Do we even need the Federal Reserve?
Whether on the political left, right, or in the middle, virtually everybody thinks we do. After all, without the Fed, we’ll have wild economic swings and crashes.
Economist Edward Stringham disagrees. In this It’s Your Dime Interview, he talks about it with host Mike Maharrey and makes the case that the economy would function just fine without a central bank pulling strings. In fact, as he explains, the Fed actually stirs up economic chaos.
José Niño was born in Venezuela and his family has experienced the impacts of socialism first hand. But was it “real socialism?”
On this episode of It’s Your Dime, José and host Mike Maharrey talk about it.
José had the good fortune of leaving Venezuela before it descended into chaos. After reading the tea leaves and realizing that the country was heading down the path of political turmoil, José’s parents brought his family to the US in search of better opportunities.
You would think folks on Wall Street would be pretty good at economics. Some of them are. But as Alex Merced will attest, just because somebody lands a job as a stockbroker doesn’t mean they’re a good economist.
Alex works as a Wall Street trainer. He also teaches economics. In fact, he’s produced hundreds of videos on economic topics ranging from basic to advanced. In this episode of It’s Your Dime, host Mike Maharrey and Alex talk about economics and investing.
The government is regulating you to death. Sometimes literally. But there are some things you can do about it. In this episode of It’s Your Dime, host Mike Maharrey talks about it with libertarian activist and author Mary Ruwart.
We’ve seen growing support for a universal basic income or UBI. In a nutshell, the government would pay every citizen a set amount of money without any means testing or work requirement. Democratic Party presidential candidate Andrew Yang has made UBI a central issue in his campaign. Under his plan, every American over the age of 18 would get $1,000 per month, guaranteed. This sounds great, doesn’t it? Who doesn’t want free money? But the plan raises a few questions — like how would the government pay for it?
In this episode of It’s Your Dime, host Mike Maharrey talks with Antony Sammeroff, author of the book “Universal Basic Income: For and Against.” They discuss the pros and cons of UBI and delve into some of the economic ramifications.
Bill Greene’s biggest claim to fame is spurning Donald Trump and voting for Ron Paul as a member of the electoral college in 2016. But Bill is more than just a “faithless elector.” He’s an assistant professor of political science at South Texas College, and an expert on “constitutional tender” and sound money.
In this edition of It’s Your Dime, host Mike Maharrey talks to Bill about his experience as a member of the electoral college and the importance of reestablishing gold and silver as legal tender in the United States.
Central bankers and politicians think they can run the economy.
In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap, host Mike Maharrey digs into some fundamental economic theories that explain why these central planners will always fail, no matter how noble their intentions.
Eric Peters is known as “the libertarian car guy.” But even if you aren’t particularly interested in automobiles, you’ll want to listen to this interview. Mike Maharrey and Eric not only talk about what’s going on in the auto market – an important economic barometer – but they also cover a range of topics from the Green New Deal, to electric cars, to the nanny state.
Silver often gets lost in gold’s shadow, but it’s important in its own right – both as an industrial and a monetary metal. In this episode of It’s Your Dime, Mike Maharrey talks all things silver with Silver Institute Executive Director Michael DiRienzo.
From the moment we enter the education system, we’re taught that government provides a benevolent hand that guides the economy and protects its citizens. For more than 50 years, Reason Magazine has been exposing the cracks in this narrative, contrasting the heavy hand of government with the beauty of free minds and free markets.
In this episode of It’s Your Dime, Mike Maharrey talks with Reason editor-at-large Nick Gillespie.