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James Corbett

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James Corbett is an editorial writer for The International Forecaster, the bi-weekly e-newsletter created by the late Bob Chapman.

The International Forecaster - It’s no secret that governments hate the free market. At its base, every single government tax, license, regulation and restriction is an implicit rebuke of the idea that humans should be able to interact freely with those around them. This is old news to my long-term readers, but it bears repeating because many have been […]

The International Forecaster - Sick of the same old, same old boring list of predictable, safe New Year’s predictions that are so vague they can’t possibly come true? (Weaponized narratives, indeed!). Yeah. So am I. So in the spirit of spicing things up for this post-holiday hangover season, let’s kick the year off with a bunch of outrageous predictions […]

HoweStreet.com Radio - Japan Scandals, China looking to take over power vacuum left by US

The International Forecaster - So you know all about China’s social credit system by now, right? You know, the one that I’ve been talking about for years? The one that we had a sneak preview of 8 years ago in “You Are Being Gamed?” The one that’s being trial ballooned at home via Carrot Rewards and other “motivational” point systems? Yes, I dare say you […]

December 8th, 2018 | The People vs. Paris

The International Forecaster - “Let them eat carbon!” said French President Emmanuel Macron this week, offering his peasants a six-month reprieve on their coming carbon sin tax. And, kicking his feet up on his desk at the Élysée Palace, he breathed a sigh of relief. He had bought himself some time to figure out how to deal with the […]

November 30th, 2018 | War Profiteering in WWI

The International Forecaster - As the most decorated Marine in the history of the United States at the time of his death, Smedley Butler knew of what he spoke. Having seen the minting of those tens of thousands of “new millionaires and billionaires” out of the blood of his fellow soldiers, his famous rallying cry, War Is A Racket, has […]

The International Forecaster - Playing in the (manipulated and rigged) stock market is not for the faint of heart. Things can turn on a dime and that sure-fire stock you’re riding today might just revert to its intrinsic value (i.e. zero) tomorrow. But as exciting as the markets can be, they’re rarely as terrifying as that 35 minute window from 2:32 […]

HoweStreet.com Radio - Will Chinese nationals sell off foreign Real Estate?

October 27th, 2018 | How (Not) to Pop a Bubble

The International Forecaster - It may not have been the craziest headline that the Trump whirlwind has generated in recent months, but you might have seen it amidst all the Stormy Kavanaghs out there: Trump says Fed is his ‘biggest threat’ because it is raising rates too fast . This latest outburst is just one more example of a pattern we have […]

The International Forecaster - So surely you’ve heard that 2001: A Space Odyssey‘s evil A.I. super-computer HAL is a thinly veiled reference to IBM, right? You know, change each letter in “HAL” to the next one in the alphabet? Well, what do you get when you change each letter in the word “mob” to the next one in the alphabet. […]

HoweStreet.com Radio - China claims to have the tools to survive trade war with US

The International Forecaster - “The weed of crime bears bitter fruit. Crime does not pay. The Shadow knows!” Perhaps you’re old enough to remember this tag line from the 1930s radio dramatization of The Shadow. Or perhaps, like me, you spent your childhood listening to “Those Old Radio Shows” on your local radio station before going to bed every night. Or perhaps […]

HoweStreet.com Radio - India now seeing a currency meltdown

The International Forecaster - OK, I’ve got some good news and some bad news. Which do you want first? The good news? OK, no problem. You know that old anti-war cliché about “Suppose They Gave A War And No One Came“? Well that slogan might be closer to becoming reality than you think.  Exhibit A: This story from Japan Today. “SDF recruiters […]

The International Forecaster - So the Korean war ended this week. Or so you would believe if you scanned the headlines of the British tabloids. “North and South Korea have finally ended the Korean War after 65 years!” blares The Mirror. And reading from the article: North Korea’s willingness to abolish its missile facilities and close its main nuclear […]

HoweStreet.com Radio - Tariffs Now Hurting US Companies in China

The International Forecaster - Speaking of 9/11 War Games, Russia just held some war games on 9/11. And not just any war games, but the biggest war games they’ve held since the Cold War. The drills, scheduled to wrap up on the 17th, involve the deployment of 300,000 troops and include maneuvers in Russia’s Far East region, as well as a naval […]

The International Forecaster - Remember when I told you about “China’s SWIFT Alternative and the (Engineered) Death of the Dollar“? Well, now it’s Germany’s turn to get in on the act. As the Financial Times reports: Germany’s foreign minister has called for the creation of a new payments system independent of the US as a means of rescuing the nuclear deal […]

The International Forecaster - Let’s party like it’s 1999! No, better yet, let’s party like it’s 2018! What? Haven’t you heard the news? The US stock market bull run of 2009-2018 has just surpassed the 1990-2000 bull run to become the longest period of continually-rising stocks in US history. It was March 9, 2009 when the market finally bottomed […]

August 12th, 2018 | The Secret Battle for Africa

The International Forecaster - In October 2017 United States African Command confirmed that three Green Berets had been killed and two more had been wounded when their patrol was ambushed in Niger. Reaction to this news from the non-Forecaster audience was: “What? There’s a United States African Command?” followed swiftly by “What are Green Berets doing conducting patrols in Niger, anyway?” […]

The International Forecaster - It’s not often that you see an MSM headline that tells an entire story, complete with a plot and sub-plot, but when you do it’s usually in a tabloid. Such is the case with this recent doozy from The Daily Fail: “America is talking to the Taliban in a bid to end 17 years of Afghanistan war […]

The International Forecaster - So, you know how decentralized technologies are making it possible to do things that were completely impossible before? Like creating uncensorable information storage and retrieval networks or circumventing the gun laws of the would-be tyrants? Well, how about if it could also allow you to bet on anything? And I mean anything. Doesn’t sound so amazing? Well, what if we’re […]

July 25th, 2018 | China, Japan, and Vietnam

HoweStreet.com Radio - Asian reaction to US/EU trade talks

The International Forecaster - Well, it’s official: “Japan Inc.” is now “Bank of Japan Inc.” Oh, OK, not officially official, but just about. As the Nikkei Asian Review reports, the Bank of Japan (BOJ) is now a top-10 shareholder in a whopping 40% of the listed companies in the country. That’s right, having purchased 25 trillion yen ($227 billion) worth of exchange-traded […]

The International Forecaster - America is in a funk. Slipping into an economic and cultural morass and at risk of losing its footing on the global chessboard, American workers find themselves working more and making less money. How can this be? Flailing for an answer, they find it in the mouth of a politician who tells them he can […]
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