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Affluent Christian Investor | November 17, 2019

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May 21, 2014 |

South America’s Most Free Nation Rapidly Growing Less Free

Increase in education spending without any increase in accountability will be disastrous. Eliminating parent co-pay for tuition will weaken competition and weaken parental control. Forbidding funding of for-profit schools will cut off the powerful incentives of the profit motive, and … Read More

April 26, 2014 |

What CNN’s Fareed Zakaria Got Wrong About Russia Last Week

Every week, Fareed Zakaria opens his CNN show GPS by giving the audience his “take” on the key events of the week. More often than not, the subject of Fareed’s opening argument is what American conservatives were wrong about … Read More

April 24, 2014 |

Fed Balance Sheet Hits 4 Trillion: This is Tapering?

A year ago the Fed’s balance sheet was 2.6 trillion. Before the financial crisis it was half a trillion dollars. This is explosive growth in monetary base, unprecedented, and dangerous to dollar stability and therefore to global stability. Ignoring the … Read More

April 23, 2014 |

Why Putin Will Not Invade Ukraine

For Putin to annex eastern Ukraine as he did Crimea would be an uncharacteristically foolish move, coming from a shrewd statesman with a proper understanding of the nuances of international politics. Provoking a war with the Kiev government would have … Read More

April 11, 2014 |

Upper Middle Class Guilt Manipulating Pietism

From our friend David Bahnsen, a very highly regarded financial advisor, some long overdue answers to hypocritical church leaders who scold business profits while living well off of the proceeds of them.

Read the article here.

Jerry Bowyer

Jerry Bowyer … Read More

April 2, 2014 |

Say No To The 202

My first criterion for choosing our next candidates for president is that we choose nobody with a 202 area code. Washington DC no longer inculcates leadership: it inculcates hunger for power, narcissism, greed, and ambition. That’s the point I made … Read More

March 31, 2014 |

As Investment Grows, Human Rights Do Too

There is a common misconception among the critics of free global investment markets that political oppression and capitalism go together. Their view entails the idea that, throughout history, states have sacrificed civil liberties in pursuit of economic development. This view … Read More

March 26, 2014 |

Putin and Providence

Here’s a video of my conversation with my good friend, Crane Durham of American Family Radon Network, for those who are looking for an analysis of the Crimean crisis which includes theological interpretations, in addition to the geopolitical and … Read More

March 24, 2014 |

Too Much Interest in College

No, I don’t mean that people are too interested in getting an education: I mean that a college education ends up imposing enormous interest costs on those who incur debt to finance it, and it’s even worse when you note the … Read More

March 21, 2014 |

The Fed, Jobs Bank for the Ruling Class

I really can understand why Americans increasingly feel that the system is rigged — to a large degree, it is. I don’t mean the system of free-market capitalism; freedom is non-rig-able, at least in the long run. It takes … Read More

March 14, 2014 |

Taiwan’s Mistake

The cure to deficits is not tax hikes, it is spending cuts. No amount of taxing the rich will exceed the political class’ appetite for spending. If Taiwan goes this direction it will mean a downgrade in the quality … Read More

March 13, 2014 |

Why College and Traditional IQ Measures Barely Matter

Great paragraph from Rich Karlgaard, which will be relevant to proponents of the College Bubble thesis such as Glenn Reynolds, Chris Bowyer, and others — how little college matters during most of your career. This rings true to me. … Read More

March 13, 2014 |

Surprise! Lerner Pleads the Fifth

“Appearing before Congress Wednesday, retired IRS official Lois Lerner once again pleaded the Fifth. When Rep. Darrell Issa demanded to know, for example, what Lerner meant when she said in one email, “Tea-party matter very dangerous,” she stonewalled. It was … Read More

March 12, 2014 |

Russia’s Security Dilemma

There is a concept in realist international relations theory called the “security dilemma.” Among other things, this refers to the inherent problem in international politics wherein state actions taken purely for defensive motivations almost always appear offensive in the eyes … Read More

March 7, 2014 |

El Laffer Curvo

Spain figures out that if you really want enough tax revenues to pay for government services you need low rates, simple compliance, and broad reach. In other words, don’t make a few people pay a lot, but make a lot … Read More

March 4, 2014 |

Time for Germany to Get Fracking

A new study by IHS, by my friend Daniel Yergin (well, acquaintance, at least), shows that Germany has lost large sums of export revenues due to its move towards highly expensive ‘green’ energy. I think that Germany — the … Read More

February 20, 2014 |

Captive Consumers: How Colleges Prepare Students For a Life of Debt

A certain industry gets five billion dollars a year in exchange for helping to get kids hooked on credit card debt. Why is the left not freaking out about this? Because they industry is higher education. These students are … Read More

February 19, 2014 |

The Anglosphere Privatization Wave Doesn’t Include U.S.

Australia is launching a 100 bn dollar privatization initiative. Britain sold part of its post office last year; New Zealand has recently been engaging in privatization too; even India has done some privatizing. But the U.S. stands out among ‘the … Read More

February 17, 2014 |

Why Bitcoins Won’t Become “Money”

In his book Money Mischief, Milton Friedman reported the well-known story of the monetary system of a small island in Micronesia. At the end of the 19th century, the inhabitants used stone wheels as a medium of exchange and … Read More

February 14, 2014 |

Messianic Multiculturalism Meets Reality

The European project originally was based on the idea of free-flowing capital, goods and labor in a market system. It’s post WWII founders saw fascism and communism as the problems and market economies as the solution.

But over time, … Read More

February 14, 2014 |

Reuters Rethinks Emerging Markets Rout Refrain

Another international media company back-peddles from the story that all emerging markets are doomed, doomed, doomed in the era of modest Fed tapering. We’ve steadfastly maintained that it is intellectually lazy to treat all developed economies the same, all emerging … Read More

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 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

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