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Economic Common Sense, by Laurence M. Vance

Thomas DiLorenzo has been prolifically challenging the conventional wisdom on many totems for many years. Laurence M. Vance reviews his latest book at lewrockwell.com:

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Economics, by Thomas J. DiLorenzo, Washington, D.C.: Regnery Publishing, 2022, 242 pages, paperback.

Counting this book, there are 31 books in the Politically Incorrect Guides series published by Regnery. I have read or at least looked through most of the books in this series. Although all of the books are not equal in importance or value, I would only consider one of them to be a bad book (the volume on The Vietnam War). Some of the books are very well done, such as the two by Robert P. Murphy (Capitalism and The Great Depression and the New Deal), the two by Brian McClanahan (The Founding Fathers and Real American Heroes), the book on The Constitution by Kevin R.C. Gutzman, and the first book in the series on American History, by Thomas E. Woods.

Thomas J. DiLorenzo is a senior fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama, a prominent and frequent speaker at Mises Institute events, and former professor of economics at Loyola University Maryland, where he is now professor emeritus. To say that DiLorenzo is a prolific writer is an understatement. Not only has he written hundreds of popular articles for LewRockwell.com and many scholarly articles for academic journals, he is also widely published in national media outlets such as The Wall Street JournalUSA TodayThe Washington PostBarron’s, and many other publications. He is the author or co-author of many books, including Hamilton’s CurseThe Problem with Socialism, and How Capitalism Saved America: The Untold History of Our Country, from the Pilgrims to the Present. He is probably best known for his three critical books on Abraham Lincoln. DiLorenzo is eminently qualified to write The Politically Incorrect Guide to Economics. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Virginia Tech, has written widely on economics, and taught university economics for 41 years.

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Why Orwell matters, by Bruno Waterfield

Orwell saw through, defined, and called out the depredations of freedom’s enemies. From Bruno Waterfield at spiked-online.com:

His defence of freedom flies in the face of all that is woke and regressive today.

Most people think that George Orwell was writing about, and against, totalitarianism – especially when they encounter him through the prism of his great dystopian novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four.

This view of Orwell is not wrong, but it can miss something. For Orwell was concerned above all about the particular threat posed by totalitarianism to words and language. He was concerned about the threat it posed to our ability to think and speak freely and truthfully. About the threat it posed to our freedom.

He saw, clearly and vividly, that to lose control of words is to lose control of meaning. That is what frightened him about the totalitarianism of Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia – these regimes wanted to control the very linguistic substance of thought itself.

And that is why Orwell continues to speak to us so powerfully today. Because words, language and meaning are under threat once more.

Totalitarianism in Orwell’s time

The totalitarian regimes of Nazi Germany and Stalin’s Soviet Union represented something new and frightening for Orwell. Authoritarian dictatorships, in which power was wielded unaccountably and arbitrarily, had existed before, of course. But what made the totalitarian regimes of the 20th century different was the extent to which they demanded every individual’s complete subservience to the state. They sought to abolish the very basis of individual freedom and autonomy. They wanted to use dictatorial powers to socially engineer the human soul itself, changing and shaping how people think and behave.

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The Sordid Union Between Intelligence and Organized Crime, by Joe Mercola

Whitney Webb has a new book detailing the decades of manure that allowed Jeffrey Epstein to flower. From Dr. Joseph Mercola at theburningplatform.com:

Story at-a-glance

  • Whitney Webb’s book, “One Nation Under Blackmail: The Sordid Union Between Intelligence and Crime That Gave Rise to Jeffrey Epstein,” provides the framework to understand not just the role and function of Epstein, but also, more broadly, the mess we’re now finding ourselves in
  • Around the time of World War II, the intelligence community in the United States formalized its cooperation with organized crime syndicates in what was known as Operation Underworld, and the web of corruption grew from there
  • Sexual blackmail was used by organized crime before U.S. intelligence even existed. As criminal factions and intelligence agencies developed a symbiotic relationship, blackmail became a tool to achieve their individual ends
  • While it may appear as though organized crime is being combated, this is rarely ever the case. Stories of cracking down on organized crime are cover stories to hide what’s really happening, which is the consolidation of organized crime territory
  • The incentive behind all this criminal activity is not merely the hoarding of money to live in the lap of luxury. It’s about power and control over others. The good news is we can pull the plug on their plans

In this interview, investigative journalist Whitney Webb discusses her book, “One Nation Under Blackmail: The Sordid Union Between Intelligence and Crime That Gave Rise to Jeffrey Epstein.” The book is so long, it was cut into two volumes. Volume 1 alone is 544 pages, but it’s a fascinating read and incredibly well-referenced.

