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  • What Was So Innocent about the Gilded Age?
    Reprinted from Fee.org Some years ago, I became intrigued by the culture and economy of the Gilded Age (America, roughly 1870 to 1913), the last glimmer of the Belle Époque. These were the final decades of the age of laissez faire, a time of astonishing invention, life expansion, explosive prosperity, and peace. A new world was […]
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  • One Fundamental Problem with the Bank of Canada
    According to Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz, “The economy clearly no longer needs as much stimulus as we’ve been giving it.” Which means interest rates are moving back up, but as Poloz reminds us, “Interest rates are still very low.” What the Bank does is “a data dependent quarter by quarter analysis.” And that, […]
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  • The Misesian Case against Keynes
    13[This essay was originally published in Dissent on Keynes, A Critical Appraisal of Economics.] Reprinted from Mises.org I – Classical Economic Theory It is my goal to reconstruct some basic truths regarding the process of economic development and the role played in it by employment, money, and interest. These truths neither originated with the Austrian […]
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  • Bank of Canada Raises Rates for First Time in 7 Years
    With the economy expected to “grow by 2.8% in 2017” up from their April forecast of 2.6%, the Bank of Canada has decided to raise interest rates for the first time in 7 years to 0.75% It may be minor, but it should be just enough for Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz to cut […]
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  • The Case Against Legal Tender Laws
    Reprinted from LewRockwell.com The government imposes price controls largely in order to divert public attention from governmental inflation to the alleged evils of the free market. As we have seen, “Gresham’s Law”—that an artificially overvalued money tends to drive an artificially undervalued money out of circulation—is an example of the general consequences of price control. […]
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  • Who to Blame for the Toronto Housing Bubble?
    Greater Toronto Area real estate is out of control. The average price for a detached home in Toronto is roughly $1.5 million. In the surrounding 905 regions, it’s $1.1 million. Perhaps the Bank of Canada should refrain from crediting the accounts of the chartered banks. Perhaps interest rates should be set by the free market. […]
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  • Trump’s Media Revolution
    The president’s Twitter account has trapped me in a never-ending cycle. When Trump tweets something disparaging about the media, I’m initially put off by the infantile language and debasement of the office from which it emerges. But then, the media reacts, blasting the pendulum back with the full force of a howitzer cannon. The media’s […]
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  • Government Spending and Regime Uncertainty
    Reprinted from the Independent Institute In 1997, my article “Regime Uncertainty” appeared in The Independent Review. In the article, I sought to explain and elaborate on an idea that I believed, and continue to believe, helps substantially in understanding why the Great Depression dragged on for more than a decade. Because the basic idea may […]
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  • The Untold History of Canadian Confederation
    “British businessmen played a crucial role in the achievement of Canadian Confederation. Without the support of a small but influential group of investors, Confederation would have not occurred in 1867, if at all.” [1] That is how Andrew Smith begins his book, British Businessmen and Canadian Confederation. Published by McGill-Queens University Press in 2008, Smith […]
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  • What Silly Putty Teaches Us about Invention and Marketing
    Reprinted from FEE.org Earlier this month was the 9th annual Silly Putty Drop at the North Carolina State science and engineering summer camp. Campers watch a 100-pound ball of silly putty fall 141 feet and splat on the ground. The results are not very interesting actually. It breaks into a gazillion pieces. Here’s the video […]
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  • Richard Cantillon Is Sleepless in Seattle
    Reprinted from DouglasinVegas A Seattle resident told me last night she counted 50 high-rise construction cranes in her hometown. Seattle developer Kevin Daniel provides confirmation, “Seattle is definitely the pretty girl on the dance floor.” It turns out “there are currently 13 high-rise apartment or condo buildings of at least 24 stories in development or […]
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  • Henry Hazlitt’s Logic in One Lesson
    This review originally appeared in American Affairs, 1946, Vol 8, No. 4, pp. 276–277. Reprinted from FEE.org Henry Hazlitt exercised his gift for lucidity to produce a book entitled, Economics in One Lesson. The book deals with “economic fallacies that are at last so prevalent that they have almost become new orthodoxy,” to the point that […]
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  • Tricked on the Fourth of July
    Reprinted from GaryNorth.com I do not celebrate the fourth of July. This goes back to a term paper I wrote in graduate school. It was on colonial taxation in the British North American colonies in 1775. Not counting local taxation, I discovered that the total burden of British imperial taxation was about 1% of national […]
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  • It’s Time to Privatize Our Stockpile of Crude Oil
    Reprinted from the Institute for Energy Research The Trump Administration is reportedly considering plans to sell off about half of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR), which is the federal government’s nearly-700 million barrel stockpile of crude oil. Such a move would help ease the budget crunch (bringing in about $17 billion at current oil prices) […]
