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Eternal Recurrence: The Rise and Fall of Complex Civilizations
Eternal Recurrence: The Rise and Fall of Complex Civilizations

Most people have heard the cliché, “history repeats itself” but how many have...

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Dawn of an Empire: The Washington Consensus Economic Policy
Dawn of an Empire: The Washington Consensus Economic Policy

When president George H.W. Bush delivered a speech before a joint session of...

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Post World War Rebuilding: The Rise and Fall of the Bretton Woods System
Post World War Rebuilding: The Rise and Fall of the Bretton Woods System

In July 1944 outside of the small town of Bretton Woods, New Hampshire,...

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Great European Empires: The Economics of World Wars I and II
Great European Empires: The Economics of World Wars I and II

No two wars in history have defined an entire century more than World...

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Institutionalized Incompetence: Hyperinflation in the Weimar Republic
Institutionalized Incompetence: Hyperinflation in the Weimar Republic

In the modern lexicon the term “Weimar” has become a euphemism for government...

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A Monetary System Backed by Gold: The Rise and Fall of the Classical Gold Standard
A Monetary System Backed by Gold: The Rise and Fall of the Classical Gold Standard

Most of you reading this are probably aware that the current global monetary...

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The Enlightenment and Economics in the Eighteenth Century
The Enlightenment and Economics in the Eighteenth Century

The Enlightenment, which roughly coincides with the eighteenth century, was a period in...

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A Middle Age Transition: The Economic System of Mercantilism, Ca. 1500-1800
A Middle Age Transition: The Economic System of Mercantilism, Ca. 1500-1800

Western Europe’s transition from the Middle Ages to what historians commonly call the...

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An Economic Awakening: Renaissance Florence and the Birth of Capitalism
An Economic Awakening: Renaissance Florence and the Birth of Capitalism

The economic ideas of Renaissance Italy laid the groundwork for modern capitalism by...

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Struggle for the Holy Land: The Economic aspects of the Crusades
Struggle for the Holy Land: The Economic aspects of the Crusades

Among all periods in human history, perhaps none are more maligned and misunderstood...

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A Bridge Through the Dark Ages: Charlemagne and the Carolingian Dynasty
A Bridge Through the Dark Ages: Charlemagne and the Carolingian Dynasty

To most historians the period in western European history known as the Dark...

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The Collapse of the Roman Economy, Part II: Third Century to the Last Emperor in the West
The Collapse of the Roman Economy, Part II: Third Century to the Last Emperor in the West

As the inflation of the third century AD gripped Rome, other fissures in...

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The Collapse of the Roman Economy, Part I: Third Century to the Last Emperor in the West
The Collapse of the Roman Economy, Part I: Third Century to the Last Emperor in the West

Often the numerous “barbarian” invasions of Roman territory and later Rome itself is...

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Ideas from the Ancient World: The Economic Emergence of Western Civilization
Ideas from the Ancient World: The Economic Emergence of Western Civilization

The modern economic system that has enveloped the globe and the daily lives...

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Macro Trends

Eternal Recurrence: The Rise and Fall of Civilizations and the Populist Solution?
Eternal Recurrence: The Rise and Fall of Civilizations and the Populist Solution?

History Repeats Itself? Most people have heard the cliché, “history repeats itself” but...

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Kondratieff Waves & Schumpeter’s Creative Destruction
Kondratieff Waves & Schumpeter’s Creative Destruction

Most people are familiar with the term “history repeats itself” in the context...

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Culture, Complexity & Capital Markets in the 21st Century
Culture, Complexity & Capital Markets in the 21st Century

During the Panic of 2008 and the recession that followed it, fundamental problems...

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Economic Globalization & the Next International Monetary Regime, I
Economic Globalization & the Next International Monetary Regime, I

Time for a Change? For about the last 200 years the nations of the...

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Economic Globalization & the Next International Monetary Regime, II
Economic Globalization & the Next International Monetary Regime, II

If the world adopts another international monetary regime over the coming decades it...

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The History of Long-Term Interest Rates: From 1790 to 2016
The History of Long-Term Interest Rates: From 1790 to 2016

When one examines the current global economic system and compares it with those...

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A Brief Overview of the Monetary Value of Gold
A Brief Overview of the Monetary Value of Gold

When most people think of “money” today the idea of cash usually comes...

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Lectures

Jeremy Rifkin: The Zero Marginal Cost Society

Jeremy Rifkin is an American economic and social theorist, writer, public speaker, political...

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Robert Shiller: Anxious about the Next Bubble

Robert J. Shiller is an American Nobel Laureate, economist, academic, and best-selling author....

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Ray Dalio: Debt Cycles

Ray Dalio is an American businessman and founder of the investment firm Bridgewater Associates. In 2012,...

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George Friedman: Is Europe Destined For Conflict?

George Friedman is a Hungarian born American political scientist and author. He is...

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Niall Ferguson: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die

Niall Ferguson is a British historian who is the Laurence A. Tisch Professor...

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James Rickards: Culture, Complexity & Capital Markets

James Rickards is an American lawyer, frequent financial commentator, and author of The...

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Thomas Piketty: Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Thomas Piketty is a French economist and professor at the Paris School of...

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Peter Thiel: Innovation and Stagnation

Peter Thiel is an American entrepreneur, venture capitalist, hedge fund manager, and social...

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Slavoj Žižek: Democracy and Capitalism are Destined to Split Up

Slavoj Žižek is a Slovenian Marxist philosopher and cultural critic. He is currently...

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Marc Faber: Financial Bubbles

Marc Faber is a Swiss investor, precious metals advocate, publisher of the Gloom...

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George Soros: General Theory of Reflexivity

George Soros is a Hungarian-born investor and philanthropist. He is the chairman of...

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David Stockman: The Great Deformation

David Stockman is a former businessman and U.S. politician who served as a...

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Larry Summers: Secular Stagnation

Larry Summers is an American economist who served as the Chief Economist at the World...

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