Austrian economics Archive

  • We have two camps arguing with each other and at the core of both is the assumption that government is in control one way or another. I disagree. The people are in control and those in power are there ONLY until they go too far. A revolution always takes place. There are no exceptions throughout history. In the end, the people must consent to be ruled and it must be a rule that is fair and equitable. Whenever politicians, dictators, or kings forget that they require the consent of the people to rule, that is when they fall.

    Mainstream vs. Austrian Economics

    We have two camps arguing with each other and at the core of both is the assumption that government is in control one way or another. I disagree. The people are in control and those in power are there ONLY until they go too far. A revolution always takes place. There are no exceptions throughout history. In the end, the people must consent to be ruled and it must be a rule that is fair and equitable. Whenever politicians, dictators, or kings forget that they require the consent of the people to rule, that is when they fall.

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  • Interventions in markets by governments and central banks are routine and we take them for granted. No one questions them, but they can create dangerous distortions. Their reason for intervening is to take price determination away from markets and consumers.

    The purpose of market intervention

    Interventions in markets by governments and central banks are routine and we take them for granted. No one questions them, but they can create dangerous distortions. Their reason for intervening is to take price determination away from markets and consumers.

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  • One of the more popular variants of the broken window fallacy is that natural disasters result in economic growth. I remember when Katrina came around, there was no shortage of pundits (recent Nobel laureate Paul Krugman included) describing it as having created economic activity and growth, because, after all, rebuilding all the destruction will add to GDP! But was Katrina really beneficial? Imagine there is a city that is leveled by an earthquake. The residents then rebuild their city. This adds to GDP and is hailed as creating economic activity and growth. But is that an accurate assessment?

    Broken Window Fallacy

    One of the more popular variants of the broken window fallacy is that natural disasters result in economic growth. I remember when Katrina came around, there was no shortage of pundits (recent Nobel laureate Paul Krugman included) describing it as having created economic activity and growth, because, after all, rebuilding all the destruction will add to GDP! But was Katrina really beneficial? Imagine there is a city that is leveled by an earthquake. The residents then rebuild their city. This adds to GDP and is hailed as creating economic activity and growth. But is that an accurate assessment?

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  • Still, these new rounds of monetary stimulus don’t appear to be doing the trick.  The Keynesian miracle cure has been a spectacular dud thus far.  All that modern day disciples of Keynes can do is scratch their heads and say “more should have been done.”  They never allude to how many more trillions of paper dollars should have been created or spent; just call it the excuse that keeps on giving.

    Why Listen To Keynes In The First Place?

    Still, these new rounds of monetary stimulus don’t appear to be doing the trick. The Keynesian miracle cure has been a spectacular dud thus far. All that modern day disciples of Keynes can do is scratch their heads and say “more should have been done.” They never allude to how many more trillions of paper dollars should have been created or spent; just call it the excuse that keeps on giving.

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  • This is what a spending, consumption based economy looks like. Saving is not required because it halt 'growth' of the economy. If you think that all these will benefit majority of the people here (the 99%), think again. Look what happen to Wall Street 'financial district' and its relation to the current overall condition to the US.

    News – Putting KL on world finance map

    This is what a spending, consumption based economy looks like. Saving is not required because it halt 'growth' of the economy. If you think that all these will benefit majority of the people here (the 99%), think again. Look what happen to Wall Street 'financial district' and its relation to the current overall condition to the US.

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  • Not 'fine-tuning' but MAJOR overhaul is needed to our economy. We are still using the same Keynesian economics where consumption is good and saving is bad in such that saving deprive the economy the lubricant for more growth. This same Keynesian economics is responsible to what is happening to US and Europe now. The great Keynesian experiment is coming to its end. The problem is debt. We need to teach people to spend within their needs. Not borrowing to buy thing they not really need.

    News – Some fine-tuning needed to fix imbalances, says CIMB Investment

    Not 'fine-tuning' but MAJOR overhaul is needed to our economy. We are still using the same Keynesian economics where consumption is good and saving is bad in such that saving deprive the economy the lubricant for more growth. This same Keynesian economics is responsible to what is happening to US and Europe now. The great Keynesian experiment is coming to its end. The problem is debt. We need to teach people to spend within their needs. Not borrowing to buy thing they not really need.

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