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“The issue is always the same: the government or the market. There is no third solution.”
Ludwig von Mises

Commentary & Analysis
More nanny-state happy juice? Seriously, Ben?

The fact of the matter is because the majority of people look to the government as their surrogate mommy and daddy (which explains the dismal political class we are stuck with as nearly half the US population is on some form of welfare), we will never get a real test of an Austrian School tough love fix versus the warmed over Keynesian stimulus gruel we are fed.

We published this summary about a year ago:

Fischer’s Debt-Deflation Theory

  1. Debt liquidation leads to distress selling
  2. Contraction of deposit currency and velocity of circulation
  3. A fall in prices–a swelling dollar
  4. A still greater fall in net worthsof business
  5. A like fall in profits
  6. A reduction in output, in trade and employment
  7. Pessimism and loss of confidence
  8. Hoarding and slowing down still more the velocity of circulation
  9. Complicated disturbances in the rates of interest; a fall in the nominal rates and rise in the real rates of interest.

Key Questions: Does more debt help? Does more money matter when velocity falls?

The Austrians would say Debt-Deflation needs to happen in order to set the stage for fresh real growth. Let the invisible hand of the market wash away the dead wood as fast as possible. The faster it happens, and it must happen to some degree, the sooner the real economy can get back on a normal growth path. Yes, the pain will be deep for many. But it will be swift and life will improve. Real people will be able to pursue real work and create real value.

Compare that to the current approach to economic management from the so-called “best and brightest” educated economic derelicts who dominate US economic thought: More stimuli needed so we can be compassionate to our children and payoff our cronies; deflation is a nasty word and we won’t let that happen. Mr. Market will not win here.

This path has so far been a painful slow and long recuperating process that depresses the will, slowly destroys real assets, and crushes the spirit of those who are too sick to even help themselves. Yet, as we head merrily along the primrose path blazed by the lost decades of Japan, those who care to help themselves are told by the “best and brightest” that alternative therapists are outlawed in these here parts. We are here to help you.

"When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion – when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing – when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors – when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you – when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice – you may know that your society is doomed.”

The above is from Ayn Rand in case you didn’t notice (another person hated by the liberal elite for not being, well, elite enough, I guess, despite her incredible appeal to thinking individuals who prefer running their own lives). It seems we are inching closer and closer to the ugly reality as described by Ayn, if we are not there already.

Is it any wonder why good people are running to the perceived safety of gold? I say perceived because the corrupt men the moochers look to as their mommy and daddy have changed the rules on gold before. And we know what happens when rats get cornered.

Mr. Bernanke says gold is not money. I say thank goodness he feels that way, because otherwise he and his buddies would likely then take it under their purview and screw that up too. But gold sure is acting better than money; however one would define such a thing in this crazy world…

Dow Jones Industrial Average vs. DJIA priced in terms of Gold:

Based on Ben’s recent utterances, he seems to think more nanny-state happy juice can solve the problem of what Mr. Fischer has highlighted in point #2 above and #8 (from above):

2. Contraction of the deposit currency and velocity of circulation
8. Hoarding and slowing down still more velocity and circulation

US Monetary Velocity: It’s turning down again!

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome.

As my wife’s grandfather, Camillus Greubel, a fine man and scotch drinker (I noticed the two tend to run together), used to say to me on a regular basis, which resonates now even more than it did those many years ago:

“If the whole world is sane, thank God I’m crazy”

Ditto Cam!