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Reverberations between Immoderate Land-Price Cycles and Banking Cycles

Paper delivered at Annual Meetings, Association for Evolutionary Economics (AFEE), Chicago, January 8, 2012

Major Outline

The Pecora Hearings, 1933.  Another 10 days that shook the world.
Hearings sponsored by a dying Republican Congress.  Role of Hoover, seeking scapegoat.  Role of Senator Norbeck of S.D., an echo of earlier progressive Republicans of the Bull Moose Party.
Pecora was a surprise, . . . → Read More: Reverberations between Immoderate Land-Price Cycles and Banking Cycles

Interview on After the Crash, 2009

At a time when most everyone has an opinion about the state of the U.S. economy and the quality of decision-making in Washington, D.C., the voice of esteemed economics professor and former TIME magazine journalist Mason Gaffney is an important one. Currently teaching at the University of California, Gaffney has been publishing vital
contributions to economics since his PhD dissertation in 1956. . . . → Read More: Interview on After the Crash, 2009

How to Thaw Credit, Now and Forever

Working capital is the bloodstream of economic life. It is physical capital, the fast turning inventories of goods in process and finished goods that supply materials to the worker, and feed and clothe her family. Short term commercial loans and trade credit buy it, but the capital is “real”—a fact often forgotten in the paper and virtual worlds of . . . → Read More: How to Thaw Credit, Now and Forever

THE GREAT CRASH OF 2008

This crash is The Big One; it has signs of becoming a Category 5. How do we know? We’ve “been there and done that” so many times before, roughly every 18 years over the last 800 or more. Major wars and, rarely, plagues have broken the rhythm, along with the little ice age, reformation and counter-reformation, political revolutions and . . . → Read More: THE GREAT CRASH OF 2008

Stimulus: the False and the True

“Stimulus” is the buzzword du jour of domestic policy, but its old metaphors ring with sad satiety: kick-start the motor, jump the battery, prime the pump, shot-in-the-arm, wake-up call, jolt, multiplier, ripple effect, … . Fact is, “we’ve been there and done that” several times for generations back. We have been doing it again for seven years now – that . . . → Read More: Stimulus: the False and the True

The Shrinking Dollar

In January 2006 Insights showed how successive administrations in Washington have doctored the Consumer Price Index (CPI) to conceal the real rise in the Cost of Living (COL). Self-defined “mainstream” economists have served as tools, some as active leaders and others as sheep in the herd.

For Insights column in Groundswell . . . → Read More: The Shrinking Dollar

What Is “Consumption”?

To consume most goods and services is to eat them up, burn them, wear them out, see them break or rust out or crack or tumble down. But how about land, does anyone think of that? Land as space is not used up. To consume it is to preempt its service flow without impairing . . . → Read More: What Is “Consumption”?

America’s Low Saving Rate: What Can We Do?

Insights Column in Groundswell . . . → Read More: America’s Low Saving Rate: What Can We Do?

Taxes, Capital and Jobs – Revised

We hear a lot these days about the need for more capital to make jobs. Some of what we hear and read we may discount as self-serving, lobbying for more preferential tax treatment of profits. Yet there is a case argued by sincere and public-minded people on objective grounds which we must take seriously.
It had better be a good . . . → Read More: Taxes, Capital and Jobs – Revised

Taxes, Capital and Jobs

We hear a lot these days about the need for more capital to make jobs. Some of what we hear and read we may discount as self-serving, lobbying for more preferential tax treatment of profits. Yet there is a case argued by sincere and public-minded people on objective grounds which we must take seriously.
It had better be a good . . . → Read More: Taxes, Capital and Jobs