Economic Charlatans of Modern Money

Before the latter parts of the nineteenth century, no one understood the origins and causes of diseases, because the ideas of germs and bacteria were not fully conceived.  Medicine was not science.  There was no systematic account of diseases or records of their failed remedies from the use of all sorts of potions, snake oils and therapies.  Without an empirical foundation and pathology, doctors were quacks and charlatans who recycled the same snake oils for curing illnesses.

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Stagflation or Price Stability

Monetary policy of central banks has only two possible consequences: stagflation or price stability.  The arguments for this radical hypothesis are presented in this post.  Stagflation is defined as a disequilibrium process of generally rising prices (various measures) coupled with falling economic growth (real GDP).  Stagflation is not recognized or studied in conventional equilibrium economics, but dismissed as temporary exogenous shock.  We consider stagflation as a disequilibrium and endogenous process driven by policy.

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Capitalism, Wealth Inequality and Systemic Plunder

Capitalism has been blamed, by Piketty (2014) and many other economists, for increasing “wealth inequality” observed today.  For example, Piketty (2014, p.23) suggested that the top decile of earners in the United States increased their share of income from 35 percent in 1980 to 50 percent recently, is the result of capitalism.  However, without clearly defining what is meant by capitalism, the causal attribution has little logical foundation.  Capitalism needs to be defined.

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Australian Pension Reform Jumps the Shark, Jumps the Gun

Pension systems around the world are often victims of collusive predation of governments and big banks.  Australian superannuation which ranks among the top pension systems, is doing its best to emulate worse ones by frequent reforms.  In many countries, private savings have been borrowed and spent by governments in counter-productive Keynesian stimulus or siphoned off to the pockets of the elite in neoclassical financialization and globalization, justified by unscientific economic pluralism.

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Economic Pluralism and Science

To be useful, constructive criticism should be given to the person expressing the erroneous ideas.  However, the blog editor of Real-World Economic Review (RWER), who is a leader and protagonist in the movement for economic pluralism, has refused to publish my criticism of that movement.  Criticism of the movement is important because the movement asserts that more resources should be allocated to promote economic pluralism; supposedly the lack of economic pluralism explains “Why a global disaster that could easily have been prevented took place” (Fullbrook, 2017).

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