Archive for January, 2012

Tragedy of the Euro

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics, Foreign Policy, History.

A grim tale out of Europe today in the Financial Post BRUSSELS — Eurozone unemployment has risen to its highest level since the euro single currency was introduced, data showed on Tuesday, a day after EU leaders promised to focus

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Problem Solving and the Economy

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012 by posted in Economics.

While reading “Developing the Leader Within You” by John Maxwell, I was intrigued by the chapter dealing with problem solving. As I was going through it, it reminded me of what should be done to solve the problems with the economy and

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Mark Carney and the Art of Deflecting Blame

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012 by posted in Banking, Economics, Regulation.
Carney

“These are trying times.” I couldn’t think of a better way to start out a speech focusing on current economic circumstances. But given these words were uttered by a central bank governor, you can be rest assured that the speech

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Some Problems with the Tobin Tax

Monday, January 30th, 2012 by posted in Banking, Capitalism.

With backing from both the George Soros-supported Occupy Movement and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, the tax on financial transactions, otherwise known as the Tobin Tax, is looking more and more like a real possibility.  Though the proposed rate is seemingly

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The Triumph of Hope Over Experience: Why Government Failure Should Be No Surprise

Monday, January 30th, 2012 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Politics, Regulation, Socialism.
Government Failure

[Originally published in Le Quebecois Libre, August 15th, 2011, No 291] On the morning of Sunday, July 31, Montrealers awoke to a depressingly familiar scene: the city’s infrastructure crashing to the ground. This time, it was a 15-meter concrete slab

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Can Austrian Economics Break Bricks?

Sunday, January 29th, 2012 by posted in Education.
Break Bricks

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Keynesian Mercantilism in Action?

Sunday, January 29th, 2012 by posted in Economics, Trade.

In the New York Times “Economix” blog, Binyamin Appelbaum writes (in reference to the U.S.): Foreign buyers purchased more than $2 trillion in goods and services, the first time exports have topped that threshold. And those exports accounted for almost

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Krugman Sinks to a New On-Star Guided Low

Saturday, January 28th, 2012 by posted in Capitalism.

With every New York Times column, it’s getting harder and harder to differentiate Princeton economist Paul Krugman from an unabashed political hack.  Certainly Krugman has always played the role as champion of the Democratic Party, but this latest attempt to

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And the Global Liquidity Binge Continues

Friday, January 27th, 2012 by posted in Economics.

Forget Fed chairman Bernanke and his central planning cronies “considering additional asset purchases,”  the unsettling truth is right before your eyes (charts via Bianco Research at The Big Picture): Here are some comparative charts (note the first is scaled in

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War, Peace, and the State

Friday, January 27th, 2012 by posted in Foreign Policy, Philosophy, Politics.
War Peace

[“War, Peace, and the State.” The Standard, April 1963, pp. 2-5; 15-16, and Egalitarianism as a Revolt Against Nature and Other Essays, R.A. Child, Jr., Ed., Washington: Libertarian Review Press, 1974; 2nd edition, Auburn, Alabama: Mises Institute, 2000, pp. 115-132.

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The New Soros Plan on How to Save Italy and Spain

Thursday, January 26th, 2012 by posted in Banking.

Much like his last plan, Mr. Oligarch Insider once again makes another plea for the European Central Bank to intervene on behalf of the governments of Spain and Italy.  Writing in the Financial Times, Soros stays infatuated with infinite liquidity

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The Law Merchant and International Trade

Thursday, January 26th, 2012 by and posted in History, Law, Trade.
Law Merchant

[Originally published in The Freeman, May 2011, Volume 61, Issue 4] Is the State necessary for flourishing international trade? Conventional wisdom thinks so. According to that wisdom, private international commerce would wither without intergovernmental treaties, State courts dealing with international

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More Evidence That The Housing Bubble Has Yet to Be Liquidated

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 by posted in Capitalism.

Government interference with the present state of banking affairs could be justified if its aim were to liquidate the unsatisfactory conditions by preventing or at least seriously restricting any further credit expansion.  In fact the chief objective of present day

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Mark Thornton on the price of Gold in 2005

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 by posted in Capitalism, Economics.

Excellent historical record of the continuing ability of the Austrian school to “predict” Redmond is the director of the Ludwig von Mises Institute of Canada.

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The Bernank Channels Keynes…

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Civil Liberties, Economics, History.
Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke gestures at a news conference in Washington

With Today’s Fed announcement from Bloomberg Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said the Federal Reserve is considering additional asset purchases to boost growth after extending its pledge to keep interest rates low through at least late 2014. Policy makers are “prepared to provide further monetary

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Times Are Hard: On the Causes of the Business Cycle

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Regulation.
Econ for Real People

[The following is an excerpt from Chapter 13 of Gene Callahan’s book, Economics for Real People. Read it here or buy it at mises.org] In the economies of most modern industrial nations, a central bank manages the nation’s money supply

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Peter Schiff Interviews David Frum

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 by posted in Capitalism, Civil Liberties, Socialism.

Peter Schiff interviews Canadian(ugh) Trotskyite David “axis of evil” Frum – apparently Frum would like to bury paper in his backyard… Enjoy   Redmond is the director of the Ludwig von Mises Institute of Canada.

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An Austrian Arguing for Deflation?

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 by posted in Banking, Economics.

Austrian economist Antal E. Fekete has an interesting piece out arguing that many modern day Austrians misunderstand the relationship between speculators and central bankers and the means for which inflation takes hold in a credit-based economy.  This misunderstanding has lead

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Government as a Customer

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 by posted in Economics, Regulation, Trade.
Government as Customer

[Originally published in Le Quebecois Libre, January 15th, 2012, Number 296] Every week, homes across the nation receive advertising fliers from local businesses advising of weekly specials. Both customer and seller benefit from the price-reduced items. For the customer, it’s

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Fed Readying Inflation Target Strategy- Will It Matter?

Monday, January 23rd, 2012 by posted in Banking.

Rumor is abuzz this week as Federal Reserve chairman Ben “Helicopter” Bernanke may be ready to announce a strategy of specific inflation targeting to boost the market’s confidence in the central bank.  From Reuters: The Federal Reserve could take the

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