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Economy

May 28, 2024

The artificial controversy generated by the government’s fake overreaction to some words of the president of Argentina has overshadowed his firm defense of freedom and his unabashed criticism of socialism, a breath of fresh air and a real shock for the economic illiteracy of our political class. One of the debates raised by the Argentinian...
Economy / Politics / Published in Expansión

February 7, 2020

Venezuela is a tragedy as much as it is a warning. A warning of how a once-rich country can end up oppressed and impoverished by radical socialism and communism (how many more examples will we need?), of how a people can destroy itself deceived by the promises of demagogues and of how a democracy can...
Economy / Published in Expansión

July 5, 2019

In a recent speech, Spain’s acting Finance Minister advocated for an increase in the size of the government and announced a brutal tax hike while criticizing the idea that “taxpayers’ money is better in their own pockets,” a concept she dismissed as a “mantra”. The whole sentence, copied word for word from an article published...
Economy

July 16, 2018

We recently had the privilege of interviewing Fernando del Pino for the second time. Our first exclusive conversation took place in early 2014, ( it is reprinted a bit later in this issue)…
Economy / Published in Expansión

May 11, 2017

We live in an era of technological intoxication, in which we all bow down in fascination before the Golden Calf of new technologies. However, we ought to ask ourselves an unpleasant question: are all these technological advances really productive? Why it is, then, that productivity growth has slowed down in developed countries? Given that time...
Economy / Politics / Published in Expansión

February 16, 2017

Do you happen to know, dear reader, which proportion of your hard-earned income is eaten up by the State’s Leviathan if you add all the direct and indirect taxes that you pay throughout the year? Welfare States follow two essential rules: the first is to conceal the true level of taxation it obtains from plundering...
Economy / Published in Expansión

January 30, 2017

In the last eight years US public debt has doubled in dollar terms. In Spain, public debt has roughly increased from 40% to 100% of GDP during the same period while the sum of public and private non-financial debt has climbed to 250% of GDP (versus 155% twenty years ago). Both are nice examples of...
Economy / Politics / Published in Expansión

January 26, 2017

As I wrote in my previous article, when the Transition to democracy took place in Spain in 1975, the unemployment rate was 5% and the standard of living had grown by a factor of four in a single generation as a result of the country’s huge (though fragile) economic growth between 1950 and 1974 (a...
Economy / Politics / Published in Expansión

January 20, 2017

I witness, in some degree of amazement, how our government officials appear to be immersed in a binge of mutual congratulation and merry back-slapping in the belief that the crisis has run its course, mistaking the manna delivered by the ECB and the nerve-strained inflows of investment funds (which come and go in the blink...