Mises Wire

Rationality in the Real World Isn't What Economists Think It Is

Blog12/02/2019

The world doesn't follow predictable patterns based on averages of long-term probability. Ordinary people apparently know this better than statisticians do.

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Exports: Currency Devaluation Won't Grow the Economy

Money and Banking

Blog12/02/2019

When governments devalue the currency to push more exports, the country is getting rich in terms of foreign currency, but it is getting poor in terms of real wealth.

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Capital Accumulation, Not Government, Is the Key To Technological Innovation

The Entrepreneur

Blog11/26/2019

The diversion of real funding from the private sector toward government projects — no matter how important these projects appear to be — in fact, disrupts the process of real wealth generation.

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Legacy of Menger’s Theory of Social Institutions

History of the Austrian School of Economics

11/25/2019Articles of Interest
Menger’s insights about the origin of social structures inspired later contributions in three main areas: spontaneous order, money, and law.
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The Instability of Markets Is Not Nearly as Bad as the Instability of Government Policy

Free MarketsInterventionism

Blog11/20/2019

Many advocates claim government intervention is necessary because markets are too unstable. The real instability, however, comes from the immense uncertainty over what government will do next with its vast and arbitrary power.

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Don't Want a Liquidity Trap? More Saving Is the Answer

Blog11/19/2019

The fact that central bank policies become ineffective in reviving the economy is not due to the liquidity trap, but because of the decline in the pool of real savings. This decline emerges due to loose monetary and fiscal policies.

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Why Friedman Is Wrong on the Business Cycle

Blog11/13/2019

 A common view is the bust is caused by various mysterious factors that have nothing to do with the previous boom. But that the main problem with Friedman’s model is the lack of a coherent definition of what a boom-bust cycle really is.

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Bretigne Shaffer on California's Mandatory Vaccinations

Big GovernmentHealth

11/09/2019Audio/Video
Bob Murphy and longtime libertarian journalist Bretigne Shaffer discuss the vaccinations now enforced for school children in California, and the parents who are protesting the policy.
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