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The Schizomedia Does It Again

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 10/29/2014 08:17 -0400

With QE3 about to wind down, some are declaring that the age of Quantitative Easing is finally over. These probably forgot they said the same thing when QE1, QE2 and Operation Twist ended. Clueless “expertise” aside, who can really blame them: by now it has become [...]

Reprise: China Has Created a New Form of Capitalism

jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com / By Jesse / 10 OCTOBER 2014

This is a reprise of a posting from this café in 2012. It was my attempt to recreate a story I had originally posted on The Crossroads Café when it was hosted on Yahoo Geocities, between 2000 and 2007. This is an old story from 2005. It [...]

“Stayin’ Alive” Bill Gross Speaks In His First Janus Interview: Live Webcast

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 10/09/2014 11:18

Curious how Bill Gross feels in his new digs at Janus Capital (aka old digs in Newport Beach)? Curious how much money he is managing now or how he will manage it? Curious why he has a band aid under his right eye? All should be [...]

Unrestrained Capitalism and The Will To Power and Possession

jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com / BY JESSE / 03 OCTOBER 2014

Serve whom you will, but know whom you serve.

“Our human family is presently experiencing something of a turning point in its own history, if we consider the advances made in various areas. We can only praise the positive achievements which contribute to the authentic welfare of [...]

Why Is China Hoarding Gold? Alan Greenspan Explains

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 09/30/2014 13:41

Remember when instead of pontificating on and explaining the consequences of three decades of devastating, ruinous, irresponsible Fed policies, and eagerly sharing ideas on how to “fix” these unfixable problems, Alan Greenspan was the primary culprit behind everything that is now wrong and broken with the world’s [...]

Keynes, Lenin, and Hyperinflation

garynorth.com / by Gary North on September 25, 2014

In 1919, John Maynard Keynes became an international figure of considerable influence because of his book, The Economic Consequences of the Peace. It was a critique of the Versailles Treaty’s imposition of reparations payments on Germany in the aftermath of World [...]

Why Isn’t Innovation Driving Growth Anymore?

goldbroker.com / Philippe Herlin / Sep 25, 2014

Average growth in Europe, Japan and the United States keeps slowing down when compared with previous decades: It is near zero in Europe and Japan, and 2% in the U.S. Inasmuch as, in those countries, innovation is still thriving, many new services are being offered, many start-ups [...]

Why Has Classical Capitalism Devolved to Crony-Capitalism?

charleshughsmith.blogspot.com / CHARLES HUGH SMITH / WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2014

The money-shot: “People of privilege will always risk their complete destruction rather than surrender any material part of their advantage.”

Here is the quote that perfectly captures our era: “People of privilege will always risk their complete destruction rather than surrender any [...]

Unions are Not Capitalism

mises.ca / by James E. Miller / September 2nd, 2014

Labor unions are a dying breed. According tothe Pew Research Center, union membership in America “is at its lowest level since the Great Depression.” In 1983, there were approximately 17.7 million union workers. Today, that numberstands at 14.5 million, with every estimate showing a [...]

Bloomberg Reports on Ruin in Hong Kong But Leaves Out the Larger Picture

thedailybell.com / By Staff News & Analysis / September 02, 2014

To Save the Rich, China Ruins Hong Kong … When they meet on Sunday, legislators from China’s rubber-stamp National People’s Congress are expected to disregard even the most moderate proposals to open up Hong Kong’s political system. In all [...]

Europe Fantastic Bond Bubble: How The Central Banks Have Unleashed Monumental Speculation

davidstockmanscontracorner.com / by David Stockman / September 1, 2014

Capitalism gets into deep trouble when the price of financial assets becomes completely disconnected from economic reality and common sense. What ensues is rampant speculation in which financial gamblers careen from one hot money play to the next, leaving the financial system distorted and unstable—a [...]

Poverty Capitalism in 2014 – Introducing Private Probation Companies

libertyblitzkrieg.com / Michael Krieger / Aug 28, 2014

As N.P.R. reported in May, services that “were once free, including those that are constitutionally required,” are now frequently billed to offenders: the cost of a public defender, room and board when jailed, probation and parole supervision, electronic monitoring devices, arrest warrants, [...]

Feeling Worthless? The 10 Majors Most Likely To Lead To Underemployment

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 08/27/2014 09:09

When it comes to worthless majors, it is no secret that “liberal arts” are at the top of the heap. This is the conclusion of not just the real world: a recent survey of 68,000 workers by salary information firm PayScale confirmed as [...]

‘Nobel’ Prize Winners Rail Against Income Inequality

thedailybell.com / By Staff News & Analysis / August 25, 2014

Nobel gurus fear globalization is going horribly wrong … An interconnected world was meant to reduce inequality – but that doesn’t seem to be happening. David Ricardo’s Theory of Comparative Advantage has broken down after 200 years, or so [...]

Crony Capitalism 101: Want To Avoid The SEC? Bribe Your Friendly, Neighborhood Politician

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 08/13/2014 20:25

Forget conjecture – Crony Capitalism is alive and well at The SEC and a new study proves it statistically. As The LA Times reports (via IBT), Maria Correia’s research finds that – perhaps not surprisingly – the more a company spends on political donations, [...]

The Regime Uses Words And Phrases Designed To Bamboozle Us All

alt-market.com / Bob Livingston / 11 August 2014 17:22

This article was written by Bob Livingston and originally published at Personal Liberty Digest

Most longtime readers know that I have often warned that our government has evolved into benevolent totalitarianism.

This is a gentle term for fascism. No, we don’t have the jack boots [...]

Tax Cuts Are Only for the Powerful

mises.org / by Crosby Kemper III and Rex Sinquefield / Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Ninety-seven years ago, a small but ruthlessly determined band of revolutionaries set out to prove that it would be possible to achieve material happiness — and social justice — by replacing free markets with economic planning.

Who Gains & Who Loses From Ex-Im Bank (In 2 Simple Maps)

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 08/04/2014 20:47

In an effort to expose the effect of Ex-Im Bank’s financing (costs and benefits) on America, Mercatus Center has created 2 charts. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the maps show that Washington state, home of Boeing, garners the bulk of the benefits in terms of both Ex-Im Bank disbursements [...]

Red Capitalism’s Porous Veins: Why Beijing’s Rulers Struggle With The Deluge Of Flight Capital

davidstockmanscontracorner.com / By David Stockman / July 15, 2014

The Wall Street Journal carried a story yesterday indicating that China’s major banks have halted an experimental program, sanctioned by the country’s central bank, that helped citizens transfer large sums overseas. Among other places, this huge tide of flight capital ended-up in affluent west [...]

Time For Regime Change At The Eccles Building: Interest Rate Pegging Is Destroying Capitalism

davidstockmanscontracorner.com / by David Stockman / July 10, 2014

The S&P500 jerked higher yesterday afternoon when the Fed minutes revealed no new information on the dreaded day when interest rates begin to rise. In other words, the stock market is one sick puppy—utterly addicted to the Fed’s baleful regime of ZIRP.