Don't Mess With The Keynesians

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Sat, 12/24/2011 - 16:00 | 2009418 Cursive
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Some people can take their medicine with one swallow (Austrians), others cry and bitch and sip on it until it is finally consummed (Keynesians).

Sat, 12/24/2011 - 16:11 | 2009434 redpill
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More like Austrians will suck it up and go through chemo, while the Keynesians will wait until the cancer metastasizes throughout their entire body and then ask for a dose of morphine to ease the pain.


Sat, 12/24/2011 - 16:17 | 2009439 Oh regional Indian
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Even more like people will use increasingly complex words to explain simpler and simpler concepts, whille Keynesians and Austrains continue to drink their respective kool-aids and grind along in an uncomfortable compromise of a life.



Sat, 12/24/2011 - 16:30 | 2009456 economics1996
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Keynesians are all about models and predicting future behavior.  They believe in central command economies through "fiscal" aka taxing, borrowing, printing, and central banking, printing money and reducing the money supply.

Austrians are free market, we believe in Mises and the Austrian credit theory which is 180 opposite the Keynes theory.  Proper allocation of money, time, and resources between different sectors of society are fundamental, as well as sound money.

Sat, 12/24/2011 - 17:18 | 2009496 economics1996
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The only trick of the Keynesians is to print, borrow, tax, and spread it around to the political elites, Wall Street, and the Federal Reserve.  Look at the monetary base in "good" times increasing 15% a year.  Pay off money that was taxed from workers through inflation.  When this shit crashes and the peasants ever find out about these crooks they will hang em high.


Ron Paul.

Sat, 12/24/2011 - 18:13 | 2009539 Surly Bear
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Fight of the Century: Keynes vs. Hayek Round Two

Sat, 12/24/2011 - 20:09 | 2009618 meghaljani
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History shows quite the opposite. Peasants never find out that they have been robbed by inflation. All they want is sometihng more from government and cry if they do not get it. Just look Europe (and America too if we are unlucky). 

Sun, 12/25/2011 - 14:13 | 2010487 ScratInTheHat
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I’m just wondering why this Keynes admiration piece was posted here. Hayek is dismissed at almost every turn by this fool.

Mon, 12/26/2011 - 13:33 | 2011891 economics1996
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Sun, 12/25/2011 - 00:45 | 2009847 Libertarian777
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That is the central tenant. The difference between Keynesians and Austrians.


It's not about actual monetary or fiscal policy, the underlying premise is what differs.

Keynesians believe in central economic planning, that a board of 12 (or less) can determine what spending rates 'should be', what interest rates 'should be', what you 'should eat', what you 'should buy', what you 'should pay'.


Austrians believe in individual liberty and free markets. There is no 'market' as Keynesians believe. A market is just an aggregation of billions of INDIVIDUAL choices. Not a single (central) choice forced on the aggregate. Austrians don't belive in 'should', Austrians just believe in 'IS'. Left unmolested, people will make individual choices. These choices are reflected in the aggregate prices they are willing to buy and sell things at, giving signals to other individuals what IS in demand. There is no 'demand SHOULD be X x Y qty'.

Sat, 12/24/2011 - 16:38 | 2009464 disabledvet
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"war" for example. As you know this is our holiday season ORI and i hope there's still some of that spirit left in you given your time and experience here. I will say this: the Civil War that has gripped this country for well over a decade now is over. I'm not sure i'm going to celebrate the victory however.

Sat, 12/24/2011 - 16:44 | 2009467 AnAnonymous
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whille Keynesians and Austrains continue to drink their respective kool-aids and grind along in an uncomfortable compromise of a life.

Propagandists enabling each other... One US citizenism speciality...

Sat, 12/24/2011 - 16:47 | 2009471 economics1996
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What Austrian kool-aid?

Sat, 12/24/2011 - 17:17 | 2009497 spiral_eyes
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Sat, 12/24/2011 - 18:15 | 2009542 Freegolder
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Meaningless comment designed to drive traffic to your blog where you will try to sell them a DVD.

Sun, 12/25/2011 - 01:48 | 2009913 Oh regional Indian
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Merry Christmas to YOU Freegolder.

May you be freed of your gold!


Sun, 12/25/2011 - 02:00 | 2009922 Vic Vinegar
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Take a look at this plan ORI.  LOL:

Kudos to Sunny Leone!  Not sure if she reads your blog or not.

Do me a solid and upload episodes of Big Boss to your site.  It's sure to generate the traffic you so desire.

Sat, 12/24/2011 - 16:27 | 2009455 Long-John-Silver
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Mr. Ponzi approved of Keynesian economics.
Sat, 12/24/2011 - 17:03 | 2009486 centerline
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Right on.  Because the key principle is spreading malivestment out over all the people instead of concentrating it on a few.  The concept is sound in it's intent.  In fact, it is very noble. But, so easily corrupted.  


