Nick Freiling

What if Money Was No Object?

This article was originally published at ValuesandCapitalism.com on January 10, 2013. “What would you like to do if money was no object?” This is the question asked in a trending Youtube video narrated by the late philosopher Alan Watts. It encourages young people to live and dream as if money didn’t matter—as if money was […]

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Three Ways to Defend the Free Market

This article was originally published at ValuesandCapitalism.com on January 4, 2013. Each year, almost 50 percent of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions. Most often, these include things like losing weight, working harder or spending less. Whatever they may be, the common thread among them is that they involve things we deeply care about—things we think […]

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In Praise of the Speculator

This article was originally published at ValuesandCapitalism.com on December 5, 2012. In recent years, the purported effect of oil speculators in raising the price of oil has sparked much debate and concern. Pundits of various political bents have sought an explanation for the rising price of oil among the activity of speculators, and legislation has recently […]

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Earned Success in the Free(lance) Market

This article was originally published at ValuesandCapitalism.com on August 20, 2012. As I begin my last year of college, I think often about my post-graduation plans. Thinking often gives way to worrying, though, as the job market is weak and landing my dream job isn’t likely. So, like thousands of other frustrated Americans, I am […]

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Is the Fed Really to Blame?

This article was originally published at ValuesandCapitalism.com on August 14, 2012. With the passage of Ron Paul’s “Audit the Fed” bill in the House recently, monetary policy is once again becoming a mainstream political issue. And it’s about time. For decades, Americans have stood idly by as inflation destroys the value of their hard-earned savings […]

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How You Contribute to Monetary Inflation

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of speaking to a small gathering of churchgoers about the causes, dangers and morality of monetary inflation—a topic about which I wrote recently. The audience was great and followed up the presentation with several thoughtful and challenging questions. One in particular stood out: “Are there ways that we—well […]

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Where Money Meets Morality

If there’s one political issue that puts America to sleep, it’s monetary policy. Yes, most will concede that monetary policy is important. But the fact is, between all the M1s, M3s, CPIs, PPMs, and Vt=(nT/M)s, the average person gets lost in what appears to be a hopelessly complex system of regulation and statistical modeling. This […]

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Power Outages and the Invisible Hand

You’d think that downed traffic lights would cause chaos, confusion and road rage on steroids. Aren’t human beings too greedy and self-serving to be allowed to drive without traffic lights at even the smallest of intersections? But my experience in the aftermath of a terrible storm last weekend proved that selfish human beings are far […]

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“People vs. Profits” is a False Dichotomy

Among proponents of leftist political ideologies, the “people vs. profits” dichotomy is commonplace. Indeed, recently the Washington Post reported that President Obama will continue attacking Mitt Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital, painting him as a “corporate menace that protects profits at the expense of people and jobs.” While astute political observers are probably accustomed to such talk […]

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Don’t Mess With the Big Gulp Economy!

This article was originally published at ValuesandCapitalism.com on June 6, 2012. Once the public realized that NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg wasn’t joking about his plan to ban the sale of large sugary drinks within city limits, people responded with fierce (and predictable) uproar. Left looking like a loser, Bloomberg is obviously out of touch with the […]

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