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Ten plans for financial reform


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Over at The Cobden Centre, I have introduced and listed ten substantial plans for financial reform: Since The Cobden Centre was established by original founder Toby Baxendale, Dr Tim Evans, Dr Anthony J Evans and the author, we have assembled ten plans for financial reform which promise to deliver honest money and social progress. These are set out below. There is today little doubt that the economic, fiscal and monetary crisis through which we are living was caused by the […]

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Dr Eamonn Butler, Austrian Economics – A Primer


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This post originally appeared at The Cobden Centre. Following his introduction to Mises, Dr Eamonn Butler has released his latest book, Austrian Economics – A Primer. I recommend it strongly if you want to grasp the fundamentals of the Austrian School of Economics as quickly as possible: at just 118 pages, this pamphlet can be tackled in one sitting. With Keynesian-inspired policies which ‘spend your way out of recession’ clearly not working, the Austrian School provides a better explanation for recent events […]

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Cobden Centre roundup


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I have scarcely caught up with my TCC colleagues for a couple of weeks. Their output has been tremendous: Andy Duncan explains how Peter Schiff’s predictions are being fulfilled in Peter Schiff: Dollar rout, CNBC, Fin Reg and Peter Schiff: Dollar, credit ratings, China, short-term debt. James Tyler demonstrates the importance of traders and the evils of bankers. Jamie Whyte explodes economic vandalism. Toby Baxendale reviews The Battle of the Letters: Keynes v Hayek 1932, Skidelsky v Besley 2010. We pick up Dan […]

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Summary of the week – 27 Jun 2010


Highlights from the past week: On Monday, I attended the beginning of Armed Forces Week in Wycombe. Budget statement on Tuesday by the Chancellor. I spoke in the debate receiving a warm reception from Prof. Kevin Dowd on the Institute for Economic Affairs’ blog. The first Cobden Centre Austrian School Seminar began at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Wednesday saw a major post-budget event by the TaxPayers’ Alliance and the IEA, followed by lunch with Secretary of State for Health, […]

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James Tyler: Money is not working


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I happened to rediscover today James Tyler’s speech to Policy Exchange on 31 March 2009: I want to talk about two things today; Number 1: Free markets did NOT cause this crisis… Governments did. Number 2: Inflation targeting has failed. Money has failed. What should we do? It’s a fascinating insight from a money man into the case for free market money. Read more: Money is not working. » The Cobden Centre.

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US money supply plunges at 1930s pace as Obama eyes fresh stimulus – Telegraph


Via The Telegraph. The M3 money supply in the United States is contracting at an accelerating rate that now matches the average decline seen from 1929 to 1933, despite near zero interest rates and the biggest fiscal blitz in history. But this begs the question, “Why is the money supply dependent on interest rates and government spending?” It turns out the great economist Irving Fisher told us back in the 1930s: banks create and destroy credit money by granting and calling […]

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The Emperor’s New Clothes


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Over at The Cobden Centre, entrepreneur and Austrian-school economist Toby Baxendale stands courageously on the shoulders of great men to explain how we can begin to reconstruct our broken monetary regime. Baxendale explains that we can end the financial crisis, pay off the national debt and give a 28.5% income tax cut. He offers a £1000 prize to anyone who can demonstrate that his plan cannot work, political will aside. Baxendale claims the support of a range of economists: Irving […]

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New Labour and quantitative easing


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In the course of scheduling a series of articles for The Cobden Centre on the Theory of Money and Credit, I found this quote which seems apposite after our recent spell of “quantitative easing”, the injection of new money into the economy, also known in some circles as inflation of the money supply: A government always finds itself obliged to resort to inflationary measures when it cannot negotiate loans and dare not levy taxes, because it has reason to fear that […]

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James Tyler doodles pictures


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Over at The Cobden Centre, my colleague James Tyler explores the FTSE All Share index priced in oz of gold, which, it turns out, tends to maintain its purchasing power over centuries: James is Chief Executive of Tyler Capital and a keen supporter of honest money in the interests of the ordinary person. Read more here.

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Speaking at the IEA on fiscal policy » The Cobden Centre


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On Tuesday, I spoke at the IEA’s The State of the Economy conference, participating in a panel discussion on Fiscal Policy and Government Expenditure with Edmund Conway, Sir John Bourn, Graeme Leach and Danny Alexander MP. Read more via Steve Baker speaks at the IEA on fiscal policy » The Cobden Centre.

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