Author Archive | Gary North

The Davos-Oxfam Symbiotic Dance

Every January, the elite gather in Davos, Switzerland to do business deals and listen to boring lectures by people who don’t have either money or power. It’s called the World Economic Forum. Every year, the Left-wing foundation, Oxfam, simultaneously publishes its latest finding, which never changes much, that 1% of the world’s population owns half […]

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Origins of Modern Jazz

When I say “modern jazz,” I mean post-World War II jazz. Two things characterize it: (1) small bands; (2) it is for listening, not dancing. Big band jazz was different. The era of the big jazz bands, meaning swing bands, lasted a decade: from about 1931 (Harlem’s Chick Webb) through 1942: mobilization during World War II. […]

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All Cities Are Sanctuary Cities

The topic of sanctuary cities comes up every once in a while. It should come up a lot more often. We need sanctuary cities. That is because we need relief from federal regulations and laws. We also need relief from state regulations and laws. There are vastly too many regulations on the books. There are […]

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On Losing History

I like Peggy Noonan. I am a wordsmith. She is a tremendous speech writer. I appreciate her abilities. Recently, she wrote a response in The Wall Street Journal to the Netflix series The Crown and Steven Spielberg’s movie on The Washington Post, appropriately called The Post. She pointed out historical inaccuracies in both dramas. In both cases, these inaccuracies had to do […]

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Still Leftist After All These Years

I devote an entire department to the fiat money Greenback lawyer Ellen Brown. She doesn’t understand economics. She also doesn’t understand historical documentation. I proved this in 2010. You can read the proof here. She still publishes articles on her website. Occasionally, they are picked up by Left-wing sites. The article I analyze here is […]

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The World We Lost on June 28, 1914

William Lind is a specialist in 4th-generation warfare: non-state warfare. He is also an observer of culture. He has written an assessment of the assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand on June 28, 1914. Within five weeks, this led to the outbreak of World War I on August 1. With the commemoration of Christ’s first Advent, the […]

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Paul Krugman

Paul Krugman won the Nobel Prize in economics. He is also the resident economist for The New York Times. In his latest article, he laments the power of Donald Trump and the Republican Party. He tries to offer eschatological hope. He assures his readers that there is hope politically because the Democrats may eventually come back […]

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The WSJ Does a Hit Piece on Trump’s Vacations

The Wall Street Journal is trying to match The Washington Post for anti-Trump investigative journalism. Consider this article: President Trump Spent Nearly One-Third of First Year in Office at Trump-Owned Properties. It is a screed on Trump’s time spent vacationing. It has a subhead: “Unlike his predecessors, president traveled frequently to places he owns but where others pay to […]

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Self-Teaching Chess Algorithms

This was posted yesterday. From KurzweilAI: Demis Hassabis, the founder and CEO of DeepMind, announced at the Neural Information Processing Systems conference (NIPS 2017) last week that DeepMind’s new AlphaZero program achieved a superhuman level of play in chess within 24 hours.The program started from random play, given no domain knowledge except the game rules, […]

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Studio Musicians

“They also serve who only stand and pick.” — John Milton (almost) The Wrecking Crew changed popular music in the 1960’s. The only member who ever made it big as a solo performer was Glen Campbell. These musicians were the music behind the Beach Boys, including “Good Vibrations.” There is a great documentary on them […]

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Gary North Instructs Walter Block

The all-time record for the publication of peer-reviewed scholarly economics articles is held by the late Harry Johnson, who died in 1977. He published 526 articles, in addition to 41 books and pamphlets. He died at age 53. I doubt that this record will ever be broken by somebody age 53. My friend Walter Block, […]

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A Century of Change

Remnant Review My mother was born on December 15, 1917. She died just shy of 98 years old in 2015. These time-marking dates got me thinking about the world that she entered. Public health policies had overcome most pandemics by 1917. There was only one pandemic still ahead, the flu epidemic of 1918. That was […]

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Taking Care of Vinyl Records

Vinyl records are a niche market. There is a subculture of record collectors who love vinyl LPs. I have no particular commitment to vinyl records. I shall now state what I think should be obvious. If digital imagery had been invented in 1850, no one would have invented film. Similarly, if digital recordings had been […]

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The Man Who Changed American Folk Music

On December 13, 1917, Walter Boyd was charged with murder. He was in a jail near Caddo Lake in NW Louisiana. Possibly the night before — the records are silent — he had been involved in a shooting in a black tavern. These taverns were known as sukey joints. Authorities arrested him for having shot […]

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Goodbye, Net Neutrality

The New York Times has published a screed with this title: The Internet Is Dying. Repealing Net Neutrality Hastens That Death. Let me remind you of the basic rule of titling breathless articles: begin with the phrase “the death of” or “the end of.” When you read such a phrase, you can be sure that whatever it […]

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The Best-Laid Plans

It happened on November 20, 2017. After 25 years, it was time to say goodbye to the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. It cost Georgia taxpayers $214 million to build, 1989-1992. In today’s dollars, that is $385 million. The new Mercedes-Benz Stadium is going to replace it, right next door. Total public funding: $600 million. Here today. Gone tomorrow. The […]

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The First Thanksgiving

Stan Freberg was a very funny man. I first wrote about him in 2003. He was part of the original Time for Beany, a local Los Angeles TV hand puppet show, which was immensely popular locally in 1949, and then went national from 1950 to 1955. Albert Einstein loved it. So did Groucho Marx. He did comedy […]

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Charles Manson

It is strange how close we are to people we have never met. It is no more than six degrees of separation in most cases. There is a parlor game on this: the Kevin Bacon game. Name a movie. Then get to Kevin Bacon within six steps. Sometimes it is far fewer than six. A www.GaryNorth.com site member […]

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