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Ignore the Boogeyman of Falling Prices

Friday, November 8th, 2013 by posted in Uncategorized.

It was not so long ago that economists welcomed low and falling inflation as a sign that central bank policy was improving. At the helm of the Federal Reserve, Paul Volcker is often credited with saving America from its stagflationary


Reduce Poverty by Halting Quantitative Easing

Thursday, November 7th, 2013 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics, Politics, Uncategorized.

A new measure of the poverty rate in America puts the figure 3 million higher than the official count. It is estimated that 49.7 million, or 16 percent, of Americans can now be defined as living below the poverty level.

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The Use of Knowledge in Development

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 by posted in Economics, Uncategorized.

Friedrich Hayek famously argued in his “The Use of Knowledge in Society” that the knowledge needed for economic advancement was fundamentally subjective, dispersed and tacit in nature. Hayek’s broad point was that these aspects made it impossible to centralize all

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Eric Sprott Joins Mises Canada Advisory Board

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 by posted in Uncategorized.

The Ludwig von Mises Institute of Canada is honoured and excited to announce that Eric Sprott has joined our newly formed Advisory Board. Mr. Sprott, the Chief Executive Officer, and Senior Portfolio Manager of Sprott Asset Management LP and Chairman


Ethics of Euthanasia in Quebec

Monday, October 28th, 2013 by posted in Lifestyle, Philosophy, Politics, Uncategorized.
Holding Hands with Elderly Patient

There is a great debate occurring in Quebec over the ethics of assisted suicide. At least that’s what the press is calling it. Typically when a publication like The Globe and Mail discusses controversial subjects being tackled by politicians, the


Shadow Lending Hides the Fed’s Distortions

Thursday, October 24th, 2013 by posted in Uncategorized.
pawn shop

Central banks have made the world a strange place. After all, interest rates are supposed to provide signals to the marketplace.  In a free market interest rates allocate capital. The natural rate, so named by Knut Wicksell,  “reflects the underlying

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And Then There’s You

Thursday, October 24th, 2013 by posted in History, Music, Philosophy, Politics, Uncategorized.
atlas teaser

When you’re a kid, you pretty much take for granted that the world is a coherent place, filled with rational individuals who know what they’re doing. Why not think the opposite you might ask? I mean, whenever you meet new


Is the Spanish Recovery on Siesta?

Thursday, October 24th, 2013 by posted in Uncategorized.

With unemployment at 26%, and nearly one-half of youths without a job, Spain’s crisis is amongst the worst in the world. The country’s recession has recently “officially” ended, as the change in real output has just turned positive for the

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Reception for the Toronto Austrian Scholars Conference!

Sunday, October 20th, 2013 by posted in Toronto Austrian Scholars Conference, Uncategorized.

Come kick off the Toronto Austrian Scholars Conference at the Pauper’s Pub on the night before the big event! Meet the scholars and other participants in a cozy and casual atmosphere. Have a pint, maybe indulge a burger, and consume

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The Market is About to Break Bad

Thursday, October 17th, 2013 by posted in Uncategorized.

Robert Prechter of Elliott Wave fame has a piece in this month’s issue of The Socionomist discussing the recently completed TV show ‘Breaking Bad’ and what it means in the context of social mood and markets. Prechter points out a number


The 2013 Economics Nobel Winners in their Own Words

Thursday, October 17th, 2013 by posted in Uncategorized.
Photos of the 2013 Nobel Prize laureates in Economic Sciences Fama, Hansen and Shiller are displayed during a news conference in Stockholm

It’s that time of year again: when Austrians spontaneously organize to collectively commit to disparaging the work and reputations of highly esteemed professional economists. For a sampling of what others have had to say, see here and here. This is my


Come Join Us at the Second Annual Liberty Now! Conference!

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 by posted in Uncategorized.

Our inaugural Liberty Now! event last year was a great success, with many interesting ideas, presentations, and workshops. Not to mention the crowd of well over 100 people! This year’s (on Saturday, October 26th) event looks like it’s going to

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Call for Papers: 2013 Toronto Austrian Scholars Conference

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 by posted in Uncategorized.

Call for Papers: 2013 Toronto Austrian Scholars Conference Toronto, Canada November 1-2 (Friday – Saturday) The annual Toronto Austrian Scholars Conference (TASC) of the Ludwig von Mises Institute of Canada will be held at the University of Toronto. TASC seeks

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Our Cages and Labyrinths

Monday, September 9th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Lifestyle, Uncategorized.
house of cards teaser

Reprinted from FEE.org Over the last year, I’ve had some sense that certain themes are emerging in pop literature and film—themes that are different from dominant strains of the past. I struggled to put my finger on it, but it


Joining the Board of the Ludwig von Mises Institute of Canada

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 by posted in Uncategorized.

There are many defining moments during the growth and success of every organization and today is such a day for the Mises Institute of Canada. It is with great honour that we can officially announce the addition of Walter Block,

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Bitcoin is Recognized as “Legal Tender” in German

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 by posted in Uncategorized.

Republished from http://libertyblitzkrieg.com Posted on August 19, 2013 We should have competition in the production of money. I have long been a proponent of Friedrich August von Hayek scheme to denationalize money. Bitcoins are a first step in this direction. – Frank Schaeffler,

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Yippee! More Bank Runs in the Future!

Monday, July 1st, 2013 by posted in Uncategorized.
bank run teaser

Reprinted from LewRockwell.com Robert Lenzner of Forbes advises that you and I will be blindsided by the next financial crisis. Lenzner bases his reasoning on Yale economist Gary Gorton’s recent book Misunderstanding Financial Crises, Why We Don’t See Them Coming. According to Gorton the

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Jane’s Walk

Saturday, May 4th, 2013 by posted in Events, Uncategorized.

For whatever reason people like to associate persons, places or things with certain days of the year. The first weekend in May, for example, is Jane’s Walk – a celebratory stroll around your community as if you were a tourist.

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Cyprus and the reality of banking: Deposit haircuts are both inevitable and the right thing to do

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 by posted in Uncategorized.

Republished from detlevschlichter.com I, too, was shocked yesterday morning. Not so much by the news that depositors at Cypriot banks would face a haircut, or a ‘levy’ or a ‘tax’, on their deposits as a contribution to yet another Eurozone bailout


So Much for Deposit Insurance

Monday, March 18th, 2013 by posted in Uncategorized.

The Cypriot people are in an uproar and very rightly so. While the details may yet change, the government of Cyprus is proposing a tax on depositors as part of a bailout package to save the country’s banks. Deposits of

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