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The Terrifying Vacuity of Klaus Schwab, by eugyppius

How many people realize they are being led down a Great Reset primrose path by a complete idiot? From eugyppius at eugyppius.com:

Like many bad books, The Great Reset lapses into occasional inadvertent autobiography. In the final pages especially, where Klaus Schwab writes of his hopes for a “Personal Reset” through state repression, we catch a glimpse of the man during the first-wave lockdown at his house in Cologny. At first he enjoyed the break with routine and the opportunity to commune with nature, but before long he began to feel a nagging unease. He’d spent most of his years prior to 2020 flogging “stakeholder capitalism”, his umbrella term for various schemes to disarm criticism of the globalist corporate borg and co-opt leftist opposition. Schwab succeeded in parlaying his simplistic ideas into an international conference circuit, known today as the World Economic Forum, where he could hobnob with corporate and political celebrities and burnish his Bond-villain reputation among political dissidents. But the pandemic had thrown Schwab off balance. For once his reprocessed nostrums about environmental, social and corporate governance issues were no longer in demand; virologists and epidemiologists and exponential growth curves filled the news instead. His powerful celebrity clients were suddenly listening to other people. Obscurity loomed.

Thus Schwab enlisted his sidekick research-assistant Thierry Malleret, booted up his laptop, and spent a few months decanting the cloud of buzzwords, talking points and half-remembered powerpoint presentations plaguing his brain into a meandering and thoroughly pointless document. When he had finished, he sent the whole thing to Malleret’s wife for a proof-read, and then he ordered his own Forum Press to print off a few thousand copies. Thus did yet another lamentable exercise in self-publishing come to pass.

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Textbook Economics? A Review of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Economics, by Mark Thornton

Reading Thomas DiLorenzo’s book on economics will be more beneficial than a degree in economics from most U.S. colleges and universities. From Mark Thornton at lewrockwell.com:

If people understood economics, then our problems with big government would be greatly reduced. Inflation, big government and even war are rare in ideologically smart societies. However, mandatory government education, socialist propaganda by the media cartel, and politicians serving up trillions in government giveaways has enticed the average American to the dark side.[1]

Political correctness, or the opposition to truth and justice, has fallen on America, seemingly, like a tsunami. It is a crucial weapon of the dark side. In economic matters, the latest Marxist/Progressive’s dark side assault has been economic inequality.[2]  This propaganda for higher taxes and more government handouts has been bolstered by decades of bogus government and academic statistical reports.[3] Everyone needs to know some economics to not be bamboozled by this misinformation campaign.

America’s high school and college students are often required to take a course on economics, but most of those classes are anti-economic propaganda against the market and entrepreneurship. The universities and their liberal arts curricula have been entirely infected with Marxism.  College graduates go forward knowing a few skills useful to the State, but more importantly are thoroughly brainwashed against the free market.

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Book review: “Vaccination, Social Violence, and Criminality: The Medical Assault on the American Brain”, by Toby Roberts

What if most of the U.S., including the people who presume to rule us, are already brain-damaged from vaccines? From the Toby Roberts at 2ndsmartestguyintheworld.substack.com:

Harris L. Coulter connected the dots back in 1990 and his words still ring true today

I want to draw your attention to an extraordinary but little-known book titled Vaccination, Social Violence, and Criminality: The Medical Assault on the American Brain. It was published in 1990 and it’s out of print but there are still a few used copies available on Amazon and eBay. It was written by Harris L. Coulter (1932 – 2009) a visionary medical historian (with a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Columbia University) who also co-authored A Shot in the Dark with Barbara Loe Fisher in 1986.

Vaccination, Social Violence, and Criminality is as close as our movement gets to a Unified Field Theory. Coulter argues that everything from the social upheaval of the 1960s to the sharp rise in autism, cranial nerve palsies, depression, suicide, eating disorders, learning disabilities, seizures, allergies, family dissolution, demyelinating disorders, sexual violence, and other forms of psychopathy & sociopathy — all stem, at least in part, from pervasive subclinical encephalitis (and post-encephalitic syndrome) as a result of vaccines. Coulter provides extensive references from the scientific and medical literature at the end of each chapter to document his claims (this was before science and medicine started censoring all discussion of vaccines).

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Hotter than the Sun: Finally, a Book Worth Reading, by Joseph Solis-Mullen

The number of close nuclear calls and the current situation give this book a certain urgency. From Joseph Solis-Mullen at mises.org:

The top seller on Amazon for books devoted to war and peace as of this writing, Scott Horton’s newest offering, Hotter than the Sun: Time to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, is a timely must read. As Washington barrels heedlessly along into Cold War II, the American public badly needs educating on the current risks, past close calls, and the utter insanity of an entire for-profit industry built on the flawed concept of thousands of thermonuclear bombs as “weapons” that keep us safe.

