“The second lesson is that there really is no such thing as private property. In extremis the government considers itself entitled to any amount of your property it desires even if, as in the Cypriot case, it means revoking its own commitments to protect bank deposits.
“But then this is the logical outcome of taxation. If you think that a shortage of government revenue can be solved by the government simply helping itself to someone else’s revenue you really can’t have a philosophical problem with this. If you believe in the 50p tax rate this is where you end up.
“The third lesson is the limits of democracy. The Cypriot Prime Minister, Nicos Anastasiades, ran at the last election on a promise to protect depositors. Now he stands behind a lectern explaining why he cannot protect depositors. The greater a country's debts the fewer are its options and in the euro, with no possibility of devaluation, this problem is exacerbated.
“The Cypriots will probably feel much as the Irish or Portuguese did to have their economic policy decided by the Troika of the EU, the International Monetary Fund, and the European Central Bank. They may feel a touch like the Spanish or French did when they elected an anti-austerity candidate only to find that they get some measure of austerity anyway. They may end up feeling like the Greeks or Italians who skipped these intermediary steps and went straight to having their governments foisted upon them by the European Union.”
"GDP data, which beyond their capacity for political knock-about, have become about as useful as a chocolate teapot.
"So there’s another big chunk of past growth that has turned out to be of little or no long-term value. Strip these things out and it is by no means clear that the rest of the economy is suffering the crippling decline in productivity widely assumed. To the contrary, much of the anecdotal evidence points to significant advances, especially in the digital economy, which is growing faster in Britain than almost anywhere else."
“ We can now discern more or less when the catch-up growth miracle will sputter out. Another seven years or so - enough to bouy [sic.] global coal, crude, and copper prices for a while - but then it will all be over. China’s demographic dividend will be exhausted.
“Beijing revealed last week that the country’s working age population has already begun to shrink, sooner than expected. It will soon go into “precipitous decline”, according to the International Monetary Fund.
“Japan hit this inflexion point fourteen years ago, but by then it was already rich, with $3 trillion of net savings overseas. China has hit the wall a quarter century earlier in its development path.”
“Boston Consulting Group says that “productivity-adjusted wages” were just 22pc of US levels as recently as 2005. They will reach 43pc by 2015, or 61pc for the American South.
“It is a key reason why General Electric, Ford, Caterpillar and others are “re-shoring” from China back to the US, though cheap shale gas, a weaker dollar, and shipping costs all play their part.”
Here is a useful lecture by the younger Skidelsky on their new book, who is more sophisticated than his daddy. (Daddy’s 33-minute version is available here.)
However, the implacable approach from externals does seem very crude to me. People could learn more from the Stoics or even from Schumacher. The religiously inclined tend to report being happier than the mass.
Some of the Right has tended to take up a position of unthinking opposition to anything associated with socialism. This is not surprising, as socialism is one of the worst catastrophes ever to hit humanity.
One of the results of this has been to make a false confusion of redistribution with socialism.
The answer to most of the problem lies in a citizen’s wage. President Richard Nixon tried to introduce a citizen’s wage, way back in 1970, over 40 years ago. This was killed by the Left.
“What went wrong? Most of Moynihan's eloquent, polemical book is devoted to an exhaustively researched attack on the liberal opposition. To be sure, he does not spare the right (and is impressively blunt in recounting Nixon's own self-defeating partisanship in 1970--the year of Carswell, Cambodia, Scammon and Wattenberg). But the intriguing question--for the reader as for Moynihan--is why the left helped kill the guaranteed income.” [Quoted from nytimes.com]
All the indications are that, in Britain, the Cameron administration is now preparing the ground for rectifying the problem there.
The Politics of a Guaranteed Income: The Nixon Administration and the Family Assistance Plan
Daniel Patrick. Moynihan
Here linked is an article from the Groaniad [the Guardian], so, of course, it will be dishonesty.
Now taking a quick glance, even that brings this:
“The 22% increase in the deficit between April and August compares with the government's target of reducing the deficit by 4.6% this year.”
Notice the elision from “April to August” to “this year”. [
The Groaniad is the Socialist ‘Worker’ with longer words. I really cannot be bothered deconstructing their acres of distraction/disinformation. The above was the shortest paragarph I could find.
When will Groaniad readers learn to read?
When will they learn the difference between debt and deficit?
When will they learn the difference between gross debt, and debt to GDP?
When will they study the inflation effects?
When will they understand the difference between debt and debt servicing?
Groaniad readers are innumerate like every dumb socialist, and like just about every ‘reporter’.
Fortunately, George Osborne is intelligent and understands all these things they don’t understand and can’t be bothered to study.
That’s why con men like Ed Miliband, Ed Balls and Tony Blair are so easily able to fool their audience, and themselves .