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Why Regulation Is Good For Growth

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From Azizonomics

I have in the past criticised regulation for throwing up barriers to entry and taking away opportunity from the youth.

But it turns out that regulation (the more the better) can be an engine for growth.

From Paul Krugman:

As some of us keep trying to point out, the United States is in a liquidity trap: private spending is inadequate to achieve full employment, and with short-term interest rates close to zero, conventional monetary policy is exhausted.


This puts us in a world of topsy-turvy, in which many of the usual rules of economics cease to hold. Thrift leads to lower investment; wage cuts reduce employment; even higher productivity can be a bad thing. And the broken windows fallacy ceases to be a fallacy: something that forces firms to replace capital, even if that something seemingly makes them poorer, can stimulate spending and raise employment. Indeed, in the absence of effective policy, that’s how recovery eventually happens: as Keynes put it, a slump goes on until “the shortage of capital through use, decay and obsolescence” gets firms spending again to replace their plant and equipment.


And now you can see why tighter ozone regulation would actually have created jobs: it would have forced firms to spend on upgrading or replacing equipment, helping to boost demand. Yes, it would have cost money — but that’s the point! And with corporations sitting on lots of idle cash, the money spent would not, to any significant extent, come at the expense of other investment.

So by forcing private firms and individuals into spending money on things they don’t believe they need, government can create demand, which will lead to jobs via the magic of Keynesian multipliers.

Central planners know better than individuals and businesses. That is because they tend to be better educated, having attended the best schools and universities. Central planners tend to think about the bigger economic picture, while businessmen and individuals tend to have small parochial horizons. They are simply not qualified to know how to spend their money.

Bastiat was wrong — anything that creates spending during a depression will have a good effect on unemployment and aggregate demand. Austrian economists and libertarians carping on about opportunity cost should look at the opportunity cost of not forcing businesses to spend. During recessions, businesses tend to hoard cash, causing a fall in aggregate demand. This means prices fall, and the value of debt rises as debtors struggle to make payments on falling incomes, which can lead to mass defaults. The cost of not creating the spending would be falling demand and greater debt deflation. Well-educated central planners understand that under such circumstances government must do all it can to get the economy flowing again to stabilise price levels, and the best way to do that is forcing businesses and consumers into spending their cash on things they would not otherwise need or want, as well as by creating inflation.

It is also imperative that well-educated central planners do all they can to alleviate the damage that citizens are doing to our environment. The common businessman does not think about environmental concerns. He only thinks about maximising profit, like a common jungle beast. And we know what happens when this primal force is unleashed upon the world — we get economic depressions. It is the job of the well-educated central planner to correct his dangerous and deleterious behaviour. This can be done through levying taxes, by passing laws to mandate spending, or by laying smart regulations.

The biggest problem with “free” markets is the stupidity of the common people. How can they possibly know what they want, or what they want to achieve when they have not attended prestigious universities like Oxford, Harvard, or Yale? Without help from central planners working with fact-based information derived from simulations, mathematical models, and empirical studies the common people will never be able to make informed economic choices. Thanks to the genius of central planning for the common good — as well as the hard work and self-sacrifice of central planners — the common people are liberated from making difficult economic decisions. They can concentrate on what they are qualified to decide — what to have for lunch (so long as its contents have been approved by central planners for consumption), what to name their children (so long as it comes from a list of names pre-approved by central planners), or what to watch on television (so long as the transmission has been approved by government censors).


Happy April Fools’.


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Sun, 04/01/2012 - 12:16 | 2307643 Burr's 2nd Shot
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I always suspected M$B was Paul Krugman.

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 12:27 | 2307676 ba dum tiss
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"The Nonsense of a Liberal."

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 12:36 | 2307697 redpill
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Look, we gave economic liberty a chance, it just doesn't work.  It's time to turn the reigns over to the people who are actually qualified to make economic decisions for all of us, like Mr. Krugman and Mr. Bernanke.  Only then can we get out of this malaise.

