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Defining "Inflation" Correctly

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Blog05/30/2020

The real problem with inflation, properly understood is that it is essentially a wealth transfer away from the most productive parts of the economy. This causes bubbles and economic fragility.

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Why an Economy Can't Work without Market Prices

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Blog05/21/2020

Prices determined in the marketplace are absolutely essential to a functioning economic system.  This is no less true if today's property was redistributed unjustly in the past. Market prices today are the path to recovery.

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Decades of Productivity Gains Have Made Our Debt Bomb Manageable (For Now)

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Blog05/02/2020

Although the money supply has greatly increased, accompanying growth in production has made it possible to keep the current system of immense debt increase going for a long time.

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Three Reasons Why Politicians Must Leave Oil Markets Alone

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Blog04/20/2020

Efforts by US policymakers to boost crude prices and to throw a lifeline to high-cost US crude producers is the exact opposite of what prices are telling us the market needs at this time.

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The Use of Knowledge in Entrepreneurship

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Blog03/25/2020

It is a marvel that imperfect, limited information available to the entrepreneur can be used to produce so much good for society. 

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Why We Need Free Markets To Fight Pandemics

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Blog03/23/2020

What needs to be done in such a crisis is not to attempt to steer the market to ensure it provides what is needed, but to let it free to do what it always does: match the goals of entrepreneurial producers with the needs of the populace.

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Why "Social" Entrepreneurship Is No Substitute for "Market" Entrepreneurship

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Blog03/14/2020

Market entrepreneurship is what generates net value in society, whereas social entrepreneurship is primarily the use of that value. 

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Some Problems with Worker Productivity Stats

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Blog02/18/2020

Government statistics on worker productivity combine many errors of aggregation such as "average prices" and the total purchasing power of money. So it's unlikely that productivity numbers tell us much that's useful.

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The Folly of Economic "Stabilization"

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Blog01/27/2020

Shortcomings in the government's handling of monetary matters, of credit expansion, and the disastrous consequences of lowering the rate of interest gave birth to the ideas which finally generated the slogan "stabilization."

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What We Really Mean When We Talk About Values and Prices in the Marketplace

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Blog01/24/2020

Values of goods are not static things that can be used for central planning. Values apply only to a particular transaction at a particular place and at a given time by human beings.

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