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Guest Post: Yellenomics – Or The Coming Tragedy of Errors

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Submitted by Pater Tenebrarum of Acting-Man blog,

Keynesian Paradigm to Be Revived

We have come across a recent article at Bloomberg that discusses the philosophical roots of Janet Yellen's economics voodoo. This seems in many ways even more appalling than the Bernanke paradigm (which in turn is based on Bernanke's erroneous interpretation of what caused the Great Depression, which he obtained in essence from Milton Friedman).

Janet Yellen, so Bloomberg informs us, was a student of the Keynesian James Tobin at Yale, the economist whose main claim to fame these days is that a tax is named after him. Tobin, like other Keynesians, was an apologist for central economic planning, which made him eligible for the central bank-sponsored Nobel Prize in Economics. He was undoubtedly a man after the heart of the ruling class. It is therefore not a big surprise that one of his students gets to run the Federal Reserve, which is one of the main agencies, if not the main agency, by which the rule of money power and central economic planning are perpetuated. It should be noted that the inflationist who runs the central bank of Argentina, Mercedes Marco del Pont, was also trained in Yale. Marcos del Pont once asserted sotto voce in a speech that the enormous ongoing plunge in the purchasing power of the Argentine peso was not a result of her incessant massive money printing. Since she didn't deign to explain what actually causes it then (foreign speculators perhaps? Just guessing here…), it presumably is just a case of 'sh*t happens'. This just as a hint as to what can be expected from economists trained at Yale. 

From the Bloomberg article:

“When James Tobin joined President John F. Kennedy’s administration in 1961, the U.S. economy was struggling to recover from its third recession in seven years. As a member of Kennedy’s Council of Economic Advisers, the Yale University professor put his theoretical research on asset markets to work in fashioning a novel strategy — nicknamed Operation Twist — to reduce long-term interest rates.


Now, more than half a century later, two of Tobin’s Ph.D. students — Janet Yellen, nominated to be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve, and Koichi Hamada, a special adviser to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe — are applying some of those same concepts in their efforts to boost their respective countries’ economies.


Tobin’s work on asset markets with fellow Yale professor William Brainard “is essentially the backbone of quantitative easing,” said Edwin Truman, a former Fed official who taught at the school in New Haven, Connecticut, from 1967 to 1972.


The portfolio-balance theory found that policy makers had the ability to affect the prices of individual assets by altering their supply and demand in the financial markets. And that in turn would have an impact on the economy.


The research won Tobin the Nobel Prize in economics and formed the justification for the late economist’s strategy to twist the bond market’s yield curve in 1961 by selling shorter-dated securities and buying longer-term ones.”

(emphasis added)

Naturally, the Bloomberg article neglects to mention that Tobin's toxic advice to Kennedy laid the foundation for the later Nixon gold default and the roaring 'stagflation' of the 1970s.

What is not surprising though is that one of the witch doctors advising Shinzo Abe on his hoary inflationist policies also turns out to be a Yalie indoctrinated by Tobin. The only good thing we have to say about this particular circumstance is that it will accelerate the inevitable collapse in Japan, and thus perhaps bring forward the moment in time when unsound debt and malinvestments in Japan are finally liquidated.

Unfortunately it is to be expected that this will involve massive theft from Japan's savers and bring misery and misfortune to millions, as the statists will no doubt try everything to save the present system. The eventual confiscation of the citizenry's wealth is undoubtedly high on their agenda for dealing with 'fiscal emergencies'  (for proof, see the recent proposals by the IMF, which are more than just idle thought experiments. They are the blueprint for what we must expect to happen down the road).




Keynesian economist James Tobin – he looks harmless enough, but was a wolf in sheep's clothing. There is no government intervention in the economy he didn't like or recommend. His work was directly responsible for the catastrophic 'stagflation' of the 1970s.

(Photo via AFP / Author unknown)



The Economic Illiteracy of the Planners

Bloomberg also  brings us a brief excerpt from a speech Ms. Yellen delivered on occasion of a reunion of the Yale economics department. The excerpt perfectly encapsulates her and the department's philosophy (which is thoroughly Keynesian and downright scary):

“Fed Vice Chairman Yellen laid out what she called the “Yale macroeconomics paradigm” in a speech to a reunion of the economics department in April 1999.


“Will capitalist economies operate at full employment in the absence of routine intervention? Certainly not,” said Yellen, then chairman of President Bill Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers. “Do policy makers have the knowledge and ability to improve macroeconomic outcomes rather than make matters worse? Yes,” although there is “uncertainty with which to contend.”

(emphasis added)

She couldn't be more wrong if she tried. We cannot even call someone like that an 'economist', because the above is in our opinion an example of utter economic illiteracy.

First of all, the premise she proposes is completely mistaken. The unhampered market economy is the only economic system that can guarantee maximum employment. Only in an economy where there is no intervention in prices and wages at all will all those who want to work actually find work. It is precisely because the state intervenes in the economy and fixes wages and prices that perpetual institutional unemployment exists. In other words, she has things exactly the wrong way around. Of course, we may concede that in a complete command economy, unemployment can be made to disappear as well – along with all traces of freedom, human dignity and wealth. There was no unemployment under Stalin, but we doubt that his army of slave laborers such as that he forced into digging the Baltic-White Sea canal was particularly happy.

Of course Ms. Yellen's contention that the class of philosopher kings to which she belongs “has the knowledge and ability to improve macroeconomic outcomes rather than make matters worse”, must be answered with a resounding 'No'!

