News Analysis

Testimonials
  • PROFOUND AND PROVOCATIVE

    Every day, I rely on the Daily Bell for a different perspective you'll never find in the regular media. It's an analysis and timely insight that is profound and provocative.

    Craig Huey
    Author, Small Business Owner

  • VERY INFORMATIVE

    I read The Daily Bell every day and I find it very informative.

    Marc Faber
    Dr. Marc Faber, Author, Publisher of The Gloom Boom & Doom Report

  • INFORMATIVE SOURCE OF INFORMATION

    The Daily Bell is an informative source of information and commentary from leading figures in the liberty movement. It's a pleasure to be interviewed alongside far more notable individuals.

    Alexander McCobin
    Executive Director of Students for Liberty

  • MESSAGES OF TRUTH

    The Daily Bell website is one of the authentic voices cutting through the clouds of vapid opinion, the morass of mediocre media and the confusion of Orwellian doublespeak. The Bell website lives up to its name, ringing unheard messages of truth in our ears.

    Jeffrey Armstrong
    Award-winning Author, Vedic Philosopher

  • REFRESHING

    I enjoy reading The Daily Bell because it often has refreshing and novel ways of looking at things.

    Bill Bonner
    Bestselling Author, Founder of Agora Publishing

  • ESSENTIAL READING

    Liberty is under assault by Big Government. The Daily Bell is an essential tool for information for those who want to fight for freedom.

    Steve Forbes
    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Forbes Media

  • EXCELLENT PERSPECTIVE

    The Daily Bell affords an excellent alternative perspective on some of the noise and nonsense of mainstream media. In particular, I enjoy reading Anthony Wile's 'free-market analysis' on current subjects and articles. Very insightful.

    Frank R. Suess
    Chairman & CEO of BFI Capital Group Inc.

  • CUTTING EDGE ANALYSIS

    At a time when growing majorities worldwide are tuning out mainstream news, people are seeking the cutting edge, insightful and thought provoking analysis that The Daily Bell consistently provides.

    Gerald Celente
    Bestselling Author, Founder of the Trends Research Institute

  • A MUST-READ FOR EVERYONE

    The Daily Bell is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the effects of the state on our economic future.

    Dr. Thomas DiLorenzo
    Professor of Economics, Loyola University Maryland

  • POWERFUL INSIGHTS

    I consider The Daily Bell essential reading for anyone desirous of understanding the way the world really works.

    Lord William Rees-Mogg
    Author, Former Deputy Editor, Financial Times

  • FANTASTIC SOURCE

    The Daily Bell is a fantastic source of challenging thought from a wide range of freedom loving people.

    Dr. Joel Wade
    Author, Psychotherapist and Life Coach

  • PREMIER FREE-MARKET ANALYSIS

    The Daily Bell rings out for liberty every day. It is the premier online source for insightful and hard-hitting free-market analysis and interpretation of economic, political and business events.

    Dr. Richard Ebeling
    Author, Professor of Economics at Northwood University

  • RECOMMENDED READING

    For alternative views on contemporary politics, culture and science, from a libertarian point of view, check out The Daily Bell.

    Michael A. Cremo
    Author, Vedic Archeologist

  • TRUTH AT WORK

    There are very few publications out there that have the smarts and guts to tell the truth about the dictatorial forces at work destroying our civilization. Thankfully The Daily Bell is one of them, and it appears in the mailbox every day.

    Nelson Hultberg
    Author, Director of Americans for a Free Republic

  • THOUGHTFUL NEWS, EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS

    I always read the Bell. The news items are thoughtfully selected, and the interviews are unavailable elsewhere.

    Doug Casey
    Bestselling Author and Founder of Casey Research Group

  • CONSISTENTLY SOLID

    The Daily Bell features consistently solid analysis of and thoughtful challenges to contemporary statism. I am proud to be on the team.

