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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…

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