The historical record of interventionism speaks for itself: it is a history of constant, recurring failure, that quite possibly has thrown back economic and technological progress by decades, perhaps even centuries.

It can not be otherwise; if it were otherwise, then socialism would work, but socialism demonstrably cannot work. The same problem that makes socialism a literal impossibility – the calculation problem identified by Mises in 1920 – applies in variations to all attempts at economic planning. Central banks are a special case of the socialist calculation problem as it pertains to the modern financial and monetary system (see also J.H. De Soto's work on this point). Similar to the planners of a putative socialist economy in which the means of production have been nationalized and where therefore prices for the means of production no longer exist, the interventionists populating central banks cannot 'calculate'.

They cannot gauge the opportunity costs involved in their actions and compare them to the outcomes, as they are not subject to the market test -  the categories of profit and loss have no meaning for them. There is in fact nothing on which such a calculation could be based. It is an absolute certainty that their interventions will result in precisely what Yellen asserts will not happen: they will “make matters worse”. It is simply not possible for a central economic planning agency to 'improve' on a market-derived outcome. The Federal Reserve's handful of board members cannot 'know' what the ideal level of interest rates for the entire market economy is. Only the market itself can determine the state of society-wide time preference, and thereby establish the natural interest rate. The interventions of the central bank are intended to impose an interest rate that deviates from the natural rate, on the absurd theory that a gaggle of bureaucrats 'knows more' than the entire market!

The reality of what they know and don't know is amply demonstrated by the outcomes of their policies: the recurring booms and busts that have consistently damaged the economy structurally, and which have finally led to a situation where the economy found itself actually worse off when the last boom ended than it was on the eve of the boom. This demonstrates a rare gift for destruction, as normally credit booms cannot crimp the progress of capitalist economies completely. With the Fed at the helm, it has however apparently become possible now to actually enter a cycle of economic regression. Not only are we worse off than we would have been otherwise, we are now worse off in absolute terms as well. These people know less than nothing, which is to say, they do possess knowledge, but it is in a sense negative knowledge, due to the destruction it brings.

Here is Ms Yellen at a post 2008 bust hearing – from a report in the NYT that was dug up by Zerohedge a while ago (here is a link to the audio recording):


“Ms. Yellen told the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission in 2010 that she and other San Francisco Fed officials pressed Washington for new guidance, sharing the problems they were seeing. But Ms. Yellen did not raise those concerns publicly, and she said that she had not explored the San Francisco Fed’s ability to act unilaterally, taking the view that it had to do what Washington said. “For my own part,” Ms. Yellen said, “I did not see and did not appreciate what the risks were with securitization, the credit ratings agencies, the shadow banking system, the S.I.V.’s — I didn’t see any of that coming until it happened.” Her startled interviewers noted that almost none of the officials who testified had offered a similar acknowledgment of an almost universal failure.”


(emphasis added)

Robert Wenzel among others already reported on Ms. Yellen's absolutely dismal forecasting record. The reason why we are bringing this point up is that it has to be contrasted with the picture painted of her in the mainstream press, where she is regularly portrayed as a veritable Cassandra who foresaw the crash taking before anyone else did – but curiously did absolutely nothing about it, in spite of her position as a Fed governor. For another excellent and very detailed deconstruction of the myth that Ms. Yellen ever knew what she was doing, here is a video by Peter Schiff, who has dug into all the evidence (these days it is luckily very easy to fact-check and expose the lies the media want us to believe). Note that although Schiff is obviously philosophically opposed to Ms. Yellen and everything she stands for, his assessment is very fair. Even so, it is utterly damning:



Peter Schiff on the myth that Ms. Yellen has 'forecast the crisis'. She forecast absolutely nada.



What To Expect

It will probably be best to prepare the funeral rites for the US economy. The seemingly inexorable lurch toward socialism is going to be taken up another notch with Ms. Yellen's nomination to Fed chair.  From the Bloomberg article we learn that Anglo-Saxon central banking socialism is indeed going global these days – and that Ms. Yellen is one of its foremost proponents:

“Janet was a force — perhaps ‘the’ force — behind the FOMC’s decision to move to an even more accommodative policy last December,” said Laurence Meyer, a former Fed governor who is now a senior managing director at St. Louis-based Macroeconomic Advisers LLC.


Hamada, who retired from Yale this year after a 27-year tenure, also has been aggressive in pushing for more monetary stimulus in Japan, going so far as to publicly criticize his former star pupil Masaaki Shirakawa for not doing enough to lift growth when Shirakawa headed the central bank from 2008 to March of this year.


That was “a little bit of stepping out of the Japanese character,” said Richard Cooper, who taught Hamada at Yale and is now professor of international economics at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. “It shows the American influence.”


The 77-year-old Hamada is one of the architects of the reflationary policies known as Abenomics and played a role in choosing Haruhiko Kuroda to replace Shirakawa as governor of the Bank of Japan. Under Kuroda, the BOJ is buying more than 7 trillion yen ($71.3 billion) in bonds a month in a bid to spur growth in the world’s third largest economy. The central bank today maintained its unprecedented easing and forecast that inflation will reach its target, even as some board members cautioned the price outlook was too optimistic.


The BOJ program “is an extension of the Yale Tobin-Brainard approach,” Hamada said in an interview. The Japanese central bank is “enhancing activity in asset markets” to “activate the real, stagnated economy.”

