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Matthew Tanous

Matthew Tanous is a professional software developer with an autodidactic interest in economics, history, philosophy, and science. He is a main contributor for the blog Disinthrallment.

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NGDP Targeting Ends in Absurdity

06/28/2021Power & Market

If and when this inflation proves to not be “transitory”, but rather a long-lasting consequence of large amounts of money being created at the same time production in many industries was slowed, halted, or redirected by government fiat, it will be far too late for any sort of NGDP targeting.

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Milton Friedman's Methodological Mistake

Other Schools of ThoughtPraxeology

05/16/2021Mises Media
Key methodological differences between Austrians were highlighted in Milton Friedman's "The Methodology of Positive Economics." A key piece of conflict: Friedman's focus on prediction rather than explanation.
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Milton Friedman's Methodological Mistake

Other Schools of ThoughtPraxeology

Blog04/30/2021

Key methodological differences between Austrians were highlighted in Milton Friedman's "The Methodology of Positive Economics." A key piece of conflict: Friedman's focus on prediction rather than explanation.

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Why Social Media Takes a "Ban First, Ask Questions Later" Approach

Media and CultureMonopoly and Competition

Blog02/02/2021

As more people get censored or removed from the platform, more prominent voices seek out alternatives that are in the more early stages and don’t censor as heavily. Fragmentation starts to make the service less useful and interesting rather than being a source of affirmation and good feelings.

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GameStop, Market Distortions, and Manipulations

The FedFinancial Markets

Blog01/28/2021

With a sound money, none of these distortions would have been possible: the limitations of the currency itself would have forced an unwinding of excessive risk far before it could become a clash between major hedge funds and Reddit trolls.

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