Top 10 Business, Market, and Economic Stories of 2017

Well, that was fast – or was it? Perhaps it depends on your point of view.

It was a busy 2017 for business, markets, and economics. Billion-dollar acquisitions, anti-speech universities crumbling, and the Trump administration needing a necessary economics lesson. A lot happened.

Over at Liberty Nation, I wrote about the top 10 business, markets, and econ stories of 2017 in the United States.

Here is a brief rundown:

– Bitcoin
– Stock market
– GOP tax plan
– Jerome Powell
– U.S. debt
– U.S. shale revolution
– M&A activity
– Anti-speech universities
– Household debt
– Labor market

Read more here.

(I’ll be sure to write about the top underreported econ stories of 2017 at Economic Collapse News.)

A Libertarian, Non-Interventionist Look at U.S. Foreign Policy

I am designated as the Economics Correspondent at LibertyNation.com, but I regularly opine on foreign policy. Since being hired by the website this past spring, I have criticized neoconservatives, the Democrats, President Donald Trump, NATO and many other individuals and entities.

One of my foreign policy articles landed me a spot on RT’s “CrossTalk” in July, which was my very first television appearance.

After taking a look through my catalogue of news stories, op-eds and analytical pieces on LN, I decided to list my foreign policy articles here for future reference, or if anyone wants to republish or discuss the content.

Here they are:

Is NATO a Cult That Needs to be Disbanded?

Neocons and The Left Both Want War

U.S. Sanctions Pave Road to War

War is Alive and Well Under Trump Administration

Happy Birthday CIA, Well Maybe Not

Facebook Taps Neo-Conservative Outlets as Fake News Fact-Checkers

The Neocons’ African ‘Adventures’

Are the New Cuba Restrictions Going to Work?

Proposed Foreign Aid Cuts Merely a Good Start

Iranians Fight in Streets While Neocons and Journos Beat War Drums

I will try to update this post as much as I can.

My First Econ Piece Published by the Mises Institute

The Mises Institute is one of the greatest organizations to introduce people of all ages to the world of Austrian economics.

Shortly following former Congressman Ron Paul’s 2008 presidential election campaign, I signed up for the institution’s economics courses. I learned a lot by reading Henry Hazlitt, Murray Rothbard, Ludwig von Mises and all of the other great economists and thinkers.

What’s great about Austrian economics is that you are constantly learning something new. And, more importantly, you can solve today’s problems with this economic school of thought.

On Thursday, the Mises Institute published one of my articles on duties imposed by the U.S. government on Chinese aluminum foil. I have done a lot in my writing career, but this is definitely a great honour.

Here is an excerpt to my piece entitled “Duties Imposed Against Chinese “Dumping” Hurt American Consumers“:

For years, special interests have called on the U.S. government to “level the playing field” in the form of duties, levies, and other antiquated measures. Democrats and Republicans alike have aired their grievances over the trade deficit, grumbling about exporters hurting American workers by flooding the market with cheap goods. These complaints are deeply misguided.

Over the last decade, China has been accused of tilting international trade in its favor. Is this true? No, it is demonstrably false, as Beijing’s subsidized exports greatly benefit American consumers far more than the Chinese population.

You can’t tell that to the U.S. government, though.

In late October, the Department of Commerce announced that China dumped aluminum foil on the U.S. market, selling the goods at “unfairly low prices.”

Trade policy under Trump hasn’t been dramatically different from his predecessors, though. Who who monitor trade deals have forgotten about President Barack Obama’s 35% tax on Chinese tires and President George W. Bush’s 20% tax on imported steel.

My Coverage of Remembrance Day Ceremonies in Toronto

Remembrance Day is upon us. It is a day to remember and honour Canada’s fallen. Whatever your opinion is on war and the military, these men and women served their country, followed orders and lost their lives doing what they thought was right.

I covered multiple Remembrance Day ceremonies over the years in Toronto, whether it was at Old City Hall or Queen’s Park.

Here are some of the images I snapped:

Remembrance Day ceremony taking place at the north lawn of Queen s Park in Toronto.

Remembrance Day in Toronto

Remembrance Day ceremony taking place at the north lawn of Queen s Park in Toronto.

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Wreaths at Old City Hall.

Remembrance Day ceremony taking place at the north lawn of Queen s Park in Toronto.

Remembrance Day ceremony taking place at the north lawn of Queen s Park in Toronto.

Remembrance Day ceremony taking place at the north lawn of Queen s Park in Toronto.

You can also check out these articles:

10 Classic Horror Films to Watch on Halloween

Boo!

Halloween is here, and it certainly feels like it with the cold weather and expected rain during Trick or Treat night in Toronto. But if you don’t want to beg your neighbours for candy that will just give you heartburn, there’s plenty of motion pictures to enjoy.

Horror films have greatly changed in recent years. Ghouls and goblins, werewolves and vampires used to dominate Halloween movies, and they were deliciously fun to consume. In 2017, it’s more about torture porn, cheap jump scares and boring plots.

Want to give your Halloween viewing a bit of a change?

Here are 10 Halloween pictures that you should watch:

– “Black Cat” (1934)
– “The Thing” (1951)
– “The Raven” (1935)
– “Repulsion” (1965)
– “The Exorcist” (1973)
– “Hour of the Wolf” (1961)
– “Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte” (1964)
– “Rosemary’s Baby” (1968)
– “The Hands of Orlac” (1924)
– “The Old Dark House” (1932)