    Dr. Tibor Machan
    Author and Philosopher

  • AWE INSPIRING

    The Daily Bell is one of the most innovative and in-depth websites on the Internet. The breadth of the content is awe inspiring and the amount of knowledge imparted is almost impossible to quantify. For me, as a liberty minded seeker of knowledge, it is a must read.

    Jeff Berwick
    Founder of DollarVigilante.com

  • SOURCES YOU CAN TRUST

    The Daily Bell should be on everyone's shortlist of news sources you can trust. It's on mine, and we often refer to it in our own weekly news service at The Reality Zone.

    G. Edward Griffin
    Author, Founder of Freedom Force International

  • GUTS, OBJECTIVITY, WISDOM

    Rarely does a publication have the guts and objectivity to tell it like it is, yet the eloquence and wisdom to listen carefully to the ‘other side.’ This is The Daily Bell accomplishing its daily mission.

    James Jaeger
    Telly Award-winning Filmmaker

  • SIMPLY TERRIFIC

    The Daily Bell does a remarkable job of exposing how money power uses central banking to crush people into submission via global government with economic and political slavery being the desired end result.

    John Browne
    Former Secretary of the Conservative Defense and Finance Committees, UK Parliament

  • GREAT INVESTMENT INFORMATION

    I love reading The Daily Bell! Interesting investment information, a political and social viewpoint that lets me know I'm not alone in the world and "annotated" with analysis. I highly recommend it to all interested readers.

    Rick Rule
    Founder of Global Resource Investments Inc.

  • INDISPENSABLE INFORMATION

    The Daily Bell is an indispensable source of news and information for those seeking to curtail the power of the welfare-warfare state.

    Dr. Grant Havers
    Chair, Department of Philosophy, Trinity Western University

  • GREAT THINKERS YOU CAN'T GET ANYWHERE ELSE

    The Daily Bell has revived that great old institution of the personal interview, extracting information from today's great thinkers you can't get anywhere else. Outstanding!

    Jeffrey Tucker
    Author, Executive Editor of Laissez Faire Books

  • VOICE OF REASON

    I have thoroughly enjoyed the analysis and interviews at The Daily Bell, which has so often been a voice of reason during these perilous times

    Dr. Thomas Woods Jr.
    NY Times Bestselling Author & Senior Fellow, Mises Institute

  • AHEAD OF THE CURVE

    The Daily Bell has come out of nowhere to introduce to the Internet community some of the most intriguing and proactive interviews there are out there. Let's hear it for creativity and being ahead of the curve.

    Bill Murphy
    Chairman of Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee

  • COURAGEOUS REPORTING

    There is no other publication in print or on the Internet like The Daily Bell. They have the courage to report the truth and analyze current foreign policy, politics and economic events in the context of a formerly hidden history of financial elites.

    Ron Holland
    Author & Monetary Analyst

  • THE DAILY BELL IS A MUST-READ

    Because the world is changing so rapidly, it is difficult to keep up, which means The Daily Bell is a must read. I consider the information critically important reading.

    Dave Morgan
    Author, Editor of Silver-Investor.com

  • INTELLECTUAL JOLT

    Sit down to read from The Daily Bell and experience a jolt of intellectual energy.

    Dr. Nathaniel Branden
    Psychotherapist, Bestselling Author

  • SEPARATES WHEAT FROM CHAFF

    The Daily Bell is a true beacon to lead in helping the reader to separate the wheat from the chaff.

    Dr. Antal Fekete
    Author, Educator and Monetary Scientist

  • READ IT EVERY DAY

    A defender of free markets, The Daily Bell takes a libertarian approach to expose and unravel global misinformation. Read The Daily Bell – every day!

    Charles Payne
    FOX Business Analyst

  • NEVER MISS AN ISSUE

    I love the Daily Bell. Every issue is principled and informative.

    Lew Rockwell
    Founder of the Mises Institute

  • INDEPENDENT

    Get outside the box with The Daily Bell and experience independent views.

