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Greenspan on Gold: Shuck and Jive

Written by Gary North on February 18, 2017

“When our friends get elected, they aren’t our friends any more.” — M. Stanton Evans My deceased friend Stan Evans became deservedly famous for this law of politics. This law applies to high-level appointments. Back in the days when I was starting out in my career, Alan Greenspan wrote an article for Ayn Rand’s Objectivist […]

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Why Textbooks Ruin Kids

Written by Gary North on February 18, 2017

Going back to the Egyptians in the ancient world, education has always been based on some version of the textbook. The textbook came into its own in the second half of the 15th century. That was because of Gutenberg. But textbook-based education had always been used, except they were not printed textbooks. They were provided […]

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Capitalism Is Productive, Not Destructive

Written by Gary North on February 18, 2017

Fifty years ago, I added a subtitle to the manuscript of my book, published the next year, Marx’s Religion of Revolution: The Doctrine of Creative Destruction (1968). I changed that subtitle two decades later in the revised edition: Regeneration Through Chaos. There was a doctrine of creative destruction in the 19th century. Karl Marx’s rival, […]

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Engineering Degree: The Smart Way (for Parents)

Written by Gary North on February 11, 2017

I am writing this for high school juniors who have just received what seems to be bad news from their parents. My message: It’s good news for parental solvency, and it won’t hurt you a bit. But it’s not what you had in mind. I am going to talk straight with you. I am probably […]

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The Key Breakthrough in My 57-Year-Old Project

Written by Gary North on February 11, 2017

Once in a great while, something bizarre happens to me. Once in a while, something convenient happens to me. When something bizarre and convenient happens, I call it providential. If it’s providential, I can implement whatever is convenient without more work. On Friday the 13th, 2017, I finished my last of 1,352 video lessons for […]

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Old Men Who Kept Going

Written by Gary North on February 11, 2017

I see no reason to retire. I agree with Ray Charles. He was interviewed by a young reporter. “Do you plan to retire?” the man asked. Charles answered with a question: “And do what?” Of all the old men in my field who kept going, the master was Jacques Barzun. In 2000, Harper/Collins published his […]

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When Your Child Dies: Thoughts After 10 Years

Written by Gary North on February 4, 2017

It has been a decade since I wrote my son’s obituary. I posted it the next day. http://www.garynorth.com/public/1967.cfmLew Rockwell posted it the day after I posted it. Writing it eased the pain. Writers often write to ease pain. When you are depressed, work. Work is a productive pain-killing drug. Warning: If you ever get tingling […]

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