FREE-MARKET GEMS

The Debate in 3 min . . . The good, the bad, and the ugly. And then more bad and ugly. There wasn’t a lot of good.

Hating on the TPP? . . . “Don’t” says Daniel Ikenson of Cato. It’s not a perfect trade deal, but it’s much better than no trade at all. (10:00)

IT’S ARMAGEDDON! . . . Should we bail out of the market? The long-term investors sees lots of Armageddons, says Zach Shepherd of Matson Money. Don’t bail. Stay calm, and re-balance. (55:00)

Feds ban a tea leaf . . . Kratom, a tree that’s been used for a thousand years in herbal teas has now joined the ranks of marijuana, cocaine, heroine, and other schedule 1 substances. Don’t worry, though. It’s for our safety. Kratom is reported to have all the intoxicating effects of a cup of coffee.

With friends like that . . . who needs discrimination? Jeffrey Tucker takes on Hillary and her would-be “help” for the disabled. The Americans with Disabilities Act, he explains, has already marginalized and barred from employment more in the disabled community than it’s helped. No one needs friends like that.

 

 

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FREE-MARKET GEMS

A bad case of the do-somethings . . . Price controls in times of shortage may be the easy political fix, but the economics (the reality) of price controls invariably means more shortage.

Amerexit from NATO? (28:00) . . . Yes, says policy analyst Ivan Eland from the Independent Institute. The need for NATO no longer exists.

Why does gov’t humanitarian aid fail? (5:00) . . . Because government, says Chris Coyne of George Mason U. (Ok, he does elaborate on that answer, but the bottom line is still gov’t).

PC in retreat . . . The recent campus hysteria (micro-aggressions, trigger warnings, safe spaces) may be, according to Reason, collapsing under the “weight of its own internal contradictions.” Let’s hope for a total collapse.

Free is not good enough . . . UC Berkley’s free online content should also be accessible to the visual and hearing impaired, says the D.O.J. Berkley’s response is a reasonable one: That would cost too much, so one gets it.

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FREE-MARKET GEMS

Ivory tower woes . . . Mainstream economics seems unable to bridge theory and practice. That may be because it’s rarely based in reality, says Mises.

An economic model (4:00) . . . for foreign policy? Yes, says professor Abby Hall Blanco of the University of Tampa.

A Trump presidency silver lining . . . A. Barton Hinkle of Reason looks hard for it and finds that Hillary may have provided one herself.

The death of liberal arts . . . FEE contributor Joseph Pearce doesn’t see a problem with choosing the more “practical” college degrees because, he argues, there are no longer any liberal arts programs to pursue.

Libertarian Star Trek (4:00) . . . to boldly go and leave people alone

 

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World Class Investor Coaching and Dinner

Join us for an evening out where guest speaker, Todd Huizinga will explain the impact of Brexit on self-government and free markets globally.

Schedule of Events
5:30pm – Mind over Money – Evan Vanderwey
6:30pm – Dinner – provided by Cornerstone Wealth Partners
7:00pm – Brexit: What Happened and Why It’s Good for All of Us – Todd Huizinga
8:00pm – Event concludes

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Todd Huizinga
Todd Huizinga is a senior fellow of the Paul B. Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

A U.S. diplomat from 1992-2012, Todd served as deputy chief of mission at the U.S. embassy in Luxembourg, political counselor at the U.S. Mission to the European Union in Brussels, consul for political and economic affairs at the U.S. consulates in Hamburg and Munich, and consul for public affairs at the U.S. consulate in Monterrey, Mexico. He has also served in Dublin, Frankfurt and Costa Rica, and on the European Union Desk in the State Department in Washington, D.C.

Todd received a B.A. in Music and German from Calvin College in Grand Rapids and an M.A. in German Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Todd is the co-founder of the Transatlantic Christian Council, a public policy network dedicated to strengthening the transatlantic alliance. From 2014-2016 he was director of International Outreach for the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty.

Todd has contributed many articles to publications in the United States and Europe. He is the author of The New Totalitarian Temptation: Global Governance and the Crisis of Democracy in Europe (New York/London: Encounter Books, 2016). The book, lauded in a book review in National Review as “the best book ever written about the European Union,” identifies the root of the European Union’s crisis of democracy in its utopian commitment to a form of supranational governance that is insufficiently accountable to European citizens.

Todd Huizinga Can Also Be Seen At:
Annual Constitution Day Conference of the Hillsdale College Kirby Center in Washington, D.C.: “Sovereignty and Politics” – September 15
Konrad Adenauer Foundation conference in Cadenabbia, Italy: “Western Alliance and Western Values” – November 6
Transatlantic Christian Council conference in Brussels, Belgium: “The EU and the Transatlantic Alliance” – December 6
Calvin College January Series in Grand Rapids, MI: “The EU and Global Governance” – January 13, 2017

Dinner Is On Us
The MSU University Club will be providing fine food and gracious service for our event. You can customize your meal at our extensive buffet with choices of salads, entrées, sides and desserts.
Entrées include: Grilled Marinated Flank Steak and Whitefish with Toasted Almonds

You Are Invited To Attend
All are welcome to attend this free event. Whether you’re a client, friend or family member of a client, or just interested in learning more about investing and free markets globally, we invite you to join us for an evening of World Class Investor Education! Please RSVP to Kristin with the names of the people who will be attending: kristin@cornerstonewealthpartners.com

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FREE-MARKET GEMS…

Matson on equities (1:00) . . . Own them long term!

Faith-based QE? . . . It’s ALL faith based, says Claudio Grass of Mises, and it’s a misplaced faith.

SIX questions (2:00) . . . for Libertarians to consider about foreign policy

Clearing the junk . . . Though technology can bring us a simpler life, Jeffrey Tucker of FEE reminds us that it’s the free market that really clears the way.

The battleground . . . The 11 states that will decide this presidential election.

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