The candidates of both parties finally have realized that the defining issue of the 2012 presidential election will be job creation. President Barack Obama leads with a proposal that commentator Larry Kudlow calls, persuasively, a straight jacket rather than a jobs creator. The Wall Street Journalloves the plan put forth by the fast-fading Huntsman and slams the first-tier Romney plan. Meanwhile, a credible key to explosive jobs growth begins to come to the fore: a credible monetary policy prescription for a seriously stable dollar.
A sure signal of a rising policy vector? The Washington Post sends forth a top gunslinger to attack it — “it” being the gold standard and the GOP candidates for considering it. The Washington Post‘s Pulitzer-winning business and economics columnist Steven Pearlstein writes in his Sept. 10 column, “The magical world of voodoo ‘economists’“:
"Republican presidential candidates... wouldn’t mind ... putting the country back on the gold standard.
I realize economics isn’t a science the way biology and physics are sciences, but it’s close enough to one that there are ideas, principles and insights from experience that economists generally agree upon. Listening to the Republicans talk about the economy and economic policy, however, is like entering into an alternative reality." ...
Too facile and too glib, Steve.
Hayek, speaking about the “Pretense of Knowledge” upon his acceptance of the Nobel Prize in Economics (kooky, Steve?), talked about the very “ideas, principles and insights from experience that economists generally agree upon” on which Pearlstein’s confidence depends:
The credit which the apparent conformity with recognized scientific standards can gain for seemingly simple but false theories may, as the present instance shows, have grave consequences.
In fact, in the case discussed, the very measures which the dominant “macroeconomic” theory has recommended as a remedy for unemployment — namely, the increase of aggregate demand — have become a cause of a very extensive misallocation of resources which is likely to make later large-scale unemployment inevitable. ...
There is something more than a little disorienting at seeing one of the soldiers of the Washington Post, red as its coats have grown, conclude his column with a triumphant embrace of the president whose downfall his predecessors at the Post brought about: “It took a while, but even Richard Nixon came around to declaring himself a Keynesian. Maybe there is still hope for Perry and the gang.”
Hope? This seems to say that it is Pearlstein’s hope that GOP candidates like Rick Perry (and the “gang”) will … measure up to … the personal integrity? … the wonderful stagflation? … of Richard Nixon. Yet … Pearlstein writes that “Listening to the Republicanstalk about economic policy … is like entering into an alternative reality.”
Will America start prospering again — as it has not prospered for over a decade? Likely yes. But not without a fight. Now that Jim DeMint has raided Steve Moore from the Wall Street Journal that card might be Heritage Foundation vs. the White House. Could be big.
John Holdren, now Obama’s White House science advisor, 40 years ago termed America “overdeveloped.” Holdren co-authored a 1993 book, Human Ecology: Problems and Solutions, with Anne and Paul Ehrlich reportedly saying that, “A massive campaign must be launched to restore a high-quality environment in North America and to de-develop the United States….” (Emphasis supplied.)
As a soldier of France, no one knew better than Professor Jacques Rueff, the famous French central banker, that World War I had brought to an end the preeminence of the classical European states system and its monetary regime, the classical gold standard. World War I had decimated the flower of European youth; it had destroyed the European continent’s industrial primacy. No less ominously, the historic monetary standard of commercial civilization had collapsed into the ruins occasioned by the Great War. The international gold standard -- the gyroscope of the Industrial Revolution, the common currency of the world trading system, the guarantor of more than one-hundred years of a stable monetary system, the balance wheel of unprecedented economic growth -- all this was brushed aside by the belligerents.
Publisher's Note: Originally released in June/July of 1991, this detailed report discusses Jacques Rueff's economic theories and applies them to modern economic events.
By John D. Mueller
Reply to Polyconomics - Part 1
Having demonstrated that the World Dollar Base “works,” and having explained in detail why it works, we turn finally to answering Wanniski and Goldman.
Wanniski delegates most of the Polyconomics’ attack on LBMC to David Goldman. Strange to say, it is necessary to answer Wanniski and Goldman separately. This is because their arguments against LBMC’s monetary approach are not only different, but mutually exclusive.
"Commercial banking grew out of the desire (inspired by the profit motive) to conserve cash (gold) and by means of credit to provide financial elasticity and growth in the commercial process of exchange. That is, all producers (sellers) who desired true money (gold), instead of the short-term secured credit bills – promissory notes of their customers (the buyers) – could, through the mediation of goldsmiths-turned-bankers and bill-merchants-turned-bankers, obtain real money by discounting their bills of exchange for gold with the emerging commercial bankers of early modern Europe. The combined institutions of stable money and secured credit enabled commercial civilization to make of the entire world the only closed economy."
For years, Castro’s Cuba has exported communism. The exports continue but the economic crows have come home to roost...even while Cuba’s economy floats only because of the generosity of Venezuelan oil exports.
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Argentina is floundering. Brazil is struggling. Colombia is growing. Colombia is now the third largest economy in Latin America, according to Capital Economics. The Wall Street Journal’s Darcy Crowe and Taos Turner wrote recently: “After Argentina’s economy dwarfed Colombia’s for decades, economists say the trend reversed in January as the...