The Islamic State And The War on Terror Redux

September 16th, 2014 2 comments

One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. And if that is true, then it’s clear our political leaders are “insane”.

After 9/11 the USA declared a “war on terror” – something that was a bogus concept right from the start, because you cannot have a war on a “tactic” of war. For that’s what terrorism is, a tactic of war.

But never mind the semantics, our leaders were oblivious to the sheer impossibility of winning such a war – then and now.

So here we are, 13 years later, and the threat of terrorism has grown. It has certainly not been defeated. In fact, one could easily posit that all the “war on terror” has achieved so far is to great more terrorists. Worse still, to create smarter terrorists.

For all the billions of dollars spent on this ridiculous war, there is nothing to show for it, except more terrorism – more effective terrorism

So what is the USA’s response to this latest manifestation – IS, the Islamic State? More of the same of course!

I would suggest that responding to IS’s provocations – as in well-publicised beheadings – by waging war on them, is exactly what they want us to do. They want US and its allies to put “boots on the ground”, and by all accounts they will get it, due to the inevitable “mission creep” that will occur when our leaders realise that simply firing missiles from the sky does not in fact eradicate this terrorist menace.

The trouble is, nothing will be able to eradicate IS. Why? Because it’s an ideology, belief, an idea. You cannot eradicate beliefs and ideas. You can kill people, but the ideas live on. And if the West foolishly wages a full-scale war in the Middle East in an attempt to kill off all IS members, all that will happen is what has happened already – a lot more “pissed off” and radicalised Muslims moving over to the Islamic State’s side.

A much better response would be to do nothing. Pay no attention to the beheadings. Make no attempt to attack them. Instead spend that money on ensuring such terrorism does not arrive on one’s own shores, and put up effective domestic defence.

These beheadings are for one purpose only, to inflame the passions of the West so that we feel compelled to wage war against them – something they seem eager to encourage. So the question we need to ask ourselves is this, “Why does IS provoke us? Why do they want to cause the West to start a war against them?”

I believe the answer is simple, to act as a recruiting tool for more radicalised Muslims. If the West engages in a full-on war against IS, then this can easily be interpreted as a general war against Islam, to which many young men (and women also apparently) will respond in ever-increasing numbers. And the end result of such escalation will not be the “degradation” of IS that Obama is promising, but rather, a multiplication of this hydra-headed beast to the point where the only result will be more terrorism, not less.

 

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Advice on War Propaganda From an Expert

September 16th, 2014 1 comment

“The receptivity of the great masses is very limited, their intelligence is small, but their power of forgetting is enormous. In consequence of these facts, all effective propaganda must be limited to a very few points and must harp on these in slogans until the last member of the public understands what you want him to understand by your slogan. As soon as you sacrifice this slogan and try to be many-sided, the effect will piddle away, for the crowd can neither digest nor retain the material offered. In this way the result is weakened and in the end entirely cancelled out.” – Adolf Hitler, from Chapter 6 “War Propaganda”, Mein Kampf 1926  – with thanks to ZeroHedge

 

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In Gold, Silver And Bitcoin We Trust

September 15th, 2014 No comments

Watching the global economy, the geopolitical landscape and the dire state of the world is like watching a train wreck in slow motion. Everywhere you look you can see disaster waiting to happen.

There are wars popping up all over the place, or at least the threat of wars. There are economies in free fall. There are markets that are defying gravity. And there is the constant reality of  mounting debts that can never be repaid and paper money that is constantly being “printed”.

All this points to danger ahead. The only question is, “Why hasn’t this happened already?”

It’s a good question, and one that can only be answered by referring to the power of centralised states to manage both the media and the markets, to manipulate things just enough to carry on for a bit longer.

But if you take the time to look at all this mayhem with your own eyes – not through the eyes of the mainstream media – then either you close them in despair and hope it’s not happening, or you start to think what you can do to protect yourself.

For example: What will you do if you wake up one morning to find money siphoned out of your bank account to “bail-in” banks in trouble? What will you do if a hyperinflation were to arrive? What will you do if there’s a run on the banks and the ATMs no longer work?

