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Why Powell Fears a Gold Standard

July 25, 2019 – Mike Gleason …… The fact that politicians, central bankers, and “too big to fail” bankers all oppose a gold standard is a tacit admission that hard money would serve as an effective constraint on their activities. Continue reading →

The Bank of Canada Ignores its Mandate

March 6, 2019 – Lee Friday …… The Bank of Canada’s mandate “is to conduct monetary policy to promote the economic and financial well-being of Canadians.” But perhaps this is not its primary purpose. After all, it is failing so miserably to achieve this mandate, surely this must be by design. Continue reading →

Lehman Brothers and the 2008 Financial Panic: Learning the Right Lessons

September 20, 2018 – Robert Murphy …… In the wake of Lehman’s collapse, a familiar refrain from government officials, academics, the news media, and even Hollywood served to cement the “lessons” that deregulation and greed were the main causes of the financial crisis, while bold political intervention spared Americans from another Great Depression (the last time policymakers allegedly stood back and did nothing). There’s just one problem with this narrative: Every single element of it is false. Continue reading →