The View from Abroad

Hard hitting commentary from an American living overseas

Kenn Jacobine

Kenn Jacobine
June 03
Kenn Jacobine is an international educator currently teaching History and Economics for the American School of Doha, Qatar. He has also taught at international schools in Ecuador, Mali, and Zambia. His political transformation took place over the course of many years. Starting out naively as a big state liberal, he became a Reagan Republican in 1982. Disillusionment set in with the realization that small government rhetoric rarely translated into limited government actions. On Christmas day 1992, he became a libertarian. In 1994, Kenn ran for the State Senate in Pennsylvania on the Libertarian Party ticket garnering 5 percent of the vote. He has been active in freedom causes ever since.

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Proponents of the Austrian School of Economics have been predicting that Obama’s lavish spending and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke’s money printing through his various quantitative easing schemes would cause price inflation in our economy.  For their part, Keynesians have been highly cri/… Read full post »
MARCH 6, 2013 1:52PM

My Cousin the Keynesian

I have this cousin, let’s call him Giovanni.  He is a great guy – industrious, hospitable, great family man.  He is my go to source when it comes to information and analysis about sports in general and baseball in particular. 

It is an entirely different story when it come/… Read full post »

“That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history.”  These are the simple, yet exceedingly relevant for our times, words of the famous English writer Aldous Huxley.

If only Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke would acqu
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FEBRUARY 10, 2013 1:10AM

Disingenuous Reporting on the Gun Issue

If there ever was a situation tailor made for Second Amendment rights it is the ongoing manhunt drama in California following the killing of three people and the injuring of another by former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner.  Dorner (33) has promised in notes he left behind to perp… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 3, 2013 11:30AM

Highways and Roads in a Free Society

As a libertarian I believe that you have a right to live your life as you see fit as long as you don’t violate somebody else’s right to do the same.  Libertarianism represents the only non-coercion political/economic philosophy in the universe.  All other political/economic philRead full post »

Anyone who proclaims the American economy is recovering from the financial crisis of 2008 is either lying or not paying attention.  The good people at the Economic Collapse Blog have aggregated 37 statistics that strongly indicate the economy continues to worsen under the financial leadership of/… Read full post »
JANUARY 15, 2013 12:02PM

A Different Perspective on Guns

As someone who has lived in four different countries and traveled to several others over the last eleven years, I can tell you that no people who I have encountered continually demand that their government institutions solve every problem imaginable like Americans do.  From the dangers of electrRead full post »

DECEMBER 19, 2012 6:04AM

Pondering the Killings in Connecticut

Senseless killings always sting the worst.  Last week, when news had spread that deranged gunman Adam Lanza opened fire at a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school killing 20 children, horror, shock and then outrage were experienced by untold numbers of Americans.  Those of us in education/… Read full post »
NOVEMBER 28, 2012 12:23PM

The Fiscal Cliff is in our Rearview Mirror

Washington is full of drama.  Americans are constantly being treated to high political suspense.  Whether it’s the scandal ridden death of an ambassador, an outrageous gun dealing policy gone wrong on our southern border, or the spectacle of politicians scurrying frantically at the el/… Read full post »

Let’s face it, the Obama Administration has pretty much been a continuation of the Bush years.  In Obama’s first four years in office, Americans continued to give up constitutional rights with renewal of the Patriot Act, enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act, and the inRead full post »

NOVEMBER 4, 2012 11:30AM

Another Unintended Consequence

Almost all actions of politicians have unintended consequences.  In times of tragedies their mistakes are amplified.  Last week, before during, and after “Super Storm” Sandy hit the northeastern United States, governors and attorneys general in that part of the country put out b/… Read full post »
OCTOBER 30, 2012 1:12PM

The Military Budget is Another Bubble

As students of the Austrian School of Economics understand, financial bubbles are caused by central bank monetary policy and government intervention in the economy.  The housing boom and subsequent crash in the first decade of this century is an excellent example of the Austrian Business Cycle TRead full post »
OCTOBER 13, 2012 3:31AM

It’s Not Nice to Fool the Free Market

The economic woes of California are back in the news yet again.  This time it is high gas prices.  Of course, the Golden State usually has the highest prices in the country, but recently prices at the pump have skyrocketed – increasing on average by 50 cents in the last week/… Read full post »

Like most Americans, I didn’t watch the staged media spectacle better known as the Presidential Debate.  It is not just because I didn’t have a dog in that fight; it is because to me the quadrennial political mini-series is nothing more than a rigged, wasteful use of an hour and aRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 29, 2012 4:31AM

Ambassador Stevens Died in Vain

Ambassador Christopher Steven’s assassination on September 11th in Benghazi, Libya, needless to say, stirred a wide array of reactions from different sources.  There were those that instantly called for war against Libya.  Others, realizing that the deed was a planned attack by a smalRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 21, 2012 7:39AM

Bernanke is Killing the Working Class

It is really quite amazing that anybody would believe anything that emanates from the mouth of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.  Quite frankly, the fact that Barack Obama nominated him for a second term as Fed chairman and the Senate confirmed him is proof that our leaders are either as in/… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 14, 2012 8:05AM

Romeny's Lack of Judgment and Hypocrisy

Mitt Romney’s behavior in the last 24 hours has been repulsive.  Faced with an attack from a crowd of angry protestors in Cairo over the release of an anti-Muhammad film in the United States, the U.S. Embassy in Cairo released the following statement in an attempt to appease the mob andRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 4, 2012 12:52PM

The End is Nigh

According to data from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia we are about to enter another recession.  Of course, one would be hard-pressed to convince the over 20 million Americans who remain unemployed or underemployed that the last recession ever ended.  But, I suppose, according to eRead full post »

AUGUST 1, 2012 9:22PM

Thought Nazis

On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law.  The legislation appropriately outlawed discriminatory practices of government based on race, color, religion or national origin.  But, it also outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, orRead full post »

JULY 25, 2012 5:08PM

Old Beliefs Die Hard

It is very difficult coming to the realization that something or someone you truly believe in, have revered and defended for a long time, and have dedicated your life to following is not what you thought it was and might even be the exact opposite of what you appreciated about it.

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It is no surprise that the main issues of this election cycle are chronic high unemployment, massive budget deficits, and rising health care costs.  Mired in an economic downturn for close to five years now, many commentators agree that the outcome of the presidential election hinges on who voteRead full post »

The following is how a unanimous Supreme Court should have ruled with regard to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

The issue before this court is whether the Affordable Care Act passed by Congress in 2010 is constitutional.  Specifically, does the Congress have the power to legislate medicalRead full post »

JUNE 24, 2012 9:16PM

America's Lost Decades

Not too long ago an industrial giant experienced one of the greatest economic booms in its history.  Thanks to easy credit and low interest rates investors in that country ran up astronomical debts and used those proceeds to bid up the price of real property and the stock market.  With homeRead full post »

JUNE 17, 2012 7:44PM

Actions Speak Louder than Words

When my wife and I began dating about 14 years ago, it didn’t take long for me to realize that she was the one for me.  Being the affectionate type, I had no trouble verbalizing my feelings to her.  She rarely reciprocated and this caused tension in our relationship.  She keptRead full post »

Rex Nutting of the financial website MarketWatch recently published a column titled, “Obama Spending Binge Never Happened.”  In it, Nutting analyzed the spending practices of presidential administrations going back to Dwight Eisenhower in the 1950s.  His findings indicate that O/… Read full post »