• The Dollar

    The Dollar. The Almighty Dollar. The Dollar Bill. A "Federal Reserve Note." I debated with myself on what to title this rant. I considered calling it “Brian Brown on the Economy” or “Brian Brown on the Federal Reserve Bank,” but while it about all of these issues, I felt that the subject of the economy was too broad and the Federal Reserve Bank was, actually, too narrow. Here’s what I mean: The economy, any economy, whether it is the planetary economy, a government’s economy, or your own, personal economy is dependent on more that just the mere currency used in financial transactions. I did not want to rant merely about…

  • “Crony Capitalism”

    “CRONY CAPITALISM”

    cap-i-tal kæp-i-tl  [kap-i-tl] –adjective pertaining to financial capital: capital stock. principal; highly important: This guide offers suggestions of capital interest to travelers. chief, especially as being the official seat of government of a country, state, etc.: the capital city of France. Origin: 1175–1225; Middle English;  (adj.) (Anglo-French ).  Latin capitlis of the head ( capit-,  stem of caput  head, + -lis -al); (noun).  Medieval Latin capitle wealth, noun use of neuter of capitlis (adj.) —Synonyms 1.  principal, investment, assets, stock. 2.  prime, primary, first. The adjectives capital, chief, major, principal  apply to a main or leading representative of a kind. Capital  may mean larger or more prominent; it may also…

  • “Occupy Wall Street”

    “OCCUPY WALL STREET”

    For over a week now, I have been following the so-called “Occupy Wall Street” activities and am now ready to opine on the situation. As you know, I am very dubious of any an all “patriot-” or liberty-” oriented persons and organizations or quasi-organizations, particularly when they are dubbed as “grassroots organizations” or other, similar monikers by either mainstream or alternative media outlets.  I believe that my skepticism is well-founded, particularly in the instant case.  Here’s why: The initial total blackout of the event(s) by the government controlled, corporate operated media in the United States did not make me suspicious.  In fact, it made me stop and think that perhaps…

  • Money

    I previously wrote a rant on the United States Dollar, but this rant is about the more generic term, money. Money can include the U.S. Dollar, the Canadian Looney, the Mexican Peso, any other currency or coinage, or, for that matter, anything that is recognized by at least two people as a medium of exchange for goods and/or services. Having said that, for most of us, the question of where money comes from brings to mind pictures of the Mint stamping coins and the Bureau of Engraving printing bills. Money, most of us believe, is created by the government. This is true, but only to a point. Those metal and…