Posts Tagged ‘History’

For anyone not familiar with the work of Ann Pettifor – one of the few to correctly call the coming of the financial crisis a number of years prior to it arriving, and one of the main proponents of the Jubilee 2000 campaign which cancelled a portion of third world debt – please search for her various articles, lectures and opinions online.

Associated with Keynesian economics and the Labour party, her views may be dismissed by some, however upon closer inspection, I was interested in her view on the creation of money, and what this meant for resolving the debt and economic problems facing the developing world.

She is principally part of the PRIME think tank/research group, which has a number of papers on its site proving an alternative voice on economic issues

The above lecture at the LSE discusses her latest book, ‘The Production of Money: How to Break the Power of Bankers’, and gives an insight into her theories.

What I wish to highlight, are the following;

  • The issue of commodity money, and how scarce resources should not be used as a basis of any monetary system
  • The recognition that a fiat monetary system, can and should be used for the benefit of the population – outside the control of private banks, but in the knowledge that an entirely man-made system should be used to achieve a level of prosperity in all societies
  • There are certainly many socialist aspects to these beliefs, such as exerting capital controls and spending money into existence in terms of health, education and social expenditure thus increasing national debt, however interest ideally should not be necessary when such a system is implemented
  • There are some similarities with what Positive Money are advocating, but it seems there are specific differences, as this discussion points out…

 

 

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Depending on when you want to mark the start of what has become known as the Financial Crisis or even the Great Recession..(take your pick, or make one up), or as I would refer to it, the shit storm created from the exuberance of one generation thinking they can out do the folly of previous generations and become gods amoung men, see point 25 in the link below

I guess they’re not really the Masters of the Universe, they’re maybe not even smart people, perhaps closer to the opposite despite their highly valued creditials

This month marks a particular 10 year anniversary of one such start date of the crisis…we’ll get another 10 year anniversary next year if you miss this one, that one being the big one – when Lehmans went down.

This linkĀ is similar to a number of articles circulating over this period around what went wrong and what has changed since then that will probably make it impossible to happen again….I won’t hold my breath

Whatever has happened, the most fundamental fact that should be lamented is that the world is more indebted than ever…national debts have ballooned, fiat currencies are more debased than ever and emergency interest rates are still prevalent.

This danger is ever present, waiting to fuel the next severe economic breakdown, because the greatest lesson from the fallout is that crashes of this extent will always happen, constantly…it’s just a matter of time and behaviour

What do we mean by Progress?

Posted: May 20, 2017 in Geo Politics
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I read a piece published by MoneyWeek which made me ponder about how many of us understanding the term ‘Progress’

It was Isaac Newton who is quoted as saying; “If I have seen further , it is by standing on the shoulders of giants”, itself a paraphrase of an older quote by John of Salisbury….

This made me think that progress can never be the achievement of one people at any one time or era. We are all in this race, progress is attributable to many of us, each taking our own steps, making our mark and then either explicitly or implicitly passing on our achievements to those who come after us.

Can we really attribute ALL prosperity to a single people(s) or even a single idea, or system, unless, this starting point was fully formed from the beginning?

When economic and intellectual progress is considered, let us not simply reward modern day Europe in all its guises. What of the ancient Indus Valley, Mesopotamian and Nile River civilisations who gained from their respective predecessors. What of Ancient China and the Far East, what of the Ancient Africans, of which their accomplishments are unsung, for did they not make great strides in their own right before handing over to Ancient Greece or Rome. Did the Muslims not preserve this knowledge before adding to it for the ‘Enlightened’ Europeans to take hold of everything that came before?

The baton will continue to be passed, for we all participate in this race. Yet for some, this rac(e)ial identity will be used to define our place and our achievements. 

Realise the lens with which we view our collective place in this world and our progress.