Author: Jeff Thomas

Dear Abby

Dear Abby by Jeff Thomas – International Man “I joined the Navy to see the world. I’ve seen it. Now how do I get out?” Readers will most likely be familiar with “Dear Abby,” the American advice column that has been popular...

An Empire Self-Destructs

An Empire Self-Destructs by Jeff Thomas – International Man Empires are built through the creation or acquisition of wealth. The Roman Empire came about through the productivity of its people and its subsequent acquisition of wealth from those that it invaded. The...

Feeding Frenzy

Feeding Frenzy by Jeff Thomas – International Man We’ve all seen the National Geographic specials featuring an animal that’s been isolated and brought down by a pack of carnivores. The pack tears out its throat to assure death, then proceeds to rip...

Fed Will Blink

Fed Will Blink by Bill Bonner – International Man Editor’s Note: Bill Bonner, Doug Casey’s longtime friend and colleague, has been studying financial systems for decades. Today, he explains a dangerous setup that could soon prove fatal for the world economy… There...

The Escape From Collectivism

The Escape From Collectivism by Jeff Thomas – International Man Recently, I penned an article entitled “A Chicken in Every Pot,” which described the reasons why countries that have delved into collectivism are likely to slide further down the slippery slope...

When Might the Pillaging End?

When Might the Pillaging End? by Jeff Thomas – International Man Recently, I published the comment that, when the present debt bubble eventually pops, “governments will lose the economic power to continue their advance against economic freedom.” The immediate reaction from one...

Selling the Golden Goose

Selling the Golden Goose by Jeff Thomas – International Man Venezuela is a naturally rich nation. It’s ranked seventh worldwide for biodiversity and has the world’s largest reserves of oil. This is a country that deserves, more than most, to thrive....

So Many Triggers

So Many Triggers

So Many Triggers by Jeff Thomas – International Man It’s not a story that’s likely to appear on the evening news, but it certainly should. Deutsche Bank has announced that it will create more shares, selling them at a 35%...

The Candlemakers’ Petition

The Candlemakers’ Petition

The Candlemakers’ Petition by Jeff Thomas – International Man French economist Frédéric Bastiat was a man far ahead of his time. He was a “classical liberal,” which today would identify him as a libertarian. He expanded upon the free-market argument set forth...

Couldn’t Hit an Elephant

Couldn’t Hit an Elephant

Couldn’t Hit an Elephant by Jeff Thomas “They couldn’t hit an elephant at this distance.” Those are purported to be the last words of General John Sedgwick, spoken as he observed distant Confederate troops during the 1864 Battle of Spotsylvania...

The Dancing Bears

The Dancing Bears by Jeff Thomas International Man In the early 2000s, I recommended to associates that we were in for a major gold boom. Most thought that this was a ridiculous suggestion and didn’t buy a single ounce. I continued to recommend...

Redefining “Country”

Redefining “Country” “Will the Emerging Europe become an active participant in the construction of a new international order, or will it consume itself on its own internal issues?” The quote above is from the book, World Order, by Henry Kissinger. Of course,...

Fight of the Century

Fight of the Century

Fight of the Century by Jeff Thomas In March 1933, the Enabling Act was passed by the Reichstag, Germany’s parliament. Its purpose was to provide Chancellor Adolf Hitler with the ability to bypass the Reichstag. It allowed him (amongst other...

Duesenberg in a Barn

Duesenberg in a Barn

Duesenberg in a Barn by Jeff Thomas In 1929, Ford sold 1,507,132 cars. Chevrolet sold 1,328,605. Then came the stock market crash. Sales dropped dramatically each year until 1932, when sales bottomed at 210,824 for Ford and 313,404 for Chevrolet. But, during...

20/20

20/20 by Jeff Thomas In 1978, ABC News created a new programme in the US, named for the “20/20” measurement of visual acuity. For 38 years, the programme has remained popular through its format of in-depth news stories. 20,000 The...

“We Will Bury You”

“We Will Bury You” by Jeff Thomas In 1956, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev gave a speech in Moscow to Western ambassadors and famously said, “We will bury you.” A more complete version of his statement was, About the capitalist states,...

Under New Management

Under New Management Is Trump captured by the Deep State? In 2008, the majority of Americans voted for “change,” and in some ways, they got it. They received a heavier dose of collectivism in the form of Obamacare, but in addition,...

Get an Education

Get an Education Back in the ’60s, an interviewer asked the “King of Folk Music”, Bob Dylan, what his goal in life was. Bob answered something to the effect of: “I want to make enough money to go to college,...

A Voice in the Wilderness

A Voice in the Wilderness In 2007, Vladimir Putin spoke at the 43rd Munich Conference on Security Policy. Far from being a diatribe, Mister Putin spoke eloquently and without the bluster that we tend to expect from political leaders. He...

Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow

Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow In 1871, a large portion of the city of Chicago burned to the ground. The Chicago Tribune attributed the fire to a cow owned by a Mrs. O’Leary. The Tribune stated that the cow kicked over a...

a chicken in every pot

A Chicken in Every Pot

A Chicken in Every Pot Collectivism will always eventually destroy the economy of any nation, no matter how great it may be. That’s a pretty powerful statement. Is it historically supportable? Let’s visit a current example – Venezuela – to examine the overall process...

welcome to hooverville

Welcome to Hooverville

Welcome to Hooverville In 1928, Republican Herbert Hoover was elected as president of the US. He took office in March of 1929. The following October, the stock market crashed, heralding in the Great Depression. Millions of Americans lost their jobs...

Elimination Reason

The Elimination of Reason

Elimination of Reason Recently, I paid for an item with the exact amount requested, including 89 cents in change. The salesgirl stared at the coins and clearly wasn’t sure what to do. Eventually, she reached for a calculator and began...

The Sedition Act: The Bad Penny Returns

In much of what was formerly known as “the free world”, freedom is being dramatically curtailed by governments. Nowhere is this truer than in the US. I discussed the future of freedom of speech with an American recently. She postulated...