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Keynes was a failure in Japan – No need to embrace him in Europe

Friday, October 31st, 2014 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics.
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Reprinted from DetlevSchlichter.com Draghi’s volte-face two weeks ago has emboldened the Keynesian majority in the media and in economic research departments. It has injected new life into their relentless campaign for yet more state intervention in the Eurozone economy. It

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The Housing Boom Returns

Friday, October 31st, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics.

For the last decade (or more), Canadians have been ebullient about their home-grown housing boom. Home prices in Toronto have grown by leaps and bounds over the past decade. New homeowners have rushed in to take advantage of what seems

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The Deflation Boogeyman

Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics.
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Here we go again.  A plunge in oil prices has spurred a bevy of articles from the bought-and-paid-for media, as well as quasi-governmental agencies, alerting us of pending disaster if deflation were allowed to make an entrance, however briefly. Never

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The Market and the State

Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Politics.
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[Originally published in German in 1968. Reprinted from Mises.org] For every species of animals and plants the means of subsistence are limited. Hence every living being’s vital interests are implacably opposed to those of all members of its own species.

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QE’s Seeds are Already Sown

Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics.

The Federal Reserve has finally ended its quantitative easing programs. Since the financial crisis of 2008, the Fed has pursued what seemed like an endless policy of asset purchases. As recently as September 2008 the monetary base in the US

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Ebola Won’t Wait for the FDA

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Regulation.
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Just as fear of Ebola gaining a foothold in the United States in Dallas seemed to be passing, a new case has appeared in New York City. Even if we are so fortunate that no further cases result from this

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Dudley the Dud

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics.
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Six years after the financial crisis rocked the world economy, it’s a safe bet to say the Federal Reserve will never take responsibility for the debacle. And why should it? To both mainstream pundits and academics, the Fed saved the

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Regulate through taxation

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Civil Liberties, Economics.

One lesson from the United States’ Obamacare debacle has been that if Congress can’t get its way through regulation, it can always resort to taxes. At least that’s the Supreme Court’s view, after it declared the Affordable Care Act constitutional

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Why Money Doesn’t Measure Value, Part II

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 by posted in Economics.
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In a previous post, I explained why Ludwig von Mises was so adamant that money doesn’t “measure” value, in the way that a ruler measures length or a scale measures weight. But I could tell from the discussion on my

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The Fed: Strangling the Saving Ethic and Values

Monday, October 27th, 2014 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics.
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Reprinted from Casey Research Saving was once drummed into our heads as the prudent thing to do. How many times did you hear, “A penny saved is a penny earned”? Now some argue it’s not worth anyone’s time to pick

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Patrick Barron interview with Jeff Deist re: The End of the US Dollar Imperium-Part 1

Sunday, October 26th, 2014 by posted in Banking, Economics, Politics.

Play video Jeff Deist and Patrick Barron address the issue of monetary imperialism. How does the US use the dollar as a weapon of economic and cultural power? How long can it last? What might the unprecedented… 00:17:01 Added on

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Would Milton Friedman Endorse Today’s “Market Monetarists”?

Saturday, October 25th, 2014 by posted in Economics.
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In addition to the (New) Keynesians and the Austrians, a major school of economic thought has been the monetarists in the Chicago School tradition, led of course by Milton Friedman. In recent years, however, a new school has arisen–the so-called

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Europe’s banks are going bust, and accounting tricks will not save them

Saturday, October 25th, 2014 by posted in Banking, Economics.

Europe’s Gong Show at Work: Back Taxes and Busted Banks The EU is doing everything it can to paper over the fact that its policies have turned the banks into what David Stockman likes to call “Roach Hotels”, where bad

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Cass Sunstein Doesn’t Understand Rationality

Friday, October 24th, 2014 by posted in Economics.
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People are still apparently paying attention to Cass Sunstein and his insidious brand of “nudge” economics, and so it is necessary to continually expose the economic, ethical, and moral fallacies inherent in his philosophy. In brief, Sunstein contends that humans

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Legal Victory for the IRS

Friday, October 24th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics.

With the IRS scandals of early 2014 all but a distant memory, some closure is coming to the groups that the long arm of the tax law harassed. Unfortunately the verdicts aren´t going the way the affected would like. The

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Einstein, Socialism and the Relativity of Intelligence

Friday, October 24th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Philosophy.
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(original version in Italian: http://www.movimentolibertario.com/2014/10/einstein-il-socialismo-e-la-relativita-dellintelligenza/ – translation by author) The fact that socialism, in every single one of its expressions (“right”, “left”, “no-global”, incoherently pro-market, etc.), is linked to an objective and specific deficiency of intellectual ability, is well known

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Why Money Doesn’t Measure Value

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by posted in Economics.
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Anyone who knows him personally would attest that David Gordon is a troublemaker. He lived up to this label with a recent review of the new book by Steve Forbes and Elizabeth Ames. Gordon took them to task for referring

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There Was No Contagion

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics.

If you use the word “contagion” these days, people are likely to think you’re talking about ebola. Backup five years ago, and contagion was the buzzword to describe the financial crisis. The European government bond market was falling apart, and

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Defending the Gypsy Cab Driver

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics.
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[Excerpted from Defending the Undefendable.] The taxi business in the United States usually works to the detriment of the poor and minority groups in two ways — as consumers and as producers. As consumers, their plight is well demonstrated by

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Abolish Antitrust Laws

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics.
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[This essay is excerpted from chapter 3 of Murray N. Rothbard’s Power and Market: Government and Economy.] It may seem strange to the reader that one of the most important governmental checks on efficient competition, and therefore grants of quasi

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