I see, as you’ve probably seen, that Governor Graham Wheeler issued a new diktat this morning on interest rates. The central planner’s central banker has decreed that the price at the heart of our alleged market economy should be made to drop to the lowest level in all human history.
In his pursuit of what they allege to be “price stability.” Because, they say, “the general price level” is rising insufficiently to be healthy. Because this price stability demands that the money the central banker has been pumping into the system at around 8% every year is still insufficient to get lift-off in the measure they maintain for money’s inflation. It must go higher they say!
Inflation? Price stability? These bozos can’t even measure inflation – and while they bewail the dangers of “low inflation” (the numbskulls) they’re blind to the phenomenon of rocketing asset prices, and exploding house prices, both caused by their own inflation of the money supply bubbling out to cause havoc. Yet they still purport to believe that the price inflation of their monetary inflation is too low to be healthy, so let us all have some more.
It’s not because they’re stupid, these smart people. It’s because they’re still in thrall to a Keynesian idea that is.
They do this because they still genuinely believe, via that dead economist, that credit growth causes economic growth—specifically, that bank-created credit growth causes real and sustainable economic growth. This belief lingers despite the gobs of phony credit spewed out worldwide in the form of QE, ZIRP and NIRP returning less and less growth every time the credit spigot is uncorked, and the ever-inceasing amounts uncorked here showing returns only in the ever-inflated prices of houses, shares and other asset classes.
Yet this is not even real capital being lent out. It is counterfeit capital. “Capital in the form of credit is normally and, certainly, properly, extended out of previously accumulated savings,” explains George Reisman. “In sharpest contrast, credit expansion is the creation of new and additional money out of thin air, which money is then lent to business firms and individuals as though it were a supply of new and additional saved up capital funds. Its existence serves to reduce interest rates and to enable loans to be made and debts to be incurred which otherwise would not have been made or incurred.”
The loans are increasing. The debts are ballooning. Asset prices and house prices are exploding. The fragility is mounting. And the Governor blinds himself to the reality, and decrees that we must have more.
It is insane.
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