Sat, 12/24/2011 - 18:06 | 2009519 Zero Govt
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Keynes is a rice paper thin sugar venere that allows Govt scum to continue their spending orgy (indeed a sick excuse to stupendously increase it) into recession, rather than cut their cloth to the economy like everyone else

like all political policies it is wrapped up with the promise it'll do us some good when in fact it's the worst possible policy (digs the hole deeper). It covers also for the fact politicians are spineless pompous Empire builders who have no stomach and no discipline to make cuts to their beloved throne room and see themselves above societies grotty suffering

(see Washington 4 long years into recession and not a budget cut in sight with DC property values still living it up in LaLa Land)

Keynes is an academic (hired Govt crone) sugar coating the steaming turd that is Govt

Sat, 12/24/2011 - 16:31 | 2009457 JPM Hater001
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He absolutely nails it when he points out that Keynes said borrow to boost aggregate demand and pay it back later.

Hayek of course understood (as far as you can) the unpredictable nature of man.  And that is that man would never pay it off.  And as all good Keynsians will tell you, When your in a slump just break something.

Our economy is officially broke.  Call the plumber.

Sat, 12/24/2011 - 17:58 | 2009525 AldousHuxley
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Instead of a plumber we have domino builders racing against time as dominos fall...

Sat, 12/24/2011 - 19:10 | 2009538 Zero Govt
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even the dominos are made of debt

let them fall where they will ..because i ain't paying the bill

Sat, 12/24/2011 - 16:36 | 2009459 Burnbright
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Stupidest fucking idiot.

Replacing government spending with private sector aggregate demand only ensures increased need for government spending to prop up the artificial demand created by the government, more government spending to encourage growth, and higher taxes and inflation to pay for it all. It ensures that the country will never escape the need for continued borrowing until it blows up its own currency.

How does this dumb mother fucker have a job? Oh wait, government spending ...

Sat, 12/24/2011 - 16:44 | 2009466 disabledvet
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It is how the USA got out of the Great Depression. We called it..."World War II." Don't think that because Governments must spend they have no clue about "it's the economy, stupid." That is by far the largest misconception of Conservative economists in the USA. They call government spending "wasteful." Is it? Or is the problem..."not enough bang for the buck"? Cuz if it's the latter...there's a LOT more government coming our way.

Sat, 12/24/2011 - 16:50 | 2009476 economics1996
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37% of the GDP went towards war, millions killed, billions of property destroyed, rationing, shortages, dictatorship, sorry I will pass on that economic plan.

Sat, 12/24/2011 - 16:57 | 2009483 Oppressed In Ca...
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Once again the simplistic canard about WWII ending the Great Depression.  First, go read what Bob Higgs has to say about this.  Then consider that all the big time Keynesians (Samuelson, et al) expected a frightful recession at the end of WWII with the drastic fall in government spending.  After all, a lot less G means a lot less AD.  Then consider that much of the world's industires were bombed flat (excepting the US) and you won't have to resort to kneejerk liberal fantasies about government spending.  Finally, doesn't Krugman want an invasion from outer space to solve our current economic woes? Some solution.

Sun, 12/25/2011 - 01:17 | 2009882 GiantVampireSqu...
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Except the US kept the war machine going, while other countries de-militarised, the US did not.  The US has been on a permanent war footing since WWII.  48% of golbal military spending is US spending.

Sat, 12/24/2011 - 17:12 | 2009493 economics1996
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Yep, it’s all bull shit.  Government creates nothing; they take from productive members of society.  When people realize the only trick in the Keynesian bag is to move money around, printing, borrowing, taxing, the gig is up for them.  The real propose of Keynesian economics is to baffle the public with bull shit so the elites in Washington, Wall Street and the Federal Reserve can rip them off though their favorite transmission mechanism, inflation.

If the public ever really understood economics they would hang these mother fuckers from the nearest tree.

Sat, 12/24/2011 - 17:22 | 2009502 LeBalance
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classic flimflam, so that Bobby doesn't have to work and gets to tell you how to.

centralists versus decentralists.

commies versus libertarians.

"it's really for the greater good."

"i am from the government and i am here to help."

Sat, 12/24/2011 - 18:26 | 2009549 Zero Govt
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Yep... politicians like bwankers are the biggest pack of slackers in human history. Imagine your only job is to promise great things spending other peoples money?

despite politicos and bankers destroying country after country throughout history (omitted from all State school history, political and economic text books for some reason?) we still allow this deadly dumb scum duo to 'lead' us

we're precisely where we deserve to be allowing worthless unproductive parasites like Bush, Bumma, Barny Frank, Blankfein, Dimon and Paulson the reigns to power ...we're all out of wealth creators, ruled by lying suckers, the economy rammed with bloated uncompetitive suffocating monopolists and deep in the shit (debt)

Sat, 12/24/2011 - 20:15 | 2009622 meghaljani
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How many years do you want me to wait for before they start understanding? May be government will offer some more "free stuff" to forget what they understood? 

