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On November 19th The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and the Ludwig Von Mises Institute – Europe are organizing a dinner debate on the topic of “Can the Euro Replace the Dollar as the Dominating Global Reserve Currency?”. The keynote speaker will be Livio Stracca, Head of the International

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Patent Privateering – Patents as Weapons

By Thibault Schrepel, LL.M.
In the late 16th century, Queen Elizabeth I of England commissioned Francis Drake to sail for America. The Queen asked him to plunder Spanish vessels on its way there. Francis Drake became a pirate commissioned by the crown. This type

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Israel Kirzner Among Favorites for Nobel Prize

Austrian economist Israel Kirzner, who was placed among the favorites to win the Nobel prize in economics by Thomson Reuters  (Nobel laureates predictions) made a very interesting speech at the Mercatus center in George Mason University on F. A. Hayek’s Nobel address in 1974 and

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What is a capitalistic society?

By Heiko de Boer
Keynes believed a capitalistic structure does not work. He believed that savers and investors are two separate groups, not finding each other easily. The classical economists also distinguished between the separate classes workers, rentiers and land owners. Laborers earn wage, owners

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Mises on Secession

By Jure Otorepec
With Scotland’s independence vote taking place tomorrow, there’s a lot of talk about the pros and cons of secession. However, whereas the pros and cons of the secession of a particular country like Scotland are debatable, there is no doubt about the

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Economic Growth: What do they mean?

By Heiko de Boer
When economists talk about the economy, it sounds like an abstract thing. Apparently, these days, there is a lack of demand in our economy.  What does a lack of demand mean? In the end, the economy consists of people.  What do

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Uber Fights German Government

Jure Otorepec
Recently Germany banned the ride-sharing service Uber from operating in Germany. That is hard to justify as the service is entirely voluntary, people offering rides for other people. The only justification is to protect the taxi industry. Therefore, the German courts

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The Quality of our Money

By Heiko de Boer

The ECB is currently stimulating the economy. Their motivation is a possible deflation scenario.  Related to this scenario is the risk of an economic downturn.  However, the ECB always and at all times aims to stimulate the economy,