Incoming: Price Controls And Famines

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by Capitalist Exploits
Thursday, Jan 13, 2022 - 14:26

In a fresh round of stupid we have…

We have a powerful weapon to fight inflation: price controls. It’s time we use it | Isabella Weber | The Guardian

Now, I could show you multiple examples of this sort of narrative being now paraded by the MSM. The point is this. Governments — when faced with inflationary pressures such as they are now — must be seen to “do something”.

They can’t really raise interest rates as it’ll crush the overleveraged stock, bonds, and real estate markets, not to mention overwhelm their ability to finance government deficits. So that’s sorta out of the question.

Price controls are an easy “solution” that keeps an ignorant, gullible, brainwashed (by MSM) populace from revolting. What they do exacerbate always is bringing about shortages, which themselves lead to even higher prices.

Just ask Venezuela or the former USSR.

Capitalism: Bread waits for customers. Socialism: Customers wait for bread

Now, aside from food and energy and a host of other necessities in life we have these complete abject morons touting their “green energy”. Pray tell, how we’re going to get all the minerals needed for this “green revolution” with price controls?

Sticking with this insanity of price controls…

EU seeks emergency powers on supply chains

In particular, the European Union worries that 98 percent of the rare earth metals that it needs in a host of industrial applications come from China.

These are all points we made waaay back in 2020 with respect to the cornering of the rare earths market by China. Then we highlighted the problems with magnesium earlier this year and how the energy crisis, which fed through into China, caused them to shut down aluminum smelters and resulted in shortages of supply to Europe.

Reading through the article we find what these central planners see as a “solution”.

The law will consist of a “toolbox of measures that can be activated to ensure security of supply during a crisis,” Breton wrote, which could mean export controls and powers for the EU to request information from companies on production, stockpiles and their supply chains.

Why, of course. When intrusion in the free market caused the problems in the first instance clearly intrusion into the market will solve the problem.

Export controls? Really?

Tell me exactly how limiting exports on products YOU DON’T have is going to do anything. And “gathering information on domestic companies’ stockpiles”. That goes only one way. And that is asset seizure… for the good of the community, of course.

Private companies will have their assets stolen by bureaucrats “for the good of the people” and in doing so will disincentivize further production.

Why make anything if you know it can only be seized?

Being long commodities here is a no brainer.

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