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America vs. China: Drugs

February 11th, 2015
in Op Ed, syndication

Written by

I am fiscally conservative, socially moderate. So for many social issues (e.g. abortion and gay marriage), I keep my opinions to myself. But the recent development in legalizing drugs in America (Medical marijuana: Will Colorado's "green rush" last?) concerns me deeply. It's time to add my two cents worth with a simple but strong message: opium nearly killed China some 150 years ago; legalizing drugs may destroy America!

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Rates Don't Matter - Liquidity Matters

February 10th, 2015
in Op Ed

by Charles Hugh Smith, Of Two Minds

The cure for systemic fragility is not low interest rates forever--it's a market that transparently prices credit and risk for lenders and borrowers, qualified and marginal alike.

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The Next Card Yanis Varoufakis will Play

February 9th, 2015
in Op Ed

by Partha Gangopadhyay, The Conversation

Decades ago, before Yanis Varoufakis became the rock-star finance minister of Greece, he and I developed some game-theoretic models of macroeconomics.

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Is Monetary Policy Too Complicated for Mainstream to Understand?

February 8th, 2015
in Op Ed

by EconMatters, EconMatters.com

It is amazing how far Central Banks have been allowed to go with regard to policy tools and influence, and how extreme their policy measures have become since the financial crisis. No other form of governmental authority has been granted these types of unrestrained powers in any branch of government, not Congress, the Supreme Court, the President, or the Military for comparison's sake in the United States.

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Steinbruck on Greece – It’s Politics, not Economics!

February 7th, 2015
in Op Ed

by Dirk Ehnts, Econoblog101

Former German finance minister Peer Steinbrück (Social Democrat) has given an interview to tageszeitung's Ulrike Herrmann. It was very revealing. Since the interview was published in German, let me translate a few phrases and put them into context. Comments are open, so if you think that I mistranslated or put the extracts out of context, voice your critique! The first snippet comes in response to Herrmann quoting Varoufakis, who said that the Greeks can't pay anyway.

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