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How Fractional Reserve Lending Makes Money Disappear

Blog02/24/2020

Because banks make unbacked "loans," they create new money that later disappears when repaid. If these loans are not renewed, economic depression sets in.

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Some Problems with Worker Productivity Stats

Philosophy and MethodologyPrices

Blog02/18/2020

Government statistics on worker productivity combine many errors of aggregation such as "average prices" and the total purchasing power of money. So it's unlikely that productivity numbers tell us much that's useful.

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Government "Fixes" for the Trade Balance Are Worse Than Any Trade Deficit

Protectionism and Free TradeValue and Exchange

Blog02/14/2020

The national trade account balance is of little economic significance and is a sterile concept. But the government’s attempts to "fix" it can have many harmful effects.

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Humans Have Goals. And They Value Goods and Services Accordingly.

PraxeologySubjectivismValue and Exchange

Blog02/10/2020

A given goal dictates the specific means that an individual will choose for the attainment of that end. People make choices that they think will help them achieve an end.

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How Keynesian Ideas Weaken Economic Fundamentals

Other Schools of ThoughtProduction TheoryValue and Exchange

Blog02/03/2020

There is productive consumption and there is non-productive consumption. In the Keynesian mind, it's not necessary to produce anything, so long as people spend and consume endlessly, even to the point of destroying real wealth.

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The State Is a Predator. It Can't Be Used to Achieve Libertarian Ends

Philosophy and Methodology

Blog01/30/2020

In portraying the state as an integral part of economy and society, advocates of "state capacity libertarianism" ignore the state's unique political, i.e., predatory, nature.

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Savings vs. Money: Which Is More Important?

Booms and BustsMoney and Banks

Blog01/29/2020

It is not money that funds economic activity, but the saved pool of consumer goods. The existence of money only facilitates the flow of savings. Any attempt to replace savings with money ends in economic disaster.

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What We Really Mean When We Talk About Values and Prices in the Marketplace

PricesValue and Exchange

Blog01/24/2020

Values of goods are not static things that can be used for central planning. Values apply only to a particular transaction at a particular place and at a given time by human beings.

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