Thursday, July 17, 2014

Gold...Is Gold

I'm working on my Master's Degree, and I had to give a presentation on "the history of a chosen resource."  My professor knows some of my libertarian outlook, and where I work, and practically dared me to pick gold.  

Challenge accepted.

This was the final slide in my class presentation last night.  It shows the price of gold since 1800.

I humorously and facetiously pointed out the "huge spike" caused by the Civil War, and the equally huge one caused by the Great Depression, before focusing on the real spike.  Something profound and basic had to have happened to change this otherwise flat graph to an exponential progression; I jokingly asked what could possibly have happened around the time of the Nixon administration to have caused it?

"Gold is gold," I said.  "Gold doesn't double in power every eighteen months.  Gold doesn't release a new model with sunroof and bucket seats.  Gold doesn't crash the asking price by getting caught taking the secretary to Jamaica instead of the wife.

"Gold is the baseline against which other things are measured.  If something changed, and caused the measure of gold to skyrocket like's not the gold that's different."

No clue yet what kind of grade I got...


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Latest Voice Work: Thomas DiLorenzo on Jefferson and Secession

Had the privilege of voicing "The Jeffersonian Secessionist Tradition" by Thomas DiLorenzo, available for your listening pleasure right here:

The Jeffersonian Secessionist Tradition

Hope you enjoy; comments, criticisms, critiques, always welcome.


Monday, July 07, 2014

We Are All Idea Smugglers...And Snowball Rollers

You, Mr. & Ms. libertarian, are of the same pedigree as John Hancock! 

It's true that you're not smuggling a physical good (as Hancock did) but if you'reabsorbing the ideas of liberty and then sharing those ideas with others, you're still a smuggler.
I've always described being a libertarian as "rolling snowballs downhill."  Every time you discuss freedom, or Ron Paul, or Lew Rockwell, or libertarianism, the real Lincoln, alternative health, paleo diets, etc, pack a small snowball and set it loose to roll down a hill.

Most snowballs rolled down a hill grind to a stop.  Some bounce off the slope and disappear.  But...every now and then...

On occasion, one of those snowballs will hit just the right trajectory, and pick up speed, and just like in the old cartoons, it will just keep getting bigger and bigger until it reaches the bottom of the hill and creams all of the unsuspecting totalitarian statists cartoon characters who couldn't be bothered to look up or dodge out of the way.

Keep rolling those snowballs...keep smuggling those ideas.