This page is obviously going through an identity crisis. It will probably eventually evolve into a blog of some sort, which will probably focus on politics, current events and history -- but which may also include pro wrestling, men's clothes, any of my other interests, or anything else that strikes my attention.
Also, I apologize for this page's differing font styles and sizes; it's a flaw in my host company's design software, and I haven't been able to fix it, despite numerous attempts.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Don't forget that the first Republican presidential debate is tonight at 9:00 pm ET on Fox News Channel. I'm excited to see how Ron is treated this time around.
I'm also excited to see how much money Ron raises today for his grassroots-created Debate Day Money Bomb. His fundraising, along with the public's reception to his debate performance, will determine whether he formally enters the race later this month. Please consider donating. Every bit helps.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
The Ron Paul money bomb raised finished with a little over $700K yesterday. It turns out that the ticker had $300K when it started, from donations made prior to yesterday; I initially thought that $300K had been raised in the first hour, so my hopes for the total were unrealistically high. Still, from the email Ron sent out yesterday evening, he's more than pleased with the result, and he's using the money to book visits to more of the early primary states. $400K in about 24 hours is still nothing to sneeze at, and it definitely looks like Ron is going to formally enter the race soon. I believe the first debate is in May, so I'm sure it'll be before then.
Speaking of the 2012 election season, even from his current position in the House, Ron is becoming a significant thorn in the elite's side, and his House seat appears to be safe for as long as he wants to keep it. And it's going to get worse for them when he runs for president again.
I can't prove this, but the more I think about it, the stronger my hunch is that some people high in the Establishment leaned on Kay Bailey Hutchison to retire, hoping Ron would take the bait and give up his House seat to run for her senate seat.
That would've provided them with a dual benefit: 1) stop him from running for president in 2012 (or ever again, because he'll be too old even by 2016, if Obama is reelected); 2) more importantly, give them at least a decent chance to knock him out of office completely. Think about it -- that would've been a quick, easy, clean way to get rid of him, like happened to him in '84.
I'm glad he didn't take the bait, especially since he can run for president and keep his House seat.
If he were 10+ years younger, I could see an argument being made for making that gamble, since it could be part of a longer-term strategy to eventually run for president again from a more prominent position in the senate. And, if it failed, he could always try to win back his House seat in 2014, or move to another district and vie for another one.
But, at his age, it's too risky. Again, if my hunch is right, I'm glad he didn't take the bait.
Monday, February 21, 2011
For anyone who wants to keep tabs, the donation widget just went up on Ron Paul's PAC site for the Presidents' Day Money Bomb, which he's using to gauge how much support he has for a presidential run next year. Just an hour into the day in the earliest time zone, we're already at $310,000, so it looks like we're on pace to raise several million dollars today, which I'm sure will convince Ron to run. I donated $20.12, and I urge everyone else to donate whatever they can.
I don't have a crystal ball, and I'm certain that the mainstream media will try everything they can to tear him down. But he's starting this race at least 10 times more famous than he was last time, and it looks like he'll be raising major-league money from the get-go; last time, it was nearly a year later than this before he started raising this kind of money.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Fox News: Mitt Romney Wins CPAC Straw Poll with Strong Second-Place Showing
Ron Paul won the presidential straw poll at the CPAC conference last week for the second year in a row.
Rumors are circulating all over the Internet that Dr. Paul is seriously considering running for the GOP presidential nomination again for next year. I have no idea how he'll fare this time around if he runs, but everything that's happened over the past four years is exciting, and there's good reason to think that he can accomplish far more this time since his name recognition is infinitely greater than it was in 2007.
But, before you get your hopes up too high and think that the media will be significantly more generous to Ron if he runs again, read this Establishment media account of his CPAC win, then tell me that the absurd, self-contradictory headline I wrote doesn't fit the story Fox News wrote better than the real headline they used.
Friday, February 11, 2011
The busts of Harry Browne, Ron Paul and Murray Rothbard that I mentioned recently have been reduced in price to only $85, plus shipping (they were originally $159 including shipping, then were reduced I believe to $129 plus shipping, presumably to add up to the same total). The artist has also created busts a couple of inches shorter (they appear to be the same busts on smaller bases which don't include the name plaques, but I'm not certain) for only $55, plus shipping.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
For those of you on Facebook, there is now a Harry Browne page which is run by his widow, Pamela. It's another way to keep up on any new material of Harry's she may release, aside from checking HarryBrowne.org periodically.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Happy New Year.
