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Politicians of all countries, recollect yourselves!

Dear politicians, there’s no alternative to forever turning our backs on nuclear energy and fast. Sure, the nuclear industry will protest vigorously and will see profits dwindle but they will survive without much problem – as opposed to many Japanese. It is but a question of time until another country will be hit as well – we should have understood that much by now. The so-called residual risk is not just unlikely nor is it negligible. And if you don’t rise to this sad occasion and get behind your people (a majority of whom never fancied nuclear power), then you will not only risk the health and livelihood of countless human beings but also your own and, above all, your power. Read more…

Economic Musings X: Legal Tender – Legal or Tender or What?

2010-04-16 9 comments

After World War II when the German Reichsmark was discredited and people were starving they would travel from their city to the local farms … Read more…

Bloom of Doom VIII: US Figures Stronger than Feared

If you think the title is a contradiction, well, not more so than the idea that debt or subsidies could increase wealth. Where truth can’t win by argument it needs to do so by stealth (that almost rhymes). The President of the United States has published a report on the state of the economy which proves how uneconomical the state has become. From that report you can glean two things, the bad and the ugly: the US economy has greatly deteriorated further and it seems beyond the point of no return.
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Economic Musings IX: We could all be millionaires …

2010-04-10 3 comments

… if we hadn’t destroyed literally trillions over the last 200 years!

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Economic Musings VI: Modern Economies – Dying of Consumption

There is a great debate in the history of economics whether there can be under-consumption in any real historic moment of the state of an economy and if so, whether it has detrimental effects and if so, what is to be done about it. And modern economists seem to have found a magic wand with which to unfailingly repair any such damage and smoothen the otherwise rough ride of economic cycles. We’ll see if they have and what it might be worth, whether it’s a wand or a cane.

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Economic Musings V: Subsidies, Brothers and Nannies

2010-03-29 2 comments

There are a thousand-and-one reasons why states “need” to subsidise economic activities. And there are at least as many critiques as to how the money was wisely spent, should not have been spent, should have been spent on something else, was too little, too much, at the wrong time, too early, too late, wasted or wonderful. Any policy that meets with such contradicting praise or censure is worth a deeper look. Read more…

Economic Fallacy VI: The Divisive Multiplier

2010-03-28 5 comments

There is a widespread believe that if governments inject a certain amount of money into “an” or “their” economy, it will miraculously multiply and bear fruit beyond what was invested. This is one of the mainstays of Keynesian economics in that it justifies state subsidies, public works, in short just any intervention by a state in the realm of private enterprise on the expenditure side. Read more…

Economic Musings II: The Euro as a Basket Case

2010-02-24 8 comments

How not to Introduce a New Currency

The Euro has been touted as something of a capstone of the European Unification project. Now it may well prove its stumbling block. How ironic. And at the same time how stupid and humiliating!

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Bloom of Doom VI: Will China Survive the Crisis?

China. like Japan in the late seventies and 1980s, has been dubbed an economic miracle. What if, like totally bankrupt Japan, this giant just stood on feet of clay, a zombie, a dead man walking? Are any of its statistics to be trusted? Or do we see just another Samuelson fallacy about the resilience and “productivity” of communism? Read more…

Bloom of Doom V: “We have control of the ship, we have a plan”

We have control of the ship, we have a plan” is what Spain’s deputy premier María Teresa Fernández de la Vega is meant to have said in response to mounting fears of sovereign default.

The ECONOMIST: Adding in the deficit  - Debt traps revisited

The ECONOMIST: Adding in the deficit - Debt traps revisited

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Bloom of Doom IV: Safe Assets and Sore Surprises

2010-02-02 2 comments

Many still think sovereign debt is safe (although I’d like to know how many “elder statesmen” still invest in these “assets” themselves today). This is astonishing at the best of times: would you give credit to a boy who still lived at home at the age of 200+ with no income of his own? Oh, of course, I see, you hope his Mum and Dad Taxpayer will foot the bill. So if he goes to the “Royal Casino” and buys chips, looses big time, then even scraps his old, but perfectly serviceable car to get a new one, you still give him more credit and more, and more?

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Bloom of Doom III: Cities Going Bankrupt

2010-02-01 1 comment

Pennsylvania Capital Ponders Bankruptcy” we read in Mish Shedlock‘s commendable blog “MISH’S Global Economic Trend Analysis“. Now, if that doesn’t shed a whole new light on the word “capital“! Read more…

Will Greece’s default bring down the Euro?

… or will the Euro bring down Greece?

(That second question, which by and large I will equally deny, will be more thoroughly dealt with in a future post.)

In an interview in today’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, probably Germany‘s most prestigious daily newspaper, titled “Helping Greece would be against the law“, professor of European Law Dr. Matthias Ruffert states unmistakably that each and every European Union treaty that established the European Currency Union and the European currency called the Euro prohibits any form of bailout of the Greek republic, its government or its bonds, be it via direct subsidies, by co-guaranteeing its debt or in any manner conceivable: Read more…

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