(emphasis added)

That 'American influence' is certainly pernicious and we should perhaps add here that the whole idea that central economic planning and money printing are panaceas for economic ills is at its root actually deeply un-American. The leftist ivory tower economists who propagate it are certainly not representative of the American spirit, which was always oriented toward liberty, including of course economic liberty. These people are the anti-thesis of this spirit, but we can offer some consolation: before all of this is over, central banks will be utterly discredited and be among the most reviled institutions ever.

Bloomberg offers the views of a sole critic (in the interest of 'fairness')– a proponent of the Friedmanite Chicago School. In other words, a school of thought that as recently as in the 1940s was regarded as part of the 'leftist fringe' as Hans-Hermann Hoppe once pointed out, is brought up as the lone spokesman against central planning a la Keynes and Tobin. These views are then curtly brushed off as irrelevant:

“The lessons Yellen and Hamada learned from Tobin back then aren’t producing the intended results today, said Brendan Brown, who attended the University of Chicago in the 1970s and is now executive director of Mitsubishi UFJ Securities in London.


Echoing some of Friedman’s skepticism, Brown argues the Fed’s effort to boost bond and stock prices artificially won’t help the economy because investors and companies realize the run-up won’t last and so will hold back on spending.


Rather than stepping up capital investment, companies are responding to the rise in stock prices by buying back shares or increasing dividends, he said. Orders for U.S. equipment such as computers and machinery fell 1.1 percent in September, according to the Commerce Department in Washington.


“QE is not working,” said Brown, author of “The Global Curse of the Federal Reserve.”


Former central bank official Joseph Gagnon takes issue with that assessment. He supports the Fed’s actions and said the economy has been restrained by households paying off debts, the on-again off-again crisis in the euro region and a “massive” fiscal squeeze.”

(emphasis added)

It is not surprising that a 'former central bank official' takes issue with Mr. Brown's entirely correct assertion that 'QE is not working'. We also take issue with it – not only is it 'not working', it is positively destructive. It will leave the economy's capital structure extremely distorted and misaligned with consumer preferences. The bust that will follow in the wake of this huge policy error is going to be one for the history books.

Bloomberg then quotes Gagnon further:

“This is just Operation Twist redone,” said Gagnon, who taught at the University of California’s Haas School of Business in Berkeley in 1990 and 1991 when Yellen was a professor there. “And what we now know is that Operation Twist did work. They just needed to do more.”

(emphasis added)

Really? Is that what we 'know' today? That 'Operation Twist' somehow worked in spite of not working, and that it actually would have worked if only they 'had done more'?  It is emblematic dear readers that the article closes out with the standard Keynesian excuse fore why Keynesian policies never seem to work:

“They haven't done enough of it”

The logic behind this excuse is quite baffling, to say the least. Something that doesn't work will work if only more of it is done? Has not Japan demonstrated conclusively by now that 'doing more' of the same only ends with government finances in tatters and on the brink of crisis?

Anyway, after reading this paean to Yellen and her teacher Tobin (we haven't quoted from the article's extensive praise of Tobin, but it is as uncritical, unreflected and flattering as such portrayals ever get), we conclude that one must fear the worst. If you thought that after Greenspan and Bernanke things couldn't possibly get worse, you are probably in for a surprise.




Keynesian central planner Janet Yellen: believes the free market doesn't work and needs utterly clueless people like her to function 'better'.


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Sun, 11/03/2013 - 21:51 | 4118217 Croesus
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"But, But....nobody could see it coming"...(Quote from The Future

The future, by Central Planners, summed up: 

They will implement "Moar of the same", and expect it to work, until it doesn't. When it fails, they will blame everyone except themselves. 

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 22:23 | 4118319 rfaze
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Politicians will always pick economists who tell them "they can have their cake and eat it too".

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 22:33 | 4118340 DoChenRollingBearing
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I can hardly wait to see what Mr. Yellen does as Fed chief.

/sarc   (?)

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 23:41 | 4118474 JohnnyBriefcase
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Mr Yellen looks like he drinks blood.

Mon, 11/04/2013 - 00:55 | 4118561 TwoShortPlanks
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Something smells Fishy

Many others feel that there are global dealings afoot....go with what your gut is saying!

Mon, 11/04/2013 - 01:47 | 4118621 Peter Pan
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If her name was Nelley Yellen her name would be palendromic.


Mon, 11/04/2013 - 02:41 | 4118653 Skateboarder
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That's gotta be a wig!

Mon, 11/04/2013 - 06:37 | 4118762 WordSmith2013
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Yellen's only job is to hasten --->

"Global Financial Architecture and Economic Systems on Verge of Collapse"

Mon, 11/04/2013 - 08:49 | 4118889 The Limerick King
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Based on these old Yellen speeches

Keynesian hogwash she preaches

Blind to all bubbles

Down-playing troubles

She's simply a pawn of the leeches

Mon, 11/04/2013 - 09:41 | 4118998 GMadScientist
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This chairperson's really a fright

A Led Zeppelin economy flight

If there's a knob, she will "twist" it

then fiscally fist it

and we'll all end up covered in...


Mon, 11/04/2013 - 10:56 | 4119252 A Lunatic
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........Rainbows and Lollipops.......

Mon, 11/04/2013 - 08:48 | 4118882 DavidC
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Thank you! That made me laugh!


Mon, 11/04/2013 - 08:11 | 4118829 mobtown
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I love the colorful clothes she wears. And the way the sunlight plays upon her hair.