A Florida artist is releasing bust sculptures of Harry Browne, Murray Rothbard and Ron Paul. Each is $159 shipped. He's donating 10% of each sale of the Browne statues to HarryBrowne.org; 10% of each Rothbard statue to the Mises Institute; and 10% of each Paul statue to the Campaign for Liberty.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Thanks to Lew Rockwell for running what is probably my favorite article, one that I also distribute each Christmas: Harry Browne's A Gift for My Daughter. I believe this is the first time it has ever run on LRC.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
This classic piece from Richard Maybury on the real meaning of Thanksgiving should be read by all libertarians every year at this time.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Condolences to the family and friends of David Nolan, one of the founders of the Libertarian Party and one of the originators of the popular Nolan Chart political quiz, who passed away unexpectedly yesterday, two days short of his 67th birthday.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Thanks to Will Boehlke for featuring me today on his magnificent site, A Suitable Wardrobe.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Thanks to everyone who continues to visit my site, and my apologies that it's been so quiet around here lately.
I've been lazy about working on my ebook the past few months, but I've been getting back into it lately, and hopefully it'll be available soon. I'm also developing a men's clothing blog that should also be up soon. Details about both will appear here and on the homepage when they're ready.
In other news, I'm sorry Peter Schiff lost his senate bid in GOP primary in Connecticut Tuesday night.
I haven't resolved the age-old question of whether it's proper for libertarians to be involved in politics or voting from a moral standpoint, and I probably never will. But I have largely come to the conclusion that, as a practical matter, political campaigns are a waste of time in terms of trying to reform the government from the inside. (They can be useful for education, but that's a different matter.)
Even so, I did follow the Schiff campaign pretty closely, as I continue to enjoy politics as a sort of spectator sport. The mainstream media played the usual games to ignore Peter's campaign, as they did with Ron Paul's presidential bid in 2007-2008. When Ron started doing so well financially in late 2007 in spite of it, I started to think (as I expressed on LRC a the time) that the Internet was finally overtaking the mainstream media in influence, and it really seemed at the time like Ron had a chance to win. But he didn't even get close, and Peter's finish at around 22% shows that the MSM's influence is waning, but it also shows that the Internet still can't overcome the influence of their opinion makers -- at least not yet.
Even so, I'm glad to see Rand Paul doing so well in Kentucky, and I hope his father runs for president again as a Republican in 2012.
Peter indicated in his YouTube video yesterday that he might run again for the other senate seat in 2012. If so, good luck to him; I'm sure it'll also be fun to watch.
Monday, March 1, 2010
Apologies again for the infrequent updates. The ebook is coming along nicely and hopefully will be available for purchase soon.
We lost Harry Browne four years ago today. Where does the time go?
Saturday, February 6, 2010
My apologies for the infrequent site updates, and for the infrequent contributions to LewRockwell.com. I'm working on an ebook that will hopefully be for sale soon. Details will appear here when it becomes available.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
In my LRC piece last year, How to Become a Better Writer, I neglected to mention another crucial piece of advice: use good word-processing software. When I unexpectedly received the opportunity to write for LRC, my computer was a couple of years old and my Microsoft Works suite, which came with the computer and which I hadn't used in a long time, kept locking up. So I downloaded the Open Office freeware suite, which in my experience is a piece of junk; my early LRC pieces often had embarrassing typos that I never caught on my own no matter how many times I proof-read them, only because Open Office's spell-check is so poor and its grammar check is non-existent. I recently upgraded to Microsoft Office, and its word-processor is light-years ahead of that of Microsoft Works. I highly recommend it for anyone aspiring to produce professional-quality writing. If you look around, you can sometimes find free trial downloads, which will allow you to see how superior it is. When the trial runs out, the Home and Student version, which is what I have, can sometimes be found on sale for around $75-100.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Richard Merkin: R.I.P.
