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Category: Social Issues

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Politics

Saturday, December 08, 2012

2012 Doomsday Psychology, Millions of Chinese, Russians and Americans Believe the End of the World Is Nigh / Politics / Social Issues

By: DK_Matai

Panic buying of candles and essentials has accelerated not only in China and Russia, but there has been a simultaneous explosion in the sale of survival equipment, food, fuel and emergency shelters in America in preparation for the Mayan calendar's long count deadline:  December 21st, 2012.  The precise mechanism for the Armageddon to manifest remains vague, ranging from:

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Politics

Saturday, December 01, 2012

The TSA, War, Corruption, Cuba, Karama / Politics / Social Issues

By: Casey_Research

Doug Casey Interviewed by Louis James, Editor, International Speculator : Dear Reader,

Before we get to this week's conversation, I am very pleased to announce that Doug Casey has just published a new book, featuring some of our best conversations: priceless takes on a wide variety of subjects, including the TSA, war, corruption, Cuba, and your health. Many of the subjects covered in this publication and the book – like the one Doug and I discuss below – are the result of questions from readers. The book, Doug's first in many years, is called Totally Incorrect, and is a convenient way to share Doug's singly unique and insightful perspective with others.

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Politics

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Why is the U.S. Middle Class Shrinking? / Politics / Social Issues

By: Mike_Shedlock

President Obama says there is a "skills gap". A quick search says that many misguided souls believe the president.

For example Forbes writer Rich Karlgaard says The Skills Gap Exists.

Karlgaard believes the "gap is sure to grow as the population ages and industries from health care to manufacturing are altered by technology. Outsourcing to China won’t be the answer, either. Its population is aging the fastest of all the major economies."

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Politics

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Understanding Liberal Democracy / Politics / Social Issues

By: David_Gordon

Most contemporary political philosophers, unfortunately, are not libertarians. Nicholas Wolterstorff, best known as a founder of "reformed epistemology" but a philosopher of extraordinary range, is no libertarian either — far from it. In the present collection of essays, though, he assails a vastly influential school of thought in a way that libertarians will find useful.

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Politics

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Western Elite Using Islamophobia to Serve their Own Interests / Politics / Social Issues

By: Global_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMalaysian public intellectual believes that propagating fear and hatred of Muslims is not a new phenomenon and has been rampant for more than a thousand years. Referring to the growth of the population of Muslims, he also says that “some right-wing groups in Europe and North America are fearful of what they see as the Islamic ‘demographic’ threat.”

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Politics

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Optimism Bias: What Keeps Us Alive Today Will Kill Us Tomorrow / Politics / Social Issues

By: Raul_I_Meijer

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDefinition of a lie: any not entirely accurate representation of the world as we perceive it; what's not spoken can be as crucial as what is.

So yeah, people lie. They, we, all do. Some of us understand the extent to which this is true better than others, but that's probably just because we haven't all spent equal time wondering when it was we first started doing it. Let alone why. Interesting questions. After the fact, it's blindingly obvious why we would want to lie: accomplished liars get to mate faster and more often. Which still is the purpose of life, even though it may not be terribly fashionable to phrase it that way these days.

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Politics

Monday, November 12, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Super Storm Lessons, Be Better Prepared for the Next Time / Politics / Social Issues

By: Nicole_Foss

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSuperstorm Sandy has been a devastating experience for many, and will continue to be so for a long time to come. Much of the damage will take weeks or months to repair, and some may take years. A myriad long battles with insurance companies are a given, as the available funds are unlikely to match the damage and there will be many arguments as to what is covered. The impacts are widespread, but unevenly distributed, as the repairs will be. Like Katrina before it, Sandy will be a defining event in the lives of many people.

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Politics

Sunday, November 11, 2012

The Red Poppy: Remembering Armistice Day / Politics / Social Issues

By: DK_Matai

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOn the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 2012, we remember those who died in the two great wars so that we could all live freely.  Just contemplate the symmetry and synchronicity of the same hour on the same day in the same month in 1918 when the First World War came to an end.  Never before had people witnessed such industrialised slaughter, with tens of thousands falling per day to machine guns and poison gas.  Horrific, grotesque and terrifying.

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Politics

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Distribution of Economic Pain From the Financial Crisis / Politics / Social Issues

By: Jesse

No wonder the wealthiest ten percent feel so clever, and even perhaps triumphant.

The collapse caused by the widespread banking fraud has barely affected them, whereas it wiped out most of the last ten years of growth in the middle class and the poor.

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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

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Chinese Metaphysics Meet Mayan End of the World Apocalypse / Politics / Social Issues

By: DK_Matai

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTransitioning from the 'Lucky' Water Dragon to the 'Wise' Snake -- 2012 to 2013 -- A Chinese Perspective

Speaking to a senior Chinese delegation recently about Hurricane Sandy's ongoing impact on the Eastern Seaboard of the United States including New York and New Jersey, we were struck by the remark that water on earth and floods are not entirely inconsistent with 2012, the year of the "Water Dragon" according to Chinese metaphysics. In parallel, as we approach the end of the year 2012, believers and sceptics alike are studying the Mayan calendar and Eschatology: the branch of theology concerned with final events or the end of the world. As a myriad of experts and self-styled prophets announce the impending end of the world on December 21st, 2012, the day that marks the winter solstice, we wondered what the Chinese delegation might have to say on this subject.

