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How Governments Seized Control of Money

Money and BanksWorld History


It took many centuries for regimes to secure the sort of prestige and power necessary to claim a monopoly over money. From the state's perspective, it has been worth it. 

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Housing Hubris: Can Home Prices Spiral upward Forever?

U.S. Economy


The causes of today's skyrocketing housing prices are different in many ways from what happened in 2008. But that doesn't mean we're barreling toward a happy ending.

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Homicide Rates in 2020 Surged to a 24-Year High. It's Another Sign of a Failing Regime.


Homicide rose at a remarkably fast rate in 2020. This may be a sign that the public is losing faith in the legitimacy of the regime. We see this from doubts about elections to outrage over riots and police abuse.

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How Nigeria's Central Bank Inflates the Money Supply

Money and Banks

The Nigerian central bank uses all the same tools as other central banks. And it uses them a lot.

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How Asset Price Inflation Is Different from Goods Price Inflation

Money and Banks


Asset price inflation is the process by which "irrational" speculation in asset markets is spurred by monetary inflation. This can occur even without any accompanying goods price inflation.

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How Media and Tech Elites Seized Control of Elections

Book Reviews


Our aim ought not to be to make democracy “work better” but to use revelations of corruption as a tool to question altogether its value as a political and social system of organization.

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How Science So Often Devolves into Quick Fixes and Quackery

Book Reviews


One mistake we make is to assume that the people who shout the loudest about their research must thus be right, or even know what they’re talking about.

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How the West Pushed back the Frontiers of Death

World History


Thanks to capital accumulation and other innovations in the West, life expectancy grew beyond anything previously imagined. The benefits spread from there.

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