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The Boom Is Worse than the Bust

Booms and BustsFree MarketsInterventionismMonetary Theory

11/30/2019Mises Daily Articles
The boom produces impoverishment. But still more disastrous are its moral ravages. It makes people despondent and dispirited. The more optimistic they were under the illusory prosperity of the boom, the greater is their despair and their feeling of frustration.
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The Berlin Wall: Doomed by Economics

World History

Blog11/27/2019

The Soviets, the Nazis, the Khmer Rouge — these totalitarian regimes would have failed even without any intervention from geopolitical rivals. The socialist systems would have been conquered not by standing armies, but by economics.

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The Hidden Link Between Fiat Money and the Increasing Appeal of Socialism

Money and Banking

Blog11/27/2019

The psychological impact of a lifetime within a fiat money economy cannot be underestimated. With more wealth seemingly available at the click of a computer button, refusal to spend more on government programs must stem only from cruelty and greed.

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The Nobel Laureates Are Wrong: Of Course Financial Incentives Matter

Austrian Economics OverviewOther Schools of ThoughtValue and Exchange

Blog11/23/2019

There is a growing drumbeat from some high-profile economists to reassure Americans that large increases in income and wealth taxes won’t distort labor markets. Yet much of their arguments are very misleading.

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The Dark Side of the American Dream

Media and Culture

Blog11/22/2019

Paul Cantor's new book provides a new look at how the "American dream" is shown in pop culture as offering both hope and frustration.

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The Deep State: The Headless Fourth Branch of Government

Bureaucracy and RegulationLegal SystemWar and Foreign Policy

Blog11/20/2019

School children learn that there are three branches of government. In actual practice, there is a fourth branch, the permanent bureaucracy which includes legions of civilian and military agents, officers, and administrators committed to protecting their own interests.

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There Is No End to History, No Perfect Existence

Free MarketsWorld History

11/20/2019Mises Daily Articles
The fully satisfied individual is purposeless, he does not act, he has no incentive to think, he spends his days in leisurely enjoyment of life. It is certain that living men can never attain such a state of perfection and equilibrium.
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The Instability of Markets Is Not Nearly as Bad as the Instability of Government Policy

Free MarketsInterventionism

Blog11/20/2019

Many advocates claim government intervention is necessary because markets are too unstable. The real instability, however, comes from the immense uncertainty over what government will do next with its vast and arbitrary power.

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