Holland on Resisting the NWO and Restoring the American Dream
Interview by Anthony Wile
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Ron Holland is the author of three books, numerous special reports
and hundreds of articles on investment and political topics, many
of which focus on the interplay between politics and the investment
markets. Selections of his essays can be found in the archives of
LewRockwell.com and TheDailyBell.com. He also has participated actively
in the development of innovative financial structures, including
the first Swiss franc annuity licensed for sale in the U.S. Originally
from North Carolina, he lived and worked in Geneva, Switzerland
from 2003 to 2004. He currently divides his time between the U.S.
and Europe. He currently is Chief Editor of Freedom Matters,
a contributing editor to several newsletters dealing with political
and investing topics, a member of the Advisory Board of Zurich-based
BFI-Consulting and Chairman of the Advisory Board of The Foundation
for the Advancement of Free-Market Thinking. He speaks frequently
at financial, professional and political conferences in the North
and South America, Europe and the Middle East. In his writing and
conference presentations, Ron Holland emphatically advocates global
investment diversification into foreign currencies and non-U.S.
markets as essential for protection from the U.S. government's growing
Thank you Ron for taking time to sit down with us today. You've
contributed to the Daily Bell for some time. Why did you make it
a chosen platform?
Although I have spent my entire working career in finance and investments,
my real passion has been studying history as I am an information
junkie. I always try to determine the truth of a situation rather
than accept the usual whitewash fairy tale presented by government-funded
historians to the general public. I started with World War II as
a teenager and worked back to the First World War, the Civil War
that actually wasn't a Civil War at all and finally back to the
founding of America.
ago, a few weeks after the birth of my youngest daughter Heidi,
I had to attend a financial conference at Oxford University in England
and there I met a person who enlightened me about older European
history going all the way back to the crusades. I came back home
with a suitcase full of books and information and eventually I recognized
a connection and hidden theme running throughout history in Europe
and America which I kept to myself until I discovered the Daily
I have primarily studied older history from the reformation and
enlightenment back through the Templar period, the crusades and
all the way back to the birth of Christianity back to the first
civilization in Sumer where Iraq is today.
The Daily Bell
is correct about an Anglo-American group of sometimes competing
wealthy elites that have used the world as their chessboard and
the wealth and lives of millions to generate more wealth and profits
for them at our expense. The Middle East problems today, two world
wars and the Cold War, the great depression and I fear a greater
depression today and the end of debt-based regulatory democracy-style
governments have all been responses to their actions. The establishment
news and historians are attempts at collateral damage control to
cover-up the mess these elites have made while accumulating more
The Daily Bell
attempts as far as I can tell to connect the dots and hidden history
between financial elites and their actions to amass more wealth
from productive people around the world. Today, the Internet has
opened the door to the truth for those who desire to understand
the world around them and not a minute too soon.
I fear, we
are approaching a period like World War One and the aftermath which
will dramatically destroy and shift wealth, change governments and
create wars and economic dislocation not seen since that time. We
may have to live through a final Götterdämmerung of violence
and economic dislocation as they make one last attempt to complete
their plan of one-world government and rule.
crises and wars can create such fear that freedom-loving citizens
will agree to give up their freedoms and wealth for security. The
Daily Bell is right as only the Internet can by-pass the power of
the establishment media to educate and prevent this from happening.
The battle will be decided over the next decade one way or the other
for future generations of Americans and Europeans as our prosperity
is sacrificed for the greater wealth and rule of these elites. The
Daily Bell is the only major Internet news site dedicated to the
publication and explanation of these actions and this is why I'm
proud to be personally involved.
You contribute to LewRockwell.com. What do you think of what they
have accomplished in terms of bringing Mises back and encouraging
free-market literacy generally? We think it's a great accomplishment.
I have known and followed Lew Rockwell for well over two decades
and he and Ron Paul are the only two leaders in the freedom movement
who have never compromised their integrity and beliefs for short-term
gain or public acceptance. This was so apparent following the super-patriotism
and war fever following the 9/11 attacks.
