Are You Optimistic Or Pessmistic In The Age Of Trump?

Optimistic or pessimistic in the Age of Trump? Surprising answers from attendees at the 2017 International Students For Liberty Conference. Noted George Mason economist Bryan Caplan, author of "The Myth of the Rational Voter" who has written about "the pessimistic bias" in human nature, gives his take. For more, see our video page at



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Keynesian Economics and the Great Depression

Hillsdale College economics professor Gary Wolfram discusses Keynesian economics and the factors that pulled the national economy out of the Great Depression. The story of World War II shows that government spending may produce activity, but not the prosperity of a truly healthy economy.


-- Gary Wolfram, Hillsdale College,

Shadow Stats Snapshot

ShadowStats alternate economic indicators are based on the methodology of noted economist John Williams, specialist in government economic reporting.

  • Unemployment:
    BLS: 4.5%
    Shadow Stats: 22.5%
  • Inflation:
    March Year-to-Year: 2.74% (CPI-U*)
    Shadow Stats: 10.5%

*[cpi-u is the Bureau of Labor Statistics inflation rate for all urban consumers]