How Money Power controls the Libertarian movement in the 21st century
In a series of articles earlier this year, Anthony Migchels and I exposed how Libertarianism and Austrian economics were sponsored by the elites as a dialectical counterpart to Communism during the 20th century. See especially:
The sad truth is that not much has changed during the last 60 years. We already know that Ron Paul is backed by billionaire Peter Thiel, a member of the steering committee of the Bilderberg group.
But what few people realize is that the entire Libertarian movement is still controlled by a handful of individuals who are directly connected to the highest elite circles, including the Rothschild dynasty. In this article, we will shed more light on these connections and expose the elites’ control of the Libertarian movement in the 21st century.
The Agora Empire
As documented in The Daily Bell Hoax?, blogger (and libertarian sympathizer) Lila Rajiva recently revealed that Ron Paul had a longtime partnership with James Dale Davidson, founder (with Lord William Rees-Mogg) of the financial conglomerate Agora Inc. Through the Agora network, Davidson, Rees-Mogg, and executives Bill Bonner and Addison Wiggin control most of the “hard-money” investment newsletters and “free-market” websites in the West, most of them ferociously pro-Paul.
These outlets include: Anthony Wile’s Daily Bell, Bonner’s Daily Reckoning, Doug Casey’s International Speculator, Gary North’s Remnant Review, The Oxford Club, Whiskey & Gunpowder, Laissez-faire Books, a leading libertarian bookseller, and a slew of other “alternative media” websites. It is no exaggeration to say that Agora controls most of the Libertarian material published in the West.
Rajiva’s revelations are important because they blow apart the myth of the “Ron Paul revolution” as a grassroots movement, and confirm Paul’s close ties with elite globalist financial concerns. In fact, Lyndon Larouche’s Executive Intelligence Review (cited by Rajiva) implied a direct link between Libertarian circles and the Rockefeller and Rothschild, the very elites whose domination they claim to abhor!
Libertarians, “hard-money” investors and power elites: an enduring partnership
Although Davidson and Rees-Mogg apparently promote pseudo-libertarian solutions and “free-market” thinking, both are bona fide members of the highest elite circles. Davidson was likely a Rhodes scholar (although he does not publicize this information), a leading indicator of acceptance into elite British circles.
His partner Rees-Mogg was a longtime editor of the Times and a member of the governing council of the BBC. He is a member of the very select Roxburghe Club and apparently has ties to the Pilgrims Society. He also belongs to The Other Club, together with British and Zionist aristocrats such as the Cecils, Howards, Cavendishes, Rothschilds, and Oppenheimers. Rees-Mogg is also on the board of Rothschild’s St. James Place Capital.
Rees-Mogg and Davidson apparently work in tandem with mainstream British journalist Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, whose father was a military intelligence officer and who has long been suspected of being an intelligence asset himself. It is surely no accident that Evans-Pritchard, known for his anti-Clinton crusade and hard-money sympathies, is one of the few mainstream journalists frequently cited by Wile’s Daily Bell, but very few readers would suspect that they are essentially partners.
Although Rees-Mogg is associated with the Libertarian movement, he would be more accurately described as a fascist. In an article entitled “It’s the Elites Who Matter”, published in the Times in January 1995, Rees-Mogg publicly called for limiting education to the top 5% of the population, creating an elite that would be ideally positioned to dominate the remaining 95% of the people after Rees-Mogg’s so-called “Information Revolution” would bring in a feudalist dystopia.
Soon after Davidson and Rees-Mogg published The Sovereign Individual in 1997, they founded the Sovereign Society, another Agora offshoot. Besides Davidson and Rees-Mogg, the Board of Advisors of the Sovereign Society has included over the years some of the best-known names in the “hard money” community, such as Doug Casey (a classmate of future president Clinton in Jesuit hotbed Georgetown University), CIA asset Mark Skousen (son of a FBI agent and nephew of J. Edgar Hoover’s assistant Cleon Skousen), perennial libertarian candidate Harry Browne, the Aden Sisters (Pamela and Mary-Ann), and Daily Bell advisor Ron Holland.
Casey also founded the Eris Society, a group of “free thinkers” who meet annually. Among the past speakers at Eris Society meetings, we find the names of Ron Paul, Skousen, Browne, Davidson, “Uncle” Richard Maybury, and investor Jim Rogers. Already in 1994, Casey, Davidson, and Skousen were collaborating on a presentation about “ERIS Island”, indicating that their partnership predates the foundation of the Sovereign Society.
