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The Fed Is Making It Up as It Goes, So It Ditched Forward Guidance

Money and Banks


Powell said that moving forward "we think it's time to just go to a meeting by meeting basis." Translation: "Things might go even more off the rails at any time, so let’s just play it by ear."

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The Economy Needs a Volcker Moment

Booms and BustsThe FedInflationBusiness Cycles


When Paul Volcker was Fed chairman forty years ago, he did what was necessary to bring down inflation. Unfortunately, the current Fed leadership at best is engaging in Volcker Lite.

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The Competing Ideologies for the Collectivist Mind

SocialismWorld History


Modern socialists claim that Hitler's Nazi regime was the antithesis of socialism. Hitler would have disagreed, as he saw himself and his movement as being primarily socialist.

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The Fallacy of Calls for a "Manhattan Project" to Solve National Economic Challenges

Bureaucracy and RegulationEconomic Policy


Politicians, academics, and the media often call for a new Manhattan Project to deal with economic issues. But there is a huge difference between technological problems and economic ones.

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The British Agricultural Revolution Gets No Respect

BiographiesEconomic FreedomProtectionism and Free Trade


Most people think the Industrial Revolution catapulted humanity into modern comfort, but this narrative leaves out the agricultural revolution that had to come first.

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The Canaries in the Coal Mines Are No Longer Singing

Booms and BustsThe FedInflationBusiness Cycles


Mortgage companies and realtors are today's canaries. They're in deep trouble, and so are the rest of us. 

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The Federal Reserve Now Is between the Proverbial Rock and a Hard Place

Booms and BustsThe FedBusiness Cycles


The great credit expansion Alan Greenspan began thirty years ago has finally run its course. The Fed no longer can expand credit to fight the oncoming recession.

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The Language Vandals

PhilosophyPhilosophy and Methodology


Language is an institution in society. We need to protect it from vandals in the state-linguistic complex.

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