Topic: International

Trade Deficits: Accounting Masquerading as Economics 

– June 10, 2024

“Reducing ‘imports’ would not, in fact, increase GDP at all. At best, doing so would leave GDP unchanged since we would be adding less to consumption, investment, and government spending while subtracting equally less from imports.” ~David Hebert

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The Dollar and its Domestic Enemies

– June 7, 2024

“The greatest threat to the soundness and utility of the US dollar comes not from shadowy figures in faraway lands, but from unremarkable apparatchiks carrying out the edicts of US officialdom.” ~Peter C. Earle

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Dollar Dominance, Dollar Dependence

– June 3, 2024

“Skeptics to the global monetary hegemon have long called for its demise — on causes of design or ideology, theory or empirics. And for decades, they have been proven wrong.” ~Joakim Book

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The Martyrdom of Jimmy Lai

– May 27, 2024

“Anyone who watches the documentary on Lai’s life is likely to find himself asking a question: ‘Would I have the courage to do what Jimmy Lai is doing?'” ~Jon Miltimore

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Anthony Blinken Is Playing a Dangerous Game with Ukraine

– May 24, 2024

“Great powers do not like their neighbors joining military alliances with their rivals. A Ukraine that is a member of NATO is likelier to behave in ways that would provoke Russia.” ~Andrew Byers

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Climate “Reparations” Numbers Are Rigged

– May 10, 2024

“Human living standards have improved in unprecedented ways over the past 300 years. These remarkable improvements in human welfare are not limited to wealthy, developed economies but are enjoyed around the world.” ~Paul Mueller

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Take National Security Off Auto-Pilot

– May 1, 2024

“We have squandered our own scarce resources, bred animosity overseas, and frequently made existing conditions worse.” ~Andrew Byers

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Is Argentine Disinflation Sustainable?

– April 26, 2024

“Milei’s lack of political support in Congress adds to the uncertainty surrounding his ability to successfully pass deregulatory reforms… it is premature to declare victory on the fiscal and inflationary fronts in Argentina.” ~Nicolás Cachanosky

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The New Zimbabwean ZiG: Sixth Time a Charm?

– April 25, 2024

“Even the most faithfully implemented commodity-backed money standard is fundamentally predicated on the integrity and competence of its overseers.” ~Peter C. Earle

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Breaking the Shackles of Socialism in Africa 

– April 22, 2024

“A new generation of Africans (Wade labels them the Cheetah Generation) are rejecting socialism and embracing entrepreneurship and markets as the path to human flourishing.” ~Marcus Witcher

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Elon’s X Marks the Spot in Brazil

– April 19, 2024

“Brazil is facing its greatest struggle for freedom of speech since the end of the military regime… Freedom of speech has been effectively limited without due process, and contrary to the Constitution.” ~Ricardo Gomes

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Did Government Red Ink Make the US More Dynamic than Europe?

– April 1, 2024

“The new ‘reshuffling’ thesis of American recovery doesn’t make much sense on the evidence. It serves a convenient political purpose, helping to justify massive federal stimulus.” ~Jason Sorens

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