In a nutshell,
Mises and the Austrian School of Economics along with the current
political, economic and financial views and opinions presented by
Lewrockwell.com and their promotion of the Ron Paul 2008 Presidential
Campaign are all that have really stood between the continued battle
for the survival of the original American Dream of our nation's
Founding Fathers and defeat. When most other think tanks and sunshine
patriots caved and surrendered to political acceptance and crumbs
at the table of Washington, they stood like a stone wall against
the tide of media elite driven public opinion and manipulation.
They have held
the enemy and now it is time for all of us to follow the example
of another great man in American history, General Robert E. Lee:
"Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more; you should
never wish to do less."
Are folks such as those as the Mises Institute a hopeful sign for
freedom? What are your primary concerns in the 21st century?
My view is the efforts of Lew Rockwell and his columnists, Ron Paul
and the Mises Institute almost single-handedly stopped the total
takeover of the United States by the elites and their neocon quisling.
Their goal was to use the United States, our wealth and soldiers
to fight their wars of economic conquest to our last dollar and
for the 21st century revolve around this ongoing battle. We stopped
the first assault where we would have been defeated without
the Internet much like those at the Alamo stopped Santa Anna's
first attack. Now we are surrounded and our enemies are desperate
to finish off those of us who oppose their one-world agenda, which
is designed to reduce us to serfs and vassals.
Are things getting worse or better for free markets? When did you
start to understand what was taking place in terms of creeping global
"Freer-markets" are doing better in much of the world
especially Asia but worse for the overly indebted Western Europeans
and Americans. I'm embarrassed to say that I spent far too much
time studying history and financial markets and not enough effort
looking at the world around me and creeping global authoritarianism
so I was late to the game. The Daily Bell and Anthony Wile's book,
Alert helped me understand the battle that is happening
all around us today. Life in the world today is sort of like the
movie and personally for a long time I was unable to see the forest
for the trees.
You were in banking at the beginning of your career. What was that
I was in the trust department and I must say the job and the people
were as boring as watching grass grow, but I had a great boss named
Gary. He gave me total freedom to do whatever I wanted so there
I created the first gold IRA in the United States and this provided
a way out of banking. I went to work for James Blanchard down in
New Orleans where I discovered Mises, hard money and freedom-oriented
people and products.
Is America growing less free and less competitive? What is the American
securities industry like at this point?
Yes, America is indeed far less free and less competitive as we
really don't produce products anymore. I let my securities licenses
expire back in 2001 but if you want to know what the securities
industry is really up to just watch the financial news.
believe cable business channels are unbiased presenters of financial
and investment news but nothing could be further from the truth.
The financial channels are just paid cheerleaders and promoters
for Wall Street and the global-banking elites. This is their function
and although some unbiased commentary and advice does come through
along with the propaganda and market stats, usually when a few experts
get too fair and balanced and forget their real jobs as celebrity
commentators and showman, they are read the riot act and have to
fall in line.
industry is highly regulated and it might surprise you but I believe
we need real regulation over these activities to protect the unsophisticated
general public. The problem is most regulations do little to protect
the investment public (remember Madoff and Enron), and actually
exist to protect the favored players note, "flash trading profits"
from new domestic and foreign competition. It is a closed cartel
that exists primarily to siphon off excess funds from Americans
who have money left after paying their bills and taxes and nothing
What will happen to the dollar? How about the euro?
Again, not to sound too extreme but I believe the dollar is doomed
and we could see a zero loped off within the next decade ... i.e.
maybe a 90% depreciation in the dollar. This is why I urge Americans
to diversify their investments outside US markets and the dollar.
of the euro depends on the survival of the European Union and I'm
very opposed to this forced union never voted on by the citizens
of most member nations and created and controlled by the Anglo-American
elites. Frankly, it has served as a dumping ground for bad bonds
and mortgage backed securities as well as a protected opportunity
for underwriting national debt obligations and debt securities and
this has become profit bonanza for the Wall Street banks.
the German people need to wake up as the real threat isn't to Greece,
Ireland, Spain or Italy but Germany itself. Once again, the hardest-working
people and the leading economy of Europe, may well find their future
prosperity destroyed and their political stability threatened by
this second illegitimate debt levied on a proud and industrious
people by foreign banks and elites controlling their nation.
just finished this year paying off the totally trumped-up and illegal
war debt from World War One back in 1918. France and Great Britain
to pay off their First World War debts to the American banking establishment
used this. Is Germany falling into the same trap again?
