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How Inflation Ends

April 15, 2022

Jeff and Bob discuss the mechanics—and pain—required to put an end to inflation. Read Bob’s Understanding Money Mechanics:

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American Oligarchs? Elon, Twitter, and Unnatural Elites

April 8, 2022

Jeff and Bob discuss whether America has its own oligarchs instead of Hoppe’s “natural elites.” Hoppe’s essay Jeff on the wrong elites: Bob on Piketty’s bad inequality numbers:    

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The Economics of Woke Disney

April 1, 2022

Bob and Jeff get into the weeds of Disney’s shareholders, revenues, and holdings in light of the company’s recent spat with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

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The Crazy Housing Market

March 26, 2022

Jeff and Bob discuss the dynamics of the housing market in the context of a recent talk by Alex Pollock. “Hazlitt, Hayek, and How the Fed Made Itself into the World’s Biggest Savings and Loan”:

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Economic Ignorance

March 19, 2022

Jeff and Bob Murphy talk about the state of gross economic ignorance in America today. Lessons for The Young Economist: Understanding Money Mechanics:

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The Trouble with Oil

March 4, 2022

This week, Jeff and Bob discuss oil prices. Why are gas prices spiking in the US, and what are D.C. politicians planning for oil companies?

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War Sanctions

March 4, 2022

Jeff and Bob discuss Biden’s SOTU, the immorality of sanctions, and Fed chair Powell’s pregnant comments.

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Middle of the Road Leads to Socialism: An Online Seminar with Dr. Robert Murphy

October 11, 2021

This special virtual seminar for donors to our fall campaign was livestreamed on October 8th, 2021. Jeff Deist and Bob Murphy discuss Mises’s views on interventionism and their continued relevance today, particularly after the last year and a half of economic intervention resulting from covid tyranny. “[Interventionism] preserves some of the labels and the outward …

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Mark Spitznagel’s Safe Haven

August 26, 2021

Fans of Austrian economics know hedge fund manager Mark Spitznagel as a brilliant thinker thoroughly steeped in Menger, Böhm-Bawerk, Mises, and Rothbard. His excellent 2013 book The Dao of Capital was rooted in Austrian capital theory and “roundaboutness,” and his application of of that theory has proven highly beneficial for his investors.  Now Spitznagel is back …

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Bob Murphy on Rothbard’s What Has Government Done to Our Money?

April 30, 2021

Rothbard called Mises’s The Theory of Money and Credit “the best book on money ever written.” But Rothbard himself may have written the best money book for lay readers, namely What Has Government Done to Our Money?  Bob Murphy joins the show to discuss this superb and eminently readable tract: a mini-course on money itself, from its …

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MMT Explained with Dr. Robert Murphy

November 23, 2020

Do we fund government or does government fund us? Can sovereign states issue currency at will without risk of default? Are government deficits actually a form of public wealth? And can newly issued currency (rather than taxes or bonds) be used to pay for public works, health care, college, entitlements, and guaranteed jobs? These are …

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Man, Economy, and State: Money & Its Purchasing Power with Robert Murphy

August 21, 2020

Economist Robert Murphy joins the show to cover Rothbard’s excellent treatment of money in Chapter 11 of Man, Economy, and State. Dr. Murphy and Jeff cover why “hoarding” money is socially beneficial; why the velocity of money (and the famous MV=PT equation) is a useless concept, and how new money in society is never neutral. …

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Human Action Part Two with Dr. Robert Murphy

March 13, 2020

Our friend  and economist Dr. Robert Murphy joins the show for a discussion of Part Two in Human Action, “Action Within the Framework of Society.” This is a great discussion of Mises’s view of society and cooperation; Mises on Darwin; the Ricardian Law of Association; the case for treating ideological differences as purely ideological; Mises’s …

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Understanding Money Mechanics

January 2, 2020

Dr. Bob Murphy joins the Human Action Podcast to discuss one of the most important issues of all: how money and credit work in today’s society. Jeff Deist recently commissioned Murphy to write a series of articles on money mechanics, an exceedingly important topic for critics of the Fed — and today’s podcast serves as an …

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Everything About Negative Interest Rates with Bob Murphy

September 23, 2019

Europe and Asia are awash with $13 trillion in negative yield sovereign and corporate bonds. Alan Greenspan says negative interest rates are coming to America. And the Fed just announced another rate cut, even while Chair Jay Powell and Mr. Trump assure us the economy is better than ever. Economist Bob Murphy joins Jeff Deist …

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Bob Murphy on the Culture Wars

December 29, 2017

4 hours agoJeff DeistRobert P. MurphyOur final show of the year features a talk given by Dr. Bob Murphy at a recent Mises Institute event in Orlando. His topic is the culture wars– and if you think America is divided now, just wait until we have another crash like ’08. But Bob is ready with a prescription: less politics & smaller polities. It’s time to stop hating each other and start reducing the political power wielded over us, as Bob conveys in his own unique and humorous style.Listen to Jeff’s talk from the event here. 

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