Mises Wire

Where's the Inflation? It's in Stocks, Real Estate, and Higher Ed

Blog12/16/2019

Price inflation is probably down in energy, food, and apparel. But asset price inflation in stocks and real estate is significant.  This means high rents and high home prices for ordinary people. 

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Why the Courts Aren't All They're Supposed to Be

Legal SystemWorld History

Blog12/13/2019

The government accepts no legal obligation to provide specified law enforcement services in exchange for the taxes it forcibly extracts from the citizenry. A clearly defined and voluntarily accepted reciprocal agreement between the government and the citizens has never existed.

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Why Central Banks Aren't Really Setting Interest Rates

Capital and Interest TheoryMoney and Banking

Blog12/11/2019

Central banks can only distort and mask real interest rates with monetary policy. Interest rates are really set by each individual's time preference.

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When the Communists Abolished the Weekend

Labor and WagesWorld History

Blog12/09/2019

By abolishing the weekend, the Soviets were in one move able to strike a blow against both families and religious institutions. All that was left was the state — and state-mandated labor.

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Why this Boom Could Keep Going Well Beyond 2019

Booms and BustsFinancial Markets

Blog12/07/2019

As long as there is still room for pushing the market interest rate down even further, the chances are reasonably good that the boom continues, and that the bust will be postponed into the future.

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We Don't Need Sunday "Blue Laws"

Media and CultureU.S. History

Blog12/05/2019

Advocates for "blue laws" want to impose more laws on shopkeepers. These moral crusaders should instead start by setting a good example, and stop watching football games, ordering pizzas, or filling up on gas on Sunday.

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What Venezuela Needs for a Prosperous Future

Blog12/04/2019

Political and economic salvation for Venezuela can come only from the Venezuelan people themselves. They cannot be “forced to be free.”

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When Nassim Taleb Channels Ludwig von Mises

Philosophy and MethodologyValue and Exchange

Blog11/28/2019

Jeff Deist pithily describes Taleb’s prose as “Rothbard meets Hayek.” But Taleb shares some ideas in common with Ludwig von Mises as well.

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