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Politics

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Were Ancient Spartan's the First Socialists? / Politics / Social Issues

By: MISES

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAlexander Gray: At what point a history of socialism should begin is a question which might give occasion to high argument. There are some who hold that we merely becloud our judgment if we allow ourselves to speak of socialism before the middle of the 18th century, or perhaps even somewhat later. On this view socialism is essentially a manifestation of the proletarian spirit; or, if socialism is not necessarily proletarian in character and origin, it at least postulates a society which tends to be comprehensive in its membership. Accordingly, it is suggested that a society which assumes for its efficient working the existence of a slave population, denied all rights, may at times speak a language suggestive of socialism, but it can know nothing of socialism as that word has been understood in the 19th and 20th centuries. The existence of a serf or slave population may in certain respects add a complication to life; but in other directions it quite obviously enormously simplifies the social and political problems of existence, as these are presented to that section of the population who are not slaves. On this view, a history of socialism should probably begin among these first ripples and disturbances which presaged the deluge of the French Revolution.

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Politics

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Global Wealth 2012, Highs and Lows of World Salaries / Politics / Social Issues

By: Pravda

Last year, the smallest wages in Europe were paid in Ukraine, Moldova and Albania. The most highly paid professionals live in Switzerland, Denmark and Norway. However, the "low-income" Ukraine lives on labor migration. The Ukrainian citizens working in other countries, send billions of dollars to their home country every year.

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Politics

Thursday, October 25, 2012

So, How Can I Make A Living In Mexico? / Politics / Social Issues

By: Jeff_Berwick

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJim Karger writes: So, why don't they pick up and leave?

Money.

They don't have enough to live on the income generated by their savings for the rest of their lives. (Many actually do and believe they don't, but I will save that topic for another article.)

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Politics

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Unions - Another Form of Collectivism Gone Awry / Politics / Social Issues

By: Jeff_Berwick

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs the snow already has begun to fall across much of the expanse of Canada, the weather has settled into a deep freeze (-20C, -4F overnight in Calgary this week) and the sun shrinks into the distance, a faint light mocking you for living so far away from it, there is usually one thing that makes living in North America's version of Siberia possible.  Hockey.

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Politics

Monday, October 08, 2012

Income inequality: Cause of our predicament or a convenient scapegoat? / Politics / Social Issues

By: Colin_Twiggs

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleA reader reminded me of this 2011 Vanity Fair article, where Joseph Stiglitz argues that growing income inequality will harm future US economic growth.

“What matters, [some people] argue, is not how the pie is divided but the size of the pie. That argument is fundamentally wrong……..

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Politics

Monday, October 01, 2012

No Increase in U.S. Standard of Living Since 1997 / Politics / Social Issues

By: Casey_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThere's a belief among certain economists – and the wider population – that if the government takes a more active role in the economy, the social outcome can be improved. Dr. Lacy Hunt, executive VP of Hoisington Investment Management Company (HIMCO), says it's a false belief… and he has proof to back it up. An unprecedented buildup of debt, he shows, can only lead to one outcome: a drop in Americans' standard of living.

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Politics

Monday, September 24, 2012

Solitary Purdah, The Sovereign Man is the Real Prisoner / Politics / Social Issues

By: BATR

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article

According to establishment officials, the concept of the Sovereign Man philosophy is a direct threat to the authority of the State. Depending upon your perception of reality and the degree of legitimacy for government, given to the prevailing order, fundamental inalienable rights of the individual may vary widely. In the extreme, government statists consider most if not all natural rights as capricious and arbitrary, if conflicts challenge the dictates of the regime. This unending and interminable struggle to defend undeniable individual basic rights drives bureaucrats to use unconscionable measures to coerce citizen compliance.

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Politics

Monday, September 24, 2012

What Is Energy and What Role Do We Play Within It? / Politics / Social Issues

By: DK_Matai

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAlbert Einstein's famous equation E=mc2 shows us that everything is made up of energy.  Science demonstrates that energy is the building block of all matter and exchanges with everything else at all times in a most complex dynamic.  Everything in this universe is ultimately made up of that same energy.  It is just present in different forms and different shapes.  The energy that composes our bodies is indeed the same one that composes the building materials of our homes and the animals and the trees found outside.  It is all just the same!

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Politics

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Digital Technologies vs. Establishment Truth Suppression / Politics / Social Issues

By: Gary_North

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI am going to tell you some stories. To make it interesting, I will begin with one which could make one of my readers the deal of a lifetime. It ends on September 30. He who hesitates is lost.

I begin with the obvious: the falling cost of Internet communications is revolutionizing the spread of knowledge. In doing so, it is undermining every establishment. Every establishment rests mush of its power on official views of the past. This is seen in the novel by George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four. The tyrant who enforces the totalitarian state says this. "Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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