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Tag Archives: inflation

Will the New Banking Proposals in Iceland Save it from Economic Instability?

Iceland stands like a sentinel at the gates of the Arctic and astride the Mid-Atlantic rift. Part of Scandinavia but also the last stone hop to North America it is a place which breeds peculiarity. With a population of under 330,000, less than the population of Wichita, Kansas, this peculiarity is compounded. Throw in month long winter nights and communal hot spring spas and one can understand why the tiny country produces such weird (and often interesting) furniture, music, and economic ideas.

Attached Ash Navabi at the Mises Institute examines one of Iceland’s most recent idea exports, sovereign money.

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Argentine workers walk out in general strike over taxes

Looks like the South American socialism experiment isn’t working out so well. Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, the 3 biggies are all floundering economically, big time.

Perhaps Hernando DeSoto the Peruvian free market economist should hold a weekend retreat for the leaders of these countries and school them on how to create wealth and opportunity instead poverty and despair. Just an idea.

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This Is The Biggest Problem Facing The World Today: 9 Countries Have Debt-To-GDP Over 300%

Fundamentally it comes down to whether one thinks one can get something for nothing. If it has been your experience that something can actually be gotten for nothing, no work, no money, no “other people’s money,” no blood, then congratulations. You live in an easier world than the rest of us. If however you are inclined to think that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, then perhaps you should be concerned about the piles of sovereign debt stretching into the wispy stratosphere.

The stakes are now so high for the proponents of central bank debt creation that even if they saw the error of their ways (unlikely) they will still run us off a cliff if unchecked.

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How Financial Aid Drives Up the Cost of College

Give anyone who can register a pulse a student loan and guess what? All that money will find its way into the system and will inflate the cost of “education.” It’s simple. It seems obvious. And yet so many people fail to understand that the reason college is unaffordable is because of all the efforts to “make college affordable.”

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Japan Is Dying And We Still Don’t Get It?!

Japan, you gave us karate, Godzilla, walkmans (remember those?), sushi, Hello Kitty, and cars which didn’t fall apart. Though we fought you bitterly in World War II America came to love you more than any other country in the world with the exception of the United Kingdom (and maybe Australia, Canada doesn’t count). We hate to see you in your current straits. One, because we have a general affinity for the Land of the Rising Sun. But two, because we are riding the same bullet train here in the States, just a little further down the track.

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Former Fed Chief at Odds With How Central Bank Now Makes Policy: “you have a feeling now that we are committing suicide” if any inflation gauge turns negative

End the Fed. But Volker at least had the guts to raise rates to insane levels and effectively crushed 1970s inflation. If we had sound money he would not have had to do that of course. (Nor would he have had the power.)

Of the 4 chiefs still alive Volker is my favorite. Or at least the one I dislike least.

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The (all too) Sane Case for Auditing the Fed

By far the most secret and least accountable operation of the federal government is not, as one might expect, the CIA, DIA, or some other super-secret intelligence agency. The CIA and other intelligence operations are under control of the Congress. They are accountable: a Congressional committee supervises these operations, controls their budgets, and is informed of their covert activities. It is true that the committee hearings and activities are closed to the public; but at least the people’s representatives in Congress insure some accountability for these secret agencies.

It is little known, however, that there is a federal agency that tops the others in secrecy by a country mile. The Federal Reserve System is accountable to no one; it has no budget; it is subject to no audit; and no Congressional committee knows of, or can truly supervise, its operations. The Federal Reserve, virtually in total control of the nation’s vital monetary system, is accountable to nobody – and this strange situation, if acknowledged at all, is invariably trumpeted as a virtue. – Murray Rothbard from (the original) Case Against the Federal Reserve

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