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Is Free Market Economics Too "Ideological"?

Free MarketsPhilosophy and Methodology

Blog02/20/2020

Free market economics is often ignorantly dismissed for being "ideological" rather than scientific. It probably sounds smart to the economically illiterate, but it is decidedly not.

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Social Security Cannot Survive in Its Present Form

Taxes and Spending

Blog02/19/2020

The Social Security program will have to be either inflated away with increasingly worthless dollars or Congress will have to intervene to cut benefits. 

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Social Security Is a Terrible "Investment"

Taxes and Spending

Blog02/17/2020

Social Security has been a money-losing mess for decades, and it's a major drain on private sector saving and investment.

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China's Economic Schemes Hurt the Chinese Most of All

Free MarketsGlobal EconomyProtectionism and Free Trade

Blog02/12/2020

Like Trump, I want China to stop manipulating its economy. But not for the same reasons Trump does.

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The Economy Is Not a Factory—Nor Should We Try to Make It One

The EntrepreneurCalculation and KnowledgeEntrepreneurship

Blog02/08/2020

The economy is not primarily about the adjustment of capital investment across industries and firms, but about the determination of which industries and types of production will exist—and who will be involved in this future production.

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The Quality of Money

Monetary TheoryValue and Exchange

02/07/2020Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics
Much has been written about the quantity of money and its effects on money’s purchasing power, but the quality of money has been neglected.
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Intellectual Property: Innovation Should Serve Consumers, Not Producers

Protectionism and Free TradeEntrepreneurship

Blog02/06/2020

Innovations aren't very useful unless they serve consumers in the marketplace. Otherwise, we're pursuing innovation for its own sake, and that isn't progress.

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The State of the Union: An Annual Reminder of Inevitable Default

02/05/2020Power & Market

The political equivalent of Crystal Pepsi, Donald Trump and the Republican Party have given up their long-standing façade of budgetary restraint.

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