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I Too Have a Dream

08/29/2013

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” — Martin Luther King, Jr. (1963) Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr., gave a famous sermon at the Lincoln […]

Deficits Fall: Is Gridlock Good?

08/22/2013

A mild recovery in the economy, combined with tax hikes and a spending slowdown, resulted in a sharply falling annual federal deficit — from $1.5 trillion two years ago to $600 billion today. Chris Edwards of the Cato Institute has just released a series of charts showing a definite slowdown in federal spending since the […]

Whom Would You Trust with Your Savings: Your Grandfather or Big Brother?

08/15/2013

Today’s Skousen CAFÉ features a guest column from investment writer Dennis Miller, while I am attending and speaking at the San Francisco MoneyShow. His column on Big Brother spending by the Federal government is right on target, and very much in keeping with our theme at next year’s www.freedomfest.com, “Is Big Brother Here?” Also, be […]

Why Are Stock Prices so Volatile?

08/08/2013

At the invitation of Jan Fijor, a publisher of free-market books in Warsaw, Poland, I just completed writing an introduction to the Polish edition of Carl Menger’s “Grundsätze,” translated “Principles of Economics” in English. […]

Is the Stock Market about to Roll Over?

08/01/2013

Stock analyst Eric Parnell recently wrote a column in Seeking Alpha, “Another Troubling Sign for Stocks.” He wrote, “U.S. stocks are increasingly traveling this upside path alone, as many other major global markets and asset classes that are highly correlated with U.S. stocks have either already ground to a halt if not turned lower beginning […]

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What’s the Ideal: Fair, Flat or No Tax?

07/25/2013

“A virtuous and industrious people may be cheaply governed.” — Ben Franklin At this year’s FreedomFest, in memory of the 100th anniversary of the 16th Amendment (federal income tax), we had a panel on “What is the Ideal: Fair, Flat or No Tax?” and the consensus was that while a consumption tax may be the […]

Can You Beat the Market?

07/18/2013

“FreedomFest is where the best ideas and strategies are fleshed out. I attend all three days.” — Steve Forbes I just returned from my big show in Las Vegas, FreedomFest, “the world’s largest gathering of free minds,” and we had a record turnout of 2,500 attendees. Top speakers included Steve Forbes, Art Laffer, Jim Rogers… […]

Who Won the Read Book Award at FreedomFest?

07/11/2013

Today, I awarded George Gilder the annual LEONARD E. READ BOOK AWARD. See photo below. July 11, 2013 FreedomFest, “the world’s largest gathering of free minds,” gave out the award at this morning’s opening ceremonies in honor of Gilder’s new work “Knowledge and Power” (published by Regnery). This annual award is granted to the “libertarian […]

Are Precious Metals a Good Inflation Hedge?

07/03/2013

“Gold isn’t such a hot inflation hedge.” — Alexander Green My friend Alex Green, investment director of the Oxford Club, recently made the bold statement that precious metals have been lousy inflation hedges. He wrote, “Gold hit a high of $875 an ounce in January 1980. And even though we experienced double-digit inflation that year, […]

100 Years Ago: What a Difference!

06/27/2013

“The world in 1913 was more modern than we remember, more similar to our own times than we expect, more globalized than ever before. The Gold Standard underpinned global flows of goods and money… Steamships and sub-sea cables encircled the earth, along with new technologies and new ideas, Ford’s first assembly line cranked to life […]

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