Guest Post: Misunderstanding Austerity, Stimulus and Demand
January 17, 2013 - 2:48pm
Submitted by Charles Hugh-Smith of OfTwoMinds blog, Keynesian policy requires an expansionist Central State and Bank bent on imposing central planning on every level of the economy. Keynesians are natural partners with the neofeudal financial Aristocracy which benefits so enormously from Keynesian print-borrow-blow policies. Here is the standard Keynesian cargo-cult analysis of our economic woes: 1. The problem is a lack of aggregate demand, i.e. people buying stuff and services. 2. As a result, the economy is running below capacity, i.e. economic output is below potential. 3. The solution is fiscal and monetary stimulus, i.e. the Central State borrowing and spending trillions on politically directed programs and the Federal Reserve printing and injecting trillions of "free money" dollars into the financial sector to boost borrowing and lending. The cargo-c...
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