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Mises on inflation and destructionism


In researching a piece on QE, I found this from Mises’ Socialism, which can stand alone for the moment. Here, by “inflation”, Mises means an increase in the money supply, which causes price rises. For Mises, “Destructionism” is the socialist strategy of tearing down the existing order in the hope that the socialist utopia will emerge. The work dates from 1932 and it tells us most of what we need to know today. Inflation is the last word in destructionism. […]

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Debauching the Currency


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In the course of writing a presentation on bank reform, I rediscovered this from Keynes’ The Economic Consequences of the Peace: Lenin is said to have declared that the best way to destroy the capitalist system was to debauch the currency. By a continuing process of inflation, governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens. By this method they not only confiscate, but they confiscate arbitrarily; and, while the process impoverishes many, it […]

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A critique of monetarism


At The Telegraph, Ambrose Evans-Pritchard calls for a further extension to our binge: Tight fiscal policy offset by ultra-loose money is the only option for Europe, the US, and Japan. At The Cobden Centre, Professor Kevin Dowd says that Calls for further monetary expansion are cuckoo, and James Tyler, Chief Executive of Tyler Capital, describes the article as Monetarist whitewash. Contemporary economic thinking takes too many aggregates, amongst its other faults (see for example Money, Bank Credit and Economic Cycles, pp […]

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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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Inflation’s Moral Hazard by Theodore Dalrymple, City Journal Summer 2009


But asset inflation—ultimately, the debasement of the currency—as the principal source of wealth corrodes the character of people. It not only undermines the traditional bourgeois virtues but makes them ridiculous and even reverses them. Prudence becomes imprudence, thrift becomes improvidence, sobriety becomes mean-spiritedness, modesty becomes lack of ambition, self-control becomes betrayal of the inner self, patience becomes lack of foresight, steadiness becomes inflexibility: all that was wisdom becomes foolishness. And circumstances force almost everyone to join in the dance. Read […]

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Roots of the Crisis | FreedomWorks


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The roots of the crisis from a United States perspective: To understand today’s financial crisis, you must understand the long history of government interference and subsidies for housing and housing debt. Since the New Deal, the federal government has passed law after law attempting to shape U.S. housing markets. The U.S. today compels banks to lend to risky borrowers, skews the cost of housing debt and benefit of housing-related capital gains through the tax code, and operates several enormous government […]

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Inflation as a nation’s salvation?


From mises.org, “hilarious and horrific propaganda” demonstrating that dumbing-down is not as new as some like to think: A better explanation is available here.

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