Mon, 11/04/2013 - 08:51 | 4118895 TBT or not TBT
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She's giving us excitations...
Gotta keep those good vibrations a happening to us.

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 22:44 | 4118375 Parisnights
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Why does she look like something an albino smurf shit out?  Or maybe more like the hobbit married to bilbo baggins?--too ugly to make it on screen.

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 23:29 | 4118448 El Oregonian
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Janet "Everything is going to Hell'n" Yellen

Mon, 11/04/2013 - 08:29 | 4118844 Nothing but the...
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- The economy will be going to hell in a Yellen basket.

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 23:32 | 4118460 Anusocracy
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And Tobin looks like Herbert the Pervert from Family Guy.

Mon, 11/04/2013 - 01:58 | 4118626 Peter Pan
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I am not worried by how Janet Yellen looks.

What worries me is how America will look once she has done her job.

Mon, 11/04/2013 - 02:08 | 4118635 Wahooo
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I hope the rioters are able to find Mr. Tobin's house. Yellens, too for that matter.

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 22:27 | 4118325 anonnn
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TITC  explains the behavior. Too Insane To Care

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 23:54 | 4118489 Groundhog Day
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My money is that when the "big Rig" occurs, it will be via HFT, it will be blamed on some dark hacker groups so that neither the politicians or bankers are blamed. This will lead to a new Gov inititive called "war on hackers"

Mon, 11/04/2013 - 05:31 | 4118726 Poor Grogman
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Better than the yet to be announced

" war on stackers".

Mon, 11/04/2013 - 10:33 | 4119167 Grinder74
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Someone with hair and teeth that bad deserves to put their signature on the U.S.'s worthless green toilet paper.

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 21:45 | 4118223 Joebloinvestor
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We are so fucked.

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 21:46 | 4118231 PSEUDOLOGOI

We have been fucked already.

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 23:00 | 4118347 Pure Evil
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 I guess not enough so they're gonna bring in Yellen to fuck us some more.

Just try to imagine "The Wookie" with a strap on pounding your ass while being forced to stare at a nekid Yellen Clockwork Orange style.

Mon, 11/04/2013 - 00:03 | 4118502 lewy14
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Mon, 11/04/2013 - 02:10 | 4118637 Wahooo
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I guess her husband's too much of a dink to do the ass pounding.

Mon, 11/04/2013 - 09:26 | 4118961 quasimodo
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Seriously, looking at THAT would give any normal man an inverted erection.

Imagine trying to get it up with the image of aunt Bea from the Andy Griffith shows ass staring at you in the face.

Mon, 11/04/2013 - 02:40 | 4118652 yomama
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I believe we have been and are continuing to be 'donkey punched'.

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 21:58 | 4118226 Atomizer
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Pull the ping pong balls Mr. Yellen.

Doug Henning teaches a magic trick on Capitian Kangaroos' monetary policy.

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 21:46 | 4118227 A Lunatic
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I think we're turning Japanese, bitchez........

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 22:23 | 4118320 Moe Hamhead
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You really think so !

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 21:46 | 4118235 Edmon Plume
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First it was Obama, now you're calling Yellen a Kenyan?  How dare you!

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 22:34 | 4118351 Running On Bing...
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I wonder what a Schiff / Yellen baby would look like. Talk about freakanomics.


Sun, 11/03/2013 - 21:49 | 4118238 Buckaroo Banzai
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"The same problem that makes socialism a literal impossibility – the calculation problem identified by Mises in 1920 – applies in variations to all attempts at economic planning."

Just about the only decent economics professor I ever had was a specialist in communist economics. In one very memorable class session, he worked through some simple proofs and after about 45 minutes, reduced the theoretical basis of socialist economics down to one equation:


Needless to say that made quite an impression.

Mon, 11/04/2013 - 01:03 | 4118571 SimMaker
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Socialism will always fail in this universe as it goes against nature.


The strong and adaptable will evolve, advance and survive...the weak in nature lose out, are clensed from the gene pool. Socialism tries to go against this by taking from the strong, smart and adaptabe and giving it to the uselss, needy, hopeless genetic dead ends........Like socialism? Thats becasue you are a human failure; they should'nt feel bad, or take it personally. Nature has selected them for termination, but polticians (another genetic dead end) need their votes so try to buy them (and they are easily lead) by attacking the strong. The strong take so much, then lash out.


"The meek shall inherit the earth" is the desperate song of the truely useless genetic strands.


Want proof? Look at Africa. The human race came out of Africa some x Million years would think that maybe as they have been around the longest, they have had the most time to evolve and grow.......yet, Africa in many ways has not changed much, evolution has passed them by while their strong "others" went out in to the world, learned, adapted, and advanced.......the new nations, with the new genetic evolutionary strands are the world leaders, and the African nations are hopless basket cases.

Mon, 11/04/2013 - 06:43 | 4118767 Australian Economist
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You talk about genetic dead ends. The only important thing about genetics is passing on your genes through reproduction, who reproduces the most? The poor and ignorant, with or without socialism. If you want to see a genetic dead end look at the rich and educated who arn't having children.

Your ideas about evolution are wrong. What do you mean Africans have been around the longest and more time to evolve? They have had the same amount of time as Europeans and Asians since they diverged from a common ancestor. To say they haven't adapted is also wrong, why do you think they are black and on average more robust than other races? It's because they've adapted to their enviroment.

To see what the future looks like, have a look at which countries have rising populations and those where it's declining.