So sorry to hear that Richard Merkin, longtime professor at the Rhode Island School of Design and artist who did many New Yorker magazine covers, passed away a week ago. He was also a beautiful writer and one of the best-dressed men ever; I LOVED his Merkin on Style column that ran in GQ, which I started reading when I was about 12. I also fondly remember his contributions to the short-lived Esquire Gentleman magazine about 15 years ago. Here are obituaries from The New York Times; Salon; The New Yorker, which also has a gallery of some of the illustrations he did for them; Glenn O'Brien at GQ; and the best tribute I saw, from blogger Maxminimus, which contains a letter from Merkin that shows what a gorgeous writer he was. I wish I could've met him.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
What I presume are all of the appearances Harry Browne ever made on any of the C-SPAN channels are now available streaming online free.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Richard Maybury has started a YouTube channel where he will be posting periodic video commentaries.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
The magnificent Doug Casey has started a new, free email letter, Conversations with Casey, which goes out every Wednesday. It's well worth subscribing to.
I also highly endorse Doug's new free report, Are You A Street Fighting Man?.
Monday, June 8, 2009
This interview with Richard Maybury and The Daily Bell, Richard Maybury Explains Mal-Investment, Crooked Regulations, The True Cost Of Economic Fairy Tales, is well worth reading.
Monday, May 25, 2009
This is the day we are asked to remember those who were maimed and/or killed "fighting for our freedom," meaning fighting for the government, for the influential business interests that profit from war, and to further the aspirations of politicians who wish to be remembered as "great."
Few who are conditioned to see war as being for their benefit have bothered to examine the empty, meaningless "fighting for our freedom" cliche closely; they would likely be
hard-pressed to even give a coherent definition of "freedom," much less be able to explain how they would have lost any part of it had the U.S. government not participated in this or that war. Presumably, some foreign government would have taken over "our" government had "we" not entered some war, or had "we" lost. ("We'd all be speaking German now," etc.)
But, even leaving aside all of the other reasons that empty cliche is so absurd, how would a foreign government "take us over," assuming it even had the means to do so? No despot has the
resources to conquer and perpetually police 300 million individuals, nor would the gain be worth the expense even if he did. No, one government takes over another country by taking over the implements of that country's government, after which the people who live there dutifully obey their new rulers, just as they obeyed their old ones.
But what if they didn't? Could a foreign power enslave people who had no respect for coercive, unnatural "authority?" Harry Browne explored this question better than I could in his 1974 #1 best-seller, You Can Profit From a Monetary Crisis. As Harry shows, "national defense" is just another scam governments use to create their own reasons for existing.
So, on this Memorial Day, I give you A Visit to Rhinegold.
Monday, April 19, 2009
Congratulations to the funniest show on TV, Family Guy, for the great job they did last week on the issue or marijuana legalization, especially for revealing that the original ban in the 1930s occurred in no small part due to pressure from people with business interests in the timber industry, which was being damaged by hemp.
Monday, March 30, 2009
Condolences to everyone who knew and loved Burt Blumert, President of the Center for Libertarian Studies and publisher of LewRockwell.com, who passed away today from cancer at age 80.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Happy Birthday to Ric Flair, who turns 60 today. Here's a neat piece from today's Charlotte Observer on the occasion.
Photo: Charlotte Observer
Monday, February 23, 2009
The CBS Evening News did a tremendous, tear-jerking profile of Ric Flair last Saturday, discussing his career, as well as his take on the hit movie The Wrestler, and how he has adjusted to retirement the past year.
And don't miss the longer, 12-minute web-only interview, which is even better than what aired on TV.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
The CD version of the 1966 Harry Browne course, Rule Your World!, is back in stock. But Pamela Browne is already down to 13, and there's always a chance that she may decide not to produce more. I can't recommend the course enough; my review from LRC is here.
Monday, February 2, 2009
According to this article, the ability to grow new human teeth from stem cells may only be 5-10 years away.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
This video of Ron Paul on MSNBC's Morning Joe today is well worth seeing.
1. The irony of Mike Barnicle's comment was obviously lost on him, where he complains about potholes in government roads and crumbling government bridges, then says in the next breath, "But government has to do it." If we had private roads, a road owner who has to satisfy is paying customers would be unlikely to have potholes in his roads or bridges that were crumbling; if he did, he would lose business to the competitor 1/8 of a mile over, who has a parallel road without such problems -- and maybe his road is also security patrolled, has better scenery, and offers it all for a lower price. See Walter Block's work on privatizing roads.
