Over the last 2 decades Washington DC, always a little full of itself, has embraced the role of Imperial City. DC is by far the wealthiest region in the USA. From the Blue Ridge Mountains east to the Chesapeake Bay, from the suburbs of Baltimore south to Fredericksburg Virginia, it is a vast swathe of repurposed taxpayer dollars.
The great disconnect continues. Those who are tapped into the (crony) financialized system have seen their stocks and bonds do well as the market has ridden a Federal Reserve created bubble. Those who do not have assets, or only real estate assets, (unless they have nice arable farmland) have fallen behind. It’s a case of the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer, but the situation has been exacerbated by the central bank experiments of the last 6 years.
Technically Hong Kong is now part of communist China, yet today it is perhaps the freest and one of the wealthiest places on Earth. One man, Sir John James Cowperthwaite, had everything to do with this.
I remember back during the the big Argentine default of 2001 I was on an overseas real estate website and I saw a piece of land which was literally the size of Delaware for sale for $1,000,000 US. I remember thinking that even if the land was deep in the barren steppe of Tierra del Fuego it still had to be a deal at that price. There would have to be minerals under there of some sort. All I had to do was find 1 million dollars.
Is she a feminist?
The economist offering this “solution” has been feted by the Obama White House economic staff, the International Monetary Fund, and by many of the people running world economies today. His ideas are definitely “in play.”
In fairness The Economist readily identifies its shortcomings with regard to the index. They explain that they are missing huge pieces of data, can’t exactly define what industries are “crony heavy” and which are not in a particular country, and miss the largest amount of cronies because the magazine focuses on billionaires. (The vast majority of cronies, like everyone else aren’t billionaires.)
There is some serious simple wisdom in the attached article.
Times are hard but they will likely get harder. We’ve covered over gaping cracks in the world economy with fiat money paper mache, but it won’t last. In fact the paper mache is disintegrating right in front of us. What Poland did to its pensioners earlier this year is an example of the underlying instability in the world economic system.