Paul Mason sort of explaining Quantitative Easing.
There is though a flaw in in his explanation of what could be called Classical Quantitative Easing, yes, the money did flow to the banks, yes, it did then flow into the stock market, into commodities like gold, but it did not trickle down into the real economy. The only beneficiaries were the rich who got richer and the bankers with bigger bonuses.
The problem is, the rich do not spend money, they hoard money.
Had the money been given to the poor, it would have been spent in the real economy because the poor are always living on the edge.
Quantitative Easing is simply a fancy phrase for creating money out of nothing. So far £375 billion.
Jeremy Corbyn is proposing a People’s Quantitative Easing, which would be spent on amongst other things much needed investment in railways (in public ownership).
So far so good. But there is an underlying problem, Quantitative Easing may not work a second time. I will not attempt to explain why here. Paul Mason explains why in PostCapitalism.
There is another problem. We have hit the limits to growth. A good explanation in Sacred Economics.
There is also a fundamental economic problem. Economic cycles of 50 year cycles, Kondratieff Wave, an up cycle of 25 years, a down cycle of 25 years. We are currently in the down cycle, which has lasted longer than expected.
Since 1973, debt as percentage of GDP has increased across all G20 countries.
- Prominent economists advocate different type of quantitative easing
- Unsustainable debt
- Yvette Cooper attack on Jeremy Corbyn demonstrates her ignorance of economics
- Jeremy Corbyn wins economists’ backing for anti-austerity policies
- Jeremy Corbyn’s opposition to austerity is actually mainstream economics
- Re-nationalise Britain’s failing railways