Mon, 11/04/2013 - 07:58 | 4118815 RSloane
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Right. If you have two babies that die from starvation why not have a few more to see if any of those survive. Adaptation.

Mon, 11/04/2013 - 09:50 | 4119013 GMadScientist
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If only your mother had heeded your sage advice from the future.

Mon, 11/04/2013 - 08:57 | 4118903 TBT or not TBT
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Sure, but there are plenty of tards living really kick ass lives. Don't worry scro.

Mon, 11/04/2013 - 09:52 | 4119016 GMadScientist
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I'm sure you think you are. Now take out the garbage or you get locked out of the garage again, Sparky.

Mon, 11/04/2013 - 07:39 | 4118801 TheGrandChessboard
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And look at africa there populations are exploding from 500 million to a billion then to 2 and 4 billion. The only thing nature actually cares about is passing on your genes, if you are too weak or stupid you die out. Look at the west we are dying out, they are going to import more and more nigs to fill the void

Mon, 11/04/2013 - 09:03 | 4118915 TBT or not TBT
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The secular hedonist populations within a lot of developed populations are indeed dying out. Atheist Europe is bifurcated like that, with Islamic immigrants breeding fast among a sea of secular hedonists who have hardly bothered. I blame this in part on the state having starved the family of its revenues and replaced it in so many of it functions.

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 21:49 | 4118239 jack stephan
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Gary Johnston: We're dicks! We're reckless, arrogant, stupid dicks. And the Film Actors Guild are pussies. And Kim Jong Il is an asshole. Pussies don't like dicks, because pussies get fucked by dicks. But dicks also fuck assholes: assholes that just want to shit on everything. Pussies may think they can deal with assholes their way. But the only thing that can fuck an asshole is a dick, with some balls. The problem with dicks is: they fuck too much or fuck when it isn't appropriate - and it takes a pussy to show them that. But sometimes, pussies can be so full of shit that they become assholes themselves... because pussies are an inch and half away from ass holes. I don't know much about this crazy, crazy world, but I do know this: If you don't let us fuck this asshole, we're going to have our dicks and pussies all covered in shit!

I have no idea why I put that there... Suck it easy all

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 22:33 | 4118252 Buckaroo Banzai
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Lots of great stuff in that movie.

"Come on everybody, we've got quilting to do!"

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 21:52 | 4118248 0b1knob
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QE is fun at first.   Like pot or coke.   Then soon only the hard stuff gets you off.   AJAX.


Sun, 11/03/2013 - 21:58 | 4118261 LibertarianMenace
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Perhaps one sunny day economics as a science might be a good idea. As it stands now, it's ideology like marxism. At least Austrians admit their limitations.

Mon, 11/04/2013 - 00:07 | 4118510 lewy14
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Economics as a science, I can live with. In fact the terrifying thing is that I think within our lifetimes we will see true economics-as-a-science emerge - I hope so, it would be cool to see past and current economists exposed conclusively as the alchemist quacks they are.

No, what I can't handle is economics as political philosophy. Even if it should become a science.

That kind of reductionism applied to humans can destroy what it is to be human.

Mon, 11/04/2013 - 09:54 | 4119021 GMadScientist
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We know you'll miss 976 numbers, but you'll adapt. Buck up, little soldier.

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 22:05 | 4118270 Ned Zeppelin
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Greenspan , Bernanke, Tobin, Yellen. ..

Hello? How does this nonsense end?

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 22:05 | 4118275 A Lunatic
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End? Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. END?? Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha Good one! End.... LOL.....

Mon, 11/04/2013 - 00:09 | 4118512 lewy14
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I don't know what the currency after the dollar is.

But the one after that will be seashells and cigarettes. 

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 22:05 | 4118276 Seasmoke
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By kicking the Tribe Out !!!!!

Mon, 11/04/2013 - 02:10 | 4118639 Wahooo
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I don't know how it ends but I do know where it ends: Willoughby.

Mon, 11/04/2013 - 07:42 | 4118803 TheGrandChessboard
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Notice every one of them is a kike. No thats anti-semietic, but why are 2% of the population controlling everything all the time.

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 22:06 | 4118278 Andy Lewis
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OMIGOD, it's Miley's twin grandmaw!!!!!!!   AAAAGGGGGGHHHHH!!!!!!

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 22:10 | 4118282 q99x2
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Bitch is a front. How better to hide the face of tyranny than in the eyes of an elderly woman.

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 22:17 | 4118299 Whoa Dammit
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That's a woman? And here I was all along thinking it was a bad cross between Andy Warhol and Truman Capote.

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 22:28 | 4118331 ParkAveFlasher
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I was gonna say Phil Donohue.

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 22:36 | 4118355 DoChenRollingBearing
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^--- Whole subthread above gets green for comedy...

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 22:11 | 4118284 Anusocracy
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God the people in government are looking more and more like Morlocks.

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 22:15 | 4118288 stinkhammer
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plunge her brown star; the shocker!

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 22:16 | 4118297 shermacman
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You would think she could at least get her teeth fixed. 

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 22:31 | 4118336 Emergency Ward
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She's on Obozocare: cosmetic dental work is not covered.

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 23:27 | 4118450 Anusocracy
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God couldn't fix her.

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 22:21 | 4118310 g speed
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economic central planners are obsolete


Sun, 11/03/2013 - 22:22 | 4118315 29.5 hours
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This just in: the rich are not totally dumb; the ultra-rich lower the average...

