You should start doing some investing with Kiva.org. I mean why lose in the stock market — down 40% in 2008 — when you could put your money to good use, without such downside risk.
Micro-loans are different than charity because your money comes back. When it does, if you still feel generous, you can lend it again to help another entrepreneur. It’s literally the gift that keeps giving.
I have already seen this multiplier effect from my own meager contributions.
Here’s a video (with cool music) where you can see Kiva.org in action:
As Doug Casey has said, the longest and certainly most important trend in history is the “ascent of man”. But we are fortunate to be at the head of that curve while a greater majority of our fellow humans are back at the tail end. Our seemingly miniscule efforts can have great impact on real people.
Invest a few dollars with an entrepreneur, and see if it doesn’t come back to you.
Sharp market-analysis from the UK. Get up to speed in 9 minutes flat:
Exciting video about December 16th:
Review of a new documentary that I’m eager to see: Review of ‘Meeting Resistance’
This film documents the lives of some insurgents in Iraq, depicting their diverse backgrounds and motivations.
FAQ of the film here.
This is a powerful trailer:
Nice interview with Wolf Blitzer on CNN. Dr. Paul hits a home-run. I can’t imagine Wolf asked these questions about his voting record with the intent of setting him up for a fall.
Kudos to the media for starting to promote an understanding of Ron Paul!!
I am proud to say I participated in a record-setting political event yesterday: the November 5th “money bomb” to the Ron Paul campaign. Two records smashed, actually: over $4.2 million donated (not just ‘pledged’) in 24 hours, and over 36,600 individual donors.
CNN has excellent coverage here:
Ron Paul’s face was on the front of the abcnews.com website for half the day, with this popular article: Ron Paul is Money
I can’t help but include this interview on ABC news. Lots of juicy questions and sharp answers:
I first saw Doug Casey when he debated against the Iraq War and U.S. foreign policy. In this four-person debate, he and Ron Paul were opposed by two staunch supporters of the war. After the others had spoken, Doug stepped up and basically knocked the audience’s socks off.
Witness one section of the debate here, and try not to take offense if you feel inclined to at some point: (you can find the other parts of the debate on YouTube)
Doug Casey is one of those rare people that one can accurately describe as “worldly”, having traveled in 175 countries, and having actually lived in twelve countries. He has authored many articles and essays which are scattered across the internet. Thanks to his wide-ranging experience and deep knowledge of history, his perspective never fails to be interesting and often educational.
I was particularly taken aback when I stumbled upon one article from August 2, 2001 (one month before September 11th), where Doug essentially made a case that the U.S. would be facing a major crisis in the form of an overseas war, initiated by a terrorist attack on U.S. soil.
I invite you to click the following link to read this! You may be amazed by this article:
BUILDING THE MODERN ‘MAGINOT’
(skip halfway down the page, to where the actual article begins)
I leave you to digest that, and welcome any comments.
I recommend these Doug Casey essay archives — a rich resource to peruse in your leisure: