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Let There Be Money
The free market has its own brand of fiat

Until we're clear on the market's role in establishing the commonly accepted medium of exchange, we will continue to muddy the waters with talk of fiat versus free-market money.

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Epic Fail: 100 Years of the Fed
How monetary nationalism wrought havoc, but cryptocurrency can save us

For a hundred years, central bankers have tried to bring scientific management to money. And in that time, we've seen a string of failures. Can cryptocurrency replace this monstrous system?

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Our Inflated Thanksgiving
INTERACTIVE GRAPH: What does the Federal Reserve have to do with your Thanksgiving dinner?

It isn't the cost of our food that's been rising; it's the amount of US currency in circulation. (See interactive graph.)

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Postscript on Years Ending in 13

In my January 2 essay "Beware of Years That End in 13" I explained why 1913 was an awful year and expressed the view that 2013 could hardly be worse. That was before I realized that the Congress that just commenced in Washington is the 113th. Creepy? Inauspicious? I report, you decide.

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Wrapping an Enigma in a Mystery: Why Inflation Is So Misunderstood

Inflation wouldn't be so hard to understand if it wasn't wrapped up in so much untruth, wishful thinking, and misdirection, Richard Fulmer says.

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Capital Letters

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Austrian Economics Hits the Headlines

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The Parable of the Broken Traffic Lights
Bad signals.

The irrationality, dear friend, is not in our markets but in our government, that is, the central bank.

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We Had To
The fallacy of no choice.

The language of "had to" may be nothing more than rhetorical cover for a self-interested power grab.

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The Smoot-Hawley Tariff and the Great Depression
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