Rich families hoarding cash: Citi
Sun, 11/03/2013 - 22:23 | 4118317 Trimmed Hedge
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Why does Obama surround himself with so many ugly women?

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 22:32 | 4118335 logicalman
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Makes the wife look good!

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 22:38 | 4118364 Pure Evil
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Don't want to make "The Wookie" jealous!

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 22:41 | 4118369 DoChenRollingBearing
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Now that was really funny!  Highly recommended!

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 22:36 | 4118357 0b1knob
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Look at his "body man" Reggie Love.   Do the math.

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 22:26 | 4118326 Reaper
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Once there was alchemy, which promised to create gold out of base metal. Now, there is al-econy which will create gold out of mental dross. Al-econists, like Keynes, will print fiat, buy assets, and think for us. We are instructed to judge, not by their product, but by the golden results they promise.
A theoretician in physics, Einstein, defined insanity as, "Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results." The corollary defining al-econy is "Insanity is printing fiat currency endlessly and expecting different results." Yellin's al-econy is the modern alchemy. "Against stupidity, even the gods rage in vain."

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 22:34 | 4118345 logicalman
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I would largely agree.

If only

the people causing the pain were the ones experiencing it.

The world would be a much better place

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 23:43 | 4118477 Beam Me Up Scotty
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They've done a lot better than creating gold out of lead. They've created gold out of paper. That's why they can control the price so easily.

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 22:35 | 4118341 Hedgetard55
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Skanky fucking ho', Janet Jellin Felon will get what she deserves come SHTF time... an eternity in Hell.

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 22:34 | 4118343 Lordflin
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My daughter wants to go to an ivy league school... Phd in physics, or a medical degree... not certain which is the bigger quackery.. at least physics has the better toys...

Seem to be in a cynical mood tonight... my background is in the sciences by the way, so please no one explain the thing to me. But it is painful to watch a world march towards destruction when it all appears so senseless... assuming you disallow for human nature...

The really sad thing, is that I didn't really object until the chickens came home to roost. Now that I can see it, I can see that it (the plundering of societies) has had my tacit approval for the most of my life.

Still, there is something of an appeal, if one has a morbid sense of humor. There are actually people that appear to believe they will benifit when the roof is brought down.

Some may benifit... if such a word applies... but I think any attempt to predict an outcome is folly.

Let's at least pray that the worse perpetrators get caught in their own trap. Frankly, I suspect that they will...

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 22:38 | 4118361 logicalman
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I hope they do, but, unfortunately, I think they'll get away with it.

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 22:50 | 4118389 Zer0head
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the Bush family benefited in the late thirties along with tens of thousands of others, there are countless beneficiaries of the current financial crisis.  They all believe that when the roof is brought down that they will not be in the building or that when it actually does collapse they will be lounging about in heaven (thanks to their charitable activities) or safe and secure on their yacht, in their gated compound or wherever. Trust me, they believe they are invincible.


Sun, 11/03/2013 - 23:08 | 4118414 Maxter
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Phd in physics seems cool on paper, but coming from this field, I think medical degree has more chance to land you a job in the end.


The physic field almost looks like a ponzi scheme.  The professor needs a couple grad students to do his research for himself (and also write the publications so that he can put his name on them as first author!).  When they finaly get their Phd, they end up doing post doctoral studies for an undetermined numbers of years until they can finaly take the place of one of their old professor.  They will in turn need more grad student to help him in his research.


Sorry if I am pessimist, but I wasted too many years of my life in this field to recommend it to anyone.

Mon, 11/04/2013 - 01:37 | 4118613 StychoKiller
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Physics could be barking up the wrong tree... (new atomic model proposed)

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 22:46 | 4118377 ecoguitar
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she is really ugly

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 22:55 | 4118392 Zer0head
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I can't wait for the first ZH live feed of her testimony


No one, and I mean NO ONE has taken notice of just how horribly annoying and irritating her voice is


jar jar binks2 is she



Sun, 11/03/2013 - 23:24 | 4118444 superflex
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Sounds like a jew banker.

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 22:48 | 4118381 eddiebe
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It would be a grave mistake to think that central bankers actions are done out of ignorance.

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 22:58 | 4118397 q99x2
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Her face looks like she has suffered several strokes already. Yeah she'll do fine as any for FED chairperson.

The next one will probably be a stiff straight out of taxodermy.

Fuck the all the teleprompters. Everyone knows they are lying anyhow.

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 23:04 | 4118406 JLee2027
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Fucking commie bitch

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 23:12 | 4118422 CunnyFunt
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Yellen is the culmination of feminism.

Expect terrible things to happen.

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 23:33 | 4118459 delacroix
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the absence of femininity?

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 23:35 | 4118467 CunnyFunt
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That's about it, delacroix. Every sinking ship needs a fall GUY, no?

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 23:13 | 4118426 polo007
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The total value of stocks around the world recently rose above $60 trillion for the first time since 2007 – and central banks like the U.S. Federal Reserve have played a big role in that rise by buying bonds and other assets to stimulate economies and provide cheap money.

Market investors are obsessed with the issue of how long this stimulus — much of which is called “quantitative easing” — can continue.

On Friday, U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke is expected to speak on a panel at the International Monetary Fund, and China’s Communist Party will stage the third plenary session of the central committee on economic policy reforms on Saturday.

Central banks around the world, including the European Central Bank and the Bank of England, are expected to make key announcements on interest rates throughout the coming week and edgy investors will pay forensic attention to the language of their public statements for any clues to future policies.

