Category Archives: Economics (Business)

‘Tariffs’, the ‘Lib Dems’ and (yes you’ve guessed it) the EU (Ronald Olden)

Ronald Olden

The subject of ‘Tariffs’ like many others, seems to have become something beyond which debate is no longer permissible. But we know from experience, that when any dogma arrives at that status of unchallengeable, the conventional wisdom is nearly always wrong. Usually because no discussion of the subject is permissible in ‘liberal’ company.

Until the early 1980s the ‘Left’ in Britain were not merely in favour of high selective tariffs, but demanded PHYSICAL import controls (but only, of course for unionised and nationalised industries). Anyone who said otherwise was a ‘Thatcherite’ bent on ‘destroying’ British Industry, or, unfashionably ‘Old’ Labour. Read more


2016 and the future – Robert Henderson

What has changed over the past year?
The grip of the Western globalists is slipping.   They do not   realise it yet but their day is  almost done. Their ramshackle ideology,   a toxic blend of open borders politically correct internationalism  and what is crony capitalism but called by  those with a vested interest in it neo-liberal or laissez faire  economics , has wrought as it was certain to do,  rage and increasingly despair amongst  the majority of electors in Western states who are increasingly turning to  politicians that at least have some grasp of what is necessary to preserve  the viability of Western nation states. Read more

Advertising and Big Data: A Government Scourge

Chris Shaw

Advertising and Big Data: A Government Scourge

Advertising and big data act as two elements with the capacity to end corporate dominance if the necessary steps can be taken. They act as the quasi-independent creations of the government scourge of mass production, born of the system of the factory, emplaced in the wider social factory of commercial neoliberalism that surrounds the modern world. The fundamental need to push products into the hands of more consumers necessitates the creation of allure, of spectacle. An iPhone would be generic without its characteristic apple. Yet such constructs have a fatalistic quality, that being the genericism inherent that leads to lower quality, higher production and more genericism. Read more

MTI012: Austrian Economics with Andy Duncan

Great interview with the financial derivatives expert and Austrian economist Andy Duncan about the destruction of money and its effect on the world, with a discussion on the role of capitalism, labor, markets, and the value of capital on the destruction of money.

Andy thoroughly describes and explains the cycle of money in markets, and how the government influences these flows. He talks about the history of money and the effects of the gold standard, as well as possible outcomes to the excessive government spending we see today.

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EU referendum: the invisible revolution

Richard North

Note by Sean Gabb Richard says: “The way we are governed has undergone a revolution – an invisible revolution.” This is a depressingly true observation. Getting us out of the current mess we are in will take more than a rearrangement of the bottoms on seats in Parliament. We need to consider something like a (non-violent) revolution, in which we shall spend many years under regulatory siege by the rest of the world. I suspect Richard is not that unhappy with much of the regulation we now suffer. His main wish is that we should leave the EU and move one step up the chain of authority, so we can have more direct influence. What we can learn from him, I suggest, is the enormity of what needs to be done to make this country free again, and how little intellectual preparation the well-funded policy institutes have made for this. SIG Read more

How will the financial crisis play out?

We are told that we are in the recovery phase, but massive fiscal deficits remain the order of the day in the UK in particular; there has been a large run-up in public debt; the banking sector remains largely unreformed and in the case of RBS still in difficulties. It remains unclear whether we are really only half-way through the crisis.

I found this Moneyweek interview with Bill Bonner fascinating. He argues the real crisis is still ahead of us and seems to be saying a deflationary crunch–a credit crunch worse than in 2008–will be followed by hyperinflation (probably as part of the policy panic response to the deflationary crunch). I think it is worth discussion. He believes real money, probably gold, and not issued by a central bank, will emerge from the ruins.

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