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Trump FDA Chief Could Disrupt Biotech/Pharma Investing

by Patrick Cox February 15, 2017 It’s apt that President Trump is the oldest elected president in US history. Nothing better defines the biggest problem of our era… the aging of society. Trump’s age doesn’t seem to be much of a problem for him. At 70, his schedule and...

Something Rotten in the State of Russia?

by George Friedman and Jacob L. Shapiro February 15, 2017 In our forecast for 2017, we wrote the following: “In hindsight, the coming year will be an inflection point in the long-term destabilization of Russia that we predict will reach a boiling point by 2040.” This...

The Great Hole of China

by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard February 10, 2017 China’s central bank is running out of ways to stem capital flight and faces a near impossible task trying to manage the fall-out from extreme credit growth, two of Asia’s most influential banks have warned. “Defense of the...

How Trump Can Make Barry Goldwater’s Dream Come True

57 years ago in The Conscience of a Conservative, Barry Goldwater proclaimed the conservative political dream: “I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for...

Looking Ahead to 2024

by Richard Rahn February 2, 2017 Most new cars sold in 2024 will have self-driving capabilities so that the number of auto fatalities will be falling rapidly. That is an easy prediction, because the technologies have already been developed and roll-outs of the new...

Trump Picks Gorsuch!

by Rod D. Martin January 31, 2017, 8:30pm Donald Trump -- in prime time, from the East Room -- tonight announced Neil Gorsuch as his pick to replace Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court. Gorsuch is 49 years old. By all appearances, he is a virtual...

Free Traders Shouldn’t Mourn the Loss of the TPP

by Iain Murray January 27, 2017 The Trans-Pacific Partnership is an example of why free trade came to have such a bad reputation with the American public. Rather than a simple agreement to lower tariffs for mutual benefit, it morphed into a massive international...

Inconvenient Truth: There Already Is a Palestine

by Rod D. Martin January 24, 2017 Fifty years after the Six Day War, its memory invariably produces a deluge of propaganda attacking “the Zionist Entity” and promoting “an independent Palestine”, which English-speaking audiences are told will be restricted to the West...

The Economic Case for a Transformational Leader as FDA Chief

by Patrick Cox January 25, 2017 In the last eight years, the US debt has basically doubled to almost $20 trillion. But many still portray the economy as fundamentally healthy. It’s like a family that claims high levels of spending are proof that everything’s great…...


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Rod D. Martin is a technology entrepreneur, venture capitalist, hedge fund manager, author and conservative activist from Destin, Florida.