Another Agora spin-off is the FreedomFest, the “world’s largest gathering of free minds”. While FreedomFest claims to be independent and “not affiliated with any organization or think-tank”, we find that it is coordinated by Skousen and Holland’s wife Tami, and that speakers associated with Agora are regularly invited. Perhaps surprisingly, Bilderberger Peter Thiel was featured as a keynote speaker in 2011.
Of course, the old Libertarian networks centered around the Volker fund that we exposed in Old Rothschild- and Rockefeller hands controlled the Libertarian-Communist dialectic are still active: thus, Gary North, a Volker protégé, retains an enormous influence in Austrian economics. More interestingly, alumni of the Libertarian think-tanks sponsored by the Volker fund and its affiliates are often found working together with the “new generation” of Agora-associated hard-money investors.
For instance, academics Richard Ebeling, past director of the Foundation for Economic Education, and Tibor Machan, a scholar of the Institute for Humane Studies, are advisors for the Daily Bell. Together with Lew Rockwell, director of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, they also sit on the advisory board of Ron Holland’s Biologix Hair Inc., a company that claims to have developed a therapy for hair rejuvenation.
Only one degree of separation between Rothschild and the Daily Bell
The Daily Bell is a prime example of these apparently independent libertarian outlets that are in fact closely associated with the highest elite circles. The Bell, which earlier this year had to close its comments section in the face of an onslaught of negative criticism, is well-known for its staunch support of Ron Paul, strident goldbug mindset, stubborn advocacy of Austrian faux economics, and more recently for its vociferous condemnation of anti-interest activists.
Not only is Ron Holland, senior editor at the Daily Bell, a longtime associate of Rees-Mogg and Davidson, but so was perennial libertarian candidate Harry Browne, with whom Daily Bell founder Anthony Wile worked for several years.
More importantly, Davidson and Rees-Mogg were once shareholders in Lines Overseas Management (LOM), the Bahamas off-shore company implicated in a stock manipulation affair for which Wile, along with other shady entrepreneurs, was in litigation with the SEC for most of the last decade. Interestingly, the late Bob Chapman was also named in the same SEC probe, raising serious doubts about Chapman’s International Forecaster as well.
In fact, Davidson and Rees-Mogg blatantly promoted LOM in The Sovereign Individual, citing the “triple-digit returns” of their “colleagues” at LOM (p. 298), and advising their readers to contact LOM for investment of “sums in excess of $100,000” (p.403). This indicates that Wile was already involved in a close business partnership with Davidson and Rees-Mogg in the late 1990s, an association that is likely to have lasted much longer given Wile’s longstanding partnerships with Browne and Holland, both advisors at the Sovereign Society.
Considering that Rees-Mogg is an advisor to Rothschild, we can say that there is essentially only one degree of separation between Rothschild and the Daily Bell. How ironic given the Daily Bell’s endless posturing as a free-market publication that aims to “expose the power elite and their societal manipulations”.
But there is more to the story. In The Daily Bell Hoax?, I revealed the existence of a business partnership between the Daily Bell and gold mining concern Dicon Gold Inc., whose main assets are located in Colombia. At the same time, Kathleen Peddicord, founder of the Agora-affiliated “Live and Invest Overseas” publishing group and a member of the Board of Advisors of the Sovereign Society, was recently promoting Colombia, and especially Medellin, as a “screaming bargain” for real estate.
Perhaps not coincidentally, the Daily Bell recently started praising former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe’s pro-business administration, although Uribe was once listed by the Defense Intelligence Agency as an “important Colombian narco-trafficker” and “a close personal friend of Pablo Escobar”. It is difficult to imagine that the well-informed editors of the Daily Bell would not have been aware of this fact. I will leave it to the reader to connect the dots…
Although the names have changed, the cozy relationship between the top Money Power elites and the Libertarian movement has remained essentially the same for the better part of a century, if not longer. This connection must be relentlessly exposed because Libertarian “alternative media” outlets and “hard money” entrepreneurs continually promote their views as being “pro-freedom” and “anti-elite”, in contrast to the mainstream “statist” message, whereas they have in fact always been part of a centuries-old Hegelian dialectic which is entirely controlled by the same transnational oligarchy. We must recognize these gatekeepers for what they are and look beyond their phony posturing if we want to find real solutions to the economic and political issues that our society is facing.
h/t to Faux Capitalist for pointing out Chapman’s involvement with Lines Overseas Management