2. Also notice how the interviewers keep asking Ron what he would do to fix our current economic problems, and every time he says he'd let the necessary correction occur rather than making futile attempts to prevent it, they just asked him again what he would do to fix it. Statists don't seem to be able to mentally process solutions that involve allowing people to peacefully going about their business, instead of using coercive, proactive government action; it's not just that they disagree; it's like a non-statist answer doesn't even compute in their minds.
That reminds me of when Harry Browne was on MSNBC in 2000 with Oliver North and Paul Begala, and they asked him what he would do about the drug problem in this country. Harry explained how most of the drug problems in society are caused by the government creating black markets, so he would fix it as well as it ever can be fixed by re-legalizing drugs and getting the government completely out of it. They went back-and-forth several times; every time, one of them would follow Harry's answer by asking again if he thought there was a drug problem in the country, then asking him after he verified that he did, "Then what would you do about it?"
What part of freedom don't you understand?
Friday, January 23, 2009
While the government endangers us through things like black markets, gun control laws, thuggish police, and forcing us through various regulations to drive cars that are less safe than they would otherwise be, here is the new car they used our stolen money to build for the Dear Leader. No word on how much of our stolen money it cost, but I'm sure it was well into six figures (for all I know, maybe I'm being generous, and it cost into seven figures).
I finally lost it and laughed out loud at this whole ridiculous aura the president has around him now when I got to the part about driving around with bottles of the president's blood in the car -- you know, just in case. Meanwhile, thanks to various government regulations, we hoi polloi can can wait in line in the emergency room if we have a medical emergency.
Oh, and after the article, be sure to read as many of the reader comments as you can stand.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Aside from Obama's politics, I couldn't help but make the following observations about the inauguration, given my interest in men's clothes:
1. It's ironic that Ted Kennedy wore a fedora to Obama's inauguration, since his his brother is often (incorrectly) blamed for killing the hat at his in 1961.
At first, I thought Ted might have been wearing a hat due to hair loss from his brain cancer treatments, but footage of the luncheon prior to his seizure showed that he still has all of his his dashing head of white hair.
2. Full-formal white tie and tails continues to be on life-support at best, and semi-formal black tie continues to be bastardized at every turn.
Obama showed up to some of his inaugural balls wearing an incorrect four-in-hand tie:
While he wore an incorrect white bow tie with his black tie ensemble (tuxedo) to others that night:
He looks absolutely terrible here.
The white tie with a tuxedo is unforgivable.
Nor should he be wearing a watch with a tuxedo -- especially not a clunky one.
Lapel pins usually don't even look good on suits, and they definitely shouldn't be worn with tuxedos. And he commits the double sin -- as do most men who wear lapel pins -- by looking like he put it on in the dark, just haphazardly sticking it wherever it landed; if a lapel pin must be worn, it should be centered on the buttonhole.
Further, tuxedo pockets shouldn't have flaps, and Obama commits a double sin because he can afford something much better, and a triple sin because he could have tucked the flaps in, turning them into correct, jetted pockets, and no one would have known (which is also good advice for those of modest means who can't afford a correct tuxedo, as cheaper ones are more likely to be incorrect, although they could undoubtedly be made correctly for the same price, especially since jetted pockets require less material than flapped ones).
Alan Flusser has argued that notched lapels on tuxedos became common in the '60s, when manufacturers began making tuxedos from suit templates to cut costs. While that may be when they became more widespread, the tuxedo is supposed to have originated in Tuxedo Park, NY, around 1886, and users of several men's clothing message boards have posted scans of men's clothing catalogs from c. 1900, showing notched lapel tuxedos for sale. So they clearly have existed all along, but they're less than ideal; tuxedos with shawl lapels evolved from smoking jackets, while those with peaked lapels evolved from riding coats and tail coats. Notched lapel tuxedos evidently appeared spontaneously, as the tuxedo appeared about the same time as the lounge suit (what today is considered a business suit).
In footage I saw, it looked like his jacket also had a center vent.
And he's not wearing a pocket square. As Alan Flusser has quipped, a jacket's breast pocket is there for a reason -- and it's not to collect dirt.
