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Does a Fall in Unemployment Lead to Stronger Economic Growth?

Frank Shostak
In July, the US unemployment rate fell 0.1% from the month before to 3.9%. The number of unemployed individuals fell by 284,000 to 6.280 million. Many commentators have expressed satisfaction with the decline in the unemployment rate. For them this imp...

Can Deflation Fix the Damage Done by Inflation?

Frank Shostak
Loose monetary policy of the central bank, which amounts to the lowering of interest rates and monetary pumping, gives rise to activities that cannot exist by themselves without the support from this loose monetary policy. An increase in money supply a...

Time For Some Climate Honesty...

Chris Martenson
Let’s assume that you had doubts about global warming. Some people do and, truthfully, we utterly lack the ability to accurately model how much warming will happen, where and by when. Emphasis on accurately. The reason is not for lack of trying or cont...

This is for the Birds...

Peter McKenzie-Brown
A bird nest on our banding route. Note tho Mountain Bluebirds and Tree Swallows on the wire You do what to those little creatures?! Why? By Peter McKenzie-Brown For more than twenty years, my wife Bernie and I have been casual birders. Our lif...

Trump Put to Lower Dollar...

Axel Merk
Has President Trump introduced a Trump Put by lashing out about rising interest rates and calling for a weaker dollar?  The market reacted swiftly - and rationally - albeit not the way Trump had intended. Let me explain.Trump suggests the U.S. is put a...

Saving, not Technology, Is the Key to Economic Growth

Frank Shostak
Most economic commentators are likely to agree that in relation to the period prior to the Great Depression, the present world is many times more sophisticated in terms of advanced technological knowledge. It is then tempted to suggest that with the pr...

Savings, not Technology, Is the Key to Economic Growth

Frank Shostak
Most economic commentators are likely to agree that in relation to the period prior to the Great Depression, the present world is many times more sophisticated in terms of advanced technological knowledge. It is then tempted to suggest that with the pr...

America The Insolvent...

Chris Martenson
Watching the world these days, I’m experiencing the same fury that rises up from my gut when the driver in the car ahead me is weaving drunkenly, endangering everyone on the road. Fury is a normal and rational human response when threatened with unnece...

War is a racket — and so is the state

George F. Smith
In past writings I’ve attempted to show that the majority of the social problems experienced throughout the world — poverty, war, economic collapse, famine, hyperinflation, genocide, unilaterally broken agreements — can be traced to the dominant form o...

Land of Fewer Smiles?...

Peter McKenzie-Brown
Thailand's late king Bhumipol  In 2004, my wife and I decided to spend a year in Thailand – a year that slowly turned into four. As we learned, the dominant meme in Thai culture is that, whatever happened, the Thai would smile. This turned out to be ...

Why The Coming Oil Crunch Will Shock The World...

Chris Martenson
My years working in corporate strategy taught me that every strategic framework, no matter how complex (some I worked on were hundreds of pages long), boils down to just two things: Where do you want to go? (Vision) How are you going to get there? (Re...

Economic Growth Isn't the Cause of Inflation

Frank Shostak
Most experts are of the view that as the economy gains strength the Fed must step in at some stage and introduce a tighter stance in order to prevent the rate of inflation getting out of control. Why however, should economic growth be positively associ...

Problems with Mainstream Theories of Supply and Demand

Frank Shostak
One of the few things economists agree on is that prices are determined by supply and demand. This is summarized by means of supply and demand curves, which describe the relationship between the prices and the quantity of goods supplied and demanded. W...

The End of Growth...

Chris Martenson
More and more, I hear that folks are feeling frustrated and betrayed, combined with a sense of loss and despair. I feel this way, too. As I've written recently, I observe this is due more than anything else to a widespread demoralization society is suf...

A Trade War Won’t Be Good for the Dollar

Peter Schiff
On Wall Street, it's best not to think too hard or to look too closely into the mouths of gift horses. Since making predictions based on actual economic understanding is rare, analysts typically look to provide explanations after the fact. Within the f...

Why Central Bankers Think They're Doing Good for the Economy

Frank Shostak
Many commentators are of the view that the US central bank should pursue policies that will prevent the possible decline of the economy into a liquidity trap hole. What is this all about? In the popular framework of thinking that originates from the wr...
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