Fergus Hodgson

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Fergus Hodgson is an economic consultant, financial editor, athlete, and traveler. He holds degrees in economics, finance, and political science from the United States and New Zealand, and he has lived in eight countries. Follow @FergHodgson.

My 5 Favorite Spots to Eat in New Orleans

The Delights of an Aspiring Reporter in the Crescent City

The Big Easy may have come across difficult times economically, but no one can take anything away from the city’s food. Perhaps the New Orleans laid-back attitude to life in general is what gives chefs more room to breathe and be creative. The place welcomes partiers, and locals are not fussed about a bit of […]

Daniel Smyth: Obamacare Still Unconstitutional

Origination Clause Violated in 2010 US Law

A friend whom I greatly respect has published an academic article on the origination clause of the US Constitution and what it means for Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act. Daniel Smyth‘s peer-reviewed work in the British Journal of American Legal Studies carefully lays out the case for why Obamacare, as a law […]

The Heroic Gold Bug You Never Heard Of

Jim Blanchard Ended the Federal Ban, Won His American Dream

When we hear of sound money, the gold standard, and precious-metals investing, various names come to mind: Murray Rothbard, Ron Paul, Doug Casey, Mark Skousen, and Harry Browne. There is, however, one man who can take almost single-handed credit for the 1974 legalization of gold ownership in the United States: James “Jim” Blanchard of New […]

‘Rational Individualism’ Puts Collectivists in Their Place

Mike Beitler Delivers the Deathblow with Academic Precision

Mike Beitler is a soft-spoken gentleman. Yet his book on capitalism skips pleasantries and cuts collectivism to shreds as antithetical to individualism, productivity, freedom, and reason. I first came to know Beitler via his Free Markets radio show and podcast, where I was a guest a few times. When work prospects brought me to North […]

Why ‘Rich Dad Poor Dad’ Keeps Selling

Government Miseducation Leaves Vacuum of Financial Illiteracy

The vast majority of us went through the government-education conveyor belt, and that includes me.* Since we learn little about anything there, and zero about personal finance in those dozen or so years, we rely heavily on our parents and the adult role models in our lives. A shortfall there will tend to leave us […]