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The US Government Is On Track to Top Last Year's Record-Breaking Deficits

Taxes and Spending

Blog1 hour ago

The deficit for the year is pushing $2 trillion. And we still have five months to go until the end of the fiscal year. Only during World War II were the deficits so huge in relation to GDP. Meanwhile, the Fed continues to print money to buy more Federal debt.

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There's No Reprieve in Sight from the "Monetary Repression Tax"

Money and Banking

Blog9 hours ago

There is nothing new in a fiat-money central bank imposing an effective tax on the public’s holdings of government debt by manipulating interest rates. But few thought it could go on this long. 

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The Dystopian Future in Which Almost No One Owns a Car

Bureaucracy and Regulation

Blog05/13/2021

Some advocates of self-driving cars argue that their adoption would mean that very few people would actually own a vehicle anymore. We'd all just rent rides on self-driving Uber cars. This would be a dream come true for advocates of lockdowns and stay-at-home orders. 

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Covid Deaths Plummet as Excess Mortality Falls to Pre-Covid Levels

U.S. History

Blog05/12/2021

By mid March—when barely 12 percent of the population had been vaccinated—total excess mortality was back within 1 percent of 2019 levels. In other words, the number of deaths in the US is collapsing back to where it was before the official start of the pandemic. 

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The Media Wants You to Trust Washington Again Now That Trump Is Gone

Media and Culture

Blog05/12/2021

Perhaps reporter Michelle Kosinski is unaware that the Trump-era secrecy she denounced flourished mightily thanks to the beloved Obama administration. Kosinski’s mindset also helps explain why Americans' trust in the media has collapsed.

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Why Fungibility Is Important in Understanding Money and Crypto

Money and Banks

Blog05/12/2021

One of the most in-demand aspects of physical cash is that it is totally fungible. Every dollar is the same as every dollar. But cryptocurrencies can leave a digital trail which may lead to later problems in fungibility. 

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3 Ways the Tech Oligarchs' New Subsidy Is Ripping You Off

Bureaucracy and RegulationTaxes and Spending

Blog05/12/2021

When it comes to the oligarchs' new semiconductor subsidy scheme, the real cost in terms of economic distortions, lost welfare, and harm to competitors, is quite real and beyond the dollar amounts we see in the subsidy itself. 

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Boom to Bust: How Inflation Turns into Deflation

Money and Banking

Blog05/12/2021

Seemingly endless amounts of fiscal and monetary stimulus will keep prices rising in the near term. But if the banking sector and other bubble industries weaken, we will eventually see deflation as new loan activity lessens. 

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