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Modern Monetary Theory Is an Old Marxist Idea

Monetary PolicyMoney and BanksSocialism

Blog03/12/2020

Modern monetary theory (MMT) conveniently facilitates dangerous policies and ideas that seemed unrealistic, like universal basic income and “helicopter money,” and that have been particularly propagated by government-sponsored economists for the past few years. 

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The Coronavirus Won't Be the Cause of the Next Bust, but It Will Make It Worse

Booms and BustsMonetary Policy

Blog03/12/2020

Although shocks can disrupt the pace of economic activity, they have nothing to do with the phenomenon of recurrent boom-bust cycles. The cycle requires something more. A central bank, for instance.

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Let's Give Bernie-Syle Socialism a Try in California First

Decentralization and SecessionSocialismTaxes and Spending

Blog03/11/2020

For starters, let's have California secede and limit Bernie-style socialism to the new republic. If my predictions ended up being wrong and the state became a paradise, then the rest of the country could quickly follow suit.

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Will More Easy Money Strengthen the Ailing Economy?

Booms and BustsMoney and Banks

Blog03/11/2020

Lower interest rates won't make an economy grow. What matters is real savings.

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The CDC's Budget Is Larger Now Than Under Obama

Blog03/11/2020

Many left-wing pundits and politicians are claiming that the Centers for Disease Control budget was "gutted" in recent years. But the CDC's budget is now higher than it was in the final years of the Obama administration.

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Why Medicare for All Would Require Huge Tax Increases

Blog03/11/2020

Medicare for All advocates claim they are increasing access to medical services. But the plan mostly just increases demand without increasing supply. The "solution" comes later with price caps, tax hikes, and shortages. 

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Greater Idaho Movement Is the Latest Indicator of a Shift toward Decentralization

Decentralization and Secession

Blog03/11/2020

Recently disgruntled residents of rural counties in southwest Oregon have been organizing a petition to move Idaho’s border westward to form a “Greater Idaho” that could also potentially include parts of Northern California.

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If China Is the Problem, Can't We at Least Have Free Trade with Everyone Else?

Protectionism and Free Trade

Blog03/10/2020

Protectionists think China is a geopolitical threat. I get that. But their (weak) arguments about China don't apply at all to the rest of the world.

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