Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The New and Absurd Financial Orthodoxy

Below is a summary of the new financial orthodoxy from Charles Gave's article Take Everything That You Know and Burn It reprinted in Zero Hedge.  Have a look at his entire article.

He describes, tongue-in-cheek, the now prevailing financial orthodoxy in force from the USA to Japan and most places in between:
  1. Government allocates capital better than the private sector, and should use interest rates, exchange rates, price fixing, price controls or whatever artifice it deems fit to ensure that capital goes to where it is properly directed.
  2. The alpha and omega of the central bank’s proper role is to finance government spending.
  3. Money belongs to the government, as we have seen properly demonstrated this week in Cyprus.
  4. Property rights, the antediluvian obsession of the market fundamentalists, have been subject to a doctrinal revision “the template” as also shown this week in the eastern Mediterranean.
  5. As a result of this new paradigm, asset prices must rise for the foreseeable future so long as The Great Oz decrees that the money printers keep printing. How can asset prices fall while the US central bank is printing more than $80bn a month? Even the unreformed Bundesbankers will surely grasp that if the European Central Bank did the same thing, the euro's problems would disappear overnight and prosperity would swiftly return to southern Europe, (Really, Germans should not be allowed into politics until they have had a primer indoctrination at either Cambridge or Princeton.)
  6. More money creates more wealth, and more wealth, especially in real estate, creates more jobs—evidence to the contrary in Spain only represents a small setback on this road to happiness. As we all know, a rise in real estate prices leads to a massive increase in productivity, a prerequisite for an increase in the standard of living.
  7. Services or goods provided to the population by the government, borrowing money from the central bank to pay the fellows who produce the goods that nobody needs with money that does not exist, will add tremendously to the GDP. This is a sure sign that the right policy is being pursued.
  8. These goods and services anyway have a higher moral value than the ones produced in the private sector. One should simply compare the "social usefulness" (a favorite notion of Lenin and Stalin) of a nurse versus a hedge fund manager to be convinced. I rest my case.
It's too bad that all of this will lead to financial ruin: debasement of currencies, higher inflation, ruining savers and retirees and more government intervention because of another "crisis."

I'm afraid that, in the years ahead, it will end up leading to bloodshed as the only way to get rid of the idiots who are ruining our nations will be to shoot them in the head--so profoundly stubborn are they in their "dogma" and phony orthodoxy.

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