From Fast Growth to No Growth to De-Growth

– August 4, 2021

“Whereas some anti-capitalists wish earnestly for capitalism’s end and yearn for a future utopia of non-capitalist wealth (a contradiction), others of them yearn for the world known before capitalism, the non-capitalist world that was fundamentally feudal and medieval.” ~ Richard M. Salsman

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The Real Cost of Public Debt Is Not a Dollar Amount; It’s Freedom

– August 4, 2021

“Liberty is not measurable in dollars; it is priceless. As such, we should argue against any infringement on liberty—in this case public debt—for that reason.” ~ Jonathan W. Plante

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Fight Covid-19 With Social Capital Not Stringency

“While Covid-19 and its variants are reaching endemic status, people and their communities can play an active role in limiting its spread by bolstering social capital through resuming normal social and economic activities, not by imposing additional lockdowns.” ~ Byron Carson, Justin Isaacs & Anthony Carilli

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Infrastructure Bill as Political Plunder and Social Engineering

– August 3, 2021

“Joe Biden and the Congressional Democrats and Republicans consider it their political business to impose infrastructure spending and construction on the rest of us. So, not surprisingly, a bipartisan infrastructure bill is working its way through Congress with just such a $1 trillion price tag.” ~ Richard M. Ebeling

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Rich Man, Poor Man: Comparing the Value of a Dollar to Each

– August 3, 2021

“As is so often true in economics, being attuned to more than what is immediately obvious yields insights very different from those that arise from looking only at what is immediately obvious.” ~ Donald J. Boudreaux

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Economics of Liberty

– August 2, 2021

“Freedom Fest 2021 was fun and instructive. Liberty lovers can discuss important policy matters face-to-face to great effect but some need to delve a bit deeper into the economic theories discussed at places like AIER if they really want to improve the world.” ~ Robert E. Wright

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Bringing Money Under the Rule of Law

– August 1, 2021

“The problem, of course, is that the Fed has always been under constant political pressure, but even when it is acting independently, its adventurism can and has ended poorly. To combat this, the authors argue that the Fed should be bound by explicit rules that constrain it from exercising broad discretion.” ~ Ethan Yang

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What’s in a Name? Quite a Lot, Actually

– July 31, 2021

“After studying economics, I started to understand what brand names do. Social phenomena persist because they solve problems, and brand names solve significant information problems. I think critics of brand names and marketing would do well to give consumers the benefit of the doubt.” ~ Art Carden

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A Conversation on Keynes, Morality, and the Economy

– July 31, 2021

“On this episode of the Authors Corner, Ethan sits down with AIER Visiting Fellow, Dr. Victor Claar to speak about his recent research and publications on the ideas of John Maynard Keynes and their long-term impact on how we view economics from a moral perspective.” ~ AIER

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Is Our Current Inflation Temporary? Look at the Numbers

– July 31, 2021

“John Williams, the New York Fed President, is expecting 3% inflation this year. I’m expecting inflation in 2021 to be above 5%. In six months, we’ll be able to look at the actual numbers and see whose estimate was closer.” ~ Randall G. Holcombe

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Is Inflation Really a Problem?

– July 29, 2021

“Inflation has real costs when it’s unpredictable. We want monetary institutions to keep generalized price increases on a steady, anticipable path. Since central banks often go out of their way not to be understood, we might have a valid complaint against them after all.” ~ Alexander W. Salter

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$9 Reading Glasses, $16 Sunscreen, and the Genius of Economic Growth

– July 28, 2021

“‘Green’ is generally expensive. That’s ok, but we generally will only swallow big expenses like $16 sunscreen if we feel we have the means to swallow these expenses. In short, ‘green’ living and energy are most likely to thrive in a real market if and when Americans have the means to pay more for what’s ‘cleaner.'” ~ John Tamny

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