Thursday, 24 July 2014

Articles & Op-Eds

Steve Horwitz to the defense of the Gold Standard

July 23, 2014

Last week, Matt Yglesias outlined seven reasons to think that the Gold Standard is not a viable option, but rather a terrible idea. In an article published by, Steve Horwitz refutes Yglesias point by point, addressing the following claims: 1) A gold standard wouldn’t stabilize inflation 2) A gold standard wouldn’t stabilize exchange rates […]

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Realizing Bitcoin’s potential

July 22, 2014

Governments around the world are grappling with what to do with Bitcoin — the cryptocurrency that has attracted enthusiasts worldwide, endured the bankruptcy of one major exchange (Tokyo-based Mt. Gox), and puzzled fans and detractors alike with regard to its legal status. The Montreal Economic Institute recently published a study that discusses Bitcoin’s potential. In […]

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“The Fed Can’t Fix What Ails the Economy”

July 21, 2014

Earlier this week, Janet Yellen, Chair of the Federal Reserve, pointed to several points that she felt warranted continued action by the Fed. In an article published today in Real Clear Markets, however, Gerald O’Driscoll notes that monetary policy is not the answer to many of the economy’s biggest problems, perhaps most notably the ever […]

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Tough Questions for the Fed

July 17, 2014

This past week, Janet Yellen, chairwoman of the Federal Reserve, delivered her semi-annual monetary policy report to congress, confidently supporting the Fed’s ultra-low interest policies. While critics in the legislature and economists alike were quick to question her unabashed conclusions, market investors continued to exploit capital gains on their portfolios. In her recent article, published […]

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Worst Economic Predictions

Posted by Devin Roundtree
July 15, 2014

America’s monetary and fiscal policies rest upon the ideas of some of the most prolific economists since the turn of the 20thcentury. Ironically, these economists put their theories to test in making bold predictions, only to be proven dead wrong. #4 Paul Samuelson, 1943 Forecast: Post WWII Great Depression Thanks to Samuelson’s #1 selling economic […]

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The Politics of Money

Posted by Gonzalo Schwarz
July 14, 2014

In her latest article in the Weekly Standard, Atlas Network Senior Fellow and Sound Money Project Co-Director Dr. Judy Shelton summons U.S. leaders to “consider profound monetary reform to establish the reliability of America’s currency and help build a new international monetary system,” and not invoke “sound money” as a mere platitude. Dr. Shelton challenges […]

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