    Paul Craig Roberts
    Author, Former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration

  • GREAT JOB, DAILY BELL

    I can say that, unlike the mainstream press, The Daily Bell knows the questions to ask and has the chutzpah to ask them. They realize that socialism and Keynesianism are wrecking the world and they are helping to save what is left of liberty and free markets.

    Richard J. Maybury
    Author, Editor of U.S. & World Early Warning Report

  • A VIRTUAL WHO'S WHO

    The good and the bad, the big dogs and the small, the thinkers and the doers among libertarians and on the "Right" – you can encounter them all in The Daily Bell's exclusive weekly interviews. Indispensable.

    Dr. Hans Herman-Hoppe
    Author, Economist and Libertarian Philosopher

  • EXCELLENT ANALYSIS

    The Daily Bell has a great libertarian point of view, and excellent economic analysis. Add it to your daily reading.

    Peter Schiff
    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Euro Pacific Capital

  • OUT OF THE DARK

    The Daily Bell leads us out of the dark tunnel of manipulated press into the light of free press.

    John Perkins
    Bestselling Author

  • EXCELLENT RESEARCH

    I really enjoy reading The Daily Bell for the excellent research and content provided on a wide variety of issues vital to the Freedom Movement.

    Dr. Mark Skousen
    Author & Founder of FreedomFest

  • INSIGHT YOU CANNOT IGNORE

    The Daily Bell provides unique insights on contemporary political, economic and social problems that can be found in such a concentrated form nowhere else. Whether one agrees or disagrees with it, one cannot afford to ignore it.

    Dr. Edwin Vieira
    Author and Constitutional Expert

  • PART OF MY DAILY NEWS DIET

    I read it every day!

    Jim Rogers
    Bestselling Author, Co-founder of the Quantum Fund

  • A LEADING LIGHT

    The future is created by the people who build it, not the people who predict it will not exist. You can meet lots of important builders by reading The Daily Bell.

    Catherine Austin Fitts
    Former Assistant Secretary of Housing and Federal Housing Commissioner

 

Subscribe now to start your FREE email subscription to:

The Daily Bell Newswire

By subscribing, I confirm that I have read the privacy policy and the terms of use policy in its entirety and I understand and accept these terms.

 

 
Photo Signifying End of the European Union?

On Monday night in Brussels the choreography went horribly wrong: Jean Claude Juncker, head of the group of 17 euro zone finance ministers, was snapped strangling his Spanish counterpart. Manifestement it was all a big joke: wasn't actually throttled and Jan Kees De Jager, the Dutch finance minister looming behind him, didn't wade in with his fist either. But the grim look on Mr de Guindos' face shows it wasn't all that funny - but nor was it entirely unexpected. Moments before, the eurogroup had approved the €130bn (£108bn) bailout package for Greece. After five months of wrangling – and just a week before Greece was due to default – the deal should have been a cause for some celebratory plate-smashing at least. But behind the scenes, Spain had hijacked the meeting. In a tersely-worded statement, the eurogroup announced they had agreed to relax Spain's deficit target for 2012 – from 4.4pc set by Brussels last year to 5.3pc. Spain had won some unscheduled breathing space. But what really angered Juncker was that in winning the concession, Madrid had stirred a radical retaliation of "sinner states" against the northern pusche for austerity and central control. – UK Telegraph

Dominant Social Theme: Look at these two guys kidding around. What's a photo op among friends?

Free-Market Analysis: The UK Telegraph has posted a photo of Jean Claude Juncker, head of the group of 17 eurozone finance ministers, strangling his Spanish counterpart, Luis de Guindos. Sometimes photos are extraordinarily revealing. Does this one mark the end of the EU, or at least the Euro? (You can see the photo at the top of the Telegraph article.)

The photo has been circulated around the world courtesy of AP. And AP, along with Reuters, is a main pillar of power elite control of the media. AP and Reuters are "news services" that provide the content and slant of most of the news that is reported by daily papers and electronic news services.

