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Mark Skousen

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“One rarely comes across other venues in life that remotely match FreedomFest’s intellectually elevated atmosphere of free association for free minds.” — Gene Jewett, attendee More than 2,000 investors and concerned citizens gathered for FreedomFest last week at Bally’s Events Center in Las Vegas to hear from over 150 speakers, including Sen. Rand Paul, Judge […]

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Since 1990, when the United States had more than 12,000 commercial banks, the number of financial institutions in the country has nearly halved to hit 6,263. Unfortunately, a good portion of the consolidation has been driven by the unintended consequences of heavy-handed government regulation. You do not need to take my word for it, since […]

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After I wrote “The Economics of the Pure Gold Standard” (FEE, 4th ed., 2010) — click here to order — many subscribers have asked me if we are going back to a gold standard. I don’t think so, unless we have a complete meltdown of our monetary system — and that’s a big if. I […]

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The fallout of the Supreme Court decision will be felt for months… In essence, the decision opens the floodgates for a bigger, more intrusive, more dangerous government. As George Washington warned, “Government is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” Last week, I taught a group of Scouts about the U.S. Constitution. I pointed out […]

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“Overall, new businesses account for almost every new job created in America. For start-ups and small businesses, this bill is a game changer. Because of this bill, start-ups and small businesses will have access to a bigger pool of investors.” — President Barack Obama, March 27, on the JOBS Act. Believe me, titles of popular […]

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My wife and I attended a reception last week honoring Edward Klein, the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, “The Amateur.” The veteran journalist interviewed more than 200 insiders in the White House to find out what kind of man President Barack Obama really is. Klein, an insider himself as former editor-in-chief of […]