The role of the central banks in markets has taken on new importance.

In the last five years since the 2008 financial crisis, the total assets of the world’s major central banks are estimated to have more than doubled to roughly $15 trillion. That’s equal to a quarter of the current value of global shares.

World stocks lost roughly $30 trillion in market capitalization after the 2008 crisis — but have bounced back by doubling in value during the past four or five years thanks partly to the stimulus measures of the central banks.

U.S. stocks climbed recently to record highs after the Federal Reserve surprised markets by deciding not to reduce or “taper” its $85 billion-a-month bond buying stimulus measures – for now.

Looking forward, it seems that every economist or financial analyst has a different view on when — or if — the Fed will begin to reduce its stimulus, and investors remain edgy about the prospect of the stimulants being taken away.

It has rarely been so important for the central bankers of the world to mind their language.

$60 trillion of the public’s wealth is riding on those words.

Mon, 11/04/2013 - 05:30 | 4118727 Mentaliusanything
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And to Forbes( which I read) I've done the sums and the conclusion is........................................ Gravity is a bitch!

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 23:22 | 4118437 Jack Burton
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This bitch is Bernanke in a skirt. What else can you say. This bitch is taking over an entity owned by ultra rich banker elites who hold firm power over congress and the president. Though she has power on a vast scale, no one ever voted for her. Though she has the power to print trillions and hand it over to friends and insider trading firms and hedge funds, she has no representitve of the people to answer to. If banks prosper, if hedge funds pay their managers in the billions every year, if all those top 1% 'ers who hold the vast majortiy of equities gain from deliberate market manipulation, then she will have served her masters well. In this equation of money printing and market manipulation, the average American worker has no place, no consideration. He/she can be stripped of his/her savings and the bankers will simply laugh, as their bitch at the Fed carries out the wealth transfer they have long dreamed about.

We have a president who serves the bankers, we have two political parties who compete to see who can give banks and speculators the lowest interest rates and the most zirp trillions. The failed financial model that blew up in 2008 has been reinforced by money printing. All the holders of equities, who by all rights should be bankrupt, are seeing trillions of "easy money" flow into their pockets.

Another whore at the Fed. Same as the old whore, just wearing a skirt this time.

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 23:24 | 4118440 W74
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Those 'Chosen' genes really show.  She probably has nothing else mixed in for 1000's of years, if at all.  A hundred percent inbred, this one be is.

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 23:31 | 4118455 W74
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Janet Yellen's husband, 1993:

"Bankruptcy for profit will occur if poor accounting, lax regulation, or low penalties for abuse give owners an incentive to pay themselves more than their firms are worth and then default on their debt obligations. Bankruptcy for profit occurs most commonly when a government guarantees a firm's debt obligations."

Mon, 11/04/2013 - 00:40 | 4118545 Sizzurp
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Just when I think it can't get any more does.  I think Bernanke knows deep down that it is all FUBAR.  Yellin will finish us off in short order.  These smug academics, like her, think they have it all figured out.  They couldn't be more wrong.  Now this vagina will deliver the coup de grace.

Mon, 11/04/2013 - 00:43 | 4118548 Professorlocknload
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 Imagine. This woman owns and operates the US Economy now. Her very own $16 Trillion Dollar a year plaything.

 Any despot who doesn't think a free market can function without Central Planner intervention, obviously can't believe a free society can function sans State intervention, either.

  Economic Liberty and Civil Liberty go hand in hand.

  I'm not as much worried about when this ends badly, as I am more concerned with what the State reaction will be when it does.


Mon, 11/04/2013 - 01:01 | 4118569 phantom blot
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I thnk you will all find the speech in this clip pertanent to the discussion ... the world NEEDS more dicks, c'mon Wall Street - step up

Mon, 11/04/2013 - 01:20 | 4118591 chindit13
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It's rude of me to say this, but when I see pictures of Yellen, I can't help but think how useful she might be around the kitchen.  Grab her by the feet, and I bet I could use that mop atop her head to do one heck of a job scouring my pots.  And it's probably a renewable resource.  Certainly it would be more environmentally friendly than allowing her to dictate monetary policy.

Mon, 11/04/2013 - 05:52 | 4118734 ebworthen
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I can't believe this bad seed of a drunken Ooompa-Loompa and Munchkin is going to be FED chair.

Wait...yes I can...cue the great and powerful OZ, Willy Wonka, the Yellow Brick Road, and lots of chocolate.

Mon, 11/04/2013 - 05:55 | 4118736 Poor Grogman
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I think Hellen brings something totally new to the fed

Older, mop headed, annoying voiced, female, academic windbags, have been underrepresented recently at the fed.

I think she realises that production precedes consumption, and will therefore ramp up the only piece of industrial machinery at the fed in order to ensure that production of $$$ booms.

Any one who questions Helen or the fed is obviously a terrisss.

Mon, 11/04/2013 - 06:02 | 4118743 Apostate2
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Bugger all. Keynesnian style.

Mon, 11/04/2013 - 07:47 | 4118747 falak pema
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Given this counterargument against statist economic interventionism whose roots go back to 1961... maybe we should call this phase of economic wizardry Tobinism and not Keynesianism. The guy who created the macro theory of economics died in 1946.

