Richard W. Rahn
Articles by Richard W. Rahn
The global monetary disaster
We are in the early stages of a global money meltdown. The money meltdown, mainly stemming from governments spending and borrowing irresponsibly, has been underway for some time. Published April 11, 2022
What is Putin’s life expectancy?
Many of the world's political leaders and even some of the business leaders who should know better seem to have forgotten "stage two." Published April 4, 2022
Economists are strange people
Would you take a college seriously if some geography department professors argue that the world was flat? Published March 28, 2022
Who caused the gas price increase, Putin or Biden?
President Biden and his team have been saying it is not this fault for the gasoline price increase; it is Russian President Vladimir Putin's fault. Is that true? Published March 21, 2022
The economic consequences of the Ukraine war
The war in Ukraine has turned a probable recession into a near certainty. Published March 14, 2022
Why did Ukraine give up its nuclear weapons?
In hindsight, it appears to have been a terrible decision for Ukraine to have given up its nuclear weapons back in 1994. Published March 7, 2022
Why is Biden financing Putin’s war?
Oil and gas are Russia's largest exports and account for a substantial portion of its budget. Published February 28, 2022
What would George Washington have done?
George Washington, whose 290th birthday we are now celebrating, is often and probably correctly viewed as the "indispensable man" of the American Revolution more than any of the American Founders. Published February 21, 2022
Preventing the next great inflation
It is too late to prevent a sudden or gradual collapse in the dollar's value. Published February 14, 2022
The perils of Team Biden playing ‘make-believe’
Children engage in much "make-believe" as a way of stimulating their imagination and creativity. Published February 7, 2022
Russia’s Ukraine invasion will increase oil prices, create a recession
The environmental lobby acts as if green energy is a free lunch - but now, reality is about to set in. Chinese President Xi Jinping acknowledged last week that China. Published January 31, 2022
Via votes and actions, Americans showing opposition to socialism, communism
The world is divided into builders and destroyers, liberators and oppressors. The good news is that a destroyer can become a builder, and an oppressor can become a liberator. History is replete with examples. Published January 24, 2022
The curse of inflation
This past week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that consumer prices rose by seven percent during this past year, the highest in 40 years. Published January 17, 2022
The Supreme Court and Biden’s vast display of ignorance
How often have you heard someone say, "We are governed by idiots," or something to that effect? Published January 10, 2022
Tyranny of the mainstream media thought police
What is the greatest danger in 2022? Global warming? Inflation? The Pandemic? My answer is the tyranny of the thought police. Published January 3, 2022
Why is Putin threatening Ukraine?
Ukraine is much smaller than Russia in geography, population, per capita economic wealth and military power. Published December 27, 2021
The good news is the experts are often wrong
By most counts, 2021 turned out to be another miserable year. Published December 20, 2021
Team Biden is killing the economy
Inflation comes from one source -- and that source is incompetent and politically driven government officials and bureaucrats who, through overregulation and taxation, drive up the cost of most everything. Published December 13, 2021
How big can government get?
The socialists and communists explicitly say they want bigger government, while most free-market and libertarian-leaning people claim they want smaller government. Published December 6, 2021
Trump-Russia hoax: Media mistakes, bias, lies and laziness
My commentary last week dealt with the destructive effects of the capital gains tax increase that was part of the House's Build Back Better (BBB) bill. Published November 29, 2021