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 12:40 | 2307706 economics9698
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John got one of his blogs in here, I want one!

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 13:04 | 2307752 spiral_eyes
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And I promise you all —

With central planning, nothing will ever go wrong.

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 13:15 | 2307769 jerry_theking_lawler
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April Fools....right!!

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 15:13 | 2307965 dark pools of soros
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hhaha beat me to it!

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 15:48 | 2308019 malikai
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Now we need MDB to show up and declare his love for Austrianism and Libertarians.

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 16:33 | 2308065 Pinto Currency
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Krugman is so busy publishing b.s that he doesn't realize is that there is a run on tar and feathers rapidly developing.

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 13:23 | 2307782 AldousHuxley
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Central planning works. but the side effects are poor and dumb become poorer and dumber because their ignorance and poor decisions are subsidized. Commoners are happy until the smart and hard working give up because they don't see their efforts being rewarded and everyone loses.


Even graduates of Yale are subsidized because because now even elites buy into that shit that was for the lowerings.They all go into wall st. to gamble rather than create industries.


The biggest problem with “free” markets is the stupidity of the common people.


that's because people want to be lazy and stupid.


common people are why Sarah Palin is popular because half of common people have less than IQ of 100 and they make decisions on emotions rather than logic which gets them into trouble. Do you really want to reward the ilks of white trash Sarah Palin and expect that she will be able to outwit evil genius like ex-KGB "I never smile" Putin?



Sun, 04/01/2012 - 13:37 | 2307814 Ripped Chunk
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Ass faced fuck

Happy April 1 Senior Superiority Plus to the 5th

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 14:08 | 2307856 LowProfile
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Your ZH handle is an incalcuable insult to the man.

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 14:26 | 2307875 Ripped Chunk
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How dare you name yourself after a great author who actually had vision?

Today is a good day to drown yourself.

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 16:30 | 2308059 Mugabe
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common people are why BARACK HUSSEIN BARRY SOETORO OBAMA is popular because half of common people have less than IQ of 100 and they make decisions on emotions rather than logic which gets them into trouble. Do you really want to reward the ilks of black third world trash  BARACK HUSSEIN BARRY SOETORO OBAMA and expect that she will be able to outwit evil genius like ex-KGB "I never smile" Putin?





Sun, 04/01/2012 - 16:34 | 2308066 LowProfile
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You are no better.

Take your NWO Left vs. Right BS somewhere else, precious few buy into that here.

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 16:36 | 2308067 Ripped Chunk
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Why thank you Mugabe you bag faced cunt piece of shit.

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 14:22 | 2307865 Bagbalm
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Economic liberty failed to send the right money to the right people. All fixed now.

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 13:35 | 2307812 Ripped Chunk
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Because if the person who got ripped off actually wins a settlement they spend the money? And perhaps a few crooks get put in jail. Nah, crazy talk.

Mon, 04/02/2012 - 08:40 | 2309214 Imminent Crucible
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...or, "The Conscience of A Sociopath".

Krugman and his shifty eyes. He gives me the creeps. Charlie Manson looks more reliable.

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 12:17 | 2307648 GeneMarchbanks
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April Fools! I get it...

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 12:21 | 2307656 cossack55
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Not at all. I now feel so free and liberated I cannot see the bonds forged upon my person in the form of never-ending debt.

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 12:34 | 2307694 Winston Churchill
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April fool in intent maybe.

Krugman probably believes exactly that though.

Has to be true to be a really funny spoof.

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 12:43 | 2307715 jcaz
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Yep-  Krugman is a Yale boy, so either he's being sly, or going MDB on us......

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 15:33 | 2307999 Vampyroteuthis ...
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Krugman is like rest of the ivory white tower dwellers. Some ass hole told them this crap was the truth years ago and since they live isolated, shallow lives, they believe. Educated idiots. Our world is populated with them.

