How Economic Hedonism is leading America to Enslavement

The Rev. Larry Beane II, Jeff Deist and Michael Oliver are this week’s guests.

Hedonism is defined as “the ethical theory that pleasure (in the sense of the satisfaction of desires) is the highest good and proper aim of human life.” Deist who recently wrote an article titled “Economic Hedonism–How Congress and the Fed Mortgage the Future” explains how America, like the Israelites of the Prophet Samuel’s days, is relinquishing personal liberty to realize personal and national genius in exchange for security and hedonistic pleasure.

Rev. Beane helps connect the dots between the demise of our Judeo-Christian heritage and the growing spiritual and material enslavement of the West. But as all three of our guests point out, there is reason for hope. Indeed from a short term material point of view Michael reiterates that those who understand gold as honest money and own it as well as own mining shares, are positioning themselves for major gains.

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Jeff Deist-newJeff Deist is president of the Mises Institute, an educational organization dedicated to promoting Austrian economics, freedom, and peace.  Jeff previously worked as a longtime advisor and Chief of Staff to Congressman Ron Paul.  Jeff is also a tax attorney, having represented high net worth individuals, partnerships, and corporations in a wide variety of tax matters.  His tax career includes time at two different Big 4 accounting firms, specializing in tax issues arising from mergers and acquisitions for private equity firms.

Larry BeaneRev. Larry Beane is a Lutheran pastor (Missouri Synod) in the New Orleans area (Salem Lutheran Church, Gretna, Louisiana) and a teacher (Wittenberg Academy, online). He holds a Master of Divinity (Concordia Theological Seminary, 2004) and B.A. in History (Thomas Edison State University, 2000). Pastor Beane blogs at Father Hollywood (, is an editor for the journal Gottesdienst and an online editor for Gottesdiesnt Online (  He has been published at Lew Rockwell ( several times, and spoke at the Libertarian National Convention in 2016. He and his wife Grace have been married 22 years.  They have an eleven-year old son, Leonidas, as well as several feline friends.

Michael OliverMichael Oliver entered the financial services industry in 1975 on the Futures side, joining E.F. Hutton’s International Commodity Division, NYC. He studied under David Johnson, head of Hutton’s Commodity Division and Chairman of the COMEX.

In the 1980’s Oliver began to develop his own momentum-based method of technical analysis. In 1987 Oliver, along with his futures client accounts (Oliver had trading POA) technically anticipated and captured the Crash. Oliver began to realize that his emergent momentum-structural-based tools should be further developed into a full analytic methodology.

In 1992 he was asked by the Financial VP and head of Wachovia Bank’s Trust Department to provide soft dollar research to Wachovia. Within a year Oliver shifted from brokerage to full-time technical research. MSA has provided its proprietary technical research services to financial and asset management clients continually since 1992. Oliver is the author of The New Libertarianism: Anarcho-Capitalism.

About Jay Taylor

Jay Taylor is editor of J Taylor's Gold, Energy & Tech Stocks newsletter. His interest in the role gold has played in U.S. monetary history led him to research gold and into analyzing and investing in junior gold shares. Currently he also hosts his own one-hour weekly radio show Turning Hard Times Into Good Times,” which features high profile guests who discuss leading economic issues of our day. The show also discusses investment opportunities primarily in the precious metals mining sector. He has been a guest on CNBC, Fox, Bloomberg and BNN and many mining conferences.