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The Daily Bell hoax?

September 16, 2012

In this article, Memehunter explores the murky underworld of the Libertarian movement, in the wake of blogger Lila Rajiva’s stunning revelations about the “long-standing relationship” between Ron Paul and the founder of financial behemoth Agora Inc., with which the well-known libertarian website The Daily Bell is affiliated. The ramifications of the partnership between the Daily Bell, known for its strident “gold bug” mindset, and gold mining concern Dicon Gold Inc. are also discussed.

The Daily Bell, a leading libertarian website known as much for its staunch support of Austrian economics as for its strident “gold bug” mindset, recently featured an article entitled “The Ron Paul Hoax?” which attempted to defend Ron Paul’s reputation in the wake of a series of articles on Clint Richardson’s  Reality Blog showing Paul to be essentially nothing more than a fraud. Although the Bell admits to having doubts about the efficacy of Paul’s “Audit the Fed” legislation, they refuse to believe that Paul himself is a fraud. Of course, one may wonder how much evidence the Bell and its supporters will need before accepting the truth.

But more importantly, this unshakeable belief in Ron Paul as “the world’s only apparently honest politician” (no less!) strikes one as an inscrutable paradox in the face of these recent revelations about Paul’s character, especially coming from an anarcho-capitalist website that purports to denounce party politics, Western-style democracy, and the institution of government in general.

Ron Paul and the Agora Empire

One clue to this enigma has recently been provided by blogger Lila Rajiva, co-author with William Bonner (president of the publishing company Agora Inc.) of the bestseller Mobs, Messiahs, and Markets, and herself a libertarian sympathizer. In a scathing article, Rajiva revealed that the Daily Bell is closely associated with the Agora network, a large conglomerate known for its financial newsletters promoting “get-rich-quick” schemes and assorted penny stocks, all the while touting bogus “free markets” and Austrian faux economics.

Some of the numerous Agora affiliates and alternate business names include the Daily Reckoning, the Oxford Club, International Living, Penny Sleuth, Whiskey & Gunpowder, Doug Casey’s International Speculator, Gary North’s Remnant Review, as well as Laissez-Faire Books, a leading libertarian bookseller. In fact, according to Rajiva, the Agora network and its executives Bonner and Addison Wiggin hold sway over most of the libertarian circles in the West.

Agora also appears to have ties with the Rockefeller dynasty via Peter G. Peterson, longtime chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations and chief backer of the film “IOUSA”, whose content was inspired by Bonner and Wiggin’s book Empire of Debt. Going even deeper, Rajiva finds all kinds of shady characters associated with Agora, including ex-CIA director William Colby and Le Cercle member Lord Rees-Mogg, a close associate of the Rothschilds.

But the real stunner was Rajiva’s disclosure that Ron Paul had “a long-standing relationship” with Agora founder James Davidson, via Murray Rothbard. Perhaps not surprisingly, Agora and its affiliates, including the Daily Bell, have until recently been indefatigable promoters of Paul’s political platform. However, the Daily Bell has never mentioned its ties to Agora, which would obviously throw into question the Bell’s credibility as an impartial observer of the political and financial scene.

“Private gold-backed currencies” and Colombian gold mines

Another reason why the Daily Bell, itself an ardent promoter of privately gold-backed currencies, is enraptured with Paul’s unremitting advocacy of the gold standard could be that the directors of the Bell have a vested interest in a return to a gold standard, and more generally a larger role for gold and silver as circulating currencies. Indeed, as Diana Zoppa, an advisor to the Daily Bell, acknowledged in an interview with Kerry Lutz of the Financial Survival Network, Zoppa’s hiring by the Daily Bell was facilitated by the existence of a business partnership between the directors of the Bell and Zoppa’s husband, Shawn Perger, owner of a gold-mining company called Dicon Gold Inc., whose main assets are found in Colombia.

This partnership seems to have been a very close one because Perger and Zoppa apparently followed Daily Bell founder Anthony Wile and moved to Switzerland (the Daily Bell’s home base until recently) for a few years. We also learn from the Daily Bell that Perger and his team “have built deep social relationships with the wealthier and more private Colombian families who have held the ownership rights of some very attractive gold projects”. Coincidentally or not, the Daily Bell has been, of late, very vocal in its support of former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe’s pro-business administration and “free-market strategies”, and has even established an “on-the-ground editorial presence” in Colombia.

Conclusion

As with most of the alternative media, the Daily Bell does play an important role in opening the eyes of “red pill” newcomers who are exposed for the first time to a non-mainstream view of politics and economics. The Bell has not been afraid to tackle controversial issues, including questioning the veracity of the official accounts of the Apollo XIII mission and of Osama bin Laden’s death. Nevertheless, the Bell’s refusal to address the issue of usury, its blatant dismissal of the Zionist role in the New World Order conspiracy, coupled with its relentless pro-gold and pro-Paul propaganda, are symptomatic of a larger malaise in the alternative media. It is time for dedicated truthseekers to move past these gatekeepers and their phony dialectic, in order to continue their quest for real alternatives and authentic solutions to the monetary, political, and spiritual issues of our age.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. John permalink
    September 17, 2012 7:48 pm

    PLEASE SEE http://www.still2012.com

  2. September 19, 2012 8:20 pm

    Reblogged this on Recovering Austrians.

  3. September 28, 2012 2:47 am

    More weird stuff at The Daily Bell.

