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Mark Skousen

Mark Skousen
Mark Skousen

Skousen is the founder and producer of FreedomFest, an annual conference held in Las Vegas and billed as the world’s largest gathering of free minds on liberty.

Mark Skousen's Articles and Posts

Adam Smith Reveals His (Invisible) Hand The Freeman
Adam Smith Reveals His (Invisible) Hand
Why Is the "Invisible Hand" in the Middle of Smith’s Works? The Freeman
Why Is the "Invisible Hand" in the Middle of Smith’s Works?
To think that Adam Smith, the renowned absent-minded professor, hid a little “invisible” secret in his tomes is indeed the ultimate irony.
Consumer Spending Drives the Economy? The Freeman
Consumer Spending Drives the Economy?
Vienna and Chicago: Friends or Foes? A Tale of Two Schools of Free-Market Economics The Freeman
Vienna and Chicago: Friends or Foes? A Tale of Two Schools of Free-Market Economics
Consumer Spending Doesn’t Drive the Economy The Freeman
Consumer Spending Doesn’t Drive the Economy
The truth is that consumer spending does not account for 70 percent of economic activity and is not the mainstay of the U. S. economy.
The Economics of Ecology: Angry Planet or Beautiful World? The Freeman
The Economics of Ecology: Angry Planet or Beautiful World?
The Four Sources of Happiness: Is Money One of Them? The Freeman
The Four Sources of Happiness: Is Money One of Them?
A Painless Way to Triple Your Savings The Freeman
A Painless Way to Triple Your Savings
The Right to Be Left Alone The Freeman
The Right to Be Left Alone
Japan and the Macroeconomic Debate The Freeman
Japan and the Macroeconomic Debate
Poverty and Wealth: India Versus Hong Kong The Freeman
Poverty and Wealth: India Versus Hong Kong
Leisure, The Basis of Culture The Freeman
Leisure, The Basis of Culture
Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men Through Capitalism and Freedom! The Freeman
Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men Through Capitalism and Freedom!
One Capitalist's Advice: Attract Attention! The Freeman
One Capitalist's Advice: Attract Attention!
FEE's Goal: From Candlestick to Lighthouse The Freeman
FEE's Goal: From Candlestick to Lighthouse
I Like Hayek The Freeman
I Like Hayek
Who should take the place of Keynes to lead economics into the 21st century? Should it be the economics of Friedman, Ludwig von Mises, Joseph Schumpeter, or F. A. Hayek? While all four have much to offer, I favor Hayek. I am not alone.
Whatever Happened to the Egyptians? The Freeman
Whatever Happened to the Egyptians?
Where Are the Best Schools in Austrian Economics? The Freeman
Where Are the Best Schools in Austrian Economics?
Here in the United States most colleges and universities have a goodly number of “neoclassical” economists with a free-market bent. (There are a number of “free market” colleges and universities in Latin America, Europe, and Asia, a topic I shall pursue in a future column.) The American schools include the University of Virginia; the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); Florida State University; and the University of Chicago.
Pulling Down the Keynesian Cross The Freeman
Pulling Down the Keynesian Cross
In his third and final volume on John Maynard Keynes, Robert Skidelsky comes to the shocking conclusion that the Keynesian revolution was temporary, that Keynes's General Theory was really only a “special” case, and that “free market liberalism” has ultimately triumphed. This is all the more amazing given that Lord Skidelsky has spent the past 20 years of his professional career studying Keynes and resides in Keynes's old estate, Tilton House. Few scholars would have the guts to repudiate the theory of the man they adore.
It All Started with Adam The Freeman
It All Started with Adam
Adam Smith, that is. Having just completed writing a history of economics,[1] I have concluded that, despite the protestations of Murray Rothbard and other detractors, the eighteenth-century moral philosopher and celebrated author of The Wealth of Nations deserves to be named the founding father of modern economics.
Beyond GDP: A Breakthrough in National Income Accounting The Freeman
Beyond GDP: A Breakthrough in National Income Accounting
Social Security Reform: Lessons from the Private Sector The Freeman
Social Security Reform: Lessons from the Private Sector
Your One-Stop Source for Sound Economics The Freeman
Your One-Stop Source for Sound Economics
Walk into any bookstore and you'll usually find two or three dictionaries of economics. Like any scientific discipline, economics has its own insider terminology, schools of thought, and famous experts. If you haven't taken a course in economics, you may need a reference guide when a writer uses the term externality, liquidity preference, Laffer curve, or Keynesian economics.
The Imperial Science The Freeman
The Imperial Science
But attitudes are rapidly changing as we enter the 21st century. Economics, no longer dismal, has come a long way toward reinventing itself and expanding into new territories so rapidly that another descriptive phrase is needed.
Public Finance and Public Choice: Two Contrasting Visions of the State The Freeman
Public Finance and Public Choice: Two Contrasting Visions of the State

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