What Constitutes a Money Crank?

by Philip Pilkington

I’ve been asking myself that question rather a lot in the past two weeks. This is because I have had two separate commissions for pieces of writing that require me jump down the rabbit hole into the land of the money cranks. One piece is for a magazine and is about gold bugs and their ilk. The other is for an encyclopedia and deals with the Real Bills Doctrine.

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What Is Keeping the Wine Industry So Prosperous?

May 21st, 2017
in wine

by Elliott Morss, Morss Global Finance

Introduction

Times are good in the wine industry. Consumption is growing and French vineyards are selling for millions as are vineyards in Napa. Below, I discuss the reasons things are so good and the few dark clouds on the horizon. In sum, things are good because of vineyard promotions, consumer ignorance and vanity, wine ratings, and good salesmanship. Clouds on the horizon include growing consumer awareness and the “blenders.”

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Marginalist Microeconomics: The Path to Totalitarian Tyranny

May 19th, 2017
in history, macroeconomics

by Philip Pilkington

Fixing the Economists Article of the Week

Kevin Hoover, although not generally well-known in Post-Keynesian circles, is easily one of the most interesting economists writing on epistemology and ontology today. He was originally an applied macroeconomist but, like anyone who is remotely philosophically literate, he quickly began to see an awful lot of problems with both the econometric approach and with the models that were generally being used — most particularly, microfounded macroeconomic models.

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How to Drink from a Firehose

May 18th, 2017
in macroeconomics

by John Mauldin, Thoughts from the Frontline

Basic economics tells us all resources are scarce, but our demand for them is not. Hence we need methods to allocate the limited supply of each resource. A significant part of economics is the study of those methods.

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Making Sense of the Sterling Depreciation of 2007-2008

by Philip Pilkington

Something rather strange happened in Britain around the time of the financial crisis. The sterling tanked, import prices rose substantially and yet the inflation rate didn’t respond as much as we might assume.

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