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FEE – Marxism on the Menu: Why This Communist Restaurant Failed

College Players Flee Socialist Athletics for Capitalist NFL by Harrison Burge If university revenues increase courtesy of athletics while high-caliber athletes remain mired in a socialist collective existence, devoid of the opportunity for a market-based compensation, high-performing college athletes may increasingly look to the market of professional sports sooner. READ NOW What Jonathan Swift Thought [...]

FEE – Why Obama Failed

The Supply Curve Explained with Cookies by Joy Buchanan If someone offered you $50 per cookie, and it took you one minute to make 1 cookie, then you might happily produce 60 cookies per hour. If you bought a new oven or invented a new method that let you make 2 cookies per minute, then [...]

FEE – Power Perfected in Weakness: Saturnalia vs. Christmas

Become Great at Slicing Ham and Earn $4,000 Each Time You Do It by Tyler Cowen Florencio Sanchidrián has been slicing Iberian ham (jamon) for the last three decades and today his name is synonymous with the Spanish delicacy. The 55-year-old is regarded as the world’s best ham slicer in the world, and he charges accordingly [...]

Steve Bannon Is Not the Imaginary Hobgoblin Portrayed by the Media Elite

https://spectator.org/steve-bannon-is-not-the-imaginary-hobgoblin-portrayed-by-the-media-elite/ Ralph Benko February 7, 2017, 12:04 am If they don’t listen they won’t hear. The elite media is currently awash with fascinated hogwash about Steve Bannon, President Trump’s White House strategist. Time magazine devotes its current cover to an intentionally unflattering cover photo of and snarky cover headline about him. Time is joining the [...]

FEE – Ten Greatest Hits This Week

The Failure of Public Schooling in One Chart by Daniel J. Mitchell Between 1950 and 2009, American public schools experienced a 96 percent increase in student population. During that time, the number of administrators and other staff increased by over seven times the increase in students. This staffing surge still exists today, but the promised [...]

Can Donald Trump Avoid Andrew Jackson’s Trap And Create An American Economic Miracle?

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2017/01/31/can-donald-trump-avoid-andrew-jacksons-trap-and-create-an-american-economic-miracle/#5aef1e6d1440 Jan 31, 2017 @ 10:00 AM Ralph Benko Andrew Jackson was a populist. His charisma and rhetoric anticipated that of Donald J. Trump. Many have noted the resemblance. Jackson was nicknamed “Old Hickory.” Call Donald Trump “New Hickory.” It appears that Jackson’s portrait now hangs in the Oval Office. President Trump might just, if [...]

The Left Wages War On Donald Trump, Its Godzilla

Jan 29, 2017 @ 10:00 AM http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2017/01/29/the-left-wages-war-on-donald-trump-its-godzilla/#1d96761b1afb Ralph Benko Last week, in downtown DC, I was treated up-close-and-personal to Greenpeace’s banner unfurled — two intrepid activists dangling from it to provide ballast — from the top of a 270-foot-high crane rising above the crater of the old Washington Post building proclaiming RESIST. It was a [...]

How President Trump Could Bring About A Safer Greater World Peace

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2017/01/20/how-president-trump-could-bring-about-a-safer-greater-world-peace/#3bd443ef6724 Jan 20, 2017 @ 01:00 PM Ralph Benko As I have argued here, repeatedly, Donald Trump won the presidency on a platform of peace and prosperity. Now, as he himself recently told The Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty, “you still have to produce the results.” There’s more than a little anxiety about whether Trump’s proposed [...]

2017 TRUMP DOLLAR to Make America Great Again

  LIBERY DOLLAR UPDATE 2017 TRUMP DOLLAR to Make America Great Again APRIL 5, 2017 Dear Liberty Dollar Supporters: I loved our monetary activism, what we did together with Liberty Dollar and our patriotic stand against our country’s corrupt monetary system. So I am excited to announce the “Liberty Dollar” is back! The new 2017 [...]