I'm curious what shoes he was wearing; while I'd bet they're incorrect too, I'd also bet he at least wasn't wearing cowboy boots, like his predecessor did with black tie.
Fashion "rules" aren't handed down by God; they evolve through tradition -- and, yes, they change over time. When something becomes widespread, perhaps it's no longer "wrong." But the reason these elements are less than ideal, even if they're no longer considered "wrong" because they no longer go against the majority, is because a tuxedo is supposed to look special; it's not supposed to look like a business suit. Four-in-hand ties are worn with suits; in the first picture, it looks like Obama is wearing a business suit, except for the satin sheen to his tie and lapels. Regarding his tuxedo, notch lapels are less formal than peaked or shawl lapels; flapped pockets are less formal than jetted pockets; and vents are less formal than no vents. So, since a tuxedo is supposed to be more formal than a suit, those elements are less than ideal in a tuxedo.
But none of those are unforgivable, and they're so widespread that they're often hard to avoid; even Brooks Brothers now sells tuxedos with center vents, notched lapels, and flapped pockets. If he just lost the watch and lapel pin, replaced the white bow tie with a black one, and added a pockets square, he'd look fine -- not great, but fine.
The white bow tie is wrong because it goes against more than 120 years of tradition that differentiates formal white tie and tails from semi-formal black tie. At least it looks like Obama wore a real tie that he tied himself:
(Incidentally, since I'm being Picky Pickerson, his shirt collar also looks too big in this picture. And, if I'm not mistaken, formal shirts with turndown collars are supposed to be pleated.)
Despite the kudos for the apparently real tie, if Obama wanted to wear a white one to his inaugural galas, he should've worn it with tails, as Ronald Reagan did correctly in 1981:
This is absolutely perfect, down to the shirt cuffs showing, no white vest visible under the tailcoat, and the opera pumps.
And earlier in the day, instead of a plain business suit, Reagan wore a stroller, which is daytime semi-formal wear (the daytime equivalent of a tuxedo) to his first inauguration:
And even that was a step down from full-formal morning dress, such as JFK wore in 1961:
To the best of my knowledge, the inauguration of 1981 was the stroller's last significant public appearance in the U.S., and the last time full-formal evening dress has been worn by a president to the inaugural galas. Sartorially, Reagan, the old Hollywood star, was the last of a breed.
If Obama wanted to wear a tuxedo to his inagural galas, Reagan showed in 1985 how to do it, when he (perhaps unfortunately) downgraded to semi-formal black tie:
See what a difference it makes to lose the watch and lapel pin, change the tie to black, and add a pocket square? The correct peaked lapels and jetted pockets are just icing on the cake.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
A Christmas Classic from Harry Browne
Friday, December 12, 2009
The Festivus episode of Seinfeld was on TBS last night. It caused me to Google Festivus, and I came across this site that sells six-foot aluminum Festivus poles for $39. It also shows a Festivus pole lot (like a Christmas tree lot) that someone opened in Milwaukee last Christmas. This is AWESOME!
After you've seen the site and ordered your own pole, come back so that I can tell all of you about all the ways you have disappointed me in the past year.
Tuesday, December 9, 2009
NBC will announce today that they've signed Jay Leno for a new talk show at 10-11 pm M-F, to begin next fall.
If I were Conan O'Brien, I'd be a little upset, because The Tonight Show is supposed to be NBC's premiere comedy talk show, and a similar show 90 minutes earlier -- in primetime -- with Tonight's old host will seem to upstage it. But Leno going to ABC at 11:30 was no good for NBC either, and he's too much of a workaholic to just disappear like Johnny Carson unfortunately did, so something was bound to happen that would affect Conan in some way. But it may not matter for Conan in the grand scheme of things, because the trend is toward on-demand, and that will probably make time slots obsolete eventually.
There's also the chance it won't make it; I think Jack Paar got a similar deal when he left in 1962, and that show only lasted a couple of years.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Pamela Browne needs 15 more orders of the CD set of Harry Browne's course, Rule Your World! Finding Freedom and Living Profitably, to make it profitable to order another batch. I can't recommend the course enough; to add your name to the waiting list, go to www.HarryBrowne.org.
