Mises Wire

The Problem with Measuring "Consumer Sentiment"

Other Schools of ThoughtPhilosophy and Methodology

Blog07/03/2020

Information on consumer sentiment is potentially helpful, but only insofar as sentiment reflects the reality of the economic situation.

Read More

The Irony of Marxist Class Consciousness

CapitalismSocialism

Blog06/27/2020

Marx believed truth could only be fully understood by a certain socioeconomic class. Ludwig von Mises disagreed.

Read More

The Importance of Economic Theory in Understanding Historical Data

Other Schools of ThoughtPhilosophy and Methodology

Blog06/08/2020

"History cannot teach us any general rule, principle, or law. There is no means to abstract from a historical experience a posteriori any theories or theorems concerning human conduct and policies."

Read More

The Big Reason Mises Rejected Marx's Dialectical Materialism

SocialismPhilosophy and Methodology

Blog05/25/2020

The weird thing about dialectical materialism is that Marx seems to have cobbled it together from two philosophies that contradicted each other.

Read More

The Problem with Measuring "Happiness"

Blog05/16/2020

Money really does buy happiness—up to a point. But at all income levels, happiness is very, very subjective.

Read More

The Fed Has Gone Nuts. And It Can Get Worse.

The FedTaxes and SpendingMoney and Banking

Blog04/27/2020

The new Fed policy proposals being floated carry significant political risk, because they enjoy support not just from the redistributionist left, but also “business conservatives” happy to raid our future to make their pain stop.

Read More

The 1497 Cornish Tax Rebellion

Taxes and SpendingWorld History

Blog04/17/2020

As states in various areas of the Continent embarked on centralization and territorialization in the fourteenth century, communities very often took up arms against forms of taxation. The Cornish Rebellion of 1497 against national taxation is an example of this trend.

Read More

The Pandemic Exposed the Frailty of the Financial System

Booms and BustsFinancial Markets

Blog04/04/2020

Contrary to Fed assumptions, we are not presently facing a problem of liquidity vis-à-vis Great Recession; we are confronted, instead, with a serious shortage of quality collateral.

Read More
Shield icon wire