AUSTERITY IN A TIME OF PLENTY: The “domestic default” boogeyman = More bad statistics from Reinhart & Rogoff

According to Reinhart and Rogoff the danger is both outright (de jure default) and de facto default from inflation and financial repression. However, like their discredited “growth” paper, the “default” argument is also based the on the improper use of statistics.

The Guernsey £: A Pirate’s Tale

OK, not exactly a pirate. But close enough for modern times. Jacques S. Jaikaran, M.D.: A Caribbean émigré-cum-doctor (via Leeds, England)-cum-Houston, Texas bank-board member & plastic surgeon (losing his license for issues "involving moral turpitude")-cum-US prisoner for tax-evasion & fighting for renewed Independence for the "Republic of Texas" (he tried to arrange for the "Republic of Texas" to purchase a "four-story building, similar to a compound, included machine gun turrets, a bomb shelter and a surgical operating room."

The Autocorrelation of Hyperinflation (about 7 events, not 58)

According to a CATO working paper (Hanke and Krus 2012), there have been 56 cases of hyperinflation. 58 if we include North Korea (they weren't sure about the data quality) and Venezuela (which occurred after their paper). There are several things I would like to point out that relate to recent twitter threads on hyperinflation … Continue reading The Autocorrelation of Hyperinflation (about 7 events, not 58)

Book free on Amazon for 48 hours! (Kindle)

Hello everyone- I am making a Kindle version of 1000 Castaways: Fundamentals of Economics FREE on Amazon for reviewers for a short time - but anyone here can take advantage of this and get their free copy. It is free for the next 48 hours  (all day Sunday & Monday, Pacific time USA). You guys … Continue reading Book free on Amazon for 48 hours! (Kindle)

Crusoe gets excellent advice from Friday :)

Crusoe is getting excellent advice from Friday, I plan on integrating it all, thank you. "Friday 4 hours ago User Info 1000 Castaways, Chapter 5: The Real World, System Two This is all very good. I can’t really find anything in these last four chapters worth quibbling with. I did spot one typo here: eveident … Continue reading Crusoe gets excellent advice from Friday 🙂

1000 Castaways, Chapter 5: The Real World, System Two

(←Chapter 4    Additional Material→) System Two The other main reason our real-world economies do not function as well as the Island is that we simply do not understand System Two, which organizes public projects and creates the vertical component of modern currency systems. The reasons for this stem from the long, complex process by … Continue reading 1000 Castaways, Chapter 5: The Real World, System Two

1000 Castaways, Chapter 4: The Real World, System One

(←Chapter 3       Chapter 5→) Chapter 4 The Real World, System One We have seen how our Island of 1000 Castaways developed an economy that, within the potential of their technology and resources, maximizes their wellbeing. Our real-world economies are not organized so efficiently, and create countries where wellbeing is, given some set […]

1000 Castaways, Chapter 3: Balancing the Two Systems

(←Chapter 2    Chapter 4→) Balancing The Two Systems IN THE INTRODUCTION WE discussed how, in order to maximize their material wellbeing, a small group of people would want both to organize their private activities and their group activities efficiently. This is relatively easy with ten people but becomes exponentially harder as a group scales up … Continue reading 1000 Castaways, Chapter 3: Balancing the Two Systems

1000 Castaways, Chapter 2: System Two

(←Chapter 1       Chapter 3→) Chapter 2 System Two SO FAR WE HAVE SEEN how a system can emerge naturally that functions to help individuals better coordinate the use of real resources and thus increase the private production of society overall (Chapter 1). This increases the production of real goods and services for everyone. … Continue reading 1000 Castaways, Chapter 2: System Two

1000 Castaways, Chapter 1: System One

(←Introduction       Chapter 2→) Chapter 1 System One A  FLEET OF A THOUSAND COLONISTS are blown off course for weeks by a series of violent cyclones, eventually crashing onto the reefs of a large uncharted island. All of their ships and provisions are lost to sea. They wash ashore, all surviving the stormy … Continue reading 1000 Castaways, Chapter 1: System One