Market Talk – December 9, 2019

ASIA: Export figures were released from China this weekend and show that the situation between the two largest economies is getting worse. The exports to the US showed a...

The Rise of Private Property in America, Part 2, by Paul Cleveland

Read all of Part 1 here.   The development of the idea that the individual has natural rights coincided with the rise of the natural law philosophy. As the scientific...

Socialism and the Green New Deal: Choose One

The Spanish philosopher, George Santayana (1863-1952) is usually credited with the phrase, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Nowhere is this truer than...

Quotation of the Day…

Tweet… is from page 77 of the late William Niskanen’s May 2000 paper “Should...

10 Monday AM Reads

My back to week morning train reads: • How a Strong Job Market Has Proved the Experts Wrong (New York Times) • Brace for the Digital-Money Wars (Wall Street Journal) •...

FREXIT – Is France Hurling toward Exiting the EU?

France is by no means calming down. There is a major underlying problem in France which is rising to the surface in direct confrontation with the government and...

America’s Arms Sales Addiction

It’s no secret that Donald Trump is one of the most aggressive arms salesmen in history. How do we know? Because he tells us so at every conceivable...

The business cycle is dying, by Scott Sumner

I was almost going to write “dead”, but then thought that this would give readers the erroneous impression that I don’t expect any more recessions.  Rather I believe...

Why this Boom Could Keep Going Well Beyond 2019

The Austrian business cycle theory offers a sound explanation of what happens with the economy if and when the central banks, in close cooperation with commercial banks, create...

My books of the year 2019

Not all of them published this year – and of course the list is subjective. Book that did most to change the way I thought – Caroline Criado Perez, Invisible Women....
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