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  • Canada 150 — 2 out of 3 ain’t bad
    “Canada” turns 150 today. Of course, no one is alive from 150 years ago, but the institution set up in 1867 still exists. Individuals in the northern half of the North American continent still identify, first and foremost in many cases, as Canadian. But Canada didn’t really begin in 1867. Before then there was a […]
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  • War Is the Enemy of Liberty
    This is an excerpt from Interventionism: An Economic Analysis (1940). Reprinted from FEE.org Democracy is the corollary of the market economy in domestic affairs; peace is its corollary in foreign policy. The market economy means peaceful cooperation and peaceful exchange of goods and services. It cannot persist when wholesale killing is the order of the […]
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  • How Marx Got on the Wrong Side of History
    Reprinted from FEE.org Those who speak about being on the “right side of history” have, knowingly or not, adopted a central element in Karl Marx’s analysis of capitalism: the idea that the capitalist system follows a particular course of historical development that is open to scientific explanation and prediction, and which presumes to be placing […]
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  • Central Banks Are Driving Many to Cryptocurrencies
    Reprinted from Mises.org Two years ago, Bitcoin was considered a fringe technology for libertarians and computer geeks. Now, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, such as Ethereum, are gaining mainstream adoption. However, mainstream adoption has been propelled by financial speculation instead of by demand for a privately minted and deflationary medium of exchange. After the Fed’s rate […]
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  • Don’t Rage Against the Machine, says Bank of Canada
    That robots will replace jobs and therefore we need a basic income guarantee is perhaps one of the most uncreative ideas imaginable. And there are two kinds of people in this world — people creative enough to think outside the box and those who aren’t.  Amazingly, Bank of Canada technocrats sometimes fall into this former […]
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  • Is Social Security a Ponzi Scheme?
    Reprinted from Mises.org Ever since Rick Perry derided Social Security as a Ponzi scheme, economists and other pundits have jumped into the fray. Progressive blogger Matt Yglesias says it’s “nuts” for anyone to talk like this, because Social Security merely relies on future economic growth — just like a private pension plan. Free-market economist Alex […]
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  • Why Sound Money Does Not Need a Central Bank, Only the Rule of Law
    The money that all nations use today is composed either of reserves created by a central bank and/or credit money created by banks via fractional reserve banking. In the first case, a central bank can create reserve money via open market operations, whereby the central bank buys an asset–any asset–with reserves that it creates out […]
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  • On Moral Education
    Reprinted from FEE.org [As reprinted in Left and Right, Spring 1966, edited by Murray N. Rothbard. Rothbard’s Editorial Note: Education is a perennially important and controversial subject, especially in a country as child-centered as the United States. Within libertarian ranks, an unlimited diversity of viewpoint prevails, ranging from rigorous traditionalists to ultra-progressives. Among the num...
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  • Scurvy, among Other Problems, Went Away
    Reprinted from Mises.org One morning I was reading about how in the past many thousands of people died from scurvy, and solely because travelers on the high seas had such limited access to fruit and vitamin C. Scurvy was documented in the ancient world, and, in the 300 years after 1500, may have killed as […]
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  • Cyclical Changes in Business Conditions
    This article is excerpted from The Causes of the Economic Crisis and Other Essays Before and After the Great Depression, chapter 3, part II, “Cyclical Changes in Business Conditions.” Reprinted from Mises.org The Role of Interest Rates In our economic system, times of good business commonly alternate more or less regularly with times of bad […]
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  • The Paradox of Imperialism
    Reprinted from Mises.org The State Conventionally, the state is defined as an agency with two unique characteristics. First, it is a compulsory territorial monopolist of ultimate decision-making (jurisdiction). That is, it is the ultimate arbiter in every case of conflict, including conflicts involving itself. Second, the state is a territorial monopolist of taxation. That is, […]
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  • The Problem of “Hoarding”
    [This article is excerpted from What Has Government Done to Our Money?] Reprinted from Mises.org There is the ancient bugbear of “hoarding.” The image is conjured up of the selfish old miser who, perhaps irrationally, perhaps from evil motives, hoards up gold unused in his cellar or treasure trove—thereby stopping the flow of circulation and trade, […]
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  • BoC Pat on the Back
    The Bank of Canada really has no idea what it’s doing. Or, a select few inside know exactly what’s up and thus should be facing criminal charges. As asset prices inflate, economists and central bankers worldwide welcome inflationary suicide while equating the boom period with an economy that’s “gathering momentum.” Despite the Canadian debt-to-income ratio […]
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  • The Clear Language of the Austrian School
    This article is based on a speech given at the Mises Institute Supporters Summit 2011 in Vienna, Austria. Reprinted from Mises.org Life’s twists and turns will take a person on journeys he would never imagine. A kid from rural Kansas growing up where people simply speak their minds, all the while lacking the fancy elocution […]

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