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Keynes and the Euthanasia of the Rentier

Financial MarketsCapital and Interest TheoryOther Schools of Thought

Blog04/04/2020

Over eighty years ago, Keynes condemned the rentier and welcomed his future disappearance. Following in his footsteps, politicians and central bankers today are ever closer to effectively bringing this about.

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The Pandemic Exposed the Frailty of the Financial System

Booms and BustsFinancial Markets

Blog04/04/2020

Contrary to Fed assumptions, we are not presently facing a problem of liquidity vis-à-vis Great Recession; we are confronted, instead, with a serious shortage of quality collateral.

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Japan Has Avoided a COVID-19 Panic. But the Global Recession Will Hit Hard

Taxes and SpendingWorld History

Blog04/04/2020

Whatever happens with the virus, the real story, the real historical change, is probably economic. Abenomics—Japan's ultra-Keynesian experiment—seems to be dead.

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What Is the Good Entrepreneur to Do?

The EntrepreneurValue and Exchange

Blog04/04/2020

Some anticapitalists have tried to claim "good" entrepreneurs don't make profit the primary goal. Yet, without profit, an entrepreneur cannot serve the people who depend on him or her for goods and services.

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The Fed Offers "Bread," but No Circuses

InflationTaxes and Spending

Blog04/04/2020

The truth is that you and I need goods and services to live, not electronically printed dollars.

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Japan’s Productivity Has Been Slashed By Government Meddling, Not Demographics

Bureaucracy and RegulationMonetary PolicyWorld History

Blog04/03/2020

The popular narrative is that demographics are driving Japan's declining worker productivity. But the real culprit is government regulations and a lack of entrepreneurship.

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Equality and Levelling Down

SocialismPhilosophy and Methodology

Blog04/03/2020

Egalitarians think that equality has intrinsic value: they advocate it for its own sake, not just to forestall bad consequences. But why is a situation in which some in it have been made better off, and none worse off, worse than one of equality?

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Capital Accumulation: The Way to Increase Wages

Labor and WagesTaxes and Spending

Blog04/03/2020

Real higher wages can't be created with a government fiat. Worker productivity must first be increased through greater investment.

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