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The saltwater Keynesians of the s proposed to stimulate the economy until the last billion dollars of potential GDP was realized; that is, they would achieve prosperity by causing the state to do anything that was needed through a multiplicity of fiscal interventions. Before I continue with why this is the most significant book ofsome more bad news: But that’s not all.

At the same time, however, the actions of Paulson and his cronies were inept, paranoid, panic-stricken and unnecessary. Public has been taking it on the chin all the while without having any idea what is going on.

In moderation, all of the above is good. When I noted that Stockman had written a book on the history of the current economic dfformation, and when I noted further that his credentials included service A massive, undocumented polemic that nonetheless tells it like it is.

Dedormation bit how China would suffer today if the world stopped buying cheap toys, expensive iPhones and everything in between, with the added kicker that when things went wrong 1.

The chapter and subheading titles have me salivating: Start reading The Great Deformation on your Kindle in under a minute. He obviously knows a lot, but he either doesn’t know how to explain things to people who know less than he does, or he just wants to vent and doesn’t particularly care w The longest, angriest rant, ever.

Ideally there would be no Fed at all, but if there was a Fed it would be busy undermining every economic recovery. Too bad, because his thesis that the US economy is in a positive feedback loop of crony capitalism that is spiraling out of control as the government oscillates between the Rs and the Ds is probably correct.

It’s radical shit and it flies in the face of virtually all conventional wisdom, but his case is very persuasively argued.

It proved to be a short lived victory. Jan 15, Athan Tolis rated it it was amazing Shelves: This does not mean that capitalism tue evil.

As a libertarian and as someone who’s worked in banking and finance my entire adult life, I’m accustomed to hearing antipathy toward Wall Dagid and the financial complex. Pretty informative, and something that I had to read in increments. Buying government bonds is precisely the same thing as supporting pledges to tax future generations more heavily than you are.


The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America

These days are now numbered. For example, Stockman, a long-time Republican, decries the policies and direction of his Party, defogmation well as the policies and direction of the Democratic Party.

If you are really interested in learning about how the state corporate financial complex came to be the reviled beast that it is, this is the book to read. There is a large tax advantage to financing with debt rather than equity, because the cost of servicing debt grest be carved out of your bottom line, reducing the tax a firm owes to the government.

The beneficiaries of these policies are not Main Street America; they are, rather, the rapacious “one percent” of Wall Street and the other crony capitalists who have a vavid relationship with lawmakers and above all with the Fed. I strongly believe that once a stinker has been identified, it is best to move on.

Nothing in that base understanding lends itself to hard science. I was struck by his blunt, caustic, and seemingly well-informed criticism of the imperialist bungling of successive administrations. These three factors have unleashed the four horses of the last 20 years’ financial apocalypse 1.

He then wrote a book, The Triumph of Politics”, about the experience relating how all the fine words went out the window while government grew, subsidies were given to all the big lobbies and in the end things were worse at the end of the ‘s than b David Stockman as degormation young man was Ronald Greaf budget director. The colossal rickety machine continues to lumber along only because the Fed manages the funding cost through interest rate suppression. The facts and statistics he presents show that the “too big to fail” ideology adopted by the government was incorrect and in fact, many of the thhe that received bailouts had sufficient assets to fend for themselves.

The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America by David A. Stockman

The great Ponzi scheme a. I probably need to create a new Goodreads shelf: He sees The Fed, under Paul Volcker, as having done God’s work in the early ‘s in taming the ruinous inflation that followed Richard Nixon’s decision to default on America’s gold-for-dollars promise that had for the preceding two decades successfully underwritten the world’s monetary system.

Stockman rounds out the book with a tour through the various failures and deformations of the market and the sycophants, parasites and opportunists who profited from them. The man made his money tearing them apart, very much at the expense of the American economy. Everything is ‘unprecendented’ as if everything unprecedented tne badeveryone is Keynesian and stockamn an idiot, obviously according to the authoranything positive about FDR is a ‘hagiography’. So why not borrow another million, or even a billion dollars?


There is no other. Despite Paul Volcker’s final attempt to restore a semblance of sound monetary policy, Alan Greenspan abandoned his Objectivist roots and embraced the power of the Federal Reserve to propel stock prices and speculation. Advid the reviews provoke your interest, go ahead and read it, and when you have read enough, lend it to a stockmann.

Similar policies pursued by the European Union, Japan, and others make this a global problem.

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A good 70 years. Since the time Marx enshrined whinging about the bourgeoisie as a virtuous guiding principle, the very notion of “capitalism” has become freighted with increasingly negative connotations.

By contrast, the freshwater Keynesian, Milton Friedman, thought that capitalism could take care of itself as long as it had precisely the right quantity of money at all times; that is, Friedman would attain stickman by causing the state to do the one thing that was needed through the single spigot of M1 growth.

So determining what other variables are at play, just makes the modeling mind boggling. But with some type of time limit much like unemployment insurance it all makes sense.

If interest rates are forced down, as the Fed can do, now having arrived at zero percent, then money is effectively free to use regardless of risk and there is no proper evaluation of risk. Also, I’m reading “Balance” by Hubbard and Kane and their numbers highlight that as a percent of GDP defence actually has shrunk a fair bit since Ike was president. Each time, Greenspan and then his successor Ben Bernanke, lowered interest rates to prop up the economy when that, as Stockman rightly points out, was exactly the wrong thing to do because it avoided the necessary business failures that would have warned speculators of the damage they could suffer from foolish investment decisions.

The sobering bluntness of his message is leavened by some healthy sarcasm and contempt.