Fairfield County Weekly

Obama Interrogated Me! Using a new study about "extremists," the president profiled me and brought me in for questioning

Originally Published In:

Fairfield County Weekly (4/1/09) Link, New Haven Advocate (4/1/09) Link, and Hartford Advocate (4/1/09) Link

This past Wednesday, I was granted a unique opportunity to interview the President of the United States. His press people came to my house before dawn and had a bag over my head so quickly I couldn't even thank them for not waking the children. We rode in silence and in darkness, but with a great new car smell.

There Is No Crisis

Originally Published In:

Fairfield County Weekly (3/19/09) Link

Big government has robbed us all of a cris-atunity!

When Homer Simpson got banned from Moe's bar, Lisa tried to console him. "Look on the bright side, Dad," she said. "Did you know that the Chinese use the same word for 'crisis' as they do for 'opportunity?'"

A Minute with Peter Schiff: The Internet star, potential Dodd challenger and talking head elaborates on his philosophy

Originally Published In:

Fairfield County Weekly (3/12/09) Link, New Haven Advocate (3/12/09) Link, Hartford Advocate (3/12/09) Link

Peter Schiff

By vocation, Peter Schiff is the president of brokerage firm Euro Pacific Capital, and as we chatted in his Darien office, he had the occasional client meeting or other business to attend to — and he also had a radio show, a Forbes interview and a CNN show booked for the afternoon. We even paused our conversation for him to do a 10-minute radio interview over the phone.

The Fearsome Fed: Like Jason, the Federal Reserve is an unholy terror with an affinity for Friday the 13th

Originally Published In:

Fairfield County Weekly (3/5/09) Link, Hartford Advocate (3/5/09) Link, New Haven Advocate (3/5/09) Link

2009 will be the first calendar year in a long time to include three Friday the 13ths. We had our first in February, we're due for a second next week, and the third will come in November.

The last time this happened? 1998.

People speak of the recent financial turmoil as "much worse than 1998." That year brought a default on domestic debt by a large sovereign nation (Russia), leading to massive losses for a hedge fund, Long Term Capital Management. LTCM was eventually bailed out by a consortium of banks in a meeting hosted by the Federal Reserve.

Sixpence None the Wiser

Originally Published In:

Fairfield County Weekly (2/19/2009) Link

What is life going to be like when we stop using dollars? Will we revert to bartering? Will we adopt euros or yen? Will we hoard gold? Or will we just roll wheelbarrows full of American currency to exchange for something more valuable — like toilet paper?

Kneel Before Lincoln: The religion of government is rewriting history, hijacking beliefs and collecting a huge tithe

Originally Published In:

Fairfield County Weekly (2/5/09) Link

High Priest PresidentThis past Monday, Feb. 2, was an important day for the Northern Hemisphere. It wasn't quite the beginning of spring, but it was a time of change. It was the cross-quarter day, the halfway point between winter solstice and spring equinox. You might have felt it as a slightly lower case of the Monday blues. You might have found yourself whistling a tune. You might have had an extra little spring in your step.

Prosperity Like Sunshine: What a decades-old Russian children's song can teach us about the bailout mentality

Originally Published In:

Fairfield County Weekly (1/22/09) Link

A four-year-old Russian boy composed four lines in 1928 that have become so permanently popular, your grandchildren will sing them decades from now. "May there always be sunshine," the translated lyrics begin.

Sperm Central Bank

Originally Published In:

Fairfield County Weekly (1/08/2009) Link

Anyone trying to understand the financial crisis eventually needs to understand central banking, and that route yields such complicated phrases as "money supply," "systemic risk" and "credit crunch." There is a way to understand central banking that immediately exposes its central themes and sheds light on its many myths, but you have to imagine a world where you no longer choose who you sleep with.

A Penny for Your Soul

Originally Published In:

Fairfield County Weekly (12/18/08) Link

The original change we can believe in: The first U.S. penny

Should President-elect Barack Obama bail out the banks? What about the car companies? Should he institute new regulatory bodies to oversee key industries and prevent future bankruptcies? Should he stimulate the economy by increasing spending or cutting taxes?

Bounty of Freedom

Originally Published In:

Fairfield County Weekly (12/4/2008) Link

Imagine the frustration of the first Yankees, struggling mightily to convince their Puritanical brethren that private property — not communal wealth-sharing — brings prosperity, freedom and enlightenment. Were they mocked, burned as witches or simply ignored?

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