Cultural Caviar

Standing Up to the Oligarchs

Much ink has been spilled scapegoating the various newfangled nerdy types known as "€œqu...

Cultural Caviar

All That Glitters is Not Gold (A Cautionary Tale in Two Parts)

Part I Following my recent tour of the Petropavlovsk gold project in Eastern Russia, I op...

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Russians Mine for Gold and an Old Etonian Recalls the U.S.S.R of 1967

Looking back on it now, "€˜lunacy"€™ is the word that springs most readily to mind. It...

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The Great Escape

"€œI wouldn"€™t like to go to prison,"€ said Gimlet. "€œThe idea is a very unplea...

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The Fat Women by Igor Grabar, 1904.

Gimlet’s Gold

"€œLook at the size of those women!"€ exclaimed Gimlet as four enormous ladies waddle...

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The Congressional Effect

In times such as these, people everywhere are seeking investment advice.  Even my den...

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The Girls Guide to (Buying and Selling) Diamonds

Beyond Benalmadena on Spain's famous Costa del Sol lies the town of Fuengirola. It is a sp...

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The Free Market: Uncool But Effective

The Free Market: Uncool But Effective

When the Right wants to antagonize the Obamaniancs, they draw a picture of Batman's Joker ...

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Will the PIGS Blow Up Europe?

Will the PIGS Blow Up Europe?

Among the mega-forces moving the tectonic plates and imperiling the nation-states of the w...

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Betting on The Hollywood Stock Exchange? Better Play Roulette

Betting on The Hollywood Stock Exchange? Better Play Roulette

I certainly don"€™t know much about investing, but I can give you one solid tip: don"€...

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The Big Business Myth

The Big Business Myth

Would it surprise you to hear that the New York Times has managed an economics fail? Again...

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Audit the Fed!

Audit the Fed!

While Bush and McCain were “abandoning free-market principles to save the free-marke...