Posts by Robert Murphy

Ep. 68 Jeff Snider Explains the Repo Market Flare-Up, the Fed’s Phony Solution, and the Global Dollar Problem

Jeff Snider is Head of Global Research at Alhambra Investments. He talks with Bob about the recent spike in lending rates in the repo markets, and how the Fed’s attempted solution fails to address the real problem. He then relates the repo problem to the global monetary system, which has suffered from major imbalances going…

Ep. 67 Walter Block and William Barnett on Problems With the Hayekian Triangle

In a 2006 journal article, “On Hayekian Triangles,” Walter Block and William Barnett lists 14 separate objection to the popular device used (in various forms) by Hayek, Rothbard, and Roger Garrison to illustrate how artificially low interest rates lead to an unsustainable boom. Block concludes that the Hayekian triangle can be salvaged, while Barnett thinks…

Ep. 66 Tough Questions for Conservatives

Bob asks a series of tough (but fair, he hopes) questions for conservatives, ranging from tariffs to impeachment to drug prohibition. . . . . . Mentioned in the Episode and Other Links of Interest: Bob’s free PDF (co-authored with Silas Barta) on Bitcoin, and The Case for IBC. News articles about CIA secret prison network,…

Ep. 65 Matt Bankert Makes His Case for the Top Ten Libertarian Rock Bands

Online rock artist and music blogger Matthew Bankert walks Bob through his picks for the Top Ten Libertarian Rock Bands. . . . . . Mentioned in the Episode and Other Links of Interest: “The Top Ten Libertarian Rock Bands,” according to Matt Bankert. The special link for Bob Murphy Show listeners, to get a…

Ep. 64 Why Johnny Depp Was the Good Guy and Morgan Freeman Was the Bad Guy in *Transcendence*

Bob analyses the 2014 film *Transcendence*, starring Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman. Besides making his case that Depp’s character was in the right, Bob explores some of the economic and even religious elements of the film. . . . Mentioned in the Episode and Other Links of Interest: The trailer to Transcendence. Bob’s article on…