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The Dystopian Bubble: George Orwell Meets Charles Mackay

Cronyism and CorporatismMedia and CultureU.S. History

Blog02/09/2021

The opening pages of the new decade feel like we’re living through a combination of George Orwell’s 1984 and Charles Mackay’s Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds.

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How Markets Turn Lousy Products into Great Ones

CoordinationThe EntrepreneurValue and Exchange

Blog02/09/2021

Centrally planned economies often stick with terrible ideas for many years. But markets can take bad products, learn from them, and turn them into great products that give the public what it wants and needs.

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Understanding Minimum Wage Mandates: Empirical Studies Aren't Enough

Bureaucracy and RegulationLabor and WagesUnemployment

Blog02/09/2021

It is only through the increase in capital goods, i.e., through the enhancement and the expansion of the infrastructure, that labor can become more productive and earn a higher hourly wage. 

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Politics and Ideas

U.S. HistoryWorld History

Blog02/08/2021

In the United States, the two-party system of the old days is seemingly still preserved. But this is only a camouflage of the real situation. In fact, the political life of the United States is determined by the struggle and aspirations of pressure groups.

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The New Right Is All about the Left

Book Reviews

Blog02/08/2021

The clear religious nature of progressivism that emerges is clear. The Left has found that racism is the default setting of man, and a person “is able to escape that fallen state” only through their leftish repentance.

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The Burmese Mess Demonstrates the Incoherence of America's Crusades for Democracy

DemocracyWar and Foreign Policy

Blog02/08/2021

The Biden administration has threatened to intervene in Burma to defend "democracy" which really just means putting back into power a woman who is known to support ethnic cleansing. But she said nice things about "democracy," so she'll get the US's nod. 

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Germany's Inflation Tax and the Rising Cost of Living

Global EconomyInflationLabor and Wages

Blog02/06/2021

If we take the tax burden and asset price inflation into account, real incomes in Germany aren't doing nearly as well as the official data suggests. 

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Gold Could Offer a Way out of Switzerland's Failing Inflationist Experiment

Central BanksWorld HistoryMoney and Banking

Blog02/06/2021

The Swiss state should end antigold regulations, end negative interest rates, and return to zero rates on bank reserves. These are small steps on their own, perhaps, but would be progress away from the brewing mess that is the eurozone.

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