Of course no one wants to spend all their days worrying about such things, as there is enough to worry about in life without speculating on the future. But it does make sense to have a rational plan for such eventualities.

And I don’t believe implementing such a plan is that hard, especially if you know what to do.

For me I try to keep things simple. I look at history and realise that experiments with paper money always fail in the end. I also realise that historically people have always chosen gold and silver as their preferred money – money that is not created and manipulated by governments.

Today we have yet another option – Bitcoin. In fact, some people are calling Bitcoin “Gold 2.0″, because it has many of the properties of gold – including its limited supply and lack of government control.

So the way I see it, a sane plan of action would be to invest in gold, silver and Bitcoin as a way of hedging all bets. We already know that gold and silver never lose all their value. In fact, if you look at historical charts you quickly realise that both these precious metals are proven hedges against inflation over time.

Sure, Bitcoin is more of an unknown, more of a speculation, but at the same time it represents a pathbreaking technology that I believe is destined to change the world. It also represents a form of money that already has an infrastructure in place that enables the buying and selling of stuff – an essential requirement when thinking about alternatives to paper money.

If you’re not up to speed with Bitcoin, then I invite you to download my free report – Bitcoin: The Money Revolution – as it will give you a good primer and starting point.

Gold and silver need no such explanations of course, and still represent the most trusted forms of asset protection.

If you feel you are missing the boat here, that you should get your hands on such metals, but have not yet done so, then I have a very interesting wealth accumulation and preservation strategy I’d like to share with you – a way you can get your hands on gold and silver at cost, even in the smallest of quantities.

Even better, this wealth accumulation/preservation plan can literally pay you to share it with others, while you continue to build up your own savings in gold and/or silver. In other words, if you don’t have a lot of funds to buy meaningful amounts of gold and silver, then this plan can solve that problem for you, giving you the means to not only implement your own precious metals savings plan, but also earn additional cash to fund it.

If you’d like to learn more, then click here to watch a presentation.

 

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Israel – The Country That Can Do No Wrong

September 15th, 2014 No comments

With the rise of the Islamic State (IS) and its paraded beheadings of US and UK individuals, all eyes (and government guns) are now directed at this new “global threat”.

While not wanting to get into a discussion regarding this latest manifestation of the “axis of evil”, I do wonder at the soundness of falling for their bait – which such beheadings surely are, intended to inflame the passions and bring the “crusaders” rushing to the Middle East.

One can only assume that’s what IS wants, boots on the ground – on their ground.

But that’s not the point of my writing here. What concerns me is how all eyes have turned away from what recently happened in Gaza – yet another “mowing the lawn” operation by the Zionist state of Israel.

For anyone who has eyes to see, the brutal collective punishment of Gazans in this recent display of military might deserves global condemnation – condemnation that never eventuates, because Israel can do no wrong – well at least in the eyes of its wealthy, global hegemon benefactor, the USA.

John Pilger makes an attempt to set the record straight on what really happened, and why he believes the truth will finally come out.

Gaza And The Threat of World War

 

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Scotland The Brave

September 15th, 2014 No comments

This coming Thursday has me all excited. Why? It’s the day that Scotland decides on whether to be an independent country or not.

And as I write this, it’s too close to call the result. However, I do know that momentum is on the side of “yes”, and I am too.

My father was born in Scotland and I visit the place most years. And yes, I do have a pride in my Scots heritage. But I also have other reasons for supporting the “yes” vote, even though I cannot vote myself.

The Scottish Independence referendum offers a unique choice for a country to voluntarily downsize, to remove itself from the UK and all the problems associated with that (like being a lapdog for US foreign policy).

In my book, smaller government is certainly preferable to a larger one. Firstly, you have the fact that a smaller government of a smaller country is likely to be more responsive to its voters. A smaller country and government is not likely to want to run off and save the world with ongoing interventions and wars. A smaller government will not likely be so corrupt.

I could go on and on. But clearly there is a correlation between a government’s size and its capacity to rule over people with an iron rod. You only have to look at the largest developed countries on earth to realise that such places are more prone to police state tactics, universal surveillance, warmongering and mayhem, not to mention aggressive tax policies and a general disdain for the life of ordinary folk.