Will the people
of Germany awake and ever learn and finally oppose another sell-out
to foreign bankers? They should remember what happened last time
this took place. Angela Merkel may well turn Germany into another
Weimar Republic if she doesn't stand up for her country.
I believe in
sovereign nations and sovereign states and voluntary unions. Confederation
style national governments are necessary to create real freedom
and prosperity. We need to look at the success of Switzerland and
not continue to emulate the top-down forced unions by bayonet or
If the citizens
of the nations of Europe want to form a trading zone and create
a common currency to compete with national currencies, I'm all for
it. But what the EU is doing is creating the platform for a gigantic
financial fiasco to happen. And it's the German people will pay
the price for all the national debt created by the politicos in
Brussels whose kickback schemes and support of Wall Street bond
scam artists seem never ending. Pat Buchanan, said it best in an
essay earlier this week titled: European
What is the driving force behind the decline and fall of the West?
Our failure to know the truth about our history, traditions, culture
and people is a primary reason for the fall of the West. Robert
E. Lee said it best, "A nation which does not remember what
it was yesterday does not know where it is today." The establishment
has successfully hidden our history until the explosion of the history
and information Internet. It is news sites like The Daily Bell and
Lew Rockwell, and historians like Tom Woods and Tom DiLorenzo that
give me hope for the future.
What can be done to stop it? Is America a doomed empire?
No I don't think America is a doomed empire. Freedom and prosperity
may be doomed in the short-run because of Washington and Wall Street
but our enemies and occupiers should never underestimate the will
and power of an angry and frustrated American people. We will resist
the loss of our liberties and the destruction of our wealth and
the American Dream of our patriot founding fathers.
I think the
best way to restore the American Dream is to go back to the basic
limited-government structure created by our founding fathers. This
was our first government, The Articles of Confederation somewhat
similar to the Swiss Republic today. We need to restore state and
eventually individual sovereignty under a voluntarily confederation
of sovereign states.
Should America withdraw its troops overseas? Will it?
Generally yes. However there are spheres of influence, including
shipping lanes and bases in nations we haven't conquered or occupied
in recent decades, where we could with permission, by duly-elected
representative governments, retain bases for defensive purposes.
of our oversees military deployments today are there for economic
reasons relative to certain special interest industries or lobbying
groups and they do not defend America or make us safer. In fact,
our recent actions to conquer and support puppet governments in
countries formerly British-controlled protectorates stolen after
the Treaty of Versailles is just business as usual by the Anglo-American
elites which rule over us.
Will the US win the war in Afghanistan? Why is the US there?
Well the several thousand-year history of the area would indicate
we will not win in Afghanistan as it really is the graveyard of
empires. Why we are there of course is obviously to capture Bin
Laden dead or alive and avenge the 9/11 attack. Just kidding! I
don't have a clue why we are there now but I'll bet it has something
to do with surrounding Iran and keeping tabs on Pakistan's nuclear
weapons, which I believe really are at risk of falling into the
hands of Islamic extremists. I did support the original invasion
following 9/11 and still wish the perpetrators of 9/11 will be caught
and receive what they deserve.
Will there be a war with Iran? And if so, why?
I have thought the US and/or Israel would attack Iran for over two
years now but I've been wrong. Why? Because Iran which hasn't invaded
another nation for hundreds of years and was invaded by Anglo-American
forces in both World Wars resists us and is sitting on a ton of
oil resources. All wars are economic, in my opinion, and they have
resources that were controlled first by the British and later the
United States before the Shah was overthrown. Having said this,
I'm not a big fan of Iran or the Middle East in particular, other
than perhaps Turkey. America and other nations would have turned
a blind eye to the region just like we have in most of Africa
if it weren't for the oil and the presence of Israel.
What is the point of these wars? Was President Bush sincere in starting
I believe Chaney, Halliburton and big oil had far more to do with
our intervention in the area than Bush. The point of the wars, starting
with the war criminal Saddam Hussein's invasion of Iran and his
use of gas, was the purported build-up and existence of "weapons
of mass destruction." But in my opinion it has always been
about oil resources more than anything else.
Was the Civil War the turning point for American civilization? Has
America been getting less free for centuries?