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 12:17 | 2307649 madcajun
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The above is a perfect example why you must stay off the crack. It fries the brain.

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 13:15 | 2307766 A Nanny Moose
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Perhpas Kruggybear should try it some time. He might have an epipanhy.

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 12:19 | 2307652 ISEEIT
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You neglected to mention Princeton?

What up with that?

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 12:22 | 2307659 vmromk
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Regulation ? Who needs regulation when we have the DOUCHEBAG in chief Bernanke at the helm ?

FUCK YOU, Bernanke.

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 12:30 | 2307685 Jonas Parker
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I thought Obama was the "Douchbag-in-Chief" and Bernake was merely the "Douchbag-in-Thief".

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 13:28 | 2307793 spiral_eyes
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Douchebag AND Thief.

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 12:23 | 2307660 Zola
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I actually thought this was MDB first Zero Hedge Post. But it is not a joke actually... It is a very important question The biggest problem with “free” markets is the stupidity of the common people  because at the end they will kill the free market by electing the wrong kind of people..

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 12:53 | 2307708 KickIce
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Actually more on our education and value system rather than the markets.  I guess you can get into chicken/egg arguement with this one.

a couple of Thomas Jefferson quotes:

Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.


 Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.


Sun, 04/01/2012 - 13:04 | 2307751 CH1
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electing the wrong kind of people..

Ummmm... dude... all elections elect the wrong kind of people.

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 15:34 | 2308005 Vampyroteuthis ...
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CH1, I think that is what Zola was getting at.

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 17:05 | 2308103 smb12321
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It has nothing to do with being dumb (electing "wrong" people) and everything to do with the change in societal views. The incessant pounding by the MSM that Candidate 1 will "give you free _____ (fill in blank)" while mean old Candidate 2 says we can't afford it has taken its toll. Given the lack of critical thinking and vested interest (gov't check / no taxes) what would one expect to happen?  

When folks blast Ron Paul for "far out" ideas I respond that once ALL Americans considered his ideas the norm.  Don't spend more than you make; follow the Constitution and prosperity comes from saving, a strong currency and peace.  The fact that so few Americans (much less politicians) believe in those things says it all.

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 12:23 | 2307665 three chord sloth
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You forgot the space aliens. Space alien attacks have a glorious Keynesian multiplier.

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 13:03 | 2307750 BobPaulson
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Seriously though, the UFO thing is not far off. The pigmen like to honey pot Zero Hedge and other sources of intelligent discussion with troll posts that advocate violence, racism or extreme conspiracy theories to discredit it. Then the mind controlling MSM can create sentences like "Whackos and nutjobs who believe in stuff like alien abduction, ESP, illuminati and gold standard currency post of Zero Hedge" or "Folks like Charles Manson, Clifford Olson and Ron Paul avocate withdrawl from Iraq". The association created in the phrase program the sheep to think anything not from the MSM cannot be trusted as valid sources of information.

Mon, 04/02/2012 - 01:27 | 2308931 Kobe Beef
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People who believe in the MSM are more lost than those who believe in alien abduction.

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 12:28 | 2307678 KickIce
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If there's one complaint I have against ZH it's that nobody ever uses any sarcasm.  Of course the elite are smarter, look what a well-oiled machine the US has become.

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 13:39 | 2307817 Ripped Chunk
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Yea, lot's of oil. I agree with that

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 17:49 | 2308080 The Alarmist
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And getting better every day with elite solutions, e.g. NDAA, PATRIOT, SOPA, PIPA, etc., to fix all the problems of the world, which seems to be the commoners being empowered to think and act on their own rather than to have their information channeled to them and to have all their decisions pre-ordained by their superiors.

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 19:26 | 2308272 UP Forester
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Everybody knows that in a centrally planned economy, the squeaky wheel gets greased....

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 12:31 | 2307681 Arnold Ziffel
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You may have heard about that Trillion$$$ student loan problem (with the 35% delinquent rate)?

