Book Reviews and Interviews


Gore Vidal: ‘We’ll Have A Dictatorship Soon In The US’
The grand old man of letters Gore Vidal claims America is ‘rotting away’ — and don’t expect Barack Obama to save it

Originally Posted At The Times
By Tim Teeman
September 30, 2009

A conversation with Gore Vidal unfolds at his pace. He answers questions imperiously, occasionally playfully, with a piercing, lethal dryness. He is 83 and in a wheelchair (a result of hypothermia suffered in the war, his left knee is made of titanium). But he can walk (“Of course I can”) and after a recent performance of Mother Courage at London’s National Theatre he stood to deliver an anti-war speech to the audience. How was his friend Fiona Shaw in the title role?...

Doug Casey on the Greater Depression

Originally Posted At Lew Rockwell
Interviewed By Louis James
September 28, 2009

Q: Doug, you’ve been, as one subscriber recently dubbed you, "the town crier of America" for some time now, warning about what you call the Greater Depression. Do you really see that as being what’s ahead for America? You have seen the country seemingly headed for the precipice before, but it somehow missed going over the edge… what makes you think that it’s going to happen this time?
Doug: Clearly it’s a judgment call. There are things that could put off what I see as the inevitable, for another cycle. It seemed in the ’70–’71 recession that things could have gone over the edge. Even more so in the ’74 recession.

That Sinking Feeling

Originally Posted At Little India
By Achal Mehra
August 20, 2009

Even as the economy shows growing signs of improvement, there is a lurking fear among many economists and forecasters that we are witnessing a false lull before a storm of epic proportions. The steady drumbeat of good news is getting infectious. The Dow Jones has rallied almost 40 percent from its bottom on March 9. The Federal Reserve expects the economy to pick up in the second half of this year. Homes sales rose 11% in June and corporate profits strengthened in the second quarter. Pres. Barack Obama has signaled signs of “green shoots” on the economic landscape.
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Originally Posted At Healthcare Horserace 
By Claire Milbrandt
With Dr. Lawrence Hunter
July 16, 2009 got to interview Lawrence Hunter the President and CEO of the Social Security Institute and a founder of the Patient Opt Out movement. Larry at The Social Security Institute came together with Political Media Inc to come up with the idea for the site, taking a key element for the site from the very successful National Do Not Call registry. The Social Security Institute is an organization that is focused on Seniors, their care, their economics, and issues that affect them. They are joined on this site by Political Media Inc, this company is a new kind of company.

'Printing money will lead to serious problems down the road,' says Jim Rogers

Originally Posted At Business Intelligence
July 17, 2009

INTERNATIONAL. Legendary global investor and chairman of Singapore- based Rogers Holdings, Jim Rogers said on Wednesday the US government’s interventionist economic policy verges on communism.In an interview with Moneynews's Dan Mangru, Rogers said: "America now owns the car industry. America owns the mortgage industry. America owns a lot of the insurance industry. Karl Marx must be somewhere standing up in his grave cheering. And why is that? America has become a socialist and maybe even communist nation in many ways,” Rogers said.

Exclusive Interview with Future Prediction Expert Gerald Celente

Originally Posted At Human Events
By Terry Easton
June 5, 2009

It’s the end of the world as the Greater Depression hits after 2010’s failed “W-recovery”

Human Events had the opportunity to interview forecaster extraordinaire Gerald Celente, President of Trends Research Institute, several days ago -- and the future he predicts looks bleak indeed.  In fact, as Mr. Celente sees it, the Great Depression will seem like a mild recession as what waits for us in 2011 hits with the force of a Katrina financial hurricane.

Book Reviews

Reclaiming the American Revolution

Originally Posted At The Independent Institute
By William J. Watkins Jr.

• The Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions of 1798 are among the most important documents in American history. Thomas Jefferson and James Madison wrote the Resolutions in response to the Alien and Sedition Acts, under which the federal government violated the First Amendment and exercised powers beyond those authorized by the U.S. Constitution (Article 1, Section 8). The relevance of the Resolutions continued through U.S. history to today's USA PATRIOT Act.

It’s Finished

Originally Posted At London Review of Books
By John Lanchester
May 28, 2009

It’s a moment of confusion and loathing that most of us have experienced. You’re in a shop. It’s time to pay. You reach for your purse or wallet and take out your last note. Something about it doesn’t feel quite right. It’s the wrong shape or the wrong colour and the design is odd too and the note just doesn’t seem right and . . . By now you’ve realised: oh shit! It’s the dreaded Scottish banknote! Tentatively, shyly – or briskly, brazenly, according to character – you proffer the note. One of three things then happens.

"Boundaries of Order"

By Buttler Shaffer
Originally Posted At

Every once in a while, a treatise on libertarian philosophy appears that presages a new way of thinking about politics and economics. Mises's Liberalism, Rothbard's Ethics of Liberty, and Hoppe's Democracy: The God That Failed come to mind. Read More...

"The Euro"

Originally Posted at Globe and Mail
By Neil Reynolds
April 17, 2009 

On June 23, 1972, U.S. President Richard Nixon met with H.R. (Bob) Haldeman, his chief of staff, and ordered the cover-up of the bungled burglary, one week earlier, of the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate hotel in Washington. Tape recorders in the Oval Office preserved this conversation, subsequently famous as the “smoking gun” that forced Mr. Nixon to resign two years later. The same tape recorders preserved Mr. Nixon's response a year earlier to a British devaluation of the pound. Read More...

"Why Liberty Benefits All" 

March 30, 2009 
Book Review by Mark Scheel 
Originally Posted at

Written in the libertarian tradition of Hayek's The Road to Serfdom and Ringer's Restoring the American Dream, Louis E. Carabini's “Inclined to Liberty” is a concise and discerning examination, both politically and economically, of what it means to prefer freedom to central dictate. The work was inspired by a 2004 dinner party in Carabini's home during which an academic discussion ensued among the guests involving such political cliches as, "No one should be allowed to inherit wealth," and "The salaries of company executives are too high." The implication, of course, was that the State should intervene to balance the scales of "social justice." But upon close scrutiny, what exactly does that entail and what are the oftentimes unforeseen consequences as regards the human spirit? Bringing those ramifications clearly to light in an entertaining and accessible style, while citing facts and historical examples, is Carabini's self-appointed mission. Read More...

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