No, it was the turning point for maintaining a limited de-centralized
government but not for American civilization. The right of peaceful
democratic state-by-state secession, as taught at West Point and
believed by most Americans North and South, offered the best resistance
to tyranny. Remember there were several secession movements in New
England prior to the lawful secession of the Southern States.
The right to
nullify actions of the federal government and the right of states
to voluntarily withdraw their membership in the voluntary union
was and still remains the best defense against a powerful central
government in the US and in Europe. Every people and regional area
should have the right to leave and declare their independence
just like we did in our original Declaration of Independence!
I believe America
has been getting less free since Woodrow Wilson who I rank the second-worst
president in our nation's history but only for part of the population.
Native Americans and African Americans are far more free and better
off now than earlier in our history and I applaud the progress our
nation has made in this regard. It didn't take a war to do this
as the evil institution of slavery was dying a natural death here
as elsewhere but again like all wars, this war was primarily economic
The war was
a political war but for economic consequences. The power of the
southern states in Congress had to be destroyed in order for the
domestic banking elites and the agents of the Rothschild banking
dynasty to create a powerful central government. Following the destruction
of the South and Southern power in Congress, these interests could
move forward with a central bank and the income tax in 1913.
My Quebec friend,
John Remington Graham, in his book, Blood
Money the Civil War and the Federal Reserve, presents
the best discussion of this in my view. The book is available on
amazon.com and I hope The Daily Bell will interview him in the future.
He is also the author of A
Constitutional History of Secession.
What about the European Union? Is the EU doomed?
I certainly hope so, at least in its present form. We have already
discussed this and I hope it is reestablished as a voluntary decentralized
organization like the Swiss Confederation and America's first legitimate
government, The Articles of Confederation. There is nothing wrong
with nations working together for economic or even political reasons
but when elites arbitrarily give away national sovereignty without
the people having a say in the action, this is morally wrong.
Can austerity save the EU? Is austerity coming to the US?
Voluntary or legislative austerity is impossible with the current
"mob rule" democracy as present in every western government
except for Switzerland. There the rights of referendum and initiative
still give power to the people rather than unions, financial or
other interests in most areas.
nations need to return to control by their citizens rather than
the EU, which as we have seen in recent days has been propped up
and supported by billions in bailout funds ultimately at
the blinded expense of the American taxpayers and future generations
of Americans. This secret, manipulative and destructive bailout
mechanism is certainly a financial crime against the American people
and I hope, but severely doubt, that proper justice will be served.
Will the Fed's reflations save the US economy? Is the Fed necessary
for the US?
The actions of the Federal Reserve have certainly lengthened the
period of the collapse while slowing what could have been a total
meltdown of the markets in 2008. I personally believe doing nothing
and getting everything over quickly would have been the best solution
both in ultimately preserving our wealth and liberties but only
time will tell.
I don't think
the Federal Reserve is absolutely necessary for the US economy,
as I would prefer to see a full currency competition and some type
of limited central bank entity controlled by the voters rather than
powerful and secretive banking interests. It is easy to be anti-Fed,
as the institution in its current form only represents wealthy banking-elites,
but earlier this year at FreedomFest (www.freedomfest.com) I moderated
a panel of distinguished anti-Fed types and even a former Fed Reserve
Bank governor about what to do after we abolished the Fed.
I was looking
for answers but no one really had any idea about what to do after
the fact. I want to see the Fed abolished but replaced with something
accountable to the people along with free-market currency competition.
I think this is the best we can hope for but I'm open for suggestions.
What will happen to Ben Bernanke if Ron Paul takes over the committee
supervising the Fed?
This will be a great educational opportunity for the American people
and a somewhat humbling experience for the Fed Chairman and I'm
looking forward to this happening. Still anything could happen to
the committee and Ron Paul before then as the power elites want
to prevent the spreading of the truth about the Federal Reserve
and their insane monetary policies at all costs. I ask all readers
to pray for the safety and health of Congressman Ron Paul and that
is all I will say on the subject.
If the Fed is somehow reduced in power and size, will it make a
Yes any meaningful reduction in power, authority and size would
be positive for the United States and negative to those who control
our nation and seek to tax and confiscate our wealth through dollar
depreciation. Anything would be an improvement over the out-of-control
central bank that has been ripping off productive Americans by reducing
the value of the dollar by upwards of 98% since 1913.