Here's where the loan money goes:

Fans burn couches, flip cars after Kentucky's win


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Riot police used pepper spray in small amounts for crowd control as thousands of rowdy fans swarmed into the streets near the University of Kentucky campus, overturning cars and lighting couches ablaze after a victory over cross-state rival Louisville in a Final Four matchup.

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 12:35 | 2307688 Jonas Parker
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Interesting, since the University of Kentucky is in Lexington... The MSM AP must have a geography problem.

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 15:35 | 2308002 wee-weed up
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The MSM AP has MANY serious problems. Geography is only a minor one.

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 12:37 | 2307699 Fix It Again Timmy
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If the government had a 5,000 page document regulating shoe laces, I would feel much safer.  Unregulated shoe laces can maim, injure and kill!  I hope Congress does something about this!

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 12:53 | 2307731 SilverIsKing
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Laces won't be regulated. They'll be banned.

We first need to wait for the Velcro manufacturers to pay off the right politicians.

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 16:43 | 2308078 akak
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When shoe laces are outlawed, only outlaws will still wear shoe laces.

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 16:46 | 2308084 The Alarmist
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What about slip-on shoes?

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 18:18 | 2308159 akak
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Wearing slip-on shoes is the mark of anti-Velcro conspiracy theorists and homegrown anti-government terrorist extremists, and all patriotic US citizens are encourage to report such suspicious activity to their nearest Department of Homeland Security office as part of the "See slip-ons, say something" program.

Mon, 04/02/2012 - 14:51 | 2310313 Ripped Chunk
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Frequent fliers know about the advantages of these........

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 12:38 | 2307703 spooz
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Not all regulation is created equal.  Painting it all with the same brush allows the effects of financial deregulation, arguably the main cause of the financial crisis, to continue.  Of course, meaningful regulation requires regulators willing to do their job, and more simple regulation is better (Glass-Steagall was far superior to the behemoth Dodd-Frank or the JOBS act).  As Bill Black points out regarding the new JOBS act:

"The primary rationale for the JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Startups) Act is the claim that we must win a regulatory race to the bottom with the City of London by adopting even weaker protections for investors from securities fraud than does the United Kingdom (UK)."

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 12:50 | 2307726 KickIce
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Well yeah, it's gotten to the point where anymore they just don't give a damn what the people think.  I'd say this had been happening regularly since NAFTA.

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 13:09 | 2307760 CH1
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Not all regulation is created equal.

Who cares? It's all created by a class of idiots whom are given power to control everyone else's life. That's an inescapable recipe for disaster. Always, everywhere. "Good" regulations just delay the inevitable, slightly.

The position of regulator is ruin incarnate - ALWAYS.

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 13:40 | 2307818 A Nanny Moose
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I would remind you that under Glass-Steagal, we had the S&L crisis, AND the .Bombz. SNL was a bit more contained because we prosecuted at least some of the fraud.

Why is regulation required in the first place? The business cycle largely the result of the actions of the very bureacrats who are charged with oversight of money and credit. This is a tale as old as least.

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 12:50 | 2307725 Bluntly Put
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Indeed. Well articulated and put forth. Bravo to the author for having the courage to stand up to thousands of years of free choices made by a myriad of human participants all making the wrong choice.

In fact I think its high time we leave the fetters of the past and replace the term "In God We Trust" on our purely contrived and conjured currency with the term "In Central Planning We Must".


Sun, 04/01/2012 - 13:01 | 2307739 Ponzi Unit
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Adam Smith and Basquiat had it all wrong. The successful central planning of the Eastern bloc from 1945 to 1989 shows the superiority of the socialist, dirigiste, Marxist , even National Socialist models.

It all comes down to monopoly power of the few exploiting the many. Capitalism is dead, at least free-market capitalism is dead. Who could have dreamed that espousing free markets would one day be regarded as subversive?

