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The Discovery of “Capital” in the Economic Ethics of the High Middle Ages

The pioneers of modern economics were moral theologians of the Middle Ages. Petrus Johannis Olivi discovered, among other things, “capital,” the subjective theory of value, and distinguished interest from usury. He thus paved the way for a positive view of commercial activity.

Money Glut, Debt, and Rolling Central Bank Guarantees: Full Steam Ahead towards the Abyss

Central banks have become prisoners of their own policies with their perpetual monetary glut. Everyone knows this, and everyone knows that everyone knows it. But proclaiming a different message, they shirk responsibility. The party must go on at all costs.

During a Pandemic, It Is Not Protectionism that Protects, but Globalization

If you rely on domestic instead of Asian manufacturers, you replace one dependency with a new one. Dependency is reduced through diversification, which is precisely what the much-maligned globalization makes possible.

The U.S. in Decadence? The Warning Signs Cannot Be Overlooked

The United States today exhibits characteristics of decadence that historians have considered instrumental in the decline or loss of power of earlier empires. A brief analysis.

“Stakeholder Capitalism” Is Only Better for the Managerial Class

The capitalism of the future is supposed to be sustainable, socially responsible and just. But the goals are formulated so vaguely that those who implement them have a free hand – and are no longer even accountable to the owners.

The Entrepreneurial State Stifles Creativity and Hinders Innovation

Today, people trust the state to lead us into a sustainable future. All it has to do is steer innovation in the right direction, many say. But where the planning state intervenes, creativity suffers.

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Globalization: From a Christian Perspective, The Worldwide Driver of Innovation and Mass Prosperity

Globalisation is being attacked – from the left as well as from the right. But it is indispensable for overcoming poverty, as Philip Booth showed at the Austrian Academy 2020.

The (Classical) Liberal Is No Relativist but Instead Grapples with the Truth

Today, anyone who claims that all opinions are of equal value is considered tolerant. Liberals therefore often define themselves as relativists and skeptics. But this is a big misunderstanding.

Our Superstate: Controlled by Party Headquarters, Bureaucracies—and Central Banks

A new book by Beat Kappeler shows that the separation of powers is being undermined, parliaments are being commanded by governments and bureaucracies, and the debt economy is being financed by central banks. The author also proposes remedies for these issues.

Has Liberalism Failed? Patrick Deneen’s Populist Anti-Liberalism: A Catholic Classical Liberal’s Response

In his book “Why Liberalism Failed” Patrick Deneen deals with all varieties of Liberalism. They are the fruit of a false image of man – an assertion which, however, proves to be questionable on closer inspection.

F.A. Hayek on the Discovery, Use, and Transmission of Knowledge

This September marked the 75th anniversary of F.A. Hayek’s pivotal essay “The Use of Knowledge in Society.” It is not only a noteworthy advance in Hayek’s critique of central planning. Hayek’s insights about competition as a ‘discovery procedure’ also provides conceptual tools for other forms of institutional analysis.

China, the US, and Europe: Who Will Lead after the Coronavirus Crisis?

Will China soon be the world’s number one power? Not if the West returns to its basic values of liberty, and if the Western governments dare to destroy their self-inflicted debt traps.

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