Author Archives: Russell Lamberti

About Russell Lamberti

Russell Lamberti is a regular contributor to Mises SA. He is Chief Strategist at ETM Analytics, an Austrian-influenced economic research firm based in Johannesburg. Although he wrties about many topics, you'll most often find him slaying patent and copyright law and exposing the biggest bubble in history: fractional reserve banking.

The Currency War for Dummies

I wrote this piece in early 2013, but it’s worth dusting off. Doesn’t age much. The world is in a currency war. What is that? It’s when governments devalue their currencies in order to protect domestic industries against foreign competition. … Continue reading

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Documentary Explains Global Financial Crisis From the Perspective of the Austrian School of Economics

Austrian school economist Jesus Huerta de Soto, author of “Money, Bank Credit, and Economic Cycles“, produced this crowdfunded documentary called “Fraud. Why the Great Recession?” The documentary is probably the best one hour long explanation of the Austrian school of economics’ arguments … Continue reading

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Bitcoin has theory and history on its side

Detlev Schlichter has a smart Bitcoin piece over at The Cobden Centre. Any proper analysis has to distinguish clearly between the following layers of the Bitcoin phenomenon: 1) the concept itself, that is, the idea of a hard crypto-currency (digital … Continue reading

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Addiction Economics

Thorsten Polleit has a short but clear piece on the “The High Price of Delaying the Default” published at Mises.org. “It was Ludwig von Mises who understood that a fiat money boom will, and actually must, ultimately end in a … Continue reading

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Austrians vs Austerians

Mark Thornton notes the important difference between “Austerians” and Austrians in his good post at Mises.org. The type of austerity that gets the most worldwide press attention on a daily basis is that promoted by economists at the International Monetary Fund. This … Continue reading

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Say’s Law and the Permanent Recession

by Robert Blumen Mainstream media discussion of the macro economic picture goes something like this: “When there is a recession, the Fed should stimulate. We know from history the recovery comes about 12-18 months after stimulus. We stimulated, we printed a … Continue reading

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Bitcoin Banking

By David Howden Friday, March 7th, 2014 A currency is only as safe as the bank that stores it. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the recent turmoil in the bitcoin community. One the primary advantages of bitcoin, perhaps even the greatest advantage of the … Continue reading

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The Hows and Whys of Gold Price Manipulation

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts and Dave Kranzler have produced a searing piece on central bank gold price manipulation, fractional reserve gold banking, and a desperate Fed running out of physical gold. The analysis places more meat on the bones of … Continue reading

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SA Desperate for a Strong and Stable Rand

This week Mike Schussler wrote a widely read article for Moneyweb in which he argued that rand weakness does not help the manufacturing sector or economic growth, and why South Africa’s excessive consumption relative to productivity threatens yet further depreciation … Continue reading

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Mandela: The Great Symbol of South Africa’s Unfinished Fight For Liberty

Nelson Mandela is many things to many people. There is certainly no one true story of the man most South Africans call “Madiba”. Like any human being he was complex, multi-faceted, and matured and changed throughout his long life. To some he … Continue reading

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