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"Cost Cutting" Is Necessary to Expand Real Investment

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Many economists today think it's a bad thing when companies cut costs to increase profits. But this is a good thing that limits wasteful spending while setting the stage for more investment elsewhere.

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Diversification versus Risk

Money and Banks

Blog03/26/2020

The size of an entrepreneur's return on his investment is determined not by how much risk he assumes, but rather whether he complies with consumers' wishes.

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Fear Makes It Easy for Governments to Expand Power

Big GovernmentHealthLegal System

Blog03/25/2020

Why are governments so enthusiastic about shutting down businesses when other less draconian measures are available and prudent? The answer lies in the fact that governments can act with near impunity and want to maximize their power.

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COVID-19: The "Experts" Have No Crystal Ball

Media and CultureCalculation and KnowledgePhilosophy and Methodology

Blog03/25/2020

The 2016 election was an important reminder that most experts were totally wrong in their predictions of what would happen. Now the experts are claiming that freedom and markets must be abandoned based on new guesses about the future.

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The Chinese Regime Has Made China's Woes Much Worse

Cronyism and CorporatismHealthSocialism

Blog03/21/2020

Whether we're talking public health or economic growth, the Chinese regime's love of intervention and centralization has led to one crisis after another.

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Fail: Quantitative Methods Presume That Human Action Is Reflexive

Philosophy and MethodologyPraxeology

Blog03/21/2020

Quantitative methods can't be applied to human action, which is purposeful and not a mere reflex. For this reason, mathematical formulas can only describe events, never explain them.

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No, Technology Shocks Aren't Behind Recurring Business Cycles

Business CyclesInterventionismOther Schools of Thought

Blog03/19/2020

Finn Kydland and Edward C. Prescott (KP), the 2004 Nobel laureates in economics think that technological shocks can explain 70 percent of economic fluctuations in postwar US data. Unfortunately their quantitative methods are simplistic and ignore the real problem: central banking.

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Japanization: 30 Years of Failed Economic "Stimulus"

Labor and WagesMonetary PolicyWorld History

Real wages in Japan have been declining thanks to decades of expansionary monetary and fiscal policies. Now "Japanization" increasingly looks like a fate that awaits Europe.

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