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Recession and Recovery: W.H. Hutt’s View

There is a considerable Austrian literature on the unsustainable boom driven by credit expansion. When the boom ends, a depression begins. The depression is a transitional period of reduced production that lasts until entrepreneurs restructure capital and labor into sustainable uses. During the depression, there is unavoidable unemployment of both people and productive assets. The […]

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If the US Wants to Beat China, Why Is It Copying China’s Socialism?

If the US wants to strengthen its economic and geostrategic position versus China, it needs to apply the same free market principles that made it prosperous and powerful in the first place.  Original Article: “If the US Wants to Beat China, Why Is It Copying China’s Socialism?“ This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by […]

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1789: The Electoral College Meets for the First Time

With all but two relatively obscure states—Rhode Island and North Carolina—having ratified the Constitution, the Confederation Congress was now ready to put the new federal government in place. As soon as New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify, Congress dutifully created a committee to get the new Constitution up and running. Only the doughty […]

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Why Europe’s Highly Regulated Power Market Is So Bad for Growth

In Europe, there is no competitive market for electrical power. And since power is an important factor of production, it also means the overall marketplace is wasteful, inefficient, and sluggish.  Original Article: “Why Europe’s Highly Regulated Power Market Is So Bad for Growth“ This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by […]

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Private Investment Is the Answer to Declining Postindustrial Towns

My town, Tallassee, Alabama, is an old mill town. It straddles the Tallapoosa River, which is dammed at that point by the Thurlow Dam to generate electricity. On both sides of the river are the ruins of a massive complex of textile mills which employed a significant portion of the town’s population until 2005. In […]

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The Jan. 6th Show Trials Threaten All of Us

The recent felony conviction and eight month prison sentence of January 6th protester Paul Hodgkins is an affront to any notion of justice. It is a political charge and a political verdict by a political court. Every American regardless of political persuasion should be terrified of a court system so beholden to politics instead of […]

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Government Debt Is Starting to Look Almost as Sketchy as Payday Loans

As government seek ever larger amounts of debt to finance more spending, they’re embracing huge debt levels in the way a broke consumer might embrace payday loans. In the end, we’re left with nothing but a flimsy promise to pay.  Original Article: “Government Debt Is Starting to Look Almost as Sketchy as Payday Loans“ This […]

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Cuba: The Dictatorship and the “Blockade” Lie

Cuba is a dictatorship that uses terror and propaganda to repress its people. It locks citizens up, strips them of the most basic human rights, silences them, and confronts families using extortion and threats. The regime’s constant practices of illegal detention, the personal ruin of political dissidents, and limitation of fundamental rights have nothing to do with any blockade or embargo […]