The French Revolution (and others) was tied to hyperinflation and a shortage of wheat. When people are hungry they get desperate. There is no reason why anyone should be hungry in Venezuela. It’s a verdant country. Yet the socialists have so mismanaged the economy that even here, in a veritable Garden of Eden, people are hungry. Even here, a country which sits on massive oil reserves nearly unrivaled in the world there is not enough energy to keep the lights on.
Manna from “heaven.” What could be better? Hurrah! Free money!
Consider that during Obama’s recent and brief economic legacy tour he was making the case that everything was great. Meanwhile Bill Gross, the legendary bond manager, is talking about dropping cash from the sky. This ain’t good. Gross knows that helicopter money is unwise yet he’s still somewhat advocating for it.
Yeah, things are peachy.
If you are “resisting capitalism” you are “resisting human progress.” You are resisting the voluntary exchange of goods and services. You are resisting opportunity for people to make a better life for themselves through hard work. You are trading that opportunity for a system which rewards the uncreative and unambitious. (And perhaps you understand this.) You are fundamentally resisting FREEDOM and LIBERTY, because “economic liberty,” the right to do what you want with that which you own, is not separate from social FREEDOM and LIBERTY.
Ned Beatty isn’t totally right here but there’s a good bit of truth in what he says. Regardless below is one of the greatest scenes in all of cinema and everyone should see it.
We are pretty much obliged to run this one. Of course it has popped. It’s been deflating for months. Really longer than that though the Shanghai Stock Exchange didn’t reflect it for a while. And it’s not like the Chinese pop is over, it’s got plenty more to go. Lots of “fun” is still ahead of us.
People who care about the world economy and world politics should look closely at China. It is a classic case of “
In the effort to inject interesting economic thought into the discussion at ACC we present the following video by Jeff Deist recorded at the Mises Institute. This lecture will likely challenge many of your assumptions about money.
If you really want to understand why the crony capitalist system is so insidious as well as ubiquitous I highly recommend listening to this bit from the master Murray Rothbard. If you really want to get what is so messed up about government and the “privavte sector” partnering up, one must know at least a little bit of his work.
Warning though. Rothbard can rattle one’s whole understanding of politics and economics.
That is frankly a good deal. It should be noted that 15 years ago or so Zimbabwe was more or less a functioning country. With close proximity to relatively rich South Africa it was not the typical sub-Saharan African state. But it did have (has) a populist dictator who was able to run things into the ground.
If you’ve got a 50 million dollar house in London, New York, or Monaco things are looking pretty good for you. Of course they were already probably looking pretty good. Funny how that works. It’s nice to have access to the Fed window.
Of course many of us in the real estate sub-tiers continue to see little or no growth in the price of our homes, Indeed, adjusted for inflation many people continue to lose money year over year.
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.
This is clearly indicative of a healthy and improving world economy. Everything is just fine.
Brazil and Argentina. Both in trouble.
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.