Sat, 12/24/2011 - 16:51 | 2009461 GeneMarchbanks
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Austerity is for Greeks. Anglos can spend their way to solvency...

Thuggery. Looting. Thievery. Sounds like London to me.

Meanwhile Moynihan thinks that 2012 is going to be a good year for BAC...

Sat, 12/24/2011 - 18:57 | 2009568 Zero Govt
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"Thuggery. Looting. Thievery. Sounds like London to me."

That'll be the few hundred London financial gangsters, not the few dozen street teenage rioters... how has the FSC dealt with debt, auditors cooking bankrupt bankers books while accepting more depositors money, over-leverage, incompetent risk and compliance officers and hyperfraudification since 2008?

Prime Minister 'Call Me Twat' Camerons socially dysfunctional society is about to blow up in his own elite social circle ..let's hope the village idiot doesn't get indigestion swallowing his own foot stuck in his mouth

Sat, 12/24/2011 - 16:38 | 2009463 tony bonn
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the problem austrians have faced in fighting keyensians is that keynesian principles were applied to an economy which was capable of resisting its toxins because it had so much underlying strength...

finally 80 years of a high carb/high fat diet have taken its toll and it is now evident that the crap the voodoo economists were shoving down our throats was complete crap...

more importantly, keynesianism was never an economic theory in the first was intellectuoidal clap trap to fool the fucktards that the toxins it was shoveling down our throats was good for us...

yes, smoke 2 packs of cigarettes a day, eat a box of twinkies daily, and drink 1 gallon of coffee a day and you too can feel like the 6 million dollar man with all of his electronics short circuited....


Sat, 12/24/2011 - 16:41 | 2009465 Sean Fernyhough
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Yes.  Hyman Minsky was an optimist....

Sat, 12/24/2011 - 16:46 | 2009469 AnAnonymous
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Civilization is fragile or something...

First,one has to tell where civilization is and what the expectations of are.

This reminded, look out. Contrary to what US citizens claim, US citizenism is extremelly resilient. Much more than any dictatorship or the rest.

US citizenism allow some people (US citizens) in an eternal nature of behaviour.

Eternal might be fragile but it lasts long.

Sat, 12/24/2011 - 17:22 | 2009504 Silenus
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Sat, 12/24/2011 - 18:03 | 2009529 Reese Bobby
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You should write a whole book of gibberish.  Working title: "Eternal Lasts Long-ism"

Sat, 12/24/2011 - 17:01 | 2009485 Stoploss
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Time and human nature. Keynes two worst enemies.

Sat, 12/24/2011 - 17:11 | 2009492 knowless
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The only way they could expand the public sector any further would be to create manufacturing jobs.. what could they manufacture? guessing weapons, it seems like this guys opinion is that hayek didn't "get" what keynes was saying, because keynes was saying that the elite have the right to start wars to thin the herd, him being a lord and all.


o ho ho, chortle chortle, those fools! we'll just print money and pay them to make weapons to kill each other with! brilliant plan! cheers!


I love it, arrogant fucks.


Sat, 12/24/2011 - 17:13 | 2009494 ebworthen
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The addiction model is the best parallel.

You don't give an addict their drug of choice to cure the addiction; you allow consequences to occur.

Keynesians are dysfunctional enablers; Hayek and Austrians are tough love pragmatists.

Sat, 12/24/2011 - 17:18 | 2009498 hadriansnightmare
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What a loon- he fails to mention the riots are a direct result of Keynesian policies- but now we need big govt to save us-

Sat, 12/24/2011 - 17:19 | 2009499 Quinvarius
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He discounts Hayek by saying he just didn't understand Keynes.  LOL.

Sat, 12/24/2011 - 17:39 | 2009512 no life
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If you disagree with Keynes, you must be a racist...

Sat, 12/24/2011 - 17:43 | 2009514 juujuuuujj
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Most Keynesians don't understand Keynes, most Marxians don't understand Marx and most free-marketeers don't really understand what Adam Smith described as a free market. Most Austrians haven't read much of Menger and Mises, and instead go with bigots like Ayn Rand and Milton Friedman. 

People just like to be in a team, without really understanding the theory or having read the books carefully. 

Sat, 12/24/2011 - 17:54 | 2009521 Reese Bobby
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Most people know "Economics" is a scam science of bullshit.  Make a difference: get a real job.

Sat, 12/24/2011 - 18:07 | 2009532 economics1996
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Not if you understand it, Austrian.  It makes millionaires out of those that understand it.

Sat, 12/24/2011 - 18:24 | 2009553 Reese Bobby
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That's a crock in my experience.  I was an Economics major before I knew better and it had nothing to do with making millions, a topic I am familiar with.

Sat, 12/24/2011 - 18:01 | 2009528 ebworthen
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Go Redskins!

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