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Social Security Cannot Survive in Its Present Form

Taxes and Spending

Blog02/19/2020

The Social Security program will have to be either inflated away with increasingly worthless dollars or Congress will have to intervene to cut benefits. 

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Social Security Is a Terrible "Investment"

Taxes and Spending

Blog02/17/2020

Social Security has been a money-losing mess for decades, and it's a major drain on private sector saving and investment.

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Some Fundamental Differences between Ludwig von Mises and Nassim Taleb

Philosophy and Methodology

Blog11/30/2019

Taleb maintains he’s a statistically-oriented orthodox economist. But I don’t think he understands what people mean by “orthodoxy.”

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Sound Money Is Our Best Hope Against the Monopolists' Threat

Money and Banking

Blog11/25/2019

Inflationary monetary policy is driving markets toward ever larger and more monopolistic firms that dominate the marketplace.

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Second Amendment Sanctuaries: Rhetoric vs. Reality

Blog11/25/2019

Most of the resolutions passed by local governments in the name of "second amendment sanctuary" efforts don't actually do anything.

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Social Pressure vs. Consumer Preferences

SubjectivismValue and Exchange

Blog07/08/2019

Anti-capitalists love to claim that consumers don't really have free choice — that advertisers and peers really dictate to others what they should buy. In truth, consumers choose freely, but use others to filter information and simplify the process.

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Schumpeter vs. Kirzner on Entrepreneurs

The EntrepreneurEntrepreneurship

Blog05/16/2019

A comparison between the two theories of entrepreneurial action suggest that it may be time to drop the use of the words “equilibrium” and “disequilibrium” from economics.

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Shinzo Abe Bets the Farm on Europe

Money and BanksProtectionism and Free TradeMoney and Banking

Blog01/30/2019

Japan's Shinzo Abe has turned to Europe in hopes of stabilizing Japan's fiscal and and monetary situation. But Europe is a shaky foundation on which to build anything.

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