Human beings, in fact, are metaphorical creatures. EVERYTHING is metaphorical to a naked ape. This may be because of our tool-making abilities. In order to visualize a tool, one has to think below the surface, to visualize not just the problem but the solution. Metaphor – or the visualization of metaphor – is a secondary characteristic of a primary survival trait.

Thus, the dissemination of this powerful photo is, perhaps, no accident. Below, we list three other photos that have taken on iconographic status. They stood for a good deal more than a single image. They are all metaphorical, of course.

There is the photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt of an American sailor kissing a young nurse on V-J Day in Times Square in New York City, on August 14, 1945, that officially signified the end of World War II. The photo captured the jubilation people felt at the end of a horrible war.

There is the famous photo by Neil Leifer of Muhammad Ali snarling over a defeated Sonny Liston at St. Dominick's Arena in Lewiston, Maine, May 25, 1965. The photo captured the rise of the Baby Boomer generation and a new kind of public dialogue in which youth would not be subservient to the "establishment."

And, of course, there is Nick Ut's terrible photo of 9-year-old Kim Phuc running naked down the street after an aerial napalm attack by the South Vietnamese, circa June 8, 1972. The photo illustrated, far more powerfully than words, the destructive effect of war on innocents and contributed to a wave of military repugnance.

Now, it is true, obviously, that all three photos are within the mainstream narrative of modern "history" – and we could argue that at least two of them were manipulated (and given wide coverage) to support a given power-elite narrative of DIRECTED history. Nonetheless, they are powerful iconographic images.

Now comes this photo of Juncker playfully strangling Luis de Guindos. Except that if you look at the photo, you will see that Guindos doesn't look amused in the slightest. And there is no doubt that Germany, under the thumb of the power elite, is trying to strangle Southern Europe – at least that's the mainstream "spin."

When you examine the photo closely, you can see that Juncker's hands are relaxed. He wants to strangle Guindos but he is not doing a very good job. Guindos's wary, almost disparaging gaze seems to warn us clearly that Spain (and the other so-called PIGS) are not going to be pushed much further.

He is not in pain, and he is certainly not frightened. His gaze seems to take the measure of the man playfully strangling him and within the recesses of this gaze we think we can see, along with the wariness, a certain contempt.

Is this the beginning of the end? Juncker represents a government that has mercilessly tortured Greek citizens into "austerity" – a ridiculous conglomeration of lower government benefits, higher taxes and longer work spans before "retirement."

Spain, Portugal and Ireland have all received the same treatment. But we have long waited for the pushback. Anyone reading history and observing the rise and fall of Rome knows that Europe is NOT populated by peaceable tribes. (Tribes they are. The French, for instance, look a good bit different than Germans, in aggregate, though it is not politically correct to say so. Oops.)

Anyway, the Spanish are a blending of certain tribes that likely go back tens of thousands of years – and are not a people to lightly cross. There are 50 million of them and they don't even agree among themselves, much less with Brussels.

Spain is a weighty nation-state indeed, and it is therefore fitting that increased pushback has been generated here. The Germans perhaps expected the Spanish to agree with the idea of setting the debt to GDP ratio below 3 percent, and it seemed there was an agreement on this front.

But not really. The Telegraph tells us this: "Mariano Rajoy [soon] announced Spain would break the rules. The quietly spoken prime minister said Spain would aim for a deficit target of 5.8pc of GDP for 2012. He acknowledged this was far above the 4.4pc set by authorities in Brussels but said he'd chosen his target rather than taking €44bn from the budget at a time of economic crisis. The new figure was both 'sensible and reasonable', he said - and a 'sovereign decision made by Spaniards.'"

See? Game on ... Suddenly, sovereignty has re-emerged as an issue. We've been predicting this all along. The tribes of Europe were perfectly happy to go along, in aggregate, with Brussels while the Eurocrats were handing out money. But once the money stopped, so did the compliance.

Of course, the power elites that run Brussels – likely out of the City of London – continue to march like zombies toward the storm that is, in our view, brewing. They want global governance and the EU and other centralizing facilities are a way to bring this dream to fruition.