Silicon Valley, Stop Playing Brigadoon And Make America Politically Good And Great Again

Jan 15, 2017 @ 10:00 AM http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2017/01/15/silicon-valley-stop-playing-brigadoon-and-make-america-politically-good-and-great-again/#462509f134e4 Ralph Benko American is having a long delayed political nervous breakdown. That derives from a breakdown in our underlying philosophy. Silicon Valley could fix that. America was founded on, and has as its DNA, “classical liberalism.” America’s political structure was very intentionally patterned on the philosophy of such [...]

Help Make A Report Card For President Trump!

Jan 8, 2017 @ 10:01 AM http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2017/01/08/help-make-a-report-card-for-president-trump/#3019e4a1b493 Ralph Benko Donald Trump has raised high expectations among his admirers. My recent column Is Donald Trump’s Paleopopulism A Mortal Threat To the Left’s Calamity Jane Politics? observed: Can Trump, with smart policy design, sell his agenda to a likely recalcitrant Republican Congress and make it work? The [...]

Is Donald Trump’s Paleopopulism A Mortal Threat To The Left’s ‘Calamity Jane’ Politics?

Dec 31, 2016 @ 07:00 AM http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2016/12/31/is-donald-trumps-paleopopulism-a-mortal-threat-to-the-lefts-calamity-jane-politics/#2505b3632951 Ralph Benko The Washington Post‘s Dan Balz reported on the political elites confronting Trump,”As one former member of Obama’s campaign team put it, ‘I feel like in some ways my brain has to think differently than it ever has.’” True fact. >snip< How to “think differently?” Here’s a [...]

President Trump’s First Big Fight Will Be With ‘Tyrannosaurus John’ Over ‘Tough Dove Rex’

Dec 25, 2016 @ 08:00 AM http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2016/12/25/president-trumps-first-big-fight-will-be-with-tyrannosaurus-john-over-tough-dove-rex/#3f22f8c561af Ralph Benko Today’s 25th anniversary of the fall of the USSR and the end of the Cold War is not just a historical curio. It has had, and again soon will have, profound political ramifications. Most of the political class, very much including the media, have not absorbed [...]

Ayn Rand’s Ghost Does Not Haunt The Trump Administration

Dec 18, 2016 @ 10:00 AM http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2016/12/18/ayn-rands-ghost-does-not-haunt-the-trump-administration/#477293083348 Ralph Benko “Who is Donald Trump?” To paraphrase the opening line of Atlas Shrugged, the mainstream media remains on its manic quest to define the incoming president. It once again goes off the rails. The Washington Post recently featured a long article by James Hohmann trying and failing [...]

‘Clinton Beats Trump’ Is The Real ‘Fake News’ Scandal

Dec 12, 2016 @ 10:00 PM http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2016/12/12/clinton-beats-trump-is-the-real-fake-news-scandal/#421fe75d29e6 Ralph Benko The left has been hysterically pushing a new meme, “fake news.” While ostensibly neutral in practice it is subliminally weaponized as another lame vector — along with attacks on the electoral college and so forth — to undermine the legitimacy of the election of Donald Trump. [...]

The Left’s Fed Up Makes A Naked Power Grab For Control Of The Fed

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2016/09/11/the-lefts-fed-up-makes-a-naked-power-grab-for-control-of-the-fed/#797ea3322f35 Sep 11, 2016 @ 08:00 AM Ralph Benko The left is undertaking an amazing back door plan to dramatically increase its influence over the Fed’s interest-rate-setting Open Market Committee. The key activist group, a division of the Center for Popular Democracy, is working to kick the bankers off the boards of directors of the [...]

The Best Hope For Restoring The American Dream Now Lives In The US Senate

Sep 4, 2016 @ 10:01 AM http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2016/09/04/the-best-hope-for-restoring-the-american-dream-now-lives-in-the-us-senate/#e4b71546222c Ralph Benko Who will conjure the American Dream back for us? Politics is part prestidigitation, part reality. A great magician distracts her audience’s attention while producing the payoff. Abracadabra! Want to see how it’s done? Focus on the hidden hand. In this case, the United States Senate. The [...]

