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"The Government Comes Up With the Money"

A mindset that's killing our economy
Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 12:48 AM

I'm half-heartedly watching the State of the Union address right now. What a cynic I've become.

My younger self would be shocked and saddened to learn how I've come to view these annual addresses as little more than a game of charades. The President (not just Obama, but his predecessors, too) reads a carefully and expensively constructed script designed either to elicit self-congratulatory applause from the echo chamber side of the hall, or to lob political harpoons into the other.

But in the end, it's nothing more than a game of words. And the real issues that desperately need addressing get ignored, glossed over, or showered with pablum and over-promises that will never materialize. » Read more

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"Endless Growth" Is the Plan & There Is No Plan B

Time to develop your own plan
Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 3:41 PM

After five years of aggressive Federal Reserve and government intervention in our monetary and financial systems, it's time to ask: Where are we? 

The "plan," such as it has been, is to let future growth sweep everything under the rug. To print some money, close their eyes, cross their fingers, and hope for the best.

On that, I give them an "A" for wishful thinking – and an "F" for actual results. » Read more

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What If Nations Were Less Dependent on One Another?

The Case for Autarky
Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 4:13 PM

Autarky is more than a ten-dollar word for self-sufficiency, as it implies a number of questions that “self-sufficiency” alone might not.

The ability to survive without trade or aid from other nations, for example, is not the same as the ability to reap enormous profits or grow one’s economy without trade with other nations. In other words, 'self-sufficiency' in terms of survival does not necessarily imply prosperity, but it does imply freedom of action without dependency on foreign approval, capital, resources, and expertise. » Read more

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The Disenchantment of American Politics

And the coming uproar
Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 12:34 PM

Considering the problems we face as a nation, the torpor and lassitude of current politics in America seems like a kind of offense against history. What other people have allowed circumstances to run over them like so many ‘possums sleeping on the highway?

And, since human affairs don’t remain static indefinitely, in what direction might things go when the political mood finally heaves and shifts? The possibilities are unsettling. » Read more

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Improvements to the Peak Prosperity Homepage

Highlighting new features for the new year
Thursday, January 2, 2014, 3:35 PM

As we kick off the new year, we wanted to be sure you were aware of a few new features that have rolled out on the Peak Prosperity homepage over the past month or so » Read more

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The Trends to Watch For in 2014

Government overreach, economic stagnation & civil discontent
Tuesday, December 31, 2013, 2:11 AM

At the beginning of this year (2013), I identified eight key dynamics that will play out over the next two to three years (2013-2015). Let’s see how the trends developed... » Read more

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Holiday Wishes

Gather around our virtual hearth
Wednesday, December 25, 2013, 12:39 PM

Happy holiday wishes from Peak Prosperity!

Thank you for the gifts of your participation in & support of this site. We're hard at work cobbling up a few new gifts of our own for you -- new content, new site features, and more. These 'presents' will start arriving in the next few weeks... 

In the meantime, we hope you're looking to 2014 with as much enthusiasm as we are -- as an opportunity to accelerate our efforts to create a world worth inheriting. After all, the upcoming generations are starting off with a heavy burden not of their own making: » Read more

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PeakProsperity.com gift subscriptions

For you last-minute shoppers
Tuesday, December 24, 2013, 3:50 AM

Have anyone important in your life you still need to buy a present for?

Giving the gift of the 'red pill' is easy.  Simply choose the length of enrollment you wish to give -- $30 for one month, $80 for three months, or $300 for one year -- and make a payment via this link. » Read more

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2013 Year in Review

Austerity is not a policy
Friday, December 20, 2013, 1:36 PM

Every year, friend-of-the-site David Collum writes a detailed "Year in Review" synopsis full of keen perspective and plenty of wit. This year's is no exception. Moreover, he has graciously selected PeakProsperity.com as the site where it will be published in full. It's quite longer than our usual posts, but worth the time to read in full. » Read more

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2013 Year in Review (Part 2)

Broken markets, too much debt, and less & less liberty
Friday, December 20, 2013, 1:26 PM

Part of David Collum's 2013 Year In Review » Read more