Pamela has received enough donations to produce Harry's headstone. Thanks to everyone who donated.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Here are some follow-up notes to my latest article, The Persecution of Plaxico Burress:
Some readers have taken issue with my assertion that Burress is blameless. But criminal law should deal only with victims seeking restitution and/or damages in response after the fact to tangible damage to their person or property. Burress hurt no one but himself, so there's no crime and he should be legally blameless.
Some others have mentioned what could have happened, such as Burress' gun shooting someone else, instead of himself, when it went off. But that's why I specified "after the fact" for the definition of a crime; criminal law should not deal in probabilities regarding something that "could" happen in some hypothetical scenario that never actually occurred.
There's no question that Burress did a stupid thing, not only in the way he chose to carry the gun -- which did potentially endangered others, and obviously from what happened endangered himself. He was also stupid to make himself unreasonably vulnerable to NY's draconian gun-control laws; right or wrong, you have to face the fact that the State is more powerful than you, and either avoid breaking laws that impose serious penalties, or be willing to take the risk and pay the penalty if you get caught. So I'm not saying he's blameless in that sense, but the focus of my article was the immorality of criminal laws against behavior that doesn't inflict tangible damage to someone's body or property, and where there's no victim filing a complaint. His behavior may have been stupid, but that's a separate issue; it should not be regarded as criminal.
Government laws often create unintended consequences; one also can't help but wonder whether the gun control laws were the reason Burress was hiding the gun in the waistband of his pants, rather than safely, in a holster.
Finally, some have taken issue with my supposed assertion that people should be able to take their guns anywhere they want, including places where liquor is being served. But that's not my assertion; my assertion is that such questions should be left to the market, not to unaffected third parties who coercively impose their rules on others. Nightclub owners should decide whether to allow guns on their property, as well as any other details regarding what kind, under what circumstances, etc. If we had a real market economy, the same would be true of the owners of sidewalks, streets, etc. in front of, and around, all establishments, including nightclubs. Customers would give the most profits to the owners who do the best job addressing their concerns about all relevant issues, including safety, and the whole thing would shake out as well as it possibly could in the real world.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
From Pamela Browne:
It's been over 2 1/2 years since Harry Browne died and still there is no gravestone on his grave site. The monument I've designed (a stone podium with a book atop, a Statue of Liberty on the pedestal, and 2 bronze base markers ~ Harry's epitaph on one and the other detailing his life) costs nearly $5,000 for West Memorials of Memphis, Tennessee to produce and ship to North Carolina. In order to place the memorial on Harry's grave by the 3rd anniversary of his death, I must raise the necessary funds within the next 2 months. Will you make a donation so I can reach my goal? (Donors names ~ unless you instruct otherwise ~ will be listed permanently on Harry's web site and in his Library Museum with a photo of the monument.)
Paypal donations should be made to the email address: PLWBrowne@HarryBrowne.org.Checks & money orders should be made payable to: Pamela Wolfe Browne, 106 Oakland Avenue, Kernersville, NC 27284.
Thank you for your consideration.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
From Pamela Browne:
Money & The Economy:
According to Harry Browne, not one person in a thousand really understands what money is. A proper grasp of it will give you the key that unlocks the many puzzles of national economic events. Without that understanding, it’s impossible to think for oneself; instead, you’re forced to rely upon the superficial conclusions of people with conflicting opinions and credentials. 99% of All You Need to Know About Money and Its Effect Upon the Economy was taken from the first nine chapters of Harry's best-selling 1970 book, How You Can Profit from the Coming Devaluation. It was edited by him in 2005, and includes a brief afterword with a source that can help you set up a Permanent Portfolio ~ so it doesn't matter whether next year brings prosperity, inflation, recession, or even a depression; you'll know you're safe - no matter what.
This short eBook (85 pages) is the clearest and most extensive explanation of how the government money system works and perverts the free market. Equally important, it’s written in language that any reasonably intelligent layman can understand.
