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February 10, 2014 |

Oh “Good” – Credit Card Debt Just Jumped

You gotta love mainstream, that is to say, Keynesian, media coverage. Credit card debt just jumped substantially last month and Reuters spins it as good economic news.

Perhaps consumer debt is not a good thing. Perhaps it’s better for people … Read More

February 6, 2014 |

Family Values Vs. Innovation?: A Friendly “Debate” With Nobel Prize Winner Edmund Phelps

Mass Flourishing: How Grassroots Innovation Created Jobs, Challenge, and Change by Columbia University economics professor, Edmund Phelps, is an important book filled with brilliant insights. Any reasonably sophisticated and open-minded reader will benefit from reading it.  But on a point … Read More

February 5, 2014 |

Markets Say Tapering Is Tightening

Wall Street Cheerleaders like to claim that the tapering of Fed asset purchases is not equivalent to the tightening of monetary policy. But the markets are clearly telling investors something different. Year to date the S&P 500 is down … Read More

February 5, 2014 |

Socialist Hell Holes vs. Genuinely Emerging Markets

The Wall Street Journal was talking sense this morning about the riskiness of developing economies. Instead of the standard rhetoric that everyone outside of the developed world is in trouble, they’re starting to distinguish between socialist hell-holes like Venzuela and … Read More

February 4, 2014 |

Obama’s Entitlement Zones Vs. Xi’s Freedom Zones

A few weeks ago, on the 50th anniversary of the beginning of LBJ’s War on Poverty, President Obama announced the first of 20 ‘Promise Zones’. To briefly summarize, these zones are relatively poor cities or counties where there will … Read More

February 4, 2014 |

China Business Tax Cuts Led to Lower Deficit

Once again we see the Laffer Curve, originated by my friend Arthur Laffer (Tip of the hat, via Ford Scudder). China did a little stimulus last year, but in general China’s policy was towards tighter money and lower taxes, which … Read More

January 31, 2014 |

Poland Goes From Hero to Zero

The Financial Times has it about right. Poland has been heroic in its moves away from socialism towards a free-market order. Fairly low and flat taxes, limitations in government spending, much lower debt than the developed world. But next week’s move … Read More

January 31, 2014 |

Press Moving Toward Understanding Emerging Market Crisis

I’m glad to see the WSJ and now the FT moving beyond the kill ’em all and let God sort ’em out approach to emerging markets. How a country behaves matters very much. Some have controlled spending and operated some … Read More

January 30, 2014 |

Prepare for Currency Chaos

On November the 25th I published the following warning about the effects from the Fed’s imminent tapering of asset purchases:

“There is a good chance that the beginning of tapering will lead … Read More

January 29, 2014 |

Welcome To “Girlington”: Helen Smith On How College Is Becoming A Hostile Working Environment For Men

Recently I sat down with psychologist Dr. Smith across a connection (one set up by her tech-savvy husband, Glenn Reynolds, who also writes apopular blog) for a delightful conversation about her new book Men On Strike. The first half of the … Read More

January 27, 2014 |

Japan’s Third Arrow Not So Sharp

Shinzo Abe promised to get the Japanese economy growing again with a ‘three arrow’ plan. The first two arrows were pure Keynesianism: unlimited monetary easing, and a huge borrowing spending plan. The third arrow was to be deregulation. But … Read More

January 24, 2014 |

France’s Bizarre Reason to Increase Economic Growth

French President, Francois Hollande, announced plans for business tax cuts and reiterated plans for some modest government spending cuts. Strangely, instead of focusing on the welfare of the French people should the economy continue to suffer, he pointed to … Read More

January 23, 2014 |

World’s Second Largest Nation Takes Another Step Away From Keynes

India’s central bank is moving away from its reliance on a wide array of aggregate economic metrics, some of which are based on the flawed Keynesian model, to focus exclusively on fighting consumer price inflation in its monetary policy. … Read More

January 22, 2014 |

Europe Wisely Considers Abandoning Its Utopian Green Dream

The Green Bubble started in Europe, therefore it popped first in Europe, therefore its painful lessons were learned first by Europe. Green subsidies, especially in Spain, were a significant factor in the European credit crisis. Now Europe is wisely … Read More

January 22, 2014 |

Are Downton Abbey Nobles “Monsters”?

Last year I wrote a column for Forbes pointing out ways in which left-wing critics were attacking the popular Downton Abbey TV series. The response of many angry readers was to simply ignore the quotes and links in my article … Read More

January 20, 2014 |

Schumpeter Got Innovation Wrong, And Other Myth-Busting Ideas From A Nobel Prize Economist

Edmund, Ned, Phelps certainly did not need to write Mass Flourishing: How Grassroots Innovation Created Jobs, Challenge, and Change to make a name for himself. His work on labor market economics was both solid and itself innovative enough to earn him … Read More

January 17, 2014 |

New I.R.S. Chief Wants More Revenuers: A Chat With Neil Cavuto Of Fox News About A Very Immodest Proposal

Well you have to give him credit for sheer brass. The new head of the IRS, who was brought in to the agency to ‘restore trust’, sat before the Senate Finance committee recently and informed them that he wanted … Read More

January 17, 2014 |

Blatant Pension Expropriation

In general Poland has been moving towards greater economic freedom and stronger property rights. This trend made them the only European nation which did not suffer a recession during the European debt crisis.

But they’re taking a big step backwards … Read More

January 16, 2014 |

Wall Street Welcomes Back Goldilocks

‘Goldilocks’ is the term used by Wall Street to describe a nearly perfect environment for stock values to rise. The term is being used again today, just as it was mistakenly uttered in the middle of the housing bubble, … Read More

January 14, 2014 |

Fee at Last

They call it a fee, but it’s really a tax. The next tax hike of ObamaCare hit on Jan. 1. It’s a tax on medical devices and prescription drugs which is imposed through health insurance companies, because, you know, they … Read More

January 14, 2014 |

Well-Rounded?

Forget the argument that an elite college education is necessary to make one well-rounded, because it is increasingly likely to make one block-headed, narrow, ignorant and proud of it. The notion that, even though college might not be worth the … Read More

January 13, 2014 |

Why Does the Economy Feel So Bad?

A large majority of Americans are convinced that the economy is performing quite poorly. But usually after a recession the economy recovers quite quickly, and the deeper the recession, the stronger the recovery. This time is different, because this time … Read More

January 13, 2014 |

More Sticks and Carrots Capitalism From Japan

This year capital gains rates doubled, but you can avoid that if you put the money into a special account which can only hold Japanese equities. The proper way to get people to buy stocks is to make them attractive … Read More

January 10, 2014 |

Men Are ‘On Strike’ Throughout the U.S.: What Are The Causes?

I haven’t seen my copy of Men On Strike for several weeks. I kept careful watch on the book until I finished interviewing her, but after that it disappeared into the Bowyer-Family-Book-Sharing Vortex from which it has not yet emerged. That’s … Read More

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