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Japan and the IMF: A Match Made in Keynesian Hell

Japan is the poster child for Keynesian economics. Ever since a bubble popped about 25 years ago, Japanese politician have adopted one so-called stimulus scheme after another. Lots of additional government spending. Plenty of gimmicky tax cuts. All of which were designed according to the Keynesian theory that presumes that governments should borrow money and […]

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Disentangling Keynesian Fiscal Policy

At the risk of understatement, I’m not a fan of Keynesian economics. The disdain is even apparent in the titles of my columns. Notwithstanding Keynesian Fantasies, Redistribution Does Not Stimulate Growth Japan’s Descent into Keynesian Parody Has Keynesian Economics Finally Jumped the Shark? More Keynesian Primitivism from the Congressional Budget Office The Perplexing Durability of […]

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Notwithstanding Keynesian Fantasies, Redistribution Does Not Stimulate Growth

Back in 2010, then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi actually claimed that paying people not to work would be good for the economy. Wow, that’s almost as bizarre as Paul Krugman’s assertion that war is good for growth. Professor Dorfman of the University of Georgia remembers Pelosi’s surreal moment and cites it in his column in Forbes, […]

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Japan’s Descent into Keynesian Parody

It’s very hard to be optimistic about Japan. I’ve even referred to the country as a basket case. But my concern is not that the country has been mired in stagnation for the past 25 years. Instead, I’m much more worried about the future. The main problem is that Japan has the usual misguided entitlement […]

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Trudeau-nomics: Squandering Canada’s Fiscal Legacy, Risking Canada’s Economic Progress

In recent weeks, the bureaucrats at both the International Monetary Fund and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development have recommended that politicians should have a green light to supposedly stimulate growth by increasing the burden of government spending. Since the lavish (and tax-free) salaries for IMF and OECD bureaucrats are made possible by those […]

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The War against Cash, Part III

Although it doesn’t get nearly as much attention as it warrants, one of the greatest threats to liberty and prosperity is the potential curtailment and elimination of cash. As I’ve previously noted, there are two reasons why statists don’t like cash and instead would prefer all of us to use digital money (under their rules, […]

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