Most Keynesian economists do not want to admit that we are in another depression. They find the word painful.
Money isn’t wealth. It measures wealth the way a ruler measures length, a clock measures time and a scale measures weight.
Boy is this true, but so many people, including the supposed shamans at the Fed fail to grasp (or choose oddly to ignore) this basic concept. Dumping “money” into the economic system isn’t going to make the economy grow, it will only make the money currently in the system worth less.
It’s not quite that simple. But it’s nearly that simple.
Say what you want about gold but it has held its value for thousands of years. The fiat dollar? Well let’s just say its been a steady march toward becoming trash.
If we want a high value economy, if we want high value jobs, we should have “high value” money. Sound money. Gold backed money. We should have money which can’t be eroded at the whim of our central bank.
Washington and the Fed think they can plan out society. That they can manipulate the levers of the economy to elicit positive outcomes (mostly for them). That leaving the world to the “whims of the marketplace” is madness. That dispassionate managers (no one is dispassionate, especially political managers) can and will make the world anew. There is no God. Government is God and it will giveth and taketh as it pleases.
Truly it will not end well if people keep buying into the simple minded notion that the government is somehow their friend. That the state will mete out justice on behalf of the “people.” That somehow by expanding the power of the politicians life will be made better.
The government is to be tolerated. There are things it must do. But it is not your friend unless you are in the political class. Most of us are not.
Indeed we don’t. But we are so conditioned to the idea that the cost of renting money fundamentally should be determined by a central bank that most don’t think anything of monetary policy. When the economy tanks, the Fed’s supposed to ease, when the economy gets too hot it’s supposed to raise rates. This is what we were all taught in our macroeconomics courses. Makes sense…I guess.
Actually not at all. These fluctuations, the business cycle, are created by the world’s central banks.
Why does Bernanke command such high fees? He’s been wrong over and over.
I remember when Bernanke said he was going to keep rates at 0 until 2014 and everyone was up in arms. Now he’s telling us that we had better get used to lower than natural interest rates and all the distortion it creates in the economy for the next 30 years or so.
Hillary Clinton’s latest speech (May 16) revealed some of her thoughts about reviving the economy. It suggested that she does not understand how jobs are created.
Malinvestment is a very important concept to understand. It simply means the allocation of capital in ways which appear to be (and may be) rational in a period of artificially cheap credit, but in ways which in the end prove to be inefficient once the market corrects for artificially low rates. (Created by a central bank.) Malinvestment is a symptom and a driver of economic bubbles.