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Chip Wood

Chip Wood is the geopolitical editor of PersonalLiberty.com. He is the founder of Soundview Publications, in Atlanta, where he was also the host of an award-winning radio talk show for many years. He was the publisher of several bestselling books, including Crisis Investing by Doug Casey, None Dare Call It Conspiracy by Gary Allen and Larry Abraham and The War on Gold by Anthony Sutton. Chip is well known on the investment conference circuit where he has served as Master of Ceremonies for FreedomFest, The New Orleans Investment Conference, Sovereign Society, and The Atlanta Investment Conference. Email this author.


Popular Hymn “Amazing Grace” a 237-Year Inspiration

On March 10, 1748, during a church service in Warwickshire, England, the captain of the slave ship Greyhound converted to Christianity. John Newton, who was just 22 years old at the time, vowed to spend the rest of his life making amends for what he had done.

A quarter of a century later then ordained Rev. Newton delivered a New Year’s Day sermon on the subject of faith. Although the text of that sermon has been lost, a hymn he wrote based on his notes went on to become one of the most popular gospel songs of all time. “Amazing Grace” has been recorded more than 1,800 times by such disparate musicians as Aretha Franklin, Rod Steward, the Dropkick Murphys, and the Blind Boys of Alabama. In the early 1970s, a version by Judy Collins spent 67 weeks on the single chart in the United Kingdom. In 1972 an instrumental version by the Pipes and Drums and Military Band of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards was No. 1 in England for five weeks.

Hey, Washington—Reconcile This!

Thank goodness for a conference in Scottsdale, Ariz., last week. I had day-long duties as the master of ceremonies—which meant I was not able to watch Barack Obama’s seven-hour healthcare summit on TV. The analysts I trust—and even a few I don’t like—say the whole affair was bor-ing. Obviously the president had no intention of compromising with the Republicans. Now Democrats are talking about reconciliation. Read this article to see what Geopolitical Editor Chip Wood thinks about that tactic…

Toyota, Clean Teeth, Expensive Comics and More Trouble For Tiger

*That was an unfortunate choice. You’ve got to feel sorry for Anna Bernasek, a writer who labored for months over a new book on the importance of trust in building a business. The company she used as her prime example in The Economics of Integrity? Toyota. Bet that one won’t make the best-seller list. *Big […]

The Liberation of Kuwait

It was 19 years ago that something extraordinary in recent U.S. history took place: The United States won a war. On Feb. 27, 1991, then-President George Bush (George W’s father) went on national television to proclaim, “Kuwait is liberated. Iraq’s army is defeated.” He continued, “I am pleased to announce that at midnight tonight, exactly 100 […]

Justice Obama, UUp is Down, the Euro and the CFR

*A really scary thought. Washington Post columnist Jeffrey Rosen has come up with the most frightening solution I’ve seen to Barack Obama’s increasing unpopularity. He suggests that our Teleprompter-in-Chief use the first opening on the Supreme Court to appoint (I guarantee you aren’t ready for this) himself to fill the vacancy. Think of it: In […]

Joe Biden’s Deceptive Celebration

The White House wants to go all-out to rewrite history about the biggest spending bill in history—passed one year ago this week—the $787 stimulus bill. It has announced that Vice President Joe Biden and various Federal officials will fan out across the country to speak at numerous rallies that are being staged to “celebrate” this wonderful program. Read this article to learn more about the stimulus, what was promised and what actually happened…

When the 16th Amendment Became Law

Ninety-four years ago this week the United States Constitution suffered its worst-ever addition when the 16th Amendment, which permits a progressive income tax, was ratified by Congress. In just one sentence, a mere 31 words long, our relationship with those who would rule over us was changed dramatically. A graduated federal income tax became legal […]

Snowmaggedon, George W. Bush, a Kennedy Goodbye and Obamacare

*“Snowmaggedon” didn’t last long enough. With my apologies to many friends in the Washington, D.C., area who work at productive jobs in the private sector, let me say, I wish your city had been paralyzed longer. The only time I feel safe from government is when it’s shut down. *“Miss Me Yet?” That’s the provocative […]

Let the PIGS Get Slaughtered

Will all those PIGS in Europe get what they deserve? And if they do, should we care? Sadly, the answers are, probably not. And yes, we should, because what happens there will have a significant impact on those of us here in the good ol’ USA. To learn more about the PIGS and what they have to do with the United States, read this article…

The Internment of the Japanese Americans

This is a very black week in the history of a country that prides itself on protecting the rights of its citizens. On Feb. 19, 1942, more than 120,000 Americans lost theirs, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066.

The order directed the United States military to remove every person of Japanese ancestry from within 100 miles of the west coast of the U.S. The military then moved them to 10 “internment camps” and kept them there for the duration of World War II.

Lieutenant General John L. DeWitt, who directed the operation, testified before Congress, “I don’t want any of them here. They are a dangerous element. There is no way to determine their loyalty…. We must worry about the Japanese all the time until he is wiped off the map.” They even rounded up orphaned infants; Gen. DeWitt said his target was anyone “with one drop of Japanese blood.”

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