Shrinking down the size of states through the process of secession is the best practical policy I can think of for reducing the centralisation of power into fewer and fewer hands.

Certainly our “dear leaders” dream of ever-larger states and groupings of states – no doubt even supporting the idea of a world government of some sort. But at the grassroots level, ordinary people much prefer “smaller is better”. And when given a choice to have more determination over their own futures, I believe most people would choose that option.

That’s what Scotland’s referendum is about, enabling Scots to more directly choose who rules over them, to be able to hold them more accountable – and therefore be more effective at determining their own future.

My fervent hope for this coming Thursday is that the Scots vote “Aye”.

P.S. For a bit of historical background read this interesting essay from Eric Margolis:

Scotland: “We’re Bought And Sold For English Gold”

 

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The Case For Cash

September 15th, 2014 No comments

It makes me laugh when I read comments about how a crypto currency like Bitcoin is “bad”, because it can be used for all sorts of bad things – like drug dealing and the like.

But what it never clearly stated is that while Bitcoin is certainly pseudo-anonymous (and can be anonymous using certain strategies) because all transactions are visible on the Blockchain – cash is fully anonymous all the time.

So while Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer transaction system that enables you to create Bitcoin addresses without any associated ID (if you use a downloadable wallet), cash has no “wallet” address than can be tracked and no smart technology to track it at all.

So next time someone tells you Bitcoin is “bad” because of these things, remind them how cash is still the choice of real criminals (and freedom-loving people of course!).

Why Bitcoins And Apple Can’t Kill Off Cash

 

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Are You an Anarchist Yet?

September 15th, 2014 No comments

I remember well my own “journey” from political libertarian to anarchist.

As a libertarian I was previously politically active and believed in the minimalist state – i.e. a state which only does what it’s supposed to do – police, courts and defence.

Trouble is, as I discovered, if you make a big noise about these things being the only legitimate functions of government, then you end up being able to justify all actions which are related to law and order, justice and defence/war.

And what finally opened my eyes was when, after 9/11, we witnessed the obvious growth of the surveillance police state – all cheered on by those who believe in limited government, because the government was doing what it’s supposed to – defend us from “enemies”.

Of course being an anarchist is largely a philosophical position, as no country works on that premise. But it’s enough for me to know that I have no need of a “government” in the way it is usually defined, and that I can govern myself.

So how about you? Are you a conservative leaning towards libertarianism? A libertarian leaning towards anarchism?

The following article outlines the stages you will have to pass through to get there :)

The 5 Stages of Becoming an Anarchist

 

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Bitcoin – The Ultimate Trojan Horse

August 31st, 2014 No comments

The wonder of Bitcoin is that it can be viewed and used in so many different ways. You can simply use it to buy stuff in ways that increase security and privacy. You can buy it and hold it, waiting for its value to increase. Or you can trade it on 24/7 markets.

These are all short-term views and uses of Bitcoin.

But there is a much larger potential agenda, a revolution at the core of Bitcoin which opens up vistas of news possibilities for freedom.

The following essay looks at one particular ‘unintended consequence’ of wide Bitcoin adoption:

Bitcoin is The Solution to The Military Industrial Complex

 

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Selective Moral Outrage

August 26th, 2014 3 comments

The beheading of James Foley was surely an act of barbarism. But in my book, the killing of any innocent person is equally worthy of condemnation.

It would seem there is something about the method of killing that makes people respond so viscerally. If James Foley had been shot in the head, or from a distance, I’m quite sure public response would be more muted. And if he had been killed in a crowd that was obliterated by a missile strike from a remote-controlled drone, his death would have been even less noteworthy. Such is the state of morality in our modern world.

I’d like to recommend a commentary on this issue, by my cousin Alan Scott who lives in Turkey, as I certainly agree with his viewpoint.

The Entire World is Appalled – So Who Are We Bombing?

 

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Overstock Accepting Bitcoin Internationally

August 25th, 2014 No comments

Bitcoin’s wider adoption depends on more merchants accepting it and making Bitcoin useful as an alternative currency. And much progress has been made over the last 12 months.

One particular business, Overstock, and its CEO Patrick Byrne are leading the charge at present, and are set to start accepting Bitcoin from international customers on September 1.

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