Friday, March 22, 2019

REPORT: Trump Considering Nominating Super Inflationist to the Federal Reserve Board

Stephen Moore
The Trump administration is considering Stephen Moore for a seat on the Federal Reserve Board, Jennifer Jacobs, White House reporter for Bloomberg News, is reporting.

Moore is a crazed inflationist that would have no trouble lining up with Trump against further interest rate hikes.

This is what I wrote about Moore in December:

Changes in National Population Through the Ages

This is damn fascinating. The below is an animation of the growth and changes in population over the last 12,000 years, from 10,000 BC to today.


Thursday, March 21, 2019

Is the World Going Mad?

By Don Boudreaux

Upon returning home from campus late last night I opened an e-mail from one Ms. Leah Grant. I don’t know her, but she is quite angry with me. (I was unaware that “apologetisies” is a word.) Here’s my response to her:

'Economic Report of the President' Projections Way Out of Line With Other Forecasters

With the release of the Economic Report of the President on Tuesday, CEA Chairman Kevin Hassett noted, as Politico reports, that it was “not impossible” that the U.S. could have a recession next year. But he added that “it would be very unusual for that to happen given the massive amount of capital spending that’s coming online.”

Hayek's Nobel Prize Becomes Most Valuable Item to Ever Be Sold Online by Sotheby’s

A follow up to my post, Hayek on Fire!!

The Nobel Prize medal of Friedrich von Hayek has become the most valuable item ever to be auctioned by Sotheby’s online after it sold for £1.1 million on Tuesday.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

BREAKING Fed Leaves Rates Unchanged

As broadly expected, following a meeting of the FOMC, the Federal Reserve monetary policy-setting committee, the Fed has announced that it will maintain the interest rates it controls at current levels.

The target rate for the Fed funds rate will remain between 2.25% and 2.50%.



Karl Marx Call Your Office, Urgent!

Karl Marx, wage theorist
Apparently, sports owners are not doing a very good job of exploiting their workers.

It appears that Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout will be living above the subsistence level that Karl Marx said is the level at which capitalists pay workers.

Marx wrote in Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844:

DiLorenzo on Krugman, Academic Economists and the Younger Generation of Econ Ph.D.s

As part of an email exchange with Tom DiLorenzo as a follow up to the post, DiLorenzo vs. Krugman on Krueger, Tom had this to say (posted with permission).

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Hayek on Fire!!

Austrian school economist and Noble Prize winner Friedrich Hayek’s typewriter was expected to sell at a Sotheby's auction for less than $2,000. It sold for $24,937.

And then it got really crazy.

DiLorenzo vs. Krugman on Krueger

Update below.

Tom DiLorenzo called it.

It shows the sad state of mainstream economics profession when Dilorenzo has to state the obvious and then provide a warning:

Trump's Fake Trillion Dollars in Budget Revenue

Should President Trump's budget revenue projections be considered a combover?

His budget blueprint for the next decade relies on up to $1.2 trillion in revenue that might not materialize, reports The Wall Street Journal.

A Reverse Austrian Business Cycle Theory?

By Robert Wenzel

Tyler Cowen drops the below post with his limited comment to start:
A Reverse Austrian Business Cycle Theory

Monday, March 18, 2019

Obama White House Economist Alan Krueger Dead at 58; Held Odd View on the Impact of Minimum Wage Laws

Alan Krueger and President Obama
UPDATE Below: Family says it was a suicide. 

Alan Krueger, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers during the Obama administration has died at age 58, Princeton University said in a statement.

Harvard Prof Smacks The New York Times

Greg Mankiw
Harvard professor and big-time economics textbook author Greg Mankiw is out with a new essay, Reflections of a Textbook Author.

In the piece, he claims his textbooks are fair and balanced:

Sunday, March 17, 2019

The Wonderful World of Money Printing in Pre-Revolution Massachusetts (According to MMTers)

By Robert Wenzel

Was there an early successful application of Modern Monetary Theory in the pre-revolutionary American colonies?

What is the Difference Between Socialism and Democratic Socialism?

Below is a discussion about socialism and democratic socialism. Plus, if profit isn't the exploitation of labor, what is it?


Saturday, March 16, 2019

The One Paragraph That Exposes the Many Problems with Modern Monetary Theory

Updated with 1931 quote from Mises.

James K. Galbraith, MMTer and a professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, writes at Project Syndicate in defense of Modern Monetary Theory:

Now, Warren Buffett Smashes Modern Monetary Theory

Warren Buffett
I have never considered multi-billionaire Warren Buffett to be particularly sound when it comes to economics.

He is very shrewd when it comes to investing but he certainly didn't get his father's genes when it comes to economics.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Noah Smith's Rejection of "Bloodless Abstractions" and Harvard's Next Econ 10 Professor

Harvard University
By Robert Wenzel

Bloomberg columnist Noah Smith has gone on a screed calling for Harvard to replace the departing Econ 10 professor Gregory Mankiw with a professor with a more empirical-leaning viewpoint.