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Money and Ecology

"Debts are subject to the laws of mathematics rather than physics. Unlike wealth, which is subject to the laws of thermodynamics, debts do not rot with old age and are not consumed in the process of living. On the contrary, they grow at so much per cent per annum, by the well-known mathematical laws of simple and compound interest ... It is this underlying confusion between wealth and debt which has made such a tragedy of the scientific era."

planckbrandtBTW "Option C, more money and less debt" means de-concentrating wealth. James Galbraith has the scoop on the bad impact of concentrated wealth on demand in economies. When fewer people have their hands on too much of the dough in circulation, demand in the economy will flounder along. This is the bi...

May 2012

planckbrandt"To solve a debt crisis, we would like to have an option C:- more money and less debt."  Just goes to show the nature of the fractional-reserve system. Just enough money missing from the system to tip it into crisis.  The interest due is never created and there is never enough to pay in any given ...

May 2012

planckbrandtDavid Graeber's book Debt pages 240-241 tell the real story here. What they tell us is complete lies. They tell us the opposite of what they are really doing. They know what they are doing and this is to use debt-money to enslave us while they make themselves rich. She has to deliver the goods for t...

May 2012
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justiceOur government just sold £900million of student debt for around £160million. They could have just created £160million of cash and forgiven the £900million of debt. But our government care more about corporation's profit than the people...

December 2013

Steve HummelThere are still two things missing in Positive Money's analysis. Number one, the scarcity of individual incomes in comparison to prices always enforced and produced by the effects of cost accounting for every dollar injected, entering or re-entering commerce/the economy itself. This subtle and almos...

March 2013

KyleThis article is brilliant. By far, the most coherent and eloquently stated explanation of the world's economy I have read. Positive Money truly understands how an economy operates and that is so rare. The combination of Dr. Steve Keen's MCT approach as well as MMT is flawless. Excellent work!...

March 2013
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'Fiat money' or Gold Standard?

Many people, upon first learning about 'Fractional Reserve' Banking, are drawn to the idea of the Gold Standard. They find out that 'Fractional Reserve' Banking leads to an inflating money supply, moreover one plagued by cycles of boom and bust due to its elasticity. They dislike this - they want money to work as a safe store of value by fixing its total supply. The Gold Standard is one way of doing this.

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