Politics and History

Our editors look back to previous periods in politics and history to discover the parallels with today’s market and how this can help your investing.

History doesn’t repeat, as writer Mark Twain once wrote, but it rhymes. For an entertaining and informative romp through financial disasters and bull markets of yesteryear, plus the legendary investors who made a fortune and the foolish knaves who lost their shirts, read on…

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Central Planning: Aiming for Aristotle’s Head
Loosely speaking, the sceptics are mostly right. When it comes to central banking and central economic planning, they are always right. The central planners and world improvers are reliable sources of amusement, and not much more.
The ‘All America City’
Albany, we noticed in passing, calls itself the ‘All America City’. How could a city be ‘All America’, we wondered? The country is too big...too varied...too much for a single city to represent.
The USA: A Republic, If You Can Recognise It
We are witnessing the end stage of the American Republic as we drift closer to pure dictatorship. The free society that the Founders envisaged is barely identifiable. The twentieth century's near deathblow to the concept of individual liberty has today produced a multitude of problems.