Soon we will see universal slackerdom rewarded by worthless fiat, per famous Russian joke "We pretend to work and they pretend to pay us."

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 16:54 | 2308093 The Alarmist
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The East-bloc was a dynamic raging success until people were corrupted with decadent western products like blue jeans and exposed to decadent western entertainment like Dallas.

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 18:07 | 2308173 akak
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Damn those running-dog imperialist capitalist roaders and the evil way in which they insidiously undermined every gloriously and perfectly engineered Five Year Plan!  Why could they never accept that perfect freedom and prosperity can only be achieved through total, top-down command and control?

At least they are finally coming around under Obama and Krugman.

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 18:39 | 2308223 The Alarmist
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If we take the open-mic incident at face value, Obama and Krugman are merely the puppets ... the puppet master seems to be good old Vlad himself.

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 13:03 | 2307748 q99x2
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'populations were prepared to suspend judgement on their politicians and accept sacrifice if they believed there would be long term gain, but not indefinitely.'

That's from a CNBC article.

Don't need politicians anymore. In the US they don't even read the bills they pass into law. Therefore we need a referrendum system so that the entire population has the ability to vote on every law and policy. Certainly have the technology to allow that to happen today.

And a closed loop monetary system could easily be established completely without bankers.

Therefore since the time has arrived let the people, who are the only ones capable of morality, rule themselves.

Deviat elite step aside the collective human experience is about to begin.

Invert the Pyramid.

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 13:58 | 2307845 A Nanny Moose
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Great mobocracy for 300 million. What happens WHEN I vote to tax you at 100% to pay for my lifesyle? What happens when those who can vote, vote against the interests of those who cannot? This scheme doesn't even work in California.

The only possible way this works is if every NON-vote is counted as an automatic "NO." This way, most of us wouldn't have to waste our time actually voting "NO" for every hair-brained democractic scheme. But how do you know how many non-votes exist without.

Even still, I am going with "The Myth of the Rational Voter."



Sun, 04/01/2012 - 13:05 | 2307756 CH1
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Well, shit... let's just let them bleed everything dry. What's the difference at this point?

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 13:12 | 2307765 riphowardkatz
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I would disagree in one regard. It is not stupidity but fear. The animal spirits take over and the people foolishly save money instead of spending it. This is where the fearless and ever so brave defenders of our great economic machine swing into action to save the day. If it wasn't for them the prosperity of the last 100 years would have never existed.

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 13:19 | 2307778 Bluntly Put
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"If it wasn't for them the prosperity of the last 100 years would have never existed."

Here here. And similarly that wealth spread over large portions of the population could not have been consolidated into fewer, more competent hands.


Sun, 04/01/2012 - 13:20 | 2307773 rwe2late
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You are right.

It is not the case that public leaders are supposed to be so much "smarter" than their private sector counterparts. And it is misleading to depict it that way.

It is rather that the public servants are supposed to head democratic and open public institutions which can counterbalance against the abuses of private autocratic and secretive institutions.

 There is now complete failure in that public duty, and an alliance between big government and big corporations, ... to the detriment of small business, individual liberty, and general well-being. 

Laws are now made or ignored to protect the finances of global corporations and stifle local enterprise; militarism supports a global war industry and global corporate expansion; health and the environment are degraded so as not to reduce the profitability of insurance, food, chemical, and energy giants.

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 13:18 | 2307774 lasvegaspersona
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On my way  toPrinceton to break all their windows. They can have economic improvment return gift're welcome

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 14:00 | 2307847 A Nanny Moose
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I see wut ya did thar!!

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 13:18 | 2307776 PaperBear
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BIG BROTHER UK: Internet Activity ‘To Be Monitored’ Under New Laws

Who has the list of fake terrorist plots involving FBI entrapment ? Please post it here.

What about transparency of government ?

Ben Fulford (COINTELPRO googles) had given 31st March as the deadline for the surrender of the elite parasites and their answer is to continue with the same garbage.

