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A Wise Old Uncle Whose Three Words Changed My Life


“Out of small things proceeds that which is great.” When you struggle with a personal problem or challenge, whom do you turn to? You may confide in a friend, a colleague, a parent or perhaps even a wise old uncle or aunt. Here’s my story. In the late 1990s, I started writing a history of […]

Was This Man Really the Greatest Senator in Modern Times?


“If greatness is measured by achievement, Orrin Hatch was the greatest U.S. senator of modern times.” — William Doyle, author, “Titan of the Senate” Senator Orrin Hatch was a personal friend of mine for 35 years. When he died last week at age 88, it was the end of a chapter in my life. The members of the […]

Who Was the Original Gold Bug?


I hope when I get old I don’t sit around thinking about it But I probably will Just sitting back trying to recapture a little of the gloria. –Bruce Springsteen, “Glory Days” The flamboyant and legendary financial guru Jim Dines (1931-2022) died last week. He was 91 years old. He was a long-time friend, financial writer, technical analyst […]

Easter Sermon: What is Your Greatest Fear?


“If you’re not healthy, you’re not wealthy.” — R. E. McMaster (“Maxims of Wall Street,” p. 143) “Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” — Dylan Thomas (1914-1953) Surveys show that some of our greatest fears […]

Who is the Greatest American? His Warning to America


“I am a mortal enemy to arbitrary government and unlimited power. I am naturally very jealous for the rights and liberties of my country, and the least encroachment of those invaluable privileges is apt to make my blood boil.” — Benjamin Franklin This week, the award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns released his new biopic, “Benjamin […]

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To the Bad News Bears: There is Good News on the Way!


“We had a terrible winter in France… Yet I was still alive, the sun started to return, the days to lengthen, the spring to come, the trees and gardens to regain their verdure, all nature to laugh, and to me, happiness.”  — Benjamin Franklin (1784) Special Note: The early bird special ($399, are you out of your mind?) […]

‘The Power to Tax is the Power to Destroy’: The Hayley Mills Story


“The moment you abandon the cardinal principle of exacting from all individuals the same proportion of their income or their property, you are at sea without rudder or compass, and there is no amount of injustice or folly you may not commit.” — British Economist J. R. McCulloch (1845) I have just finished reading the […]

Why Rapid Inflation is Here to Stay and How to Profit


“The Fed is the engine of inflation.” — Murray Rothbard I have a special announcement below about our keynote celebrity speaker who was just censored at the South by Southwest Film Festival but won’t be muzzled at FreedomFest! On Tuesday, I hosted a teleforum with my subscribers. Many of them asked about the sudden rise […]

The Next Big Threat to Peace


“There will never be peace in the world as long as Communism exists. We are in a war to the death, and not of our choosing.” — Fred Koch 1960 Fred Koch, the father of libertarian billionaire Charles Koch, wrote those words in a pamphlet entitled “A Business Man Looks at Communism.” He had first-hand experience doing oil business in […]

The Marxists and the Austrians Have One Thing in Common


“Capitalism is dying.” — Marxist economist Michael Harrington, “The Twilight of Capitalism” (1977) “The bottom line is that the Reagan program is all talk and no action.” — Austrian economist Murray Rothbard (1981) Last month, my wife Jo Ann and I were privileged to be the first guests on the new Tom Woods School of Life program, doing a two-part series […]

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