex in his farewell to the American people.

(From Politico)

According to the Center for Public Integrity’s review of Federal Election Commission data,

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The Neocons are becoming Democrats again, War party guys hate Trump, Will throw support to Hillary

As we say all the time, and we have to say it again, we have no horse in the presidential race.

This is a very interesting development. We said back in 2015 that if Rand won the Republican nomination for president that many of the neocconservatives, the Bushites, the pro-war, pro-military industrial complex guys would fall in line behind Hillary Clinton and abandon the Republican Party.

The neocons thought they could breathe easy with Rand out of the mix.

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Watchdog Says Billions Still Going Down The Afghan Drain

Afghanistan is a place where historically outsiders have not done so well. The Greeks. The Brits. The Soviets. Now us. Each empire has gotten bogged down in the dusty land. The jagged mountains and the opium filled valleys have proven a trap for the biggest and the baddest for centuries. We continue to spin our wheels.

(From The Daily Caller)

Americans have spent $113 billion rebuilding Afghanistan, more than the U.S. spent rebuilding Europe after World War II,

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Six Years and $17 Billion Wasted in Afghanistan

Hey, it’s only money, your money, which we might as well have just buried in the desert. Actually it’s worse than that as dumping the money into the ground would have been a waste but wouldn’t have hurt anyone. $17 billion floating around Afghanistan is probably a much less benign situation.

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Congress is Writing the President a Blank Check for War

By Ron Paul

While the Washington snowstorm dominated news coverage this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was operating behind the scenes to rush through the Senate what may be the most massive transfer of power from the Legislative to the Executive branch in our history. The senior Senator from Kentucky is scheming, along with Sen. Lindsey Graham, to bypass normal Senate procedure to fast-track legislation to grant the president the authority to wage unlimited war for as long as he or his successors may wish.

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