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5 Economic Myths that Many Economists Believe Anything Peaceful
5 Myths Many Economists Believe

There are some wacky ideas that are common among people who really should know better.

The Big Short and the Ratings Agencies The Freeman
The Big Short Misleads on Ratings Agencies

The movie blames market forces without looking to the role government intervention played.

3 Kinds of Economic Ignorance The Freeman
3 Kinds of Economic Ignorance

The worst sort of economic ignorance is ignorance about your economic ignorance.

The Big Short, the Market, and the Fed Anything Peaceful
The Big Short, the Fed, and the Market

The Big Short is a Rorschach test for your underlying economic beliefs.

 

Banning Cash Is the Scariest New Keynesian Idea Anything Peaceful
Banning Cash Is the Scariest New Keynesian Idea

Should we abolish cash to give central banks and governments more power over the economy?

 

Do We Need the Fed to Issue Cryptocurrency? Anything Peaceful
Do We Need a "Fedcoin" Cryptocurrency?

A private protocol is already providing a P2P currency on par with the US dollar.

The Fed and the Phillips Blob Anything Peaceful
Janet Yellen and the Phillips Blob

The Fed gives the discredited "trade off" between inflation and unemployment a new lease on life (or, at least, on policy). 

Busting the Myths of Payday Lending Anything Peaceful
The Myths of Payday Lending

Is the industry all "outrageous" interest, "spiraling" fees, "predatory" lenders, and "irrational" customers?

The Fed Joins the War on Drugs Anything Peaceful
The Fed Joins the War on Drugs

The Federal Reserve is cutting a credit union out of the banking system because it does business with legal marijuana businesses in Colorado. 

Driverless Money Anything Peaceful
Driverless Money

Driverless money would be far more beneficial to mankind than driverless cars ever will.

Don’t Listen to the Public (Even When They’re Right) Anything Peaceful
Don’t Listen to the Public (Even When They’re Right)
Voters don’t have the foggiest idea what they’re talking about, and they are almost never right except by accident.
The Other Half of the Inflation Story The Freeman
The Other Half of the Inflation Story
Credit expansion is like someone making too many of some puzzle pieces and too few of others, and then trying to force them all together.
Misfit Bitcoin, Flag Money, and Currency Wars The Freeman
Misfit Bitcoin, Flag Money, and Currency Wars
A misfit like bitcoin shatters the whole context and allows us to see a nationalist currency for the caricature it is.
Denationalization of Money Books
Denationalization of Money

What we now need is a free-money movement comparable to the free trade movement of the nineteenth century.

Let There Be Money The Freeman
Let There Be Money
Until we’re clear on the market’s role in establishing the commonly accepted medium of exchange, we will continue to muddy the waters with talk of fiat versus free-market money.
Epic Fail: 100 Years of the Fed The Freeman
Epic Fail: 100 Years of the Fed
For a hundred years, central bankers have tried to bring scientific management to money. And in that time, we’ve seen a string of failures. Can cryptocurrency replace this monstrous system?
Our Inflated Thanksgiving The Freeman
Our Inflated Thanksgiving
It isn’t the cost of our food that's been rising; it's the amount of US currency in circulation. (See interactive graph.)
Postscript on Years Ending in 13 The Freeman
Postscript on Years Ending in 13

In my January 2 essay “Beware of Years That End in 13” I explained why 1913 was an awful year and expressed the view that 2013 could hardly be worse. That was before I realized that the Congress that just commenced in Washington is the 113th. Creepy? Inauspicious? I report, you decide.

Beware of Years That End in 13 The Freeman
Beware of Years That End in 13

I’m not superstitious, but I earnestly hope 2013 doesn’t bring us anything as calamitous as 1913 did. It was a disastrous year that we’re still paying a hefty, annual price for a full century later.

Wrapping an Enigma in a Mystery: Why Inflation Is So Misunderstood The Freeman
Wrapping an Enigma in a Mystery: Why Inflation Is So Misunderstood

Inflation wouldn’t be so hard to understand if it wasn’t wrapped up in so much untruth, wishful thinking, and misdirection, Richard Fulmer says.

Capital Letters The Freeman
Capital Letters
Austrian Economics Hits the Headlines The Freeman
Austrian Economics Hits the Headlines
The Parable of the Broken Traffic Lights The Freeman
The Parable of the Broken Traffic Lights

The irrationality, dear friend, is not in our markets but in our government, that is, the central bank.

We Had To The Freeman
We Had To
The language of “had to” may be nothing more than rhetorical cover for a self-interested power grab.
The Smoot-Hawley Tariff and the Great Depression The Freeman
The Smoot-Hawley Tariff and the Great Depression

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