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Perfectionism, Withdrawal, and Paralysis

Written by Gary North on May 7, 2016

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About 25 years ago, I received a letter from a self-professed Christian. He wanted me to buy him. Literally. He offered me the opportunity to buy his lifetime services as an indentured servant. All I had to do was to pay him survival wages in goods and services — no money. Money, you see, was […]

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When Money Fails

Written by Gary North on April 23, 2016

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Money seldom fails, but occasionally, it does. It failed in Germany and Austria 1921-23. It failed in Hungary after World War II. It failed in Zimbabwe in 2008-9, when the rest of the world was in a recession. Here is a famous case of the failure of money: And there was no bread in all […]

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The Free Market vs. Fraud

Written by Gary North on April 23, 2016

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Charles Hugh Smith begins his essay on widespread fraud in the rhetorically correct way: by stating the truth in a list of short observations. This can’t be said politely: the entire status quo in America is a fraud. The financial system is a fraud. The political system is a fraud. National Defense is a fraud. […]

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Monetary Reform: Fiat vs. Market

Written by Gary North on April 16, 2016

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What is fiat money? It comes from “fiat,” which means a formal authorization or proposition or a decree. Synonyms are these: edict, order, command, commandment, injunction, proclamation, mandate, dictum, diktat. It is an arbitrary order. The phrase “fiat lux” comes from Genesis 1:2: “Let there be light.” Fiat money is the money issued by a […]

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The Free Market vs. Fraud

Written by Gary North on April 16, 2016

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Charles Hugh Smith begins his essay on widespread fraud in the rhetorically correct way: by stating the truth in a list of short observations. This can’t be said politely: the entire status quo in America is a fraud. The financial system is a fraud. The political system is a fraud. National Defense is a fraud. […]

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The Wealth of Nations

Written by Gary North on April 16, 2016

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Now these are the commandmets, the statutes, and the judgments, which the Lord your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it: That thou mightest fear the Lord thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and […]

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Economic Inequality Is Not Increasing. Propaganda Is.

Written by Gary North on April 9, 2016

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It never ends. We are besieged by articles on today’s increasing economic inequality. These articles have three things in common: 1. Each one has a favorite explanation/boogeyman. 2. Each one calls for political reforms to make things more equal. 3. Each one fails to mention Pareto’s 20/80 law. Here is the main problem with these […]

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Haggling and Prices: Who Knew?

Written by Gary North on March 5, 2016

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It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth (Prov. 20:14). Long before the days of King Solomon, face-to-face bargainers were crying the blues to each other. “You can’t expect me to pay that much. Why, I’ve seen it for half that price in Damascus!” […]

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