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Skousen CAFE: What Would Benjamin Franklin Say Today: A Warning to America


Today is Ben Franklin’s 307th birthday. What would this founding father extraordinaire, the first scientific American and financial guru say about America in 2013? As a sixth-generation grandson of the famous man, I imagined contacting the grandfather of our nation through modern technology and asking him directly. Here is the conversation: […]

Skousen CAFE: Have You Seen This Shocking Graph?


I finished a productive trip to San Diego for the American Economic Association (AEA) meetings, where I met with several top economists, including Nobel Prize winners. One of the most popular sessions was a panel on the 100th anniversary of the Federal Reserve. […]

Skousen CAFE: John Lennon’s “Imagine” for 2013


As we start a new year, I imagine, as John Lennon did in his famous song, a world of peace between nations, no major crimes or suicides, little inflation, low taxes and tolerable regulations. […]

Skousen CAFE: Out of the Blue Danube: Austrians Make a Comeback!


after years of economic turmoil, of boom and bust in the global economy, the great Austrian Friedrich von Hayek (1899-1992) is making an impact as the premier challenger of John Maynard Keynes and Keynesian policies of easy money, stimulus and big government. […]

Skousen CAFE: Wall Street’s Reaction to Gunman in Connecticut


Like the rest of the world, I am deeply saddened and angered by the unfathomable mass killing of 20 children and six women at a school in Newtown, Conn., by a deranged gunman. My heart goes out to all of the victims and their families, as well as their friends. This tragedy already has led […]

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Skousen CAFE: I Have a Simple Solution to the Fiscal Cliff


Federal spending, especially under George W. Bush (2001-2009) and Barack Obama (2010-2012), is out of control. The 2001 budget, the last one under Bill Clinton, was the last year in surplus. […]

Skousen Investor CAFE: Who’s Really to Blame for the Mess We Are in?


“A virtuous and industrious people may be cheaply governed.” — Ben Franklin I have to laugh when I read about the fight over the budget and the “fiscal cliff” coming our way, and the decision by both President Obama (a Democrat) and John Boehner (a Republican) that taxes must go up to pay for the […]

Skousen Investor CAFE: Failure Is Essential to Success


Nassim Taleb, philosopher extraordinaire of probability theory and author of “The Black Swan,” has finally come out with another book, “Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder,” which takes pot shots at Nobel Prize economists Paul Krugman and Joseph Stiglitz, as well as others. […]

Skousen Investor CAFE: Ben Franklin’s Politically Incorrect Story of Thanksgiving


Did you know that the day we celebrate as Thanksgiving was supposed to be a fast? […]

Skousen Investor CAFE: What Did C-SPAN’s Brian Lamb Say?


At Wednesday night’s Social Entrepreneurship Awards dinner sponsored by the Manhattan Institute, honoree Brian Lamb of C-SPAN said that he was proud that his organization has never received a dime in government funding at the federal, state or local level (unlike PBS). […]

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