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The Forces are with us

Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope (1977) tells the tale of a Force with two sides as we find in this scene from the script:
LUKE How did my father die?
BEN A young Jedi named Darth Vader, who was a pupil of mine until he turned to evil, helped the Empire hunt down and destroy the Jedi Knights. He betrayed and murdered your father. Now the Jedi are all but extinct. Vader was seduced by the dark side.of the Force.
LUKE The Force?
BEN Well, the Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It's an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together.
In this hugely exciting adventure we’re presented with one Force having two moral outcomes, depending on who uses it.  
There are forces at work in the real world that are either for us or against us, depending on who uses them.  Two of those forces are technology and economics.
Most of us use technology as a force that is “with us,” that has given us the World Wide Web, iPhones, Skype, 3D printing of …

Fielding my grandson’s questions about gold and banking

My grandson had quite a day at school.He had learned that the economy had been suffering from things called Panics, capital P, during the 19th century and had another big one in the early 20th century.He had been told that responsible, public-spirited men like J. P. Morgan had organized a central bank to prevent those Panics.He and other bankers finally got the government to go along with their idea and pass it into law in late 1913.And wouldn’t you know it — we’ve had no more Panics since then.
He looked doubtful, though.  He didn’t understand what a central bank did, exactly.  And wasn’t the Depression and the recent Financial Crisis kind of like a Panic, only called a different name?  And if those calamities were like Panics, then why didn’t the federal reserve prevent them?
His teacher said that this country and most countries of the western world were on a gold standard during the days of Panics.  Economists and other people decided that the real culprit behind the turmoil was the…

A painless path to publishing on Amazon

You’ve written hundreds of articles on markets, gold, government, and perhaps monetary theory.You’ve hammered politicians and economists with merciless logic and unflagging scholarship.Some of your writings are more valuable than gold, but where are they now?Scattered, that’s where. Why not put the best ones in one place: A book.Make that two books.
For writers who have yet to publish a book and would like to, this brief article will show you step-by-step how to get it done.  It’s easy.
Yes, easy.  
Briefly, what you’ll do is create a word processing file then duplicate it.  You’ll use one file for a Kindle ebook, the other for a paperback.  
For the Kindle eBook, you’ll use your word processor to create an ePub file.  For the print version, you’ll change the document dimensions to fit Amazon’s 6” x 9” paperback format, then save it from your word processor as a PDF.  
You’ll then go to, if necessary register, then go through three steps for each book to put them up f…