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  • Five Questions to Civilly Pose to Your Liberal Friends

    If I were being totally honest, I would say that it has not been my experience that very many left-leaning folks in this country want to have an honest dialogue on the key issues that separate left from right. This is particularly true amongst the academically credentialed leftists I have encountered who presumably know they have nothing to gain by […]

    Five Questions to Civilly Pose to Your Liberal Friends
  • Four Things Putin Won In Ukraine

    President Putin has been the central figure of the crisis in Ukraine, and the most watched figure in international politics for the last 6 months. Given his status, it would be prudent to consider exactly what he has achieved in Ukraine. Destabilized Ukraine: President Putin had one major goal for the rebels he started supporting in eastern Ukraine: destabilize the […]

    Four Things Putin Won In Ukraine
  • Buffett’s Hypocrisy on Taxes Comes Through Again

    The Burger King/Tim Hortons merger is big news largely because it comes soon after President Obama chastised American companies for trying to perform so-called tax inversions. Obama and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew strongly implied that tax inversions were not economically patriotic. So, of course, the media has jumped all over this latest deal. However, reducing taxes does not appear to […]

    Photos by Justin Sullivan / Getty; Ann Baekken
  • The End of Medieval Economics: How American Theologians and Merchants Abandoned Aristotle and Invented Capitalism

    Why were the Middle Ages so poor? There are many reasons: a mini ice age suppressing crop yields, the rise of the Islamic empire cutting trade and shipping ties in half, ideologies which degraded commerce in contrast with ‘higher’ pursuits like church work are among them. But for economists, what stands out most starkly is the flawed theory which held […]

    The End of Medieval Economics: How American Theologians and Merchants Abandoned Aristotle and Invented Capitalism
  • Everything You Need to Know About Market Volatility

    Investors hoping for subdued volatility last week did not get what they were hoping for, but perhaps the volatility was more likable than three weeks ago. I talk a lot about volatility expectations in the year or so to come in this commentary. This summer has been quite interesting with the huge June rally, the big late July sell-off, and now […]

    Everything You Need to Know About Market Volatility

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Five Questions to Civilly Pose to Your Liberal Friends

Five Questions to Civilly Pose to Your Liberal Friends

If I were being totally honest, I would say that it has not been my experience that very many left-leaning folks in this country want to have an honest dialogue on the key issues that separate left from right. This is particularly true amongst the academically credentialed leftists I have encountered who presumably know they have nothing to gain by […]

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Four Things Putin Won In Ukraine

Four Things Putin Won In Ukraine

President Putin has been the central figure of the crisis in Ukraine, and the most watched figure in international politics for the last 6 months. Given his status, it would be prudent to consider exactly what he has achieved in Ukraine. Destabilized Ukraine: President Putin had one major goal for the rebels he started supporting in eastern Ukraine: destabilize the […]

Read more ›
Photos by Justin Sullivan / Getty; Ann Baekken

Buffett’s Hypocrisy on Taxes Comes Through Again

The Burger King/Tim Hortons merger is big news largely because it comes soon after President Obama chastised American companies for trying to perform so-called tax inversions. Obama and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew strongly implied that tax inversions were not economically patriotic. So, of course, the media has jumped all over this latest deal. However, reducing taxes does not appear to […]

Read more ›
The End of Medieval Economics: How American Theologians and Merchants Abandoned Aristotle and Invented Capitalism

The End of Medieval Economics: How American Theologians and Merchants Abandoned Aristotle and Invented Capitalism

Why were the Middle Ages so poor? There are many reasons: a mini ice age suppressing crop yields, the rise of the Islamic empire cutting trade and shipping ties in half, ideologies which degraded commerce in contrast with ‘higher’ pursuits like church work are among them. But for economists, what stands out most starkly is the flawed theory which held […]

Read more ›
Everything You Need to Know About Market Volatility

Everything You Need to Know About Market Volatility

Investors hoping for subdued volatility last week did not get what they were hoping for, but perhaps the volatility was more likable than three weeks ago. I talk a lot about volatility expectations in the year or so to come in this commentary. This summer has been quite interesting with the huge June rally, the big late July sell-off, and now […]

Read more ›
Overqualified and Underemployed: The Job Market Waiting for Graduates

Overqualified and Underemployed: The Job Market Waiting for Graduates

Continued from Part 4. We’ve established that college can cost a lot, and that a recent graduate is generally going to have a fair bit of debt when they head out into the world. We’ve also debunked the wage comparisons often used to sell the idea to prospective students. But the reality is even worse, because to this point we’ve largely granted the premise that […]

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The Keynesian Counterfactual is Japan

We heard the "surprising" news last week that the Japanese economy shrank at an alarming 6.8 percent annualized rate in the three months through June, its biggest quarterly contraction since the 2011 earth quake and tsunami. This proved that Japan's greatest national disaster, Abenomics, has failed and the Japanese economy has fallen victim to the scam called Keynesian economics; defined […]

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