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Affluent Christian Investor | March 30, 2020

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March 26, 2020 |

Premature Ending Of Quarantine = Death Panels

I sense that part of the conservative conversation has shifted towards ‘hey we can’t shut down the economy over this’. A WSJ editorial seemed to call for restarting things after 14 days.

What does that call imply? We learn … Read More

March 26, 2020 |

Panic Doesn’t Suspend Economic Laws

Considering recent panic buying, it’s worthwhile considering, again, the phenomenon of rising prices in times of scarcity. The best analogy I have seen is from Professor Antony Davies: “Trying to battle a shortage by prohibiting prices from rising is … Read More

March 26, 2020 |

Factions Can’t Work Together Because We Have Different Goals

There is a substantial reason why America’s political factions cannot find sufficient areas of compromise, except for extreme emergencies such as the COVID-19 crisis, to work together for the common good. Quite bluntly, their goals are quite different.

Those in … Read More

March 26, 2020 |

Debt Be Damned

The U.S. National Debt is about to surge like never before, along with the rest of the entire planet’s gigantic pile of sovereign IOUs. America started with a $23.5 trillion debt before the Wuhan virus outbreak, with annual deficits … Read More

March 26, 2020 |

A Bridge Loan Too Far Blows Up World Bond Markets

Investors had no place to hide as stock and bond markets tanked simultaneously for the first time since the 1980s, when markets offered no hedges against collapsing values. In 2008, bond prices rose sharply as stock markets crashed. Now bonds … Read More

March 26, 2020 |

The Malicious Symbol Of The Blue Eagle

The malicious symbol of the NRA (National Recovery Administration) was the Blue Eagle; as evil often does cloak itself in something seemingly good, or in this case– patriotic.

The NRA soon demanded that all of its advocates use the new … Read More

March 26, 2020 |

A Few Questions For The Many Critics Of The Gold Standard

“Money does not pay for anything, never has, never will. It is an economic axiom as old as the hills that goods and services can be paid for only with good and services.”

– Albert Jay Nock

Though the dollar’s … Read More

March 26, 2020 |

Solomon On How To Be A Hero

The way young people are exhorted to “follow their heart,” “dream big,” “reach for the stars,” and other clichés, one could easily get the idea that progress depends on people doing difficult or at least very hard things. People … Read More

March 26, 2020 |

Who To Talk To Instead Of Talking To Yourself

Do you find it curious that you mentally talk to yourself?

When you are internally dialoguing with yourself, who do you think is talking to whom inside your brain?

Decades ago I read a book by Julian Jaynes, The Origins … Read More

March 12, 2020 |

This App Exposes Left-Wing Companies

With contributions by Jerry Bowyer.

We recently sat down for an interview with Dr. David L. Black, the founder of 2ndVote. Amidst the surge of biased corporate activism, 2ndVote.com tracks how nearly 1,000 businesses perform in 7 different categories: … Read More

March 12, 2020 |

What Would Jesus Say About Inequality?

How you answer the question “What would Jesus say about inequality?” depends on how you define the “words of Jesus.” Many “scholars” limit them to no more than “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Others include only the quotations in the … Read More

March 12, 2020 |

Who Is Stopping Needed Road And Bridge Repairs?

One of the few areas of bipartisan agreement is the need to update America’s infrastructure.

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) notes that the condition of the nation’s dams, drinking water equipment, waste systems, levees, transportation, bridges, waterways, ports, rail, … Read More

March 12, 2020 |

Tariff-Free Trade Should Be A Bi-Partisan Consensus

During this election year, presidential candidates are clamoring for air-time to share their policy proposals. So far, and it’s still early in the year, we’ve heard everything from “free healthcare” to “raise taxes on the wealthy.” Hardly a proposal … Read More

March 12, 2020 |

Fed Cuts Rates By 50 Basis Points, Markets Shrug

The US Federal Reserve reduced its target rate by half a percentage point to a target range of 1% to 1.25%, in response to likely economic weakness arising from the coronavirus outbreak. Goldman Sachs’ GDP tracking model now projects negative … Read More

March 12, 2020 |

9 Things Christians Investors Need To Know About Handling The Dilemma Of Investing In A World Of Sin

Last time we talked about how to distinguish between different types of faith-based investing, and the importance of getting a good return and doing it with integrity. Most folks do their investing in publicly traded markets, not in the exclusive … Read More

March 12, 2020 |

Permanently Addicted To Zero

In Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s appearance before Congress on February 11th, formerly known as The Humphrey-Hawkins testimony, he asserted that the U.S. economy was, “In a very good place” and “There’s nothing about this expansion that is unstable or unsustainable.” … Read More

March 12, 2020 |

Solomon On “Toxic Masculinity” And “Toxic Femininity”

Solomon mentions a kind of “toxic femininity” pretty early in Proverbs (2:16) but his focus is young men: “Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and … Read More

March 12, 2020 |

OT Tithe System Aligned The Interests Of Priests With Members

Our story begins with the Old Testament, the Jewish Torah, and the three tithes the Jews paid to their nation Israel. A tithe (Strong’s H4643) is first mentioned in Leviticus 27:30 and was an amount of 10 percent. But … Read More

March 2, 2020 |

Taking The Emotion Out Of The Immigration Debate

The reality of the immigration debate is often swamped by emotion. The biggest problem, it seems to me, is that the topic is treated like one clear-cut, monolithic pronouncement: you are either for it or against it. That creates confusion … Read More

March 2, 2020 |

Hysteria vs. Facts In The Green Movement

After arriving at the recent Golden Globes Awards ceremony aboard their private jets and stretch limousines, the show business glitterati presumed to lecture the world on climate change.

Even Vogue, a fashion magazine that has political pretensions, noted,

“That for all the … Read More

March 2, 2020 |

Marxism Isn’t About Equality, It’s About Power

The question was recently posed to me: “Is there a way to improve unity in a capitalist society like Marx claims will happen in a Marxist society?”

I was struck first by the thought that anyone with a cursory knowledge … Read More

March 2, 2020 |

FDR, The Dictator

Franklin Roosevelt ushered in the National Industrial Recovery Act, NIRA, in the late spring of 1933. It was tragically supported by many industrial leaders at the time; as well as the Chamber of Commerce’s president, H.I. Harriman. A quote from … Read More

March 2, 2020 |

5 Things Christian Financial Advisors & Their Clients Should Know About Faith-Based Investing

If Jesus is really Lord of all, then he is Lord of finance. However, all too often Christians who work in finance fail to think deeply about how to apply their faith to their financial services and the clients can … Read More

March 2, 2020 |

Did Mises Become A Christian?

Having grown up as a Jew in Poland then Vienna at the turn of the last century, Ludwig von Mises, the greatest economist of the 20th century, had every reason to hate Christianity because they had murdered Jews for centuries. But … Read More

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