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 13:28 | 2307790 JW n FL
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Are you English Bob?

I want to meet English Bob! who LOVES the Twit on Capital Account! Where Are You? are you busy jerking off in a corner in your mums basement? come forth!


Sun, 04/01/2012 - 16:38 | 2308071 Ripped Chunk
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English Bob got the fuck kicked out of him by Little Bill. Everyone knows that.

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 13:22 | 2307781 JW n FL
Sun, 04/01/2012 - 13:28 | 2307791 ZeroPower
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Fuck everything about regulation/government intervention.

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 13:44 | 2307821 JW n FL
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and here's and OLDIE BUT A GOODIE!!


We Need Austerity!

We need LESS! or NO!! Financial Regulations!!

We need the Welfare Poor to Die Off.. just like would happen if Natural Selection was allowed to occur!


and any of you that are tired of waiting for America to turn into that Dream Place of no Taxes or Government Intervention and Austerity for the Poor with NO! Child Labor Laws! (work them kids!! Little Bastards got to much energy any way!) All of you! can Move to Africa! and live with ALL the Austerity, Tax Free and Sitting on the Beach you can stand.. you dont need America to chage into Africa.. You just need to get on a Plane and Move there!

Austerity for as far as the eye can see! and you are Free! to do what you want! No regulations!! GO!! Go! to your Dream Land of Freedom! Africa Awaits!

But America doenst need to be! Africa..

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 15:21 | 2307982 GernB
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Really, i was unaware Africe was effective in protecting individual rights to life, liberty and property.

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 13:44 | 2307823 I should be working
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The biggest problem with “free” markets is the stupidity of the common people.

In contrast the biggest problem with "command economies" is the stupidity of those in charge.

The question is who is more stupid, the CEOs or the politicians. I'll answer it for you, it's the politicians stupid!!?!?! God Krugman is such a blowhard moron. Bridges to nowhere and we'll all be rich.

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 14:19 | 2307861 barroter
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Deregulate...I like monopolies, cartels and collusions cornering my ass in the market. 

My take from the Bush admin was that deregulation, laissez faire, was a complete failure.

Now, persuade me that turning the US financial system into Dodge City where anything goes, is in my best interests.  I don't trust the gov't...NOR do I trust business. Tyranny from either doesn't suit me at all well.

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 14:43 | 2307907 riphowardkatz
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There are more regulations now than have ever existed in the history of the universe. 

Which business has "cornered your ass in the market" apart from those with the government backed ability? They dont exist

How does a business without government backing "corner your ass in the market"?

Please name one business that forces you to buy stuff at the point of a gun?   They dont exist 

Name one thing a business can do to take away your right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness? 

Please stop making stuff up. If this is an april fools joke you got me.


Sun, 04/01/2012 - 15:18 | 2307976 GernB
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Because its not like regulation creared the housing bubble, or banks whose failure would devestate the economy... Wait, never mind... It did.

Mon, 04/02/2012 - 05:48 | 2309054 Colonial Intent
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Gern B is an assmuncher, regs being dropped created the housing bubble and banks going from 10 to 1 up to 37.8 to 1 devastated the economy.

Blame the pols who dropped the regs or the corporations who bribed the pols to drop the regs.


Sun, 04/01/2012 - 14:33 | 2307888 rlouis
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From 'management by experts' to 'management by idiot savants.' 

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 14:51 | 2307924 Ms. Erable
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After reading that, I think I'll go out and break every store-front window I drive past, torch a few buildings, and then cause a 45-vehicle pile-up on the freeway. When the judge asks for a plea, I'll just say, 'Economic stimulation, bitchezzz!".

