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Hats Off to Peaceful and Voluntary Exchange

A child-sized lesson in free-market economics Sarah Skwire Dr. Seuss, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, Vanguard, 1938. Economists mostly talk about Dr. Seuss in order to complain about The Lorax and its lack of appreciation for commerce, the tragedy of the commons, the importance of private property, and what Hayek called “The Non Sequitur of the ‘Dependence Effect.’” But as is so often the case, I think economists just might be reading the wrong stuff. My seven-year-old daughter Penny and I recently read The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins to each other. I thought I remembered the story from reading it 20 years ago — a little boy refuses to take his hat off to the king, is forced […]

the burden of the WAR / DRUG budget

In 2014, Americans filled 4.3 billion prescriptions while spending a record amount of $374 billion for their medications. United States on-budget military spending in 2014 was $600.4 billion. For purposes of this discussion, we will ignore the much reported, but unknowable amount of black money that significantly increases the total. Nevertheless, given a USofA population of 313.9 million people, the country spends roughly $2,000 for every man, woman and child on defense. Combine funding the military industrial complex and the pharmaceutical industrial complex and you have a total of $974,400,000,000 shared among 115,610,216 households. With only 2/3rds of those households earning money in the private sector, the trillion-dollar war/drug budget is actually shouldered by 77 million households. Imagine how much […]

American medicine’s race to last place

Dr. Brownstein’s Blog Friends and associates…welcome to our blog! Here you will find exclusive articles and helpful commentary from a board-certified family physician, whose goal is to inform the world about the power of holistic health solutions. Feel free to comment and join the conversation! Americans Take Too Many Drugs Americans take too many prescription medications. In 2014, Americans filled 4.3 billion prescriptions while spending a record amount of $374 billion for their medications. 2014 spending on prescription drugs hit the highest level since 2001 according to data from the IMS Institute of Healthcare Informatics. I would not have a problem with Americans taking so many prescription medications if the drugs were improving our health. But, that is not what […]

Turning America into a Battlefield

A Blueprint for Locking Down the Nation By John W. Whitehead The Rutherford Institute In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.—President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961 A standing army—something that propelled the early colonists into revolution—strips […]

trombone hangers

The best advice serious professional trombone players give regarding storing your horns goes something like this: I have never seen a trombone damaged by falling from inside its case. In other words, the finest trombone stands on the market today are less safe than putting your horn away whenever you are not holding it. But, I play them a lot less if I have to open the case, put them together, then reverse the process when I’m done tootin’ around. Here is my compromise. They are there for ready access and reasonably secure. Yeah, a 9.2 earthquake would likely wreck them, but they would be the least of my worries and probably wrecked in their cases anyway. Besides, even […]

Don’t buy the TPP snake oil

Let’s say you personally have an oil spill. One that the USofA EPA or local “environmental protection agency” becomes aware of before you can clean it up. You are in BIG TROUBLE This is going to hurt… YOU, personally. How about if you are in charge of a corporation and your oil spill is massive? Well, you won’t feel a thing. The EPA will take a nick out of your corporate expense budget, but nothing the corporation can’t handle and still pay million dollar salaries to the top dogs… or as in Animal Farm, pigs. But at least your local, regional and national government will see to it that most of your mess is cleaned up. TPP and TTIP are […]

Do as they do, not as they say

Why Is JP Morgan Accumulating The Biggest Stockpile Of Physical Silver In History? By Michael Snyder Why in the world has JP Morgan accumulated more than 55 million ounces of physical silver? Since early 2012, JP Morgan’s stockpile has grown from less than 5 million ounces of physical silver to more than 55 million ounces of physical silver. Clearly, someone over at JP Morgan is convinced that physical silver is a great investment. But in recent times, the price of silver has actually fallen quite a bit. As I write this, it is sitting at the ridiculously low price of $15.66 an ounce. So up to this point, JP Morgan’s investment in silver has definitely not paid off. But it […]