Jim Rogers, David Frost interview

Jim Rogers talks to Sir David Frost about the role of Government and Central Banks in the current crisis, he believes that the ethos of ‘not letting anybody fail’ actually magnifies problems because doing this means the bubble continues to inflate far beyond the size it would have done otherwise.

Jim has a very simple and straightforward way of explaining things that make him ever popular, although some of the medicine he prescribes is considered quite harsh. His point about letting the market do what it must is of the libertarian strain and for all anybody knows, he may be right (right as in ‘correct’ not as in ‘wing’), if so then everything being done to counteract the crisis is the inverse of what we should be doing.

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Will stimulus plans lead to disaster?

In this video which was featured on Yahoo! Tech Ticker Peter Schiff of EuroPacific argues that any additional stimulation of the economy or bailout packages will actually exacerbate the situation rather than remedy it. The outcome of the current economy will perhaps decide once and for all who holds the keys to recovery, the Keynesians or the Austrians.

The Keynesian solutions were fine tuned post-fact and this is the first time since the 1930’s that the theory is getting a real life test, in watching the Davos Debates one interesting factor is that Austrian Economics seems to be getting an equal amount of airplay. Stephen S. Roach said at Davos that we need to get on with the ‘heavy lifting’ where the global rebalance occurs, current account deficit nations have to start saving while current account surplus nations need to spend, this is the inverse of what Keynesians would perscribe because under their guide countries like the USA (deficit nation) need to spend their way out of …

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The Stimulus Scam

In this clip Peter Schiff argues against the stimulus packages, calling for less government and a need for savings. Normally economic theory supports that increasing savings during a downturn (Keynes – paradox of thrift) hurts the economy. Peter says ‘au contraire’ and this clip is an interesting take on the man they named ‘Dr. Doom’, he is however, the same man who saw with absolute foresight the coming financial crash and he wrote a book about it called ‘Crash Proof’, he is a fascinating commentator.

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Ludwig von Mises, Economist, Libertarian.

What kind of man was Ludwig von Mises? As this unique film shows, Mises (1881-1973) was a man who never stopped fighting for freedom: not when the Nazis burned his books, not when the Left blackballed him at universities, not when it seemed as if statism had won. With courage and genius, he fought big government until the day he died in 25 books, hundreds of articles, and more than 60 years of teaching.

Mises’s battles against Communists, Nazis, and other socialists, are featured in this film, as are his ideas of Liberty. There is also the old Vienna he loved, the Bolshevik prime minister he dissuaded from Communism, and a cast of villains from Lenin to Hitler, as well as such supporters and students as Murray Rothbard, Ron Paul, Bettina Greaves, M. Stanton Evans, Mary Peterson, Joseph Sobran, and Yuri Maltsev.

Among his many accomplishments, Mises showed that socialism had to fail, that central banking causes recessions and depressions, that the gold standard is honest money, and that only laissez-faire capitalism is fully compatible with Western civilization.

Mises …

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Nobody could see the financial mess coming…

Perhaps the problem was that we were not listening to the right people? In this post you will see Peter Schiff talk to the Mortgage Bankers of America back in 2006. He outlines with alarming accuracy exactly what would happen in the future as a result of how credit had distributed, the way interest rates were manipulated and the coming fall out in the property market. There are 8 videos in total, you can find the second one here and then watch the others in the youtube panel which will be on the same page (part three etc.)

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Currency markets Q4 of 2008

In the last few weeks we have seen some of the most volatile currency markets in history. Iceland (Króna) as a nation basically went bankrupt, there are serious currency risks in Hungary (the Forint), the Ukraine (the Hryvnia) and several other countries.

The downside is that this may be the prelude to a currency crisis not unlike that which we saw in Asia in the late 90’s. The move has been playing out in the markets at a time when most of us are concentrating on the Credit Crunch/Liquidity Crisis. The dollar was as low as $1.60 to the Euro and $2.10 to Sterling, then it snapped back to $1.25 and $1.60 respectively.

The Australian and Kiwi Dollars both got hammered, Iceland was next in line then the South African Rand and Polish Zloty took a beating. The South Korean Won and then the Hungarian Forint suffered, the Czech Republic Koruna is facing issues and the Mexican Peso is …

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A simple way to understand Liberty & the Free Market

This is a simple video, and yet a compelling one about some of the fundamental rights of people and of our right to self determination. How does this tie into mortgages or economics? Simply put it shows that the government of a country don’t have the right to force the state to underwrite banks, in fact, it only rewards bad behavior and the end result is that we all pay for a business issue which we did not create, if a bank lends you money it does so by choice, when in reverse (such as our state bailout plan) we were never given any right or choice as to how it would work, or if it was even a good idea. The guarantee was given first and conditions attached last, ill thought out and moral hazard is merely the beginning of it all.

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A simple way to understand Liberty & the Free Market

This is a simple video, and yet a compelling one about some of the fundamental rights of people and of our right to self determination. How does this tie into mortgages or economics? Simply put it shows that the government of a country don’t have the right to force the state to underwrite banks, in fact, it only rewards bad behavior and the end result is that we all pay for a business issue which we did not create, if a bank lends you money it does so by choice, when in reverse (such as our state bailout plan) we were never given any right or choice as to how it would work, or if it was even a good idea. The guarantee was given first and conditions attached last, ill thought out and moral hazard is merely the beginning of it all.

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