With major papers like the Wall Street Journal and New York Times now regularly running pieces arguing everything from the need to show the Russians we aren’t afraid to fight a nuclear war—that we can even “win” one—to the idea that a “small” nuclear war can help mitigate climate change, Scott’s book is a vital weapon in the hands of the sane, convincingly making the case that it really is time to get rid of the thousands of nuclear and thermonuclear bombs in existence.

Because the truth about thousands of nuclear and thermonuclear bombs, the overwhelming majority of which are possessed by the United States and Russia, is immutable. Just as Ronald Reagan said forty years ago, a nuclear war cannot be won and can never be fought.

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The Covid Plot Against Humanity, by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

Lew Rockwell reviews Dr. Naomi Wolf’s recent book, The Bodies of Others: The New Authoritarians, Covid-19 and the War Against the Human. From Rockwell at lewrockwell.com:

The great historian and literature scholar Dr. Naomi Wolf has written the most important book of our times. She really nails it. After you read The Bodies of Others: The New Authoritarians, Covid-19 and the War Against the Human, you will understand the truly diabolical conspiracy that threatens the world with destruction. In an article a few weeks ago, I reviewed Robert Kennedy’s essential book The Real Anthony Fauci. Kennedy showed that Fauci’s efforts to promote global catastrophe and to profit from it go back decades. But Dr. Wolf goes even further. She shows how evil the forces of destruction really are.

She begins from the onset of the so-called “pandemic” early in 2020. That’s only a little more than two years ago, but the world before then was vastly different from what it is now. We have entered a new Dark Age.  In Dr. Wolf’s career as a reporter and journalist, she knew for a while Chrystia Freeland, who became the Deputy Prime Minister of Canada. Dr. Wolf writes, “’Ms. Freeland was part of a small cadre of ‘influentials’ connected to the World Economic Forum. . .She and her peers, along with allied elites in other fields, eventually masterminded a crime against humanity unprecedented in our times—-a crime that involves the theft of assets and the destruction of cultures, as well as untold deaths.” “This book,” she says, “is about how we came to this harrowing civilizational crossroads—-engaged in a war against vast impersonal forces with limitless control over our lives for the freedoms we have taken for granted; how these forces seized upon two years of COVID-19 panic in sinister new ways; and how, yet, against overwhelming odds, we might still win.”

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Will the Global South break free from dollarized debt?By Pepe Escobar

If the South can break free, it’s a whole new world. From Pepe Escobar at thesaker.is:

n his latest book, economist Michael Hudson pits socialism against finance capitalism and tears apart the ‘dream civilization’ imposed by the 1 percent.

By Pepe Escobar, posted with the author’s permission and cross-posted with The Cradle

Michael Hudson’s new book on the world’s urgent global economic re-set is sure to ruffle some Atlanticist feathers. Photo Credit: The Cradle

With The Destiny of Civilization: Finance Capitalism, Industrial Capitalism or Socialism, Michael Hudson, one of the world’s leading independent economists, has given us arguably the ultimate handbook on where we’re at, who’s in charge, and whether we can bypass them.

Let’s jump straight into the fray. Hudson begins with an analysis of the “take the money and run” ethos, complete with de-industrialization, as 90 percent of US corporate revenue is “used to share buybacks and dividend payouts to support company stock prices.”

That represents the apex of “Finance Capitalism’s” political strategy: to “capture the public sector and shift monetary and banking power” to Wall Street, the City of London and other western financial centers.

The whole Global South will easily recognize the imperial modus operandi: “The strategy of US military and financial imperialism is to install client oligarchies and dictatorships, and arm-twist allies to join the fight against designated adversaries by subsidizing not only the empire’s costs of war-making (“defense”) but even the imperial nation’s domestic spending programs.” This is the antithesis of the multipolar world advocated by Russia and China.

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A new book argues Julian Assange is being tortured. Will our new PM do anything about it? From theconversation.com

We know the answer to the title question. The new Australian PM will do exactly what previous Australian PMs have done—nothing. From theconversation.com:

It is easy to forget why Julian Assange has been on trial in England for, well, seemingly forever.

Didn’t he allegedly sexually assault two women in Sweden? Isn’t that why he holed up for years in the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid facing charges? When the bobbies finally dragged him out of the embassy, didn’t his dishevelled appearance confirm all those stories about his lousy personal hygiene?

Didn’t he persuade Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning to hack into the United States military’s computers to reveal national security matters that endangered the lives of American soldiers and intelligence agents? He says he is a journalist, but hasn’t the New York Times made it clear he is just a “source” and not a publisher entitled to first amendment protection?


Review: The Trial of Julian Assange: A Story of Persecution – Nils Melzer (Verso)


If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, you are not alone. But the answers are actually no. At very least, it’s more complicated than that.

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