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Why Has Classical Capitalism Devolved to Crony-Capitalism?

charleshughsmith.blogspot.com / CHARLES HUGH SMITH / WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2014

The money-shot: “People of privilege will always risk their complete destruction rather than surrender any material part of their advantage.”

Here is the quote that perfectly captures our era: “People of privilege will always risk their complete destruction rather than surrender any [...]

Unions are Not Capitalism

mises.ca / by James E. Miller / September 2nd, 2014

Labor unions are a dying breed. According tothe Pew Research Center, union membership in America “is at its lowest level since the Great Depression.” In 1983, there were approximately 17.7 million union workers. Today, that numberstands at 14.5 million, with every estimate showing a [...]

Bloomberg Reports on Ruin in Hong Kong But Leaves Out the Larger Picture

thedailybell.com / By Staff News & Analysis / September 02, 2014

To Save the Rich, China Ruins Hong Kong … When they meet on Sunday, legislators from China’s rubber-stamp National People’s Congress are expected to disregard even the most moderate proposals to open up Hong Kong’s political system. In all [...]

Europe Fantastic Bond Bubble: How The Central Banks Have Unleashed Monumental Speculation

davidstockmanscontracorner.com / by David Stockman / September 1, 2014

Capitalism gets into deep trouble when the price of financial assets becomes completely disconnected from economic reality and common sense. What ensues is rampant speculation in which financial gamblers careen from one hot money play to the next, leaving the financial system distorted and unstable—a [...]

Poverty Capitalism in 2014 – Introducing Private Probation Companies

libertyblitzkrieg.com / Michael Krieger / Aug 28, 2014

As N.P.R. reported in May, services that “were once free, including those that are constitutionally required,” are now frequently billed to offenders: the cost of a public defender, room and board when jailed, probation and parole supervision, electronic monitoring devices, arrest warrants, [...]

Feeling Worthless? The 10 Majors Most Likely To Lead To Underemployment

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 08/27/2014 09:09

When it comes to worthless majors, it is no secret that “liberal arts” are at the top of the heap. This is the conclusion of not just the real world: a recent survey of 68,000 workers by salary information firm PayScale confirmed as [...]

‘Nobel’ Prize Winners Rail Against Income Inequality

thedailybell.com / By Staff News & Analysis / August 25, 2014

Nobel gurus fear globalization is going horribly wrong … An interconnected world was meant to reduce inequality – but that doesn’t seem to be happening. David Ricardo’s Theory of Comparative Advantage has broken down after 200 years, or so [...]

Crony Capitalism 101: Want To Avoid The SEC? Bribe Your Friendly, Neighborhood Politician

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 08/13/2014 20:25

Forget conjecture – Crony Capitalism is alive and well at The SEC and a new study proves it statistically. As The LA Times reports (via IBT), Maria Correia’s research finds that – perhaps not surprisingly – the more a company spends on political donations, [...]

The Regime Uses Words And Phrases Designed To Bamboozle Us All

alt-market.com / Bob Livingston / 11 August 2014 17:22

This article was written by Bob Livingston and originally published at Personal Liberty Digest

Most longtime readers know that I have often warned that our government has evolved into benevolent totalitarianism.

This is a gentle term for fascism. No, we don’t have the jack boots [...]

Tax Cuts Are Only for the Powerful

mises.org / by Crosby Kemper III and Rex Sinquefield / Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Ninety-seven years ago, a small but ruthlessly determined band of revolutionaries set out to prove that it would be possible to achieve material happiness — and social justice — by replacing free markets with economic planning.

Who Gains & Who Loses From Ex-Im Bank (In 2 Simple Maps)

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 08/04/2014 20:47

In an effort to expose the effect of Ex-Im Bank’s financing (costs and benefits) on America, Mercatus Center has created 2 charts. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the maps show that Washington state, home of Boeing, garners the bulk of the benefits in terms of both Ex-Im Bank disbursements [...]

Red Capitalism’s Porous Veins: Why Beijing’s Rulers Struggle With The Deluge Of Flight Capital

davidstockmanscontracorner.com / By David Stockman / July 15, 2014

The Wall Street Journal carried a story yesterday indicating that China’s major banks have halted an experimental program, sanctioned by the country’s central bank, that helped citizens transfer large sums overseas. Among other places, this huge tide of flight capital ended-up in affluent west [...]

Time For Regime Change At The Eccles Building: Interest Rate Pegging Is Destroying Capitalism

davidstockmanscontracorner.com / by David Stockman / July 10, 2014

The S&P500 jerked higher yesterday afternoon when the Fed minutes revealed no new information on the dreaded day when interest rates begin to rise. In other words, the stock market is one sick puppy—utterly addicted to the Fed’s baleful regime of ZIRP.

Why Killing The Ex-Im Bank Is Crucial To The Future Of Capitalism

davidstockmanscontracorner.com / by David Stockman / July 8, 2014

The surface facts make abundantly clear that the case for the Ex-Im Bank is truly lame. In the most recent year (2013), its credit guarantees and other programs accounted for $37 billion of exports or less than 2% of the $2.2 trillion of exports [...]

How to Die Poor

acting-man.com / Bill Bonner / July 8, 2014

No Respect for Capitalism

“The game of speculation is the most uniformly fascinating game in the world. But it is not a game for the stupid, the mentally lazy, the person of inferior emotional balance or the get-rich-quick adventurer. They will die poor.”

– Jesse [...]

Is It a Contradiction?

mises.ca / James E. Miller / Saturday, July 5th, 2014

Is anarcho-capitalism a contradiction?

Neoreactionary writer “Bulbasaur” seems to believe so. In a recent post at the “The Right Stuff” blog, he contends that anarchy and capitalism are always at odds with one another. He issues some deserved criticism at anarcho-capitalist [...]

Why There Will Be No Revolution

garynorth.com / Gary North / June 28, 2014

I recently read an article on the Left-wing website in Great Britain, The Guardian. This has been the most consistently Left-wing publication in Great Britain. It was part of the organized Left as early as the 1920′s, and it has never [...]

When The Herd Turns

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 06/26/2014 21:47

“In economics, [the mainstream] rely on experts who don’t know what they are talking about,” explains Professor Steve Keen in this brief but compelling documentary discussing ‘when the herd turns’. “Herd behavior is a fundamental aspect of capitalism,” Keen chides, but it is left our of conventional [...]

Understanding the Price Level

mises.ca / Patrick Barron / Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

When I teach Austrian economics, I spend a lot of time explaining the three uses of money–holding, spending, and investing–and how only spending and investing affect the overall price level. This helps my students understand that the total money supply can go up and [...]

CRONYISM IN THE 21ST CENTURY

dollarvigilante.com / Mark E. Jeftovic / 2014/6/20

Ghandi was once asked, “What do you think about Western Civilization?” to which he famously replied “I think it’s a good idea.” He may as well have been talking about free market capitalism.

Capital in the 21st Century has hit the world like a new teen [...]