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Should We Dump the Euro?

Monday, May 25th, 2015 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Uncategorized.
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The Greek drama continues to unfold with the risk of a “Grexit” becoming increasingly likely. Yet, a large majority of the Greek people want to keep the euro. This would force the Greek government to live within its means, which

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We’re All Welfare Queens Now

Thursday, April 30th, 2015 by posted in Uncategorized.
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Reprinted from The Daily Bell In 2013, Fox News proudly broadcast an interview with a young food stamp recipient who claimed to be using the government benefit to purchase lobster and sushi. “This is the way I want to live

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Modern-Day Social Engineers and Inequality

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 by posted in Uncategorized.
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Reprinted from Acting-Man Is Inequality a Bad Thing? We couldn’t believe what we were seeing when coming across the following headline at Reuters recently: “Fed’s Yellen says research needed to understand inequality issue”. Seriously? Maybe we can help the good

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The Motte and Bailey Doctrine in Mainstream Economics

Friday, March 27th, 2015 by posted in Economics, Epistemology, Uncategorized.
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A “motte and bailey doctrine” is a style of argument (and informal fallacy) that’s based on a motte-and-bailey castle. The bailey is a big courtyard and where people live and work and generally want to be. The motte is a mound

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BIS Slams The Fed: The Solution To Bubbles Is Not More Bubbles, It Is Avoiding Bubbles In The First Place

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 by posted in Uncategorized.

Reprinted from Zero Hedge On one hand there are hard-core Keynesians who will wave the flag of inflation as the only cure to a world drowning in debt, even after the mushroom cloud results of their policies going off around

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Retirement at the End of a Rope

Sunday, March 1st, 2015 by posted in Uncategorized.

“They were people with great dignity,” Ivo Costamagna said of his neighbors who committed suicide in 2013. Romeo Dionisi, 62, and Anna Maria Sopranzi, 68, hanged themselves after Ms. Sopranzi’s pension evaporated. “People like Romeo would not accept charity or

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Limited Government Is Not Possible in the Interventionist State

Friday, February 13th, 2015 by posted in Uncategorized.

Would we have political liberty we must first have economic freedom, for the form of government is determined by the form of economic organization. At first blush the opposite would seem to be self-evident; i.e., that our form of government

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The Tax Gatherer

Friday, February 13th, 2015 by posted in Uncategorized.
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Originally published in the second series of Economic Sophisms (1848). Reprinted from Mises.org JACQUES BONHOMME, a vintner. Mr. LASOUCHE, tax gatherer. L.: You have secured 20 tuns of wine? J.: Yes, by dint of my own skill and labor. L.:

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Solving the Great Piketty Minimum Wage History Mystery

Sunday, February 1st, 2015 by posted in Economics, Uncategorized.
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Long-time Mises Canada readers know that I have devoted several posts to a critique of Thomas Piketty’s 2014 bestseller, Capital in the Twenty-First Century. For example, here I talk about the poverty of Piketty’s capital & interest theory, and here

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In Denmark You Are Now Paid To Take Out A Mortgage

Friday, January 30th, 2015 by posted in Uncategorized.

As per my thougths on “the logical end of Keynesianism is just handing people money”, this article is republished from zerohedge With NIRP raging in the Eurozone and over €1.5 trillion in European government bonds trading with negative yields, many

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Loose Fed, Scared Bank Directors

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 by posted in Uncategorized.

The Fed’s balance sheet now foots to nearly $4.5 trillion, a great leap from early July 2008, when its total assets were less than $900 billion.  Interest rates have been held just above zero since then as well, all in

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A Graphical Introduction to the Austrian Business Cycle Theory

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics, Regulation, Uncategorized.
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A Graphical Introduction to the Austrian Business Cycle Theory By: Gaurav Mehra Twitter: @GMehra_ Email: gmehra@alumni.uwo.ca   For a pdf version of this article: Intro to ABCT – Final   Business cycles, simply put, are the fluctuations of economic growth

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The CCF’s 2015 Law and Freedom Conference

Saturday, January 10th, 2015 by posted in Uncategorized.

    Those interested in Canadian Law and Individual Freedom might be interested in attending this conference that will be held in Toronto next weekend – Find out more here http://theccf.ca/2015conference/ The Canadian Constitution Foundation is pleased to announce the return

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Randians versus Rothbardians

Monday, December 22nd, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Uncategorized.
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It’s easy and often entertaining to take potshots at leftist progressives who want the federal government to run health care (sorry Canadians), or at right-wing neoconservatives who want the federal government to run the world (sorry Americans). But the truly

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“Malinvestment” in the google books “Ngram Viewer”

Monday, November 10th, 2014 by posted in Uncategorized.

An interesting result from the google Ngram viewer – the use of the term “malinvestment” over the last 100 years. https://books.google.com/ngrams Redmond is the director of the Ludwig von Mises Institute of Canada.

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Carbon Tax “Win-Win” Too Good To Be True

Saturday, November 8th, 2014 by posted in Uncategorized.
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In a new paper for the Ottawa-based Macdonald-Laurier Institute (MLI), I take on the claim that a carbon tax could produce a “win-win” outcome of reduced climate change damage coupled with stronger conventional economic growth. In both the United States

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CATO Institute Creates new fed-focused Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives.

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by posted in Uncategorized.
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From the Wall Street Journal: The Cato Institute has some bones to pick with the Federal Reserve. The Washington libertarian think tank this week will launch a new Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives. Its goal: challenge the central bank’s

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How Should Prices Be Determined?

Friday, September 19th, 2014 by posted in Uncategorized.
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[Free Market Economics: A Basic Reader (1966; 1974)] “How should prices be determined?” To this question we could make a short and simple answer: prices should be determined by the market. The answer is correct enough, but some elaboration is necessary

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Who Will Defend the Rule of Law in Europe?

Friday, September 5th, 2014 by posted in Uncategorized.

From Open Europe news summary of September 5, 2014: ECB surprises markets with rate cut and purchases of private assets; Ruparel: Pressure rises on eurozone governments as ECB nears end of its policy tools The ECB yesterday surprised markets by

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Ludwig von Mises: Inspiring Think Tanks Across The Globe

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 by posted in Uncategorized.
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There is a great article that is worth checking out over at Forbes by Alejandro Chafuen on the numerous Mises instutes that have popped up around the world since the founding of The Mises Institute USA in 1982. The free enterprise

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