What are you doing now? Update us on your activities. You work in
Europe and America. Contrasts?
I must admit that I really enjoy what I'm doing now. I've been retired
from the investment industry since 2001 and today I write for a
number of publications including LewRockwell.com,
the Daily Bell.com and the
Mountain Vision Newsletter.
I'm most excited
about the opportunity to serve as chairman of the advisory board
of the Foundation for the Advancement of Free-Market Thinking and
as co-editor of their newsletter Freedom
Matters. I love talking and writing about politics, history
and about what is happening in America today and how current policies
and social structures threaten the wealth and remaining liberties
of all Americans. I also like to look for and educate fellow Americans
and concerned citizens of other nations about possible "private
solutions" to these "public problems." And that is
why, while recognizing the importance of helping people to understand
the destructiveness of what is happening around us, it is ultimately
creating profit opportunities for investors outside the US and the
dollar that give me a higher sense of import.
I love Europe
and especially Switzerland as well as the culture and history. The
unique and successful Swiss form of confederation government and
direct democracy is the new model the West should follow, in my
opinion. I hope someday to again reside and work in the greatest
nation in the world, the Helvetian Confederation.
I also love
my country, the United States of America and like the low prices
that will exist in the US for a little while longer until the dollar
collapses along with regulatory democracy. But I refuse to submit
to those who would sentence our posterity to permanent serfdom and
poverty for an illegitimately created national debt and an all-powerful
do what I do for the future of my children and grandchildren and
in remembrance of the bravery of the earlier generations who gave
their lives resisting Great Britain and the later Washington invasion
of the Southern states.
want to say thanks to The Daily Bell and all of the elves who work
together to restore liberty, free-market solutions and sovereignty
to Europe and America. God willing we will resist the Anglo-American
elites plan for an all-powerful one-world government designed to
benefit only them, their central banks and other special interests.
Any other comments?
Every month or so I privately visit the burned shell of historic
Church near Charleston, South Carolina.
It was one
of the Low Country's most historic and beautiful churches but all
that is left are four brick columns, some historic brick walls and
the graveyard, as this House of Worship was burned twice in the
300 years of its existence.
was first destroyed by the British in 1779 but rebuilt following
the American Revolution. Later, this peaceful Church was again burned
by the American War Criminal, General Sherman in 1865 but never
rebuilt as the economy in this rural area never recovered from the
devastation of Sherman's March To the Sea.
Now when I
visit this quiet, sacred ground I think of all the wars and destruction
caused by the British and American financial elites. This twice-burned
Church serves as an example their endless wars of aggression often
targeting civilian targets from the 1700's until present around
my forefathers before me in two wars, I pledge to peacefully resist
their efforts through educational efforts and political action.
Yes, they may well bankrupt our nation due to the national debt
and they will likely destroy our currency and take our remaining
wealth and freedoms in their frenzy to continue their activities
for a while longer. But thanks to the Internet and defenders of
freedom like Ron Paul, Anthony Wile and Lew Rockwell, these elites
will never destroy our will to resist.
Join with us
at The Daily Bell and financially support the Foundation
for the Advancement of Free-Market Thinking and make plans to
attend our first Swiss-based Conference in late April. Also continue
to support the Mises Institute and LewRockwell.com. I believe working
together we will ultimately win and restore our liberties.
I'm Ron Holland,
and I represent another generation resisting the Anglo-American
financial elites since 1775.
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Mountain Vision Newsletter
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Wile is an author, columnist and entrepreneur focused on developing
projects that promote the general advancement of free-market thinking
concepts. He is the Chairman and CEO of the Swiss-based publishing
firm Appenzeller Business Press AG (ARBP). He is a senior editor
of ARBP's flagship news site, TheDailyBell.com.
In 2010, ARBP founded and appointed Mr. Wile as the Executive Director
of The Foundation for the Advancement of Free-Market Thinking Ė
a non-profit Liechtenstein-based foundation. His most popular book,
Alert, is now in its third edition and available in several
languages. Other notable books written by Mr. Wile include The
Liberation of Flockhead (2002) and The Value of Gold (2002).
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