This article, by Wendy McElroy, was originally published on The Dollar Vigilante.
At a town hall event with CNN on June 17, Hillary Clinton attacked opponents of stricter gun control. She stated, “We cannot let a minority of people, and that’s what it is, it is a minority of people, hold a viewpoint that terrorizes the majority of people.” [Emphasis added.] She distorted her opponents as terrorists.
She was also wrong about opponents being in the minority. A Gallup poll from early October 2013 found that 49 percent of Americans wanted “laws covering the sale of firearms to be more strict,” 13 percent favored less strict laws, 37 percent wanted them kept the same and 1 percent had no opinion. Otherwise stated, 49 percent were for and 50 percent were against increased gun control.
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This story originally appeared on The Dollar Vigilante.
Those who believe in a need for government for certain roles in society almost always bring up the roads. Here is an example of happy taxslaves who believe that without government and taxation there would be no roads.
In the image above they also make the correct statement that without governments and taxation there would be no wars. Why they say that like it is a bad thing I have no idea.
However, getting back to “muh roads,” this argument for government and taxation for roads happens so often that countless memes have been created to show how ridiculous the idea is that roads could not exist with government and taxation.
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The Illegitimate Revenue Agency (IRS) has just announced that the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) has been postponed from July 1 until Jan. 1, 2016.
This is good news in many ways for both those with assets they wish to internationalize as well as for the dollar and the U.S. banking system itself, but in many ways the damage has already been done.
FATCA, signed into law in 2010, ensures that if you don’t tell the U.S. government where your assets are and how much is there, your bank will — no matter where that bank exists. FATCA has been acknowledged as the death of the dollar by many experts, including our own FATCA expert, Jim Karger, who recently stated such at our recent TDV Wealth Management Crisis Conference in both Panama and Mexico. Many foreign banks simply won’t comply. The cost and risk of complying outweighs the benefit of accepting American clients.
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The leaders of the “free world” are on the run. In many cases, they can’t go out and travel due to the risk of being arrested, protested or even having a shoe thrown at them.
In just the past few weeks, first lady Michelle Obama, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Attorney General Eric Holder have had to cancel appearances due to protests.
They’re just the latest in a long line.
Obama canceled the commencement speech she was scheduled to give at a Kansas high school after nearly 2,000 people signed a petition protesting her appearance.
Over the weekend, we learned that Rice cancelled her appearance at Rutgers University due to protests.
“Commencement should be a time of joyous celebration for the graduates and their families,” Ms. Rice wrote in a Facebook post. “Rutgers’ invitation to me to speak has become a distraction for the university community at this very special time.”
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Screams and sirens pierce the air as rocks, firecrackers and sharp glass go flying in every direction. Police try to beat back the hordes of protesters by smashing indiscriminately into the crowd with their billy clubs.
This was the scene recently in Madrid, Spain, as tens of thousands of people took to the streets to fight against the budget cuts and tax increases put into place by Mariano Rajoy, the current Prime Minister of Spain. The protesters chanted “no more cuts” as they demolished storefronts and threw firecrackers at police.
The march was organized by the group Marcha de la Dignidad (M-22), which also had the support of the labor unions. You can read the demands of this organization on its own website. They consist of:
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- A law establishing a basic income for every citizen.
- Universal, free and high-quality public services for all.
Many people like to watch movies or read novels as a way to relax and get away from work and other stresses of day-to-day life. I, on the other hand, find nonfiction to be much more interesting than almost anything dreamed up by a fiction writer. So when I want to relax and get away from things, I like to read nonfiction books and documentaries.
Given what is going on in China lately, I have been nearly obsessed with learning about China’s history. It is easily one of the most interesting cultures on Earth, with thousands of years of dynasties, warlords, communism, capitalism, wars and atrocities.
Of all the atrocities, the worst by far was committed during Mao Zedong’s Communist China revolution and the typically Orwellian-named, “The Great Leap Forward.”
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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness… it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us…” — Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
I cannot shake a sticky feeling of optimism about 2014.
It rose in me for the strangest reason yesterday. CNN was providing background noise when a term caught my ear: “bug out bag.” This is a portable kit of the items you need to survive for 72 hours. The Red Cross suggests keeping one on hand in case it is necessary to quickly evacuate your home due to a disaster. But the term “bug out bag” is most often associated with survivalist “cranks” who are prepping for when TSHTF (the sh** hits the fan). That is, they are preparing for an economic and social collapse.
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