To download MONEY for $9.75 go to: www.TrendsAction.com
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Mises.org articles are always worth reading, but yesterday's by Robert Prechter about the current gas shortage in the southeast was especially good. He made the same basic points that I made last week on LRC. You can read it here.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Bob Murphy, an economist and frequent contributor to LRC and Mises.org, also runs a blog called Free Advice, which I recently came across for the first time. It's fabulous -- maybe the best daily news source on the net, aside from the LRC Blog.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Ron Paul: A Life of Ideas is in stock and ready to ship from Amazon.com; autographed copies are available for $10 extra from JohnnyKramer.com.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Amazon.com has cut the price of Ron Paul: A Life of Ideas from $14.95 plus shipping to $10.17 plus shipping, so I have reduced the price of autographed copies to $25.99, which includes 2-3 day Priority shipping.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Pamela Browne has released as an e-book the first part of the book Harry was working on when he died, "The War Racket;" the first part is about World War I. The book was never finished; part two, which comes out in about a month, will contain one more completed chapter, plus about 175 pages of random notes Harry had typed while doing research for the rest of the book. You can download part one here for only $9.75.
Friday, August 8, 2008
Variant Press' biography of Ron Paul, for which I wrote the first chapter, has a final title of "Ron Paul: A Life of Ideas." It's scheduled to come out on Sept. 1, and can be pre-ordered now on Amazon.com for only $14.95.
Friday, August 1, 2008
Pamela Browne is opening a museum of Harry Browne's career in Kernersville, NC, on Aug. 14. I hope I see it someday. More information, some photos, and instructions for making a reservation to see it, or a donation to support it, are all available here.
Monday, July 20, 2008
Pamela Browne has released two previously-unpublished manuscripts of Harry's from the '60s as one downloadable e-book, "The Secret of Selling - Anything." It's available here for only $9.75. I've read it and it's excellent; everyone has to sell something at certain times in their lives (such as selling themselves during a job interview), even if they don't overtly sell for a living, so I'm certain that anyone who reads it will find it valuable.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Today would've been Harry Browne's 75th birthday. To commemorate the day, Pamela Browne has released a new e-book of Harry's articles from the '60s called, "Freedom the American Way: Your Future is in Your Hands." I've already read most of it, and I highly recommend it. It's available here for only $9.75.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Ron Paul officially ended his presidential campaign last night in Houston. The site for his new effort, the Campaign for Liberty, is here.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
I can't help but mention that this is the 16th anniversary of Johnny Carson's last Tonight Show.
The 20-hour Harry Browne audio course from 1967 is now available via instant download for only $99.99. I think it's worth the extra $50 to get it on CDs in a handsome, dust-proof case, but this is a faster, cheaper option for obtaining the course.
Also available is a collection of audio of some of Harry's speeches from 1994-2002, which is available for only $19.99, also as an instant download.
Purchasing information for this and all of Harry's other material is available here.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Thankfully, my chapter of Variant Press' biography of Ron Paul is finally finished. I'm excited to see it published; it's due out sometime this fall.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Thanks to Dave Meltzer for plugging my Ric Flair tribute article today on the most-read and best wrestling news site, WrestlingObserver.com. My article is running on LRC tomorrow.
The Mid-Atlantic Gateway has posted a photo album of Ric from the '70s, which is available here.
Monday, March 24, 2008
Thanks to Reginald Firehammer (if that's a pen name, it's great!), who runs a website called The Autonomist at www.TheAutonomist.com, for writing to inform me of this:
In celebration of Harry Browne's life, and the life-changing nature of Harry's book How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World, Reginald is soliciting essays from people about how they found freedom in an unfree world.
In July, the writers of the three best essays will each receive a new hardcover copy of How I Found Freedom, and the two runners-up will each receive a new paperback copy. Even used copies are rare and expensive.
More information about the contest, which includes a link to my review of How I Found Freedom on LRC, is available here.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
My 30-page review of the 20-CD Harry Browne course, Rule Your World! Finding Freedom and Living Profitably, should be on LRC soon; we're having technical issues with getting the link set up for LRC to receive a commission for the sales it generates.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Pamela Browne has just released a new e-book of Harry's material. She writes:
"A New eBook:
To commemorate Harry's life, I've assembled a new eBook titled, 'Investment Strategy in an Uncertain World' ~ a collection of 16 articles from HARRY BROWNE'S SPECIAL REPORTS newsletter. Although the articles were written in the 1980s and 1990s, they contain timeless ideas ~ ideas that can help you today to detect sound investment advice from jargon posing as insight. And, of course, they're written in Harry's patented easy-to-follow style, sprinkled with his good humor."
