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    Steve Keen: Could A Debt Jubilee Really Work?

    One way or another, we're going to have to address the $trillions of outstanding bad debts
    by Adam Taggart

    Wednesday, August 7, 2019, 10:58 AM

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    Over the past decade, the world’s central banks have distorted the price of money by bringing interest rates to record lows.

    With credit so cheap, asset prices have risen dramatically as companies and governments have borrowed to the hilt.

    And now with the “Everything Bubble” threatening to burst (perhaps in mid-bursting already?), we’re suddenly realizing that the phantom asset price gains were ephemeral, while the debts are permanent.

    How will the economy cope with dangerously overleveraged nations, industries and households? Not well.

    To discuss this massive problem and propose some potential solutions is Steve Keen, professor of economics at Kingston University in London and author of Debunking Economics.

    Click the play button below to listen to Chris’ interview with Steve Keen (59m:55s).

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    A Better Model For Predicting What Happens Next

    Only by understanding clearly can we avoid the carnage ahead
    by Chris Martenson

    Saturday, July 15, 2017, 3:39 AM

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    Executive Summary

    • The dangerous shortcomings of the world's dominant 'Neoclassical' economic models
    • The predictive advantage of understanding the Overton Window
    • The alternative (and very likely better) models of Keen and Minsky
    • The critical improvement to ALL models of tying economics to energy/resources

    If you have not yet read Part 1: Bad Models Result In Terrible Outcomes available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

    So let’s see if we can understand the model errors for the central banks.  Again this is important because if they’ve got it wrong, then we all will pay a very heavy price — with Venezuela, Argentina, and Zimbabwe all providing vivid examples of what happens when the social contract of money is ruined.  

    To begin, the current crop of monetary practitioners at the world’s central banks are all devotees and advocates of the neoclassical branch of economics.  It’s an odd dogma for them to hold because its track record at explaining or predicting what has either happened or might yet happen is utterly dismal.

    As Steve Keen explains:

    [Economics as understood by the central bankers] has always been grounded in the beliefs that (a) capitalism is inherently stable, (b) that the financial sector can be ignored—yes that’s right, ignored—when doing macroeconomics, and (c) that the Great Depression was an anomaly that can also be ignored, because it can only have been caused either by an exogenous shock or bad government policy, both of which cannot be predicted in advance.

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    The main flaw in the neoclassical approach to economics is that it completely ignores, or rather assumes away, any and all trends in debt creation.  In this bizarrely incomplete system of thinking, the financial system is considered to be, essentially, a self-correcting zero-sum entity (that balances itself out nicely with a little help now and then). 

    So such things as carefully tracking GDP increase per new unit of debt, overall indebtedness ratios and understanding that crises are bred from complacency are of no practical concern to a neoclassical economist, such as those fully occupying the halls of power currently.

    One way to understand the dogma that infects the central banking halls of power lies in what Jim Kunstler recently surfaced in a piece he wrote on the Overton Window, which, importantly…

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    Everything You Need To Know About The Credit Impulse

    And why it's signalling a coming recession, likely this year
    by Chris Martenson

    Friday, June 16, 2017, 11:23 PM

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    Executive Summary

    • The case of the missing credit impulse
    • The credit impulse is the worst its been in recent history
    • How the situation is deteriorating fast
    • Why a credit impulse-driven recession is nigh

    If you have not yet read Part 1: The Pin To Pop This Mother Of All Bubbles? available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

    The Case Of The Missing Credit Impulse

    An enormous oversight of nearly every major economist is the role of debt in both fostering current growth but also stealing from future growth. 

    It seems like such a simple concept, and it’s one I covered in great detail back in 2008 in the original Crash Course, but it remains a mysterious oversight of most here in 2017.  The concept is easy enough; if I borrow money to increase my spending here today, it probably makes sense to take note of that if you're an economist responsible for tracking spending.

    My debt-funded spending today is my lack of spending in the future when I pay down the debt. 

    Professor Steve Keen has this topic nailed beautifully. In it, he explains how even simply keeping a massive pile of previously accumulated debt at the same level as last year is a net negative on economic growth. A very simple and a very profound concept that still is not a part of conventional thinking.

    Now here where things get interesting. And frightening. If we look at…

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    Steve Keen: The Deliberate Blindness Of Our Central Planners

    Choosing to ignore the largest risks
    by Adam Taggart

    Sunday, March 29, 2015, 4:20 PM

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    The models we use for decision making determine the outcomes we experience. So, if our models are faulty or flawed, we make bad decisions and suffer bad outcomes.

    Professor, author and deflationist Steve Keen joins us this week to discuss the broken models our central planners are using to chart the future of the world economy.

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    Steve Keen: Why 2012 is Shaping Up to be a Particularly Ugly Year

    by Adam Taggart

    Saturday, June 9, 2012, 3:59 PM

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    At the high level, our global economic plight is quite simple to understand says noted Australian deflationist Steve Keen.

    Banks began lending money at a faster rate than the global economy grew, and we’re now at the turning point where we simply have run out of new borrowers for the ever-growing debt the system has become addicted to.

    Once borrowers start eschewing rather than seeking debt, asset prices begin to fall — which in turn makes these same people want to liquidate their holdings, which puts further downward pressure on asset prices:

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