Douglas French

Douglas French

Douglas French is a Senior Editor for Agora Financial. He received his master's degree under the direction of Murray N. Rothbard at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, after many years in the business of banking. He is the author of two books, Early Speculative Bubbles & Increases in the Money Supply, the first major empirical study of the relationship between early bubbles and the money supply, and Walk Away, a monograph assessing the philosophy and morality of strategic default. He is founder and editor of LibertyWatch magazine.

Douglas French's Recent Articles

Winners and Losers in the Battle of Economic Stupidity

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A lot of people are buying to a lot of bad ideas right now, based on faulty logic or blindly following a political agenda. But if you ask the right questions, you can expose these ideas, as well as the people who support them, and show how silly (and stupid) they really are. Thankfully, one man has been doing just that for decades. Doug French explains...


The World’s Most Powerful and Influential Business

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Central banks manipulate money. That much is certain. But is there something even more sinister - even criminal - going on behind the closed doors? Today, Douglas French takes a closer look at these hallowed monetary institutions, and why it pays to have political connections to those within their walls. Read on...


Politicians Quietly Fight an Economic Recovery

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Politicians love raising the minimum wage because it means they don't have to ask voters to pay more in taxes. They just dump the costs onto shop owners. And while this is absolutely killing small businesses, the implications for the economy are far more damaging. Doug French explains...


Laissez FaireHow to Grab Profits that are Just Out of Reach

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Is high frequency trading a sign the stock market is a rigged game? Or is it a way to make trades more accessible for people just like you? Depending on who you ask, you might get wildly different answers. You'll have to decide on your own, but this article by Doug French will give you some answers. Read on...


Laissez FaireA Simple Guide to Discovering Your Inner Economist

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When you think of economists, you might think of policy pundits arguing ideas on how to fix the country's stagnant economy. But that's only part of their job. Most of the time, their job boils down to decision-making, and how to make the best decision based on a particular circumstance. Doug French has more...


Laissez FaireAgainst the Crowd: Buy Treasurys

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When scientists reach a consensus about something, it usually means they're breaking new ground on a theory based on hard facts and proven evidence. When economists agree on something, it shows the limitations of a field that tries to model how humans are supposed to behave. And that's where the danger lies. Doug French explores...


An Honest (and Legal) Way to Evade Jury Duty

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There might not be any magic bullet to get out of jury duty. But there are things you can say to make the judge and attorneys nervous. Ideas that threaten the system they operate in, and the status quo that’s keeping your right and freedoms suppressed. Doug French relays his own experience with this dubious process...


An Economic Theory that Leads to Smart Investing

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Austrian economics does more than tell you what happens when the government disturbs market forces. It can tell you exactly what to expect from the market. Market behavior depends on how people behave. And how people behave is central to the Austrian perspective. Doug French explains...


Laissez FaireThe Unsung Benefits of Reading Literary Fiction

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There are plenty of people who think that reading fiction is a waste of time. But a new study published in the academic journal Science provides evidence to the contrary. And for free-thinking individuals that could lead to a better understanding of liberty, economics and the way the world works. Douglas French explains...


The Only Way to Save a Housing Market

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There is no problem the U.S. government thinks it can't fix. Whether it's a foreign conflict between two sovereign nations, or it's own battered housing market. Today, Doug French examines a new study that shows, with alarming clarity, how government intervention hinders rather than helps, any hope of a speedy recovery. Read on...