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 15:37 | 2307957 GernB
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I've come to suspect that the term "liquidity trap" is economics speak for "Keynesian economics Achilies heel that proves it does not work" or to put it another way "we've flooded the market with money but people still wont borrow and spend like our brilliant theory says they will" Money gets trapped because people see through the sham. They know the money has to be paid back so they save for that day, the only solution to stealing peoples money to stimulate the economy is to steal more until the are debt slaves to a state run by the brilliant minds that concluded freedom is the enemy.

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 15:33 | 2308001 Bansters-in-my-...
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"Central planners know better than individuals and businesses"...


Sun, 04/01/2012 - 15:48 | 2308018 MrBinkeyWhat
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You really had me up to the "april fool" line. I thought the article was totally /sarc.

Tell me you were "really joking". Or FUCK OFF.  ;-)

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 15:58 | 2308025 Zero Govt
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I don't think this is an April Fools, Krugman really is that stupid and really does write crap like this's his most serious piece of work since declaring war was an economic stimulent (surely the biggest wind-up in the history of economics)

Give that f'n retard another Nobel, i dare you

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 17:29 | 2308125 r00t61
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I personally prefer Krugman's "If only aliens would invade us then we could get the economy going again" economic theory.

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 18:46 | 2308233 malek
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Sure he did - no need to make that part of the article was an aprils fool joke too!

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 17:04 | 2308099 The Alarmist
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Yes, that 800 year experiment with increasing personal liberty was clearly a mistake. The fact that it is highly correlated with increasing personal prosperity is merely coincidence.

We serfs should be grateful to go back to the service of our divine-right lords and masters, who so very wisely got us through the dark ages in roughly the same state as that in which we entered it. If it hadn't been for the pesky black-plague making individual labor an auctionable commodity, we might still be living the same sort of Eco-friendly standard of living our forebearers enjoyed in 800 A.D.

Shut up and back to your work, slaves!

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 17:28 | 2308124 barroter
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Instead of working for the House of D'Medici or the House of Brabant,  we can work for the House of Pfizer or the House of Archer Daniels Midland instead.

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 18:14 | 2308152 rg
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burning down krugman's house would take care of some of his idle cash.  it would force him to spend on upgrading or replacing equipment, helping to boost demand too.  somebody tweet Krugman's address with a special appeal to all Kentucky BB fans.

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 18:42 | 2308226 The Alarmist
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No, when someone burns down a liberal economist's house, that is merely an example of the "broken window fallacy."  You have to burn down your own house to spur the economy.

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 18:44 | 2308231 malek
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 The biggest problem with “free” markets is the stupidity of the common people.

Luckily that is not true, as the fool and his money are soon parted.

However it is true for

The biggest problem with democracy is the stupidity of the common people.

bacause, as I put it,

  Democracy is when the stupidest 51% decide.

And there is no direct way to let the consequences of those stupid decisions only affect the deciders... except true federalism which we hadn't had since the civil war.

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 20:02 | 2308320 Catullus
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If this weren't April Fools, this would be the lead op-Ed on the Huffington Post, Daily Kos, NYT, and CNBC.

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 23:11 | 2308767 sitenine
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Happy April Fools Tyler

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 23:16 | 2308773 Benjamin Glutton
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I would vote for Hitler himself if he promised to prosecute the Bankers AND not eat the Jews.


Gary Johnson 2012!

Mon, 04/02/2012 - 04:36 | 2309023 lenitivelea
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Mon, 04/02/2012 - 06:35 | 2309073 Coldfire
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As if Thugman and his ilk have been waiting in the wings while "capitalism" was tried and found wanting. Capitalism, ie., property rights, was administered a cunning drip feed of poison starting in 1913. That eye-hemorrhaging stench wafting off Thugman's editorial perch in the New York Times and every syllable excreted from Bermonkey's mendacious lips is in fact the advanced stage toxic necrosis of a zombie. As if printing money to dig holes and fill them in faster will bring the corpse back to life. Non aggression principle stands, but is sorely tested by Thugman's and Bermonkey's faces which are exquisitely suitable bases for the excellent German word backpfeifengesicht.

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