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Austrian Economics in the Bible

03/28/2013

“This man began to build and was not able to finish.” — Luke 14:30 I’ve enjoyed watching parts of “The Bible,” the History Channel’s series on the Bible from the story of Adam and Eve to the resurrection of Jesus Christ (the final episode is airing Easter Sunday). It reminded me of a couple of […]

Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Fall of America

03/21/2013

“The United States was lucky to have George Washington as a founding father, because he had that same civic virtue, and of course he had read about and admired Cincinnatus.” — Arnold Schwarzenegger Last week, I drove my car from Florida to New York, and on the way, I listened to the audiobook, “Total Recall: […]

Romney’s Revenge: Private Equity Stocks Soar

03/14/2013

“Free enterprise has done more to increase the standard of living of Americans than all the government programs combined.” — Mitt Romney I am speaking at the Investment U conference this week in St. Petersburg, Fla., and the focus is mainly on income-producing stocks and funds. We had a big panel discussion about whether dividend-paying […]

Skousen CAFE: Romney’s Revenge: Private Equity Stocks Soar

03/14/2013

“Free enterprise has done more to increase the standard of living of Americans than all the government programs combined.” — Mitt Romney I am speaking at the Investment U conference this week in St. Petersburg, Fla., and the focus is mainly on income-producing stocks and funds. We had a big panel discussion about whether dividend-paying […]

Skousen CAFE: No. 1 Mistake by the Media

03/07/2013

The media reported last week that real income for Americans fell sharply, largely due to the tax increase passed by Congress on Jan. 1. But then reporters gave their spin. One from Marketwatch reported, “Worst income in years doesn’t stop spending.” He added that consumer spending is all that matters because it represents “70% of […]

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Skousen CAFE: Only One School Can Solve Today’s Economic Problems

02/28/2013

I quoted Adam Smith last night at a big debate on the “Fiscal Crisis” facing the West. Rollins College, in Winter Park, Fla., sponsored the debate between Charlie Rock and Eric Shulz, of the school’s economics department, and me. […]

Skousen CAFE: Three Fiscal Crises Heading our Way

02/21/2013

Three federal crises are heading our way — the “sequester” battle on March 1, the end of the “continuing resolution” of the budget on April 1, and the next “debt-ceiling” debate around May 1. It could be a rocky spring on Wall Street. […]

Skousen CAFE: Obama’s State of the Union: A Sign of Failure

02/14/2013

“The triumph of persuasion over force is the sign of a civilized society.” In my pamphlet, “Persuasion vs. Force,” I made the point that when the U.S. president signs a bill forcing people to do things they don’t do voluntarily, it’s a sign of failure, not success, and Washington should be in mourning, not celebrating… […]

Skousen CAFE: Why the Income Tax is Bad for America

02/07/2013

“Little else is required to carry a state to the highest degree of opulence but peace, easy taxes, and a tolerable administration of justice.” — Adam Smith

“If everyone enjoyed the unrestricted use of his faculties and the free disposition of the fruits of his labor, social progress would be ceaseless, uninterrupted, and unfailing.” — Frederic Bastiat, “The Law” (1850) […]

Skousen CAFE: Stop Treating Me like a Criminal

01/31/2013

“You must trust and believe in people or life becomes impossible.”

— Anton Chekhov […]

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