The power elite is in charge of government behind the scenes, via mercantilism. The larger and more complex the government, the better. It's one reason the elites seek global governance. The more complexity and the more size, the more the elites can get away with. The bigger the beard, the larger the looting.

The power elite evidently and obviously set up these horrid socialist environments in Europe in order to reduce them to rubble on purpose. The idea was apparently twofold. First, as we have pointed out in dozens of articles, the elites INTENDED to use a financial crisis to generate political as well as economic control.

Second, the elites have mercilessly focused on showing the world, via Greek bloodshed and despair, that there is no alternative to their pitiless and murderous New World Order. Greece – and austerity – are to be an object example.

Third, and this is a more speculative perspective, if the push-back became too intense, there are no doubt plans to reduce (at least shrink) the eurozone and even the EU itself. This would be, in our view, a fairly messy and violent procedure (certainly economically so) and might at this point be welcomed by the eurocrats as a way to generally increase suffering and chaos.

The elites are all about chaos, of course. Out of chaos, order: a New World Order, complete with a global IMF currency, etc. The more chaos, the more war, the more bloodshed, the more suffering, the more the average person will welcome the imposition of order, even if that order is highly authoritarian and bound to increase the very troubles that it is putatively designed to cure.

They are psychopathic people. At the very top, they seem to control central banking around the world. They are built out of dynastic families, apparently, measuring their rule in centuries if not millennia. Whether this is TRUE or not is another tale. What matters is that they likely believe it.

Having accepted their self-appointed duty to lead the world, these individuals will apparently do anything to fulfill the roles they have provided to themselves. Which brings us back to the photo we began with. Perhaps it is they, THEMSELVES, that have decided to release this illuminating and iconographic photo. Perhaps, as we pointed out at the beginning of this article, this photo has a meaning far beyond a kind of elitist horseplay.

Perhaps, in fact, it is a signal. What we call the Internet Reformation has begun to bite – and bite hard. The Greeks are in open rebellion. The Spanish have begun to speak once again of the dreaded "S" word – as in sovereignty. The Irish are scheduling a vote over the latest changes the Eurocrats want to make in their increasingly lawless attempts to ride roughshod over 300 million people.

This, then, is the import of the photo – if indeed there is "import." The violence inherent in the photo, the obvious splintering among Europe's great powers, all this is metaphorically suggested in this one iconographic image.

We would suggest – as dedicated watchers of elite dominant social themes – that such a photo could indeed mark a changing of tactics. The elites often operate this way. They signal their intentions.

And Caesar's spirit, raging for revenge,

With Ate by his side come hot from hell,

Shall in these confines with a monarch's voice

Cry "Havoc!" and let slip the dogs of war ...

-Julius Caesar Act 3, scene 1, 270–27

Conclusion

Could it be that they have decided now to take DOWN the European Union? Could it be this is an alternative tactic, one born of rage and frustration but due to be carried out with clinical, cold-blooded efficiency? Is the EU a dead letter now? Are they signaling that those who have opposed them will get what "they deserve"?

Rate this article:

Total Ratings: 0 - Average Rating: 0.0

Books by Anthony Wile
Financial
Freedom

The High Alert Way to Discover Winning and Profitable Investment Ideas

Free Download

The Best of
Anthony Wile

Select Editorials & Exclusive Interviews As featured at TheDailyBell.com

Free Download

High
Alert

How the Internet Reformation is causing a financial hurricane - and how to profit from it

Free Download

The Liberation
of Flockhead

A modest, monetary fable

Free Download

Who We Are

The Daily Bell is published by a dedicated team of experienced researchers and writers who utilize Anthony Wile’s VESTS model to analyze sociopolitical, economic and financial information from a free-market perspective, debunking mainstream media memes and providing insights and analysis derived from business cycle analysis that yield timely insights into profitable investment trends.

 
Sign Up for our FREE Newsletter

Subscribe now to start your FREE email subscription to
The Daily Bell Newswire.