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Monetary Madness and Rabbit Consumption

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Monetary Madness and Rabbit Consumption

by MN Gordon

Economic Prism

Down the Rabbit Hole

“The hurrier I go, the behinder I get,” is oft attributed to the White Rabbit from Lewis Carroll’s, Alice in Wonderland.  Where this axiom appears within the text of the story is a mystery.  But we suspect the White Rabbit must utter it about the time Alice follows him down the rabbit hole.

No doubt, today’s wage earner knows what it means to work harder, faster, and better, while slip sliding behind.  However, for many wage earners (Read More....)

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Warnings from Mount Vesuvius- Will You Be Caught Unprepared?

by MN Gordon

Economic Prism

“Injustice, swift, erect, and unconfin’d,
Sweeps the wide earth, and tramples o’er mankind” – Homer, The Iliad

When Mount Vesuvius Blew

Everything was just the way it was supposed to be in Pompeii on August 24, 79 A.D.  The gods had bestowed wealth and abundance upon the inhabitants of this Roman trading town.  Things were near perfect.

The lucky residents of Pompeii lived in large homes with elegant courtyard gardens and all the modern conveniences.  Rooms were heated by hot air flowing through cavity walls and spaces under the floors.  Running water was provided to the city from a great reservoir and conveyed through underground pipelines to houses and (Read More....)

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Meet Your New Stimulus Allocation Czar

department_of_treasury_seal_2895964373by MN Gordon

Economic Prism

March Towards Midnight

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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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Earthquake Economics

United-States-Helpby MN Gordon

Economic Prism

“The United States of America, right now, has the strongest, most durable economy in the world,” said President Obama, in his State of the Union address, on Tuesday night.  What performance metrics he based his assertion on is unclear.  But we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.

Maybe this is so…right now.  But it isn’t eternal.  For at grade, hidden in plain sight, a braid of positive and negative surface flowers indicate an economic strike-slip fault extends below.  What’s more, the economy’s foundation dangerously straddles across it.

Something must slip.  A massive vertical rupture is coming that will collapse everything within a wide-ranging (Read More....)

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Manna from Heaven

Hopeby MN Gordon

Economic Prism

Modern day monetary policy’s something we disparage around here at the Economic Prism. Relegating what price to set the key lending rate to a cadre of unelected technocrats is a contradiction of life in a free society. That’s how we see it, at least.

Make of it what you will. But we think willing lenders and borrowers can agree on a fair rate of interest on an individual basis much better than Janet Yellen and her fellows can dictate for all. For their part, the Fed’s made a great mess of their efforts to remake the world in their image.

When the stock market crashed on October 19, 1987, newly appointed Fed Chairman, Alan Greenspan took monetary policy in a new direction. He seized the day and planted (Read More....)

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The Fatal Dangers of a Fading Bull Market Run

The Fatal Dangers of a Fading Bull Market Runby MN Gordon

Economic Prism

It is too bad that mobile devices don’t set off a signal before their users do something terminally stupid. Perhaps a warning alarm would help them change course. Rather than texting and walking in front of a city bus, the preoccupied mobile user would be signaled to look up before stepping off the curb.

Instead, mobile devices offer an intoxicating distraction. They actually entice people to do things they’d otherwise know better than. Add the glory of capturing a public jaw dropper real-time and instantly posting it to YouTube or Instagram and the opportunities for stupidity are endless.

Social network users don’t stand a chance. Take poor David Mellado Lopez. The man thought he was using his mobile phone to film something astounding early Sunday morning.

He was, no doubt, marveling at his footage of a motionless bull lying on the ground just before something even more astounding happened. In hindsight it would’ve been better to have stayed in bed that morning. (Read More....)

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