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The Fed Can't Save Us

The FedMoney and BanksMoney and Banking

04/05/2016The Austrian
The Fed says it's scaling back its Quantitative Easing programs, but it still maintains a huge balance sheet. Unfortunately, the Fed has no plan to really unwind its massive QE programs, and has backed itself into a corner...

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Economics: It's Simpler Than You Think

Money and BanksMoney and BankingPricesValue and Exchange

03/30/2016The Austrian
A successful economy depends on innovative entrepreneurs who are willing to take large risks in return for the chance at great profits.

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Phishing for Phools: The Economics of Manipulation and Deception

Taxes and SpendingInterventionismPolitical Theory

03/04/2016The Austrian
Economists Akerlof and Shiller contend that people are too gullible and ignorant to be allowed to deal with a potentially deceptive marketplace on their own. The solution is to have the government manage the markets for them.

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Democracy Has Been Weaponized

War and Foreign PolicyWorld HistoryPolitical Theory

02/24/2016The Austrian
Mass democracy, as its nineteenth-century liberal opponents foretold, devolves into a contest of contending forces, motivated by corrupt self interest.

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How Government Buys Your Support

Taxes and SpendingU.S. EconomyU.S. HistoryPolitical Theory

02/17/2016The Austrian
Bribes can work both ways. Sometimes it pays to bribe politicians for what you want. But voters will often happily exchange votes for free stuff. In fact, the latter strategy has been proven to work wonders if one wants a bigger government.

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Why I Have Hope

The FedMoney and BanksU.S. EconomyMoney and BankingPolitical Theory

02/10/2016The Austrian
Thanks to our bankrupt economic policies, faith in our regime will soon be shaken whether we like it or not. Fortunately, we don't need a majority to make some changes for the better...

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Entrepreneur, Economy, and State

Booms and BustsThe EntrepreneurEntrepreneurship

12/31/2015The Austrian
“Austrian insights distill the complexity of what we business owners do down to a very simple mantra: satisfy the desires of others. That's it. That's all any of us are trying to do.”...

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PC Is About Control, Not Etiquette

Media and CulturePhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

12/28/2015The Austrian
Political Correctness is best understood as propaganda. But unlike propaganda, which is particular campaign or effort, PC is all-encompassing. It seeks to mold us into modern versions of Marx’s un-alienated society man, freed of all his bourgeois pretensions and humdrum social conventions...

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Teaching Mises and Rothbard in Poland

The FedGlobal EconomyMoney and Banking

12/24/2015The Austrian
Former Mises Fellow and current economics professor Mateusz Machaj discusses free market reforms in Poland, central banking, and the lack of Polish appetite for joining the eurozone.

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Political Illiberalism: A Defense of Freedom by Peter L.P. Simpson

Political Theory

12/07/2015The Austrian
It is remarkable, since Simpson is no libertarian, that his views on the state converge so substantially with views some libertarians have long defended.

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