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Don’t Blame Trump When the World Ends- MN Gordon

by MN Gordon

Economic Prism

Alien Economics

There was, indeed, a time when clear thinking and lucid communication via the written word were held in high regard.  As far as we can tell, this wonderful epoch concluded in 1936.  Everything since has been tortured with varying degrees of gobbledygook.

The fall from grace was triggered by the 1936 publication of John Maynard Keynes’ The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money.  The book is rigorously indecipherable.  What’s more, it has the ill-effect of making those who read it dumber.

Nonetheless, politicians and establishment economists remain enamored with Keynes’ gibberish.  For it offers academic rationale for governments to do what they love to do most – borrow money and spend it on inane programs.  In particular, Keynes advocated filling bottles with money and burying them in coalmines (Read More....)

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Meet Your New Stimulus Allocation Czar

department_of_treasury_seal_2895964373by MN Gordon

Economic Prism

March Towards Midnight

The march towards (Read More....)

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Should we buy an extra bag of rice and an additional roll of toilet paper to stock in the pantry?

Emergency FoodYarns, Mysteries, and the CPI

by MN Gordon

Economic Prism

No CPI Change

Several ill-defined economic waypoints were unveiled this week.  Namely, the Labor Department’s July consumer price index report.  According to the government data, on (Read More....)

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Celebrating this Land of Absurdity

Celebrating this Land of Absurdity

by MN Gordon

Economic Prism

Myths and Legends

“Myths and legends die hard in America,” remarked Hunter S. Thompson in The Great Shark Hunt, nearly 40-years ago.  Thompson didn’t likely have U.S. Treasury bonds in mind when he made this observation.  Though, if he were still alive, he may find the present state of the great Treasury bond bubble to be an amusing anecdote.

On Monday the yield on the 10-Year Treasury note touched down at 1.45 percent.  This is but a scant distance from the 1.39 percent (Read More....)

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No Free Lunches Be Damned

Americas-Freedomby MN Gordon

Economic Prism

“There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch,” is one of the essential axioms of economics.  No doubt about it, there’s no getting around this simple truth.  Everything has a price.

For example, even if someone buys you lunch the lunch still isn’t free.  The opportunity cost, your time to eat the lunch when you could’ve been doing something else, has a price.  In addition, even if you don’t consider your time a cost, there’s no denying the fact that someone paid for the lunch.  Hence, it wasn’t free.

Nonetheless, despite this simple fact, politicians promise free lunches for the many at the expense of the few.  This offense is especially on display during a presidential primary election.  (Read More....)

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Day of Reckoning Imminent

city-569093_960_720by MN Gordon

Economic Prism

It all seems so systematic, arranged, and orderly.  Sixty seconds make a minute, 60 minutes make an hour, 24 hours make a day, and one day equals one complete rotation of the planet earth.

Roughly every 30 days the moon orbits the earth – which is one month.  Then every 12 months the earth orbits the sun – which is one year.

So far so good…right?

But here’s where the nice and neat order of it all breaks down.  For if you try to measure one of earth’s orbits of the sun in days it’s not so divinely tidy.  For it takes 365 days plus an inconvenient 6 hours to fully complete the (Read More....)

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Stars and Stripes

Americas-Freedomby MN Gordon

Economic Prism

“There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America,” remarked President Bill Clinton in his inaugural address, shortly after reciting the oath of office in late January 1993.

What he meant by this is unclear. But perhaps it is the sort of thing a fledgling President says to sound smart, and adept. We really don’t know.

Tomorrow is Independence Day. By now many Americans have clocked off early for the weekend to celebrate the occasion. Like Clinton’s hollow words, there’s hardly a living soul who has any inkling what the holiday means.

Can we blame them? Why pause to consider it when there’s cold Budweiser to guzzle down and bundles of cheap bottle rockets to (Read More....)

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