Mises Wire

When Is Short Selling Fraudulent?

Financial Markets

Blog5 hours ago

Shorting more than the total outstanding shares isn’t perverse or fraudulent, whereas naked short selling—depending on the context—might be.

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Want More Entrepreneurship? Embrace Long-Term Legal Stability.

Blog02/22/2021

Prudent economic calculation becomes more difficult as legal and regulatory regimes are subject to frequent changes and political upheaval. 

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Why Biden and Krugman Are Wrong about the $15 Minimum Wage

Bureaucracy and RegulationLabor and Wages

Blog02/19/2021

Let's take a sober and even-handed look at what economics and empirical studies have to say about minimum wage hikes. Krugman and Biden claim there's no evidence these hikes affect employment. But they are being misleading. 

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Why Hazlitt Opposed the Bretton Woods System

U.S. HistoryGold StandardMoney and Banking

That Bretton Woods was called a gold standard was an exercise in obfuscation. It happened for the same reason that NAFTA was called free trade. The state has long used the language of the market economy as a plow to push through its opposite.

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Why No State Needs Thousands of Nuclear Warheads

War and Foreign Policy

Blog02/10/2021

The claim that the US needs an immense and varied nuclear arsenal "does serve one purpose: it keeps military budgets wondrously high."

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Wall Street Outsiders versus the Hedge Funds

Financial Markets

Blog02/02/2021

When small investors lose their shirts by placing unwise investments, do brokerage firms, hedge funds, big banks, etc., come to their rescue? Not a chance. But there was plenty of talk of "rescue" when hedge funders lost money in the GameStop short squeeze.

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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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What Rights Do Future Generations Have?

The EnvironmentPhilosophy and Methodology

Blog01/29/2021

Many say economics must focus on preserving resources for distant future generations. They say climate change is why. That's may seem convincing in the abstract, but we soon learn how hard it is to predict future needs, and to ignore present ones. 

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