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Assessing cryptocurrencies through a framework of "saleableness" may help us understand why some cryptocurrencies are chosen for speculation above others.
Central banks contend they can avoid booms and busts by increasing the money supply the "correct" amount. They are bound to fail.
A higher education system with "free tuition" will need to control costs through larger class sizes, and lower-quality services.
Rather than increase efficiency and profitability, corporate managers look for easy ways to increase their salaries through leveraged buyouts. And central banks have a key role in making this easier and more common.
The consequences of counterfeiting are the same regardless of who does it. The counterfeiters are exchanging nothing for something — thus stealing from those who create real value.
In the short term, a central bank can drive up stock prices by lowering the interest rate. In the longer term, it could sap the strength out of an economy.
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Using Japan as a model, governments are steering us toward a worldwide zombie economy — but we're likely to end up with something that looks more like Argentina than Japan.
Capitalism isn't just about rich guys owning the means of production. It's about workers and everyday people also owning their own labor and their own bodies.