The book is available here for only $9.75. I've already purchased it, and it's excellent.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
I'm writing the first chapter of the first-ever biography of Ron Paul, Ron Paul: A Better Way, which will be released in fall 2008 by Variant Press. You can pre-order the book here.
Monday, January 28, 2008
My First Book
I'm working on my first book, which will be a downloadable e-book on men's clothes, titled: The Man's Guide to Getting Dressed: The Complete Guide to What to Wear, When, and Why. It should be available for purchase soon; details will appear here when it's ready.
Rule Your World Review
I'm also working on a review of the new 20-CD Harry Browne course, Rule Your World: Finding Freedom and Living Profitably. It should be on LRC soon. To give you an idea of what's taking so long, after seven CDs, I already have 28 pages of single-spaced notes -- that's how good the course is. I can't recommend it highly enough; you can get more information and purchase it here.
Monday, December 24, 2007
A Christmas Classic from Harry Browne
I promote this article by the great Harry Browne every Christmas. He originally wrote it in 1966 to his daughter, who was 9-years-old at the time.
It's a great lesson that one can never learn deeply enough: No one owes you anything -- no one has to do anything for you, love you, respect you, be your friend, be courteous, be intelligent, or anything else just because you want it or because you think they "should." Not only will some choose not to give you those things; some don't even have things like intelligence or empathy to give to anyone, even if they wanted to. Accept people for what they are and learn to avoid those who would harm you.
You'll avoid a lot of heartache and disappointment in life if you can absorb this lesson so deeply that you conform to it as much as possible not just intellectually, but emotionally. (Of course, your emotions won't conform to it 100% of the time no matter what you do, because you're not perfect. But it's a lot better to emotionally conform to this mentality 90% of the time than 50% of the time, for example. The fact that you'll never get to 100% doesn't mean you can't still see a massive improvement in your own maturity and temperament from whatever level you're at now.)
A Gift for My Daughter by Harry Browne
Harry also began reading this article and discussing it on his radio show at Christmas, at my suggestion. He did so on the last show before Christmas in 2002 and 2003; they can be heard on the radio archives at www.HarryBrowne.org.
My Endorsement of Ron Paul
I've been endorsing Dr. Paul to people all year, but thanks to The Ron Paul Presidential Campaign for publishing my official endorsement on www.RonPaul2008.com.
Monday, December 10, 2007
I've written about my favorite book, How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World by Harry Browne. That book, first published in 1973, arose from a lecture series that Harry used to give in southern California in the 1960s called The Art of Profitable Living.
Earlier this year, Pamela Browne found a box of reel-to-reel audio tapes of that lecture series that were recorded in 1967, and she has just released them as a 20-CD course called Rule Your World: Finding Freedom and Living Profitably. It should be dynamite; I can't wait to get them. The first 25 people who order will also receive a photo album of Harry. (Actually, the albums are only available to the first 24 people who order; the first one is already on its way to me!)
More details and ordering information are available here.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
This story is a great companion to my LRC piece this weekend about how the media distorts reality.
CNN interviewed WWE wrestler John Cena for their special last Wednesday, "Death Grip: Inside Pro Wrestling."
WWE has posted on their website the unedited portion of the interview side-by-side with what CNN aired. Take a look at how they spliced together short segments of his answer to make it appear that Cena admitted to using steroids and arrogantly proclaimed that no one can prove it; while in the unedited clip, he emphatically denied ever using steroids, and simply made the point that some people won't believe him even if they can't prove that he's lying, and that there's no amount of proof that he can offer to convince them otherwise.
Whether one thinks Cena is lying about using steroids is irrelevant. It's one thing for CNN to accurately air Cena's answer, then offer evidence that he might be lying; it's quite another to deliberately edit footage to make it appear that Cena said the opposite of what he really said.
Saturday, November 3, 2007
My Nov. 1 LRC column, The Coming Market Triumph, was discussed during the first two hours of last night's Free Talk Live radio show. The archive is available here. Thanks to Ian Bernard for sending a note to let me know.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
My Sept. 21 LRC column, What You Can Learn from OJ, was discussed for over an hour on the Pass the Salt radio show, hosted by Dave Daubenmire, a minister and adjunct professor at Mt. Vernon Nazarene University in Mt. Vernon, Ohio. The show is available for download here.