The Fed’s Surrealistic “Melting Clocks” Monetary Policy Is the American Dream Killer

http://thepulse2016.com/ralph-benko/2016/08/30/the-feds-surrealistic-melting-clocks-monetary-policy-is-the-american-dream-killer/# By Ralph Benko on August 30, 2016 The most recent government measure shows that America’s economic growth rate slowed, in the last quarter, to a rate of only 1.1 percent, about one-third of normal American economic growth rates. This may not sound like a big deal. But it is. It means that job creation, [...]

Announcing a new Gold and Silver-backed debit card!

  LIBERTY DOLLAR ALERT: October 24. 2016 Announcing a new Gold and Silver-backed debit card! Dear Liberty Dollar Supporter: As some of you may remember, I designed, developed, patented and launched a pilot program for the world’s first real-time gold and silver-backed debit card that can be used anywhere Visa or MasterCard is accepted. Well, [...]

How Donald Trump Beat Ted Cruz

May 3, 2016 @ 08:00 PM http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2016/05/03/how-donald-trump-beat-ted-cruz/#6649d3b24696 Ralph Benko What happened in Indiana is not likely to stay in Indiana. Presidential campaigns are a genre of nonfiction. Here is how Donald Trump beat Ted Cruz in Indiana and became the GOP nominee. To appropriate the words of editorial titan Sean Coyne, it was a Big [...]

For Americans, Peace Trumps War

Apr 30, 2016 @ 12:15 PM http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2016/04/30/americans-peace-trumps-war/#6ce6d47312be Ralph Benko Presidential politics, big picture, is mainly about two things: prosperity and peace, a/k/a national security. On the prosperity side Donald Trump is beginning to attract unexpected mainstream praise for the economic, specifically monetary, policy element of his prosperity agenda. >snip< Moving on to peace, and national [...]

Happy Earth Day: How To Use Capitalism To Bring Us Abundant, Cheap And Emission-Free Energy

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2016/04/22/happy-earth-day-how-to-use-capitalism-to-bring-us-abundant-cheap-and-emission-free-energy/#633b841f7f71 Apr 22, 2016 @ 05:00 AM Ralph Benko One of the loudest and most fruitless political disputes in Washington has been about climate change. If you’re even vaguely concerned about climate change, take note: The political climate itself may be changing. Capitalism to the rescue! >snip< Over many years of this partisan impasse the [...]

‘Democracy Spring,’ Alice’s Restaurant Re-enactors, Only Less

Apr 18, 2016 @ 08:00 AM Ralph Benko http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2016/04/18/democracy-spring-alices-restaurant-re-enactors-only-less/#53689b851083Several thousand people, a thousand planning to get arrested, came to Capitol last week.  Their cause: to get Big Money out of politics. It made for good street theater. It got them a decent amount of news coverage, and probably donations. Although the protestors may have been [...]

Book Review: James Rickards, The New Case For Gold

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2016/04/10/book-review-james-rickards-the-new-case-for-gold/#2fa9d02c43d7 Ralph Benko Apr 10, 2016 @ 10:00 AM Auric Goldfinger  was a Bond villain obsessed with gold. James Rickards is the James Bond of gold. Rickards has amassed, one infers, a massive following with his previous books, The Death of Money: The Coming Collapse of the International Monetary System and Currency Wars, and his [...]

George Gilder Writes A Savagely Brilliant Book: The Scandal Of Money

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2016/04/03/george-gilder-writes-a-savagely-brilliant-book-the-scandal-of-money/#2b1369283af0 Ralph Benko Tired of struggling economically? Me too. George Gilder offers an explanation and a solution: restoring monetary integrity. It’s radical and goes far beyond primitive “supply side economics.” The axis of restored prosperity is “entrepreneurial ingenuity,” founded in all the policies which make that possible, and all that such ingenuity in turn makes [...]