An Elegy to American Culture

Here are a couple of paragraphs from my book, Where the Roads Lead (link below), a memoir of my pilgrimage to Rome, walking from Barcelona. Toward the end of the book, it seemed appropriate to include some thoughts about what the experience meant to me. The lessons are still in their formative stages and slow in coming, …

Mr. Lincoln

In a previous post I made reference to mass murders—not the John Wayne Gacys and Charles Whitmans of the world, but the truly great among mass murderers: Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Pol Pot, et al. I assume not a few readers might have stumbled when they read Abraham Lincoln’s name included among those luminaries. Gacy killed …

A Few Thoughts on Anarchy

I took a risk by posting this article on anarchy. Few people, hardly any in fact, have any idea what capitalism is, much less anarchism. But as Dylan Thomas wrote, “Do not go gentle into that good night.” I never have. So, for anyone who’s interested, here are a few words about anarchism. I’ll save …

How the Fed Creates Money From Nothing

Let’s set the scene with The Private Business Method Acme Widget Corp. wants to increase its manufacturing capacity but doesn’t want to use its available cash reserves (money) or sell more shares of the company (i.e., dilute its ownership). The only other option? Borrow. When a business wants to borrow money it can go to …

Affiliate Marketing and Pay per Click

It’s possible, not probable but possible, that you already make all the money you want or need. That would make me ask the question, what the hell are you doing here? For the rest of us, earning more cash would be welcome and affiliate marketing is one of the paths to financial independence. Even if …

Intro to Affiliate Marketing

Today I’m beginning a new series, an introduction to all things related to Affiliate Marketing. As subscribers know, I promote affiliate marketing programs that I find to be useful, well designed, and produced by reputable developers and designers. But it seems that some don’t know what Affiliate Marketing is. Thus this series. Over the next …

What the H*ll is Money, Anyway? Part 2

Let’s back up a little from last week’s article and get back to the definition and history of money. The most basic definition of money is a medium of exchange and a store of value. Before money was barter: You have something I want; I have something you want, and so we exchange. But the …

What the H*ll is Money, Anyway?

Today I want to begin a multi-part discussion of money–what it is and what it isn’t. Imagine yourself on a remote island with tropical fruit growing all around you and more fish swimming along your shores than you could eat in a lifetime. The weather is warm all year-round and there are no mosquitoes. What …

Could You Survive a Volcanic Eruption?

Be glad you’re not living near Mt. Vesuvius in in 79 AD. Today in 2018, if you’re anywhere near a volcano and you’re even mildly paying attention, you’ll know when to leave town. Unlike so many other disasters that might strike, being inundated by volcanic ash is not what you should worry about if you …

Beware the Pump and Dump

In the old days, way back before Al Gore invented the Internet, stocks, shares of company ownership, were sold through brokers. They had nice offices in A-list business-district buildings. Stock brokers wore suits and ties. They sat behind walnut desks and smoked expensive cigars (Yes! Even in the office!). Clients would meet with them face …