Bill Bonner

Bill Bonner

Since founding Agora Inc. in 1979, Bill Bonner has found success and garnered camaraderie in numerous communities and industries. A man of many talents, his entrepreneurial savvy, unique writings, philanthropic undertakings, and preservationist activities have all been recognized and awarded by some of America's most respected authorities. Along with Addison Wiggin, his friend and colleague, Bill has written two New York Times best-selling books, Financial Reckoning Day and Empire of Debt. Both works have been critically acclaimed internationally. With political journalist Lila Rajiva, he wrote his third New York Times best-selling book, Mobs, Messiahs and Markets, which offers concrete advice on how to avoid the public spectacle of modern finance. Since 1999, Bill has been a daily contributor and the driving force behind The Daily ReckoningDice Have No Memory: Big Bets & Bad Economics from Paris to the Pampas, the newest book from Bill Bonner, is the definitive compendium of Bill's daily reckonings from more than a decade: 1999-2010. 

Bill Bonner's Recent Articles

Bill BonnerWhy the Government Views You As Collateral Damage

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The economist Milton Friedman didn't go far enough when he said, "Concentrated power is not rendered harmless by the good intentions of those who create it." In fact, as Bill Bonner explains, those same good intentions are often used as pavement on a road that leads to a rather ominous and fiery destination. Read on...


Bill BonnerAn Easy Way to Avoid Pig-Headed Mistakes

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Taken individually, most people perform relatively well in their daily lives. They get up, drive to work and interact with various other people, largely without incident. But when big groups of people get together, they can be incredibly pig-headed, demanding "action" when the best course of action would simply be inaction. And before you know it, chaos ensues. Bill Bonner explains...


The Idea of America

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America is a country like no other. Comprised of people from all corners of the globe, America exists solely because people chose to become Americans. But what does that mean? And how does it influence the concepts of liberty and freedom Americans feel so entitled to? Bill Bonner explains...


Bill BonnerA Dead Weight Dragging Down the US Economy

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Racing on dirt roads along the Pacific Coast in a remote part of Nicaragua, Bill Bonner discusses what life is like in the poor Central American country and why the high cost of big government is such a hindrance to real growth and economic progress. Read on...


Bill BonnerWhy Listening to Economists Is Dangerous for Your Health

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The 2008 financial crisis knocked the global economy to its knees and shook everyone's faith in the markets. Why didn't anyone see it coming? Well, as it turns out, economists cannot predict the future. But since most economists believe they can, economic misery often lurks just around the corner. Bill Bonner explains...


Bill BonnerA Long Day

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70 years ago today, Allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy to begin their invasion of Europe. In this DR Classique, Bill Bonner visits Omaha beach and contemplates the challenges faced by those who fought there. Read on...


Bill BonnerGreat Returns from a Thankless Chore

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One of the key lessons in investing and life is: Change what you can, ignore the rest. This is what Bill Bonner calls a real hero - people who do what they can to improve the world around them. In today's essay he illustrates the power of individual action by telling the tale of a shepherd armed only with a bag of acorns. Read on...


Bill BonnerReal Heroes: The “Justes” and the Good

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The Daily Reckoning's mission is to helping you earn the greatest return on your investments. It's not to promote a certain cause or change the world. Yet, if you’re concerned about being a hero you’re not necessarily in the wrong place. You just might need to rethink your tack. “Real heroes,” writes Bill Bonner, “do what they can to improve the world around them.” Read on...


Bill BonnerThe “Why” of War

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In honor of the Memorial Day holiday, The Daily Reckoning dusts off an old musing from co-found Bill Bonner. Inside, he offers his unique insight on how people live with conflict in their daily lives, and why, when wars inevitably bubble up, people are willing to be active participants in them. Read on...


Bill BonnerA Cheap, Easy Way to Fix the US Health-Care System

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The health-care industry is the biggest and fastest growing industry in the U.S. So it's only natural that the wrecking ball of creative destruction would come swinging in and knock it all to pieces, right? Wrong. Bill Bonner explains with an appropriate comparison to one program that completely changed the music industry...