Brian’s Columns: Social Security ‘r’ Us

And Who Am I to Fight the Odds
Of man’s entitlements and gods…
by Brian Wright

Social Security Card IconPlease forgive the extraction from the oft-cited verse of the English classicist scholar Alfred E. Housman (1859-1936):

And how am I to face the odds
of man’s bedevilment and God’s?
I, a stranger and afraid
in a world I never made.[1]

Why I came to recall this little snippet of poetry is described partly in the footnote, but how it bears connection to the topic of my column today—a personal yielding to receipt of Social Security payments (and even liking it) —is, well, a stretch. All I can tell you is I truly never thought I’d reach the age where Social Security would either be a) a substantial contribution to keeping me in material existence or b) even keep itself in material existence. Continue reading

Guest Column: Pirates on the Veranda

Feds announce plans to nationalize IRAs/401Ks
by Brian Wright (with ref. to Patrick Heller)

When Pat’s column in CoinUpdate came over the email, I glanced quickly then did a double take. What? You can’t be serious? We all know the federal government has conducted a sustained campaign of indiscriminate plunder (and murder) over the years—from the Indian Wars, to the “income” tax, to the Federal Reserve, to the 9/11 attacks[1], to the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan—and you can make a case that leading Wall Street investment firms have built their fortunes substantially on the blood money derived from such organized aggression. Continue reading