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Paul Davidson: The State of Economics (wonkish)

Paul Davidson: The State of Economics (wonkish)

Paul Davidson argues that a theory is the way humans describe real world observations on the basis of a model that starts with a few axioms. An axiom is an assumption accepted as a universal truth that does not need to be proved. From this axiomatic foundation, the theorist uses the laws of logic to deduce conclusions that explains what we observe in the world of experience. All theories are generally accepted in some tentative fashion. Theories are not ever conclusively established and can be replaced when events are observed that are deviations from the current existing theory. Thus, the financial crisis of 2007-2009 should have been sufficient empirical evidence to indicate that the axiomatic basis of the mainstream theory needs to be replaced.

Why is the Fed lending dollars unsecured to the ECB… again

Why is the Fed lending dollars unsecured to the ECB… again

It remains my position that Congress should not allow the Fed to lend unsecured to foreign central banks without specific Congressional approval. But the Fed does currently have that authority and they are again using it to keep $ LIBOR from rising. And that lending must be in unlimited quantities to insure $ LIBOR is capped at the Fed’s target rate.

The damaged ECB legitimacy

The damaged ECB legitimacy

The European Central Bank was once known for its focus on price stability. Since the global economic crisis, however, its role has extended to saving banks and sovereign countries. This column argues that such a move has badly harmed the institution’s legitimacy – something that will damage both its policy effectiveness and confidence in the governing bodies of the EU as a whole.

Mosler: The Speech that President Obama Should Make

Mosler: The Speech that President Obama Should Make

Warren Mosler has three proposals specifically designed to get sales up to make sure business has a good paying job for anyone willing and able to work. He arguess that’s good for businesses and all the people who work for them and says these proposals are bipartisan. His view is that they are supported by Americans ranging from Tea Party supporters to the Progressive left, and everyone in between