    Ron Holland is promoting Uribe and Colombia with ex–CIA Mark Skousen (son of an FBI agent and nephew of J Edgar Hoover FBI assistant Cleon Skousen) of Agora Inc.’s Investment U.

    http://www.mskousen.com/about/mark-skousen-biography/
    http://www.investmentu.com/

    Agora associate International Living (Katherine Peddicord) owns real estate and has investments in Colombia.

    http://money.msn.com/retirement-plan/10-exotic-retirement-spots-for-2011-usnews.aspx?cp-documentid=26731158

    Ron Holland partners with Lew Rockwell (see his bio and articles) in BIOLOGIX a hair therapy business:

    http://www.biologixhair.com/about-us/biologix-news/ron-holland-lew-rockwell-tibor-machan-and-richard-ebeling-release-biologix-hair-inc-code-of-business-conduct/

    Ron Holland is also listed at Agora and coordinates Freedom Festival with Skousen.

    http://freedomfest.com/2011/freedomfest-cruise-2011/

    Here is what one commenter noted about this:

    posted by Fascist_Decapitator on 09/25/12 09:57 PM

    Mr Holland is obviously uninformed observer.

    Colombia has been in the banksters’ grip for almost a century. In 1948 Jorge Eliecer Gaitan was the leader of Colombia and would have won the presidency had he not been assasinated by the newly created CIA. From then on the banksters have sought and succeeded in misinforming the population and have carried out a scorched earth policyagainst Colombia.

    In the 1960s the Rockefeller Foundation, the same one behind the eugenics program in Germany out of which Mengele was spawned, was caught sterilizing colombians against their will. Rockefeller owns Exxon Mobil which has vast oil interests in Colombia. The Rockefeller where behind the ethnic cleansing in the 1920s in the US where 27 states had forced sterilization laws enacted and which was immortalized by that great jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes with the words’ ”

    Three generations of imheciles is enough (STERILIZE THEM). The same Rockefeller Foundation which funds the human genome project at Cold Spring laboratory in Manhattan. In the 1970s, Rockefeller and Rothschild diabolical spawn Kissinger ordered genocide against almost a dozen countries including Colombia in National Security Study Memorandum 200. They, drug trafficking banksters who have been trafficking drugs since the Opium Wars, which is where most of the great fortunes of the “liberal establishment” in the US originated, founded the drug cartels.

    George HW Bush was Pablo Escobar’s business partner. Alvaro Uribe was fingered as his consiglieri and the 82nd most powerful drug trafficker in Colombia by the Defense Intelligence Agency in the early 90s. His political campaigns have been financed since the 1980s by Unitd Fruit Co, a company funded by the drug trafficking Coolidge family and a CIA/Mossad bankster vehicle for drug trafficking since time immemorial.

    So, seventy percent of Colombains are poor because of the genocidal politics carried out by scum like Santos and Uirbe and their predecessors which followed the orders of the drug trafficking banksters regarding the prohibition against industrializing Colombia. Then they brought in the drug trafficking into all that poverty so they could ter the fabric of society, something thy have succeeded admirably in, and here we have Ronny Holland calling the drug tacficking paramilitary and CIA mole Alvaro Urobe the Reagan of Colombia. He betrays his ignorance by that statement because Reagan was just a puppet of the banksters; GHWBush ran the (drug trafficking) show.

    I hope you stay away from my country. We don’t want your ilk here. No wonder people complain about this website being a farce.

    • The Daily Knell permalink*
      September 28, 2012 6:13 am

      Thank you for this very interesting comment. This confirms and expands our findings about the Daily Bell.

  4. November 18, 2012 8:21 am

    As shocked as I was to find the Daily Bell attempting to debunk my undebunkable research (verifiable facts, in other words) – and without providing the link for its readers to actually read the research from me… I’m just as shocked and pleased as punch that you spent the time to defend me here, and I just wanted to say thanks.

    I love the part where the Bell states that because I’m anti-usury, I am likely like most anti-usury individuals – and a part of some United Nations group. LOL! What wonderfully delicious fallacy.

    Kudos on your exposure of yet another controlled opposition.

    -Clint Richardson-

    • The Daily Knell permalink*
      November 18, 2012 9:23 am

      Thanks for your comment and thanks for the work you do on Reality Blog!

  5. LibertyJusticeForAll permalink
    April 3, 2013 3:43 am

    What a bunch of nonsense…

    An implication seems to be that organizations and/or individuals that are pushing for a gold standard return would actually benefit monetarily. As soon as it were to occur, the purchasing power of gold would drop drastically as the market would inevitably move back to it, and likely in a rapid manner…especially considering the dollar’s current and future dilemma.

    There’s no hard (or soft) evidence that anything sinister is embodied in the libertarian movement via the plain-speaking, honest, and unwavering Ron Paul, or the perfectly sensible economic approach of the Austrians via the Mises Institute. The only thing that’s sinister is what the establishment sees in it as such: an adversary that relies on common sense, critical thinking, honesty, a keen understanding of history, and worst of all: a return to true liberty.

    No, there is a reason garbage like this needs to be written. And it’s because the truth is becoming known once again, people are waking up to our actual past, people are sick and tired of the lies of Keynesian economics, socialists, propaganda, fear-mongering, and on and on. People see the blatant failure of central control at almost every turn, and they see that WOW, the Founders actually knew what the heck they were doing when they set this country up. People are taking back their local governments, getting educated about the tactics of the enemy, and technology just doesn’t allow the truth to be hidden anymore.

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