How A Pork Bellies Trader And Milton Friedman Created “The Greatest Trading Casino In World History”

“I held in my hand the Holy Grail for the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. The most influential economic mind of the twentieth century provided the CME with the intellectual foundation upon which to build its financial superstructure.” Nixon’s estimable free market advisors who gathered at the Camp David weekend were to an astonishing degree clueless as to the consequences of their recommendation to close the gold window and float the dollar. In their wildest imaginations they did not foresee that this would unhinge the monetary and financial nervous system of capitalism. They had no premonition at all that it would pave the way for a forty-year storm of financialization and a debt-besotted symbiosis between central bankers possessed by delusions of grandeur and private gamblers intoxicated with visions of delirious wealth. In fact, when Nixon announced on August 15, 1971, that the dollar was no longer convertible to gold at $35 […] Read More

Koch-Backed Charter School Founder Makes Millions From Public Education

Businesses can now run chains of public schools, conflicts of interest be damned. Versions of this story were co-published with the Daily Beast, Raleigh News & Observer and Charlotte Observer. In late February, the North Carolina chapter of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, a group co-founded by the libertarian billionaire Koch brothers, embarked on what it billed as a statewide tour of charter schools, a cornerstone of the group’s education agenda. The first — and it turns out, only — stop was Douglass Academy, a new charter school in downtown Wilmington. Douglass Academy was an unusual choice. A few weeks before, the school had been warned by the state about low enrollment. It had just 35 students, roughly half the state’s minimum. And a month earlier, a local newspaper had reported that federal regulators were investigating the school’s operations. But the school has other attributes that may have appealed to the Koch group. The school’s founder, a politically […] Read More

“There Is No Honest Pricing Left” – The Epochal Error Of Modern Central Banking

Submitted by David Stockman of Contra Corner blog, David Stockman, Director of the Office of Management and Budget under Reagan, former Congressman, and author of the bestseller The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America, discusses his book, the gold standard, bailouts, and the problems the American economy faces today. Mises Institute: In the book, you oppose Bernanke’s view of the Great Depression, which you point out relies heavily on the views of Milton Friedman. David Stockman: Bernanke has cultivated this idea that he is a brilliant scholar of The Great Depression, but that’s not true at all. What Bernanke did was basically copy Milton Friedman’s misguided and very damaging theory that the Federal Reserve didn’t expand its balance sheet fast enough by massive open market purchases of government debt during the Great Depression. Bernanke therefore claimed that monetary stringency deepened and lengthened the depression, but in fact interest […] Read More