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Deconstructing GovernmentSpeak: When More Regulation Eases the Burden of Regulation

Legal SystemCapital and Interest Theory


Treasury Undersecretary Robert Steel is complaining about US regulation, stating that the US is losing business to Europe and Asia because of the strangling effects of its regulatory policy. It is said that "cumbersome accounting rules and litigiousness are deterring investors from US markets."...

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The Scandalous Student Loan Scandal

Capital and Interest TheoryMoney and Banking


The student loan scandal concerns the fact that many colleges and universities chose preferred lenders for financing student loans and then received remuneration for their recommendations from the lenders. The scandal has been going on since mid-March. Thus, it is startling to learn that it was...

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BUSINESS WEEK warns against privatizing roads

Capital and Interest Theory


COVER STORY By Emily Thornton Roads To Riches Why investors are clamoring to take over America's highways, bridges, and airports—and why the public should be nervous

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The huge diversion that microcredit represents

Money and BanksCapital and Interest TheoryMoney and Banking


I was amazed that when Muhammad Yunus, head of the state-supported, quasi-socialist, regimentation-promoting Grameen Bank, received his Nobel Prize that free-market commentators bought into the propaganda. They threw their hats in the air, and their brains too. It reminded me of how...

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Keeping Up With the Party Line at The New York Times/Pravda

Global EconomyCapital and Interest TheoryInterventionismPhilosophy and Methodology


From the movie review "Casualties of China's Transformed Economy" by Jeannette Catsoulis, in today's Times:

Bracketed by stunning long shots taken from the front of a moving freight train,...
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Phone Cards, My Big Investment

Capital and Interest Theory


I remember Mama. She was a shopper along with her other talents. And since baby sitters were beyond the means of middle class families of her era, she took the 6 year old who was to become me, along. Clinging to her discounted skirts, I caught the shopping bug. It was a life-long infection. I...

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The sham of "socially responsible investing"

Financial MarketsCapital and Interest TheoryMoney and Banking


The sham of socially responsible investing (SRI) is exposed in a recent New York Times column by Joe Nocera. This incisive article concludes that SRI "oversimplifies the world, and in so doing distorts reality."


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Foreigners and Those Vast US Dollar Holdings

Financial MarketsMoney and BanksCapital and Interest TheoryMoney and Banking


A correspondent on the LRC blog refers to the

"....ominous growth in dollar denominated debt instruments held by foreign central banks and foreign investors ...the impact...when foreigners finally...

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Milk is the Future!

Booms and BustsCapital and Interest TheoryInterventionism


An interesting case of the failure of micro-central planning comes from Shaliuhe, China, as reported in the Economist. This rural area has the misfortune of being ruled by local bureaucrats who...

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"Insider Trading" is Back

Legal SystemCapital and Interest TheoryMonetary TheoryPhilosophy and Methodology


The ancient transgressions of murder, pillage, bestiality, thievery, and rape still shout from the headlines. O Tempora, O Mores, as the ancients proclaimed in dismay a couple millennia ago: meaning what crummy people, what crummy times. They ought to read this morning's paper — they'd yearn for...

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