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Foreword to The Failure of the “New Economics”

Friday, May 9th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, History.
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[This foreword to Henry Hazlitt's Failure of the New Economics was first published inNational Review, August 15, 1959.] Reprinted from Mises.org For most people, economics has ever been the “dismal science,” to be passed over quickly for more amusing sport. And yet,

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Deflation & Liberty (Pt. 5)

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 by posted in Economics.
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Inflation in the form of fractional-reserve banking and fiat money is ultimately a self-defeating practice. It bears in itself the germs of its own destruction and, as we shall see, deflation is the essential vehicle of this destruction. We can

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Deflation & Liberty (Pt. 4)

Monday, April 14th, 2014 by posted in Economics.
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How would money be produced in a free society? Let us first observe that the fact that the quantity of money is irrelevant for the wealth of a nation must not be confused with the ideal of stabilizing the quantity

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Deflation & Liberty (Pt. 3)

Friday, April 11th, 2014 by posted in Economics.
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[This article is excerpted from Deflation & Liberty] From the standpoint of the commonly shared interests of all members of society, the quantity of money is irrelevant. Any quantity of money provides all the services that indirect exchange can possibly

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Keynesian Myths and The Triumph of The Warfare State

Thursday, March 27th, 2014 by posted in Banking, Economics, History.
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Reprinted from LewRockwell.com Presentation by David A. Stockman to The Committee for the Republic, February 11, 2014 Flask in hand, Boris Yelstin famously mounted a tank outside the Soviet Parliament in August 1991. Presently, the fearsome Red Army stood down—an

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Anti-Logic and the Keynesian “Stimulus”

Monday, March 17th, 2014 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics.
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Reprinted from Mises.org American political culture always seems to be “celebrating” the anniversary of something, be it JFK’s assassination (we just passed the 50th anniversary of that sad event) or the signing of some (mostly bad) legislation. The latest political

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Choice in Currency: A Way to Stop Inflation

Monday, February 17th, 2014 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics.
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[Based on an Address entitled 'International Money' delivered to the Geneva Gold and Monetary Conference on 25 September, 1975, at Lausanne, Switzerland. IEA 1976; Mises institute/IEA 2009] Preface The Occasional Papers are intended to make essays or addresses, of outstanding importance, accessible

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Does Bitcoin Need a John Law?

Thursday, February 6th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics.
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Jamie Dimon opened his mouth in Davos about bitcoin and nonsense came out. “It’s a terrible store of value,” Dimon told CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin. “It could be replicated over and over.” “It doesn’t have the standing of a government,”

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The Street Keynesians

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics.
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Reprinted from Taki’s Magazine According to a poll carried out by the Figaro newspaper, only 17% of the French believe that 2014 will be a good year, but in fact it started very well for France. Only 1,064 cars were burned by

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Weiner and Sexual Deviance

Monday, July 29th, 2013 by posted in Lifestyle, Philosophy, Politics.
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The low-brow focus of major media outlets in our age is not a new development. As communication technology has expanded to reach the masses, the quality of reporting and commentary has necessarily dumbed down. Quality is never an adjective that

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Paul Krugman the Marxist

Monday, June 24th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Economics.
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Someone once wrote that criticizing economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman is the internet’s favorite pastime. I, too, have engaged in the sport – with no success of changing what Robert Higgs calls the “vulgar Keynesianism” that dirties

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A Tutorial on Money, Gold and Inflation for Paul Krugman

Friday, June 7th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Economics.
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Reprinted from MurraySabrin.com In his New York Times column, “Lust for Gold” (April 12), Paul Krugman embraces once again monetary inflation as one of the ways to create prosperity, one of the longest enduring myths in economics.  By disparaging gold

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Two Sides of the Same Debased Coin

Friday, May 24th, 2013 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics.
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This article originally appeared in the January 2013 edition of The Free Market. Reprinted from Mises.org In the beginning of The General Theory, John Maynard Keynes says that his ideas will no doubt be rejected because they are so novel

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Should We Trust Economists?

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Education.
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We live in a complex world. So logically we need complex solutions to our problems, right? Not according to certain people; according to them, we just have to follow the advice of economists. That way, most of our problems would

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The Mess the Bank Made… and Denies

Monday, December 17th, 2012 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics, Education, Politics, Regulation.
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Back in April, I reviewed a document called the “Financial System Review”, published semi-annually by the Bank of Canada.  Due to the dire warnings contained therein, I thought it necessary to produce a more user-friendly summary of the information the

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Keynesians Vs. The Gold Standard

Monday, August 13th, 2012 by posted in Economics.
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Reprinted from LewRockwell.com Recently, the leftist London Guardian posted an article against the nineteenth-century gold coin standard. The author, who seems recently to have begun shaving, has provided a highly useful summary of the Keynesian case against the gold coin

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Bernanke’s Philosopher

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012 by posted in Capitalism, Economics.
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Reprinted from Reason.com When Ben Bernanke took charge of the Federal Reserve in 2006, the media made a few passing references that suggested he secretly subscribed to libertarianism. “I worked with him for years before I even knew he was

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Why Listen to Keynes in the First Place?

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Regulation.
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In a recent BBC News article, philosopher John Gray asks the quaint but otherwise vain question of what would John Maynard Keynes do in today’s economic slump.  I call the question vain because practically every Western government has followed Keynes’

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The Legacy of Lord Keynes

Monday, May 7th, 2012 by posted in Economics.
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This address, given to the British Society For Individual Freedom on September 14, 1959, was first published in Freedom First, Autumn 1959.  Originally appeared on LewRockwell.com Let the dead rest in peace. But would that the dead let us rest

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George Will, John M. Keynes, and Totalitarian Eugenics

Saturday, May 5th, 2012 by posted in Lifestyle, Socialism.
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In a touching but revealing column, conservative pundit and highly syndicated columnist George Will speaks to his son celebrating his 40th birthday while still handicapped by Down syndrome.  Jon, as George describes him, was born at a time when leaving

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