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Big FreedomFest Debate: Who’s Really Responsible for Chronic Deficits?

07/14/2022

“More recently, the emphasis has been on government expenditures as a balance wheel.  Unfortunately, the balance wheel is unbalanced.” — Milton Friedman One of the big debates at this week’s FreedomFest is on supply-side economics and the Laffer curve. It pits Ben Stein against Art Laffer. In fact, the debate will take place today at […]

Are Friedman and Hayek Villains or Heroes?

07/07/2022

“Yet the award [the 1974 Nobel Prize in Economics] documented the beginning of a great shift toward a renewal in the belief in the superiority of markets…the eventual victory of this viewpoint was really a tale of two cities — Vienna and Chicago.” — Daniel Yergin and Joseph Stanislaw, The Commanding Heights (1998) “Hayek, Friedman, […]

Update on Recession Fears: Surprise on the Upside!

06/30/2022

Update on Recession Fears:  Surprise on the Upside! “GDP is the X-ray of the economy, GO is the CAT-Scan.” — Steve Forbes In the face of a bear market on Wall Street and rising interest rates, I have some good news. Yesterday, the federal government (specifically the Bureau of Economic Research) released first-quarter 2022 Gross […]

The Real Cause of Income Inequality Will Surprise You

06/23/2022

“Inflation is never neutral.” — Ludwig von Mises “Inflation is like trying to catch a tiger by its tail.” — Friedrich Hayek Adam Smith, the founder of free-market economics, always taught that laissez faire capitalism would actually reduce inequality by dramatically improving the lives of the common man. He promised that his system of natural […]

Bear Market Alert! You Can Profit from a Monetary Crisis

06/16/2022

“The Federal Reserve has been the greatest source of instability.” — Milton Friedman “Every recession in the United States has been caused by the Federal Reserve.” — Paul Krugman In 1974, the last time that we battled double-digit-percentage inflation, Harry Browne wrote a book entitled, “You Can Profit from a Monetary Crisis.” It became a […]

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This Scotsman Made You Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams

06/09/2022

“There is a Scotsman inside every man.” — Adam Smith There’s more to a Scotsman than being a thrifty penny-pincher. They are also famous for shrewdly pursing their own self-interest. As economist Wesley Mitchell, the founder of the prestigious National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), stated, a Scotsman is “a person who was intent primarily […]

From Best to Worst: ‘Manager of the Century’ Falls Into Disgrace!

06/02/2022

“Pride proceedeth the fall.” — Proverbs 16:18 In the beginning of the new millennium, the 21st century, he was the toast of the town.  He took a sleepy corporation and made it the most valuable company in the world, with a stock valuation exceeding $600 billion. The stock increased at annual rate of 21% during […]

Is This ‘Austrian’ Management Guru the Savior of Free-Market Capitalism?

05/25/2022

Special Announcement: I’m happy to announce some new big-name speakers at this year’s FreedomFest. See below.  “Peter Drucker contributed as much to the triumph of a free society as any other individual.” — Jim Collins, author, “From Good to Great.” When I teach business at Chapman University, I always ask my students if they know who Peter […]

Is Gold is a Good Hedge Against Inflation and a Stock Market Crash?

05/19/2022

“The impact of the rate of inflation on the price of gold is like tracking the footprints of an animal.” — Julian M. Snyder (“Maxims on Wall Street,” p. 154) Jay Martin invited me to be a keynote speaker for the first time at the annual Vancouver Resource Investment Conference this week. It was a pain going […]

How to Inoculate Students Against Their Socialist, Woke Professors

05/12/2022

“You can never change the politicians until you change the people who elect them.” — H. L. (Bill) Richardson For the past 40 years, I’ve been teaching sound free-market economics at several major colleges and universities around the country, including Columbia Business School and now Chapman University. I’m amazed how much impact a professor can […]

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