The Economist still thinks our economic problems are due to a shortfall of spending!

economics hides its head

Like so many others, I have the answers to the dilemma economic theory is now in. My answers centre around the classical economics that was the core of theory before Keynes brought ruin to the heart of economics with his General Theory. Clear as a bell to me the havoc this has caused, but there are other views as well, some of whom, according to The Economist, are put forward by other economists as part of their blogs. Here’s how I can tell that most of the bloggers and economists they focus on are absolutely wrong:

America is suffering from a shortfall of spending. Both market monetarism and the neo-chartalists are right about that. They disagree about whether the best response is monetary or fiscal. The market monetarists argue that fiscal stimulus should be redundant, because a central bank can always revive spending—if it sets its mind to it. If the Fed’s efforts have disappointed, it is not because market monetarism is wrong, but because the Fed is not sufficiently committed to the cause. [my bolding]

Of course, both monetary and fiscal are important: the imperative is to raise interest rates and cut spending. But I don’t think that’s what they mean.

See how fortunate you are to be able to come to this blog and find out what is wrong and what to do. The problem is that both central banks and government spending are diverting our very scarce productive resources into a series of wasteful outcomes that are making us progressively less wealthy. The gross stupidity of thinking that the cause of our currently slow rates of activity and high levels of unemployment is a shortfall of spending shows that the curse of Keynes is going nowhere soon.

[An article from 2011 sent to me from a friend for comment. Economics is not about to change is my only answer.]

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