Soured on democracy . . . When the world’s elites can’t have it their own way with democracy, they’re fine having it without.

Bard of the open road . . . Nick Gillespie and Brian Doherty of Reason discuss the music and life of Bob Dylan, this year’s recipient of the Nobel Prize for literature. (40:00 mp3)

Individual rights, then gov’t . . . in that order. Professor Randy Barnett sums up the original purpose of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence. (1:30)

A passport-free world? . . . Less than a century ago, freedom of movement was a normal human condition. FEE contributor Speranta Dumitru looks at what it would take to get us back there again.

Give your kid a knife . . . And a real chemistry set! says Karen DeCoster. Our kids need risk more than bubble wrap.


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The Deutsche Bank debacle . . . How risky finance, fractional reserve banking, and an aggressive US D.O.J. have converged like a perfect storm on Europe’s premier banking house.

Voting with your feet . . . Learn Liberty’s Rubin Report reminds of this age-old method of exercising our civic duty (1:30).

From cheese to epi-pens . . . Reason’s Katherine Mangu-Ward explores, in graphic crony-filled detail, the Fed’s ability to interfere in the pricing of just about anything.

Start a business, save the world . . . In an economic sense only, of course. FEE contributor Jonathan Clark reviews capitalism’s recent history and its profound ability to reduce poverty.

The VEEPS . . . Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist gives her take on Tuesday night’s vice-pres debate.

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I’m stunned at the narrative that comes out in the mainstream press sometimes. We’ll be talking about Brexit at this next event. And don’t let that name get by you without thinking about it.

So who came up with Brexit?

A quick search brings up a guy named Kevin Spinks of who says…

“The first use of the word “Brexit” is thought to be by The British Resistance, a nationalist organization, in June 2012. However, it is possible that the term was “invented” simultaneously by a number of writers because “Grexit” had been in use since February 2012.

An alternative “Brixit” was briefly in use in June 2012 but this fell to the wayside as “Brexit” became the accepted term.”

Interesting. Even more interesting is how quickly the media jumped on board with their headlines.

Here are a few from CNN Money:

“Brexit Turmoil Deepens, DOW down nearly 900 points in two days.” ~ June 26

“Brexit Crash Wiped out a record $3 Trillion. Now What?” ~ June 27

“Is the Brexit Market panic already over?  Nope!” ~ June 30

If it bleeds it leads! And that’s just CNN!

Now, if the media was this calm, cool, and collected at the news that Great Britain would free itself from European collectivism, what might our talking heads say on the morning of November 9 when we wake up with a new President (Hillary or Donald – pick your own version of scary)?

Don’t worry, I will not spend one moment on October 19 speculating about who will win or lose in November. That’s anyone’s guess right now (link to nate silver at . To the contrary, I’m going to use this time to prepare you for either result.

What I’m far more certain of is what the media will be doing between now and November 8th and how this will wear on us. On election night, you will be faced with the reality of one of these two introductions:

President Hillary Clinton!

President Donald Trump!

Be ready in advance and make sure that your personal investment strategy is ready for whatever comes.

See you there.



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The Debate in 3 min . . . The good, the bad, and the ugly. And then more bad and ugly. There wasn’t a lot of good.

Hating on the TPP? . . . “Don’t” says Daniel Ikenson of Cato. It’s not a perfect trade deal, but it’s much better than no trade at all. (10:00)

IT’S ARMAGEDDON! . . . Should we bail out of the market? The long-term investors sees lots of Armageddons, says Zach Shepherd of Matson Money. Don’t bail. Stay calm, and re-balance. (55:00)

Feds ban a tea leaf . . . Kratom, a tree that’s been used for a thousand years in herbal teas has now joined the ranks of marijuana, cocaine, heroine, and other schedule 1 substances. Don’t worry, though. It’s for our safety. Kratom is reported to have all the intoxicating effects of a cup of coffee.

With friends like that . . . who needs discrimination? Jeffrey Tucker takes on Hillary and her would-be “help” for the disabled. The Americans with Disabilities Act, he explains, has already marginalized and barred from employment more in the disabled community than it’s helped. No one needs friends like that.



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A bad case of the do-somethings . . . Price controls in times of shortage may be the easy political fix, but the economics (the reality) of price controls invariably means more shortage.

Amerexit from NATO? (28:00) . . . Yes, says policy analyst Ivan Eland from the Independent Institute. The need for NATO no longer exists.

Why does gov’t humanitarian aid fail? (5:00) . . . Because government, says Chris Coyne of George Mason U. (Ok, he does elaborate on that answer, but the bottom line is still gov’t).

PC in retreat . . . The recent campus hysteria (micro-aggressions, trigger warnings, safe spaces) may be, according to Reason, collapsing under the “weight of its own internal contradictions.” Let’s hope for a total collapse.

Free is not good enough . . . UC Berkley’s free online content should also be accessible to the visual and hearing impaired, says the D.O.J. Berkley’s response is a reasonable one: That would cost too much, so one gets it.

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