Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Episode 165, Is This the Start of "The Collapse"?

Two important events happening in the world today:
  1. The Greek technical default on the debt it owes the European Union.
  2. The crashing of the Chinese stock market.
Do either events, or both, portend the start of The Collapse?  Will future historians declare either as having triggered the chaotic descent into catastrophic hard times, which many of us believe will be worse than the Great Depression?

In this show I review the criteria I've laid down, in the form of the economic benchmarks, for declaring that The Collapse has arrived. These include metrics for the US stock markets, unemployment, and gross domestic product.

We then look at the two situations, the Greek default and the China stock market crash, with an eye toward assessing the severity of their impact on the rest of the world.

Will either event "trigger" The Collapse we're expecting? Listen and find out!

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Episode 164, Listener Don Returns to Liberty Ridge

Topics we discuss whilst relaxing on the porch:

  • Ferguson, Baltimore, and Charleston
  • The Supreme Court and Obamacare
  • The Supreme Court and same-sex marriage
  • Cornell West's charge that Obama is too intimidated to fight white supremacy (and Fred Reed's response)
  • The BLS unemployment stats propaganda
  • Texas' new precious metal repository
  • The Federal Reserve ZIRP
  • Greece, Puerto Rico, bank bailouts, and the end of cash
  • The Chinese hack of OPM and ISIS
  • After Civil War 2--the war crimes trials--who's on trial, and what are the charges?
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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Episode 163, Liberty Ridge, Two Years In

With our two-year anniversary here at Liberty Ridge just around the corner, I thought I'd talk about what "shrugging out" has been like for us and what we have learned so far.

Topics include:
  • Raised bed vegetable gardening, including crop rotation
  • Rainwater catchment for irrigation
  • Raising chickens, including adding new chickens to an existing flock
  • Canning and freezing home-grown vegetables
  • Living with a wood stove
  • Living with an old tractor
  • Maintaining the homestead
  • Rural life in general, including neighbors, services you can't take for granted, handling bad weather, and local law enforcement
One of the things I discuss is the strategy of moving to the country before the stuff hits the fan versus the "emergency bugout" strategy. There are clear advantages to moving away from the city well before SHTF, if you can do it.

As I always say, shrugging out is a "twofer"--you get the Atlas Shrugged bit--removing your consent and support for the gigantic US government and the dependency culture it has spawned, and you gain the security of bugging out before the Stuff Hits The Fan.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Episode 162, Climate Change--Fascism in Science Clothing

In this show, I talk about the politics of Climate Change, and the goal held by its proponents--nothing less than rescuing Collectivism once again from its manifest failures through the use of pseudo-science.

It's just the latest replay of the old con from the early 1900's, where advances in "science"--in that case "social science" and in today's case "climate science"--will allow an elite group of smart people to solve our problems. And exert totalitarian control over our lives. A tradeoff they believe (or pretend to believe) is necessary to ensure our survival.

The show ends with a suggested speech to be given by a future US President on the subject of climate change and what should be done about it.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Episode 161, More About America's Ruin

I’ve received great feedback from the last show about the long, slow ruin of America. Many thanks to all the listeners who responded.

I did leave a few things out of that show—it was way too long, and I had to cut about 20 minutes before posting the episode.

Plus there were a few very important drivers of America’s ruin that failed to cover, which I will remedy in this show.

The topic being America's ruin, I also spend some time reviewing a very interesting and plausible economic collapse scenario recently written by a blogger known as Capitalist Eric.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Episode 160, The Long, Slow, Ruin of America

Adam Smith said long ago, "There is a great deal of ruin in a nation." He was talking about the British Empire, during the American revolution.

As for America's ruination, however slowly it unfolds, it has been a very painful process, and it claims an ever larger pool of victims with each passing year.

What are the milestones that have marked our journey towards ruin?

What are the big trends that are shaping our decline?

How fast is our ruination happening? Is the pace steady, slowing, or quickening?

When will it all fall in?  When will we say the ruination is complete?

Is ruin inevitable for America? Or is there something that might stop it from happening?

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Episode 159, What is Freedom of Speech, Really?

What exactly is the freedom of speech?  And why is freedom of speech such an important topic, especially now?

It's important because, of course, freedom of speech is under assault. 

There is a false premise that freedom of speech must be balanced against public safety and individual security which, unfortunately, most people seem to accept.

Freedom of speech comes from a surprising source, and when you understand what that source is, the confusions and distortions of freedom of speech promoted by both well-meaning and evil people become very clear.

In the end, as with all liberties, you get to keep the liberties that you are prepared to fight for. Unfortunately, few people are prepared to fight for any of their liberties today, including the right to free speech. 

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