Mises Institute

How Much Longer Will Investors Trust The Central Banks?

It is time for central banks to start acknowledging their limitations, and doing so by acting and not talking about their future intentions. It is also time for investors to stop believing that central banks had the answers to begin with.

Which is Worse: A Busted Pipeline Or A Politician With A Case Of The Do-Somethings?

Many voters, unaware of what they are truly asking for, pressure their politicians to just “do something.” In Alabama, Governor Bentley forbade “unconscionable prices for the sale of any commodity” in his State of Emergency proclamation. Governor Deal did the same in Georgia. The masses clamor for action, not realizing that the best course of action for our politicians is for them to just sit on their hands.

Italy's Earthquake: Will It Revive Their Economy?

As long as the Italian public will believe in “the blessings of destruction,” and in government-led recovery, which diverts capital from productive to nonproductive uses, earthquakes will continue to be, quoting Giovanni Birindelli “the health of democracries.” Meanwhile, politicians will have the intellectual power of using the broken-window scheme as an expedient to extend their tentacles over the private sector, in the form of more public debt, increased deficits, and higher taxes.

Why The EU Is Doomed

We are accustomed to looking at Europe’s woes in a purely financial context. This is a mistake, because it misses the real reasons why the EU will fail and not survive the next financial crisis. We normally survive financial crises, thanks to the successful actions of central banks as lenders of last resort. However, the origins and construction of both the the euro and the EU itself could ensure the next financial crisis commences in the coming months, and will exceed the capabilities of the ECB to save the system.

Infrastructure Spending Does Not "Grow The Economy"

In simple terms that even Donald Trump and Paul Krugman can understand: there is no such thing as the Infrastructure Fairy that takes government spending and magically turns it into economic growth.

How US States Can Pave The Way For Greater Use Of Sound Money

Recognizing that the departure from gold and silver backing to our money has led to crushing debt and great financial instability, a few freedom-minded state legislatures have begun to consider how to defend themselves and their citizens.

Total State Or Total Freedom: The 8 Marks Of Fascist Policy

It is ever more widely known that statism does not and cannot work. Statism is the great lie. Statism gives us the exact opposite of its promise. It promised security, prosperity, and peace; it has given us fear, poverty, war, and death. If we want a future, it is one that we have to build ourselves. The fascist state will not give it to us. On the contrary, it stands in the way. In the end, this is the choice we face: the total state or total freedom. Which will we choose?

Clinton's Pay-to-Play Is The Natural Consequence Of Big Government

Government interference impedes the entrepreneur’s use of economic calculation and the attempt to use prices to impose managerial discipline. Taxes and price regulations that interfere with corporate pro?ts (distorting an important signal of employee performance); laws that interfere with hiring and promotion (including the need to hire people to deal with government); and the omnipresent threat of arbitrary antitrust or regulatory activity, in response to which entrepreneurs must become adept at "diplomacy and bribery."

Millennials Love Free Markets, But Don't Understand Them

In a recent Reason-Rupe Survey, 58 percent of Americans ages 18–24 said they viewed socialism favorably. However, when asked if they favored a free market economy or a government-managed economy, 64 percent of Millennials said they favored the free market. How is it possible for Millennials to favor both a socialist government and a capitalist economy? The answer is simple, Millennials simply do not understand what either of these words really mean, especially capitalism.

The Lack Of EpiPen Competitors Is The FDA's Fault

A firm cannot just willy-nilly raise their prices without a competing firm leaping in to give consumers what they want at a lower price. As it turns out, Mylan has a great friend who keeps would-be competitors out of the market, or at least makes it so difficult for them that they eventually go out of business. That friend is the FDA.