Author Archive | Gary North

Two Stubborn Men

The public has heard of the Cuban missile crisis in October 1962. The USA and the USSR came close to nuclear war. Twenty-one years later it happened again. Twice. On September 1, 1983, Korean Airlines flight 007 disappeared over Soviet air space. The official report on both sides of the Iron Curtain was that a […]

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The Population Implosion

This documentary was produced in 2007-8. The information that it presents is somewhat better known today, but not much. Its title: “Demographic Winter.” The humanist Left despises this documentary. Why? Because it lays a tombstone on Paul Ehrlich’s preposterous book, The Population Bomb (1968). Let us be reasonable about this. Population implosion is inevitable. Those […]

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Has Trump Replaced John Kerry?

Trump’s voters are watching the Washington Establishment capture Donald Trump. His reversals are now heralded by the mainstream media. The Washington Post has continued to attack him 24×7, yet it admits he is taking centrist positions. The BBC has also noted it. He campaigned against ObamaCare. He failed to promote repeal. The accent was on […]

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Airline De-Regulation

The American airline industry was de-regulated in 1978 under President Carter, not Reagan. This forced airlines to change. From this time on, they had to meet customer demand. They were no longer protected by federal law against low-cost fares. The corporate culture of the airlines could not adjust. There was an exception: Southwest Airlines. It […]

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The War on Syria

Woodrow Wilson won the election of 1916 because he campaigned on a platform of peace. He had kept us out of war. On April 2, 1917, he asked Congress for a declaration of war against Germany. The Senate voted to go to war on April 4. It took until April 6 for the House of […]

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Paul Ryan, SOB

On November 6, 2010, I published an article predicting the Republican Party’s predictable capitulation to ObamaCare. It happened this week. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan oversaw the burial of House Republicans’ opposition. His toothless and feckless compromise bill — ObamaCare Lite — was DOA. Good riddance. Ryan used to parade his fondness for the […]

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Digital Spies in Your Home

The Internet of Things is a buzz phrase for digital monitoring. I am a fan of the IoT with respect to commercial enterprises such as airplane maintenance. But I will not let IoT consumer products into my home. The problem should be obvious. If I can monitor what my appliances are doing, so can the […]

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A Very Nice, Evil Man

David Rockefeller was a very nice evil man. So was his father. He always thought he was doing the right thing. Maybe once in a while, he did something really good. I just can’t think of anything. Rockefeller was a big promoter of modern art. So was his brother Nelson. The brothers promoted an artistic […]

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Welfare State Jesus

There are few things more intellectually pathetic than a political liberal who tries to make Jesus look like a political liberal. The Progressive political movement known as the social gospel is based on this view of Jesus. Its theology can be summarized as follows: “Thou shalt not steal, except by majority vote.” Nicholas Kristof writes […]

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Milton Friedman vs. Private Property

This story deserves to be better known. One of the foundations of Western liberty is the defense of private property against invaders. This principle goes back to the Mosaic law. If a man shall cause a field or vineyard to be eaten, and shall put in his beast, and shall feed in another man’s field; […]

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Gary North vs. Milton Friedman

One month before I joined Ron Paul’s Congressional staff in Washington, my article against school vouchers was published in The Freeman (May 1976). That was a long time ago. My article was directed against Professor Friedman’s chapter favoring school vouchers in his 1962 book, Capitalism and Freedom. School vouchers are a way to let parents […]

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NAFTA Is Fascist

A common cliché of protectionism is this one: the United States government needs to negotiate better deals for American companies. It is time to call a spade a spade. This is fascism. Fascism is the economics of a government-business alliance. There should be no government-business alliance. The government should not be involved in business. Whenever […]

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Leaks Are Good for Liberty

The White House is leaking like a sieve. Why should conservatives worry about this? The federal government does everything it can to increase the secrecy of its operations. It invades our privacy, but it whines when any of the rest of us invade the privacy of government bureaucrats. I am all in favor of WikiLeaks. […]

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America’s Share of the World Economy

Take a look at this chart of the wealth of nations. Chart: Visual Capitalist This chart indicates just how dominant the United States of America is economically. Whenever you hear about the decline of the United States in terms of productivity, especially manufacturing, please keep in mind this chart. China is catching up in terms […]

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Greenspan on Gold

“When our friends get elected, they aren’t our friends any more.” — M. Stanton Evans My deceased friend Stan Evans became deservedly famous for this law of politics. This law applies to high-level appointments. Back in the days when I was starting out in my career, Alan Greenspan wrote an article for Ayn Rand’s Objectivist […]

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Creative Production

Fifty years ago, I added a subtitle to the manuscript of my book, published the next year, Marx’s Religion of Revolution: The Doctrine of Creative Destruction (1968). I changed that subtitle two decades later in the revised edition: Regeneration Through Chaos. I changed the cover, too. There was a doctrine of creative destruction in the […]

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Intellectual Schizophrenia

Going back to the Egyptians in the ancient world, education has always been based on some version of the textbook. The textbook came into its own in the second half of the 15th century. That was because of Gutenberg. But textbook-based education had always been used, except they were not printed textbooks. They were provided […]

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Peter Thiel Can Create a Libertarian College

How do you set up an accredited university? You buy one. Then you convert it into a 100% online school. The secret to all this is the fact that small colleges are going out of business all the time. They have one asset worth retraining: regional accreditation. Everything else can be sold off. Let’s assume […]

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