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Niall Ferguson To Bank Of England, “Bitcoin Is The Future”

featuring Niall Fergusonvia Koinalert
Monday, May 28, 2018

The ubiquitous response from the financial community regarding the advent of cryptocurrencies was mostly negative with some representing cautions. Everybody was disturbed by the disruptive potential of the new arrival. But in order to truly understand the phenomenon, one must contextualize the advent of crypto technology. This means looking at them with a historian lens and not to impose presentism in its analysis.

Analysis and Commentary

Iain Mcgilchrist On The Divided Brain And The Master And His Emissary

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, May 28, 2018

Psychiatrist and author Iain McGilchrist talks about his book, The Master and His Emissary, with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. McGilchrist argues we have misunderstand the purpose and effect of the divided brain. The left side is focused, concrete, and confident while the right side is about integration of ourselves with the complexity of the world around us. McGilchrist uses this distinction to analyze the history of western civilization. 

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Capitalism Vs. Socialism

quoting Thomas Sowellvia Times-Republican
Monday, May 28, 2018

Several recent polls, plus the popularity of Sen. Bernie Sanders, demonstrate that young people prefer socialism to free market capitalism. That, I believe, is a result of their ignorance and indoctrination during their school years, from kindergarten through college. For the most part, neither they nor many of their teachers and professors know what free market capitalism is.

Analysis and Commentary

Robert Poole On Airline Deregulation

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Saturday, May 26, 2018

Bob Poole of the Reason Foundation has written an outstanding article on airline deregulation. He gives a nice history of the issue, filled with lots of facts about the effects of deregulation and about where we need to go next: pricing landings better and following countries like Canada in getting rid of our antiquated socialist (pardon the redundancy) system of air traffic control.



by John H. Cochrane quoting Martin Feldsteinvia Grumpy Economist
Saturday, May 26, 2018

Or, "the beginning of the end, or the end of the beginning?" Or, "from demand to supply?" An Op-Ed for The Hill with some extras: The economic expansion and stock market runup have been going on for a decade, and a case of the jitters seems to be spreading. How long can this go on? Is the end around the corner? 


Kiron Skinner: ZTE Will Pay Huge Fine, Hire US Compliance Officers

interview with Kiron K. Skinnervia Fox Business
Friday, May 25, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Kiron Skinner talks about how the Trump administration reached a deal with Chinese company ZTE.

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It’s Time To Curb The Unelected Superhero Central Bankers — Before The Politicians Do, Says Russell Lynch

quoting Raghuram Rajanvia Evening Standard
Friday, May 25, 2018
He chairs the committee which sets interest rates, and pumps hundreds of billions into the economy via quatitative easing. And, since the Bank gained expanded powers five years ago reunifying bank supervision and monetary policy, its tendrils have stretched ever further.
Analysis and Commentary

Time To Move The American ICT Supply Chain Out Of China

by Alexander Benardvia The American Interest
Friday, May 25, 2018
The Trump Administration is continuing to work on a possible trade deal with China that would result in China purchasing more U.S. goods and making it easier for U.S. companies to operate in China, while at the same time averting major tariffs.
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Fed Chair Powell Highlights Importance Of Independent FED

quoting Kevin Warshvia Palm Beach Post
Friday, May 25, 2018

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell warned Friday that the Fed's independence from political pressure must be respected if it is to succeed in controlling inflation, maximizing employment and regulating the financial system.

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A Leading Monetary Historian Says He’s Bombarded With “Phony” Crypto Pitches

featuring Niall Fergusonvia Quartz
Friday, May 25, 2018

Niall Ferguson, who wrote a seminal book on the history of money, has been getting a bunch of pitches for dodgy crypto schemes lately. At a recent seminar hosted by the Bank of England, Ferguson affirmed that he’s open to the concept of bitcoin, but initial coin offerings (ICOs)—a kind of unregulated crowdfunding laced with crypto speculation—are a step too far.


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