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

An Honest (and Legal) Way to Evade Jury Duty

Douglas French

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

Douglas French

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

Douglas French

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...


Freedom is Not an Elaborate Fiction

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In the vain of great thinkers like Ayn Rand and Rose Wilder Lane, libertarian novelist L. Neil Smith has for many years imagined heroes who tell truth to power at great risk. Today, Doug French reviews his latest non-fiction work, and why it's such a great introduction to the ideas espoused by libertarian thought. Read on...


Guns, Ammo and Other Great Ways to Fight Inflation

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In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, the Fed felt it needed to do something drastic to prevent a massive tidal wave of bank defaults. Unfortunately their solution create a much larger problem. One that can't be fixed by simply printing money. In fact, as Doug French explains, that's part of the problem to begin with. Read on...


Why a Wounded Housing Market Refuses to Heal

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Even as President Obama touted a rebound in the housing market, 20% of mortgaged U.S. homeowners are still underwater on their homes. That's a pretty telling statistic, and one that suggests the U.S. housing market still has a lot of "rebounding" to do before it's officially back on track. Doug French explains...


The Fed Can’t Print a Brighter Future

Douglas French

Stock indexes may be hitting new highs, but this isn't your ordinary market rally. While stocks portray exuberance, Americans have never been more worried about their children's future. Doug French explains why this has more to do with the Fed and it's loose monetary policy than most people realize... or are willing to admit. Read on...


The Most Interesting Economist of All Time

Douglas French

Throughout history, financial markets have been comprised of a series of bubbles and crashes. However, the Fed’s endless policy of easy money has broken the mold when it comes to these financial bubbles. But, as Doug French explains, it seems some investors refuse to learn from the lessons of the past. Read on...


Bitcoin: The Prison Cigarette of Global Currencies

Douglas French

Throughout history, there have been many things exchanged as "money" - from paper, to gold to cigarettes. But as Doug French explains, even if some people doubt the legitimacy of a certain (digital) alternative currency, that doesn't mean it isn't money. Read on...