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The Fed’s Power over Inflation and Interest Rates Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

It is widely held that the central bank is a key factor in the determination of interest rates. By popular thinking, the Fed influences the short-term interest rates by influencing monetary liquidity in the markets. Through the injection of liquidity, the Fed pushes short-term interest rates lower. Conversely, by withdrawing liquidity, the Fed exerts an […]

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Much Ado about Nothing in the Art Market

The recent sale of an invisible statue for £13,000 is symptomatic of the thoroughgoing financialization of our economy. Investors have become ever more obsessed with the symbols of economic reality and less concerned with underlying economic facts. Original Article: “Much Ado about Nothing in the Art Market​​“ This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by […]

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Review: Niall Ferguson’s Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe

If a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there to hear it, does it make a sound? Niall Ferguson, the celebrated British historian now at Stanford’s Hoover Institution has spouted his own version of that age-old riddle. In Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe, the prolific author sets out to undermine the distinction between […]

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Can States Nullify Federal Gun Laws?

In June 2021, Missouri passed a new law stating it would not assist in the enforcement of federal gun laws. Tho and Ryan discuss how states can use strategies like this to resist federal laws within the states. Marijuana legalization and opposition to the Fugitive Slave Acts provide compelling historical examples. Articles Mentioned in this […]

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The Tyranny of the Minority Is Just as Dangerous as the Tyranny of the Majority

In a previous installment, I pointed out that in On Liberty, John Stuart Mill advocated for minority opinion to be specially “encouraged and countenanced,”1 and thus that Mill was not an absolute free market thinker where opinion is concerned. Mill suggested that minority opinion should not only to be tolerated but requires special encouragement in order […]

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What Did Bob Learn? Part 3 of 3

Bob concludes his series on areas where he’s changed his mind. This episode covers the economics of climate change, fractional reserve banking, the US gold standard, his notorious inflation bets, Nelson Nash’s Infinite Banking Concept, and the God of the Bible. Mentioned in the Episode and Other Links of Interest: Bob’s chapter on the gold […]

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Böhm-Bawerk: Austrian Economist Who Said No to Big Government

We live at a time when politicians and bureaucrats only know one public policy: more and bigger government. Yet, there was a time when even those who served in government defended limited and smaller government. One of the greatest of these died one hundred years ago on August 27, 1914, the Austrian economist Eugen von […]

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Irene Ng: Designing New Consumer Experiences in the Era of IoT

Value-as-experience is an insight from Austrian economics. Value is not inherent in objects or even in services. Value is not derived from functional use, but is the good feeling the consumer experiences during consumption. Consistent with the Austrian understanding of the market as a process, value is a process. It plays out in time in […]

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Guatemala: The Human Rights Nightmare That Is the US Drug War

Biden’s plan to give more money to Central American regimes will do nothing to compensate farmers, businessmen, and others still victimized by the US war on drugs. Original Article: “Guatemala: The Human Rights Nightmare That Is the US Drug War​“ This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Michael Stack.

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Fannie and Freddie Are Just Government Agencies. They’re Likely to Stay that Way.

Last Week, the US Supreme Court confirmed that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are essentially government-owned corporations, and are likely to stay that way. The Court didn’t say this in so many words, but the ruling (namely, Collins v. Yellen) helps to end the fiction that Fannie and Freddie are private organizations only temporarily in […]