Alert! Our institutions are hollow because we don’t love them.

US capitol under attack

Summary: Our institutions look strong, able to carry us through both tough times and internal dissention. But they are just "paper bullets of the mind." They failed in Weimar. We should pay attention to the signs that they will fail us, too. Worry about our institutions imploding from internal attack, not external attack. We trust … Continue reading Alert! Our institutions are hollow because we don’t love them.

Civil war is coming to America – our latest doomster story!

Janet Leigh in "Psycho"

Summary: Civil war is coming, as political violence inevitably escalates. It's another scary story of the kind we love so much! Before we panic, let's look at the facts. It's time for another thrilling doomster story. But today's scary tale is politically useful. Stand by for amnesia as our elites exploit our fear to stampede us … Continue reading Civil war is coming to America – our latest doomster story!

Fear the rise of political violence in America. We can still stop it.

Black Bloc in Milan

Summary: The common responses to the increasing political violence in America range from cheering (for "our side") to complacency. But the history of other republics, such as Rome and Weimar, show that political violence can spin out of control quickly, with ugly consequences. Our tolerance for it makes this possible. This is a follow-up to The … Continue reading Fear the rise of political violence in America. We can still stop it.

Lessons from the failed forecasts of inflation since the crash

Summary: How we handle our fears shows much about ourselves, our ability to see and think. Such as fear of inflation, a major obsession of Right since the crash. Here we look at the warning, see what actually followed, and briefly review the basis of these fears. Contents The inflationistas' story. What inflation? Warning: velocity. … Continue reading Lessons from the failed forecasts of inflation since the crash

A lesson from the Weimar Republic about balancing the budget

Introduction:  This is another in a series of dashed off speculative opinions.  Normal procedure on the FM website for these topics would be 3 thousand word posts, supported by dozens of links.  I dont’ have the time to finish them, and too many of these outlines have accumulated in my drafts file.  Perhaps these will spark useful debate … Continue reading A lesson from the Weimar Republic about balancing the budget