It seems to me that Keynesianism per se died with BW revoke and was replaced by Tobinism coupled to Friedmanian monetarism going berserk in floating rate magic post BW revoke. We hear nothing about that OTHER voodoo science center, the Chicago school of interest rate dis-arbitrage wizardry feeding the monetary speculative pump of "our fiat money your problem" logic.  

All based on TBTF oligarchy rule, fed on fractional reserve constraints gone super laxist outside PM collateral reserves prudential logic and fed on $ reserve monopoly hubris, to recycle money now become western debt obtained from oil rich sheikhdoms. In the land of Wizard of OZ PAx Americana, a country now running after its hyperconsumerist model of the 60s draped in Great Society spending and NAM war.

All the while constrained by economic and commercial deficits in US resulting from a new phase of economic world competiton resuscitated by Marshall Planning; hahaha, for once CP happened to work, right ? To kick start Europe and Japan! Its important to remember the role MITI played and its outsourcing model of the 70s towards the "new tigers" which led to Japan's CP plus private enterprise industrial juggernaut; the talk of the town in 70s and 80s. MITI was pure long term strategic central planning success. Until Japan bit the FIRE economy RE asset apple under US pressure in 1989... and relapsed into economic feudalism and limbo; just like USA today! 

Remember that NEW Europe had some central planning as well under a common market mechanism; intelligent compromise between state intervention and private market forces. (I don't buy ONE sided arguments based on deterministic logic, as if Economia was a natural science; an argument that forgets ALSO that free markets are a pipe dream and in fact a place where the big guy twists the arms of the small guy thru corruption of political process, lobbying and downright tax scamming and price fixing in cartels behind the curtain). All these aspects of the debate having been obfuscated in this post.

And, as a result of PEAK US OIL and Euro-Japanese revival led by the likes of Sony and Renault and Toyota and Mercedes and Bosch/Siemens technologies. 

The fiat print machine of Euro dollar inception in 1971 was totally motivated to keep Pax Americana top dog.

This has been amply posted here on ZH.

The Tobinonomics/Friedmanonomics/Greenspanonomics/Bernankenonomics/Yellenonomics economic foot print has to be understood in the context of the political ambition of the ruling class gone deep NWO post 1991 USSR collapse and first Iraq war; gone Internet dominant and NSA control matrix since Clinton era.

Central planned economies are a TOOL of Hegemon political play. The US ruling class had bought deep into this MINDSET since WW2, and the mirror cracked in Nov 1963...

Don't talk about Economia without talking about Power mania in land of free and crazy wheeling-dealing and now drone killing.

They are ORGANICALLY linked.

Mon, 11/04/2013 - 06:46 | 4118769 Moe Howard
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A very long read to find out what I could have told you from the start - we are fucked. But thanks for the evidence.

Mon, 11/04/2013 - 07:27 | 4118789 Quinvarius
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She will do the only thing that can be done to prop up banks and the government.  We will have a series of hyperinflations over the next 50 years.  Only companies in bed with the government will be propped as they fail along with the rest of the economy.

The government and the Fed will recognize the trajectory.  And they will stop giving their gold away.  Even the Romans ended up with two classes of money.  Silver dipped tokens for the poor and the public.  Gold for the government and troops.  And taxes had to be paid in gold because the government was not stupid enough to accept its own tokens.  We shall linger in the historical manner.

Mon, 11/04/2013 - 09:08 | 4118926 TBT or not TBT
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Maybe the soldiers will only accept bitcoins, refusing imperial credits.

Mon, 11/04/2013 - 07:24 | 4118790 Stockmonger
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What is "Anglo Saxon central banking" and what does Yellen have to do with Anglo Saxons?

Mon, 11/04/2013 - 09:03 | 4118834 Ghordius
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I know that this is most probably a rethorical question, nevertheless I feel... compelled

"Anglo-Saxon" is a neutral european continental term. as in: "Western Civilization is divided into Anglo-Saxon and Continental countries"

it's about languages. example: English

it's about legal systems. example: "Common Law"

it's about culture, including financial culture. example: "homeownership"

it even goes into culinary habits, including breakfast (though I understand there is little "continental" left in "continental breakfast" in the US)

and of course the traditions of the various central or national banks

Yellen is a perfect example of "Anglo Saxon central banking", including the fact that you are "racially correct" (and of course "politically incorrect") with your question

Mon, 11/04/2013 - 07:44 | 4118808 kurt
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You know the swedish guy at the end of Fargo shoving the tennis shoed foot into the bloody chipper? Remember how the noise masked the approach of his capture and death.


Mon, 11/04/2013 - 12:08 | 4119436 esum
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we can preserve the status quo for quite some time with FREE SHIT... until the shit his the fan. candy coated bullshit ... No Jobs No Jobs No Jobs

Mon, 11/04/2013 - 13:24 | 4119629 RMolineaux
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This is an ad hominem personal attack on Yellen clearly timed to influence her confirmation by the senate.  I am surprised to see zerohedge print such an obviously one sided and political barrage.  From my point of view, I am amazed by the hubris of those who continue to attack government intervention in the economy after those same critics almost brought down the house with their greed, speculation and fraud in the period 2001-2007.  These "free market" hypocrites would love to pursue their schemes of self aggrandizement to the point where they have achieved the monopolies they lust for, effectively destroying the "free market" they pretend to uphold.  Greenspan took the chairmanship of the Fed under false pretences knowing he did not intend to accept the Fed's regulatory responsibilities.  The results are manifest.  Government intervention is absolutely essential to prevent capitalism from destroying itself.  Let's stop the bullmanure and face the facts.

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