Keep Your Mouth Shut. Nothing To See Here.

 

One of the expected consequences of economic and social breakdown is increasing government control over public speech, opinion and other freedoms. As the regular man on the street begins to see, read and understand the factors that have led to the current economic crisis, elite leaders scramble to control public dialogue and perception.

Argentina announced this policy this year by declaring that it would prosecute private economic data analysts that published domestic inflation statistics that were not in line with government’s. It has already filed charges against people. Argentina’s inflation rate is usually out of control. Instead of slowing down credit creation to solve the inflation problem, the politicians are shutting down free speech.

Such tactics are out of desperation. When incompetent politicians don’t know what to do, the solution usually is to install tyranny. The EU is following Argentina by calling for increased control of rating agencies that have been downgrading the credit rating of some European countries. This is an infringement of man’s freedom of speech, pure and simple.

Such measures exist in the US as well (thats why I have to have so many legal disclaimers all over the place). If a major Wall Street banks lies to its clients and steals their money there are no prosecutions. But if independent and small scale researchers honestly speak their opinion, they are subject to a myriad of securities laws…

The breakdown of speech protection, a right that took centuries of fighting to gain, illustrates the increasing breakdown of classical liberal laws in the EU. For example, the Netherlands is turning its back on its tradition of tolerance. This is very disheartening as it has been the historical home for refugees escaping tyranny (as well as being one of my favorite countries in the world)

 

After the Dutch (the Netherlands) declared independence from Spain in the 1500s, they developed a country known for tolerance of different views. Many of the Jews being harshly persecuted in Spain fled to the Netherlands to be able to practice their beliefs freely. This was one of the key factors that led to the Dutch becoming the global powerhouse of its era (the America of its time).

Now the Netherlands is turning its back on its traditions. Its famous Coffee Shops (Marijuana cafes) are being closed to foreigners and anti-muslim politicians are winning elections. What caught my eye was the recent law passed that outlawed the Kosher/Halal slaughter of animals. This is a direct hit to both Jewish and Muslim religious practices, and a 180 degree turn for what was once the center of religious freedom in Europe.

Conclusion: Freedom is a prerequisite for the spread of wealth throughout society. The Netherlands, UK, and US were great examples of this. But as these freedoms are pulled back, so is the wealth in these countries. It is important to recognize the freedom factor when investing.

Let Freedom Ring – John Masters

Editor, The FinancialMarketNews.com

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8 comments to Keep Your Mouth Shut. Nothing To See Here.

  • Marijan

    Go and walk in Amsterdam and maybe you will find why are common people against immigration.

  • Israelite

    The coffee shops being closed to foreigners in Holland are the ones on the borders with Belgium and Germany. The coffee shops of Amsterdam remain open to foreigners.

    And a good time was had by all.

  • John Masters

    I agree that Central Amsterdam has begun to look like a foreign (non-dutch) country in the last decade. But in my research tour of the Netherlands last March (See 3/22/11 post on theFMN.com ), immigration in other cities like Rotterdam or the Hague were less pronounced. Moreover, a big part of this issue has to do with the bizzarre Dutch immigration policies in the last 2 decades.

  • vin

    I AGREE OL JP HAS IT IN FOR THEM THIS TIME.HOWS THIS LIL TIDBIT MANY PEOPLE DONT KNOW.WHEN EMMANUEL STEPPED DOWN THEY APPOINTED THE CEO OF JP MORGAN.NOW RUMORS ARE THAT LIL TIMMYS GONNA FLY THE COOP B4 HE GETS FRIED AND THEY ARE GONNA REPLACE HIM WITH JAMIE DIMON.WHO MAYBE ITS JUST A COINKIDINK THAT HE JUST HAPPENS TO BE THE CEO OF JP MORGAN.CMON PEOPLE WAKE UP.LISTEN I KNOW ITS PROBABLY OVERZEALOUS OF ME TO SAY THIS BUT RON PAUL WOULD CHANGE OUR SYSTEM BY GREAT LENGHTS.AUDIT THE FED?HELL YEAH.HOW MUCH GOLD IS IN FORT KNOX?CHECK IT OUT.NOT TO MENTION THE MESS THAT HAPPENED DAYS AFTER 911 WHEN DEMO CREWS REMOVED ALL THE ROCK AND DEBRIS.”THEY SEY” THERE WERE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN PRECIOUS METALS IN THE CENTER.WHERED IT GO?ENGLAND? ANYWAY RON PAUL IS FOR A GOLD BACKED CURRENCY CHANGE.YES HES A REPUB BUT WHO CARES.BRING OUR BOYS HOME AND DONT SPEND SO GODDAM MUCH WORRYIN ABOUT THE WELFARE OF OTER COUNTRIES.LOOK WERE IT GOT US.WERE ABOUT TO LOSE OUR “WORLD CREDIT” NOW WELL JUST BE ANOTHER 3RD WORLD COUNTRY.IF WE DEFAULT WE LOSE.AND SO DOES EVERYBODY ELSE.ITS LIKE 30 PEOPLE GOT BUSTED BUT ONLY YOU GOT CAUGHT.DO YOU SHOW INTEGRITY.NO YOU RAT OUT ALL THE OTHERS.SO EVRYBODY IS SCREWED.OR YOU DO IT AND ITS FIXED FOR A WHILE BUT ALL OF A SUDDEN MILK IS $4 A GALLON.BREAD OVER $4.EGGS HOLY CRAP $3 OR OVER.FORGET COFFEE $10/LB.HOW ABOUT BUTTER $5/LB.OH MAN THAT BOX OF CHEERIOS $6.50.OMG MEAT AND ORANGE JUICE…..(DRUM ROLL)…DOUBLED WHATEVER THE PRICE IS NOW.STOCK UP!

  • Tim P

    I would say Holland is on the right track. You can’t have freedom and multiculturalism simultaneously. Run the foreigners out before the destroy whats left of it.

  • James Woroble Jr

    Should We Bother to Vote When Revolution Is Inevitable?

    Richard William Posner
    Activist Post

    It should be kept in mind that the words nation or city-state may very easily be replaced by tribe, family, society, civilization or species.

    “Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights.” — Thomas Jefferson in a Letter to Richard Price (8, January, 1789)

    The American working class is on the brink of extinction. A strong, financially secure, educated, informed and cosmopolitan middle class is a serious threat to tyranny and totalitarianism. That’s why there has been a vigorous, systematic dismantling of ours since the Nixon era…

    http://www.activistpost.com/2011/07/should-we-bother-to-vote-when.html

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