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Better than Universal Basic Income

The recent acceleration in technological change has brought a lot of talk of universal basic income (UBI) as the future for developed economies. While there are a lot of formal arguments that could be made against this, I thought it better to present a vision for a better world, if robotics and AI really are…Read More

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Did Obama Create The 1%?

While the political left may have been the most critical voice of the wealth inequality, ironically it may have been a combination of the government and Federal reserve under a Democratic presidency that oversaw the creation of the so-called “1%”. Quantitative Easing inflates financial asset prices while causing stagnation and growing debt levels in the…Read More

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Do Deficits Matter?

A recent thread on twitter from MMT proponent Stephanie Kelton got me thinking about the issue. The recent COVID stimulus funded by a massive deficit certainly has raised the question in a lot of people’s minds, though it was mainly papering over the cracks of a large amount of debt that wanted to deflate anyway.…Read More

What Else Happened In 1971?

The 1971 closing of the gold window, moved the world from a gold-based monetary system to a fiat-based system. Credit expansion then lead to indiscriminate debt and consumption replacing careful savings and investment, and many unintended consequences; economic, social, and environmental. Inspire by 1. Obesity Increase Due to excess consumption encouragement from increased debt, food…Read More