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The Blockchain Could Potentially Be as Disruptive as Amazon Was in the 1990s

A quote often attributed to St. Augustine, the early Christian theologian, is: “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” I feel blessed to be able to travel as much as I do—not because I’m a big fan of 10-hour flights or ... [Read More]

Gold Demand within the Chinese Gold Market

Since nearly all gold supply and demand flow through the Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE), SGE gold withdrawals are a suitable proxy for overall gold demand in China. This demand includes consumer gold demand and institutional demand (in the form of ... [Read More]

Passchendaele: A Century after the Horror

By: Matthew McCaffreyThe period July to November this year marks the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele. In a war already overflowing with misery, Passchendaele remains a byword for unspeakable suffering; it was one of the most appalling ... [Read More]

What Is Real Wealth?

As for acquiring capital--the most important types of capital don't require much money.What is real wealth? Money, right? Currency, gold, quatloos, you name it. Money is real wealth because you can use it to buy whatever you want.I would argue money ... [Read More]

US Sanctions Against Venezuela Will Hurt Americans

By: Ryan McMakenAfter fifty years of imposing embargoes and other sanctions, the United States never managed to topple Cuba's communist regime. After forty years of the same in Iran, the US met with similar amounts of success. Ongoing sanctions ... [Read More]

Ludwig von Mises on Collectivist Fallacies and Interventionist Follies

By: Richard M. EbelingFor more than a century the world has been caught in the grip of social engineers and political paternalists determined to either radically remake society from top to bottom in collectivist directions, or to use various ... [Read More]

The Capitalist Revolution

By: Ludwig von MisesThe pre-capitalistic system of product was restrictive. Its historical basis was military conquest. The victorious kings had given the land to their paladins. These aristocrats were lords in the literal meaning of the word, as ... [Read More]

How Low Can the Dollar Go?

How high can the price of gold go? Seems like the most obvious question to ask when you buy gold or gold shares. But actually, it’s the wrong question to ask because it is based on the presumption that the U.S. dollar unit of currency and measure ... [Read More]

Are Facebook and Google the New Colonial Powers?

To qualify as colonial powers, Facebook and Google must effectively limit the choices and power of users, and punish or coerce those who question or resist their power.I was struck by a phrase from a recent essay on advertising and social media,You ... [Read More]

Money-Supply Growth Drops Again — Falls to 108-Month Low

By: Ryan McMakenGrowth in the supply of US dollars fell again in August, this time to a 108-month low of 4.2 percent. The last time the money supply grew at a smaller rate was during August 2008 — at a rate of 4.1 percent. The money-supply metric ... [Read More]

Week in Review: September 16, 2017

By: Mises InstituteAs Ron Paul once wrote, "politicians who compromise and seek bipartisanship are the most dangerous among the entire crew in Washington." This week Trump began making his Clinton-esque pivot toward being such a president, making ... [Read More]

N. Korea Fires Another ICBM Over Japan!

Chuck Butler's: A Pfennig For Your Thoughts September 15, 2017 * Sterling soars on rate hike talk... * Currencies rebound to end choppy week... * What's with traders these days? Good Day... And a Happy Friday to one and all! Let's go ahead ... [Read More]

Jacob Lindsey: NFL Hopeful from Harvard on Why He Loves Austrian Economics

By: Jeff Deist, Jacob LindseyJake Lindsey is a brilliant young Harvard grad who majored in economics. His favorite thinkers? Ludwig von Mises and Murray Rothbard. But unlike most young fans of the Mises Institute, Jake was a dominant linebacker for ... [Read More]

Why Natural Disasters Are Worse For Poor Countries

By: Ryan McMakenIn the wake of hurricane Harvey, disaster experts were shocked by how few deaths resulted from the storm: "“It was astounding that we didn’t have a much larger loss of life,” said Phil Bedient, co-director of a Rice University effort ... [Read More]

With a Central Bank, Bank “Deregulation” Can Be a Bad Thing

By: Frank ShostakLeading Federal Reserve policymaker Stanley Fischer has hit out at plans to unwind banking regulation, calling it a "terrible mistake."President Donald Trump and republican politicians have advocated the repeal of Dodd Frank, a major ... [Read More]

UBS Trader Get Charges With Metals Price Fixing

Chuck Butler's: A Pfennig For Your Thoughts September 14, 2017 * Tax reform talks deep sixes the currencies... * Chinese data slips in August... * Bank of England meeting today. Good day... And a Tub Thumpin' Thursday to you! And I get to ... [Read More]

Hey Advertisers: The Data-Mining Emperor Has No Clothes

When a big advertiser pulls its online adverts and its sales remain unchanged, that tells everyone who's paying attention something important.It's an article of widespread faith that data-mining enables advertisers buying online adverts to target ... [Read More]

Markets — Not Government — Are the Key to Recovering from Natural Disasters

By: Ryan McMakenIn the wake of hurricane Harvey, disaster experts were shocked by how few deaths resulted from the storm: "“It was astounding that we didn’t have a much larger loss of life,” said Phil Bedient, co-director of a Rice University effort ... [Read More]

The Neoconservatives Have Declared War on the Realists

By: Ryan McMakenIn recent years, I've increasingly suspected that when it comes to foreign policy, the realists offer some of the most sane observations. These suspicions were confirmed earlier this year when after the election of Donald Trump, John ... [Read More]

Janet Reno, American Saint

By: James BovardWhen former Attorney General Janet Reno died last November, the media heaped praise on her as if she had been justice incarnate. Reno had long enjoyed sainthood inside the Beltway; the Women’s Bar Association of the District of ... [Read More]